Wyden, Smith Securing Funds for Oregon defense projects

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Gordon Smith (R-Ore.) today announced that the Senate Appropriations Committee has approved at least $109 million in funding for defense-related projects in Oregon, including significant funding for a number of Oregon nanotechnology projects. These funds are now included in the FY2006 Defense spending bill, which must now be approved by the full Senate.

“Oregon is a leader in using new technologies like nanotech for the benefit of the U.S. defense community,” said Wyden. “The funds included in this legislation will support many new and ongoing projects both to enhance our national defense and to boost Oregon’s economy.”

“Oregon businesses have made significant strides toward a greater role in American defense,” said Smith. “Forged with cutting edge innovation, Oregon’s contribution to national security has been validated with this new investment.”

The projects that would receive funding are as follows:

· The Oregon Nanoscience and Microtechnologies Institute (ONAMI) would receive $5 million for the Nanoelectronics and Nanometrology Initiative.

· ONAMI would also receive $3.5 million for the safer nanomaterials and nanomanufacturing program.

· ONAMI would also receive $3 million for the development of miniature tactical energy systems.

· Oregon Health and Science University would receive $3 million for its Nanotechnology and Health Care center to boost nanotech research efforts across a variety of disciplines.

· Freightliner, based in Portland, would share in $12 million to continue its program of replacing M915 linehaul tractors.

· AVI BioPharma in Portland and Corvallis would receive $6 million for the development of technology to test for and find therapeutic agents for the Dengue Virus. The company would also receive $6 million for the development of technology to test for and find therapeutic agents for the Ebola Virus, $6 million for the development of technology to test for and find therapeutic agents for the Marburg Virus, as well as $4 million for the development of technology to test for and find therapeutic agents for the Anthrax and Ricin toxins.

· Advanced Navigation and Positioning Corporation of Hood River would receive $7.5 million for Transportable Transponder Landing Systems to improve the safety, accuracy and reliability of Air Force and Navy operations.

· The Metals Affordability Initiative Consortium would receive $7 million for research, testing and development of technologies to improve military war fighting capabilities through advanced metallurgy, while increasing the cost-effectiveness of such technologies.

· HemCon of Tigard would receive $5 million for the further development of the chitosan hemorrhage control dressing.

· The American Blimp Advanced Airship Flying Laboratory would receive $5 million for continued research and development projects.

· Oregon Iron Works would receive $5 million for the continued development of the Unmanned Force Augmentation System program.

· Blacktoe Corporation would receive $4 million for the research and development of a portable, finger-mounted ultrasound probe that uses Doppler and imaging technology to be used by Army medical personnel in the field.

· FLIR Systems, based in Portland, would also receive $12 million to improve the thermal imaging systems on its UH-60 MEDEVAC aircraft. The improved imaging capabilities will permit aircrews to more effectively detect and identify targets and areas of interest, significantly improve flight safety and provide critical intelligence for aircrew and civil support personnel. FLIR Systems would also receive $4 million to upgrade the navigation thermal imaging systems in the Marine Corps’ fleet of UH-1N “Huey” helicopters.

· Oregon Aero would receive $2.5 million for BLSS Kit retrofit systems, which enhance helmet ballistic protection, comfort, buoyancy, stability and inter-operability with other systems and equipment.

· InSport would receive $2 million for the development of cold weather clothing and equipment for Marine Corps expeditionary forces personnel.

· The University of Oregon’s Brain, Biology and Machine Science Initiative would receive $2 million for interdisciplinary research related to cognitive neuroscience, genetics research, and informatics.

· The Rockwell Collins facility in Portland would receive $2 million to install the Global Air Traffic Management system in Air Force KC-135s.

· Armor Systems International would receive $1.5 million for the design and development of a Rocket Propelled Grenade Vehicle Protection system.

· Digimarc of Beaverton would receive $1 million for the research and development of a real-time geospatial video sensor, allowing the information collected to be directly available for instant retrieval on the battlefield.

Deschutes County Rodeo Receives “Rodeo of the Year”

The Northwest Professional Rodeo Association (NPRA) has awarded the Deschutes County Fair Rodeo, “Rodeo of the Year” for the fourth year in a row.

Deschutes County Rodeo Co-Director Randy Amis received the award at the 2005 NPRA Finals Rodeo and Awards banquet September 23-25 in Klamath Falls, Oregon.

“We’re really proud of our staff that runs this rodeo, they do a great job each year,” says Mike Schiel, President of the Deschutes County Fair Association, “We’re honored that our rodeo was chosen for the fourth year in a row.”

“Thank you to all the volunteers that make this event possible, without them we just couldn’t carry the event off” says Amis and Co-Director Mike Tapfer. “Our sponsors that fund the rodeo are phenomenal and very generous; to them we owe our thanks as well.”

Other awards won by Oregon residents were: The “Best Stock Contractor” Award, an award for the highest performing (bucking) bulls, bareback and saddle bronc horses at a rodeo was won by B-Bar-D Rodeo Company, Buster Bain and Norm Durfey out of Culver and Condon. Billy Hamilton who was awarded “Bullfighter of the Year,” by NPRA also works with B-Bar-D Rodeo Company.

B-Bar-D’s Norm Durfey from Condon, Oregon won the “Pick-Up Man of the Year” award. The Pick-Up Man at a rodeo offers a cowboy or cowgirl a quick escape from their bucking horse onto their horse when a rider wants to end their ride.

Rodeo talent from Central Oregon won awards from NPRA in the following categories: Year-End All-Around Male & Female, All-Around Cowboy went to Charlie Barker of Culver, All-Around Cowgirl went to Brenda Mays of Terrebonne, and Reserve All-Around Cowgirl went to Sammy Jo Willis of Terrebonne.

“Without the amount of effort, time and love that our staff and the Rodeo Committee put into this event, we couldn’t have received this award,” says Tapfer and Amis of the Deschutes County Rodeo. “We’d like to thank our stock contractors, the cowboys and cowgirls that participate each year and our rodeo announcer Kedo Olson.”

For more information, please call the Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center at 548-2711.

Humane Society Animal Extravaganza at Bend Fall Festival

The Humane Society of Central Oregon will showcase companion animals at the Bend Fall Festival in the Family Harvest Area at Bond and Minnesota Street. On Saturday from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm and Sunday from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm everyone can meet a variety of animals that include adoptable hamsters, rats, birds, cats and dogs.

On Saturday from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm Troy Kerstetter, animal welfare director, and volunteers Summer Sears and Denise Tate will share their experiences with the animal rescue effort in New Orleans and surviving Hurricane Rita. They will illustrate their experiences through their photographs.

Visit with the adoptable kittens, dogs and small animals to see if they fit into your family. There will be information on what it takes to care for the various animals and if they are the perfect match for you.

For more information call the Humane Society of Central Oregon at 382-3537.

Bend student begins service as congressional page

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Bend High School senior Arielle Askren began her service this month as a congressional page in Washington, D.C. and has landed a coveted position working in the House Republican Cloak Room, which is just off the House Floor and a gathering place for Members. Arielle was nominated by U.S. Congressman Greg Walden (R-OR) to serve as a page in during the 109th Congress; her term runs until the first part of 2006.

Arielle’s qualifications for the Page Program include maintaining a 3.98 GPA while participating in the school’s golf team, her church’s worship team, Sparrow Club, and Trinity Grinds Coffee Shop, a non-profit coffee shop contributing to Revolution Youth Mission Trips. Her additional hobbies and interests include music, reading, computers and animals.

“The page program is such a wonderful experience for young people interested in the legislative process and our federal government. You get to see history being made while living, working and studying in the nation’s capital,” said Walden. “I see Arielle on the House Floor quite often and I know that she’s doing a terrific job representing central Oregon and the entire Second District. Arielle should be very proud of her accomplishment and her family should be proud of the work she is doing here in the House of Representatives.”

When Walden asked what has been the most fun since starting this new adventure, Arielle responded, “It was probably going on my very first run to deliver something directly to a Congressman, but passing the test we have to take to show we’ve memorized all of the faces, names and states of the Members felt pretty good too.”

“I’m really enjoying this experience a lot,” she added. “It’s amazing to know that I actually work in the U.S. Capitol and get to be on the House Floor. Plus, it’s neat to go to school in the Library of Congress every day.”

In addition to assisting the House of Representatives with operations on the Floor and helping with various duties as assigned by the Clerk of the House, Arielle attends the House Page School to maintain academic involvement in key subjects such as English, Math, Social Studies, Science, Foreign Language and Computer Technology. In addition, students attend Washington Seminars, a series of field trips and guest lectures to further educate them on the cultural and historical opportunities in Washington as well as the legislative process.

During the first weeks of the program, the school has arranged a tour of Monticello and a scavenger hunt on the National Mall that took students to a number of monuments, memorials and Smithsonian museums.

Arielle’s favorite monument is the Lincoln Memorial. “One of my all time favorite movies is Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, and I had to go see the Lincoln Memorial right away. I actually watched that movie on the flight out here,” she said.

If you have trouble opening the attached a photo of Arielle Askren and Congressman Walden in his Washington, D.C. office, please contact Angela Wilhelms at (202) 226-7338 or angela.Wilhelms@mail.house.gov.

Congressman Walden represents the Second Congressional District of Oregon, which includes 20 counties in southern, central and eastern Oregon. He is a Deputy Whip in the House leadership structure and a member of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce as well as the Committee on Resources.

Tri-County 4-H program to aid Katrina

On Saturday, October 1, 2005 the 4-H programs in Crook, Deschutes, and Jefferson counties will hold carwashes to help support the Hurricane Katrina relief efforts.

Bend locations include: North Albertsons, South McDonalds, S & S Auto, and the Butler Market Store.

In Redmond and La Pine: Erickson’s Markets.

In Prineville: Community 1st Bank.

In Madras: JJ’s Auto (NAPA).

Please join the 4-H’ers in this multi-county effort to aid those in need. For more information or to make donations call Carey Silbaugh at 389-7467.

Gov signs bill to protect elderly from fraud and abuse

Today Governor Ted Kulongoski was joined by members of the legislature, community leaders and senior services advocates at the Hollywood Senior Center in Portland for the signing of Senate Bill 106, which strengthens protections for older Oregonians against fraud and abuse.

“It goes without saying that abuse of an elderly person, or a person with a disability, is unacceptable,” Governor Ted Kulongoski said. “Unfortunately, several thousand older citizens and people with disabilities in Oregon experience abuse and neglect each year and as the baby boomer generation ages, this problem is expected to worsen.”

As part of a comprehensive public safety review, the Governor created an Elder Abuse Task Force in February 2004 to study the issue of elder abuse in Oregon and develop a list of recommended actions to strengthen protection for Oregon’s older citizens. The recommendations included a series of statutory changes to provide additional protection for vulnerable adults who have been victims of financial exploitation, theft, physical and sexual abuse – which resulted in the development of SB 106.

“I have worked for more than a decade to better protect Oregon’s seniors against abuse and neglect – and protecting Oregon’s most vulnerable citizens remains a priority for my administration,” the Governor said. “This legislation will expand the rights of older Oregonians – and the role we each have in ensuring all of our fellow citizens are both physically and financially secure in their homes and our communities.”

In Oregon, 2004 data shows that there were more than 8500 reports of abuse and neglect of seniors and people with disabilities to the Department of Human Services. More than 2,300 of the reports alleged financial abuse – not including those from facilities or institutions – representing more than 26 percent of total reports.

The Elderly and Disabled Person Abuse Prevention Act was originally passed in 1995 and this session, Senate Bill 106 further expanded protections for seniors and people with disabilities by:

Expanding the definition of “abuse” in the Elderly and Disabled Person Abuse Prevention Act to include financial and sexual abuse. As a result, seniors or persons with disabilities who can demonstrate that they have been the victim of abuse and that the threat of additional abuse exists now can seek a restraining order against the wrongful taking or appropriating of money or property, threatening to wrongfully take or appropriate money or property, and nonconsensual sexual conduct. (Until now, the type of abuse for which a restraining order could be sought was limited to physical abuse, neglect that leads to physical harm, abandonment, or exploitation via sweepstakes promotion.);
Increasing the list of private and public officials mandated to report elder abuse to include firefighters and emergency medical technicians – responders who frequently come in contact with seniors; Providing immunity to all individuals – not just mandatory reporters – who report elder abuse in good faith; and Requiring state agencies to notify long-term care facilities or residential care facilities when an offender who is on parole, probation, or post-prison supervision for a sex offense is seeking admission, allowing them to refuse admission. The bill permits those facilities to discharge or transfer registered sex offenders who are on parole, probation, or post-prison supervision for a sex crime if that individual presents a risk of harm to another person within the facility.

“Too many cases of abuse go unreported each year,” Governor Kulongoski said. “I ask all Oregonians to join me in making this issue a priority and to report any suspected cases of abuse to your local DHS office or Area Agency on Aging Office,” said Governor Kulongoski.

The Oregon Department of Human Services toll-free number to report suspected cases of abuse is: 1-800-232-3020.

PNW Second Home Alternative sells out

With the allure of the first and only residence club with a regional focus, Signature Destinations Club LLC,(www.signaturedestinationsclub.com) has announced that it has sold out the first phase of memberships in its Pacific Northwest hub. The company has also unveiled its second regional hub located in the San Francisco Bay Area of California.

“We can’t open our homes fast enough,” said Chad Stevens, co-founder and CEO of Signature Destinations. “Our regional approach is resonating with prospective members as trends in travel point to more frequent, family oriented vacations. It has proven so desirable we sold out our first phase of memberships in one month after opening the inaugural hub in the Pacific Northwest.”

Pacific Northwest home locations include Bend, Oregon, Whistler, British Columbia, and the San Juan Islands. Signature Destinations plans to initially unveil six homes in each regional hub. Member-to-property ratio is targeted at 6:1 to ensure virtually unlimited access to the portfolio of residences. The standard membership allows members 56 days of advanced reservations and unlimited space-available travel.

“Our San Juans stay was the most memorable experience we shared all summer,” said Wendy Katzman, Signature Destinations member. “We woke to an idyllic setting of geese on the water and strolled to Roche Harbor each morning. We even had boots supplied in each of our sizes for exploring the tide flats in front of the farm house. We can’t wait for ski season to visit our ‘home away from home’ in Whistler!”

Signature Destinations has also created a portfolio of homes which are inspired by the travel and leisure lifestyles of Northern Californians and reflect the growing desire for greater accessibility to vacation properties.

“California residents are clearly searching for an alternative to second homes as we have already seen significant demand for memberships prior to the start of formal marketing,” said Stevens, “Northern California real estate statistics show one of the most expensive housing markets in the country, making second homes more and more unaffordable. Residents interested in vacation real estate are finding residence clubs to be a more sensible option.”

Homes slated to open in the San Francisco Bay area include the areas of Napa/Sonoma, Monterey and Lake Tahoe. California represents the second largest source of interested leads after the Pacific Northwest, according to Stevens.

While the majority of Signature Destinations homes are located within driving distance of the regional hubs to allow for more frequent travel, the company is also offering a selection of national resort locations and international destinations that all members have access to for occasional long distance travel. Signature Destination’s new international destination, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, reflects the winter travel habits of West Coast residents looking for a sunny retreat.

About Signature Destinations Club
Founded in August 2004, Seattle-based Signature Destinations Clubâ„¢ LLC is the first regionally focused, luxury residence club. Signature Destinations’ homes have a median value of three quarters of a million dollars and are spacious, elegantly designed, beautifully appointed and offer personalized services and amenities. Members pay a one-time membership fee, which is 80 percent refundable upon membership resignation, as well as annual dues. For membership inquiries visit www.signaturedestinationsclub.com or call 1-866-SIG-DEST (1-866-744-3378).

COCC hosts Oregon Diversity Conference

Central Oregon Community College will host this year’s conference of the Oregon Diversity Institute Nov. 3 to 5 at the college. This year’s event, “Collaborating for Diversity: Community, Campus and Work Force,” will feature keynote speakers Dolores Huerta, Myrlie Evers-Williams and Elizabeth Woody. The registration deadline is Oct. 21.

Dolores C. Huerta is the co-founder and first vice president emeritus of the United Farm Workers of America, AFL-CIO (“UFW”). The mother of 11 children, 14 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren, Huerta has played a major role in the American civil rights movement.

Myrlie Evers-Williams was the first woman to chair the NAACP, a position she held from 1995 until 1998. In 1999, she published her memoirs, “Watch Me Fly: What I Learned on the Way to Becoming the Woman I Was Meant to Be,” which charts her journey from being the wife of activist Medgar Evers to becoming a community leader in her own right.

Elizabeth Woody, an enrolled member of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs in Oregon, earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Evergreen State College in Olympia, Wash. From 1994 to1996, Woody was a professor of creative writing at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe. As an artist, Ms. Woody has exhibited regionally and nationally. She is one of the founding members of the Northwest Native American Writers Association.

The Oregon Diversity Institute was started 10 years ago by a group of community colleges to bring together educators and others interested in diversity issues in business, education and society.

The conference is open to students, educators and all interested community members. The cost is $100; $70 for students. Individual day prices are $50 for the general public and $35 for students. Registration and scholarship information is available at http://odi.cocc.edu/. For information, call 318-3747 or e-mail odi@cocc.edu.

Brasada Ranch furnished cabins offered

Fresh off the two-day sellout of 201 home sites available during its first selection event, Brasada Ranch, the new 1,800-acre resort community located here, will make a limited number of Ranch Cabins available Saturday, Oct. 15.

The Ranch Cabins, located in Brasada Ranch’s Sage Canyons neighborhood, will:

• be fully furnished by a professional designer
• feature both one- and two-floor units
• feature units with two or three bedrooms
• vary in size from 1,200 to 1,700 square feet
• feature four spacious floor plans
• boast views of either the resort’s golf course or the Cascade Mountain range
• provide the opportunity to take advantage of travel/leisure services offered by The Registry Collection

Unlike the traditional residences at Brasada Ranch, the cabin-style units will primarily be used for either vacation or second-home purposes. All units will have lock-off capabilities, allowing use of the entire cabin or only a portion.

As an exclusive privilege, owners in the Sage Canyons neighborhood will have the opportunity to take advantage of travel and leisure services offered by The Registry Collection portfolio, which draws together exquisite accommodations at private residence clubs and resorts. Among the services included are access to chartered jets and yachts, elite automobile rentals, marquee sports entertainment and access to the world’s finest resorts.

“As the popularity of this location is rapidly being discovered, these Ranch Cabins are certain to sell quickly,” said Jerry Andres, CEO and President of Eagle Crest Communities. “This is a great opportunity to get in on the ground floor.”

Those interested in securing reservations should call Brasada Ranch toll-free at (877) 272-7232 or locally at (541) 504-3200.

The resort’s signature recreation amenity will be Brasada Canyons Golf Course, a private, championship 18-hole layout designed over 200 acres by Peter Jacobsen and his partner, Jim Hardy. The back nine will open summer 2006, while the full 18 holes will be in operation by the fall 2006. For those who purchase Ranch Cabins on Oct. 15, the golf membership fee will be waived.

As with all residences at Brasada Ranch, the Ranch Cabins will boast “Smart Home Technology” – where, from one simple remote control pad, residences can be designed to allow owners to monitor their security system, control lighting around the property and in any room, raise and lower blinds and shades, and operate all audiovisual devices. Many systems also can be controlled from one’s PC, where, for example, heat, air conditioning and front-door access can be controlled. Not only will this amenity save energy, but it also will give residents peace of mind when they are home at Brasada Ranch and when they are away.

A total of 900 residences will ultimately comprise Brasada Ranch, to include single-family homes and cabin-style units. JELD-WEN, Inc., and Eagle Crest Resort, two of the Pacific Northwest’s most respected and enduring companies, are jointly developing the resort, located 16 miles northeast of Bend.

Those interested in more information about Brasada Ranch should log onto www.brasada.com.

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, October 5 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 and US 97: Redmond Reroute Maple-Negus Bridge project.

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.