October 13, 2017

Ridgeview girls soccer defeats No. 3 Bend 3-1 to set up showdown with Summit

Aspen Jeter scored two first half goals to lead the Ridgeview girls soccer team (5-1 Intermountain Conference, 10-1 overall) to a 3-1 victory against Bend Thursday evening. The senior night win, played at the Ravens' football stadium, sets up an Oct. 17 showdown at No. 4 Summit, which is tied with No. 3 Ridgeview for first place in league play.

Jordyn Buresh scored the first goal for the Ravens, who completed the season sweep of Bend, which was ranked No. 3 going into the match.

Ridgeview's Cassidy Nelson kicks the ball during the first half of the Ravens' 3-1 victory against Bend on Oct. 12. The win set up an Oct. 17 showdown with Summit, likely for the Intermountain Conference title. (Geoff Folsom / Spokesman photo)

Ridgeview's Saylor Goodwin battles Bend's Brooke Jolma for the ball during the first half of the Ravens' 3-1 victory against Bend on Oct. 12. The win gave No. 3 Ridgeview a season sweep of the No. 5 Lava Bears. (Geoff Folsom / Spokesman photo)

Ridgeview's Sierra Cassaro fights off a Bend player during the first half of the Ravens' 3-1 victory on Oct. 12. The senior night victory was played at Ridgeview's football stadium. (Geoff Folsom / Spokesman photo)

Ridgeview's Mackenzie Stadler dribbles the ball during the first half of the Ravens' 3-1 victory against Bend on Oct. 12. (Geoff Folsom / Spokesman photo)

Ridgeview girls soccer players celebrate Aspen Jeter's second goal of the match late in the first half of their 3-1 victory against Bend on Oct. 12. (Geoff Folsom / Spokesman photo)

Ridgeview's Aspen Jeter moves the ball up the pitch in the first half of the Ravens' 3-1 victory against Bend on Oct. 12. The senior scored two goals in her final regular-season home match. (Geoff Folsom / Spokesman photo)

Ridgeview's Aspen Jeter moves the ball up the pitch in the first half of the Ravens' 3-1 victory against Bend on Oct. 12. The senior scored two goals in her final regular-season home match. (Geoff Folsom / Spokesman photo)

October 11, 2017

Check out the Oct. 11 Spokesman!

This week's Spokesman features stories on new Redmond parks, the Redmond High volleyball team and a proposed bed and breakfast near Smith Rock State Park. It's available today at locations including Westside One Stop, Pappy's Pizzeria and Terrebonne Thriftway.

Residents warned to be "two weeks ready" for earthquake

From the Oregon Office of Emergency Management:

Downloadable file: Oregon's Office of Emergency Management urges everyone to be "2 Weeks Ready" for any type of disaster. For more information, visit www.oregon.gov/oem/2WeeksReady
Downloadable file: Be part of the world's largest earthquake drill, the Great ShakeOut, at 10:19 a.m. on October 19. Register today at www.shakeout.org/oregon/register.
OEM launches series of 2 Weeks Ready videos to provide fun, friendly information and a memorable jingle

SALEM, OR -- October 11, 2017 -- The shaking starts. It's an earthquake! What do you do? Many people sit there wondering, "Is this 'The Big One'?" On October 19 at 10:19 a.m., join millions who will practice what you should REALLY do during an earthquake: Drop, Cover, and Hold On! Find out how and register to participate at www.ShakeOut.org/Oregon.

Oregon's Office of Emergency Management (OEM) urges everyone to be 2 Weeks Ready for earthquakes and other disasters. To that end, the agency has developed a series of lively one-minute videos, viewable on the OEM YouTube channel (http://bit.ly/2wxyE9C), to inform and educate the public.

Andrew Phelps, OEM director, suggests that in addition to having two weeks' of food, water and other supplies, take time to talk with your family and friends about what you will do when disaster strikes and if you're not together during an emergency. Do family members know what to do and where to go? Is heavy furniture at home or equipment at work braced for safety? Do you know how to turn off your gas line? Is your preparedness kit accessible? How will you communicate with your loved ones after a major disaster?

These are critical questions when planning for disasters such as earthquakes and go beyond having emergency items. Develop a family disaster plan, assign roles or duties for each family member, and do the same for people in your neighborhood.

"During an emergency, we will need to count on each other," says Phelps. "Be aware of what hazards or disasters can impact you and your family, have emergency supplies and know what to do 2 minutes, 2 hours, 2 days and 2 weeks after a disaster."

The 2 Weeks Ready campaign was launched by Oregon's Office of Emergency Management in 2016 in conjunction with the Great ShakeOut. It aims to inspire citizens to be self-sufficient for two weeks in the aftermath of a major disaster. A series of brochures (http://bit.ly/2ktFjex), a Facebook page (http://bit.ly/2jUgHPx) and Twitter feed (@2WeeksReady) provide information, resources and assistance with disaster preparedness planning. 

October 8, 2017

Oregon FFA raise awareness, food for hungry

From Oregon Future Farmers of America,
Oregon FFA, Les Schwab Are #TiredofHunger

Seasons are changing, and that means it is back to school and farmers are busy with final harvest. But one thing that does not change with the seasons is the need across Oregon to help fight hunger. Those affected by food insecurity are in need year-round, and that is why Les Schwab Tire Centers of Oregon has partnered with Oregon FFA (formerly known as Future Farmers of America) in a Drive Away Hunger event to help raise awareness and to raise as much food as possible to help end hunger. The initiative will take place the entire month of October.

More Oregonians today are suffering from food insecurity and worry about where their next meal may come from. Since 2008, the Oregon Food Bank has seen the demand for emergency food boxes increase by 40 percent. The Drive Away Hunger initiative will take place the entire month of October. All month you may see FFA members across the state doing a variety of service activities to raise as much food as possible. Please be on the lookout for activities and collections happening throughout our community. You are encouraged to drop food donations at any Les Schwab Tire Center, Wilco Farm Store or your local FFA Chapter. Collection bags are being distributed to subscribers of the Capital Press, East Oregonian, Wallowa County Chieftain, Hermiston Herald, and Blue Mountain Eagle, or you may pick up a collection bag at your local Les Schwab Tire Center or a Wilco Farm Store. We are encouraging everyone to be #TiredofHunger and fill a grocery bag to drop at any of our collection sites.

In addition to nonperishable food, the FFA is seeking farm and ranch crop donations as well. If you are interested in donating a portion of your food crop, please contact your local FFA chapter or Kevin White, executive director of the Oregon FFA Foundation, at kwhite@oregonffa.com. All donations received will be given first to the local food pantries in your community. If there is more, it will be distributed by the Oregon Food Bank to other pantries throughout the state.

Last year the FFA’s Tired of Hunger initiative helped raise more than 500,000 pounds of food.

That was enough food to provide 416,667 meals or feed 4,960 families for nearly a week. This year, the more than 6,000 FFA members from 105 FFA chapters have partnered with the 107 Les Schwab stores in Oregon as well as the 13 Wilco Farm Stores to make a huge dent in helping supply the Oregon Food Bank and other local food pantries with much needed food. This is a very special project for the Oregon FFA, because FFA members are able to live out their motto of “learning to do, doing to learn, earning to live and living to serve.” In this service initiative, FFA members can follow in the footsteps set by those at Les Schwab Tire Centers, as you see them giving back to their communities every day.

“This is a chance for our members to follow that example and give back to their communities and to those who need it most,” White said. The Oregon FFA is part of the National FFA Organization, formerly known as the Future Farmers of America, and is a national youth organization of 649,355 student members — all preparing for leadership and careers in the science, business and technology of agriculture. There are 7,859 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

Oregon FFA has more than 6,000 members in 105 chapters throughout the state. The FFA mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. To learn more, visit the Oregon FFA Facebook page and #TiredofHunger. To learn more about FFA visit www.oregonffa.com or www.ffa.org.

October 7, 2017

Fundraiser successful for local nonprofit

From Heart of Oregon Corps,
Farm to Fork Dinner & Fundraiser Exceeds Goal,
Raises Over $37,000 in Second Year

Bend, OR  – Just a few Sundays ago, while enjoying Central Oregon’s perfect fall weather, 160 community members came together to both dine on impeccably prepared food and raise funds for local non-profit, Heart of Oregon Corps. The second annualFarm to Fork Dinner & Fundraiser: Sunset at the Green was held at Pronghorn Resort and hosted by Aperion Management Group. The dinner featured farm fresh food, prepared by local chefs and served by Heart of Oregon youth.

Two local chefs, Kevin Linde, Pronghorn Executive Chef, and Corey Whalen, One Street Down CafĂ© Chef, collaborated on the menu, which featured a ‘snout to tail’ perspective. One hog and many of the side ingredients were purchased from Gigi Meyers of Windflower Farm. Another hog and the processing was donated by Cameron Gunther of Home Farm Foods. The food that the chefs and their teams prepared included delicious items such as Fall Squash Soup with Pepita Seed Brittle and Cider Creme Fraiche and Piggy Skin Chicharrones with Ginger Cider Gastrique.

“It’s really about the youth, and while the food, the location and the overall event are amazing, we’re here to help Heart of Oregon Corps continue to find success,” said Chef Corey Whalen, who donated his time to the event.

The impact of Heart of Oregon Corps (HOC) through their ‘work, earn, learn’ model was on display throughout the evening when three alumni, Raymond Hendricks, Thyreicia Simtustus and Brittany Charley, eloquently spoke about their personal journey and positive and transformational experience. HOC’s youth servers performed gracefully under pressure and HOC’s alumni table ambassadors bravely networked and shared their incredible stories. Through these personal experiences, guests were able to really see the impact HOC has in the lives of local youth.

HOC’s goal of doubling the amount raised last year ($15,000) was achieved and the total amount raised was over $37,000! This type of support from the community is critical to HOC’s sustainability and successful operations to train tomorrow’s workforce today. Both Heart of Oregon Corps and Aperion Management Group would like to extend the biggest heartfelt thank you to everyone who donated, participated, and attended this year’s Farm to Fork Dinner and look forward to seeing you again next year!

About Aperion Management Group, LLC

Aperion Management Group, LLC is Central Oregon's first and only Accredited Association Management Company (AAMC) that specializes in Homeowners Association (HOA) management in Central Oregon. With over fifty years combined experience in management, building and development, Aperion strives to create a more responsive and efficient management process for communities in and around Bend. To learn more visit www.aperionmgmt.com, or call us at 541.389.3172.

About Heart of Oregon Corps

Heart of Oregon Corps is a nonprofit organization invested in inspiring and empowering positive change in the lives of Central Oregon youth through jobs, education, and stewardship. Their programming creates pathways out of poverty while stimulating regional economic growth. The “work-learn-earn” model invests in local young people, many of whom come from disadvantaged backgrounds, to prepare them for the workforce and to encourage their self-sufficiency. Every year, Heart of Oregon Corps provides job skills training, education, and leadership development to over 300 local young people ages 16-24 that face major barriers to success.

Naked cell tower contractor accused of dragging Redmond woman

From the Deschutes County Sheriff's office:

Prepared by: Lt. Mike Biondi 

Date/time of incident: 10/06/2017 at 12:56 hours 

Location of incident: 3651 Cline Falls Hwy (Cline Butte Rock Products) 

Arrested: Hebda, Adam - 28 year old male 

Clarksville, Tn 


Attempted Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle 
Unlawful Entry into Motor Vehicle 

Victim: Davis, Frances "Dorene" - 64 year old female 
Redmond, Or 

On 10/06/2017 at 12:56 hours, Deschutes County 911 received a call from Davis who reported a male inside a co-workers vehicle at the listed address. Davis then advised she was not able to talk, hung up and could not be reached by phone. 

Upon arrival, investigating deputies learned that Hebda was a contract employee from out of the area working on a cell phone tower that was located on Cline Butte Rock Products property. For unknown reasons, Hebda entered a vehicle on the property and Davis, an employee of Cline Butte Rock products, confronted him. He exited the vehicle, approached her and dragged her approximately 30 feet back to the vehicle and forced her to get inside. Davis was able to physically fight him off and separate from him. 

Hebda then rifled through a portable toilet, soiling his clothes. He then removed all of his clothes and left the area of foot. He was contacted approximately 1/2 mile down a gravel road from the rock pit and detained by sheriff's deputies. Hebda was transported to St. Charles Medical Center in Bend to be evaluated by medical staff. Hebda was cited for the above offenses and additional charges may be considered. 

Davis didn't report any injuries during the incident.

AT&T Cell Tower (Alex McDougall/Bulletin file photo)

October 6, 2017

OSU Extension seeks volunteers

From OSU Extension Service,

Nutrition Education Volunteers Sought by OSU Extension

Concerned about the food and shopping choices people are making that affects their health? If you would enjoy sharing research-based information about healthy eating on a budget then you might enjoy becoming an Oregon State University Nutrition Education Volunteer. Volunteers demonstrate cooking healthy recipes at local food pantries or lead small groups with fun, interactive nutrition activities.

To become a Nutrition Education Volunteer applicants take a 5 hour class on Wednesday, October 18, 2017, 9 AM to 2 PM at the OSU/Deschutes County Extension office in Redmond. Once participants are trained and certified, volunteers commit to demonstrating healthy recipes six times over six months.

See the Nutrition Education Volunteer Application link to read more about the program and see the application on the OSU/Deschutes County web site, http://extension.oregonstate.edu/deschutes/nutrition-education. To apply, send your application to Katie Ahern, Family & Community Health Instructor by October 13, 2017 to katherine.ahern@oregonstate.edu or OSU Extension, 1900 NE Division St, Suite 107, Bend, OR 97701. If you have questions, please call 541-306- 6067.

October 5, 2017

Local students raise funds for hurricane victims

From Redmond School District,

Ridgeview High students raise over $2000 for Hurricane Harvey victims

Students at Ridgeview High School recently raised over $2,000 to benefit a Texas high school with the misfortune of being in the path of Hurricane Harvey.

Kingwood High School in Kingwood, Texas is still uninhabitable weeks after Harvey's destructive winds caused widespread damage to the Houston area and much of the Texas Gulf Coast in early September 2017. The homes of many Kingwood High students were flooded during the storm. Kingwood's students are currently sharing space with another area high school until their school can be repaired.

"My students were moved by the stories of students and families facing the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey after coming across videos showing the widespread flooding," teacher Heather Peterson said. "They didn't want to just sit around and do nothing - they all felt motivated to help in some way."

Ridgeview students, with the help of Peterson and fellow teacher Ben Parsons, sprung into action and contacted the organization AVID to assist them with locating an AVID school in Texas they could fundraise for.

AVID is a global nonprofit organization with the goal of preparing all students for college and other postsecondary opportunities. AVID's curriculum is utilized at over 6,200 schools throughout the United States. Ridgeview High is in its third year of the program.

AVID connected the two high schools, enabling Ridgeview to ask Kingwood for a list of supplies and needs. Ridgeview High raised funds each day during third period for a week, totaling over $2,000. The final number is still being tallied.

"Our students wasted no time in organizing the fundraiser and talking with their fellow students about the need at Kingwood High," Parsons said. "We contacted local media to spread awareness and with so many students on board, we raised a significant amount in a short time period. I'm extremely proud of the generosity and selflessness displayed by Ridgeview students."

October 4, 2017

Redmond Albertson's to close

Redmond Albertson's // Redmond Spokesman photo
Redmond Albertson's to close mid-October
The Redmond Albertson's will be closing this month with an anticipated official closure  Monday, October 16, 2017. The company hopes to place all of the store's 65 employees at other Albertson's and Safeway locations in Central Oregon. Albertson's was negotiating new lease agreements for the Redmond location but was unable to come to satisfactory arrangements. 

Pumpkin Patch season is here

Fall actives near Terrebonne

Fall is here and with it pumpkin patches and corn mazes. There are two well known ranches east of Terrebonne that offer unique experiences. DD Ranch has a home style atmosphere while Smith Rock Ranch is a little larger and has the "Corn Maize." 

The DD Ranch Pumpkin Patch and other activities at the ranch will remain open until October 29, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 3836 NE Smith Rock Way, Terrebonne. Activities include Pony Rides, Petting Zoo, Kids Corral, DD Dirt Express and Cowboy Arcade. Admission and parking is free.  

Smith Rock Ranch opened its Fall Festivities Sept. 30. Along with the pumpkin patch, Smith Rock Ranch offers a corn maize, market, and petting zoo. The ranch is open for operation: Pumpkin Patch/Harvest Market – Tuesday-Friday 12-6 p.m. ,  Saturday-Sunday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; The Maize – Friday 12-7 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. - 7 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; and Activities – Friday 12-6 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. at 1250 NE Wilcox Avenue, Terrebonne. 

 The DD Ranch Pumpkin Patch during its opening day Sept. 30. (Colby Brown/Spokesman  photo) 
Pumpkin pickers select the plumpest fall time squash at the DD Pumpkin Patch Sept. 30.  (Colby Brown/Spokesman  photo)

A sunflower at the DD Ranch Sept 30.  (Colby Brown/Spokesman  photo)

Ponies await eager riders at the DD Pumpkin Patch Sept. 30. (Colby Brown/Spokesman  photo)

A children's play area at the DD Pumpkin Patch Sept. 30.  (Colby Brown/Spokesman  photo)

A large pumpkin awaits its fate on the edge of the pumpkin patch at Smith Rock Ranch which opened its Fall Festivities Sept. 30.

The pumpkin patch at Smith Rock Ranch with Smith Rock State Park in the background, Sept. 30. (Colby Brown/Spokesman  photo)

A horse and its foal at Smith Rock Ranch Sept. 30.  (Colby Brown/Spokesman  photo)

The entry and exit of the Corn Maize at Smith Rock Ranch, Sept. 30.  (Colby Brown/Spokesman  photo)

Annual Smith Rock Archaeology Series

From Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept.,


Terrebonne, OR--Smith Rock State Park will host its 15th annual Oregon Archaeology Celebration (OAC) lecture series in October. The Friday evening presentations will all take place at the Smith Rock State Park Welcome Center, 10087 NE Crooked River Drive, Terrebonne. The free talks are open to the public. Day-use parking is $5. Annual parking passes for 12- or 24-months are available.

"We are very pleased with the success and longevity of this annual event," said Paul Patton, Mountain Region resource specialist for the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department(OPRD). "Smith Rock's OAC presentation series is dynamic and relevant to the advances in cultural knowledge and scientific techniques being made throughout the field of anthropology. Bringing this information to the public's awareness in an enjoyable and accessible forum is our primary goal."


October 6: David L. Minick and David A. Kaiser of the Oregon Archaeological Society present--"A Tale of Two Sites: A Comparison of Two Columbia River Rock Art Locations"

October 13: Rory Becker, associate professor of anthropology from Eastern Oregon University presents--"Seeing Beneath the Soil: Remote Sensing Techniques in Archaeology"

October 20: Erin Woodard, Bureau of Land Management staff archaeologist of the Prineville District presents--"Challenges and Solutions to Preserving Rock Art in Central Oregon"

October 27: Wilson Wewa, Northern Paiute historian and Warm Springs Tribal member presents--"Archaeological Preservation Issues Along the Owyhee River"

The OAC program was established in 1993 when Gov. Barbara Roberts made a proclamation that set aside one month each year to celebrate and promote Oregon's archaeology, cultural heritage, and history.

Smith Rock State Park is located off U.S. 97 three miles north of Redmond and three miles east of Terrebonne. More information and directions are available at www.oregonstateparks.org or by calling 541-923-7551, ext. 21.

October 3, 2017

Redmond Police make two arrests after three chases on irrigation district property

From Redmond Police:

Chelsea Flettre

Brian Duran
On September 29, 2017, at approximately 0056 hours, an officer with the Redmond Police Department attempted a traffic stop on a tan 1999 Ford Contour passenger car for trespassing on Central Oregon Irrigation District (COID) property.  The driver of the vehicle failed to stop for officers and a pursuit ensued.  The vehicle traveled south on a dirt road through COID property.  The officer followed the vehicle onto COID property and a short time later located it unattended.  Redmond Police Department Officers, along with Deschutes County Deputies and Oregon State Police Troopers, set-up a perimeter in the surrounding area.  Bend Police Department Officer Umnitz and K-9 partner Rony, responded to assist with tracking the suspect. 

The driver of the vehicle in the pursuit was located approximately 150 yards from the vehicle.  The driver was identified as 29-year-old Transient Chelsea Flettre.  Chelsea Flettre was arrested and lodged at the Deschutes County Jail for Elude, Criminal Trespass, and Probation Violation. 

On September 29, 2017, at approximately 2336 hours, an officer with the Redmond Police Department located a stolen vehicle, white 1995 Oldsmobile Aurora, in the area of E Antler Ave. and NE 11th St.  While clearing the stolen vehicle, a gray Chevrolet Colorado exited COID property and continued north through BLM property.  Officers attempted to stop the Chevrolet Colorado for trespassing on COID property.  The vehicle failed to yield and a pursuit ensued north, northeast, through BLM and Deschutes County land. 

Redmond Police Department Officers, along with Deschutes County Deputies and Oregon State Police Troopers, set-up a perimeter in the surrounding area.  At approximately 2359 hours a gray 1991 Subaru Legacy failed to yield to officers and entered the perimeter.  Officer’s attempted to stop the vehicle and a pursuit ensued.  The vehicle traveled south on Deschutes County and BLM property.  The driver of the Subaru Legacy, Brian Duran, was located by Oregon State Police when he attempted to exit the perimeter on Highway 126, near mile post three.  Brian Duran was arrested and lodged at the Deschutes County Jail for Elude, Criminal Trespass, and for a Felony Warrant.

Community Reminder
The Redmond Police Department would like to remind community members the COID property, southeast of NE Antler Avenue and NE 9th Street, has been posted No Trespassing.  The Deschutes County land in that area is designated for day use only; meaning people can’t be on the property after hours.   

The Redmond Police Department is dedicated to making Redmond the safest community in Oregon.  In an effort to keep Redmond safe, the RPD will enforce trespass notices so we can protect people’s valuable property from being stolen and/or destroyed.  Anybody with information pertaining to these three pursuits are encouraged to contact the Redmond Police Department through dispatch at (541) 693-6911.    

The Redmond Police Department would like to thank the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office, Oregon State Police, and Bend Police Department, for their assistance with these investigations.

September 30, 2017

Redmond Library October adult programs

From Redmond Library,

Redmond Adult Events, October, 2017


Know Death: The History and Constitutionality of Executions
- Review the history and constitutional status of the death penalty in America with OSU Professor Emeritus James Foster.
Tuesday, October 3, 12 p.m.

The Library Book Club - Discuss Moonglow by Michael Chabon with a casual and fun group.
Thursday, October 12, 12—1 p.m.

SCORE Workshop: How to Write a Business Plan - Local SCORE mentors show you how to craft an effective business plan and the critical elements to include. Registration required.
Thursday, October 12, 6—7:30 p.m.

Know Death: The Journey Into That Good Night in Drama - Explore how the staging of death in drama reflects time, traditions, and attitudes toward death with COCC’s Tina Redd.
Saturday, Oct. 14, 1 p.m.

Uke Can Do It!- Learn to play the ukulele in three classes with Cinda Johnson. Instruments provided, registration required.
Oct. 14, 16 &18, 4 p.m.

Grantmakers Panel - Representatives from Oregon Community Foundation, Meyer Memorial Trust, and First Interstate Bank discuss their grants for nonprofits. Held at COCC RTEC. Registration required.
Tuesday, October 17, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Internet Genealogy - Family History Center Consultant Ann Amadori shows you a few of the many free, online Genealogy resources. Registration requested.
Saturday, October 28, 10:30—11:30 a.m.

Fake News and Information Literacy - Registration requested. Learn how to separate the good, the bad and the ugly of online information using real examples.
Saturday, October 28, 3—4 p.m.

Computer Classes

Open Computer Lab - Practice or get help with tech questions.
Tuesdays, 1:30—3 p.m.
Craigslist for Beginners - Learn how to search for everything from jobs to vacation rentals, reply to postings, and create an account. Registration required.
Friday, October 6, 2—3:30 p.m.

Facebook for Beginners - Learn about popular social networking sites, and get started with your own facebook account.Registration required.
Friday, October 13, 2—3:30 p.m.

Coding Camp: Build a Webpage I - Play with HTML and build a basic webpage. Registration required. 
Friday, October 20, 2—3:30 p.m.

Coding Camp: Build a Webpage II - Make your webpage pop using CSS. Registration required.
Friday, October 27, 2—3:30 p.m.

September 26, 2017

Redmond High thanked by local non-profit

From CLEAR Alliance,
Saito and Capps // Submitted photo

Children Learning through Education And Research (CLEAR Alliance) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides education that focuses on reducing youth substance use and impaired driving throughout the state of Oregon.

For the past 2+ years, Redmond High School has served as the statewide pilot site for the development of CLEAR Alliance’s Teen Marijuana Education Course (TMEC) and its fact-based “Did you know?” media campaign featuring real Oregon youth. Prevention, treatment, law enforcement, medical, and school professionals in Oregon contributed to the content of both projects.

Through this partnership, Redmond High School’s two health teachers, Angela Capps and Nathan Saito, facilitated participation from their Health I and II classrooms in order to provide the feedback and critique needed to refine the projects. Observation and evaluation was provided by Marlys Alger, retired school administrator, teacher and licensed counselor, who approved the TMEC program for youth and adults ages 13 and above. Eric Martin, treatment provider and Past President and Director Emeritus of the Addiction Counselor Certification Board of Oregon, has evaluated pre and post survey data from the TMEC program, measuring its success.

“From class to class, we continually observed students surprised by how much they did not know about today’s marijuana. We hope that TMEC can be an educational tool for the rest of the state,” said Nathan Saito. 

“Due to the support of Redmond High School and the willingness of its staff to partner in spearheading, TMEC was piloted to a younger audience at a local middle school, then expanded to all of the Driver Education Programs in Central Oregon, and then added two more high schools,” said Mandi Puckett, Executive Director of CLEAR Alliance.

In August of 2017, CLEAR Alliance provided a TMEC Train-the- Instructor conference and trained 114 diverse public-service professionals from across the state. As a result, 27 Oregon counties now have TMEC instructors, and 17 counties are already underway with implementing the curriculum, which meets several of the Oregon Department of Education’s Health Standards and Performance Indicators. 

“This has been a fulfilling partnership with CLEAR Alliance, as evidenced by the additional number of counties that have been reached in such a short amount of time,” stated Paul Nolan, Principal of Redmond High School.

On September 20, 2017 three full sets of the “Did you know?” campaign ads (39 posters per set) were presented to Nathan Saito, Angela Capps (pictured here with Cindy Brockett from CLEAR Alliance) and Redmond High School Principal Paul Nolan in appreciation for the school’s support.

“It is so exciting to recognize the faces of local youth on the “Did you know?” campaign posters, billboards and even in our local movie theaters,” commented Angela Capps. “We are proud our school could partner with such a passionate organization in supporting the endeavor to educate kids and parents about substance use and impaired driving in Oregon,” she said.

Additional training requests have been received by CLEAR Alliance and regional trainings are being scheduled across Oregon. Training information as well as the “Did you know?” campaign ads are available online at www.ClearAlliance.org

Remembering Bob Eberhard

From Eberhard's Dairy:

Bob Eberhard
Mark (left) and Bob Eberhard with awards from the Redmond Chamber of Commerce. Eberhard’s won the Redmond Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year award for 2014. Bob Eberhard is a past recipient of the Redmond Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year award. Eberhard’s has been in business in Redmond since 1951. Gary Newman / Spokesman file photo
Robert Lee Eberhard
May 6, 1935-September 26, 2017September 26, 2017

Robert L. Eberhard (Bob), the familiar face and voice of Eberhard's Dairy
Products in Central Oregon, died at age 82, Sept. 26  at
his home in Redmond, ending his fight with cancer.

Bob Eberhard was born May 6, 1935 in Prineville, Oregon to John and Nelda
Eberhard. In 1953, Bob graduated from Redmond Union High School.  He
attended Central Oregon Community College before transferring to Oregon
State University where he received a Bachelor of Science Degree in business
with a technical minor in dairy products.  Bob was a member of Delta Tau
Delta Fraternity.

Bob met his wife Kaye at OSU and they were married on July 3, 1958, for 57
years until Kaye passed away on March 25, 2016.  They had two children:
Theodore Lee, who died in April 2011 from ALS, and Holly Lynn
Eberhard-Maloney, who survives.  Also surviving are grandson James David
(JD) Maloney, Jr., and two step grandchildren: Connor Flanagan and McKenzie

After graduating from OSU, Bob went to work for Del Monte in San Francisco
and then Seattle. In 1962 Bob went to work for Dictaphone Corporation in
Seattle.  Bob and Kaye adopted their first child Theodore Lee and in August
of 1964, Bob, Kaye and Ted moved to Redmond to join the family business with
his father John Eberhard.  In 1965, the Eberhard family grew with the
adoption of their second child, Holly Lynn.

During that time Bob, joined with his two brothers, Jack and Richard,
working together with their father and other family members, expanded the
family business into what it is today. Currently Eberhard's Dairy Products
is a full service dairy operation, located in Redmond, Oregon, employing
over 50 people, with distribution throughout state of Oregon.  It is
currently operated by third generation family member, Mark Eberhard, Bob's

Bob has created a lasting impact and legacy in Redmond, Central Oregon, and
State wide with his community service as a member and chairman of the boards
of St. Charles Health System, and Central Oregon Community College. In
addition, he served as a board member and president of the Redmond Chamber
of Commerce and of the Redmond Executives Association, and the boards of
High Desert Museum, Redmond Development Commission, OSU Alumni Association,
and the Beaver Club.  Bob was an avid Beaver supporter, rarely missing the
Beavers' home games. Bob was a member of the Redmond Presbyterian Church.

In the business world, Bob served on the board of the Oregon Dairy Products
Commission, as a board member and Chairman of the Board of National Quality
Check'd Dairy Products Association.  In addition, Bob served on the board of
directors of a number of other businesses in which he owned an interest.

Bob is also survived by his brother Richard Eberhard, sister Mary Louise
Barnes, and many nephews and nieces.

Service information forthcoming, with Redmond Memorial Chapel, presiding
over arrangements

Bob Eberhard passes away

From the Redmond Chamber of Commerce:

Redmond has lost a pillar of the community, Bob Eberhard passed away this morning in his home with the love and support of his family, friends. 

Bob was a long time Redmond resident, strong community leader, dedicated business owner and avid supporter of the Redmond Chamber of Commerce & CVB.  Mr. Eberhard served on the Redmond Chamber Board of Directors and was President in 1986.  His commitment and dedication to the Redmond community has helped make Redmond what it is today.  He has left a lasting mark on the community, the Redmond Chamber, and we are all the better for having known him.

Bob was proceeded in death by his wife Kaye in 2016 and their son Ted, who passed away in, 2011.  He is survived by his daughter Holly, two step-grandchildren Connor and McKenzie Flanagan and one grandson James Maloney, Jr.

Bob will be truly missed and we will forever hear him telling us if you can’t find their products in the grocery store, to “Tell the Manager I want my Eberhard’s”.  

We will provide more details on any service or memorial, once they become available.

September 25, 2017

BLM offers livestock farmers increased grazing authorization flexibility

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The Bureau of Land Management announced a new initiative today to provide grazing permit holders an unprecedented level of flexibility in the management of livestock while also protecting the public lands. This effort emphasizes the Trump Administration's goal of promoting shared conservation stewardship of public lands while supporting uses such as grazing.

"Farmers and ranchers know the wildlife and the land they work better than anyone, it only makes sense that we would enlist them in conservation efforts," said Department of the Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke. "One of my top goals is for the government to be a better neighbor, land manager, and partner. I think it's is a great step in that direction. I applaud the team at BLM for coming up with this innovative program."

Under the demonstration program, the BLM will work with grazing permittees and other stakeholders in identifying 6 to 12 "Outcome-Based Grazing Authorizations" in its first year. Grazing authorizations typically emphasize process and prescription. The new authorizations will instead emphasize ecological outcomes, allowing livestock operators more flexibility to make adjustments in response to changing conditions such as drought or wildland fire. This innovative concept is intended to develop and determine the effectiveness of these permits to manage livestock grazing on public lands in order to meet both natural resource and operational objectives.

"This initiative is in line with the Administration's priority promoting shared stewardship of public lands and giving local stakeholders a say in how these lands are managed," said Michael D. Nedd, acting BLM Director. "This demonstration project will allow permittees and the BLM to work together more efficiently and effectively to support sustainable grazing operations."

The new authorizations will emphasize conservation performance, ecological outcomes and cooperative management of public lands that will also provide greater opportunity for an operator to manage ranching operations that are both economically and environmentally sustainable.

Through this new demonstration program, the BLM plans to work with permit holders and other stakeholders to show that livestock grazing on the public lands can operate under a more flexible framework than is commonly used in order to better reach agreed upon habitat or vegetation goals. The BLM and its partners in the grazing community will share experiences and best practices that will determine if additional authorizations can be successful in the future.

The BLM administers nearly 18,000 permits and leases held by ranchers who graze their livestock (mostly cattle and sheep) on more than 21,000 allotments. Livestock grazing occurs on 155 million acres of public lands.

The BLM will solicit project proposals through its state offices with a deadline of Oct. 13.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any federal agency. This land is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America's public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.

September 24, 2017

United Way Campaign Rally Continental Breakfast

From United Way of Deschutes County,

United Way Launches Community Fundraising Campaign

· The event is at 7:30 a.m., Tuesday 9/26, at the Bend Library.
· RSVP here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/united-way-campaign-rally-continental-breakfast-tickets-37957578138.
· Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1918008898465767

United Way of Deschutes County launches its annual community fundraising campaign on Tuesday, September 26, with a Campaign Rally Continental Breakfast. The local nonprofit recently changed its focus, approach, and grant making strategy, and now serves as an incubator, convener, and collaborator, as well as a funder, in addressing the needs of Central Oregon. The organization creates change and improves lives by finding and taking on community characteristics that cause or contribute to critical problems.

Some of the funds raised in this year’s campaign will be directed towards the organization’s social change work: reducing childhood trauma and increasing resilience. By focusing on trauma and resilience, the nonprofit is addressing root causes of challenges in education, income, and financial stability that face our community.

These three areas are crucial because they are the foundation of opportunity and success, along with basic needs like food, safety, and shelter. This is why, in addition to social change initiatives, funds raised in this campaign will also support United Way’s ongoing traditional investments in basic needs, which make up our community’s safety net, and prevention and development, which strengthen our community.

To learn more, attend the Campaign Rally Continental Breakfast held in the Brooks Room in the downtown Bend Deschutes Public Library, located at 601 NW Wall Street in Bend.

September 23, 2017

Psychiatric patient escapes at rest area north of Madras

From Oregon State Police:

On Friday September 22nd, 2017 Oregon State Police dispatch was notified by J&R Secure Transport that a single male they were transporting from a psychiatric facility in Pendleton Oregon to Bend Oregon had escaped their custody at the Cow Canyon rest area. This rest area is on Highway 97 and is located approximately 21 miles south of Maupin in Wasco County. The individual is identified as 22 year old Rodrick Edminston. 

Oregon State Police and the Wasco County Sheriff's Office responded and conducted a search of the area. Edminston was not located and is still outstanding. He is described as being a Native American male adult, approximately 5' 8" tall, 123lbs with black hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a red shirt, shorts, and red tennis shoes. Edminston was not restrained while being transported and was not armed. Edminston was classified as "dangerous" by Lifeways Inc. Lifeways Inc stated Edminston was being held on a mental health hold. No criminal charges are pending against him at this time. He is classified as schizophrenic. There are no known family or friends in the immediate area that he was last seen. If you see and or come in contact with Edminston please contact your local law enforcement or Lifeways directly at (541) 276-6207.

September 22, 2017

Merkley seeks to protect worker rights in Washington D.C.

From Office of Senator Jeff Merkley

Merkley Joins Warren, Senate Colleagues on Bill to Protect Worker Rights
The legislation comes ahead of the NAFTA renegotiation

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Oregon’s U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley on Wednesday joined U.S. Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) as a cosponsor of the Protecting Workers and Improving Labor Standards Act, to prohibit states from introducing or enforcing laws that make it harder for workers to form unions and fight for higher wages and better working conditions.

“The key question for trade deals is whether they create good-paying jobs for working Americans, or destroy good-paying jobs. For the last two decades, NAFTA has clearly failed this test,” Merkley said. “So-called ‘right-to-work’ laws also fail that test. Under these laws, employees in unionized workplaces reap the benefits of union membership — such as the ability to negotiate a fair wage, workplace protections, and essential benefits — without contributing to it. Meanwhile, the union is deprived of funds and is not able to effectively advocate for employees.

“This outcome is, of course, the reason that big business lobbyists and their friends in government push for these laws. If we want to create good-paying jobs for working Americans, we need to use the renegotiation of NAFTA as an opportunity to prevent state governments from undermining unions’ ability to advocate for employee wages, benefits, and protections.”

The Protecting Workers and Improving Labor Standards Act would repeal Section 14(b) of the Taft-Hartley Act, which currently gives states the ability to ban union security agreements — so-called “right-to-work” laws. The introduction comes days before the third round of renegotiations of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) are set to take place in Ottawa. An evaluation of state “right-to-work” laws is part of the renegotiation of NAFTA given their impact on worker rights and workplace protections.

Additional Senate cosponsors include Senators Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.), Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), and Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.). Congressman Brad Sherman (D-Calif.) on Wednesday announced that he will introduce companion legislation in the House of Representatives, along with five of his colleagues.

In 1947, Section 14(b) of the Taft Hartley Act (an Act that passed by overriding President Truman's veto) allowed states to pass legislation that eliminates the ability of unions to collect dues from those who benefit from union contracts. The result encourages a race to the bottom, as states compete to attract employers by offering weak labor laws and, as a result, lower wages.