Oregon Measure 114 gun law faces federal court test Monday

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A federal trial over Oregon’s voter-approved gun control measure is set to open Monday in Portland, marking a critical next step for one of the toughest gun control laws in the nation after months of being tied up in the courts.

The trial, which will be held before a judge and not a jury, will determine whether the law violates the U.S. Constitution.

It comes after a landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision on the Second Amendment that has upended gun laws across the country, dividing judges and sowing confusion over what firearm restrictions can remain on the books. It changed the test that lower courts had long used for evaluating challenges to firearm restrictions, telling judges that gun laws must be consistent with the “historical tradition of firearm regulation.”

The Oregon measure’s fate is being carefully watched as one of the first new gun restrictions passed since the Supreme Court ruling last June.

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The legal battle over in Oregon could well last beyond the trial. Whatever the judge decides, the ruling is likely to be appealed, potentially moving all the way up to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Oregon voters in November narrowly passed Measure 114, which requires residents to undergo safety training and a background check to obtain a permit to buy a gun.

The legislation also bans the sale, transfer or import of gun magazines with more than 10 rounds unless they are owned by law enforcement or a military member or were owned before the measure’s passage. Those who already own high-capacity magazines can only possess them at home or use them at a firing range, in shooting competitions or for hunting as allowed by state law after the measure takes effect.

The Oregon Firearms Federation and a county sheriff filed the federal lawsuit in November, contending it violated the right to bear arms under the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. Democratic Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum and former Democratic Gov. Kate Brown are named as defendants.

It was one of several lawsuits filed over the measure.

In a separate lawsuit, filed in state court in rural and sparsely populated Harney County in southeastern Oregon, Gun Owners of America Inc., the Gun Owners Foundation and several individual gun owners claimed the law violates the Oregon Constitution.

The judge presiding over that case, Harney County Judge Robert S. Raschio, in December ordered the law to be put on hold. Because the lawsuit challenged Measure 114 under the state constitution and not the U.S. Constitution, it held precedence in the state, legal experts said. A trial is scheduled for September.

Supporters of the law say it would reduce mass shootings and other forms of gun violence as well as suicides, which the Oregon Health Authority said accounts for 82% of gun deaths in the state.

Brush fire near Cascade Lakes Highway started with abandoned campfire

A brush fire that started near the Cascade Lakes Welcome Station was started due to an abandoned campfire, fire officials said Sunday night.

The 1/4-acre fire was located just south of the Cascade Lakes Highway, approximately 1.5 miles west of the Cascade Lakes Welcome Station, according to Central Oregon Fire Info.

At least one engine was initially called out with more resources called in.

The fire was out about an hour later.

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It comes a week after Forest Service officials in Central Oregon found at least six abandoned campfires, including one with flames still coming out of it.

“Campfires must be fully extinguished and cold to the touch before you leave them unattended,” Central Oregon Fire Info said on Twitter.

Forest Service officials say campers should always have a shovel and gallons of water for putting out campires until they are cold to the back of the hand.

  1. Oregon State Parks has these tips to remind people about how to manage their campfires safely.
    Maintain campfire flames at knee height (no more than 2 feet high). A smaller flame helps prevent embers from rising into the trees or dry vegetation. If you see the wind stirring up embers, play it safe and put the fire out. 
  2. In a state park campground, only build campfires in the existing fire ring in your campsite. Fire rings are placed in areas with buffer zones and away from vegetation. 
  3. Always keep plenty of water on hand to safely put out the campfire. Douse the flames with water and stir the embers to make sure everything is wet. The stirring step is important: ash and wood debris often maintain heat. Repeat these steps until the fire no longer emits heat.
  4. Beach campfires should be on open sand and away from driftwood or vegetation and use only natural wood, rather than pallets or anything else that might have hidden nails or screws. Slowly pour water on your beach fire to put it out. Pouring water too quickly can cause hot sand to fly up.
  5. Don’t use sand to put out a beach fire. Covering the fire with sand will insulate the coals, keeping them hot enough to burn someone hours or days later.
  6. For propane fire rings, follow the same safety precautions you would with a log-based campfire. The use of propane fire rings may be restricted depending on local conditions.
    Make sure everyone in your campsite is familiar with campfire safety, including children. Always keep an eye on your campfire; many accidental fires are started because campers left their fire unattended for “just a minute.” 

Breese-Iverson, son apologize after photo of teen giving Nazi salute surfaces

(UPDATED Editor’s Note: Because this involves a photo of a minor, Central Oregon Daily News is blurring out his face. Also, his mother initially referred to him by name on social media when addressing the incident. She has since removed his name from her post, so we are no longer naming him.)

A photo purportedly showing the son of Oregon House Minority Leader Vikki Breese-Iverson of Prineville performing a Nazi salute in front of a vintage airplane with a swastika on it has prompted calls for Breese-Iverson’s resignation. Both Breese-Iverson and her son have issued apologies.

The image started circulating on social media Saturday, with members of the Central Oregon Diversity Project (CODP) calling for Breese-Iverson, a Republican, to resign to focus on her family. CODP also claims it happened on a school field trip and alleges that the school did not immediately discipline the teen.

The incident happened last week at the Ericksen Aircraft Collection in Prineville.
The photo shows two people, one of those purportedly being Breese-Iverson’s son, performing the salute in front of the World War II-era plane with a swastika on the tail. The teen’s face is seen, but the face of the other person is scribbled out.
It’s unclear who took the photo.
The Ericksen Aircraft Collection website says it has a Focke-Wulf 190 which includes a swastika on the tail.
Breese-Iverson issued an apology on Facebook. She acknowledged that her son did pose in front of the plane, but did not specifically address the salute.
“This week, my son was on a field trip at the Erickson Aircraft Collection which hosts a retired Nazi airplane. Out of extremely poor judgement and without considering the impact this photo would have, he posed in front of the aircraft. My husband and I have been in contact with the school administration about enforcing adequate consequences for his actions, both at school and at home. In no way do my husband or I condone these actions, and we apologize to anyone impacted by this image.”
She included an image of a handwritten apology that she said was from her son.
“When I was on a field trip with World War 2 planes, I walked past a plane with a Nazi symbol on it, and posed for a photo that my friend took and posted. It was a dumb mistake. I really get that now. Doing something bad in the moment without thinking can cause harm. I apologized to anyone that was offended and have accepted the punishment handed down to me by the school and my parents.”
Commenting to Central Oregon Daily News by email, Breese-Iverson said those involved are minors.
Central Oregon Daily News has reached out to the Crook County School District to find out when they were made aware of the incident, what disciplinary action was taken and when.
Rep. Emerson Levy, D-Bend, who is Jewish, released this statement:
“As a state representative and a member of the Jewish community in Central Oregon, many people have asked my thoughts regarding the disappointing photo of Minority Leader Breese Iverson’s son performing a Sieg Heil at the Eriksen Air Museum.
Without equivocation, the photo is inexcusable and offensive. To be clear, I speak only on behalf of my Jewish family and not for the Jewish community.
I have a personal and legislative policy regarding social media when the subject is a minor and only raise this issue today after Minority Leader Breese Iverson publicly raised the issue by commenting yesterday on her sons’s unacceptable behavior.
Personally, and professionally, I’ve had no interactions with Minority Leader Breese Iverson that suggest she holds antisemitic beliefs. I do not believe she supports these grotesque anti-human views in her personal or family life.
This raises a more significant issue around education, including education around the Holocaust and Pogroms. Our children must learn history, the bad, and the good, to ensure the darker moments aren’t repeated. In an era where books are once again banned, there are some that prefer to ignore to rewrite history for their own narrative and to ease their own minds.

When something is wrong, we say something, partly to ensure that harmful outcomes don’t reoccur. If we as a community fail to present and learn from the past, honestly, we will be doomed to relive that nightmare because, without intervention, history will repeat itself.”

▶️ The Cheba Hut holds a vendor’s market for the dogs

The Dog Dayz of Summer, a vendor’s market catering to the dog community was held Sunday at The Cheba Hut in Bend.

The sandwich shop had a specialty cocktail with some of the proceeds going towards Silver Linings Rescue Ranch.

For the furry friends, there were plenty of handcrafted treats, a mobile dog wash, and even a doggie school bus.

Vendors hope to return for the dog exclusive market again.

▶️Hundreds of butterflies released in Riverbend Park Sunday afternoon

Bristol Hospice of Bend held its first annual memorial butterfly release Sunday afternoon at Riverbend Park.

People were able to reserve a butterfly in advance and then gather at the park for the event.

Hundreds of butterflies were released into the air to honor the life of a loved one they have lost.

The event will return next year.

Firefighters respond to RV fire at Thousand Trails RV Resort near La Pine

La Pine Rural Fire Protection District responded to a report of an RV Fire at Thousand Trails RV Resort Saturday evening.

When crews arrived the RV was fully engulfed which had spread to grass and halfway up nearby trees. The first arriving La Pine unit with one member on board was able to slow the progress of the wildland fire while awaiting other units to finish extinguishment of the RV.

These actions helped save many other RV’s and campers in its path. A USFS crew responded and put out 5 small spot fires ahead of the main fire.

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Occupants of the motorhome were able to evacuate with their two dogs safely before it was consumed with flames. They reported the fire after noticing the power went out and smelling smoke.

The RV was a complete loss. Red Cross was contacted, and no injuries were reported. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Sheriff: Redmond 17-year-old drowns at Steelhead Falls

A 17-year-old boy drowned after being swept underwater at Steelhead Falls Saturday afternoon, Jefferson County Sheriff Jason Pollock said.

The first call came in at 2:18 p.m., Pollock said in a statement posted to Facebook, with deputies learning the boy — identified as a high school student from Redmond — was underwater beneath the falls.

Bystanders tried to rescue the boy, but were unable to due to the fast-moving down pressure of the falls.

Pollock said it was learned that the boy had been swimming toward the falls and got caught in the undertow.

A dive team found the body about 40 yards downriver at about 6:45 p.m.

Multiple agencies from Jefferson County, Crooked River Ranch, Deschutes County and Bend responded.

▶️ Bikers ride to benefit Deschutes County’s ‘Shop with a Cop’ program

The 2023 RodeHouse Poker Run was held Saturday at Wildhorse Harley Davidson.

Starting at 9:30 bikers rode to different locations to pick up cards, but had to return by 2:30 to turn in their hand.

This is the first year the run will benefit Deschutes County’s Shop with a Cop program.

Kinne Callaway hopes the event will raise $1,500 to $2,000.

▶️The Saturday Farmers Market is back at Northwest Crossings

Northwest Crossings welcomes back the Saturday Farmers Market.

Vendors will be there each Saturday from 10am-2pm

The market offers seasonal and local produce, meats, fresh eggs and cheese as well as plenty of handmade items from artist and makers.

Cheyenne Seneca of Sakari Farms says, “it is their first market of the season” and explains what makes their farm special.  


▶️ Faith Hope & Charity Vineyards holds its annual Wine ’N’ Shine Car Show

Central Oregon Car Shows held their annual Wine ’N’ Shine Car Show Saturday.

The free public event was held at Faith Hope & Charity Vineyards and was a fundraiser for the Cancer Research Center.

People enjoyed some wine and great food at the vineyards.

The show featured classics and newer modified cars, and trucks.

There was also an awards Ceremony with wine bottles as trophies.