Three days added to Pacific halibut all-depth sport fishery

NEWPORT – Sport anglers will have an additional three days to fish for Pacific halibut off the Oregon central coast this week, as remaining quota from the spring all-depth season allows an opening June 30 through July 2.

“If the weather cooperates, there should be plenty of sport anglers on the Oregon coast and we could easily reach the quota during this holiday weekend,” said Don Bodenmiller, sport halibut project leader for the Marine Resources Program of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. “If the weather is bad and we don’t reach the quota, we will have more fishing opportunities later in July.”

The spring all-depth season from Cape Falcon (30 miles south of the Columbia River) south to Humbug Mountain (south of Port Orford) had 12 open dates in May and June. The three additional days were added because anglers didn’t reach the spring quota of 173,372 pounds.

With nearly 41,000 pounds still available to the fishery, more days may be added if the quota is not reached during this opening. Any additional dates will be July 14, 15, 16, 28, 29 and 30. If there isn’t enough available quota to offer three days, preference will be given first to Saturday then to Friday, Bodenmiller said.

The open days will be announced on the National Marine Fisheries Service hotline (1-800-662-9825) and posted on the ODFW Marine Resources Program Web site at: www.dfw.state.or.us/mrp. Click on the picture of the halibut.

This year’s sport and commercial combined halibut quota is 1.33 million pounds for Oregon, California and Washington. That’s down about 10 percent from last year, but is about the same as the quota for the 2002 and 2003 fishery.

The daily bag limit for Pacific halibut is one fish and the annual limit is six. One regulation change to this year’s season is that there is no minimum length for Pacific halibut. In previous years, halibut less than 32 inches long had to be released off Oregon and California. Another change for 2005, sport anglers do not have to keep the first fish they catch.

The high-relief area of Stonewall Bank is closed to halibut fishing to reduce incidental catch of yelloweye rockfish and canary rockfish. Both species are considered over fished and must be released immediately. The closed area is defined by latitude and longitude waypoints, which are available on the Marine Resources Program Web site.

For the summer all-depth sport halibut season the quota for the Oregon central coast is 57,791 pounds. The fishery will be open on the following dates until the quota is taken: Aug. 5, 6, 7, 19, 20, 21 and Sept. 2, 3, 4, 16, 17, 18, 30 and Oct. 1, 2, 14, 15, 16, 28, 29 and 30. More days and possibly a second fish to the bag limit will be added if the catch is low, Bodenmiller said.

Sport anglers are reminded that possession of groundfish is not allowed north of Humbug Mountain when a Pacific halibut is aboard their vessel during all-depth Pacific halibut dates. The one exception is sablefish (black cod), which may be retained with halibut in May and October. Other non-groundfish species, such as tuna and salmon during authorized seasons, may be possessed with halibut on open all-depth Pacific halibut days.

The fishery along Oregon’s central coast is open seven days a week inside 40 fathoms until the 20,101-pound quota is reached or Oct. 31, which ever occurs first. The fishery remains open seven days a week south of Humbug Mountain. The fishery north of Cape Falcon is closed.

Blues Quarter dates for July 2005

Blues Quarter will Perform at the Red White & Blues Festival On July 4th @ 4:00 pm on the locals stage. For more details click on this link.
www.thetwins.com/103320.aspx

Yes our participation in this event is a great opportunity for the band but let’s not over look the reason for our presence there. Bend’s local Bands including: Ruckus, The Bond Brothers and Blues Quarter are donating there time and talent in support of one of our own.

Please come to this all day event and help support Bob & Schar Ackers. A Great time will be had by all. Click the link above to view the full schedule.

Also Blues Quarter will perform on July 6th in Sunriver as part of this years Music in the Village series from 6:00 to 9:00 pm. See you at the Sunriver Mall.

Deschutes County Fair seeks entries for homemade goods

Deschutes County Fair officials are looking for home-made creations at the 2005 “Open Class, Non-Livestock” competition. Winners can be awarded a little cash and a nice ribbon if they place in their category!

If you enjoy painting, baking, preserving canned goods, knitting, ceramics or photography, you can enter to win in Open Class Non-Livestock competitions. Children can also enter their artwork in the “KidsCorner,” a special place to highlight you the and their artistry.

You may have walked the Open Class exhibit in the South Sister building at the Deschutes County Fair in past years. The exhibit promotes home-made creations from many local and creative people.

Artists and crafters can enter ten different categories at this year’s Open Class competition:
-Baked Goods & Confections
-Food Preservation (jams, etc.)
-Clothing & Textiles
-Fiber Arts (home-grown wools)
-Handcrafts & Ceramics
-Ceramics
-Fine Arts -Photography
-Kids Corner
-Community Booths (open to agricultural, community service & youth-oriented Groups.)
Your entry can win you $50 to $150!

Open Class Non-Livestock entries can be brought by the Deschutes County Fairgrounds in Redmond, (East side of the South Sister Building) now through Friday, July 22 at 5:00pm except for the days of July 5th through July 17th (GNAR RV rally). Entries will be taken Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 5:00pm.

Register anytime online at www.entrycenter.com . Pick-up a premium book (entry form inside) at any Les Schwab store, the Bulletin or at the Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center.

Please call 548-2711 for more information.

Governor to meet with education leaders

Salem – Governor Ted Kulongoski today will meet with education leaders to discuss the Achieve “American Diploma Project.” The roundtable discussion will focus on the Governor’s vision for high school standards and preparing students to be ready for college, ready for work and ready for citizenship.

Attendees include: Mike Cohen, Achieve; State Superintendent of Public Instruction Susan Castillo; Deputy Superintendent Vickie Fleming; Acting OUS Chancellor George Pernsteiner; Duncan Wyse, President of the Oregon Business Council (also a member of the State Board of Education); Morgan Anderson, Intel Foundation; Connie Green, Oregon Department of Community Colleges.

Art Camps are Happen’ at the Art Station

Summer is the Art Station’s busiest season! During the summer, the Art Station provides a huge array of theme-based art camps for children and teens ages 4 – 17. For younger children ages 2 – 3, parent-tot classes are held on Fridays to introduce paint, clay, colors, shapes and stimulate experimentation. Adult workshops include mosaics, image transfer, and painting .

Our camps are designed to help children and teens actively learn to think using clay, paint, paper, and art tools. Students explore ideas through popular themes, personal experience, children’s literature and artists’ lives. Projects vary in each camp and are unique to each child. The curriculum is designed to stimulate and enhance your child’s imagination, problem-solving skills, and hand-eye coordination.

Instructors are professional artists and art specialists following state education guidelines of “Best Practices.” Fun, yet focused, the Art Station camps offer children a wonderful opportunity to explore different art materials, learn art history and vocabulary and develop their own unique self-expression. Along with these tremendous benefits, children have loads of fun and time to be creative, make new friends and explore the thrilling world of art.

The Art Station offers a full schedule of four-day camps every week (Monday – Thursday) through the summer and ending the week of August 29th. Children can take just one camp or several camps through the summer! Four different camps are available each week – two in the clay studio (9 a.m.- Noon and 1 – 4 pm) and two in the multi-media studio (9 a.m.- Noon and 1 – 4 pm). Each of the four camps offered per week are for different age groups: ages 4 – 6, 6 – 8, 9 – 12 and 13 – 17. Weekly camps cost $83. Need based scholarships are available. Call 617-1317 for more information.

Natural gas price topic of hearing

Salem, OR -The Oregon Public Utility Commission will hold its annual “Natural Gas Outlook” June 27 in Salem in the Commission’s main hearing room at 550 Capitol Street. There will be a briefing from a wide range of experts regarding the long and short term outlooks for natural gas prices for home heating, industry, and for generation of electricity.

Officials from Oregon’s three natural gas distribution companies will be among those scheduled to share their insights with the Commission.

The three natural gas companies in Oregon, which serve a total of 630,000 customers, are: Northwest Natural Gas, Avista and Cascade. Northwest Natural serves about 501,000 customers, Avista about 82,000 and Cascade nearly 47,000.

The Commission will adjust each company’s rates in October to reflect changes in the wholesale price of natural gas. The Purchased Gas Adjustment (PGA) passes through to customers increases or decreases in the utility’s cost of buying gas for the upcoming year. It also addresses differences between forecasted gas costs in the previous year with actual costs. The companies make no profit from these adjustments.

NATURAL GAS SUPPLY, DEMAND AND PRICE

The Long- and Short-Term Outlook

June 27, 2005

1:30 p.m.

Main Hearing Room

Poetry Reading & Book Signing with Christa Laririt

Christa Laririt is a poet and spoken work artist who recently released her second full-length book of poetry titled Figures upon Figures (March 2005). It takes place in the forest, on the sea, in the city, in the home, and inside the person. She weaves myth, dreams, stories, and personal experience into poetic works of art. Her jewels are not thrown out to the audience, but rather presented carefully one by one. Her work is indicative of a soul’s journey in this world and all the worlds connected to it. She asks questions of herself and her readers, strives for higher meaning. Appearing as an angel on stage, her work will seem light and airy at first glance, but the subtle analogies and metaphors will eventually seep into your heart and have you asking why you are actually walking and breathing on this planet, or perhaps you will merely appreciate the experience more.

Christa attended Central Oregon Community College and received a Bachelor of Arts in Literature and Education at Simmons College in Boston. While working with authors at The Glendon Association, a non-profit psychology organization in Santa Barbara, CA, she created Calliope Books publishing company to present poetry the way she envisioned. Her first book, Rose’s Collage (May 2003), is a novel in poetry which moves into and out of her personal experience with domestic violence. The triumphant yet compassionate words seek for answers inside the darkness. She intentionally walks without judgment, curiously observing relationships, hearts, and souls who walk upon this soil.

Currently living in Arcata, CA, Christa hosts open mic poetry readings and performs spoken word at cafes and bookstores. She previously performed at Trinity Tribal Stomp Festival, Dancing Poetry Festival, University of California in Santa Barbara, a benefit reading for Domestic Violence Solutions, and a benefit reading for this year’s upcoming Camp Betty Campout Festival!

Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries

The Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries will meet July 8 at the Oregon Trail Regional Museum, 2480 Grove Street, in Baker City.

The meeting will be from 1:00-3:30 p.m. It will be followed by a tour of a nearby historic cemetery.

Citizens interested in the care and preservation of Oregon’s historic cemeteries and gravesites are encouraged to attend the meeting. The meeting site is accessible to people with disabilities. Special arrangements may be made by calling 503-986-0655.

Riverhouse director receives award

PORTLAND – The Board of Directors of Meeting Professionals International, Oregon Chapter announced that Ron Botts, Director of Sales at The Riverhouse Hotel & Resort in Bend was awarded the Dian J. Lindsay Presidential Award by Lisa Chan, President of MPI-OC. The awards banquet was held at The Rose Garden, home of the Portland Trailblazers.

This award is given at the discretion of the chapter president to an outstanding individual in the chapter. The individual typically has shown an exceptional commitment to the MPI- Oregon Chapter.

“Ron has demonstrated his leadership and commitment to the meeting and events industry for several years”, said Chan. “Not only is Ron a Past President of MPI-OC but he has served on nearly all of our committees in a strong leadership capacity”, continued Chan.

“I am honored to have been selected for this award”, says Botts. “Helping organizations plan strategic meetings and conferences, that will contribute to their success is a very rewarding profession. It is nice to be recognized by your peers with an award like this”, concluded Botts.

The vision for MPI is to be the pivotal force in positioning meetings and events as a key strategic component of an organization’s success. MPI strives to be recognized as the leading global membership community that is committed to shaping and defining the meeting and event industry.