March 31, 2017

New trails at Cline Butte area

From Bureau of Land Management, 

Prineville BLM Installs Two Trailheads West of Redmond

Central Ore. – Beginning in mid-March, the Bureau of Land Management Prineville District will be installing two new trailheads outside of Redmond in the Cline Buttes area.

Construction has began on the Cascade View Trailhead, one of two proposed trailheads to serve the buttes portion of the Cline Buttes Recreation Area. It is located approximately seven miles west of Redmond and will provide parking and non-motorized access for hikers, mountain bikers and equestrians. The parking area will include separate parking area for single vehicles and horse trailers and will include a small picnic area and toilets. The trailhead construction will also include approximately 14 miles of horse trails and 24 miles of bicycle trails (pedestrians are able to use either trail system). A portion of the new trail construction, signing and reseeding will be completed this year with additional trail development continuing in the future.

Construction on the second trailhead, Buckhorn Staging Area has also begun. The trailhead will provide motorized access for users north of State Highway 126 approximately eight miles west of Redmond. The staging area will include a gravel entrance road and parking area, toilet, kiosks, picnic tables and primitive camping area. Trail construction will occur in 2017 and 2018.

Construction on the new trailheads is anticipated to take approximately 90 days. After the initial phase of construction, BLM staff will work with volunteers and youth crews to finish the projects by doing trail work, fence building, gate and sign installation, as well as reseeding and other tasks. Both projects were partially funded through Oregon Parks and Recreation Department’s Recreation Trails Program grants.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, 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. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

March 30, 2017

Sisters area receives new Fire District rating

From Sister-Camp Sherman Fire District,

Sisters-Camp Sherman Fire District Receives New Rating

   Residents of the Sisters-Camp Sherman Fire District (District) may see reduced fire insurance rates as a result of a recently completed survey by the Insurance Services Office (ISO). ISO is an independent company that serves insurance companies, communities, fire departments, insurance regulators and others by providing information about risk. ISO has evaluated and classified over 46,000 fire protection areas across the United States utilizing a standardized fire suppression rating schedule. 

   The company assigns a public protection classification (PPC) rating to fire departments on a scale from 1 to 10. A '1' rating is the best possible with only 241 departments in the country achieving this rating. A rating of 10 indicates the department does not meet the minimum criteria for recognition or may have areas of the fire district where homes are located more than five miles from a fire station.

   The District received a class 3 rating, which places it in the top ten percent of all departments in the United States. The class 3 rating applies to properties within five miles of a recognized fire station which includes the stations located on Elm Street in Sisters, Buffalo Drive in Squaw Creek Canyon Estates and the Camp Sherman Fire Station. The District’s previous rating was a split rating of 4/8b with properties having a higher rating if they were located more than 1,000 feet from a fire hydrant. The new rating provides a flat rate for all properties within five miles of a fire station. The District also received a new rating for some property owners whose homes are located between five and seven miles from a fire station. Owners of these properties would have been rated as a class 10 in the past. The new rating is a 10W which recognizes the Districts ability to reduce property loss during a fire utilizing water tenders to bring water to the fire.

   The District was last evaluated in 2013 and has made significant improvements since then. The District expanded automatic and mutual aid agreements with Cloverdale and Black Butte Ranch Fire Districts, improved training programs and staffing. The District also received nearly maximum points for its community risk reduction programs.  

   “We are very excited about our new rating and how it may help the residents of the District,” said Fire Chief Roger Johnson. Johnson also credited the partnerships that were critical in receiving the improved rating. “We have worked very closely with our neighboring agencies to improve services and to integrate our emergency response system,” he added.
   The City of Sisters and other community water associations were also a critical factor in the rating. Forty percent of the overall score is based on the water supply in the community. The new rating becomes effective July 1, 2017.

March 25, 2017

Terrebonne man arrested at state Capitol rally

From Oregon State Police:

On March 25, 2017, at about 11 a.m., Oregon State Police Troopers responded to the area just outside the Oregon Capitol where 200 to 300 people of two opposing groups were involved in a disturbance. One person identified as Matthew Curtis HEAGY, age 31, of Terrebonne, used pepper spray and sprayed a trooper. The subject was detained and found to also be carrying a concealed firearm. 

It was determined that HEAGY is a convicted felon and was in possession of a Firearm. During the time of the event, the firearm was never displayed. 

HEAGY was arrested for the following charges: 
* Felon in Possession of a Firearm 
* Carry Concealed Weapon - Firearm 

This is an active investigation and no further information is available.

March 24, 2017

No one injured in Redmond fire

From Redmond Fire and Rescue:
Type of incident: Structure Fire
Address of incident: 788 NW 28th Loop, Redmond
Incident date: 3/24/2017​​​Alarm Time: 9:15am
Description of occupancy: Two story Single family Residence
Owner, occupant:
At approximately 9:15 this morning Redmond Fire and Rescue responded to a fire located in the attached garage of a two story home. The family was home at the time of the fire and were able to escape without injury. Once on scene, fire crews quickly extinguished the fire before it burned into the living area the home. However, this area was damaged by smoke. Red Cross was activated to assist the family. The damage to the home was estimated at approximately $50,000.00. There were also two cars parked in front of the garage that were heavily damaged. The fire cause is undetermined.

Responding Apparatus: 3 - Engines, 2 - Medics, 5 – Support
Responding Personnel: 12 – Career, 0 – Volunteers
Mutual aid assistance by: Northwest Natural Gas and Pacific Power and light.

From American Red Cross:

Disaster responders with the local American Red Cross responded to a home fire disaster on Friday, March 24, 2017, at approximately at 9:35 a.m. in the 700 block of NW 28th Loop in Redmond, OR. The fire affected 7 people, including 5 adults, 2 children and 2 pets. The Red Cross provided resources to help address the immediate basic needs of those affected such as temporary housing, food, clothing, comfort kits with toiletry items, information about recovery services, and health and mental health services. Additional information about this incident, if available, may be obtained from the local first responding agency/fire department. 

The Red Cross in Oregon and Southwest Washington (the Cascades Region) helps an average of three families affected by disasters, like home fires, every day. The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in our community. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at to schedule an appointment.

Suspect arrested near Obsidian Middle School

From Redmond School District and Redmond Police Department:

REDMOND, Ore., March 24, 2017 — Earlier this afternoon, Redmond Police Department (RPD) responded to a report of a female being injured near Obsidian Middle School on Obsidian Avenue. A firearm was involved in the incident. 

One male suspect is now in police custody. He will be identified at a later time. RPD remain on scene investigating the incident.

As a precautionary measure, Obsidian Middle School was evacuated to nearby Lynch Elementary on Kalama Ave. Staff from both schools worked with parents to pick their children up early. Buses ran on their regular schedule. 

March 22, 2017

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March 17, 2017

Local music teacher recognized for innovation

From Redmond School District,

Redmond Early Learning Center music teacher develops innovative technique

Submitted photo
   Music teacher Erica Pashia recently came up with an innovative approach to teaching music to Redmond Early Learning Center's (RELC) kindergartners.

   Simpson designed six stations for her class called Choice Time Stations. The first station involved rhythm legos, where they learned "ta's," "ti's," and "sh" sounds, otherwise known as quarter notes, eighth notes and quarter rests.

   "It was a fun and productive experiment incorporating choice time with my music class," Pashia said. "The Choice Time Stations allowed the students to choose the station they wanted to learn at by counting the number of students at each station, and they could switch stations whenever they wanted as long as there was an open space."

   Choice time is an early childhood educational approach guided by the belief that children learn best when their activities are self-directed and play-based.

   Pashia explained that she waited until March to begin using choice time in her music class so that the kindergartners would have time to learn the choice time structure in their regular classroom.

   "Sometimes, there was not enough room and the students would "work out a deal" with a student at that station," Pashia said. "It was amazing to watch them problem solve and work with each other to make the most out of their time."

   The other stations included classical music coloring, piano practice, music Twister, music Jenga and songwriting.

About Redmond Early Learning Center (RELC): RELC seeks to be a hub where children from birth through age six and their families can access the early learning and developmental opportunities and supports that enhance their ability to succeed. RELC houses kindergarten from all in-town schools (John Tuck, M.A. Lynch, Sage, Vern Patrick and Tom McCall) on campus and provides access to pre-kindergarten programs and resources in partnership with other agencies.

March 16, 2017

Redmond high schools host 'Empty Bowls' fundraiser

From Redmond School District, 

Ridgeview High and Redmond High host annual Empty Bowls fundraiser

Submitted photo
   Ridgeview and Redmond high students are joining together to play host to the second Empty Bowls fundraising meal at noon, March 26, at Ridgeview. Guests will receive gourmet hot soup, rolls and refreshments made by Ridgeview culinary students with hand-crafted artisan bowls made by ceramics students. Additional hand crafted bowls will be available for purchase. Tickets are $15 and all proceeds benefit Jericho Road, a local charity that provides food and transitional housing to homeless families in the Redmond area. Tickets can be purchased online in advance at, or at the door. For questions or more information, please contact Jensine Peterson at 541-504 3600 or

March 15, 2017

Volunteer recruitment at Thelma's Place

From Thelma's Place.

Thelma’s Place Plans Volunteer Recruitment Luncheon

   Thelma’s Place will be holding an open house luncheon on April 6, 2017, from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm for anyone who is interested in learning more about volunteer opportunities at our intergenerational community.

   “We are seeking people who would like to get involved with Central Oregon’s first and only intergenerational program, where we are Bridging the Gap Between Young and Old,” says Executive Director Stephanie Roderick.

   As the first and only intergenerational community in Central Oregon Whoopsy Daisy, a division of Thelma’s Place will open their doors on May 1, providing services to children 3-6 years.

   Intergenerational care provides unique benefits that are unavailable in traditional care. When children and seniors interact, the outcome is beneficial to everyone involved. In seniors, intergenerational care provides for enhanced socialization and a greater sense of engagement. They have better emotional and mental health, stronger physical health, a decrease in isolation and a sense of value and community involvement.

   In children, studies have reported positive attitude to the aging process, greater sensitivity to persons with disabilities, reduced fear of the elderly, higher academic scoring and more socially and personally matured than their peers.

   At Thelma’s Place, participants will have the opportunity to socialize and interact with children enrolled in Whoopsy Daisy on a daily basis. Together, participating in reading, games, art, music, outings and just talking and learning from one another. Visitors can drop by anytime during the open house, grab a bite to eat, meet the staff, tour our community and find out what the volunteer needs are. There are numerous opportunities to help out, both on a regular and as needed basis.

   This is an open invitation to find out more information, so if you drop by, there is no obligation to volunteer. Applications for volunteering will be available at the open house. 

   “If you enjoy working with seniors and children this is a great organization offering fun and rewarding volunteer opportunities,” Roderick Said.

For more information please call Stephanie at: 503-209- 6827 or

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March 14, 2017

Ten arrested in Redmond drug bust

From Redmond Police Department:
 Amanda Hammond
Nicole Detroit

On March 13, 2017, at approximately 10:09 PM, Officers from the Redmond Police Department, Redmond Police Department Street Crimes Unit and Detectives from the Central Oregon Drug Enforcement (CODE) team, executed a search warrant at 2056 SW 32nd Ct., Redmond, Oregon. Jacob Hill, Samuel Hill, and Nicole Detroit were located and arrested at the residence during the execution of the search warrant. While executing the search warrant Elizabeth Peters left the residence and was located nearby hiding within a neighbor’s property; she too was subsequently arrested. The warrant was in regards to an ongoing drug investigation at the residence.

During a search of the residence and of persons inside, the following items were located: methamphetamine and heroin, as well as packaging equipment and paraphernalia. The following people were arrested regarding this investigation:   

Amanda Hammond, 28 Redmond
Shane Bei, 28, Prineville
Eric Durbin, 36 Prineville
Patrick Higgins, 59 Bend
Marcus Thornsberry, 45 Bend
Jacob Hill, 31 Redmond
Nicole Detroit, 28 Redmond
Samuel Hill, 28 Redmond
Elizabeth Peters, 31 Prineville
Johnny Walker, 34 Bend

Amanda Hammond:

  • PCS Heroin
  • PCS Methamphetamine
  • Felony Warrant

Shane Bei:

  • PCS Heroin

Eric Durbin:

  • Probation Violation

Patrick Higgins:

  • PCS Schedule II Controlled Substance
  • PCS Schedule IV Controlled Substance

Marcus Thornsberry:

  • PCS Heroin

Jacob Hill:

  • PCS / DCS Heroin
  • PCS / DCS Methamphetamine
  • Frequenting A Place Where Drugs Are Used/Sold
  • Felon In Possession Of A Restricted Weapon

Nicole Detroit:

  • PCS Heroin
  • Frequenting A Place Where Drugs Are Used/Sold
  • Felony Warrant

Samuel Hill:

  • PCS Heroin
  • Frequenting A Place Where Drugs Are Used/Sold

Elizabeth Peters:

  • Felony Warrant
  • Frequenting A Place Where Drugs Are Used/Sold

Johnny Walker:

  • Parole Violation

The Redmond Police Department is committed to making Redmond one of the safest communities in Oregon by improving the quality of life in our community. One way we can improve the quality of life is by having no tolerance for illegal drug activities. With the support and assistance of our community members, we can continue to work together to combat the illegal drug activities in our community. If anyone has drug information they would like to share, please contact the Redmond Police Department at (541)504-3400, or through the non-emergency dispatch number at (541) 693-6911. The Redmond Police Department would like to thank you in advance for any information received in this manner.

The Redmond Police Department would like to thank the Central Oregon Drug Enforcement Team (CODE) and Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office for their assistance with this investigation.