December 9, 2016

Happy Holidays

Here are a couple photos from this years Starlight Parade, hosted by the Redmond Chamber of Commerce. 
Redmond Spokesman photos

Local rotating farmers market has successful season

From High Desert Food and Farm Alliance,

Crook County Rotating Farmers Market Celebrates a Successful Agri-tourism Season!

Prineville, ORE – A group of farmers in Crook County, collectively known as the Crook County Small Farm Alliance, are celebrating a wildly successful season of Crooked River Open Pasture (CROP) on-farm events.

   The Crook County Small Farm Alliance (CCSFA) is comprised of eight farmers and community leaders.

   They are dedicated to building community and increasing opportunities to bring their agricultural products to market. Together with the High Desert Food and Farm Alliance, the CCSFA organized 10 free farm events and effectively increased opportunities for the community to engage with the region’s agricultural producers and procure local food. Over the summer, nearly 1000 guests attended the CROP events to meet local producers, purchase produce, meats and other farm produces, listen to music from local talent, tour the farms, and participate in other family friendly events.

   “The community support is huge for us. People are interested in meeting the farmers and ranchers of Crook County, experiencing our farms and ranches, learning what we grow and how to get it. This engagement helps us to continue to do what we love.” said Jerre Kosta-Dodson of Dancing Cow Farm.

   Those loyal customers who came to every event and returned their CROP passport had their names entered in a raffle for a chance to win a thank you gift basket of local goods. On December 5th , CROP farmers invited the winner to collect their gift basket at a special, celebratory potluck dinner with the farmers.

   If you didn’t get a chance to see adorable day old piglets or take in the pungent floral scent of a lavender harvest, fear not. If you missed the opportunity to soak up delicious volcano views or learn to lasso, don’t worry. The CCSFA is excited to announce that they will be back next summer for a third season of family on-farm fun. Look for more CROP event details in Spring 2017 at

HDFFA is a 501(c)3 non-profit serving Crook, Deschutes and Jefferson Counties. Their mission is to support a community-based food system in Central Oregon to increase access to fresh healthy food, support sustainable farm land use, and foster relationships among farmers and consumers.

December 8, 2016

Central Electric issues capital credits

From Central Electric Cooperative, 

Central Electric Issues $1.7 Million in Capital Credits

   Central Electric Cooperative announced Dec. 8, that some current and former members are eligible to receive capital credits payments totaling $1,751,211.35. CEC members will begin receiving their checks this week.

   Individual checks will average $118.51 and will be paid to 10,554 present and former CEC members who purchased power in the years of 1992 and 1993. The payments total slightly over $1.25 million. Most of the difference between the $1.75 million capital credit retirement and the disbursement total is funds due members from the two years of service for whom CEC does not have a current address on file. The cooperative advertises their names in The Bulletin and lists those members on its web site from June through the end of the year in an effort to reach them. The amount of each member’s check is based on the amount of electricity purchased by members in each of the two years.

   Central Electric has made such payments every year since 2001 and in 32 of the past 35 years, totaling $22.3 million in retirements since 1958. As a not-for- profit utility, Central Electric is limited to two options for raising capital, borrowing or raising capital from its members. By melding capital credits funding obtained from members with borrowed money on which CEC must pay interest, the cooperative is able to lower its cost of capital. A benefit of cooperative membership is they share in the margins that the cooperative earns annually.

   Members may receive annual refunds under the cooperative’s bylaws which authorize the board of directors of Central Electric to pay capital credits to members whenever the financial condition of the utility is not impaired by such payments.

Central Electric Cooperative, Inc. Background
A member-owned, not-for- profit electric cooperative, Central Electric Cooperative (CEC) has provided electric utility services to its members in central Oregon since 1941. At the close of 2015, CEC served 32,611 accounts held by 26,155 members in its 5,300 square-mile service territory in Deschutes, Crook, Jefferson, and parts of Lake, Linn, Wasco, and Grant counties. CEC’s electrical system includes 24 substations and 3,883 miles of energized power lines, including 187 miles of transmission line, 2,267 miles of overhead distribution line and 1,429 miles of underground distribution line.

December 7, 2016

Crooked River Ranch suffers second building fire in 12 hours

From Crooked River Ranch Fire & Rescue:

Fire Significantly Damages Garage in Crooked River Ranch
Second Structure Fire in 12-hours

Crooked River Ranch, OR – A late night fire significantly destroyed a Crooked River Ranch garage Tuesday night but the nearby home was saved. The homeowner, Sue Miller, saw a glow through her bedroom window and upon looking outside saw their chicken coop and garage on fire. She and her daughter were able to move several vehicles away from the burning garage to safety after calling 911.

Firefighters received the call at 11:27 p.m. of a structure fire at 15240 SW Quail Road. They arrived to find a fully involved detached garage with fire threatening the nearby home. Crews were able to keep the fire from spreading to the home however the garage and its contents were a total loss. It took firefighters over an hour to bring the fire under control and they remained on scene overnight mopping up.

At this time the cause of the fire is undetermined pending further investigation. The damage to the building and contents is estimated at $100,000.

Crooked River Ranch Fire & Rescue was assisted at the scene by Redmond Fire & Rescue, Jefferson County Fire District #1, and the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office.

Release on earlier fire from Tuesday:

Fire Damages Home in Crooked River Ranch
Combustibles too near a portable heater cause fire

Crooked River Ranch, OR – A fire damaged a Crooked River Ranch home Tuesday afternoon. A resident smelled smoke and when they went to investigate found a bedroom on fire. The resident likely slowed the spread of the fire to the rest of the home by closing the bedroom door before evacuating the home and calling 9-1-1.

Firefighters received the call at 1:43 p.m. of a structure fire at 9527 SW Geneva View Road. They arrived to find smoke coming from the front door and a side window of the home. Crews confirmed that the only resident home at the time of the fire had safely evacuated and was uninjured. The fire was located and confined to the bedroom however there was smoke damage to the rest of the home. Firefighters had the fire under control within 30 minutes.

At the time of the fire there were working smoke alarms in the home. The cause of the fire was determined to be a portable heater that was too close to a bed.

“It’s important to remember that space heaters can easily ignite combustibles,” explained Fire Chief Harry Ward. “Homeowners should follow the manufacturer’s directions on how far to place heaters from combustible materials.”

Crooked River Ranch Fire & Rescue was assisted by the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, Redmond Fire & Rescue, and Cloverdale Fire District.

Check out the Dec. 7 Spokesman!

Life after the Pearl Harbor attack is portrayed in Redmond High School Troupers - The Panther Production Company's latest play, the Ridgeview wrestling team starts the season and Modern Botanicals sells products derived from industrial hemp. Plus, see what appeared in the Spokesman's first issue after Pearl Harbor. It's all in this week's paper, available at locations including Metolius Market, Terrebonne Thriftway and Powell Butte Country Store.

December 1, 2016

December Library adult programs

From Redmond Library,

Redmond Adult Events, December, 2016


Library Book ClubBook Party! Share your favorite reads of the year. Refreshments will be served. Thursday, December 8, 12—1 p.m.

Introduction to Finding GrantsTips for nonprofits, plus an introduction to Foundation Directory Online. Registration required. Monday, December 12, 3:30– 5 p.m.

Know Jingles: Holiday Reader's Theater with Sunriver Stars - Enjoy a delightful hour of reader's theater, including O. Henry's holiday classic "Gift of the Maggi" with Sunriver Stars Community Theater. Saturday, December 17, 12—1 p.m.

Know Jingles - Central Oregon Showcase Choir - Enjoy holiday tunes and harmonies with Central Oregon Showcase Choir. Saturday, December 17, 3—4 p.m.

Computer Classes

Open Computer Lab - Practice or get help with tech questions. Tuesdays, 1:30—3 p.m. No session Dec. 27.

Facebook for Beginners - Learn about popular social networking sites, and get started with your own facebook account. Registration required. Friday, December 9, 2—3:30 p.m.

Craigslist for BeginnersLearn to safely buy and sell on Craigslist. Registration required. Friday, December 16, 2—3:30 p.m.

December, January Library programs

From the Redmond Library,



Preschool Parade Story Time -  Stories, songs, rhymes, crafts to develop early literacy skills. Age 3-5. Wednesdays • 10:15 a.m., No storytime December 17 – January 3.

Mother Goose & More - Participatory music with books, rhymes and bounces. Age 0-3.  Thursdays • 10:15 a.m. No storytime December 17 – January 3. 

Toddlin’ TalesParticipation stories and movement rhymes to enhance social and language development. For children 18-36 months. 
Monday, December 12, 10:15 a.m.
Monday, January 2, 10:15

Animal AdventuresLive animals, stories, crafts with High Desert Museum. 3+ years 
Monday, December 5, 10:15
Monday, December 19, 10:15
Monday, January 9, 10:15
Monday, January 23, 10:15

MnMs (Music, Movement and Stories)Movement and stories to develop skills and encourage fun and with music. Age 3-5. 
Friday, December 16, 10:15
Friday, January 20, 10:15

Pajama PartyEvening storytime with songs, rhymes, crafts and PJs. Age 0-5.
Tuesday, December 13, 6 p.m.
Tuesday, January 10, 6 p.m.

Science Story TimeStories and science with hands-on experiments. 3+ years. 
Friday, December 2, 10:15
Friday, January 6, 10:15


LEGO® Block Party, Read! Build! Play! - Join other builders and a gazillion LEGOs®. (all ages)
Friday, December 30, 2-4
Saturday, January 14, 10-12

Countdown to Noon! (all ages)Snow crafts for all, plus a New Year’s countdown to noon! Friday, December 30, 11-12:30

Holiday CarolsJoin RPA students for carols and cocoa in our lobby. Tuesday, December 13, 10:45

Gingerbread Workshop (All ages)Build a simple gingerbread house with graham crackers and royal icing. Saturday, December 3, 1-4 p.m.

Season’s Greetings for Seniors – (All ages) - Make greeting cards for our friends in assisted living or to take home.  Wednesday, December 7, 3:15-4:15

Royal Tea Party – (All ages)Hear ye, hear ye, all princes, princesses, royal guards, and jesters come to our Tea Party!
Saturday, January 21, 1 p.m.


Teen Advisory Board (12-17 years)Decide library programs, do public services activities, lend your voice to library projects.
Wednesday, December 7, 1:30
Wednesday, January 4, 1:30

STEAM Team – Gingerbread Engineering (12-17 years) - Build and decorate a gingerbread house. Wednesday, December 14, 2-4 p.m.

Ice Skating (12-17 years) - Introduction to Ice Skating, plus a free pass to the Redmond Ice Rink. Wednesday, December 28, 2:30 pm. Registration required

Make - Explore coding with Ozobots. (12-17 years) January 11, 2-4

Teen Writing Group (12-17 years) Develop writing skills through exploration. January 18, 2-3

STEAM TeamExplore coding with Ozobots. Ages 9-17 Saturday, January 21, 10 a.m.