May 30, 2007

May 30, 2007

  • Lowe's Home Improvement Warehouse received the green light from Redmond's Planning Commission last week -- but only just. In a 4-2 vote, the commission approved the chain's plan to build a Lowe's south of Fred Meyer, in the former county fairgrounds location. Commissioners who objected had qualms about traffic and the fact that the parcel received a variance from residential to commercial zoning based on a former land use plan that included multi-use retail and some housing. Opponents have until June 2 to file an appeal.
  • The city of Redmond and consultants have drafted a master plan for Redmond's parks, looking forward for the next 20 years. Included in the draft are more Dry Canyon land acquisitions, a neighborhood park within a half-mile of all residents, and a trails system that could one day loop around the entire city. Part of the plan involves increasing parks SDC fees, which city officials describe as on the low side.
  • School officials are looking for public input on its proposal to change school schedules slightly to accommodate more teacher training. Meetings will be held at Vern Patrick Elementary May 31 at 6 p.m. and at Elton Gregory Middle School June 5, also at 6 p.m.

Obituaries: Jones, McCormick, Shult

Becki Leann Jones
June 15, 1954-May 18, 2007
Becki Leann Jones, 52, of Powell Butte, died May 18, 2007.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, June 2, 2 p.m., at the Powell Butte Christian Church. Pastor Chris Blair will officiate.
Mrs. Jones was born June 15, 1954, in Medford to Phillip and June (Roe) Gastonguay. She graduated from Brookings High School and worked for ACE Hardware store in Brookings. She moved to Nevada and worked as a dealer for the Cal Neva Casino for several years. She also worked for Granite Construction as a flagger. She moved to Redmond and worked for Big R, and worked for Beaver Motor Coach for seven years. She worked for the Orthopedics Center in Bend at the time of her death.
She enjoyed gardening, hunting, fishing, camping, being outdoors, collecting elephant knick-knacks, and spending time with her family.
Survivors include her husband David Jones of Powell Butte; daughter Kymberly Garman of Redmond; mother June Marie Anderson of Brookings; stepson Coleman Murray of Dallas, Texas; brothers Stanley Byle of Redmond, John Gastonguay of New Mexico, and Phillip Gastonguay and Joe Gastonguay, both of Brookings; sisters Jolynne Dausey of Medford, Karen Pershin of Klamath Falls, Kathy Nichols of Portland, Terri Carver of Brookings, and Helayne Whitmore of Medford; and one grandson. She was preceded in death by her father and sister Sharon.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Deschutes County Humane Society, 61170 S.E. 27th St., Bend, OR, 97701.
Whispering Pines Funeral Home in Prineville handled the arrangements.

Lester M. McCormick
Dec. 30, 1920-May 5, 2007

Redmond resident Lester "Mac" M. McCormick, 86, died of natural causes May 5, 2007.
No services will be held.
Mr. McCormick was born Dec. 30, 1920, in Snohomish, Wash., to Lester Earl and Zella E. (Alexander) McCormick. He graduated from Snohomish High School and attended Central Washington University and the University of Washington. He married Alice Hamilton in Chehalis, Wash., on March 6, 1942. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corp during World War II and worked on the construction of McNary Dam. He was also a radio and television repairman and owned Redmond Radio & TV and Tri-City TV in Central Oregon. He was on the maintenance staff of the Carmel Unified School District in Carmel, Calif., when he retired.
Survivors include his wife Alice McCormick of Redmond; son Michael McCormick of Redmond; daughters Linda Arscott of Brisbane, Australia, and Leslie Reibel of Tenino, Wash.; four grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Spencer, Libby & Powell Funeral Home in The Dalles handled the arrangements.

Norma J. Schult
March 7, 1935-May 17, 2007

Former Redmond resident Norma J. Schult, 72, died May 17, 2007.
A graveside service will be held June 7, 1 p.m., in the West Lawn Memorial Park in Eugene.
Mrs. Schult was born March 7, 1935, in Eugene to Ernest and Elsie Liska. She grew up in Eugene and graduated with many academic honors from Redmond High School in 1953. She was an interior decorator for Beaver Coaches in Bend and did accounting work for law firms in Oregon and California.
Survivors include her husband Melvin Schult; son Bryan Schult; and brothers Norvin and Darrell Liska.
Mt. Vernon Memorial Park & Mortuary in Fair Oaks, Calif., handled the arrangements.

Historic cemeteries in the high desert

Wilcox Cemetery, south of Kent

It should come as no surprise that cemeteries have individual personalities, much like neighborhoods. Redmond Memorial Cemetery is like a typical small town, with an older more stately section butting up against a tidy yet homogenous newer area. Camp Polk Cemetery outside of Sisters, however, is like those ramshackle neighborhoods that grow so gradually that no one bothers with homeowners' covenants to control the eccentrics.

Let the big cities have their corporate-owned cemeteries with rules on what kind of stone you can install, what kind of service you're allowed and at the glance everything looks the same. Central Oregon is rich is eclectic cemeteries in towns and countryside and overflowing with long-forgotten spots on abandoned ranches and farms, only a few toppled stones remaining to tell historians who lies there.

Camp Polk is probably the best known and most unusual in our area.
The cemetery is located on a knoll near Whychus Creek, requiring some burials at 45 degree angles in nothing you could attempt to call rows. Memorial markers run the gamut from a simple brick honoring an unnamed 19-year-old cowboy kicked by a horse - whose exact burial spot is unknown - to elaborate wrought iron fences surrounding towering granite stone statues. In some spots families have set up vigil areas that resemble backyard campfire rings, complete with benches. In others family plots have been fenced with plastic flower bed borders and filled with memorabilia honoring those buried there.

Other cemeteries are quintessentially high desert and reflect the history of our region. Just off Highway 97 near the near-ghost town of Kent the Wilcox Cemetery sits in a non-descript field of cheat grass and tumbleweeds that was once a viable wheat field. Weeds grow up around the markers and through the fencing, adding a whimsical 'ghost town' touch to the site. The stones contain a mini-history lesson in the hard ranching life, listing infants and children lost to disease and farming accidents.

According to Kuri Gill, program coordinator for the Oregon Historic Cemeteries Program, ownership and authority over some of the older and remote burial sites can be unclear.
Sometimes people buy property and assume they own a cemetery on it but in fact the cemetery site was taken out of the parcel years ago and deeded to someone else - or sometimes, to no one at all, leaving the cemetery ownerless.

"We use our resources to try an untangle some of that for landowners," Gill said. The program is headed by seven volunteer commissioners from all over Oregon. The program's mission is to maintain a listing of cemeteries with burials prior to 1909 and encourage preservation and interpretation by conducting workshops and granting money to projects that meet that goal.

"If a site isn't managed we try to find someone who wants to take care of it," she said, explaining that matchmaking between landowners, both public and private, and interested individuals and groups is a part of the historic cemetery program.
Community members can assist the program by cataloguing known cemeteries in their area for the program's data base, which Gill said is hoped to be online by the end of 2007. Cemetery survey forms can be found online at

For more information about local historic cemeteries log onto or or

--- story and photos by Leslie Pugmire Hole

May 22, 2007

May 23, 2007

  • Redmond High School's speciality programs housed in the Hartman building are filling up: more than 450 students are signed up next year for either the International School of the Cascades, Global Academy, or the SUCCESS Academy. Last year the fledgling programs had less than 300 students, causing concern over the under-utilization of the building.
  • Several years ago St. Thomas Catholic Church moved into a new building across town and put its former site on Forest and 11th Street up for sale. Still unsold, now St. Thomas has asked the city for a new zoning designation, in hopes of making the property more marketable. The church is located in a residential area. City officials say St. Thomas is considering filing a Measure 37 claim if it is turned down for the zone change.
  • ODOT is looking to improve Highway 97 in Terrebonne but the near future will bring only new pavement and widening in some areas. Long-term goals include a possible couplet and an improved intersection at Lower Bridge Way.

Hands for God

Hands for God puppet ministry

It’s not often you can find a group of teenagers willing to squeeze into a tight space for an hour, put all goofing aside and pay strict attention to detail. Behind three tiers of a black curtain “stage,” there is very little room for long legs and sneakered feet, let alone a myriad of puppets, props, signs and sound equipment.

But for a handful of high school kids from Central Christian Schools, it’s a job they accepted with enthusiasm.
Each of the 10 students, ranging from freshman to senior, elected to join the school’s puppet and drama outreach group, “Hands for God.” The puppet troupe performs puppet shows with a Christian message for churches, nursing homes, public venues and various children’s groups.

The troupe traveled to Nampa, Idaho, in April to perform at The Hope House, a group home for kids who have been bounce around to many different foster homes.
“The kids really loved it,” Megan Ryan, a sophomore, recalled of the visit to the group home. “But it was emotionally hard.”

Four years ago Malane Bryant -- puppet class teacher, school librarian and outreach director -- wanted to start a puppet ministry and pitched the idea to CCS Principal Bill Mahnke. He responded and sent Bryant to a puppet training camp. A private, generous donation soon followed, which was used to purchase about 50 professional-quality puppets.

It started out as a puppet theater class, Bryant said, but eventually evolved into an outreach program. “The kids wanted to teach others about God’s love,” she said.

Bryant writes the scripts and some are revised to suit the performance. Each show is different depending on the audience (such as for young children, families or teen youth groups), but scripts stay close to the general theme of “grace and love,” Bryant explained. It also depends on the amount of time allotted for each show, which can range from 30 minutes to an hour and a half.

The majority of the troupe’s show presented for the Heights Assisted Living Center in Redmond last week was choreographed to upbeat Christian music, but most shows involve short drama skits and dialogue between both human and animal characters.

During every show, two students step out from behind the velvet curtains to present a personal testimony of faith. Last week it was Rob Douglas’ time to share. “I never really understood what it means to be a Christian. I never really truly lived like a Christian … but I learned that God wants us to truly live for him and not just go through the motions,” the tall, blond sophomore told his audience. Douglas is also the puppet troupe’s stage manager.Freshman McKenzie Ross, didn’t seem at all shy as she told the audience about a simple prayer recently answered. The troupe was loaded and headed out on their way to Idaho when the trailer lights stopped working. To fix the problem would’ve meant a lengthy delay driving to Bend without trailer lights. “I asked the Lord to fix the trailer lights, and they started working!”

The students have performed 16 shows this year alone, and will present show number 30 by the end of the summer, said Bryant. The troupe will travel to Montana, Canada and Washington State for shows at churches and in public parks and has been invited to Pennsylvania and Georgia. They may also hold fundraising car washes and add children’s activities to their repertoire such as balloon tying and magic tricks.

Perhaps one key to the group’s performance success is the requirements set before students before they can enroll in the elective class. Students must have an overall grade point average of C or better and they are asked to submit a testimony of faith to Bryant and give a one-on-one interview. Students should also possess a desire to learn something new and “be stretched,” Bryant said. “A lot of the students don’t have drama experience; they learn it as they go,” she said.

Within the class and the performing troupe each student has a job such as stage manager, marketing director, and prop manager. They are given a budget at the start of each school year and must work within that budget to buy props and puppets. “They’re learning leadership skills as well,” according to Bryant.

The students’ enthusiasm was easy to spot last week as they kept their puppets moving on cue, changed props without a hitch and cheerfully mingled with their audience after the performance.

The best part of the class is different for each student, but for Rob Douglas, it’s the friendships that grow from working closely with other kids. “If we’re having a hard time, we can stand up and help each other and encourage each other … help each other through the hard times,” he said.

-- story by Tara LaVelle, photos by Melissa Jansson

Obituaries: Kress, Holmes, Dickey, Anderson

Thomas Reese Anderson
July 10, 1957-May 18, 2007

Redmond resident Thomas Reese Anderson, 49, died May 18, 2007, of complications from emphysema.
A private service will be held.
Mr. Anderson was born July 10, 1957, in Portland to Wade and Beverly (Reese) Anderson. He grew up in Portland and graduated from Centennial High School in 1977. He married Kathy Linhart in Vancouver, Wash., on Aug. 29, 1981. They moved from Portland to Redmond in 2002. He worked as a production manager for Chase Doors for more than 15 years, first in Portland and later in Redmond. He retired in 2006 for health reasons.
He was an avid Green Bay Packers fan and enjoyed fishing and refinishing furniture.
Survivors include his wife Kathy Anderson of Redmond; daughters Trisha Foreman and Jaime Anderson, both of Redmond; sisters Sue Benedetti of Anchorage, Alaska, Pamela Pel of Michigan, and Debi Ross of Homer, Alaska; brother David Anderson of Portland; stepfather Edward Kane of Portland; and two grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister Gene.
Autumn Funerals handled the arrangements.
Richard Dickey
Jan. 9, 1924-May 15, 2007

Richard Dickey, 83, of Powell Butte died May 15, 2007.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Mr. Dickey was born Jan. 9, 1924, in Pomona, Calif., to Glenn and Ethel Dickey. He graduated from Toledo High School in Toledo and served in the U.S. Marines as a Staff Sgt. He was a carpenter and worked for Portland State University until retiring at the age of 71. He married Jeanette Winkelman in Tahoe, Calif., on Oct. 10, 1988.
He was a gentle and kind spirited man and enjoyed flying.
He is survived by his wife Jeanette Dickey of Powell Butte; daughter Barbara Newborg of Powell Butte; sister Evelyn Pierce of Medford; one grandchild; and three great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a grandson and a brother.
Deschutes Memorial Chapel handled the arrangements.
Sherman Clifford Holmes
April 21, 1920-May 20, 2007
Redmond resident Sherman Clifford Holmes, 87, died of natural causes May 20, 2007.
No services will be held at this time.
Mr. Holmes was born April 21, 1920, in Little Rock, Ark., to Mose and Mary (Thomas) Holmes. He grew up in Little Rock and graduated from high school there. He joined the U.S. Marines out of high school and fought in Pearl Harbor and Iwo Jima. He also served in the Korean War. He married Elsie Pitcher in Carlisle, Ark., on March 12, 1944. He farmed in Arkansas for several years before moving to Southern California where he worked as a produce manager for Safeway for 30 years. He moved to Oregon City in 1981 and moved to Redmond in 2001.
He enjoyed traveling and taking scenic drives, woodworking (building toys, birdhouses and furniture), gardening and fishing.
Survivors include his sons Donald Holmes of Redmond and Michael Holmes of Bend; daughters Barbara Calderaz of Redmond, Susan Holmes of Madras, Zona Smith of Oregon City, and Gretchen Holmes of Kalispell, Mont.; nine grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife Elsie, his parents, and three sisters.
Memorial contributions can be made to Central Oregon Hospice, 2698 N.E. Courtney Dr., Suite 101, Bend, OR, 97701.
Autumn Funerals handled the arrangements.
Gloria Genevieve Kress
May 31, 1935-May 8, 2007

Former longtime Redmond resident Gloria Genevieve “Jennie” Kress, 71, died of natural causes May 8, 2007.
A memorial service was held May 19 in the Yamhill Christian Church in Yamhill. A graveside service will be
held at a later date.
Mrs. Kress was born May 31, 1935, in Roy, N.M., to Earnest and Mildred (Hein) Linson. She married Halbert J.
Kress Nov. 10, 1970. She lived in Redmond from 1971 to 2005 and worked as a business and tax accountant.
She lived in Dundee at the time of her death.
She attended the Dayspring Christian Center in Terrebonne and was a member of the Women of the Moose,
American Legion Auxiliary, VFW Ladies Auxiliary and the Oregon Society of Tax Consultants. She enjoyed
bowling and sewing.
Survivors include her daughters Vaneida Oeullette, Lois Hancox, Janice Blanchard, Kerri Norton and Kimberly Neuberger; brother Ira Linson; sisters Gurtrude Ballard and Joyce Cox; 13 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, son Darwin Huddleston, brothers Truman Brown, Melvin Linson and Red Linson, and sisters Alberta Williams and Wilma Grandell.
Davenport's Chapel of the Good Shepherd in Klamath Falls handled the arrangements.

May 15, 2007

May 16, 2007

  • Redmond's new police chief, Ron Roberts, is on the job and committed to community policing, he says. Roberts, no relation for former chief Lane Roberts, joined the Redmond department from Eugene, where he was a lieutenent.

High Desert Disposal has proposed to the Redmond City Council adding yard debris pickup within city limits (for a fee) and decreasing the frequency of recycling curbside recycling pickups.

The Downtown Urban Renewal Advisory Committee is discussing adding controls over signage in the core downtown areas. Changes might include types and sizes of signs as well as the materials used.

The city cemetery is filling up much slower than the city itself. With fewer burials versus cremations and more residents opting to be buried elsewhere, the city estimates that the cemetery has 50 years of space left.

Wizard of Oz

It's been a rough couple of months for Phil Neely, Redmond High School's theater director. Tomorrow, he'll find out if it's all been worth it. Thursday night marks the opening of "The Wizard of Oz," the biggest production by the high school theater department in recent memory.
With 37 high school actors filling the core roles, 40 elementary school students as munchkins, a 17-piece orchestra and a dog set to make its debut as Toto, Neely's hands are more than full. As if that wasn't crowded enough, there's the set. Over the last several weeks, a tech crew of 10 students has been busy designing and building dozens of backdrops, wooden trees, platforms, and a towering gate for the Emerald City. The theater was still a mess as of last week's first tech crew walkthrough, with students forced to dance around piles of wood scraps and coiled extension cords as they dragged the set pieces from the wings to the stage and back again.
Despite the stress and the race to get everything finished in time for Thursday, Neely is upbeat. "It looks good and I'm feeling good about it," he said. "I just can't get any sleep because I keep remembering what I have to do - the list gets longer and longer and time gets shorter and shorter so things keep falling off the list."
When the school first started gearing up for the production two months ago, Neely said he'd been warned to avoid working with animals or small children. In both cases, he's been pleasantly surprised. The school held an open casting call for the role of Toto in early April. "Sandy," a terrier owned by RHS teacher Amy Nickell was cast in the role, and has since been on the same grueling rehearsal schedule as the rest of the cast. "She's done a really good job," Neely said. "(Nickell) told me that when they pull in the parking lot, she gets all excited now, because she knows what she's going to do, she's going to get to go and be on stage and everything and have a hundred people trying to touch her."
Neely said he's found some talented actors among the munchkins, 2nd through 4th-graders drawn from local elementary schools. He expects some of them will be outstanding performers once they get to high school. "There are a couple of munchkins who are just incredible," he said. "They're good little singers, right on cue and they're crystal clear. It's just amazing that they're that good now."
-- story by Scott Hammers, photos by Leslie Pugmire Hole
The high school will be hosting four performances of the show: at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday; and at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students, and there's a family pass that buys two adult and up to three children's admissions for $20. Tickets are available at the theater starting one hour before show times.

Obituaries: Larrance, Sidey, Thompson

Erich E. Larrance
April 12, 1947-May 5, 2007

Erich E. Larrance, 60, of Madras, died of natural causes May 5, 2007. A graveside service will be held May 19, 10 a.m., in the Mount Jefferson Memorial Park in Madras. Mr. Larrance was born April 12, 1947, in Portland to Gerald and Thelma (Foss) Larrance. He graduated from Madras High School and worked as a rancher. He lived in Redmond and Madras all of his life. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, cars and working with his cattle. He is survived by his mother Thelma Larrance of Madras. He was preceded in death by his father. Bel-Air Colonial Funeral Home handled the arrangements.

Christine L. Thompson
Aug. 29, 1916-May 10, 2007

Redmond resident Christine L. Thompson, 90, died of natural causes May 10, 2007. A funeral service was held May 15 in the Community Presbyterian Church. A graveside service was held May 16 in the Bethany Cemetery in Silverton. Mrs. Thompson was born Aug. 29, 1916, in La Junta, Colo., to Cedrick and Ruth (Gregory) Masters. She married John O'Dean Cadwallader in 1936. She married Artie L. Thompson Jan. 12, 1963.
She worked in an ammunition plant during World War II and was a cashier for JC Penny for many years. She was also a beautician. She moved from Colorado to California in 1955. She moved to Silverton in 1989 and moved to Redmond in 2000. She was a member of the Community Presbyterian Church and held many chairmanships and offices with the VFW Ladies Auxiliary. She volunteered as a SMART reader and for the Redmond Health Care Center. She loved sewing and crafts and made slippers for veterans in nursing homes.
Survivors include her daughter Judy Jackson of Redmond; stepsons Tom Thompson and Larry Thompson; 12 grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; and 17 great-great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by both husbands, two brothers and one sister.Memorial contributions can be made to the Human Society of Redmond, 1355 N.E. Hemlock Ave., Redmond, 97756, or the VFW Operation Uplink, care of the Redmond VFW, P.O. Box 1685, Redmond, 97756. Autumn Funerals handled the arrangements.

Agnes Aline Sidey
Oct. 22, 1923-May 8, 2007

Agnes "Patty" Aline Sidey, 83, of Bend, died May 8, 2007. No services will be held at this time.Mrs. Sidey was born Oct. 22, 1923, in Crosby, Minn., to William and Georgia (Green) Robinson. She married Hal Nealon Sidey June 6, 1950, in Long Beach, Calif. She grew up in Port Angeles, Wash., and worked for a corner store market for many years. She lived in the San Fernando Valley in Southern California and lived with her daughter just south of Redmond at the time of her death. She enjoyed being outdoors whether it was gardening or attending to her animals and was an avid reader.
Survivors include her daughter Vicki Lerwill of Bend; son Ray Sidey of La Mirada, Calif.; brothers Billy Robinson of Germany, Gene Robinson and Collin Robinson, both of Olympia, Wash.; sister Shirley Robinson-Hedges of Parkdale; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and two brothers. Memorial contributions can be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 1135 S.W. Highland Ave., Redmond, 97756.Whispering Pines Funeral Home in Prineville handled the arrangements.

May 9, 2007

May 9, 2007

Redmond Area Planning Commission has appproved plans for zone change which would allow a 39-acre water park and resort complex west of the Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center. Redmond City Council must vote on the change before it is official. The Old West themed resort will be constructed in three phases, with a 83-room condo/hotel building in stage one. When complete, developers are hoping to have a multi-site resort sited on both sides of the railroad tracks that runs throught the middle of the acreage.

Redmond School District is holding its last and final REV (Redmond Educational Vision) forum at 6 p.m. May 17 at Terrebonne Community School. Community members are encouraged to attend and share their goals and concerns regarding the future direction of Redmond schools. A wrap-up of the meeting series will be held May 22, when the input from the various meetings will be shared with the community.

Smith Rock Spring Thing

More than 80 climbers, hikers, and lovers of the outdoors turned out Saturday morning for the annual “Spring Thing” at Smith Rock State Park.

Now in its 15th year, the Spring Thing is a chance for those who use the park to contribute to its upkeep, rebuilding trails, picking up garbage, and planting new plants to replace trampled vegetation.

Ian Caldwell, one of the coordinators of the event, said he works closely with park rangers and other officials to put together a list of projects every spring. Harsh winter weather and a half a million visitors a year take a toll on the park, and according to Caldwell, the rangers don’t have the resources to do the necessary maintenance.

Fortunately, Smith Rock has a dedicated core of climbers willing to take matters into their own hands. Father and son Bruce and Phillip Scoles are among them.

Saturday morning, the Scoles’ were high above the Crooked River, straining against long crowbars in an effort to dislodge a railroad tie. The tie is part of an aging series of steps that have outlived their usefulness – the trail here is too narrow for two people to pass, Phillip said, so much of the foot traffic ends up off the trail, damaging plants and contributing to erosion. By the end of the day, a new staircase will be built a few yards away, and the old route will be closed off and replanted with bitterbrush, bunchgrass, and other native plants.

The regular climbers have taken it upon themselves to enforce a strict code of conduct at the park, Phillip said. His father agrees.

“If someone were to see someone eat a candy bar and throw away the wrapper, they would be immediately pounced upon by climbers,” Bruce said. “If someone saw them do it a second time, they’d probably be escorted out of the park.”

The upside of this self-policing is that many of those assigned to trash pickup at the Spring Fling had little to do. Joe Pinckney, the owner of Redpoint Climber’s Supply in Terrebonne, had spent a couple of hours scouring the park for litter, and had a bag no bigger than a small loaf of bread to show for it. Most of what he’d collected was small, and had probably been left behind accidentally, he said.

“The only thing that looked like it was intentionally dropped was a paper towel down by the river – somebody’d stuffed it into a bush,” Pinckney said. “But when I went in to get it, I almost grabbed a snake. It was in there, all coiled up, about the size of a dinner plate. Either a rattler or a gopher snake, but I didn’t stick around to find out.”

Those who successfully avoided snakebites or other misfortune and stuck it out all day were treated to a volunteers’ dinner, a raffle and auction, and a screening of a movie about the climbers who first put Smith Rock on the map in 1986.

-- photo and story by Scott Hammers

Obituaries May 9, 2007

Sherry Lee Cunningham
June 11, 1935-April 22, 2007
Sherry Lee Cunningham, 71, of Madras, died of natural causes April 22, 2007.
A memorial service was held May 5 in the Bel-Air Colonial Chapel in Madras.
Mrs. Cunningham was born June 11, 1935, in Redmond to Lloyd and Jean (Tethrow) Downs. She married Douglas Cunningham in Portland on June 30, 1952. She worked as a waitress at a truck stop and enjoyed visiting the coast, collecting shells, gardening and spending time with her family.
Survivors include her sons Michael Cunningham of Madras; daughter Chris Garren of Madras; brothers James and Gary Downs, both of Redmond; sister Barbara Addington of Redmond; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband and a son.
Memorial contributions can be made to Mountain View Hospice, 470 N.E. A St., Madras, 97741, or an AIDS foundation.
Bel-Air Colonial Funeral Home in Madras handled the arrangements.

Patricia Rose Dickson
Sept. 1, 1926-May 1, 2007
Patricia Rose Dickson, 80, died May 1, 2007, in Prineville.
A graveside service was held May 8 in the Powell Butte Cemetery.
Mrs. Dickson was born Sept. 9, 1926, in Sanbasqual, Calif., to Rush and Lucy Duncan. She married Elsworth Dickson in Prineville in 1946. They operated a dairy farm in Powell Butte. She enjoyed knitting, square dancing, traveling, and spending time with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She volunteered in for the Powell Butte Christian Church and especially enjoyed working with arts and crafts for the church’s Vacation Bible School.
Survivors include her daughters Lola Dickson and Judy Dunaway, both of Prineville; sons Richard Dickson of Susanville, Calif., and Dwaine Dickson of Terrebonne; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, two brothers, two sons and a daughter.
Deschutes Memorial Chapel handled the arrangements.

Luemma E. Reynolds
June 4, 1914-April 30, 2007

Longtime Redmond resident Luemma E. Reynolds, 92, died of natural causes April 30, 2007.
No services will be held at this time.
Mrs. Reynolds was born June 4, 1914, in Portland. She grew up in Portland and married John Reynolds in Redmond. She was a housewife.
She attended the Assembly of God Church in Redmond and loved word search puzzles, music and people.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Redmond Assembly of God Church, 1865 W. Antler Ave., Redmond, 97756, or the Redmond Senior Center, 325 N.W. Dogwood Ave., Redmond, 97756.
Autumn Funerals handled the arrangements.