June 23, 2017

Madras official named new Elton Gregory Middle School assistant principal

From Redmond School District:


REDMOND, Ore., June 23, 2017 — Gena Bennett of Madras, Oregon has been named the new assistant principal of Elton Gregory Middle School (EGMS), Principal Chad Lowe recently announced.

Bennett began her career as a sixth grade teacher at Jefferson County Middle School (JCMS) in Madras 12 years ago. She later transitioned to an instructional coach position at JCMS, serving in that capacity for five years before moving to the district office to support new teachers and coordinate district TAG (Talented and Gifted) services.

"We are excited to bring someone with Gena's credentials on board," Lowe said. "Her background as a teacher and instructional coach working to implement AVID will make her a great fit at EGMS."

AVID, Advancement Via Individual Determination, is a college readiness program that has been adopted by school districts across the United States. EGMS, along Redmond's Ridgeview High School, began implementing the program in 2014, aiming to prepare all students for college and postsecondary opportunities.  

“I am delighted to be part of the incredible team at EGMS and eager to start the school year,” Bennett said. “I feel well prepared to start this next phase of my career and provide opportunities for all of our students to succeed.”  

Bennett begins her new role July 1, 2017.  

Local nonprofits sought for donations

From Central Oregon Association of Realtors, 
COAR Release Donation Application for Non-Profits


Bend, OR, June 14, 2017 -- The Central Oregon Association of REALTORS® (COAR) will be accepting applications for donation to from local non-profits through September 15th, 2017. 

The criteria for those applying consists of:
· Applicant must be a 501(c)3
· Priority will be given to smaller organizations providing basic needs to the community such as food, shelter, clothing and medical services,.
· Decisions will place an emphasis on the number of people the donation impacts or the depth of the impact.
· Political organizations/campaigns, religious activities (religious organizations are eligible for community services), sports teams or individual activities are not eligible
· Funds must be used for programs and not events or marketing.
· Programs and events must take place in Deschutes, Jefferson, Crook or Harney Counties
· Please include a letter of support from a COAR member

In 2016, contributions were made to: Redmond Golfers for Scholars, LaPine Community Kitchen, Grandma's House, Family Kitchen, Oregon Adaptive Sports, DAWNS House, the Shepherds House and Soroptimist of Bend. COAR distributions donations once a year. Decisions will be announce by October 1, 2017.

For an application, please visit the About section of coar.comunder Community Involvement. Please contact Kim Gammond at COAR with any questions at kim@coar.com or 541-382-6027.

June 22, 2017

Local students donate to VFW

From Redmond School District,
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Redmond High CTE class builds and presents custom electric guitar


Redmond High School Career Technical Education instructors Mark Winger, Ryan Beard, Dan Kernion and their guitar building class, presented a hand-built electric guitar to the Redmond, Oregon Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 4108 today.

Constructed over the course of five weeks, the custom guitar was built of Alder, Rosewood, Maple and African Paudauk.

Students from the guitar class were responsible for lathe work, lasering and assembling every aspect of the electric guitar.

Sophomore Dillon Young played the National Anthem during the presentation on the guitar he helped build.

"It plays well," Young said. "It has a great sound to it."

The VFW will soon auction the guitar with proceeds going to support local veterans.

Additional photos can be viewed at: facebook.com/RedmondSchools


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June 21, 2017

Wildfire near Clarno

From BLM,
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Firefighters Respond to New Wildfire near Clarno


Firefighters responded yesterday to a new wildfire near Clarno, Oregon. The fire was reported yesterday just before noon along Highway 218, one mile east of the John Day River. Incident #301, called the Rhoades Canyon fire, grew quickly to the south due to light, dried-out grass, steep slopes and wind, and is currently estimated at 8,000 acres. The cause is under investigation. The fire is 10 percent contained at this time.

Increasing temperatures over the next several days and afternoon winds will continue to challenge firefighters. The fire is burning in a mix of land administered by the BLM including a portion of the Spring Basin Wilderness, private land, and fee title land managed by the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs called the Pine Creek Conservation Area. Firefighters protected several historic structures during the initial response to the fire, and no additional structures are considered threatened at this time. The John Day River and Highway 218 remain open.

The fire is staffed today with several engines from the Prineville District Bureau of Land Management and Wheeler County Fire and Rescue. In addition, there is a Type 1 handcrew (Hotshot crew) and a Type 2 handcrew, each providing 20 firefighters. Due to the limited number of roads in this area, the crews are being supported by two single engine air tankers (SEATs) and two Type 2 helicopters, and one Type 1 helicopter.

The rapid growth on the fire is a sign that vegetation in Central Oregon is quickly drying out. Lower elevations along the river canyons that are typically hotter and dryer are quickly moving toward extreme. Fire restrictions are currently in place along portions of the John Day, Lower Deschutes, Crooked and White Rivers in Central Oregon, requiring visitors to use white gas and propane stoves only for heating and cooking. Fire officials would like to remind everyone to take care as they head out to recreate in Central Oregon – where campfires are allowed, make sure someone is always there to watch them and make sure they’re “dead out” when going to bed or leaving the campground. As we approach the 4th of July holiday, please remember that fireworks of any kind are illegal on public land.

Information about the Rhoades Canyon Fire and other Central Oregon wildfires will be posted on the Central Oregon Fire Information Blog athttp://centralorfireinfo.blogspot.com/ and you can follow Central Oregon wildfires on Twitter @CentralORFire. For large fires at the local, regional or national level, please visit InciWeb at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/

Local student wins art exhibition

From Redmond Proficiency Academy,
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Redmond Proficiency Academy Student Wins Juried Art Exhibition


The Redmond Proficiency Academy announced that freshman Lily Yeatman won first place in the Maryhill Museum of Art Juried Exhibition sponsored by the MJ Murdock Charitable Trust Education Center.

High school art students from throughout Washington and Oregon were asked to showcase their art. All of the judging was blind with titles only. Yeatman’s was awarded for her three dimensional work, entitled “Rabbit.”

“I didn't think I was going to place, so finding out I won first place was a pleasant surprise,” said Yeatman. “Just knowing my art is on display in an actual museum means the world to me.”

Yeatman’s art will be on display in the new Mary and Bruce Stevenson Wing of Maryhill Museum of Art in Goldendale, WA from June 23rd through July 30th.

“Lily is a tremendously talented artist, and I am so happy that the Maryhill Museum has recognized her work,” said Fine Arts teacher Ethan Stelzer. “Many artists dream of having their work displayed alongside the greats, but few actually get to see it happen during their lives, much less before even graduating from high school.”