October 29, 2016

Spotted Frog settled

From Deschutes Basin Board of Control,


MADRAS, Ore. – Five central Oregon irrigation districts, the United States Bureau of Reclamation, and two environmental groups submitted to Judge Ann Aiken earlier today a settlement agreement intended to resolve two lawsuits related to the Oregon spotted frog. The settlement represents a science-based effort to improve Oregon spotted frog habitat in the Deschutes Basin, avoid adverse impacts to other species, and protect the rights and livelihoods of central Oregon communities, family farmers, and ranchers. The settlement agreement will not go into effect unless it is approved by Judge Aiken.

   WaterWatch of Oregon and the Center for Biological Diversity filed the lawsuits in late 2015 and early 2016, claiming that the operation of three reservoirs—Crane Prairie, Crescent, and Wickiup—harms the Oregon spotted frog, a species listed as “threatened” under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The lawsuits created significant uncertainty for farm and ranch families, and those who rely on the irrigation districts for water supplies stored in these three reservoirs.

   Earlier this year, Judge Aiken denied a request by the environmental groups to order immediate changes to reservoir operations. Those changes would have resulted in abrupt and severe restrictions on reservoir operations and disrupted water supplies to thousands of families throughout the Deschutes Basin. Judge Aiken also ordered the parties to participate in settlement discussions. Those discussions, which began on June 1, 2016, ultimately resulted in the settlement agreement submitted to the court today.

   Under the settlement agreement, the irrigation districts would modify the operations of the reservoirs, with the goal of improving habitat for Oregon spotted frogs in and downstream from the reservoirs. The irrigation districts voluntarily implemented many of these changes over the past year, and would formally commit to them under the settlement. In addition to the already-implemented changes, the irrigation districts would ensure a minimum instream flow in the Upper Deschutes River of 100 cubic feet per second (cfs) between mid-September and the end of March—an increase compared to some years in which minimum instream flows during certain periods were closer to 20 cfs.

   The Bureau of Reclamation would commit to using its best efforts to fulfill its obligations under the ESA related to the Oregon spotted frog by July 2017, including completing its consultation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service regarding the potential effects of federal actions related to reservoir operations on the Oregon spotted frog. The Bureau of Reclamation initiated the consultation process in September 2015.

   Under the settlement, in exchange for the commitments by the irrigation districts and the Bureau of Reclamation, the environmental groups’ lawsuits would be dismissed. And so long as the settlement is in effect, the groups would agree not to pursue the ESA claims raised in their complaints against the Bureau of Reclamation or the irrigation districts.

   “The settlement agreement demonstrates that collaborative, science-based solutions can be achieved when all parties work together,” said Mike Britton, president of the Deschutes Basin Board of Control, which is made up of eight central Oregon irrigation districts, including those involved in the lawsuits. “This collaborative approach has proven successful in our region, and results in better outcomes than confrontation. The Deschutes Basin Board of Control would like to thank its local partners for their continued support and insights while the lawsuits were pending and as implementation of the settlement agreement moves forward.”

   Although the settlement agreement is a step in the right direction, the irrigation districts recognize that it does not permanently resolve potential concerns related to the reservoirs’ impacts on the Oregon spotted frog or provide long-term liability protection to the districts. The irrigation districts and their partners remain committed to completing a multi-species habitat conservation plan (HCP), which represents a proactive, collaborative approach to balance fish and wildlife conservation with water use in the Deschutes Basin through innovative, science-based solutions. The HCP, once approved, will result in long-term benefits to the Oregon spotted frog, bull trout, steelhead, and other fish and wildlife species, the region’s water resources, and the social and economic health of communities. The HCP will also provide ESA-related liability protection to the districts.

About the DBBC:
   The Deschutes Basin Board of Control is made up of eight irrigation districts in Oregon’s Deschutes Basin. The districts supply water throughout the Deschutes Basin to 8,700 patrons across 155,662 acres. The districts work in partnership with conservation groups and local, state and federal agencies to increase instream flows in rivers and creeks, while improving fisheries passage and ecologically important habitat. Since 2000, the districts have increased instream flows by nearly 80,000 acre-feet in the Deschutes River, Little Deschutes River, Ochoco Creek, Whychus Creek, Tumalo Creek and Crescent Creek, benefitting salmon, steelhead, bull trout, Oregon spotted frog and other species. For more information on the irrigation districts and their conservation efforts, visit dbbcirrigation.com.

October 27, 2016

Local farm hosts Great Potato Harvest

From Rainshadow Organics

Rainshadow Organics, Sisters School District partner for 'Great Potato Harvest'

   Rainshadow Organics and Sisters students are teaming up to get locally grown, organic food into the Central Oregon community. Rainshadow has donated 20 tons of potatoes as a fundraiser for the Interdisciplinary Environmental Education (I.E.E) Program at Sisters High School.

   I.E.E. helps students get first hand experience in project-based learning for several disciplines including science, language arts and physical education. The course is composed of a community of learners working together to gain a balanced, in-depth understanding of the world around them.

   This year represents Rainshadow Organics 4th Annual Great Potato Harvest. In the past, community members have been able to come to their farm and help harvest the potatoes - this year it’s being run a bit differently. Sisters High School students in both the Agriculture class and I.E.E. will go on a farm tour led by Seed to Table, participate in farm based science activities and learn what it means to be a farmer by helping harvest the potatoes.

   The potatoes students harvest will be packed into 50 pound boxes and sold to raise funds for clothing and gear for the I.E.E. program. Community members can purchase 50 pound boxes of potatoes for $50 (that’s $1 a pound) on Friday, October 28th from 3:30-7 in the Sisters High School Parking lot. 

   “We have so many potatoes we are asking 800 families to swing into action and buy a 50-pound box of organic potatoes at a wholesale price of $50,” says Rainshadow Organics owner Sarahlee Lawrence. “If students sell all the potatoes, IEE could get upwards $20,000 for their program! Help them meet their goal!”

   At the sale, there will be hot drinks provided by Sisters Coffee Company and chili from Willow Camp Catering. Also, Benji Nagel and friends will be playing music!
   Worried you won’t be able to go through 50 pounds of potatoes? Potatoes will keep in a cool, dry place for a few months. Or find a friend, neighbor, or colleague and share a box with them - what a way to build community. You can also buy a box and donate it directly to Neighbor Impact, which I.E.E. will facilitate.

   “A family can quickly go through a 50 pound box by Christmas,” says Seed to Table coordinator Audrey Tehan. “Thanksgiving mashed potatoes and Christmas roasters will be the best tasting yet!”

   The potatoes that will be for sale are heirloom, organic varieties. Viking Purple potatoes are a purple skin, white-fleshed potato that is particularly outstanding as a masher with incredible fluffiness. They hold together great in soups and stews. 

   They roast, bake, and boil splendidly. Their skins hold their color and are full of nutrients. Desiree potatoes, the #1 gourmet potato in Europe is a light red skin and yellow flesh, it has a distinctive flavor and is a versatile, fairly waxy variety which is firm and holds its shape, and is useful for all methods of cooking, from roasting to mashing and salads.

   "Load up your car, give them as gifts, donate them to your church,” Lawrence. “Storage is our biggest challenge, so we are hoping to have one big ‘potato sale day’ and everyone can take them home and enjoy!”

For more information check out www.rainshadoworganics.com or call 541-279-0841.

Performance planned at new theater

From Redmond Proficiency Academy,

RPA opens new theater, Shakespeare fall performance - 'A Midsummer Night’s Dream'
October 28th & 29th at 7:00 p.m. 
November 3rd, 4th & 5th at 7:00 p.m.
McClay Performing Arts Center, 640 SW Evergreen Ave.

   On Thursday and Friday, October 28 and 29 at 7:00 p.m., the Redmond Proficiency Academy will open its new theater in the McClay Building at 640 SW Evergreen Avenue, Redmond with a production of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The play will continue its run November 3-5, with all shows starting at 7:00 p.m. This is the inaugural show for the space, as well as RPA’s first ever Shakespearean production. 

   “What makes our production memorable is that the imagery and music are inspired by locations and lifestyles in Central Oregon, such as the mountains, the hiking props, and the beautiful indie rock soundtrack,” said RPA junior Madelyn Stacy. “Although the original text remains, it makes for a fresh contrast with the modern setting.”

   The play and space are unique to RPA. “We are staying true to Shakespeare’s script, but making it our own and easily accessible to those new to the Bard. In true Oregonian spirit, we have transformed the setting to Central Oregon due to the magic of the mountains,” said Theatre Director Kate Torcom. “If you’re going to find magic and fairies around here, it’s likely off of Cascade Lakes Highway.”

   Due to the unique nature of the performance space, RPA highly recommends that audience members acquire tickets prior to attending the show. “It’s not your classic high school auditorium, it’s an exposed brick black box theater that’s reminiscent of professional playhouses in Chicago,” said Torcom of the McClay performance space. Tickets can be purchased at rpatheatre.ticketleap.com. Limited tickets will be available at the door. General admission is $5, and student admission is $2.

Oct. 26, 2016 Obituaries

Ronald D. Wetzel, of Redmond
Mar. 26, 1936 - Oct. 16, 2016

Arrangements: Autumn Funerals- REDMOND www.autumnfunerals.net 541-504-9485
Services: Sat., Nov. 12, 2016, at 11:00am at Zion Lutheran Church, 1113 SW Black Butte Blvd., Redmond, OR.
Contributions may be made to: Kiwanis Club of Redmond, PO Box 253, Redmond, OR; Zion Lutheran Church, 1113 SW Black Butte Blvd., Redmond, OR; or Partners In Care, 2075 NE Wyatt Ct., Bend, OR.

Byren W. Dahlen, of Redmond
May 10, 1943 - Oct. 13, 2016

Arrangements: Autumn Funerals- REDMOND www.autumnfunerals.net 541-504-9485
Services: Private Family Gathering to be Held at a Later Date.
Contributions may be made to: Brightside Animal Center, 1355 NE Hemlock Ave., Redmond, OR; http://brightsideanimals.org/donations/, St. Vincent De Paul, 1616 SW Veterans Way, Redmond, Or. 97756, or other charity of Choice.

R. Jewel Peninger, of Redmond
Dec. 15, 1930 - Oct. 15, 2016

Arrangements: Autumn Funeral Home, Bend. 541-318-0842 www.autumnfunerals.net
Services: Service will be held on Sat., Oct. 29, 2016, at 1:00 p.m., at Smith Rock Community Church, 8344 11th St., Terrebonne, OR.

Bjarne Holm, of Sisters
Aug. 2, 1946 - Oct. 9, 2016

Arrangements: Autumn Funerals, Bend 541-318-0842 www.autumnfunerals.net
Services: No services will be held at this time.

Norman David Brewer, of Redmond
April 8, 1957 - Oct. 18, 2016

Arrangements: Redmond Memorial Chapel, 541-548-3219, redmondmemorial.com

500-kilowatt solar project started up at COCC

From Central Oregon Community College:

Installation of Central Oregon Community College’s (COCC) half megawatt solar array at the school’s Redmond campus is now complete and went live today (Thursday, Oct. 27). The College and its partners celebrated the milestone with an event that included remarks from US Senator Ron Wyden.
The array, funded through a power purchase agreement with Sunlight Solar Energy and IGS Solar, and with grants from Energy Trust of Oregon and Pacific Power’s Blue Sky Energy Program, comes 10 years following approval of a student referendum to increase student fees to purchase clean energy from Blue Sky and increase awareness about sustainable energy in the community. The new solar array underscores COCC’s efforts to increase sustainability on its campuses and is expected to meet approximately 90 percent of the annual energy needs for the Redmond campus.
Four newly-installed kiosks at the school will display real-time solar energy generation, highlighting equivalent environmental benefits such as gallons of gasoline saved, trees planted, and pounds of carbon dioxide emissions reduced. The kiosks will serve as a learning tool for students enrolled in clean energy education programs and points of interest for public tours of the facility.
“Central Oregon Community College continues to be a leader in sustainability and the clean energy movement,” said Dr. Shirley I. Metcalf, president of COCC. “Our students were the first in the nation to vote to fund purchasing renewable energy, and we are now proud to be operating one of the largest solar arrays in the state. It is a commitment of our Board and of our College to be good stewards of our resources,” she said.
COCC partnered with Ohio-based IGS Solar, a turn-key commercial and residential solar provider, to finance the array, and Sunlight Solar Energy Inc. of Bend for the installation. Patrick Smith, vice president of IGS Solar said, “We’re glad to help bring solar energy to COCC’s Redmond campus, and support them in their mission to better control their long-term energy costs.” 
COCC’s half megawatt array was built on 3.19 acres and consists of 1,566 SolarWorld panels (manufactured in Hillsboro) and 15 SMA inverters (manufactured in Colorado). Paul Israel, president of Sunlight Solar Energy Inc. states, “It was important to us to utilize USA made products and local labor. Doing so ensures that this project benefits our economy in Oregon and nationally. Sunlight Solar is proud to be part of a project that will benefit Oregon today and for generations to come.” The COCC project is the second large scale commercial project completed by Sunlight Solar this year in Central Oregon. The first was a 200 kW community solar farm for Central Electric Cooperative, completed in January. 
The solar array, which is located next to Building 3 in the northeast corner of the campus, went live during a public ceremony held on at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 27.

About Central Oregon Community College
Central Oregon Community College, the oldest two-year college in Oregon, provides comprehensive college services to the residents of its 10,000-square-mile district. The College's main campus is located on the western edge of Bend. The Redmond Campus is located 20 miles north on 25 acres near the Redmond Municipal Airport. For more information, call 541 383-7700 or visit cocc.edu.

About IGS Solar
IGS Solara turn-key commercial and residential solar provider with over $100 million in solar assets under development, provides homes, businesses and communities with an opportunity to participate in creating a sustainable energy future with no upfront investments. As an affiliate of IGS Energy, IGS Solar is dedicated to delivering innovative solar energy solutions. For more information, call 866 801-9928 or visit IGSsolarpower.com. Connect with IGS Solar at linkedin.com/company/igs-solar.
communities with an opportunity to participate in creating a sustainable energy future with no upfront investment. provides homes, businesses, and communities with an in About Sunlight Solar Energy Inc.
Sunlight Solar Energy Inc. is a 25 year old local company specializing in the installation of residential and commercial solar electric systems with offices in Bend and Portland.  The company is dedicated to educating its customers and empowering them to make intelligent buying decisions. For more information regarding Sunlight Solar Energy Inc. visit their website at www.sunlightsolar.com or call 541 322-1910.

About Energy Trust of Oregon:
Energy Trust of Oregon is an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to helping utility customers benefit from saving energy and generating renewable power. Our services, cash incentives and energy solutions have helped participating customers of Portland General Electric, Pacific Power, NW Natural and Cascade Natural Gas save $2.3 billion on energy bills. Our work helps keep energy costs as low as possible, creates jobs and builds a sustainable energy future. Learn more atwww.energytrust.org or call 1-866-368-7878.

October 26, 2016

Police: Redmond man arrested after car, foot chase

From Redmond Police:
Nature of Incident: Vehicle pursuit
Case# 16-320035

Date/Time of Incident: October 26th, 2016 4:39 AM
Location of Incident: SW 6th St & SW Evergreen Ave (Redmond)
Arrested Person(s): Jalen W. Miller 22 yrs. old, Redmond.

At approximately 0439 hrs. an Officer initiated a traffic stop with a silver Honda Accord in the area of SW 6th St & SW Evergreen Ave (Redmond) for an expired registration. The car did not stop and a pursuit was initiated.

The pursuit continued into the NW area of Redmond where the Officer lost the car. A short time later, Officers located the car in the area of NW 7th St & NW Jackpine Ct., but the driver fled on foot and was not immediately located.

A perimeter was established and a Redmond Police K9 team was called into conduct an area search / track. During the search, a Deschutes County Sheriff’s Deputy spotted a male running in the area. Several subsequent 911 calls in regard to a man on the roof of a residence led to a short foot pursuit and apprehension of the suspected driver, Jalen Miller.

Evidence in the car showed Miller was the driver of the car. Also found in the car was suspected stolen property, drugs and drug paraphernalia.

Miller was transported to the Redmond St. Charles Medical Center for evaluation and treatment of minor injuries received from jumping from the roof of the residence. Miller was later lodged into the Deschutes County jail for felony & misdemeanor elude, driving while misdemeanor suspended, reckless driving, possession of methamphetamine and heroin, criminal mischief II, interfering with a Police Officer and criminal trespass.

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

Six arrested in meth investigation

From Deschutes County Sheriff:
Date of incident: 10/26/1610/26/16 
Time: 1:30 p.m.1:3!0 p.m. 

Location: 3350 SW Indian Place 
Redmond, Oregon 

Arrested Person #1: Fletcher, Eric age: 21 
Redmond, Oregon 

Charges: Parole Violation, No bail 
Frequenting a Place where Controlled Substances are used 

Arrested Person #2: Fraser, Clay age: 41 Redmond, Oregon 

Charges: Felon in Possession of a Firearm 
Unlawful Manufacture of Methamphetamine 
Unlawful Delivery of Methamphetamine 
Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine 
Possession of a restricted weapon 

Arrested Person #3 Gould, Brittnee Age:26 
Redmond, Or. 

Charges: (2) Out of County Warrants 
Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine 
Unlawful Delivery of Methamphetamine 
Frequenting a Place where Controlled Substances are used 

Arrested Person #4 Harlan, Laura Age:35 
Redmond, Or. 

Charges: Unlawful Possession of Schedule I, prescription medication 
Frequenting a Place where Controlled Substances are used 
Felon in Possession of a restricted Weapon 

Arrested Person #5 Sommerset, Kenneth Age:29 
Redmond, Or. 

Charges: Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine 
Unlawful Delivery of Methamphetamine 
Frequenting a Place where Controlled Substances are used 
Parole Violation 

Arrested Person #6 Cheney, Joshua Age:26 
Redmond, Or. 

Charges: Unlawful Possession of Heroin (Cited in lieu of custody) 


On 10/25/16, Detectives with the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Street Crimes Unit and the Central Oregon Drug Enforcement (CODE) Team served a search warrant at 3350 SW Indian Place in Redmond. This residence was the focus of an investigation into the sale and delivery of controlled substances and stolen property. 

Deputies from the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Special Operations Team, officers from the Redmond Police Department Street Crimes team and Deschutes County Parole and Probation officers also assisted in the service of the warrant. 

Upon entering the residence, Detectives encountered six subjects inside. Evidence of the Possession, Delivery and the Manufacture of Methamphetamine were located inside the residence. A short barreled shotgun was located in Fraser's bedroom, as well as a collapsible baton. Harlan is a convicted felon and was found to be in possession of a restricted knife. 

Fletcher was arrested and lodged at the Deschutes County Adult Jail on the following charges: Parole Violation, Frequenting a Place where Controlled Substances are used 

Fraser was arrested and lodged at the Deschutes County Adult Jail on the following charges: Felon in Possession of a Firearm 
Unlawful Manufacture of Methamphetamine 
Unlawful Delivery of Methamphetamine 
Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine 

Gould was arrested and lodged at the Deschutes County Adult Jail on the following charges: (2) Out of County Warrants 
Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine 
Unlawful Delivery of Methamphetamine 
Frequenting a Place where Controlled Substances are used 

Harlan was arrested and lodged at the Deschutes County Adult Jail on the following charges: 
Unlawful Possession of Schedule I, prescription medication 
Frequenting a Place where Controlled Substances are used Felon in Possession of a restricted Weapon 

Sommerset was arrested and lodged at the Deschutes County Adult Jail on the following charges: 
Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine 
Unlawful Delivery of Methamphetamine 
Frequenting a Place where Controlled Substances are used 
Parole Violation 

Joshua Cheney was cited in lieu of custody for Unlawful Possession of Heroin. 

The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Street Crimes Unit focuses enforcement on street level drug cases and quality of life issues connected to property crimes, throughout Deschutes County.

October 24, 2016

RPA participates in Oregon College Week

From Redmond Proficiency Academy, 

Redmond Proficiency Academy to Participate in Statewide Oregon College Week

College Application Week at RPA is October 24-28

   The Redmond Proficiency Academy will join more than 100 high schools and community-based organizations around the state in hosting Oregon College Application Week events on October 24-October 28, 2016. The goal of the week is to assist all seniors as they apply to some type of postsecondary educational option, including certificate programs, two-year degree programs, and four-year degree programs. This is RPA’s second year participating in the Statewide event.

   During College Application Week, students at the Redmond Proficiency Academy will participate in a variety of college awareness activities, including applying to colleges and trade schools. With the help of school and community volunteers, seniors will complete college applications, with the goal of 75% of the senior class submitting applications by the end of the week.

   "We are excited to provide our seniors with individualized support to apply to schools for the second year,” said high school counselor Kim Downey. “The college application process can be overwhelming, especially for families who have not experienced it before. Personalizing the process with students and completing the applicatons here on campus opens up a pathway for his or her future that might not have been considered before.”

   RPA is welcoming community volunteers and support during the week. Interested volunteers should contact the College & Career Center at 541.526.0882.

   Oregon College Application Week is a statewide initiative coordinated by Oregon GEAR UP, in collaboration with a steering committee representing the K-12 community, community-based organizations, and all sectors of Oregon’s higher education system. It is a participating program of the American Council on Education’s American College Application Campaign. For more information visit http://www.oregongoestocollege.org.

About Redmond Proficiency Academy:
The Redmond Proficiency Academy (RPA) is a public charter school operating in the Redmond School District. In its eighth year of operation, RPA serves nearly 840 students in grades 6-12. Students come to RPA from throughout Central Oregon. Using a proficiency-based instructional model in a personalized school environment, RPA strives to prepare all students for success in college and life.

October 21, 2016

Pacific Power awarded for 'green' work

From Pacific Power,

Pacific Power receives Award in Green Power Market Development from Center for Resource Solutions

SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- Pacific Power, Oct. 17, earned national recognition for its ongoing commitment to advance renewable energy as part of the 2016 Green Power Leadership Awards sponsored by the Center for Resource Solutions and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

   The Green Power Leadership Award in Green Power Market Development is a national award that recognizes organizations and individuals building and growing the voluntary market for green power. It was presented at a ceremony during Renewable Energy Markets 2016 in San Francisco, CA, an annual clean energy conference.

   The leadership award recognizes Pacific Power for pioneering a market-leading approach that leverages the nationally recognized Green-e Energy certified Blue Sky Usage & Habitat products to help more renewable projects get off the ground in Oregon. Specifically, the strategy was integral to the development of the Huntington Wind Project, a 50 megawatt plant in eastern Oregon and Blue Basin Power, a 1 megawatt facility near Klamath Falls, Ore.

   "Our customers are the inspiration for this innovative approach," said Cory Scott, Pacific Power's director of customer solutions. "We look forward to growing this program as an important part of an increasingly diverse set of renewable options for customers."

   "We are pleased to award Pacific Power with a 2016 Green Power Leadership Award for the company's innovative Blue Sky Program," said CRS Executive Director Jennifer Martin, "which helps drive new development of clean energy generation and can serve as a model for new projects throughout the country.

   CRS also recognizes market leadership through three other awards: International Green Power Market Development recognizes organizations and individuals who are building markets or demonstrating leadership in green power procurement outside North America, Leadership in Green Power Education recognizes effective and unique programs and organizations focusing on green power education, and Green Power Leader of the Year is a "lifetime achievement" award that acknowledges continuous achievement, vision, and dedication to renewable energy. An independent selection committee reviews the nominations and determines the winners.

About Blue Sky:
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory has ranked Blue Sky fifth or better in the nation for the 11th consecutive year in the number of customers buying renewable power. The Blue Sky Block, Usage and Habitat products are Green-e Energy certified. About 59,000 Pacific Power customers currently participate in the Blue Sky program across Oregon, Washington and California. For more information, visit www.pacificpower.net/bluesky.

About Pacific Power:
Pacific Power provides electric service to more than 740,000 customers in Oregon, Washington and California. The company works to meet growing energy demand while protecting and enhancing the environment. Pacific Power is part of PacifiCorp, one of the lowest-cost electricity providers in the United States, with almost 1.8 million customers in six western states. Information about Pacific Power is available on the company's website, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube pages, which can be accessed via pacificpower.net.

About the Green Power Leadership Awards:
The annual Green Power Leadership Awards (GPLAs) are competitive awards that recognize outstanding commitments and achievements in the green power marketplace. By choosing green power instead of conventional electricity, consumers, businesses, and organizations can support increased deployment of renewable energy technologies that will reduce the environmental impact of electricity generation and increase energy security. The GPLAs are presented by the nonprofit Center for Resource Solutions and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The Awards recognize outstanding commitments and achievements in the green power marketplace. They are presented at the annual Renewable Energy Markets conference. For more information, visitwww.greenpowerleadershipawards.com.

October 20, 2016

Local food banks recieve almost 10,000 pounds of food

From High Desert Food and Farm Alliance

9,236 pounds of local food collected for Central Oregon food banks

Submitted photo

   Central Oregon. In the last two weeks, over 40 volunteers combed the fields of Juniper Jungle Farm gleaning over two tons of corn and potatoes. These efforts culminated in the High Desert Food and Farm Alliance’s Grow and Give program donating 9,236 pounds of local produce to NeighborImpact and the 43 food pantries that they service.

   HDFFA didn’t accomplish this alone: the Redmond and Madras farmers markets hosted the Grow & Give program all summer; the existing non-profit, Seed to Table, planted, grew, harvested and donated over 2,000 pounds of fresh produce; and HDFFA implemented and hosted Grow & Give booths at both the NW Crossing and downtown Bend farmers markets.

   These combined efforts resulted in not only reaching our 8,000 pound goal but exceeding it by 1,236 pounds. Carly Sanders, NeighborImpact Food Bank Manager stated that, “Fresh, local food donations allow our partner agencies and the clients they serve, access to a greater assortment of produce that might not be otherwise available through current food purchasing means. The food is fresher, goes out to service sites quickly, and therefore provides highly nutritious options for Central Oregonians in need – and tastes great, too!”

   We want to thank the Cow Creek Umpqua Indian Foundation and the Schwemm Family Foundation for their generous support of our 2016 Grow and Give program, the 13 farmers that donated excess produce at the end of the market day, consumers who purchased extra produce at a local market and donated it to our efforts, and of course our incredible volunteers.

   Jess Weiland, HDFFA Food and Farm Director, adds that, “The Grow and Give program mitigates food waste, gives gardeners and farmers a chance to grow and donate extra produce, and increases awareness of food access issues in our community.”

   The High Desert Food & Farm Alliance is a 501(c)3 non-profit serving Crook, Deschutes and Jefferson Counties. Our organization’s mission is to support a community-based food system in Central Oregon by increasing access to fresh healthy food, supporting sustainable farm land use and fostering relationships among farmers and consumers. HDFFA is passionate about the importance healthy eating which includes giving food bank recipients the option to choose fresh, local produce as much as possible.

   For additional information visit www.hdffa.org.

Submitted photo

Lincoln City man killed in motor home crash north of Redmond

From Oregon State Police:
The driver of the motorhome was identified as Samuel L BURKE, age 68, of Lincoln City. The passenger and wife of the driver was identified as Kathleen H BURKE, age 58, of Licoln City. 

***End Release*** 

Previous Release: 
On October 19, 2016 at about 6:30 p.m., OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a single vehicle motorhome crash on Highway 97 near milepost 118 (north of Redmond). 

Preliminary investigation revealed a 36 foot motorhome was traveling southbound on Highway 97 when it crossed the northbound lanes of travel and off the east side of the highway. The motorhome left the roadway, traveled over 500 feet, crashing through several fences and trees before coming to a stop. 

The driver and passenger were taken to St Charles Redmond where the driver died of his injuries. OSP was assisted by the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office, Redmond Police Department, Oregon Department of Transportation and Redmond Fire and Rescue. 

Names of the involved will be released pending next of kin notification. More information will be released as it becomes available.

October 19, 2016

Fire season is over


   The end of the 2016 fire season caps off a successful summer following three tumultuous seasons. The Oregon Department of Forestry, which protects roughly 16 million acres of private, state and federal lands, officially ended fire season Friday, Oct. 14, with the Central Oregon District being the last to lift restrictions. 

   ODF and its fire protective association partners suppressed 807 fires in 2016 that burned 5,554 acres and cost about $17.4 million. In comparison, the volatile fire seasons from 2013-2015 accounted for an annual average of 81,467 acres and about $88 million in fire suppression costs. 

   "Overall, we are pleased with the outcome of the 2016 fire season," said ODF Fire Protection Deputy Chief Ron Graham. "Thanks to aggressive and safe firefighting, we were able to keep several fires with great potential small in scale while keeping firefighter injuries to a minimum. We are thankful for our partners within Oregon's complete and coordinated fire protection system, including forest landowners, rural fire districts, and federal and state partners that played key roles throughout the fire season." 

   While acres burned were significantly less than normal, the number of human-caused fires was well above average. ODF's fire statistics show that more than 90 percent of the ignitions in 2016 resulted from people, up nearly 25 percent from the average. Graham said there is still a lot of work to be done through prevention. 

   "Fire prevention remains our top priority," he said. "Human-caused fires, especially debris burning and illegal, abandoned campfires continue to raise concern. We are constantly looking for new ways to raise awareness to reduce these unnecessary and careless fires." 

   The end of fire season does not mean the end of fire prevention. The public is urged to continue to practice vigilance with any activity associated with fire. When burning yard debris, do so during daylight hours under calm conditions. Scrape a fire trail down to mineral soil completely around burn piles. Keep piles small and manageable, feeding the fire periodically from larger piles. Monitor the burn carefully and keep a shovel and charged garden hose at the ready. 

   Just like a campfire, never leave the burn pile unattended and put the fire completely out before leaving. Revisit the burn site regularly over several weeks to make sure the fire has not rekindled. 

   Burn piles, especially tightly compacted piles, can hold heat and smolder for many weeks, rekindling when the temperature goes up and the wind blows. Residents should contact their local fire department before conducting any burning as restrictions vary among local fire districts. 

   Fire season is declared and terminated on a district-by-district basis based on fire danger conditions. Walker Range Fire Patrol, which provides protection for ODF near Crescent, was the first to declare fire season on June 1. 

   Below is a list of ODF Fire Protection Districts and their fire season start and end dates: 

- Walker Range Fire Patrol Association June 1-Oct. 13 
- Central Oregon District June 3-Oct. 14 
- Klamath-Lake District June 3-Oct. 13 
- Southwest Oregon District June 3-Oct. 13 
- Douglas Forest Protective Association June 8-Oct. 5 
- Coos Forest Protective Association June 24-Oct. 6 
- Northeast Oregon District June 28-Oct. 13 
- South Cascade District June 28-Oct. 5 
- Western Lane District June 28-Oct. 6 
- North Cascade District June 30-Oct. 1 
- West Oregon District July 5-Oct. 4 
- Northwest Oregon District July 30-Oct. 4

October 5, 12, 19 2016 Obituaries


Dr. Freeman “Art” Arthur Proctor, Jr., of Powell ButteSept. 29, 1930-Sept. 18, 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 guest book.
Services: A Memorial Service will be held on Sat. Oct. 15, 2016, at 1:00 p.m., at Powell Butte Christian Church, located at 13720 OR-126, in Powell Butte.
Contributions may be made to: Partners In Care, 2075 NE Wyatt Ct., Bend, OR 97701,www.partnersbend.org.

James “Jim” Stephen Laughlin, of CulverApril 26, 1953 - Sept. 26, 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 guest book.
Services: A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, Oct. 8 at 1:00 p.m., at The Desert Inn located at 385 Jefferson Ave., Metolius, Oregon.
Contributions may be made to: Partners In Care, 2075 NE Wyatt Ct., Bend OR 97701, www.partnersbend.org

Susan "Susy" Diane Valk, of MadrasFeb. 11, 1950 - Sept. 25, 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 guest book.
Services: Sister in the Lord Departing Celebration
was held Monday Oct. 3, 1:00PM at New Life Fellowship, Madras.
Contributions may be made to: Hospice of Redmond

Francis “Arkie” Dacus, of RedmondNov. 12, 1932 - Sept. 29, 2016
Arrangements: Autumn Funerals- REDMOND, www.autumnfunerals.net, 541-504-9485Services: No Services at this time.


​Gracie Irene Dunagan, of Bend, RedmondJan. 2, 1923 - Oct. 5, 2016
Arrangements: Redmond Memorial Chapel www.redmondmemorial.com ; 541.548.3219Services: A Family Memorial Graveside Service Will Be Planned for a Later Date.

Carolyn Livon Ingram, of RedmondApril 4, 1928 - Sept. 30, 2016
Arrangements: Autumn Funerals- REDMOND www.autumnfunerals.net 541-504-9485Services: Services at a later date in Washington.

Rebecca Fay Thorstad, of RedmondJune 8, 1937 - Oct. 3, 2016
Arrangements: Autumn Funerals- REDMOND www.autumnfunerals.net 541-504-9485Services: Services at a later date.

Rebecca Fay Thorstad, of RedmondJune 8, 1937 - Oct. 3, 2016
Arrangements: Autumn Funerals- REDMOND www.autumnfunerals.net 541-504-9485Services: Services at a later date.

Alvin Leroy LaChance, of RedmondFeb. 8, 1931 - Oct. 1, 2 016
Arrangements: Autumn Funerals- REDMOND www.autumnfunerals.net 541-504-9485Services: No services at this time.

Phyllis Elva Oliver, of RedmondOct. 11, 1927 - Oct. 5, 2016
Arrangements: Autumn Funerals- REDMOND www.autumnfunerals.net 541-504-9485


William George Cokenour, of Powell ButteMar. 3, 1940 - Oct. 10, 2016
Arrangements: Juniper Ridge Funeral Home, 541-362-5606Services: A family graveside service was held at 2:00 PM on Monday, October 17, 2016 at Pilgrim’s Rest Powell Butte Cemetery on Reif Road. A memorial service will be at a later date

Ronald "Ron" Settlemyer, of Powell ButteSept. 22, 1936 - Oct. 13, 2016
Arrangements: Whispering Pines Funeral Home, 541-416-9733Services: A private family graveside service will be held on Saturday October 22, 2016at Juniper Haven Cemetery.

Linda May Axsom, of MadrasMar. 23, 1962 - Oct. 14, 2016
Arrangements: Autumn Funerals- REDMOND www.autumnfunerals.net 541-504-9485Services: No services at this time.

Donald R. LaMarche, of RedmondOct. 17, 1935 - Oct. 9, 2016
Arrangements: Autumn Funerals- REDMOND www.autumnfunerals.net 541-504-9485Services: No services at this time.

Aubrey William "Bill" Jones, of PrinevilleNov. 27, 1962 - Oct. 6, 2016
Arrangements: Autumn Funerals- REDMOND www.autumnfunerals.net 541-504-9485

Artice J. Allen, of Powell Butte
Dec. 19, 1927 - Sept. 30, 2016
Arrangements: Juniper Ridge Funeral Home, 541-362-5606

October 18, 2016

Local real estate service celebrates 20th anniversary

From Compass Commercial Real Estate services,

Compass Commercial 20-year celebration supports two organizations serving Central Oregon’s homeless

   Compass Commercial, Central Oregon’s premier commercial real estate services firm commemorated its 20-year anniversary at an event last month, gathering over 175 members of the Central Oregon business community including longtime clients, civic partner organizations and vendors to help raise awareness and funds in support of two nonprofits serving the needs of Central Oregon’s homeless families.

   Bethlehem Inn and Shepherd’s House Ministries were co-recipients of a $5,000 contribution made by Compass Commercial and nearly $7,000 raised through on-line donations and during the event’s silent auction, held at the new Tetherow pavilion, Sept. 29.

   The event was supported through in-kind donations from 10 Barrel Brewing, Boneyard Beer, Crater Lake Spirits, Bend Magazine and Willamette Valley Vineyards, and included generous silent auction donations from Breedlove Guitars, French Market, Brickhouse, The Blacksmith Restaurant, Willamette Valley Vineyards and The Friedman Family.

   “We wanted to do something special to thank our clients and the greater business community for giving us the opportunity to serve their commercial real estate needs over the last 20 years,” said Pat Kesgard, CCIM, president of Compass Commercial. “We felt our milestone anniversary provided an appropriate time to share the mission of two organizations serving the growing needs of homeless families in our community.”

   Since its founding in 1996, Compass Commercial has encouraged volunteerism and financial support of community organizations as part of the company culture. Partners Steve Toomey, CCIM and Howard Friedman, CCIM serve on the boards of Shepherd’s House Ministries and Bethlehem Inn respectively and were instrumental in bringing the two organizations’ missions to the attention of the Compass Commercial leadership team. As a result, Compass Commercial committed $15,000 in support of the two organizations over the next three years.

   “Bethlehem Inn is currently focused on improving their long-term facility issues,” said Friedman. “As a volunteer food preparer and server at the Inn, I’ve seen how lives are affected and supported by Bethlehem Inn. It was important to me and to Compass to shed light on the challenges faced by the organization and the increasing needs of the families they serve.”

   Bethlehem Inn is currently housed in an old motel that was not designed to accommodate the range of services offered by the organization. As Bend’s population continues to grow, the Inn is focused on planning for the future and looks to update their facility to house the increasing needs of the community.

   “The adults and children who stay at Bethlehem Inn are amazed by the outpouring of community support that helps to feed and shelter an average 75 people a night including families,” explains Gwenn Wysling Executive Director. “Providing this vital safety net to over 1,000 individuals including families each year has a very powerful impact on our community to both those who are served and those who serve.”

   Shepherd’s House Ministries is also committed to transforming the lives of people who have fallen on hard times. As a broker, Toomey helped the organization with their real estate needs, including securing the land for the development of Shepherd’s House Ministries’ shelter for Women and Children. He actively serves on their board and as a mentor to families facing challenges from homelessness, addiction, and abuse.

   “It has been a privilege being a client of Compass Commercial for over 15 years and now being on the receiving end of the firm’s generosity and support for our community through Shepherd’s House Ministries,” said Brian Gatley, Director of Operations for Shepherd’s House Ministries. “We are humbled by Compass Commercial’s generosity and desire to help Shepherd’s House Ministries touch lives that are devastated by poverty, brokenness, and life controlling issues that lead to homelessness,” said Curt Floski, executive director. “We are grateful to Compass for being community minded and involved in seeking solutions for the most vulnerable.”

About Compass Commercial Real Estate Services
With integrated services in brokerage sales, leasing, asset and property management and construction services, Compass Commercial helps buyers, sellers, landlords and tenants achieve their unique commercial real estate goals. Today, the company celebrates 20 years of serving clients in Central Oregon, continuing a tradition of excellent client service and superior market intelligence. The team’s collective industry expertise includes Central Oregon’s only two Society of Industrial and Office Realtors (SIOR®) designees, 11 Certified Commercial Investment Members (CCIM), 3 Certified Property Manager (CPM®) designees and the distinguished Accredited Management Organization (AMO®)designation from the Institute of Real Estate Management. Learn more atwww.compasscommercial.com. Follow us on Twitter @CompassCom.