October 22, 2017

Redmond DMV office slated to move

From Oregon Department of Transportation,

Redmond DMV office moving to new permanent location
Office will be closed Oct. 25-27 for the move

The Redmond DMV will close for three days in late October to move into a new permanent location. The Redmond office has been at a temporary site since July while preparing the new permanent location for occupancy.

The office will close at the temporary location at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 24, and reopen the following week at 8 a.m. Monday, Oct. 30, at the new site.

The new office will be at Franks Landing, 3835 SW 21st Place, Suite 101. Office hours will remain the same – 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday-Friday except Wednesdays, when the office opens at 9 a.m.

If you need to visit a DMV in person during the Redmond office closure, the nearest DMV is in Bend. Before you go, check the wait time for the Bend office at OregonDMV.com
Any time you need to visit a DMV office, first check OregonDMV.com to find office hours and locations, and to make sure you have everything you need before your visit. You also can do some DMV business from home at OregonDMV.com. You can renew your vehicle registration, file a change of address or file notice of the sale of your vehicle online without getting in line at an office.

Redmond woman seriously injured in Highway 97 crash

From the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office:


Released by; Sgt. Kent Vander Kamp 

Location: US Highway 97 at Mile Post 157, 1.5 miles south of Vandervert Rd - La Pine. 

INVOLVED VEHICLES AND OCCUPANTS: 

VEH 1: 078DDJ 1998 WHITE DODGE 2500 TOWING A HORSE TRAILER WITH ONE HORSE. DRIVER: TERRY HOCKETT (69 y/o male of Redmond, OR) PASSENGER: MARY HOCKETT (59 y/o female of Redmond, Oregon). 

VEH 2: 345GZD 2005 GOLD CHEVY CLASSIC 4D. DRIVER: DAKOTA JUST (21 y/o male of La Pine, OR). 

VEH 3: ZPT704 1995 WHITE/ SILVER FORD F250. DRIVER: AUSTIN KENTNER (20 y/o male of La Pine, OR). 

NARRATIVE: 

On October 21, 2017, at approximately 0446 hours, Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Deputies were dispatched to a reported motor vehicle accident (MVA) near mile post 157 on Hwy 97. Deschutes County 911 received reports that three vehicles and a horse trailer were involved and there was possibly someone trapped. 

Deputies arrived to find approximately three inches of fresh snow on the highway and visibility was down to less than 100 yards due to the blowing snow. 

Investigators believe VEH 1 was travelling north bound when it lost control due to the slick roads and crossed the center line ending up perpendicular to the road way with the front of his vehicle on top of the guard rail. Terry and Mary Hockett were outside their vehicle assessing the damage when VEH 2, travelling south bound approached the scene. VEH 2, driven by Dakota Just, was unable to stop safely on the slick roads and slid into Mary Hockett as she was standing near the front passenger side of VEH 1. Mary Hockett was struck and trapped between the northbound guard rail and the front side of VEH 2. VEH 3 also was unable to safely stop and struck VEH 2 from behind. 

Dave Towers, an off-duty Klamath County Fire District No. 1 paramedic who lives in Redmond, was passing by and stopped to provide critical aid to Mary Hockett. La Pine Fire Department Paramedics arrived soon after and transported Mary Hockett to St. Charles Medical Center - Bend with life threatening injuries. Dakota Just was also transported to St. Charles Medical Center -- Bend with non-life threatening injuries. 

The horse inside the trailer attached to VEH 1 was frightened and uninjured. It was later transferred to another trailer and returned home. 

The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office would like to remind our citizens and visitors that central Oregon weather can be unpredictable and change rapidly during the fall and winter seasons. As winter approaches, roadways can become snowy and slippery with little notice. When driving in the snow or on ice, please accelerate and decelerate slowly. Applying the gas slowly to accelerate is the best method for regaining traction and avoiding skids. Don't try to get moving in a hurry. Keep safe distances between vehicles and take time to slow down when stopping. Remember: It takes longer to slow down on icy roads. 

Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Deputies were assisted during this incident by the Sunriver Police Department, Oregon State Police, ODOT and the La Pine Fire Department.

CORRECTION: The agency the off-duty paramedic works for was changed because of incorrect information initially provided to the Spokesman.

October 21, 2017

FBI Child sex trafficking operation results

From FBI - Oregon

FBI ANNOUNCES RESULTS OF NATIONAL CHILD SEX TRAFFICKING OPERATION IN OREGON


The FBI's Child Exploitation Task Force, working with a number of local and state partner agencies in Oregon, recovered two child sex trafficking victims as part of a national and international operation in the past week. The FBI and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) spearhead the "Operation Cross Country" initiative to recover minor sex trafficking victims and to target the criminal enterprises responsible for the commercial sex trafficking of children.

Across the United States, FBI task forces recovered more than 80 minors and arrested 120 traffickers. In all, 55 FBI field offices working with hundreds of local and state law enforcement partners took part in this, the 11th iteration of Operation Cross Country (OCC). International partners included Canada, the United Kingdom, Thailand, Cambodia and the Philippines.

The Oregon operations resulted in:
     PORTLAND
  • Two minor sex trafficking victims recovered. (One of these two just recently turned 18 but disclosed victimization that began when she was a minor). 
  • Nine adult prostitutes arrested and/or cited. Law enforcement and social service providers offered assistance to all contacted. 
     EUGENE
  • Five adult prostitutes contacted. Law enforcement and social service providers offered assistance to all contacted. 
     SALEM
  • One arrest - Terrence Martell Williams, age 34, on a state charge of promoting prostitution. Arrested by Salem Police Department. 
  • Six adult prostitutes arrested and/or cited. Law enforcement and social service providers offered assistance to all contacted. 
The FBI's victim specialists work with state protective service agencies and social service providers to offer those minors recovered medical assistance, mental health counseling or other support as needed. Adult prostitutes arrested by local law enforcement partners assisting in Operation Cross Country are also given the option to receive social services.

"It can be easy to think that selling sex with children is so corrupt, so depraved that it couldn't possibly happen in my town, my neighborhood, my school. But, as we find out every time we recover a child, these victims are here and their needs are very real," said Loren Cannon, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI in Oregon. "These kids are everyone's responsibility, and they are counting on us -- the FBI, local law enforcement, the community -- to come together to give them a chance at a life we would all wish for our children."

Nationally and internationally, investigators staged operations in a number of locations, including casinos, hotels and truck stops as well as on street corners and via the Internet. With regards to the Oregon operations, we will not release specifics as to the stings, including their locations, to protect the integrity of future operations.

"We were honored to join this massive effort to hold offenders accountable," said Clackamas County Sheriff Craig Roberts. "We've made child exploitation a major enforcement focus at our agency, with initiatives and partnerships that include our Child Abuse Team, the Inter-agency Child Exploitation Prevention Team (INTERCEPT), A Safe Place Family Justice Center and our annual Child Abuse & Family Violence Summit. We salute the FBI, our deputies and partner agencies in their large-scale effort to bring these individuals to justice."

Oregon law enforcement partner agencies include:
  • FBI's Child Exploitation Task Force 
  • Portland Police Bureau 
  • Clackamas County Sheriff's Office 
  • Beaverton Police Department 
  • Tigard Police Department 
  • Lake Oswego Police Department 
  • Hillsboro Police Department 
  • Washington County Sheriff's Office 
  • Eugene Police Department 
  • Salem Police Department 
  • Keizer Police Department 
  • Polk County Interagency Narcotics Team (POINT) 
  • Lane County Sheriff's Office 
  • Springfield Police Department 
  • United States Attorney's Office for the District of Oregon 
Oregon social service agency partners include:
  • Safety Compass 
  • Sexual Assault Resource Center (SARC) 
  • Clackamas County District Attorney's Victim Assistance Program 
  • Clackamas County Juvenile Department 
  • Multnomah County Department of Human Services 
  • Washington County Juvenile Department 
  • Marion County District Attorney's Victim Assistance Program 
  • Lane County District Attorney's Victim Assistance Program 
  • Lane County Child Protective Services 
  • Lane County Department of Youth Services 
  • Kids' FIRST Center 
  • Looking Glass 
Note: Additional information, b-roll, photos, and interviews associated with this year's operation can be downloaded at www.fbi.gov/occxi

October 20, 2017

Oregon fire season officially over

From Oregon Dept. of Forestry
An Oregon Army National Guard CH-47 Chinook helicopter, with 1st Battalion, 168th Aviation Regiment, dumps a 2,000-gallon capacity Bambi Bucket amid smoke over the Mount Jefferson Wilderness Area in support of firefighting efforts at the Whitewater Fire on August 5, 2017. The Oregon National Guard was called upon following Governor Kate Brown's emergency order on August 2. Approximately 25 personnel and two Chinook helicopters are currently assigned to assist Oregon Department of Forestry with the fire. (Photo by Capt. Leslie Reed, Joint Force Headquarters Public Affairs)
FIRE SEASON HAS ENDED ON ALL LANDS STATEWIDE PROTECTED BY THE OREGON DEPARTMENT OF FORESTRY

SALEM, Ore. -- Fire season has officially ended on all private and public lands protected by Oregon Department of Forestry districts statewide. The last district to end its fire season -- the Southwest Oregon District covering Josephine and Jackson counties -- did so this morning at 9 a.m.

Although fire season began a few weeks later this year because of a wet winter and spring in much of the state, fuels over the summer quickly dried out. Statewide across all jurisdictions there were almost 2,000 wildfires this year. About half of those started on the 16.2 million acres of forestland protected by ODF. However, of the approximately 678,000 acres burned by wildfire in Oregon this year, only about 6 percent was land protected by ODF.

The estimated 42,000 acres that burned on ODF-protected land this year was about 35 percent above the 10-year average of 34,000 acres annually. Nearly half that amount -- some 20,000 acres -- occurred when a single lightning-caused fire spread from a wilderness area onto private and Bureau of Land Management lands in Curry County. In all, the Chetco Bar Fire burned some 191,125 acres, making it the largest wildfire this year in Oregon and one of the larger fires this century.

Lightning storms -- which were unusually absent last year -- started hundreds of wildfires across Oregon, especially in August. ODF's Southwest Oregon District alone responded to more than a hundred lightning fires this season, followed by the Klamath-Lake District with 57 lightning fires, Central Oregon with 44 and Northeast Oregon with 36. All other districts combined reported 37 lightning-caused wildfires.
While lightning significantly contributed to fire starts this year, humans caused the majority of wildfires on ODF-protected land in every district except Northeast Oregon. Regardless of cause, ODF crews and their cooperators succeeded in putting out the great majority of all wildfires quickly at less than 10 acres, and with no fatalities and fewer injuries than average.

The start and end of fire season are set by each district based on the fuel conditions in their area. The arrival of steady, soaking rain coupled with cooler temperatures and shorter day lengths usually triggers the closure of fire season.

The end of fire season removes restrictions on ODF-protected lands intended to prevent wildfire, such as on backyard debris burning and use of certain equipment. Many structural fire departments in Oregon, however, still require a permit for debris burning, so check with your local fire department before starting a burn.

"Fires can start even outside of fire season, so it's always wise to be careful when burning a debris pile," said ODF Fire Prevention Coordinator Tom Fields. "Never leave a burn pile unattended and always make sure it is dead out before leaving." Fields also says to return to the area periodically to double check for heat and smoke. Debris piles can hold heat for several weeks and come back to life under dry, windy conditions.

For more tips on how to keep yourself, your loved ones and your property safe from wildfire at any time of year, visit ODF's Fire Prevention webpage at http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/Fire/pages/FirePrevention.aspx or go to the Keep Oregon Green website at KeepOregonGreen.org

Three Ridgeview teams clinch postseason spots

Ridgeview's girls soccer team clinched second place in the Intermountain Conference with a victory against Redmond Thursday night, while the boys soccer and volleyball teams will also have play-in matches.

The volleyball play-in match is scheduled for 6 p.m. Oct. 24 at La Salle Prep in Milwaukie. 

The Ridgeview girls soccer team, which defeated Redmond 4-0 Thursday behind two Aspen Jeter goals, will play an undetermined opponent next week at home in the play-in match.

After beating Redmond 3-0 Thursday, Ridgeview's boys soccer team will reach the play-in round for the second consecutive year.

Check out our photos from the matches and be sure to read more in the Oct. 25 Spokesman.

Ridgeview's Rylee Troutman spikes the ball during the Ravens' volleyball victory against Redmond on Oct. 19. (Geoff Folsom / Spokesman photo)

Redmond's Ava Kitchin (7) blocks a Ridgeview shot during the Panthers' loss against Ridgeview on Oct. 19. (Geoff Folsom / Spokesman photo)

Redmond senior Mikaylyne Bilyeu (2) is greeted by teammates before her final home volleyball match against Ridgeview on Oct. 19. (Geoff Folsom / Spokesman photo)

Redmond's Jordan Fox (6) is greeted by teammates before the Panthers' final home match against Ridgeview on Oct. 19. (Geoff Folsom / Spokesman photo)

Redmond's Ashley Guyette and Ridgeview's Jordyn Buresh battle for the ball during the first half of the Ravens' 4-0 girls soccer victory on Oct. 19. (Geoff Folsom / Spokesman photo)

Redmond's Lesli Alvarado tries to hold off Ridgeview's Mackenzie Stadler during the first half of the Ravens' 4-0 girls soccer victory on Oct. 19. (Geoff Folsom / Spokesman photo)

Redmond's Jenna Hall tries to keep possesion of the ball against Ridgeview during the first half of the Ravens' 4-0 girls soccer victory on Oct. 19. (Geoff Folsom / Spokesman photo)

Ridgeview's Aspen Jeter leaps over Redmond's Sarah DeChristopher and maintains possesion of the ball during the first half of the Ravens' 4-0 girls soccer victory on Oct. 19. (Geoff Folsom / Spokesman photo)

Ridgeview's Jordyn Buresh dribbles the ball during the first half of the Ravens' 4-0 girls soccer victory on Oct. 19. (Geoff Folsom / Spokesman photo)

Ridgeview's Aspen Jeter and Justice Williams-Orlando celebrate a first-half goal during the Ravens' 4-0 girls soccer victory on Oct. 19. (Geoff Folsom / Spokesman photo)

Redmond's Fernando Colin Gallegos tries to keep control of the ball during the Panthers' 3-0 loss against Ridgeview on Oct. 19. (Geoff Folsom / Spokesman photo)

Ridgeview's Aspen Jeter kicks the ball during the first half of the Ravens' 4-0 girls soccer victory against Redmond on Oct. 19. Jeter scored two goals in her final regular-season match. (Geoff Folsom / Spokesman photo)
Redmond's Ashley Guyette and Ridgeview's Justice Williams-Orlando battle for the ball during the first half of the Ravens' 4-0 girls soccer victory on Oct. 19. (Geoff Folsom / Spokesman photo)


Ridgeview's Sadie Benz and Redmond'sJordan Fox contest the ball during the first half of the Ravens' 4-0 girls soccer victory on Oct. 19. (Geoff Folsom / Spokesman photo)

Ridgeview's Aspen Jeter dribbles the ball during the first half of the Ravens' 4-0 girls soccer victory against Redmond on Oct. 19. (Geoff Folsom / Spokesman photo)

Ridgeview's Josilyn Remick hits the ball during the Ravens' volleyball victory against Redmond on Oct. 19. (Geoff Folsom / Spokesman photo)

Ridgeview's Felicity Kohler hits the ball during the Ravens' volleyball victory against Redmond on Oct. 19. (Geoff Folsom / Spokesman photo)

Ridgeview's Christian Kim leads a pack of Redmond players during the Ravens' 3-0 boys soccer victory against Redmond on Oct. 19. (Geoff Folsom / Spokesman photo)

Ridgeview's Cade O'Neill dribbles the ball during the Ravens' 3-0 victory against Redmond on Oct. 19. (Geoff Folsom / Spokesman photo)

Redmond's Fernando Colin Gallegos and Ridgeview's Christian Kim battle for the ball during the Ravens' 3-0 boys soccer victory against Redmond on Oct. 19. (Geoff Folsom / Spokesman photo)

state announcement about cost-sharing reduction payments

From Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services,

STATE ANNOUNCEMENT REGARDING TRUMP ADMINISTRATION DISCONTINUATION OF COST-SHARING REDUCTION PAYMENTS

Salem -- On Oct. 12, the Trump administration issued an announcement about stopping cost-sharing reduction payments to health insurance companies immediately. The Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services (DCBS) is committed to the stability of Oregon's health insurance market and ensuring access to statewide comprehensive health coverage. After analyzing the announcement and its implications, DCBS has determined that there will be no change for 2017 health plans and is implementing a plan to ensure stability beyond this year.

"Oregonians can be assured that their 2017 plan rates and benefits will not change today or through the end of the year," said Jean Straight, acting DCBS director. "Premiums will not change, premium assistance through HealthCare.gov will not change, and working families in Oregon who are enrolled in cost-sharing reduction plans can continue to access this important type of assistance."

In order to ensure carriers can continue to offer coverage in Oregon, DCBS is ordering health insurance companies offering plans on HealthCare.gov to increase their already approved silver metal tier 2018 plan rates by 7.1 percent.

Non-silver metal tier plan rates (e.g., bronze and gold) will remain unaffected.

This increase will affect plans both on and off HealthCare.gov, and will compensate for the $49 million worth of cost-sharing reduction payments that the federal government will no longer be making to Oregon insurance companies in 2018.

"These rate increases are necessary to ensure the stability of the health insurance market," said Acting Director Straight. "Oregonians who receive financial assistance through the Marketplace will find that premium assistance will also increase, shielding them from most of the increase."

Oregonians who do not qualify for premium assistance through HealthCare.gov are encouraged to work with an agent to shop around and consider a non-silver level plan that might work for their situation.

Open enrollment for 2018 plans begins Nov. 1 and runs through Dec. 15, 2017. Oregonians are encouraged to work with an agent or community partner to find the best plan for their situation. Due to these additional rate increases on silver metal tier plans, it is especially important to apply for financial assistance through HealthCare.gov.

What are cost-sharing reduction (CSR) plans?
In addition to providing help paying for premiums, the Affordable Care Act requires Marketplace insurers to offer cost-sharing reduction plans to middle-income consumers (under 250 percent of the federal poverty level). These are silver-level plans with lower maximum out-of-pocket limits, deductibles, co-pays, and co-insurance, making access to health care services more affordable. About 50,000 Oregonians were enrolled in cost-sharing reduction plans.

The Department of Consumer and Business Services is Oregon's largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. Visit www.dcbs.oregon.gov.