August 25, 2016

Sheriff: Redmond Police car strikes man who was pointing gun at motorists

From the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office:

On Aug. 25 at approximately  12:51 p.m., Redmond Police Officers responded to the area of Canal Blvd near the Redmond St. Charles Medical Center for an armed subject. Multiple callers reported to 9-1-1 the subject was armed with a handgun and was pointing it at passing motorists. 

Officers made contact with the subject who was still in possession of an apparent firearm. Sometime after the initial contact, the subject was struck by a Redmond Police Department patrol car. The suspect was seriously injured and was taken to Redmond St. Charles Medical Center for treatment. No bystanders or officers were injured. 

The incident is under investigation by the Tri-County Major Incident Team with the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office as the lead investigating agency. 

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office through dispatch at 541-693-6911. No further information will released at this time. The public is asked to avoid the area around Redmond St. Charles Medical Center due to law enforcement activity.

Opportunity to support NeighborImpact

From NeighborImpact,

Oats and Cereal Donations Needed for NeighborImpact's Emergency Food Program

  Starting off the school year right means kids (and parents) need a nourishing breakfast. Oats and cereal are easy, nutritious foods that are always requested at NeighborImpact and our cereal shelves are getting low. In order to stock the shelves and distribute these much needed products across Central Oregon, NeighborImpact is putting out a "Call to Action" for cereal donations, including oats and other hot cereals.
  "With school starting in a few weeks, many parents find it difficult to provide a nutritious breakfast for their kiddos as they head out the door," says Carly Sanders, Food Program Manager at NeighborImpact. "By stocking our shelves with oats and cereal, we can use our distribution network to get these items to our Food Partners in Crook, Deschutes and Jefferson Counties and into the hands of families in need."

  Oats and cereal donations can be dropped off at either of our main offices in Redmond or Bend located at 2303 SW First Street or 20310 NE Empire Avenue, respectively. Local businesses and groups are also encouraged to host a "Cereal Drive" of "Virtual Food Drive" at their workplace. NeighborImpact staff is always available to provide ideas, materials and support for employees and volunteer groups. For more information on hosting a food or fund drive, please contact Laurie Purcell, Food Bank Specialist, at 541-323-6520.

  "Keeping our Food Bank shelves stocked is important not only to NeighborImpact, but to all of the organizations and programs we serve. Without NeighborImpact, many of the local nonprofits and groups providing meals and food boxes would need to purchase trucks to transport food, host food drives on a regular basis, and compete for funding," says Ms. Sanders. "We have an incredible network with amazing partners. We at the Food Bank are proud to be a part of it and provide such a necessary piece of the system."

  NeighborImpact's Food Distribution Partners 2016 include:

  Jefferson County                                                                          
Best Club 
Warm Springs Presbyterian Church 
United Methodist BackPack Buddies 
United Methodist Church Food Bank 
United Methodist Madras Brown Bag 
Mountain Star Family Relief Nursery Madras
Seventh Day Adventists Community Center - Madras

  Crook County
Prineville First Baptist Church
Prineville Brown Bag @ St VDP
Soroptomist Senior Center
St. Vincent De Paul - Prineville
Mountain Star Family Relief Nursery Prineville

  Deschutes County
Bend's Community Center
Bethlehem Inn
Bread of Life -Westside Church (Sisters Brown Bag)
Cascade Peer & Self Help Center
Crooked River Brown Bag
Faith Harvest Helpers
Family Kitchen (Trinity Episcopal)
Holy Trinity Care & Share
Jericho Weekend Food
La Pine Community Pantry
La Pine Community Kitchen
Mountain Star Family Relief Nursery Bend
Nativity Lutheran Church
Newport Ave Brown Bag
Redmond Community Church
Salvation Army
Seventh Day Adventist Community Center - Redmond
Sisters Kiwanis
Smith Rock Community Church
St. Vincent De Paul - Bend
St. Vincent De Paul - La Pine
St. Vincent De Paul - Redmond
Teen Challenge
Terrebonne Brown Bag
The Giving Plate
The Loft - Cascades Youth & Family
The Shepherd's House
Water Church
Little Deschutes Grange Brown Bag
Redmond Assembly of God

  For more information on NeighborImpact's Food Program or how we are able to serve some many across Central Oregon, contact Carly Sanders at NeighborImpact at 541-323-6548.

About NeighborImpact: Since 1985, NeighborImpact has been a leader in developing solutions and bringing resources to Crook, Jefferson and Deschutes County. The agency offers a diversity of services meeting basic human needs for food and shelter, while enriching people's lives by providing access to increased education, skills, and hope for the future. NeighborImpact is a private nonprofit organization that receives federal, state and local grants, foundation grants, and donations from individuals and businesses in our community. To learn more about NeighborImpact please

About the NeighborImpact Emergency Food Program: NeighborImpact's Emergency Food Assistance program partners with 42 programs across Central Oregon, including nonprofit organizations, shelters, churches, and brown bag programs, to distribute fresh and shelf-stable food to those that need it. Last year, NeighborImpact distributed 3.7 million pounds of food to partners, providing over 3.08 million meals to neighbors. NeighborImpact serves as the backbone of our network and provides the infrastructure and resources to recover and distribute food on such a large scale. Food and cash donations are necessary on an ongoing basis in order for the program to run.

August 24, 2016

Redmond in photos Aug. 24

Take a look at some of the events that took place in Redmond last week. 

  Redmond Committee for Art in Public Places auctioned off the 20 rock chuck sculptures that were throughout the city from June 15 to August 18. The event raised nearly $9,000.
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  The Harvest Run Car Show was held down town by the Drifter Car Club this weekend. Hundreds of cars and car enthusiast packed the streets downtown near Centennial Park.
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  The 2nd Annual Redmond Block Party was held at Juniper Golf Course this weekend. A barbecue, bouncy houses, and a movie project on a big screen on the driving ranger were just a few of the activities available. 
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Aug. 24, 2016 Obituaries

​MayVelle Duncan, of Redmond
Nov. 15, 1918 - Aug. 19, 2016

Arrangements: Deschutes Memorial Chapel and Gardens - (541)382-5592. Visit our online register at or on Facebook
Services: A Memorial Service is planned for a later date.
Contributions may be made to: Hospice of Redmond 732 SW 23rd Street Redmond, OR 97756

James Charles Allen, of Redmond
Mar. 25, 1923 - Aug. 15, 2016

Arrangements: Arrangements Entrusted To: Redmond Memorial ; 541.548.3219Services: Funeral Service, 11am Friday, August 26, 2016, Zion Lutheran Church, 1113 SW Black Butte Blvd, Redmond.
Contributions may be made to: National Smokejumper Association, 10 Judy Lane, Chico, CA 95926.

John Misterly, of Terrebonne
May 2, 1924 - Aug. 18, 2016

Arrangements: Autumn Funerals- REDMOND 541-504-9485Services: Funeral Service at 11:00 am on Wednesday, August 24, 2016 at Redmond Memorial Chapel, 717 SW 6th Street, Redmond, Oregon. Final Resting at Hillcrest Cemetery in Grants Pass, Oregon on August 26, 2016.

Richard Eugene Lloyd, of Sisters
July 31, 1921 - Aug. 13, 2016

Arrangements: Deschutes Memorial Chapel and Gardens is honored to serve the family -(541) 382-5592. Visit our online register book to send condolences and share treasured memories at or on Facebook
Services: At Richard’s request, no services will be held.

Archie "Bud" Simpson, of Redmond
Oct. 19, 1927 - Aug. 17, 2016

Arrangements: Arrangements entrusted to Redmond Memorial Chapel, 541-548-3219,redmondmemorial.comServices: Were held at Redmond Memorial Chapel, 717 SW 6th St., Redmond, Oregon,10am, Monday, August 22, 2016.
Contributions may be made to: Hospice of Redmond, 732 SW 23rd St., Redmond, OR 97756.

Buck S. Sherwood, of Bend
Mar. 11, 1942 - Aug. 18, 2016

Arrangements: Autumn Funeral Home, Bend. 541-318-0842 www.autumnfunerals.netServices: No services to be held at this time.
Contributions may be made to: Memorial Donations may be made to “Willing to Help”  60 NW Oregon St.,  Bend, OR 97701

Devin Rain Eckerman, of Alfalfa, OR
Mar. 27, 2000 - Aug. 14, 2016

Arrangements: Deschutes Memorial Chapel and Gardens, 541-382-5592 Visit our online register at or on Facebook
Services: Services will be held at a later date.

Jerry Burgess, of Redmond
Sept. 22, 1933 - July 28, 2016

Arrangements: Autumn Funerals- REDMOND 541-504-9485Services: Were held at 11:00 AM, Sunday, August 21, 2016 at Sam Johnson Park Pavilion, 333 SW 15th Street in Redmond.
Robert Dean Jacobson, of Prineville
July 25, 1938 - Aug. 11, 2016

Arrangements: Autumn Funerals, Bend 541-318-0842 www.autumnfunerals.netServices: Were held at 11:00 AM, Monday, Aug. 22, 2016 at Prineville Church of the Nazarene, 780 E. 1st St., Prineville.
Marie Elizabeth Ruhl, of Culver
Oct. 19, 1941 - Aug. 22, 2016

Arrangements: Autumn Funeral Home, Redmond, 541-504-9485 www.autumnfunerals.netServices: Memorial service on Saturday, August 27, 2016, at 11:00 a.m.,
at the Culver Christian Church in Culver, OR.

Cole Holcomb, of Redmond
Aug. 21, 2000 - Aug. 17, 2016

Services: A memorial service will be held Saturday, Aug. 27, at 1:00 p.m., at Pleasant Ridge Community Hall, 7067 Canal Dr., Redmond. All is welcome.

David Grant Miller, of Crooked River Ranch
Oct. 15, 1951 - Aug. 14, 2016

Arrangements: Autumn Funerals- REDMOND 541-504-9485
Anthony Harper Ellis, of Terrebonne
Sept. 9, 1926 - Aug. 19, 2016

Arrangements: Autumn Funeral Home, Redmond, 541-504-9485

August 19, 2016

Local business owner receives award

From Postal Connections Redmond,

Postal Connections Redmond
 Receives Award for 
Top Sales 

  Postal Connections® in Redmond is reaching new heights. Joyce Jones, owner of Postal Connections of Redmond, was recently awarded for her store’s exceptional sales numbers during the brand’s annual convention in Las Vegas. Postal Connections presented the entrepreneur with a “Top Sales Award” for achieving more than $500,000 in sales in 2015. The store is located at 915 Southwest Rimrock Road in Redmond.

  “It is truly an honor to receive this award from Postal Connections,” said Joyce, who opened her Redmond store in 2007. “We strive to provide our customers with more than just helpful services – we go above and beyond to give them an exceptional overall experience as well.”

  Joyce took a leap into the entrepreneurial waters nearly 10 years ago with her store in Redmond. Since the start of her business, Joyce has prided herself on developing strong relationships with her loyal customers, developing a first-name-basis rapport with many of them.

  “We are extremely proud of Joyce and the success her store has seen over the years,” said Fred Morache, COO of Postal Connections of America. “Joyce’s incredibly strong relationships with her customers is something that Postal Connections values and is proud of franchisees like Joyce who provide excellence in service. We look forward to witnessing her successes in the years ahead.”

  Based in Frisco, Texas, Postal Connections has established itself as a leading provider of a wide array of business and personal services, offering convenient access to postal products, shipping with the leading carriers, freight, printing, creative services, copying, fax, passport photos, notary, shredding, finger printing, and other services. Postal Connections implements intensive, personalized training of all franchisees to ensure that service is the highest priority in all stores. The company frequently offers new items and services that are hard to find to improve customer service and convenience. Recently, Postal Connections has entered into an agreement with Wal-Mart to place Postal Connections Express™ service centers in Super Centers.

  For more information about Postal Connections of Redmond, call (541) 504-2340 or visit

About Postal Connections:
Founded in 1995, Postal Connections is a growing franchise chain of postal, shipping and business service stores. The current franchisor/owners bought the franchise company in 2007. Select locations provide online sales services to households and companies through its iSOLD It® on eBay sales system.

  To learn more about Postal Connection’s services, visit or call (619) 294-7550. For more information on Postal Connection franchise opportunities, visit or call 1-800-POSTALS (767-8257).

August 18, 2016

Hikers rescued at South Sister

From Deschutes County Sheriff's Office:

Location: South Sister Summit 

Rescued: Dominique Tanton, 22 year old female, Bend, OR 
Rescued: Caroline Chenoweth, 21 year old female, Fort Worth, TX 

On August 17th, 2016 at about 4:30 p.m., Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue was dispatched to a report of two hikers who had reached the summit of South Sister, but were not physically able to descend on their own. A DCSOSAR Deputy was able to communicate with the hikers by phone, who were identified as Tanton and Chenoweth. 

Tanton advised they had run out of water about half way through their day hike and were now at the summit feeling physically ill from the heat and altitude. Neither were prepared for cold weather and both reported being exhausted and unable to hike any further, leaving them exposed to the summit weather conditions and cellphone's nearly out of power. Prior to calling for help, they had flagged down a passerby on the summit that provided them with a small amount of water. Tanton and Chenoweth were now alone on the summit with no one around to potentially assist them. 

Five Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue Volunteers, comprised of Medical and Mountain Rescue Personnel, responded to the Devil's Lake Trailhead and ascended the trail on foot through the night, making contact with the two females at about 11 p.m.. Tanton and Chenoweth were both treated at the summit and guided down the mountain by the DCSOSAR Team. The DCSOSAR team and female hikers arrived back at Devil's Trailhead at about 6 a.m., where Tanton's mother was waiting to further assist Tanton and Chenoweth, who did not require any further medical attention. 

The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office would like to remind those that recreate outdoors to prepare accordingly for your activity. Some considerations include proper clothing for day and night conditions in your environment, as well as footwear. Ensure you have adequate water and food, topographical trail maps, extra batteries or charging options for phones or GPS units. Bring a light source and a signaling device. Seek out information regarding the area and what may be encountered, such as current and projected weather conditions as well as terrain in the area. Tell someone where you are going, what you will be taking with you and when you plan to return.

Mortgage assistance available to struggling homeowners

From Oregon Housing and Community Services


SALEM, OR -- The state of Oregon announces a foreclosure prevention program that will launch statewide on Wednesday, August 17th at noon. The program is called "Home Rescue" and will provide assistance to homeowners struggling to pay their mortgage. Home Rescue will provide struggling homeowners with monthly mortgage payments for up to one year (12 payments with a total maximum benefit of $20,000) and can also provide a reinstatement benefit to bring a mortgage current (up to $15,000). 

  Homeowners interested in the program can apply online by The website has an eligibility questionnaire and instructional video to help homeowners learn more about the program and guide them through the application process. 

  To qualify, applicants must be able to demonstrate at least a 10% reduction in projected 2016 income compared to any tax year between 2009 and 2015. Additional information about eligibility requirements and the application process can be found at Every two weeks at noonthe program opens a limited number of new opportunities to apply and will continue this cycle until all program funds have been exhausted. 

  The Home Rescue program aims to provide assistance to approximately 3,500 homeowners across Oregon. Funding for Home Rescue is provided by the United States Treasury's Hardest Hit Fund, which allocated $220 million to Oregon in 2010 and an additional $94.5 million in 2016 for the administration of foreclosure prevention programs. 

  Oregon Housing and Community Services administers Hardest Hit Fund programs through the Oregon Homeownership Stabilization Initiative (OHSI). To date, OHSI has provided more than $200 million in assistance to more than 12,000 homeowners. Performance reports for OHSI are available online

  OHSI customer service can be reached via email or by phone at 503-986-2025. OHSI partners with local housing nonprofits throughout the state to provide program delivery.