No Valentine Sweets for Your Pets

Bright red heart shaped boxes full of chocolate treats will tempt anyone, including your pet. However, mixing chocolate with four legs may be a tragic or deadly combination for Fido the dog.

The Oregon Humane Society suggests the best way to give your pet some Valentine love is with some pet-friendly treats. Visit your local pet supply shop such as Best Friends Corner located in the lobby of the shelter and find the perfect expression of love: treats, leashes, collars, grooming supplies, and more.

Here’s the skinny on chocolate: An ingredient in chocolate called theobromine may cause vomiting and restlessness in pets. If your pet ingests a large amount of chocolate, it can be fatal. The lethal dose of theobromine depends on the size of the dog and the type of chocolate. (Consult your veterinarian.)

Even the smallest amounts can be fatal:

Ounce for ounce, baking chocolate has six to nine times as much of the substance as milk chocolate does.
1/2 to 1 ounce of baking chocolate or 4 to 10 ounces of milk chocolate or for small dogs, such as Chihuahuas and toy poodles.
2 to 3 ounces of baking chocolate or 1 to 1 1/2 pounds of milk chocolate or for medium-sized dogs, like cocker spaniels and dachshunds.
4 to 8 ounces of baking chocolate or 2 to 4 1/2 pounds of milk chocolate or for large dogs, including collies and Labrador retrievers.

A veterinarian should be consulted as soon as an accidental chocolate ingestion is discovered – time is of the essence. Treatment may require inducing vomiting, stabilizing the animal’s heartbeat and respiration, controlling seizures and slowing the absorption of theobromine found in chocolate. Do not delay treatment.

Dogs seem to be more attracted to this tasty yet forbidden confection. Cats have much different eating habits and seldom are poisoned by chocolate.

Notice of Dog Board Hearing

The Deschutes County Board of Supervisors, acting as the Deschutes County Dog Control Board, will hold a hearing on Tuesday, January 31, 2006, at 5:30 p.m. at the Deschutes Services Center Building, in the Allen Room, 1300 NW Wall St., Suite 200, Bend, Oregon.

The purpose of the hearing is to consider whether certain dogs engaged in the killing, wounding, or chasing of livestock, to-wit:

Chasing of cows on or about January 20, 2006, at or near 62800 Powell Butte Road, Bend, Deschutes County, Oregon. The dogs in question are one Terrier mix and one American Terrier.

Any interested persons may appear and offer testimony regarding the allegations relating to said dogs.

February’s art in Prineville

Prineville’s premier arts organization Rural Oregon Arts Association will host this month’s featured artist at Community First Bank beginning Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2006. This exhibit continues a series of monthly art shows and highlights ROAA member artist Robert Pumphrey.

Robert Pumphrey, photographer of ‘Exclusively Northwest Photography’, makes his home in Redmond, Oregon. It is a love of hiking and passion to create fine art color prints that is a winning combination for this popular Central Oregon photographer. Robert says that most of the images which typify his work are captured while hiking into wild Central Oregon wilderness areas. Many of the vibrant images have been captured in the local area, including the Painted Hills, the John Day Valley, the Steens, and Smith Rock State Park. His images are recognized for their saturation and vibrant colors

The presentation at the Community First Bank comprises a collection of mid-sized framed productions and each piece is available for purchase, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting Rural Oregon Arts Association. This exhibit runs through the 28th and everyone is encouraged to drop by Community First Bank at 555 N.W. 3rd St. in Prineville and enjoy the art of Robert Pumphrey, and be sure to sign the guest book while you’re there.

Rural Oregon Arts Association is a nonprofit organization based in Prine! ville. The goal of the association is to bring enrichment through art and culture to the people of rural central Oregon. For more information call 541.447.2551 or visit their website at www.ruraloregonarts.org.

BMC new Cascade Cycling Classic sponsor

Mt. Bachelor Sports Education Foundation is excited to announce that Bend Memorial Clinic is the new Title Sponsor of the 27th Annual Cascade Cycling Classic, July 12-16, 2006.

The race is one of the premier professional bicycling stage races in the country. It is listed, along with other prominent bicycle races, on the prestigious National Racing Calendar. The bike race consists of 6 stages run over 5 days for the professional men and a slightly shorter version for the professional women, masters and cat 2/3. Each stage is run on a different course.

The event is recognized as one of the few long-standing public events in Bend. It attracts substantial attention from the community. The public participates not only as spectators, but a large number of volunteers help along each race route, and hundreds of people offer their houses every year to host out-of-town riders.

For more information, please contact Molly Cogswell-Kelley at MBSEF, 388-0002.

Attempted robbery in Harmon Park

On January 29, at approximately 11:00 p.m., an unidentified male attempted to steal the purse of a 35 year old woman who was walking in the area of Harmon Park.

The victim received minor scrapes when she was pushed to the ground during the incident. The victim was able to flee the area and contact Police.

The suspect was described as a white male
about 5’8’ with a medium build. He was reported to be wearing a red jacket with blue jeans and a stocking cap.

January 30 Trails Summary

Yes indeed, we are having one of those winters that might just challenge your endurance and love of snow. Here’s a quick summary of this week’s updates and challenges:

The past few days we have received 6″ to 3 1/2 feet of new snow across the District’s winter trails. This makes for challenging but also hazardous travel conditions on trails and in the backcountry. Be sure to take stock of your abilities, equipment, weather and snow conditions before taking to the trails. Conditions have been changing daily and sometimes hourly. With heavy snowfall and/or high winds, your ski, snowmobile or snowshoe tracks can be covered within minutes of your passing by. During periods of strong winds or heavy snowfall, do not rely on your tracks or the tracks of others to lead you back to the sno-park or safety. Always carry a good map, compass and gps when
traveling under such conditions.

Winter travel on area trails has been very difficult and hazardous during heavy storm periods. Visability at times has dropped to zero.

Beware that some trail markers and destination signing have been buried by the increasingly deep snowpack. With continued moderate to heavy snowfall, more markers will likely become buried and even sections of winter trails will be difficult to impossible to follow. It is unlikely we will be able to reset all these trail markers (orange or blue diamonds) over the coming weeks. Use extreme caution or avoid venturing out during these heavy snow fall periods.

Meissner Warming Shelter is nearly out of firewood due to heavy use. Volunteers will be working on trying to stock additional wood in the
near future. You may arrive at the shelter to find the wood supply exhausted. Please conserve any remaining firewood or if you can, pack in a piece or two from home. And please, do not camp in the shelter as this can rapidly deplete the wood supply.

Trail grooming volunteer crews and equipment have been challenged this winter with long hours and numerous breakdowns. Most grooming has been
intermittent and at this time we are unable to supply a reliable schedule. Grooming is dependent on available volunteers, operable
equipment and relatively favorable snow and weather conditions.

Considering the winter we’ve had, the groomers are doing a great job and service to the trail users.

Sno-Park plowing has been at a reduced service level due to the heavy snow conditions, priority demands to keep the Highways and mountain passes open before sno-parks and also a very strained State Sno-Park plowing budget. Some lower use sno-parks may not be plowed after each heavy snowfall while others may be plowed only after 6-8 inches of accumulation. It may be that some sno-parks go left unplowed for some time. Keep in mind that most snow parks are not normally plowed when there are more than a few vehicles parked in them as it makes plowing difficult and unsafe. Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause and Oregon Department of Transportation is doing the best they can with the resource they have available and the winter conditions they have been dealing with.

Discovering tidepool edibles with the wild gourmet

Lincoln City, OR – Experience a culinary walk on the beaches of Lincoln City with Chef Lee Gray, The Wild Gourmet, and participate in his class, “Tidepool Edibles”. From kelp to seaweed, from bivalves to crustaceans, professional Chef Lee Gray will help you identify edible species of ocean inter-tidal plant and animal life. He will take you on an expedition to examine tide pools and to learn proper harvesting techniques.

Lee Gray began his professional cooking career at nine years old in his parents’ restaurant in Sutter’s Creek, CA in 1958. In the 70’s he moved to Beverly Hills and worked as a Chef in many fine-dining establishments in the Hollywood area. In search of new adventures, Chef Gray moved to the Oregon Coast and took up residence in a sea cave, where he honed his culinary survival skills. Since then he has authored cookbooks and food columns and won numerous awards in the culinary arts—-oh, and he moved into a real house in Lincoln City.

Each walk on a Lincoln City area beach will last two hours and cost $15 for adults and $10 for children under the age of twelve. Children must
be accompanied by an adult, and minimum class size is ten adults.

To register for 2006 “Tidepool Edibles” with Lee Gray, call
541-992-3798.

Children First for Oregon Releases 2005 County Data Book

The health of Oregon’s children, and the public health of the entire state, is significantly threatened by high rates of obesity among children and youth, according to Children First for Oregon’s County Data Book 2005 released today.

“Because of the child obesity epidemic, this generation will be the first to be less healthy and have a shorter life expectancy than their parents,” said Robin Christian, Children First for Oregon’s Executive Director. “We must act now to reverse this alarming trend.”

Currently, nearly 1 in 4 Oregon high school students are seriously overweight or at-risk for obesity. Obesity places children at high risk for developing serious and often life-long diseases, such as diabetes, heart disease and asthma, as well as mental health and emotional problems.

Children First’s report focuses on how schools have an important role in fighting this epidemic. Outside of the home, children spend the majority of their time in school, so it is vitally important that schools provide a healthy environment for students. Promising obesity prevention practices are highlighted from H.B. Lee Middle School (Portland), Elgin School District (Elgin) and Blossom Gulch Elementary School (Coos Bay).

“Research has shown that school programs can effectively promote physical activity and healthy eating, which in turn also helps students learn better,” said Angela Hult of Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon, the presenting sponsor of the report. “When children embrace healthy habits, it creates the foundation for a healthy life.”

Recommendations to reduce and prevent child obesity from the 2005 Data Book include:
· Establish state nutritional standards for all food and drink served or sold in schools.
· Prohibit junk food sales and marketing on school property.
· Ensure high quality physical education and health education as core curricula in all grades.
· Increase opportunities for physical activity after school and in the community.
· Sustain these efforts by coordinating the health related programs often found in schools and partnering with families and communities to offer students extended health-promoting opportunities (called a “coordinated school health” approach).

This year’s Data Book also continues Children First’s commitment to providing the most current data on the well-being of Oregon’s children and their families:

Data Highlights

Child Health
· About one in four 8th grade students is overweight or at risk of becoming overweight (24.5 percent).
· 62% of 11th grade students do not have any physical education in a typical week at school.
· 12% of children in the state do not have health insurance on any given day.
· 48% of 8th grade students did not have a medical or physical exam in the previous year.
· 30% of 8th grade students did not have a dental cleaning or exam in the previous year.
· 17% of 8th grade students are at high-risk for depression and 14% report having seriously considered suicide.

Family Finances and Stability
· Nearly 170,000 (19.1%) children live in extreme poverty, a 9% increase since last year.
· The average income of the top 1% of households is over 16 times greater than the average income of middle-income households.
· The number of people filing for bankruptcy has increased 35% since 2000.
· There are only 17 child care slots available for every 100 children ages 0-13, a 6% decrease since last year. The state’s benchmark target for 2005 was 25 slots per 100 children.

Child Abuse and Neglect
· 10,622 children are victims of child abuse, neglect or found to be at substantial risk of harm (12.0 per 1,000 children, an 11% increase since the previous year).
· 14,485 children have been in foster care at least once during the past year (a nearly 8% increase over last year).
· On average, 14% of children in Oregon’s foster care system experience four or more changes in foster placements. Some counties have placement instability rates of 30% and higher.

The 2005 County Data Book, part of the KIDS COUNT project, is made possible by a generous grant from the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon, the state’s largest health care insurer, is the presenting sponsor of the Data Book.

Children First for Oregon is dedicated to improving the lives of Oregon’s children by shaping statewide public policy. A non-profit, non-partisan advocacy organization, Children First works to ensure that every child grows up in a healthy, safe and financially secure family. We engage citizens, lead strategic alliances, and advocate for data-driven polices and smart public investments. Visit our website at www.childrenfirstfororegon.org.

Man injured in snowmobile crash

On January 30, at approximately 4:00 p.m., deputies and search and rescue units from the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office, along with the Bend Fire Department and the United Stated Forest Service, responded to Wanoga Snow Park for a reported injury motor vehicle accident involving a snowmobile that was reported to have crashed into a tree.

An investigation determined that Brian Simmons, 35, from Portland, the driver of a Polaris Snowmobile, lost control of his snowmobile due to excessive speed and inexperience, causing his snowmobile to crash into the tree.

It was determined that Simmons was traveling at approximately 40 miles per hour at the time of the accident. Simmons was transported by ground ambulance to St. Charles Medical Center in Bend. Drugs and alcohol are not believed to be involved in this accident. An investigation in continuing.

Alleged drunken, drugged Monument Mayor arrested after head-on crash

The Mayor of Monument was arrested on several charges, including DUII, on Saturday after crashing his pickup head-on into an oncoming car and then fleeing the scene.

Oregon State Police troopers from the John Day worksite are continuing the investigation into Saturday evening’s three-vehicle injury crash on State Highway 402 near the small eastern Oregon community of Monument. The alleged impaired-related driving crash sent 3 people to the hospital, including a 2-year old child, and led to the arrest of Monument’s mayor on multiple charges.

On Saturday around 6:30 p.m., Kenneth “Ormand” Lesley, 53, from Monument, was westbound on Highway 402 in his 1989 Chevrolet S10 pickup near milepost 9 when Lesley tried to pass a westbound Dodge pickup on a sweeping curve in a no passing zone. As Lesley passed the Dodge pickup driven by Stacy Robinson, age 30, from Monument, he struck the driver’s side of the Dodge pickup before continuing into the eastbound lane where he collided head-on with a 2005 Suzuki Forenza driven by Almond Joy Oliver, 21, from Everett, Washington.

Following the collision, Lesley’s Chevrolet pickup drove off the highway and came to rest in a rancher’s field. The pickup burst into flames, however, LESLEY was able to get out and later fled the scene.

Local emergency response personnel arrived and took the 3 occupants of the Suzuki Forenza to Blue Mountain Hospital in John Day. In addition to Oliver, the other two occupants were Christine Vender, 52, from Monument, and her 2-year old grandson, Tristen Littleton. Oliver and Vender were using safety restraints and were treated and released. Litteton, the niece of driver Oliver, was in his car safety seat in the back of the car and was also treated and released for minor injuries.

Oliver was visiting her family in Monument on leave from the US Navy where she is stationed aboard the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln stationed in Everett, Washington.

Oregon State Police Trooper Cody Weaver was advised by witnesses at the scene that the fleeing driver, Lesley, was intoxicated. LESLEY returned to the crash scene at approximately 11:30 p.m., five hours after the crash. Trooper Weaver arrested “Ormand” Lesley for Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants, Failure to Perform the Duties of a Driver Involved in an Injury Crash, and Assault in the Third Degree.

Preliminary investigation alleges Lesley had taken prescription medications and alcohol, and used marijuana before the crash. Evidence related to the investigation was seized. Lesley had minor injuries.

Lesley was sworn in as Monument’s Mayor on January 11, 2006. He was lodged in the Grant County Jail.

Oregon State Police were assisted by the Grant County Sheriff’s Office and ODOT. Highway 402 was closed to one lane of traffic for several hours.