April 29, 2017

Local nonprofit provides free pet food

From Bend Spay+Neuter, 

HOPE Pet Food Bank Finds New Home at Bend Spay+Neuter Project
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Bend, OR – Often times, pets are surrendered to shelters or rehomed because owners simply can’t afford to care for them. Bend Spay+Neuter Project provides various programs that address the root cause of pet overpopulation and homelessness. Sadly, one reason pets are surrendered is because their owners can no longer afford to feed them.

HOPE Pet Food Bank provides free pet food for pet owners in need here in Central Oregon. A partnership between Bend Spay+Neuter Project and Bend Pet Express, HOPE has provided food for over 3,000 local pets since opening for monthly food distributions in 2014.

Bend Spay+Neuter Project is happy to announce that beginning on May 6th, HOPE Pet Food Bank will be moving from the Westside Bend Pet Express to Bend Spay+Neuter Project and will be open every Saturday from 2pm to 3pm at their location in the East Bend Plaza at 910 SE Wilson A-1.

There is no catch, and there are no income requirements or proof of need required.

“Bend Spay+Neuter Project operates on the idea that people love their pets and want what’s best for them. We trust that if someone shows up at our clinic, be it for free pet food or affordable veterinary care, they have a need for our services” says Executive Director Megan Gram.

Bend Pet Express will continue to be involved with HOPE, Stephanie Clanin, Community Events, Bend Pet Express says ”Bend Pet Express is proud of the work that we have done with BSNP, over the past 10 years. Our biggest project to date, the HOPE Food Bank, has grown larger than any of us thought possible and Bend Pet Express will continue our support of BSNP by procuring monthly donations for HOPE.”

HOPE would not be possible without donations from our community. Donations of cat and dog food and cat litter are much appreciated! Open bags accepted! Please contact Bend Spay+Neuter Project at 541-617- 1010 to donate.

April 27, 2017

Local Postal Connections expands into Wal-mart

From AllPoints Public Relations, 

Postal Connections to open service center in Walmart 

   Bend Postal Connections Franchise Owner Pete Pierce announced today the opening of a service center inside the Wal-Mart SuperCenter at 300 NW Oaktree Lane. Opening Thursday, April 20, the arrangement will fulfill customers’ routine requests for a one-stop packing, shipping and comprehensive business service center where they shop. Postal Connections Express™ will be located directly next to the east entry into the Walmart SuperCenter.

   “The joint business arrangement represents a tremendous commitment to customer service and satisfaction by both brands,” said Pete Pierce, who has owned the local Postal Connections in Bend at 2660 NE Highway 20 since 1998 and who was recently awarded the 2016 Top Sales Award for the entire Postal Connections franchise network. “The world’s largest retailer is seeking to improve convenience for its customers. At Postal Connections, we are constantly evolving our business to ensure that customers are receiving top-notch services that make their lives easier.”

   The new Postal Connections Express™ in Redmond’s Wal-Mart SuperCenter is the brand’s second location in the city. There are currently three full service Postal Connections locations in the Redmond-Bend Area. In addition to the Postal Connections on Highway 20 in Bend there is a store at 61149 South Highway 97. Redmond also has a Postal Connections at 916 Southwest Rimrock Rd., which is known for high levels of personalized service.

   A grand opening celebration for the new Postal Connections Express™ in the Redmond Wal-Mart is slated for May 3. The Postal Connections stores within the giant retailer will offer convenient access to postal products, shipping with the leading carriers, freight, printing, creative services for print, copying, fax, passport photos, notary, shredding and other services. Currently, Postal Connections stores are adding iSOLD It® on eBay as a sales assistance service for customers to drop off their items that are sold online with all the work being done by Postal Connections. Customers are sent a check for the proceeds when sold.


   This arrangement is part of a tenant agreement signifying Postal Connections’ remarkable franchise growth initiative aimed at extending the company’s presence by the end of 2017. Postal Connections stores have a reputation for high levels of customer service, which the company plans to add inside Wal-Mart SuperCenters. Beginning April 2017, in addition to Redmond, Postal Connections Express™ stores will begin appearing in select locations across the country inside the giant retail chain.


   With 41 locations across more than 16 states currently, Postal Connections is opening additional stores similar to those now serving Redmond and Bend across the United States and inside Wal-Mart SuperCenters. As Postal Connections expands, the brand is awarding franchise opportunities to qualified individuals who share the company’s commitment to be fully involved in the business, who will follow the proven franchise model and who will be dedicated to superior customer service.


   For individuals and small teams looking for professional independence, Postal Connections is an opportunity to own your own business often driven by the goal to build a family business or to develop a bridge to retirement. The proven franchise model provides structure and opportunities for growth. Military veterans are offered deep price reductions on start-up cost.


   “For those looking to make a greater investment, Postal Connections offers multiple-unit ownership with operating tools to manage many units and build a strong brand identity,” said Fred Morache, co-owner and COO of Postal Connections, and a renowned veteran of the franchising industry. “Our franchise opportunity offers unlimited growth for individuals or groups seeking to be involved in a business that truly has an impact on the day-to-day lives of our customers.”

About Postal Connections
Founded in 1996, Postal Connections is a chain of postal, shipping and business service stores, with a goal of providing convenience and superior service for its customers. The current franchise network owners acquired Postal Connections in 2007 after long careers as senior management at Mail Boxes Etc., now The UPS Store. To learn more about Postal Connection’s services, visit www.postalconnections.com or call (619) 294-7550. For more information on Postal Connection franchise opportunities, visit www.postalconnections.com/franchise-opportunities/ or call 1-800-POSTALS (767-8257).

New Daycare accepting enrollment

From Whoopsy Daisie Daycare

Intergenerational Care Now Enrolling

   Whoopsy Daisy, is now enrolling for kids 3-6 years old for there intergenerational program which opens May 1. As a division of Thelma’s Place day respite, the goal is to assist in promoting social and emotional bonds between our youngest and oldest populations, providing 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 improved 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.

   For more information please call Stephanie at: 503-209- 6827 or stephaniero@thelmasplace.org

April 26, 2017

Kampgrounds of America holds benefit weekend in May

From KOA News Service,

14th ‘Big Weekend’ Event Offers Special Deals While Raising Funds for Children’s Camps


(April 6, 2017) – The Redmond/Central Oregon KOA campground, located at 2435 Southwest Jericho Lane in Culver, is offering campers a special Saturday of camping for just $10 to benefit KOA Care Camps for children with cancer. The Care Camps Big Weekend event will be held Friday, May 12 and Saturday, May 13.

   Campers who stay as paying guests on Friday, May 12 will receive another night of camping on Saturday, May 13 for just $10. The entire $10 fee will be given to KOA Care Camps, a network of 112 independent oncology summer camps for children battling cancer.

   Last year, more than 25,000 camping families stayed at nearly 400 participating KOA campgrounds in the U.S. and Canada. KOA campgrounds have several fun events planned that are designed to both entertain campers and help raise funds to support KOA Care Camps. Care Camps provide a true summer camp experience for children with cancer and their siblings. Last year, the Care Camps Trust donated more than $1.4 million to the 112 camps, allowing hundreds of children to attend at no charge.

   “The kids who benefit from these Care Camps depend on the generosity of campers throughout North America,” said Wade Elliott, chairman of the Care Camps Trust. “The funds raised all year long by campers has really become an essential part of the cure for these young cancer victims.”

   The Big Weekend event has also become the official start to the summer camping season for thousands of camping families in North America. It is a great way to reconnect with friends and family, give camping a try, or just pull your RV out to your local KOA and get it ready for a fun summer camping season. At the same time, you get to help raise funds to send some very deserving children to a much-needed summer camp.

   Campers can to go www.KOA.com to see a list of participating campgrounds and make their reservations for available Tent Sites, RV Sites or Cabins.

   Kampgrounds of America is celebrating its 55th Anniversary in 2017. KOA, the world’s largest network of family-friendly campgrounds with more than 500 locations in North America, was born on the banks of the Yellowstone River in Billings, Montana in 1962. For more information, go to www.KOA.com or visit the KOA Pressroom at www.koapressroom.com.

Check out the April 26 Spokesman!

Mayor George Endicott warns of dark and good times in his annual update, a local pizza shop partners with the city and Redmond High boys tennis improves. It's all in this week's Spokesman, available today at locations including Moe's Food Mart, Circle K and St. Charles Redmond.


April 24, 2017

Oregon unemployment rate sets record low in March

From Oregon Employment Dept.,

EMPLOYMENT IN OREGON MARCH 2017 
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   Oregon's unemployment rate edged down to 3.8 percent in March, from 4.0 percent in February. This was the lowest unemployment rate since comparable records began in 1976. Oregon's 3.8 percent unemployment rate was significantly lower than the U.S. unemployment rate of 4.5 percent in March.

   In March, nonfarm payroll employment rose by 2,400 following a revised gain of 7,600 in February. Three industries added at least 1,000 jobs: professional and business services (+1,700 jobs), government (+1,600), and manufacturing (+1,000). Only one industry cut at least 1,000, as financial activities shed 1,300 jobs.

   Over the past 12 months, payroll employment added 39,500 jobs, or 2.2 percent, which was a deceleration from the growth rate near or above 3 percent throughout much of the past four years. Oregon is still growing faster than the U.S. growth rate of 1.5 percent.

   Since March 2016, Oregon's construction sector grew the fastest, adding 8,200 jobs, or 9.2 percent. Other industries that grew rapidly were professional and business services (+8,700 jobs, or 3.7%); health care and social assistance (+7,600 jobs, or 3.3%); and information (+1,000 jobs, or 3.0%). Meanwhile only two industries cut jobs over the year: mining and logging (-100 jobs, or 1.3%); and wholesale trade (-1,000 jobs, or -1.3%).

Next Press Releases
The Oregon Employment Department plans to release the March county and metropolitan area unemployment rates on Tuesday, April 25th, and the next statewide unemployment rate and employment survey data for April on Tuesday, May 16th.

Notes:
All numbers in the above narrative are seasonally adjusted.

The Oregon Employment Department and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) work cooperatively to develop and publish monthly Oregon payroll employment and labor force data. The estimates of monthly job gains and losses are based on a survey of businesses. The estimates of unemployment are based on a survey of households and other sources.

The pdf version of the news release, including tables and graphs, can be found at www.QualityInfo.org/press-release. To obtain the data in other formats such as in Excel, visit www.QualityInfo.org, then within the top banner, select Economic Data, then choose LAUS or CES. To request the press release as a Word document, contact the person shown at the top of this press release.

For help finding jobs and training resources, visit one of the state's WorkSource Oregon Centers or go to: www.WorkSourceOregon.org.

Equal Opportunity program -- auxiliary aids and services available upon request to individuals with disabilities. Contact: (503) 947-1794. For the Deaf and Hard of Hearing population, call 711 Telecommunications Relay Services.

April 22, 2017

Eagle Crest man with Alzheimer's reported missing

From the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office:


The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office is currently searching for a missing male from the Eagle Crest area, west of Redmond. The male walked away from his residence in the 1800 Block of SW Condor Drive; Eagle Crest. He is believed to be wearing a light green shirt, blue jeans, and black shoes. He is also probably wearing eye glasses. 

The missing subject is an Alzheimer's patient and will probably appear confused and verbalize little. A photo is attached. 

Please report any sightings or information to non-emergency dispatch 541-693-6911.

High Desert Museum celebrates 35th anniversary

From High Desert Museum,

HIGH DESERT MUSEUM SET TO CELEBRATE ITS 35 th ANNIVERSARY

   A visionary’s dream to create a world class museum blossoms in the High Desert Bend, OR ~ The High Desert Museum will mark its 35 th anniversary with a party and presentation on May 12. Diversity in the Desert: A Community Celebration will feature live music, appetizers, kids’ activities, demonstrations at the Lazinka sawmill and special presentations by guest speakers Dr. Tom Connolly, director of archaeological research and Dr. Dennis Jenkins, archaeologist, from the UO’s Museum of Natural and Cultural History. Join them as they explore 15,000 years of High Desert prehistory. Guests can also see Capturing Time: 35 Years of the High Desert Museum, a small exhibition of artifacts from the Museum’s collection.

   Built on the premise that museums should be collections of unique experiences, repositories of memories and places of discovery, Don Kerr, the Museum’s founder, often expressed that the Museum’s role was “…to wildly excite and responsibly teach.” Kerr envisioned that visitors to the Museum would leave not only with a heightened sense of the High Desert’s natural and cultural worlds, but also with a commitment to stewarding the region’s future.

   “The Museum has a strong reputation for developing and delivering unique, thought- provoking programs and exhibitions that stimulate conversation,” said the Museum’s Executive Director Dana Whitelaw, Ph.D. “We serve as a forum for meaningful discussion on a range of issues relating to the natural and cultural history of the region. We are committed to supporting diverse voices in our exhibitions and programs.”

   The Museum opened in 1982 based upon an educational philosophy that placed as much emphasis on personal experience as it did on knowledge. One year later, Kerr contacted Portland Architect Thomas Hacker after seeing an article and watercolor rendering in The Oregonian about a national competition Hacker’s fledgling firm had won for the Arizona Historical Society Museum in Tempe. Kerr was seeking an architect to partner with on the next phase of construction at the Museum, building the Earle A. Chiles Center on the Spirit of the West, a new and expanded entrance pavilion and a new administrative wing. Beguiled by Kerr’s infectious enthusiasm, thus began a long-term relationship between the architectural firm Hacker and the High Desert Museum.

   Set on a 135-acre campus, the main museum building features walls constructed of lava rock gathered directly from the site and incorporates ponderosa pine columns harvested from the grounds. Paved trails lead through a forest to outdoor features such as the 1904 Miller Family Ranch, High Desert Ranger Station, Changing Forest, Donald M. Kerr Birds of Prey Center and the recently renovated Autzen Otter Exhibit. Enabling a deeper understanding of the region’s arts, culture, history and natural sciences through the presentation and interpretation of visual art exhibits, historical artifacts, living history performances and wildlife encounters, the Museum has welcomed over five million visitors since opening its doors… and counting.



   Cost to attend the May 12 event is free to members and $7 for guests. A commemorative pint glass with 5 tasting tickets will also be available for $10. RSVP by May 5 at www.highdesertmuseum.org/rsvp or by calling 541-382- 4754 ext. 241.

   Diversity in the Desert is made possible by The Bend Foundation and with support from Chubb. Special thanks to these companies for providing food and beverages: A Broken Angel, Atlas Cider Company, Bangarang, Cascade Lakes Brewing Co., Cody's Catering, Craft Kitchen and Brewery, Crux Fermentation Project, Deschutes Brewery, Silver Moon Brewing, Sunriver Brewing Company, Terminal Gravity Brewing and Worthy Brewing Company.

About the High Desert Museum: 
The Museum’s mission is to explore the High Desert’s unique landscape, cultures, wildlife, history and arts, connecting our visitors to the past and helping them discover their role in the present and responsibility to the future. The Museum is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization that was founded in 1982.

April 21, 2017

Sheriff offers preparations for boating season

From Deschutes Co. Sheriff's Office

DESCHUTES COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE PROVIDES BOATER EDUCATION CLASSES AND PRE-SEASON BOAT INSPECTIONS

   The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Marine Unit is pleased to announce the return of our free Mandatory Boater Education training classes as well as a pre-season opportunity to have your motorized boat inspected. Oregon law requires Oregon residents 12 years of age and older who operate powered boats of more than 10 hp, to obtain their Mandatory Boater Education card. Failure to have a card under the above conditions might result in a $110 fine. This card is not a license to operate a boat, as there is no such requirement in Oregon. Once a boater receives their card, it never has to be renewed. There is a one-time $10 cost to receive your card and duplicate cards are available for $5.

   Boat operators can also access the testing material and take the test on-line through the Oregon State Marine Board website, but there is generally a fee associated with the test and receiving a certificate. The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office offers four, three hour classes free of charge that accomplishes the same goal. Students watch a video, are given information pertaining to specific Oregon laws and requirements and have the opportunity to ask questions. Students then take a 75 question multiple choice test; a minimum score of 70% is needed to pass. The tests are graded at the class and once a student has passed, they receive all necessary paperwork and information on how to receive their card from the Oregon State Marine Board.

   The following is the schedule of classes for 2017. All classes run from 6pm-9pmand are held at the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office in Bend (63333 Hwy 20 West). There is no sign up or registration for the class, but please arrive a few minutes prior to the start of the class to check in. For additional information, go to www.sheriff.deschutes.org, or www.boatoregon.com or contact the Sheriff's Office at 541-388-6501.

Class Dates:
May 12
July 14
September 8

   The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office will also be providing an opportunity for boaters to have their boats inspected at three different locations in Deschutes County. The inspections will be offered on April 15th, 2017, at Big Country RV in Redmond, Sportsman's Wherehouse in Bend and the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office substation in La Pine. DCSO Marine Deputies and Volunteers will be present at the above locations on April 15th, between the hours of 9am-3pm.

Phony Central Oregon home inspector fined

From Construction Contractors Board,

CCB FINES "FAKE" HOME INSPECTOR/GREGORY MASON MILLER INSPECTED HOMES WITHOUT REQUIRED LICENSES

Salem -- The Construction Contractors Board (CCB) has levied more than $80,000 in fines against a phony home inspector who performed dozens of inspections in Central and Eastern Oregon in recent months.

   Gregory Mason Miller of Bend used a license number belonging to a legitimate construction contractor with the same first and last name, along with the name of an unrelated Bend business. In advertising, he claimed to be licensed, bonded and insured.

   Home inspectors must be certified by the Construction Contractors Board after passing a national exam. Additionally, a home inspection business must hold a CCB-issued contractor license. Miller was neither certified nor licensed.

   "He was doing significant business without offering any of the consumer protections that come with licensing, including a bond and CCB record that would alert potential clients to any history of problems," Enforcement Manager Stan Jessup said.

   The CCB added Miller to its new Buyer Beware list that warns the public of chronic offenders. People who make the list generally are phony or predatory contractors who take money and produce little or no work or who repeatedly violate state contracting laws.

   "The goal is to make sure he doesn't do any more home inspections without obtaining the proper licensing," Jessup said. "And it's a reminder to the public that people will lie -- and do so convincingly - about who they are and their credentials."
Consumer complaints triggered the CCB investigation, which is ongoing.

   The CCB licenses construction contracting businesses, including home inspection businesses and home inspectors. Most any business seeking work on a new home or home improvement project needs a license.

   Contractors must include their CCB license number on any advertising so you can verify their license. To do so, visit www.oregon.gov/ccb and enter a license number or name in the orange "Search" feature. Verify that the license is "active" and that the full name on the license matches the contractor in question. In this case, Gregory Mason Miller did not show up in a search with any home inspector credentials. Call 503-378-4621 for help searching or understanding the results.

   Contractors and consumers can report unlicensed contractors and other illegal activity on the CCB's website or by calling 503-934-2246. Licensed contractors carry bonds and insurance and can be held accountable if something goes wrong. Only licensed contractors can get required building permits.

About the CCB
The CCB is the state agency licensing more than 36,000 contractors. Anyone who is paid to repair, improve, inspect or build a home must be licensed. Learn how to have a successful project at www.oregon.gov/ccb.

April 20, 2017

Civil War reenactment planned

From the Northwest Civil War Council:


The Northwest Civil War Council will present a full Civil War reenactment at The House On Metolius Meadow, Saturday and Sunday, May 20 & 21, 2017.

            The reenactment and living history camps include over 300 Civil War reenactors presenting living conditions and circumstances of the 1860s, as well as battle reenactments. This is the only event of its kind in Central Oregon.

            The beautiful mountain meadow setting offers over five acres of living history with reenactors and characters in period clothing and uniforms. Campsites, stores, medical practice demonstrations, fashion, life on the home front and other activities of the era are displayed as well as Civil War artillery, infantry and cavalry. 

            Mock battles, firing real black powder, are scheduled for 11:00 am and 3:00 pm each day. Presentations continue throughout the day.

            The event is open to the public from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm on Saturday and 9am to 4:00 pm on Sunday. Dress for weather and walking shoes are advised.

            General admission, $8.00. Seniors, active military and students, $5.00. Children under six, free. Family maximum, $25.00. Parking, $5 per vehicle with a donation to the Boy Scouts. 

            The House On Metolius (http://www.metolius.com) is off Oregon Highway 126 / US-20, two miles north of Camp Sherman, off road 1420.

            The Northwest Civil War Council (http://nwcwc.net) is a non-profit, living history organization dedicated to educating the public and members about the American Civil War. Through educational drama at reenactments, participants discover and learn about history and the people who lived in the years 1860 - 1864.

For information about the non-profit organization providing this day, go to the North West Civil War Counsel web site: https://www.nwcwc.net .

For pictures of recent CW event at the House On Metolius visit: http://www.zanesphotography.com/keyword/House on the Metolius .

April 19, 2017

Extra 1,000 eclipse camping sites sell out

From Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept.:



Salem OR -- An extra 1,018 state park campsites were available for reservation starting 8 a.m. this morning, April 19, and by shortly after 9 a.m., they were all reserved. This includes all sites at 16 parks inside the "path of totality" plus space at 13 parks outside the path, where visitors will experience a partial eclipse. The eclipse will occur in the morning on August 21, 2017 and campsite reservations cover the nights of August 18, 19, and 20.




All reservations were completed within an hour and a half. A glitch at one park -- Unity Lake in Eastern Oregon -- caused problems for those 32 sites for about an hour. All state park sites available by reservation are now reserved, though cancellations may return a few sites to the pool. There is no waiting list, but campers can visit a state park's web page on https://oregonstateparks.reserveamerica.com/ and sign up to receive a notification about cancellations, then go online or call to try and reserve a space.




These extra 1,000+ sites were added to the reservation system by converting existing first-come/first-served campsites, parking areas, and other open spaces into reservable individual campsites just for the event. The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department does not expect to release any more new sites for reservations during the eclipse.




Campers who have a reservation along and near the path should continue to watch oregonstateparks.org for updates and planning tips.

Local students recognized in acting competition

From Redmond Proficiency Academy,


Redmond Proficiency Academy Students Win Three Ribbons And Scholarship At State Acting Competition

   The Redmond Proficiency Academy is pleased to announce that three RPA students have “showcased” at the Oregon State Thespian Conference. The RPA Thespian Troupe competed in the annual Oregon State Acting Competition on April 6th, where the troupe won three awards. In addition to the three state showcase ribbons, one RPA student was awarded the Oregon Thespians’ Scholarship.

   "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, Izzy King, and Marli Messner earned a superior ranking and performed for the entire conference in the State Showcase. Senior, Katie Bullock won the Solo Music category with the song “Burn” from the musical Hamilton.

   “It’s amazing to see all the hard work pay off,” said Bullock. “After four years of qualifying, it’s incredible to be able to finally get up on that stage."

   Freshmen Izzy King and Marli Messner showcased in the Duo Dramatic Acting category with a scene from the play Jailbait by Deirdre O’Conor. King and Messner qualified in the Novice category at Regionals, but competed against both Novice and Experienced scenes at the State level.

   “To be able to perform at my first State with my wonderful friend is surreal,” said Messner. “I am beyond proud of her and myself.” King added, “I am lucky that I get to do something I love and have the experience of performing for the entire Oregon Thespian society.”

   RPA was the only troupe from Central Oregon to showcase at the state level and has established a reputation as a well respected theatre school amongst Oregon Thespians.

   In addition to performing in the State Showcase, Bullock was awarded the Melba Day Sparks Memorial Award, Oregon Thespians’ premiere scholarship. This scholarship is reserved for devoted Thespians with unparalleled commitment to theatre in their schools. Bullock was awarded $2000 to go towards her education.

   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.

About Redmond Proficiency Academy
The Redmond Proficiency Academy (RPA) is a public charter school operating in the Redmond School District. In its eighth year of operation, RPA serves over 800 students in grades 6-12 from throughout Central Oregon. Using a proficiency-based instructional methodology in a personalized learning environment, RPA strives to prepare all students for success in college and in life.

New Redmond Dutch Bros. raises more than $3,500 for Beulah's Place

From Dutch Bros. Coffee:


REDMOND, Ore. (April 19, 2017– On Friday, Apr. 14, Dutch Bros Redmond celebrated opening its Hwy 97 location by raising $3,554 for Beulah’s Place.

The Local nonprofit focuses on providing homeless teens and at-risk kids with help, healing and hope, as well as leading them away from sexual exploitation by criminals and predators.

To raise the funds, and celebrate its grand opening, the Redmond Dutch Bros on Hwy 97 sold all medium drinks for $1. Those proceeds totaled $3,554, and they will directly benefit at-risk youth in the Redmond area.

You can follow the Redmond Dutch Bros’ story on Facebook at facebook.com/DutchBrosCentralOR or on Instagram @instagram.com/dutchbros_centralor
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About Dutch Bros Redmond
Dutch Bros Central Oregon opened the doors to it first location in Bend, Ore. on June 25, 2004, beginning Bill and Carol Smith’s Dutch Bros journey. After retiring from his own resource management company, Bill began to look for an opportunity where he could positively impact the community he loves to be able to spend time with his family, and help grow them into servant leaders in their community.

Soon, Dutch Bros Central Oregon grew, expanding from Bend into Sisters and Redmond. They opened nine locations as their daughter Kaelyn grew up with the leadership, and culture of Dutch Bros. She fell in love with the company, just as her parents did. She loved positively impacting the community she calls home and to instill leadership skills and a sense of connection with the baristas.

“Josh and I were given an incredible opportunity to partner with my parents after working with the company for over ten years,” said Kaelyn Costa. “We love Dutch Bros and wanted to make it our lifelong career.”
Never forgetting the culture, or the knowledge they were able to gain with Bill and Carol experience and investment into the pair’s compelling future. Kaelyn and Josh will continue Dutch Bros Central Oregon’s legacy of giving back and growing their employees into servant leaders.

“Expect to fall in love with our broistas’ and the fun, family environment we offer at Dutch Bros,” said Josh Costa

April 18, 2017

Dallas poachers sentenced

From Oregon State Police



TWO DALLAS MEN SENTENCED AFTER POACHING AND WASTING TROPHY BULL ELK 

   David Bruce Maxfield Jr. (age 26) of Dallas entered a guilty plea in the Benton County Circuit Court to one count of Taking, Angling, Hunting, or Trapping in Violation of Wildlife Law or Rule as a Class A Misdemeanor. Allen Craige Boal (age 26) of Dallas entered a no contest plea in Benton County Circuit Court to one count of Taking, Angling, Hunting, or Trapping in Violation of Wildlife Law or Rule as a Class A Misdemeanor. Additional wildlife offenses were dismissed as part of the plea bargain.

Subject to the plea deal Maxfield was sentenced to:
-12 months of Bench Probation
-Perform 40 hours of community service
-Forfeit all wildlife seized during investigation
-Forfeit weapon seized during investigation
-Pay $7,600 in fines, fees, and restitution
-Hunting privileges suspended for a period of 3 years

Maxfield
Subject to the plea deal Boal was sentenced to:
-12 months of Bench Probation
-Perform 40 hours of community service
-Pay $7,600 in fines, fees, and restitution
-Hunting privileges suspended for a period of 3 years

Boal /  Submitted photo

   The charges stemmed from an investigation by the Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife Division Mid-Valley Team which concluded both subjects engaged in the unlawful take of a trophy 6x6 bull elk in the Kings Valley area of Benton County. The bull elk was killed by Maxfield and neither subject possessed the proper tag. The subjects left the bull elk to waste, only recovering its head/antlers. As a result of the investigation the trophy class bull elk and Maxfield's bow were seized. Boal had a previous wildlife offense conviction.
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   A violation of any provision of the wildlife laws (such as the unlawful take of deer), or any rule adopted pursuant to the wildlife laws, is a Class A misdemeanor if the offense is committed with a culpable mental state in Oregon. If convicted, a person can be charged with the maximum penalty of $6250, have their hunting privileges suspended and forfeit weapons or other items used in the commission of the crime(s).

   The Oregon Hunters Association offers rewards to persons, through their T.I.P. fund, for information leading to the issuance of a citation to a person(s), or an arrest made of a person(s) for illegal possession, killing, or taking of bighorn sheep, mountain goat, moose, elk, deer, antelope, bear, cougar, wolf, fur-bearers and/or upland game birds and water fowl. T.I.P. rewards can also be paid for the illegal taking, netting, snagging, and/or dynamiting of game fish, and/or shell fish, and for the destruction of habitat.

   In addition rewards may be paid for information leading to the issuance of a citation to a person(s), or an arrest made of a person(s) who have illegally obtained Oregon hunting/angling license or tags. People who "work" the system and falsely apply for resident license or tags are not legally hunting or angling and are considered poachers.

Rewards:
Bighorn sheep, mountain goat, moose $1,000
Elk, deer, antelope $500
Bear, cougar, wolf $300
Habitat destruction $300
Illegally obtaining Oregon hunting or angling license or tags $200
Game fish, shell fish $100
Upland birds, waterfowl $100
Fur-bearers $100

April 17, 2017

Redmond city hall project recognized by State


2017 OREGON HERITAGE EXCELLENCE AWARD WINNERS ANNOUNCED

   Individuals, organizations, and projects that have made outstanding contributions to preserving Oregon heritage will receive Oregon Heritage Excellence Awards on April 26 in Newberg. The public is invited to attend the presentation with pre-ticketing required. 

   "The award recipients represent the extraordinary efforts to preserve Oregon's heritage," said Todd Mayberry, coordinator for the Oregon Heritage Commission. "They also serve as models for others on how to develop new ideas, approaches, and innovations." 

The recipients will be: 
   -- Oregon Public Broadcasting's 2016 "Oregon Experience" Season, for a year of exceptional programming, which resulted in showcase documentaries that promoted education and dialogue around remarkable citizens and underrepresented communities of the state. 
   -- "15 Minutes Histories" Project, a cutting-edge collaboration between the Deschutes Public Library and the Deschutes County Historical Society that innovatively addressed the immediate access and long-term preservation needs of community-based stories in Central Oregon. 
   -- Aimee Gorham Mural Conservation Project, an exemplary cooperative effort to preserve and interpret a uniquely Oregonian cultural asset, a 1930s WPA-era wood art mural in Portland's Chapman Elementary School created by one of the state's most important female artists. 
   -- John M. Tess, Portland, for a 40-year professional career built around increasingly significant and enduring contributions to the cause of preserving Oregon's historic and architectural legacy. 
   -- Historic Columbia River Highway 2016 Centennial Celebration, a range of statewide stakeholders joined the Oregon Department of Transportation to host yearlong public programs and events as part of a once-in-a-century birthday bash for Oregon's oldest scenic highway. 
   -- Vanport Mosaic Festival 2016, a groundbreaking, grassroots effort that utilized a multi-disciplinary approach through creative partnerships to bring Oregonians together to learn and talk about Vanport's history. 
   -- Kelly Haverkate, for her inspirational and tireless commitment as a Main Street program volunteer, whose work resulted in a visionary, transformative, and sustainable revitalization of the city of Dayton's downtown, a gem in the Willamette Valley. 

   -- Redmond's Union High School Rehabilitation Project, a statewide model for restoration and adaptive reuse of a locally treasured historic building, honoring its storied past while beginning a new chapter as the home of City Hall. 

   This year also introduces the Sally Donovan Award for Historic Cemetery Preservation. This recent addition to the Oregon Heritage Excellence Awards program is given for a project, organization, or person for outstanding contribution in the preservation of Oregon historic cemeteries. 
   The award is named for Sally Donovan, who brought cemetery preservation to the forefront in Oregon. She developed historic cemetery planning and trained hundreds in the assessment, cleaning, and repair of monuments. 

The first-ever recipient will be: 
   -- Dorothy Brandner, for over a decade of extraordinary volunteerism and estimable leadership in the areas of preservation, interpretation, and historical research while serving the Eugene Pioneer Cemetery. 

   The Oregon Heritage Excellence Awards are a project of Oregon Heritage, part of the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. This year's awards are being presented in conjunction with the Oregon Heritage Summit. 
   The awards banquet will be held from 6:30-9:00 p.m. at the Chehalem Cultural Center (415 E Sheridan, Newberg) on the evening of Wednesday, April 26. Special guests include Bertony Faustin, proprietor of Abbey Creek Vineyards, who will share his experience documenting the stories of a growing community of fellow minority winemakers across the state. 
   Tickets are available by using the online registration system that is available through www.oregon.gov/oprd/HCD/OHC/Pages/Conference.aspx. For more information, contact Todd Mayberry at 503-986-0696 or Todd.Mayberry@oregon.gov

More Oregon campgrounds open for solar eclispe

From Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept.

OREGON STATE PARKS TO OPEN 1,000 ADDITIONAL ECLIPSE CAMPSITES ON APRIL 19



   Starting at 8 a.m. April 19, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) will open reservations for approximately 1,000 campsites for the August 21, 2017 total solar eclipse. These sites are in addition to our regular campsites, most of which have been reserved since November 2016.

   About two thirds of the new sites are inside the path of totality, where visitors will see a total solar eclipse. Most of the others are within 30 miles of totality, in view of a partial eclipse. Prices range from $10 a night for a basic spot in a field or parking lot to $31 a night for an RV site with full hookups. All sites include an $8 nonrefundable reservation fee.

   "We want to make this once-in-a-lifetime event available to as many campers as we can safely accommodate. That's why we decided to add additional campsites, all at an affordable cost," said OPRD spokesman Chris Havel.

   All sites will have a three-night minimum, with check-in on Friday, Aug. 18 and check-out Monday, Aug. 21. Customers can make reservations beginning at 8 a.m. April 19 at oregonstateparks.org or reserveamerica.com or by calling the reservation line at 800-452-5687.

   OPRD is making available two types of sites: traditional campsites and temporary eclipse camping spots.

   Traditional campsites, representing about a third of the total sites available, are at parks that normally offer non-reservable, "first-come, first-served" camping. These have picnic tables and fire rings, but some do not have showers. No first-come, first-served camping will be available at these parks the nights of Aug. 18-20:

   Coast: Beachside, Carl G. Washburne (both outside the path of totality).

   Willamette Valley: North Santiam, Cascadia (both in path of totality); Cascara Campground at Fall Creek Reservoir (outside the path of totality).

   Central and Eastern: Farewell Bend, Unity Lake, Clyde Holliday, and Bates (all in path of totality); Cottonwood Canyon, Catherine Creek, Ukiah-Dale, Minam, Red Bridge, Hilgard Junction, Lake Owyhee and Jasper Point (all outside path of totality) .

   Two-thirds of the sites are in temporary eclipse camping areas at campgrounds and day-use parks with sufficient space and facilities. These $10 and $11 per-night spaces provide a place to park and camp in a parking lot or field, but little else. They do not have hookups, fire pits or picnic tables. Some are at parks without flush toilets or showers; OPRD is adding portable toilets to accommodate extra people. Visitors with reservations for a temporary eclipse space will be assigned a space on arrival at the park.

   Coast: South Jetty at South Beach, Fogarty Creek, Driftwood Beach and Governor Patterson Memorial (all in path of totality).

   Valleys: Silver Falls, Willamette Mission (all in path of totality); Champoeg (on the edge of totality); Milo McIver (outside path of totality).

   Central and Eastern: Smith Rock, The Cove Palisades, Farewell Bend (in path of totality); Cottonwood Canyon (outside path of totality).

   Site descriptions for all eclipse camping areas is at oregonstateparks.org, along with links to other camping and lodging options in the state. For more information on eclipse camping, call the OPRD information line at 1-800-551-6949. No camping will be available for anyone without a reservation in the campgrounds listed above on Aug. 18-20.

   To accommodate additional campers, OPRD will place extra staff in parks in and near totality and bring in portable toilets. OPRD is also collaborating with local and state authorities on traffic, crowd control and safety.

   "Transportation planners predict unprecedented traffic and crowds during the eclipse weekend, and we are planning accordingly," Havel said. "We ask that campers plan to stay off the roads on the morning of Aug. 21 and respect any fire restrictions."

   Campfires may be prohibited, depending on wildfire danger and the weather forecast. The Oregon Department of Forestry will post any wildfire restrictions at http://keeporegongreen.org/current-conditions/.

   The eclipse will begin at 9 a.m. and end at 11:30 a.m. on Aug. 21, 2017. The 60-mile wide path of totality--when the moon completely blocks the sun--will last for about two minutes starting at 10:15 a.m. on the coast between Newport and Lincoln City. The path of totality then sweeps through the state and on to Idaho, then runs across the United States toward South Carolina. Those outside the path of totality will see a partial eclipse. For more information about the eclipse, visit http://bit.ly/OregonStateParks2017Eclipse.

Redmond High manufacturing/engineering program awarded $10,000 grant

From Redmond School District:


REDMOND, Ore., April 17, 2017Redmond High School's (RHS) Career Technical Education (CTE) manufacturing/engineering program recently received a $10,000 grant from the Gene Haas Foundation and Selway Machine Tool.  

"This generous grant will enable Redmond High CTE students to participate in cutting edge programs that will prepare them for the next step after high school, whether that be college or a career in manufacturing," instructor Dan Kernion said.

Kernion heads up the manufacturing and technology program at RHS.

Of the funds, $2,000 was allocated to allow students to take the National Institute of Metalworking Skills (NIMS) certification test. Skills in the metalworking industry are certified through the earning of NIMS credentials and obtaining this distinction may be a pathway to an excellent career for the students, Kernion explained.  

NIMS certifications require both performance and theory exams. The performance portion includes the manufacturing of a part, the set-up and operation of a machine or the writing of a program that will manufacture a specific part.

Twenty three Redmond High students have passed and received their credentials for this nationally recognized certification.  

Along with supporting high school education for manufacturing and engineering, the Gene Haas Foundation is the leading manufacturer of Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machine tool technology in the country.

For more information about Redmond High’s CTE program, visit RHS CTE.