- 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.
June 26, 2007
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
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
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
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
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.
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
; many more hail from Redmond . Bend
- Those same personnel will tell you quietly that some Pronghorn members are
Good luck figuring out who they might be.
March 14, 1913-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.
March 21, 1938-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.
Sept. 2, 1946-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.
June 18, 1934-June 11, 2007
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.
Aug. 28, 1924-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
Information: Tracy, 408-6554 or e-mail email@example.com.
June 19, 2007
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
June 12, 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.
photo by Melissa Jansson
"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.
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
“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
“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
“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
“I just cracked the door for him,” said Willis. “And he took care of it after that.”
“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
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
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.
Robert James Campbell
Interment will be held at a later date in the
Mr. Campbell was born
Survivors include his wife Joyce Campbell of
Mr. Castle was born
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
Memorial contributions can be made to the Oregon Council of the Blind,
Richard Ray Church Jr
Mr. Church was born
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
Memorial contributions can be made to the
Waldo Harold Cramer
Waldo Harold Cramer, 97, died
Mr. Cramer was born
He was a longtime member of the
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
Memorial contributions can be made to
Gary Duane Gill
Mr. Gill was born
Survivors include his parents; brother Kevin McPhetridge of
Autumn Funerals handled the arrangements.
Harold Ray Hoyt
Crooked River Ranch resident Harold Ray Hoyt, 86, died of natural causes
Mr. Hoyt was born
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,
Autumn Funerals handled the arrangements.
June 5, 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.
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
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
There is a second southern access, but it is an unimproved dirt road that crosses Bureau of Land Management property and comes out on
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-
Dallum suggested that the best route would pave Horny Hollow Trail and build a bridge to connect with
“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.
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
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
Physician, involved citizen, creator of Stack Park -- Redmond's only private park that was really public
You will be missed
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 ‘
With his passing, the land will be donated to the city of
Mayor Alan Unger, who’s father worked for years alongside Dr. Stack at
“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,
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
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
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
Dr. Stack’s interest in beautifying his hometown went beyond his self-built park. He planted the
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
“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
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
-- by Scott Hammers