October 24, 2016

RPA participates in Oregon College Week

From Redmond Proficiency Academy, 

Redmond Proficiency Academy to Participate in Statewide Oregon College Week

College Application Week at RPA is October 24-28

   The Redmond Proficiency Academy will join more than 100 high schools and community-based organizations around the state in hosting Oregon College Application Week events on October 24-October 28, 2016. The goal of the week is to assist all seniors as they apply to some type of postsecondary educational option, including certificate programs, two-year degree programs, and four-year degree programs. This is RPA’s second year participating in the Statewide event.

   During College Application Week, students at the Redmond Proficiency Academy will participate in a variety of college awareness activities, including applying to colleges and trade schools. With the help of school and community volunteers, seniors will complete college applications, with the goal of 75% of the senior class submitting applications by the end of the week.

   "We are excited to provide our seniors with individualized support to apply to schools for the second year,” said high school counselor Kim Downey. “The college application process can be overwhelming, especially for families who have not experienced it before. Personalizing the process with students and completing the applicatons here on campus opens up a pathway for his or her future that might not have been considered before.”

   RPA is welcoming community volunteers and support during the week. Interested volunteers should contact the College & Career Center at 541.526.0882.

   Oregon College Application Week is a statewide initiative coordinated by Oregon GEAR UP, in collaboration with a steering committee representing the K-12 community, community-based organizations, and all sectors of Oregon’s higher education system. It is a participating program of the American Council on Education’s American College Application Campaign. For more information visit http://www.oregongoestocollege.org.

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 nearly 840 students in grades 6-12. Students come to RPA from throughout Central Oregon. Using a proficiency-based instructional model in a personalized school environment, RPA strives to prepare all students for success in college and life.

October 21, 2016

Pacific Power awarded for 'green' work

From Pacific Power,

Pacific Power receives Award in Green Power Market Development from Center for Resource Solutions

SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- Pacific Power, Oct. 17, earned national recognition for its ongoing commitment to advance renewable energy as part of the 2016 Green Power Leadership Awards sponsored by the Center for Resource Solutions and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

   The Green Power Leadership Award in Green Power Market Development is a national award that recognizes organizations and individuals building and growing the voluntary market for green power. It was presented at a ceremony during Renewable Energy Markets 2016 in San Francisco, CA, an annual clean energy conference.

   The leadership award recognizes Pacific Power for pioneering a market-leading approach that leverages the nationally recognized Green-e Energy certified Blue Sky Usage & Habitat products to help more renewable projects get off the ground in Oregon. Specifically, the strategy was integral to the development of the Huntington Wind Project, a 50 megawatt plant in eastern Oregon and Blue Basin Power, a 1 megawatt facility near Klamath Falls, Ore.

   "Our customers are the inspiration for this innovative approach," said Cory Scott, Pacific Power's director of customer solutions. "We look forward to growing this program as an important part of an increasingly diverse set of renewable options for customers."

   "We are pleased to award Pacific Power with a 2016 Green Power Leadership Award for the company's innovative Blue Sky Program," said CRS Executive Director Jennifer Martin, "which helps drive new development of clean energy generation and can serve as a model for new projects throughout the country.

   CRS also recognizes market leadership through three other awards: International Green Power Market Development recognizes organizations and individuals who are building markets or demonstrating leadership in green power procurement outside North America, Leadership in Green Power Education recognizes effective and unique programs and organizations focusing on green power education, and Green Power Leader of the Year is a "lifetime achievement" award that acknowledges continuous achievement, vision, and dedication to renewable energy. An independent selection committee reviews the nominations and determines the winners.

About Blue Sky:
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory has ranked Blue Sky fifth or better in the nation for the 11th consecutive year in the number of customers buying renewable power. The Blue Sky Block, Usage and Habitat products are Green-e Energy certified. About 59,000 Pacific Power customers currently participate in the Blue Sky program across Oregon, Washington and California. For more information, visit www.pacificpower.net/bluesky.

About Pacific Power:
Pacific Power provides electric service to more than 740,000 customers in Oregon, Washington and California. The company works to meet growing energy demand while protecting and enhancing the environment. Pacific Power is part of PacifiCorp, one of the lowest-cost electricity providers in the United States, with almost 1.8 million customers in six western states. Information about Pacific Power is available on the company's website, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube pages, which can be accessed via pacificpower.net.

About the Green Power Leadership Awards:
The annual Green Power Leadership Awards (GPLAs) are competitive awards that recognize outstanding commitments and achievements in the green power marketplace. By choosing green power instead of conventional electricity, consumers, businesses, and organizations can support increased deployment of renewable energy technologies that will reduce the environmental impact of electricity generation and increase energy security. The GPLAs are presented by the nonprofit Center for Resource Solutions and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The Awards recognize outstanding commitments and achievements in the green power marketplace. They are presented at the annual Renewable Energy Markets conference. For more information, visitwww.greenpowerleadershipawards.com.

October 20, 2016

Local food banks recieve almost 10,000 pounds of food

From High Desert Food and Farm Alliance

9,236 pounds of local food collected for Central Oregon food banks

Submitted photo

   Central Oregon. In the last two weeks, over 40 volunteers combed the fields of Juniper Jungle Farm gleaning over two tons of corn and potatoes. These efforts culminated in the High Desert Food and Farm Alliance’s Grow and Give program donating 9,236 pounds of local produce to NeighborImpact and the 43 food pantries that they service.

   HDFFA didn’t accomplish this alone: the Redmond and Madras farmers markets hosted the Grow & Give program all summer; the existing non-profit, Seed to Table, planted, grew, harvested and donated over 2,000 pounds of fresh produce; and HDFFA implemented and hosted Grow & Give booths at both the NW Crossing and downtown Bend farmers markets.

   These combined efforts resulted in not only reaching our 8,000 pound goal but exceeding it by 1,236 pounds. Carly Sanders, NeighborImpact Food Bank Manager stated that, “Fresh, local food donations allow our partner agencies and the clients they serve, access to a greater assortment of produce that might not be otherwise available through current food purchasing means. The food is fresher, goes out to service sites quickly, and therefore provides highly nutritious options for Central Oregonians in need – and tastes great, too!”

   We want to thank the Cow Creek Umpqua Indian Foundation and the Schwemm Family Foundation for their generous support of our 2016 Grow and Give program, the 13 farmers that donated excess produce at the end of the market day, consumers who purchased extra produce at a local market and donated it to our efforts, and of course our incredible volunteers.

   Jess Weiland, HDFFA Food and Farm Director, adds that, “The Grow and Give program mitigates food waste, gives gardeners and farmers a chance to grow and donate extra produce, and increases awareness of food access issues in our community.”

   The High Desert Food & Farm Alliance is a 501(c)3 non-profit serving Crook, Deschutes and Jefferson Counties. Our organization’s mission is to support a community-based food system in Central Oregon by increasing access to fresh healthy food, supporting sustainable farm land use and fostering relationships among farmers and consumers. HDFFA is passionate about the importance healthy eating which includes giving food bank recipients the option to choose fresh, local produce as much as possible.

   For additional information visit www.hdffa.org.

Submitted photo

Lincoln City man killed in motor home crash north of Redmond

From Oregon State Police:
The driver of the motorhome was identified as Samuel L BURKE, age 68, of Lincoln City. The passenger and wife of the driver was identified as Kathleen H BURKE, age 58, of Licoln City. 

***End Release*** 

Previous Release: 
On October 19, 2016 at about 6:30 p.m., OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a single vehicle motorhome crash on Highway 97 near milepost 118 (north of Redmond). 

Preliminary investigation revealed a 36 foot motorhome was traveling southbound on Highway 97 when it crossed the northbound lanes of travel and off the east side of the highway. The motorhome left the roadway, traveled over 500 feet, crashing through several fences and trees before coming to a stop. 

The driver and passenger were taken to St Charles Redmond where the driver died of his injuries. OSP was assisted by the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office, Redmond Police Department, Oregon Department of Transportation and Redmond Fire and Rescue. 

Names of the involved will be released pending next of kin notification. More information will be released as it becomes available.

October 19, 2016

Fire season is over


   The end of the 2016 fire season caps off a successful summer following three tumultuous seasons. The Oregon Department of Forestry, which protects roughly 16 million acres of private, state and federal lands, officially ended fire season Friday, Oct. 14, with the Central Oregon District being the last to lift restrictions. 

   ODF and its fire protective association partners suppressed 807 fires in 2016 that burned 5,554 acres and cost about $17.4 million. In comparison, the volatile fire seasons from 2013-2015 accounted for an annual average of 81,467 acres and about $88 million in fire suppression costs. 

   "Overall, we are pleased with the outcome of the 2016 fire season," said ODF Fire Protection Deputy Chief Ron Graham. "Thanks to aggressive and safe firefighting, we were able to keep several fires with great potential small in scale while keeping firefighter injuries to a minimum. We are thankful for our partners within Oregon's complete and coordinated fire protection system, including forest landowners, rural fire districts, and federal and state partners that played key roles throughout the fire season." 

   While acres burned were significantly less than normal, the number of human-caused fires was well above average. ODF's fire statistics show that more than 90 percent of the ignitions in 2016 resulted from people, up nearly 25 percent from the average. Graham said there is still a lot of work to be done through prevention. 

   "Fire prevention remains our top priority," he said. "Human-caused fires, especially debris burning and illegal, abandoned campfires continue to raise concern. We are constantly looking for new ways to raise awareness to reduce these unnecessary and careless fires." 

   The end of fire season does not mean the end of fire prevention. The public is urged to continue to practice vigilance with any activity associated with fire. When burning yard debris, do so during daylight hours under calm conditions. Scrape a fire trail down to mineral soil completely around burn piles. Keep piles small and manageable, feeding the fire periodically from larger piles. Monitor the burn carefully and keep a shovel and charged garden hose at the ready. 

   Just like a campfire, never leave the burn pile unattended and put the fire completely out before leaving. Revisit the burn site regularly over several weeks to make sure the fire has not rekindled. 

   Burn piles, especially tightly compacted piles, can hold heat and smolder for many weeks, rekindling when the temperature goes up and the wind blows. Residents should contact their local fire department before conducting any burning as restrictions vary among local fire districts. 

   Fire season is declared and terminated on a district-by-district basis based on fire danger conditions. Walker Range Fire Patrol, which provides protection for ODF near Crescent, was the first to declare fire season on June 1. 

   Below is a list of ODF Fire Protection Districts and their fire season start and end dates: 

- Walker Range Fire Patrol Association June 1-Oct. 13 
- Central Oregon District June 3-Oct. 14 
- Klamath-Lake District June 3-Oct. 13 
- Southwest Oregon District June 3-Oct. 13 
- Douglas Forest Protective Association June 8-Oct. 5 
- Coos Forest Protective Association June 24-Oct. 6 
- Northeast Oregon District June 28-Oct. 13 
- South Cascade District June 28-Oct. 5 
- Western Lane District June 28-Oct. 6 
- North Cascade District June 30-Oct. 1 
- West Oregon District July 5-Oct. 4 
- Northwest Oregon District July 30-Oct. 4

October 5, 12, 19 2016 Obituaries


Dr. Freeman “Art” Arthur Proctor, Jr., of Powell ButteSept. 29, 1930-Sept. 18, 2016
Arrangements: Baird Funeral Home of Bend is honored to serve the family. Please visit our website, www.bairdfh.com, to share condolences and sign our online guest book.
Services: A Memorial Service will be held on Sat. Oct. 15, 2016, at 1:00 p.m., at Powell Butte Christian Church, located at 13720 OR-126, in Powell Butte.
Contributions may be made to: Partners In Care, 2075 NE Wyatt Ct., Bend, OR 97701,www.partnersbend.org.

James “Jim” Stephen Laughlin, of CulverApril 26, 1953 - Sept. 26, 2016
Arrangements: Baird Funeral Home of Bend is honored to serve the family. Please visit our website, www.bairdfh.com, to share condolences and sign our online guest book.
Services: A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, Oct. 8 at 1:00 p.m., at The Desert Inn located at 385 Jefferson Ave., Metolius, Oregon.
Contributions may be made to: Partners In Care, 2075 NE Wyatt Ct., Bend OR 97701, www.partnersbend.org

Susan "Susy" Diane Valk, of MadrasFeb. 11, 1950 - Sept. 25, 2016
Arrangements: Baird Funeral Home of Bend is honored to serve the family. Please visit our website, www.bairdfh.com, to share condolences and sign our online guest book.
Services: Sister in the Lord Departing Celebration
was held Monday Oct. 3, 1:00PM at New Life Fellowship, Madras.
Contributions may be made to: Hospice of Redmond

Francis “Arkie” Dacus, of RedmondNov. 12, 1932 - Sept. 29, 2016
Arrangements: Autumn Funerals- REDMOND, www.autumnfunerals.net, 541-504-9485Services: No Services at this time.


​Gracie Irene Dunagan, of Bend, RedmondJan. 2, 1923 - Oct. 5, 2016
Arrangements: Redmond Memorial Chapel www.redmondmemorial.com ; 541.548.3219Services: A Family Memorial Graveside Service Will Be Planned for a Later Date.

Carolyn Livon Ingram, of RedmondApril 4, 1928 - Sept. 30, 2016
Arrangements: Autumn Funerals- REDMOND www.autumnfunerals.net 541-504-9485Services: Services at a later date in Washington.

Rebecca Fay Thorstad, of RedmondJune 8, 1937 - Oct. 3, 2016
Arrangements: Autumn Funerals- REDMOND www.autumnfunerals.net 541-504-9485Services: Services at a later date.

Rebecca Fay Thorstad, of RedmondJune 8, 1937 - Oct. 3, 2016
Arrangements: Autumn Funerals- REDMOND www.autumnfunerals.net 541-504-9485Services: Services at a later date.

Alvin Leroy LaChance, of RedmondFeb. 8, 1931 - Oct. 1, 2 016
Arrangements: Autumn Funerals- REDMOND www.autumnfunerals.net 541-504-9485Services: No services at this time.

Phyllis Elva Oliver, of RedmondOct. 11, 1927 - Oct. 5, 2016
Arrangements: Autumn Funerals- REDMOND www.autumnfunerals.net 541-504-9485


William George Cokenour, of Powell ButteMar. 3, 1940 - Oct. 10, 2016
Arrangements: Juniper Ridge Funeral Home, 541-362-5606Services: A family graveside service was held at 2:00 PM on Monday, October 17, 2016 at Pilgrim’s Rest Powell Butte Cemetery on Reif Road. A memorial service will be at a later date

Ronald "Ron" Settlemyer, of Powell ButteSept. 22, 1936 - Oct. 13, 2016
Arrangements: Whispering Pines Funeral Home, 541-416-9733Services: A private family graveside service will be held on Saturday October 22, 2016at Juniper Haven Cemetery.

Linda May Axsom, of MadrasMar. 23, 1962 - Oct. 14, 2016
Arrangements: Autumn Funerals- REDMOND www.autumnfunerals.net 541-504-9485Services: No services at this time.

Donald R. LaMarche, of RedmondOct. 17, 1935 - Oct. 9, 2016
Arrangements: Autumn Funerals- REDMOND www.autumnfunerals.net 541-504-9485Services: No services at this time.

Aubrey William "Bill" Jones, of PrinevilleNov. 27, 1962 - Oct. 6, 2016
Arrangements: Autumn Funerals- REDMOND www.autumnfunerals.net 541-504-9485

Artice J. Allen, of Powell Butte
Dec. 19, 1927 - Sept. 30, 2016
Arrangements: Juniper Ridge Funeral Home, 541-362-5606