December 4, 2017

9-year-old Redmond boy killed in Government Camp crash

From Oregon State Police:

On Sunday, December 3rd, 2017, at about 3:45 p.m., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a report of a two-vehicle crash on Highway 26 at milepost 65. 

Preliminary investigation revealed that a white 2004 Ford Excursion, operated by Kenneth Steven SCHMIDT, age 53, and passengers: Cindy Ann SCHMIDT, age 50, and female juvenile, age 9, all of Crooked River Ranch, were traveling westbound on Highway 26, and lost control on the snow-covered highway and crossed into the eastbound lane. The Ford hit an eastbound silver 2013 Subaru Outback, operated by Debra Jean HAHN, age 48, and passengers: Linda Jean TODD, age 68, and a male juvenile, age 9, all of Redmond. 

The male juvenile passenger in the Subaru was pronounced deceased at the scene. All the occupants in the Ford received minor injuries but were not transported. HAHN was transported by ambulance to a local hospital and TODD was transported by air ambulance to Emanuel Hospital with critical injuries. 

ODOT was on scene and assisted with traffic control to allow vehicles access to the crash scene. Detours were put in place once stopped traffic was released. 

OSP was assisted on scene by Hoodland Fire, ODOT, and AMR. 

Anyone who may have witnessed the incident who was not interviewed at the scene is requested to call Oregon State Police Trooper McNeely at (971) 271-3872 or email at

This is an ongoing investigation and more information will be released when available. 

State Rep. Whisnant won't seek reelection

From Rep. Gene Whisnant:

State Rep. Gene Whisnant, R-Sunriver, left, and Sen. Tim Knopp, R-Bend, address the audience at a March 31 town hall meeting at Redmond City Hall. (Geoff Folsom/Spokesman photo)
Salem, Ore. - State Representative Gene Whisnant (R-Sunriver) announced today that he will not seek a ninth term as a member of the Oregon House of Representatives.
“Serving HD 53 constituents and Oregonians for over 15 years when this term ends has been an honor and great experience,” Rep. Whisnant said. “I am proud of our office’s record of helping seniors, veterans, and citizens as they interact with our government. I’m also proud of the good policies we have passed concerning areas like transparency and accountability, PK-12 education, higher education costs, the health and safety of children and housing issues. I think my voting record and legislative bills reflect my commitment to commonsense and to taking whatever actions are necessary to improve the quality of life for all Oregonians.”
Rep. Whisnant was appointed September 5, 2003 as the state representative for HD 53. During his career, he has served as Republican House caucus deputy whip, whip, and assistant leader. 
During his legislative career Rep. Whisnant had the the opportunity to serve on the Joint Ways & Means; Public Safety and Education Subcommittees; E-Board; Joint Legislative Audits; Joint Transparency Advisory; Joint Interim Committee on Public Education Appropriation; Education; Judicial; Higher Education & Workforce Development, and Human Services. In the 2011 “30-30” session; he served as co-chair of the House General Government & Consumer Protection committee. 
Rep. Whisnant also served on the Oregon Commission on Children & Families, as an Education Commission of the States commissioner, on the NCSL Standing Education Committee, on the CSG/NCSL Task Force on “Employing people with Disabilities” and as ALEC State Chair and ALEC International Affairs and Federalism Task Force chair. He has received numerous awards from non-profits and service organizations throughout the years.
Rep. Whisnant stated, “I could not have served this long without my wife Josie’s support and professional assistance along with the other dedicated public servants who have helped me perform this duty. I believe I have earned the respect of the voters, legislators from both sides of the aisle, legislative support and staff personnel, lobbyists, my assistants and interns and will miss working with them all.
“I served in the USAF for over 27 years with over 13 different jobs and moved over 12 times, but I will have served in this job longer than any other with the support of the voters.
“I look forward to completing my term and being active in the interim and 2018 session. I have already submitted my two authorized bills for the next session. After my term ends, Josie and I plan to travel more and spend more time with family in North Carolina. I plan to remain an active citizen involved in efforts to improve the quality of life for all Oregonians.  My work on transparency and accountability provides all Oregonians the means to keep a close look on our state government.”

Obituaries for the Nov. 29 Spokesman

Joy Diane (Colpitts) Hudson , of Bend
Nov. 18, 1932 - Nov. 13, 2017
Baird Funeral Home of Bend is honored to serve Ms. Hudson’s family. Please visit our website, to share condolences and sign our online guest book.541-382-0903
Private services will be held. 
Contributions may be made to:


Jack V. Page, of Redmond
Nov. 25, 1926 - Nov. 17, 2017
Autumn Funeral Home, Redmond, 541-504-9485
A celebration of 
Mr. Page’s life will take place at a later date.


William ‘Bill’ 
Douglas Looney, Jr.. of Bend
June 26,1942 - Nov. 18, 2017
Baird Funeral Home of Bend is honored to serve Mr. Looney's family. 
Please visit our website,, to share condolences and sign our online guest book. 541.382.0903
A potluck/celebration of life/open house will be held on Saturday, December 2, 2017, from 11:00 a.m to 5:00 p.m., with Military Honors at 1:00 p.m., all at the family home, located at 63695 Hunters Circle in Bend. Please bring your favorite dish. 
Contributions may be made to: Partners In Care, 2075 NE Wyatt Ct., Bend, OR 97701541-382-5882
or Wounded Warriors,


Barbara E. Boucher, of Redmond
April 19, 1928 - Nov. 22, 2017
Autumn Funerals, Redmond 541-504-9485
A private service will be held at a later date.
Contributions may be made to:
Hospice of Redmond,  723 SW 23rd St., Redmond, OR 97756


David H. Burns, of Redmond
Sept. 24, 1941 - Nov. 20, 2017
Autumn Funerals, Redmond is honored to serve the family. 541-504-9485
A celebration of David's life is to take place at the Christian Church of Redmond, 536 SW 10th St., Redmond, OR on a date in early December. Contact the church at 541-548-2974, to confirm date and time.
Contributions may be made to:
ALS Association, Oregon and SW Washington Chapter, 700 NE Multnomah St., #210  Portland, OR 97232, or donate on line, or call 800-681-9851.


Harry Michael Steele, of Redmond
April 12, 1950 - Nov. 22, 2017
Autumn Funerals- REDMOND 541-504-9485
Memorial Service: 11:00 am Sat., Dec. 2, 2017 at Redmond Memorial Chapel, 717 SW 6th Street, Redmond.

November 20, 2017

Redmond man hospitalized in Bend rollover crash

From Deschutes County Sheriff's Office:

Released by: Sgt. William Bailey 

Location: Hamby Road / Butler Market Road 

Vehicle 1: 2000 black Ford Ranger pickup 

Vehicle 2: Dark colored passenger car 

Driver 1: Cody R. Bean Age: 20 
Redmond, Oregon 

Driver 2: Unknown 


On Nov. 20, at approximately 0955 hours, deputies with the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office and officers with the Bend Police Department were dispatched to a report of a single vehicle rollover crash at the intersection of Butler Market Road and Hamby Road in Bend. The driver of the Ford Ranger, Cody Bean of Redmond, was trapped inside the vehicle as a result of the crash. 

An investigation at the scene determined Bean was driving southbound on Butler Market Road approaching the intersection with Hamby Road. A second vehicle was stopped on Hamby Road facing north, preparing to turn westbound onto Butler Market Road. This three way intersection is controlled with stop signs at Hamby Road facing north and Butler Market Road facing east. Southbound Butler Market Road is not controlled and has the right of way at the intersection. 

The northbound facing vehicle failed to yield right of way and turned into the path of Bean's southbound Ford Ranger. Bean swerved to avoid the vehicle to vehicle collision, but then lost control of his pickup and rolled onto the roadway shoulder. 

The Bend Fire Department extricated Bean from his vehicle by removing the roof of the Ford Ranger. Bean was then transported to the St. Charles Medical Center Bend with unknown injuries. 

The other vehicle, described as a dark colored passenger car, left the scene. 

This investigation is ongoing. The Sheriff's Office is asking anyone who may information on the second vehicle or witnessed the crash and hasn't been interviewed, to call into non-emergency dispatch at 541-693-6911 and speak to a deputy. Reference case 17-359048

November 14, 2017

Spokesman death notices for Nov. 8

George "Doc" Avery Hill, of Redmond
July 19, 1918 - Oct. 29, 2017
Deschutes Memorial Chapel is honored to serve the family - (541) 382-5592. Visit our online register book to send condolences and share treasured memories at or on Facebook at
A Celebration of Doc's Life will take place at a later date.


Arthur "Art" W. Wright, of Terrebonne
Feb. 2, 1959 - Oct. 18, 2017
Autumn Funerals, Redmond 541-504-9485
A private family service will take place at a future date.


Shirley Maxine Adrian, of Redmond
April 1, 1941 - Oct. 27, 2017
Autumn Funerals- REDMOND 541-504-9485
A private celebration of life will be held at a later date. 


Ronald "Ron" Anderson, of Madras
April 24, 1931 - Oct. 29, 2017
Baird Memorial Chapel of La Pine is honored to serve this family. Please visit our website,, to share condolences in the online guestbook.


Gary D. Galyan, of Madras (formerly of Bend)
Nov. 7, 1944 - Oct. 18, 2017
Bel-Air Colonial Funeral Home, 541-475-2241 
Services have been held. Private cremation was held under the direction of Bel-Air Colonial Funeral Home, Madras, OR, 541-475-2241.


Larry B. Stothoff, of Crooked River Ranch
July 23, 1939 - Oct. 26, 2017
Baird Funeral Home of Bend is honored to serve the family.  Please visit our website,, to share condolences and sign our online guest book.
A private family gathering will be held later.
Contributions may be made to:
Partners In Care, 2075 NE Wyatt Court, Bend

11.15.17  OBITS

Gilbert Fields Rogers, of Terrebonne
Jan. 6, 1960 - Nov. 13, 2017
Autumn Funerals, Bend 541-318-0842
Private services will be held at a later date.


David "Tumalo Dave" J. Meekins, of Tumalo
June 26, 1946 - Nov. 5, 2017
Autumn Funerals, Redmond is honored to serve the family. 541-504-9485
A celebration of life will take place sometime in 2018.


Allen Robert Stewart, of Redmond
Dec. 21, 1939 - Oct. 17, 2017
Baird Memorial Chapel of La Pine is honored to serve this family. Please visit our website,, to share condolences in the online guestbook.


Carol A. Bicart, of Madras
Oct. 16, 1949 - Oct. 30, 2017
Bel-Air Colonial Funeral Home, Madras, OR, 541-475-2241.
Memorial Services are pending.


Marion ‘Wes’ L. Westfall, of Madras
Jan. 13, 1935 - Nov. 5, 2017
Bel-Air Colonial Funeral Home, Madras, OR., 541-475-2241
Memorial Celebration of Life will be held at 3pm Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017 at Good Shepherd Community Church, 28986, SE Haley Rd., Boring, OR 97009.


Michael Anthony Carter
Dec. 11, 1969 - Nov. 2, 2017
Bel-Air Colonial Funeral Home, Madras, OR, 541-475-2241.
No Services will be held.


Timothy Earl Sexton, of Madras
Sept. 7, 1941 - Nov. 10, 2017
Bel-Air Colonial Funeral Home, Madras, OR, 541-475-2241.
No Services will be held.


Ella "Jan" Ruckel, of Prineville
Dec. 31, 1961 - Nov. 6, 2017
Prineville Funeral Home, 541-447-6459
There was a memorial service for Jan on Nov. 10, 2017 at 10:00 am at the Redmond Church of Christ.


Martha Cacho, of Redmond
July 22, 1935 - Nov. 5, 2017
Redmond Memorial Chapel is honored to serve the family.  541-548-3219. Please leave condolences at
Recitation of the Rosary was at 10:30 AM, with Funeral Mass at 11:00 AM, followed by a reception, Saturday, November 11, 2017 at  St. Thomas Catholic Church, 1720 NW 19th St., Redmond, OR 97756.
Contributions may be made to:
The St. Thomas Catholic Church building fund.

Downtown Redmond Historic District named to National Register of Historic Places

From the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department:

The Redmond Downtown Historic District in Deschutes County is among Oregon's latest entries in the National Register of Historic Places. 

The Redmond Downtown Historic District embraces the historic commercial core of Redmond, including 43 downtown buildings located primarily along SW 6th Street roughly between SW Forest Avenue and SW Cascade Avenue. The historic district reflects the period of economic and commercial growth in Redmond between 1910 and 1960, beginning with the years shortly after the founding of the city, when the earliest remaining downtown buildings were constructed, up through the end of major expansion in the post-World War II era. During this period, the population of Redmond expanded from 216 in 1910 to 3,340 in 1960. Architecturally, the district demonstrates the continuity of dominant design styles during the pre-war period of the twentieth century, including Colonial Revival, Classical Revival, Art Deco, and Streamlined Moderne styles, and extending to the early post-war architectural styles, in particular, the International Style. 

Oregon's State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation recommended the district's nomination during their June 2017 meeting and on October 30, 2017, the district was formally listed by the Keeper of the National Register in Washington DC. The Redmond Downtown Historic District is now one of six listings in the National Register, and the second historic district in the city to be listed. The National Register is maintained by the National Park Service under the authority of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966. 

More information about the National Register and recent Oregon lists is online at (click on "National Register" at left of page).

November 1, 2017

Redmond library adults programs November 2017

From the Redmond Library,

Redmond Adult Events, November, 2017


Music in Public Places: Enjoy a performance by the Brass Ensemble from Central Oregon Symphony.
Saturday, November 4, 2 p.m.

The Library Book Club: Discuss The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George with a casual and fun group.
Thursday, November 9, 12—1 p.m.

SCORE Workshop - Financial Fundamentals for Small Businesses: Learn about budget formats, identify key assumptions including revenue, cost and overhead, and begin to build a budget for your business. Registration required.
Thursday, November 9, 6—7:30 p.m.

Introduction to Finding Grants: Learn to identify funding sources for nonprofit organizations, highlighting the electronic and print resources available for free at Deschutes Public Library.
Monday, November 13, 10:30 a.m.

Know Trails - A Pilgrim’s Story:
 Former U.S. Marine Steven Farrell shares his experiences walking the Camino de Santiago, the ancient pilgrimage across France and Spain.
Tuesday, November 14, 6 p.m.

Know Trails -- Perilous Paths to Progress - Florence Nightingale: Jane McEldowney, registered nurse and world traveler, entertains and educates as she shares, in character, the story of Florence Nightingale.
Wednesday, November 29, 12 p.m.

Computer Classes

Open Computer Lab: Practice or get help with tech questions.
Tuesdays, 1:30—3 p.m.

Excel for Beginners:
Learn the basics of this popular spreadsheet program and create a simple address book. Registration required.
Friday, November 10, 1—2:30 p.m.

Excel Budgets: Use Microsoft Excel to create a budget. This class will teach the user to create a worksheet and enter text, resize and format date, create and calculate formulas. Registration required.
Friday, November 17, 2—3:30 p.m.

Below normal temperatures predicted in November

From the national Weather Service - Pendleton:

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       According to preliminary data received by NOAA's National Weather Service in Pendleton Oregon, temperatures at the Redmond airport averaged slightly colder than normal during the month of October.
       The average temperature was 45.7 degrees which was 1.7 degrees below normal. High Temperatures averaged 62.4 degrees, which was 1.1 degrees below normal. The highest was 76 degrees on the 6th. Low temperatures averaged 29.0 degrees, which was 2.3 degrees below normal. The lowest was 14 degrees, on the 31st.
       There were 21 days with the low temperature below 32 degrees.
       Precipitation totaled 0.52 inches during October, which was 0.13 inches below normal. Measurable precipitation -at least .01 inch- was received on 5 days with the heaviest, 0.21 inches reported on the 13th.
       Precipitation this year has reached 5.99 inches, which is 0.77 inches below normal.
       The highest wind gust was 39 mph which occurred on the 19th.
       The outlook for November from NOAA's Climate Prediction Center calls for below normal temperatures and above normal precipitation. Normal highs for the Redmond airport fall from 56.0 degrees at the start of November to 43.0 degrees at the end of November. Normal lows fall from 29.0 degrees to 22.0 degrees. The 30 year normal precipitation is 0.96 inches.
       The National Weather Service is an office of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, an agency of the U.S. Commerce Department.

On the web:
NOAA National Weather Service in Pendleton, Oregon:

October 27, 2017

Help sought in Jefferson County mule deer poaching

From Oregon State Police:

The Oregon State Police Fish & Wildlife Division is asking for the public's help to identify the person(s) responsible for the unlawful taking and wasting of two mule deer bucks in Jefferson County. 

On the afternoon of October 23, 2017, OSP Fish and Wildlife Troopers were notified by a landowner of two dead buck deer with their heads and a small portion of meat removed on Cold Camp Road, near the town of Ashwood. 

Investigation revealed the deer had been shot and killed by a high powered rifle. It is believed the deer had been killed over the weekend of Oct 20-22. 

The public is urged to call Oregon State Police Sergeant Andrew Vanderwerf or Senior Trooper Craig Gunderson through the Turn In Poachers (TIP) hotline at 1-800-452-7888 or 541-296-2161

** Report Wildlife and Habitat Law Violators** 

Poaching wildlife and damaging habitats affects present and future generations of wildlife, impacts communities and the economy, and creates enforcement challenges. 

The Turn-In-Poachers (TIP) reward is paid for information leading to the arrest/conviction of person(s) for the illegal possession, killing, taking, and/or waste of deer, elk, antelope, bear, cougar, wolf, bighorn sheep, mountain goat, moose, furbearers and/or game birds. 

TIP rewards can also be given for the illegal taking, netting, snagging, and/or dynamiting of salmon, steelhead, sturgeon, and/or large numbers of any fish listed in Oregon statute as a game fish. 

In addition, a reward may be issued for information that results in an arrest/conviction of a person who has illegally obtained Oregon hunting/angling license or tags. People who "work" the system and falsely apply for resident licenses and/or tags are not legally hunting and/or angling and are considered poachers. 

Increasing damage to wildlife habitat by off-road vehicles prompted the Oregon Hunters 

Association (OHA) in 2009 to create the Natural Resources Reward Program that offers a $300 reward for information leading to the arrest of anyone causing natural resources damage by the illegal use of motorized vehicles and is similar to its highly successful TIP program. 

* $1,000 Bighorn Sheep, Mountain Goat and Moose 

* $500 Elk, Deer and Antelope 

* $300 Bear, Cougar and Wolf 

* $300 Habitat Destruction 

* $100 Game Fish and Shellfish 

* $100 Upland Birds and Waterfowl 

* $100 Furbearers 

How to Report a Wildlife and/or Habitat Law Violation or Suspicious Activity: 

TIP Hotline: 1-800-452-7888 (24/7) 

TIP E-Mail: (Monitored M-F 8:00AM - 5:00PM)

October 25, 2017

October 25, 2017 Obituaries

Maudie Marie Rounds
After a battle with cancer, Maudie Marie Rounds of Terrebonne, passed away on Sunday, October 15, at the age of 70, at her daughter’s home in Terrebonne.
Maudie was born in VanPort, OR, to Benson E. and Irene M. Moore. The 5th of six children.
She worked as a bookkeeper, as well as a nanny, for many years. Maudie enjoyed bowling, spending time with her family and her dogs. She was a kind person whom was loved by all who knew her.
She spent a lot of her early years at the Shriner’s Hospital for Children in Portland being treated for polio.
Her family moved to Central Oregon when she was in the 5th grade. She graduated from Redmond Union High School in 1965.
She married RD “Swede” Rounds in 1969, who proceeded her in death, along with her parents; a brother, James B. Moore of Salt Lake City, UT; a great-granddaughter, Chloe Marie Rust; nephews, Jimmy Moore and Wilbert Moore; and a great-nephew, Benjamin Alan Stockton.
She is survived by two daughters, Deena Rounds of Terrebonne; and Dawn Allen of Yamhill; one granddaughter, Katie Rust of Terrebonne; two great- grandchildren, Tyson and Brooklynn Rust of Terrebonne; three brothers, Benny Moore of Prineville; Charles Moore of Hammond, LA; and Tommy Moore of Pasco, WA; one sister, Melissa Moore of Terrebonne; as well as many nieces and nephews and grandnieces and grandnephews.
A private service for the family will be held at a later date.

Martin Padilla, of Redmond
Mar. 22, 1930 - Oct. 19, 2017

Services: Will be held this Sunday at the 7th Day Adventist Church on 9th and Glacier in Redmond Oregon at 1 o'clock.

Gerald Lee Bogart, of Sisters
July 14, 1966 - Oct. 13, 2017

Arrangements: Autumn Funerals- REDMOND 541-504-9485
Services: A private service will be held at a later date.

Lonay "Lon" M. Nelson, of Redmond
Dec. 29, 1930 - Oct. 11, 2017

Arrangements: Baird Funeral Home of Bend is honored to serve the family. Please visit our website,, to share condolences and sign our online guest book.
Contributions may be made to: National Resources Defense Council OR Oregon Natural Desert Association

Mary Eleanor Trussell, of Culver
April 4, 1923 - Oct. 17, 2017

Arrangements: Autumn Funerals- REDMOND 541-504-9485
Services: A private service will be held at a later date.

Linda Joyce Kentner, of Prineville
Dec. 21, 1943 - Oct. 10, 2017

Arrangements: Autumn Funerals- REDMOND 541-504-9485
Services: Memorial Service: 12-noon; Sat., Nov. 4, 2017 at the Prineville Church of Christ, 1095 NE 3rd St., Prineville.

October 23, 2017

United Way of Deschutes county turns 65

From United Way of Deschutes county,

October 25th Event is open to the Public

United Way of Deschutes County is hosting a Transformation Celebration to mark changes in focus, approach, and community investment strategy that the local nonprofit has undergone as it turns 65 years old.

The event will take place on Wednesday, October 25th from 7 – 9 pm in the Deschutes Brewery Mountain Room, located on the 3rd floor of 901 SW Simpson Avenue in Bend. The event will feature hors d'oeuvres, a no-host bar, a short program, and live acoustic pop music by the local band “Popcorn.” There is a $10 suggested donation to attend. Guests can find more information and RSVP by calling 541.389.6507 or by going to

United Way of Deschutes County has recently launched its community fundraising campaign. The goal? Raise $1.5 million to be spent benefiting Central Oregonians. The organization has shifted focus and is creating change and improving lives by taking on community conditions that cause and contribute to critical problems.

Education, health, and financial stability are the foundation of opportunity and success, along with basic needs like food, safety, and shelter. The nonprofit will continue to serve our community’s most vulnerable populations and continue their ongoing traditional investments in basic needs, which make up our community's safety net, and prevention and development, which strengthen our community. Some funds raised in this campaign will support these investments. In addition, because childhood trauma is the root cause of so many health, education, and financial stability issues faced by members of our community, the organization has also adopted reducing childhood trauma and improving resilience as top priorities. Some funds raised in this year's campaign will be directed towards this social change work. According to Diana Fischetti, director of development and marketing, “by focusing on trauma and resilience, we are moving upstream to prevent those challenges in education, health, and financial stability to which we have been, and will continue to be, so dedicated.”

United Way of Deschutes County is a Central Oregon-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization governed by a local Board of Directors, community leaders, and volunteers. Established in 1952, we have been building stronger individuals, families, and communities for 65 years by investing in the most needed programs and services while simultaneously strengthening our community. To learn more visit or call us at 541.389.6507.

October 22, 2017

Redmond DMV office slated to move

From Oregon Department of Transportation,

Redmond DMV office moving to new permanent location
Office will be closed Oct. 25-27 for the move

The Redmond DMV will close for three days in late October to move into a new permanent location. The Redmond office has been at a temporary site since July while preparing the new permanent location for occupancy.

The office will close at the temporary location at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 24, and reopen the following week at 8 a.m. Monday, Oct. 30, at the new site.

The new office will be at Franks Landing, 3835 SW 21st Place, Suite 101. Office hours will remain the same – 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday-Friday except Wednesdays, when the office opens at 9 a.m.

If you need to visit a DMV in person during the Redmond office closure, the nearest DMV is in Bend. Before you go, check the wait time for the Bend office at
Any time you need to visit a DMV office, first check to find office hours and locations, and to make sure you have everything you need before your visit. You also can do some DMV business from home at You can renew your vehicle registration, file a change of address or file notice of the sale of your vehicle online without getting in line at an office.

Redmond woman seriously injured in Highway 97 crash

From the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office:

Released by; Sgt. Kent Vander Kamp 

Location: US Highway 97 at Mile Post 157, 1.5 miles south of Vandervert Rd - La Pine. 


VEH 1: 078DDJ 1998 WHITE DODGE 2500 TOWING A HORSE TRAILER WITH ONE HORSE. DRIVER: TERRY HOCKETT (69 y/o male of Redmond, OR) PASSENGER: MARY HOCKETT (59 y/o female of Redmond, Oregon). 

VEH 2: 345GZD 2005 GOLD CHEVY CLASSIC 4D. DRIVER: DAKOTA JUST (21 y/o male of La Pine, OR). 

VEH 3: ZPT704 1995 WHITE/ SILVER FORD F250. DRIVER: AUSTIN KENTNER (20 y/o male of La Pine, OR). 


On October 21, 2017, at approximately 0446 hours, Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Deputies were dispatched to a reported motor vehicle accident (MVA) near mile post 157 on Hwy 97. Deschutes County 911 received reports that three vehicles and a horse trailer were involved and there was possibly someone trapped. 

Deputies arrived to find approximately three inches of fresh snow on the highway and visibility was down to less than 100 yards due to the blowing snow. 

Investigators believe VEH 1 was travelling north bound when it lost control due to the slick roads and crossed the center line ending up perpendicular to the road way with the front of his vehicle on top of the guard rail. Terry and Mary Hockett were outside their vehicle assessing the damage when VEH 2, travelling south bound approached the scene. VEH 2, driven by Dakota Just, was unable to stop safely on the slick roads and slid into Mary Hockett as she was standing near the front passenger side of VEH 1. Mary Hockett was struck and trapped between the northbound guard rail and the front side of VEH 2. VEH 3 also was unable to safely stop and struck VEH 2 from behind. 

Dave Towers, an off-duty Klamath County Fire District No. 1 paramedic who lives in Redmond, was passing by and stopped to provide critical aid to Mary Hockett. La Pine Fire Department Paramedics arrived soon after and transported Mary Hockett to St. Charles Medical Center - Bend with life threatening injuries. Dakota Just was also transported to St. Charles Medical Center -- Bend with non-life threatening injuries. 

The horse inside the trailer attached to VEH 1 was frightened and uninjured. It was later transferred to another trailer and returned home. 

The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office would like to remind our citizens and visitors that central Oregon weather can be unpredictable and change rapidly during the fall and winter seasons. As winter approaches, roadways can become snowy and slippery with little notice. When driving in the snow or on ice, please accelerate and decelerate slowly. Applying the gas slowly to accelerate is the best method for regaining traction and avoiding skids. Don't try to get moving in a hurry. Keep safe distances between vehicles and take time to slow down when stopping. Remember: It takes longer to slow down on icy roads. 

Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Deputies were assisted during this incident by the Sunriver Police Department, Oregon State Police, ODOT and the La Pine Fire Department.

CORRECTION: The agency the off-duty paramedic works for was changed because of incorrect information initially provided to the Spokesman.

October 21, 2017

FBI Child sex trafficking operation results

From FBI - Oregon


The FBI's Child Exploitation Task Force, working with a number of local and state partner agencies in Oregon, recovered two child sex trafficking victims as part of a national and international operation in the past week. The FBI and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) spearhead the "Operation Cross Country" initiative to recover minor sex trafficking victims and to target the criminal enterprises responsible for the commercial sex trafficking of children.

Across the United States, FBI task forces recovered more than 80 minors and arrested 120 traffickers. In all, 55 FBI field offices working with hundreds of local and state law enforcement partners took part in this, the 11th iteration of Operation Cross Country (OCC). International partners included Canada, the United Kingdom, Thailand, Cambodia and the Philippines.

The Oregon operations resulted in:
  • Two minor sex trafficking victims recovered. (One of these two just recently turned 18 but disclosed victimization that began when she was a minor). 
  • Nine adult prostitutes arrested and/or cited. Law enforcement and social service providers offered assistance to all contacted. 
  • Five adult prostitutes contacted. Law enforcement and social service providers offered assistance to all contacted. 
  • One arrest - Terrence Martell Williams, age 34, on a state charge of promoting prostitution. Arrested by Salem Police Department. 
  • Six adult prostitutes arrested and/or cited. Law enforcement and social service providers offered assistance to all contacted. 
The FBI's victim specialists work with state protective service agencies and social service providers to offer those minors recovered medical assistance, mental health counseling or other support as needed. Adult prostitutes arrested by local law enforcement partners assisting in Operation Cross Country are also given the option to receive social services.

"It can be easy to think that selling sex with children is so corrupt, so depraved that it couldn't possibly happen in my town, my neighborhood, my school. But, as we find out every time we recover a child, these victims are here and their needs are very real," said Loren Cannon, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI in Oregon. "These kids are everyone's responsibility, and they are counting on us -- the FBI, local law enforcement, the community -- to come together to give them a chance at a life we would all wish for our children."

Nationally and internationally, investigators staged operations in a number of locations, including casinos, hotels and truck stops as well as on street corners and via the Internet. With regards to the Oregon operations, we will not release specifics as to the stings, including their locations, to protect the integrity of future operations.

"We were honored to join this massive effort to hold offenders accountable," said Clackamas County Sheriff Craig Roberts. "We've made child exploitation a major enforcement focus at our agency, with initiatives and partnerships that include our Child Abuse Team, the Inter-agency Child Exploitation Prevention Team (INTERCEPT), A Safe Place Family Justice Center and our annual Child Abuse & Family Violence Summit. We salute the FBI, our deputies and partner agencies in their large-scale effort to bring these individuals to justice."

Oregon law enforcement partner agencies include:
  • FBI's Child Exploitation Task Force 
  • Portland Police Bureau 
  • Clackamas County Sheriff's Office 
  • Beaverton Police Department 
  • Tigard Police Department 
  • Lake Oswego Police Department 
  • Hillsboro Police Department 
  • Washington County Sheriff's Office 
  • Eugene Police Department 
  • Salem Police Department 
  • Keizer Police Department 
  • Polk County Interagency Narcotics Team (POINT) 
  • Lane County Sheriff's Office 
  • Springfield Police Department 
  • United States Attorney's Office for the District of Oregon 
Oregon social service agency partners include:
  • Safety Compass 
  • Sexual Assault Resource Center (SARC) 
  • Clackamas County District Attorney's Victim Assistance Program 
  • Clackamas County Juvenile Department 
  • Multnomah County Department of Human Services 
  • Washington County Juvenile Department 
  • Marion County District Attorney's Victim Assistance Program 
  • Lane County District Attorney's Victim Assistance Program 
  • Lane County Child Protective Services 
  • Lane County Department of Youth Services 
  • Kids' FIRST Center 
  • Looking Glass 
Note: Additional information, b-roll, photos, and interviews associated with this year's operation can be downloaded at

October 20, 2017

Oregon fire season officially over

From Oregon Dept. of Forestry
An Oregon Army National Guard CH-47 Chinook helicopter, with 1st Battalion, 168th Aviation Regiment, dumps a 2,000-gallon capacity Bambi Bucket amid smoke over the Mount Jefferson Wilderness Area in support of firefighting efforts at the Whitewater Fire on August 5, 2017. The Oregon National Guard was called upon following Governor Kate Brown's emergency order on August 2. Approximately 25 personnel and two Chinook helicopters are currently assigned to assist Oregon Department of Forestry with the fire. (Photo by Capt. Leslie Reed, Joint Force Headquarters Public Affairs)

SALEM, Ore. -- Fire season has officially ended on all private and public lands protected by Oregon Department of Forestry districts statewide. The last district to end its fire season -- the Southwest Oregon District covering Josephine and Jackson counties -- did so this morning at 9 a.m.

Although fire season began a few weeks later this year because of a wet winter and spring in much of the state, fuels over the summer quickly dried out. Statewide across all jurisdictions there were almost 2,000 wildfires this year. About half of those started on the 16.2 million acres of forestland protected by ODF. However, of the approximately 678,000 acres burned by wildfire in Oregon this year, only about 6 percent was land protected by ODF.

The estimated 42,000 acres that burned on ODF-protected land this year was about 35 percent above the 10-year average of 34,000 acres annually. Nearly half that amount -- some 20,000 acres -- occurred when a single lightning-caused fire spread from a wilderness area onto private and Bureau of Land Management lands in Curry County. In all, the Chetco Bar Fire burned some 191,125 acres, making it the largest wildfire this year in Oregon and one of the larger fires this century.

Lightning storms -- which were unusually absent last year -- started hundreds of wildfires across Oregon, especially in August. ODF's Southwest Oregon District alone responded to more than a hundred lightning fires this season, followed by the Klamath-Lake District with 57 lightning fires, Central Oregon with 44 and Northeast Oregon with 36. All other districts combined reported 37 lightning-caused wildfires.
While lightning significantly contributed to fire starts this year, humans caused the majority of wildfires on ODF-protected land in every district except Northeast Oregon. Regardless of cause, ODF crews and their cooperators succeeded in putting out the great majority of all wildfires quickly at less than 10 acres, and with no fatalities and fewer injuries than average.

The start and end of fire season are set by each district based on the fuel conditions in their area. The arrival of steady, soaking rain coupled with cooler temperatures and shorter day lengths usually triggers the closure of fire season.

The end of fire season removes restrictions on ODF-protected lands intended to prevent wildfire, such as on backyard debris burning and use of certain equipment. Many structural fire departments in Oregon, however, still require a permit for debris burning, so check with your local fire department before starting a burn.

"Fires can start even outside of fire season, so it's always wise to be careful when burning a debris pile," said ODF Fire Prevention Coordinator Tom Fields. "Never leave a burn pile unattended and always make sure it is dead out before leaving." Fields also says to return to the area periodically to double check for heat and smoke. Debris piles can hold heat for several weeks and come back to life under dry, windy conditions.

For more tips on how to keep yourself, your loved ones and your property safe from wildfire at any time of year, visit ODF's Fire Prevention webpage at or go to the Keep Oregon Green website at