May 24, 2017

Lyft, Uber start Redmond service Thursday

From the city of Redmond:

Redmond, OR – The City of Redmond recently approved an Airport Operating Agreement with two Transportation Network Companies (TNC’s) Lyft and Uber, also known as “Rideshare” Companies. They will be allowed to conduct business at the Redmond Municipal Airport (RDM) beginning Thursday, May 25, 2017. Both companies will operate their digital network-based services alongside the taxicab, town car, and shuttle services currently available to RDM passengers. A complete list of passenger ground transportation options is located online at

Zachary Bass, Redmond Airport Director said in a statement, “We’re thrilled that these rideshare opportunities are now available for travelers to and from RDM and would like to thank the City and the airport team for its collaborative efforts to bring safe, reliable and affordable transportation options to the airport.” Mr. Bass also stated that having agreements in place with “Rideshare” Companies provides more ground transportation options for customers. “One of the airport’s core values is customer service, and one of the ways to fulfill that is to provide a wide array of options,” he said.    

Uber and Lyft will pick up passengers in a designated area on the west side of the terminal near the vendor parking lot. “Rideshare” drivers must wait off airport property and are prohibited from loitering at the airport until they have arranged a customer pick-up.  “Rideshare” vehicles, like taxis, are subject to inspections and required to display a form of exterior identification on the vehicle.

For more information visit and click on the “Ground Transportation” tab. You can also visit the Uber website at or the Lyft website at

Check out the May 24 Spokesman!

Experts discuss a robotic future, a Ridgeview golfer wins a historic title and a new vet is coming to town. It's all in this week's Spokesman, available today at locations including Logan's Market, Black Bear Diner and Safeway.

May 23, 2017

Local student selected to perform with state symphony

From Redmond Proficiency Academy, 

Redmond Proficiency Academy student to perform with “MetroArts” Young Artists, Sophomore John Fawcett to play violin in showcase

The Redmond Proficiency Academy announced that one of its students has been selected to perform at the 23rd Young Artists Debut. The Van Buren Competition & Concerto Concert will be held at Portland State University on Tuesday, May 9th in Lincoln Hall in Portland, Oregon.

RPA Sophomore John Fawcett is one of the nine artists ages 12-19 who were selected from 34 semi-finalists at auditions held on January 7th at PSU. Winners will perform with Niel DePonte, Executive Artistic Director for MetroArts Inc. and an orchestra drawn from the ranks of the Oregon Symphony and Oregon Ballet Theatre's orchestras. The concert, which consists of piano, violin, and vocal solos, will be broadcast on All Classical Portland 89.9 FM and streamed worldwide.

“I feel very privileged to be picked as one of the performers for this concert,” said Fawcett.

The young artists, who will perform their concerto at the May 9th concert, participated in four months of individualized coaching sessions with DePonte. During these sessions, according to MetroArts, winners not only discussed the interpretation of their concertos, but also how to solo with an orchestra, ways to approach repertoire, and what it takes to be a professional musician.

"These are incredibly talented young people. My goal is to challenge them to move towards even higher levels of performance and interpretive depth over three months," said DePonte. "Working with these kids is the most rewarding work I do every year."

About MetroArts Inc.
MetroArts Inc. is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization dedicated to promoting life-long learning through the arts. Our mission is to teach creative and critical thinking processes through innovative arts education programs and curricula.
MetroArts mission consists of three fundamental objectives to support the ideal:
–To inspire every participant in the programs to contribute to the culture of their times by doing their life's work in a creative, artistic, joyful and disciplined manner.
–To educate about the arts of all cultures, provide insight into the process of creative thought and experiences with creativity itself. To promote access to the arts through participation, creation, and reflection for all.
–To create partnerships that enable arts education to thrive in the public schools.
For the past 23 years, we have established ourselves as a premiere arts & cultural organization carrying out our mission via several avenues including Kids Camp, the Young Artists Debut! Van Buren Competition & Concerto Concert, Summer Ensembles, and Creating Minds curricula.

May 22, 2017

Redmond students win Teen Tank competition

 From Redmond School District, 
Submitted photo
Redmond School District students participate in local entrepreneur competition

Middle school and high school students from across Redmond School District recently participated in a competition sponsored by the Redmond Education Foundation called Teen Tank.

Billed as an event featuring student innovation and ideas, the competition consisted of teams from Obsidian Middle School, Tumalo Community School, Redmond High School and Ridgeview High School.

Inspired by the hit television show, Shark Tank, where entrepreneurs have the opportunity to pitch their company or product ideas to a panel of successful industry judges, Teen Tank competitors similarly pitched their social, business and community-focused projects to a panel of local judges.

Teams were given five minutes to pitch and six to respond to any questions from the panel of judges. Winners were selected based on a scoring rubric.

Obsidian Middle School (OMS) produced this year's winning team, garnering them a check for $2,500 to be directed toward their proposed project, "Growing Hope," a community garden to be located off of 15th street near Obsidian Middle School.

Members of the community will have the opportunity rent out spaces in the available six rental beds to grow their own produce.

Teen Tank judges included Anna Higgins with High Desert Education Service District, Anne Graham with Redmond City Council, Mike Hesse with Redmond Rotary and Angela Boothroyd-Straughan of Windermere Real Estate.

The 2017 OMS winning team consists of: Skyler Abbas, Austin Alwinger, Kellyn Anderson, Kylie Angerhofer, Brittney Bartlett, Riley Briggs, Elise Brown, Logan Dietz, Diana Dominguez, Jamie Drake, Liam Dyck, America Felix, Christa Gilliam, Dylan Gosheff, Josi Mack, Colin McElroy, Shei McLaughlin, Marques Montanez, Kiani Nakamura, Joshua Papen, Cailyn Scott, Cameron Strube, Sarah Tebbs, Gisel Ureno, Chloe Waring and Hannah Worley-Rachal.

Funds for the competition were generously donated by community partners Bluefish Dental and Orthodontics, Hayden Homes, McConnell Labs and Rotary Club of Redmond.

For more information about the community garden, please contact Obsidian Middle School at 541-923-4900.
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May 21, 2017

Dutch Bros raises $970,000 for ALS research

From Dutch Bros Coffee, 
Dutch Bros Coffee raises $970,000 
to support ALS research and family services

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (May 10, 2017) – On Friday, May 5, Dutch Bros locations in all seven states rallied with its communities to raise $970,037 for the Muscular Dystrophy Association to support ALS research and family services.

"We were blown away last year by our community’s support, and raising even more this year is beyond amazing. Our community never ceases to amaze us, and it truly shows by the support they showed on Drink One,” said Travis Boersma, Co-founder, Dutch Bros Coffee.

Every year, on the first Friday of each May, Dutch Bros rallies for its annual Drink One for Dane day. A day that began in 2006 after Dutch Bros co-founder, Dane Boersma was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, or ALS. Drink One for Dane began as a way to raise funds and awareness for a disease that is not well understood.

In 2009, Dutch Bros lost Dane to this unnerving disease. Drink One for Dane has lived on to honor a man whose wisdom and spirit is still very much a part of Dutch Bros’ day-to-day operations, as well as to raise funds to support the advancement of ALS research and to support family services.

ALS is an unsettling disease that affects the parts of the nervous system responsible for voluntary muscle control, severely hindering the ability to speak, move or even breathe. Those diagnosed with the disease typically lose their battle within three to five years.

The Muscular Dystrophy Association, better known as MDA, is the world’s leader in ALS research. Funds raised on Drink One for Dane benefit this organization as they continue to support families affected by ALS and to further research into this disease for which a cause and a cure are currently unknown.

“How incredibly special that on Drink One for Dane day, the FDA approved the first drug to treat ALS in over 22 years — a proof point reflective of the unprecedented momentum we’re seeing in ALS research,” said MDA Senior Vice President & Scientific Program Director Grace Pavlath, Ph.D. “On this same special day, the Dutch Bros community came together in honor of Dane and in support of continued progress in the fight against ALS. The incredible results of this year’s Drink One for Dane Day are sure to help MDA make the breakthroughs needed to find treatments and cures for ALS.”

“It’s pretty crazy to think that on the same day there was significant progress made in a treatment," said Travis. "And for me, I am just super grateful.”

With the community’s support on Friday, Dutch Bros was able to donate $970,037. Making Dutch Bros' total donation to the MDA over $3.5 million. These funds will continue to support family services and research efforts as the fight against ALS continues.

"With still no cure in site, the money [Dutch Bros] raises through 'Drink One for Dane' provides the kind of hope which is invaluable for all those who are inflicted with ALS. This hope is what keeps our spirits high, giving us the opportunity to live a more normal life," said Dennis Westling, ALS patient.

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