February 22, 2017

Police: No one injured when bullet shot through walls "bounces" off Redmond resident's head

From Redmond Police:

On Monday evening, February 20th, at approximately 9:45 pm, Deschutes County 911 Dispatch received a call from the 2400 block of SW Wickiup Court, Redmond, where it was reported a bullet had come into a house, and “bounced” off the head of one of the residents inside, while seated watching television.  Redmond Police Officers responded to investigate.  Officers confirmed there was no injuries and located a bullet on the floor, where it came to rest after “bouncing” off the head of the resident.  An initial investigation at this house confirmed the bullet entered the house from the outside, going through a fence, the exterior wall of the house, and a picture frame, before hitting the resident in the head.

Other Officers were searching the area and located an apparent bullet hole on the exterior of a house at 2486 SW Wickiup Ave, directly to the south of the victim residence.  Officers contacted the adult resident, detaining him.  During the investigation, a 9mm firearm was found inside a bedroom, along with a spent 9mm casing.

Redmond Police arrested Mr. Ryan Pine, 24 years of age, and a Redmond resident, for several crimes (listed below).  The exact circumstance regarding how or why the firearm was discharged will not be released.  However, Redmond Police believes the discharge of the firearm was not intended to harm any other person.  Drug and alcohol impairment appear to be contributing factors in this incident.

Assault in the Third Degree
Reckless Endangering Another Person x 5
Child Neglect in the Second Degree x 2
Criminal Mischief in the Second Degree
Outstanding in-state arrest warrant

The walls and fences of our homes provide a false sense of protection when comes to high-velocity projectiles, such as a bullet from a firearm.  The Redmond Police Department would like to remind all people it is a crime to discharge any firearm within a city limit.  Cities have a high population density. Therefore there is an increased risk of unintentional injuries or property damage when a firearm is discharged within a city. 

We would also like to remind everyone of the four cardinal rules of firearm safety:

1.      Always treat all firearms as if they were loaded.
2.      Never allow the muzzle of any firearm to point at anything you are not willing to destroy.
3.      Never put your finger near the trigger until you are ready to fire.
4.      Always be sure of your target, and what is behind and in front of it.

February 21, 2017

February 15, 2017 Obituaries

Mary Jo Montagner, of RedmondJune 17, 1936 - Feb. 7, 2017Arrangements: Autumn Funerals- REDMOND www.autumnfunerals.net 541-504-9485Services: Celebration of life to be held at a later date.Contributions may be made to: Partners In Care. Cards and flowers can be sent to Autumn Funerals, 485 NW Larch Ave., Redmond, OR 97756.

Eleanor Alice Simonsen, of SistersApril 1, 1928 - Feb. 4, 2017Arrangements: Autumn Funerals, Bend 541-318-0842 www.autumnfunerals.netServices: Saturday February 11, 2017 a Memorial service was held at 10:00 am at The Episcopal Church of The Transfiguration, 68825 Brooks Camp Rd. in Sisters. Reception to follow in the community hall.

Charles Clement, of RedmondFeb. 23, 1920 - Feb. 6, 2017Arrangements: Redmond Memorial Chapel www.redmondmemorial.com; 541.548.3219.Services: A Celebration of Life will be planned for a later date.Contributions may be made to: Redmond Community Concert Assoc., PO Box 91, Redmond, OR 97756.

Sylvia Winifred Cummings, of BendJuly 22, 1925 - Feb. 8, 2017Arrangements: Redmond Memorial Chapel is honored to serve the family. 541-548-3219.Services: A Celebration of Life will be at Redmond Community Presbyterian Church, 529 NW 19th Street, Redmond, Oregon on Saturday, February 18 at 1:00 PM.

Peggy Joyce Marshall, of SistersApril 8, 1930 - Jan. 26, 2017Arrangements: Autumn Funerals, Bend 541-318-0842 www.autumnfunerals.netServices: Memorial Service on Saturday, April 1, 2017 at 1:00 PM at the Sisters Community Church, 1300 W. McKenzie Hwy., Sisters.

Sandra Lee Brendle, of Metolius, ORJan. 3, 1946 - Feb. 1, 2017Arrangements: Autumn Funerals, Bend is honored to serve the family. 541-318-0842www.autumnfunerals.netServices: Celebration of Life on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017 at 2:00 PM at the Metolius Community Friends Church, 575 Hood Ave., Metolius, OR.

Charles Duane Hutton, of RedmondFeb. 5, 1933 - Feb. 10, 2017Arrangements: Redmond Memorial Chapel www.redmondmemorial.com ; 541.548.3219Services: Funeral Service, Friday, February 17, 2017, 11AM Redmond Memorial Chapel, 717 SW 6th St., Redmond.

Linda Faye Frilot, of RedmondMar. 9, 1940 - Feb. 5, 2017Arrangements: Redmond Memorial Chapel is honored to serve the family. 541-548-3219.Services: Services were held Friday, February 10 at 4:00 PM, at Powell Butte Christian Church.

Brian Wallace Harwood Jr., of Crooked River RanchAug. 23, 1965 - Feb. 6, 2017Arrangements: Autumn Funerals- REDMOND www.autumnfunerals.net 541-504-9485Services: To be held in the summertime.

Brian Edward Parks, of BendDec. 10, 1964 - Feb. 4, 2017Arrangements: Autumn Funerals- REDMOND www.autumnfunerals.net 541-504-9485Services: None at this time.

Robert Allen NeedhamDec. 8, 1939 - Feb. 1, 2017Robert Allen Needham was born December 8, 1939, in Eugene, Oregon, to Paul and Nina Needham. He passed away at St. Charles Hospital in Bend, Oregon, from heart failure on February 1, 2017; he was 77.A Celebration of Life service will be held on Saturday, February 18, 2017, at 1:00 p.m., at the Redmond Grange, 707 SW Kalama Ave., Redmond, Oregon.
A reception potluck will follow the service; guests are encouraged to bring a dish to share.
For those who cannot attend, the service will be live streamed on Facebook. Call (541) 688-7036 for more details on where to login.

February 20, 2017

Buzz around with local Beekeepers

From Central Oregon Beekeeping Association

Central Oregon Beekeeping Association hosts Annual
February 25, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

   This year the Central Oregon Beekeeping Association (COBKA) Bee School will be held at the Central Oregon Community College and will feature a Beekeeping 101 class as well as lectures from regional COBKA mentors on topics including but not limited to:
  •  Equipment (Hive types, Bee Suits, Tools, and more)
  •  Setting up a hive
  • Hive managemen
  • “Reading the frame
  •  Pest control options
   This event is structured to provide attendees with all the information needed to begin beekeeping in Central Oregon. The event booklet will include the information discussed during the event as well as handy local supplier contacts, advice on local plant varieties to encourage pollinators and much more. Registration is $35 for non-members (which includes a one year membership to COBKA) and $15 for members.

   With more and more concern about honey bee populations and pollinators, this class is perfect for anyone that wants to get into beekeeping as a hobby, as a serious enthusiast, or as an educated consumer who simply wants to learn more about where honey comes from. While serious beekeepers spend years learning their craft, the COBKA bee school is a great chance to learn a lot of information in a short period of time. This is also a good chance to network and meet others who are interested in honey bees.

About COBKA:
We are a diverse bunch of individuals who share a fascination for the honey bee and its workings. Our members range from full-time beekeepers and pollinators with hundreds of hives to hobbyists involved in backyard beekeeping. Some members do not even keep bees, but are fascinated by the six legs and four wings of Apis mellifera. The Mission of the Central Oregon Beekeeping Association (COBKA) is to promote effective, economic and successful regional beekeeping through education, collaboration, communication and research in the spirit of friendship.

Website: www.cobeekeeping.org Facebook: Facebook.com/cobeekeeping/

February 14, 2017

Check out our photos of new Redmond City Hall!

The Feb. 15 Spokesman features a story on Redmond's new City Hall, located in the former Evergreen Elementary School building. A ribbon cutting is planned for 10 a.m. Feb. 21. Here are more photos from our recent tour of the building:

 Mayor George Endicott stands at what will be the council dais.

 Council members left their name and hand prints on the new City Hall floor last year.

 The main hallway will feature photos from the building's history as a school.

 Jason Neff, Redmond's deputy director of central services, stands in a plaza in front of the new city hall building. He said the area looks like a college campus.

 The information technology room at new City Hall.

 A ribbon cutting for the $12 million city hall is planned for Feb. 21.

 The view from the dais of the council chamber.

 A skylight in the second floor City Hall hallway.

 Jason Neff, Redmond's deputy director of central services, said one surprise in renovating the former school came when the city learned that a rear addition the the building was only two bricks deep, compared to three elsewhere.

 The city logo that is at the center of a plaza in front of City Hall.
Two former Evergreen Elementary chalkboards were salvaged and will be used at new City Hall. The frame of a third will now go around a dry-erase board.

 Jason Neff, Redmond's deputy director of central services, shows an area where the exterior wall at City Hall was intentionally made to look worn.

 The new employee break room at City Hall.

 Jason Neff, Redmond's deputy director of central services, walks in the new community development area at City Hall.

 Jason Neff, Redmond's deputy director of central services, looks out a restored window to the plaza area in front of City Hall.  The city plans to redevelop the area across Ninth Street as a connection between City Hall and Centennial Park.

 Jason Neff, Redmond's deputy director of central services, shows off an upstairs City Hall meeting room. it is planned to be the site of open house meetings.

 City Manager Keith Witcosky's office features his favorite color, red.

 Workers apply finishing touches to the entrance to the city manager's suite at new City Hall.

 A worker paints in the city manager's suite at new City Hall.

 The entrance to new City Hall was intended to keep the building's character.

 Blinds in the council chamber can be raised and lowered with the push of a button if a video presentation is being made.

 Mayor George Endicott leads Jason Neff through an archway at new City Hall.

 The historic stairwells at new City Hall maintain old oak handrails, but also include new ADA-accessible rails.

 The new City Hall executive conference room means the public will no longer have to leave the chamber when the council goes to closed session.

The rear of the new Redmond City Hall.

February 13, 2017

Local nonprofit works with kids, receives funds

From Heart of Oregon Corps, 

$250,000 in Grants Awarded to Local Youth Serving Agencies Providing GED Wraparound Services
Young people in Central Oregon often need more than classes to succeed in earning a GED certificate. The added barriers many of them face – poverty, homelessness, and/or court involvement to name a few – require wraparound services to ensure they are successful in earning a GED and moving on to a job or postsecondary education. 

To address this need, the State of Oregon’s Higher Education Coordinating Commission awarded a total of $250,000 to two nonprofits in Central Oregon that provide GED wraparound services; the East Cascades Workforce Investment Board (ECWIB) received $150K for Central Oregon Intergovernmental Council’s youth program, and Heart of Oregon Corps was granted nearly $100K for their YouthBuild program. 

 Two of just 16 total to receive this funding in the state, these organizations will impact young people across the tri-county region of Central Oregon by minimizing barriers many GED candidates face in their journey to achieving the goal of earning a GED certificate and taking their next steps in their careers.

"This is a great example of the value proposition partnership can bring in securing the resources our community needs to cultivate a homegrown talent pipeline." –Heather Ficht, Executive Director, ECWIB.

Support through this grant will allow COIC and Heart of Oregon YouthBuild (HOCYB) to continue as successful GED programs in Oregon, focused on improving GED attainment rates through increased outreach and community partnerships, as well as individualized curriculum and intensive case management.

"COIC is expecting to see 157 GED completions this year, representing a 10% increase over last year. While some will go on to complete college level classes, many will enter employment for the first time." –Kevin Bradley, Youth Program Manager, COIC

Both organizations offer a job skills training component; equipping each young person with the soft skills that ultimately lead to longer-term success and employability.

"I’ve built houses, made friends, and done things out of my comfort zone. I had failed every math class in high school, but (program teacher) Kelly taught me math and I was able to graduate." - Scott Powell, recent HOCYB Graduate, who earned a GED certificate on top of his diploma

February 11, 2017

Housing market trends from the end of 2016

From Central Oregon Association of Realtors

Decreases in Sold Volume, and Rising Home Prices in 2016

The Central Oregon Association of REALTORS® released end statistics for single family homes for of the year 2016. Areas with the smallest percentage of total sold also saw the biggest increases in pricing. Below is a brief snapshot of the of the market in 2016 compared to 2015:

· The median home price for residential homes under one acre rose 9% while the total number of homes sold rose 3%.
· The median price for residential homes over one acre rose 12%, but the total number of homes sold dropped 3%.
· The median price of land and lot rose 13%, but the total number sold dropped 3%.
· The median price of townhomes and condos rose 3% and the total number of sales rose 10%.

Crook County
· The median home price for residential homes rose under one acre 16% and the total number of homes sold rose 9%.
· The median home price for residential homes rose over one acre 11% and the total number of homes sold fell 1%
· The median price of land and lots fell 26% but the total number sold rose 27%.

Jefferson County
· The median home price for residential homes under one acre rose 14% and the total number of homes sold decreased 17%.
· The median home price for residential homes over one acre rose 2% and the total number of homes sold increased 29%.

· The median home price for residential homes under one acre rose 6% and the total number of homes sold rose 11%.
· The median home price for residential homes over one acre rose 11% and the total number of homes sold rose 3%.

· The median home price for residential homes under one acre rose 12% and the total number of homes sold rose 7%.
· The median price of townhomes and condos rose 2% and the total number of sales rose 38%.

· The median home price for residential homes under one acre rose 11% and the total number of homes sold rose 13%.
· The median home price for residential homes over one acre rose 13% and the total number of homes decreased 14%.

· For residential under one acre the days on market decreased 55% and the median sales price rose 4%
· Townhome and condo days on market decreased by 58%, the median price rose 9% and the total number of solds increased 32%.
· The median price of timeshares and shared interest rose 21%

More information is available at www.coar.com.

The Central Oregon Association of REALTORS® (COAR) is your voice in real estate industry in Crook, Deschutes, Jefferson and Harney Counties. COAR serves REALTORS® by maintaining ethical standards, providing continuing education, promoting the value of REALTORS®, and advocating on behalf of the real estate industry. COAR serves the public by working to build better communities by supporting quality growth and seeking sustainable economies and housing opportunities that embrace the environmental qualities we cherish, while protecting a property owner's ability to own, use, buy, and sell property.

February 10, 2017

Redmond PD announce DUII enforcement

From Redmond Police Department.

Redmond police announce DUII enforcement results for January, planned February enforcement

In January, the Redmond Police Department conducted a DUII High Visibility Enforcement effort. During this time Redmond police placed two additional officers on the road, funded by DUII grant funds. A total of eight hours were worked, resulting several traffic citations being issued, but no DUII arrests during the grant-funded overtime shifts. However, Redmond patrol officers working their normal shifts during January arrested ten (10) DUII drivers.

Redmond Police will continue enhanced DUII patrols throughout the remaining month of February, with a planned patrol on Super Bowl Sunday. The primary intent of these heighten patrols is to prevent deaths, injuries and property damage caused by DUII drivers by removing them from the road. Redmond Police Department officers are trained to look for signs of impairment beyond just alcohol, as many other substances, legal or illegal, can impair a person’s ability to operate a vehicle.

The officers of your Redmond Police Department are committed to making Redmond the safest city in Oregon. Preventing, locating and arresting DUII drivers is one of many ways they are working to accomplish this vision. Funding to support these enhanced DUII patrols is provided by a DUII High Visibility Enforcement Grant, awarded to the Redmond Police Department from the Oregon Department of Transportation.

Please report suspected DUII drivers by calling 541-693-6911 in Deschutes County or anywhere in Oregon by calling 800-24-DRUNK (800-243-7865).

February 9, 2017

Local students win acting awards

From Redmond Proficiency Academy 

Local Students Win Nineteen Awards At South Regional Acting Competition
Eleven RPA students qualified for state competition

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The Redmond Proficiency Academy is pleased to announce that eleven RPA students have qualified for April’s State Thespian Conference. The RPA Thespian Troupe competed in the annual South Regional Acting Competition on February 4th, where the troupe won nineteen awards. In addition to five state qualifying pieces, two other RPA performances were also recognized as Regional Finalists.

"This year’s showing was a true testament to the work done by our RPA Theatre students,” said Kate Torcom, RPA’s theatre teacher and thespian troupe director. “I am constantly impressed by their dedication and enthusiasm.”

Katie Bullock, Siena Baker, Maria Kramer, Alyx Kruger, Aidan Bremont, Nate Viscaino, Izzy King, Marli Messner, Riley Newton, DaleMax Williams, and Cael Reed qualified for the state competition in the Large Group Musical category with the song “Beautiful” from Heathers, the Musical.

Additionally, first-time winner junior Maria Kramer and sixth-time winner senior Katie Bullock are both going to the State Thespian Conference after their winning performances in the solo music category.

“I couldn’t be happier with the result. We all worked so hard and to see it pay off is the greatest feeling,” said Bullock. “I’m so proud to be a part of this department, and I couldn't ask for a better way to end my last Regionals."

In the duo competition, Comedic Experienced division, juniors Alyx Kruger and Aidan Bremont were named as Regional Finalists for their performance of Lovers and Other Strangers. Freshman Tayah Hester was awarded as a Regional Finalist in the Solo Acting Novice division.

“It is really gratifying to see our theatre department's hard work pay off in such a substantial way,” said Kruger, who placed in all three of her events, qualifying for State as a member of the Large Group Musical and for her Solo Acting Experienced pieces. “Everyone brought so much of themselves to Regionals this year, and I think it really shows.”

Freshmen Izzy King and Marli Messner are State Qualifiers in the Duo Dramatic Novice category for their performance of Jailbait. Both were also members of the Large Group Musical number.

“Marli and I have been friends since birth, so it’s a huge dream come true for us to go to State side by side each other,” said King.

RPA was the most decorated troupe from Central Oregon at Regionals and has established a reputation as a strong competitor school in the Southern Region.

RPA also won the Southern Region’s Knock-Your-Socks-Off drive by collecting 409 pairs of socks for the homeless and less fortunate. “This was a last minute effort by our troupe, as the drive was only announced a week prior, and the students rallied,” said Torcom. “It was inspiring to see how committed they were to helping those in need.” RPA Theatre was awarded priority seating at the State competition for their charity efforts.

The eleven RPA winners from the February competition will continue to the Oregon State Thespian Conference, April 6th-8th. The conference is an annual festival that celebrates the talent and hard work of Oregon's High School Theatre troupes. Nearly 1,500 theatre students from around the state congregate in Salem for the three-day, two-night event which consists of workshops taught by industry professionals, one-acts, three main stage productions, and the state showcase competition. These eleven performers have also qualified for the International Thespian Festival this June in Lincoln, Nebraska. Baker, Bullock, and Viscaino were part of RPA’s Small Group Musical performance that earned Superior honors at last year’s International Thespian Festival.

February 8, 2017

Local nonprofit receives funds

By Megan Gram, Central Oregon Cat Alliance

Central Oregon Cat Alliance Receives $21K Grant From PetSmart Charities

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The Central Oregon Cat Alliance, a partnership between Bend Spay+Neuter Project, Brightside Animal Center and the Humane Society of Central Oregon, has received a $21K grant from PetSmart Charities to provide free spay/neuter and vaccinations for 1,000 outdoor cats in Deschutes County in 2017.

High volume, high quality sterilization clinics will be held once a month at either Bend Spay+Neuter Project or the Humane Society of Central Oregon beginning in February. Volunteers are needed to help humanely trap and transport cats for surgery and vaccinations. Please contact Bend Spay+Neuter Project if you are interested in volunteering, or if you see cats on your property. A full schedule of clinics can be found at www.bendsnip.org/events.

This program is meant for outdoor, stray or feral cats only and does not apply to pet cats. If you are in need of assistance with spaying/neutering or vaccinating pet cats, please call 541-617- 1010.

The Central Oregon Cat Alliance (COCA) has been partnering to address outdoor cat overpopulation and homelessness since 2013. Over the past three years, COCA has provided spay/neuter and vaccinations for over 3,000 outdoor cats in Deschutes County, dramatically reducing the number of cats entering local shelters and living outdoors. In addition, over 400 kittens have been fostered and adopted into loving homes through this program. For more information, please visit our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/COCAlliance.

February 4, 2017

Concealed Handgun License classes in Central Oregon

News Release from Deschutes Co. Sheriff's Office


In 2016, the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office experienced a steady increase in applicants for new Concealed Handgun licenses (CHL), transfers, and renewals of licenses.

At times the wait time for an appointment ranged from four to six months. Recognizing the need to respond to this wait time, in August 2016, the Sheriff's Office reassigned existing staff to the Concealed Handgun License Unit.

In addition, CHL classes are offered once a month on Saturday only. This Saturday class allows citizens to attend a CHL qualifying class and complete the entire CHL permitting process in one half day with the CHL license being mailed to them within a week.

With these improvements to our processes the wait time has decreased to two weeks for an appointment. This is one example how the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office is proactively identifying ways to better serve the citizens of Deschutes County.

Please visit our website: sheriff.deschutes.org to sign-up for a Saturday class or book a CHL appointment.

February 3, 2017

Oregon National Guard Air Ambulance Unit mobilized for deployment

News Release from Oregon Military Department


Oregon Army National Guard Staff Sgt. Jonathan Edwards with Company G, 1st Battalion, 189th Aviation Regiment, holds his son, Grant, following his mobilization ceremony, January 27, in Salem, Oregon. Edwards is among 70 Citizen-Soldiers scheduled to deploy to the Middle East where they will provide aeromedical support throughout the Persian Gulf region using Blackhawk helicopters. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

U.S. Representative Kurt Schrader (D-OR 5th District) greets Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers of Company G, 1st Battalion, 189th Aviation Regiment, to wish them well on their overseas deployment during a mobilization ceremony, January 27, in Salem, Oregon. Approximately 70 Soldiers in the unit are scheduled to deploy to the Middle East where they will provide aeromedical support throughout the Persian Gulf region using Blackhawk helicopters. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)
SALEM -- The Oregon Army National Guard's aeromedical helicopter was honored in a mobilization ceremony January 27, in Salem, Oregon.

   Approximately 70 Soldiers with Company G (Golf), 1st Battalion, 189th Aviation Regiment, are scheduled to deploy to the Middle East. The company will provide aeromedical support throughout the Persian Gulf region using Blackhawk helicopters. The unit is scheduled to complete pre-deployment training at Fort Hood, Texas, before deploying overseas.

   Golf Company, 1-189th Aviation, has a long tradition of answering the call to duty. The unit conducts medical evacuations (medevac), search and rescues, as well as wildland fire suppression operations utilizing HH-60M Blackhawk helicopters. The unit previously deployed to Bosnia for Operation Joint Forge 7; then three times to the Middle East in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation New Dawn; then to Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom; and to Kosovo in support of Operation Joint Guardian.

   Aviation assets here in Oregon will continue to backfill to support civil authorities throughout the State of Oregon. Units such as Detachment 1, Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 112th Aviation, with their UH-72A Lakotas based in Salem; and elements of 1st Battalion, 168th Aviation Regiment, with their CH-47F Chinooks based out of Pendleton are prepared to assist the state when needed.

February 2, 2017

OPRD looks for committee members

From Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept.,

Oregon Parks and Recreation Department seek new committee members


   The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is seeking volunteers for four vacant positions on the All-Terrain Vehicle Advisory Committee (ATV-AC).

   The Oregon Legislature established the All-Terrain Vehicle Advisory Committee in 2010, outlined in SB578. Current vacancies include:

-ADA representative
-Rural Fire Protection District Representative
-Emergency Medical Services Provider Representative
-Oregon Vehicle Dealer Association Representative

   The ATV Advisory Committee meets two to four times per year at locations throughout the state to advise OPRD regarding ATV issues relating to safety and vehicle classifications.

   The ADA representative will also serve on the ATV Grant Subcommittee, which meets about twice per year to recommend grant application funding for ATV related projects.

   The interest form and application are available on-line at www.oregonohv.org under the ATV Committees section, or by contacting the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department

   For more information, contact Jeff Trejo at jeff.trejo@oregon.gov or 503-986-0585.
Applications will be accepted until 5 p.m. Feb. 17, 2017.


   The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is seeking to establish a list of candidates to serve on the State Scenic Bikeway Committee in an at-large position.

   One seat is open on the 11-member committee. Members of the committee are appointed by the OPRD director to a four-year term and are eligible for reappointment. The committee meets approximately five times per year, usually in Salem, for an all-day meeting with additional field trips throughout the state to proposed and designated Bikeways. The at-large position is a volunteer appointment and authorized for travel reimbursement.

   The ideal candidate would have experience with proponent groups of designated bikeways, bicycle tourism, community groups, and experience with underserved groups.

   The committee advises OPRD on ways to strengthen the existing program and the proponent groups associated with each designated Bikeway. The committee also makes recommendations to the department on matters pertaining to the Bikeways program.

   Those interested in serving must submit a Bikeway Committee Interest Form by February 28, 2017. For information or to obtain an interest form, go to http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/BIKE/Pages/info.aspx or contact Alexandra Phillips, at alex.phillips@oregon.gov or 503-986-0631.

Rep. Walden to take part in telephone town hall

From the office of Rep. Greg Walden, R-Hood River:

U.S. Rep. Greg Walden (R-Hood River) announced today that he will host a live telephone town hall event on Monday, February 6, from his office in the nation’s capital. During the event, Walden will discuss his recent efforts in Congress to grow the economy and solve the issues confronting Oregonians.  He will take questions and hear from participants about the key issues facing our families and nation. Details on the telephone town hall and information on registration are included below.

“I’m excited to invite Oregonians to join a live, telephone town hall discussion I will be holding on Monday,” Walden said. “I have received positive feedback from people who enjoy the substantive discussions, and listening to what others from around our enormous district have to say during these events. Telephone town halls are a great way to communicate with people in the comfort of their own homes, and allows me to connect with Oregonians who are unable to travel long distances to attend the town halls and other meetings I hold throughout our district.”

Monday’s telephone town hall is Walden’s first of 2017. Walden also recently held an in-person town hall event in Lake County, which marked his 130th town hall event since 2012. Those who wish to participate in the telephone town hall can sign up here or visit Walden’s website at www.walden.house.gov.

Monday, February 6, 2017
What: Live Telephone Town Hall Event
When: 9:45am
Registration Link: https://walden.house.gov/contact-greg/telephone-townhall-signup-form

February 1, 2017

A message from our publisher on circulation

Our apologies to all our valued Spokesman subscribers for missed deliveries during this snow-laden start of the year.  While most of our carrier routes are now back up and operational, there is at least one route which was missed today and will be delivered tomorrow (Thursday) morning.  

If you still have not seen a paper by tomorrow, and have been unable to connect with our circulation folks at 541-923-1370 or our office (541-548-2184), please consider emailing us at circ@redmondspokesman.com, and we will make every effort to get you a paper. 

Thank you.  

Steve Hawes, 

February, Library adult programs schedule

From the Redmond Library, 

Redmond Library Adult Events for February


Season of Nonviolence Book Discussion - DPL is joining with COCC and Building Common Ground to host a 4-week discussion on Eduardo Bonilla-Silva’s acclaimed book "Racism without Racists". Registration required. Thursdays, February 2—23, 10—11 a.m.

Know World War II: Cooking for Victory - Chef and food advocate Rose Archer discusses rationing during WWII and the industrialization of our food systems. Sample foods prepared by Rose will be based on WWII cookbooks. Wednesday, February 8, 12 p.m.

Library Book Club: Discuss Memory Wall - Stories by Anthony Doerr. Thursday, February 9, 12—1 p.m.

You’re Social, Now What? - Join SCORE mentors to learn how to use social media strategically to bring real results for your business. The session is free, but registration is required. Thursday, February 9, 6—7:30 p.m.

Know World War II: The Reel History of How Film Shaped the Views of a Nation - Film scholar Joel Clements will explore how newsreels and animated shorts used the popular medium of movies to shape ideas and attitudes as the United States plunged into war. Saturday, February 18, 2 p.m.

Tinker Tuesday: Repair Cafe - Volunteers from the Environmental Center will come and help guide the repair of small appliances or devices that no longer function. Tuesday, February 21, 5:30 p.m. at COCC RTEC

Intro to Finding Grants - Discover what funders are looking for in nonprofits seeking grants and get an introduction to the powerful grants database Foundation Directory Online. Registration is requested. Wednesday, February 22, 1—2 p.m.

Computer Classes

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

Craigslist for Beginners - The most popular way to buy, sell, and advertise these days is through Craigslist. Find out how to search for everything from jobs to vacation rentals, reply to postings, and create an account. Registration required. Friday, February 17, 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, February 24, 2—3:30 p.m.

Coding Camp: Build a Webpage I - Play with the web programming languages html and css in a low stress, friendly environment. This workshop is intended for beginners and registration is required. Saturday, February 25, 1—4 p.m.