August 28, 2007

August 29, 2007

  • The Redmond School District voted Aug. 22 to buy a 40-acre parcel of land in northwest Redmond for a future middle and elementary school. Seller incentives when the deal is done should bring the purchase price in at about $6.5 million -- not a bad price when you consider that land in the area is running up to $300,000 an acre.
  • City councilors approved $25,000 in funds for its Art in Public Places committee, a group which oversees Redmond's efforts in feature more art throughout the city. In addition the city agreed to match donations to the group, up to $25,000.
  • Well, Antler Avenue is open, Rimrock Way should be soon and Evergreen is just around corner. Several road construction projects that have cause major street detours this summer are wrapping up. Work on the Highway 97 reroute continues into 2008.

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Terrebonne traffic nightmare

Imagine what it would be like in Redmond if we had jump across the Dry Canyon every time we needed to get to the other side of town and you have an idea what it must be like to live in Terrebonne.

This unincorporated community of a few thousand souls is firmly divided by one of the busiest highways in Oregon. With the post office, banks and other commercial businesses on one side of the highway and a school, fire station and other businesses on the other - and an equal amount of homes on both - Terrebonne is cleaved in two by what might as well be a freeway for all its traffic control.

Earlier this month a man was killed crossing the highway. Yes, he wasn't in the designated crosswalk and yes, it was at night and he wore dark clothes, but even if all rules had been followed pedestrians don't stand a chance against a semi going 40 mph.

For years Terrebonne residents have been battling the Oregon Department of Transportation regarding the livability and overall safety of their town. After much pushing, complaining, and cajoling ODOT finally reduced the highway speed through Terrebonne from 55 mph to 40 mph. Any discussion of lights or further reductions has met with resistance from the state.

According to ODOT's own Web site speed limits on state roads are determined by its environment: "Whether it is a narrow two-lane road or a modern controlled access freeway -- and whether the surrounding area is urban, suburban, or rural..." But ODOT also uses the "85 percent rule": It picks a speed at which 85 percent or less of the cars are traveling and uses that as the speed limit: "This is used as an indication of the speed most drivers feel is reasonable and safe."

Strange, nothing in there about pedestrians. At what speed to do they feel safe near roadways? Seems like an important consideration. Yes, streets are for cars but cars mean people and people do live and get around outside of their cars on occasion.

Why some small towns divided by highways get lower speed limits - think of Moro or John Day - and some do not remains a mystery only the policy makers at ODOT understand.
Historically ODOT has made no secret of the fact that its number one priority is to get as many cars through an area as fast and efficiently as possible.

A fine goal - as long as those who live and work around the highway, and those who cross it and walk near it, don't get forgotten in the quest to make things easier for automobiles and trucks who clearly have a many-ton advantage already.

-- Spokesman editorial

Mark's takes fourth championship

Photo by Gary G. Newman/copyright Redmond Spokesman

The boys of summer went for broke last week and ended the Men’s ASA softball season in a three-game flourish, with Mark’s Auto Body beating all comers for the season ending tournament championship.

“If we hit the ball, no one can hang with us,” said team spokesman John Hindman. “The chemistry is what does it. We know we’re going to have our inning.”

Mark’s forfeited its way into the consolation bracket because several players were at a Bend tournament the week before and they couldn’t field a team.

They made up for lost time quickly last week, swatting the Hitmen out of the tournament 27-14.

Mark’s took the early lead, but the Hitmen challenged in the third inning, holding Marks to one run then scoring eight runs to lead 13-10.

But Mark’s Kent Zweifel and Travis Holmes hit back-to-back three run homers and the Fender Benders scored a total of 11 runs in the inning to lead 21-13.

Shane Nakamura added another three-run homer in the fifth inning.

The win set up the championship series with Parr Lumber/Pappy’s Pizza.

The Pizzamen had a storybook run through the tournament, but that ended quickly with Mark’s taking a 5-0 lead in the first inning. Holmes added a two-run homer and Jody Wagner a three-run tour as Mark’s pulled away for the 17-1 win in five innings.

The game ended at about a quarter to eight and even with dusk quickly approaching, the teams agreed to continue and play a second game originally scheduled for this week.

Mark’s opened up with a two-run homer by Holmes and led 5-0 at the end of the first inning. Then it was three-up, three-down for Pappy’s and then the Pizzamen put Mark’s out in three at-bats. The two teams traded places on the field without warm up pitches.

In the third inning Holmes hit a triple and scored on a sacrifice fly and then Aaron Malinowski added another three-bagger for an RBI. Mark’s led 7-0.

The umpire wanted to call the game for darkness at the end of four innings, but the boys of summer from both dugouts begged for one more inning.

Mark’s added two more runs in the fifth inning, and then the umpire called the game for darkness. Mark’s won 9-1.

It took them 25 minutes to play the game.

“It was fun,” said Hindman, pointing towards the Pappy’s dugout. “These are good guys.”

Mark’s has won the Men’s ASA league the past six years and won the season ending tournament four of the past six, Hindman said.

-- story by Gary G. Newman


Pauline Marie Unger
Sept. 21, 1927-Aug.
21, 2007

Redmond resident Pauline Marie Unger, 80, died of cerebral hemorrhage Aug. 21, 2007.

A rosary will be recited Sept. 7 at 7 p.m. at St. Thomas Catholic Church in Redmond. A memorial Mass will be held Sept. 8 at 10 a.m. at St. Thomas.

Mrs. Unger was born in Sacramento June 21, 1927. She grew up primarily in the Laurelhurst area of Portland, Oregon, where she earned her nursing certificate at Providence Hospital. In 1948 she married Dr. Robert Unger and in 1949 the couple moved to Redmond, where Dr. Unger set up practice.

During her years in Redmond Mrs. Unger was very involved in civic life, volunteering with the hospital auxiliary, Redmond Hospice, Red Cross and St. Vincent DePaul. She was on the founding board of many organizations, including the Juniper Golf Course, Redmond Community Concert Association, Juniper Literary Club, St. Thomas Alter Society and several bridge clubs.

Her faith was important part of her life. One brother and one son became Catholic priests and she and her family attended a general audience with the Pope while on a visit to Rome.

Her last years were difficult ones; she was diagnosed with lymphoma in 1959 and suffered from medical complications that caused extreme pain. However, she refused to be limited and was active until the day she died.

Mrs. Unger was preceded in death by her parents and her siblings. Survivors include her husband Dr. Robert Unger of Redmond, daughter Anne Johnston of Salem, Ore.; sons Alan and Craig Unger of Redmond, Paul Unger of Washington, D.C., Father Todd Unger of The Dalles, and six grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Redmond/Sisters or St. Charles Redmond Auxiliary.

Redmond Memorial Chapel handled the arrangements.

Jean Karen Duncan
July 18, 1921-Aug.
20, 2007

Redmond resident Jean Karen Duncan, 86, died Aug. 20, 2007.

A memorial service was held Aug. 25 in the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witness in Redmond.

Ms. Duncan was born July 18, 1921, in Spencer, Iowa, to John and Cora (Banker) Woods. She loved reading the Bible and was a devoted member of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses.

Survivors include her son Bruce Malvaney of Redmond; daughters Diane Buntin and Valrae Briskcoe, both of Carmichael, Calif.; 14 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

Autumn Funerals handled the arrangements.

Marjorie G. Eakins
June 5, 1935-Aug.
21, 2007

Redmond resident Marjorie G. Eakins, 72, died of natural causes Aug. 21, 2007.

No services will be held at this time.

Ms. Eakins was born June 5, 1935, on a ranch in Westcliffe, Colo., to Herbert Oral and Nellie Juanita (Warren) Eakins. She graduated from high school in Westcliffe and raised a family in Canon City, Colo. She moved from Canon City to Bend in 1976, and moved between Oregon and Colorado several times. She married Donald Camper. They later divorced. She married Joseph Porco. They later divorced. She was a private caregiver for the elderly for 20 years and retired in 1998.

She enjoyed playing the piano, crocheting, sewing, rock hunting, oil painting, drawing, reading and gardening.

Survivors include her sons Earl Porco of San Jose, Calif., and Jules Porco of Colorado Springs, Colo.; daughters Nellie Camper of Bend; and sisters Patricia Benevitti of Pueblo, Colo., and Hallie Eakins of Canon City, Colo.

Memorial contributions can be made to Pioneer Memorial Hospice, 1201 N.E. Elm St., Prineville, OR, 97754.

Autumn Funerals handled the arrangements.

Donald Charles Howard Sr.
Sept. 17, 1935-Aug.
21, 2007

Redmond resident Donald Charles Howard Sr., 71, died of natural causes Aug. 21, 2007.

A Celebration of Life service will be held Sept. 17, 1 p.m., at his Redmond home.

Mr. Howard was born Sept. 17, 1935, in Grants Pass to Norman and Maxine (Jenkins) Howard. He grew up in Portland and graduated from Franklin High School in 1953. He served in combat with the U.S. Marines during the Korean War. He married Wanda Eaton in Yakima, Wash., in 1956. He was an Oregon State Trooper for three years and was a resident park manager for several Oregon state parks for 32 years. He retired in 1993 and moved from Wilsonville to Redmond one year ago.

He loved fishing, hunting and the outdoors.

Survivors include his wife Wanda Howard of Redmond; sons Don Howard Jr. of Tacoma, Wash., and Norman Howard of Redmond; sister Linda Gehring of Portland; six grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by his parents, and his daughter Cherri Howard.

Autumn Funerals handled the arrangements.

Dave Wesley Kleen
July 16, 1941–
Aug. 15, 2007

Former Redmond resident Dave Wesley Kleen, 66, died while on a family sailing vacation in the San Juan Islands.

A memorial service was held Aug. 25 at the Unitarian Church in Ashland.

Mr. Kleen was born July 16, 1941, to Walt and Ruth Kleen. He graduated from Redmond Union High School in 1959 and lived in Portland where he worked for United Airlines. He later transferred to Ashland and retired from United Airlines in 1997.

He was devoted to his young son Jack, and enjoyed carpentry, sailing, and music.

Survivors include his wife Joan Kleen of Ashland; daughter Kelly Larson of Medford; sons Tim Kleen of Portland and Jack Kleen of Ashland; brothers Mike Kleen of Portland and Steve Kleen of Port Orford; sister Helen Ellison; and two grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents

Memorial contributions can be made to the John Muir School, 100 Walker Ave., Ashland, OR, 97520.

Jerns Funeral Home in Bellingham, Wash., handled the arrangements.

Velma Irene Miller
March 23, 1908-Aug.
23, 2007

Redmond resident Velma Irene Miller, 99, died Aug. 23, 2007.

A funeral service was held Aug. 27 in the Redmond Christian Church. A graveside service followed in the Redmond Memorial Cemetery.

Mrs. Miller was born March 23, 1908, in Sisters to Walter and Jessie (Gist) Graham. She graduated from Sisters High School in 1926 and married Paul Oliver Miller in Bend in 1928. She loved birds and flowers.

Survivors include her son Douglas Miller of Redmond; daughters Marilyn Poe of Sparks, Nev., and Diane Miller of Redmond; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, a son, one brother and one sister.

Autumn Funerals handled the arrangements.

Jannet Elizabeth Munsey
Jan. 6, 1954-Aug. 19, 2007

Redmond resident Jannet Elizabeth Munsey, 52, died of unknown causes Aug. 19, 2007.

No services will be held at this time.

Ms. Munsey was born Jan. 6, 1954, in Weespot, Germany, to Wallace and Virginia (Presley) Munsey. She majored in biochemistry at the University of Riverside in California and earned a bachelor’s degree. She married Robert Webb in Moreno, Valley, Calif., on Dec. 31, 1986. She was a homemaker.

She was affiliated with the Church of England and learned to fly sailplanes. She enjoyed gardening.

Survivors include her husband Bob Webb of Redmond; daughter Elizabeth Webb of Redmond; mother Virginia Munsey of Washington, D.C.; and brother Wallace Munsey of Washington, D.C.

Autumn Funerals handled the arrangements.

James Lee Williams
May 24, 1961-Aug.
16, 2007

Terrebonne resident James Lee Williams, 46, died Aug. 16, 2007.

No services will be held at this time.

Mr. Williams was born May 24, 1961, in Gresham to Orlie and Lois (Clapp) Williams. He worked in heavy construction since high school. He enjoyed landscaping, golfing and traveling.

Survivors include his daughters Krystal Williams and Shalena Williams, both of Milwaukee; brothers Jared Williams of Vancouver, Wash., and Michael Clapp of Terrebonne; and sister Deborah Williams of Terrebonne.

Autumn Funerals handled the arrangements.

August 21, 2007

August 22, 2007

  • The Spokesman is trying to solve a mystery: Why did it and the Malhuer Enterprise newspaper share a trophy in the 1930s dedicated to the former head of the Oregon DMV, Hal E. Hoss? The small trophy has been gracing the Enterprise's office for so many years everyone has lost track of its meaning. It is inscribed with both paper's names, a series of dates in the 1930s, and little else in the way of clues.
  • The dirt is finally beging pushed this week for Legion Park, to be located south of Highland Avenue in Redmond. Work on phase one of the park is expected to be due next spring. More funds, or volunteer donations, will have to be found for the second phase of features.
  • Terrebonne residents are up in arms over the recent pedestrian fatality there. ODOT's refusal to lower the speed limit or add a traffic light has them seeing red and clamoring for meetings with ODOT officials.

An artist's journey

Images copyrighted Sheila Finzer (right detail from "Edith in Centro Plaza")

The door that closed for Sheila Finzer in 1993, and the one that opened not long after that, must have been lined in high thread count cotton.

When Finzer, now a Terrebonne resident, closed her Astoria wholesale appliqué clothing business, it wasn’t immediately clear where her needle-and-thread passions would take her.

“The business had its good points and bad but I eventually got into the position where I wasn’t able to do the creative stuff that attracted me to it in the first place,” Finzer said. Her main inspiration for running Sew Goes It was practical: she was a home economics graduate with young children at home. What began as a simple home-based income eventually became a national business with multiple seamstresses on the payroll.

Something had to give, and eventually it was Finzer, who closed the business nearly a decade before moving back to Central Oregon, where she grew up.

“I started sewing when I was about five years old, making doll clothes and embroidering things,” she recalls. “Then I began making all my own clothes by the time I was in sixth or seventh grade.”

The journey from committed hobby seamstress to college degree to business owner to – eventually -- nationally recognized art quilter, has a common thread in its weave: fabric, thread and creativity.

Finzer was raised in Prineville and returned to the region in 2004 with her husband Steve, who also grew up in Central Oregon. The couple had lived on the North Oregon Coast for many years, where Steve worked in the seafood industry and Sheila pursued sporadic teaching and constant sewing.

Not long after giving up a business that was based entirely on her own designs Finzer decided to try her hand at quilting, something she had so far avoided in her sewing adventures.

“In the beginning I didn’t take any classes because I figured I sewed my whole life,” she says with a rueful smile. “That was a mistake. Quilting is a whole different world; you do things very differently.” Finzer began in pretty traditional ways: making bed quilts in time-honored patterns and wall hangings based on the design’s of others. She joined a quilt guild and tried to learn as much as she could.

“It took me awhile – I went through a lot of self-teaching and tried to figure things out. It would have been much better if I had taken a quilt class first.”

Today Finzer belongs to the Mountain Meadow Quilt Guild, which featured her during its recent Sunriver Quilt Show. Last year she was given the Viewers Choice Award at the Association of Pacific Northwest Quilters and she is a finalist in the $100,000 Quilting Challenge, a national contest. Her quilts have been juried into the world-renowned International Quilt Festival in Houston and the annual American Quilter’s Society Quilt Show.

“I’m getting ‘artier’ every year,” says Finzer. The quilt that won Viewer’s Choice in Seattle was done in a technique she learned not long ago and has worked to perfect: “Welcome to Kodiak!” was painted with fabric dyes, much like a watercolor, and highlighted with dense stitching to add emphasis.

Her first contest was not long after she began quilting. Three days before the contest deadline Finzer still had not quilted the piece – she finished hurriedly and still won honorable mention in the national contest.

Finzer rarely makes bed quilts anymore – she’ll be working on one soon for her son’s upcoming marriage – but doesn’t stick to any single technique. She appliqués, hand-dyes fabric, and pieces both abstract and more traditional wall hangings.

Several years ago she completed an enormous quilt for her son, then a University of Oregon football player.

“I had a dream that mallard ducks fly into a lake and metamorphosed into Duck football players,” says Finzer. That inspiration became a hugely detailed appliqué quilt that nearly covers an entire wall.

One of her proudest moments came when she overheard her son boast to friends “Yeah, my mom can sew anything.”

Even though Finzer has turned out dozens and dozens of quilts in the last 13 years she has never sold one. She does it for herself, her family and for the creative outlet it gives her. It’s an intensely personal endeavor for her, all about the satisfaction of using her imagination and hands to make something wonderful. A hand-lettered sign by her sewing machine reminds her “Begin-Focus-Finish.”

She continues to enter contests (“when you send them off it’s kind of scary; they’re like your children”), improve her skills and ask for feedback.

“My husband always says he doesn’t have a creative bone in his body but I always ask his opinion when I’m working on something,” says Finzer. “He says ‘Why are you asking me?’ I tell him it’s because you’re the only one I can talk to about this.”

-- Story by Leslie Pugmire Hole

RV rally leaves some hot, some cold

The Family Motor Coach Association (FMCA) convention in Redmond last week appears to have produced a surge in business at a number of name-brand local businesses, but the event left others largely untouched.

Larger chain businesses seemed to benefit the most from the gathering of several thousand motor coach owners at the Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center.

Shari’s Restaurant on Odem Medo Road had double its usual business Aug. 13, the first day of the convention, and its business the next day was up a third, according to assistant manager Jeff Batty.

“We saw a little over 400 people and normally we’d see 240-230,” he said. “Usually events at the fairgrounds boost our business.”

Managers at Safeway and Fred Meyer wouldn’t comment specifically, but a Fred Meyer spokesperson said business had increased noticeably.

“I can tell you we have seen a significant, huge, increase in our grocery business while those people have been in town,” said Fred Meyer Spokesperson Melinda Merrill from Portland.

Business hadn’t risen much at the newly opened Red Dog Depot brewpub off Airport Way near the fairgrounds. Manager Garrett Wales said he’d seen some only some late traffic and a few extra meals at the newly opened restaurant, which is owned by Cascade Lakes Brewery.

“We haven’t noticed the big influx we expected,” he said.

Across the road at Applebee’s, business surged 40 to 50 percent, according to manager Joe’l Kofford. A national chain, Applebee’s has the advantage of familiarity for diners.

“It depends a lot on their experience from different stores throughout the nation,” he said. “But having a recognizable name does help.”

Many downtown businesses saw little business from the huge convention that brought several hundred Class A motor homes to town.

“We’ve seen some, but not a lot,” said Marty McNamee at Local Grounds in downtown Redmond. “In the past we’ve got more business from the venders. This year we didn’t get any from the venders.”

One exception was Britz Beads Design Center on Cascade Avenue.

“Yesterday was the best day I’ve ever had in four years,” said owner Sandi Britz.

But Britz had the advantage of an “in” at the convention -- a friend taught a beading class that included kits made up of supplies from her bead shop.

“I think one reason (my business did well) is a lot of people in motor homes do beading already because it takes a small amount of space,” she said. “Plus, people like to come to downtown areas once they unload their big motor homes.”

The FMCA convention brought 2,640 coaches to town with 5,200-5,300 people, according to Jerry Yeatts, director of convention and commercial services for the FMCA.

With vendors and set-up personnel, the total comes to about 7,500 people in town, he said.

Eric Sande, Redmond Chamber of Commerce executive director, said exhibitors and set-up personnel had filled most of the hotel rooms in Redmond.

According to Yeatts said the economic impact of the convention is estimated to be $5-$10 million. Sande said that number comes from business suveys done by FMCA after an event has finished.
Interestingly, Yeatts said the impact in states with a sales tax jumps to $15 to $30 million.
Both Yeatts and Sande said the FMCA is considering a return to Redmond in 2010.

-- Gary G. Newman


Clarence E. Best
Nov. 11, 1922-Aug. 14, 2007

Clarence E. Best, 84, of Crooked River Ranch, died of natural causes Aug. 14, 2007.

A memorial service was held Aug. 17 in Springfield.

Mr. Best was born Nov. 11, 1922, in Pierre, S.D. He lived in Springfield before moving to Central Oregon in the 1970s. He was a lifetime member of the Lane County Mounted Posse and an avid supporter of high school rodeo.

Survivors include his wife Cora May Best; daughter Claren Rae Combs; son Don D. Best; brothers Bud Best and Wayne Best; sister Dorothy Geir; two grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions can be made to Hospice Center Bend-La Pine, 2075 N.E. Wyatt Ct., Bend, OR, 97701.

Nelson W. Bray
July 20, 1915-Aug. 16, 2007

Redmond resident Nelson W. Bray, 92, died Aug. 16, 2007.

A funeral service will be held Friday, Aug. 24, 11 a.m., at the Redmond Memorial Chapel, 717 S.W. Sixth St. Burial will follow in the Redmond Memorial Cemetery.

Mr. Bray was born July 20, 1915, in Independence County, Ark., to Walter and Minnie (Bridges) Bray. He married Wanda Semenowich in Garberville, Calif., on June 20, 1955. He owned and operated the Shasta Way Shoe Service in Klamath Falls from 1962 to 2000. He also worked at Columbia Plywood in Klamath Falls for 15 years. After retiring, he moved to Redmond in 2003.

He was a member of the NRA and enjoyed hunting, fishing, being in the woods, gardening, reading and playing cards.

Survivors include his wife Wanda Bray of Redmond; daughter Bonnie Williams of Redmond; son Jeffrey Bray of Redmond; brothers Richard Bray of Shafter, Calif., and Roy Bray of Phoenix, Ariz.; sister Marie Fowler of San Jose, Calif.; four grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by his parents, three sisters and one brother.

Redmond Memorial Chapel handled the arrangements.

Dean L. Chambers
Sept. 1, 1931-Aug. 4, 2007

Dean L. Chambers, 75, of Eagle Crest, died of natural causes Aug. 4, 2007.

A Celebration of Life service will be held at a later date. Inurnment will be held at Acacia Memorial Park in Seattle, Wash.

Mr. Chambers was born Sept. 1, 1931, in Gregory, S.D., to Carl and Pauline (Gibbs) Chambers. He attended high school in Seattle. He played high school football and was chosen to play in an East/West All Star game. He received an athletic scholarship to the University of Washington. He married Charlene Blazer in 1959. He moved from Seattle to Portland in 1972, and moved to Redmond in 1995. He worked for NCR as a department manager in the computer division for many years.

He enjoyed fishing, golf and spending time with his grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife Charlene Chambers; daughters Karen Hackenberg of Portland and Kristie Obermeyer of Richland, Wash.; and two grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his mother.

Memorial contributions can be made to the American Cancer Association.

Redmond Memorial Chapel handled the arrangements.

John Poppe, Sr.
Aug. 10, 1918-Aug. 12, 2007

Former Terrebonne resident John Hermon Poppe Sr., 89, died of natural causes Aug. 12, 2007, at his son’s home in Madras.

A graveside service was held Aug. 18 in the Mount Jefferson Memorial Park Cemetery in Madras.

Mr. Poppe was born Aug. 10, 1918, in Stratton, Colo., to Henry H. and Anna Liebsach Poppe. He attended school in Colorado and Kansas. He married Avis L. Carney in Norton, Kan., on Sept. 29, 1935. They moved to Oregon in 1936 and he worked for Jewel Ice Cream Company in Hillsboro. He moved to Terrebonne in 1939, where he worked for the Bob Wilson Dairy. He bought a dairy of his own in 1945 and was deferred from serving in World War II because of his dairy and farm. He sold the diary farm in 1950 and bought a farm in Lone Pine. He sold that farm in 1966 and bought a farm in Metolius. He did custom harvesting and planting throughout Central Oregon. His wife Avis died in 1985 and he married Dorita “Rita” Jordan on Dec. 27, 1986. He retired from farming in 2004 and moved to Prineville.

Survivors include his wife Rita Poppe of Prineville; daughters Darlene Bozarth of Redmond and Anna Rowell of Caldwell, Idaho; son, John Poppe Jr. of Prineville; stepdaughters Carole Fitzgerald of Van Horn, Texas, Linda Shaw of Sparks, Nev., and Mina McDonald of Prineville; stepsons, Lee Jordan of Lake Oswego, Clint Jordan of Snohomish, Wash., and Neil Jordan of Madras; sisters, Alvera Stout of Hazelton, Kan., and Lois Coffin of Humansville, Mo.; seven grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. In addition to his first wife, he was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, four sisters and a great-grandson.

Memorial contributions can be made to a hospice of one’s choice.

Bel-Air Colonial Funeral Home of Madras handled the arrangements.

James E. Wells
March 26, 1920-Aug. 14, 2007

James E. Wells, 87, of Crooked River Ranch, died Aug. 14, 2007.

No services will be held at this time.

Mr. Wells was born March 26, 1920, in Mount Zion, Iowa, to Robert and Lydia (Corsbie) Wells. He served in the Navy during World War II and was a carpenter most of his life. He married Hazel Locke in Salem on June 28, 1941. He moved from Portland to Central Oregon in 1980.

He was president of the Central Oregon Senior Golf Association and enjoyed golfing, fishing and hunting.

Survivors include his wife Hazel Wells of Crooked River Ranch; sons Terry Wells of Crooked River Ranch and James Wells of Woodland, Wash.; sister Opal Graber of Albany; two grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild.

Redmond Memorial Chapel handled the arrangements.

Bryson Ryan Whiteman
Sept. 3, 1995-Aug. 13, 2007

Redmond resident Bryson Ryan Whiteman, 11, died Aug. 13, 2007.

A funeral service was held Aug. 18 at Highland Baptist Church in Redmond.

Bryson was born Sept. 3, 1995, in Redmond to Ryan and Marchelle Whiteman. He attended Vern Patrick Elementary from kindergarten to fifth grade.

He enjoyed horseback riding, music, field trips, P.E., toys, balloons, riding the bus, swinging in swings and going fast in his wheelchair.

Survivors include his parents of Redmond; brother Trenton of Redmond; and grandparents Roger and Jan Whiteman of Bend, and Jim and Gail Omta of Redmond.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Sparrow Clubs USA, 906 N.E. Greenwood Ave., Suite 2, Bend, OR, 97701.

Autumn Funerals handled the arrangements.

August 7, 2007

Gator captured in Redmond!

Meet Wally, Redmond's newest resident (photo by Scott Hammers/copyright Redmond Spokesman)

Larry McClaflin pulled into his driveway of Hemholtz Way Friday evening and saw an unusual sight. There was his cat, lounging in the sun in the gravel. Four or five feet away, there was a juvenile alligator, doing pretty much the same thing.

Neither animal seemed overly alarmed.

“I kinda was thinking that the cat was thinking he’s probably too big to pick up, and the alligator’s thinking the cat’s too big to eat,” McClaflin said

McClaflin ran inside and told his 16-year-old son what he’d found. His son was doubtful at first, but was convinced when he followed his father outside. The two called the Deschutes County Sherriff’s Office, fashioned a snare with Larry’s fishing pole, and grabbed the video camera to document the whole scene.

An officer from the sheriff’s department was able to corral the gator and transport him to the Humane Society of Redmond.

At the Humane Society, the alligator was dubbed “Wally” and issued a large plastic tub filled with a few inches of water on the floor of animal control officer Josh Capehart’s office. Executive Director Jamie Kanski said she estimated Wally was about a year old, and suspects he was probably abandoned by his owner.

“This is a two-foot baby American alligator, but he’s still feisty,” Kanski said. “You wouldn’t want to stick your finger in there.”

Monday morning, Capehart said Wally seems to be in good health, although he admitted he’s not very familiar with reptiles. Capehart was planning to locate a heat lamp and a meal of goldfish for Wally that afternoon.

Kanski said Wally will likely be turned over to a reptile vet in McMinnville and eventually transported to Florida to be released into the wild.

There are no state laws forbidding Oregonians from keeping alligators, but many cities – including Redmond – prohibit keeping them as pets inside city limits. An adult American alligator can grow to more than 15 feet long and weigh more than 1,000 pounds.

Capehart said the Humane Society had a previous run-in with an alligator in 2005, when police arrested a man at a Madras hotel and found he was sharing his room with the reptile.

-- story by Scott Hammers

Never forget to breathe

Aaron Tanler is a fast talker and a sharp dresser, but then again, that’s just the family tradition for the 22-year-old Redmond native.

A third-generation auctioneer, Tanler recently won the Rookie of the Year award at the International Livestock Auctioneers Championship in Calgary, Alberta. Last weekend, he was one of four guest auctioneers brought in to oversee the 4-H auction at the Deschutes County Fair.

Held in conjunction with the Calgary Stampede, the International Livestock Auctioneers Championship pits auctioneers against each other in a battle of fast tongues and crowd-pleasing showmanship. The rookie division includes those individuals who have been auctioneering for five years or less. Even though Tanler has only been officially auctioneering for four years, it’s likely he had a bit of a leg up on the competition.

His father, Clay Tanler, owns the Central Oregon Livestock Auction in Madras. Clay Tanler’s father, Aaron’s grandfather, owned the now-defunct Redmond Sale Yard, located where the Burger King now stands on Redmond’s south side. And Clay Tanler’s partner at Central Oregon Livestock Auction is Trent Stewart, one of Aaron’s early mentors and the 2007 World Livestock Auctioneer Champion.

In competition, auctioneers oversee a live auction, but the judges aren’t interested in how high an auctioneer can drive the bids. Instead, they’re looking for fast but crisp diction and a touch of style.

“The judges mostly judge you on your clarity and your presentation of yourself, the way you’re dressed and the way you present yourself to the crowd,” he said. “And the number one thing is – there’ll usually be five judges – the main question they ask themselves is would you hire this person to do an auction for you? So that’s the main criteria for that.”

In spring 2006, Tanler graduated from auctioneering school. He said he already knew many of the basics, but the school helped him perfect his “chant” – the strings of words between the numbers – and taught him how to present himself before an audience. The most important thing an auctioneer needs to remember? Don’t forget to breathe.

Like a musician playing a saxophone or a trumpet, an auctioneer needs to think a few steps ahead, breathing without breaking their rhythm. When Tanler was first starting out at his dad’s auction, there were a few times when he pushed it too far, and found himself gasping for breath at the end of a long string of syllables. By remembering a few simple tricks and building up his lung capacity through practice, he’s now able to make his way through an auction without getting overly winded.

“I was taught to ‘breathe on the five,’ like ‘onedollarbidder twodollarbidder threedollarbidder fourdollarbidder, fivedollarbidder breathe,” he said. “I’ve done it long enough now that I can fill it in with something that you won’t know I’ve messed up. But when you run out of breath, oh, that’s a bad deal.”

Even a practiced auctioneer runs into a few trouble spots. For Tanler, it’s the numbers, not the rest of the chant – “66” and “eight” will trip him up if he’s not careful.

Tanler’s grandfather died before he was born, and though he never met him, he says his grandfather is an inspiration to him to work hard and carry on in the family business. He said he’s never had any particular interest in ranching or raising animals – just selling them.

In October, Tanler is scheduled to go to a preliminary competition in Turlock, California where he could potentially qualify to go toe-to-toe with Stewart for the world title next June in Durant, Oklahoma.

“They’ll take the top ten out of all of the northwest, and if you make the top ten you’ll end up going to the World Livestock Championship,” he said. “Which is mostly just the United States and Canada, but if there was somebody from China who say wanted to get into it, I guess they could, but you don’t see that. Ever.”

-- story by Scott Hammers


Jack L. Anderson
Aug. 6, 1956-July 20, 2007

Former Redmond resident Jack L. Anderson, 49, died of natural causes Friday, July 20, 2007, in The Dalles.

A memorial service will be held in Redmond at a later date.

Mr. Anderson was born on Aug. 6, 1956, in Oroville, Calif., to Artie L. and Mary L. Anderson. He graduated from The Dalles High School. He married Bobbie Marcus in 1985. He worked at U&I in Boardman for 10 years, for Beaver Coach in Bend for eight years and for Vance Dairy Construction in Idaho for the past two years.

He had a zest for life and enjoyed fishing, hunting, camping and four wheeling and spending time with his family.

Survivors include his wife Bobbie Anderson; stepchildren; Christopher M. Marcus and Daniel P. Marcus, both of Redmond; brothers Ronnie Stoll and Artie, both of Washington State, John of The Dalles, and James of Idaho; sisters Jeanie of Florida, Linda of The Dalles and Olive Lee of The Dalles; and seven grandchildren.

Memorial contributions can be made to The Girls and Boys Club of Redmond, 404 S.W. Seventh St., Redmond, OR, 97756.

Spencer, Libby and Powell Funeral Home in The Dalles handled the arrangements.

Paul Anthony Bendele
May 27, 1922-July 26, 2007

Former Redmond resident Paul Anthony Bendele Jr., 85, died July 26, 2007.

No services will be held per his request.

Mr. Bendele was born May 27, 1922, in Portland to Paul A. Bendele Sr. and Mary Ann Bendele. He grew up in Reedsport and worked in his family’s meatpacking business, Umpqua Packing Company. He joined the Army in 1940 and earned the Good Conduct Medal, Victory Medal, American Service Defense Medal and American Theater Medal. He was an expert rifle and pistol marksman. He married Adeline Dow in Astoria in 1942. They lived briefly in California before returning to Portland. He opened Bendele’s Quality Meats inside a grocery store in 1961. His wife Adeline died of cancer in 1971. He married Betty Jones in 1972 and they moved to Redmond and opened B&J Custom Meats. He loved flying and owned his own plane and built a home on the airstrip east of Redmond. He sold his business in 1989 and began traveling across the country searching his family heritage. His wife Betty died in 1997 and he moved to Douglas County to be near family.

He attended the Sutherlin Family Church and enjoyed playing pool and cards with his friends at the Sutherlin Senior Center.

Survivors include his daughter Madeline Susie West; two granddaughters; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his wives, he was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, a sister, and a nephew.

Andreason’s Cremation & Burial in Springfield handled the arrangements.

Ronald Leroy Kirkpatrick
July 28, 1928-Aug. 1, 2007

Redmond resident Ronald Leroy Kirkpatrick, 79, died Aug. 1, 2007.

A celebration of life open house was held Aug. 4.

Mr. Kirkpatrick was born July 28, 1928, in Ponoka, Alberta, Canada, to Robert Hall and Eva Blanche (Gee) Kirkpatrick. As a young boy he lived near Onalaska, Wash. He married Eulah Jean Chapman Oct. 1, 1946. They moved to Myrtle Creek where he was a logger. He later moved to Chiloquin and then to Bend. He was a logger for 47 years.

He was a member of the Rimrock Riders and was a team penner. He enjoyed horses and the outdoors.

Survivors include his wife Eulah Kirkpatrick of Redmond; son Alan Kirkpatrick; daughters Marjorie Crain, Cathy Briggs, Mollie Chichester, Gail Douglas, and Sandra Wright; 14 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions can be made to the St. Charles Medical Center Foundation Caregiver Education Fund, Attn: Medical Surg. ICU, 2500 N.E. Neff Rd., Bend, 97701.

Autumn Funerals handled the arrangements.