May 27, 2016

Smith Rock interpretive hike planned

Friends and Neighbors of the Deschutes Canyon Area sent this information about an upcoming hike:
June 2, 9:30am  -  Smith Rock State Park on the Crooked River
Focus: An inside view of the park's rich natural and cultural history.
Hike Leader: David Vick, park interpretive ranger, OSU Master Naturalist
Group meets at Welcome Center (yurt).  Be sure to pay daily parking fee ($5) or have annual State Park pass for vehicle.  This easy two mile round trip interpretive hike follows the Crooked River downstream from the footbridge.   Learn about the dramatic geology, wildlife, nesting raptors, and native plants and their traditional uses. Registration required - visit to register.  Questions?  Call 541-771-3267.

May 25, 2016

Ridgeview senior named Ford Family Foundation Scholar

From the Redmond School District:
Redmond, Ore – Ridgeview High School senior Marta Beserra has been named one of 106 Oregon Ford Family Foundation Scholars for 2016.

According to the Ford Family Foundation, eligibility criteria include financial need and merit qualifications. In addition, Scholars must attend an accredited, nonprofit college in their home state and be pursuing a bachelor’s degree full-time. The renewable scholarship covers 90 percent of each student’s unmet financial need each academic year. This year’s Ford Scholars were chosen from 6,049 applicants.

Beserra plans to pursue a nursing degree. She plans to attend COCC and OSU Cascades in Bend and will transfer to Oregon Health and Science University’s School of Nursing in Portland.

I can't thank The Ford Family Foundation enough for allowing me and encouraging me of pursuing my goal of becoming a pediatric nurse,” stated Marta Beserra. “Not only did The Ford Family Foundation encourage me, they inspired me to become a great person in the future and to make my parents proud of my accomplishments. Thanks to The Ford Family Foundation, I'm more determined than ever before of becoming a successful person. This award means so much to me, I won't let anyone down. Thank you Ford Family Foundation for helping to make my dreams come true.
Beserra has been an incredibly involved student at Ridgeview High School, both academically and in extracurricular activities. Among her many interests, she shares that she enjoys helping and caring for others, baking, sports, working with children, volunteering, landscape gardening, river rafting, dancing, fishing, camping, socializing and encouraging others.
"Years ago, Marta embarked on an amazing journey,” shared John Albrecht, RVHS School Counselor. “When she hit the campus at Ridgeview in grade 9, she created an immersion program for herself. AP courses, CollegeNow courses, athletics, honors courses, working with her family and so much more. Although her academics are very strong, her growth in terms of dreams and aspirations has been super encouraging. She took full advantage of RVHS programs and connected with staff at very high level."

Check out the May 25 Spokesman!

Read about the new High Desert Montessori, LLC opening in Redmond, a discussion on the airport's future and Ridgeview Lacrosse wrapping up its season. It's all in this week's Spokesman, available now at locations including St. Charles Hospital, Christie's Kitchen and Albertson's.

May 24, 2016

Redmond High names three new coaches

From the Redmond School District:

Redmond, Ore – Redmond High School has hired three new athletic coaches for the 2016-17 school year.

The new coaching lineup will include:

Martha Segura, New RHS Varsity Girls Soccer Coach
Segura is currently employed with Redmond School District at Edwin Brown Education Center. She will transition to Redmond High School in the fall of 2016. Segura played soccer for four years at Eastern Oregon University. She was the assistant soccer coach for RHS last season.

Kelly Scholl, New RHS Volleyball Coach
Scholl was most recently was the head coach at McNary High School for the past four seasons. Prior to that, School was the head coach at Aloha High School for seven years and spent five years at the University of Portland as the first assistant coach.

Reagan Gilbertson, New RHS Varsity Boys Basketball Coach
Gilbertson is currently a behavioral specialist at Jefferson County Middle School. He has served as the RVHS assistant varsity coach for boys basketball and football. Gilbertson has also coached junior varsity boys basketball at RHS for three years.

Redmond High School is excited to welcome these new, experienced coaches to our athletic department,” shared Nathan Stanley, RHS Athletic Director. “These coaches bring a wealth of experience and proven dedication to supporting student athletes.

May 22, 2016

Building permit fees may see increase

From the city,
Spokesman files


The City of Redmond City Council is hosting a public hearing on Tuesday, May 24, 6:30 pm to consider the matter of amending the fee schedule for various building permits issued by the Building Division of the Community Development Department. 

The City has not raised its building permit fees in over ten years, and enjoys one of the best reputations for customer service in the state of Oregon.  However, in order to continue to provide that service the City has decided that it needs to raise its building permit fees. 

“Redmond has not adjusted our building fees in over ten years. That's been intentional as we strive to operate lean, yet still bring quality to our customers.  However, having a flat rate is not sustainable.  We have to begin to scale services that meet our customers’ expectations.  This action begins to do just that”, said Keith Witcosky, Redmond City Manager.  “The City is aware that to our customers’ time is literally money. The sooner a permit is issued or a plan approved the quicker a project can get to market.  We are confident this fee adjustment will help us deliver those services in a fashion that meets the expectations of our hardworking customers.”

In 2008, due to the recession, Redmond reduced its Building Division to two personnel and helped to fund the program with general fund dollars in order to retain a Building Official and Building Permit Technician.  The building program though is meant to be an Enterprise Fund, whereby development pays for the cost of development, and fees are collected to fund the program.  The current fee structure does not allow the City to hire additional staff and with increased activity, the City is struggling to keep up with the permitting activity in a timely manner. 

A fee study conducted in 2015 demonstrated that the City’s building permit fees are substantially below where they need to be to support a building program.  In order to continue to provide one of the best building programs in the state of Oregon, the City of Redmond is considering an overall average 20% fee increase on building permit fees. 

Prior to making the decision to increase the building permit fees, City of Redmond leaders visited with builders and developers in the area to explain the issues and to seek advice on how to move forward.  The development community was supportive of the fee increase and recognized the need after so many years without an increase. 

“What a lot of people don’t realize is that the building permit fees are a fraction of the overall development fees for construction.  What we heard from the builders was that they were supportive of our effort to continue to provide timely and quality customer service as long as the overall impact to the development fees was not significant,” stated Heather Richards, Community Development Director for the City of Redmond.

For example, the development fees on an 1,850 square foot house is approximately $15,000.  Of this, $1,650 is the building permit fee.  With the proposed fee increase the building fee would increase by $350 to $2,000.  The overall development fee would increase to approximately $15,350, a 2.2% overall increase. 

As Aaron Yuma, Redmond’s Building Official explained, “The City is experiencing almost three times the rate of permit activity than last year and we’re highly motivated to provide the very best service to our customers as possible.  I’m excited that we have an opportunity right now to put our department in a position to hire highly qualified and experienced building inspectors, plans examiners and permit technicians to provide timely, efficient and professional service our community expects from us.”

The public hearing will be held at the City Council Chambers, 777 SW Deschutes Avenue in Redmond. This is a public meeting and interested parties are invited to attend. Meetings are broadcast live on COTV 11 - BendBroadband Channel 11 beginning at 6:30 p.m. on regular meeting nights.

May 20, 2016

High Desert Shooting Sports recives grant

From High Desert Shooting Sports,

Spokesman files
Local nonprofit recieves support from NRA

     The Oregon Friends of NRA awarded over $382,000 to shooting groups and ranges in Oregon during 2016: Money they raised at Friends of NRA dinners and auction events. The High Desert Shooting Sports Foundation was awarded a generous grant of $20,000 from the Oregon Friends of NRA. The grant money will be used to help build the rifle range on property that was acquired recently by the foundation. The site will become the new home of the Redmond Rod and Gun Club that was established 70 years ago. The property is located between Redmond and Bend on highway 97. The total cost to build the outdoor rifle range is projected to be $200,000. Currently, the foundation is seeking gifts-in-kind and cash donations to help build the range. If you are interested in helping with this project, please contact: Dave Nielsen at (330) 465-6427

    High Desert Shooting Sports Foundation is a non-profit 501(c) 3 organization whose goal is to raise money to build the High Desert Shooting Sports Complex, a premier shooting facility to serve Central Oregon, the Pacific Northwest and beyond. To learn more go to

May 19, 2016

Redmond police arrest six after drug raid

From the Redmond Police Department:

Nature of Incident: Drug Search Warrant in Southwest Redmond Leads to Six Arrests
Date/Time of Incident: 05/17/16 1600 hours
Location of Incident: 713 SW 26th St., Redmond OR
Arrested Person(s): Sarah Gittins, 38 year old Redmond Resident
Evan Hawkins, 21 year old Redmond Resident
Michele Brownfield, 40 year old Redmond Resident
James Dacus, 55 year old Redmond Resident
Chance Wester, 19 year old Redmond Resident
Kendra Fraga, 20 year old Redmond Resident
Drug Search Warrant in Southwest Redmond Leads to Six Arrests
Redmond, OR- On May 17, 2016, officers of the Redmond Police Department Street Crimes Unit (SCU) received information from a concerned citizen that the occupants of 713 SW 26th St., Redmond, Deschutes County, Oregon, were actively involved in the sale and distribution of controlled substances. Based on information gathered during the investigation a search warrant for the residence was applied for and granted. Just prior to 10:00 pm SCU officers served a search warrant for the residence.
During the service of the search warrant approximately 4 grams of methamphetamine and 2 grams of heroin were seized, as well as scales and packaging material. Nine individuals, including a juvenile female, were contacted during the warrant service. Six of those nine individuals were arrested. The following people were arrested for the following crimes:
Sarah Gittins-
Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine
Frequenting a Place Where Drugs are Used
Probation Violation.
Evan Hawkins-
Unlawful Possession and Delivery of Methamphetamine
Unlawful Possession of Heroin
Frequenting a Place Where Drugs are Used
Probation Violation.
Michele Brownfield-
Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine
Frequenting a Place Where Drugs are Used
James Dacus-
Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine
Frequenting a Place Where Drugs are Used
Chance Wester-
Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine
Unlawful Possession of Heroin
Frequenting a Place Where Drugs are Used
Probation Violation.
Kendra Fraga-
Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine
Unlawful Possession of Heroin
Frequenting a Place Where Drugs are Used
Probation violation.

May 18, 2016

More photos from the district track meet

Not every photo we took at last week's IMC track meet made the paper. Here are some of our favorites:

 Redmond junior Rose Land competes in the 4x100 relay May 12 at the Intermountain Conference track meet.
 Ridgeview senior Willow True competes in the 4x100 relay May 12 at the Intermountain Conference track meet.
 Ridgeview senior Richard Villagrana-Romero competes in the triple jump May 12 at the Intermountain Conference track meet.
Redmond senior Alani Troutman prepares to compete May 12 at the Intermountain Conference track meet.

Check out the May 18 Spokesman!

This week's Spokesman features a congressional update from Rep. Greg Walden, R-Hood River, and stories on track athletes headed to state and an expanded Redmond location for an auto repair shop. It is now available at locations including Fred Meyer, Country Nook and Bi-Mart.

May 16, 2016

OSP: Two Redmond residents face life-threatening injuries after crash near Sisters

From Oregon State Police:
On May 16 at about 6:54 AM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a two vehicle head-on crash on Highway 20 near milepost 83 (east of Santiam Summit). 

Preliminary investigation revealed a 2005 Chevrolet Colorado was traveling eastbound on Highway 20 when it lost control while negotiating a corner on a wet roadway. The Chevrolet spun out and into the path of a westbound 2016 Kia sport utility. The Chevrolet struck the Kia nearly head-on and then rolled over after impact. 

The driver of the Chevrolet, Fredi TORRES REYES, age 20, of Woodburn, was transported by ground ambulance to Saint Charles Bend for non-life threatening injuries. The driver of the Kia, Terje WALTHINSEN, age 71, and his passenger, Timothy J WALTHINSEN, age 38, (both of Redmond) were taken by ground ambulance to Sisters where they were transferred to air ambulance. Both currently are at Saint Charles Bend with life threatening injuries. 

Speeding by TORRES REYES is being considered a contributing factor in the crash. It was also learned TORRES REYES has a suspended Oregon Driver's License. 

The westbound lanes of Highway 20 were closed for about five hours while the investigation was conducted. OSP was assisted by the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office, Black Butte Police Department, Black Butte Fire Department, Sisters - Camp Sherman Fire Department and the Oregon Department of Transportation. 

More information will be released when it becomes available as this is an ongoing investigation.

May 15, 2016

Pacific Northwest Drug Take Back

From the DEA in Seattle,
16 Tons of drugs turned in

Residents of the Pacific Northwest (PNW) responded overwhelmingly to the most recent DEA National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. On April 30, 2016, in a four hour period, residents of Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Alaska combined, turned in 31,872 pounds (16 tons) of unwanted or expired medications for safe and proper disposal at the 168 take-back sites. 

"In a time when opioid abuse has increased so dramatically nationwide, our communities of the Northwest really rose to the challenge by safely removing significant amounts of unused pharmaceutical drugs from unintended circulation," said DEA Special Agent in Charge Keith Weis. 

When the results of the 11 DEA Take Back Days for the PNW are combined, the DEA and its state, local, and tribal law-enforcement and community partners have removed over 300,328 pounds (150.2 tons) of medication from circulation. 

The following are the results broken down by state: 

* Washington -- 13,800 pounds (6.9 tons) removed from circulation. 
* Idaho -- 3,068 pounds (1.5 tons) removed from circulation. 
* Oregon -- 10,842 pounds (5.4 tons) removed from circulation. 
* Alaska -- 4162 pounds (2.1 tons) removed from circulation. 

Nationwide, DEA and over 4,200 of its state, local, and tribal law enforcement partners collected 893,498 pounds of unwanted medicines--about 447 tons--at almost 5,400 sites spread through all 50 states, beating its previous high of 390 tons in the spring of 2014 by 57 tons, or more than 114,000 pounds. 

The majority of prescription drug abusers report in surveys that they get their drugs from friends and family. Americans understand that cleaning out old prescription drugs from medicine cabinets, kitchen drawers, and bedside tables reduces accidents, thefts, and the misuse and abuse of these medicines, including the opioid painkillers that accounted for 20,808 drug overdoses--78 a day--in 2014 (the most recent statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). Eight out of 10 new heroin users began by abusing prescription painkillers and moved to heroin when they could no longer obtain or afford those painkillers. 

The public can submit tips anonymously, via a DEA text tip line. Utilizing a mobile device, send a text to "TIP411" and start your message with "TIPDEA."

May 13, 2016

School District hosts Food Drive

From Kelly Jenkins, Communications Coordinator Redmond School Distirct

RSD Transportation Services 
Host 'Fill the Bus' Food Drive
Spokesman Files

Redmond School District Transportation Services Department is set to host the first Fill the Bus food drive on May 14 and May 21 in Redmond. Fill the Bus will collect much needed food and supplies for the Redmond Community Food Bank.

RSD Transportation Services will park a school bus from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Walmart in Redmond on Saturday, May 14 and at BiMart in Redmond on May 21 to collect non-perishable food and personal hygiene donations. This family friendly event will feature prizes and balloon animals for children.

For questions about Fill the Bus, please call the Redmond School District Transportation Services office at 541-923-4891.

About Redmond School District
Located in Redmond, Ore., the Redmond School District serves more than 7,000 students from Redmond, Alfalfa, Crooked River Ranch, Eagle Crest, Terrebonne and Tumalo.  The district currently operates five K-5 elementary schools; two K-8 community schools, two middle schools, one charter school, one educational center and two comprehensive high schools. Its mission is to ensure rigorous and relevant instruction which leads to mastery and the development of productive citizens.  Learn more about RSD online at 

May 11, 2016 Obituaries

Samantha ‘Sammie’ Jane Goodew, of Powell Butte
Nov. 22. 1990 - May 7, 2016

Arrangements: Baird Funeral Home, Bend. 541-382-0903 Please visit our website,, to share condolences and sign our online guestbook.
Services: The family will be having a viewing on Wednesday, May 11, from 1-4 PM, at Baird Funeral Home in Bend, OR, 2425 NE Tweet Place. A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, May 14, at Zion Lutheran Church in Redmond, 1113 SW Black Butte Blvd, at 11:00 AM. Reception and lunch to follow. An additional Celebration of Life will be held onSaturday, May 14, at The Riverhouse in Bend, late afternoon. Exact time to be announced.
Contributions may be made to: This is a fund to help her loved ones celebrate her life and pay for her memorial. https://www.gofundme. com/sammiegoodew

Carole Elizabeth DeWing, of Redmond
Aug. 22, 1939 - May 2, 2016

Arrangements: Redmond Memorial Chapel has been entrusted and is honored to serve the family. Please sign our guest book at 541-548-3219
Services: 11:00 AM Monday May 9, 2016 Funeral Service at the Highland Baptist Church 3100 SW Highland Avenue, Redmond Oregon followed with a luncheon. A private family graveside will be held later. Contributions may be made to:
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society https//

Maurice (Maury) Donovan Mewes, of Terrebonne
Jan. 12, 1926 - April 27, 2016

Arrangements: Redmond Memorial Chapel has been entrusted and is honored to serve the family. Please sign our guest book at 541-548-3219
Services: "A Toast to Maury" September 3, 2016 in Tahuya, Washington.
Contributions may be made to: Salvation Army Deschutes County, P.O. Box 6177, Bend, Oregon 97708, (541) 389-8888.

Neva Evelyn Ketcham, of Redmond
April 6, 1922 - May 5, 2016

Arrangements: Autumn Funerals- REDMOND 541-504-9485
Services: Memorial Service, Monday, May 30 at 11am at Redmond Community Church, 237 NW 9th St., Redmond.
Contributions may be made to: Gideons International, PO Box 114, Redmond, OR 97756 .

Julia Ann Sorensen, of Crooked River Ranch
Oct. 14, 1949 - April 29, 2016

Arrangements: Autumn Funerals - REDMOND 541-504-9485
Services: 3:00 p.m., Sunday, May 15, 2016 at McPherson Park at Crooked River Ranch.
Contributions may be made to: Desert Song Building Fund.

Donna Marie Loggan, of Redmond
Jan. 3, 1941 - Jan. 20, 2016

Arrangements: Autumn Funeral, Bend, 541-318-0842
Services: Grey Butte Cemetery, 2:00 p.m., Culver, Oregon, May 14, 2016.

May 11, 2016

TSA changes protocol at airport

From the city,

Redmond Municipal Airport became aware late April of a change the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) implemented, 4/29/16, which may inconvenience and affect a large number of passenger.

TSA may be unable to accept paper boarding passes printed by passengers effective April 29.  

TSA boarding pass bar code scanners must be able to successfully scan boarding passes printed by passengers. If the bar code has a smudge, doesn’t print properly, or the ink is too light TSA may not be able to successfully scan it. When unable to scan a boarding pass the passenger must present either; an electronic boarding pass on a mobile device, or a printed boarding pass from the air carrier’s self-serve kiosk or customer service counter. 

Passengers with printed boarding passes that do not scan, may find themselves in a situation, depending on the time, of being unable to secure a paper boarding pass from the air carrier’s self-serve kiosk or customer service counter if the “cut off” time has occurred for checking-in.

TSA determined this is a necessary change to ensure security of all passengers.

The Redmond Municipal Airport (Roberts Field - RDM) is the aviation gateway to Central Oregon. Owned and operated by the City of Redmond, the airport offers a full range of general and commercial aviation services.  RDM is served by four air carriers; Alaska Air, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, and United with direct flights to Denver, Los Angeles, Portland, San Francisco, Salt Lake City, and Seattle.  For more information please visit us online at
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Check out the May 11 Spokesman!

Redmond Proficiency Academy will have four theater students travel next month to Nebraska for a national competition, a Redmond store says it brings expertise to floors and Ridgeview boys tennis preps for the district meet. It's all in this week's Spokesman, available today at locations including Fred Meyer, Grocery Outlet and Shari's.

May 9, 2016

Protecting waterways from invaders

Spokesman files 
From the Oregon Marine Board,

Where your permit fees have been used in 2015 and 2016

It's been six years since the Oregon Legislature enacted the Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention Program, aimed at protecting Oregon's waterways from the economic and environmental devastation experienced in the Midwest from invasive quagga and zebra mussels. Since the program's inception, the Oregon State Marine Board (OSMB) and Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) have issued an annual report highlighting the year's activities to include mandatory check stations, education and outreach, and program finances.

In 2015, ODFW completed 12,953 watercraft inspections of trailered boats and non-motorized boats at mandatory roadside check stations along border points of entry. Two hundred and eighty one of the 12,953 boats inspected were contaminated with invaders: 207 with aquatic vegetation, 33 with marine organisms, and 29 with freshwater organisms. The remaining 12 were contaminated with either quagga or zebra mussels originating from Arizona, Louisiana, Michigan, Nevada, Ohio, Ontario, Pennsylvania, Utah and Wisconsin. These boats were decontaminated with high pressure and hot water at the inspection stations.

In addition to the inspection stations, OSMB and ODFW expanded education and outreach efforts by distributing printed materials through additional partnerships with park rangers, river rangers, biologists, and researchers. Another enhancement was increasing on water enforcement of the permit and education about the program. In 2015, officers documented
47,781 contacts with boaters. Most of these boaters were in compliance, however, 810 warnings were issued for boaters who did not have an aquatic invasive species permit, and 356 citations were issued.

Some of the permit fees were dedicated to monitoring Oregon's waterways. Portland State University's (PSU) Center for Lakes and Reservoirs supported two programs: monitoring waterways for zebra and quagga mussels, and continuing the Oregon Lake Watch Program. With the help of volunteers who "adopt" a waterway, these individuals were provided technical field training and equipment to sample the waterbody a few times during the year. PSU collected the data and tracked locations where aquatic invasive species of concern were found.

Aquatic Invasive Species revenue is also being used for targeted removal efforts. In 2010, an invasive colonial tunicate (Dideemnum vexillum) was found in two locations: The Charleston Marina and Winchester Bay's "triangle" on the southwestern Oregon coast. In 2015, an underwater suction dredge was purchased and will be used in 2016 at the Winchester Bay location to begin removing the tunicates from where they are growing. Monitoring at the Charleston Marina continues, with any found tunicates being removed by divers when found. The annual dive surveys indicated a population decrease in this location.

Revenue generated from the permit sales slightly increased over 2014, with
$796,753. There were 77,766 motorboat owners who renewed their boat registrations, which include a $5 surcharge that goes directly into the AIS fund. Out-of-state boaters purchased 4,979 permits, 2,300 permits were sold to guides and rental facilities and 52,271 permits were sold to non-motorized boat owners (number includes annual and two-year permits).

All of the permit fees go directly into the AIS program that funds inspection station staff, decontamination equipment, education and outreach materials, and waterway monitoring.

For more information about the Aquatic Invasive Species Program, visit or

May 8, 2016

Central Oregon Council on Aging receives grant

Central Oregon Council on Aging (COCOA) announced the receipt of a Pacific Power Foundation grant of $3,000 in support of senior meals (specifically, congregate meals) in Crook, Deschutes and Jefferson Counties. 

This is the second year in a row that COCOA has received this support from the Pacific Power Foundation. In fiscal year 2015, COCOA provided 45,545 congregate meals and 77,226 Meals on Wheels to 3,646 seniors in Crook, Deschutes and Jefferson Counties

May 7, 2016

Eberhard's Dairy receives awards

From Eberhard's Dairy,
Award winning Milk

Spokesman File Photo

Eberhard’s Dairy brought home multiple awards at this year's 2016 Oregon Dairy Industries (O.D.I.) Convention held in Salem, Oregon.

Winning the Sweepstakes for Fluid Milk (including Half & Half) as well as first place in Buttermilk, Eberhard’s Dairy is looking ahead and looking forward to additional award results of upcoming nominations from Quality Chekd Dairies Inc.

Eberhard’s Dairy General Manager, Mark Eberhard, explains what the nominations and awards mean to the Redmond, Oregon based company. “The O.D.I. awards grant recognition for achievements at the regional level, and the Quality Chekd on a national level upholding world-wide standards of excellence”.

He further explains, “both awards mean a great deal to our employees and community; we are working diligently every day to provide the highest quality dairy products available and grateful for the recognition”.

Quality Chekd’s award program recognizes its member dairies that go above and beyond their peers. Recently named finalists in three separate excellence categories by the Illinois-based Quality Chekd company, Eberhard’s Dairy will find out if they are winners of the 2016 Excellence Awards in Cultured Products, Ice Cream and Plant Assessment this weekend at the Quality Checked Leadership Conference in Indianapolis.

May 6, 2016

Redmond PD Announce DUII Enforcement

From Redmond Police Department,

Results for April and Planned May Activities

The Redmond Police Department conducted one enhanced DUII enforcement patrol in April. During this effort, Redmond police put one additional officer on the road, funded by DUII grant funds. 

This one Officer worked a total of five (5) hours resulting in the arrest of one DUII driver. During the month of April, patrol officers working their normal shifts arrested fourteen (14) additional DUII drivers. 

Redmond police will continue enhanced DUII patrols throughout the remaining month of May. Three enforcement efforts will be conducted, with special emphasis during Memorial Day weekend. 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).

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May 4, 2016 Obituaries

Richard D. Schwartz, of Redmond, Prineville
May 18, 1935 - April 26, 2016

Arrangements: Autumn Funerals- REDMOND 541-504-9485
Services: Memorial Service: Friday, May 6 at 3pm, Prineville Nazarene Church, 780 E. 1st St., Prineville.
Contributions may be made to: Prineville Nazarene Church

Gerald I. Reponen Jr., of Crooked River Ranch
Sept. 26, 1951 - April 17, 2016

Arrangements: Autumn Funerals- REDMOND 541-504-9485
Services: No Services Planned at this time.

May 5, 2016

Redmond to play host to "Hunt for History" bicycle/walking tour on May 14

From the city of Redmond:
“Hunt for History in Redmond - The Legacy of Builders Olson & Erickson”.  Get active and learn more about Redmond’s history.  Come celebrate May Historic Preservation Month with a FREE, FAMILY FRIENDLY event featuring self-guided bicycle and walking history tours from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. onSaturday, May 14, starting at Centennial Park downtown (across from City Hall). 

The history tours will include self-guided walking and biking tours (which can be done by car too) of the exterior of historic buildings near downtown Redmond that were constructed by local builders Olson and Erickson, who worked in the area from the early 1900s through the 1930s.

To take part, pick up maps and clue booklets at Centennial Park on May 14th.  Then venture out on bike or foot to the buildings, read historic plaques placed near the sidewalk of many of the homes and businesses and learn about the history of the buildings, the colorful characters who toiled there and architectural trends during the time they were built.  At other locations, match architectural details with photos in the booklet.

Prize drawings for the history tours will be held at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. If you would like to be entered for the drawing, return completed clue booklets to Centennial Park before the drawings.  The first three adult and children booklets drawn at each time showing the correct answers will win prizes.  Allow about 30 minutes to 1.5 hours to complete the history tours depending on your pace and if you are walking or biking. 

“We are excited for this 2nd annual celebration of Redmond’s rich historic heritage at the same time offering an event for residents to get active and find out how fun it is to explore the City on bike or foot,” said Scott Woodford, Associate Planner and staff liaison to the Historic Landmarks Commission and the Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee.

No bicycle? A number of child bicycles ranging in size from 16- to 26-inch frames will be available free for use during the event (first come, first served), courtesy of Redmond Area Park and Recreation District.

“May Preservation Month is a national celebration that communities use to showcase their cultural heritage and built environment and raise awareness of the importance of preserving historic places for future generations.  In Redmond, we have a great collection of buildings constructed from the 1920s through the 1940s, and this history tour will feature some of the finest from those eras,” explained Redmond Historic Landmarks Commission Vice Chair Trish Pinkerton.

The City’s Historic Landmarks Commission, in conjunction with Bike, Walk and Roll Redmond, are sponsoring this fun and unique event.
For more information, please contact Scott Woodford at 541-923-7758


The purpose of the City of Redmond Historic Landmarks Commission is to preserve and promote Redmond’s history and culture by:

1.    Identifying, evaluating, and designating historic and cultural resources in the City of Redmond as landmarks.
2.    Informing and educating the public on the historic and architectural significance of the designated landmarks.
3.    Informing and educating the public on the value of preserving Redmond’s historic and cultural resources.
4.    Soliciting grants and other resources to help promote, advocate and undertake preservation projects in the City of Redmond.
5.    Protecting and enhance the City’s attraction to residents, tourists and visitors and serve as a support and stimulus to business and industry;
6.    Strengthening the economy of the City.
7.    Stabilizing and improving property values.
8.    Any other activities that will help preserve and promote Redmond’s history and culture.

Bike, Walk and Roll Redmond is the new promotional campaign started by the City of Redmond and the Redmond Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC).  The goal of the campaign and the purpose of the BPAC is to increase pedestrian utility and bicycle ridership in Redmond – to encourage more people to bike and walk around Redmond as a means of exercise, sustainability and community. BPAC represents all bicycle and pedestrian users in Redmond, both current and future by advocating for the development of additional bike and pedestrian facilities that are user friendly, inviting and compelling, reviewing transportation projects from the viewpoint of bicycle and pedestrian users and spearheading encouragement and educational activities.

May 4, 2016

RPA Job Fair

From the Redmond Proficiency Academy:

Redmond Proficiency Academy Announces Job and Career Fair
Created and Designed by Students to Benefit the Community

Spokesman File Photo

Redmond Proficiency Academy announced today it will host a Job and Career Fair in Redmond at RPA’s West Campus (Hugh Hartman) campus, located at 2105 W Antler Avenue. The event will run from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 7th, 2016.

RPA high school students James Bartley, Crystall Keithcart, and Colby DeVore, members of RPA’s  Ethics and Entrepreneurship class, have designed the event to benefit the community. The idea was born of their experiences in class, as students were asked to think of ventures that would benefit the community. The RPA Job and Career Fair was the result of this process.

“It’s an honor to work these student business-owners who have created a powerful platform for all students and Central Oregon community members to discover rewarding job and career opportunities in one dynamic event,” said teacher Ken Streater.

The goal of the event is to help those unemployed or seeking career growth in local communities find out more about career opportunities in Central Oregon. In order to cover a wide spectrum of opportunities, RPA is actively recruiting expert business presenters from all industries, including construction and engineering, manufacturing, holistic lifestyle practices, food and beverage service, arts, law enforcement and military, medical and dental, and more.

Representatives from the following organizations will participate as panel members: Hayes McCoy Engineering, Premium Roofing Services, Deschutes County Sheriff, Phagans, and Deschutes Brewery.

For more information please contact: email RPA Job and Career Fair or Crystall Keithcart or call Ken Streater at 541-325-2027.