September 25, 2017

BLM offers livestock farmers increased grazing authorization flexibility

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BLM OFFERS LIVESTOCK OPERATORS INCREASED FLEXIBILITY THROUGH OUTCOME BASED GRAZING AUTHORIZATIONS 

The Bureau of Land Management announced a new initiative today to provide grazing permit holders an unprecedented level of flexibility in the management of livestock while also protecting the public lands. This effort emphasizes the Trump Administration's goal of promoting shared conservation stewardship of public lands while supporting uses such as grazing.

"Farmers and ranchers know the wildlife and the land they work better than anyone, it only makes sense that we would enlist them in conservation efforts," said Department of the Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke. "One of my top goals is for the government to be a better neighbor, land manager, and partner. I think it's is a great step in that direction. I applaud the team at BLM for coming up with this innovative program."

Under the demonstration program, the BLM will work with grazing permittees and other stakeholders in identifying 6 to 12 "Outcome-Based Grazing Authorizations" in its first year. Grazing authorizations typically emphasize process and prescription. The new authorizations will instead emphasize ecological outcomes, allowing livestock operators more flexibility to make adjustments in response to changing conditions such as drought or wildland fire. This innovative concept is intended to develop and determine the effectiveness of these permits to manage livestock grazing on public lands in order to meet both natural resource and operational objectives.

"This initiative is in line with the Administration's priority promoting shared stewardship of public lands and giving local stakeholders a say in how these lands are managed," said Michael D. Nedd, acting BLM Director. "This demonstration project will allow permittees and the BLM to work together more efficiently and effectively to support sustainable grazing operations."

The new authorizations will emphasize conservation performance, ecological outcomes and cooperative management of public lands that will also provide greater opportunity for an operator to manage ranching operations that are both economically and environmentally sustainable.

Through this new demonstration program, the BLM plans to work with permit holders and other stakeholders to show that livestock grazing on the public lands can operate under a more flexible framework than is commonly used in order to better reach agreed upon habitat or vegetation goals. The BLM and its partners in the grazing community will share experiences and best practices that will determine if additional authorizations can be successful in the future.

The BLM administers nearly 18,000 permits and leases held by ranchers who graze their livestock (mostly cattle and sheep) on more than 21,000 allotments. Livestock grazing occurs on 155 million acres of public lands.

The BLM will solicit project proposals through its state offices with a deadline of Oct. 13.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any federal agency. This land is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America's public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.

September 24, 2017

United Way Campaign Rally Continental Breakfast

From United Way of Deschutes County,

United Way Launches Community Fundraising Campaign

· The event is at 7:30 a.m., Tuesday 9/26, at the Bend Library.
· RSVP here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/united-way-campaign-rally-continental-breakfast-tickets-37957578138.
· Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1918008898465767

United Way of Deschutes County launches its annual community fundraising campaign on Tuesday, September 26, with a Campaign Rally Continental Breakfast. The local nonprofit recently changed its focus, approach, and grant making strategy, and now serves as an incubator, convener, and collaborator, as well as a funder, in addressing the needs of Central Oregon. The organization creates change and improves lives by finding and taking on community characteristics that cause or contribute to critical problems.

Some of the funds raised in this year’s campaign will be directed towards the organization’s social change work: reducing childhood trauma and increasing resilience. By focusing on trauma and resilience, the nonprofit is addressing root causes of challenges in education, income, and financial stability that face our community.

These three areas are crucial because they are the foundation of opportunity and success, along with basic needs like food, safety, and shelter. This is why, in addition to social change initiatives, funds raised in this campaign will also support United Way’s ongoing traditional investments in basic needs, which make up our community’s safety net, and prevention and development, which strengthen our community.

To learn more, attend the Campaign Rally Continental Breakfast held in the Brooks Room in the downtown Bend Deschutes Public Library, located at 601 NW Wall Street in Bend.

September 23, 2017

State Police request assistance locating missing man

From Oregon State Police,
Edminston // Submitted photo

OSP SEEKS PUBLIC ASSISTANCE IN LOCATING ESCAPED MENTAL SUBJECT LAST SEEN AT THE COW CANYON REST AREA
On Friday September 22nd, 2017 Oregon State Police dispatch was notified by J&R Secure Transport that a single male they were transporting from a psychiatric facility in Pendleton Oregon to Bend Oregon had escaped their custody at the Cow Canyon rest area. This rest area is on Highway 97 and is located approximately 21 miles south of Maupin in Wasco County. The individual is identified as 22 year old Rodrick Edminston.

Oregon State Police and the Wasco County Sheriff's Office responded and conducted a search of the area. Edminston was not located and is still outstanding. He is described as being a Native American male adult, approximately 5' 8" tall, 123lbs with black hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a red shirt, shorts, and red tennis shoes. Edminston was not restrained while being transported and was not armed. Edminston was classified as "dangerous" by Lifeways Inc. Lifeways Inc stated Edminston was being held on a mental health hold. No criminal charges are pending against him at this time. He is classified as schizophrenic. There are no known family or friends in the immediate area that he was last seen. If you see and or come in contact with Edminston please contact your local law enforcement or Lifeways directly at (541) 276-6207.

Psychiatric patient escapes at rest area north of Madras

From Oregon State Police:


On Friday September 22nd, 2017 Oregon State Police dispatch was notified by J&R Secure Transport that a single male they were transporting from a psychiatric facility in Pendleton Oregon to Bend Oregon had escaped their custody at the Cow Canyon rest area. This rest area is on Highway 97 and is located approximately 21 miles south of Maupin in Wasco County. The individual is identified as 22 year old Rodrick Edminston. 

Oregon State Police and the Wasco County Sheriff's Office responded and conducted a search of the area. Edminston was not located and is still outstanding. He is described as being a Native American male adult, approximately 5' 8" tall, 123lbs with black hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a red shirt, shorts, and red tennis shoes. Edminston was not restrained while being transported and was not armed. Edminston was classified as "dangerous" by Lifeways Inc. Lifeways Inc stated Edminston was being held on a mental health hold. No criminal charges are pending against him at this time. He is classified as schizophrenic. There are no known family or friends in the immediate area that he was last seen. If you see and or come in contact with Edminston please contact your local law enforcement or Lifeways directly at (541) 276-6207.