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Side Notes 5/14-5/21 


OSU-Cascades announced that Emilie Cortes will give the commencement speech for the Class of 2015 on Sunday, June 14. Once a San Francisco investment professional, Cortes left her 17-year career to follow her passion for adventure travel and mountaineering. She now serves as the president for Call of the Wild Adventures, Inc., which leads adventure trips for women. A Central Oregon resident since 2013, Cortes has climbed on six of the seven continents.

The Deschutes County Board of Commissioners confirmed what many in Sisters already knew to be true—the Three Sisters Irrigation District is facing a drought emergency. The Sisters Nugget reports that the Oregon Drought Council is expected to approve the drought declaration at its May 16 meeting. While snow packs are far below average across the county, the Sisters area is heavy hit because it does not have reservoirs to draw from, and is reliant on flows from Whychus Creek. According to the Sisters Nugget, irrigators are only drawing 40 percent of their water and already anticipating impacts on crop and livestock yields. A drought declaration could help Sisters irrigators access federal financial assistance for crop losses.

The Deschutes County District Attorney's Office has completed its investigation into the death of Eben Kaneshiro, a Portland martial arts studio owner facing charges of child abuse of a Sisters boy, while being held in the county jail. After spending more than 100 hours reviewing medical and other evidence, including interviews with 43 people, the Deschutes County Major Crimes Team concluded that Kaneshiro's death was a suicide by hanging.

"I thank Sergeant [Jesse] Petersen for his able leadership of the Deschutes County Major Crimes Team, and the team members for the excellent investigation they conducted," District Attorney John Hummel said in a statement. "The quality of this investigation produced results that leave no doubt as to the cause of Mr. Kaneshiro's death."

Kaneshiro's death followed the highly publicized findings in the December death of another Deschutes County Jail inmate found in March to have died of an overdose of methamphetamine.


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