April 30, 2016

Anglers beware

From Oregon Health Authority,

Elevated mercury levels found 

in fish tissue from many state water bodies 

The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) is issuing a statewide advisory for bass due to elevated levels of mercury found in fish tissue sampled from a number of water bodies across the state. 

The fish consumption advisory affects bass in all water bodies statewide, including river systems. 

"Fish are an important part of a healthy diet, especially migratory fish like salmon, steelhead and trout," said Dave Farrer, Ph.D., toxicologist in the Environmental Public Health Section at the OHA Public Health Division. "The elevated mercury levels we're talking about in bass are of concern to us, but there are some simple steps people can take to reduce their exposure to mercury when consuming bass." 

Bass is the focus of the advisory because it is a resident species--it lives in one place its entire life--and is considered a top predator, eating other mercury-contaminated fish within an ecosystem. The longer bass live, the more mercury they accumulate. In addition, bass are found across the state in many popular fishing waters, and the amount of data the state has for this species is adequate to warrant a statewide advisory. 

OHA recommends the following monthly meal allowances for bass from all water bodies across the state, including river systems: 
* General population--Limit consumption to no more than six meals per month. 
* At-risk populations--Limit consumption to no more than two meals per month. 

Mercury was found at levels above established screening values. This means it is high enough to be of concern to human health if fish contaminated with mercury are not eaten in moderation. For reference, the screening values used by OHA when determining if the concentration of mercury found in fish tissue is a health risk are 0.2 mg/kg for at-risk populations (infants, children, and pregnant or breastfeeding women), and 0.6 mg/kg for the general public. Average total concentrations found in fish tissue from across the state ranged from 0.08 mg/kg to 0.86 mg/kg of mercury. 

Tissue samples were taken from 62 bass from 11 water bodies across the state, including eight rivers, two reservoirs and one lake covering each region of the state, from 2008 through 2014. 

The statewide advisory and recommended meal allowances cover those water bodies that do not currently have an individual advisory in place for resident fish, including bass. For a list of water bodies with an existing advisory, see the advisory table at HealthOregon.org/fishadv. People should follow the recommended meal allowances for fish from these individual water bodies, rather than the statewide meal allowance of six and two. 

A meal is about the size and thickness of your hand; for children, a meal is about the size and thickness of a child's hand. 

People who eat too much fish contaminated with mercury can suffer negative health effects over time, such as damage to organs, the nervous system and reproductive system. Fetuses, babies and small children are most vulnerable to the health effects of mercury and, if exposed to high levels, can suffer life-long learning and behavior problems. For this reason, OHA recommends that pregnant and nursing women, and women of childbearing age (18 to 45), follow the consumption recommendations closely. Anglers also should not give bass to others unless the recipients are aware of the mercury contamination issue and they understand the recommendations in the fish advisory. 

Fish consumption advisories are issued when fish tissue data collected and analyzed verifies that a particular contaminant is over Oregon's established screening value for that contaminant. OHA has several advisories currently in place for mercury in resident fish including bass, although fish tissue in many water bodies has not been sampled and analyzed. 

Because data for mercury in fish tissue is available for some, but not all, lakes across the state, and because environmental conditions are such that mercury is present in recreational waters and can accumulate in the fish that live there, OHA believes it is necessary to issue a statewide advisory to protect public health. 

Issuing a statewide advisory helps prevent confusion and reduces the public's exposure to mercury when consuming bass from non-monitored water bodies. 

The advisory is expected to remain in place for the foreseeable future because mercury can come from both natural and human-made sources, and is transported globally through air pollution. The monthly meal allowances represent the most consistent health protective recommendations possible based on available fish tissue data. Should more mercury data become available, OHA will evaluate those data and update this and other advisories as practical and necessary. 

By issuing the advisory, health officials hope to increase the public's awareness of fish species they should avoid or limit consumption of, and those they can keep eating. While it is important for people to know about contaminants in fish, it is equally important to keep fish on the table. Health officials continue to encourage people, including pregnant women, to eat a variety of fish as part of a healthy diet. Migratory fish such as salmon and steelhead are an essential source of protein, omega-3 fatty acids and other nutrients, and are low in contaminants. 

Visit HealthOregon.org/fishadv to learn more about why fish is good for you, and for other fish-related topics. 

April 29, 2016

PSA from the Sheriff

From Deschutes County Sheriff

Phone Scam in Central Oregon

Similar incidents reported on 03-22-2016. 

Deschutes County Sheriff's deputies have received information that someone has either started or re-started a telephone scam within Central Oregon. 

A caller will identify themselves as being from the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office by name and/or rank and name. They will say that you have missed a court date or should have gotten a subpoena to appear and failed to appear. This person will say that there is a warrant or some kind of fine related to the missed court date. 

The caller will then ask that you meet them to make the payment or may want you to take care of the fine asking for a debit or credit card number. They may ask you to go to a Western Union or similar financial wire service to satisfy a fine. They may also tell you that if you don't take care of this fine or warrant that a deputy will be sent to your home. 

Updated Information: In this most recent incident, the caller told the victim they had been summoned or subpoenaed as a character or material witness for the state and they had failed to appear as required by law. The caller then instructed the victim purchase and Use a "Fred Meyer, Recharge Card" to complete the transaction and avoid being arrested. This was all done via telephone. 


If someone calls asking any kind of information like this, ask for a return phone number. If they give you a phone number call your local police agency with the return phone number and they can check in to it for you. 

April 28, 2016

COCC Winter 2016 Dean's List

From Central Oregon Community College:

The following Central Oregon Community College students were named to the winter-term Dean's List. The COCC Dean's List is based on enrollment in 12 or more credits.

CROOKED RIVER RANCH                       Michael Clark
CROOKED RIVER RANCH                       Catherine Morris
REDMOMD               Thomas Robinson
REDMOND               Matthew Adsit
REDMOND               Lawrence Allen
REDMOND               Seth Anthony
REDMOND               Dustie Avery
REDMOND               Martin Baltazar
REDMOND               Beth Bechard
REDMOND               Joy Bell
REDMOND               Grace Bollard
REDMOND               Michella Borden
REDMOND               Gary Bowers
REDMOND               Jamie Bowman
REDMOND               Melissa Brandt
REDMOND               Brian Britton
REDMOND               Mickayla Brown
REDMOND               Full Paul
REDMOND               Drew Burleigh
REDMOND               Anika Burrus
REDMOND               Kathleen Cacho
REDMOND               Full Noah
REDMOND               Shannon Carlton
REDMOND               Dante Casselman
REDMOND               Christopher Chandler
REDMOND               Samuela Chandler
REDMOND               Lane Charley
REDMOND               Dustin Christean
REDMOND               Katie Ciaramitaro
REDMOND               Bradley Cook
REDMOND               Joshua Cook
REDMOND               Rachael Cox
REDMOND               Johanna Crisman
REDMOND               Emmalee Cron
REDMOND               Maclayne Diener
REDMOND               Karleen Doty
REDMOND               Chantia Dougall
REDMOND               Sarah Dubay
REDMOND               Morgan Duvenick
REDMOND               Kaitlyn Elliston
REDMOND               Angel Emanuel
REDMOND               Daniela Gill
REDMOND               April Gonzales
REDMOND               Melissa Goray
REDMOND               Quinten Graves
REDMOND               Brenda Gutierrez
REDMOND               James Hackemer
REDMOND               Jennifer Hall
REDMOND               Cynthia Hanley
REDMOND               Trevor Hart
REDMOND               Brandon Henkaline
REDMOND               Wendy Holm
REDMOND               Kendall Hudon
REDMOND               Amanda Hurst
REDMOND               Jamie James
REDMOND               Tara James
REDMOND               Kristina Johns
REDMOND               Amber Johnson
REDMOND               Justin Jones
REDMOND               Janette Koon
REDMOND               Jordyn Langeliers
REDMOND               Kasey Lohman
REDMOND               Roy Lopez
REDMOND               Daniel Mann
REDMOND               Hannah Marlitt
REDMOND               Kristina Martin
REDMOND               Maegen Matecki
REDMOND               Lisa Mathis
REDMOND               Full Tessa
REDMOND               Full Eric
REDMOND               Full Starla
REDMOND               Drew Morin
REDMOND               Benita Moyer
REDMOND               Abagail Murray
REDMOND               Richard Neel
REDMOND               Rhoni Oconnor
REDMOND               Emily Payne
REDMOND               Ian Peterson
REDMOND               Hanah Ramsey
REDMOND               Sara Scott
REDMOND               Dillon Sieler
REDMOND               Brittany Smith
REDMOND               Jennifer Speaks
REDMOND               Aaron Sprauer
REDMOND               Jordan Stacy
REDMOND               Ceaira Standish
REDMOND               Jakey Starmer
REDMOND               Tailyn Stegman
REDMOND               Miles Strang
REDMOND               Kobi Swinehart
REDMOND               Dylan Taylor
REDMOND               Kyle Tucker
REDMOND               George Vassaur
REDMOND               Nathan Wegner
REDMOND               Marissa Whitley
REDMOND               Christopher Wilder
REDMOND               Brianna Yeakey
TERREBONNE         Tammi Chamberlain
TERREBONNE         Elijah Attlesperger
TERREBONNE         Full James
TERREBONNE         Alisha Dura
TERREBONNE         Jacob Heath
TERREBONNE         Anna Henderson
TERREBONNE         Hailey Moore
TERREBONNE         Ashley Schneider
TERREBONNE         Jeaneva Senko
TERREBONNE         Tanya Williams

April 27, 2016

Color guard chair discusses her horse

Peggy Sweet, chair of VFW Post 4108's mounted color guard, discusses training her 9-year-old Andalusian pure Spanish horse Princess Riri in the below video. Sweet hopes to use the horse in the color guard, but isn't sure if Princess Riri will be ready. 
This week's Spokesman features an update on the color guard, as well as two retired horses that Central Oregon residents are looking to adopt from Arlington National Cemetery. The Spokesman did a story on the horses in January, and The Washington Post wrote about them in February. That story can be seen here: www.washingtonpost.com/local/free-to-a-good-home-horses-who-have-served-their-country/2016/02/21/3de74d3a-d4f6-11e5-9823-02b905009f99_story.html.

An event featuring the mounted color guard is planned for Saturday at the post. People can also donate to help raise money for uniforms and equipment for the color guard at www.gofundme.com/Vfw4108MCG.

Check out the April 27 Spokesman!

This week's Spokesman features an update on the mounted color guard planned at VFW Post 4108, as well as stories on a new star for Ridgeview High's boys golf team and Redmond-based Farm to Friends grocery delivery business. It is available today at locations including Terrebonne Thriftway, Pappy's Pizzeria and Safeway.

April 27, 2016 Obituaries

Diane Thelma Bradshaw, of Redmond
May 25, 1929 - April 6, 2016

Arrangements: Redmond Memorial Chapel has been entrusted and is honored to serve the family. Please sign our guest book at www.redmondmemorial.com 541-548-3219
Services: Funeral Service was held at 1:30 PM, Tuesday, April 26, 2016, Willamette National Cemetery, 11800 SE Mt. Scott Blvd., Portland, Oregon 97086, 503-273-5250.
Contributions may be made to: Bright Side Animal Center, 1355 NE Hemlock Ave., Redmond, Oregon 97756, 541-923-0882.

Sandra Lynn Steed, of Redmond
April 12, 1948 - April 17, 2016

Arrangements: Autumn Funerals- REDMOND www.autumnfunerals.net 541-504-9485
Services: Memorial Service: Sat. May 7 at 2pm at Highland Baptist, 3100 SW Highland Ave., Redmond, OR.
Contributions may be made to: Torah Resource, http://store.torahresource.com/donate.asp

John Lee Gage, of Powell Butte
Nov. 1, 1921 - Dec. 24, 2015

Arrangements: Whispering Pines Funeral Home, 541-416-9733 www.whisperingpinesfh.com
Services: A Celebration on Life will be held on Saturday April 30, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. at the Powell Butte Community Hall (8404 S.W. Reif Road, Powell Butte). Light refreshments will be served after the program. Please bring your memories to share.

Peggy Ann Oliver, of Redmond
Aug. 8, 1926 - April 14, 2016

Arrangements: Autumn Funerals- REDMOND www.autumnfunerals.net 541-504-9485
Services: Were held Saturday, April 23 at 2pm at Christian Church of Redmond, 536 SW 10th St., Redmond, OR.
Contributions may be made to: Central Christian Schools Scholarship Fund.

Thomas G. S. Lewis, of Redmond
Sept. 9, 1946 - April 14, 2016

Arrangements: Autumn Funerals- REDMOND www.autumnfunerals.net 541-504-9485

April 26, 2016

April 20, 2016 Obituaries

Marilyn Elizabeth Reiser, of Redmond
Sept. 1, 1933 - April 1, 2106

Arrangements: Redmond Memorial Chapel has been entrusted and is honored to serve the family. Please sign our guest book at www.redmondmemorial.com 541-548-3219.
Services: A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, April 30, 2016 at 2:00 PM at the Club House in the Desert Meadows sub-division, 520 NE Shoshone, Drive, Redmond, Oregon 97756.
Contributions may be made to: Partners In Care, 2075 NE Wyatt Court, Bend, Oregon 97701 and or Operation Blessing, P.O. Box 2636, Virginia Beach, VA 23450.

Jason Michael Franklin, of Madras
May 29, 1974 - Mar. 31, 2016

Arrangements: Redmond Memorial Chapel has been entrusted and is honored to serve the family. Please sign our guest book at www.redmondmemorial.com 541-548-3219
Services: Celebration of Jason's Life was held at 1:00 PM Saturday, April 16, 2016 at the Elks Lodge, 262 SW 2nd Street, Madras, Oregon 541-475- 6046 .
Contributions may be made to: GoFundMe account on face book under Jason Franklin to help his family.

Patricia Ann (Meyers) Larson, of Sisters
July 29, 1934 - April 15, 2016

Arrangements: Baird Funeral Home of Bend is honored to serve the family. Please visit our website, www.bairdfh.com, to share condolences and sign our online guestbook.
Services: A Private Memorial Service will be held at a later date.
Contributions may be made to: Partners In Care 2075 NE Wyatt Ct. Bend, OR 97701 www.partnersbend.org

Guadalupe Navarro, of Culver
Oct. 16, 1938 - April 10, 2016

Arrangements: Bel-Air Colonial Funeral Home, 541-475-2241
Services: Visitation: Was Tuesday, April 12, 2016 between the hours of 12:00 noon - 8:00 pm at Bel-Air Chapel. Recitation of the Rosary: Was Wednesday, April 13, 2016 at 7:00 pm at Saint Patrick's Catholic Church. Mass of Christian Burial: Was Thursday, April 14, 2016 at 11:00 am at Saint Patrick's Catholic Church

Dorothy Leona Mullens, of Redmond
Oct. 9, 1929 - April 10, 2016

Arrangements: Autumn Funerals- REDMOND www.autumnfunerals.net 541-504-9485
Services: No Services planned at this time.
Contributions may be made to: St. Charles Hospice

April 25, 2016

Stolen car suspect arrested after chase

From the Redmond Police Department:
At approximately 0421 hrs. Officers located a Black Toyota Corolla occupied and mobile in the area of NE 9th St & NE Hemlock Ave (Redmond).  A check of the registration showed the Oregon license plate on the car had been reported stolen.  A traffic stop was attempted and the vehicle sped off resulting in a vehicle pursuit.  The pursuit continued onto the Redmond bypass, Hwy 97, north bound.

The pursuit continued into the Tetherow area of Redmond and then southeast towards Eagle Crest.  During the pursuit, Officers lost the car in the area of NW 74th St & SW Eagle Dr.  Shortly afterwards, a local resident called into to report a unoccupied vehicle off the roadway on SW Eagle Dr. with an open door and still running

Officers located the vehicle but the driver fled on foot and was not immediately located. Deschutes County Sheriffs Department and Redmond Police K9 teams were called in to conduct an area search / track.  During the search, Redmond Police K9 Arco located the suspect, later identified as Kendall Hickman of Redmond, hiding in a barn a few hundred yards away from the car.  Hickman was taken into custody without incident. 

During the recovery of the stolen license plates from the car, it was learned the Toyota was recently reported stolen from the Redmond area.  Hickman was later lodged into the Deschutes County jail for felony elude, possession of a stolen vehicle, criminal driving while suspended and an out of County warrant. 

The Redmond Police Department would like to thank the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office and Oregon State Police for assistance with this incident.  The Redmond Police Department is committed to improving the quality of life in Redmond and Central Oregon by addressing theft issues.  If anyone in the community has information about this incident, please contact the Redmond Police Department at (541)504-3400, or through the non-emergency dispatch number at (541) 693-6911

Press Release completed by:  Sgt. Hank Majetich

April 18, 2016

Local Angus win awards

From Angus News Feed, 
K Bar D awarded for sired groups

K Bar D, Redmond, Ore., won first place get-of-sire at the 2016 Western National Angus Futurity (WNAF) Super Point Roll of Victory (ROV) Show, April 3 in Reno, Nev. K Bar D Joe Canada 18Y sired the winning group. Courtesy Photo

K Bar D, Redmond, Ore., won junior get-of-sire at the 2016 Western National Angus Futurity (WNAF) Super Point Roll of Victory (ROV) Show, April 3 in Reno, Nev. K Bar D Joe Canada 18Y sired the winning trio. Courtesy Photo

April 17, 2016

Around Central Oregon:

From ShanRae Hawkins, Stingray Communications and Mike Britton, Deschutes Basin Board of Control, 

Court Issues Opinion Denying Motion 
for Preliminary Injunction in
Oregon Spotted Frog Case
Environmental groups’ requests to set trial date and to stay issuance of the formal opinion also denied

Federal Judge Ann Aiken has ordered the Center for Biological Diversity, WaterWatch of Oregon, five Central Oregon Irrigation Districts, and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation to meet to resolve their dispute over the Oregon spotted frog.

The order for a settlement meeting came Thursday, as Judge Aiken issued a written opinion denying a preliminary injunction motion filed by the Center for Biological Diversity and WaterWatch of Oregon. In the injunction the Center for Biological Diversity and WaterWatch asked the court to order an immediate change to the operation of Crane Prairie, Wickiup, and Crescent Lake reservoirs, severely limiting if not eliminating the availability of water stored in the reservoirs for the 2016 irrigation season.

Judge Aiken also denied the Center for Biological Diversity and WaterWatch’s March 23 request to stay issuance of a written opinion, which had asked the Court not to issue a written opinion explaining the basis for denying the preliminary injunction, as well as the two groups’ request for the Court to set a trial date for as early as November 2016.

The Court did not dismiss the underlying lawsuits filed by the Center for Biological Diversity and WaterWatch. In those lawsuits, the Center for Biological Diversity and WaterWatch claim the operation of the reservoirs by Central Oregon, North Unit, and Tumalo irrigation districts and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (“USBOR”) is violating the Endangered Species Act (“ESA”) and results in harm to the Oregon spotted frog. 

“We are pleased with the Judge’s opinion and look forward to continuing our work managing the region’s water in a way that benefits the frog, other fish and wildlife, our water resources, and our local economy,” said Mike Britton, president of the Deschutes Basin Board of Control, which represents eight irrigation districts in Oregon’s Deschutes Basin. Britton continued, “The Districts are investing millions of dollars on projects resulting in conserved water, increased instream flows and enhanced water
management, benefitting fish and wildlife species, including the Oregon spotted frog.  We all want what is best for the Deschutes Basin but we have to work together.”

The parties have been directed to schedule settlement proceedings with Magistrate Judge Coffin.

About Deschutes Basin Board of Control
The Deschutes Basin Board of Control represents eight irrigation districts in Oregon’s Deschutes Basin. The districts supply water throughout the Deschutes Basin to 8,700 patrons across 155,662 acres. The districts are working in partnership with conservation groups and local, state and federal agencies to increase instream flows in rivers and creeks, while improving fisheries passage into historical habitat and establishing ecologically important habitat. Since 2,000, the districts have increased instream flows by nearly 80,000 acre-feet in the Deschutes River, Little Deschutes River, Ochoco Creek, Whychus Creek, Tumalo Creek and Crescent Creek, benefitting salmon, steelhead, bull trout, Oregon spotted frog and other species.

For more information about the irrigation districts please visit www.dbbcirrigation.com

April 16, 2016

New Sheriff deputies in town

From Deschutes County Sheriff's Office
Next generation of leaders bring diverse experience, expertise and background to key positions 

Courtesy of Deschutes County Sheriff
From the left to right: Corrections Sergeant Jeff Sundberg, Patrol Lieutenant Ty Rupert, Patrol Sergeant Mike Sundberg, Patrol Captain Paul Garrison, Detective Captain John Bocciolatt 
Deschutes County Sheriff, L. Shane Nelson, announced today five promotions for the Sheriff's office. Through Sheriff Nelson's leadership, a new internal process was developed for his team to provide input into the promotional process along with community input as to who the leadership in the office should be. "This new process has already fostered a new culture within the organization and operations by changing how we work together as a team and listen to the citizens in our community who we so appreciate and proudly serve," says Sheriff L. Shane Nelson. As a result of the employee and citizen's feedback, one of the appointments is from outside the organization.

Two New Captains Announced

Detective Captain John Bocciolatt Captain Bocciolatt comes to the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office with 28 years experience with the Portland Police Bureau retiring as a Detective Sergeant assigned to Internal Affairs. During his career with the Portland Police Bureau his team put two serial killers behind bars, co-supervising the Forest Park Serial Murder case, and, solving the Sebastian Shaw Serial Murder case. He holds a Masters in Administration of Criminal Justice from the University of Portland. Most recently, Bocciolatt was hired as Special Commander in the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office.

Patrol Captain Paul Garrison
Captain Garrison started with the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office in 1997 and has served as a peace officer for a total of 21 years. He holds an Associate of Arts Degree from Central Oregon Community College with continuing course work through Portland State University and holds a Middle Management Certificate from the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training. Most recently he served at the Administrative Lieutenant and is the Special Operations Team Commander for the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office. He is a former Vice President of the Pine Ridge Elementary PTA and coached youth sports within Deschutes County.

One New Lieutenant Announced

Lieutenant Ty Rupert 
Lieutenant Rupert started his law enforcement career with the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office in 2005. Prior to his law enforcement career he was in private business for 14 years with the last six of those years serving as Vice President. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps for four years graduating as Platoon Honor Man from Marine Boot Camp. He was honorably discharged in 1991. During his career with the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office he has held the positions of Reserve Deputy, Patrol Sergeant, Detective and served on the Employee Association Board.

He has served as a Bend Little League assistant coach and currently assists with the Mt. View High School Boys Golf Team.

Two New Sergeants Announced 

Sergeant Mike Sundberg 
Sergeant Sundberg served as a full-time deputy for the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office since 2003, with prior law enforcement experience for the Sheriff's Office as a field law enforcement technician. He served in the United States Navy for 5 years as a hospital corpsman.
Sergeant Sundberg's education background includes courses from Central Oregon Community College and Clackamas Community College. He holds advanced police certificates from the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training.

He served as an assistant team leader for the Special Operations Team since its inception in 2008, a Narcotics Detective with the Central Oregon Drug Enforcement team as well as a criminal and street crimes detective within the Sheriff's Office Detectives Division.

Sergeant Jeff Sundberg 

Sergeant Sundberg has served as a corrections deputy for the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office since 2004. He was in the United States Navy for 4 years.

His education includes courses for Emergency Medical Technician and holds an intermediate certificate from the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training.

He has been a member of the Special Operations Team for almost 8 years. Sergeant Sundberg helped reopen the Work Center in 2008 and has served as a Work Crew deputy for 2.5 years.
He is a former service member of the Oregon National Guard.

The new leadership announcements create new avenues for the sheriff's office to charge forward with key objectives and are a critical step in exploring the future of crime tendencies and community policing based on Central Oregon's fast-paced community growth. In tandem, new operational procedures have been a key focus within Sheriff Nelson's organization to ensure a fiscally responsible team, as well as, continued review of how audits and financial transactions are conducted.

About Deschutes County Sheriff 
The Mission of The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office is to serve our community by providing superior public safety and service, in an ethical and fiscally responsible manner, while preserving the rights of all individuals. http://sheriff.deschutes.org 

April 13, 2016

Third Friday Stroll downtown Redmond

From Karen Sande, events director with the Redmond Chamber of Commerce:

18th Youth Art Walk kicks off 2016 Third Friday Stroll series

                                                                                                                                                                             Spokesman File Photo

Once a year, downtown Redmond businesses showcase Redmond student’s artwork during the Youth Art Walk.  This year’s art walk will kick off Redmond’s Third Friday Strolls on Friday, April 15, 2016, from 4 to 8p.m. with 25 plus businesses participating.

The Redmond Chamber of Commerce has organized the Youth Art Walk for 18 years and placed the focus on the talented students in Redmond School District.  The students who participate ranging from Kindergarten to high school, come from the private and public schools, as well as homeschoolers.

“The Youth Art Walk is a great family and community event,” said Karen Sande with the Redmond Chamber of Commerce.  “Everyone is welcome to enjoy a showcase of visual, written, performing arts, demonstrations, and live music. 

The Third Friday Strolls are to encourage people to come downtown and see what Redmond has to offer. Local products, shops and services are all within reach in our downtown core. This is a great opportunity to socialize with neighbors, meet business owners, and keep dollars working in the community we love to call home. We have over 25 businesses that will be participating from the Y to the Y on 5th, 6th and 7th streets.
For more information, please contact Karen at 541-923-5191 or email karen@visitredmondoregon.com.

Driver arrested after Terrebonne crash

From the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office:
Non-Injury Motor Vehicle Crash 

Released by: Sgt. Kevin Dizney 

Location: NW 19th Street north of Odem Avenue 

Vehicle 1: Purple 2014 Kia Sorrento 

Driver 1: Shuey, Vanisha Age: 25 
Terrebonne, OR 

Citations: Driver arrested for unrelated Parole Violation; Citations for Driving without a license. 


On Wednesday, 4/13/16, at approximately 2:15 PM, the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office responded to a reported motor vehicle crash on NW 19th Street just north of Odem Avenue. The sheriff's office responded and discovered the above vehicle had been traveling southbound on 19th Avenue when the driver crossed the center line and oncoming lane of traffic, went off the east side shoulder of the roadway before impacting into a power pole. The vehicle then traveled through barbed wire fencing before coming to rest in an open grass field on the east side of the roadway. 

An investigation determined the driver, Shuey, admitted to falling asleep at the wheel and driving off the road causing the crash. No indications that drugs or alcohol were involved. Shuey was determined to not have a driver's license. Shuey was not injured in the crash. Following the crash investigation, Shuey was arrested for an unrelated parole violation and lodged at the Deschutes County Jail. 

Pacific Power responded to the crash as the power pole that was struck was sheared off, and power lines were dangling near the surface of the roadway. Pacific Power had to cut power to over 300 residents in the immediate area to begin repairs. Pacific Power estimates the power could be restored as early as 6:30 PM

The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office as assisted at the scene by Redmond Fire Department, Pacific Power, and the Oregon State Police. This investigation is ongoing. 

Check out the April 13 Spokesman

Read about Obsidian Middle School's career day, a new coach and new attitude for Redmond High's Softball team and a local woman's work to fight cystic fibrosis. That, plus the new issue of Redmond Magazine, are in this week's Spokesman. It is available today at locations including Safeway, Sassy's Cafe and Union 76.

April 13, 2016 Obituaries

Eric Bradford Pies, of Madras
Feb. 8, 1964 - April 2, 2016
Arrangements: Bel-Air Funeral Home, 541-475-2241
Services: Memorial Services was held on Thursday April 7, 2016 at 1:00PM at the Cornerstone Baptist Church in Madras, Oregon.
Contributions may be made to: The Gideon Bible Study

Robert Lee Coates, of Redmond
Mar. 25, 1929 - Mar. 31, 2016
Arrangements: Autumn Funerals, Bend 541-318-0842 www.autumnfunerals.net
Services: No Services will be held at this time.
Contributions may be made to: Partners In Care 2075 NE Wyatt Court Bend, OR 97701

Christian Calderon- Leon, of Culver
May 21, 1983 - April 3, 2016
Arrangements: Bel-Air Funeral Home, 541-475-2241
Services: Recitation of the Rosary was held on Tuesday, April 5, 2016 at 7:00 pm at Bel-Air Colonial Chapel in Madras, Oregon. Private family committal.

Lillian Alice Buce 
May 16, 1933 - April 1, 2016
Lillian, 82, passed away April 1, 2016, in Denver City, Texas. She was born May 16, 1933, in Portland, Oregon.  
She married William Buce on October 31, 1954, in Denison, Texas. While he was in the military, they lived in many different places, including Central Oregon. Lillian had helped operate a ranch and a grocery store during their marriage. 
She has lived in Denver City over 22 years. Her husband, William, preceded her in death. She was also preceded by four brothers and two sisters. 
Lillian is survived by two sons, William Russell Buce Jr. of Sedro Woolley, Wash., Nathan Alan Buce of Corydon, Indiana; and  a daughter, Terry McCray of Denver City, Texas; along with six grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. She will be greatly missed by her family and many friends. 
Funeral services were held Monday, April 4, 2016 with services under the direction of Ratliff Funeral Home of Denver City, TX.  806-592-2321

April 12, 2016

Redmond DUII Enforcement results

From Curtis Chambers Sergeant, Redmond PD

Redmond Police Department 
Announce DUII Enforcement
Results for March and Planned April Activities

Courtesy of Redmond Police

The Redmond Police Department conducted two enhanced DUII enforcement efforts in March.  During these efforts, Redmond police put two additional officers on the road, funded by DUII grant funds.  Two officers worked a total of eight (8) hours resulting in the arrest of one DUII driver and the stop of another DUII driver, with the investigation and arrest turned over to a patrol officer not on grant time. 

During the month of March, patrol officers working their normal shifts arrested eighteen (18) additional DUII drivers.  Through the first quarter of 2016 (ending 03/31/2016), your police department has arrested no less than 50 DUII drivers.
Redmond police will continue enhanced DUII patrols throughout the remaining month of April.  The primary intent of these heighten patrols is to prevent deaths, injuries and property damage caused by DUII drivers by removing them from the road.  Redmond Police Department officers are trained to look for signs of impairment beyond just alcohol, as many other substances, legal or illegal, can impair a person’s ability to operate a vehicle. 

The officers of your Redmond Police Department are committed to making Redmond the safest city in Oregon.  Preventing, locating and arresting DUII drivers is one of many ways they are working to accomplish this vision.  Funding to support these enhanced DUII patrols is provided by a DUII High Visibility Enforcement Grant, awarded to the Redmond Police Department from the Oregon Department of Transportation.

Please report suspected DUII drivers by calling 541-693-6911 in Deschutes County or anywhere in Oregon by calling 800-24-DRUNK (800-243-7865).

Possible alcohol involved motorcycle crash

From Sergeant Curtis Chambers Redmond Police Department

Redmond police and Oregon State Police
investigate motorcycle DUII crash
Courtesy of Redmond Police Department

Redmond, Ore – On Saturday evening, April 9, at approximately 8:00 p.m. Officers from the Redmond Police Department responded to the intersection of Oregon Highway 126 East and SE Ochoco Way, Redmond, after receiving a report of a single vehicle crash involving a motorcycle.

Officers arriving on scene found witnesses to the crash treating the motorcycle operator.  The operator was later identified as Mr. Robert Skierkiewicz, 55 years of age, from Bend.  Skierkiewicz was transported by Life Flight air ambulance to St Charles Medical Center – Bend, with life-threatening injuries.

Preliminary investigation at the scene revealed Skierkiewicz was traveling westbound on Hwy 126 and was passing a group of three Oregon National Guard military Humvees as he approached and then entered a curve in the road.  The motorcycle left the south side of the roadway after another vehicle approached traveling east.  Skierkiewicz was thrown from his motorcycle, sustaining severe injuries.  Helmet use and type is currently not known.  Alcohol is being investigated as a contributing factor in this crash.

The Oregon National Guard soldiers Skierkiewicz was passing included several trained medics.  The medics provided lifesaving care until additional medical personnel from Redmond Fire & Rescue arrived.

Because Skierkiewicz was transported by helicopter, the Oregon State Police conducted the criminal investigation in Bend resulting in the arrest of Skierkiewicz by way of criminal citation.  Skierkiewicz was arrested for DUII, Reckless Driving and two counts of Recklessly Endangering Another Person.  Skierkiewicz remains in the care of St Charles hospital in critical condition.

Now that it is spring, the days are getting longer, warmer and motorcycles are once again becoming common place on our highways.  Operating a motorcycle after becoming impaired by alcohol or other drug, legal or not, is extremely dangerous.  Impaired riding often leads to increased risk taking and higher than appropriate speeds.  According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in fatal crashes in 2013, motorcycle riders involved (killed and survived) in fatal crashes had higher percentages of alcohol impairment than any other type of motor vehicle driver (27% for motorcycle riders, 23% for passenger car drivers, 21% for light-truck drivers, and 2% for drivers of large trucks).

Your law enforcement agencies in Central Oregon desire not to have to pick up the pieces of a fatal DUII crash or have to notify your family members of a DUII related fatality or injury.  DUII crashes are 100% preventable, if a person makes the right choice not to drive after drinking or using another drug.