October 30, 2007

October 31, 2007


  • Businesses on the southern tip of the Highway 97 reroute project received a nasty surprise this month when construction caused their east-of-97 establishments to be cut off from southbound customers. Even worse, they say, is the fact that ODOT plans a concrete median in front of their businesses, which would permanently keep left-turn customers from easily accessing their businesses. According to ODOT, a median is the only safe way to construct this section of the highway.
  • The city of Redmond is still wanting to build a community center large enough for many organizations to use and last week officials filled the Redmond School Board in on what the possibilities would be if the center were built near Redmond High School. This concept would require the district's bus facilities to be relocated, as well as eliminate a couple of sports fields.

Keep it low and slow

The city of Santa Barbara thought it had the building height restrictions it wanted, until a condo developer put up a five-story building downtown. The building’s scale in comparison to those nearby sent people scurrying to the city council, asking for a re-consideration of the current 60-foot limit, only to be told by city staff that reducing the limit could cause trouble once current building owners realized that shorter buildings mean a lowered value for their property.

A mammoth nine-story building is the elephant in Redmond’s living room that many city officials seem to hope no one will bring up. It was the city’s idea to hire consultants to work on design standards for downtown, and for the city council’s own appointed team of citizen advisors – Downtown Urban Renewal Advisory Commission, to help fine-tune standards for development.

However, one of the things DURAC and it seems, the Planning Commission as well, wants to include in the standards are changes in the current building height code – which allows 100-foot buildings in a large chunk of downtown, including the areas next to the historic Redmond Hotel, former Redmond High and Jesse Hill schools, and residences nearby.

It appears, however, that the advisory groups have been getting the cold shoulder from city council and administrators when concerns about the out-of-character height limits are raised.

Advisory groups, it seems, are good only when they tell you what you want to hear.

Redmond became saddled with the 100-foot limit back in 2002 when in desperation for more development downtown it raised the existing lower limits for a particularly ambitious project that never happened. It changed the limits for several city blocks, even though the project only included one block – but that’s a whole other editorial.

Suffice to say since that day five years ago many folks in Redmond have had second thoughts about allowing buildings that high downtown; some are only thinking about it now, being unaware the city had ever changed it.

While it’s unlikely having a 100-foot limit on the books is going to create a ‘concrete canyon’ overnight, it is inviting trouble. Redmond’s downtown will eventually become more urban and taller buildings are a part of that equation. But we’re quite a way from needing/wanting/or having the resources for anything that big. A nine-story building would need several stories worth of parking and we can’t even figure out how to build a modest couple-story parking garage yet. Blasting deep enough through our bedrock for underground parking would make any high-rise very costly in Redmond.

Smart cities use lower building heights to protect historic commercial and residential areas, modifying them through the years only as the need arises.

We should be one of those smart cities.

Hip deep and hands on

photo by Scott Hammers/copyright Redmond Spokesman

The lives of thousands of tiny salmon fingerlings are in the hands of Redmond High School students.

Last week, students from Rebecca Barrett’s wildlife biology class spent two days at the Corbett Ranch, where Jack Creek and the Metolius River meet. Along with professional biologists from the Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, and PGE, the students were conducting a survey of fish habitat for the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board and the Oregon Forest Resources Institute.

The students’ work will play a key role in informing decision-making on the fish ladder project on the Pelton Round Butte Dam at Lake Billy Chinook. The owners of the dam, PGE and the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, recently started construction on a $91 million project to move salmon past the dam, as juveniles headed for the ocean and as mature fish headed back upstream to spawn.

If successful, the project will bring Chinook salmon and steelhead back to the Metolius River. Jack Creek, which feeds into the Metolius just a few miles from its source, is believed to be a potential spawning ground.

“The big question here is, ‘Is the creek good enough water quality for fish to survive and for macroinvertebrates to survive?’” Barrett said. “If we don’t have macroinvertebrates, we don’t have fish.”

Macroinvertebrates, in this instance, are what many local anglers have known for years as “bait” – caddisflies, mayflies, and stoneflies. Stream dwellers during their pupal stage, these insects are an important food source for fish and play a key role in regulating the health of a stream

The flies fall into three main categories depending on their mode of feeding – shredders, scrapers, and collectors. Shredders, for example, dine on leaves and other plant debris that falls into a stream. If the riparian areas on either side of the stream have been damaged such that little debris makes its way to the water, there will be no shredders.

On their two trips to Corbett Ranch last week, the students donned waders to walk through the icy waters, using dip nets to scoop up and count insects. They drew maps of the riparian areas, and measured water temperature, pH, and the quantity of dissolved oxygen.

For the students, it was a chance to see what they’d read about in their textbooks happening right in front of them.

“We saw a mayfly fully hatch out of its endoskeleton,” said Abraham Lopez. “It was ready to fly, but somehow, we drowned it.”

Barrett said getting a chance to work in the field alongside professional scientists gives her students a feel for the subject they can’t get in the classroom. Not only do the processes and concepts explained in class seem more real, but students who might have an interest in pursuing a career in science get a sense for what it actually involves.

The partnership between RHS and the professional biologists is the work of a group called Wolftree, a Portland-based nonprofit that works with schools and the appropriate agencies to organize watershed enhancement projects. Getting this group onto the Metolius was the result of a project run by Jay Hopp, Wolftree’s Education Director, and students from Madras High School. When Madras students presented their findings to the Jefferson County Soil and Water District board, the board members were so impressed, they turned to Wolftree when it was time to tackle to Corbett Ranch project.

The roughly 60-acre Corbett Ranch has been used for cattle grazing since the early 1900s. Between the open-ditch irrigation system, cattle wastes, and the destructive effect of cattle tromping over small plants, the ranch has had a negative impact on the health of Jack Creek and the Metolius. According to Barrett, the ranch owners have expressed an interest in undoing the damage, and opened up the property to professional biologists.

“This is a good day, more hands on,” said student Josh Perkins, whose big discovery on Friday was that fish have testicles.

“I’m not always good in the classroom, but come out here and I learn it.”


Obituaries Oct. 31, 2007

Ruby J. Johnson
May 1, 1951Oct. 21, 2007

Former Redmond resident Ruby J. Johnson died of heart complications Oct. 21, 2007, in Drain. She was 56.
A memorial service was held Oct. 26, 2007, at the Drain Church of Christ.
Mrs. Johnson was born May 1, 1951, in Salem, to parents Earl and Vonna Jones Leach. She graduated from Drain High School in 1969.
On June 14, 1969, in Drain, she married William Johnson, who survives.
Mrs. Johnson lived Drain for 40 years, except for a time in Redmond in the 1970s and early ‘80s.
Mrs. Johnson was a housewife, bookkeeper and gas station owner. A member of the Drain Church of Christ and Beta Sigma Pi sorority, she enjoyed reading, spending time with family, hunting and fishing in Eastern Oregon and helping with children at church. She had just returned from a vacation to Disneyland with her grandchildren.
In addition to her husband, Mrs. Johnson is survived by a son Nick Johnson of Drain; a daughter Sheri Derrick of Curtain; a brother Tom Leach of Reedsport; and five grandchildren.
Smith-Lund-Mills Funeral Chapel, Cottage Grove was in charge of arrangements.


Anthony McGrady
1937-2007

Terrebonne resident Anthony James McGrady, 70, died Oct. 18, 2007. A memorial was held Oct. 26.
Mr. McGrady was born in 1937 in Tacoma, Washington, to James and Patricia (Dickenson) McGrady. He attended Grace Community Presbyterian Church in Bend and enjoyed studying the Bible, working in his yard and spending time with his family.
Survivors include his wife of 40 years, Pat McGrady, sons Eric McGrady of Vancouver, Wash.; Erin Hargrove of Redmond, Ore.; Patti Jacobs of Gresham, Ore.; and four grandchildren.
Autumn Funerals handled the arrangements


Carolyn Poage
Aug. 30, 1931-Oct. 28, 2007

Redmond resident Carolyn M. Poage, 76, died Oct. 28, 2007, of cancer. A recitation of the rosary was held Oct. 30 and a burial Mass will be held Oct. 31 at 11 a.m. at St. Thomas Catholic Church in Redmond.
Mrs. Poage was born Aug. 30, 1931, in San Francisco, Calif. to Thomas F. and Anne (Trieweiler) Sheridan. She was an entrepreneur who worked in real estate for many years. She marred Loran Poage Dec. 7, 1963, in San Francisco. The couple came to Redmond 30 years ago from Moses Lake, Wash.
Mrs. Poage belonged to St. Francis Catholic Church in Bend for 25 years and St. Thomas in Redmond for five years. She enjoyed beading, making jewelry, and raising horses.
Survivors include her husband Loran Poage of Redmond, daughter Kathleen Kuper of Redmond; brother Tom Sheridan of Monte Sereno, Calif.; sisters Shirlianne Sheridan of Saratoga, Calif., and Lorraine Zullo of Los Gatos, Calif.; and three grandchildren.
Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Thomas Catholic Church building fund. Redmond Memorial Chapel handled the arrangements.

October 16, 2007

Oct. 17, 2007


  • Redmond's long-awaited second piece of public art, "Western Swing" by sculptor Greg Congleton, will be installed this week at the north Y of Highway 97. The cowboy on a cutting horse will greet drivers arriving in town from the north.
  • Students at Redmond High School have taken on the task of completing a 17-foot tall totem pole begun by their teacher, Don Hamilton, who died earlier this year.
  • Community members or businesses wanting to honor a veteran -- or anyone -- can show their support by buying a commemorative brick for the memorial plaza at Redmond's new Legion Park. Call 923-0428 or 548-3923 for more information.

Rock Solid Tradition

photo by Leslie Pugmire Hole/copyright Redmond Spokesman

Imagine living amongst a flock of two dozen peacocks and peahens. Imagine being surrounded by 60 acres of hay fields, a small flock of sheep and free-range chickens whose eggs no one bothers to collect. Imagine the place you live is visited by thousands of strangers every year, people who wander around your home gawking all day - and sometimes at night when you want peace and quiet. Imagine your house is surrounded by acres and acres of folk-art creations of huge proportions.

Imagine living in the center of a "historic resource," a place so important the county has placed it on a short list of sites so treasured it wants to protect it.

Sue Caward, 42, has lived in such a place her entire life. Sixteen years ago her husband, George, joined her and five years ago their daughter Melinda joined them.

Three generations of the Petersen family have lived at Redmond's Petersen Rock Gardens, beginning in 1935 when patriarch Rasmus Petersen began taking time from his 300-acre farm to indulge his hobby of rock hounding - an ironic hobby for a man who farmed some of the rockiest soil in Oregon. Jasper, obsidian, petrified wood, agates, thunder eggs, lava rock and malachite - Petersen used everything he could find in Central Oregon and even traveled farther afield for his own collection, now housed in the gift shop/museum.

The gardens are open 365 days a year until shortly before dusk falls and have been since anyone can remember. Vacations?

"We haven't heard of that yet," says George Caward. The rock garden "staff" consists of the Cawards, Sue's mother and a handful of friends and family who help out during the peak season.
There is no admission to view the gardens, only a hopeful donation box near the entrance. The family supplements the donations from visitors with a modest gift shop and the surrounding farm acreage.

Rasmus Petersen, a Dane who came to Central Oregon about 1906 with the first wave of settlers, sold much of his farm land in the 1940s and devoted most of his time to building the gardens. He died in 1952 and a succession of Petersen women have spent the last 55 years preserving his creation, which has remained unaltered since Rasmus laid his last stone.

"He built the two rockeries in front of the house first then his friends and neighbors came by to show their friends and relatives and it grew from there," says Sue. "A donation box was put up eventually. When I was a kid it was 25 and 50 cents and we were lucky if people would leave that."

When George and Sue married he knew little about rocks and even less about repairing and maintaining what has become an iconic place in Central Oregon. He took it upon himself to learn about the rocks he was hauling around, re-cementing and selling in the gift shop.

"It's been a lot of trial and error," says George. He's had to replace all the old steel pipes that supplied water to the ponds and fountains, a cinch compared to figuring out how to repair objects held together with 70-year-old cement.

In Rasmus' day, the rock gardens were literally gardens of stone. The Petersen women have gradually added more living refinery to the mix, planting trees and flowers all around the structures and paths.

"When I was growing up we had people who worked here ever year. We had two ladies who lived in the area, they'd come every spring and leave in the fall," says Sue.

Since the gardens have no set admission, the couple is unsure how many visitors come every year - although they know how far away they come from; it isn't unusual to find people from Japan, Scandinavia and Europe wandering the grounds.

There is no Petersen Rock Gardens Web site ("We have a computer and we know how to use it but that's it," George says ruefully) and the only advertising they usually do is in visitor centers around the northwest.

There's been talk of charging admission and/or seeking nonprofit status but the gardens have been run the same way for 72 years and change comes hard.

So everyday the doors to the shop and museum are opened, peacocks and chickens are fed, and loose rocks are reattached. On good days visitors leave generous donations in the entry box and decline to abandon their pets ("We wouldn't mind so much if they dropped off cows or pigs or something useful," jokes George, while Sue adds "or a German Shepard with papers around his neck").

On the bad days little is collected in the way of admission and less kindhearted visitors harass the animals or steal rocks.

Regardless, the gardens continue, open to the public and run by the family - just as Rasmus Petersen wanted it.

-- story by Leslie Pugmire Hole

Petersen Rock Gardens is located at 7930 SW 77th Street, south of Redmond. Call 541-382-5574 for more information.








Oct. 17, 2007 Obituaries

Dale Gordon Ishaug
Oct. 7, 1942-Oct. 6, 2007
Redmond resident Dale Gordon Ishaug, 64, died of natural causes Oct. 6, 2007.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Mr. Ishaug was born Oct. 7, 1942, in Pelican Rapids, Minn., to Ferdinand Ishaug and Agnes Johnson. He joined the Army after graduating from high school. He married Joyce LaVonne Herting in Pelican Rapids, Minn., on Sept. 26, 1964. He was an independent financial representative.
He enjoyed reading, playing cards and spending time outdoors.
Survivors include his wife Joyce Ishaug of Redmond; sons Darrin Ishaug of Seattle, Wash., and Daniel Ishaug of Hermiston; daughters Dindi Marlett of Gresham and Dru Ezell of Bend; sister Dee Gardner of Shakopee, Minn., and Virgie Brandt of Moorehead, Minn.; and five grandchildren.
Autumn Funerals handled the arrangements.

James Garrett Kincaid
April 30, 1943-Sept. 20, 2007
Former Redmond resident James Garrett Kincaid, 64, died Sept. 20, 2007.
A memorial service was held Oct. 3 in Mill Creek, Wash.
Mr. Kincaid was born April 30, 1943, in Seattle, Wash. He attended Oregon State University and Leeds University and earned a bachelor's degree from Portland State. He worked at the Idaho Nuclear Facility and worked in ski patrol in Grand Targhee, Wyo. He earned a law degree from Willamette University and was accepted to the Oregon State Bar in 1973. He started his legal career in Baker as deputy prosecuting attorney and opened a private practice in Redmond, where he lived from 1975 to 1997. He served as the municipal judge of Sisters until 1992. He was an active member of the Oregon State Bar Association, working on many committees over the years and served as president of the Oregon Municipal Judges Association. He retired from law after 25 years and moved to Bellevue, Wash., where he worked for Home Depot and later as a contractor doing remodeling projects and building fences and decks.
He was a dedicated Rotarian for 31 years and hosted several foreign exchange students, Group Study Exchange couples and chaired a project to fund a scholarship for a Redmond singer to spend a year in Austria studying opera. He was a benefactor and Paul Harris fellow for the Rotary Foundation.
He was active in his church and became an elder in1995. He enjoyed piloting small planes, skiing, growing roses and fruit, boating, fishing, woodworking and spending time with his family. He and his wife enjoyed working together remodeling houses, developing gardens and traveling.
Survivors include his wife Sue Kincaid of Mill Creek, Wash.; sons Joseph Kincaid and Bradley Kincaid; stepson Scott Klemp; stepdaughter Jennifer Lippert; mother Mary Johnston and father David Kincaid; brother Robert Kincaid; sister Kathleen Lyda; and three grandchildren.
Barton Family Funeral Home in Kirkland, Wash., handled the arrangements.

Nora Duncan
Oct. 6, 1911-Oct. 11, 2007
Redmond resident Nora Lee Duncan, 96, died Oct. 11, 2007. A viewing will be held Thursday, Oct. 18, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The funeral will be Friday, Oct. 19 at 3:30 p.m. at Deschutes Memorial Chapel in Bend.
Mrs. Duncan was born Oct. 6, 1911 in Montier, Mo., to George and Nettie Ipock. She graduated from high school in Missouri and married Edgar Duncan there, Dec. 9, 1929. She was a homemaker who loved quilting, fishing, cooking, gardening and being with her family. She belonged to the Redmond Christian Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband, a daughter , a grandson, a sister and four brothers.
Survivors include sons Leroy Duncan of Prairie City, Ore.; Glen Duncan of Redmond, Harold Duncan of Powell Butte, Ore.; and Harvey Duncan of Durango, Colo.; daughters Virginia Cansler of Yuma, Ariz.; Lena Sue Priday of Siguate Pequa, Honduras; Carol Frances Clark of Sweet Home, Ore.; and Sharon Duncan of Durango, Colo.; brother Carl Ipock of North Powder, Ore.; 21 grandchildren, 37 great-grandchildren, and 14 great-great-grandchildren.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Oregon Hunter's Association, Redmond Chapter Scholarship Fund, PO Box 267 Redmond, Ore., 97756, or the charity of one's choice.
Arrangements were made by Deschutes Memorial Chapel.

October 9, 2007

Oct. 10, 2007


  • After rejecting a city staff request for more consultant services to help with planning a 'fix' for the woeful Fifth and Sixth streets after the Highway 97 reroute is done, Redmond's Downtown Urban Renewal Advisory Commission asked for, and received, a commitment for a city-authored proposal.
  • People are still talking about a 'community center' in Redmond that could potentially house recreation, senior and kids' services, but a lack of a viable site is slowing down any real planning or concepts. Such a project would need a large parcel, centrally located and affordable -- not an easy thing to find in Redmond.
  • The Redmond School District considers the idea of a school construction bond in the near future a given, but has not yet decided what it might look like. Talk has even begun about possibly expanding the current 2,000-student high school rather than build a new one in another site.

Nothing new under the sun

If there's one thing we learn here working at the Spokesman it's that - just like the old adage - the more things change, the more they stay the same.

Cars going too fast through Terrebonne? Read the Spokesman issues from the mid-1920s. Downtown on the cusp of 'revitalization'? Start in the mid-1980s and work your way forward. Redmond needs a highway to bypass the city center? That idea has been floating around for decades.

Now, it appears as the rest of Redmond's empty spaces fill and what developed spaces we have become more crowded, so do the city's community facilities.
Redmond's Boys & Girls Club, Cascade Swim Center, Redmond Senior Center and all of the city's playing fields and school gymnasiums - all full, booked or anticipating running out of room soon.

Talk has been circulating for the last year, the idea of expanding and centralizing many of these amenities in one place for better convenience and cost efficiency.
Is this news? No. It isn't even new.

February 2, 1994: "...the community center could be a joint effort of the city recreational program, REDCAP (Redmond Community Action Plan), the parks commission, COPRD (now RAPRD), and other local entities."

At the time concern for children was foremost on the minds of organizers, and no doubt the grander idea of a combined-use community center was a hard sell. So by 1995 the 'community center' had morphed into just the Boys & Girls Club, which finally opened in 1997. Meanwhile, the Redmond Senior Center moved to larger quarters in the early 1990s - and is already feeling a little snug -- and Redmond constructed four new schools with gymnasiums and fields that fill as fast as we build them. As Redmond's population doubled, then doubled again in the last 10 years our modest swimming pool and adjoining features has remained exactly the same.

The idea of combining all these needs, instead of parceling out each project to a different location and funding source, is the sanest idea to come out of the last 20 years - if not exactly original. The senior center faces a huge glut of users as all the Baby Boomers turn gray and we're seeing no shortage of families with school-age children move to town.

How much would a large-scale project of this scope cost? A whole lot. But would it cost more than taking each need separately and treating them as individual community projects? Probably not. Seeing the bigger numbers - acreage, square feet, money - needed for a real community center is scary, scary enough to cause hesitation and opposition. But a project like this, well-placed, planned and prudently financed, would be a jewel in Redmond's crown and make us the envy of other cities.

-- Redmond Spokesman editorial

Fall at Marion Lake

photo by Gary G. Newman/copyright Redmond Spokesman

The first time I saw Marion Lake was about 22 years ago. I was hiking part of the Oregon Skyline Trail and I dropped in from the Santiam Lakes area. I remember being surprised at the size of the lake. It was a placid giant compared to the smaller alpine lakes west of Three Finger Jack.

The lake is close to a mile and a half long and at its widest point three-quarters of a mile wide. Back then I hiked through pristine wilderness forest and then climbed out of the basin through a stand of big old growth fir. Their bark was festooned with light green beards of moss.

That’s all gone. The 90,000-acre B&B Complex fire burned to the lake’s southern shore in 2003 and in 2006 the 6,348-acre Puzzle fire burned the ridges north of the lake.

Still, a hike to Marion Lake is worth the time. Approaching from the west the forest is alight with the fall fire of vine maple.

Getting there is as simple as a 60-mile drive to Marion Forks, about half way to Salem and 17 miles east of Detroit Lake. At Marion Forks cross the bridge on the highway, and then turn right on the north side of Marion Creek. Follow the Forest Service road past a development of cabins and stay on the main road 4.5 miles to the trialhead.

There are some roads branching off, but the main road is obvious. There is a Forest Service restroom at the trailhead.

The hike looks easy on the map. I guess most do, but this one climbs 500 feet in two miles. The hike is steady up hill with one switchback, but it is mostly an easy walk over a broad trail. There were only a few places where you have to pick you way through a boulder field.

It took me about 40 minutes to hike to Lake Ann, Marion’s pretty neighbor. Trees and cattails ring this lake. The outlet gurgles through the rocks under the trail before it emerges as a creek that falls away to Marion Creek. A few Mergansers swam in the quiet waters and a Steller’s jay clamored in the trees.

The trail climbs on up to Marion Lake another 15 or 20 minutes up the trail. You first see the lake through a window of forest and the shore curves away to the east like a fiord. The lake’s size and tranquility made me wish I had brought a canoe.

Halfway along the north shore a trail branches northward toward the burn, but the north shore is still well forested and most of the trees remain on the south shore. The hills were shrouded with clouds on the day I was there so I couldn’t get a feel for the scope of the burned area.

After some minutes sitting by the trail at Lake Ann on the way out, I noticed a huge old Douglas fir – the kind with thick branches snaking out of the top. It felt good to be around the old guy.

-- story by Gary Newman


Oct. 10, 2007 Obituaries

Ralph Austin Hammond
June 14, 1919-Oct. 3, 2007
Longtime Redmond resident Ralph Austin Hammond, 88, died Oct. 3, 2007.
A funeral service was held Oct. 9 in the Deschutes Memorial Chapel. A reception followed.
Mr. Hammond was born June 14, 1919, in Redmond to Daniel and Myrtle Hammond. He graduated from Redmond High School and served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. He married Violet Fincher Hix in Reno, Nev., on Sept. 13, 1975. He farmed in the Redmond area for many years.
He was a life member of the Redmond VFW and the Redmond Grange. He loved fishing and spending time with his family.
Survivors include his wife Violet Fincher Hix Hammond of Redmond; stepsons Don and Dale Hix of Redmond; stepdaughter Joan Agee of Prineville; sister Lois Baller of Stayton; seven grandchildren; and many great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his brother and a sister.
Memorial contributions can be made to Hospice of Redmond & Sisters, 732 S.W. 23rd Ave., Redmond, 97756.
Deschutes Memorial Chapel handled the arrangements.

Mary Funnell
May 13, 1913-Oct. 7, 2007
Redmond resident Mary Funnell, 94, died Oct. 7, 2007. No service will be held.
She was born May 30, 1913, in Milwaukie, Ore., to Vincent and Mary (Jacoby) Graf. She was raised in Milwaukie and lived in Portland, Canby, and Woodburn. She married Robert Kenneth Funnell June 30, 1934, in Portland. She was a homemaker.
Mrs. Funnell moved to Redmond seven years ago. She enjoyed golf, cards, knitting and crocheting. She was a member of the Milwaukie Elketts and Redmond Community Church.
She was preceded in death by a sister and four brothers.
Survivors include her husband Robert Funnell of Redmond, daughter Kay Powers of Crooked River Ranch, three grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren.
Autumn Funerals of Redmond handled the arrangements.

Robert Eugene Lee
Aug. 29, 1929-Oct. 3, 2007
Redmond resident Robert "Bob" Eugene Lee, 78, died Oct. 3, 2007.
A crypt side service will be held Wednesday, Oct. 10, 1 p.m., in the Deschutes Memorial Garden Chapel.
Mr. Lee was born Aug. 29, 1929, in Mt. Grove, Mo., to Robert H. and Frances Lee. He served in the U.S. Air Force and was a self-taught man. He worked in the maintenance department of the Redmond School District and was also a lumberjack and mill worker.
He was a member of the Moose Lodge and the American Legion. He enjoyed hunting and fishing and loved to tinker with electrical and mechanical things.
Survivors include his son Shawn R. Lee of Oregon; daughter Kimberly D. Carter of Redmond; brother Franklin Lee of Bend; sister Linda Parker of Redmond; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Redmond High School Athletic Department.
Deschutes Memorial Chapel handled the arrangements.

Charles Masamori Oshiro
May 23, 1927-Sept. 24, 2007
Redmond resident Charles "Charley" Masamori Oshiro, 80, died of natural causes Sept. 24, 2007.
A Celebration of Life and memorial service will be held Saturday, Oct. 13, 4 p.m., at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 450 S.W. Rimrock Way. Inurnment will be held in the Hawaiian Memorial Park in Kaneohe, Hawaii.
Mr. Oshiro was born May 23, 1927, in Honolulu, Hawaii. He lived in Hawaii most of his life and moved to Oregon just over a year ago to be near his daughter. He graduated from high school in1945 and was a member of the Elks Lodge in Honolulu. He was a building inspector for the County of Honolulu and retired at the age of 55.
He loved music and played the harmonica, clarinet, saxophone and several percussion instruments.
Survivors include his daughters Maureen Adams-Hegwood of Crooked River Ranch and Michelle Faildo of Mililani, Hawaii; and five grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his mother Kame Oshiro and a daughter Charlene Moroit.
Memorial contributions can be made to Shriners Hospitals for Children, 2900 Rocky Point Dr., Tampa, FL, 33607-1460.
Autumn Funerals handled the arrangements.

October 2, 2007

The Yellow Ones Are Best

photo by Scott Hammers/copyright Redmond Spokesman

The big blue beads are for spinal taps, when the doctor sticks a big needle between Jessica Mohler’s lower back. The little purple beads are for injections of all sorts, and it doesn’t really matter how many there are, as everyone’s lost count. The yellow beads are for good days, when everything goes perfectly for Jessica. Since her cancer diagnosis in June, she’s collected six.

The strings of so-called “journey beads” document Jessica’s four months with non-Hodgkin’s Burkitt’s Lymphoma, but there are no beads to mark the month of school she’s missed so far. She’s still bald, she still feels a bit weak when she has to climb the stairs, and she’s still got a port in her chest to pump in the chemotherapy drugs, but Jessica has all but decided she’ll be going back to school in December.

“If I’m not back in school by Christmas, I’m throwing a fit,” she said.

Jessica had just finished seventh grade at Elton Gregory Middle School when she got the diagnosis that spun her life in an altogether new direction. In the spring, she’d noticed a small hard lump in her right armpit, but waited until June 14, the last day of school, to see the family doctor. On the 19th, she had the lump removed – “it was huge, the size of an avocado,” she said – and on June 22, she was diagnosed. Eleven days after that first trip to the doctor, she underwent chemotherapy for the first time.

Since then, Jessica has spent the majority of her time in Portland, a city she says she already hated well before she got sick. Every other week she goes to the pediatric cancer ward at Legacy Emanuel Hospital for chemotherapy treatments lasting six to eight days at a stretch; on the off weeks, she’s there for blood tests, lab work, and the occasional blood infusion. Twice she’s raced over the mountains to be admitted to the hospital with a high fever suggesting an infection had made it past her weakened immune system.

For her mother, Tina Mohler, Jessica’s illness forced a rapid realignment of her family’s life. A single mother for the last two years, Tina took a leave of absence from her job at Bend Urology, giving up a steady income as well as medical insurance to care for her daughter. Friends took in Tina and Jessica, but she’s struggled to keep up with the cost of a $600 a month medical insurance premium and the cost of food, gas, and lodging necessitated by their regular trips to Portland for treatment.

According to Tina, it’s evident her daughter is getting a little restless spending so much time at home with her mother and away from her friends at school. Jessica’s been able to chat with her friends online, but, Tina said, it’s no substitute for face-to-face contact.

“She’s spent a lot of time with mom. She probably won’t be unhappy at all when she turns 18 and can leave home,” Tina said.

Jessica said she’s been able to read a lot in the last few months, and she gets some tutoring at the cancer ward in Portland, but she’s still concerned about missing out on school. In mid-October, her doctors intend to conduct a full evaluation of her condition to find out if she’s ready to go back anytime soon.

Despite everything that’s happened to her over the last four months, Jessica says she’s lucky. In her many trips to the cancer ward at Legacy Emanuel, she’s met dozens of children in much worse shape than her.

“Going through this is hard. Knowing what a lot of kids go through, little kids – I can’t get through it, how do they get through it? But some of these little kids, they’ve been going through chemotherapy their whole lives,” Jessica said.

This week, the Elton Gregory Sparrow Club will be selecting Jessica as its Sparrow for the 2007-08 school year. Started in Redmond in 1992, the Sparrow Club enlists school-age children to help raise money for classmates with serious medical conditions. Students take on community service projects, earning money pledged by businesses and individuals which is then passed on to the family of the child selected as the Sparrow.

Tina said the financial assistance offered by the Sparrow Club is appreciated, but just as importantly, Jessica’s role as Sparrow will mean more interaction with her classmates. A group of students from Elton Gregory are expected to drop by for a visit within the week, provided Jessica isn’t rushed off to Portland for treatment.

A fund has been set up to allow help Jessica’s family deal with the cost of her ongoing treatment. Donations may be made at the Redmond branch of South Valley Bank, or mailed directly to the Mohler’s at 1549 NW Jackpine Avenue, Redmond, OR, 97756.

-- story by Scott Hammers


The Great Pumpkin Has Arrived

photo by Rob Kerr/copyright Redmond Spokesman

Orange and yellow leaves contrasting with clear blue sky; rain, wind, new snow on the mountains.
It all means fall in Central Oregon.
And east Terrebonne is the place for fall fun during the month of October.
Central Oregon Pumpkin Company and DD Ranch both kicked off their month of activities last weekend – the pumpkin company with the debut of this year’s corn maze, Pirates of Terrebonne, and DD Ranch with a fun run to benefit the Opportunity Foundation of Central Oregon.
Both farms will be open all month long to supply the Halloween and fall décor needs of residents and visitors, as well as providing activities for children and adults.

Central Oregon Pumpkin Co.
www.pumpkinco.org , 504-1414
Open daily through Oct. 31

Pumpkin picking, Monday through Friday noon6 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The harvest market features winter squash, gourds, mini pumpkins, Indian corn, as well as local apples, honey, jams, apple cider and more.

Weekends noon to 4 p.m. – entertainment by local musicians, food vendors offering sandwiches, burgers, pizza, Kettle Corn, funnel cakes, coffees

Other weekend fun includes hay rides, horse-drawn covered wagon rides, a pumpkin cannon, zoo train rides, pony rides for kids and a petting zoo, featuring 4-H members and their animals

Pirates of Terrebonne corn maze

Open 3 to 8 p.m. Fridays; 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturdays and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays.

Admission: Children 5 and under – free; children 6-11 -- $5.50; adults 12 and over -- $7.50

Group discounts available, call for details

Haunted barn

Matinee – “not haunted” for small children

Noon-5 p.m., Oct. 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, 28 and 31.

Admission for 11 and under: $5

Evening – haunted. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult

6-10 p.m., Oct. 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21 and 26-31.

Admission for 12 and over, $10


DD Ranch
www.ddranch.net 548-1432
Open everyday in October, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

U-pick pumpkins, gourds, potatoes, sunflowers, corn and more

Décor items, including dried flowers.

Activities for children of all ages: petting zoo, hay rides, hay maze, pumpkin hunting and kids corral

Trail for walking or jogging and wildlife and bird watching

DD Ranch’s café barbecue grill serves hamburgers and pork dogs made from beef and pork raised naturally on the ranch.


Oct. 3, 2007 Obituaries

Jerry G. Hassler
Dec. 29, 1957-Sept. 24, 2007

Lifelong Redmond resident Jerry G. Hassler, 49, died of natural causes Sept. 24, 2007.

A memorial service was held Sept. 28 in the Redmond Fire Department.

Mr. Hassler was born Dec. 29, 1957, in Redmond to Albert and Doris (McFadden) Hassler. He graduated from Redmond High School and was a mechanic. He was a volunteer for the Redmond Fire Department and worked at the Buckaroo Breakfast.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing, auto racing, NASCAR, antiques and animals.

Survivors include his mother Doris Hassler of Redmond; sisters Diane Springer of Battleground, Wash., Chris Slabaugh of Redmond, and Vicki Sime of Redmond; and brother Gregg McFadden of Bend. He was preceded in death by his father Albert Hassler.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Humane Society of Redmond or to the Redmond Volunteer Fire Department.

Redmond Memorial Chapel handled the arrangements.

Alta Fern Hudson
July 21, 1918-Sept. 23, 2007

Redmond resident Alta Fern Hudson, 89, died at her home Sept. 23, 2007.

A funeral service was held Sept. 29 at the First Church of God in Redmond. Burial followed in the Redmond Memorial Cemetery.

Mrs. Hudson was born July 21, 1918, in Inga, Mont., to Herman and Verna (Chipman) Donner. She married Alva Hudson in Sandpoint, Idaho, on March 11, 1938. He died Sept. 12, 2007. She moved to Central Oregon from Coquille in 1958. She was a homemaker and also worked with her husband at churches he pastored in Coquille, Bend, Bremerton, Wash., Prineville, The Dalles, and Redmond.

She was a member of the First Church of God and enjoyed cooking, gardening and her family.

Survivors include her daughters Verna Mae Van Calcar of McMinnville and Alva Jean Robirts of Redmond; sons Gordon Hudson of Portland and Gary Hudson of Redmond; brother Raymond Donner of Squim, Wash.; 12 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her husband, a daughter and three brothers.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Youth Fund, care of the First Church of God, 818 N.W. Elm St., Redmond, 97756.

Redmond Memorial Chapel handled the arrangements.


Carl Edward Krause
Aug. 18, 1953-Sept. 25, 2007


Crooked River Ranch resident Carl Edward Krause, 54, died of natural causes Sept. 25, 2007.

A memorial service was held Sept. 29 at the Redmond Community Church.

Mr. Krause was born Aug. 18, 1953, in Oakland, Calif., to Otto and Alma (McCord) Krause. He married Brenda Swayze in Pinole, Calif., on Dec. 19, 1970. He was a boilermaker for an oil refinery and moved to Redmond from Stockton, Calif., last August. He was a member of the Boilermaker Union 549 in Pittsburg, Calif.

He enjoyed hunting and history and loved his family and grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife Brenda Krause of Crooked River Ranch; daughters Wendy Romirez of Stockton, Calif., and Saundra Smith of Madras; mother Alma Krause of Redmond; sisters Nancy Hunt of Clear Lake, Calif., and Mary Mosing and Ida Triant, both of Vallejo, Calif.; and five grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his father and two brothers.

Bel-Air Colonial Funeral Home handled the arrangements.


Robert C. Musgrove
Nov. 3, 1950-Sept. 22, 2007

Longtime Terrebonne resident Robert “Bob” C. Musgrove, 56, died of natural causes Sept. 22, 2007.

A memorial service was held Sept. 27 in the Church of Christ in Prineville.

Mr. Musgrove was born Nov. 3, 1950, in Billings, Mont. He grew up in Montana and moved to Redmond in 1965. He graduated from Redmond High School in 1969 and served in the Navy during the Vietnam War. He married Betty Benson in Redmond on Oct. 13, 1973. He was a reserve police officer for the Redmond Police Department and worked for the City of Redmond Water Department for 15 years. He retired in 1990 for health reasons. He lived in Terrebonne for the past 29 years.

He was a member of the American Legion in Montana and the National Rifle Association. He loved riding bicycles and building model World War II aircraft. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and collecting knives.

Survivors include his wife Betty Musgrove of Terrebonne; daughter Rhonda Musgrove of Terrebonne; mother Barbara Musgrove of White Sulphur Springs, Mont.; and brother Aaron Musgrove of Hillsboro. He was preceded in death by his father.

Autumn Funerals in Bend handled the arrangements.


Leonie “Sue” Ramey
Nov. 6, 1935-Sept. 24, 2007

Terrebonne resident Leonie “Sue” Ramey, 71, died in Madras Sept. 24, 2007.

A funeral service was held Sept. 29 in the Powell Butte Community Center.

Mrs. Ramey was born Nov. 6, 1935, in Ship Bottom, N.J., to Eric and Irene Peddle. She met her husband Orval while he was stationed at Camp Pickett, Va. They were married on Nov. 6, 1953. They moved to California and later moved to Nevada. They moved to Oregon in 1967 and settled in Central Oregon in 1976. She worked at Kmart in Bend for 14 years and retired in 1996.

She loved people and opened her heart and home to many people over the years.

Survivors include her husband Orval Ramey of Terrebonne; sons Lonnie Ramey of Madras and Brad Ramey of Nevada; daughter Suzette Ramey of Seattle; sisters Emma Foltz of Sykesville, Md., and Alice Bruce of Kelso, Wash.; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Autumn Funerals handled the arrangements.


Kent C. Speck
July 23, 1950-Sept. 21, 2007

Former Redmond resident Kent C. Speck, 57, died Sept. 21, 2007, in San Diego, Calif.

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

Mr. Speck was born July 23, 1950, in Gothenburg, Neb., to Charles and Meredith Speck. His family moved to Redmond in 1956 and he attended schools in Redmond. He enlisted in the Marines in 1968. He later moved to San Diego and worked for the U.S. Postal Service. He married Sue Shipley in San Diego in 1985.

He was very active in helping disabled veterans with disability and compensation needs.

Survivors include his daughters Nicole Speck and Danielle Speck, both of San Diego, Calif.; mother Meredith Speck of Redmond; sisters Barbara Williams of Terrebonne and Laurel Speck of Redmond; and brothers Kirby Speck and Mike Speck, both of Redmond. He was preceded in death by his father Charles.

Memorial contributions can be made to Disabled American Veterans, care of Pam Smith, 611 N.E. Bellevue Dr., Apt. 408, Bend, OR, 97701, or the Veterans Outreach Program, 354 N.E. Greenwood, Suite 113, Bend, OR, 97701.


Bettie Windsor
March 21, 1927-Sept. 25, 2007

Redmond resident Bettie Windsor, 80, died Sept. 25, 2007.

No services will be held at this time.

Mrs. Windsor was born March 21, 1927, in Dubque, Iowa, to Edwin and Gertrude (Sullivan) Groff. She married Jay Windsor in Santa Barbara, Calif., on April 7, 1947. She was a homemaker and raised 13 children. She moved from Southern California to Central Oregon 20 years ago.

She enjoyed reading, traveling and spending time with her grandchildren.

Survivors include her sons John, Joe, Jim and Paul Windsor, all of California, and Bill, Bob and Patrick Windsor, all of Bend; daughters Linda Brewster, Janet Pence, Lori Boyle and Nancy Inglis, all of Bend, Mary Reinertsen of California, and Susan Schultz of Utah; 21 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by her husband.

Autumn Funerals handled the arrangements.


Robert Lee Wirt
June 21, 1938-Sept. 26, 2007

Redmond resident Robert Wirt, 69, died Sept. 26, 2007. A funeral will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 5, at Redmond Memorial Chapel. Internment will be at La Comb Cemetery in Lebanon.

Mr. Wirt was born to Russell and Maybelle (Phillips) Wirt in Lebanon, Oregon, June 21, 1938. He was a graduate of Oregon State University, a member of the Oregon National Guard and the American Legion. As a pharmacist, he worked throughout Central Oregon, including Rogers Drug Store in Madras, La Pine Drug Store, Sisters Drug and Clinic Pharmacy in Prineville. He also owned several businesses, including a mobile home park and self-storage facility.

He enjoyed restoring classic cars, hunting, and fishing.

He was preceded in death by both parents. Suvivors include his sister Linda Tucker of Madras and brother Dennis Wirt of Redmond.

Redmond Memorial Chapel handled the arrangements.


Roger Joseph Lutzke
Feb. 20, 1938-Sept. 28, 2007

Redmond resident Roger Lutzke, 69, died Sept. 28, 2007. A memorial was held Oct. 2 in Redmond.

Mr. Lutzke was born Feb. 20, 1938, in Hanford, Calif., to Joseph and Della (Lemos) Dias. He worked as a millwright in the lumber industry his entire life. He loved fishing, hunting and riding his motorcycle and four-wheeler.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Survivors include his daughters Kim Freeman of Cottage Grove, Ore.; and Tammy Patrick of Wishram, Wash.; brothers Frank Dias of Las Vegas and Lee Brazil of California; sisters Liz Vandermeulen of Chino, Calif.; Penny Spicer of Creswell, Ore.; Susie Lemos of Hanford, Calif.; and three grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association. Arrangements were handled by Autumn Funerals of Redmond.