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Please keep dogs on a leash at Barnes Butte Rec Area; LGBTQ+ books in Crook County Library's children's section is concerning

Please keep dogs on a leash at Barnes Butte Rec Area

A winning picture in your Barnes Butte Recreation Area photo contest featuring a dog off leash prompts me to write this letter.

To unleashed dog owners using the Barnes Butte Rec Area: I love dogs, but not everyone loves YOUR dog. My property taxes go to this area, so I and others have the right to be able to walk, run or ride these trails without being approached, charged or chased by your off-leash dog.

To the city of Prineville and Crook County Parks and Rec, who manage the Barnes Butte complex, (most of which is within the city limits), there IS a leash law regulating dogs within the city of Prineville: Ordinance No. 863, specifically sections 1 b,c and 2b. The actual designated off-leash dog parks around town have better signage than most others that should require leashes.

My suggestion to the city is to fence off an area right next to the main Barnes Butte trail head parking lot and add a covered area with a few benches. There, dogs can run free before being leashed for a walk or run on the trails.

To the leashed dog owners, I thank you for keeping me, others and your own dogs safe.

Alicia Teaford


LGBTQ+ books in Crook County Library's children's section is concerning

I recently attended a Crook County Library Board meeting with some questions regarding the addition of LGBTQ+ books, after what some mothers had experienced in the children's section. I wasn't on the agenda for public comments, so I appreciate that April graciously allowed me to ask my questions and did in fact answer them.

Of concern is the generous addition of LGBTQ+ books. These include: gender pronouns (picture books), gender identity, transgender, drag queens, etc.

I asked if the library was planning on hosting a drag queen story hour. Her response was that the library schedule was full and none had been planned. I asked if that was a "hard no" or a "not at this time."

It was not a hard no.

I also asked about the procedure for deciding which books to purchase. It was explained that a committee consisting of three staff members utilize a National Library Recommendation List (not sure correct title). The committee had much free time when the library was closed due to COVID shutdowns. They determined at that time to increase the LGBTQ+ representation in the library, including the children's section. It was confirmed that these book purchases were a committee decision and not requested by the public.

I questioned if it was possible to place these books in their own area so parents could feel comfortable allowing their children to explore the library again. I was told, "No. We don't want to stigmatize one group of children."

Steins Pillar Elementary is no longer utilizing the public library. Parents of some of the students became aware of the addition of these books, and a decision was made to discontinue their visits.

Library board meetings are open to the public.

Michal Custer


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