Monday, December 30, 2013

Joe Floyd

Business Owner, Patriarch, and a Straight Shooter

Joe Floyd is the owner and patriarch of Joe Floyd & Sons Inc., a family-owned and operated precast concrete manufacturing business right here in Prineville Oregon. A straight shooter, Joe has built several businesses from the ground up - all the while keeping what’s most important front and center – his family and his values. Candid and frank, Joe reveals what it takes to start, run, and grow a family-oriented business. Total listening time is 25 minutes.

(l to r) Jason Floyd, Loni Shields, Mike Shields, Joe Floyd

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Jim Van Voorhees

Legal Mind & Community Spirit

Jim Van Voorhees has been an attorney in Prineville since the late 60's. How did a boy from New Jersey come to Prineville to practice law? And how did Jim figure into insuring that Prineville would have a movie theater? Listen to this 18-minute interview and learn about Jim's fascinating life.

Jim Van Voorhees in his Prineville office

Monday, December 2, 2013

Andrew Lindberg

Crook County Hero - Students Making a Difference in their Schools & Community

Andrew Lindberg
Andrew Lindberg is this week's "Crook County Hero - Students Making a Difference in their Schools and Community." A senior at Crook County High School in Prineville Oregon, Andrew is a great example of a student who bravely sticks his neck out to help others and finds that it truly is better to give than to receive. Total listening time 5:58.

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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Jim Van Voorhees

A Man with a Legal Mind and Community Spirit

First published in the Central Oregonian 11/22/2013

Jim Van Voorhees in his Prineville office

Sitting with Jim Van Voorhees recently in his downtown Prineville office, I was struck by both Jim’s resemblance and mannerisms to the Oscar-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman. 

In several roles Hoffman embodies characters that are not afraid to speak their minds – while at the same time modeling a spirit of community service.

So it is with Jim Van Voorhees.

Born and raised in West Caldwell, New Jersey, Van Voorhees was raised in a career-minded family that wanted him to succeed at whatever profession he chose.

Heading off to Colgate University in Hamilton, New York, he thought he’d like to be a research chemist but quickly found out that discipline wasn’t his cup of tea. “I wasn’t very good at Organic Chemistry, German, or Calculus so I knew I had to find a different direction.”

This mind-set of “looking for the open door” would serve Van Voorhees well throughout his young professional career. “I have always viewed life as a hallway with a series of doors in it and you go through the doors that make the most sense.”

He switched his major to Psychology but also had another path in mind, one influenced by his father’s profession. “I received my degree in Psychology and, when trying to decide what to do with it, decided it wouldn’t be a bad thing to go to law school.”

During the early 1960’s Van Voorhees’ father was the Public Relations Director for the American Bar Association. As a result young Jim was exposed early to the law profession. And his father’s network in the profession didn’t hurt.

But being accepted to a law school didn’t go smoothly. Rejections were received from several eastern law schools. An Assistant Dean at New York University gave Van Voorhees some sobering advice.

 “We’d have to admit you to our school because of what your Dad’s done (in the industry), but you wouldn’t do well here because you’re not much of a studier.”

Van Voorhees took the “reality check” to heart and began to look for another open door.

“The Dean encouraged me to apply other places so I applied to the law schools at Willamette University, the University of Oregon, and the University of Washington. But unfortunately all three passed me over at first.”

It was August of 1966 and Van Voorhees, in what would had become his straight-forward approach to challenges, decided to boldly take matters into his own hands.

He called the Dean at Willamette University.

“So I called the Dean at Willamette and told him that, while I wasn’t sure where they were with their decision on me, I needed to get out there if I was going to start later that month (August 1966.) He told me right there and then that he could find me a room. Apparently he wasn’t aware that they were going to pass me over me but, because he found me a room, he decided they had to admit me.”

Van Voorhees began classes later that month, graduating in 1969 with a law degree. He was glad he made the career move into law. “I really enjoy law. If I had stayed with Psychology I would have had to get a Doctorate (degree) and I wasn’t too sure what I was going to do with that anyway.”

Van Voorhees’ introduction to Prineville came during his third year at Willamette University. Floyd Steger’s law office was trying cases in Prineville and asked Van Voorhees to help out by doing the investigations. He enjoyed the area and, while working for Steger, connected with another law firm that liked what they saw in the budding lawyer.

“I met Rodney Glantz (Bodie, Minturn, and Glantz law firm) who had an office in Prineville. He said ‘We have an opening and, after you pass the Bar (exam), you can come and work for us.”

“I checked out Prineville a little before interviewing with Glantz and liked it. I was hired that very day,” said Van Voorhees.

Forty-four years later and Van Voorhees is still practicing law in Prineville. Over those years he’s seen a lot of changes in the legal profession in Crook County.

“In the past criminal cases were the exceptions, now they are driving the entire court system because there are so many of them. It has to do mainly, I think, with drugs. When I first started out, people passing bad checks were the main thing we worked on.”

These days Van Voorhees’ law practice covers a broad spectrum of the law. “I really don’t specialize in any one (legal) thing. I quit doing domestic relationships and criminal cases though, because I didn’t like it very much.”

Van Voorhees has been actively involved in the community during his 44 years here. He’s been a Prineville-Crook County Chamber member for many years and served as Board President for a year.

“Mary Thurman was the President right before me; and between Mary and BeBe Shindler, who was the Chamber Manager at the time and doing a great job, I didn’t have too much to do when I took office.”

Scouting has been an important part of Van Voorhees’ life since childhood. He and his wife, Katie, got involved again in Prineville through their two boys, Steven and Andrew.

“My family was involved in scouting when I grew up and in college, at Colgate University, I was an Assistant Scout Master for a year. Here in Prineville I was a Scout Master for a couple of years with Troop 28. Katie was Pack Master with Pack 28 for several years as well. I then became the Commissioner to help all the troops in the area and I’m still on the Fremont District (Scout) Council. I help the Eagle Scouts get their projects approved,” said Voorhees.

Van Voorhees believes that Scouting provides valuable experiences to youth, lessons that will help in adulthood.

“The most valuable thing is that boys learn leadership skills. They are the leaders, not the adults. They decide what they want to do, they run the program, and the Scout Master is there to make sure they don’t cross any lines. When they get out in the real world they know how to run a meeting, how things work. It helps them a great deal.”

Since arriving in Prineville during August of 1969 Van Voorhees has watched the evolution of the area and believes that not all that much has changed. “I think it’s a little smoother than it used to be. Obviously there are more people and buildings but overall it hasn’t changed all that much.”

Understanding that Crook County is still trying to recover from the “Great Recession,” Van Voorhees reflected on a past recession. “I think that things will start coming back as time goes along. It’s going to be a longer recovery than the recession we had back in 1978-80. But there are good things happening now – the new hospital, Facebook, Apple, etc.”

And he has his own views on what will benefit Crook County, economic development-wise, over the long term.

“I have a theory and it might be controversial. There are a lot of towns back east that are just residential towns. I think we should put more money into developing Crook County into a nice residential area. We have a nice park system and lots of nice property. If we can attract more upscale people to live here we’d have more money for school budgets and a lot of other things.”

“There are thousands of communities across the country all trying to attract clean industries that employ upscale people - and it just doesn’t happen. People are happier commuting (to Bend or Redmond) than they used to be and, if we developed Prineville that way, we’d have a pretty nice community.”

While he believes Crook County is a wonderful spot for tourists, he doesn’t believe the area should hang its hat on that industry.

“If you have tourism there’s nothing wrong with it – but you don’t want to base your economy on it. They are not high wage jobs unfortunately.”

Van Voorhees is pleased with the administrations of both the City and County.

 “I’m really impressed with the city manager (Steve Forrester); he’s very good and knows what he’s doing. I also think the City Council is pretty good at what they’re doing. And the County Court is also doing a pretty good job as well.” 

Friday, November 8, 2013

Justin Bozarth

Crook County Heroes - Students Making a Difference in their Schools & Community

This 6-minute podcast (and radio show on KPOV 88.9 FM Bend Oregon) features Justin Bozarth, a sophomore at Crook County High School in Prineville Oregon. A very centered young man, Justin has experienced challenges in his young life which have not slowed him down one bit. A role model for young people and adults alike!

Justin Bozarth
Call or visit State Farm in Prineville today! 541-447-5524
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Thanks to Mike Hornback, LTCP, State Farm Agency, Prineville for
sponsoring this podcast !

Saturday, September 21, 2013

CASA Needs Volunteers - Now!

30 Children Need an Advocate Today

CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of Prineville needs your help! They're not looking for your money, they're looking for a little of your time, your empathy for the children who've been removed from their parent's home due to abuse or neglect. Over 60 children are in foster care in Crook County - but only half of them have an Advocate, someone trained and specifically looking out for the rights and needs of the child. Listen to this 10-minute radio show with two members of the Prineville CASA team - Gaylynn Kerns and Meriah Smith - learn what it's like being an Advocate - then seriously consider becoming part of the CASA team in Prineville.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Kseniya Stevens

Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine in Prineville

Kseniya Stevens is the owner of Your Healing Path. A licensed and certified acupuncturist and practitioner of Oriental Medicine, Kseniya's passion is helping people find and get on their healing path. Kseniya's back story is as interesting as her medical practice. Russian-born, she's been in the U.S. now for almost 20 years and has a unique perspective on Prineville and Central Oregon. Listen to this 8-minute radio broadcast and learn about acupuncture and how Oriental Medicine may just put you on your healing path! (First broadcast on 9/10/13 on KPOV 88.9 FM's daily news show "The Point.")

Kseniya Stevens & Acupuncture Patient

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Could It Happen Here?

Could a Sandy Hook or Clackamas Mall incident happen here?

This 10-minute radio show (heard 8/27/13 on KPOV 88.9 FM Bend OR) was originally recorded in Jan 2013 shortly after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. Mayor Roppe, Chief of Police Bush, and Sheriff Hensley joined me for a round table discussion about the possibility of a similar incident happening in Crook County Oregon. The full interview is 50-minutes and can be heard at…-here.html .

l to r: Sheriff Hensley, Mayor Roppe, Chief Bush

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Prepper Up

Survive Anything

Prepper Up is a new store in downtown Prineville that specializes in general sporting goods and survival gear. As the name implies the owners, Cynthia & Ray Graves, want people to be prepared for anything - natural disasters, economic collapse, even a tyrannical government. Listen to this fascinating 10-minute conversation and learn how the term "Survivalist" has morphed into the "Prepper" movement - and why this new store is doing so well in the county with the second highest unemployment in the state. (This show was first broadcast this morning on The Point - KPOV 88.9 FM's daily news show.)

Cynthia & Ray Graves in front of their store

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Craig Brookhart - Central Oregon Patriots

Looking to the Constitution

Craig Brookhart has been a Prineville resident since 2007, having retired from Intel after a 20+ year career as an engineering manager. Craig is also the Chair of the Central Oregon Patriots, a local political action committee devoted to bringing our country back to the fundamentals outlined in our Constitution. In this 10-minute radio show you'll learn how the Patriots are trying to change things - and how they are trying to instill "transparency" in local government here in Crook County.

Craig Brookhart

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Dr. Laura Gratton - Mosaic Medical

Educator, Physician, Motivator, Role Model

Dr. Laura Gratton is the Medical Director at Mosaic Medical in Prineville Oregon. Dr. Gratton joined Mosaic in 2011 and is certified in Family Medicine and specializes in Osteopathic Medicine. Mosaic treats the "whole" patient by addressing physical, emotional, social, and cultural needs. And it serves the insured and uninsured regardless of age, ethnicity, or income. Listen to this 8-minute radio show (heard on KPOV's news program The Point - 88.9 FM in Bend Oregon) and have your faith in the future U.S. medical system restored!

Dr. Laura Gratton

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Kim Kambak

Farmer, Community Supporter, Political Activist

Kim Kambak
Prineville People is now a bi-weekly radio show heard on KPOV 88.9 FM, High Desert Community Radio heard throughout Central Oregon. Still a popular online podcast show (, KPOV's weekday morning news program, The Point, hosts Prineville People twice monthly on Tuesdays at 9:00 am PST. Stream it live!

Kim Kambak - farmer, political activist, and someone who cares deeply about the health and welfare of all Crook County residents is my guest on this segment. Program length: 7-minutes.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Crook County Heroes - Students Making a Difference in their Schools & Community

Lorena Nunez

A graduating senior at Crook County High, Lorena has been a role model for her classmates as well as for younger students that she's mentored. Listen to this 5-minute podcast and see how a strong family structure, combined with an appreciation for community service, produces a young woman who will be successful throughout her life.

Thanks to the ABC Fence Company in Prineville for sponsoring this week's Hero!

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Crook County Heroes - Students Making a Difference in their Schools & Community

Maggie Kasberger 

Maggie is an 8th grader at Crook County Middle School in Prineville Oregon and a role model to her fellow students and teachers. Listen now to this 5-minute podcast with Maggie and hear the excitement and energy in a young woman who is clearly going to make a difference in the world!

Thanks to this week's sponsor Goody's Chocolates & Ice Cream in Prineville!

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Crook County Heroes - Students Making a Difference in their Schools & Community

Tiffany Puckett - Involved and Committed 

Tiffany Puckett
A senior at Crook County High School, Tiffany learned early in life that getting involved in things that she was passionate about would open doors later in life. Very active in athletics, school, community, and church, Tiffany is pointing toward a career in medicine. Listen to this 7-minute podcast now and you'll be inspired by her enthusiasm and goals.

Thanks to this week's sponsor - Scott Steele, Steele Associates Architects!

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Save the Pine Theater !

Theater Being Forced To Go Digital....or Close

The Pine Theater in Prineville Oregon is being forced, like many small, rural theaters, to convert their projection equipment from film to digital. This conversion costs $95K and comes on the heels of the owners, the Mehrabi's, investing everything they had to update and refurbish the previously condemned historic building. This podcast, a conversation with Oniko Mehrabi, details the history of the theater and the fundraising effort presently underway to save it. Total time: about 14 minutes

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Crook County Heroes - Students Making a Difference in their Schools and Community

Brandon Zemp - Committed to Finding a Cure

Brandon & Casey Zemp

Crook County High senior Brandon Zemp is a wonderful role model both in his school and community. He's already written a book titled "Clairvoyance" in which he writes about awakening the human mind and exploring life's possibilities. His younger brother, Casey, has Autism and Brandon is donating all the proceeds from his book to Autism charities and research. Additionally, Brandon is focused on becoming an MD in Neurology and hopes to one day find a cure for the condition. Listen to this 5 minute podcast and be inspired!

Thanks to this week's sponsor - Scott Steele, Steele Associates Architects !

Monday, April 15, 2013

Crook County Heroes - Students Making a Difference in their Schools and Community

Chance Sutfin - overcoming life's challenges

Crook County Heroes, Students Making a Difference in their Schools and Community is proud to name Chance Sutfin as this week's Hero. Chance is a role model to many young people in Crook County. Find out what life has thrown at Chance already - and how he's used the challenges to direct his life.

This week's podcast (7 minutes) is sponsored by Goody's of Prineville, the place in Crook County for homemade chocolates and ice cream.

Monday, April 1, 2013

Community Health Improvement Partnership (CHIP)

Sharon Vail and Dean Noyes on CHIP's impact in Crook County

The Community Health Improvement Partnership (or CHIP) is the focus of this 19-minute podcast. Sharon Vail, Executive Director, and Dean Noyes, Chair of both the Advisory Group and the Dental Committee, were my guests. You'll learn about all the wonderful work that CHIP is doing here in Crook County Oregon - and how you can get involved. And you'll learn a little about each guest, how long they've lived in Crook County and why they are passionate about wellness and healthcare.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Patti Norris - Educator, Motivator, Mentor

Patti Norris is the Board Chair for the Crook County Oregon School Board, as well as the Small Business Development Center Instructor with Central Oregon Community College's Prineville campus. A bundle of energy and information, Patti's passion is helping kids, adults, and businesses achieve their dreams through education and mentoring. A wonderful role model for the community, I think you'll enjoy learning about Patti's life and motivation.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Could it happen here?

Mayor Roppe, Sheriff Hensley, and Chief Bush joined me last week to discuss the recent mass killings, gun control, and how recent events have impacted Prineville/Crook County

left to right: Sheriff Hensley, Mayor Roppe, Chief Bush

Click the arrow below to listen to this fascinating discussion (about 50 minutes total):