April 22, 2017

Eagle Crest man with Alzheimer's reported missing

From the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office:

The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office is currently searching for a missing male from the Eagle Crest area, west of Redmond. The male walked away from his residence in the 1800 Block of SW Condor Drive; Eagle Crest. He is believed to be wearing a light green shirt, blue jeans, and black shoes. He is also probably wearing eye glasses. 

The missing subject is an Alzheimer's patient and will probably appear confused and verbalize little. A photo is attached. 

Please report any sightings or information to non-emergency dispatch 541-693-6911.

High Desert Museum celebrates 35th anniversary

From High Desert Museum,


   A visionary’s dream to create a world class museum blossoms in the High Desert Bend, OR ~ The High Desert Museum will mark its 35 th anniversary with a party and presentation on May 12. Diversity in the Desert: A Community Celebration will feature live music, appetizers, kids’ activities, demonstrations at the Lazinka sawmill and special presentations by guest speakers Dr. Tom Connolly, director of archaeological research and Dr. Dennis Jenkins, archaeologist, from the UO’s Museum of Natural and Cultural History. Join them as they explore 15,000 years of High Desert prehistory. Guests can also see Capturing Time: 35 Years of the High Desert Museum, a small exhibition of artifacts from the Museum’s collection.

   Built on the premise that museums should be collections of unique experiences, repositories of memories and places of discovery, Don Kerr, the Museum’s founder, often expressed that the Museum’s role was “…to wildly excite and responsibly teach.” Kerr envisioned that visitors to the Museum would leave not only with a heightened sense of the High Desert’s natural and cultural worlds, but also with a commitment to stewarding the region’s future.

   “The Museum has a strong reputation for developing and delivering unique, thought- provoking programs and exhibitions that stimulate conversation,” said the Museum’s Executive Director Dana Whitelaw, Ph.D. “We serve as a forum for meaningful discussion on a range of issues relating to the natural and cultural history of the region. We are committed to supporting diverse voices in our exhibitions and programs.”

   The Museum opened in 1982 based upon an educational philosophy that placed as much emphasis on personal experience as it did on knowledge. One year later, Kerr contacted Portland Architect Thomas Hacker after seeing an article and watercolor rendering in The Oregonian about a national competition Hacker’s fledgling firm had won for the Arizona Historical Society Museum in Tempe. Kerr was seeking an architect to partner with on the next phase of construction at the Museum, building the Earle A. Chiles Center on the Spirit of the West, a new and expanded entrance pavilion and a new administrative wing. Beguiled by Kerr’s infectious enthusiasm, thus began a long-term relationship between the architectural firm Hacker and the High Desert Museum.

   Set on a 135-acre campus, the main museum building features walls constructed of lava rock gathered directly from the site and incorporates ponderosa pine columns harvested from the grounds. Paved trails lead through a forest to outdoor features such as the 1904 Miller Family Ranch, High Desert Ranger Station, Changing Forest, Donald M. Kerr Birds of Prey Center and the recently renovated Autzen Otter Exhibit. Enabling a deeper understanding of the region’s arts, culture, history and natural sciences through the presentation and interpretation of visual art exhibits, historical artifacts, living history performances and wildlife encounters, the Museum has welcomed over five million visitors since opening its doors… and counting.

   Cost to attend the May 12 event is free to members and $7 for guests. A commemorative pint glass with 5 tasting tickets will also be available for $10. RSVP by May 5 at www.highdesertmuseum.org/rsvp or by calling 541-382- 4754 ext. 241.

   Diversity in the Desert is made possible by The Bend Foundation and with support from Chubb. Special thanks to these companies for providing food and beverages: A Broken Angel, Atlas Cider Company, Bangarang, Cascade Lakes Brewing Co., Cody's Catering, Craft Kitchen and Brewery, Crux Fermentation Project, Deschutes Brewery, Silver Moon Brewing, Sunriver Brewing Company, Terminal Gravity Brewing and Worthy Brewing Company.

About the High Desert Museum: 
The Museum’s mission is to explore the High Desert’s unique landscape, cultures, wildlife, history and arts, connecting our visitors to the past and helping them discover their role in the present and responsibility to the future. The Museum is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization that was founded in 1982.

April 21, 2017

Sheriff offers preparations for boating season

From Deschutes Co. Sheriff's Office


   The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Marine Unit is pleased to announce the return of our free Mandatory Boater Education training classes as well as a pre-season opportunity to have your motorized boat inspected. Oregon law requires Oregon residents 12 years of age and older who operate powered boats of more than 10 hp, to obtain their Mandatory Boater Education card. Failure to have a card under the above conditions might result in a $110 fine. This card is not a license to operate a boat, as there is no such requirement in Oregon. Once a boater receives their card, it never has to be renewed. There is a one-time $10 cost to receive your card and duplicate cards are available for $5.

   Boat operators can also access the testing material and take the test on-line through the Oregon State Marine Board website, but there is generally a fee associated with the test and receiving a certificate. The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office offers four, three hour classes free of charge that accomplishes the same goal. Students watch a video, are given information pertaining to specific Oregon laws and requirements and have the opportunity to ask questions. Students then take a 75 question multiple choice test; a minimum score of 70% is needed to pass. The tests are graded at the class and once a student has passed, they receive all necessary paperwork and information on how to receive their card from the Oregon State Marine Board.

   The following is the schedule of classes for 2017. All classes run from 6pm-9pmand are held at the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office in Bend (63333 Hwy 20 West). There is no sign up or registration for the class, but please arrive a few minutes prior to the start of the class to check in. For additional information, go to www.sheriff.deschutes.org, or www.boatoregon.com or contact the Sheriff's Office at 541-388-6501.

Class Dates:
May 12
July 14
September 8

   The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office will also be providing an opportunity for boaters to have their boats inspected at three different locations in Deschutes County. The inspections will be offered on April 15th, 2017, at Big Country RV in Redmond, Sportsman's Wherehouse in Bend and the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office substation in La Pine. DCSO Marine Deputies and Volunteers will be present at the above locations on April 15th, between the hours of 9am-3pm.

Phony Central Oregon home inspector fined

From Construction Contractors Board,


Salem -- The Construction Contractors Board (CCB) has levied more than $80,000 in fines against a phony home inspector who performed dozens of inspections in Central and Eastern Oregon in recent months.

   Gregory Mason Miller of Bend used a license number belonging to a legitimate construction contractor with the same first and last name, along with the name of an unrelated Bend business. In advertising, he claimed to be licensed, bonded and insured.

   Home inspectors must be certified by the Construction Contractors Board after passing a national exam. Additionally, a home inspection business must hold a CCB-issued contractor license. Miller was neither certified nor licensed.

   "He was doing significant business without offering any of the consumer protections that come with licensing, including a bond and CCB record that would alert potential clients to any history of problems," Enforcement Manager Stan Jessup said.

   The CCB added Miller to its new Buyer Beware list that warns the public of chronic offenders. People who make the list generally are phony or predatory contractors who take money and produce little or no work or who repeatedly violate state contracting laws.

   "The goal is to make sure he doesn't do any more home inspections without obtaining the proper licensing," Jessup said. "And it's a reminder to the public that people will lie -- and do so convincingly - about who they are and their credentials."
Consumer complaints triggered the CCB investigation, which is ongoing.

   The CCB licenses construction contracting businesses, including home inspection businesses and home inspectors. Most any business seeking work on a new home or home improvement project needs a license.

   Contractors must include their CCB license number on any advertising so you can verify their license. To do so, visit www.oregon.gov/ccb and enter a license number or name in the orange "Search" feature. Verify that the license is "active" and that the full name on the license matches the contractor in question. In this case, Gregory Mason Miller did not show up in a search with any home inspector credentials. Call 503-378-4621 for help searching or understanding the results.

   Contractors and consumers can report unlicensed contractors and other illegal activity on the CCB's website or by calling 503-934-2246. Licensed contractors carry bonds and insurance and can be held accountable if something goes wrong. Only licensed contractors can get required building permits.

About the CCB
The CCB is the state agency licensing more than 36,000 contractors. Anyone who is paid to repair, improve, inspect or build a home must be licensed. Learn how to have a successful project at www.oregon.gov/ccb.

April 20, 2017

Civil War reenactment planned

From the Northwest Civil War Council:

The Northwest Civil War Council will present a full Civil War reenactment at The House On Metolius Meadow, Saturday and Sunday, May 20 & 21, 2017.

            The reenactment and living history camps include over 300 Civil War reenactors presenting living conditions and circumstances of the 1860s, as well as battle reenactments. This is the only event of its kind in Central Oregon.

            The beautiful mountain meadow setting offers over five acres of living history with reenactors and characters in period clothing and uniforms. Campsites, stores, medical practice demonstrations, fashion, life on the home front and other activities of the era are displayed as well as Civil War artillery, infantry and cavalry. 

            Mock battles, firing real black powder, are scheduled for 11:00 am and 3:00 pm each day. Presentations continue throughout the day.

            The event is open to the public from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm on Saturday and 9am to 4:00 pm on Sunday. Dress for weather and walking shoes are advised.

            General admission, $8.00. Seniors, active military and students, $5.00. Children under six, free. Family maximum, $25.00. Parking, $5 per vehicle with a donation to the Boy Scouts. 

            The House On Metolius (http://www.metolius.com) is off Oregon Highway 126 / US-20, two miles north of Camp Sherman, off road 1420.

            The Northwest Civil War Council (http://nwcwc.net) is a non-profit, living history organization dedicated to educating the public and members about the American Civil War. Through educational drama at reenactments, participants discover and learn about history and the people who lived in the years 1860 - 1864.

For information about the non-profit organization providing this day, go to the North West Civil War Counsel web site: https://www.nwcwc.net .

For pictures of recent CW event at the House On Metolius visit: http://www.zanesphotography.com/keyword/House on the Metolius .

April 19, 2017

Extra 1,000 eclipse camping sites sell out

From Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept.:

Salem OR -- An extra 1,018 state park campsites were available for reservation starting 8 a.m. this morning, April 19, and by shortly after 9 a.m., they were all reserved. This includes all sites at 16 parks inside the "path of totality" plus space at 13 parks outside the path, where visitors will experience a partial eclipse. The eclipse will occur in the morning on August 21, 2017 and campsite reservations cover the nights of August 18, 19, and 20.

All reservations were completed within an hour and a half. A glitch at one park -- Unity Lake in Eastern Oregon -- caused problems for those 32 sites for about an hour. All state park sites available by reservation are now reserved, though cancellations may return a few sites to the pool. There is no waiting list, but campers can visit a state park's web page on https://oregonstateparks.reserveamerica.com/ and sign up to receive a notification about cancellations, then go online or call to try and reserve a space.

These extra 1,000+ sites were added to the reservation system by converting existing first-come/first-served campsites, parking areas, and other open spaces into reservable individual campsites just for the event. The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department does not expect to release any more new sites for reservations during the eclipse.

Campers who have a reservation along and near the path should continue to watch oregonstateparks.org for updates and planning tips.

Local students recognized in acting competition

From Redmond Proficiency Academy,

Redmond Proficiency Academy Students Win Three Ribbons And Scholarship At State Acting Competition

   The Redmond Proficiency Academy is pleased to announce that three RPA students have “showcased” at the Oregon State Thespian Conference. The RPA Thespian Troupe competed in the annual Oregon State Acting Competition on April 6th, where the troupe won three awards. In addition to the three state showcase ribbons, one RPA student was awarded the Oregon Thespians’ Scholarship.

   "This year’s showing was a true testament to the work done by our RPA Theatre students,” said Kate Torcom, RPA’s theatre teacher and thespian troupe director. “I am constantly impressed by their dedication and enthusiasm.”

   Katie Bullock, Izzy King, and Marli Messner earned a superior ranking and performed for the entire conference in the State Showcase. Senior, Katie Bullock won the Solo Music category with the song “Burn” from the musical Hamilton.

   “It’s amazing to see all the hard work pay off,” said Bullock. “After four years of qualifying, it’s incredible to be able to finally get up on that stage."

   Freshmen Izzy King and Marli Messner showcased in the Duo Dramatic Acting category with a scene from the play Jailbait by Deirdre O’Conor. King and Messner qualified in the Novice category at Regionals, but competed against both Novice and Experienced scenes at the State level.

   “To be able to perform at my first State with my wonderful friend is surreal,” said Messner. “I am beyond proud of her and myself.” King added, “I am lucky that I get to do something I love and have the experience of performing for the entire Oregon Thespian society.”

   RPA was the only troupe from Central Oregon to showcase at the state level and has established a reputation as a well respected theatre school amongst Oregon Thespians.

   In addition to performing in the State Showcase, Bullock was awarded the Melba Day Sparks Memorial Award, Oregon Thespians’ premiere scholarship. This scholarship is reserved for devoted Thespians with unparalleled commitment to theatre in their schools. Bullock was awarded $2000 to go towards her education.

   The conference is an annual festival that celebrates the talent and hard work of Oregon's high school theatre troupes. Nearly 1,500 theatre students from around the state congregate in Salem for the three-day, two-night event, which consists of workshops taught by industry professionals, one-acts, three main stage productions, and the state showcase competition.

About Redmond Proficiency Academy
The Redmond Proficiency Academy (RPA) is a public charter school operating in the Redmond School District. In its eighth year of operation, RPA serves over 800 students in grades 6-12 from throughout Central Oregon. Using a proficiency-based instructional methodology in a personalized learning environment, RPA strives to prepare all students for success in college and in life.

New Redmond Dutch Bros. raises more than $3,500 for Beulah's Place

From Dutch Bros. Coffee:

REDMOND, Ore. (April 19, 2017– On Friday, Apr. 14, Dutch Bros Redmond celebrated opening its Hwy 97 location by raising $3,554 for Beulah’s Place.

The Local nonprofit focuses on providing homeless teens and at-risk kids with help, healing and hope, as well as leading them away from sexual exploitation by criminals and predators.

To raise the funds, and celebrate its grand opening, the Redmond Dutch Bros on Hwy 97 sold all medium drinks for $1. Those proceeds totaled $3,554, and they will directly benefit at-risk youth in the Redmond area.

You can follow the Redmond Dutch Bros’ story on Facebook at facebook.com/DutchBrosCentralOR or on Instagram @instagram.com/dutchbros_centralor
About Dutch Bros Redmond
Dutch Bros Central Oregon opened the doors to it first location in Bend, Ore. on June 25, 2004, beginning Bill and Carol Smith’s Dutch Bros journey. After retiring from his own resource management company, Bill began to look for an opportunity where he could positively impact the community he loves to be able to spend time with his family, and help grow them into servant leaders in their community.

Soon, Dutch Bros Central Oregon grew, expanding from Bend into Sisters and Redmond. They opened nine locations as their daughter Kaelyn grew up with the leadership, and culture of Dutch Bros. She fell in love with the company, just as her parents did. She loved positively impacting the community she calls home and to instill leadership skills and a sense of connection with the baristas.

“Josh and I were given an incredible opportunity to partner with my parents after working with the company for over ten years,” said Kaelyn Costa. “We love Dutch Bros and wanted to make it our lifelong career.”
Never forgetting the culture, or the knowledge they were able to gain with Bill and Carol experience and investment into the pair’s compelling future. Kaelyn and Josh will continue Dutch Bros Central Oregon’s legacy of giving back and growing their employees into servant leaders.

“Expect to fall in love with our broistas’ and the fun, family environment we offer at Dutch Bros,” said Josh Costa