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A popular snow park southwest of Bend will gain it's original name, Wanoga Sno-Park, after learning it's new name, Frank Ellis Sno-Park, celebrated a convicted sex offender. Frank Ellis, a founding member of the Oregon State Snowmobile Association, spent about 40 year volunteering as a snowmobile trial groomer for about 40 years and was very active in the community. Jean Nelson-Dean, a spokesperson for the Deschutes National Forest says when they decided to rename the park after Ellis' death, they had no idea he was convicted of sexually abusing his granddaughter in 1986. “We found out information that we didn't have about his previous conviction as a sex offender, and some of the circumstances surrounding that. And so out of respect for his victims family, we just immediately are moving forward with having the name Wanoga restated for that area. So that whole area will become Wanoga again." Nelson-Dean says they have removed all signage and anything that refers to Frank Ellis. She says in the future, they will carefully consider all requests to dedicate forest areas to any one individual.

 

 

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