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OLCV is proud to announce endorsement of Craig Wilhelm, Jodie Barram, Nathan Boddie, Lisa Seales and Barb Campbell for the November 4th Election. These candidates will be leaders in protecting the natural resources that make Central Oregon the place we love to call home.

Craig Wilhelm is running for State Representative in House District 54 (Bend) because he loves Bend and wants to protect what makes this place special for all of us. Electing Craig offers Central Oregon the opportunity to once again have a voice in Salem that represents the values of our unique community.

The City of Bend is seeking agreed-upon policies and guiding principles for review and adjustment of the City’s water, wastewater and stormwater rates. In the first phase of outreach to the public, the City of Bend will use the online forum, Bend Voice, so the community can participate in the discussion around utility rate policy.


Click here and encourage the City to implement a "pay for what you use" rate structure that incentivizes water conservation.


Let's make sure water conservation is a part of the conversation!   Let's Celebrate!

  Mark your calendars to join us for OLCV's 17th Annual Celebration for the Environment. 

  When: Saturday, April 19, 2014 5:30pm

  Where: The Hilton Portland and Executive Tower

  921 SW 6th Avenue Portland, OR 97204 

(Salem, OR) — Standing with business and labor leaders, Governor Kitzhaber today announced a new initiative to maximize the economic development potential of clean fuels in Oregon, directing the Department of Environmental Quality to move forward with full implementation of Oregon’s Clean Fuels Program and announcing a new Clean Fuels Work Advisory Committee.

“We have the opportunity to spark a homegrown clean fuels industry right here in Oregon – an industry with a big impact in communities urban and rural alike,” said Governor Kitzhaber. “I’m committed to using every tool at my disposal to support 21st century industries and innovation, and to attract investment and new jobs to our state.” 

BEND — Today, the Central Oregon Conservation Network (COCN) announced its second Priority for a Healthy Central Oregon by declaring support for the protection of the Whychus-Deschutes area.  

The Oregon Values and Beliefs Project has released the results of three statewide surveys they conducted in April and May of this year. The results highlight the Oregon values and beliefs that we share.

In particular, there are three environmental issues that many Oregonians care deeply about:

  1. We believe environmental quality and protection are important;
  2. We need to protect our natural resources for future generations;
  3. More people believe climate change requires us to change our way of life than those who think it's a problem we can deal with later.

Read all the results of the survey here:

BEND — Today, the Central Oregon Conservation Network (COCN) announced its first Priority for a Healthy Central Oregon.

The Central Oregon Conservation Network, a coalition of eight organizations in Central Oregon working to protect our unique quality of life, has adopted its first priority for a healthy Central Oregon: to Save Tumalo Creek and protect one of our region’s most iconic features.  

Tumalo Creek is Bend’s backyard recreation waterway, including the magical headwater springs, the scenic Tumalo Falls, the challenging canyon trails, the heart of Shevlin Park and the confluence with the Middle Deschutes.  

When Newport City Councilor and OLCV endorsed candidate Sandy Roumigoux won the Newport Mayoral race it opened up a seat on the Newport City Council. Like many vacancies in local jurisdictions the remaining members of the governing body appoint someone to fill the vacancy. That is exactly what happened Monday night when the remaining Newport City Councilors spoke with candidates and made their choice. OLCV was thrilled by the choice and we are glad to let you know that long time OLCV friend and member, Mark Saelens, is now on the Newport City Council.

In celebration of Fall Car Care Month in October, Baxter Auto Parts and High Desert Auto Supply - (NAPA) are holding a free vehicle inspection, proper snow chains installation, and an air quality check on Saturday and Sunday, October 6 and 7, and October 13 and 14, from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. at 20625 Grandview Drive (Baxter), and 62057 27th St. (High Desert) in Bend.

Stop by and let the professional technicians identify opportunities for you to improve your vehicle's gas mileage, enhance performance, increase safety, reduce emissions, and understand safe winter driving. There will also be displays, food, demonstrations, a goody bag, and more.

Fall Car Care Month is a nationwide effort to focus motorists’ attention on the importance of vehicle care and maintenance. During Fall Car Care Month, many repair facilities and auto parts stores join local businesses, high school and community college automotive programs, radio stations, local governments, and others to sponsor free vehicle check-ups.

The inspections include checking fluid levels, tires, lights and other system components. After the inspection is completed, volunteers review any discrepancies with the motorist and provide information about proper vehicle maintenance and repair. The goal of check lanes is to help motorists learn how to "Be Car Care Aware."

For more information about this event, please contact Barbara Crest, Northwest Automotive Trades Association, 800 730-7282 or

The Oregon League of Conservation Voters Education Fund has an immediate opening for a Canvass Director in the Bend area to implement OLCV-EF’s Voter Outreach program to help pass a local Bond measure in November. The position runs through the November election.

OLCV Education Fund educates the public about environmental issues and gives citizens the knowledge and skills they need to be effective advocates for the environment. The duty of the Canvass Director will be to implement the door-to-door portion of this project.

Overall, the door-to-door project has three goals:

Educate and persuade targeted voters for Measure 9-86, Bend Connecting People, Parks and Nature

Identify supportive voters

Get these voters out to vote (GOTV)

The Canvass Director will report directly to OLCV’s Program Staff.

Primary responsibilities will include:

Recruit, hire, train and manage the required team of door-to-door canvassers with the support of OLCV’s program and administrative staff;

Manage all aspects of the canvass campaign, including working with OLCV’s program staff to write scripts, pulling data from the VoterFile, cutting turf, getting canvassers on turf, monitoring performance of canvassers and making adjustments, and entering results in VAN;

Holding canvassers accountable to specified goals and objectives;

Reporting regularly to OLCV’s program staff about progress.

Qualifications required:

Canvassing experience or its equivalent. Previous use of the VoterFile preferred. Canvass leadership/management experience is preferred. Applicants need the ability to recruit and motivate diverse groups of people; a dedication to OLCV’s organizational goals; willingness to learn new skills and ideas; willingness to be self-motivated and self-critical; willingness to work irregular hours.

Location: Canvassing will be in Bend, OR.

Travel: Access to a vehicle is required.

Salary: Pay range is $2,250 - $2,500 per month depending on experience. Because the focus is on direct voter contact, this job will require working weekends and evenings.

For more information and to apply, please submit a resume and references to:
Nikki Roemmer at The position will remain open until filled.

OLCV Education Fund is an equal opportunity employer.

Oregon League of Conservation Voters | 133 SW 2nd Ave., Ste. 200 | Portland, OR 97204 |  Phone: 503-224-4011 | Fax: 503-224-1548