C.O. Arts & Cultural Center launches campaign

The Central Oregon Arts and Cultural Center has been granted 501(c)(3) non-profit status from the Internal Revenue Service and is now officially open for business, according to Louann Thomas, board chair.

“Now that we’ve received our non-profit designation, the first order of business is to raise start-up operating funds,” said Thomas. The board is working with a group of community volunteers to jump-start a grassroots fundraising campaign. Money raised in the next several weeks will underwrite costs associated with developing a more comprehensive and long-term fundraising campaign, site selection and initial facility design, and general operating expenses as the ad hoc group develops into a formal operating entity.

“We want to encourage people who believe in the value of arts and culture to give what they can now and be celebrated as one of the initial visionaries who saw the potential and believed it could happen here,” said Thomas.

Tax deductible donations can be sent to the Central Oregon Arts and Cultural Center at P.O. Box 1322, Bend, OR 97709. The organization is included on the Oregon Cultural Trust list of organizations.

“Building a state-of-the-art performance and arts venue with approximately 2,000 seats is incredibly ambitious and exciting,” said Thomas. “It will ultimately be a $40 million-plus investment in Central Oregon. We see this as a key economic development opportunity for the region, as well as a statement that arts and culture are important to this community.”

“When this facility is finished in about six or seven years, it will be exactly what Central Oregon needs to complement its reputation as a top destination for tourism, recreation and lifestyle,” said Cate O’Hagan, executive director of Arts Central and Central Oregon Arts and Cultural Center board member.

“The ability to host national touring shows, international companies and renowned speakers and be the home for local performing and cultural groups will be one more reason people make Central Oregon their primary residence, vacation or second home of choice.”

According to O’Hagan, research shows that every $1 spent for a ticket to an arts or culture event returns $3 to the local economy through spending in restaurants, hotels, and stores.

The group has also made progress identifying potential sites for the arts and culture center, according to Thomas.

“We’re working closely with the city, county and other interested parties to narrow down appropriate sites that could sustain a facility this large and fit into the tri-county area’s long-term planning,” she said.

Central Oregon Arts and Cultural Center board members include Thomas, retired vice president of an international healthcare computer firm; O’Hagan; executive director of Arts Central; Henry Sayre, distinguished professor of art with Oregon State University-Cascade Campus; Julie Gregory, partner with Balyeat & Gregory Law; and Shelley Grudin, retired vice president of an investment management firm.

The Central Oregon Arts and Cultural Center has formed three formal committees: Fundraising, Marketing/Communications and Site Selection. Anyone interested in getting involved can contact Thomas directly at 541.617.9533.

Critics: Bush budgets hurting Oregon schools

PORTLAND – Secretary of Commerce Don Evans, Republican National Committee Communications Director Jim Dyke, Office of Management and Budget Josh Bolten, Deputy Strategist, Bush-Cheney Deputy to the Chief Strategist Sara Taylor addressed the Oregon delegation to the Republican convention earlier today.

“Oregon’s students and working families are not a priority for this Administration and Bush’s failed policies demonstrate that,” said ACT-OR Communications Director Scott Ballo. “Instead of prioritizing meaningful reforms that help real Oregonians, Bush is busy listening to advisers who don’t get it.”

Bolten-Bush Budget Hurt Oregon’s Students:

Bolten: “The most important part of the discipline is the president, who has sent up a very good budget that funds our priorities …” [Source: CNN, 6/4/04]

The same budget that had these cuts for Oregon:

Bush has refused billions for No Child Left Behind’s crucial Title I Program – including $69.8 million for Oregon public schools this year.

Title I funding in Bush’s 2005 budget vs. amount promised under No Child Left Behind: $129.7 million vs. $199.6 million (Oregon)

Total Title I Funding Gap: $69.8 million for Oregon

What it means to public schools:

Students who could have had smaller class sizes: 76,059

Students who could have had pre-kindergarten: 9,637

Teachers who could become certified: 9,368

[Source: American Federation of Teachers,, 1/12/04]

Here are the Bush administration’s priorities … and they don’t include Oregon.

Bush’s war spending could have been invested in many Oregon priorities. The $1.3 billion Oregonians are paying for spending on Iraq could have funded 199,352 housing vouchers, health care for 298,228 people, 23,626 elementary school teachers, 5,905 fire trucks or health care for 560,537 children. [Source: “Federal Budget Trade-Offs,” National Priorities Project, 2004, http://database.nationalpriorities.org/cgi-bin/WebObjects/NPP.woa/wa/tradeoff ]

Bush’s initial $87 billion war request could have been invested to create jobs – including 11,514 in Oregon. The $757.5 million Oregon share of the Bush $87 billion Iraq package could have paid for $148.1 million in badly-needed school construction projects in Oregon, creating 3,555 new jobs; 671 affordable housing units, creating 1,643 new jobs; $130.6 million for local and state roads and bridges, creating 3,313 new jobs; and 3,003 new firefighters – all in addition to health care for more than 58,000 people. [Source: “Federal Budget Trade-Offs: Invading and Occupying Iraq,” September 2003, http://www.nationalpriorities.org/issues/states/stateindex.html ]

Bush’s initial $87 billion war request could have been invested in Oregon police officers and firefighters. The $757.5 million Oregon paid for Iraq costs last fall could have paid for 9,008 police officers and 10,784 fire fighters instead. [Source: Federal Budget Trade-Offs,” National Priorities Project, 2004, http://database.nationalpriorities.org/cgi-bin/WebObjects/NPP.woa/wa/tradeoff; www.salary.com]

Barbs and polls: House Dist. 54 race ignites early

Labor Day traditionally marks the start of the “real” fall election campaign, but a flurry of dueling press releases and an unusual telephone poll shows that the closely watched race for Oregon House District 54’s open seat is already starting to gear up in intensity, just as the experts predicted.

With the Legislature so closely divided by party, the focus on the generally urban district that encompasses Bend and Deschutes River Woods to the south was apparent since last fall, when veteran Republican Tim Knopp decided not to seek another term. As of early August, there were 14,688 Republicans, 12,349 Democrats and 8,893 non-affiliated voters among the 37,286 registered voters in District 54, according to the Deschutes County clerk’s office.

Last week, Democrat Judy Stiegler joined fellow Democratic candidates in proposing a plan (bendbugle.com/?p=17543) to curtail the influence of special interests in the Legislature. It would require that lobbyists and special interests turn in itemized reports twice each legislative year for public review, putting them online. It also would ban lawmakers from being paid to lobby the Legislature for a year after leaving public office.

Around the same time, Stiegler, a local lawyer, and Libertarian candidate Tristan Reisfar were anonymously sent copies of a fund-raising letter that Republican candidate Chuck Burley, a timber industry representative, sent out, apparently to lobbyist “colleagues,” that sought their help in winning his race.

“If the May primaries were any indication, the elections in November will be close,” the letter said, in part. “We need donations from the lobby in Salem that works on many issues for voters every year. DIG DEEP INTO YOUR POCKETS FOR THIS ONE!”

“I am looking forward to continuing to work with you in the coming months in Salem,” Burley also wrote in the letter.

Stiegler issued a news release Sunday, citing a similar comment Burley had made in an e-mail to lobbyists, and noting Burley’s comment to a newspaper reporter that he doesn’t see what the problem is with legislative ethics.

“It’s only August, and Chuck Burley is already attempting to cozy up to the powerful special interests that dominate the agenda in Salem,” said Stiegler’s campaign manager, Katy Gullette. “If it wasn’t clear what his priorities were, it is now – serving the big guys at the expense of the rest of us.”

Poppycock, Burley responded.

“As a legislator, not only do I represent everybody in this district, but I fully intend to work with everybody,” Burley said. “I would have an open door – I don’t care who it is, if they have an issue and want to come to talk to me about it.”

“I’ve got a lot of support from what I think is a very broad cross-section – interest groups, individuals, small business, agriculture, restaurants, senior assisted living facilities,” he said. “The list of (fund-raising) letters that I’m sending out is very long.”

Two candidates trade barbs as third watches

Burley’s letter also noted that an unnamed Libertarian (Reisfar) had entered the race – District 54 has 346 registered Libertarians, by the way – who is “confusing voters with their off-the-wall message.”

After reading the letter, Reisfar said he thought, “I’m against taxes, more government spending – what’s so off the wall about that? Then I realized – oh yeah, Chuck is for those things.”

Burley followed up with his own news release on Monday, in which he “offered his Democratic opponent a solution to her concerns with political action committees (PACs) and what she calls undue influence of `special interests.'”

Burley’s release suggested “that if Ms. Stiegler finds the intention of these groups inherently bad, she should show the public right now who has contributed to her campaign, give back the donations from PACs and `special interests’ and pledge not to accept any more of their money.”

Burley’s campaign spokesman, Bryan Iverson, said, “It’s rather hypocritical of her to criticize their undue influence while at the same time taking their money. Judy, open up your donation list today to the voters in District 54, return all special interest money and don’t take any more.”

Burley’s news release also stated that he doesn’t share the “gloom and doom” of his opponent.

“She says the system is broken,” he said. “I say working together, there is enormous opportunity for the future, and that state government can restore credibility and accountability and have responsibility to our children, our businesses and our environment.”

Stiegler didn’t continue the news-release fight with another salvo. But asked about Burley’s suggestion regarding her campaign donations, she said, “That wasn’t the point of the whole exercise. I don’t think Chuck gets it. My contributions are all transparent” – indeed, all candidates must report their campaign contributions and expenses by state-set deadlines during the fall election period, the first ending Sept. 27.

“It’s about accountability during lobbying” of the Legislature, Stiegler said.

Burley said he expects “you’ll see a lot of union support” in Stiegler’s campaign contributions, along with groups such as the League of Conservation Voters.

Reisfar, meanwhile, was quite content to let his two foes fire on each other.

“The unfortunate aspect of this discussion is that these two are slinging their arrows, and it isn’t even Labor Day yet,” he said. “I’m not looking forward to seeing what the next two months will bring us.”

Reisfar said he’s promised not to spend more than $10,000 in his campaign, and that lobbying “is an unfortunate part of politics today. … When the size of government is significantly reduced, the lobbyists will have nothing to gain from spending large amounts of money trying to influence elections.”

“Until then, electing representatives like myself, who will represent the individual citizen of District 54, and not special interests, is the best solution,” he said. “Adding further regulation to the already overwhelming election process would only make it harder for the average person to get involved.”

Reisfar also claimed Republican candidates were being urged by state party leaders not to participate in any joint forums where a Libertarian takes part. “They’re fearful,” he said, adding that Burley had “bailed” on a Sept. 15 Rotary Club forum for that reason. Burley denied the charge, saying his decisions are based on his schedule. “I’m trying to rearrange my schedule” to attend that event, he added.

Poll parcels out barbs on candidates

Meanwhile, some District 54 residents have been called in recent days for a 15-minute telephone survey by Mountain West Research, that asks which of the three candidates the respondent would vote for, but also offers negative statements on both Stiegler and Burley, and asks if those raise minor or major doubts to whom they support.

The surveyor noted, for example, that Stiegler, while on the state Board of Education, “allowed athletes to play with failing grades” and questions whether she’s “too liberal for the area,” having supported Measure 30. “If elected, she could not be trusted to not raise taxes,” the caller suggests.

As for Burley, it pointed to his role on the Bend Metro Park and Rec Board and states he supported a “Taj Mahal” recreation center. Regarding his day job assisting the timber industry, the surveyor said he “opposed a federal ban on cutting big trees” and “is in the lined pocket of corporate interests.” It even brings up the lawsuit brought against the park district by fired executive director Carrie Ward and says that could cost the district’s taxpayers $100,000.

On the positive side, the pollster listed various reasons to support Stiegler, both on the issue of closing corporate loopholes and that she would “work to hold corporate polluters responsible.” It also asked if the fact she “grew up in a poor family, lived in a trailer and knows struggling” to make ends meet would mean the call recipient viewed her more favorably.

At first, all three candidates denied any involvement in Mountain West Research’s survey – and in fact, Reisfar’s wife, along with a Bend.com / Bugle reporter, were among those who received the calls. Tina Reisfar noted on her caller ID that the call had come from Provo Utah, and asked for a female voter (the reporter’s survey call asked for the male head of household).

Gary Schiers, director of Mountain West Research in Pocatello, Idaho, confirmed that his firm was the one doing the survey, but said he could not disclose on who’s behalf. As for the style of the survey, he said, “They do it for a reason – list the positive and negative for every candidate.”

Stiegler said Tuesday she had inquired about the survey and learned that indeed, “that was my poll,” on behalf of her campaign. She said she wasn’t aware at first because the polling firm they hired was in Washington, D.C.

“That must be who they hired to do that actual survey,” she said. “I honestly hadn’t known. I’m only the candidate. It was all left to the researchers.”

Matustake mushroom harvest time approaches

ROSEBURG-Permits for commercial harvesting of Matsutake mushrooms on the Deschutes, Fremont-Winema, Umpqua and Willamette National Forests will go on sale September 7. The 2004 season will run from September 7 to November 6.

Anyone intending to pick Matsutake mushrooms commercially on these national forests must first purchase a permit. Permits cost $200 for the season or $10 per day with a five-day minimum (picking days need not be consecutive). Also available is a $100 permit for a half season (30 consecutive days).

Prospective pickers may be required to view an interpretive slide show on appropriate harvesting methods, forest safety in the woods, recognition of roads closed to public travel, precautions to take when smoking cigarettes in the woods and other information aimed at protecting forest resources before being issued a permit.

Permits will be available Monday through Friday, 7 to 11 a.m. at the Chemult Ranger Station of the Fremont-Winema National Forests and 7:45 a.m.
to 4:30 p.m. at the Crescent Ranger Station of the Deschutes National Forest.

Permits are also available at other Fremont-Winema National Forests offices, and Umpqua and Willamette National Forests district offices. Permits purchased at any one of these office locations are valid on other forests. The public can contact each forest for specific offices that issue permits.

Not all areas are open to picking. Open areas are defined in an information sheet and maps that are provided with the permit. Closed areas include Crater Lake National Park, Newberry National Volcanic Monument, HJ Andrews Experimental Forest, Research Natural areas, wilderness areas, campgrounds and other areas posted as closed.

A campground for commercial pickers has been established near Crescent Lake Junction (Little Odell Camp). Commercial pickers wanting to camp on National Forest system lands may only camp at this designated location.

Camping permits can be purchased at the camp any time during the season.

The cost of camping is $21 per week, $75 for 30 days, or $135 for the entire season. In addition, there is a $20 per camp cleaning deposit. A three day visitor pass is available for $12.00. The camp is now open for use.

In the last decade, Matsutake mushroom harvesting has become an annual autumn event in Central Oregon. Harvesters from all over the world come to the Chemult, Crescent and Crescent Lake Junction to pick and sell the valuable fall fruiting mushrooms, most of which are sold as fresh market items in Japan.

Public use fire restrictions are not in effect. However, the public is reminded to check with the local forest office in the area they intend to harvest mushrooms for current fire and public use restrictions.

For more information about the Matsutake mushroom program, contact the Crescent Ranger Station at 541-433-3200, Chemult Ranger Station at 541-365-7001, Umpqua National Forest at 541-672-6601 or the Willamette National Forest at 541-225-6300.

Hwy. 26 Madras-Prineville to get chip sealing

Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) crews will apply chip seal to the Madras-Prineville Highway (Highway 26) Wednesday, September 1 and Thursday, September 2 and Monday, September 6 through September 9 – weather permitting. Crews will work on the roadway between 7:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Motorists will encounter intermittent lane closures between MP 0 and MP 22 when traveling this stretch of highway during construction hours. Pilot cars and flaggers will control vehicle movements. Delays of 20-minutes are expected.

Police patrols will enforce the posted 35-mile-per-hour construction speed limit. Additionally, slowing down through this work zone will reduce the amount of rock knocked loose as the chip seal cures on the highway.

Motorists are advised to use caution, reduce speeds and be aware of workers when traveling through the work zone.

Gov declares ‘Workforce Development Month’

SALEM – Today, Gov. Ted Kulongoski declared September “Workforce Development Month” to celebrate the many public and private job training and workforce development efforts and successes contributing to the economic health of Oregon’s communities through “WorkSource Oregon.”

“My administration is committed to growing Oregon’s economy and getting Oregonians back to work by aligning economic development, education, and workforce development,” said Governor Kulongoski. “WorkSource Oregon is one strategy to help us meet this goal and already it has proven successful by helping more than 200,000 Oregonians find work and providing workforce services to another 280,000.”

WorkSource Oregon is a network of public and private partners statewide – established by the Governor in partnership with the Oregon Workforce Investment Board -working together for businesses, workers, and job seekers to:

Ø Ensure businesses have a ready supply of trained workers whose skills and talents are aligned with the expectations and needs of business and industry;

Ø Connect businesses with the resources they need to grow their workforce and their business; and
Ø Provide the resources to help Oregon’s unemployed and underemployed get connected with the employers that are right for them, find the jobs they’re looking for, and get trained for jobs they want.

During the past fiscal year, regional Workforce Response Teams, in cooperation with local and regional Workforce Investment Boards and WorkSource Oregon partners, awarded 89 grants totaling over $3 million to Oregon businesses to enhance the skills of their current workforce, retain and grow jobs, and increase company competitiveness. As a result of the grants, over 5,000 Oregon workers will receive training in their work places this year in skills ranging from welding to information technology to high performance processes to leadership development. Employers must provide matching resources and retain jobs or create new jobs as a result of the training.

“We can’t have a strong economy without a well-educated and skilled workforce, and the best way to make sure we have a highly skilled workforce is through a system of lifelong learning that demands excellence, provides high standards, and offers citizens many options for training throughout their lives,” said the Governor. “By declaring September Workforce Development Month, I hope that more Oregonian employers and job-seekers will be aware of the opportunities that are available to help connect them to the jobs and workforce they need.”

Grants ranged from $650 to $250,000, and were awarded in all 15 workforce regions around the state. Three projects were funded for industry consortia (multiple employers) in the metals, recreation and food processing clusters, providing even greater leverage for public dollars. Of the 89 grants, 14 projects were in higher performance enterprise training (also known as lean), 4 projects included an English as a Second Language (ESL) component, 13 projects were funded in healthcare, 14 in metals/transportation equipment, 11 in agriculture/food processing, and 15 in wood products.

To connect to the WorkSource Oregon resources in your region, go to www.worksourceoregon.org and click on Businesses Start Here or Workers Start Here.

‘Building a Better Bend’ lecture series returns

For the second Fall in a row, a group of local businesses and community organizations have come together and designed a lecture series, Building A Better Bend, that will present ideas and tools to help professionals and the public address the challenges of growth in Bend.

Expert speakers from around the country have been invited to present fresh approaches that have worked successfully elsewhere. The series will provide an opportunity for the public and professionals to learn more about ways to make Bend a better place while broadening the awareness of design and code issues surrounding growth in our community.

“We’ve had a number of suggestions sent our way in terms of topics and speakers for this year’s lecture series,” said Kirk Schueler, Committee Member and President of Brooks Resources Corporation. “We’re counting on producing another top-notch event for the professionals in the community again this fall.”

“Anyone involved in planning, development, public decision making or who is interested in the future of our city should attend this lecture series,” said Jeff Ellington, Senior Designer, ANG Engineering Group and Bend City Planning Commissioner.

“We’ve seen very real results from last year’s lecture series,” said Bill Friedman, Owner, Cascade Business Group and Bend City Councilor. “Recently, the Bend City Council put out a request for proposals that will help us look at the redevelopment of Greenwood and 3rd Streets with the idea of incorporating the principles presented in last year’s “3rd Street Redevelopment” lecture. It is a real delight to have consultants brought in from the outside, to see those ideas adopted by our local public agencies, and then to see them move forward with those ideas to make our city more livable.”

The series will consist of three lectures, all taking place from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at St. Charles Center for Health and Learning. On Wednesday, September 8: “Planning the Business Park of the 21st Century.” The speaker for this lecture will be Michael Freedman of San Francisco-based Freedman, Tung and Bottomley who returns to Bend after a very well received lecture last year.

On Monday, October 18 the lecture will be “Transit-Oriented Development,” presented by Phil Erickson of Oakland-based Community Design + Architecture, Inc. The third lecture will take place on Monday, November 15 and will be entitled, “Honey I Shrunk the Lots; Housing Options for Bend’s Diverse Lifestyles.” The speaker for this lecture will be William Kraeger of Seattle-based Mithun.

Ticket prices are $15 each and are available in advance at Brooks Resources, 409 NW Franklin Street or at the door the night of the events. For more information, contact Judy Campbell at Campbell Consulting 389-9531 or judyc@campbellconsulting.com.

Sisters teen pleads not guilty in Drake Park slaying

A Sisters 18-year-old pleaded not guilty Tuesday to murder, manslaughter, assault and robbery charges in the April 16 beating death of a Bend man at Drake Park. A Deschutes County judge set a trial date of March 15, 2005 in the case.

Stephen Michael Withrow’s plea entry had been delayed several times as defense lawyers awaited results of tests on evidence from the crime scene, by a secluded stairway near Mirror Pond, at the north end of the park. Attorney Jacques DeKalb entered the not guilty plea to all charges on his behalf during a brief hearing before Circuit Judge Michael Sullivan.

As in the past, Withrow appeared in court via closed-circuit video hookup from the county jail, where he’s been held since his 18th birthday on June 23. He was moved that day from the county’s juvenile detention facility.

Withrow, who did not speak but offered a few small smiles during the 2-minute proceeding, is accused of hitting, kicking and stomping on Curtis Dean Kizer, 42. An autopsy determined that Kizer died of “blunt force trauma.” Prosecutors charge that Withrow inflicted the fatal injuries during the course of robbing the man.

After the hearing, DeKalb said the delay until next spring, nearly a year after a killing that shocked the community and prompted a park vigil, was not unusual, for a murder case. The trial is tentatively scheduled to last three weeks.

DeKalb said “it took awhile” to get the results of DNA analysis on blood evidence from Withrow’s shoes and the vehicle he left the park in that night. Several hundred pages of police reports and witness affidavits also needed to be reviewed before a decision could be made on the entry of pleas.

DeKalb said Circuit Judge Stephen Tiktin, who will hear the case, plans to meet with lawyers on Sept. 23 to discuss what pre-trial motions are expected and to schedule deadlines and hearings on them. The lawyer was mum about what motions might be brought by the defense, indicating more about that is likely to be heard closer to the trial date.

The lawyer also said there was little chance of a plea deal heading off a trial, “unless the state caves.” District Attorney Mike Dugan noted after Withrow’s arrest that the felony murder charge carries a life prison term upon conviction, with at least 25 years before parole could be considered. The other charges could bring concurrent or consecutive sentences, depending on the circumstances.

GOP AG candidate decries salvage logging appeal

SALEM – Candidate for Attorney General, Paul Connolly, decried Hardy Myers’ decision to appeal salvage logging. Connolly stated, “Myers’ decision to pick flawed-science over Oregon jobs is wrong. This reminds me of his prior decision to pick sucker-fish over farmers in the Klamath Basin.”

One of Connolly’s major disputes with the current Attorney General is his refusal to listen to the concerns of employers about state and federal enforcement of “burdensome, invalid, or senseless job-killing rules governing business.”

Connolly stated, “The Attorney General should not stop salvage logging. He apparently does not realize, or perhaps he does not care, that the appeal of the federal court’s decision to allow logging will kill jobs in timber. All he had to do was say `NO!’ to Kulongoski, and salvage logging would have offered employment to many Oregonians.”

Connolly continued, “Oregon needs an Attorney General who will create accountability in the executive branch of our state government, and not bow to its anti-business agenda. Regulations from state agencies are prohibiting Oregon from improving its 6.8% unemployment rate. Someone must intervene for Oregon business to get Oregonians back to work.”

Paul Connolly
For Attorney General
(503) 362-0290
P.O. Box 3095
Salem, OR 97302

Environmental Center offers September events

Cost: FREE ­ You can even save money!

All of September is the Bike Commute Challenge, hosted by the Bicycle Transportation Alliance and supported by Commute Options. The Bike Commute Challenge is a friendly competition with benefits when employees bike to work during the month of September. Cyclists who make seven or more trips by bike can claim awards. For more info or to sign up visit www.bikecommutechallenge.com, for local “commute” programs contact Jeff or Kim at 330-2647 or visit www.commuteoptions.org.

WHEN: Wednesday, September 1
WHERE: Hike Newberry Volcano
COST: $15 adults, $10 children

Join a naturalist on a guided hike to Newberry Volcano. Meet at the Nature Center; 9:00 a. m. – 3:00 p. m. $15.00 adults , $10.00 children accompanied by an adult. Info & reservations (recommended) 593-4394.

When: Sunday, September 5th
Time: 9 AM
Where: Meet at Dilusso’s on Newport Ave, Bend

Join the Central Oregon Nordic Club on this 8-mile guided hike at Sisters Lake and beyond. For more information contact Linda at 382-8023.

When: Sunday, September 5th ­ Thursday, 9th
Time: Call for details
Where: Steens Mountain Fence Pull
COST: Bring camping equipment, food and sturdy clothes

Steens Mountain Wilderness Fence Pull (Riddle Brother’s Ranch)

Join the Oregon Natural Desert Association at spectacular Steens Mountain to help remove obsolete barbed-wire fencing from the new cow-free Steens Mountain Wilderness! We’ll drive in and base camp at Riddle Brother’s Ranch, and spend the days hiking in to pull fence. A great opportunity to explore Oregon’s amazing high desert, help improve wildlife habitat, and spend time with fellow desert-lovers! Contact Tara for more info at (503) 525-0193 or trgunter@onda.org

When: Monday, September 6th
Time: 7:30PM
Where: Central Oregon Environmental Center, 16 NW Kansas Avenue

The Surfrider Foundation meets the first Monday of the month to plan and execute programs such as the “Snow Rider Project” aimed at teaching 6th- 9th graders the fundamentals of the hydro-logic cycle and how it affects the community, the valley, and the coastal waterways. Come join in to see how you can get involved. For more information call 383-5211.

When: Wednesday, September 8th
Time: Call for info
Where: Middle Deschutes River
Cost: Free!

Join the Central Oregon Flyfishers for an outing on the Middle Deschutes. For more information visit www.coflyfishers.org or call 617-8837.

When: Wednesday, September 8th
Time: 7PM
Where: Central Oregon Environmental Center, 16 NW Kansas Avenue
Cost: Free!

The Cascade Mountaineers welcome John Bouchard, founder of Wild Things and proponent of the “Light is Right” philosophy of climbing to their monthly meeting. For more information visit www.cascadesmountaineers.org or call 549-1322.

When: Thursday, September 9th
Time: 5:30pm
Where: Central Oregon Environmental Center
Cost: Free!

On October 2nd & 3rd, Central Oregonians have a terrific opportunity to tour local examples of solar powered and sustainably built homes and businesses. This ever growing event requires significant volunteer support, with an estimated 35-40 people needed. Volunteering for the Tour is a great way to learn a bunch about solar energy systems and green building. Call 617-9013 or e-mail info@3estrategies.org for more information.

When: Thursday, September 9th
Time: 6:30 PM Social, 7 PM Program
Where: Central Oregon Environmental Center, 16 NW Kansas Avenue
Cost: Free!

This new member night for the Juniper Group is sure to be fun as Josh from the Cascadia Wildlands spends time talking to the group. Cascadia Wildlands is one of the leading Forest Organizations in Oregon. For more information please contact Marilyn at 389-9115 or e-mail crmiller@bendnet.com.

When: Thursday, September 9th ­ Sunday, 12th
Time: See Schedule
Where: Malheur Field Station, Malheur National Wildlife Refuge
Cost: Call for Details

Join ONDA for the 24th (almost) ANNUAL DESERT CONFERENCE. This fun filled weekend is intended to bring together, educate and inspire those who care about the high desert lands of the Great Basin and beyond. The keynote speakers include Bruce Babbitt and William Kittrredge. For more information visit www.onda.org/events/index.html.

When: Sunday, September 12th
Time: early start, call for details
Where: Meet at Dilusso’s on Newport Ave, Bend
Cost: Free!

Join the Central Oregon Nordic Club on this 13-mile guided hike at Mattieu Lks to Oppie Dilldock to Obsidian. For more information contact Linda at 382-8023.

When: Tuesday, September 14, 2004
Time: 7:30am-10:00am
Where: Bend Community Center
Cost: $25 (includes continental breakfast) Space is limited, call (541) 388-3638 to register

Smart Talks 2004 presents Energy: Why Conservation and “Green” Power Make Sense for Business with speakers Richard M. Jackson-Gistelli, PE, Oregon APEM President and Cylvia Hayes, Executive Director, 3E Strategies. Energy costs are on the rise, but there are practical steps that your business can take to reduce both the financial and environmental impacts. Conservation techniques, state tax credits, and new financial incentives from the Energy Trust of Oregon will be a part of the agenda.

When: Tuesday, September 14th
Time: 5:30 to 8:00pm
Where: Cascade Sunworks (2444 SE First St., Redmond)
Cost: Call for info.

Join 3E Strategies on Sept. 14th to learn about the latest solar products that businesses and homeowners can have installed to offset their energy costs. The will focus on the available financial incentives and their impact on the solar energy market. For more information or to sign up contact Tony Debone, Cascade Sun Works at 548-7887, Cylvia Hayes at 617-9013 or visit info@3estrategies.org.

When: Wednesday, September 15th
Time: 6:30PM
Where: Central Oregon Association of Realtors building located at 2112 NE 4th St. in Bend
Cost: Free!

Join COF as they welcome Scott Richmond to their monthly meeting. For more information contact Neil at 617-8837.

When: Thursday, September 16th
Time: 6:30PM
Where: Environmental Center, 16 NW Kansas Ave. Bend.
Cost: Free!

Join the Central Oregon Audubon at their monthly Birder’s Night Event. For more information contact Judy at 389-4039.

When: Sunday, September 19th
Time: 8 AM
Where: Mt. Hood National Forest
Cost: Free with $25 shuttle ride option

Join the Trail Alliance for “A Day in the Hood”, a demanding mountain bike ride in the Mt. Hood National Forest. These rides are FREE and self-supported. Though there will be guides, bring your own food, water and repair essentials. Meet at Cog Wild, 550 SW Industrial Way #22, well before the departure times at 8 am. There is a limit to the number of participants. Sign up or get more information at www.bikecentral.org.

When: Sunday, September 19th
Time: 9 AM
Where: Meet at Dilusso’s on Newport Ave, Bend
Cost: Free!

Join the Central Oregon Nordic Club on 9.5-mile hike at Linton Meadows. For more information contact Linda at 382-8023.

When: Thursday, September 23rd
Time: 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Where: home of David and Diane Dedrick
Cost: Free!

Open House for Northwest Earth Institute Discussion Courses. Have you taken an NWEI course or are you curious about them? Come and enjoy hors d’ouvres while you mingle with locals who have taken one of NWEI’s five discussion courses: Exploring Deep Ecology, Choices for Sustainable Living, Discovering a Sense of Place, and Globalization and Its Critics. Local volunteers David and Diane Dedrick will briefly describe the courses.

For directions, please email dianededrick@yahoo.com or call 317-8473.

When: Sunday, September 26th
Time: early start, call for details
Where: Meet at Dilusso’s on Newport Ave, Bend
Cost: Free!

Join the Central Oregon Nordic Club on this 12-mile hike at Jefferson Park. For more information contact Linda at 382-8023.

When: Wednesday, September 29th ­ Tuesday, October 5th
Time: Call for details
Where: Lakeview District Wilderness Inventory Trip
COST: Free! Bring camping equipment, food and sturdy clothes

Come join us at the Lakeview District as we inventory our public lands for wilderness qualities. Spend your days exploring and your nights stargazing or visiting with fellow volunteers. Cost is free! Contact Chris for more information: 541-330-2638 or cegertson@onda.org.