Mr. BBQ serves up 2nd hour on Portland radio

SALEM – Starting June 4, radio listeners in the Northwest will enjoy double helpings of lip smacking cooking tips from their favorite barbecuing broadcaster, Bruce Bjorkman (a.k.a. Mr. Barbecue), every Saturday of the year.

That’s because the time slot for “Cooking Outdoors
with Mr. Barbecue,” broadcast weekly on Portland’s NewsRadio 750 KXL, has been increased to two hours. Now, from noon until 2 p.m., outdoor cooking enthusiasts can tune in to the nation’s only year-round radio show devoted
exclusively to outdoor cooking.

“Listeners have been clamoring for KXL to add a second hour to the show,” say Bjorkman, host of the popular call-in radio program and author of The Great Barbecue Companion (1996, Crossing Press). The lively, fast-paced program debuted in April 2002, and was originally broadcast from April to September. Last year, the show was expanded to its current 52-week format on the top-rated Portland News/Talk outlet.

Bjorkman says the next step is to secure nationwide syndication of the program. “People throughout America are using their grills 10 to 12 months out of the year, depending where they live,” he notes. “A couple years ago, The Wall Street Journal reported about folks in the Snow Belt who grill or barbecue even during the depths of winter, so a national, year-round barbecue-grilling show isn’t far-fetched by any means.”

Bruce Bjorkman is a nationally recognized expert on barbecuing, grilling and smoking. He is the host of the 52-week radio show, “Cooking Outdoors with Mr. Barbecue,” heard on NewsRadio 750 KXL, Portland, Ore., from noon to 2 p.m. PST. The show also can be heard via the Internet at KXL.com.

Bjorkman is the author of The Great Barbecue Companion, a consistently top-selling barbecue book on Amazon.com. Bjorkman has been featured on the Do-It-Yourself Network’s Grilling & BBQ Workshops, The Food Network’s Food Finds and has been an Editor-at-Large for National Barbecue News. He is the founder of BBQ-U, a six-hour, hands-on barbecue-training course, which since 1994, has been attended by hundreds of outdoor cooking enthusiasts.

For more information, visit www.mrbbq.info.

Payday loan limits pass senate

SALEM -The Oregon Senate today passed SB 545, a bill protecting consumers of payday loans from exorbitant interest rates and other excessive terms.

Senate Bill 545 limits the interest payday loan companies can charge to $15 per $100 loan. With a 14 day loan period, payday lenders would still be able to generate 300% annual percentage rates with this cap. Senate Bill 545 would prohibit lenders from renewing loans unless 25% of the original principle has been paid. This provision prevents the lender from charging excessive fees on loans without allowing the consumer to pay down the principle.

Senate Bill 545 also limits loan amounts to $1000 or 25% of the consumer’s monthly gross income, and requires payday loan businesses to license with the state Department of Consumer and Business Services.

“This bill provides needed protections to consumers of payday loans without putting the industry out of business,” said Senator Floyd Prozanski (D-South Lane/North Douglas counties). “The Senate Commerce Committee worked very hard with individuals representing all sides of this issue,” he continued. “It is appropriate for the legislature to step in to stop abusive practices.”

The interest limit of 15% puts Oregon on par with other West coast states such as Washington and California. “As it stands right now Oregon consumers do not have the same protections that our neighbors have,” said Senator Charlie Ringo (D – Beaverton). “Oregonians deserve the same types of protections that Washingtonians deserve.”

“Capping…payday loans would have other benefits that fiscal conservatives might like, keeping the working poor from going into bankruptcy or the state’s welfare offices,” wrote conservative columnist David Reinhard in an April 24th column in The Oregonian.

The Senate vote was largely along party lines, with all Senate Republicans voting against it. Senate Bill 545 now moves to the House of Representatives.

Students to present county land options

On Thursday, June 9, students from Central Oregon Community College’s School of Forestry will present land management plan options to Deschutes County elected officials. The options are designed for a parcel of County-owned land located north of Sisters. The presentation will be the culmination of work for the Forest Resource Planning Class at Central Oregon Community College (COCC).

In March 2005, Deschutes County Board of County Commissioners entered into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with both COCC and the Oregon State University Cascade Campus. The agreement provides Deschutes County lands for educational use for Forestry and Natural Resources Department students. Instructors from the COCC program may assign students learning exercises, field trips, or sample collecting on the County-owned land for learning purposes.

The presentation on June 9 by the Forest Resource Planning Class will be the first demonstration of how the MOU works both for the County and the students. COCC Professor Michael Fisher and Deschutes County Forester Joe Stutler have worked with the students to provide guidance and support to reach their assignment goal. Essentially, the presentation by the students will be part of their final semester exam.

For more information on the educational partnership between Deschutes County and Central Oregon Community College, please call 322-7117.

ODFW: Leave wildlife in the wild

SALEM – As Oregonians gear up for the start of the outdoor season, ODFW officials today offered a strong reminder to those who come across baby deer, bear, raccoon, and other apparently ‘orphaned’ wildlife.

“It may or may not be an orphan when you find it, but if you remove any baby animal from the wild, it certainly becomes one and its chances of survival decrease quickly,” said ODFW Conservation Planner and Wildlife Biologist Holly Michael. “Our motto is, ‘if you care, leave ’em there.'”

Michael noted that deer, elk and other game animals often stash their young while foraging during the afternoons. Hikers, bikers and other outdoor enthusiasts each spring encounter what appear to be “orphans” and attempt to rescue the animals by removing them from their habitat. Officials say that, unless the death of the adult animal is witnessed first-hand, no baby animal should be presumed orphaned.

“Baby animals need their parents to teach them important survival skills, like finding food and escaping from predators,” Michael said. “Animals raised by people never learn these skills, and are ill-equipped to survive on their own in the wild. They often perish shortly after release.”

Wildlife officials offered the following tips for some of the more frequently “rescued” Oregon wildlife species:

* Baby birds: Nestlings (baby birds not fully feathered) can be gently and quickly returned to the nest. If the nest is out of reach, place the bird on an elevated branch or fence, out of the reach of children and pets. Leave the area so the parents can return.

* Deer: Fawns often are left for several hours at a time, but are well adapted to their surroundings. Unless you see the parent killed, it is safe to presume the doe is nearby. In fact, your presence could be what is keeping the doe away.

* Raccoons and squirrels: Animal rehabilitation facilities in suburban and urban areas get overloaded with squirrels and raccoons each spring. Raccoons are a major transmitter of diseases dangerous to people and pets, including a virus that can cause permanent blindness in humans. Both species are highly adaptive animals, and many babies that appear too young to make it on their own are capable of surviving, especially in suburban and urban environments where food is plentiful and predators are few.

* Seal pups: Like deer, seals often leave their young for hours at a time while foraging. People should maintain at least 100 yards between themselves and seal pups, and remember to keep their dogs on leashes. Female seals will not return to their pups if people are in the vicinity.

Individuals who have questions about baby wildlife should contact a local ODFW office, an Oregon State Police Game Program office, or a local wildlife rehabilitator or care center.

“People who try to help wildlife by removing them from the wild often cause the death of the animal they’re trying to help,” Michael said. “While it is sometimes difficult to resist the urge to help an animal that appears in need, it’s often best to let nature take its course.”

Hophead Imperial IPA back by popular demand

Back by popular demand is Bend Brewing Co.’s Hophead Imperial IPA on tap and in 22 oz. bottles. Hophead Imperial IPA, first released on tap last summer, is Bend Brewing Co.’s personal gift to those who live life in pursuit of the hop. Hophead packs an excessively hoppy punch, which slides into a smooth finish.

A limited run of bottles of Hophead Imperial IPA will be available for purchase at Bend Brewing Co. beginning May 27. Visitors to the brewpub can also choose to dine on the patio overlooking Mirror Pond, now open for the season.

Bend Brewing Co. specializes in fresh beers brewed to match the spirit, beauty and charm of Bend itself. The brewery produces five signature brews and a wide range of seasonal ales, and the restaurant’s menu features a fabulous selection of lunch or dinner items including sandwiches, pasta, seafood, steak, pizza, and delicious daily specials. Open 11:30 – close seven days a week and offering Happy Hour from 4 – 6 p.m. daily, Bend Brewing Co. is located at 1019 NW Brooks St in downtown Bend. For more information call (541) 383-1599.

Memorial fund created for state hospital

SALEM – At the request of Senate President Peter Courtney, the Oregon Department of Human Services this week created a fund to receive donations for an Oregon State Hospital memorial.

The hospital currently stores about 3,490 unclaimed cremated remains of former patients. Senator Courtney (D-Salem/Gervais/ Woodburn) formed a work group to bring forth ideas and develop recommendations for an appropriate resting place for the cremated remains. The hospital’s phase-one master plan, released May 16 by KMD Architects of San Francisco, included a recommendation to establish a memorial for the dignified, perpetual care of the unclaimed cremated remains and to collect and archive historical documents, photos and other data to preserve hospital history.

“Oregonians have been touched by the story of the cremains because it symbolizes our long-term neglect of people with mental illness. Oregonians and others across the country have contacted my office asking to donate to a memorial fund. Now, we have a way for them to do so,” said Courtney.

Anyone wanting to contribute to the fund to create a memorial for the unclaimed cremated remains of former Oregon State Hospital patients may:

1. Write a check payable to “DHS OSH Memorial” and mail it to:

Oregon Department of Human Services

Attention: Mental Health Gift

PO Box 14006

Salem OR 97309-9899

2. Use VISA, Mastercard, or Discover credit cards by calling the Department of Human Services at (503) 947-9922 (this number staffed between 6 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.) and stating the credit card number, expiration date, name, address and contribution amount.

For more information about the memorial fund, please call Naomi Steenson in the governor’s advocacy office at (503) 945-5665. Please check with your own tax expert regarding whether or not a contribution would be tax deductible.

Governor Kulongoski to visit Bend, May 31

Governor will visit the Bend Armory, meet with staff, board members and cadets from the Oregon Youth Challenge Program; Meet and Tour Edge Wireless; and Meet with Juniper Ridge/Cascade Campus Coalition to discuss Central Oregon k-20 education center

What: Tour Bend National Guard Armory and Meet with Youth Challenge Program cadets and staff to discuss program success, curriculum, and future goals of the program

When: 9:30 a.m.

Where: Bend National Guard Armory
875 SW Simpson Ave.
Bend

Who: Governor Kulongoski, Representatives from the Oregon National Guard, Board Members, Staff and Cadets from the Youth Challenge Program

What: Meet with Edge Wireless Executives and Tour Facility and discuss the Governor’s economic development agenda, including workforce training and state strategic investment opportunities

When: 11:00 a.m.

Where: Edge Wireless
650 SW Columbia – Suite 7200
Bend

Who: Governor Kulongoski; Donnie Castleman, President and COO, Edge Wireless; Cal Cannon, Vice Chairman, Edge Wireless; and other executives and engineers

What: Meet with Juniper Ridge/Cascade Campus Planning Committee and representatives from Oregon State University to discuss the future of a Central Oregon k-20 education center and next steps for this potential public/private partnership

When: 2:00 p.m.

Where: Central Oregon Community College – Boyle Education Center Room 214

2600 NW College Way

Bend

Who: Governor Kulongoski; Dr. Ed Ray, President, Oregon State University

Sabah Randhawa, Provost & Executive V.P., OSU; Jay Casbon, Vice Provost/CEO, OSU Cascades Campus; Jock Mills, Director, Government Relations, OSU; Mark McCambridge, Vice President for Finance & Administration, OSU; Neil Bryant, Bryant, Lovlien & Jarvis, PC; and Bend area Juniper Ridge Planning Committee

What: Governor Kulongoski to speak briefly to the purpose of his visit and to answer questions from the press

When: 3:30 p.m. (immediately following meeting on Juniper Ridge/OSU Project)

Where: Central Oregon Community College – Boyle Education Center

2600 NW College Way

Bend

Who: Governor Kulongoski

Angling closed: Beacon Rock to Bonneville Dam

SALEM – As sturgeon angling throughout the Columbia River continues to improve and angling effort increases, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife officials today announced a correction on page 18 of the 2005 Sport Fishing supplemental booklet, which includes contradictory season dates for the area between Beacon Rock and Bonneville Dam.

Sturgeon angling in the stretch from Beacon Rock upstream to Bonneville Dam was open from Jan. 1 to April 30. It is now closed to all sturgeon angling through July 31. Catch-and-release angling will resume Aug. 1, and limited retention of sturgeon will be allowed on three days per week (Thursday, Friday, and Saturday) Oct. 1 through Dec. 31.

“The Columbia River from Beacon Rock upstream to Bonneville Dam is closed to all sturgeon angling during May, June, and July to protect broodstock sturgeon coming upriver to spawn,” said ODFW Deputy Fisheries Administrator Steve Williams. “This protection helps ensure the future of the world’s premier sturgeon fishery.”

Anglers are encouraged to contact local ODFW offices with questions.

Common sense and education are the key to cougar encounters

As Oregonians officially welcome the start of the outdoor season on Memorial Day Weekend, ODFW reminds outdoor enthusiasts to remain alert while enjoying Oregon’s natural resources.

While cougars spend the winter and early spring months close to the deer and elk herds that are their primary prey, spring and summer months find the herds – and the cats – dispersed throughout the countryside. An adult male cougar maintains a home range of 150 to 200 square miles or more, and the species inhabits every Oregon county.

“Cougars generally will go out of their way to steer clear of humans,” said ODFW Wildlife Division Manager Ron Anglin. “However, summer months in Oregon mean more people spending time outside, and we want everyone to have a safe, enjoyable time in the outdoors. Oregon’s big game species – from cougar and bear to elk and deer – can all be dangerous to people in the wrong circumstances. Everyone should know and take the simple precautions necessary to ensure safety in the outdoors.”

ODFW advises the following cougar precautions:

* Do not hike alone – Go in groups, with adults supervising small children.

* Do not approach a cougar – Most cougars will try to avoid a confrontation. Give them a clear way to escape.

* Do not run from a cougar – Running may stimulate their instinct to chase. Stand and face the animal. Make eye contact. If you have small children with you, pick them up so they do not panic and run. Do not bend over to pick them up, or turn your back on the cougar.

* Try to appear larger – Raise your arms, open your jacket, throw stones or whatever you can without crouching or turning your back. Wave your arms slowly and speak in a firm, loud voice.

* Fight back if attacked – Attacking cougars will go for the head and neck. Try to remain standing. Use rocks and sticks, jackets, garden tools, camping gear or any handy implement. Do not play dead or assume a fetal position.

For more information on cougars, contact ODFW for a copy of the brochure “Living with Mountain Lions.” The brochure also may be found on ODFW’s Web site at http://www.dfw.state.or.us/ODFWhtml/InfoCntrWild/Finalcougar21600.pdf.

Governor calls for flags half-staff Memorial Day

SALEM – Governor Ted. Kulongoski asked that all state flags at public institutions be flown at half-staff from sunrise until noon on Monday, May 30, in memory of those who made the supreme sacrifice for their country in the line of duty.

“The history of our state is rich with Oregonians who left the safety and security of their homes, families and communities to defend the freedoms we are allowed today, and Memorial Day is a day for us to honor those who gave their lives in order to help better the lives of others throughout the world. This year as we commemorate Memorial Day, we do so with special significance as thousands of Oregon’s finest citizens are still serving in Iraq, Afghanistan and in other important military assignments around the world.

“As we express our gratitude to Oregon’s soldiers for their tremendous sacrifice, we should also pay tribute to the service and sacrifice of our fallen heroes who fought so honorably to preserve the freedoms and liberties we all enjoy. It is our duty to preserve their memory for those who will come in the next generations. It is also our duty to teach the future generations the history of those sacrifices so that they understand their rights and duties as citizens of this great state and nation. I encourage each of you on this Memorial Day to speak with a young person about the price of our freedom and the importance of an active citizenry.”

– Governor Ted Kulongoski

The protocol for displaying the flag at half staff on Memorial Day is to raise the flag in the morning briskly to the top of the flag pole, then slowly lower it to the mid-way point of the pole. At noon the flag should be raised back up to the top of the flag pole.