Greyhound Adoption Event in Bend, Mar. 11

Homes For Hounds, a Pacific-Northwest Greyhound Adoption Agency serving Oregon, Washington and Northern California announces its annual adoption day event in Central Oregon. Homes For Hounds will be at Pet Smart in the Cascade Village Shopping Complex on the north side of Bend on Saturday March 11, 2006 from 2:00pm – 5:30pm with adorable retired greyhounds available to meet, interact with, and up for adoption.

Homes for Hounds is a non-profit organization. The $200 minimum adoption donation for a greyhound is tax-deductible. This donation goes towards a medical exam, spay or neuter, dental cleaning, some vaccinations and helps defer costs of housing the greyhounds until their forever family is found. All adoptions are subject to a home evaluation and adequately fenced yard.

Greyhounds make wonderful indoor family pets who adjust well to children and other dogs. Contrary to misconceptions, greyhounds do not need excessive amounts of exercise. Greyhounds must always be on a leash for their safety. And like all pets, greyhounds need to be treated with respect, compassion, and a gentle hand from everyone in the family.

If you’d like more information on adopting a greyhound in Oregon or to view pictures of many of the wonderful greyhounds available, please visit www.Homes4Hounds.com. Or call Rayetta Holder at 541-563-3467 in western Oregon.

Angling closed on Deschutes and Hood rivers

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife officials today announced spring chinook angling will be closed on the Deschutes and Hood rivers this year to protect low predicted returns of wild fish.

The rivers are listed in the state’s annual fishing regulations as closed to salmon angling, and are opened only by order of the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission on years when fish returns are robust enough to allow limited harvest.

While returns during the past several years have allowed angling on the Deschutes and Hood rivers, 2006 spring chinook predictions are not sufficient to allow harvest.

“We are concerned that any additional angling pressure may jeopardize spawning success and harm future production,” said Rod French, ODFW District Fisheries biologist.

However, French said angling for steelhead and trout remains open in both rivers and offers excellent opportunities. In addition, managers predict a strong return of fall chinook to the Deschutes and could recommend an open season there starting Aug. 1.

Anglers are encouraged to consult the 2006 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations before angling in these rivers.

State unemployment rate is lowest in past five years

Washington, D.C. -Today while attending the National Governor’s Association conference in the nation’s capitol, Governor Ted Kulongoski cited Oregon’s steady growth in employment over the past year as proof that his aggressive efforts to create jobs and stimulate the economy are delivering results.

“Oregon has turned the corner, and our economy is growing more than twice as fast as the national economy,” Governor Kulongoski said. “That means we’re doing something right. Over the past three years, Oregon’s economy has generated more than 100,000 new jobs, and these new jobs benefit everyone. When we lower unemployment, we reduce the demand for social services and stimulate the local economies in communities throughout Oregon – creating opportunity for Oregonians to pursue their dreams.”

According to today’s report by the Oregon Employment Department, the number of jobs in Oregon has grown by an average of 50,400 jobs a year in 2004 and 2005. In January of this year alone, the report showed that non-farm payroll rose by 2,900 jobs, continuing a rapid growth rate over the past two years. Manufacturing and trade posted better numbers than usual for this time of year. Overall, the state unemployment rate is the lowest in the past five years.

“I’ve often said that the best social program is a family-wage job,” the Governor said. “Personal problems and family crises are more manageable when someone in the family has a good job. Jobs give families hope.”

The Governor said that Oregon’s public works programs have contributed to job growth, especially the $2.5-billion bonding program to upgrade roads and bridges, which the Governor shepherded through the legislature in 2003. Another contributor to more new jobs is the “Connect Oregon” program, which has begun upgrades to rail facilities, airports, ports and mass transit.

“By improving our roads, bridges and other transportation assets, we do more than make them safer for Oregonians and their families,” the Governor said. “We enable businesses to move their goods and services more efficiently and more profitably, which means a stronger bottom line for Oregon companies.”

Since taking office he Governor has also aggressively recruited new companies to relocate in Oregon, with notable results. Amy’s Kitchen, the organic frozen food process, relocated to Medford, bringing 200 new jobs to that community. Lowe’s, the home-improvement giant, opened a distribution center in Lebanon, while Google, Yahoo, Royal Caribbean and Wachovia all opened new facilities in Oregon.

The Governor has been equally aggressive in promoting Oregon as a center for high-tech research, development and manufacturing.

“All these efforts contribute to Oregon’s overall prosperity,” the Governor said. “We may be talking about nanotechnology development, high-definition TV, or new warehouses for manufacturers. All these new create new opportunities for our children. All create jobs that enable people to buy food, clothing, fuel, houses and countless other products. Creating new jobs makes the future bright.”

Meth: The Challenge Facing Our Community

Soroptimists of Redmond, BestCare Treatment Services, and the Meth Action Coalition are sponsoring a free community forum “Meth: The Challenge Facing Our Community” on Thursday, March 9th at Redmond Senior Center, 325 NW Dogwood Ave. Redmond, from 6:30-9 p.m.

The evening will feature a 15 minute screening of the independent film “Downfall”, produced by local filmmaker Duke White.

“Downfall” portrays a man’s methamphetamine addiction and its devastating impact on his life. Afterward Dr. Woody Peeples, a local emergency room doctor, will give an educational presentation regarding meth. Last, a panel of experts representing the fields of medicine, law enforcement, mental health/addictions, social work, and the community will give an overview of the challenges facing our community as well as be available to answer questions.

Please RSVP to Bonnie via email at bonniebkenner@hotmail.com or by phoning Karen at 541 548-4709.

Des Chutes Historical Society Hires New Museum Manager

The Deschutes Historical Society has hired a new manager, Kelly Cannon-Miller, who will be responsible for managing the daily activities of the museum. Cannon-Miller will begin her job on Wednesday, March 1.

Cannon-Miller has Bachelors and Masters degrees in History from Portland State University. She has significant museum programming and artifact collections experience from Bend’s High Desert Museum. Cannon-Miller has also taught Introduction to Museum Studies, an upper level anthropology course, at the University of Oregon.

“I’m very excited to join the Deschutes County Historical Society. Following Bend’s centennial celebrations, I look forward to keeping the Society an active partner in preserving and promoting the history of Central Oregon. The Historical Society and Center is a tremendous resource to Central Oregonians, longtime residents and newcomers alike,” Cannon-Miller said.

An experienced public historian, Cannon-Miller’s background in the museum profession began in artifact collections care and has grown to include exhibit and event planning and management; long-range interpretive planning; grant writing and fundraising; educational programming; and donor relationship building.

“The Deschutes County Historical Society is very pleased to hire such an impressive candidate for the manager position. Imperative to the significant growth of the region, we are confident that Kelly will be effective in taking the Historical Center to its next level of excellence,” said Jon Sholes, President of the Historical Society.

Cannon-Miller will work especially towards building Museum memberships and increase the Museum’s volunteer base. She will help the Society apply for grants, and will create new fundraising opportunities and events.

The Deschutes Historical Society was incorporated on August 4, 1975. By November of that year, 144 members were ready to carry out the established purpose of the organization-“To gather, preserve, and make available museum, library and other historical material relating to the history of Central Oregon.”

The Des Chutes Historical Center, 129 NW Idaho Ave in Bend, is open Tuesdays through Saturdays 10:00am to 4:30pm. For more information about Historical Center donations, volunteering, memberships, or for Museum tours, please call 389-1813.

Guitarist Joins Music School Faculty

Hideki Yamaya, recently of Los Angeles, has moved to Bend and has joined the Cascade Community School of Music Faculty. Yamaya is a virtuoso guitarist and lutenist who has been active as a performer and teacher in California for over 10 years. “It is so exciting to have a musician of Hideki’s caliber join us” says Dillon Schneider, CCSM Director, “he is way beyond anyone else in the area on classical guitar, not to mention the lute. We’re going to build a first-rate guitar program around him”.

With advanced degrees from UC Santa Cruz and UC Irvine in Ethnomusicology, Guitar and Lute Performance, Yamaya is, in Schneider’s words, the “real deal”. He has performed in Canada, Japan, Great Britain, and Italy. His specialties are classical, flamenco, and various Latin American styles as well as the music of the Renaissance and Baroque periods.

Hideki is also a specialist in early music and performs on the lute and other early plucked strings. He has studied lute at the prestigious Accademia Internazionale della Musica in Milan, Italy with Paul Beier and was featured as a soloist in the Santa Cruz Baroque Festival. He has also collaborated with many notable performers and ensembles, including Nicholas Isherwood (bass), John Schneiderman (guitar and lute), California Gamba Consort, Lux Musica, and Stanford University Opera.

Hideki’s first public performance in Bend will be on March 18, 7PM in the wonderful acoustics of the Spiritual Awareness Center on Franklin St. in Bend. He’ll be performing with CCSM faculty member Shannon Devir on flute as “Duo Ascente”. Tickets are $11/ $9 student and seniors, and are available at the door or by calling CCSM at 382-6866.

Governor calls on President to reverse health care cuts for Oregonians

Washington, D.C. – While attending the National Governor’s Association conference in Washington, D.C., Monday, Governor Ted Kulongoski delivered a letter to President Bush asking for a renewed federal-state partnership when it comes to providing services for Oregon’s most vulnerable citizens.

“When I signed a balanced biennial budget for Oregon in August of 2005, it was with the understanding that the long-standing partnership between the federal government and our state to deliver human services would continue,” the Governor said in his letter. “However, over the last six months, we have seen a dramatic erosion of federal support at a time when our human services needs are increasing.”

The Governor’s letter detailed the impacts that the Deficit Reduction Act (DRA), which passed earlier this year, and the President’s proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2007 will have on Oregon’s ability to maintain the current level of essential services – particularly children and older Oregonians. The Governor cited three specific areas of concern:

Federal Match Rate: The reduction of the federal Medicaid match rate impacts the current biennium by threatening the loss of approximately $24 million dollars to help Oregon’s seniors and people with disabilities.
Targeted Managed Care: The Deficit Reduction Act and the President’s proposed budget for FY 2007 would result in millions of lost dollars to Oregon targeted to help keep families together and move kids out of the welfare system into a stable, loving home.
Elder Care & Medicaid: The proposed budget for FY 2007 cuts the provide tax rates from 6 percent to 3 percent – which in Oregon means more than $45 million/year will be cut from nursing homes and Medicaid, hurting the most vulnerable Oregonians.

“The combination of cuts passed and those proposed will create new barriers to existing challenges in providing health care for our children, seniors, working families, and people with disabilities,” the Governor continued.

“As a former governor, I am sure you can appreciate the values states place in a strong federal state partnership, particularly as it relates to human services. I need a commitment from you that the federal government will be a reliable partner that helps states meet the needs of the citizens it serves,” the Governor added.

Tomorrow the Governor is meeting with the Oregon Congressional Delegation to share these concerns in addition to changes to the Food Stamp Program that will challenge Oregon’s ability to continue the progress of reducing the hunger rate from first to 19th in the nation over the last three years.

For the text of the letter, go to: http://governor.oregon.gov/Gov/pdf/letters/potus_dhs.pdf

Wing Ding Gala and Golf Classic

Once again, the RE/MAX offices of Central Oregon are proud to invite players and sponsors to the 6th annual RE/MAX Offices of Central Oregon Wing Ding Gala and Golf Classic. The Friday evening gala will take place at Sunriver Resort’s historic Great Hall on April 28th followed by the popular tournament at the championship Meadows Golf Course located in Sunriver.

The originators and hosts of the event consist of RE/MAX Sunset Realty of Sunriver and La Pine, RE/MAX equity group of Bend, RE/MAX Land & Homes of Redmond, Crooked River and Madras, and the RE/MAX Town & Country Real Estate of Sisters and Tumalo. Each year, the group seems to out “out do” themselves, surpassing previous goals as they raise funds which support the Central Oregon Sparrow Clubs. Last year, the team achieved their goal of raising $50,000 for the locally based, national charity. This year, they have set a high mark of a whopping $100,000.

The event itself seems to get better and better with this Spring being no exception. With new partners such as this year’s Co-Hosts Leadership Bend involved, the team is looking forward to a successful and fun-filled event.

“Partnering with RE/MAX in support of this year’s Gala was an easy decision for the group…” said Robert Killen of Columbia River Bank and one of Leadership Bend’s participants. “When Jeff Leeland came to us and presented about Sparrow Clubs, the entire class felt inspired by his mission. The Leadership Bend program is all about making positive change in our community, which is exactly what Sparrow Clubs does each and every year. They touch thousands of kids and give them the opportunity to make a meaningful, heartfelt difference for other kids in need. Supporting Sparrow Clubs is something we are all excited about and greatly look forward to the event.” Ali King, another Leadership Bend member and owner/event coordinator for An Affair to Remember exclaims “When it was presented to help the Sparrow Clubs for our group project, everyone was quick to jump on and do whatever they could to help”.

The Friday evening gala will include an elegant dinner, live and silent auctions, and the lively entertainment of the Andy Armer and The Bend Jazz Trio. Lead by award winner and Bend jazz icon, Andy Armer, the trio offers a cool range of jazz classics in their own smooth, contemporary, toe-tapping style. This fabulous band will share rhythm and melody in the foyer of the Great Hall. Later enjoy delicious dinner music featuring Andy on piano. The evening auction will be filled with art, guided tours, outdoor adventure packages, African Safaris, and much more.

Most important, the event supports a very worthy cause, which benefits not only hundreds of local children in a medical crisis, but the thousands of local young heroes who are helping these children and their families each year. Sparrow Clubs USA, born in Central Oregon, is a youth-based charity where kids-help-kids in medical crisis. To find out more about Sparrow Clubs, visit www.sparrowclubs.org.

To find out more about the Wing Ding Gala and Golf Classic, log on to www.wingdinggala.com. Attendees of the Friday night gala are not required to play in the tournament. This event fills quickly. If you or your company would like to become a headline sponsor, table sponsor, a hole sponsor, donate an auction item, or simply play golf for a great cause, sign up online at www.wingdinggala.com or contact Scott Pence at (541) 593-5018.

Public’s help needed with stray cats

The staff and volunteers of the Bend Spay & Neuter Project are asking for assistance from the public in efforts now underway to spay/neuter, vaccinate, medically treat, foster and place a large colony of cats that was humanely trapped over the past few weeks.

At this point approximately sixty abandoned cats and kittens have been brought in from one location to BSNP by volunteers who rescued them from a very bad situation. Over the past month, many other cats have also been rescued from a variety of locations. Foster – or preferably permanent – homes are desperately needed for these unfortunate animals. Some are not suitable to be house pets but would make good barn cats; some are social and could be nice family pets. All of the cats will be spayed or neutered, vaccinated and treated for parasites prior to adoption.

Adopters will need to complete an adoption form and agree to provide appropriate food, water, shelter and veterinarian care. There is no adoption fee, but donations are requested. Potential adopters should call BSNP at 617-1010 to find out what cats are currently available and to arrange to visit the cats.

Those individuals who wish to help but who cannot take in any of the animals can assist by donating kitty litter, good quality dry cat food, used towels and other items. Cash donations are greatly needed to deal with the medical requirements of the cats. BSNP is located at 61344 Parrell Road, and is open 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

Bend Spay & Neuter Project always needs volunteers to help at the clinic or to assist with trapping cats, with fostering cats and kittens, with interacting with the public, and with a variety of other programs. BSNP is a no-kill organization, and its primary goal is to educate citizens on the need to spay and neuter their cats to help end the tragic problem of pet overpopulation.

If citizens need assistance in having their cats spayed or neutered, with humanely trapping stray or wild cats so they can be taken the clinic for spay and neuter surgery, or if transportation is a problem, volunteers will help. People can easily do the right thing to help the animals. They should call their veterinarian or, if they need financial assistance or have questions, can call the Bend Spay & Neuter Clinic at 617-1010 or the SNIP House in Prineville at 447-6444.

Horizon Air Announces New Nonstop Service from Redmond/Bend to Los Angeles

Horizon Air recently announced it will offer new nonstop service from Redmond/Bend to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) twice daily starting Aug. 1. The announcement was made before a large gathering of civic and business leaders attending Economic Development for Central Oregon’s Annual Luncheon in Bend.

“Our nonstop service to L.A. will make it faster and easier for Central Oregonians to fly to Southern California for business or pleasure,” said Dan Russo, Horizon’s director of marketing and communications, at the luncheon. “Business ties between the two regions will strengthen, and more people will come up to Central Oregon to explore and enjoy the area’s vast recreational and leisure activities.”

The flights will be available for purchase starting Sunday, Feb. 26. The schedule is timed for convenient same-day travel to Los Angeles as well as for easy connections to a variety of Mexico resort destinations served from Los Angeles by Horizon’s sister company, Alaska Airlines. One of the southbound Redmond-Los Angeles nonstops will originate in Eugene and one of the northbound Los Angeles-Redmond nonstops will terminate in Eugene, giving Central Oregon new intrastate service between the two cities as well.

To kick off the new service, Horizon is offering a limited special introductory fare of $99 one way on Horizon’s nonstop flights between Redmond/Bend and LAX taken between Aug. 1 and Nov. 17, 2006. Tickets for these new flights will be available for sale starting Sunday, Feb. 26. The lowest fares on Horizon Air and Alaska Airlines are available at www.horizonair.com or by calling 1-800-547-9308.

The flight time will be only 2 hours and 35 minutes on Horizon’s 74-seat Q400s, which have a top cruising speed of 400 mph. Horizon’s complimentary inflight service features a variety of snacks and beverages, including Starbucks coffee and Northwest wines and microbrews.

Families and sun seekers looking for a vacation getaway can take advantage of a wide selection of value-packed Southern California and Mexico vacation packages – with airfare, choice of hotels, airport transfers and optional tours or rental car all included in one affordable package. They are available online at www.horizonair.com.

Russo said the key factors behind Horizon’s decision to initiate the new service were the airline’s own analysis of the prospects for the new route’s success, coupled with the pledge of significant support from the community. He specifically citied marketing support from Roberts Field/Redmond Municipal Airport, the Central Oregon Visitors Association (COVA), Economic Development for Central Oregon and Sunriver Resort marketing.

“Nonstop air service from Southern California to Central Oregon is a critical step in accommodating visitors from our No. 1 target market,” said Alana Audette, president and CEO of the Central Oregon Visitors Association (COVA). “Horizon Air is a proven and valued partner with our regional tourism efforts, and we are delighted to market and promote this new service with them.”

“The city of Redmond is very excited about Horizon Air’s announcement of nonstop service to Los Angeles,” said Carrie Novick, Roberts Field/Redmond Municipal Airport manager. “Horizon is known throughout the airport and airline industry for excellent customer service and an ability to make schedule changes as opportunities present themselves. This is another indicator of how Central Oregon is changing and how Horizon is working with us through those changes.”

Horizon Air Redmond/Bend-Los Angeles flight schedule starting Aug. 1, 2006:

Depart Redmond/Bend
Arrive Los Angeles
Frequency

6:00 a.m.
8:35 a.m.
Daily

6:00 p.m.
8:35 p.m.
Daily

Arrive Eugene

12:15 p.m.
12:50 p.m.
Daily

Depart Eugene
Arrive Redmond/Bend

4:55 p.m.
5:30 p.m.
Daily

Depart Los Angeles

9:15 a.m.
11:45 a.m.
Daily

9:15 p.m.
11:45 p.m.
Daily

Horizon Air has served Central Oregon since 1982. Horizon operates the most nonstop flights from Redmond/Bend to Portland and the only nonstop service from Redmond/Bend to Seattle.

Founded in 1981 and celebrating its 25th anniversary on Sept. 1, 2006, Horizon today serves 46 cities throughout California, Colorado, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, and British Columbia and Alberta. In 2005, Horizon flew 6.5 million passengers, a portion of these on flights operated as Frontier JetExpress under contract to Denver-based Frontier Airlines. Together, Horizon Air and Alaska Airlines serve more than 80 cities and are subsidiaries of Alaska Air Group, Inc. (NYSE: ALK).

For more news, information and downloadable fleet photos, visit the Horizon Air Newsroom on the Web at http://newsroom.horizonair.com.

*INTRODUCTORY FARE RULES: Valid between: Redmond/Bend and Los Angeles (LAX) on nonstop flights only, for travel Aug. 1-Nov. 17, 2006. Advance Purchase: 14 days. Purchase by: Nov. 1, 2006. Complete Travel by: Nov. 17, 2006. Blackout Dates: None. Day & Time Availability: Daily. Combinable with other fares: Yes. Not Included In the Fare Shown (each way): Airport passenger facility charge of $4.50, federal segment tax of $3.30, and Sept. 11 security fee of $2.50. Other Important Information: Tickets are nonrefundable but can be changed for only a $50 fee and any applicable changes in fare. Seats are limited and may not be available on all flights or all days. Fare subject to change without notice and other restrictions may apply.