July 31, 2016

Redmond man assists in rescue of South Sister hiker

From the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office:

Released by: Deputy Jim Whitcomb Assistant SAR Coordinator 

Occurred: 07/30/2016 1203 hours 

Location: South Sister Climber's Trail 

Rescued Hiker: James Esposito 
36 yo male Portland, OR 

Assisting Climber: Brian Sebastian 
30 yo male Redmond, OR 


On the listed date and time, Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue was dispatched to a report of a hiker that was lost on South Sister after heading down from the summit. The reporting person and hiker, Esposito, advised he had gotten off the trail and was climbing on some rocks having lost the trail about an hour earlier. Esposito reported he was hiking alone and had a little food and water left with him. Esposito added that he was dressed in running shoes; running shorts, a light T shirt and an ultra-running vest. 

Esposito's GPS coordinates were obtained during his call to dispatch, which placed him about 1000 feet west of the climber's trail at about 9400 feet elevation. The accuracy of the coordinates were reported to be +- 182 meters. The battery on his phone was about 20% at that time. A DCSOSAR Deputy was able to communicate with Esposito by phone long enough to confirm he was not comfortable proceeding any further after he was provided directions to the climber's trail. Esposito advised he would be able to wait at his location safely until Search and Rescue members arrived. A phone plan of texting every 30 minutes of his status was agreed upon to conserve the cell phone battery while keeping it in airplane mode in the interim. 

Two Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue hasty team members were deployed to the location followed up with a team of six. 

A climber that was on his way to the summit via the NW route was hailed by Esposito at about 1425 hours. Esposito was able to get the message to the climber, Brian Sebastian, that he had called SAR and provided Sebastian the DCSOSAR Deputy's phone number. This was an important update after not receiving a text from Esposito since the phone plan started. Sebastian was able to see that Esposito was in a precarious location on the west slope of the mountain versus Esposito being on the south slope. 

At 1550 hours, Esposito was able to make a phone call to advise he had 1% battery left and he had stayed in place. Esposito advised he had been attempting to send text messages without success. 

At about 1900 hours, the first DCSOSAR team reached the summit while team two was still ascending. Attempts to locate Esposito were not successful before darkness set in and the risk of creating rock fall was a concern. Attempts to make voice contact with Esposito were not successful. 

Airlink was placed on standby to transport more DCSOSAR personnel and equipment to the summit prior to nightfall, but the focus shifted to securing a military helicopter that would be able to hoist Esposito from his location based on the difficulty in accessing him safely prior to darkness. 

It was not learned until after midnight, that the military helicopter would not be an option until the next morning. 

Two DCSOSAR members spent the night on the summit while six members returned to Bend arriving at about 0330. 

At about 0530 hours this morning, Airlink transported two DCSOSAR members to the summit to team up with the two members that spent the night, to continue the search to locate Esposito. Airlink assisted by searching from the air. Initial efforts to locate Esposito via Airlink were unsuccessful. 

One DCSOSAR MRU member was lowered from the summit of South Sister to the last known location for Esposito. This MRU member, from an elevation of approximately 10,000', was able to see and make voice contact with Esposito, who was on a ridge north east from him and at a slightly higher elevation. Esposito was uninjured, but shivering and battling hypothermia. 

DCSOSAR members re-positioned and completed another lower to Esposito's location. Utilizing an extra harness and ropes, DCSOSAR members were able to raise Esposito to the summit of South Sister. Airlink responded back to the summit of South Sister, retrieved Esposito and transported him to St. Charles in Bend to be assessed. 

Airlink further assisted DCSOSAR by returning to the summit of South Sister to fly all DCSOSAR members off of the mountain. 

The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office would like to remind those who are recreating in these types of areas to ensure they have ample food and water, proper footwear, adequate clothing, a topo trail map, a spare battery and or a charging option if the circumstances of the hike should change unexpectedly. Hikers should consider having a hiking partner, especially if they are recreating in areas they are unfamiliar with.

July 29, 2016

Annual Redmond Area Triathlon registration is open

From Katie Hammer, Redmond Area Parks and Recreation District

Eighth Annual Redmond Area Triathlon 
August 20

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The 8th annual Trinity Bikes R.A.T. (Redmond Area Triathlon) will be held August 20. The Trinity Bikes Rat Race presented by Marks Auto Body, is an exciting multi-sport event showcasing the unique landscape of Redmond. This is a pool-based sprint triathlon (with an optional duathlon) that is centered around Redmond's Cascade Swim Center. The race consists of a 500 meter swim, a 12 mile bike ride and a 5k run. The duathlon portion of the race will consist of the ride then run format. The Lil’ RAT kids race, which is a fun obstacle course race for kids age 10 and younger is back for its fifth year.

Individuals and teams are welcome to participate in this fun, family friendly event. Register now at www.racetherat.com or pick up a registration form at either the Cascade Swim Center, 465 SW Rimrock or Trinity Bikes, 865 SW 17th St, Suite 301, Redmond.

The registration deadline is August 7, 2016. Register now to participate in this fun multi-sport event in Redmond. Volunteers are needed to help make this event successful. 

Some volunteer opportunities are:
Course prep for the bike, run and kids race
Pool Lap counters
Traffic Control/ Direction for the Bike, Run and Kids race
Certified Flaggers
Finish Line
Clean up

Please contact Vicki Osbon at vicki.osbon@raprd.org or 541-548-7275 if you are interested in learning more about this volunteer opportunity. All proceeds from this event benefit RAPRD programs.

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July 28, 2016

July 27, 2016 Obituaries

Bernard "Buddy" Condart, of Prineville
Dec. 8, 1954 - July 16, 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 Celebration of Life was held on Saturday, July 23, 2016 from 12:00pm-5:00pm, located at Ochoco Creek Park, 296 NE Elm St.
Contributions may be made to: The family to assist with medical bills and funeral arrangements. Contact Kathy Condart for more information.

Nona Kay Gray, of Madras
Jan. 30, 1948 - July 16, 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: No formal services will be held at this time.
Contributions may be made to: Humane Society of Central Oregon, 61170 SE 27th St., Bend, OR 97702,541-382-3537, www.hsco.org

Margaret Lehnertz, of Redmond
Nov. 5, 1916 - July 15, 2016
Arrangements: Autumn Funerals- REDMOND www.autumnfunerals.net 541-504-9485
Services: 7:00pm Rosary on Wednesday, July 20, at St. Thomas Catholic Church in Redmond. 10:00 am on Thursday, July 21, for Mass at St. Thomas. Burial at Redmond Memorial Cemetery.

Edward Lewis Bork lll, of Sisters
Sept. 19, 1953 - July 18, 2016
Arrangements: Prineville Funeral Home, 541-447-6459
Services: The family will be doing a small gathering to celebrate Edwards life at a later date.

Akemi Werner, of Redmond
Aug. 19, 1948 - July 20, 2016
Arrangements: Autumn Funeral Home, Redmond, www.autumnfunerals.net
Services: No services will be held. 

Barbara Jean Boucher, of Redmond
Feb. 14, 1927 - July 16, 2016
Arrangements: Autumn Funeral Home, Redmond, 541-504-9485 www.autumnfunerals.net
Services: No services are scheduled at this time.

Raymond Leroy Cain, of Redmond
April 12, 1951 - July 21, 2016
Arrangements: Autumn Funeral Home, Redmond, 541-504-9485 www.autumnfunerals.net
Services: No services will be held.

July 27, 2016

Reduced cost High School sports physicals

From Cari Wood, Redmond High School,

August 9

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Redmond High School is hosting the annual Sports Physical Night on Tuesday, August 9, from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Incoming Freshmen and Juniors planning to participate in sports at Redmond or Ridgeview High School, and all Middle school athletes, are required to get a sports physical before competing in athletics at their school.

All athletes planning to participate in sports at Redmond, Ridgeview, Redmond Middle schools, and Redmond Proficiency Academy should attend this event for Athletic Sign-Up and clearance procedures. Parents must accompany their student-athlete to this event to complete the clearance process and provide the “pay-to- play” fees for their athletic team.

Redmond High, Ridgeview High, RPA and local middle school athletes are all welcome to attend this event.

At this event, we are fortunate that local doctors, medical personnel and community members have donated their time, so the $20 sports physical fee goes directly to your schools Sports Medicine supplies for your athletes.

TO MINIMIZE LONG LINES, please come at the designated time:

Last name A - G:  5 p.m. - 6 p.m.

Last name H - P:  6 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Last name Q - Z:  7 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

July 26, 2016

Oregon National Guard unit in Romania

From Oregon Military Department

CINCU, Romania - A column of M1A2 tanks travel through the streets of Cincusora, Romania, June 28, after being offloaded from the Voila, Romania, railhead earlier that day. The tanks, belonging to the 116th Cavalry Brigade Combat Team (CBCT), are in Romania to be used in Exercise Saber Guardian 2016, which begins at the Romanian Land Force Combat Training Center (RLF-CTC) in Cincu. (Photo courtesy 116th Cavalry Brigade Combat Team) 
More than 250 Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers with 3rd Battalion, 116th Cavalry Regiment, are scheduled to mobilize to Romania this week with the 116th Cavalry Brigade Combat Team (CBCT) to participate in Saber Guardian 2016, a multinational military training exercise.

Exercise Saber Guardian 2016 will be held from July 27 to August 7 at the Romanian Land Forces Combat Training Center in Cincu and will involve approximately 2,800 military personnel from 10 nations. An advanced team of Oregon Soldiers are already in Romania assisting with preparations for the battalion's arrival; receiving supplies and equipment, including M1A2 Abrams tanks and Bradley Fighting Vehicles that were shipped overseas.

Led by U.S. Army Europe, the annual training exercise is part of the European Reassurance Initiative and is designed to promote regional stability and security while strengthening partnerships with NATO allies, fostering trust and improving interoperability between Romania, the U.S., NATO and Partnership for Peace member nations. Personnel from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Canada, Georgia, Moldova, Poland, Romania, Turkey and Ukraine will also participate.

Activities during Saber Guardian 16 will include a Field Training, Command Post and Combined Live Fire exercises. The 116th CBCT will primarily play opposing forces to enable other units from the U.S. and other countries to conduct training. On a unit level, the exercise is also training to rehearse mobilizing and deploying troops, and moving track and wheeled vehicles by land, rail and sea to an unfamiliar area. The unit will also conduct a river crossing with tanks and set up a bridge during the event.

The 116th CBCT is comprised of personnel from the Idaho, Montana and Oregon Army National Guard and will be augmented by the 125th Multi-role Bridge Company of the South Carolina Army National Guard. More than 1,000 Soldiers from the 116th CBCT will join approximately 1,500 Soldiers from other U.S.-based units to participate in the exercise.

The majority of Oregon Soldiers deploying for the exercise are traditional Guardsmen who drill one weekend a month and two weeks in the summer. Many of them have families, are attending college and work for civilian employers. The 3-116th Cavalry Battalion task force is made up of infantry from Company A (The Dalles) and Company B (Woodburn); mechanics from Detachment 2, Company F (Hood River); and logistics/administrative support from Headquarters and Headquarters Company (La Grande).

"The Oregon National Guard continues to demonstrate our ability to simultaneously support both state and nation on multiple fronts," said Stephen Bomar, director of public affairs, Oregon Military Department. "Whether responding to emergencies here at home, deploying overseas, or partnering in multinational exercises like Saber Guardian, when we are needed, we are there." 
CINCU, Romania - Vehicles belonging to the 116th Cavalry Brigade Combat Team (CBCT) are positioned at the Romanian Land Force Combat Training Center (RLF-CTC) in Cincu, July 7, 2016 prior to the start of Exercise Saber Guardian 2016. The vehicles began arriving in Romania at the Port of Constanta and were shipped via railhead to Cincu. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Corinna Baltos, 24th Press Camp Headquarters)

Dutch Bros raises more than $8,000 to assist with medical treatments

From Dutch Bros Central Oregon:
BEND, Ore. (July 26, 2016) – On Wednesday, July 20, Dutch Bros Central Oregon partnered with the community to raise $8,639 for two local girls to help offset medical expenses they have accrued from much needed medical treatments.

“Our Central Oregon community never ceases to amaze us by the love and support they have for one another,” said Kaelyn Costa, Dutch Bros Central Oregon owner. “Thank you for everyone who came out on Wednesday to help support these two young women who have both positively impacted many around them!”

On Wednesday, to raise funds, all nine Dutch Bros locations in Central Oregon: Bend, Redmond and Sisters donated proceeds from the day’s sales to support locals Taylor Laidlaw and Ashley McNeil. Both are now facing financial adversities from their much-needed medical treatments.

Taylor is currently in remission, and Ashley is receiving treatment for her Lyme disease. Each girl will receive $4,319 to help offset medical expenses from their treatments. 

About Dutch Bros Central Oregon
Dutch Bros Coffee locations in Bend, Redmond and Sisters are locally owned and operated by Bill and Carol Smith and Kaelyn and Josh Costa, the first Central Oregon Dutch Bros opened in 2004. 

Dutch Bros Central Oregon pour thousands annually into local causes, including Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Oregon, Healthy Beginnings, Neighbor Impact, the Muscular Dystrophy Association and the local chapter of American Cancer Society.

“I love that Dutch Bros gives us a platform to give back to our community,” says Carol. “It’s so much more than just a good cup of coffee.”

Dutch Bros Central Oregon employs over 100 full-time and part-time local employees.
Follow Dutch Bros Central Oregon at: www.facebook.com/DutchBrosCentralOR

Local insurance agent named to Redmond school board

From the Redmond School District:

Redmond, Ore – The Redmond School District Board of Directors has selected Travis Bennett of Redmond, Ore. to the district’s five member governing board. 

A total of three individuals were interviewed for the board vacancy during a board meeting held at the district office on July 21. Candidates Dearric Winchester, Michael Baumgartner and Travis Bennett were each interviewed for 45 minutes. All interview questions were identical and weighted scores were assigned to each candidate’s response. The candidate with the highest weighted score was selected.

Travis Bennett is currently the principal agent of AIC Insurance Agency in Redmond. He holds a bachelor's degree in business from Oregon State University. 

"The Redmond School District Board of Directors is honored to appoint Travis Bennett to position three," shared Rick Bailey, Board Chair. "Travis is truly invested in the Redmond community. His experience both as a parent and as a business owner will bring great perspective to our team. We would also like to extend our gratitude to all of the candidates who applied for this vacancy."

Bennett replaces the position held by A.J. Losoya, who has resigned from the board due to a new career opportunity. He will be sworn in on August 10, 2016 and will serve through June 30, 2017.

Bailey added, "A.J. Losoya has been a vital member of our board for the past five and half years. We are incredibly thankful for his time, talent and dedication to the students that we serve in Redmond. On behalf of the Redmond School District Board of Directors we wish him every success in his new position."

The Redmond School District Board of Directors serve overlapping four-year terms as non-salaried trustees of the school district. As elected officials, the board is responsible for the scope, depth and quality of education and is the official policy-making body of the school district.

July 25, 2016

Redmond Area Parks and Recreation District announcement

From Katie Hammer, RAPRD Executive Director

RAPRD Board of Directors Vacancy

Redmond Area Park and Recreation District has an open position on the board of directors. The person appointed to fill the vacancy will serve until June 30, 2017. The board meets on the second Tuesday of each month at 7:30am. Qualified applicants must live within the park district boundary.

The Board of Directors of RAPRD will fill the vacant board position by appointment by a majority of the remaining members of the board at the general board meeting on August 9, 2016.

If you are interested in helping plan for the future of your park and recreation district the please contact Katie Hammer at katie.hammer@raprd.org to request that an application is emailed to you or pick up an application at the Cascade Swim Center, 465 SW Rimrock Dr. Redmond.

Completed applications must be returned by Tuesday, August 2, 2016. If you have any questions contact Katie Hammer, Executive Director at 548-7275 or by email katie.hammer@raprd.org.

July 21, 2016

Horticultural products detained, removed from sale

From Oregon Department of Agriculture, 

Fourteen horticultural products ordered detained and removed from sale, 
growers asked to stop usage 

The Oregon Department of Agriculture has issued 12 notices of statewide detainment and stop sale and removal orders for horticultural products that contain pesticide active ingredients not listed on the label. The orders call for the product manufacturers to immediately cease all sales, offers of sale, or other distribution in Oregon. 

In addition, products within Oregon or transported into the state by any type of business transaction or other method are detained. These products are commonly used in horticulture and hydroponics, including cannabis production. The 12 notices cover 14 products sold in Oregon that were also identified by the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) in late June as containing undeclared pesticide active ingredients. In an abundance of caution, ODA issued its orders and is currently sampling and testing these products sold in Oregon. 

ODA’s actions affect the following products and their manufacturers: 
Vita Grow Thunder Boom – Marco Industries, Inc. dba American Agriculture, Portland, OR 
OG Rapid Flower + Hardener – Crop Specific Solutions, Rockingham, Western Australia 
Humboldt Roots – Humboldt Nutrients LLC, Paso Robles, CA 
Safergro Mildew Cure for Powdery Mildew Control – JH Biotech, Ventura, CA 
Olivia’s Cloning Gel – Olivia’s Solutions, Inc., Santa Rosa, CA 
The Hammer – Plantlife Products, Kelowna, BC 
Frost Protection Plus – Rambridge Wholesale Supply, Calgary, AB 
Rock Resinator Heavy Yields – Rock Holdings Pty Ltd., Perth, Western Australia 
SNS 217C All Natural Spider Mite Control – Sierra Natural Science, Inc., Salinas, CA 
Root 66 1-1-1 – Technaflora Plant Products Ltd., Mission, BC 
Optic Foliar AT-AK, Optic Foliar Overgrow, Optic Foliar Switch – Tulsi Enterprises Ltd., Surrey, BC 
Pyyro K 0-3-7 – Van de Uber Marketing and Manufacturing, Port Moody, BC

Use of these products could cause growers to experience a loss of marketability and for cannabis to fail Oregon Health Authority (OHA) pesticide testing requirements. ODA has issued pesticide advisories to growers of all crops and retailers advising them to discontinue using or selling the products. 

For additional information on the advisories and the pesticide active ingredients not listed on the labels, go to oregon.gov/ODA, contact ODA at 503-986- 4635. ODA is working with the Oregon Health Authority to determine any potential human health concerns associated with the use of products treated with these undeclared pesticide active ingredients. ODA will proceed to address violations of Oregon’s pesticide and fertilizer laws, which include adulteration of a pesticide product and mislabeling of a pesticide or fertilizer product. 

2016 Relay for Life of Redmond and Sisters

The 2016 Relay for Life of Redmond and Sisters was held at Obsidian Middle School, July 16. This is the third year of the annual event, which  had an attendance more than 200 and raised more $50,000 for cancer research. The American Cancer Society hosted the event, which lasted for 24 hours with relayers walking the track throughout the event. Multiple activities were held during the 'Give Cancer the Boot,' themed event including costume contest, auction, and luminaria ceremony. Here are some photos from the event including some that didn't make it in the paper. 

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3rd Trilogy Challenge disc golf tournament

The third annual Trilogy Challenge disc golf tournament took place at the Dry Canyon Disc Golf Course July 16. The Central Oregon Disc Golf Club helped put on the event which drew more than 60 participants. Here are some photos from the event that were published in the paper along which a couple that didn't make it in. 

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Corvettes on the High Desert 2016

Corvettes on the High Desert 2016 took place this weekend at Eagle Crest Resort, July 15 and 16. Proceeds from event went to help Kidz Center, a nonprofit in Bend. Hundreds of corvettes and corvette enthusiasts attended. Here are a couple photos from the event. 

Also, check out our video of the event on youtube as well. 

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July 20, 2016

Advisory warning for travelers going to the Olympics

From Oregon Health Authority



*Most travelers should take precautions, but pregnant women should not go*

The Oregon Health Authority is recommending those traveling to the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro take steps during and after travel to prevent Zika infection.

Zika is a virus usually spread through bites from two types of Aedes mosquitoes, but it can spread from infected men to their partners through sexual contact. New evidence suggests that women may be able to transmit Zika to their sexual partners as well. Pregnant women are advised to not travel to the games or any Zika-affected area.

"Pregnant women should not go to any Zika-affected area because of the potential for serious effects on their babies," said Suzanne Zane, maternal and child health epidemiologist in the OHA Public Health Division. Zika can cause birth defects including microcephaly, in which the brain and head of an infant are smaller than usual.

"Even women who are not trying to get pregnant should protect themselves from Zika during travel because half of pregnancies are unplanned," Zane said.

Zika is spreading in Brazil and throughout Latin America, the Caribbean and parts of the South Pacific. Mosquitos known to carry Zika live in the U.S., but not yet in Oregon. It is unknown if the types of mosquito found in Oregon could spread Zika.

People who have a Zika infection often do not show symptoms. Those with Zika symptoms may have rash, fever, joint pain and redness of the eyes. Symptoms are usually mild. See your doctor if you travel to the games or other Zika-affected areas and develop symptoms.

Travelers can prevent Zika and accidental infection of a baby during pregnancy. Those heading to the games should protect themselves from mosquito bites during travel and for three weeks after they return. Women should delay pregnancy for eight weeks after travel, or eight weeks after symptoms start. Men should avoid sex or use a condom for eight weeks after travel, or six months after symptoms start.

All people attending the games who have a pregnant partner should avoid sex or use a condom during any sexual activity for the entire pregnancy. Anyone needing low- to no-cost family planning and birth control services can find information by dialing 211.

Helpful links:
-- OHA Zika virus updates: http://www.healthoregon.org/zika
-- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Zika virus page:http://www.cdc.gov/zika/
-- CDC information for specific groups: http://www.cdc.gov/zika/specific-groups.html
-- CDC Zika travel information: http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/page/zika-travel-information

July 20, 2016 Obituaries

Margaret Lehnertz, of Bend
Nov. 5, 1916 - July 15, 2016
Arrangements: Autumn Funerals- REDMOND www.autumnfunerals.net 541-504-9485
Services: 7:00pm Rosary on Wednesday, July 20, at St. Thomas Catholic Church in Redmond. 10:00 am on Thursday, July 21, for Mass at St. Thomas. Burial at Redmond Memorial Cemetery.

Janice Faye Brannon, of Redmond
Jan. 15, 1958 - July 7, 2016
Arrangements: Redmond Memorial Chapel www.redmondmemorial.com 541.548.3219
Services: A Private Family Gathering will be held later.
Contributions may be made to: BrightSide Animal Center, 1355 NE Hemlock Ave., Redmond, OR.

David Lee Johnson, of Redmond
Dec. 28, 1953 - July 12, 2016
Arrangements: Autumn Funerals- REDMOND www.autumnfunerals.net 541-504-9485

Marguerite H. Jerome, of Redmond
May 30, 1928 - July 3, 2016
Arrangements: Redmond Memorial Chapel, www.redmondmemorial.com 541.548.3219

Effie Wheelock, of Redmond
Feb. 5, 1939 - July 2, 2016
Arrangements: Redmond Memorial Chapel, 541-548-3219redmondmemorial.com

Diana Noel Adams, of Redmond
Dec. 25, 1928 - June 24, 2016
Arrangements: Redmond Memorial Chapel, 541-548-3219redmondmemorial.com

Margaret Lehnertz 
November 5, 1916 - July 15, 2016
Margaret Lehnertz, long- time resident of Redmond, Oregon, died peacefully on July 15, 2016, in Redmond, surrounded by her children.  Margaret was born on November 5, 1916, in Alton, Iowa, the daughter of John and Theresa (Mousel) Konz.  She was raised on a farm in Alton and went to school there.  She loved to tell of horse and buggy days. Following eighth grade, she went to work in the Alton community, helping wherever needed.  During World War II she worked as a waitress for a time, and she worked in the shipyards as a certified welder.
Margaret married Wally Lehnertz on November 14, 1945, in Alton, Iowa.  The Lehnertzes moved to Redmond, Oregon, in 1947.  They bought a farm north of town and began fixing up the house, planting a garden, and the flowers she loved so much.  Her years in Iowa had prepared her for farm life in Oregon.
She was a homemaker and a great pie baker, winning Best of Show for her cherry pie at the county fair.  She sewed and enjoyed making quilts for her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.  She was a little woman with a big heart.  Her faith, her family, and her friends were her greatest treasures.
Margaret was a member of St. Thomas Catholic Church, St. Thomas Altar Society, and St. Thomas Altar Society Quilters; she was also a member of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas and the VFW Auxiliary.  She was an active member in the groups she joined and held many offices and worked on several committees.  She was VFW Auxiliary Secretary for 22 years.  And she was Catholic Daughter of the Year for Court 2041 in 1996.  She also worked as a bookkeeper for Newton Pump until she retired.
Margaret loved to travel.  Her favorite place to visit was Iowa, where she could visit with family and friends.  She had so many good memories of growing up there.
Survivors include four children:  Don (Mary) Leh- nertz, Sharon Allison, Dale (LuAnn) Lehnertz, all of Redmond, Oregon, and Clara (Paul) Cook of Clackamas, Oregon; ten grandchildren; nine great- grand-children; her sisters- in-law, Agnes Konz and Delores Konz of Alton, Iowa; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Margaret was preceded in death by her infant daughter Joan; her parents, John and Theresa Konz; her husband, Wally Lehnertz; her seven brothers, Ferdinand Konz, Melvin Konz, Cletus Konz, Francis Konz, Bob Konz, Ron Konz, and Pete Konz; and two sisters, Leola Ricke, and Viola Krier.
Contributions in memory of Margaret may be made to:  St. Thomas Catholic Church, Redmond.
A recitation of the rosary will be held at 7:00 p.m.Wednesday, July 20, and a Funeral Mass will be held Thursday, July 21, 10:00 a.m. at St. Thomas Catholic Church.  Interment at Redmond Memorial Cemetery.  A reception will be held following the service at the Redmond VFW Hall. 

Sherrill Lee Hebener 
Sherrill Lee Hebener passed away in her home July 6, after battling metastatic urothelial bladder cancer.
Sherrill was born Jan. 28, 1941, in Baker to Bill and Ruby Bailey, now deceased.
Sherrill had a daycare in Hines,  taught kindergarten in Terrebonne, and was a special education aide in Mosier. Her hobbies were quilting, hardanger, tatting, scrapbooking, knitting, and anything craft related.
Sherrill is survived by her husband of 56 years, Gary Lynn Hebener; daughter, LeeAnn Raye Gibbons-Pankratz, and her husband, Michael Pankratz; son, Phillip Lynn Hebener, and his wife, Danielle Hebener; sisters, Janet Rayne and Billie Jean Faulkner; granddaughters, Kriston Lee Gibbons, Samantha Lee Hebener, and Madelynn Annette Hebener; and great-grandson, Alex Leeum Schoenborn.
A Celebration of Life will be held at 1:00 p.m.Saturday, Aug. 6, at the Mosier Grange, 900 4th Street in Mosier.
Please mail all cards to: 8200 Hwy 30 W, The Dalles, OR  97058-8594.

July 19, 2016

Central Electric receives grant

From Jeff Beaman, Central Electric Cooperative, Inc.
USDA Awards REAP Grant to 
Central Electric Community Solar Project, Funds Reduces Costs for Members
Supporting Renewable Energy

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced, July 18, Central Electric Cooperative will receive an $86,912 grant to help reduce the costs of the cooperative’s community solar project in Bend. Provided through the Rural Energy for America Program, the grant’s proceeds will reduce participation costs by 20 percent for CEC members who subscribe to a portion of the energy produced under the Shared Solar program.

“We are very grateful to have qualified for a REAP grant,” said Central Electric President and Chief Executive Officer Dave Markham. “These funds, combined with earlier grants from the Oregon Department of Energy and the Bonneville Environmental Foundation, have greatly reduced the cost to our members who want to receive solar energy, but can’t have a rooftop solar installation. These grants have been essential to making solar energy more affordable for our members.”

The cooperative’s 199,500-volt system, installed on 1.3 acres next to its Bend Service Center on Southeast 27th St., has been sending electricity directly into CEC’s distribution system since coming online in late January. Members can subscribe to the energy produced by individual panels, or half or quarter panels. They receive an energy credit on their monthly bill that reflects the amount of electricity produced by their subscription that month.

Prior to the REAP grant, a full panel 20-year subscription was $1,100. The grant enabled CEC to reduce the price of a panel to $880, $440 for a half and $220 for a quarter panel. The Shared Solar program appeals to members who cannot install a rooftop solar system because they don’t own their home, their rooftop is not ideally oriented to the sun’s path, or systems are cost prohibitive. CEC members who have already subscribed will receive a rebate from CEC.

Of the project’s 700, 285-watt panels, half are dedicated to the Shared Solar program. The other half is supported by co-op members who voluntarily participate in the Green Power program. Its participants agree to pay extra on their electricity bill with the proceeds committed to promoting the growth of renewable energy. 

More about REAP

Under REAP, the U.S.D.A. awarded more than $517,000 to help 16 rural small business and agricultural producers in Oregon reduce their energy usage and costs. More information is available in the agency’s news release at: http://www.rd.usda.gov/newsroom/news-release/usda-help- 16-oregon- rural-small- businesses-boost- renewable-energy- use-save

Central Electric Cooperative, Inc. Background

A member-owned, not-for- profit electric cooperative, Central Electric Cooperative (CEC) has provided electric utility services to its members in central Oregon since 1941. At the close of 2015, CEC served 32,611 accounts held by 26,155 members in its 5,300 square-mile service territory in Deschutes, Crook, Jefferson, and parts of Lake, Linn, Wasco, and Grant counties. CEC’s electrical system includes 24 substations and 3,883 miles of energized power lines, including 187 miles of transmission line, 2,267 miles of overhead distribution line and 1,429 miles of underground distribution line.