Friday, February 2, 2018

Deschutes County Sheriff Fires Deputy

2016 election opponent plans to sue

Posted By on Fri, Feb 2, 2018 at 3:51 PM

Deschutes County Sheriff Shane Nelson has terminated the deputy who ran against him in the last general election. Eric Kozowski ran against Nelson in the November 2016 election, and was put on administrative leave in September 2017.

According to a DCSO press release, Kozowski was terminated based on internal investigations that concluded he violated Sheriff’s Office policies.
Another member of the Sheriff’s team, Corrections Sergeant Mike Nolan will face personnel action as a result of an internal affairs investigation to the sergeant.

The sheriff said in a press release: "I expect members of the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office to adhere to the mission and values of this office. I will continue to enforce the highest standards of professionalism and conduct at the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office."

According to an article in the Seattle Times, Kozowski’s lawyer said the firing was retaliatory and he plans to sue. Michael McGean, Kozowski’s attorney, said Kozowski was fired for wearing a uniform while campaigning.

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Roadtrip: PDX is Lit this Weekend!

Portland Winter Light Festival is free and super cool

Posted By on Fri, Feb 2, 2018 at 11:36 AM

Yes, the sun is shining and it's 55 degrees in Central Oregon, but seeing as how Punxtatawny Phil just portended at least six more weeks of winter, we figured you might need a little pick me up.
Lumascope community installation by Ink Studio - AMY SAKURAI
  • Amy Sakurai
  • Lumascope community installation by Ink Studio
OK, maybe it's just me that needs to get outta here...

Installation by artist Piano Push Play, Willis DuPont, ZGF Architects - TRIMET
  • TriMet
  • Installation by artist Piano Push Play, Willis DuPont, ZGF Architects

If you're headed to Portland this weekend, head down to the Portland Winter Light Festival, a free event featuring over 100 artists' illuminated art installations, fire sculptures (a prep for the fire pit love upcoming at Oregon WinterFest!) and live performances.

Installation by artist Ulrich Buddemeier - MICHAEL JOYCE.
  • Michael Joyce.
  • Installation by artist Ulrich Buddemeier

Ride the Portland Spirit across the Willamette River to check out the Christmas ships, wander near the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (a major hub for some lit art!) or even stay at local hotels getting in on the action.

Light Chimes by artists Andrew Haddock, Amy Spreadborough., Anmarie Trimble - TOM LANGE
  • Tom Lange
  • Light Chimes by artists Andrew Haddock, Amy Spreadborough., Anmarie Trimble
The Society Hotel, a new hotel in Chinatown, is getting in on the fun with an interactive art installation by artist Jen Fuller, called A Colorful Life, in every room during the fest and all the way through March. Uh, yes please.

A scene from A Colorful Life at The Society Hotel. - THE SOCIETY HOTEL
  • The Society Hotel
  • A scene from A Colorful Life at The Society Hotel.
Why stay in sunny Central Oregon when Portland is so LIT this weekend?

Portland Winter Light Festival
Feb 1-3

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Happy Groundhog Day!

Punxsutawney Phil predicts a six more weeks of winter

Posted By on Fri, Feb 2, 2018 at 11:07 AM

click image Punxsutawney Phil giving major side-eye. - PUNXSUTAWNEY PHIL / FACEBOOK
  • Punxsutawney Phil / Facebook
  • Punxsutawney Phil giving major side-eye.
In the wee hours of the morning (6am Punxsutawney time or 3am Central Oregon time to be exact), the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club Inner Circle began the grand procession to Gobbler's Knob in Pennsylvania, kicking off the annual ceremony dedicated to the prediction of the beginning of Spring.

I know what you're thinking. Spring begins on the same day every year—March 20. However, if your main gripe with Groundhog Day is the loose definition of spring (predicting the average temperature will be higher than usual for the remaining six weeks of the season), then I don't know what to tell you. Maybe you should read the mythology surrounding the famous groundhog, which includes an elixir that has allowed him to live for 131 years and the origins of the event spawning from a holiday called "Candlemas Day."

If you're willing to suspend your belief to the point that a groundhog can speak to a man with a magical cane, then the idea that "spring" is designated by temperature shouldn't be too much of a stretch.

Or, I don't know, you aren't a kill joy that hates fun little traditions.

The large crowd pumped their fists and chanted Phil's name as the little guy "emerged" from his stump-shaped den. His handler Bill Deeley (also President of Phil's Inner Circle) listened attentively as Phil spoke in "groundhogese." Deeley then raised Phil to the sky and proclaimed that he had seen his shadow, predicting six more weeks of winter.

For Bendites, the news should be welcoming. Perhaps that means we will receive a little more powder for fun snow activities in the coming weeks.

If you want more of Phil, he has his own Instagram and Facebook page. However, if you're hoping to get the unfiltered thoughts of the famous groundhog, you may be disappointed. The "about" section of his Facebook profile states that it is Phil's Inner Circle running the page, as "Punxsutawney Phil does not speak."

If you missed it, you can catch a recording of the live stream of the 2018 ceremony here.

Also—McMenamins is screening "Groundhog Day" starring Bill Murray Friday and Saturday night.

"Groundhog Day" (1993)
Fri., Feb. 2 & Sat., Feb. 3. 10pm-midnight.
McMenamins Old St. Francis School

click image Obligatory Bill Murray photo, just cuz. - GAGE SKIDMORE, FLICKR
  • Gage Skidmore, Flickr
  • Obligatory Bill Murray photo, just cuz.

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