Sherman Basketball Schedule Updates
Public Notice: Sherman County School District, Feb. 17
Traveling Lantern at Sherman County Public/School Library, Feb. 20
Fresh Start Culinary Arts Program
Oregon’s Birthday Celebration Set for Valentine’s Day
Oregon Standoff Ends as Last Militant Surrenders
FBI Special Agent’s Statement on Malheur National Wildlife Refuge Situation
Congressman Greg Walden: the Situation at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge
“Let each citizen remember at the moment he is offering his vote that he is not making a present or a compliment to please an individual — or at least that he ought not so to do; but that he is executing one of the most solemn trusts in human society for which he is accountable to God and his country.” —Samuel Adams, 1781
1. Sherman Basketball Schedule Updates
The Girls JV game scheduled for February 13th – this Saturday – has been cancelled. The new departure time from the High School will be 12:00.
2. Public Notice: Sherman County School District, Feb. 17
Public Meeting Announcement: The Sherman County School District Architectural Design Committee will hold a Special Meeting on Wednesday, February 17, 2016 beginning at 1:30 p.m. at the Sherman County Public/School Library in Moro, Oregon. Agenda Items for the meeting include a tour of the Phase I facilities, an update on happenings and an update on Option 4.
3. Traveling Lantern at Sherman County Public/School Library, Feb. 20
“The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe” at Sherman County Public/School Library Saturday, February 20 at 11:00 a.m. Presented by Traveling Lantern Theatre Company.
Leap into the exquisite land of Narnia! In a mysterious old house, children find a musty, magical wardrobe containing a secret entrance that leads them into a fantastic world. More than just a story, C.S. Lewis’ Narnia is a land where a malicious witch and a beautiful and dear lion touch the hearts and influence the choices of all who enter.
For further information about this program please contact Sherman County Public/School Library at (541) 565-3279. Library website: www.scpslibrary.wix.com/scpsl.
4. Fresh Start Culinary Arts Program
Know of a youth or young adult looking for a work training opportunity? Does learning how to be a chef sound like a great career?
Fresh Start Culinary Arts Program is a not-for-profit launched by Riverside Community Church, geared for unemployed and underemployed Gorge youth and adults that sets them on the path to a family-wage job in commercial food endeavors such as restaurants, hospitals and schools.
Fresh Start is currently recruiting students for its first 12-week program, slated to begin in April. Most students will qualify for free tuition, but the program will also accept a limited number of paying students. The 12-week curriculum was developed by the successful L.A. Kitchens program in Los Angeles. Fresh Start is also seeking catering and other food service contracts. The program, located at Riverside Community Church, will have access to the Pioneer Room and sanctuary of Riverside Church for on-site events.
Two local chefs will serve as chef instructor and administrator for a new Gorge-wide 12-week culinary training program, the Fresh Start Culinary Arts. Chefs Matt Patterson and Rainbow Trosper will join the new program Feb. 16. Patterson, currently the chef and kitchen manager at Rack & Cloth in Mosier, will be the program’s chef instructor. Trosper, currently handling catering and deli prep and desserts at Boda’s Kitchen in Hood River, will be the program administrator.
“Chefs Patterson and Trosper are accomplished, professional chefs with extremely good teaching and people management skills,” says Fresh Start Board Chair Kathy Watson.
5. Oregon’s Birthday Celebration Set for Valentine’s Day
Celebrate Oregon’s 157th Birthday this Sunday with Thomas Lauderdale and the Oregon Historical Society
Portland, OR — Celebrate Oregon’s birthday in style at the Oregon Historical Society! Oregon shares its birthday with Valentine’s Day–what could be a better way to celebrate the holiday than by professing your love for Oregon? The celebration begins on Sunday, February 14 at noon in the Oregon Historical Society pavilion (1200 SW Park Ave., Portland). Join Pink Martini’s Thomas Lauderdale for the singing of “Happy Birthday,” along with former Oregon Governors Ted Kulongoski and Barbara Roberts and Senator Ron Wyden. Feast on free cake from Gerry Frank’s Konditorei and meet Gerry himself as he signs copies of the latest edition of Gerry Frank’s Oregon. As a birthday gift for all Oregonians, admission will be free all day (11am — 5pm) to the Oregon Historical Society’s museum! February 14 is the final day to see the compelling exhibit The Art of War: Propaganda Posters of World Wars I & II. The Oregon Historical Society is also proud to host Chinese American: Exclusion / Inclusion, on display now through June 1, 2016. On loan from the New-York Historical Society, this exhibition will make its only appearance on the West Coast at OHS before being sent to China for display. For more information and a list of current exhibitions, visit www.ohs.org.
6. Oregon Standoff Ends as Last Militant Surrenders
7. FBI Special Agent’s Statement on Malheur National Wildlife Refuge Situation
~ Federal Bureau of Investigation, February 11, 2016
PRINCETON, Ore. — They implored the last holdout in the armed occupation of a wildlife refuge here to think about the Holy Spirit. They explained that the First Amendment was about freedom of speech and the second was about the right to bear arms, and said that they were in that order for a reason. They asked him what he thought Jesus would have done in his situation.
This morning the FBI took into custody the four remaining occupiers at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge without incident and without shots fired. Rev. Franklin Graham and Michele Fiore were at the checkpoint to meet the occupiers as they left their encampment. As we have said since day one, our goal has been to end this illegal occupation peacefully, and we are grateful that we were able to do so today. I want to make it very clear that we will continue to enforce the law with respect to the refuge and other federal properties. Anyone who chooses to travel to Oregon with the intent of engaging in illegal activity will be arrested. Saying that, I want to reassure those Harney County residents who simply visited the refuge or provided food to the occupiers — we are not looking into those events. We are concerned about those who have criminal, violent intent. While the occupation is over, there is still quite a bit of work that needs to happen before the refuge can re-open to the public. I want to run through some of that with you now.
Next Steps. The Malheur National Wildlife Refuge remains closed, and it will remain closed for some number of weeks. During this time, law enforcement will continue to man checkpoints at the edge of the refuge to maintain the security of this crime scene. Most immediately, FBI agents are inspecting and securing the buildings and any other areas of concern on the refuge to ensure that no one else is hiding. This process will take some number of hours. Following that tactical clearing of the refuge, a team of FBI Special Agent Bomb Technicians, detectives with the Oregon State Police Arson/Explosives Unit, and bomb technicians from the Portland Police Bureau and Oregon Air National Guard will methodically work their way through the property to locate and mitigate any explosive-related hazards. This process could take several days. Once the refuge is cleared of any hazards, the FBI’s Evidence Response Teams (ERT) will enter to document and collect evidence related to potential crimes committed during the occupation. In addition, FBI forensic examiners from the Northwest Regional Computer Forensics Laboratory will work to recover and process computers and electronic devices. It will likely be several weeks before the evidence teams complete their work on the refuge, and it will likely be a number of months before the forensic examiners complete their analysis. At the same time, the FBI is deploying experts with its Art Crime Team to work on the refuge. These agents are specially-trained in cultural property investigations. They will be responsible for working with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Burns Paiute Tribe to identify and document damage to the tribe’s artifacts and sacred burial grounds. They will start with an archeological field assessment to determine any potential violations of the Native American Graves and Repatriation Protection Act (NAGPRA) and the Archeological Resources Protection Act (ARPA). This work will likely take a number of weeks to complete. As the FBI works through each of these investigative processes, we will consult with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as to how and when we will be able to return control of the refuge to that agency.
Closing Thoughts. Over the course of the last month, the people of Harney County have lived through an experience that is both highly emotional and physically exhausting. We have seen the occupiers and their outside supporters try to drive deep divisions between those who live and work here. We have seen some residents leave their homes, fearing violence against their families. We have seen the confusion, concern and trouble that the occupiers’ actions have caused for this community. This series of events has been beyond difficult for Harney County families. But, in the time I have been here, I have also seen the deep love that you have for this place you call home… love for the people, the land, and the way of life that makes Harney County so special. This passion for everything good about Harney County is what will help heal the community after this incident. This is your community, and the FBI, along with our other law enforcement partners from across the state, are honored that we could be of service to you. We still have work we need to do — and we continue to ask for your patience as we complete these necessary last tasks. We will do everything we can to return the refuge to its normal operations as soon as possible. In particular, we know that the people of the Burns Paiute Tribe have specific concerns about the potential desecration of their ancestral lands and artifacts dating back thousands of years. As we complete the necessary safety checks and process the crime scene, we will work with the tribal members to ensure that our work remains sensitive to their historical and cultural concerns.
In closing, I want to thank Sheriff Ward for all of his hard work. I have never met a man who cares more about the people he serves… who cares more for the community in which he lives. No matter how you feel about the Hammonds or the situation at the refuge or the role that we have played here, Sheriff Ward has done exactly what he has promised to do since this all started back in November. He has worked tirelessly to ensure that the people he serves are safe, that they are heard, and that they can find a path back to normalcy.
8. Congressman Greg Walden: the Situation at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge
WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Rep. Greg Walden (R-Hood River) today issued the following statement on the conclusion of the situation at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Harney County, Ore.:
“We can all be grateful that today has ended peacefully, and that this situation is finally over. Now, life in Harney County can begin to return to normal and the community can begin the long process of healing. I will continue working to solve the underlying issues that have caused so much frustration in rural communities. We need meaningful changes to federal forest and land management policies, and we need to foster a more cooperative spirit between the federal agencies and the people who call areas like Harney County home.”
Walden represents the people of Oregon’s Second Congressional District, which includes 20 counties in central, southern, and eastern Oregon (including Harney County).
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