Compassionate communication workshop

The “Compassionate Communication” workshop, utilizing a communication concept developed by Marshall Rosenberg, will be held on Saturday, March 26, 2005 from 9 am to 3 pm.

This popular workshop, facilitated by Bryn Hazell, has introduced the value of compassion and empathy in effective communication to many Central Oregonians. The skills explored in the workshop are applicable to personal as well as professional relationships. Learn to communicate clearly and honestly and enhance all of your relationships.

The workshop will be held at the Women’s Resource Center at 222 SE Urania Lane in Bend. Call 385-0750 for more information and to register. All community members are welcome. The cost is $20 per workshop. Financial assistance is available.

DEQ offers business training sessions

Sessions scheduled for April in Oregon City and June in Roseburg and Medford, with more set for September and October; early registration encouraged

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is offering classes throughout the state on dealing with hazardous waste in Oregon. The classes, which will begin in April and run through October, are open to interested businesses and industries. Cost for each session in April and June is $25 per class or two classes per day. Early sign-up is encouraged, as reservations are on a first-come, first-served basis.

For details on class times and locations, see DEQ’s Hazardous Waste Web site at

Class 1, titled Hazardous Waste Basics, covers:
• Steps to find out if your business has hazardous waste
• The differences between state and federal regulations of hazardous waste
• Hazardous waste counting
• Hazardous waste generator categories
• On-site hazardous waste management (containers, accumulation limits)
• Permit requirements
• Record keeping and reporting of hazardous waste
• Emergency planning in case of an incident involving hazardous waste at your business

Class 2, titled Managing Common Wastes, covers:
• Hazardous waste exclusions and exemptions
• DEQ hazardous waste policies for such materials as aerosol cans,
antifreeze, demolition debris, contaminated rags and abandoned hazardous waste
• Generating, storing and disposing of “universal” wastes such as batteries, pesticides, mercury-containing lamps and mercury thermostats
• Used oil generation and transportation
• Spills of hazardous materials
• When to get a permit, and what permits to know about
• Tips for complying with state and federal regulations

The $25 cost is the same whether you attend one class or both on the same day. For more information on DEQ’s hazardous waste training, contact David Livengood of DEQ’s Hazardous Waste Program, Portland, at (503) 229-5181, or toll-free in Oregon at 1-800-452-4011, ext. 5181.

April and June classes offered

• Oregon City, Thursday, April 21: Hazardous Waste Basics, 9 a.m. to noon, Clackamas Community College. To register: Sue Metcalfe, Clackamas Community College, (503) 657-6958, ext. 2570,; Managing Common Wastes, 1 to 3 p.m., same location and registration contact.
• Roseburg, Tuesday, June 7: Hazardous Waste Basics, 9 a.m. to noon, Umpqua Community College. To register: Pam Engle, Umpqua Community College, (541) 672-2535,; Managing Common Wastes, 1 to 4 p.m., same location and registration contact.
• Medford, Tuesday, June 14: Hazardous Waste Basics, 9 a.m. to noon, Education Resource Center. To register: Mary Lee Hurd, Southern Oregon University Small Business Development Center, (541) 772-3418,; Managing Common Wastes, 1 to 4 p.m., same location and registration contact.

Hike and BBQ with a Llama

The Central Oregon Llama Association is holding their 8th Annual Public hike and BBQ on Saturday, March 12th beginning at 10:00 am.

The llama hike is being hosted by the Halligan Ranch/Juniper Lane Llamas located at 9020 S. Hwy. 97 between Bend and Redmond.

The public will be taking a mile long hike with a llama, which will be provided by the Central Oregon Llama Association the participants will be treated to a hamburger and hot dog lunch. There will be raffle prizes, and an obstacle course to play on, with llamas. For those hikers who want to participate, the hike will also consist of a Poker Run with cash prizes awarded to the winners.

For more information, to RSVP for this event, and to reserve a llama, participants should call Sherry Halligan at 541-389-6855.

Bend/Ft. Rock trails update for February 28

This past week has been one of mostly spring-like temperatures and sunshine at the mid to upper elevations resulting in settling and melting of our local snow pack. Through much of last week the lower elevations experienced a foggy/low clouds inversion which kept the temperatures below
the fog line near freezing; the inversion finally lifted with spring-like weather for the lower elevations as well. The weather made a change over the past 24-48 hrs with cooler temps and cloudy skies entering the picture.

Since Sunday morning at the mid-upper elevations we’ve received a few snow flurries and a trace of new snow. Temperatures have continued on the
cooler side. The forecast for the next few days is calling for cool temperatures and a chance of snow or rain showers. Snow accumulations of 1-3″ (that’s inches) at mid-upper elevations possible. Then later in the week partly cloudy with some continued cool temperatures.

What’s this weather mean for our winter trails? Minor improvement in the snow conditions at the mid-upper elevations with any additional snow and at least holding on to what we have. Various reports from visitors just north of us in Washington and Northern Oregon indicate the meager snow pack here in the Central Oregon Cascades is about the best for the northwest at this time.

Conditions at local snow parks at this time are as follows:

Dutchman Sno-Park – Fair to somewhat good (how many degrees of “good” can there be?) snow conditions for nordic skiing, snowmobiling and snowshoeing. Increasing low snow hazards. Some limited snowmobile trail grooming has occured over the weekend. A big “thank you” to John White, Moon Country Snowmobile Club Grooming Chair for getting out and smoothing out some of
the bumps on a very maginal snow base.

Elk Lake Resort is planning on closing for the winter season on March 4. They will reopen sometime before summer season rolls around.

Vista Butte – Fair to poor conditions for skiing and snowshoeing.

Edison Sno-Park – Poor to marginal snow conditions for winter sports. Hard and icy to soft and springlike snow with increasing low snow hazards appearing.

Swampy Sno-Park – Fair to marginally good snow conditions for skiing and snowshoeing. Add 3-6 inches of new snow on the existing base and
conditions would be good to very good.

Wanoga Sno-Park – Fair to marginal snow conditions for snowmobiling. Hard and icy to soft and springlike snow with increasing low snow hazards.

Meissner Sno-Park – Fair (higher up) to inadequate snow. Lower elevation trails have many bare spots and low snow hazards.

Skyliner Sno-Park – Poor to inadequate snow conditions. Mostly icy with many bare areas.

Six Mile – No snow!

Ten Mile – Marginal snow with bare areas around the snow park but improving into the higher elevations.

Let’s hope for more snow in March!

Summer trail conditions at the lower elevations are for the most part, it depends on the day situation. We have been on a roller coaster ride
between winter-like (frozen and hard) to spring-like (soft and muddy) conditions on the Deschutes River Trails and trails out of Phils Trailhead.
Frozen and hard while maybe being better for the trails can be rough for hiking and biking on frozen ruts. Soft and muddy conditions are neither good for the trail nor the trail users as trails are rutted and prone to erosion and the users can get quite muddy and wet in the process. Using soft and muddy trails also increases the maintenance requirements as well.
Really, the best thing you can do for these soft and muddy, presently “fragile” trails and yourself is to avoid them until conditions dry out and harden up.

The horse trails out of Horse Butte (southeast of Bend) are fairing better at this time as they have dried out enough to make for a decent tread

Here’s a present trail conditions perspective from a Central Oregon Trails Alliance (COTA) and mt biking representive who knows poor conditions when he sees them:
just posted at
by Mark DeJohn

Local trails are taking heavy damage!

read and respond to it at

I have heard many people lately talking about how the trails are getting all rutted and hard to ride because it is so muddy. Right now the amount of labor to repair the trails is skyrocketing. Our soil here in central oregon is not like soil in the valley. It is going to go from mud to bone dry in a short period of time leaving us with ruts. I have been working the dirt in the woods for the past 8 years and I can tell you that the damage inflicted in the early season will carry over for the entire summer.

So here is my call for help to all of the riders that have enjoyed this early season of riding on the trails: Please take the time to show up for a
trail work event this year and give back to the trail network. Convince your friends to come along and bring some of there friends. With your help we will maintain a great resource that we all love.

Tips for riding at this time of year:

1. Ride at an earlier time of day when the ground is still frozen and you leave no impact.

2. Ride where there is no mud, and if you encounter mud either get off your bike and walk or turn around and head back because the trails are not ready for riding.

3. Ride someplace without mud like Horse Ridge.

4. Build your base fitness by jumping on the road bike instead.

No matter what you do to help keep our trails in good shape please avoid them when they are mud bogs.

Thanks for understanding,

Mark DeJohn
IMBA Rep. Eastern Oregon
COTA Member

To post a reply to this on click the “Add Your Input!” links on the site or click this:

With that note we’re asking that trail users (hikers, bikers and horse riders) be patient with our presently challenging “inbetween seasons” and
seriously think about the impacts they may be causing to trails during these sensitive thawing periods. Are the long term effects of rough and
eroded trails caused by using them too early worth it? Please remember to Tread Lightly!

Thanks and have a safe week!

2nd Street Theater presents Jesus Christ Superstar

2nd Street Theater presents Jesus Christ Superstar, music by Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Sir Tim Rice, opening March 17th and running through April 3rd.

This timeless, classic musical based on the last seven days in the life of Jesus of Nazareth will be directed by Maralyn Thoma Dougherty and Sandy Silver.

Tickets are $15.00 each and on sale now. For schedule information and ticket reservations, call the box office at 312-9626.

2nd Street Theater
220 NE Lafayette Ave.
Bend, OR 97701
(541) 312-9626

“Owning a Franchise” class on March 17

COCC’s Business Development Center is offering an “Owning a Franchise” class from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm on Thursday March 17 at the COCC Bend campus.

This workshop is designed to help participants decide whether franchise ownership is right for them. Instructor Terry Rost will cover how to choose a franchise, how to arrange financing, and other critical details.

Cost is $39. Call 383-7290 to register.

New weekly interview show debuts on Fox 39

Local Broadcaster, Carrie DiTullio is teaming up with Sun Mountain Video Productions to produce “Hot Topic”. The weekly interview show will debut on Local KFXO Channel 39 March 6th at 6:30 PM.

DiTullio will host and produce the show while Phil Pierce of Sun Mountain Video Productions will direct the production. Pierce has produced local news programs for Fox 39 the last 6 years. DiTullio and Pierce have both worked in the Central Oregon television industry since the early 1990’s.

DiTullio says the lead segment will provide the community with a deeper, more balanced discussion on both sides of local, controversial issues.” There will also be regular segments with the Bend Parks and Recreation District in an effort to stay informed with how our tax dollars are being used. Other segments will include “news you can use”, ranging from legal and medical advice to activities at the children’s museum.

DiTullio and Pierce plan to shoot “Hot Topic” downtown Bend where it will be visible to anyone who would like to watch the taping. “We want to bring some of the Today Show production style to Central Oregon”….says DiTullio.

“Hot Topic” will air Sunday nights at 6:30pm on KFXO 39, beginning March 6th . For more information, please call Carrie DiTullio at 383.9032 or 280.0992.

U.S. 97/U.S. 26 Willow Creek bridge project

Contractor crews are currently working to remove the existing U.S. 97/U.S. 26 Willow Creek Bridge in Madras. During the week of February 28, contractor crews may intermittently stop traffic to facilitate removal of the existing bridge beams. This work is anticipated to take place between 9:00 p.m. and 11:00 a.m. During these closures, motorists should expect delays of up to 20 minutes.

Crews anticipate working Monday through Friday, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., with intermittent night and weekend work possible.

About the U.S. 97/U.S. 26 Willow Creek Bridge – Depot Road Project
Hap Taylor and Sons construction crews broke ground on the U.S. 97/U.S. 26 Willow Creek Bridge/ Depot Road Project on February 14. This project is located near the north ‘Y’ in Madras between mile point (MP) 92 on U.S. 97 and MP 117 on U.S. 26.

The U.S. 97/U.S. 26 Willow Creek Bridge – Depot Road Project will reconfigure and signalize the intersection of U.S. 97 and U.S. 26 near the north city limits of Madras. This project provides for safety and enhancement improvements in the City of Madras on U.S. 26 / U.S. 97 from the existing Willow Creek Bridges (MP 92.12) to the intersection of N.E. Plum Street (MP 91.84) and pavement improvements on U.S. 26 between N.E. Plum Street and N.E. Depot Street (MP 116.80).

Additionally, crews will replace the northbound U.S. 97 (Fifth Street) Willow Creek Bridge structure and construct a retaining wall between the Fourth Street and Fifth Street bridges. A segmental block retaining wall will be constructed on Sixth Street to minimize right of way impacts.

These construction projects are expected to be completed in October.

The $6.1 Million U.S. 97/U.S. 26 Willow Creek Bridge/ Depot Road Project is funded by the Oregon Transportation Investment Act (OTIA) . During the next decade, OTIA will repair or replace hundreds of bridges, pave and maintain city and county roads, improve and expand interchanges, add new capacity to Oregon’s highway system, and remove freight bottlenecks statewide. About 18 family-wage jobs are sustained for every $1 million spent on transportation construction in Oregon. Each year during the OTIA program, construction projects will sustain about 5,000 family-wage jobs.

Subaru Race and Ace Challenge

The Third Annual Subaru Race and Ace Challenge presented by Bud Light will take place on Saturday, May 7, 2005 at Mt. Bachelor and Sunriver Resort. Touted as North America’s premier ski and golf competition, the event features a single-day format that tests two-sport athletes as they ski or snowboard on dual giant slalom courses in the morning and golf 18 holes in the afternoon. The event will feature three divisions of competition: elite individual, and two and four-person teams.

The Subaru Race and Age Challenge has grown significantly since its inception in 2003. In 2004, participation nearly tripled from 45 to 130 competitors. More than 200 entries are expected for 2005. The Race and Ace half-hour TV show has also been a big success, having aired or scheduled to air this year, in over 100 U.S. markets. Also new for 2005 the event welcomes Subaru, Bud Light and Nike Golf as premier sponsors.

Race Format – At Mt. Bachelor, skiers and snowboarders will make two runs on alternating giant-slalom courses. In scoring the elite individual and two-person team divisions, times from all runs will be utilized. Scoring for four-person teams will require the use of only the top four run times from all members. Percentage-of-time handicaps will be allotted to snowboarders and women. At the end of the race competition, competitors in each division will be ranked from first to last.

Golf Format – At Sunriver Resort, elite individual entrants will compete for low gross and low net scores but must have a USGA established handicap to compete in the optional net competition. Teams will play either a two-person or four-person scramble and will not be handicapped. Following play, a golf ranking will be developed for each division and combined with respective ski rankings to determine an overall winner in each division.

Thanks to the support of Challenge participants and partners Mt. Bachelor and Sunriver Resort, the event will be making many improvements in 2005. Several changes have been implemented to enhance the overall experience for competitors.

The ski and snowboard competition will expand to four, giant-slalom courses and be equipped with additional timing and scoring displays. Personalized touches such as custom gate banners and racer bibs will be introduced and race crews from Mt. Bachelor Ski Education Foundation (MBSEF) will provide race coordination.

Changes have also been made to increase capacity. In addition to the expansion of the race format, a second golf course at Sunriver Resort will be reserved. Should entries require, play will be expanded to include both the Woodlands and Meadows courses. Also, a pre-registration reception on Friday night will help to prepare competitors and insure smooth operations on Saturday.

Finally, a new Web site has been created to provide information, race results, press materials, photos and videos from past competitions. Participants may also register teams and individuals on the site. Developed by Portland based web designer, Web NW, the site is located at

The deadline for entry in the Subaru Race and Ace Challenge is Friday, April 29. An early registration fee of $159 per person includes skiing and golf as well as the Friday night registration and cocktail reception at Sunriver Resort, a box lunch at Mt. Bachelor’s West Village Lodge, a Saturday awards dinner at Sunriver Resort and a participant gift bag with prizes from Nike Golf, Bud Light and others. After March 1, registration fees increase to $169. For online registration or additional information, please visit Lodging discounts are available to competitors who wish to stay at Sunriver Resort. For information about lodging contact the resort at

Sunriver Resort has a total of 54 holes of championship golf (Woodlands, Crosswater and Meadows); 28 tennis courts; a new 35,000 square foot spa; 35 miles of paved bike paths; three swimming complexes; horseback riding; indoor racquet club; canoeing; whitewater rafting; fly fishing; shopping village and nature center. As a tribute to its world-class fly-fishing, the Resort was recently designated an Orvis-endorsed property, one of only 38 in North America. For more information please visit

The Northwest’s premier ski and snowboard resort, Mt. Bachelor is in the Cascade Mountain Range just 22 miles southwest of Bend, Oregon. 3,683 acres of terrain surround the classic cone-shaped peak of 9,065 feet. Mt. Bachelor receives 350 inches of light, dry snow each year. Ski Magazine readers have ranked Mt. Bachelor’s lifts some of best in North America and Transworld Snowboarder Magazine ranks it among its Top 10. For more info visit