Ashton Eaton clarifies statement on breaking World Record


“Have to clarify something. I’ve been asked more than once if I will break my world record at the Olympics. I’ve seen all the mentions and posts saying how many of you can’t wait to see me do it again. The same question was raised today in a big press conference here in London. Maybe to the dismay of many I said it’s “unrealistic to think that I will”. Of course the potential is there but I’ve heard the Games is a different beast. International Decathlons are way different than in the states. However,

1. I always try my best which is how I got to where I am now

2. Who said anything about me trying to do something realistic? ;)”

-@Ashton Eaton

Crooked River Water Agreement Reached

Arthur R. Bowman Dam and Prineville Reservoir

WASHINGTON, DC— Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden and Governor Kitzhaber today announced that an agreement on water allocation from the Crooked River in Central Oregon has been made between a broad coalition of stakeholders in the region. Legislation will be introduced later this week by Senator Merkley with Senator Wyden joining as a cosponsor.

“This bill ends 40 years of fighting and paralysis over water in the Prineville Reservoir. This is historic and a great opportunity for economic growth in the Crooked River region,”said Senator Merkley. “I thank all the stakeholders for their unflagging efforts to develop this agreement. This bill provides many benefits: the City of Prineville will have access to additional water that’s critical to support new industries; local farmers and ranchers will get more secure and expanded access to irrigation water; and additional water would be available to support fish and wildlife, including the world-class fly fishery and newly reintroduced steelhead. On top of all that, Oregon continues its leadership in clean renewable energy by taking a step toward new hydropower production on the Crooked River. I look forward to working with all the partners in Central Oregon to get this done.”

“This legislation is the result of a lot of hard work by a lot of people.  I especially want to recognize Senator Merkley, who has been tireless in building consensus among all the parties involved in this issue. The result represents the best Oregon tradition of working together to find a solution to the competing demands for water in the Crooked River,” Senator Wyden said. “This bill will provide certainty for the City of Prineville, the irrigation districts, the Warm Springs Tribes, and conservation interests that their primary needs will be addressed in good water years and bad.  There is now a path forward that leads to both economic growth for the community and the protection of fish and wildlife.”

“The Crooked River basin is one of Oregon’s truly special places, and its water is central to the health of its people and environment,” said Governor Kitzhaber. “This legislation not only represents a victory for the basin’s e

conomy, communities, fish, wildlife and native people, but also for Oregonians across the state.  I am grateful for the hard work and leadership of a lot of committed stakeholders who have demonstrated Oregon’s ability to find common ground that incorporates our environmental, economic, and cultural values.”

The legislation announced today will provide numerous benefits to water users and the Central Oregon region, by:

  • Providing the City of Prineville with a dependable supply of water to support growth into the foreseeable future;  
  • Ensuring a reliable supply of water to farmers who use water from Prineville Reservoir and McKay Creek for irrigation;
  • Enhancing the ability to manage water flows in the Crooked River to improve habitat for the benefit of fish, and improving fish habitat in McKay Creek;
  • Providing the ability to install a hydroelectric turbine on Bowman Dam.

The following groups were engaged in the negotiations and endorse the legislation:

American Rivers

“Senators Merkley and Wyden brought together all sides to find a solution that strikes a balance for water users and the environment while improving conditions for the fish and wildlife that rely on the Wild and Scenic Crooked River,” said Brett Swift with American Rivers.

City of Prineville

“This legislative agreement on the Crooked River is welcome news for Prineville,” said Prineville Mayor Betty Roppe. “It ensures our residents as well as our local farmers, businesses, and new businesses like Apple and Facebook, will have a secure water supply for the future. We’re also pleased with the restoration measures to improve fish and wildlife habitat in the Crooked River.”

Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs

“The Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs strongly support Senators Merkley and Wyden’s legislation, which is a landmark victory for both farmers and fish,” said Warm Springs Chief Delvis Heath. “By adding more water to the Crooked River for fish, this legislation will boost the health and resilience of salmon and steelhead in the Crooked River and the entire Deschutes Basin.  We believe this is a new model for approaching western water issues literally from the ground up.  The Confederated Tribes sincerely thank Senators Merkley and Wyden, and their staff, for months of dedicated work with local stakeholders. ”

Crook County

“Our Governor, and two Senators, deserve credit for legislation that guarantees Crook County and our entire region has the necessary water to meet societal needs and for businesses, including our dynamic agricultural sector, to make capital investments, to sustain and create jobs, and benefit all of Central Oregon,” said Mike McCabe, Crook County Judge and Commissioner.

Deschutes Basin Board of Control (Representing all 7 major irrigation districts in Central Oregon)

“I want to recognize the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs and Portland General Electric Company for their commitment and leadership in this agreement,” said Steve Johnson, President, Deschutes Basin Board of Control. “All of us appreciate their work for an imaginative and sustainable agreement.”

Ochoco Irrigation District

“I commend Senator Wyden, Senator Merkley, and Governor Kitzhaber, for taking a strong position in support of farmers and ranchers who rely upon the Crooked River to responsibly grow crops and raise livestock,” said Brian Barney, Chairman, Ochoco Irrigation District Board of Directors. “The Crooked River is a real part of our heritage, and we’re proud to work alongside all of them to improve it.”

Portland General Electric

“PGE strongly supports this effort to open Bowman Dam to hydropower development, which would provide Oregonians with a new source of clean, renewable electricity, as well as near-term job opportunities,” said Dave Robertson, PGE vice president of public policy.  “We commend Senator Merkley and Senator Wyden for introducing this legislation and for the work of the Governor and many stakeholders involved in coming to this agreement.”

Trout Unlimited

“Trout Unlimited strongly supports this bill, which encourages pragmatic, creative solutions and partnerships to help support Crooked River fisheries including steelhead,” Kate Miller of Trout Unlimited. “This bill provides a framework for how diverse interests—from tribes to irrigators to conservation groups and municipalities—can work together to meet our water needs while enhancing and restoring this amazing river. We all have a stake in preserving the health of the Crooked River, which sustains our quality of life as well as our local economies. This bill provides a shared vision for getting that done. ”


“This legislation provides significant improvements for fish and river habitat in the beloved Crooked River, and we are very happy that our Senators provided the leadership to strike a balance between many interests,” said Kimberley Priestley, Senior Policy Analyst for WaterWatch of Oregon. “We look forward to working with all those involved to ensure that the Crooked river, its fish and all who care about the river will reap the full benefits of this bill.”

Fall Chinook Season Opens Wednesday on Deschutes River

The lower Deschutes River will open for fall chinook salmon fishing on August 1.

The river will be open from the mouth at the I-84 bridge upstream to Sherars Falls. The daily bag limit is two adult chinook and five ‘jacks.’  Jack chinook salmon are 15-24 inches long.

According to Rod French, ODFW fish biologist, the Deschutes boasts one of the healthiest wild fall chinook populations in the Columbia Basin.

“It’s an incredible fishery of all wild fish,” he said. “Last year we saw the third largest return on record and we expect another banner year.”

The chinook salmon season will close October 31.

Anglers are reminded that all wild (non adipose fin-clipped) steelhead must be released unharmed and that the use of bait is restricted to the section of the river from Sherars Falls downstream to the upper railroad trestle.

Two lost hikers rescued in Three Sisters Wilderness

Sisters, Oregon – This afternoon, Deschutes County 9-1-1 Dispatch received a call from Melissa Keal who reported that she and Kendra Seblett were lost somewhere below the South Sister.  She reported that at some point during their hike the hikers wandered off the trail and ended up southeast of Moraine Lake before calling 911. Keal advised the hikers were lightly equipped, had no map, compass or gps and were not dressed for an overnight stay.

Deputies with the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office were able to make phone contact with the hikers who were each carrying a cell phone.  The hikers called 911 on both cell phones in order for the dispatch center to obtain cell phone “pings.”  Both pings assisted the deputies in showing where the hikers likely were.

Seven  volunteers from the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue (SAR) unit responded to the area and began to climb the hikers trails from both the Green Lakes and Devil’s Lake trailheads.  The climbers were located near the Green Lakes trail at about 7:30 p.m.  They were escorted back down the trail to the Green Lakes Trailhead and then driven to their vehicle.  Rescuers learned the pair left the Devil’s Lake Trailhead intending to summit the South Sister.  They lost the trail due to intermittent snow drifts that covered the area.  They became disoriented and wandered around in the area before calling 911.

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office would like to remind those recreating in the backcountry to carry some essential items with them, including: extra food and water, a map and compass or gps, extra clothing, a light source, first-aid supplies, fire starting materials and some type of shelter.

Deputy Mike Biondi—Assistant SAR Coordinator

Children’s Art Academy 2012

Back for the second year, Arts Central is pleased to offer Children’s Art Academy this fall. The innovative program is designed for children who love art and have a deep interest in exploring the creative process. Open to just 12 students per session, in-depth, sequential art classes foster appreciation of art, develop artistic and critical thinking, strengthen art-making skills and cultivate personal expression. Children’s Art Academy sessions run for 12 weeks and each explores specific artistic principles:

Introduction to Drawing, Painting and Clay Ages 6-8 and 9-13  

Focusing on drawing, painting, collage, sculpture and printmaking, students build their art literacy by using the elements and principle of design; the essential building blocks for all art and craft work.

Drawing Projects from Imagination and Observation Ages 9-13

Students explore various artists’ works, their styles and the reasons to draw. Traditional and non-traditional media will be tested to explore ideas from imagined themes as well as observed items such as natural materials, animals and landscapes.

Clay Hand-Building and Applied Design Ages 9-13

Created for students with a serious love for clay, this session focuses on hand-building techniques and applied design. Students explore idea development, art history and cultural studies to create personal works using applied skills.

As students progress through each Art Academy session, they will participate in critiques, gain artistic confidence and build a portfolio of their personal works. Online enrollment for Children’s Art Academy begins August 3rd and a 10% early bird discount is available to those who register by August 31st. For more information about the Academy’s sessions and schedules, please contact Tracy Alexander at or 541-617-1317.


Kids to Race During CCC Awbrey Butte Circuit

A kids race will be staged on Sunday concurrent with the fifth and final stage of the Cascade Cycling Classic, the Awbrey Butte Circuit Race

The bike race, for kids ages 2 to 16, will begin at Summit High School in Bend at approximately 1:30 p.m.

Registration will take place between 12:30 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. at the Hutch’s Bicycle tent the Summit High School parking lot. Ages 13-16 can participate can participate in a 20 minutes criterium. Following registration, all bikes must go through a safety inspection check. Medals will be awarded as soon as the kids cross the finish line to the top three kids in each of the following categories.

Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Dismissed from Lawsuit

On June 27, 2012, plaintiff Danny Myers stipulated to dismissal with prejudice of all claims of wrongdoing by the Deschutes County Sheriff Larry Blanton and the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office.

In November 2011 Myers filed a federal lawsuit against Sheriff Larry Blanton and the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office claiming that in July 2010, Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office deputies mistakenly detained and transported Myers on an outstanding Wasco County arrest warrant after Myers was arrested and convicted in Deschutes County for possession of methamphetamine.

Investigation by the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office and Deschutes County Legal Counsel’s Office determined that the transport by Sheriff’s Office personnel was correct and there was not a case of mistaken identity in transporting Myers. This determination that Myers was not mistakenly transported was supported by court documents and transport documents from other counties involved in Myers’ transport. These documents were provided to Myers’ attorney, who agreed that Sheriff’s Office personnel acted properly in detaining and transporting Myers and stipulated to dismissal of all claims against Sheriff Blanton and the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office.

Juvenile Rescued Near McKay Crossing Falls

On June 29th, 2012 at approximately5:20 p.m. 9-1-1 Dispatch received a report from a female who reported that her ten-year-old brother had collapsed after swimming at the McKay Crossing Falls.  Deputies from the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office, Personnel from Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue (SAR), the Oregon State Police, Forest Service and the Lapine Fire Department were dispatched to the scene.   The dispatch center was advised that the young boy was unconscious and pale in color.

The first responding deputies and medics from the Lapine Fire Department arrived and climbed down a fifteen foot embankment and waded across Paulina Creek in thigh high water to reach the young boy.  He was placed in a litter and transported back across the creek and up to where a Lapine Fire Department ambulance was waiting.  He was transported to Saint Charles Medical Center-Bend via ground ambulance with non-life threatening injuries.

The initial investigation revealed that the young boy was swimming in the creek with his father and sister.  He got out of the water and told his father he wasn’t feeling well and wasn’t speaking coherently.  He then collapsed and lost consciousness.  His sister was able to call 911 and request help.