On Friday, my OPRLF refund check arrived. No muss, no fuss. They accepted my feeble records without me having to dig through archives located about 10 miles away from me and in the dustiest facility I could manage. I appreciate OPRI's willingness to bend a bit on the record-keeping. I understand their need to have us contact them. Since the donation period ended more than 2 years ago and began almost 5 years ago, it is likely that many of the donors moved. If you didn't notify OPRI of your current address, they wouldn't have any way to get your contribution back to you.
So, if you donated to OPRI's Legal Defense Fund (OPRLF) between July 2003 and August 2005 (check OPRI's web site for precise dates), you can get a refund equal to 72% of your total. For many, this is a significant amount of cash. If you want to see what your money bought, check the archives at the Oregon PERS Document Library. All the legal paperwork for the Sartain case (OPRI's portion of the Strunk consolidated case) are posted there.
Still no new information about the Arken and Robinson cases. Judge Kantor seems in no particular hurry to issue his ruling. Either he is spending a lot of time trying to get things right this time, or he hasn't bothered to start and will throw something together when he figures everyone has waited long enough. We're up to 170 days and counting. Another few weeks and we'll hit the 6 month mark. Perhaps he's trying to break his previous record of 8 months to issue a ruling replete with errors.
The blog cleanup is taking longer than I'd hoped for. I discovered that wholesale changes to the blog format cause many of the features I've added (countup widget, links, comments, etc) to vanish. All I want to do is to modernize the "look", not eliminate features. I need to be able to completely backup the existing blog before switching over to the new format. I want instant karma, but so far all I'm getting is instant hangover.
P.S. I have changed the format colors. I'm nowhere near finished, but at least there is a change of scenery to begin with.