June 26, 2007

June 27, 2007

  • Can't stand the intersection near your house? Worried about traffic snarls on the way to work? Now's your chance to speak out. The city of Redmond is holding an open house with members of its public works staff, in a effort to gather input that will be used in an upcoming master plan for Redmond's future transportation needs. The meeting is Thursday, June 28, from 6-8 p.m. at the Redmond Fire Hall on N.E. Dogwood Ave.
  • Several prominent buildings in Redmond's downtown are in the midst of changes, or at least changes to previous plans. The owners of the Historic Redmond Hotel have taken it off the market and are seeking to find tenants for its ground floor retail and upstairs office spaces. Condominiums might be in the future as well if the building owners can partner with others for a dedicated parking facility. According to the owner of the Landaker Building, plans are progressing slowly still towards a refurbishment of the retail and former apartment spaces, with artists' lofts currently occupying its top story. The exterior of Redmond's vintage First National Bank building has been completed restored but owners are seeking a tenant for the structure before progressing on interior remodeling.

Pronghorn's Fazio course -- a view from the other side

The eighth hole at Pronghorn's Tom Fazio Course

You have to hand it to the Pronghorn folks: They sure know how to throw a party. With a budget that would successfully fund a Third World country for the better part of a decade, it’s small wonder.

The object of everyone’s affection this past weekend was the official dedication of the new clubhouse and the Tom Fazio golf course.

Pronghorn is a rara avis situated in an old-growth juniper forest a stone’s throw from the Redmond Airport as the crow flies, though exceedingly more difficult to get to in any buggy using $3.15-a-gallon gasoline.

It’s exclusive, it’s private, and – yeah – it’s awesome.

For the vast bulk of people living in Deschutes, Jefferson, and Crook counties, it’s also off-limits. Security is tight, homes sell for upwards of $3.5 million, lots can be had for a half-million at the low end and approaching $2 million at the upper end – and you’ll need to own something to get a tee-time on the two golf courses.

The Courses

That’s right: two courses. The original was designed by Jack Nicklaus and has been open for member play for nearly three years.

How good are the two golf courses?

Take whatever you’ve heard and double it; then do it again. The setting is desert majestic, the views of the mountains and buttes are unsurpassed – even if you’ve become jaded by the stunning vistas that routinely surround Redmond – the landscape is constantly and meticulously groomed, and you can putt your ball from a hundred yards away on either layout.

For mere mortals, it’s as challenging as anything you’ll find: undulating greens that are granite-hard and U.S. Open-slick; narrow fairways that siren-call to the slicer and seriously beckon to the snap-hooker; bunkers that are often, well, pot-like; and forced carries that will encourage you to visit the gym on a regular basis, or shell out for that new driver you’ve been thinking about.

The course is long – how about a 452-yard uphill four-par from the average tees (what was Jack thinking?) – and punishing. Bring your A game, and then quickly discover that your A game likely isn’t going to be good enough.

Tom Fazio, the noted course designer, took a look at the Nicklaus course and decided to go somewhat in the opposite direction. His fairways are wide and generous --for the most part – and inviting. The greens are large, will hold a well-struck shot, and the ball rolls true: uncanny and unwavering, every time.

Don’t miss a shot, though; like the Nicklaus design, the course is still amply long and plenty penal.

The bunkers are strategically placed but escapable, for the most part, and the logic of the course – the way it strategically follows the natural lay of the land—is brilliant.

Everyone talks about the par-three 8th, which plays to 187 from the tips and 106 from the forward tees. While crafting and coaxing the hole out of the natural canyon environment, Fazio and his minions blasted the rock to sink the green and unearthed a lava tube.

You’ll see pictures of the 8th in national golf magazines, travel magazines, real estate magazines, local magazines, and even the local newspapers.

It’s as pretty as a postcard, to be sure, though not much more than an easy 8-iron (watch the putt, however; the green is fast and curvy and runs hard). If you can talk your way into a tour of the lava tube itself, bring something warm to wear: The temperature holds in the mid-50s degrees and is the perfect location for a wine cellar.

Nicklaus’ course is brute strength and rugged beauty.

Fazio’s is open and breathtaking and razzle-dazzle, like Fourth of July fireworks. The cart path crosses large bunkers a handful of times, you splash through a running creek at one point, and many of the holes are wonderfully framed by canyon walls, big-bellied bunkers, and ghost trees.

The bottom line is that you’ll never again want to visit the local municipal course down the road.

The trouble is, you can actually play the local muni down the road, provided you have $65 (add $15 for half a cart). You have to know a Pronghorn member to play the Nicklaus course and even then it will cost you $100. The Fazio layout costs member-accompanied guests a cool $125.

The Pronghorn Experience

Membership at Pronghorn isn’t cheap. Have you seen all those private jets buzzing about the skies over Redmond of late? The chances are good that the occupants’ destination is our unseen neighbor off the Powell Butte Highway.

What do they get for their investment, besides two other-worldly golf courses and quasi-famous neighbors and real estate prices that make most of us shake our heads in astonishment?

Let’s start with the Nicklaus golf center, a high-tech paradise staffed by the most efficient and overtly positive and friendly personnel you’ll run across. The people who run it can fix your game, starting with the swing and a fine-tuning of your equipment.

What else?

Let’s see: pools and whirlpools and spas, a playground for the youngsters that tickles the imagination and offers activities directed by professionals, a snack bar that’s every bit the equal to the clubhouse at every other golf club around, the prospect of an on-site convenience store (it’s a long drive to Redmond, and even to Bend), tennis courts, and a new, 55,000-square-foot clubhouse that – well, that has to be seen and savored to be fully appreciated.

First off, bring a map to negotiate the clubhouse; you’ll need it and the Pronghorn staffers have them readily available.

The place is magnificent: all desert stone and dark, big-beamed timbers and gleaming hardwood floors and high ceilings and mazes and corridors and cubbyholes and elaborate restrooms, workout rooms, and television sets (too many to count) and bars and private rooms and dressing rooms topped by exclusive private rooms and exclusive dressing rooms and non-stop hustle and bustle and service and splash and dash.

The pro shop is high-end and well-stocked and staffed by friendly, knowledgeable people who are anxious to serve and even more anxious to help. A swing tip, a quick putting lesson – it’s all part of the fine-tuned atmosphere.

So you want in?

So you want in but don’t have a spare $5 million kicking around for a lot and a new home? Easy enough:

Consider fractional ownership at the Residence Club, where $164,800 will buy you a month a year and access to the Nicklaus course and locker room in the new clubhouse. Don’t forget the $6,200 in annual dues.

Like everything at Pronghorn, the design and quality of the accommodation is upscale and highly personalized. You’d be pleased to call the place home, even for weeks at a time.

Failing that, well, take pride in knowing that a much-discussed and highly regarded golf community is located in our back yard, even if there’s a lock at the gate. You can check it all out at www.pronghornclub.com, which might be as close as you’ll ever get.

If your attitude is that you can’t get at it and despise the place as a result, consider this:

  • Pronghorn pays upwards of three-quarters of a million dollars in property taxes each year, which help support area schools, among other things.
  • Pronghorn provides jobs for 300 people during the peak summer season, when the weather in the high desert is perfect.
  • About 140 people work there during the off-season, November through February.
  • According to Pronghorn personnel, about 35 percent of the employees are from Redmond; many more hail from Bend.
  • Those same personnel will tell you quietly that some Pronghorn members are Redmond residents.

Good luck figuring out who they might be.

--by Bill Florence

June 27, 2007 Obituaries

Genevieve O’Donna Giskaas
March 14, 1913-June 15, 2007
Former Redmond resident Genevieve O’Donna Giskaas, 94, died June 15, 2007.
A Celebration of Life service was held June 24 at the Morning Star Majestic Care Home in Bend.
Mrs. Giskaas was born March 14, 1913, in Jackson County, Kan., to Harrison R. and Estella Ruth (Adams) Noe. She moved with her family to Bend in 1937. She married Claud L. Ward in 1932. The marriage ended in divorce. She married Palmer E. Giskaas in 1961. She and her husband Palmer owned Palmer’s Motel in Bend until moving to Redmond in 1982. Her husband died in 1990 and she moved from Redmond to Bend in 1997.
She was a member of the First Lutheran Church in Bend, sang in the church choir and played piano. She was a talented artist and cartoonist and enjoyed telling stories to children. She and two of her sisters painted under the name of “The Three Sisters.” She loved deer hunting, camping and traveling to Arizona.
Survivors include her son Gary Ward of Bend; brother Wallace Noe of Idaho; sisters Virginia Wise of Idaho and Catherine Woodward of Redmond; five grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband Palmer in 1990, her daughter O’Donna Ward Hanna, four brothers and one sister.
Memorial contributions can be made to Central Oregon Home Health and Hospice, 2698 N.E. Courtney Dr., Bend, OR, 97701, or Hospice of Redmond & Sisters, 732 S.W. 23rd Ave., Redmond, 97756.
Deschutes Memorial Chapel handled the arrangements.

Frank Howard Ellis
March 21, 1938-June 18, 2007
Redmond resident Frank Howard Ellis, 74, died June 18, 2007.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Mr. Ellis was born March 21, 1938, in Bay City, Texas, to Wiley and Mamie Oma (Plant) Ellis. He married Mary Anne La Mirande in Bend on Dec. 11, 1953. He was an arborist in the tree service and worked for Lundgrens Mill and Brooks Scanlon.
He loved riding snowmobiles and grooming trails. He was a member of the Mount Bachelor Lions Club, and past president of the Oregon State Snowmobile Association and Moon Country Snowmobilers of Bend.
Survivors include his wife Mary Ann Ellis of Redmond; sons Lennie Ellis of Williams, and Frank J. Ellis of Bend; daughter Gerette Fox of Redmond; brothers Archie Ellis of Redmond, and Wiley Ellis Jr. of San Diego, Calif.; eight grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister and one granddaughter.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Lions Eye Bank of Oregon, 1010 N.W. 22nd Ave., Portland, OR, 97210.
Autumn Funerals handled the arrangements.

Pamela J. Spear
Sept. 2, 1946-June 16, 2007
Terrebonne resident Pamela J. Spear, 60, died of cancer June 16, 2007.
A private memorial service will be held at a later date.
Mrs. Spear was born Sept. 2, 1946, in Miami Beach, Fla., to James and Louise (Allen) Claspill. Her father was in the Navy and she lived in many different places as a child. She lived in the San Francisco Bay area as a teen and young adult. She married James T. Spear Jr. She held various jobs but was primarily a homemaker. She moved to Grants Pass in 1994 and lived there until 2005. She lived in Terrebonne for the past 18 months.
She loved animals and was a skilled gardener. She enjoyed creating art projects with her grandchildren and reading.
Survivors include her daughters Kimberly Harisay of Palo Alto, Calif., and Holly Werner of Redmond; mother Louise Claspill of Palo Alto, Calif.; sister Nancy Claspill-Navarro of Watsonville, Calif.; brothers Rick Claspill of San Jose, and Tim Claspill of Freemont, Calif.; and three grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her father and a nephew.
Autumn Funerals handled the arrangements.

Richard Douglas Johnson
June 18, 1934-June 11, 2007
Crooked River Ranch resident Richard Douglas Johnson, 72, died June 18, 1934.
A memorial service will be held at a later date in the Ranch Chapel at Crooked River Ranch.
Mr. Johnson was born June 18, 1934, in San Jose, Calif., to Arthur W. and Louise (Pullan) Johnson. He married Gladys Wright Johnson in San Jose, Calif., on Feb. 10, 1956. He worked for Pacific Telephone for 30 years and retired in 1985.
He enjoyed working on classic cars and hot rods.
Survivors include his wife Gladys Johnson of Crooked River Ranch; sons Jeff Johnson of Redmond, and Bruce Johnson of Aptos, Calif.; brother Bob Johnson of San Jose, Calif.; six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
Memorial contributions can be made to Hospice Center Bend La Pine, 2075 N.E. Wyatt Ct., Bend, OR, 97701.
Autumn Funerals handled the arrangements.

Jack O’Lee Mitchell
Aug. 28, 1924-June 24, 2007
Redmond resident Jack O’Lee Mitchell, 82, died June 24, 2007.
A memorial service will be held Friday, June 29, at 1 p.m. at Powell Butte Christian Church.
Mr. Mitchell was born Aug. 28, 1924 to John and Ollie Mae (Beall) Mitchell in Roundup, Mont. After high school he joined the U.S. Navy. After 18 months of active duty he joined the reserves for 12 years. He came to Redmond in 1945 and married Naomi Brown Nov. 9, 1946. In 1976 the couple opened Canyon House of Carpet, which Mr. Mitchell ran for many years until selling to his son, still remaining active in the business until illness prevented it.
He was a lifetime Mason, a member of Powell Butte Christian Church, Acacia Low 12 Club, and The Greens Golf course. He always enjoyed playing golf.
Survivors include his wife, Naomi Mitchell Redmond, son Phil Mitchell of Bend, daughter Franki Keefe of Portland, sister Lila St. John of Spokane, four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Redmond Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements

June 21, 2007

Project Blue Book schedule

The Redmond Project Blue Book Festival, a celebration of UFO sightings in Redmond during the 1950s, kicks off Saturday June 23 at 10 a.m. in The Plaza, Southwest Seventh St., downtown Redmond. Activities include an alien parade at 10 a.m. followed by a children's costume contest, UFO cook-off at 11 a.m.(Food entries are accepted near the parade start on Seventh Street up to 10 a.m. and should contain something green), kids activities from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., ice cream social at noon, mashed potato “Devil’s Tower” sculpting contest in the afternoon, a performance of “The Monsters are Due on Maple Street,” by the Central Oregon Literary Theatre at 6 p.m., Galaxy (costume) Ball from 6:40-9 p.m. and an adult costume contest and live entertainment from noon to 5 p.m.
Information: Tracy, 408-6554 or e-mail art4redmond@hotmail.com.

June 19, 2007

Redmond's Project Blue Book Festival

The aliens are coming to Redmond, but if you keep your eyes on the skies, you'll miss it. This weekend's "Project Blue Book Festival" is an earth-bound affair, centered in and around the downtown Plaza on Saturday.

Project Blue Book refers to a U.S. Air Force project to document and analyze reports of UFO sitings between 1952 and 1970. Of the nearly 13,000 reports collected, the Air Force dismissed nearly all of them as misidentifications, either of conventional aircraft or meteorological phenomena. A handful remained unexplained - including one in Redmond in the fall of 1959.
According to the official report filed by the Air Force, in the early morning hours of September 24, 1959, military radar picked up an object 300 to 400 feet across in the skies above Redmond. Air traffic controllers at the Redmond Airport also picked up the object, visually and on radar, and reported it moving between altitudes from 6,000 to 52,000 feet. Eight military aircraft were dispatched to the area to identify or intercept the object; upon their arrival, it departed at a high rate of speed - the pilot of one of the F-102 fighters sent to intercept the object reported that he had to swerve to avoid a collision, while another nearly lost control of his plane upon hitting the turbulence left behind while leaving. One pilot followed the object for a short time before giving up the chase, but the object continued to register on radar for the next two hours. Several people on the ground, including Redmond police officer Robert Dickerson, reported seeing the object and the ensuing chase, but the initial report from the Air Force suggested there was no object - the radar systems that had tracked it had malfunctioned, and anyone who saw anything was overly imaginative. Later explanations suggested the object had been a weather balloon, and still later, the planet Venus. Between accounts recorded by the FAA, the Air Force, and local residents on the ground, the Redmond incident is one of the better documented UFO sitings ever reported.

But according to the organizers of the upcoming Blue Book Festival, it remains little-known - between the passage of nearly 50 years and the arrival of tens of thousands of new residents from outside Central Oregon, the Redmond case was in danger of disappearing from memory.

"It's not well known," said Steve Hudspeth, owner of P.S. Shoes and one of the event organizers. "Of course, '59, not a lot of people were around then, but when you tell people there was an actual Blue Book incident in Redmond, they all go 'What? Really?'"

Even Tracey Thille, another event organizer and a self-described "big sci-fi nut" didn't know about it until recently. She was pushing for a UFO-oriented festival before she was even familiar with the 1959 incident, largely based on her own interest in the subject and the success of a similar annual event held at the McMenamins Hotel Oregon in McMinnville. In the course of recruiting help with putting the festival together, both Hudspeth and Thille have ran into a surprising number of people with personal UFO sighting stories.

"There's a lot of people when you talk to them say 'I had this happen to me,' or 'I had that happen to me,'" Hudspeth say. "They may not want to say it out loud, but they'll tell you about it."

Thille said though she's hoping for a fun event, there's a serious aspect to the Blue Book festival as well. No one will be laughing at anyone who has a story to share. "We respect their experiences. We're going to have something called the Sightings Studio, where you can come in and record your experiences. And later in the evening we're going to have a gathering which will be just an open time in the plaza where you can sit and talk with fellow encounterees," she said. "Talk about your experiences and you see that you're not alone, there are a lot of people who've seen something. Some people won't say anything, they'll say 'It'll make me sound like I'm whacko,' but nearly everyone I've talked to knows someone who's seen something or they've seen something themselves."

Thille said she's disappointed she won't have a story for the sightings studio."I don't think I've seen anything. I try, I sit in the hot tub every night and watch," she said. Hudspeth and Thille both said they're hopeful the festival draws enough community interest that they can bring it back next year.

For a full listing of activities at the Blue Book Festival, see What's Happening on page 16 or pick up a Blue Book event publication at the Spokesman office.


Joseph Eugene Cunningham Sr.
Feb. 8, 1940-June 11, 2007

Crooked River Ranch resident Joseph Eugene Cunningham Sr., 67, died June 11, 2007. A memorial service was held June 15 in the Redmond Memorial Chapel. Mr. Cunningham was born Feb. 8, 1940, in Fairmont, W.Va., to Joseph and Virginia Cunningham. He graduated from Fairmont High School in 1957 and enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He served in the Navy for 21 years, including three tours in Vietnam. He retired as a Master Chief Petty Officer in 1978. He was a fleet sales manager for GMC Trucks and retired in 2002. He lived in Sandy, Utah, for 30 years before moving to Crooked River Ranch. He was active in the American Legion and served as post commander for two years. He was a lifetime member of the VFW. He loved gardening and grew delicious tomatoes, loved cooking and spending time with his family and friends.

Survivors include his wife Phyllis Cunningham of Crooked River Ranch; son Joseph Eugene Cunningham Jr.; daughters Tracey Van Meter and Nicole Cunningham; and four grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his sister Dorothy Mae Crites. Memorial contributions can be made to a charity of one's choice. Redmond Memorial Chapel handled the arrangements.
Mary Ruth Fleming
Dec. 29, 1929-June 5, 2007
Former Redmond resident Mary Ruth Fleming, 77, died of cancer June 5, 2007. At her request, no services will be held.Mrs. Fleming was born Dec. 29, 1929, in Hoquiam, Wash., to Fred and Ida Warbington. She graduated from Hoquiam High School in 1948 and attended the University of Washington for a short time. She married Donald A. Fleming in Hoquiam, Wash., on Jan. 14, 1951. She moved to Portland in 1968 and operated a Taco Bell restaurant on southeast Portland. The business eventually expanded to include four Taco Bell restaurants in Multnomah County. She sold the business in 1985 and began traveling and became more active in public service. She taught English classes at night in Green Valley, Ariz., and worked as an elementary school teacher's aid in Clarksdale, Miss. She moved to Redmond in 2000 and lived here during the summer months. She volunteered for the food bank in Redmond and was an English tutor. She helped build homes for Habitat for Humanity in Coahoma, Miss. She was a founding member and served on the board of directors for a nonprofit organization in rural Mississippi that promotes literacy and learning through the creation of a lending library, the payment of tuition, and the repayment of college loans for poor students. Prior to her illness, she was planning a trip to Guatemala to participate in an intensive Spanish language course.

Survivors include her husband Donald Fleming; sons Steve Fleming of Corvallis, Mark Fleming of Seattle, Wash., and Dean Fleming of Altadena, Calif.; daughter Ann Myers of Milwaukie; siblings Lee Warbington of Tahuya, Wash., Carl Warbington of Hoquiam, Wash., and Helen Warbington of Portland; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Memorial contributions can be made to the Southern Poverty Law Center, 400 Washington Ave., Montgomery, AL, 36104, or online at www.splcenter.org.
Ruth Anne Chinnock
Oct. 18, 1913-June 15, 2007
Former Redmond resident Ruth Anne Chinnock, 93, died June 15, 2007. A memorial service and Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, June 23, 2-4 p.m., in the Terwilliger Plaza White Auditorium, 2545 S.W. Terwilliger Blvd., in Portland. Private inurnment will be held at St. Francis of the Assisi Episcopal Church in Wilsonville. Mrs. Chinnock was born Oct. 18, 1913, in Redmond. Her maiden name was Roberts. She married John T. Chinnock in 1944. He died in 2000. She lived in Redmond from 1913 to 1941, in Portland from 1940 to 1950, in Madras from 1991 to 2000 and in Portland from 2001 to the time of her death. She worked in general operations for U.S. Bank for 45 years. She was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Episcopal Church, Pi Beta Phi and a 75-year member of the PEO. She was a lay Episcopal minister. She enjoyed golf, playing bridge and traveling.

Survivors include her sons Alan Chinnock of West Linn, and Bruce Chinnock of Salem. Memorial contributions can be made to the Terwilliger Plaza Foundation, 2545 S.W. Terwilliger Blvd., Portland, OR, 97201.Cornwell Colonial Chapel in Wilsonville handled the arrangements.
Genevieve O'Donna Giskaas
March 14, 1913-June 15, 2007
Former Redmond resident Genevieve O'Donna Giskaas, 94, died June 15, 2007. No services will be held at this time.Mrs. Giskaas was born March 14, 1913, in Jackson County, Kan., to Harrison R. and Estella Ruth (Adams) Noe. She married Claud L. Ward in 1932. The marriage ended in divorce. She married Palmer E. Giskaas in 1961. She and her husband Palmer owned Palmer's Motel in Bend until moving to Redmond in 1982. Her husband died in 1990 and she moved from Redmond to Bend in 1997. She was a member of the First Lutheran Church in Bend, sang in the church choir and played piano. She was a talented artist and cartoonist and enjoyed telling stories to children. She and two of her sisters painted under the name of "The Three Sisters." She loved deer hunting, camping and traveling to Arizona.

Survivors include her son Gary Ward of Bend; brother Wallace Noe of Idaho; sisters Virginia Wise of Idaho and Catherine Woodward of Redmond; five grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband Palmer in 1990, a daughter, three brothers and one sister.Deschutes Memorial Chapel handled the arrangements.

Parks survey shows desire for trails, open space

Trails like this canal-side section near The Greens are on the wish list for Remond parks
photo by Leslie Pugmire Hole

Redmond residents want more trails and walking paths, natural areas, places for outdoor events and picnic places.At least that's according to 326 residents who recently filled out parks surveys.

An additional 66 surveys received online have not been tabulated, city parks supervisor Jeff Powers told the Redmond Parks Commission Monday evening.Trails were the most asked for facility with 186 votes, followed by natural areas, 130; places for outdoor events, 111; and picnic shelters/tables, 107. In contrast, only two people wanted an ice rink, and tennis courts garnered only five votes.

The survey will be used to tweak the draft of the parks and trails component of the city facilities plan that that is in the process of being updated. Projects identified in the facilities plan will be added to the city's Capital Improvement Plan, which will be used to calculate new System Development Charges. The park plan looks at what additional park facilities will be needed to serve a population of 58,000 in the year 2030.

Consultants from David Evans & Associates and a committee of local residents have been at working on the master plan for city parks facilities. The plan includes new parks both within the 2,300-acre Urban Growth Boundary expansion and inside current city limits, and includes three elements - neighborhood parks, community parks, and, new this time, trails.

To serve the population projected in the future, DEA estimates that Redmond will need six new neighborhood parks, at an estimated cost of $1.5 million each, and will need to acquire and develop and additional 124 acres of community parks at an estimated cost of $9.3 million. The plan proposed 11 more miles of trails and 34 more baseball and softball fields.

The total cost for all parks facilities identified in the plan for the next 23 years is more than $60 million with $44.7 eligible for funding through SDCs, fees paid by new construction to help the city pay for growth of water, sewer, street and parks facilities.With the need to raise $44.7 million through SDCs, the parks fee would rise from $824 to about $3,200.

That's a big jump, but other communities charge more, said David Olsen of DEA. Bend's parks SDC is $3,340, while Canby's is $4,700.Commission member Gary Parks noted that land costs have increased 1,000 percent since the last time the city's park facilities plan and Capital Improvement Plan were updated.

The city will consider the proposed parks plan along with updated facilities plans for the city's transportation, water and wastewater systems later this year. The Parks Commission is scheduled to make a recommendation on the parks and trails portion at its next meeting on July 11.

"It's a good solid plan; it's not gold-plated," Parks said.In other business, the Parks Commission learned that construction on American Legion Park in the canyon south of Highland Avenue should begin next month. The project bid advertisement is scheduled to run this weekend, Powers said.

Over the next 90 days after the bid is awarded, contractors will do earthwork, install irrigation and begin planting of grass and landscaping. The park will be ready for use next spring.Depending on the results of fund-raising, the Rotary Club will either begin its construction on the stage planned for the park this fall or next spring, he added.

story by Trish Pinkerton

June 12, 2007

June 13, 2007

  • A renewed interest in murals, in part fueled by Redmond's upcoming centennial, has caused some in the city to wonder whether Redmond needs some guidelines in place before paintings start showing up all over town. Members of local art and history organizations are meeting with city officials in an effort to decide how, or if, Redmond should regulate building murals.
  • Redmond High School's panther sculpture, stolen earlier this month by possible graduating seniors, has yet to show up. Police have no clues as yet.
  • Redmond's farmers market is open every Monday afternoon again, but this year is located next to St. Charles-Redmond.
  • The Society of Professional Journalists has awarded the Redmond Spokesman second place in its 2006 Excellence in Journalism contest, in the category of General Excellence.

Redmond's Farmers Market

Redmond's farmers market now averages 35 vendors
photo by Melissa Jansson

The third summer for Redmond Farmers Market is underway, perhaps not bigger but hopefully better than ever.
"This year every vendor was juried to ensure quality," says market owner and operator Sarah Yancey. Everything sold at the weekly markets must be grown or made by the vendor.

This year brings another change to market -- a new location. Last year the farmer's market enjoyed the high visibility and green expanse of the park-like median between Fred Meyer and Highway 97. The site is soon to be construction zone, however, so the market relocated to the grounds west of St. Charles-Redmond - yielding less room for growth but more support from its sponsor.
I couldn't ask for a more perfect place," Yancey says. "St. Charles has been wonderful to work with and they've been publicizing the market to their employees and in their publications."

The market will average about 35 vendors this year, the most the new space can hold. Shoppers will be able to choose from fresh seasonal produce (most from the valley), fresh baked goods, free-range organic eggs, hanging baskets and gift flower pots, and homemade root beer and ginger ale. Hell n' Back Salsa will be back, as well as a coffee roaster from Lone Pine, the "Lotion Lady" from Prineville, buffalo and elk meat from Pine Mountain Ranch, and stained glass from Glass Cats. Organic 'healing' honey and bee pollen; soaps, ointments and salves from Earth Dragon Herbals; and candles made from 100 percent recycled wax are just a few more of the vendors at this year's market.

The market opened Memorial Day and will close Labor Day; the schedule is every Monday from 2-6 p.m.
So far customers seem to be finding the market, even in the new location. Opening day Yancey counted 300 shoppers in the first hour, a welcome sight. According to Yancey, she has yet to make a profit with the market but continues to believe in it, and its value to the community.
"I believe in it and I believe in Redmond," she says.

-- story by Leslie Pugmire Hole

Strassman lives to ride

Skylar Strassman (left) ropes at the Sisters Rodeo last weekend. Photo by Gary Newman

While his classmates were practicing for graduation at Redmond High School last week, Skylar Strassman was roping steers with the pros at the Sisters Rodeo.

Graduation may be a big deal, but Strassman’s passion is rodeo.

“I told them I had to rope at Sisters,” said Strassman. “That’s pretty much my number one priority -- rodeo.”

A friend told him what he needed to know for the ceremony and he picked up his diploma with the rest of his classmates Thursday. The next day the teenager was on the road to Union.

“He just has a passion,” said John Strassman, his father. “The kid wants to be on the back of a horse all the time.”

The 18-year-old Redmond High graduate is in second place in the state steer wrestling standings going into the High School State Finals rodeo this week. He also qualified in 10th place in the team roping with his partner Jordan Crossley of Hermiston. Crossley leads the girls all-around standings.

Strassman got his start with horses when his family moved to a 20-acre spread between BendRedmond when he was in first grade. He started off participating in horse shows and learned to ride with English tack, a fact he prefers to keep quiet but his father sees as a good thing. and

“It really made him a good rider,” said John Strassman. “He has good balance and skill and I think that contributed to his success.”

Skylar started participating in peewee rodeo in 7th-grade roping and chute dogging, an event where the contestant comes out of the chute hanging on to the animal. He jumped his first steer as a freshman.

“Probably my junior year I was getting the hang of it,” he said. “It just takes run after run to get the hang of it.”

At 5-10, 174 pounds, Strassman isn’t big for a steer wrestler, so skill is paramount. The thrill of accomplishing the complex athletic feat of throwing a big animal keeps him coming back for more.

“It’s just how you can throw a 400-pound steer on its side so quick. There’s a lot to it,” he said. “Especially being small you get a good run on (and) it makes you feel pretty good.”

Strassman is quick to credit Terrebonne cowboy Sam Willis and Bend steer wrestler Alex Robinson for helping him with his event.

“I think he’s kind of a town kid, but he has a passion for it,” said Willis, who likes Strassman’s athletic ability and willingness to try. “I think he can go as far as he wants to go.”

John Strassman credits Willis with steering his son toward college. Willis went to college in Oklahoma and when he found out Strassman wanted to go to school in that state he made a few phone calls for him.

“I just cracked the door for him,” said Willis. “And he took care of it after that.”

Oklahoma will offer more opportunities to compete.

“There are a lot more places to go bulldog down there,” said Willis. “They just do it every day.”

Strassman trails his good friend Ryan Bothum of Hermiston by five points going into the state finals rodeo. They plan to attend Connors State College, a community college in Tulsa. Strassman plans to study business.

But first comes the state finals rodeo. Last year Strassman qualified for the National High School Finals Rodeo in the steer wrestling and he hopes to repeat with a trip to the NHSFR at the state fairgrounds in Springfield, Ill., in July.

With two goes and a short round, athletes can put up a lot of points at the state finals.

“There’s so many points, the whole year basically comes down to the state finals,” he said.

--story by Gary Newman


Robert James Campbell
July 4, 1924-June 2, 2007

Former Redmond resident Robert James Campbell, 82, died June 2, 2007, of complications following surgery.

Interment will be held at a later date in the Willamette National Cemetery.

Mr. Campbell was born July 4, 1924, in Wallace, Idaho, to Ray and Lucy (Godwen) Campbell. When he was a child his family moved often and eventually settled in Redmond. He enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corp in 1943 and fought in the South Pacific Islands and occupied Japan. He returned to Redmond and married Joyce Davidson in 1947. He worked for Central Electric Co-op until 1969 and moved to Hermiston where he worked for Umatilla Electric. He later moved to Eugene and started his own business, Central Substation Services. He retired in 1982 for health reasons. He lived in Eugene at the time of his death.

Survivors include his wife Joyce Campbell of Eugene; son Scott Campbell of Salem; daughter Janet Hix of Redmond; two brothers; five grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his son Richard, parents, five brothers and two sisters.


Harold Castle
Dec. 8, 1931-June 5, 2007

Redmond resident Harold Castle, 75, died of natural causes June 5, 2007. A memorial service was held June 8 in the Autumn Funerals Chapel. A graveside service was held June 10 in the Canyon City Cemetery.

Mr. Castle was born Dec. 8, 1931, in Cashmere, Wash., to Chester and Erma Castle. He served in the National Guard and later worked in construction until losing his eyesight in 1956. He regained his eyesight in 2000.

He enjoyed buying and selling cars, driving and traveling. He was a member of the Elks Lodge for 50 years.

Survivors include his companion Carol Olan; sons Larry Castle of Emmett, Idaho, and Terry Castle of Cheshire; stepchildren Veneda Frank of Klamath Falls, Randy Olano of Bend and Geneva Olano of Seaside, Calif.; aunt Thelma Kyte of John Day; and three grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his son Jerry Castle and one brother.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Oregon Council of the Blind, 4730 Auburn Rd., Space 52, Salem, OR, 97301. Autumn Funerals handled the arrangements.


Richard Ray Church Jr
Aug. 10, 1958-June 7, 2007

Redmond resident Richard Ray Church Jr., 48, died of cancer June 7, 2007. A memorial service was held June 11 at Autumn Funerals in Redmond.

Mr. Church was born Aug. 10, 1958, in San Diego, Calif., to Richard Church and Diann Pottoroff. He grew up in Lemoore, Calif., and graduated from high school there. He lived in Portland for 15 years and moved to Redmond 11 years ago. He was a machinist for 20 years and worked for Powroll, Inc., of Redmond and Crooked River Ranch for the past eight years. He loved all sports, played basketball and coached basketball for the Redmond Boys and Girls Club for five years. He loved playing pool.

Survivors include his wife of 15 years Sally Church of Redmond; father Richard R. Church Sr.; mother and stepfather Diann and Harold Pottorff of Crooked River Ranch; sons Richards and Jacob, both of Crooked River Ranch; brother Joe Pottorff of Redmond; sisters Wanda Neilson of Gresham; and grandmother Irene Fick of Portland. He was preceded in death by his stepdaughter Maggie Ann.

Memorial contributions can be made to the St. Charles Medical Center Cancer Research Center, St. Charles Foundation, 2500 N.E. Neff Rd., Bend, 97701. Autumn Funerals handled the arrangements.


Waldo Harold Cramer
Feb. 28, 1910-June 8, 2007

Waldo Harold Cramer, 97, died June 8, 2007. A Celebration of Life service will be held Friday, June 15, 1 p.m., at the Zion Lutheran Church, 1113 S.W. Black Butte Blvd., Redmond.

Mr. Cramer was born Feb. 28, 1910, in The Dalles to Lena and Henry Cramer. He attended school in The Dalles and graduated from The Dalles High School. After graduation he worked as a salesman for his family’s wholesale business, Cramer Brothers, in The Dalles and traveled throughout Central and Eastern Oregon. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and was stationed in the Aleutian Islands in Alaska. He also worked on the construction of the Alcan Highway and was later a pilot. He owned and operated an alfalfa farm in Boardman. He lived in Hermiston for several years after retiring and later lived in Redmond and Terrebonne.

He was a longtime member of the Zion Lutheran Church in Redmond, and as a youth was an active member of the Luther League Youth Club and the Zion Lutheran Church in The Dalles. He enjoyed Bible studies, working in his yard, caring to his home and classical music and opera.

Survivors include several nieces and nephews, and his church family. Mr. Cramer’s family would like to acknowledge the loving friendship and support of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Hansen, Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Folkestad, and the extended church family of Zion Lutheran Church.

Memorial contributions can be made to Zion Lutheran Church, 1113 S.W. Black Butte Blvd., Redmond, 97756, or to Doernbecher Children’s Hospital Foundation, 1121 S.W. Salmon St., Portland, OR, 97205. Redmond Memorial Chapel handled the arrangements.


Gary Duane Gill
June 4, 1968-June 2, 2007

Redmond resident Gary Duane Gill, 38, died of undetermined natural causes June 2, 2007. A memorial service will be held Friday, June 15, 10 a.m., at Autumn Funerals, 485 N.W. Larch Ave., Redmond.

Mr. Gill was born June 4, 1968, in Prineville to Don Gill and Dorothy McPhetridge. He worked as a cook for Shari’s Restaurant in Redmond for 18 years. He enjoyed camping, fishing, spending time with his family and his dog Charlie.

Survivors include his parents; brother Kevin McPhetridge of Bend; sister Devonna Acree of Redmond; and grandmother Mabel Farlow. He was preceded in death by a grandmother and his grandfathers.

Autumn Funerals handled the arrangements.


Harold Ray Hoyt
April 13, 1921-June 4, 2007

Crooked River Ranch resident Harold Ray Hoyt, 86, died of natural causes June 4, 2007. A funeral service will be held today, 10 a.m., in the Portland Memorial Sunset Chapel.

Mr. Hoyt was born April 13, 1921, in Portland to Arthur Henry and Della Victoria Hoyt. He served as an Army sergeant railroad line supervisor from 1942 to 1945. He married June Helm May 1, 1948. He was a park attendant the City of Portland Parks Bureau and retired in 1981.
He loved fishing and gardening. He was a handyman and enjoyed teaching his sons how to fix things.

Survivors include his wife June Hoyt; sons Ray Hoyt and Brian Hoyt; and daughter Susan Memott. Memorial contributions can be made to The Seeing Eye Foundation, P.O. Box 375, Morristown, NJ, 07963-0375, or to Hospice of Redmond & Sisters, 732 S.W. 23rd Ave., Redmond, 97756.

Autumn Funerals handled the arrangements.

June 5, 2007

June 6, 2007

  • Dozens of law enforcement officers from a multitude of agencies joined ODOT staffers and other safety personnel in the apprehension and later investigation of a woman fleeing the Portland area after allegedly shooting her ex-boyfriend. The dramatic chase last week ended in downtown Redmond, as the woman left her car and shot herself after being surrounded by police. City police from Madras, Redmond, and Bend, together with Deschutes County Sheriff's deputies and Oregon State Police troopers were involved in the pursuit and crime scene investigation, which began in the early morning hours June 6, tying up Redmond roads until the early afternoon.
  • High school students apparently thought it was worth one last prank before graduation, stealing the large metal panther statue that has graced the entrance hall of Redmond High School. "007" was spray-painted on the pedestal, pointing the blame to outgoing seniors. No information has turned up in the crime since it occurred Memorial Day weekend.
  • Summer softball is big this year, filling Redmond playing fields past capacity and causing some interested teams to be turned away. Redmond Park and Recreation District officials signed up 20 teams this year, a record for adult recreational softball.

Crooked Fire prompts access talks

Last week’s wildfire at Crooked River Ranch reminded residents that the community is severely limited in its transportation choices --- there’s only one way in and one way out.

The Crooked Fire burned 300 acres in the Deschutes County portion of the Ranch May 31 after remains of a burn pile flared up and quickly spread out of control. Officials advised residents of about 100 homes to evacuate. The fire was partially contained that evening and was declared fully contained over the weekend.

Following an investigation by the State Fire Marshal’s Office and the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office, ranch resident Lane Ball, 52, was cited for reckless burning, a Class A misdemeanor. According to investigators, Balls burned debris on his property during the morning and thought he had put out the fire. He left the debris unattended and the fire flared up.

Crooked River Ranch lies on a triangle of land between the deep gorges of the Deschutes and Crooked rivers to the west and east. The only official access to the ranch is on the south end at 43rd Street off Lower Bridge Way.

There is a second southern access, but it is an unimproved dirt road that crosses Bureau of Land Management property and comes out on Lower Bridge Road near the Deschutes River. Many times it’s impassable by passenger cars and not suitable for people pulling trailers, said Frank Ferraro, vice president of the Ranch’s board of directors. “And in this case the fire was in that area. If the fire had spread east, it would have blocked main access road as well.”

With smoke from the fire visible for miles traffic became a problem as residents tried to get home to retrieve animals and belongings and others tried to get a view of the fire.

“The limited ingress/egress is a problem,” said Deschutes County Sheriff Larry Blanton. “It was compounded with so much traffic, and probably most were not residents, (they were) just people wanting to see the fire.”

The heavy traffic caused problems with getting equipment in over already narrow country roads, Blanton said. Many CRR residents ended up in vehicles backed up to Highway 97 trying to get home to get animals out, and in many cases tempers flared.

A second exit has been talked about for several years, but not seriously recently, Ferraro said, but he’s confident that will change in light of the recent fire.

A second entrance/exit is “certainly something that’s needed,” said George Trahern, treasurer of the ranch’s board. “We’re aware that we need one, but it’s something that’s not going to happen overnight.”

Trahern said he was encouraged to see that State Rep John Dallum, R-The Dalles, who represents the area, is making a last minute push in the Legislature to include a bridge to state highway projects list.

Dallum suggested that the best route would pave Horny Hollow Trail and build a bridge to connect with Opal Springs Road.

Ferraro concurs.

“The obvious route for a second access would be down Horny Hollow, which goes to the grasslands and if you continue to hike down that way you would get to Lake Billy Chinook,” he explained. “It would give us both north and south entrances. But getting the dollars and getting high priority is the problem.”

“(A bridge) is such an expensive project that we can’t afford it,” said Trahern, who put the price at “multi-million dollars” including the roads to reach a bridge.

Jefferson County’s draft Transportation System Plan identifies the need for about $150,000 to conduct a feasibility study of options for a northern exit, said Jim Bryant, Oregon Department of Transportation senior planner, who has been working on the plan with Jefferson County officials. The feasibility study would help estimate costs for constructing the different options.

Any improvements that involve a bridge would be very expensive, Bryant added.

Neither Ferraro nor Trahern lives in the area of the fire. Both live farther north.

While his home wasn’t threatened, Trahern, who lives about a half mile into Jefferson County, used the fire as a drill and made sure he could get his vehicle ready to tow in an emergency.

Frank Ferraro anticipates that the subject will be talked about at the board’s next meeting on June 18.

“It’s a high priority for the ranch. It gets talked about, but nothing gets done,” Ferraro said.

He hopes the current interest in building a second entrance/exit would be not just because of the fire, but because it’s needed, and that something gets done this time.

“People would be pretty stranded if something happened on the south end,” he said.

-- by Trish Pinkerton

James Sinks of Wescom News Service contributed to this report

Roger Stack, 1924-2007

Dr. Roger Stack

Physician, involved citizen, creator of Stack Park -- Redmond's only private park that was really public

You will be missed

Stack Park in winter

Longtime Redmond resident Dr. Roger Stack, who built his own park and delivered thousands of babies from the 1950’s through the 1980’s, died on Wednesday, May 30 at the age of 83.

Stack’s most lasting mark on the community is likely to be ‘Stack Park,’ a leafy one-block lot at the intersection of Kingwood Avenue and Canyon Drive. Starting in the early 1980’s, Dr. Stack began improving the empty lot he owned next door to his home. He planted trees and grass and built rock walls. For years, he could be seen mowing the grass every summer, and every fall, he’d spend days and sometimes weeks cleaning up the fallen leaves. During the holidays, Dr. Stack would unravel yards and yards of Christmas lights and string them throughout “his park.”

With his passing, the land will be donated to the city of Redmond. His son, Mike Stark, said the only condition is that the park remains much the same – full of trees, and available to the public for weddings and other events.

Mayor Alan Unger, who’s father worked for years alongside Dr. Stack at Redmond’s Cascade Medical Clinic, said Dr. Stack will be missed, and that the city is honored to take over as stewards of the park he built.

“This is a magnanimous gift to the city, for an individual to look at the community as opposed to looking at just making money,” Unger said. “It could turn into houses if the Stacks wanted it to, but no, they care more about the community and want to save this to be a sort of legacy place, Stack Park, and continue the usage that it has today.”

Born in Marshfield, Ore., on Jan. 14, 1924, Stack grew up well aware of how his father had never achieved his dream of becoming a physician. Stack boldly announced his plans to become a doctor in his high school yearbook, and he, his brother Richard, and his cousin Tom all lived out the elder Stack’s dream.

With World War II on the rise when he graduated high school, doctors were in demand, and Stack was exempted from the draft and rushed through college and medical school. Interviewed in the Spokesman in 1997, he said it was while studying medicine at Oregon State UniversityOregon Coast, he’d only known fir trees, he said, but the OSU campus was covered with massive oaks and maples that changed colors with the season. that Stack developed his love for trees. Growing up on the

Stack’s training forced him to miss the Second World War, but when the Korean War broke out, he jumped at the chance to serve. Assigned to a Mobile Army Surgical Hospital, he was a tentmate with a young man named H. Richard Hornberger, who wrote a book that was made into a movie that was made into a television show that elevated the phrase “M*A*S*H” from military jargon to popular culture.

The book, the movie, and the show were all pretty true to life, Stack said, though he insisted none of the characters were modeled after him.

Upon his discharge in 1953, Stack came to Redmond to open his own doctor’s office. Six years later he was married to “MeMeDwyer. They were married for nearly 45 years and had four children prior to her death in August 2004. Stack is survived by his three sons, Mike of West Linn, Ore., Dan of Redmond, Ore., Sean of Zurich, Switz., and his daughter, Molly Stack of Portland. He had six grandchildren.

Dr. Stack’s interest in beautifying his hometown went beyond his self-built park. He planted the first street trees in downtown Redmond along Fifth and Sixth streets, and helped start the Budding Society, a group that installed the first landscaping in the islands in the middle of Highway 97 at the north and south Y. The club, now known as the Redmond Garden Club, continues to maintain the islands to this day. Along with his fellow members of the Rotary Club – he was an active member for 39 years – Stack cleared the brush from the triangle-shaped patch of land just east of Fred Meyer, turning the area into an informal grassy park.

Dana Sorum, who knew Dr. Stack for nearly 50 years through their involvement in Rotary, said he remembers his friend as a modest man who was proud of his achievements but avoided boasting.

“Plants, trees – Roger had a hand in it,” he said.

Mike Stack said his father was impressed by Redmond’s growth over the years, and never succumbed to the temptation to yearn for the good old days.

“We’d drive around and he’d say ‘man, look at that, you know whose farm that used to be?’ Because he used to make house calls as a doctor, he’d say ‘this used to be so and so’s farm.’ He was not upset there were houses built there, he kinda liked that change,” Mike said. “Some of those houses across the canyon from us, over by the Catholic Church, one of the things he said he like about ‘em was that he said the builder at least had enough sense to change the style of the outside so when you’re driving by they don’t look all cookie-cutter. He liked those people in developments that thought about what they were doing.”

Despite fighting Parkinson’s over the last few years, Dr. Stack stayed fairly active until recently, Mike said. Up until January, when he was admitted to the hospital for the first of a series of visits, he would go out for breakfast every Monday with “The Old Farts Club,” a group of longtime Redmond residents.

For a man who spent much of his life around sick people, Dr. Stack was generally healthy. Mike said his father marveled at the fact he’d only had the flu four times in his lifetime, and until this year, he’d only been to the hospital as a patient twice – once for kidney stones, and once for a broken finger sustained in a backyard football game with his sons.

“He said ‘I wasn’t sick most of my life, it’s catching up on me.’ That’s just the way the cards are dealt,” Mike Stack said. “Some people who get Parkinson’s or another degenerative disease like that they become bitter, but he never was like that.”

A funeral Mass will be held on Thursday, June 7 at St Thomas Catholic Church in Redmond at 11:00 a.m. Dr. Stack will be buried at Redmond Memorial Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Redmond Garden Club.

-- by Scott Hammers