Thursday, April 28, 2016

Dream the Future of Oregon Schools at Oregon Rising May 12

Posted By on Thu, Apr 28, 2016 at 10:30 AM

Contributed by Alandra Johnson, Bend-La Pine Schools Communication Specialist

Bend-La Pine Schools will host Oregon Rising at 6 p.m. on May 12  at Summit High School. Parents, students and the community are invited to dream the future of Oregon schools during a community gathering that is part of a statewide campaign to communicate local ideas to the 2017 Oregon Legislature. 


“This is an opportunity for Oregonians to dream big for the future of education,” said Superintendent Shay Mikalson.

Oregon Rising is a collaboration between the Confederation of Oregon School Administrators, Oregon School Boards Association and the Oregon Education Association. The campaign will survey 10,000 Oregonians.

“We are very interested in learning what Oregonians imagine schools could be if there were no limits – and then developing a plan of action to deliver on our collective dream for Oregon students,” said Craig Hawkins, COSA Executive Director.

For more information about the statewide effort visit

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Senator Wyden Calls for Nationwide Vote-by-Mail

Posted By on Thu, Apr 28, 2016 at 9:14 AM

Following Oregon's lead established in 2000, Senator Ron Wyden has called for expanding the state's vote-by-mail nationwide.  

“My home state of Oregon has led the nation in making voting more accessible. No one has to take time off work just to exercise his or her constitutional rights,” Wyden said. “My proposition is the rest of our country should follow Oregon’s lead and offer all voters a chance to vote by mail.”

Wyden’s draft plan requires every state to provide registered voters the opportunity to cast their ballots in the mail. Under his proposal, all registered voters will
receive ballots in the mail weeks before Election Day, allowing them to
carefully research candidates well ahead of time.

By providing the opportunity to cast ballots in the mail, voters will be able to avoid long lines at polling stations and won’t have to take time off work to exercise their constitutionally guaranteed right to vote. The federal government, through the Unites States Postal Service (USPS), will assist states with the costs of mailing ballots to
registered voters.

According to the Senator, vote by mail has deterred voter fraud by implementing security measures such as a signature authentication system. Oregon’s system also prevents potential fraud by centralizing ballot processing in the county clerk’s office, rather than at various polling sites.  


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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Crossword Puzzle Answers 4/27/16

Posted By on Wed, Apr 27, 2016 at 9:35 AM

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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Art in the Neighborhood

Posted By on Tue, Apr 26, 2016 at 6:44 PM

There are some people who take the time to make sure days are better. Krayna Castelbaum is one of those people. A self-described poetry enthusiast and artist, this local instigator does her share to bring a bit of art to her neighborhood. She takes the time to print and post a poem every month, accessible through her blog, or outside her home behind Spork. These are available to the public. Below is her message, as well as, the poem of the month. 

April 2016
What a wonderful way to kick off National Poetry Month!
The erotic thread, signifying aliveness and vitality, is so delightful. Enjoy!

XXII - All Year Long


We break off a branch of poplar catkins.
A hundred birds sing in the tree
Lying beneath it in the garden
We talk to each other
Our tongues in each others mouth.

The sultry air is heavy with flower perfumes.
What is there better to do this hot night
Than throw off the covers
And lie together naked?

A cold wind blows open the window.
The moon looks in, full and bright.
Not a sound,
Not a voice,
In the night.
Then from behind the bed curtains,
Two giggles.

A freezing sky.
The year ends.
Icy winds whirl with snowflakes.
Under the covers
My darling is hotter than midsummer night.

Anonymous author, Sixth Dynasty
From “Love and the Turning Year: One Hundred More Poems from the Chinese”
Kenneth Rexroth, copyrighted material; for educational/therapeutic purposes only.

Contact information:

Krayna Castelbaum
Keep an eye out for the Miss. Piggy dolls. Pass it and you've missed poetry. - PHOTO BY ANGELA MOORE
  • Photo by Angela Moore
  • Keep an eye out for the Miss. Piggy dolls. Pass it and you've missed poetry.

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Monday, April 25, 2016

Bend Lady Roughriders are PNRFU Champions

Posted By on Mon, Apr 25, 2016 at 4:34 PM


A follow up to our story on the Bend Lady Roughriders, a women's rugby team from Bend who made it to the regional playoffs last weekend.

The Roughriders won their first game against Tacoma (22-19) and then went on to beat the undefeated Emerald City Mudhens (20-15) in the championship game. Making them the Pacific Northwest Rugby Football Union (PNRFU) champions! 

These ladies will take on the Norcal champions in Seattle, WA on May 7 in hopes of claiming the ACR1 Championship and advancing to the National Quarter- and Semi-finals on on May 21-22 in Tucson, AZ. More information can be found here.

Great work ladies!

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Voting in Oregon—Register to Vote by Tomorrow!

Posted By on Mon, Apr 25, 2016 at 1:02 PM

Oregon’s turn to vote is almost here and luckily for us Oregon has one of the most convenient voting systems in the country—vote-by-mail. Properly registered voters receive a ballot two to three weeks before the election, giving individuals time to research candidates and issues. The key phrase in that sentence is properly registered.

Ballots will be making their way to mailboxes Wednesday, April 26. Therefore, Oregonians have until 11:59 pm on Tuesday, April 25 to update voter registration or register for the first time. Update your registration if you’ve moved, changed your name or your mailing address since the last time you voted.

Another reason to update your voter registration is to select or change a political party. Both major political parties use the Primary Election to nominate their party candidates for the November General Election. Since the Democratic Party in Oregon uses a “closed system” voters will only be able to vote for a Democratic candidate if they are registered as Democratic. This is only one example of the importance of updating voter registration—so you can vote for who you want when the time comes around.

Registering is incredibly easy and takes about five minutes!

Here’s the link. Get out and vote!

“Nobody will ever deprive the American people of the right to vote except the American people themselves and the only way they could do this is by not voting.”
— Franklin D. Roosevelt, 32nd President of the United States

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Thursday, April 21, 2016

Umpqua Hot Springs Becomes Day-Use Site

Time Needed for Area around the Popular Hot Springs Site to Recover from Excessive Use

Posted By on Thu, Apr 21, 2016 at 1:07 PM

TOKETEE, OR – The Umpqua Hot Springs, 70 miles east of Roseburg on the Umpqua National Forest, has been designated as a day-use only site with parking restricted to the trailhead parking area. The hot springs will remain open for use between sunrise and sundown.

This change in use will be effective beginning April 19 and remain in effect through April 19, 2018, to allow for disturbed areas to return to their natural state. Parking vehicles is limited to the trailhead for the Hot Springs and prohibited within 300 feet of Forest Service Road 3401. Overnight use in the area around the hot springs is also prohibited. A map of the Umpqua Hot Springs Day-Use area and the Order issued by the Umpqua National Forest are available at

“These changes respond to resource and public safety concerns,” said Jimmy Tyree, Diamond Lake District Ranger. “Road 3401 is a single-lane road. By eliminating parking alongside the road, we’re allowing for emergency vehicles to safely drive through.”
Tyree shared that people staying overnight in dispersed sites along the road and in the hot springs area have caused extreme degradation of the site.

“Too many don’t follow the Leave No Trace techniques,” explained Tyree. “We’re left with compacted soils and areas completely devoid of ground vegetation, not to mention many toilet paper mounds. Heavy use has altered the natural processes in play at this site.”

Over the past three years, Douglas County and Forest Service law enforcement officers have issued increasing numbers of tickets to people at the hot springs, trailhead, and adjacent unofficial dispersed camping sites. Problems have included illegal drug use, violating campfire and smoking restrictions, cutting down trees, and failure to pay day-use fee. Deputies have responded to reports of domestic violence and fighting.

Violators could face a prison sentence of up to six months and a fine of up to $5,000.
The original hot spring was used by prehistoric people. Surveyors, hunters and prospectors traveling in the area in the late 19th century documented the location. A “tub” was excavated in the travertine rock surrounding the springs in the early 1930s with a three-sided shelter constructed a few years later. Additional, unofficial tubs were later added.

Last September, the Umpqua National Forest issued a temporary closure of the hot springs to soaking to address concerns from very high E.coli counts. The springs reopened to use in early 2016.

People wishing to camp can choose to stay at Toketee Lake Campground approximately four miles south of the Umpqua Hot Springs on Forest Service Road 34.

The public is asked to comply with all posted signs and closures. For more information about the Umpqua Hot Springs, contact the Diamond Lake Ranger District at 541-498-2531.

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Kids to Parks

Posted By on Thu, Apr 21, 2016 at 11:29 AM

Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon has joined a bipartisan effort in introducing a measure to encourage active lifestyles for children by designating May 21 as National Kids to Parks Day.  

"A love of the outdoors is rooted in the hearts of Oregonians at an early age, and children who grow up enjoying Oregon's wondrous treasures develop an appreciation for nature that lasts a lifetime," said Wyden.

Wyden joins other Senators including Orrin Hatch, a Republican from Utah, Dianne Feinstein, D, California, Lamar Alexander, R, Tenn, and others in introducing the resolution.  Pic:  Farewell Bend Park.

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Mt. Bachelor Announces New Lift to Open December 2016

Posted By on Thu, Apr 21, 2016 at 10:57 AM

"Mt. Bachelor and Powdr Corp are excited to announce that we have signed a contract with lift manufacturer Doppelmayer to install the new east side chairlift, named Cloudchaser, in time for the 2016 holiday season! The high-speed detachable quad chairlift, which represents a capital investment of approximately $6 million, provides greater protection from the elements during storm cycles and adds 635 acres to our lift served terrain, making us the 5th largest ski area in the United States.


This is an exciting milestone for the entire team here at Mt. Bachelor. Powdr's investment in this lift underscores a commitment to Mt. Bachelor and provides a whole new way for us all to enjoy our favorite mountain.

Tom Lomax, director of mountain operations, came up with the name Cloudchaser based on its location and the unique weather phenomenon our mountain creates when approaching clouds from the west tend to dissipate and disappear altogether as they wrap around the summit passing by to the east side. Cloudchaser is the the first chairlift to be installed since Pine Marten was replaced in 2006, and the first completely new chairlift providing access to previously unserved terrain on the mountain since the opening of Northwest Express in 1996.

To commemorate this milestone, we invite you to come celebrate Cloudchaser with us from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 7. We will offer free skiing, live entertainment, food and beverage specials, and other activities. Grab your family, friends and neighbors because this is going to be a celebration for the books! Additional details on the Cloudchaser Celebration will be available soon on our website.

Cheers to the future of our beautiful mountain!


John McLeod
Interim General Manager
Mt. Bachelor LLC"
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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Take Back the Night

Posted By on Wed, Apr 20, 2016 at 10:51 AM

Together, we can prevent sexual and domestic violence. Join us this
Friday, April 22 in downtown Bend as we Take Back the Night with an evening full of FREE awareness-raising activities to empower the community to take action against violence.
Join the fight against violence and sexual assault against women. Make a difference!
  • Join the fight against violence and sexual assault against women. Make a difference!

We'll start our family-friendly Take Back the Night events with a Healthy Relationships Fair from 6 to 9 pm the Liberty Theater (849 NW Wall St.), featuring activities that explore healthy relationships, myths and facts about sexual and domestic violence, and more, with options for all ages. Those that participate will receive a raffle ticket for some great local prizes. The largest team in attendance will win a pizza party from Pizza Mondo! So get some friends together and join us!

At 7 pm, in the nearby Mirror Pond Plaza (across from Crow's Feet Commons), a Speak Out featuring survivors and other community members will highlight the impact of sexual and domestic violence and what is being done to address these issues. The Speak Out will include a performance of Lady Gaga's "Til It Happens to You" by local musician Shireen Amini (of ¡Chiringa!) and remarks by City Councilor Nathan Boddie. Following the Speak Out, at about 7:30 pm, attendees will carry that message of hope and empowerment through downtown in Saving Grace's Shine a Light Walk.

This is an event for all people, ages, sexes and races. It's an event for everyone, because it's an issue that affects everyone. Come and support raising awareness against acts that are far too common in our society. Let's make Bend a safer place for all. 

Thanks to our sponsors: G5, Les Schwab, Deschutes Brewery, Bend Research, RBC Wealth Management, Pacific Source, Horizon Broadcasting, Pine Mountain Sports, The Source Weekly, Pizza Mondo and Crow's Feet Commons. 
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Crossword Puzzle Answers 4/20/16

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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Senator Wyden: Investigate Hanford Leaks Immediately

Posted By on Tue, Apr 19, 2016 at 12:42 PM

Oregon Senator Ron Wyden has sent a letter to Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz asking him to convene an independent panel to investigate a "large amount of waste in an outer tank" that was discovered Sunday.  The letter also asks the Energy Department to re-assess the safety risks associated with the remaining double shell tanks that contain radioactive waste.  Wyden says the exact cause of the sudden leakage is unknown.

"It goes without saying that citizens in Oregon and I are concerned about this situation especially given the fact that previous analyses of this tank and other double-shell tanks have raised numerous design and construction concerns and the exact cause of the original AY-102 leaks has never been determined," Wyden stated.

The double-shell tanks  provide for long term storage of high level waste with a much greater level of safety than single-shell tanks previously used.  However, tanks AY-101 and AY-102 have surpassed their 40 year design life when the leaks were detected Sunday.  

"In the immediate term, citizens of the Northwest need to be assured that there is no immediate danger from the conditions in tank AY-102 and from any continuation of retrieval operations.  In the longer term, the cause of all of the leaks in this tank must be determined and the risk of failures in the remaining double-shell tanks should be reassessed." Picture:  Columbia River Keepers.  

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