June 30, 2016

Wild horse population has grown unchecked

From Bureau of Land Management Oregon & Washington

Spokesman Files

Agency Works with Veterinarians to Study Safe, Humane Methods to Spay Mares, Control Unchecked Herd Growth

The Bureau of Land Management Burns District released its decision to initiate research, June 27, in cooperation with Oregon State University, to develop and evaluate safe and humane methods to spay wild horse mares as a method for managing the growth of wild horse herds on public lands. The decision comes on the heels of the BLM's latest annual population estimate that shows approximately 67,000 wild horses and burros roaming public lands in 10 Western states. This most recent estimate is 15 percent -- equivalent to 9,000 additional animals -- more than what was estimated in 2015. The population of wild horses and burros on public lands is now more than double what the agency has determined is healthy for the animals and the rangeland resources on which they and many other species depend. The BLM's goal is to manage healthy horses on healthy rangelands.

Managing the population of wild horse herds is essential to maintain the health of the animals and of public lands. With virtually no natural predators, herds can grow 15-20 percent per year, doubling in just four years if left unchecked. Overpopulation on the range can damage fragile rangeland resources and compromise animal health. In addition to the on-range population, the BLM is responsible for the care of 46,000 unadopted wild horses and burros in its off-range pastures and corral facilities. It costs nearly $50,000 to care for one unadopted horse in a corral over its lifetime. The BLM is tasked with overseeing the protection, management and control of wild horses and burros by the Wild Free Roaming Horse and Burro Act of 1971 (Public Law 92-195).

The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) found in a June 2013 report there are no highly effective, easily delivered, and affordable fertility-control methods available across the BLM's West-wide Herd Management Areas. As a result of these findings, the BLM aims to develop a variety of new population management tools to reduce the number of animals that must be removed from the range as well as the number of animals that must be cared for in off-range facilities. As part of this effort, the decision announced today will initiate three of 21 research studies and projects with universities and the U.S. Geological Survey to develop new management tools and improve wild horse and burro management. Detailed information about each project has been posted on the agency's website (http://on.doi.gov/1WDtWjt).

The three research studies announced today are focused on investigating the safety and effectiveness of three methods of mare fertility control. The BLM has awarded a research grant to Oregon State University to conduct the studies, and the procedures will follow an animal care protocol approved by the university. Licensed and experienced veterinarians will conduct the procedures and provide post-procedure care. The research will start this summer at Oregon's Wild Horse Off-Range Corral in Hines, OR.

The BLM considered the Proposed Action to conduct the studies and the No Action alternatives in Environmental Assessment DOI-BLM-OR-B000-2015-0055. The BLM has selected the Proposed Action. Copies of the Environmental Assessment, Finding of No Significant Impact, and Decision Record are found on BLM's planning documents website: https://eplanning.blm.gov/epl-front-office/. To search for a document, you can use the map to locate Burns District or click on the "Text Search" tab and search by state, document type, year (2015), and program. For further information on the Spay Research project, please contact the BLM's Burns District Office at(541) 573-4400.

Additional steps BLM is taking to address wild horse population issues include transitioning horses from off-range corrals to more cost-effective pastures; working to increase adoptions with new programs and partnerships; and requesting two new pieces of legislative authority in the Department's Fiscal Year 2017 budget request--one to allow for the immediate transfer of wild horses to other agencies that have a need for work animals and one that would create a congressionally-chartered foundation that could help fund and support adoption efforts.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America's public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

Fireworks PSA from the State Fire Marshall

From Oregon State Fire Marshal


The Office of State Fire Marshal, Oregon fire service, Keep Oregon Green, natural resource agencies, Oregon fireworks wholesalers, and safety experts encourage Oregonians to "Keep it Legal and Keep it Safe" when using fireworks. The 2016 Oregon fireworks sales season opens Thursday, June 23 and runs through Wednesday, July 6. The OSFM and their partners want everyone to know what fireworks are legal in Oregon, where they are permitted, and the important steps to take for fireworks safety.

"People often forget that legal fireworks can only be purchased from Oregon permitted fireworks retailers and stands," says Chief Deputy State Fire Marshal Mariana Ruiz-Temple. "And, regulations limit where those fireworks may be used. For example, fireworks are prohibited on all Oregon beaches, in parks, and campgrounds."

July 4th holiday forest visitors are advised to leave all fireworks at home. The use of fireworks is prohibited on all national forestland, and most other public lands. "Fireworks compound the threat to already dry forests," states Keep Oregon Green President Kristin Babbs. "Enjoy fireworks where they belong: on the pavement- safely away from houses, vehicles, and flammable vegetation."

Oregon law bans possession, use, or sale of fireworks that fly, explode, or travel more than six feet on the ground or 12 inches into the air. Fireworks commonly called bottle rockets, Roman Candles, and firecrackers are ILLEGAL in Oregon.

There were 227 reported fireworks-related fires in Oregon during 2015, resulting in 28 injuries and more than $423,000 in property damage. Over the past five years, from 2011 through 2015, there were 924 reported fireworks-related fires in Oregon resulting in one death, 161 civilian injuries, and more than $2.7 million in property damage.

Officials may seize illegal fireworks and fine offenders up to $500 per violation. Those who misuse fireworks or allow fireworks to cause damage are liable and may be required to pay fire suppression costs or other damage. Parents are also liable for fireworks damage caused by their children.

"All Oregonians share the responsibility to use only legal fireworks and use them carefully," adds Ruiz-Temple. And we encourage you to be aware and considerate of neighbors and their pets, before deciding on when and where you choose to light fireworks."

The OSFM encourages everyone to use the four B's of safe fireworks use:
* Be Prepared before lighting fireworks: keep water available by using a garden hose or bucket.
* Be Safe when lighting fireworks: keep children and pets away from fireworks.
* Be Responsible after lighting fireworks: never relight a dud. Wait 15 to 20 minutes then soak it in a bucket of water before disposal.
* Be Aware: use only legal fireworks and use them only in legal places.

The four B's of fireworks safety brochure is available here:

Tips in Spanish are also available at: http://www.oregon.gov/OSP/SFM/docs/Licensing_permits/fireworks/Fireworks_4Bs_Spanish.pdf.

June 29, 2016 Obituaries

Andrea Carolyn Fontaine
 Aug. 7, 1942 – June 23, 2016
Born to Andrew Covington Nail and Lillian Mitchell-Nail, August 7, 1942 in Tucson, AZ. Carol grew up in El Paso, TX where she met and married Raymond Joseph Fontaine on March 12, 1963. Carol and Ray moved to Grandby, CT where they had three children. In 1976, the family headed out west to beautiful Central Oregon and settled in Redmond. Carol worked as a dispatcher for the Redmond Police Department, Eagle Crest Resort, and eventually retired from Desert Orthopedics in 2010. 
Bowling and square dancing were among some of her favorite activities, as well as crocheting and knitting. Carol would walk in the many cancer fund raisers every year and volunteered at the Redmond library. She belonged to the Redmond American Legion Auxiliary post 44 and the Terrebonne Grange #663 and attended Zion Lutheran Church. 
She was preceded in death by her parents, her second son, James Andrew Fontaine, and her ex-husband, Raymond J. Fontaine. Survivors include her sister, Sandra Lohrmann of Camron Park, CA; son, Michael Ray Fontaine, his wife Jennifer and their daughter, Madison of ND; daughter, Michelle Renee (Fontaine) Youngstrom, husband, Reed and son, Carl of Redmond, OR; granddaughter, Sarah (Fontaine) Keohane and husband, Paudie of Hope, AK; grandson, Derek (Fontaine) Goodrich of Bend, OR. Also surviving is her significant other for the past 20 years, Clifford Christianson. 
Services were held June 25, 2016. In lieu of flowers, please donate to your favorite charities. Redmond Memorial Chapel handled arrangements. 541-548-3219.

Betty Charlene Baisch, of Prineville
July 26, 1952 - June 17, 2016
Arrangements: Baird Memorial Chapel of La Pine is honored to serve the family.  Please visit our website, www.bairdfh.com, to share condolences and sign the online guestbook.
Services: A Memorial Service will be held at Betty's church in Prineville.

Sharon Dee VanderZanden, of Redmond
June 5,  1936 - June 15, 2016
Arrangements: Autumn Funerals- REDMOND www.autumnfunerals.net 541-504-9485
Services: Were held at 11:00 am, June 27, Redmond Memorial Chapel, 717 SW 6th St., Redmond.

Linda L. Black, of Redmond
Nov. 21, 1944 - June 15, 2016
Arrangements: Redmond Memorial Chapel www.redmondmemorial.com; 541.548.3219
Services: Graveside Service: Saturday, July 2 at 1pm at Mt. Olive Cemetery, 15445 SW Campbell Rd., Hillsboro, OR.

Frances (LaNell) Bushnell, of Prineville
Mar. 20, 1922 - June 17, 2016
Arrangements: Prineville Funeral Home, 541-447-6459
Services: There was a funeral service held at Prineville Funeral Home on Tuesday, June 28, 2016 at 11:00 AM.

Carolyn Frances Luker, of Prineville
July 7, 1940 - June 2, 2016
Arrangements: Juniper Ridge Funeral Home, 541-362-5606
Services: A Celebration of Life will be held in Prineville at 2pm, July 10, 2016 at Ochoco Creek Park.

John Lloyd Scott, of Redmond
April 3, 1971 - June 16, 2016
Arrangements: Autumn Funerals- REDMOND www.autumnfunerals.net 541-504-9485

Donna Rose Driver, of Terrebonne
Dec. 23, 1941 - June 19, 2016
Arrangements: Autumn Funerals- REDMOND www.autumnfunerals.net 541-504-9485

William E. Ellison, of Redmond
Aug. 8, 1929 - June 22, 2016
Arrangements: Autumn Funerals- REDMOND www.autumnfunerals.net 541-504-9485

Loraine Myrtle Fleck, of Redmond
Mar. 12, 1930 - June 20, 2016
Arrangements: Autumn Funerals- REDMOND www.autumnfunerals.net 541-504-9485

June 29, 2016

Read about a hall-of-fame surfer who now runs a Central Oregon ranch, the Redmond Panther Football team prepares for the upcoming season and Relief Pitcher Sports Bar and Grill opening in downtown Redmond. It's all in this week's Spokesman, available now at locations including Pappy's Pizzeria, Walgreens and Westside One Stop.

June 28, 2016

State troopers positions open

From Oregon State Police,
Become a Trooper
Courtesy of Oregon State Police
Have you ever considered the Oregon State Police as a career? If so, the Oregon State Police offers numerous duty assignments across our beautiful state and will be accepting Entry Level and Lateral recruit trooper applications beginning June 24 and will close at midnight on Sunday, August 7. 
Careers with the Oregon State Police not only offer many geographical transfer opportunities throughout the state, but also offer a wide variety of assignments within our Patrol, Fish and Wildlife and Criminal Divisions.

Adding to the attractive scenery and numerous assignment options are numerous opportunities for promotional advancement, excellent wages, incentives based on education and experiences, and an excellent benefit package.

Start the process now by going to the Oregon State Police recruiting website at osptrooper.com. The website will help interested applicants learn about the process, understand qualifications, and get a head start on the required entry level testing.

Two entry level testing sessions will be held on Saturday, August 20, and Monday, August 22, at the Department of Oregon Public Safety Academy located at 4190 Aumsville Highway SE in Salem. The Oregon State Police testing sessions typically take the majority of the day, and kick off around 7:30 a.m.

The Oregon State Police urges applicants to prepare for the application and testing sessions beforehand.

The complete application for employment is comprised of an e-recruit profile, a supplemental questionnaire and required attachments.

The Oregon State Police is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages women and minorities to apply. If you are interested in a challenging career that will provide you with a lifetime of memories, then consider applying with the Oregon State Police. Information about our agency, the different opportunities that are available, how our hiring process works, and updates to our hiring process can be found at www.osptrooper.com.

For additional information applicants should call the OSP Recruiting and Training Section at (503) 378 4931.

June 27, 2016

Redmond Library July/August youth and family programs

Redmond Library Children/Teen/Family programs
JULY & AUG 2016
www.deschuteslibrary.org/calendar (541) 312-1088

Preschool Parade Storytime
3–5 yrs, Stories, songs and crafts that develop early literacy skills.  
Wednesdays,  July  6, 13, 20, 27 & August 3 & 10     10:15 a.m.

Listos para el Kinder/Ready for Kindergarten in Spanish: 0–5 yrs.  Interactive stories with songs, rhymes and crafts. Tiempo interactivo con cuentos, canciones, rimas y manualidades.  
Wednesdays,   July 6, 13, 20, 27 &  August 3 & 10  11:15 a.m.

Mother Goose & More Storytime
0–2 yrs.  Participatory musical storytime with books, rhymes and bounces.
Thursdays, July 7, 14, 21, 28 & August 4 & 11  • 10:15 a.m.

TEAM READ: Oregon Ho!
6-11 yrs.  Explore the desert, valley,  mountains, and ocean of our amazing state.  Join a scavenger hunt to see if you know Oregon’s facts and lore.
Tuesday, July  5 •  10:30 am

Family Block Party: LEGO® Universe
All ages welcome. Read! Build! Play! Join other builders and a gazillion LEGOs.
Saturday, July  9 •  10:00 – 12:00

Water Games!
Ages  12-17 years.   Frozen t-shirt contest, water balloons galore, and an all-out battle!
Saturday, July 9 • 1-2:00  pm

TEAM READ: The Science of Sports
6-11 yrs.  “How do they do that?” Learn about the science behind the sports you love-and have fun doing it.  Make your own pipe-cleaner snowboarder.
Tuesday, July 12 •  10:30 am

Family Yoga and Stories
All ages.   Deven Sisler, the “best yoga clown in town” teaches children’s yoga.
Monday, July 18 •  10:00 am

STEAM Team:  Chocolate Olympics
9-17 years. Racing, tasting, building; who will conquer the chocolate challenge.  
Wednesday, July 13  • 1-2:00 pm

Circus in an Hour
9-17 years. Clowning, juggling, and balancing taught by a former Ringling Clown.
Friday, July 15 •  1:30-2:30 pm

Make:  Hacky Sacks
Ages 9-17 years.   Create your own hacky sack and practice your skills.
Saturday, July 23 •  2-3:00 pm

Music, Movement & Stories:
3-5 yrs.  Join us for a lively, dance-packed, movement-rich storytime.
Monday, July 25   • 10:15 a.m.

STEAM Team:  Life Size Board Games
9-17 yrs. Jump inside some of your favorite jumbo-fied board games.
Thursday, July 28 • 1-2:00 pm

Let’s Be Pioneers!  Old-Fashioned Family Games
All ages.  Jacob’s Ladder? Cat’s Cradle? Play games from over 100 years ago.
Tuesday, August 2 • 10:30 am

Art at the Redmond Library – July through September
Featuring fine art created by Central Oregon artists.  Undercover Quilters Book Club, will be displaying an interpretation of “On The Divinity of Second Chances” by Kaya McLaren in fabric and mixed media. Leslie Keller uses ink/ink wash, pencil and gold leaf, and oils to illustrate and define landscape that surrounds us.  Karen Turczak expresses and interprets the world around her in her white charcoal drawings.  Central Oregon Rock Collectors will feature jewelry. In the Silent Reading Room a solo show by Webster Lilly will feature photographs captured on a recent trip to India.

June 25, 2016

Redmond Comfort Suites awarded

From Comfort Suites Redmond Airport

Courtesy of Comfort Suites
This year’s Annual Vesta Hospitality Leadership Conference Awards Banquet, held at The Riverhouse on the Deschutes. A recent addition to Vesta Hospitality’s versatile and nationwide portfolio, The Riverhouse on the Deschutes hosted all thirteen properties’ General Managers and Directors of Sales for a week-long conference. The awards banquet June 16 toasted tribute to the annual success of many of the management group’s finest.

Redmond’s own, Comfort Suites Redmond Airport was honored by receiving the highest accolades and awards for Guest Satisfaction, Housekeeping Department of the Year, Community Involvement Award, and proud General Manager, Paul Haggerty received Vesta Hospitality’s coveted Leadership Award.

When questioned about the forecast in success for the future of Comfort Suites Redmond Airport in relation to business in Redmond, General Manager, Paul Haggerty explained, “We have a great team and look forward to bringing a continued, high level of service and comfort to our guests. As Redmond and Central Oregon’s economy grows, we can expect more travelers and want them all to see the Comfort Suites Redmond Airport as synonymous with great service, comfort, and friendly hospitality. RESTED. SET. GO.

June 23, 2016

Inmate walks away from work crew near Sisters

From Oregon Department of Corrections:
An inmate walked away today from a Deer Ridge Correctional Institution (DRCI) work crew near Sisters. Oregon State Police are investigating. 

DRCI staff discovered inmate Richard Clark missing at approximately 1:45 p.m. Thursday, June 23. Clark is a 29-year-old Caucasian male, 6 feet tall, 205 pounds, with blond hair and blue eyes. He is most likely wearing blue jeans with the word "inmate" and the DOC logo stenciled on the knee in orange or red shorts, and a blue t-shirt with the word "inmate" and the DOC logo stenciled in orange on the front and back. 

Clark entered DOC custody on March 31, 2016, on two counts of attempted robbery in the second degree out of Washington County. His earliest release date is June 11, 2019

Anyone with information regarding Clark's whereabouts is asked to call Oregon State Police at 

DRCI is a multi-custody facility located four miles east of Madras in central Oregon. This men's prison contains 644 minimum-security beds and 1,223 medium-security beds. The minimum facility began receiving inmates in September 2007. The medium facility has not received inmates due to cost saving measures. DRCI provides a range of correctional programs and services including, education, drug and alcohol treatment, mental health treatment, cognitive programs, and inmate work crews. 

California climbers rescued at Smith Rock

From the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office:

Location: Monkey Face, Smith Rock State Park

Climber #1: Tyler Coleman, 26 yom, South Lake Tahoe, CA

Climber #2: Cordero Chavez, 29 yom, Lone Pine, CA


On 06/22/16, at about 4:57pm, Cordero Chavez reported to 9-1-1 Dispatch he and his climbing partner, Tyler Coleman, had climbed to the summit of the popular rock formation at Smith Rock State Park named "Monkey Face", but were now in need of assistance.

Chavez and Coleman had chosen the wrong route to descend, leaving not enough rope to get to the bottom. Chavez was still near the summit of Monkey Face, but Coleman was nearly halfway down the approximate 450' rock face, unable to ascend or descend further. Both subjects reported themselves as uninjured, but needing assistance in safely completing their descent.

11 Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue Unit Volunteers had been training at Smith Rock State Park and were just finishing with their training when the call came in. They were joined by five additional DCSOSAR Volunteers and three DCSO Deputies to begin the rescue mission. Redmond Fire Department also responded and assisted in ferrying personnel across the Crooked River on the northwest side of the park, closest to Monkey Face.

Four DCSOSAR volunteers climbed to the summit of Monkey Face and were assisted by additional volunteers at the base in pulling additional ropes and rescue equipment to the top. Chavez was contacted and further secured. One DCSOSAR volunteer was then lowered to Coleman's location. Utilizing two ropes, Coleman was then transferred onto the rescue ropes and the two were then lowered the rest of the way down the rock, reaching the bottom at about midnight. Chavez was then assisted in rappelling off of the proper side of Monkey Face.

Coleman and Chavez were not injured and did not require further medical assistance. The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office would like to remind those recreating, whether it be at Smith Rock State Park or in the backcountry, to research and pre-plan your chosen location to minimize risk.
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June 22, 2016

BasX named fasted growing company in Oregon and Southwest Washington

From Eric Sande, Redmond Chamber of Commerce

BasX recognized by Portland Business Journal
Courtesy of Redmond Chamber of Commerce
Redmond, Oregon based BasX Solutions, takes top honor in Fastest-Growing Private Companies in Oregon and southwest Washington, as named by the Portland Business Journal. Recognized as the fastest-growing company, BasX Solutions, grew at a rate of 5,562 percent between 2013 and 2015. This growth rate is the second fastest recorded in the history of the Portland Business Journal event.

Founders Dave Benson and Matt Tobolski accepted the honor at the annual Portland Business Journal awards dinner, Thursday, June 16, 2016, in Portland.

Matt Tobolski stated, “We knew if we pulled together the best people in the industry, understood our clients’ needs, treated everyone right and delivered on our promises, we would succeed.” And succeed they did, with 2015 revenues exceeding $23 million and continuing to grow. Tobolski went on to say,

“This award is a testament to all the hard work and tireless hours that the BasX team has put in. I just want to thank the entire BasX team, our vendors, clients, representatives and the local Central Oregon community for helping make our vision a reality.”

Dave Benson also acknowledged that being an entrepreneurial company has helped forge BasX’ success. “We often times are competing with large corporations for many of our projects. These companies often times do not have the ability to innovate and take risks like we can. Our success is not only in developing innovative solutions, but also from the commitment of our team and suppliers to aggressively deliver quality products on short time windows.”

BasX Solutions, acquired the former Walmart building located in Redmond, at 3500 SW 21 st Pl, off of Yew Ave., in November of 2013. Their growth since that time has led them to fully utilize the 103,000 square foot facility and create over 150 jobs. The manufacture of precision custom engineered products has lead BasX to be an industry leader in Commercial HVAC, Data Center, Cleanroom or Seismic needs.

June 15, 2016 Obituaries

Mary Evelyn Maddux, of Redmond
Aug. 27, 1957 - June 9, 2016
Arrangements: Deschutes Memorial Chapel and Gardens - (541)382-5592. Visit our online register at  deschutesmemorialchapel.com or on Facebook atfacebook.com/deschutesmemorial.
Services: A Memorial Service was held Sunday, June 12, 2016 at 1:00 PM at Deschutes Memorial Chapel, located at 63875 N. Hwy 97 in Bend, Oregon.

Roland M. Caskey, of Redmond
Mar. 15, 1955 - June 7, 2016
Arrangements: Entrusted To: Redmond Memorial Chapel www.redmondmemorial.com 541.548.3219
Services: No Services Planned at this Time.

Donald M. Oliver, of Sisters
Feb. 11, 1929 - June 9, 2016
Services: There will be a Celebration of Life at a later date.

Check out the June 22 Spokesman!

Read about a local graduate of Oregon Youth Challenge Program, new courts for Redmond Pickleball Club and a new location for Interior Ideas Northwest. It's all in this week's Spokesman, available today at locations including Fred Meyer, Country Nook and U.S. Market.

June 19, 2016

Sheriff: Redmond man seriously injured in off-road vehicle crash

From Deschutes County Sheriff's Office:
Location: Public land off East Antler Ave. 

By: Sgt. Jayson Janes 

Driver: Ryan C Rojas 
24 years of age 
Redmond, Oregon 
Vehicle: Yamaha YXZ 1000R 

Passenger: Bryce A Shiner 
23 years of age 
Bend, Oregon 

On Sunday June 19, 2016 at approximately 1430 hours the Redmond Police Department responded to a reported UTV crash with injuries on public land off of E. Antler. Ave. They later determined the crash took place outside of the city limits and requested the Sheriff's Office respond. 

Based on statements and evidence at the scene, it was determined Ryan Rojas was driving the Yamaha YXZ west on E. Antler Ave. Rojas drove over a bump in the road and lost control of the vehicle. The vehicle rolled numerous times before coming to rest on its wheels. 

Rojas was transported to St. Charles by air ambulance with serious injuries. Bryce Shiner did not report any injuries from the crash. 

Deputies were assisted at the scene by the Redmond Police Department and Redmond Fire Department.

June 15, 2016

Check out the June 15 Spokesman!

Read about former Redmond High and Oregon star Maarty Leunen returning to town and graduations for Ridgeview and Redmond seniors in this week's Spokesman. It also includes a copy of Redmond Magazine. It is available today at locations including Fred Meyer, Bi-Mart and 7-Eleven.

Crooked River Ranch man suffers minor injuries in double-fatal crash

From Oregon State Police:
On June 13, 2016 at about 11:55PM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a semi-truck versus passenger vehicle on Highway 22 near milepost 20 (just east of Stayton). 

A 1993 Honda Accord was traveling westbound on Highway 22 when it crossed over the centerline, striking an eastbound 2007 Peterbilt tractor towing a box trailer head-on. The driver of the Honda, Oscar TOPETE CARRILLO, age 48, of Stayton was pronounced deceased at the scene. The passenger in the Honda, Cecilia ROMERO ESTRADA, age 33, also of Stayton, was critically injured and transported by air ambulance to a local hospital. She died while in transit. The driver of the truck, James ERICKSON, age 48, of Crooked River Ranch, OR received minor injuries. 

Highway 22 was closed for over six hours with a detour established on Old Mehama Road. OSP was assisted by Stayton Police, Stayton Fire and the Oregon Department of Transportation. This is a preliminary release. More information will be released as it becomes available.

June 14, 2016

Photos from Ridgeview and Redmond High commencement ceremonies.

Nearly 600 students graduated from four Redmond schools in the past few weeks. The Spokesman took photos at Redmond Proficiency Academy's May 27 graduation. Here are more photos from commencements at Ridgeview, Redmond High and Central Christian's commencements.

Ridgeview's first four-year graduating seniors got their diplomas June 8 at the Deschutes County fairgrounds. Many students accentuated their graduation gowns with colorful leis.

The seniors of what was known as the "loyalty class" because they stayed at Redmond High, instead of going to Ridgeview, received their diplomas June 10. Many students adorned their mortarboards with American Flags, trinkets and various sayings.

Also, congratulations to the 12 graduates of Central Christian School who recently received their diplomas (photo courtesy of Amy Fisher).