Bend architects attend trade show

Todd Turner, AIA, Principal of BBT Architects, and Kevin Shaver, Project Manager, recently attended the Northwest Foodservice and Lodging Show held at the Oregon Convention Center presented by the Oregon and Washington Restaurant Association. This convention is the Pacific Northwest’s largest and most complete trade show for food service and lodging professionals and included exhibitors, seminars, and chef demonstrations.

BBT Architects, Inc., the premier architectural firm in Central and Eastern Oregon, has been providing public, commercial and resort architectural and planning services in Oregon since 1976.

Flagger class in Redmond on May 21

COCC’s Continuing Education Department is offering a Work Zone Traffic Control & Flagging class on Saturday May 21 from 9:00 am-2:30 pm at the Redmond COCC campus.

This class covers the fundamental principles of traffic control and meets the requirements of ODOT’s construction specifications. Successful completion results in four-state certification, valid for three years.

Cost is $59 and pre-registration is required-Call 383-7270 to register.

COCC hosts high school logging competition

The Associated Oregon Forestry Clubs annual Spring Conference and Skills Competition is being held at Central Oregon Community College on May 6 and 7. The COCC Forestry Club is the sponsor and more than a dozen high schools from throughout Oregon are expected to participate.

The teams compete in individual and team events, including physical challenges such as chainsaw bucking, log scaling and pole climbing; and more mental tasks such as job interviewing, map reading and public speaking.

Friday’s events will be in the classrooms at COCC. That evening, the group will hold its general business meeting and have its Leadership Banquet, both a Summit High School in Bend. Saturday’s outdoor activities will be held west of the Ponderosa Building at COCC, between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. Admission is free, and food will be available.

For more information, contact COCC Professor Michael Fisher at 383-7755.

Bond/Wall street Closure on May 1

Notification: Extension of Bond and Wall Streets Closure for re-surfacing project (Original project date: April 17)

Date: Sunday, May 1st
Time: Begin at 7:00 p.m. (until completion, approximately 6:00 a.m. on May 2)
Locations: Bond and Wall Streets between Franklin and Greenwood

For: Continuation of road improvements project, originally scheduled for April 17th. On the 17th, the re-surfacing of the lanes was halted prematurely due to equipment malfunctions. On May 1st crews will close the streets again to complete the project.

Flaggers, signs and cones will be used for control traffic.
Streets Supervisor: Brandon Raz

Baby chicks source of Salmonella outbreak

Five Oregon cases of Salmonella have been identified by public health officials, with the source of the outbreak being traced to baby chicks from a Washington hatchery.

Residents in the states of Washington and Idaho have also been affected.

Some people who were infected reported that they did not handle chicks directly, but had worked or passed through rooms where chicks were kept. Environments can be easily contaminated from bacteria in animal wastes, according to Emilio DeBess, DHS public health veterinarian.

The first cases of Salmonella Ohio-a rare serotype-were identified on April 11, with the most recent cases was reported on April 26, DeBess said. Public health officials warn that more cases could surface.

Baby chicks, usually sold by mail order or in feed stores, have been repeatedly identified as the source of salmonellosis outbreaks.

Thorough hand washing with soap and warm water is the most important way to prevent Salmonella or other infections, DeBess said. He also recommends that children be supervised so they do not nuzzle or kiss chicks or other fowl.

Salmonellosis is a bacterial infection that can cause severe diarrhea, fever, stomach cramps and chills. People are most often infected by eating food or drinking water contaminated with Salmonella or by contact with infected people or animals. Animals often infected with Salmonella include turtles, iguanas, other reptiles, cattle, chicks, ducklings and other birds.

Oregon, Washington, and Idaho public health officials have worked collaboratively to share information on this outbreak. More information on Salmonella is available at www.oregon.gov/DHS/ph/acd/diseases/salmonella/facts.shtml

ODFW seeks input on big game changes

BEND – The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife will host six public meetings in the High Desert Region in May to accept public comment on proposals for the 2005 big game controlled hunting seasons.

ODFW staff will offer a review of big game hunting season dates for 2005, as well as a review of big game regulations, information about herd health and populations, and proposed deer and elk tag recommendations.

The following public meetings are scheduled in the High Desert Region:

ONTARIO: Monday, May 2, 7-9 p.m., Malheur County Extension Office, 710 SW 5th Ave.

LAKEVIEW: Tuesday, May 3, 6-9 p.m., Lakeview Eagle’s Lodge, 27 South E Street

THE DALLES: Tuesday, May 3, 7-9 p.m., ODFW Fish Screens Shop, 3561 Klindt Drive

REDMOND: Wednesday, May 4, 7-9 p.m., Redmond High School, 675 SW Rimrock

KLAMATH FALLS: Tuesday, May 10, 7-9 p.m., OSU Extension Office, 3328 Vandenberg Rd

BURNS: Thursday, May 12, 7-9 p.m., Museum Club Room, 18 West D Street

The meetings also will include review and discussion of proposals from the Archery Hunting Review Committee, a public working group representing hunters. The committee recently completed a two-year review of archery hunting issues statewide and produced a series of proposals for the 2006 hunting season that address hunter crowding, herd management and mandatory hunter education. The Department has reviewed and analyzed the committee’s recommendations, and will provide its general proposals to the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission for consideration at its May meeting.

The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission will set the number of tags available for the 2005 controlled hunts at its June 10 meeting in Salem. The Commission also will consider the recommendations from both the department and the Archery Hunting Review Committee at that meeting, and will direct the Department to develop possible changes for the 2006 archery seasons for Commission action at its October 2005 meeting in Salem.

Oregon offers general season and controlled season hunts. During the controlled seasons, the number of tags is limited and hunters must apply for them by May 15. There is no limit to the number of general season tags sold.

Interested individuals also may testify at the May 13 Commission meeting in Prineville and the June 10 meeting in Salem. Written comments can be sent to ODFW Wildlife Division, 3406 Cherry Ave NE, Salem, OR 97303 or e-mailed to Thomas.L.Thornton@state.or.us

Monthly ‘Coffee with ODOT’ in Redmond

The community is encouraged to join Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) team members for “Coffee with ODOT” on Wednesday, May 4, at Local Grounds Café in Redmond. This no-host coffee mixer will begin at 8:00 a.m. on the first Wednesday of each month. Residents are encouraged to bring questions, comments, concerns and kudos regarding the upcoming ‘Glacier-Highland Couplet’ and ‘Highway 97 Reroute’ projects.

Representatives from Hap Taylor and Sons Construction and ODOT will be available to discuss construction schedules for the OR 126: Glacier-Highland Couplet project. Additionally, a new project map showing general locations of new trees, ornamental lighting, paver sidewalks and landscaping will be available for review.

About the Projects
The Glacier-Highland Couplet will correct traffic snarls and heavy congestion that have become a daily occurrence on Highland Avenue (OR126). Once completed westbound OR126 traffic will use Glacier and Highland will facilitate vehicles moving eastbound on OR126 – eliminating the serious clogging we see today on the highway.

In addition solving traffic congestion, ODOT is building new landscaping strips and wider sidewalks, a new pedestrian under-crossing and crosswalks in the area to enhance community livability in Redmond.

The Highway 97 Reroute project will create a new, less congested north-south travel option for residents and visitors of Redmond and give downtown businesses the opportunity to attract shoppers to a more peaceful area.

Once complete, the new north-south Highway 97 Reroute alignment will run between the canal and railroad on the east side of town from just north of Veterans way on the south end, to just south of the O’Neil Highway junction on the north end.

Bend Christian Writers meeting, May 9

“Finding Inspiration for Writing” is the topic for the Bend Christian Writers meeting 7 p.m. Monday, May 9 at The Bookmark, 228 NE Greenwood in Bend. Cindy Prescher, director of Redmond Writers, will be the presenter.

Prescher freelances for print and online markets and operates Wordcrafter Writing & Editing service. She is currently marketing a nonfiction book that explores what happens when parents stop parenting their children too soon. Cindy Prescher can be reached at wordcrafter1@msn.com.

Other business will include progress reports regarding the Bend Writers Conference planned for September 23 and 24 in Bend.

For more information call Carolyn Haller, 382-0842.

ODFW reminds hunters to apply for hunts

SALEM – State wildlife officials are urging big game hunters to apply for this fall’s controlled big game hunts as quickly as possible to avoid the lines expected to occur near the May 15 deadline.

Hunters should submit their applications through their local license agent, mail order or Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife office. However, because the deadline falls on a Sunday this year, ODFW offices will not be open that day, and some license agents also may be closed.

ODFW limits the number of hunters for particular hunts to improve game management and enhance the hunting experience. Hunters must apply for tags for these “controlled” hunts in the spring. A random computer drawing occurs in June and hunters are notified by June 20 if they were successful.

Pronghorn, bighorn sheep, mountain goat, eastern Oregon buck deer, many eastern Oregon bull elk seasons, and most antlerless deer and elk seasons are managed via the controlled hunt system. The cost to apply is $4.50 per hunt type. Hunters must have a 2005 hunting license to apply.

Hunters will receive quicker service at a license agent if they have the following materials readily available: hunting license or Hunter/Angler Identification Number, a list of the hunts being applied for, and, if applicable, the party leader’s license number.

ODFW asks hunters not to wait until the final days before the May 15 deadline to apply for controlled hunt tags. Applying early helps avoid overloading ODFW’s aging Point-of-Sale computerized system and prevents other associated application problems.

Bend resident arrested in meth investigation

On April 29th, the Central Oregon Drug Enforcement Team (CODE) concluded a two month long investigation into the trafficking of methamphetamine into Deschutes County from the Salem area by Arturo Ponce Cabrera, 29.

With the arrest of Barry Andrew Peckat,42 of Bend, and Cabrera over $2500 dollars in cash, two stolen pistols, two stolen lap top computers, and three quarters of a pound of methamphetamine were seized in three separate searches.

On April 29th, at approximately 5:00pm, Peckat was taken into custody by detectives assigned to the CODE team near the intersection of NE Neff and NE 27th streets. Peckat was a person of interest for several months in relationship to the sales of methamphetamine in the Bend area. After being arrested Peckat was found to be in possession of two and one half ounces of methamphetamine (with a street value of over $7000), over $2500 in cash, and two stolen lap-top computers.

From previous investigations it had been determined that Peckat was being supplied with large quantities of methamphetamine by Cabrera for resale in Central Oregon.

At approximately 9:00 p.m. a search warrant was executed at Peckat’s residence, 21583 E. Stem Place, Bend, Oregon, by Detectives from the CODE team and member of the Central Oregon Emergency Response Team. During the search two stolen pistols, 1/8th of an ounce of methamphetamine, drug scales, drug sales records, and drug packaging material were seized as evidence.
Upon review of evidence seized during the searches of Peckat’s vehicle and residence and through further investigation it was determined that Cabrera was due to deliver of a shipment of methamphetamine to Pickat on the evening the 29th, at a location near the City of Detroit, Oregon.

At approximately 11:00 p.m., detectives from the Code Team, while being assisted by the Bend office of Oregon State Police, located Cabrera near MP 44, on Hwy 22, near Detroit Reservoir Dam. Cabrera was taken into custody without incident.

Cabrera was found to be in possession of one half of a pound of methamphetamine that was packaged for resale. It was determined that Cabrera was preparing to deliver methamphetamine to Peckat.

The methamphetamine seized by the CODE team during these arrests has a street resale value of over $33,500 dollars, and was of sufficient quantity to provide over 1300 user quantity doses to those in our communities who would be willing to purchase this drug.

The Central Oregon Drug Enforcement (CODE) Team is a multi-jurisdictional narcotics task force comprised of detectives from all Central Oregon law enforcement agencies including: Bend Police Department, Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office, Redmond Police Department, Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, Warm Springs Police Department, Crook County Sheriff’s Office, Prineville Police Department, United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), and the Oregon National Guard.

The Central Oregon Emergency Response Team (CERT) is a multi-jurisdictional Special Weapons and Tactics Team (SWAT) and is comprised of Officers from the Bend Police Department, Redmond Police Department, Prineville Police Department, Deschutes County Sheriffs Department, Crook County Sheriffs Department, Madras Police Department, Tactical Medics from the City of Bend Fire Department, and a physician from St. Charles Medical Center.