May 29, 2015

May 29, 2015 Column

By Miles Hutchins

Whose job is it anyway?  Who is responsible to fight the litter problem we see on our streets and sidewalks?  And who is responsible for providing education, housing, health care services and more for our veterans?  These two issues are on my mind because of the proliferation of plastic bags, milk cartons, plastic and paper food containers strewn about our neighborhood and nearby environs.  And because of the proliferation of ads asking for private donations to support our returning military forces seems strange to me, since our military is supposed to have its own version of medical care, clinics and hospitals. 

First things first.  We know the litter problem is created by thoughtless acts of tossing debris on the sidewalks and streets.    Here's an idea for high school students, contact the city public works people and set up an area near your school, or home, for litter patrol.  Here's an idea for all  of us, quit littering, use a bag or box in your car to stash debris, then dispose of it properly.  It really is everyone's job to fight litter.

Now about veterans and their families.  There is obviously a need for support when the vet returns home.  The ads featuring Gary Sinise and others, do a good job of pointing out the need.  COVO, and other veterans based organizations do what they can, and the Veteran's Affairs medical clinic in Bend does a really good job, from what I hear.  Did you know that veterans have their own medical care program?  And their own hospitals?  They have for many years.  Seems to me it is in need of review on many fronts.  There are just a few VA hospitals in Oregon, none in Central Oregon. Yet we have very good hospitals here.  John McCain brought up the issue when he was campaigning for President a few years back.  He suggested a vet be given a card allowing him access to medical care anywhere in the country.  The implication was that the VA hospital system was out of date.  With the recent VA "scandal" about waiting lists being manipulated, it should be even more on the front burner for reform.

In addition to health issues there is the need for education and housing support for returning vets.  That seems to me to be a responsibility of all of us, the taxpayers of the nation for whom the military person served. To protect us and our national interests.  Why should people like Sinise beg us to donate when the issue is really a national cost that should be borne by the entire nation? 

What I envision is a more perfect world.  I know, I am a dreamer.  With Congress spending most of its time campaigning for reelection and very little time actually working in D.C.,  the most universally praised element of our population, the veterans among us, are getting the shaft.  Congress will not approve spending to cover the benefits. But they will suggest an even larger budget amount to buy more weapons of war.  Even more than the military folks are asking for. As  Ike famously said many years ago, "beware the military industrial complex".  By the way, a study of our history in this country shows that veterans  have many, many times over the years been denied promised benefits.  Some things, sadly, never change.

 So, Sinise and others help raise money for our vets and their families.  Too bad they have to do it, but bless them for doing it.

May 27, 2015

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Redmond Reefer Madness

This week we highlight the effects, both potential and already known, of Measure 91 which legalizes recreational marijuana use and retail stores in Oregon. Redmond doesn't plan on seeing any retail marijuana stores, see the story for why.   




Ridgeview begins playoff quest


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The Ridgeview softball team begins what it hopes is a run in the Oregon 5A softball playoffs. The Ravens come well armed with a pair of aces and a sterling catcher. See this week's Spokesman sports.




Joyco Sales opens gift shop in Redmond


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Joyco Sales, a whole sale distributorship opened a gift shop and warehouse in down town Redmond during the month of May. See Story in this week’s Spokesman.

May 27, 2015 Edition

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May 27, 2015 Obituaries

Vera Louise Bussett Case, of Redmond
Oct. 10, 1931 - May 13, 2015
Arrangements: Redmond Memorial Chapel is honored to serve the family. Please sign our guest book at www.redmondmemorial.com  541-548-3219
Services: Celebration of Vera's Life will be held 11:00 AM Thursday May 28, 2015 at the Powell Butte Christian Church, 13720 OR-HWY 126, Powell Butte, Oregon 97753.
Contributions may be made to: Powell Butte Christian Church, 13720 OR-HWY 126, Powell Butte, Oregon 97753, 541-548-3066.

Kimdel Monroe Owen, of Redmond
Jan. 12, 1958 - May 16, 2015
Arrangements: Autumn Funerals- Redmond (541-504-9485) www.autumnfunerals.net
Services: A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, June 20, 2015 (Time to be determined) at Redmond Seventh-Day Adventist Church, located at 945 SW Glacier Avenue in Redmond, OR.

Craig John McGarraugh, of Redmond
Aug. 26, 1946 - May 18, 2015
Arrangements: Autumn Funerals- Redmond (541-504-9485) www.autumnfunerals.net
Services: A private gathering of family and friends will take place at a later date. 
Contributions may be made to: A charity of one's choosing.

Douglas Richard Anderson, of Redmond
Jan. 5, 1944 - May 17, 2015
Arrangements: Autumn Funerals- Redmond (541-504-9485) www.autumnfunerals.net
Services: A Celebration of a Life lived will take place at a later date.

May 23, 2015

May 23, 2015 Column

Spokesman Book Shelf Column, Flash Fiction

by Julie Bowers, Redmond Community Librarian


I hope you will never say, “I don’t have time to read.” If you do ever make such an inflammatory statement within earshot of readers be prepared for a trouncing. Try to maneuver the conversation to another topic before anyone can observe that you have plenty of time to watch Hoarders or cat videos.

Still, time is a finite commodity. There may be times when you are unable to read a long novel or biography, but no time crunch is so extreme as to require the abandonment of reading.

Extreme busy-ness is often accompanied by high levels of stress. Among the many benefits of reading, relaxation is one of the most striking. Research from Mindlab International at the University of Sussex found that of all the methods of relaxation tested, reading was the most effective. After only six minutes of reading, subjects physiologically showed lower levels of tension than those who took a walk, had a cup of tea, listened to music, or played video games. As the Telegraph reported at the time, Dr. David Lewis, who conducted the test, said, "Losing yourself in a book is the ultimate relaxation.”

Here are some books that will keep you reading with the smallest possible investment of time.

Some of our favorite internet sensations share their distinctive short-form observations on the state of humanity in book form. Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh features dysfunctional vignettes from the author’s life, made moving and hilarious by purposefully amateurish drawings. Matthew Inman, better known as The Oatmeal, has three titles in the library’s graphic novel collection. The newest, Why Grizzly Bears Should Wear Underpants, is also available as a downloadable ebook. Even some internet cats have books in the library collection, including Grumpy Cat, the LOLcats, and Maru.

Sudden Fiction and Sudden Fiction (Continued) edited by Robert Shapard and James Thomas contain wonderful stories, each less than 2000 words, or about six minutes of reading. Stories in Sudden Flash Youth edited by Christine Perkins-Hazuka, Tom Hazuka, and Mark Budman are less than 1000 words.

Still too long? Check out Hint Fiction: An Anthology of Stories in 25 Words or Fewer. According to editor Robert Swartwood hint fiction, by definition,” suggests a longer, more complex story.” They are thought-provoking, sometimes funny, but often viscerally upsetting. Though each takes only a few seconds to read, you may find it difficult to stop. Another collaboration of similarly succinct stories, The Tiny Book of Tiny Stories by HitREcord is just fun.

Don’t even have time for that? Six word memoirs are three second reads. Smith Magazine collected six word memoirs in book form, under the apt title Not Quite What I Was Planning. The book is available at your library. A follow up book, It All Changed in an Instant, is available to checkout or to download as an ebook. Just visit your library’s Digital Download page.
It’s a short step from reading these memoirs and stories to writing them. The Redmond Public Library has a bulletin board in the teen area where customers can post their originals. Or tweet your creations #DPL6words.

Here’s my six-word memoir: I always read, no matter what.


Julie Bowers
Redmond Community Librarian
Deschutes Public Library

May 21, 2015

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May 20, 2015

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Straw Propeller spins into Gourmet Market

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Redmond gourmet food manufacturer Straw Propeller has continued to grow by leaps and bounds into its fourth year. See the Spokesman Front.



Redmond Athletes compete in the district track meet


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Ridgeview’s 4x400 relay narrowly missed a trip to the state track meet, but several other Redmond athletes will compete in the state  track meet this week in Eugene. See Spokesman Sports.





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Brent Yeakey will be among the Redmond area athletes competing in the state track meet this week.

May 17, 2015 Obituaries

James Lee Reynolds, of RedmondMay 3, 1943 - May 12, 2015Arrangements: Autumn Funerals- Redmond (541-504-9485www.autumnfunerals.netServices: A Memorial Mass will take place Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at 2:00 PM at St. Thomas Catholic Church, located at 1720 NW 19th St., Redmond, OR .Contributions may be made to: St. Vincent De Paul 1612 SW Veterans Way Redmond, OR 97756(541) 923-5264.

Terry R. Bennett, of RedmondNov. 7, 1954 - May 11, 2015Arrangements: Niswonger-Reynolds Funeral Home is honored to serve the family.541-382-2471 Please visit the online registry for the family at www.niswonger-reynolds.comServices: At his request, no service will be held.Contributions may be made to: Partners In Care Hospice, 2075 NE Wyatt Court, Bend, OR 97701.

Dick Crawford Weaver, Sr., of TerrebonneApril 25, 1931 - May 11, 2015Arrangements: Autumn Funerals- Redmond (541-504-9485www.autumnfunerals.net

May 14, 2015

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May 13, 2015

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Local news, every Wednesday!

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Local infrastructure maintenance plans for this summer



Take a look at the City's plan for infrastructure maintenance around Redmond this summer. Projects including waterline replacement, road resurfacing, and park improvements.  




High Desert Horse Expo



Brenna Storey completes a run during the Oregon Reining Horse Association's Central Oregon Slide and Derby at the Deschutes Fair and Expo Center, May 9. The event had a variety of different levels of competition, including youth, rookie, non-Pro Derby, and freestyle. More than $25,000 in prizes was awarded at the event. The Event lasted from May 6 to 10.

May 13, 2015 Obituaries

John Clarence Arnett, of Redmond
Aug. 2, 1927 - May 6, 2015
Arrangements: Please sign our guest book at www.redmondmemorial.com  541-548-3219  
Services: A Public Viewing/Visitation took place, Monday, May 11, 2014 at 2:00-5:00 PM at Redmond Memorial Chapel, 717 SW 6th St., Redmond, OR. A Funeral Service was held Tuesday, May 12, 2015 at 11:00 AM at Mountain View Christian Fellowship, 1475 SW 35th St., Redmond, OR, immediately followed by a luncheon. Graveside Services took place at 1:30 PM at Redmond Memorial Cemetery.

Veronica Marie Murphy, of Bend/ Redmond
Oct. 18, 1927 - May 1, 2015
Arrangements: Deschutes Memorial Chapel 541-382-5592 www.deschutesmemorialchapel.com
Services: A Rosary was offered on Friday, May 8 at 10:30 am followed by a Funeral Mass at 11 am at St. Thomas Catholic Church, Redmond, Oregon.  Grave side to follow at 2 pm at Deschutes Memorial Gardens, Bend, Oregon.  
Contributions may be made to: Partners In Care 2075 NE Wyatt Court Bend, OR  97701; Brightside Animal Shelter 1355NE Hemlock Redmond, Oregon 97756

Frederick Allen Winther, of Redmond
April 18, 1940 - May 1, 2015
Arrangements: Redmond Memorial Chapel is honored to serve the family. Please sign our guest book at www.redmondmemorial.com  541-548-3219
Services: No public service at Fred's request. There will be a private family gathering at a later date. 
Contributions may be made to: Clackamas County Peace Officer's Benevolent Foundation, PO Box 678, Clackamas, OR 97015; Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, 5001 Angel Canyon Rd., Kanab, Utah.

Richard Lee Bradshaw, of Redmond
June 23, 1927 - May 2, 2015
Arrangements: Autumn Funerals- Redmond (541-504-9485) www.autumnfunerals.net
Services: A Graveside Service with full military honors took place Monday, May 11, 2015 at 12:00 PM at Willamette National Cemetery, located at 11800 SE Mt. Scott Blvd., Portland, OR.
Contributions may be made to: Brightside Animal Center 1355 NE Hemlock Ave. Redmond, OR  97756 brightsideanimals.org

Wanda J. Gerber, of Crooked River Ranch
Jan. 22, 1943 - May 1, 2015
Arrangements: Baird Funeral Home of Bend is honored to serve the family. 541-382-0903 www.bairdmortuaries.com
Services:  A Memorial Service was held on Saturday, May 9, 2015, at 11:00AM, at Dayspring Christian Center, located at 7801 NW 7th Street in Terrebonne.
Contributions may be made to: Hospice of Redmond, 732 SW 23rd St., Redmond, OR 97756, www.hospiceofredmond.org, 541-548-7483

Earl Bernard Davis, of Crooked Rive Ranch
Nov. 24, 1933 - April 29, 2015
Arrangements: Redmond Memorial Chapel is honored to serve the family.  Please sign our online guest book at www.redmondmemorial.com 541-548-3219.
Services: A memorial service will be held Saturday, May 16, 2015 at 11:00 A.M. at the Ranch Chapel located at Crooked River Ranch, Oregon.

Georgie Juanita Turner, of Redmond
Mar. 30, 1945 - May 2, 2015
Arrangements: Autumn Funerals- Redmond (541-504-9485) www.autumnfunerals.net
Services: A private gathering of family and friends will take place at a later date.

Sidney Jo Thomas, of Redmond
Dec. 6, 1934 - May 1, 2015
Arrangements: Autumn Funerals- REDMOND www.autumnfunerals.net 541-504-9485
Services: No services will be held. 

Norma Jean Weaver, of Terrebonne
Mar. 4, 1935 - May 2, 2015
Arrangements: Autumn Funerals- Redmond (541-504-9485) www.autumnfunerals.net
Services: No Services will be held.

Keith Bernard Snyder, of Prineville
Nov. 4, 1934 - May 5, 2015
Arrangements: Juniper Ridge Funeral Home, 541-362-5606
Services: Services will be held at a later date.

May 8, 2015

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May 7, 2015

May 6, 2015 Obituaries

Anna Lee Boger, of Redmond
Oct. 27, 1933 - May 1, 2015
Arrangements: Redmond Memorial Chapel, 541-548-3219 www.redmondmemorial. com
Services: Public viewing will be held Tues, May 5, 2015, at  Redmond Memorial Chapel, 717 SW 6th St., Redmond, from 3pm-6pm. Funeral service will be held Wed., May 5, 2015, at5pm at Emmaus Lutheran Church, 2175 SW Salmon Ave., Redmond. Graveside service will be held Fri., May 8, 2015, at 9am, in Clovis, CA, at Clovis Cemetery.
Contributions may be made to: Emmaus Lutheran Church, 2175 SW Salmon Ave., Redmond, OR 97756

Ruth May Dean, of Redmond
May 2, 1917 - April 28, 2015
Arrangements: Redmond Memorial Chapel is honored to serve the family.  Please sign our online guest book at www.redmondmemorial.com 541-548-3219.
Services: Were held at 10:00 a.m., May 2, 2015, Redmond Memorial Cemetery, 3545 SW Canal Blvd., Redmond.
Contributions may be made to: Gideons, PO Box 140800, Nashville, TN 37214, www.gideons.org

Jack Brown Ely, of Redmond (Formerly of Crooked River Ranch)
Sept. 11, 1943 - April 28, 2015
Arrangements: Baird Funeral Home of Bend is honored to serve the family. 541-382-0903 www.bairdmortuaries.com
Services: A private family gathering will be held at a later date.
Contributions may be made to: Hospice of Redmond, 732 SW 23rd St., Redmond, OR 97756, www.hospiceofredmond.org, 541-548-7483.

Russell Forest Jennings, of Redmond
Aug. 9, 1945 - April 30, 2015
Arrangements: Autumn Funerals- Redmond (541-504-9485) www.autumnfunerals.net
Services: Per Russell's request no services will be held.
Contributions may be made to:  Doernbecher Children's Hospital C/O  Doernbecher Foundation,  Mail Stop 45, PO Box 4000, Portland, OR 97208-9852.

Norma Dean Hart, of Redmond
Oct. 24, 1935 - April 30, 2015
Arrangements: Autumn Funerals- REDMOND www.autumnfunerals.net 541-504-9485
Services: A memorial service will be held out of state the weekend of May 9 & 10. Cards/Flowers may be sent c/o Dominique Hart  18820 Tumalo Reservoir Rd., Bend, OR 97701

Edward Neil Lane, of Redmond
Dec. 16, 1946 - April 25, 2015
Arrangements: Autumn Funerals- Redmond (541-504-9485) www.autumnfunerals.net
Services: A Graveside Service will take place Friday, May 1, 2015 at 11:00 AM at Terrebonne Pioneer Cemetery, located on Smith Rock Way in Terrebonne, Oregon.

James Luke Golden, of Terrebonne
Dec. 28, 1937 - April 26, 2015
Arrangements: Redmond Memorial Chapel is honored to serve the family.  Please sign our online guest book at www.redmondmemorial.com 541-548-3219.
Services: No service is planed at this time.

May 1, 2015

May 1, 2015 Redmond in Photos

Redmond Chamber of Commerce, Central Oregon Business Expo



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Colette Bouc mixes up batter for a crepe to demonstrate kitchen ware at the Chamber’s Business Expo event at the Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center, April 23. This was the Business Expo’s 15th year.




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Karen Sande, events director for the Redmond Chamber of Commerce talks with another exhibitor during the Chamber’s  Business Expo event, April 23. The event has survived the ups and downs of the Central Oregon economy for the past 15 years.