There's an effort to bring a rare Veterans Home to Central Oregon. Republican State Representative John Huffman of The Dalles spoke to the Bend Band of Brothers on Monday.
He also stopped by the 1110 KBND studios for an extensive interview.
"i was asked to come in and speak to the band of brothers since i'm on the veterans affairs committee and i live in the dalles- and they started this effort about 15 years ago...we wre the first pilot project- grassroots effort in the state - and in getting the veterans home and ultimately passing the local bond - and getting the land donated.... and the rest of the money is coming through the v-a."
He says its in the early stages, but there seems to be a lot of support for the concerp. The Band of Brothers is about 800 strong in this region. The two other centers are located in Roseburg and Lebanon. The Veterans Home in The Dalles sits on 15 acres and can care for as many as 151 residents who need longterm care in a care facility that provides skilled nursing, and dementia-type care and inpatient and outpatient clinics.
Huffman has been a state lawmaker since 2007, but if his name isn't familier that because in his past district he only covered a small portion of Deschutes County. New Census numbers every ten years mean that new district lines are drawn. Now, his district covers part of northern Deschutes County representing Eagle Crest, Terrebonne and Sisters.
He has a lot more terrain to cover now, as does Mike McLane of Powell Butte.
"I DRIVE AN OXYMORON- I DRIVE A PRIUS WITH AN N-R-A STICKER ON THE BACK - AND SOME OF THESE GUYS WITH BIG DISTRICTS LIKE MIKE MCLANE - I'VE BEEN ENCOURAGING THEM- I SAY YOU CAN'T ARGUE WITH 47 MILES PER THE GALLON."
Huffman also says he's known in Salem as the "wind guy" because he supports wind farms as long as it pencils out and government subsidies end after a reasonable time frame.
Recently, President Obama blocked plans by a Chinese company to build four wind mill projects in Eastern Oregon near Boardman. That area is near the restricted air space at the "Naval Weapons Systems Training Facility."
Huffman supports the President's move.
"I THINK WE DO NEED TO BE CAUTIOUS - THE PROXIMITY OF WHAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT WAS UP IN THE BOARDMAN AREA- WHERE THEY DO A LOT OF NAVY TESTING...THERE COULD BE SOME SENSITIVITY UP THERE AND WE NEED TO BE SENSITIVE TO THAT - I THINK WINDS FARMS ARE APPROPRIATE IN MANY AREAS, BUT NOT EVERYWHERE- I THINK WE NEED TO BE VERY CAREFUL ABOUT WHERE WE PUT IT- AND FROM A NATIONAL SECURITY STANDPOINTT WE NEED TO BE CAUTIOUS ABOUT WHO OWNS WHAT- WHERE."
Huffman's Democratic opponent this November is Gary Ollerenshaw of Redmond.