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1) Pick cat up and cradle it in the crook of your left arm as if holding a baby. Position right forefinger and thumb on either side of cat’s mouth and genty apply pressure to cheeks while holding pill in right hand. As cat opens mouth, pop pill into mouth. Allow cat to close mouth and swallow.
2) Retrieve pill from floor and cat from behind sofa. Cradle cat in left arm and repeat process.
3) Retrieve cat from bedroom, and throw soggy pill away.
4) Take new pill from foil wrap, cradle cat in left arm holding rear paws tightly with left hand. Force jaws open and push pill to back of mouth with right forefinger. Hold mouth shut for a count of ten.
5) Retrieve pill from goldfish bowl and cat from top of wardrobe. Call spouse from garden.
6) Kneel on floor with cat wedged firmly between knees, hold front and rear paws. Ignore low growls emitted by cat. Get spouse to hold head firmly with one hand while forcing wooden ruler into mouth. Drop pill down ruler and rub cat’s throat vigorously.
7) Retrieve cat from curtain rail, get another pill from foil wrap. Make note to buy new ruler and repair curtains. Carefully sweep shattered figurines and vases from hearth and set to one side for gluing later.
8) Wrap cat in large towel and get spouse to lie on cat with head just visible from below armpit. Put pill in end of drinking straw, force mouth open with pencil and blow down drinking straw. Continue reading

An adult cougar has been spotted and confirmed to have been using the Deschutes River Canyon area within Bend city limits. It was sighted yesterday morning and again on a trail camera about 8:30 p.m. yesterday.

While the cougar is not considered an immediate human safety threat, ODFW and the Bend Police Department are advising people not to use the canyon or River Trail system upstream of Bill Healy Bridge. This area has been signed (PDF of sign) to let people know a cougar was seen and steps to take during a cougar encounter. People are advised to avoid using this area of the River Trail system upstream of the bridge as long as the signs remain in place, to reduce the risk of any encounter.

The cougar was spotted in the same general area as theone euthanized by wildlife managers in February for being a public safety threat. That adult male cougar had been actively hunting for several days in backyards, on city streets, in resort areas, and near human residences. Continue reading

Secretary of State Bev Clarno

Today, the Secretary of State released a report showing the Oregon State Police (OSP) Forensic Services Division has implemented all recommendations made in audit report 2018-16, “Forensic Division Has Taken Appropriate Steps to Address Oregon’s Sexual Assault Kit Testing Backlog.”

“I’m proud to say Oregon is a leader on this very important issue. It is encouraging to see that OSP has followed up on audit recommendations and is working effectively to reduce its backlog of untested sexual assault kits,” said Secretary of State Bev Clarno. “As a result of this work, OSP and their partners have brought long-awaited justice to survivors.”

In the original audit, released in 2018, auditors issued three recommendations. At the time, OSP agreed with all of the recommendations. These recommendations focused on helping ensure the Forensic Services Division is transparent about its evidence processing backlogs, chooses a SAFE kit tracking system that meets Oregon’s needs, and takes appropriate steps to reintroduce DNA evidence for property crimes at its crime lab.

The full report can be found on the Secretary of State’s website

“I am concerned for the security of our great nation; not so much because of any threat from without, but because of insidious forces working from within.” General Douglas MacArthur

“While [America] retains its sound and healthful state, everything will be safe . . It is only when the people become ignorant and corrupt, when they degenerate . . the people themselves become the willing instruments of their own debasement and ruin.”President James Monroe

“An elective despotism is not the government we fought for.” Thomas Jefferson Continue reading

Bryan Fischer

The current tax code is now four million words long, more than four times longer than the collected works of Shakespeare, and six to seven times longer than the Bible. It requires 25 volumes to contain it, and takes up nine feet of shelf space.

According to Forbes, it takes Americans over six billion hours to comply with its filing requirements. That’s the equivalent of 8,758 lifetimes. In people years, not dog years.

This monstrosity is based entirely on the 16th Amendment, which authorizes Congress “to lay and collect taxes on incomes, from whatever source derived.” Continue reading

Bryan Fischer

The bottom line from the Mueller report: President Trump has been exonerated of charges that he colluded with Russia and that he obstructed justice.

First, Bob Mueller completely cleared the president of any and all charges of collusion. Collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia never existed. There is no evidence to the contrary, nada, zip, zilch.

Secondly, Bill Barr cleared the president of obstruction of justice charges. While Mueller left the question open, he made it clear that there was no evidence that would compel him (Mueller) to press charges against the president. So if not even the sainted Mueller would prosecute this case, regressives are left flailing while trying to grasp at straws. Continue reading

Marlon Furtado

Have you ever wished you could attend a Bible conference in which Jesus is the keynote speaker? Can you imagine sitting in the front row as He explains the Scriptures? This awesome privilege was experienced by two men, not in a modern convention center, but on a dusty road outside of Jerusalem. You can read about their exclusive Bible class in Luke 24.

The men were walking back home to Emmaus [I pronounce it ee-may’-us]. They had been in Jerusalem to see Jesus, the young rabbi whom they were sure was the long-awaited Jewish Messiah. They expected Him to overthrow all the wicked kingdoms of the world and replace them with His kingdom of righteousness and justice. But all their dreams died two days earlier, on Friday, when they saw Jesus bloodied, beaten and crucified. Now that their leader was dead, there was no longer any reason to stay in Jerusalem. They had never felt so discouraged and depressed. The seven-mile journey home seemed like a million miles, and their feet never felt so heavy. Continue reading

Easter is one of the most significant Christian holy days. What occurred on this day defines and distinguishes the Christian faith from all others. As Roman 1:4 affirms, “Through the Spirit of holiness Jesus was declared with power to be the Son of God by His resurrection from the dead: Jesus Christ our Lord!”

At Easter, we remember not only the great sacrifice of Jesus on the cross but especially that through His triumph over the power of sin and death we can have eternal life. Across the centuries of American history, our public leaders have reminded us of the importance of Easter. Continue reading

Twentieth Century Fox presents BREAKTHROUGH, based on the incredible true story of one mother’s unfaltering love in the face of impossible odds. When Joyce Smith’s (Crissy Metz) adopted son John falls through an icy Missouri lake, all hope seems lost. But as John lies lifeless, Joyce refuses to give up. Her steadfast belief inspires those around her to continue to pray for John’s recovery, even in the face of every case history and scientific prediction.

Produced by DeVon Franklin (MIRACLES FROM HEAVEN), and directed by Roxann Dawson (HOUSE of CARDS), and adapted for the screen by Grant Nieporte (SEVEN POUNDS), from Joyce Smith’s own book, BREAKTHROUGH is an enthralling reminder that faith and love can create a mountain of hope and sometimes even a miracle.

The days are getting longer as winter is coming to an end and spring is bringing new life. Soon, Hood River Valley will be covered in colorful floral displays as pear, cherry and apple buds blossom across thousands of acres of orchard that make this valley so special. Help us celebrate this momentous event at our annual 2019 Blossom Fest Craft Show and Blossom Fest Quilt Show and Sale.

These two popular events take place Saturday and Sunday, April 20-21, from 10am to 5pm. The fairgrounds are located in the midst of orchard country at 3020 Wy’east Road, near the community of Odell.

The Blossom Craft show features something for everyone. Over 120 vendors from around the Northwest will be on hand offering unique arts and crafts, garden art, rhododendrons, azaleas and other yard plants, handcrafted home furnishings and decorations, gourmet foods, wine tasting, jewelry, pottery, clothing, and much more.

Odell Garden Club will hold their popular plant sale Saturday. The Hood River Valley High School FFA organization will be Continue reading

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