July 31, 2007

Aug. 1, 2007

  • Redmond is moving forward in its plans for a new Public Works complex, and -- further down the road -- a new city hall. Designs are being crafted for the public works buildings, which will be relocated in 2009 from its current site near the Redmond Airport to east Redmond on Antler Avenue. The city hall idea will be floated to any interested development companies who may be interested in helping the city with a public/private partnership that would yield a new, larger city hall and parking garage.
  • A bomb scare in southwest Redmond turned out to be dud, but was convincing enough to evacuate 17 homes and call in the bomb squad from the valley.
  • No citations have been handed out yet in Redmond's efforts to enforce its temporary sign ordinance, but 54 businesses were recently notified they were in violation.

Light the way -- the right way

When ODOT finished its reworking of Highway 126 through Redmond, creating the Highland-Glacier couplet, the city was fortunate enough to be able to install more of vintage-looking streetlights on the section that is covered by the Downtown Urban Renewal District.

Light poles like ours are very popular in 'historic' downtown areas throughout the U.S. They are seen as a much more aesthetically pleasing alternative to sterile cobra lights, both as architectural detail and lighting source.

The trouble with Redmond's lights, topped with a very common globe type called "acorn," is their poor design for the nighttime hours. The lights look great during the day, adding to ambiance of the downtown streets. But at night the glass globes, akin to a bare incandescent light bulb in a dark room, give off a glare that impairs drivers, irritates downtown residents and patrons, and adds to the general light pollution and energy waste in Redmond.

Unfortunately, the lights are a fairly new addition to the downtown landscape, purchased with Urban Renewal dollars just a few years ago. Vintage glass globes with 'cut-off' features (distributing light down, where it belongs) are available but would be an expensive purchase if replacement was done for all the poles. Hopefully, the city will realize its error in this light choice and switch to cut-off globes as the current ones need replacement.

Drivers, stargazers, and downtown visitors will thank them.

On the positive side, two of the best things about downtown's light poles are the banners and flower baskets added by the chamber of commerce. The 'Welcome to Redmond' banners - with a new color and design for every season - are a pleasant sight and a wonderful sentiment for visitors and residents. They jazz up downtown streets even when the flowers die and the trees are bare. In the winter the chamber strings twinkling white lights along the bases and in summer it hangs colorful flower baskets from the arms of each light pole.

Trouble is, street lights are supposed to be as useful and attractive at night as during the day. As soon as we get the proper fixtures, we'll have the best-looking lights in Central Oregon - night and day.

-- Redmond Spokesman editorial

The first time around

Photo by Zach Goodwin/copyright Redmond Spokesman

In one quick, smooth motion, Morgan Kissler flipped her standard Rex rabbit upside down in her arm to show off his healthy front teeth. “This is how you show their teeth to the judges,” she explained as she gently pushed back his lips. Morgan handled her rabbit, Baby Blue, with such ease and skill that he seemed calmer and more relaxed than most humans do in a dental chair.

The Redmond sixth-grader went on to point out a few more features of her show rabbit’s physique with the poise and confidence of a well-trained public speaker. “You have to give him some patience, clip and brush him and give him lots of attention,” Morgan said.

Morgan and her older sister Kara are part of the Deschutes County 4-H Cascade Carrot Crunchers group and will be showing their rabbits during the first day of the county fair this week. It’s hard to imagine that less than one year ago, these sisters knew nothing about rabbits, said their mom Wendy Kissler.

“4-H really teaches the kids a lot,” she said. “And it has really helped these girls with self-confidence and responsibility.”

Although the few days spent at the fair can be the most nerve-racking and exciting aspect to raising animals – especially for first-timers like Morgan and Kara -- it’s really just a quick close to months of hard work and study.

“It takes a lot to show a rabbit,” said Morgan. She laid out her three-ring 4-H binder and flipped through pages of handwritten record logs and printed information on rabbit health, care, breeding, and equipment.

Morgan and Kara Kissler have a total of 12 rabbits they care for daily. Only two will compete in the fair as show rabbits, and six will be sold at the fair as market rabbits.
Morgan’s rabbit Baby Blue is strictly a show rabbit, which is probably a good thing.

“I would be pretty sad if I had to give him away. I’d cry,” she said.

Pigs – a popular choice with 4-H kids – are often entered as market animals and sold at the livestock auction.

Over the past several years Kyle Krazt, fifth-grader at Evergreen Elementary, has watched his older sister Amanda raise and show 4-H pigs. This year he decided to give it a try himself.
His pig, Tonka, will be sold as a market animal. As of last week, Kyle was limiting Tonka’s daily feed in order to get him within the acceptable weight range to qualify for auction. “It makes him a little grumpy,” he said.

Almost every day since late March, Kyle has ventured out at 7 a.m. to feed his pig, hose him down and walk him several laps around the field. Getting out early is important in the summer, Kyle said, because when it gets hot pigs don’t want to move.

“The hardest thing is getting them to mind,” Kyle said. Young pig handlers use a show stick to guide their pigs in an out of the ring and to walk a required formation in front of the judges.

Once in the show ring, if a pig doesn’t mind its handler the judges notice so obedience training is important. That brought up a gloomy question – if the pig is going to become a breakfast side dish anyway, why does it matter whether it’s obedient?

“It’s part of the showmanship training,” explained Candi Bothum, 4-H program coordinator. “The point is to teach the kids training skills and how to present themselves in a positive manner.” And on the practical side, putting 15 hogs together in a ring can be a mess if they’re not manageable.
Amanda Krazt, a sophomore at Redmond High School, fell from a roof on July 4 and broke a vertebra. She too had been raising a pig to show, but because of her injury Kyle had to step in to finish the care and training of his sister’s pig, doubling his daily workload.

Kyle said he’s nervous about the judging during the fair, and isn’t sure whether he’ll do this again next year. “I’ll see how fair goes. I’m more into team sports than individual things.”

As a first-timer in 4-H, Kyle is fully aware that his pig Tonka will most likely be auctioned off and sent to the slaughterhouse. Kyle’s business sense is strong and he didn’t seem distraught over the idea.

“Kids go into the 4-H program knowing that there is money to be made at the end of the whole market thing,” said Bothum. “They understand that if they choose market, their animal is not going to be there after fair. But it can be very hard if a kid has never been around that … they spend a lot of time raising them and taking care of them to see them get loaded on a truck.”

Common market animals such as pigs and steer aren’t exactly snuggly like bunnies, so saying good-bye can be a little easier.

“It’s a long process to get them there,” said Michelle Kratz. “It’s a lot of work so you’re kind of relieved that you don’t have to deal with it anymore on a day to day basis. But it’s still a mix of feelings.”

Raising market animals can be a lucrative experience for kids in 4-H, but the primary purpose of the program will last much longer than a few hundred bucks.

“This is about learning showmanship, life skills, responsibilities, accountability, and teamwork,” said Bothum. “All the (4-H) projects are tools to help kids learn life skills. A lot of kids will learn things like how to fit their steer or sheep, but they may never own a sheep for the rest of their life. But it’s the other skills that last – public speaking, keeping records, responsibilities of caring for something. Those skills they keep all their life.”

-- story by Tara LaVelle


Keith Ronald Butterfield
Feb. 3, 1940-June 18, 2007
Former Redmond resident Keith Ronald Butterfield, 67, of Santa Cruz, Calif., died June 18, 2007.
Private burial will be held later this month in Oregon. Per his request, no other services will be held.
Mr. Butterfield was born Feb. 3, 1940, in Bend to Leo and Margaret Butterfield. He grew up in Redmond and attended Redmond High School, where he lettered in football, basketball and baseball. After high school he signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers and played in their farm system as catcher for two years. He worked in the shoe business for 25 years as salesman, buyer, manager and storeowner. He moved from Redmond to Sacramento, Calif., and later moved to Santa Cruz, Calif. He and a partner purchased a bar in Santa Cruz in 1993 and renamed it The Rush Inn. He became sole owner in 2000.
He was an avid golfer and hosted annual tournaments. He played in many charitable and senior golf tournaments throughout the Monterey Bay area and was chosen as a volunteer marshal at the last U.S. Open in Pebble Beach, Calif.
Survivors include his mother Margaret; children Rick and Theresa Olsen of Santa Cruz, Calif.; Brian and Penny Olsen of Springfield; Tracy and Kristen Olsen of Indianapolis, Ind.; Kathy Butterfield of Kalispell, Mont., and Lee Butterfield of Big Timber, Mont.; brother Elvin Butterfield; 12 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his father Leo Butterfield.
Memorial contributions can be made to Harbor High Football, care of Steve Wright, 123 Jewell St., Santa Cruz, CA, 95060.
Benito & Azzaro Pacific Gardens Chapel in Santa Cruz handled the arrangements.

Bette Louise Mathiesen
April 16, 1933-July 28, 2007
Terrebonne resident Bette Louise Mathiesen, 74, died of natural causes July 28, 2007.
Viewing will be Aug. 1 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Autumn Funerals, 485 N.W. Larch Ave., followed by a memorial service Aug. 1 from 5-8 p.m., at the Terrebonne Grange Hall. A graveside service will be held Friday, Aug. 3, 11 a.m., in the Willamette National Cemetery in Portland.
Mrs. Mathiesen was born April 16, 1933, in McMinnville to Phil and Ruby (Landingham) Fletcher. She grew up in McMinnville and attended high school there. She lived in Portland, Gresham and Oregon City before moving to Terrebonne. She married Walter Dean Mathiesen Sr. in Washington State on Dec. 15, 1958. She worked for Safeway in Portland for 17 years and helped with her husband's business. She was head cook at the Sunspot Drive-In Restaurant in Terrebonne since it opened.
She was an avid reader and enjoyed flower gardening, birds, fishing and hunting. She never met a stranger.
Survivors include her husband Walter Mathiesen Sr. of Terrebonne; son Walter D. Mathiesen Jr. of Manhattan, N.Y.; daughters Betty Jean Dalton of Terrebonne, Bonnie Hayes of St. Helens, Brenda Lee Serle of Albany, Barbara McGinness of Portland, and Beth Stibik of St. Helens; sister Jean Ann Bogh of Warrenton; 12 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, and two grandchildren.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Redmond Public Library.
Autumn Funerals handled the arrangements.

Harriet H. Moore
Nov. 11, 1915-July 26, 2007
Former longtime Redmond resident Harriet H. Moore, 91, died at a nursing facility in Prairie City July 26, 2007.
A graveside service will be held Friday, Aug. 3, 2 p.m., in the Redmond Memorial Cemetery.
Mrs. Moore was born Nov. 11, 1915, in Mabton, Wash., to August R. and Hilda H. Selle. She lived in Redmond from 1957 to 2002 and moved to John Day to be near her daughter. She was a well-known seamstress in Redmond and worked at Hogan's and Quisenberry's. She did alterations and made many wedding dresses and costumes. She worked in the kitchen at Juniper Golf Club for special events and worked as a custodian for the USDA for many years. Before moving to Redmond she lived in Maupin where she was a Cub Scout leader for many years.
Survivors include her daughters Barbara Gentry of John Day, and Sharon Evans of Tenmile; sister May Lansden of Union Gap, Wash.; sister-in-law Vickey Jo Moore of Redmond; 15 grandchildren; 38 great-grandchildren; and nine great-great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, two sons, one brother and two sisters.
Memorial contributions can be made to Hospice of Redmond & Sisters, 732 S.W. 23rd Ave., Redmond, 97756.
Redmond Memorial Chapel handled the arrangements.

Robin Moore Roy
Dec. 19, 1930-July 17, 2007
Former Redmond resident Robin Moore Roy, 76, died July 17, 2007, in Portland.
A graveside service was held July 21 in the Noble Pioneer Cemetery in Newberg.
Mr. Roy was born Dec. 19, 1930, in Portland to Elwood E. and Florine Elizabeth (Waltz) Roy. He grew up in Portland and graduated from Grant High School in 1948. He studied music at Lewis & Clark College. He enlisted in the Marine Corp in 1948 and served during the Korean Conflict. He returned to Portland in 1952 and lived in Newberg for 27 years. He lived in Redmond for a short time and returned to Portland and married Sarah "Betty" E. Garland in 1967.
He was a life member of the NRA and was a member of the UA Local 290 Plumbers and Steamfitters Union. He attended the Newberg Christian Church and was a Little League and Babe Ruth coach. He was an avid hunter, sportsman and outdoorsman.
Survivors include his wife Sarah "Betty" Roy of Dundee; sons Robin Roy Jr. of Medford and Martin Roy of Portland; daughters Beth Edens of Dundee, Kathy Lodge of Bend, and Susy Jefferson; honorary daughter Colleen Heinonen of Dundee; 12 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his daughter Leslie Roy.
Newberg Funeral Chapel handled the arrangements.

Elaine Helen Runnels
July 18, 1938-July 28, 2007
Elaine Helen Runnels, 69, of Powell Butte, died of natural causes July 28, 2007.
A memorial service will be held today, noon, at the Zion Lutheran Church, 1113 S.W. Black Butte Blvd., Redmond.
Mrs. Runnels was born July 18, 1938, in Great Falls, Mont., to Walter and Helen Williams.
She is survived by her husband Donald Runnels.
Redmond Memorial Chapel handled the arrangements.

Paul P. Spillman
June 30, 1919-July 9, 2007
Former Powell Butte resident Paul P. Spillman, 88, died July 9, 2007, in Bakersfield, Calif.
A memorial service will be held Aug. 3, 2 p.m., in the Powell Butte Community Church.
Mr. Spillman was born June 30, 1919, in La Grande. He attended Oregon State University and was a farmer. He volunteered his time for community activities involving education and environmental issues and was involved in 4-H for many years. He met Maude Holton at a Redmond High School class reunion and they married in1979. He moved to Albany for health reasons and later moved to Bakersfield, Calif., to be near his wife's family.
He was a lifetime member of the Powell Butte Community Church and sang in the church choir. He was active in the Lord's Acre Day Auction and made friends easily.
Survivors include his wife Maude Spillman of Bakersfield, Calif.; and sister Kathryn Yeakel of Salem.
Neptune Society of Bakersfield handled the arrangements.

July 24, 2007

July 25, 2007

  • The city began serious enforcement of its banner sign codes last week, letting businesses know if they were in violation and -- if not corrected in 10 days -- citing them. Redmond tightened up its codes regarding temporary signage earlier this year, prompting by what many saw as an abuse of the sign permit system.
  • If one developer has his way homesites in the master-planned Northwest Area (soon to be annexed into the city) will voluntarily pay a per-home fee to a school land purchase fund. Woodhill Homes has proposed to the city an option to a landowner-donated school parcel, instead suggesting that it may be possible to get area developers to cooperate in raising funds so the school district can buy land in the neighborhood.

Spokesman staff speaks out

When they dedicated the eagle statue at Highland Avenue I was on my way to work. I sat for 15 minutes in the heat before traffic came to a crawling move. I couldn’t believe they had waited until rush hour to put up this monstrosity. I avoided the area all week and finally drove past that weekend to see what I had been complaining about. I was mesmerized. The eagle took my breath away, it was so beautiful. Now I purposely take the route to work past the eagle so I can remind myself how something that made me so angry now brings so much joy!
Brenda Wright, classified

Ever think what a pleasure it would be to see an RV run over by a train? The more expensive the more fun it would be. Think $500,000 Beaver Coach...train going 60 mph...poof.
Gary Newman, reporter and traumatized veteran
of multiple RV encounters in the last week

After hearing horror stories about inflated numbers regarding the economic impacts of these large RV rallies, it was gratifying to see hordes of RVers pouring out of local restaurants and walking Redmond’s streets and shops. They came, they spent, they left. Best of both worlds (and they were really nice, too).
Leslie Pugmire Hole, editor

Redmond doesn’t have the big, old growth pines of Bend and Sisters. It is those handsome old trees that give cities their curb appeal. In just 24 months I’ve driven past several barren patches of land right after big trees were butchered. Suggestion? Put away the chainsaws and find a way to build around big trees or heal the sick ones.

Tara LaVelle, news assistant

Kudos! After years of negotiation the Stonehedge Homeowners Association has finally agreed to sell the city canyon bottom land needed to complete the Dry Canyon Trail. This will fulfill the dreams of many longtime residents who had a vision begun more than 25 years ago of a trail from the wastewater plant to Quartz Avenue.

Trish Pinkerton, reporter

Most people are considerate about not blocking intersections and they do acknowledge it when they’ve accidentally done it. But then there are those people who deliberately block cross streets during backed up traffic and don’t seem to care at all. Very rude — and illegal.

Nancy Povey, office manager

On a positive note: Redmond must have the best ‘small city’ airport in America! A tremendous, friendly staff makes flying a pleasure, and the upgraded facilities are great. My hat is off to all of the workers who do such a great job getting the people, and the planes, in and out of there fast. On a negative note: We must also have the worst “small city” roads in America. I’ve seen several near-accidents because of the deep ruts that are so hazardous to navigate.

Russ Morgan, news designer

Why are homeowner associations (HOA) such volatile organizations? Most people agree with the concept of ‘pride of ownership’ yet the groups’ covenants, conditions, and restrictions (CCRs) seem to cause varying degrees of interpretation and /or heartburn. Add to this a fee structure, enforcement responsibility, architectural approval, and general board politics and it seems we build an insurmountable hurdle to the American dream of home ownership. Are they a need for the masses or a tool for the privileged?

Gary Husman, publisher

It’s an admirable thing that someone finally decided to make an effort at cleaning up the trash and weeds around Redmond with the ‘Spruce-Up’ a couple weeks back. What’s troubling is that it was apparently done for the purpose of putting on a good face for attendees at the RV rallies, the county fair, and other events that bring out-of-towners into the city. Will our visitors be so impressed they move here, only to discover littering and untidiness goes unchecked the other 11 months of the year?

Scott Hammers, reporter

Has anyone given attention to the canal area at Hwy 97 and Odem Medo? Weedy and ugly. This is the first thing newcomers see heading north and the last impression for those traveling south. What a vision of beauty to leave as an impression.

Denise Duval, advertising

Ellie Newton memorial

A memorial for Brown High School student Elesha "Ellie" Newton will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, July 27, at Cline Falls State Park. Persons needing a ride should meet at Brown at 12:15 p.m.

Ellie drowned in an accident July 6 at the site. The public is welcome at this celebration of life, which will be officiated by Pastor Glenn from Powell Butte Christian Church. Ellie was inurned next to her father last week in Oakland, Calif.

Contributions in Ellie's name can be made to Brown's Americana music project, through the Redmond Education Foundation. Call Shelley Knutz at 923-5437 for information.


Kenneth E. Crenshaw Sr.
Aug. 29, 1925-July 21, 2007

Redmond resident Kenneth E. Crenshaw Sr., 81, died July 21, 2007.

A memorial service will be held Aug. 29, 1 p.m., in the Camp White Branch, 61500 Old McKenzie Highway, in McKenzie Bridge.

Mr. Crenshaw was born Aug. 29, 1925, in Grants Pass to John B. and Myrtle Mae (Little) Crenshaw. He served in the Army during World War II and was a POW. He earned a Purple Heart and Bronze Star. He married Helen Schroeder in Vancouver, Wash., on July 30, 1945. He worked for the Redmond School District for 30 years.

He was a member of the Veterans of America and a supporter of the National Rifle Association and the Salvation Army. He enjoyed selling cars and collecting guns.

Survivors include his wife Helen Crenshaw of Redmond; son Kenneth E. Crenshaw Jr. of Lakeview; daughters Tanna Miller of McKenzie Bridge, and Judith Massey of Redmond; sister Helen Kent of St. Helens; seven grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Salvation Army.

Autumn Funerals handled the arrangements.

Helen Thersa Livingston
June 17, 1932-July
18, 2007

Terrebonne resident Helen Thersa Livingston, 75, died July 18, 2007.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Ms. Livingston was born June 17, 1932, in Battle Ground, Wash., to Roy McMurry and Helen (Hilgen) McMurry. She worked as a manager for Montgomery Ward catalog and was a bookkeeper for Accu Rite Accounts. She enjoyed bowling and bingo.

Survivors include her husband Cecil Campbell of Terrebonne; son Jim Livingston of West Richland, Wash.; daughters Jacque Weisgerber of West Linn, Kathie Weaver of Silver Lake, and Bev Miller of Brookings; sister Beverly Gunn of Canyonville; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents.

Memorial contributions can be made to Dial-A-Ride, care of the Central Oregon Council on Aging.

Autumn Funerals handled the arrangements.

Ruby Rollins
June 30, 1924-July 15, 2007

Former Sisters resident Ruby Rollins, 83, died July 15, 2007.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, July 28, 2 p.m., in the Sisters Christian Church in Sisters.

Mrs. Rollins was born June 30, 1924, in Benjamin, Texas, to George and Camie Cantrell. She grew up near Jayton, Texas, and married Harold Rollins on July 25, 1938. She lived in Texas, Utah, New Mexico and Arizona. She moved to Sisters in 1961 and worked as a cook and restaurant manager until retiring. She moved from Sisters to Scio in Sept. 2006 to be near her daughter.

Survivors include children Patti Bartels of Powell Butte, Richard Rollins of Terrebonne, Dallas Churchill of Petersburg, Ark., Carol Ann Sims of Scio, Steven Rollins of Sisters, and Edward Rollins of Redding, Calif.; sister Dixie Haack of Dallas; brother Robert Cantrell of Bend; 22 grandchildren; 45 great grandchildren; and five great-great grandchildren.

July 17, 2007

July 18, 2007

  • Redmond's Sunfest celebration begins Friday afternoon on the downtown plaza and continues through Saturday night. Music, food, kid's activities and vendors aplenty can be found surrounding Seventh and Evergreen. Log onto www.redmondsunfest.com for more information.
  • The sale of homes in Redmond hit its lowest level in four years during the first half of 2007 but local realtors and community boosters are hopeful this will be its slowest point. Redmond's wealth of land for commercial uses may be its saving grace, say the experts.
  • The city has offered to purchase a home site adjacent to the eastern edge of the future Legion Park in Redmond. If the sale goes through the location will provide another access point for the park south of Highland Avenue.

Redmond All-Stars state champs

Photo by Zac Goodwin

Redmond’s 9-10 girls all-star softball team advanced Tuesday morning to the state championship game with a 9-5 win over Cascade, a Salem area team, then pasted a 17-8 loss on Brookings-Harbor to win the 9-10 girls Little League Softball State Chamipionship at Bowlby field in Redmond.

“It’s unexplainable to be state champions,” said Redmond manager Dave McKinney as his team jumped up and down in the middle of the field.

Redmond had its hands full early in the game with Brookings-Harbor taking an 8-4 lead in the second inning

But the Redmond all-stars settled into focused defensive play and held the Brookings team scoreless in the third and fourth innings and scored two runs in the fourth to narrow Brookings-Harbor’s lead to 8-6.

“We came out a little flat after playing a morning game,” said McKinney, noting that it was the first time Redmond had been downthat much in the tournament. “We played a lot better defense.”

Redmond saved the fireworks for the fifth inning when they scored 10 runs, including a grandslam home run by Brianna Yeakey.

Kaitlyn Elliston started the inning with a double and Shawna Marshall singled. Then Yeakey drove in Elliston on a single.

Redmond took the lead at 9-8 when Rhian Sage scored on a base-on-balls by Sara McKinney.

Elliston then hit a double and Marshall walked to load up the bases for Yeakey’s home run.

“Wow, I’ve never hit a grandslam,” said Yeakey after the game. She said the team had doubted itself, but confidence in her teammates helped key the win.

Redmond shut down Brookings with defense in the bottom of the fifth and sixth innings and pitcher Megan Lau struck out one in the fifth.

Nine teams from all over Oregon competed in the four-day tournament. Redmond beat both of its pool opponents to reach the championship round.

Sunday the Redmond all stars beat Centennial 8-4 in seven innings.

Kiahna Brown struck out 12 in the game, including the last three batters in the bottom of the seventh inning.

Both teams scored in the first inning, with Redmond’s Brianna Yeakey scoring on an RBI single by Shelby Abbas. Redmond scored two runs in the third inning when Kaitlyn Elliston stole home and Yeakey scored on an RBI single by Abbas.

Centennial tied the game at 3-3 n the fourth inning and the game was tied again at 4-4 after the fifth inning. Neither team scored in the sixth inning sending the game into extra innngs.

Redmond reacted well to pressure with two players taking base on balls then Yeakey hit a two-run triple to score Elliston and Shawna Marshall. Yeakey then scored on a catcher’s error and Rhian Sage scored when Megan Lau was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.

Redmond played Pendleton Monday morning, staving off a sixth inning comeback to beat the Columbia Basin team 7-6. The game was delayed for 20 minutes when the umpire called Little League headquarters for advice on a protested call.

Yeakey struck out 10 in six innings and served up a solo home run in the first inning to knot the game at 1-1. Pendleton scored in the second inning, but Redmond scored three runs to lead 4-2 in the bottom of the inning.

McKinney started the scoring when she stole home on a passed ball, then with the bases loaded Brown swatted a two RBI single. Redmond scored two more runs in the fourth inning when Marshall stole home and then Yeakey scored on a passed ball.

Redmond showed aggressive base running through out the tournament.

“We try to make the other team make mistakes with our base running,” said McKinney.

Redmond led 7-3 in the fifth inning when McKinney scored on a passed ball

With Pendleton within one point in the sixth inning, Redmond had seemingly won the game when a Pendleton player was thrown out at first. But the umpires reversed the bad call and with two away and two on base, Yeakey struck out the last batter for the 7-6 win.

“Fortunately they got it (the call) right,” said McKinney. “Pendleton showed some heart to battle us right to the end.”

The Redmond team includes Shelby Abbas, Rileigh Baker, Kiahna Brown, Kaitlyn Elliton, Hannah George, Megan Lau, Shawna Marshall, Sara McKinney, Kaci Sage, Rhian Sage, and Brianna Yeakey.

-- by Gary G. Newman


Mary Louis Day
Dec. 10, 1934-July 10, 2007

Former Redmond resident Mary Louise Day, 72, died July 10, 2007.

No services will be held at this time.

Ms. Day was born Dec. 10, 1934, in Astoria to Vincent and Frances (Hayworth) Day. She married Jack Sylvester. She lived in Redmond and Terrebonne and worked as a caregiver. She loved spending time outdoors and loved Central Oregon.

Survivors include her brothers James Day of Scappoose, Robert Day of Camano Island, Wash., and Howard Day of Hermiston; sisters Pearl Biddle of Astoria, Margaret Milliem of Tacoma, Wash., Dorothy Davis of Coos Bay, Patricia Day of Sacramento, Calif., and Charlotte Nicholls of Astoria. She was preceded in death by two brothers.

Memorial contributions can be made to Central Oregon Home Health and Hospice, 2698 N.E. Courtney Dr., Suite 101, Bend, 97701.

Deschutes Memorial Chapel handled the arrangements.

Jeanette Dickey
Feb. 7, 1926-July 14, 2007

Jeanette Dickey, 81, of Powell Butte, died July 14, 2007.

A memorial service will be held July 20, 11 a.m., in the Deschutes Memorial Chapel in Bend.

Mrs. Dickey was born Feb. 7, 1926, in Sacramento, Calif., to Walter and Jennie (Fabian) Winkelman. She married Richard Dickey in Lake Tahoe, Nev., on Oct. 10, 1988. She worked as a lab technician, hospital receptionist, teletype operator for a newspaper and a licensed beautician. She moved to Powell Butte from Crooked River Ranch three years ago to be near her daughter.

She was a member of the Ladies of the Elks in Corvallis, and enjoyed bowling, fishing, oil painting and flying.

Survivors include her daughter Barbara Newborg of Powell Butte; one grandchild; and three great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, a grandson, one brother and one sister.

Deschutes Memorial Chapel handled the arrangements.

Ronald William Van Domelen Sr.
Dec. 5, 1938-July 11, 2007

Powell Butte resident Ronald William Van Domelen Sr., 68, died of cancer July 11, 2007.

A memorial Mass was held July 14 in St. Thomas Catholic Church.

Mr. Van Domelen Sr. was born Dec. 5, 1938, in McMinnville to Henry and Genevieve (Evers) Van Domelen. He was raised in Hillsboro and graduated from high school there. He earned a bachelors degree in forestry from Oregon State University. He lived in Eugene from 1963 to 1977, in Medford from 1977 to 1986, and moved to Powell Butte in 1986. He married Felice Armstrong in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, on Aug. 19, 1961. He was a forester for the BLM and retired in 1998.

He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and the Oregon Hunters Association. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, working in his shop and spending time with his family.

Survivors include his wife Felice Van Domelen of Powell Butte; son Ronald Van Domelen Jr. of Central Point; daughters Beth Van Domelen, Amy Moore, and Heidi Van Domelen, all of Central Point; brothers Jim Van Domelen of Portland, Fred Van Domelen of Lake Oswego, Bob Van Domelen of Port Townsend, Wash., Tim Van Domelen of Powell Butte, and Ed Van Domelen of Coquille; sisters Alice Weaber of Port Townsend, Wash., Kathleen Krahmer of Bend, and Nina Sanders of Aloha; and eight grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Memorial contributions can be made to St. Vincent DePaul, Oregon Hunters Association Scholarship Fund or Hospice of Bend La Pine.

Autumn Funerals handled the arrangements.

Luella Mae McCulloch
June 15, 1942-July 13, 2007

Prineville resident Luella Mae McCulloch, 65, died July 13, 2007.

A funeral service was held July 17 in the First Assembly Church in Prineville. A graveside service followed in the Juniper Haven Cemetery in Prineville.

Mrs. McCulloch was born June 15, 1942, in Alturas, Calif., to William and Ethel (Clark) Oakerman. She married James Haddow McCulloch in Ashland on Sept. 2, 1961. She was a dietician and social worker in a nursing home.

She was an active member of the First Assembly Church in Prineville and enjoyed yard work, sewing, needlework, and spending time with her grandchildren.

Survivors include her husband James McCulloch of Prineville; sons Michael McKenzie McCulloch of Bend and Rodney James McCulloch of Prineville; daughters Connie Kitchen of Redmond and Patricia McCulloch of Bend; brother Eddie Chatfield of Seattle, Wash.; and sister Jeni Beindiek of Grants Pass. She was preceded in death by a brother and a sister.

Autumn Funerals handled the arrangements.

Carlton Edward Ivory
Nov. 29, 1921-July 11, 2007

Former Redmond resident Carlton Edward Ivory, 85, died July 11, 2007, in Scone, New South Wales, Australia.

Memorial services will be held in Scone, New South Wales, Australia, and in Alturas, Calif., at a later date.

Mr. Ivory was born Nov. 29, 1921, to Edward Jr. and Nona Zuela Sanders Leonard Ivory. His grandfather was a pioneer rancher near Alturas, Calif. He was raised on various cattle ranches near Modoc County, Calif., and started riding horses as a toddler. As a small boy, he would accompany his father on wild horse drives to Redding, Calif. He married Ellen Bailey in 1941. Together they worked as a team on ranches throughout Modoc County, Calif. He was a rodeo contractor and furnished many rodeos with bucking horses. Many of the horses he selected went on to the Rodeo Cowboys Association. He and his family moved to the Klamath Basin in 1955 and he worked on ranches in Merrill, Klamath Falls, Olene, and Fort Klamath. In 1957 he became a State of Oregon Brand Inspector for Deschutes County and the family moved to Redmond. Because of his ability to identify brands, he was instrumental in a number of arrests and prosecutions involving cattle theft in Central Oregon. He was instrumental in the founding of the Western States Junior Rodeo Association. He and his wife Ellen divorced in the early 1960s and he moved to Lakeview in 1966 where he worked as a part time brand inspector. In the early 1970s he traveled to Australia as part of a horse breeding program. There he met Sue Macleod-Clarke. They married in 1985 and settled in Australia.

Survivors include his wife Sue Ivory of Australia; sons Jim Ivory and John Ivory; daughter Sue Ivory; seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two brothers, a sister and one grandchild.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Modoc County Historical Society, care of the Modoc County Museum, 600 S. Main St., Alturas, CA, 96101.

John Folpp Funeral Home in Scone, New South Wales, Australia, handled the arrangements.

Robert A. Patrick
Nov. 19, 1938-July 15, 2007

Redmond resident Robert A. Patrick, 68, died July 15, 2007, of heart disease.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Mr. Patrick was born Nov. 19, 1938, in Seattle, Wash., to Ernest and Peggy Patrick. He grew up in Madras and graduated from Madras High School. He lived most of his life in Madras and moved to Redmond five years ago.

He was a volunteer firefighter for the Madras Fire Department for many years and was a foster parent in Jefferson County for 20 years. He enjoyed rock hounding and woodworking.

Survivors include his companion Suzanne Briggs of Redmond; sons Robert Dale Patrick of Madras and Troy Patrick of Salem; daughter Peggy Tucker of Madras; brothers Don Patrick of Kent, Wash., and Russell Patrick of Woodinville; sister Wilma Patrick of Madras; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, and his brother Dale Patrick.

Autumn Funerals handled the arrangements.

97 reroute no magic bullet

If the city of Redmond had a dollar for every time someone, individual or media source (including us) said the words ‘downtown revitalization’ in the last 30 years it could have possibly financed the repaving of Sixth Street on that funding source alone.

If Redmond had a dollar for every time the phrase ‘when the reroute is finished’ is uttered in a public place it could have purchased a fine oversized bronze statue of a rockchuck – official city mammal – for the south Y.

We are, to put it bluntly, putting all of our eggs in one mighty large basket.

You’d have to be blind, deaf and clueless to see downtown in its current state of end-to-end traffic congestion and not realize that it will be a lot quieter, cleaner, and more pleasant when through traffic is routed elsewhere.

But, then what?

If a giant spaceship landed tomorrow and beamed up all the traffic currently riding on Highway 97, what would you find downtown?

Probably the most atrocious arterial roads in any city west of the Rockies, empty storefronts side by side with thriving businesses, attractive buildings nestled next to marginal outfits that may or may not be there the next month. Just how is this going to transform itself magically into a bustling retail hub?

Well, it’s not.

The only thing that’s going to ‘revitalize’ downtown Redmond is hard work and innovation; the slight-of-hand removing the semi-trucks and lines of cars will just be icing on the cake.

We already know that it’s unlikely ODOT is going to pony up any funds to fix Fifth and Sixth streets after they’ve had their way with them and move onto the shinier, newer reroute. And it’s even less likely that any sugar daddy funding source is going to drop out of the sky with several million dollars in his pocket to help us fix our roads.

That leaves it up to us -- and the city has already said that repairs will probably be lengthy in time and small in scope, tiny bites out of a mother of an asphalt sandwich.

So, picture a downtown of sad little roads and a mixture of healthy and sick businesses and buildings. That’s what we’ll be left with when the ribbon is cut late in 2008 – not very different than today except it will have a lot less traffic cutting through it.

How can we alter that future? Maybe with a lot of sweat and a big dose of reality. If the city, the chamber of commerce, Redmond Economic Development, Redmond Downtown Partnership and investors work together to make it possible for owners to refurbish fading buildings and fill them with strong, vibrant businesses before the cars leave we may be able to change our fate.

Or not.

Convincing businessmen to invest in something that may not show much profit for years is a hard sell. “Buy a building in the center of Redmond (or open your business),” the pitch may be, “It’ll be great. In three or five or 10 years it’ll be the most popular place in town.”

See, this is our dilemma. A reroute is not a magic bullet. We still need to fix our streets, add more parking (or get better signage for what’s already available), lure more business and clean up our buildings.

Oh, and we need people. People would be good. As soon as we do this -- before we do this -- we need to start the task of rebranding Redmond’s downtown as the place to be so visitors who think only of Sisters or Bend will now think Redmond as well.

And don’t forget the locals. Retraining ingrained shopping habits is going to be a long, hard slog. That task could even begin now, with more concentrated, cohesive efforts by downtown businesses to market their sector to the people who live here. Ideally, by the time the ribbon is cut on the reroute everyone who calls Redmond home will be a regular in the city center.

July 3, 2007

July 4, 2007

  • Redmond's police force is finding it challenging to keep with with population growth and an increase in calls. According to officials, officers often have to 'triage' calls if high priority incidents needing extra officers occur.
  • A Redmond physician, Mark Valenti, has been given the honor of Oregon Family Doctor of the Year by the Oregon Association of Family Physicians. Valenti has practiced in Redmond for 21 years.
  • One of downtown Redmond's longest lasting retail businesses, Clothes Encounters, is closing this month. Owners Lenora Franey and Shirley Huff are retiring after 13 years in business.
  • Developers hoping to see their property annexed into the city in the near future are facing a deadline: Offer a good deal and for future school sites or risk delay of inclusion into city limits.

Clear Lake

Kayak on blue-green waters of Clear Lake

I like my lakes murky, as a rule.

Not being a strong swimmer and a fear of heights makes it preferential, for me, to not see the bottom of any water I’m transversing.

Clear Lake would be the exception to that rule. Although at an average of 40 degrees I won’t be in swimming any time soon, its crystalline waters makes boating a joy.

Located on Highway 126 a few miles south of the Highway 20 junction, Clear Lake is an anomaly on top of a quirk. Created when an ancient lava flow blocked the McKenzie River, the former river bed slowly filled with near-glacial waters that seeped in from far beneath the cooled lava rock. Now Clear Lake functions as the headwaters of the famed McKenzie, which flows for nearly 90 miles and empties into the great Willamette.

Clear Lake comes by its name honestly, with blue-green waters translucent as glass for as much as 200 feet. The trees unlucky enough to be along the ancient river bed when the lake filled have been nearly preserved in the frigid waters, tall sentinel snags that dot the lake floor – still standing thousands of years later.

While the great trout fishing, lush forests and trails, and non-motorized boating opportunities attract ardent fans, the lake’s eerily clear waters bring scuba divers from all over the country.

Willamette National Forest owns the 1.5-mile long lake and surrounding area and operates a small campground, Coldwater Cove, at its southern end.

At the other end of the lake lies a throwback to lakeside resorts from days of yore, a charmingly rustic collection of cabins, docks and cafĂ© nestled on the northwest shore that until very recently was operated by a nonprofit group of nature-lovers, Santiam Fish & Game Association. The group of fishing enthusiasts’ built and maintained the resort for more than 80 years, aiming to keep costs low for both members and non-members. This year due to declining enrollment the association sold the resort to Linn County, which hopes to continue operation in a similar manner.

The resort maintains a boat launch, available to the public for a fee, and a fleet of vintage rowboats and canoes rented by the day or hour. A trip to Clear Lake is not complete without a boat ride, gliding over the turquoise lake bottom with not a sound to disturb except the occasional whoosh of cars on the distant highway or a gaggle of rambunctious kids trying a round of “Row, row, row your boat” at full volume.

If taking to the water is not your thing great views of Clear Lake can still be found from its nearly 5-mile hiking trail, which circumnavigates the lake over lava flows and forest paths. The trail has very slight elevation changes, making it perfect for the less-hardy hiker.

Regardless of your preference, Clear Lake makes a perfect day trip from Redmond and an even better weekend getaway, without burning too much gas.

-- photo and story by Leslie Pugmire Hole


William H. Burk

The funeral for William H. Burk of Culver will be at 11 a.m. July 7 at Culver Christian Church. Mr. Burk, 90, a retired teacher and long-time resident of Central Oregon, died July 1, 2007.A complete obituary will appear in next week’s Spokesman.
Bel-Air Funeral Home in Madras is in charge of arrangements

Donnie Lee Meyer

June 30, 1948-June 25, 2007

Redmond resident Donnie Lee Meyer, 58, died June 25, 2007, after a lengthy illness.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Mr. Meyer was born June 30, 1948, in Siloam Springs, Ark., to Leroy C. and Jennie (Bezanson) Meyer. He worked as a manager for a grocery store in California for many years and moved to Redmond in1989. He retired shortly after for health reasons. He moved to Prineville and returned to Redmond in November 2006. He married Tawnya Clark Nov. 5, 1984, in Modesto, Calif.
He served on the board of directors of Hospice of Redmond & Sisters from 1991 to the time of his death. He enjoyed metal detecting, fishing, coin collecting and spending time with his family.
Survivors include his wife Tawnya Meyer; mother Jennie Keener of Ceres, Calif.; sons David Meyer of Redmond and Jeramie Beaver of La Pine; daughters Dawn Hess of Wisconsin and Tammy Chastain of Portland; brothers Harold Meyer of Ceres, Calif., Fred Meyer of Colorado and Patrick Heide of Concord, Calif.; sister Sharon Vilmur of Ceres, Calif.; and eight grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a son, his father, stepfather, and a brother.
Memorial contributions can be made to Hospice of Redmond & Sisters, 732 S.W. 23rd, Redmond, 97756, or the Hemodialysis Department of St. Charles Medical Center Bend.
Redmond Memorial Chapel handled the arrangements.

Clifford Eric Dixon
Dec. 24, 1958-June 23, 2007

Former Redmond resident Clifford Eric Dixon, 48, died June 23, 2007.
No services will be held.
Mr. Dixon was born Dec. 24, 1958, in Seattle, Wash., to Richard and Esther (Patton) Dixon. He moved to Redmond in 1970 and attended school here. He worked for North Pacific Products, Hoedeckers, Redmond Wood Products and the Buckner Ranch in Lone Pine. He moved to his parents’ home in Mitchell due to illness.
He enjoyed exploring the hills and finding crystals and fossils. He was an excellent outdoor photographer.
Survivors include his parents Richard and Esther Dixon of Mitchell; son Rick Dixon of Bend; brother Pat Dixon of Springfield; and sisters Sue Shockey of Redmond and Annie Moore of North Powder.
Autumn Funerals handled the arrangements.