Christian nonprofit seeks to expand Wasco camp

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Associated Press

Posted on February 27, 2013 at 12:02 PM

Updated Wednesday, Feb 27 at 12:02 PM

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A Christian-oriented camp on land formerly occupied by followers of Indian guru Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh wants to expand but needs state lawmakers' approval.

The Bend Bulletin reports (http://bit.ly/XfcSk9 ) that supporters are pushing House Bill 3098 which would allow Young Life to expand. The nonprofit group owns and operates Washington Family Ranch. The camp was donated to the group in the 1990s after Rajneeshpuram was abandoned and fell into foreclosure.

The 62,000-acre camp is looking to expand by an additional 1,500 overnight beds. The property straddles Wasco and Jefferson counties north of Madras.

An official with the state Department of Lands, Jon Jinings, said the land is zoned for farm and ranch activity but it's an "unusual situation" because of its past use.

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Information from: The Bulletin, http://www.bendbulletin.com

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