January 21, 2017

Eagle Watch scheduled at Round Butte Overlook Park

From Oregon Parks and Recreation, 

22ND Annual Eagle Watch set for late February, Youth Eagle Art Contest Deadline Feb. 17

Spokesman files

Culver, OR -- The 22nd annual Eagle Watch celebration will be Feb. 25-26 at Round Butte Overlook Park. The celebration honors eagles and other raptors that live in the Lake Billy Chinook area. Hosted by the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD), Portland General Electric (PGE), Crooked River Grassland, and the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs (CTWS), the event features activities to explore the natural and cultural significance of the birds. 

   The two-day celebration runs 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25 and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26. Festivities will be in "Eagle Village" at Round Butte Overlook Park's visitor center, 10 miles west of Madras. 

   "This is a fun, free weekend event perfect for the entire family," said Event Coordinator and OPRD Park Ranger Erin Bennett. "Visitors will have the opportunity to glimpse our resident bald eagles and golden eagles, as well as learn about the significance of the eagle to tribal culture and traditions." 

   Central Oregon students in 4th-12th grade can enter an Eagle Art Contest through 3 p.m. Feb. 17. Winners will be announced at lunch on Feb. 25 and their artwork will be on display during the celebration. Artwork can be dropped off at the Cove Palisades State Park or at your school's office. Contest rules are posted at covepalisades.wordpress.com

   Event attendees can meet Aquila, a rehabilitated golden eagle, as well as a great horned owl that lives at the Sunriver Nature Center. Saturday at noon, children can meet JR Beaver, Smokey Bear and Larry the Lightbulb. Children are also invited to participate in our eagle race (on Saturday) or make a bird feeder (on Sunday). Madras Garden Center will demonstrate how to create a backyard refuge to enjoy birdwatching year-round at your own home. 

   Wild eagle viewing will take place each day at Round Butte Overlook Park and two overlooks on Mountain View Road. Wildlife biologists have recorded eleven bald eagle pairs and nine golden eagle pairs living in the area year round, and migrant bald eagles join the resident birds from January through March. For those who want more, on Sunday at 4:30 pm attendees can go to Smith Rock State Park for an hour-long guided tour with Oregon Eagle Foundation volunteer David Vick. 

   The Quartz Creek Drummers and Dancers will provide a special presentation of tribal drumming and dancing sponsored by Warm Springs Power and Water Enterprises at 2 p.m. on Sunday. 

   Admission and parking at PGE's Round Butte Overlook Park is free. Attendees can purchase souvenirs and participate in a daily silent auction, with proceeds benefiting the Oregon Eagle Foundation. Indian Fry bread proceeds will support sending local kids to the rodeo, and donations for lunch support Culver Middle School's Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) program. Only cash and checks will be accepted; no ATM is on site. 

   For information, call Oregon State Parks Information at 800-551-6949 or The Cove Palisades State Park at 541-546-3412 or visit oregonstateparks.org. Information will also be posted on the Cove Palisades blog, The Cove Rattler, at covepalisades.wordpress.com and on Facebook.

January 19, 2017

Redmond Police DUII enforcement

From Redmond Police Department, 

Redmond Police announce DUII enforcement results, planned January enforcement

   The Redmond Police Department participated in a nationwide DUII High Visibility Enforcement campaign beginning December 15, 2016 and going through January 2, 2017. During this time Redmond police placed one additional officer on the road, funded by DUII grant funds. A total of five and one-half (5.5) hours were worked, resulting in the arrest of two DUII drivers, and several traffic citations issued. Redmond patrol officers working their normal shifts during December arrested an additional thirteen (13) DUII drivers.

   Redmond Police will continue enhanced DUII patrols throughout the remaining month of January. The primary intent of these heighten patrols is to prevent deaths, injuries and property damage caused by DUII drivers by removing them from the road. Redmond Police Department officers are trained to look for signs of impairment beyond just alcohol, as many other substances, legal or illegal, can impair a person’s ability to operate a vehicle.

   The officers of your Redmond Police Department are committed to making Redmond the safest city in Oregon. Preventing, locating and arresting DUII drivers is one of many ways they are working to accomplish this vision. Funding to support these enhanced DUII patrols is provided by a DUII High Visibility Enforcement Grant, awarded to the Redmond Police Department from the Oregon Department of Transportation.

   Please report suspected DUII drivers by calling 541-693-6911 in Deschutes County or anywhere in Oregon by calling 800-24-DRUNK (800-243-7865).

January 18, 2017

Roadway clearing operations in Central Oregon

From the Bend Police Department, 


Slush management

   The warm weather is helping Bend's and Redmond's Public Works clearing the slush off the streets. Streets cleaning equipment in the region is out clearing slush on roadways in an efficient, targeted effort that prioritizes problem areas. 

   Crews are also assisting with catch basin clearing and flooding issues in priority areas. In Bend, 11,093 storm drains, and catch basins must be cleared to allow snow melt runoff. 

   After storms, both cities typically prioritize clearing all arterials and collectors and problem areas. Over the past weeks, the snow has been scraped and packed down on the streets. Now, with this warm wet weather, that packed snow is churning into deep and cumbersome slush. 

   Plowing all streets would push heavy ice berms across driveways, mailboxes, and hydrants that would be very problematic for people. "Therefore, we are working with the warmer temperatures and rain to help the roads melt and drain," said Bend Streets and Operations Department Director David Abbas. 

   The idea is to let Mother Nature help with the road clearing process today for the most part, and address problematic areas. Streets crews are handling the problem areas where streets and intersections are making people get stuck or creating dangerous situations. 

   The City of Bend has all of its available equipment working -- about 18 pieces of equipment. 

   The City of Redmond has five graders out today, focused on clearing ice berms and potentially problematic areas from residential streets and intersections. 

   If you know of an area that is causing vehicles to get stuck, you can report it and the information will be helpful in directing our limited resources to the most pressing locations. 

   Bend Streets and Operations 541-317-3000 X3

   Redmond: streets@ci.redmond.or.us or call Public Works 541-504-2000

   For a map showing places to avoid, visit www.deschutes.org/highwater . This interactive map shows streets and intersections experiencing high water that residents may want to avoid. Local flood impacted areas and road closure information will be added to the map if they occur.

More air service to become available at Redmond Airport

From the City of Redmond, 


  Redmond Municipal Airport will add two new daily nonstop flights to Seattle Tacoma International Airport starting June 12. Delta Air Lines’ new Seattle flights will be operated by Delta Connection carrier SkyWest. The 69-passenger seat CRJ-700 jets are equipped with first class seating and Wi-Fi service. Tickets are available for purchase beginning Sunday, Jan. 15 on their website. Visit the airport’s website, www.flyrdm.com, for a link to Delta and other airport and travel information.

The twice daily flights are scheduled for the following times:
   Departures from RDM:
· 6:00 A.M. RDM arriving SEA 7:05 A.M.
· 1:20 P.M. arriving SEA 2:20 P.M.
   Departures from SEA:
· 3:00 P.M. arriving RDM 4:05 P.M.
· 8:55 P.M. arriving RDM 9:55 P.M.


Check out the Jan. 18 Spokesman!

Read about Redmond School District's superintendent's prestigious award, an update on City of Redmond, Oregon's rock climbing bridge and a snowed out week in local sports in this week's Spokesman, available now at locations including Buggy Stop, Grocery Outlet and Safeway.

January 17, 2017

Mobile home fire in Crooked River Ranch

From Crooked River fire and Rescue, 

Fire Damages Mobile Home on Crooked River Ranch

Submitted photo

Crooked River Ranch, OR – An afternoon fire damaged a Crooked River Ranch mobile home on Friday, Jan. 13. The homeowner was attempting to thaw the mobile homes main water line when the fire occurred. The elderly occupant of the mobile home was able to escape to safety and was uninjured.

   Firefighters received the call at 3:44 p.m. of a structure fire at 6682 SW Mustang Road. They arrived to find smoke showing from a mobile home. Further investigation found fire under the mobile home which had burned into the walls and roof. It took firefighters nearly two hours to bring the fire under control and check the remainder of the home for fire extension. The elderly occupant had made arrangements to stay with a friend and did not need assistance from the Red Cross.

   At this time the cause of the fire been determined as accidental. The damage to the building and contents is estimated at $20,000.

   “Never leave heating devices unattended, even for a short time, while attempting to thaw water pipes,” explained Fire Chief Harry Ward. “If you are not sure what to do when a water pipe freezes contact a plumbing service for assistance.”

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