August 31, 2016

August 31, 2016 Obituaries

Jesse "Pat" Harter Bleakney, of Redmond
April 12, 1931 - Aug. 24, 2016

Arrangements: Baird Funeral Home of Bend is honored to serve the family.  Please visit our website,, to share condolences and sign our online guestbook.
Services: No formal services will be held.
Contributions may be made to: Partner's In Care Hospice, 2075 NE Wyatt Ct., Bend, OR 97701,
Charles Lawson Buzbee, of Redmond
Feb. 9, 1932 - Aug. 25, 2016

Arrangements: Autumn Funerals- REDMOND 541-504-9485Services: Memorial Service at 7:00 pm, on Thursday, September 1, 2016 at the Living Faith Fellowship at 1608 NW Jackpine Ave. in Redmond, Oregon.
Robert Daniel Barber, of Sisters
Mar. 23, 1923 - Aug. 21, 2016

Arrangements: Autumn Funerals- REDMOND 541-504-9485Services: Memorial Service on September 7, 2016 at 2:30pm; Community Presbyterian Church, 529 NW 19th Street in Redmond, Oregon.
Donald Guy Wheaton, of Redmond
April 6, 1928 - Aug. 16, 2016

Arrangements: Autumn Funerals- REDMOND 541-504-9485
Earl William Rhoades, of Redmond
Feb. 3, 1926 - Aug. 21, 2016

Arrangements: Autumn Funeral Home, Redmond, 541-504-9485

'American Pickers' History channel TV show to film in Oregon

From Natasha Moore, History Channel Casting Associate

AMERICAN PICKERS To Film In Oregon, search for local leads

Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz / Submitted photo

Mike Wolfe, Frank Fritz, and their team are excited to return to Oregon! They plan to film episodes of the hit series AMERICAN PICKERS throughout the region this summer.

AMERICAN PICKERS is a documentary series that explores the fascinating world of antique ‘picking’ on History. The hit show follows Mike and Frank, two of the most skilled pickers in the business, as they hunt for America’s most valuable antiques. They are always excited to find sizeable, unique collections and learn the interesting stories behind them.

As they hit the back roads from coast to coast, Mike and Frank are on a mission to recycle and rescue forgotten relics. Along the way, the Pickers want to meet characters with remarkable and exceptional items.

The pair hopes to give historically significant objects a new lease on life, while learning a thing or two about America’s past along the way.

Mike and Frank have seen a lot of rusty gold over the years and are always looking to discover something they’ve never seen before. They are ready to find extraordinary items and hear fascinating tales about them.

AMERICAN PICKERS is looking for leads and would love to explore your hidden treasure. If you or someone you know has a large, private collection or accumulation of antiques that the Pickers can spend the better part of the day looking through, send us your name, phone number, location and description of the collection with photos to: or call 855-old-rust.

Hospice Scam Alert

From Redmond Hospice,

Beware of Hospice Scam Alert
A Letter from Executive Director

To all Central Oregon community members:

   An organization called The Hospice Support Fund, located in Merrifield, VA, has been soliciting for donations in our area. Their form letter includes the town's name nearest to you. For example: if you live in or near Redmond, it is the 20L4 Redmond Annual Fund Drive.

   Please do not confuse Hospice of Redmond or any of your local hospices with The Hospice Support Fund. They have no affiliation with any of us.

   According to Legal Disclosure on their web site (,
any donation you make goes to Virginia to be used for "50% on fundraising, 20% on administration, 5% on program services, and 25% on public education in conjunction with fundraising appeals."
   Again, this solicitation has no connection or affiliation to us. Hospice of Redmond uses 100% of your generous donations for patient care and program expenses to benefit local community members here in our Central Oregon service area. If you have any questions, please call us at 541-548-7483.
   - Karla Stead, Executive Director, Hospice of Redmond

Safely donate to Hospice of Redmond at

August 30, 2016

September Library activities

From the Redmond Public Library, 

Redmond Library September teen, family, children programs

Preschool Parade Storytime: Stories, songs, rhymes, crafts to develop early literacy skills. Age 3-5. Wednesdays • 10:15 a.m. • In Spanish at 11:15 a.m. September 7, 14, 21, 28.

Spanish/English Conversation Group: Bring your lunch; practice language skills with this fun casual group. Tuesdays, 12 – 1 p.m. 

StoryTime in Spanish/Listos Para el Kínder: Tiempo Interactivo con cuentos, canciones, rimas y manualidades. Edades 0-5. Miércoles • 11:15 a.m., Septiembre 7, 14, 21, 28.

Mother Goose & More Storytime: Participatory music with books, rhymes, and bounces. Age 0-3. Thursdays • 10:15 a.m. September 8, 15, 22, 29.

Teen Advisory Board: Ages 12-17 years. Plan library programs, meet new people, eat snacks! Wednesday, September 7, 2-3 p.m.

Family Block Party: LEGO® Universe at Your Library:  Read! Build! Play! Join other builders and a gazillion Legos. All ages. Saturday, September 10, 10:30 a.m.

STEAM Team: Alternative Power:  Ages 9- 17 years. Make a wind power project and explore other power sources. Saturday, September 10, 2-4 p.m.

Toddlin’ Tales Storytime: Participation stories and movement rhymes to enhance social and language development. For children 18-36 months. Monday, September 12, 10:15 a.m.

Teen Territory: Ages 12-17 years. Hang out, mess around, geek out. Games, crafts, and more. Wednesday, September 14, 2-4 p.m.

MnMs (Music, Movement and Stories): Movement and stories to develop skills and encourage fun and with music. Ages 3+ Friday, September 16, 10:15 a.m.

MnM’s – Música, Movimiento y Cuentos/Music and Movement in Spanish (Edades 3-5): Movimiento y cuentos para desarrollar las habilidades que fomentan la diversión con la música Monday/Lunes, September 19• 10:30 a.m.

Music of Miguel de Alonso: Listen to music from different regions of the world, including Latin jazz, with the talented musician, Miguel de Alonso. His music is characterized by the use of rumba flamenco rhythms and powerful guitar strumming. Free. All ages. Tuesday, September 20• 5:45 p.m.

CARNIVAL! At the Redmond Library: A family event to unite cultures: games, crafts, snacks, surprises. In conjunction with Hispanic Heritage Month. Un evento familiar, tendremos juegos, manualidades, bocadillos y sorpresas. En conjunto celebrando El mes de la Hispanidad. Todo es gratis! Tuesday, September 27 • 4:30 p.m.

August 29, 2016

Pursuit end in wreck on Highland Avenue

From Redmond Police,

Vehicle Pursuit Ends in Single Vehicle Crash
Suspect Arrested, Lodged at Deschutes County Jail

On August 26 at around 8:07 p.m. Redmond Officers observed a grey colored older BMW driving in a reckless manner in the area of Highway 97 and SW Veterans Way and allegedly ran a red light.  When the officers attempted to stop the vehicle for the observed driving the vehicle took off at a high rate of speed.

The vehicle traveled on SW Veterans Way then the wrong way on SW 11th Street from SW Veterans Way to SW Glacier where the vehicle traveled west bound on SW Glacier Avenue.  Glacier Avenue turns into SW Highland Avenue near SW 15th Street.

The vehicle continued to attempt to evade police as it drove west bound on SW Highland Avenue near Canyon Drive where the vehicle was unable to negotiate the corner while trying to turn onto SW Canyon Drive.  The vehicle struck the curb and a planter at Coldwell Banker Realty parking lot.  The driver and his passenger were not hurt in the crash and the driver was taken into custody without further incident.  No other persons or vehicles were involved in the crash.

The driver was identified as Kristian Cooper, 23 years of age from Redmond.  He was later lodged at the Deschutes County Jail on several charges to include Reckless Driving, Recklessly Endangering Another and Felony Attempt to Elude.  The passenger was released at the scene with no charges.

Redmond PD strives to make our city the safest in Oregon.  It is only through partnerships with our community that the vision can be reached.  Please remember to drive safely while out on our roads with considerations for others.  Anyone with information regarding this call can contact us either by private message on Facebook or at 541-693-6911.  Please refer to case 16-253982. Thank you for your continued support. 

Airport enters final stage of reconstruction

From the city of Redmond

Instrument Landing System Installation Underway at Redmond Municipal Airport 
 Marks Final Phase of Runway Reconstruction Project
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Redmond Municipal Airport (RDM) is in the final stages of the reconstruction of Runway 5-23.  The $18.5 million dollar project will conclude and the runway will re-open no later than October 22, 2016.  During this final stage the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is installing updated navigational aids, also known as Instrument Landing Systems (ILS).  These systems allow aircraft to navigate through adverse weather conditions when clear viewing of the airfield is not possible, minimizing diversions and lengthy delays for our more than 575,000 annual air travelers.

“It’s essential we get these runway guidance systems in place before winter weather approaches.  We appreciate the partnership with the FAA whose funding provided the opportunity to complete this complicated runway project,” said Redmond Mayor George Endicott.  The upgraded ILS installation is a safety and accessibility initiative that ensures our Airport will continue to be Central Oregon’s premier transportation hub that meets the needs of residents as well as the business and tourism industries in our region.”

The closure of Runway 5-23 does not impact passengers or the current flight schedule at RDM.  Aircraft traffic flight patterns will continue as they have this summer season with landing and departure activity on Runway 11/29. 

RDM offers a full range of general and commercial aviation services and is served by four air carriers; Alaska Air, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, and United with 21 daily direct flights to Denver, Los Angeles, Phoenix,  Portland, San Francisco, Salt Lake City, and Seattle.  For more information please visit

August 25, 2016

Sheriff: Redmond Police car strikes man who was pointing gun at motorists

From the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office:

On Aug. 25 at approximately  12:51 p.m., Redmond Police Officers responded to the area of Canal Blvd near the Redmond St. Charles Medical Center for an armed subject. Multiple callers reported to 9-1-1 the subject was armed with a handgun and was pointing it at passing motorists. 

Officers made contact with the subject who was still in possession of an apparent firearm. Sometime after the initial contact, the subject was struck by a Redmond Police Department patrol car. The suspect was seriously injured and was taken to Redmond St. Charles Medical Center for treatment. No bystanders or officers were injured. 

The incident is under investigation by the Tri-County Major Incident Team with the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office as the lead investigating agency. 

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office through dispatch at 541-693-6911. No further information will released at this time. The public is asked to avoid the area around Redmond St. Charles Medical Center due to law enforcement activity.

Opportunity to support NeighborImpact

From NeighborImpact,

Oats and Cereal Donations Needed for NeighborImpact's Emergency Food Program

  Starting off the school year right means kids (and parents) need a nourishing breakfast. Oats and cereal are easy, nutritious foods that are always requested at NeighborImpact and our cereal shelves are getting low. In order to stock the shelves and distribute these much needed products across Central Oregon, NeighborImpact is putting out a "Call to Action" for cereal donations, including oats and other hot cereals.
  "With school starting in a few weeks, many parents find it difficult to provide a nutritious breakfast for their kiddos as they head out the door," says Carly Sanders, Food Program Manager at NeighborImpact. "By stocking our shelves with oats and cereal, we can use our distribution network to get these items to our Food Partners in Crook, Deschutes and Jefferson Counties and into the hands of families in need."

  Oats and cereal donations can be dropped off at either of our main offices in Redmond or Bend located at 2303 SW First Street or 20310 NE Empire Avenue, respectively. Local businesses and groups are also encouraged to host a "Cereal Drive" of "Virtual Food Drive" at their workplace. NeighborImpact staff is always available to provide ideas, materials and support for employees and volunteer groups. For more information on hosting a food or fund drive, please contact Laurie Purcell, Food Bank Specialist, at 541-323-6520.

  "Keeping our Food Bank shelves stocked is important not only to NeighborImpact, but to all of the organizations and programs we serve. Without NeighborImpact, many of the local nonprofits and groups providing meals and food boxes would need to purchase trucks to transport food, host food drives on a regular basis, and compete for funding," says Ms. Sanders. "We have an incredible network with amazing partners. We at the Food Bank are proud to be a part of it and provide such a necessary piece of the system."

  NeighborImpact's Food Distribution Partners 2016 include:

  Jefferson County                                                                          
Best Club 
Warm Springs Presbyterian Church 
United Methodist BackPack Buddies 
United Methodist Church Food Bank 
United Methodist Madras Brown Bag 
Mountain Star Family Relief Nursery Madras
Seventh Day Adventists Community Center - Madras

  Crook County
Prineville First Baptist Church
Prineville Brown Bag @ St VDP
Soroptomist Senior Center
St. Vincent De Paul - Prineville
Mountain Star Family Relief Nursery Prineville

  Deschutes County
Bend's Community Center
Bethlehem Inn
Bread of Life -Westside Church (Sisters Brown Bag)
Cascade Peer & Self Help Center
Crooked River Brown Bag
Faith Harvest Helpers
Family Kitchen (Trinity Episcopal)
Holy Trinity Care & Share
Jericho Weekend Food
La Pine Community Pantry
La Pine Community Kitchen
Mountain Star Family Relief Nursery Bend
Nativity Lutheran Church
Newport Ave Brown Bag
Redmond Community Church
Salvation Army
Seventh Day Adventist Community Center - Redmond
Sisters Kiwanis
Smith Rock Community Church
St. Vincent De Paul - Bend
St. Vincent De Paul - La Pine
St. Vincent De Paul - Redmond
Teen Challenge
Terrebonne Brown Bag
The Giving Plate
The Loft - Cascades Youth & Family
The Shepherd's House
Water Church
Little Deschutes Grange Brown Bag
Redmond Assembly of God

  For more information on NeighborImpact's Food Program or how we are able to serve some many across Central Oregon, contact Carly Sanders at NeighborImpact at 541-323-6548.

About NeighborImpact: Since 1985, NeighborImpact has been a leader in developing solutions and bringing resources to Crook, Jefferson and Deschutes County. The agency offers a diversity of services meeting basic human needs for food and shelter, while enriching people's lives by providing access to increased education, skills, and hope for the future. NeighborImpact is a private nonprofit organization that receives federal, state and local grants, foundation grants, and donations from individuals and businesses in our community. To learn more about NeighborImpact please

About the NeighborImpact Emergency Food Program: NeighborImpact's Emergency Food Assistance program partners with 42 programs across Central Oregon, including nonprofit organizations, shelters, churches, and brown bag programs, to distribute fresh and shelf-stable food to those that need it. Last year, NeighborImpact distributed 3.7 million pounds of food to partners, providing over 3.08 million meals to neighbors. NeighborImpact serves as the backbone of our network and provides the infrastructure and resources to recover and distribute food on such a large scale. Food and cash donations are necessary on an ongoing basis in order for the program to run.

August 24, 2016

Redmond in photos Aug. 24

Take a look at some of the events that took place in Redmond last week. 

  Redmond Committee for Art in Public Places auctioned off the 20 rock chuck sculptures that were throughout the city from June 15 to August 18. The event raised nearly $9,000.
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  The Harvest Run Car Show was held down town by the Drifter Car Club this weekend. Hundreds of cars and car enthusiast packed the streets downtown near Centennial Park.
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  The 2nd Annual Redmond Block Party was held at Juniper Golf Course this weekend. A barbecue, bouncy houses, and a movie project on a big screen on the driving ranger were just a few of the activities available. 
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Aug. 24, 2016 Obituaries

​MayVelle Duncan, of Redmond
Nov. 15, 1918 - Aug. 19, 2016

Arrangements: Deschutes Memorial Chapel and Gardens - (541)382-5592. Visit our online register at or on Facebook
Services: A Memorial Service is planned for a later date.
Contributions may be made to: Hospice of Redmond 732 SW 23rd Street Redmond, OR 97756

James Charles Allen, of Redmond
Mar. 25, 1923 - Aug. 15, 2016

Arrangements: Arrangements Entrusted To: Redmond Memorial ; 541.548.3219Services: Funeral Service, 11am Friday, August 26, 2016, Zion Lutheran Church, 1113 SW Black Butte Blvd, Redmond.
Contributions may be made to: National Smokejumper Association, 10 Judy Lane, Chico, CA 95926.

John Misterly, of Terrebonne
May 2, 1924 - Aug. 18, 2016

Arrangements: Autumn Funerals- REDMOND 541-504-9485Services: Funeral Service at 11:00 am on Wednesday, August 24, 2016 at Redmond Memorial Chapel, 717 SW 6th Street, Redmond, Oregon. Final Resting at Hillcrest Cemetery in Grants Pass, Oregon on August 26, 2016.

Richard Eugene Lloyd, of Sisters
July 31, 1921 - Aug. 13, 2016

Arrangements: Deschutes Memorial Chapel and Gardens is honored to serve the family -(541) 382-5592. Visit our online register book to send condolences and share treasured memories at or on Facebook
Services: At Richard’s request, no services will be held.

Archie "Bud" Simpson, of Redmond
Oct. 19, 1927 - Aug. 17, 2016

Arrangements: Arrangements entrusted to Redmond Memorial Chapel, 541-548-3219,redmondmemorial.comServices: Were held at Redmond Memorial Chapel, 717 SW 6th St., Redmond, Oregon,10am, Monday, August 22, 2016.
Contributions may be made to: Hospice of Redmond, 732 SW 23rd St., Redmond, OR 97756.

Buck S. Sherwood, of Bend
Mar. 11, 1942 - Aug. 18, 2016

Arrangements: Autumn Funeral Home, Bend. 541-318-0842 www.autumnfunerals.netServices: No services to be held at this time.
Contributions may be made to: Memorial Donations may be made to “Willing to Help”  60 NW Oregon St.,  Bend, OR 97701

Devin Rain Eckerman, of Alfalfa, OR
Mar. 27, 2000 - Aug. 14, 2016

Arrangements: Deschutes Memorial Chapel and Gardens, 541-382-5592 Visit our online register at or on Facebook
Services: Services will be held at a later date.

Jerry Burgess, of Redmond
Sept. 22, 1933 - July 28, 2016

Arrangements: Autumn Funerals- REDMOND 541-504-9485Services: Were held at 11:00 AM, Sunday, August 21, 2016 at Sam Johnson Park Pavilion, 333 SW 15th Street in Redmond.
Robert Dean Jacobson, of Prineville
July 25, 1938 - Aug. 11, 2016

Arrangements: Autumn Funerals, Bend 541-318-0842 www.autumnfunerals.netServices: Were held at 11:00 AM, Monday, Aug. 22, 2016 at Prineville Church of the Nazarene, 780 E. 1st St., Prineville.
Marie Elizabeth Ruhl, of Culver
Oct. 19, 1941 - Aug. 22, 2016

Arrangements: Autumn Funeral Home, Redmond, 541-504-9485 www.autumnfunerals.netServices: Memorial service on Saturday, August 27, 2016, at 11:00 a.m.,
at the Culver Christian Church in Culver, OR.

Cole Holcomb, of Redmond
Aug. 21, 2000 - Aug. 17, 2016

Services: A memorial service will be held Saturday, Aug. 27, at 1:00 p.m., at Pleasant Ridge Community Hall, 7067 Canal Dr., Redmond. All is welcome.

David Grant Miller, of Crooked River Ranch
Oct. 15, 1951 - Aug. 14, 2016

Arrangements: Autumn Funerals- REDMOND 541-504-9485
Anthony Harper Ellis, of Terrebonne
Sept. 9, 1926 - Aug. 19, 2016

Arrangements: Autumn Funeral Home, Redmond, 541-504-9485

August 19, 2016

Local business owner receives award

From Postal Connections Redmond,

Postal Connections Redmond
 Receives Award for 
Top Sales 

  Postal Connections® in Redmond is reaching new heights. Joyce Jones, owner of Postal Connections of Redmond, was recently awarded for her store’s exceptional sales numbers during the brand’s annual convention in Las Vegas. Postal Connections presented the entrepreneur with a “Top Sales Award” for achieving more than $500,000 in sales in 2015. The store is located at 915 Southwest Rimrock Road in Redmond.

  “It is truly an honor to receive this award from Postal Connections,” said Joyce, who opened her Redmond store in 2007. “We strive to provide our customers with more than just helpful services – we go above and beyond to give them an exceptional overall experience as well.”

  Joyce took a leap into the entrepreneurial waters nearly 10 years ago with her store in Redmond. Since the start of her business, Joyce has prided herself on developing strong relationships with her loyal customers, developing a first-name-basis rapport with many of them.

  “We are extremely proud of Joyce and the success her store has seen over the years,” said Fred Morache, COO of Postal Connections of America. “Joyce’s incredibly strong relationships with her customers is something that Postal Connections values and is proud of franchisees like Joyce who provide excellence in service. We look forward to witnessing her successes in the years ahead.”

  Based in Frisco, Texas, Postal Connections has established itself as a leading provider of a wide array of business and personal services, offering convenient access to postal products, shipping with the leading carriers, freight, printing, creative services, copying, fax, passport photos, notary, shredding, finger printing, and other services. Postal Connections implements intensive, personalized training of all franchisees to ensure that service is the highest priority in all stores. The company frequently offers new items and services that are hard to find to improve customer service and convenience. Recently, Postal Connections has entered into an agreement with Wal-Mart to place Postal Connections Express™ service centers in Super Centers.

  For more information about Postal Connections of Redmond, call (541) 504-2340 or visit

About Postal Connections:
Founded in 1995, Postal Connections is a growing franchise chain of postal, shipping and business service stores. The current franchisor/owners bought the franchise company in 2007. Select locations provide online sales services to households and companies through its iSOLD It® on eBay sales system.

  To learn more about Postal Connection’s services, visit or call (619) 294-7550. For more information on Postal Connection franchise opportunities, visit or call 1-800-POSTALS (767-8257).

August 18, 2016

Hikers rescued at South Sister

From Deschutes County Sheriff's Office:

Location: South Sister Summit 

Rescued: Dominique Tanton, 22 year old female, Bend, OR 
Rescued: Caroline Chenoweth, 21 year old female, Fort Worth, TX 

On August 17th, 2016 at about 4:30 p.m., Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue was dispatched to a report of two hikers who had reached the summit of South Sister, but were not physically able to descend on their own. A DCSOSAR Deputy was able to communicate with the hikers by phone, who were identified as Tanton and Chenoweth. 

Tanton advised they had run out of water about half way through their day hike and were now at the summit feeling physically ill from the heat and altitude. Neither were prepared for cold weather and both reported being exhausted and unable to hike any further, leaving them exposed to the summit weather conditions and cellphone's nearly out of power. Prior to calling for help, they had flagged down a passerby on the summit that provided them with a small amount of water. Tanton and Chenoweth were now alone on the summit with no one around to potentially assist them. 

Five Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue Volunteers, comprised of Medical and Mountain Rescue Personnel, responded to the Devil's Lake Trailhead and ascended the trail on foot through the night, making contact with the two females at about 11 p.m.. Tanton and Chenoweth were both treated at the summit and guided down the mountain by the DCSOSAR Team. The DCSOSAR team and female hikers arrived back at Devil's Trailhead at about 6 a.m., where Tanton's mother was waiting to further assist Tanton and Chenoweth, who did not require any further medical attention. 

The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office would like to remind those that recreate outdoors to prepare accordingly for your activity. Some considerations include proper clothing for day and night conditions in your environment, as well as footwear. Ensure you have adequate water and food, topographical trail maps, extra batteries or charging options for phones or GPS units. Bring a light source and a signaling device. Seek out information regarding the area and what may be encountered, such as current and projected weather conditions as well as terrain in the area. Tell someone where you are going, what you will be taking with you and when you plan to return.

Mortgage assistance available to struggling homeowners

From Oregon Housing and Community Services


SALEM, OR -- The state of Oregon announces a foreclosure prevention program that will launch statewide on Wednesday, August 17th at noon. The program is called "Home Rescue" and will provide assistance to homeowners struggling to pay their mortgage. Home Rescue will provide struggling homeowners with monthly mortgage payments for up to one year (12 payments with a total maximum benefit of $20,000) and can also provide a reinstatement benefit to bring a mortgage current (up to $15,000). 

  Homeowners interested in the program can apply online by The website has an eligibility questionnaire and instructional video to help homeowners learn more about the program and guide them through the application process. 

  To qualify, applicants must be able to demonstrate at least a 10% reduction in projected 2016 income compared to any tax year between 2009 and 2015. Additional information about eligibility requirements and the application process can be found at Every two weeks at noonthe program opens a limited number of new opportunities to apply and will continue this cycle until all program funds have been exhausted. 

  The Home Rescue program aims to provide assistance to approximately 3,500 homeowners across Oregon. Funding for Home Rescue is provided by the United States Treasury's Hardest Hit Fund, which allocated $220 million to Oregon in 2010 and an additional $94.5 million in 2016 for the administration of foreclosure prevention programs. 

  Oregon Housing and Community Services administers Hardest Hit Fund programs through the Oregon Homeownership Stabilization Initiative (OHSI). To date, OHSI has provided more than $200 million in assistance to more than 12,000 homeowners. Performance reports for OHSI are available online

  OHSI customer service can be reached via email or by phone at 503-986-2025. OHSI partners with local housing nonprofits throughout the state to provide program delivery.

August 17, 2016

Central Christian to have preschool at local church

From Central Christian School, 

Second location will be at Highland Baptist

Spokesman files

Central Christian School is excited to announce that, beginning in the fall of 2016, the Central Christian Preschool will offer a second location for its half-day morning program.

The additional venue will be in the new children's wing of Highland Baptist Church. Thanks to the support of Highland Baptist and their partnership with Central Christian, families who value a Christ-centered education for their preschool-aged children can now choose between a half-day morning program at the Highland Baptist location, or half-day morning or afternoon or full day options at the Central Christian main campus, 2731 SW Airport Way. The programs at both locations will be otherwise identical.

For questions or more information, please contact Amy Fisher, 541-548-7803, at Central Christian School. Highland Baptist Church 3100 SW Highland Ave.

Aug. 17, 2016 Obituaries

Richard Duane Nordahl, of Redmond
Jan. 14, 1942 - Aug. 8, 2016

Arrangements: Autumn Funerals- REDMOND 541-504-9485
Services: 11:00 AM, Saturday, August 27, 2016, Memorial Service at City Center Four Square Church, 549 SW 8th Street, Redmond, Oregon.

Vicie Margaret Nagy, of Culver
Nov. 30, 1927 - Aug. 8, 2016

Arrangements: Arrangements entrusted to Redmond Memorial Chapel, 541-548-3219,
Services: Services were held at St. Thomas Catholic Church, Redmond, Oregon on Friday, August 12, 2016. Rosary was at 10:00 a.m. and Memorial Mass was held at 11:00 a.m.

Justin Lee Evans, of Redmond
May 17, 1988 - Aug. 8, 2016

Arrangements: Autumn Funerals- REDMOND 541-504-9485
Services: 10:00 Saturday, August 20, 2016-Memorial Service at the Living Hope Church at 25 NE "A" Street in Madras.

John Frank Kovenz, of Redmond
Dec. 25, 1925 - Aug. 6, 2016

Arrangements: Autumn Funerals- REDMOND 541-504-9485
Services: Final Resting at Willamette National Cemetery.

Carol Tanler Lands, of Redmond
Sept. 11, 1929 - Aug. 7, 2016

Arrangements: Autumn Funerals- REDMOND 541-504-9485

August 16, 2016

USFS dispatch center pending approval

From Heather Cassaro, City of Redmond,

City considers approval of new Forest Service Regional Dispatch Center 

On Tuesday, Aug. 16, Redmond City Council will consider approving a $2,654,000 contract with Griffin Construction, LLC for the construction of a new Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch Center (COIDC) at the Redmond Municipal Airport. The proposed 7,000 square facility is part of a twenty year lease agreement with the United States Forest Service, supporting their efforts to relocate the Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch Center (COIDC) to the Redmond Air Center at Redmond Municipal Airport (RDM).

The Forest Service’s COIDC provides dispatch support and coordination for all risk incidents for the Oregon Department of Forestry, BLM Prineville District, the Deschutes and Ochoco National Forests and the Crooked River National Grassland. They conduct over 1000 flight operations and disperse approximately a million gallons of fire retardant annually. The development of a new, centrally located dispatch center at the Redmond Airport will improve efficiency and safety of those operations as well as the agency’s ability to respond to risk incidents. 

“The City has had a successful 50+ year history with the U.S. Forest Service in the development of airport property,” states Redmond Airport Manager Zachary Bass. “We look forward to continuing that partnership for another twenty years as well as expanding the airport’s role in regional USFS firefighting efforts. Construction of the new dispatch center will make Redmond Air Center one of the largest USFS firefighting bases in the country.”

Since 2000, the City of Redmond (Redmond Airport) has invested $5 Million dollars in build-to-suit USFS facilities on Airport property. The cost and risk of building these facilities is offset by long term lease agreements. The City issued a 20 year Full Faith and Credit bond to finance the new COIDC facility in early 2016 in the amount of $2,500,000.00. The annual debt payment is $178,386.00 a year. The finalized lease with the Forest Service is for a guaranteed (cannot be terminated) twenty years at an annual rate of approximately $189,000, subject to final square footage verification as well the costs related to tenant improvements and other security requirements. The Forest Service has committed up to $150,000 towards additional tenant improvements, which is currently being negotiated. As it stands currently, the Airport will be providing $670,000 to fund the project.

The total project cost is currently estimated at $3,170,000.00.

“The Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch Center is an integral part of emergency operations in the region,” comments Mayor George Endicott. “During a recent visit to Redmond Municipal Airport, Governor Brown commended the level of interagency cooperation across our region. We are proud of the recognition, and will continue the tradition of collaborative partnerships.”

August 15, 2016

Free guided trail hike

From Friends and Neighbors of the Deschutes Canyon Area

Sand Ridge Trail Guided Hike to Steelhead Falls 

Saturday, August 20, 8:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Meet at Sand Ridge Trailhead

  Join Friends and Neighbors of the Deschutes Canyon Area on a moderate guided hike of about 2 miles that features beautiful Cascade views over the Deschutes River, unique geological formations and a visit to Steelhead Falls. Elevation change is approximately 600 feet. Bring plenty of water and wear good closed-toe hiking shoes. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED; get more information and sign up Call 541-771-3267 with questions.

FANs Mission Statement: We work to preserve and restore the wild landscapes of the Middle Deschutes and Lower Crooked Rivers and Lower Whychus Creek through stewardship, outreach and education.

August 14, 2016

Pursuit downtown ends with arrest

From Redmond Police Department,

Downtown pursuit ends in foot chase,
 suspect arrested lodged at Deschutes County jail

Redmond Police Department / Submitted photo
  On August 12th, 2016, at approximately 1616 hours, Officer from the Redmond Police Department, attempted to stop a black 1996 passenger car, bearing Oregon license plate WYR360, for expired registration. The vehicle failed to yield to officers and a pursuit was initiated. The vehicle traveled within the downtown corridor and on the bypass at speeds between 6 and 25 mph. Officers were able to successfully deploy spike strips in the area of SE Franklin St. and E Antler Ave. 
  The driver, Glen Carroll, exited his vehicle as it was traveling west in the CFN parking lot. After a short foot pursuit officers were able to apprehend him. During the stop officers located over ten grams of suspected Methamphetamine. The pursuit lasted approximately six minutes. Glen Carroll was arrested for the above mentioned crimes and lodged at the Deschutes County Jail.

  The Redmond Police Department is committed to making Redmond the safest community in Oregon. We encourage people to drive safely and follow all rules of the road. If you observe concerning driving behavior, please contact the Redmond Police Department for non-emergency and non-life threatening situations through the non-emergency dispatch number at (541) 693-6911. If the traffic offense is life threatening in nature, please call 911. 

  The Redmond Police Department would like to thank the Oregon State Police for their assistance with this investigation.

Shepherd's House receives funds

From The Shepherd's House,


  The Maybelle Clark Macdonald Fund has awarded $32,386.50 to The Shepherd's House to provide 15 new bunks (30 beds), mattresses and storage drawers for the homeless. 

  Curt Floski, Executive Director, said, "Homelessness, addiction, and mental health are huge issues here in Central Oregon. We are very thankful for this grant as it means that 30 men will be off the streets, have a safe bed each night, and have a new start toward dealing with drug addiction, alcoholism, mental health, and other issues that have led to homelessness."

  To make room for the new metal bunks, made locally in Central Oregon, The Shepherd's House removed 15 deteriorating wooden bunks, painted walls and ceilings, and installed new flooring. The new beds are metal with new mattresses and less prone to bugs. The 30 bed dorm will be less congested and safer.

  The Shepherd's House, founded in 2007 in Bend, provides shelter, counsel, food and support for people in need, and provides a safe community where homeless men and women with children address the life-controlling issues that perpetuate the long-term cycles of pain and homelessness.

  You can tour the new dorm during the remodel by contacting The Shepherd's House at 541-388-2096.

Whychus Creek restoration

From Upper Deschutes Watershed Council

Deschutes Land Trust, Upper Deschutes Watershed Council
 begin 6-mile Whychus Creek restoration  

Bend, OR — The Deschutes Land Trust and Upper Deschutes Watershed Council announced Aug. 8, the start of a massive stream restoration project at the Land Trust’s Whychus Canyon Preserve. Restoration will begin on the northernmost mile of Whychus Creek at the Preserve and will improve habitat in and around the creek for fish and wildlife.

  More than a mile of Whychus Creek will be completely transformed as part of the first phase a six-mile stream restoration project. Large earth moving equipment will remove berms that are holding the stream in its current straight alignment and then remove soil in places to promote the free movement of water across its historic floodplain. Large woody debris (like whole trees) will be added to create complex habitat for fish and wildlife. Then, this fall, more than 60,000 native trees, shrubs, wildflowers and grasses will be planted and seeded to provide stream shade, bank and floodplain stability, and habitat for wildlife.

  “It’s incredible to see a project in which so many have worked patiently for so many years finally come to fruition. The Land Trust has worked toward this day for over 15 years, by first acquiring and protecting the property, and now by being able to realize our long-term vision for Whychus Canyon Preserve. We couldn’t have done it without our many partners, funders and volunteers. We look forward to seeing wildlife return to the Preserve in abundance,” said Deschutes Land Trust executive director, Brad Chalfant.

  “Our long-term goal is to restore each of the 18 miles of Whychus Creek that was straightened in the 1960s so we can support health fish and wildlife in the area,” explained Ryan Houston, the Upper Deschutes Watershed Council’s executive director. “This outstanding project brings us one important step closer and illustrates how much can be accomplished when organizations, agencies, landowners and funders all put their energy into making positive change.”

  The restoration project was designed by a team of hydrologists and biologists from the Deschutes National Forest working in close coordination with private consultants and staff from the Watershed Council and Deschutes Land Trust. The implementation work in 2016 is part of a larger six-mile restoration project on Whychus Creek. Phase I, this initial work on 1.5 miles of Whychus Creek at Whychus Canyon Preserve, will occur this summer and run through the fall. Then, the project area will be left alone to rest, recover, and naturally evolve and growth. Phase II, which includes the portion of Whychus Creek upstream of Phase I, is planned for 2017 or 2018.To learn more about the restoration or take a restoration tour, please visit our restoration webpage.

  Primary funders of the project include: Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board, Pelton Round Butte Fund (Portland General Electric & the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs), Deschutes National Forest, Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, Laird Norton Family Foundation, Bonneville Environmental Foundation and East Cascade Audubon Society.

  The Deschutes Land Trust conserves land for wildlife, scenic views, and local communities. As Central Oregon’s only nationally-accredited and locally-based land trust, the Deschutes Land Trust has protected more than 8,750 acres since 1995. For more information on Deschutes Land Trust, contact us at (541) 330-0017 or visit

  The Upper Deschutes Watershed Council seeks to protect and restore the Deschutes River and its tributaries through collaborative projects in habitat restoration and community education. For more information on the Watershed Council, contact us at (541) 382-6103 or

August 13, 2016

'Chucks' to be auctioned

From Heather Cassaro, City of Redmond
City announces rock chuck sculpture auction,
Summer public art display to end

Spokesman photo

  On Thursday, August 18, from 5 – 7 p.m., the Redmond Committee for Art in Public Places will host a rock chuck sculpture auction, finding new homes for twenty handcrafted rock chuck sculptures transformed by local artists. The creative ‘Chucks’, as they are now called, have been on display at participating businesses throughout Redmond for the ‘Chucks in Public Places’ art installation since June 15. The auction is free to attend and will take place outside of Redmond City Hall, at 716 SW Evergreen Ave.

Redmond Rock Chuck Sculpture Auction
   Thursday, August 18, 2016
   5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
   Redmond City Hall – Outdoors on Evergreen
   716 SW Evergreen Ave.
   FREE to Attend

  The auction will bring together all twenty ‘Chucks’ for one final viewing before they are auctioned off, and will feature live music and no host bar/food by Dawg House. Proceeds from the auction will benefit future RCAPP programs. For more information on the event and/or to view RCAPP’s rock chuck sculpture gallery, please visit

The Redmond Committee for Art in Public Places was created on May 23, 2006 by City Ordinance No. 2006-08. Its purpose is to introduce art into select public locations and situations in order to create a unique sense of place and enhance community identity throughout Redmond.

August 12, 2016

Redmond July DUII Activity

From Redmond Police Department,

Redmond Police Department announce July DUII results,
 planned August enforcement

  The Redmond Police Department conducted three enhanced DUII enforcement patrols in July. During this effort, Redmond police put three additional officers on the road, funded by DUII grant funds. These three Officers worked a total of thirteen (13) hours resulting in approximately 35 traffic stops being conducted. No DUII arrests were made, and several traffic violation citations were issued.

  During the month of July, patrol officers working their regular shifts arrested thirteen (13) DUII drivers.

  Redmond police will continue enhanced DUII patrols throughout the remaining month of August. At least five enforcement efforts are planned throughout the month. Towards the end of the month of August, a nationwide seatbelt enforcement campaign is planned, as is enhanced DUII patrols leading up to Labor Day Weekend in September.

  The primary intent of these extra 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).