One lane of Greenwood closed Wednesday

The right lane of westbound traffic on Greenwood Avenue (US 20) in Bend will be closed through Wednesday, weather permitting, at the intersection of Third Street to allow for utility work. Qwest workers are expected to finish work on Monday night to repair two underground communication cables. Once the utility work is complete, a contractor for the Oregon Department of Transportation will patch the lane.

The closure is from Third to Fourth streets on Greenwood. Business access will be maintained through the closure. Flaggers, signs and cones will direct motorists through the area.

Motorists in the area need to be aware of congestion and delays. Travelers are encouraged to find alternate routes during the closure.

Motorists are encouraged to visit or call 511 for updated highway closure information.

Midland Rest Area to close for construction

The Midland Rest Area, eight miles south of Klamath Falls on US 97, will close on Nov. 14 for construction of a new facility. The rest area, which is located at mile post 282, is scheduled to reopen in May 2006.

During the closure, a new restroom building will be constructed. It will be twice as big as the current building to allow for better service and future increase in use.

The information center, which has a history of roof and heating and cooling problems, will also be worked on. The roof will be replaced and the heating/cooling system improved.

Travelers need to be aware that the rest stop will be closed during construction. The closest rest areas on US 97 are Collier State Park, 30 miles north of Klamath Falls at mile point 244, and Grass Lake rest area, 20 miles north of Weed, Calif.

Visit for more information about Oregon rest areas.

Glen Corbett at High Desert Gallery

High Desert Gallery & Custom Framing of Sisters, Oregon is proud to feature new works by regionally acclaimed Oregon artist, Glen Corbett. Glen’s original paintings and fine art prints will be featured at the gallery from November 1 through November 30, 2005. An “Artist in Attendance” Reception is scheduled for Saturday, November 26, 2005 from 3:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. The event is free and open to the public, live music will be performed by Doug and Katie Cavanaugh and refreshments will be served. The Artist and Myrna Dow, High Desert Gallery Director will be present during the reception to discuss the artwork and answer questions. The artist reception is preceded by the Annual Sisters Holiday Parade and Celebration (

For additional information on High Desert Gallery and Glen Corbett, visit their web site at or contact the gallery at 541.549.6250 and

About Glen Corbett: Glen, an award winning painter, tapestry weaver and print maker makes Central Oregon her home. She has participated in numerous one woman and group shows in the Northwest and beyond including the Oregon Capital, Maude Kerns Art Center, Honolulu Academy of Art, Ithaca Museum and several Fine Art Galleries on the West Coast. Glen’s work is found in private and corporate collections worldwide including AJ Heinz, State of Hawaii, Walsh, Walsh, & Foster, Washington Mutual Savings Bank, Black Butte Ranch, Brooks Resources, Fred Meyer Inc. and many more. “Art captures a very present moment, sometimes evocative of the past or predictive of the future – but at best taps a timeless core/chord.” In her “spare time” she tends the forest service lands around Sisters, Oregon while enjoying the solitude atop Black Butte as a seasonal Fire Lookout. High Desert Gallery is honored to represent Glen Corbett exclusively in Central Oregon.

About High Desert Gallery & Custom Framing: Sixteen artists are represented at High Desert Gallery, with many Oregon artists including work by Katy Adamson, J Chester Armstrong, Nancy Becker, Paul Alan Bennett, Glen Corbett, Kathy Deggendorfer, Trisha Hassler, Dennis McGregor, John Simpkins, Gayle Weatherson, Jerry Werner and more.

High Desert Gallery, honored in 2005 by Decor Magazine as one of the top 100 Art and Frame Galleries in America is conveniently located in the heart of beautiful and sunny Sisters, Oregon, on West Cascade Avenue at Oak Street. Sisters, the jewel of Central Oregon, is a 20-45 minute drive from Bend, Redmond, Black Butte Ranch, Eagle Crest Resort and Sunriver Resort, and only three hours from Portland. For more information on Sisters, Oregon and High Desert Gallery, please visit: , and

High Desert Gallery is open daily from 10:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M. For additional information on the gallery please call 541.549.6250 or

Bend Habitat’s upcoming bus tour, Nov. 5

Come join in and learn more about Bend Area Habitat for Humanity and ReStore. It is a great way to learn about more about how Habitat for Humanity is working to help provide affordable housing here in Bend. You will also visit a Habitat home, meet a Habitat home-owner and go on a tour of the homes that are under construction on Silverlake Boulevard.

The very up beat and stylish bus is provided by John Flannery owner & operator of Green Energy Transportation and Tours and environmentally sound as well (operates on bio-diesel).

Date: November 5th 2005
Time: 9 am – 11 am
Bend Area Habitat Administrative office building
1860 NE 4TH St (behind Albertson’s North/on 4th & Revere)
Telephone: 541-385-5387
Contact: Cynthia L. Jurgensen

Call now – to sign up more for the tour and learn about Habitat and ReStore!

Howl-O-Ween Pet Tips

Halloween is a holiday of fun and make-believe for humans but can be a traumatic and even dangerous time for your pets. The shelter is unnundated with stray animals and would like to remind the public to keep their pets safely contained and wearing identification tonight.

The Humane Society of Central Oregon would like to offer some common-sense tips to help you protect your pets:
• Don’t leave your pets out in the yard on Halloween: your pet may be vulnerable to being teased, injured or even stolen.
• Trick-or-treat candies are not for pets: chocolate is poisonous, and foil and cellophane candy wrappers can be hazardous if swallowed.
• Be careful of pets around a lit pumpkin: curious pets may knock it over and cause a fire or injury.
• If you dress up your dog, make sure the costume isn’t constricting, annoying or unsafe. Make sure the costume provides your pet with good vision, ability to walk, sit and lie-down. Watch your pet at all times when dressed-up.
• Don’t dress the dog in costume unless you know he likes it. If your pet does not like being dressed-up it can be confusing and stressful.
• Most dogs should be kept in a separate room during trick-or-treat visiting hours or Halloween parties; too many strangers in costumes can be scary for a dog.
• Be careful your cat or dog doesn’t dash out through an open door.
• Keep current identification on your pet for a quick and safe return.

While this can be a fun time for people and pets alike, remember that your pets are depending on you to keep them safe from the more dangerous goblins and ghouls that this holiday brings. If your companion gets scared and runs away from home, remember to call the Humane Society at 382-3537 immediately. Stray animals are posted on the shelter’s website at

The Humane Society of Central Oregon is located on 27th Street just south of Reed Market Road in Bend. The shelter is open Monday through Friday 10:00 am to 5:30 pm and Saturday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Smith statement on Judge Samuel Alito

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Senator Gordon Smith issued the following statement regarding the nomination of Judge Samuel Alito to replace Justice Sandra Day O’Connor as associate justice of the Supreme Court:

“The duty of Supreme Court Justices is to faithfully interpret the law and refrain from legislating from the bench. In evaluating Judge Alito, I will pay close attention to his legal acumen, his record, and his judicial temperament. He clearly has a wealth of experience and a long record, and I look forward to learning more about him in the upcoming weeks. I also hope he will receive an up-or-down vote without unnecessary delay.”

Gov. Kulongoski honors Rosa Parks

SALEM – Governor Theodore R. Kulongoski asked that all flags at public institutions be flown at half-staff in memory and honor of Rosa Parks on Wednesday, November 2.

“Through a single act of defiance, Rosa Parks fueled hope and inspired change for all Americans,” said Governor Kulongoski. “Her memory lives on through our continued work toward equality and human rights.”

Rep. Burley assigned to committees

Burley Appointed to Economic Development, Transportation, & Agriculture and Natural Resources Committees
SALEM – State Representative Chuck Burley (R-Bend) has been assigned to the House Interim Committees on Transportation, Agriculture and Natural Resources and Economic Development, Speaker Karen Minnis announced today. He will be vice-chair on the Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee.

“I am honored to receive these committee appointments and I look forward to my work on these committees,” said Burley. “I am pleased to have the opportunity to continue my efforts on both the Transportation and Agriculture and Natural Resources committees. Also, it will be a pleasure to serve as a newly appointed member of the Economic Development committee. These are topics of importance to Central Oregon as well as the entire state,” stated Burley. For example, the Highway 20/97 Refinement Plan and Connect Oregon are very important to the region and warrant some oversight.”

“I am confident that Chuck will bring his valuable experience and knowledge to these committees,” Speaker Karen Minnis said. “He knows these issues and will work hard to represent his constituents.”

Burley was twice elected to Bend Metro Park and Recreation District Board of Directors in 1999 and 2003. He served on the Western Governors’ Association National Fire Plan Team. He continues to serve on Governor Kulongoski’s Eastside Forest Advisory Committee, and the Western Governors’ Association Forest Health Advisory Committee.

Wells Fargo hires Brian Liebman

Wells Fargo Home Mortgage has hired Brian Liebman of Bend as a private mortgage banker to provide purchase and refinance mortgage loans to high-income customers in central Oregon. He can be reached at (541) 382-1989.

Liebman previously worked in similar positions at Pacific Residential Mortgage and Royal Bank of Canada. He earned a degree in business communications from Arizona State University. Liebman volunteers for Habitat for Humanity.

Wells Fargo Home Mortgage is the nation’s leading retail mortgage lender and one of the country’s leading servicers of home mortgages. It operates the country’s largest mortgage network from nearly 2,400 mortgage and Wells Fargo banking stores and the Internet.