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THE DAILY ASTORIAN • FRIDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2017
Cold-weather shelters preparing
for icy central Oregon winter
For some, the
from the cold
By JULIA SHUMWAY
The Bend Bulletin
A lawsuit seeks to end the jail’s contract with U.S. Immi-
gration and Customs Enforcement.
BEND — Kathleen “Kaat”
Snyder Ryan moved to Bend
in 2011 to live near her brother
and get away from the abusive
ex she refers to as her “insignif-
icant other.” But it wasn’t long
before the ex joined her, and
Ryan, 60, soon found herself
homeless and unemployed.
“We either stayed in motels,
under bridge underpasses or in
my car,” she said. “It was hor-
rible, being out in the cold.”
Ryan began shoplifting and
was arrested five times on theft
charges between 2013 and
2015, according to online court
records. She was jailed in Feb-
ruary 2016 and sent to Bethle-
hem Inn, a homeless shelter in
Bend, when she was released
on parole in September.
At first, Ryan said, she was
ready to bolt. She kept her
backpack on during her whole
first day at the shelter.
“I thought, ‘Oh, heav-
ens. It’s a homeless shelter,’”
Ryan said. “But it’s been more
than just a bed and a meal and
clothing. They’ve helped me
out so much.”
But for homeless women
who rely on places like Bethle-
hem Inn, surviving the coming
winter could be a significant
challenge. The social services
safety net that helped Ryan,
and others like her, is fragile,
and the loss of one place —
this winter, it’s Bend Church
— means many them won’t
have a warm place to stay.
The Methodist church
downtown was a “low-bar-
rier” shelter, meaning home-
less women in Bend who aren’t
ready or able to give up drugs,
alcohol or pets could stay there
— as long as they behaved,
they were welcome. The
church isn’t hosting homeless
women and children this winter
because church officials no lon-
Group sues regional
jail, claims violation
of sanctuary law
An Oregon lawyer argues
that a regional jail is violat-
ing a sanctuary state law by
incarcerating detainees of
A group of residents filed
a lawsuit against Northern
Oregon Regional Correc-
tions Facilities in July that
claims the jail is violating
a state law which prohibits
using public money, equip-
ment or personnel to detect
or apprehend people only for
being in the country without
legal permission, KOPB-FM
The law was passed over
30 years ago.
The lawsuit seeks to end
the jail’s contract with U.S.
Immigration and Customs
The facility simply
houses detainees for ICE
and does not detect, detain
or arrest anyone, said Wil-
ford Carey, the jail’s attor-
ney, in his oral arguments on
“Their whole case is
hyped up on an interpretation
of the word ‘apprehend,’” he
said at the county courthouse
in The Dalles. “If apprehend
means what it says, they
have absolutely no case.”
David Henretty, one
of the plaintiff’s lawyers,
claimed the jail does more
than just house detainees.
“This is secure cus-
tody where people are
always held in secure areas
whether they’re inside or
outside,” Henretty said. “It’s
Wasco County is also
named in the lawsuit.
Steve Walters, another
lawyer representing the
group, argued that the county
assesses, collects and sends
tax dollars to the regional
Judge John Wolf is
expected to rule on the law-
suit before Christmas.
Head-on collision closes both
lanes of US 101 north of Gearhart
The Daily Astorian
A head-on collision between a bus and a small car north
of Gearhart this morning led to one serious injury and closed
both lanes of U.S. Highway 101.
The accident occurred at about 8:50 a.m. west of Cullaby
Lake. One person involved was taken to a hospital via Life
July, we’ve been at capacity,”
This is due, in large part,
to changing demographics of
the shelter’s residents, he said.
When he started working at
Bethlehem Inn, the shelter’s
residents were a “more stereo-
typical group of people,” many
of whom had been home-
less for years at a time. But as
housing prices in central Ore-
gon skyrocketed and wages
remained relatively stagnant,
more Bend residents became
“situationally homeless,” or
temporarily without housing.
These often are people who
have jobs and aren’t prepared
to camp or live in their cars
even during nice weather, the
way chronically homeless peo-
ple might, Clouart said.
Outside of Bend, homeless
central Oregonians who need
shelter during the winter can
turn to temporary shelters in
Redmond and Sisters.
The Redmond cold-weather
shelter opens at 6 p.m. when the
prevailing temperature is freez-
ing or below, said John Lodise,
the shelter’s coordinator. It’s
open to men, women and chil-
dren and expects people seek-
ing shelter to be sober, but it
may “show grace” to people
who have used alcohol or drugs
in certain conditions, he said.
The shelter accepts people
from Bend and elsewhere in
central Oregon, provided they
find their own way to Red-
mond. A shelter van runs by
the Redmond library, where the
Bend-to-Redmond bus stops.
So far, Lodise said he hasn’t
seen an increase in shelter seek-
ers from Bend. The shelter,
which has 22 sleeping pads and
hopes to have closer to 30 soon,
has not yet reached capacity.
“When the weather is on
and off as it is in November,
the numbers will build up and
then we’ll close for a few nights
and they’ll drop down again,”
Lodise said. “When we get to
December and January, the
numbers build up and stay up.”
ON THE RECORD
FIVE-DAY FORECAST FOR ASTORIA
ger felt comfortable doing that. few hard barriers. They can’t
Bend Church sheltered be listed on a sex offender
92 women, 14 children and registry, a breath analysis test
between 14 and 16 dogs last can’t show the presence of
winter. It allowed pets and didn’t alcohol and they need to pass
screen for alcohol or drugs.
a drug test, though people who
Stacey Witte, director test positive only for marijuana
of homeless outreach at the may be considered because of
church, has been looking for a how long the drug can stay in a
new location since March and person’s system.
has been unable to find one.
Some of these barriers
She said she’s already been can be slightly relaxed during
getting calls from St. Charles inclement weather — for
Bend and the Deschutes instance, a person who regis-
ters a .07, just
asking if the
is ‘I don’t have legal limit for
open so tran-
able to stay
them. I have be
the night pro-
a place to go.
mats on the vided
hem Inn also
looks at what
it can do to
“I just think
ple it can’t
about all the
the buildings that are empty at ter to, he said, so the shelter
might provide a warm sleep-
ing bag or make sure the per-
son has a good coat. But for
A city of Bend weather the most part, Bethlehem Inn
in continues to follow its intake
November allows alternative procedures. The shelter offers
shelters, like the one hosted emergency intakes of up to
last year at Bend Church, to seven days, after which fam-
house people when tempera- ilies or single adults can stay
tures fall below 25 degrees. for 30-day increments if they
It also allows existing shel- enter Bethlehem Inn’s case
ters, like Bethlehem Inn, to let management program and
more people in to sleep than actively work toward becom-
they otherwise would.
“Whether there’s a low-bar-
Last year, Bethlehem Inn
was able to allow up to 12 peo- rier shelter or not, it doesn’t
ple to sleep on the floor of its affect what we do,” he said. “It
dining hall, managing direc- may affect who comes to us.”
tor Chris Clouart said. The
Bethlehem Inn used to see
shelter has a new dining hall, fewer people seeking shelter
and Clouart said the shelter in the summer, said Clouart,
expects an inspection from who started working at the
the city’s fire department in shelter in 2007. But during the
the next few days to see how past few years, it’s been full
many additional people it can regardless of the time of year.
house during cold weather It’s now working on building
a new facility with space for
“I don’t have beds for 10 families instead of five and
them,” Clouart said. “I have increasing its space for single
mats on the floor.”
adults as well.
People seeking shelter at
“Whether it’s the middle
Bethlehem Inn need to pass a of December or the middle of
Periods of rain
Mostly cloudy with a
couple of showers
Times of clouds and sun
• At 12:13 a.m. Thursday,
Isaac Timothy Ragan, 22, of
Warrenton, was arrested by
the Clatsop County Sheriff’s
Office on Broadway Street and
Wahanna Road in Seaside and
charged with driving under the
influence of intoxicants.
Shown is tomorrow's weather. Temperatures are tonight's lows and tomorrow's highs.
Astoria through Thursday.
High/low ....................................... 50°/37°
Normal high/low ........................... 50°/38°
Record high ............................ 63° in 1901
Record low ............................. 24° in 1985
Sunset tonight ........................... 4:31 p.m.
Sunrise Saturday ........................ 7:39 a.m. Coos Bay
Moonrise today .......................... 3:43 p.m. 43/49
Moonset today ............................ 4:50 a.m.
Source: Jim Todd, OMSI
Astoria / Port Docks
Astoria City Council, 7 p.m., City Hall, 1095 Duane St.
TOMORROW'S NATIONAL WEATHER
Salt Lake City
Discount incorrect — The Coast Weekend feature story, “‘The Nutcracker’ returns,” on Thurs-
day misstated the military-appreciation ticket price for Saturday’s matinee performance.
Active-duty military members, with valid military ID, will receive $5 off general admission
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Weather (W): s-sunny, pc-partly cloudy, c-cloudy,
sh-showers, t-thunderstorms, r-rain, sf-snow fl urries,
Nov. 27, 2017
SWOPE, Nelda Rae, 62, of Astoria,
died in Portland. Omega Funeral & Crema-
tion Service of Portland is in charge of the
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SUN AND MOON
Thursday .......................................... 0.14"
Month to date ................................. 14.16"
Normal month to date ..................... 11.15"
Year to date .................................... 76.31"
Normal year to date ........................ 57.37"
Nov. 29, 2017
McLEOD, Gregory Donald, 79, of Long
Beach, Washington, died in Long Beach. Ocean
View Funeral & Cremation Service of Astoria
is in charge of the arrangements.
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