June 25, 2017

2017 School District meals program

From Redmond School District,
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Redmond School District announces Summer Meals Program schedule

Redmond School District has announced its free Summer Meals Program schedule for the summer of 2017.

The program allows children who are 18 years of age and under to receive a nutritious breakfast and lunch at no charge. No registration is required to participate.

The Redmond School District participates in the U.S. Department of Agriculture Summer Food Service Program to provide meals at the following seven locations in the community throughout the summer months:

Deschutes Public Library
827 SW Deschutes Ave.
Serving Lunch Only
Dates: June 21 – August 25 | M-F
Lunch Times: 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Highland Baptist Church
3100 SW Highland Ave. in Redmond
Serving Lunch Only
Dates: June 26 – 30 | M-F
Lunch Times: 12:00 – 12:45 p.m.

M.A. Lynch Elementary School
1314 SW Kalama Ave.
Lunch Only
Dates: June 21 – August 25
Lunch Times: 11:30 a.m. – 11:50 p.m.

Redmond High School
675 SW Rimrock
Breakfast & Lunch Served
Dates: Aug. 7 – 18 | M-F
Lunch Times: 12:00 p.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Ridgeview High School
4555 SW Elkhorn
Breakfast & Lunch Served
Dates: Aug. 7 – Aug. 18 | M-F
Lunch Times: 12:00 p.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Sam Johnson Park
333 Southwest 15th Street
Serving Lunch Only
Dates: June 21 – Aug. 25 | M-F Lunch
Times: 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Redmond Early Learning Center
2105 SW Antler
Breakfast & Lunch Served
Dates: June 21 – August 25 | M-F
Lunch Times: 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

The district's bicycle mobile food cart will make regular stops along the route below beginning at 11:00 a.m. from July 5 to August 25.

1 – Canyon Crest Apartments 532 SW Rimrock Dr.
2 – The Bluffs Apartments 340 SW Rimrock Way
3 – Chaparall Apartments 244 SW Rimrock Way
4 – Rim Rock Villa Apartments 1822 W. Antler Ave
5 – Cascade Swim Center 465 SW Rimrock Dr.

Meal service will not be offered on July 3, 4 (in observance of Independence Day) and Aug. 21. For questions or more information about the Summer Meals Program, please contact the Redmond School District Nutrition Services department at 541-923-8917.
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June 24, 2017

Assistance League of Bend supports Redmond community

From Assistance League of Bend,
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Assistance League of Bend Benefits 2,023 Local Students, Celebrates 25th Consecutive Year Providing Clothes to Kids

Bend, OR – Through its Clothes-for- Kids program called Operation School Bell ® , Assistance League of Bend provided new clothes to 2,023 students in Bend–La Pine Schools and the Redmond School District for the new 2016 school year.

Operation School Bell is the signature philanthropy of Assistance League of Bend, providing new clothes for children whose families are not able to afford basic school clothes.

With a reach that goes throughout Deschutes County, the organization directly benefited 1,210 students in Bend, 507 students in Redmond, and 306 students in La Pine/South County. The total expense was $177,882, which was funded through donations and grants made to Assistance League of Bend throughout the year.

“The generosity within our communities is amazing! The donations and grants received by Assistance League directly determines the number of kids we can provide clothes for. With the continuing growth in our student population, the need is greater each year,” says Beverly Adler, Assistance League Operation School Bell Chairman. She added, “We know there are more children out there that need this program, and each year we strive to raise more money to top the previous year’s numbers.” Last year Assistance League provided clothes to 2,016 children.

Assistance League of Bend works with Deschutes County Schools to identify and refer children in grades K-12 to the program. Arranged shopping events are scheduled with the children accompanied by a parent or guardian. Each child selects their clothes with a specified budget depending on grade level, which averages $86. The organization’s goal is to help children develop self-esteem, encourage regular school attendance and positively impact their social and academic performance. Teachers and counselors consistently report improvement in these areas by those students who received clothes through the Operation School Bell Program.

The coordination of Operation School Bell requires many partners in order for it to succeed. Assistance League of Bend wishes to thank Bend– La Pine Schools, Redmond School District, Family Access Network, Walmart Bend, and Walmart Redmond. Assistance League of Bend is an all-volunteer nonprofit organization dedicated to helping people in need in Deschutes County, including children, seniors and cancer patients. For more information, visit AssistanceLeagueBend.com or call 541-389- 2075.


Thank you to the City of Redmond for the $10,000 Community Development Block Grant awarded to Assistance League of Bend for its Operation School Bell ® program in Redmond. The funds will be used to provide new school clothing for students in need from kindergarten through 12th grade in the Redmond School District in the fall of 2017. The program allows students to pick out clothing that they need, that they like and that fits at a local retailer, Redmond Walmart.

Assistance League, a 501 (c)3 non-profit, provides all the staffing for this program. The program will begin September 23 and run for 2 weeks in Redmond. The all-volunteer organization raises all the funds for Operation School Bell and its other philanthropic programs through fundraisers, grants and private donations. Last year, the organization provided for over 2,000 students in need in Deschutes County.

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Sheriff: Intoxicated 16-year-old driver causes fire near Terrebonne

From Deschutes County Sheriff's Office:

Released by: Lt. Ty Rupert 

Location: NW 49Th St, Redmond, OR 

Vehicle 1: Black 2006 Infiniti G35 

Driver 1: Juvenile Male (Name withheld due to being a minor) Age: 16 
Redmond, Oregon 

Citations: DUII 

On June 23, 2017 at approximately 1826 hours, deputies with the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office as well as Troopers from the Oregon State Police responded to a motor vehicle crash in the area NW 49th St and NW Coyner Ave in Redmond. 

Upon arrival deputies located the vehicle which had crashed through a wire fence. The vehicle caught fire causing the grass and nearby trees to catch fire which ultimately spread to a Central Electric power pole. There were no structures involved in the fire. 

The fire spread to approximately 1 acre in size and was controlled by Redmond Fire who called out for assistance from several local area agencies. The driver was alone in the vehicle at the time of the crash. The driver complained of minor neck pain and was treated and released at the scene by medics. 

The investigation revealed the driver was impaired and was under the influence of intoxicants at the time of the crash. The driver was not a licensed driver but did have a valid permit. He was arrested and cited in lieu of custody for DUII and was released to his father.

June 23, 2017

Benefit Golf Tournament

From Redmond Habitat for Humanity and Jericho Road,
Benefit golf tournament sees nearly double attendance from last year

The benefit tournament for Redmond Habitat for Humanity and Jericho Road was an unqualified success. The number of players increased to 103, up from the 66 who played last year. The number of sponsors and participation in the raffled and silent auction increased as well. The Second Annual Benefit Golf Tournament was a joint effort of the two non-profits to create a great day of golf to help support efforts to assist those in need.

The four-player scramble took place on the Ridge Course at Eagle Crest which began after an early morning continental breakfast. The featured prize was a donated 2017 Chevy Camaro from Gary Gruner Chevrolet for a Hole-In-One (Unfortunately there were no winners). At the end, there was a fine BBQ provided by Redmond’s MacDonald’s complete with strawberry shortcake while several other prizes, auction and raffle items were presented to lucky players. Prizes were awarded to division winning teams, for long drives and KPs.

The tournament coordinators estimate that the net proceeds will be near $15,000 to be shared by Redmond Habitat and Jericho Road. These funds will help support affordable housing projects, critical repair programs, hot meals for the hungry, weekend food packs for students and housing and rental assistance. Redmond Habitat and Jericho Road wish to thank all who supported and participated in this wonderful event.

Plans are already underway for the 3rd Annual Tournament next June. Plan to join us in supporting the Redmond Community.

Oregon small business tax to increase

From National Federation of Independent Business, 

Oregon House Passes 41-Percent Tax Increase on Small Business
House votes to dishonor tax compromise it made as part of ‘Grand Bargain’

SALEM, Ore., June 23, 2017—The Oregon House of Representatives voted 31-28 today to drastically restrict the number of small businesses eligible for the tax rates it agreed to during the 2013 special session as part of the so-called ‘Grand Bargain’ and which have only been in effect for two years.

“House Bill 2060 is a massive tax increase on Oregon small businesses,” said Anthony Smith, Oregon state director for the National Federation of Independent Business, the state’s and nation’s largest and leading small-business association. “A majority of small businesses paying at a rate of 7 percent today will see their rates increase to 9 percent or 9.9 percent under this bill. This could be up to a 41 percent tax increase for individual taxpayers and is projected to grab another $100 million per year from Oregon small businesses.”

The small business PTE (pass-through entity) tax rates were part of the ‘Grand Bargain’ from the 2013 special session. The package of bills passed during the special session included House Bill 3601, which among other provisions, increased the corporate tax rate from 6.6 percent to 7.6 percent on income between $1 million and $10 million and lowered rates (to between 7.0 percent and 9.9 percent) for taxpayers with business income meeting certain criteria with the policy objective being to provide a more favorable rate structure for business income earned by taxpayers who actively manage their own enterprises.

“The net effect 2013’s HB 3601 was an additional $189 million in revenue for the 2013-2015 biennium,” said Smith. “The tax increases went into effect immediately to balance the budget; however, the tax savings from the PTE tax rates did not take effect until tax year 2015.”

According to Smith, “Now after just two years of the Legislature honoring the compromises achieved in the Grand Bargain, HB 2060 seeks to restrict the future use of the PTE tax rates to businesses with 10 or more full-time employees – in each pay period for the entire year. Furthermore, only businesses in certain industry sectors will be able to keep their lower tax rates. Seventy percent of NFIB members in Oregon have fewer than 10 employees. It’s our members on the chopping block here.”

Under current law, only certain businesses structured as S-corporations or partnerships can use the PTE tax rates. “We should be talking about expanding this tax rate structure to include sole proprietors and all small, family businesses – not further restricting it by industry sector or employee count.”

HB 2060 now moves on to the Oregon Senate for consideration.

For more than 70 years, the National Federation of Independent Business has been the Voice of Small Business, taking the message from Main Street to the halls of Congress and all 50 state legislatures. NFIB annually surveys its members on state and federal issues vital to their survival as America's economic engine and biggest creator of jobs. NFIB’s educational mission is to remind policymakers that small businesses are not smaller versions of bigger businesses; they have very different challenges and priorities.
     National Federation of Independent Business/Oregon
     3340 Commercial St. S.E. Suite 210
     Salem, OR 97302

Redmond High defensive coordinator promoted to head football coach

By Geoff Folsom

Former Redmond High defensive coordinator Gene Dales has been named to replace former head football coach Nathan Stanley, the district announced Friday in a news release. Dales was an assistant on the teams that reached the Class 5A state quarterfinals in 2015 and 2016.
Dales also served as the school’s dean of students, retiring in 2016. He stayed at the school as a half-time physical education teacher during the 2016-17 school year.
Dales has coached high school football for nearly 40 years, coaching at schools in Arizona and Washington, along with Oregon, the district said.

Dales coached Eastlake High School in Sammamish, Washington, before retiring in 2012 for personal and family issues, according to the Seattle Times. He took Eastlake to the state Class 4A quarterfinals in 2011.

The paper also reported that Dales made the playoffs in 23 of the previous 27 years at the time and qualified for three state championship games.

Dales is a former starting linebacker at Oregon State and graduate of Bellarmine Prep in Tacoma, according to The News Tribune.
“I’m excited to return and take the helm of Panther football,” Dales said in a statement. “This is a program capable of matching the success of previous years, however, we will be a young team and we will need to build upon our collective growth as the season continues. I’m thrilled to continue working with RHS kids and help make them better people on and off the field.”
Stanley, who coached the Panthers for five seasons, left Redmond for a job at Cleveland High School in Portland, said Rainier Butler, the Redmond School District’s public information officer. Redmond Principal Paul Nolan called Dales the “perfect candidate” to keep the football team competitive and take it to the next level.
“Gene has been with our Panther program for some time now, knows our students well and has their trust and respect,” he said.
Dales is overseeing this week’s High Desert Football League Team Camp at Redmond High. He will also play host to a youth camp for elementary and junior high players Aug. 7-10. Registration is available at redmondhighschoolfootballcamps.myonlinecamp.com.
The Panthers are scheduled to open the 2017 season Sept. 1 at Jefferson in Portland.

Madras official named new Elton Gregory Middle School assistant principal

From Redmond School District:

REDMOND, Ore., June 23, 2017 — Gena Bennett of Madras, Oregon has been named the new assistant principal of Elton Gregory Middle School (EGMS), Principal Chad Lowe recently announced.

Bennett began her career as a sixth grade teacher at Jefferson County Middle School (JCMS) in Madras 12 years ago. She later transitioned to an instructional coach position at JCMS, serving in that capacity for five years before moving to the district office to support new teachers and coordinate district TAG (Talented and Gifted) services.

"We are excited to bring someone with Gena's credentials on board," Lowe said. "Her background as a teacher and instructional coach working to implement AVID will make her a great fit at EGMS."

AVID, Advancement Via Individual Determination, is a college readiness program that has been adopted by school districts across the United States. EGMS, along with Redmond’s Ridgeview High School, began implementing the program in 2014, aiming to prepare all students for college and postsecondary opportunities.  

“I am delighted to be part of the incredible team at EGMS and eager to start the school year,” Bennett said. “I feel well prepared to start this next phase of my career and provide opportunities for all of our students to succeed.”  

Bennett begins her new role July 1, 2017.  

Local nonprofits sought for donations

From Central Oregon Association of Realtors, 
COAR Release Donation Application for Non-Profits

Bend, OR, June 14, 2017 -- The Central Oregon Association of REALTORS® (COAR) will be accepting applications for donation to from local non-profits through September 15th, 2017. 

The criteria for those applying consists of:
· Applicant must be a 501(c)3
· Priority will be given to smaller organizations providing basic needs to the community such as food, shelter, clothing and medical services,.
· Decisions will place an emphasis on the number of people the donation impacts or the depth of the impact.
· Political organizations/campaigns, religious activities (religious organizations are eligible for community services), sports teams or individual activities are not eligible
· Funds must be used for programs and not events or marketing.
· Programs and events must take place in Deschutes, Jefferson, Crook or Harney Counties
· Please include a letter of support from a COAR member

In 2016, contributions were made to: Redmond Golfers for Scholars, LaPine Community Kitchen, Grandma's House, Family Kitchen, Oregon Adaptive Sports, DAWNS House, the Shepherds House and Soroptimist of Bend. COAR distributions donations once a year. Decisions will be announce by October 1, 2017.

For an application, please visit the About section of coar.comunder Community Involvement. Please contact Kim Gammond at COAR with any questions at kim@coar.com or 541-382-6027.

Eclipse update

From Oregon Department of Transportation,
ODOT eclipse update: T minus 2 months

Don’t be a luna(r)-tic: Arrive early, stay put and leave late

Oregon will experience quite a show two months from today, when the moon’s shadow cast by a solar eclipse begins its 2,500-mile-per-hour journey across the United States.

But if the predicted one million visitors in Oregon’s path of totality for the Aug. 21 eclipse don’t properly prepare or aren’t paying attention, that show won’t be the celestial dance they came for. It’ll be a cosmic traffic jam on the roads below.

ODOT is expecting that many Oregon highways will be especially crowded in the days around the eclipse. We ask that, when you’re traveling, you keep your hands on the wheel, your mind on the task, and your eyes on the road—not on the sky.

Statistics show that many crashes are the result of distracted driving and traveling too fast for conditions. So we’re encouraging you to avoid unnecessary distractions during your travels—and especially when Oregon highways will be very crowded during the time of the eclipse. That means planning your travel well in advance; knowing where you’re going; and for long trips, knowing where you’re going to go when the need arises!

ODOT will have crews posted along critical travel routes to keep motorists mobile and safe, and will be providing travel updates via Tripcheck.com and 511 so you can be prepared with the most current travel information available. Properly supplied and informed, we all can avoid becoming “highway luna(r)-tics” during the eclipse.

You should:
Expect traffic changes. ODOT does not plan to close any state highways. But as traffic volumes increase, ODOT may restrict some left turns to and from highways in order to keep traffic moving. Cities and counties may choose to do the same thing on their streets and roads.
Help keep roads clear. Staying off the roads helps make sure emergency service vehicles can get through. Take care of errands well before Aug. 21. Limit your trips to help keep the roads clear. Ride your bicycle!
Travel with friends. Joining friends and family for the trip to totality will reduce the number of cars on the road. Find carpool information at www.drivelessconnect.com.
Caution friends, family and other visitors: Tell them to #DriveHealthy: Arrive early, stay put during the eclipse and leave late afterwards. If everyone jumps on the highways all at once right after the eclipse, no one will go very far very fast. Remember, all travelers have a shared responsibility to stay safe.
Be prepared. Plan ahead for your basic needs such as food, water, gas for the car and bathroom breaks in case you’re stuck in traffic. Plan to get to where you need to be before you need to go!
We’re all in this together. Be prepared. Help your neighbors and other travelers to be prepared. And please enjoy Oregon!

For updates, visit www.Tripcheck.com.

June 22, 2017

Local students donate to VFW

From Redmond School District,
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Redmond High CTE class builds and presents custom electric guitar

Redmond High School Career Technical Education instructors Mark Winger, Ryan Beard, Dan Kernion and their guitar building class, presented a hand-built electric guitar to the Redmond, Oregon Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 4108 today.

Constructed over the course of five weeks, the custom guitar was built of Alder, Rosewood, Maple and African Paudauk.

Students from the guitar class were responsible for lathe work, lasering and assembling every aspect of the electric guitar.

Sophomore Dillon Young played the National Anthem during the presentation on the guitar he helped build.

"It plays well," Young said. "It has a great sound to it."

The VFW will soon auction the guitar with proceeds going to support local veterans.

Additional photos can be viewed at: facebook.com/RedmondSchools

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June 21, 2017

Wildfire near Clarno

From BLM,
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Firefighters Respond to New Wildfire near Clarno

Firefighters responded yesterday to a new wildfire near Clarno, Oregon. The fire was reported yesterday just before noon along Highway 218, one mile east of the John Day River. Incident #301, called the Rhoades Canyon fire, grew quickly to the south due to light, dried-out grass, steep slopes and wind, and is currently estimated at 8,000 acres. The cause is under investigation. The fire is 10 percent contained at this time.

Increasing temperatures over the next several days and afternoon winds will continue to challenge firefighters. The fire is burning in a mix of land administered by the BLM including a portion of the Spring Basin Wilderness, private land, and fee title land managed by the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs called the Pine Creek Conservation Area. Firefighters protected several historic structures during the initial response to the fire, and no additional structures are considered threatened at this time. The John Day River and Highway 218 remain open.

The fire is staffed today with several engines from the Prineville District Bureau of Land Management and Wheeler County Fire and Rescue. In addition, there is a Type 1 handcrew (Hotshot crew) and a Type 2 handcrew, each providing 20 firefighters. Due to the limited number of roads in this area, the crews are being supported by two single engine air tankers (SEATs) and two Type 2 helicopters, and one Type 1 helicopter.

The rapid growth on the fire is a sign that vegetation in Central Oregon is quickly drying out. Lower elevations along the river canyons that are typically hotter and dryer are quickly moving toward extreme. Fire restrictions are currently in place along portions of the John Day, Lower Deschutes, Crooked and White Rivers in Central Oregon, requiring visitors to use white gas and propane stoves only for heating and cooking. Fire officials would like to remind everyone to take care as they head out to recreate in Central Oregon – where campfires are allowed, make sure someone is always there to watch them and make sure they’re “dead out” when going to bed or leaving the campground. As we approach the 4th of July holiday, please remember that fireworks of any kind are illegal on public land.

Information about the Rhoades Canyon Fire and other Central Oregon wildfires will be posted on the Central Oregon Fire Information Blog athttp://centralorfireinfo.blogspot.com/ and you can follow Central Oregon wildfires on Twitter @CentralORFire. For large fires at the local, regional or national level, please visit InciWeb at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/

Local student wins art exhibition

From Redmond Proficiency Academy,
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Redmond Proficiency Academy Student Wins Juried Art Exhibition

The Redmond Proficiency Academy announced that freshman Lily Yeatman won first place in the Maryhill Museum of Art Juried Exhibition sponsored by the MJ Murdock Charitable Trust Education Center.

High school art students from throughout Washington and Oregon were asked to showcase their art. All of the judging was blind with titles only. Yeatman’s was awarded for her three dimensional work, entitled “Rabbit.”

“I didn't think I was going to place, so finding out I won first place was a pleasant surprise,” said Yeatman. “Just knowing my art is on display in an actual museum means the world to me.”

Yeatman’s art will be on display in the new Mary and Bruce Stevenson Wing of Maryhill Museum of Art in Goldendale, WA from June 23rd through July 30th.

“Lily is a tremendously talented artist, and I am so happy that the Maryhill Museum has recognized her work,” said Fine Arts teacher Ethan Stelzer. “Many artists dream of having their work displayed alongside the greats, but few actually get to see it happen during their lives, much less before even graduating from high school.”

June 20, 2017

Redmond officer recognized

From the City of Redmond,
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Redmond Police Officer Allen Speck Receives VFW Public Safety Award

Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 4108 recently honored Redmond Police School Resource Officer Allen Speck with the 2017 Public Safety Officer of the Year award for law enforcement. Post Commander Mike Trammel presented the award to Officer Speck during the June 13, Redmond City Council meeting. The VFW annually recognizes public safety officers for their outstanding contributions to the community they serve.

“We are proud to present this award to the brave men and women of law enforcement, so they might know their dedication and goodwill are appreciated,” states VFW Post 4108 Commander Mike Trammel.

Criteria for the award includes the demonstration of unwavering dedication to their official responsibilities over a period of years as well as continuous growth in their professional capacity and experience.

“The value of these types of awards cannot be overstated,” states Redmond Police Chief Dave Tarbet. “They serve to promote public trust and support for the Redmond Police Department. We are humbled and grateful to the VFW for recognizing the hard work and dedication of our officers serving the Redmond community.”

June 18, 2017

Two Redmond residents killed in Marion County collision

From Oregon State Police:

On June 17, 2017 at 5:24 p.m., OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a two-vehicle double-fatal head-on crash, on Highway 22 near milepost 41 (Marion County). 

Preliminary investigation revealed a 2007 Toyota Rav 4, operated by William Harold BODDEN, age 84, of Redmond, was westbound when, for unknown reasons, crossed the center line and struck an eastbound 2008 Jeep Patriot, operated by Joyce A. MAST, age 51, of Hillsboro, head-on. BODDEN'S passenger, Diane Theresa BODDEN, age 77, of Redmond, was pronounced deceased at the scene. William BODDEN was transported via air ambulance and died while in transport to an area hospital. MAST was transported via ground ambulance to Salem Hospital with serious injuries. There were no other occupants in the vehicles. 

OSP was assisted by the Oregon Department of Transportation, Detroit Fire and Rescue and Marion County Medical Examiner. The roadway was blocked for several hours for purposes of the investigation. 

June 16, 2017

COCC Redmond burglary suspect arrested

From Redmond Police Department:

Redmond, Oregon – On June 16, 2017, at approximately 4:40 am, Redmond Police Officers responded to Central Oregon Community College (COCC) – Redmond Campus on a report of a burglary in progress.  An employee came to work and found a person inside one of the buildings.  The suspect fled the area when he was observed by the employee.

Police Officers responding to the scene noticed a vehicle leaving the area.  A traffic stop was performed near S 1st Street and SW Veterans Way, Redmond.  The driver was identified as Mr. Tracy Downing, 36 years of age and a Prineville resident.  Mr. Downing was arrested at the traffic stop location.  Evidence of this incident, as well as tools believed to be related to last week's burglary at COCC – Redmond Campus, was recovered from the vehicle.

There are additional recent burglaries to Bend and Prineville COCC campuses.  The investigation is ongoing to determine if Mr. Downing is responsible for these other burglaries.  Redmond Police Detectives and Officers from the Prineville Police Department, served a search warrant at Mr. Downing’s residence in Prineville this afternoon. 

Mr. Downing is currently at the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Adult Jail in Bend.  He has been arrested for Burglary in the Second Degree, Criminal Mischief in the First Degree, Theft in the Second Degree, Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine, and Possession of Burglary Tools.  He was also arrested for a Probation Violation.  As this investigation continues, additional crimes may be charged by the District Attorney’s Office.

June 14, 2017

New Redmond Hotel poised for renovation

From the city of Redmond:

On June 13, 2017 the City of Redmond Urban Renewal Agency approved a funding recommendation for the rehabilitation of the Historic New Redmond Hotel. The recommendation commits $1,000,000 of Urban Renewal funds towards the renovation of the hotel.  The privately-owned landmark is currently under contract by Alpha Wave Investors LLC.   Alpha Wave, a California based hotel investment group, intends to purchase the property and revitalize it into a boutique hotel. The total project cost for the hotel is $5.25 million.

“This is an important keystone project for downtown Redmond,” explains Community Development Director Kate Porsche. “The redevelopment of the hotel will bring broad benefit to downtown’s small businesses, while preserving an important part of the city’s heritage. We anticipate the reactivated hotel will once again become a magnet that attracts more people to Redmond, to our businesses and spurs more investment.”

Alpha Wave presented the Redmond Urban Renewal Agency with a plan to position the property as a historically significant boutique hotel, supported by street-level restaurants and retail. The plan includes investing more than $2.5 million towards renovation and modernization aimed at transforming the hotel into an upscale mixed-use destination. The average room rental rate is anticipated to run $120 per night.

“The City has done a great job redefining the downtown marketplace with the investments they have made to date,” states CEO & Co-Founder Ken Cruse, Alpha Wave Investors, LLC.  “We are confident the hotel will continue that momentum and look forward to being a part of it.”

The Historic New Redmond Hotel last operated as a hotel in 2005.  The landmark building, located prominently on the corner of 6th Street and Evergreen Avenue, was built in 1928 and is one of three buildings in Redmond listed on the National Register of Historic Places. At a height of three stories tall and 43,500 square feet in size, it is one of the largest buildings in downtown.

A development agreement detailing expectations for the funding will be negotiated to ensure protection of the public investment.  It is slated to return to the Urban Renewal Agency for approval July 25, 2017. For more information about Redmond’s Urban Renewal Agency and its programs, please visit www.ci.redmond.or.us

June 13, 2017

Local contractor awarded

From Dick Anderson Construction,
Dick Anderson Construction in Top 400 Contractors

Dick Anderson Construction was recently announced as one of the top 400 contractors in the United States by Engineering-News Record. They were ranked 343 out of 400 in the article that was released in May 2017.

Dick Anderson Construction has been in business for over 40 years and serves clients throughout the Western United States.

Dick Anderson Construction provides services such as general contracting, construction management, pre-construction services, design-build, development, civil construction and alternative energy. They have seven offices located in Montana, Sheridan, Wyoming and Redmond, Oregon.

Engineering-News Record lists contractors based on construction volume. Being in the top 400 is a considerable achievement considering that the 2012 U.S. Census lists the number of commercial and industrial contractors at over 36,000. ENR reports on top design firms, architects, engineers and top construction companies throughout the United States and around the world.

June 12, 2017

Downtown housing proposals sought

From City of Redmond
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Redmond Seeks Housing Proposals for Former City Hall Site - A Progressive Next Step for Downtown Redmond’s Revitalization Efforts -

On June 5, 2017 the City of Redmond Urban Renewal Agency issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for a higher-end, condominium style, mixed-use housing development on the former City Hall site at 716 NW Evergreen Ave. The City owned site, located in the heart of downtown Redmond, is comprised of four parcels and encompasses approximately 1.41 acres. This site was vacated by the City in March 2017 and is now available for redevelopment. The RFP is available for viewing and/or direct download at www.redmondurbanrenewal.com.

“Redmond is ready for modern and creative housing options in our Downtown core. This is the next step in our continued revitalization efforts of the district,” states Urban Renewal Agency Program Manager, Chuck Arnold. “Transforming the former City Hall site into a walkable urban living and retail space addresses both the community’s growing demand for quality housing while stimulating the economy.”

For the past decade, the Urban Renewal Agency has been strategically investing in key revitalization efforts to Redmond’s downtown district, removing barriers for development. The Downtown Urban Renewal Area Plan (2011) and the 2013 City Center Housing Study created a blueprint for public-private redevelopment projects in downtown.
A successful proposal will enhance the character of the Downtown through good design, provide a greater range of housing options, and enhance the economic viability of the area. Prospective developer(s) are encouraged to attend a pre-submittal informational meeting and site tour to be held Wednesday, June 21, 2017. The meeting will be hosted at Redmond City Hall Community Development Department, located at 411 S.W. 9th Street, starting at 9:00 a.m. All interested developers should RSVP no later than 5:00 p.m. on June 16, 2017 by emailing Chuck Arnold at chuck.arnold@ci.redmond.or.us. The closing date for submitting proposals for consideration is July 27, 2017.

To learn more about the Old City Hall site RFP, please visit www.RedmondUrbanRenewal.comor contact Chuck Arnold, Urban Renewal Program Manager at chuck.arnold@ci.redmond.or.usor 541-923-7761.

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Check out photos from Redmond High School's graduation

Redmond High School's 104th commencement ceremony saw 193 students walk across the stage June 9 at the Deschutes County fairgrounds. Many photos from the event are in the June 14 Spokesman. Here are some that didn't make it in, as well as some that did.
 Redmond seniors wore messages and other mortarboard flair at the June 9 graduation ceremony.
 Redmond students pose for pictures before the June 9 graduation ceremony.
 Redmond students prepare for the June 9 graduation ceremony.
 Redmond students talk before the June 9 graduation ceremony.
 Ben Lawson directs the Redmond High band before the June 9 graduation ceremony.
 Family and friends of Redmond seniors prepare to take pictures of them entering the June 9 graduation ceremony.
 The "Class of 2029" prepares to lead this year's group of Redmond seniors at the June 9 graduation ceremony.
 Redmond High faculty greet the "Class of 2029" at the June 9 graduation ceremony.
 Redmond valedictorian Rebekah Cleary prepares to lead her fellow seniors entering the June 9 graduation ceremony.
 Redmond seniors enter the June 9 graduation ceremony.
 Redmond seniors stand at the start of the June 9 graduation ceremony.
 Redmond seniors find their seats at the June 9 graduation ceremony.
 Redmond salutatorian Dana Wanamaker addresses her fellow seniors at the June 9 graduation ceremony.
 Attendees watch Redmond valedictorian Rebekah Cleary address fellow seniors at the June 9 graduation ceremony.
 Redmond valedictorian Rebekah Cleary addresses her fellow seniors at the June 9 graduation ceremony.
 Redmond Principal Paul Nolan presents the Juniper Cup to senior Makenzie Kolkman at the June 9 graduation ceremony.
 Redmond seniors line up to get their diplomas at the June 9 graduation ceremony.
 Superintendent  Mike McIntosh congratulates Redmond senior Anna Land at the June 9 graduation ceremony.
 Faculty Speaker Bob Crowe talks to Redmond seniors at the June 9 graduation ceremony.
 Principal Paul Nolan speaks to Redmond seniors at the June 9 graduation ceremony.
 The "Class of 2029" leads this year's group of Redmond seniors at the June 9 graduation ceremony.
 Thousands attended commencements ceremonies for Redmond schools.
Redmond seniors stand at the beginning of their June 9 graduation ceremony.