June 30, 2017

Health reform would increase uninsured, cost

From Oregon Health Authority,
Spokesman photo
Senate health reform bill would triple Oregon uninsured rate and increase costs for state budget

Salem, OR — The proposal from leadership in the U.S. Senate to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) would cause nearly 440,000 Oregonians to lose health coverage as early as 2021, according to a new analysis from state health policy experts and insurance regulators. As a result, Oregon’s uninsured rate would triple from its current level of 5 percent.

In addition, the Senate plan could shift more than $6.2 billion in costs to Oregon taxpayers and the state budget, due to steep cuts in federal Medicaid funding.

While younger Oregonians would likely pay lower premiums for health coverage on the individual commercial market, older people would pay more. On average, consumers would face higher deductibles and copays than they currently pay under the ACA.

Although it is similar to the ACA repeal that passed the U.S. House in May, state analysts found key elements of the Senate’s Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) were even harsher on Oregon and other states than the House bill, largely due to steeper Medicaid cuts.

Medicaid is the federal-state program that provides safety net health coverage for low-income and disabled children and adults, as well as working individuals and families close to the poverty line. Today Medicaid covers one in four Oregonians through the Oregon Health Plan (OHP).

Overall, the Senate plan would have far-reaching effects on Oregon:
-   Oregon’s uninsured rate could triple by as early as 2021: Like the AHCA, more than 440,000 Oregonians would be at risk to lose health coverage as a result of BCRA. Dramatic reductions in coverage would occur over a longer time period than the House bill, due to a slower phase-out of Medicaid expansion if the state cannot make up for the loss of federal funds.
-   Oregon’s budget would face a total $6.2 billion cost shift from 2020 to 2026: By enacting potentially steeper Medicaid reductions than the House bill and phasing out Medicaid expansion, the Senate plan would expose the state to annual costs that would reach a high of $1.8 billion in 2026. To avoid these costs, Oregon would be forced to cut coverage and benefits for individuals and families on OHP (though some cost shifts would be unavoidable).
-   Oregon’s economy would lose approximately 23,000 jobs: The Senate plan would eliminate approximately 23,000 health care jobs by 2026 due to its Medicaid funding reductions, Medicaid expansion phase-out and reduced federal provider tax reimbursement.

Impact on premiums and out-of-pocket health care costs for Oregonians

Although the Senate plan’s approach to premium subsidies differs from the House bill, the net effect will be similar: lower costs for young adults and increasing costs for older adults and low-income enrollees. The Senate plan funds cost-sharing subsidies through 2019 but eliminates them after that time.

Impact on state budget for the 2017-2019 biennium

The Senate plan would not have a significant impact on Oregon during the 2017-2019 biennium, because Medicaid cuts, the phase-out of Medicaid expansion and reduced federal reimbursement for provider taxes would begin to take effect in 2020.

However, the Senate bill would eliminate the Prevention and Public Health Fund, effective in 2018. This fund helps Oregon counties address unexpected health emergencies (like the Zika virus), provides immunization to children, prevents teen suicide, and helps prevent chronic diseases.

Oregon Health Authority Director Lynne Saxton said, “The Senate and House bills go far beyond repealing the Affordable Care Act. They fundamentally alter Medicaid, leaving the state exposed to billions of dollars in cost shifts. We encourage our federal partners to work with states like Oregon to maintain coverage, provide better health care and hold down costs through cost-effective innovations like Oregon’s coordinated care system.”

Department of Consumer and Business Services Director Patrick Allen said, “The Oregon health insurance market has had challenges, and although we have taken steps to stabilize it, there still is much work to do. We are committed to providing Oregonians with access to high-quality, affordable insurance options.”

The report was prepared by the Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services and the Oregon Health Authority. The full report is available at http://www.95percentoregon.com/uploads/9/9/2/6/99265876/bcra-report.pdf.

High toxin levels found in Lake Billy Chinook

From the Oregon Health Authority:

Submitted photo Water monitoring conducted by Jefferson County in several areas of Lake Billy Chinook managed by the county and state have confirmed the presence of blue-green algae and the toxins they produce.
A health advisory was issued today for Lake Billy Chinook, located about 12 miles west of Madras in Jefferson County. Advisory boundaries are different for each arm of the lake. The boundaries are as follows: 

-- The Metolius River Arm--From Perry South Campground to the northern tip of Chinook Island. 
-- The Deschutes River Arm--All areas in and around Cove Palisades State Park, the day use areas and boat docks. 
-- The Crooked River Arm--All areas in and around the Jefferson County day use area past Cove Palisades Resort and Marina to the confluence of the Deschutes River Arm. 

Water monitoring conducted by Jefferson County in several areas of Lake Billy Chinook managed by the county and state have confirmed the presence of blue-green algae and the toxins they produce. These toxin concentrations can be harmful to humans and animals. The portion of the advisory for Perry South Campground, owned and managed by the U. S. Forest Service, is based on visible scum identified by Forest Service staff; visible scum is considered a reason for issuing an advisory, pending toxin results, to protect public health. 

People should avoid swallowing water while swimming or inhaling water droplets as a result of high-speed water activities, such as water skiing or power boating, in areas where blooms are identified. Although toxins are not absorbed through the skin, people who have skin sensitivities may experience a puffy, red rash at the affected area. 

Drinking water directly from these areas of Lake Billy Chinook at this time is especially dangerous. Oregon public health officials advise campers and other recreational visitors that toxins cannot be removed by boiling, filtering or treating water with camping-style filters. 

People who draw in-home water directly from the affected area are advised to use an alternative water source because private treatment systems are not proven effective for removing algae toxins. However, public drinking water systems can reduce algae toxins through proper filtration and disinfection. If people connected to public water systems have questions about treatment and testing, they should contact their water supplier. If community members have questions about water available at nearby campgrounds or day use areas, they should contact campground management. 

Oregon health officials recommend that those who choose to eat fish from waters where algae blooms are present remove all fat, skin and organs before cooking, as toxins are more likely to collect in these tissues. Fillets should also be rinsed with clean water. Public health officials also advise people to not eat freshwater clams or mussels from Lake Billy Chinook and that Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife regulations do not allow the harvest of these shellfish from freshwater sources. Crayfish muscle can be eaten, but internal organs and liquid fat should be discarded. 

Exposure to toxins can produce a variety of symptoms including numbness, tingling and dizziness that can lead to difficulty breathing or heart problems, and require immediate medical attention. Symptoms of skin irritation, weakness, diarrhea, nausea, cramps and fainting should also receive medical attention if they persist or worsen. Children and pets are at increased risk for exposure because of their size and level of activity. People who bring their pets to these areas of Lake Billy Chinook for recreation activities should take special precautions to keep them from drinking from or swimming in these areas.

The advisory will be lifted when the concern no longer exists. 

With proper precautions to avoid activities during which water can be ingested, people are encouraged to visit these areas of Lake Billy Chinook and enjoy activities such as canoeing, fishing, camping, hiking, biking, picnicking, and bird watching. Boating is safe as long as speeds do not create excessive water spray. Although inhalation risk is much lower than ingestion, it can present a risk. 

For health information or to report an illness, contact the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) at 971-673-0400. For campground or lake information call the local management agency. 

OHA maintains an updated list of all health advisories on its website. To learn if an advisory has been issued or lifted for a specific water body, visit the Harmful Algae Blooms website at http://www.healthoregon.org/hab and select "algae bloom advisories," or call the Oregon Public Health Division toll-free information line at 1-877-290-6767

Schedule of July 4 events in Redmond and Crooked River Ranch

From the Redmond Chamber of Commerce:

                            July 4 Events

Colby Brown / Spokesman photo The Redmond Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4108 Mounted Color Guard, one of only a few in the nation, participates in the 2016 Fourth of July parade through downtown Redmond.

Happy Independence Day! Here is an update on some of the events going on this weekend and on Tuesday in Redmond and Crooked River Ranch. We hope you are able to spend time with friends and family to celebrate our Independence Day!
Flag City USA Setup and Take Down
Monday, July 4th,  6:00 a.m. & 4:00 p.m.
We need help setting up and taking down the Flag City USA Flags! 
Call Karen at the Chamber to sign up to volunteer and help make Redmond Patriotic!.

July 4th Parade
Tuesday, July 4th, 10:00 a.m.
6th St from Dogwood to Forest
The annual July 4th parade will showcase close to 100
floats & vehicles all showing off their patriotism!

Redmond’s Old Fashioned
4th of July Celebration
Tuesday, July 4th, 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Deschutes Fair and Expo Center
This is a completely FREE event for the community! There will be pony rides, train rides, bounce houses, archery, a water obstacle course, games, prizes, and much, much more!

Fireworks Display
Tuesday, July 4th, Dusk
Deschutes Fair and Expo Center
Fireworks brought to you by High Desert Aggregate & Paving, Inc.


Barn Dance
TONIGHTFriday, June 30th, 6:00 p.m.
Admission is free, enjoy a night of live music and dancing out on the Ranch! Food and Beer will be available for purchase. 

Crooked River Ranch Parade & July 4th Celebration
Saturday, July 1st, Parade starts at 9:30 a.m.
Following the parade there will be a craft fair starting at 10, and a kiddie train & Buffalo Feed both starting at 11.

Officials to change traffic patterns, curtail work zones around Aug. 21 eclipse

From Oregon Department of Transportation:

The eclipse path of totality. Graphic courtesy of Oregon Department of Transportation
Many things will look different on Oregon highways in the days before the Aug. 21 total solar eclipse. And it’s not just because things will be dark for a while mid-day.

ODOT is making some significant changes in highway procedures to help you stay safe and reduce congestion during the #Eclipse2017.

How different? Here are a few things the public will see—or not.

  • Different traffic patterns. Normal travel paths may change. Communities may close streets to through traffic or ban left turns or right turns to keep traffic moving, especially in areas near gatherings with many eclipse visitors. ODOT does not plan to close state highways, but some left turns may be restricted from or to highways.
  • Work zones. All ODOT construction and non-emergency maintenance in the path of totality will shut down Aug. 18-22. In other parts of the state, work will be curtailed depending on expected eclipse traffic impact. But work zones may still have narrow lanes, sharper curves or grooved pavement: Slow down and pay attention in all work zones, active or not!
  • Fewer big trucks. All over-dimension loads are restricted everywhere in Oregon from noon Friday Aug. 18 to Tuesday Aug. 22.
  • Truck scales closed. ODOT truck scales around the state may be used for staging by law enforcement and emergency response vehicles, a way to better speed help to where it’s needed.
  • More signs with advice. You’ll see hundreds of extra roadside readerboards warning you about road issues and reminding you to avoid distractions and be even more careful about fire danger.
  • More ODOT trucks pre-positioned along critical travel routes to keep motorists mobile and safe.
  • www.Tripcheck.com provides you the most current travel information available, using embedded road sensors, other travel data and more than 400 highway cameras. Check up on the traffic on your planned route before leaving home.
  • Things you can’t see. All over the state, ODOT emergency operation centers will be up and running to help law enforcement, fire fighters and emergency medical providers do their jobs and saves lives.

Here are a few ways to tune in to the latest information.

Remember, we’re all in this together. Be prepared, help your neighbors and be kind to our visitors.

Unlicensed contractor crackdown

From Construction Contractors Board,
Spokesman files

The Oregon Construction Contractor Board (CCB) found 83 suspected violations of illegal construction resulting from visits to 380 job sites during a recent multistate enforcement action targeting the construction industry.

The Oregon "sweeps" of job sites occurred in early June, when CCB investigators showed up unannounced at job sites in the Bend area and along the state's northern border from Astoria to Pendleton.

Most alleged violations involved contractors who had employees but lacked workers' compensation insurance and people working without a license. CCB staff will now determine whether to issue penalties in the cases.

Nearly everyone who repairs, remodels or builds a home needs a CCB license, and contractors with employees must carry workers' compensation insurance to cover job-related injuries.

Oregon joined seven other states in the nationwide action coordinated by the National Association of State Contractor Licensing Agencies (NASCLA).

"This coordinated multistate enforcement effort is a great way for us to draw attention to the work our enforcement staff carry on throughout our state every day," Administrator James Denno said.

"We take enforcement very seriously. If you hire an unlicensed contractor, you put yourself and your property at risk. Licensed contractors carry bonds and insurance, important requirements that provide protection for the public," Denno added. "We also provide mediation services where we help to iron out disputes that sometimes arise between homeowners and contractors. If you hire an unlicensed contractor, you don't have access to this service."

Contractors must include their CCB license number on any advertising so consumers can easily verify their license. To do so:

-   Visit www.oregon.gov/ccb.
-   Enter the license number or name in the orange "Search" feature.
-   Verify that the license is "active" and that the name and other information on the license matches the contractor in question.
-   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.

In looking for contractors, the CCB advises consumers to get references from friends and neighbors, or others in the construction industry, such as supply stores. Contractors seeking work through online lists must include their CCB number in all advertising. Additionally, consumers should not rely on online references alone.

"Probably the biggest problems arise through lack of a written contract detailing the work to be done, including the exact products that will be installed, and failure to document change orders," Enforcement Manager Stan Jessup said. "Consumers and contractors should make sure they have a system in place for regularly communicating with one another."

The CCB has a variety of consumer tools on its website at www.oregon.gov/ccb. They include:

-   A new consumer guide on how to hire and work with a contractor. Order a copy by email: ccbeducation@state.or.us.
-   A short video on how to avoid construction scams.
-  Information about filing a complaint against a contractor for shoddy work or breach of contract.
-   A Buyer Beware list highlighting some of Oregon's most active predatory contractors.
Email alerts providing regular tips to consumers contemplating projects.

View details of the national operation at: http://www.nascla.org/blogpost/1535522/Press-Releases.

June 29, 2017

Crackdown on boating under the influence of intoxicants violations

From Oregon Marine Board,
Submitted graphic

The Marine Board and law enforcement from 32 counties and the Oregon State Police will be participating in Operation Dry Water, during the weekend of June 30- July 2, as part of a nationally coordinated effort to reduce the number of accidents and fatalities related to boating under the influence of intoxicants (BUII).

Last year saw a spike in boating accidents, from 62 in 2015 to 82 in 2016, many involving alcohol and marijuana use. "To help marine officers prepare, we train them to recognize drug and alcohol impairment and arrest those operators --including those with paddles," says Randy Henry, Boating Safety Manager for the Marine Board.

Boating under the influence of intoxicants means prescription drugs, alcohol, inhalants, marijuana, or any other substance that impairs a person's ability to make sound judgments and have the ability to safely operate a boat. The effects of drugs and alcohol are also amplified on the water with the combination of sun, glare, wind, waves and other motion.

Impaired boaters can expect to be arrested or face serious penalties. In Oregon, the consequences of being convicted of BUII include the possibility of jail time, $6,250 in fines and loss of boating privileges. Marine officers can arrest boaters on observed impairment and can legally obtain blood, breath or urine if a boater fails field sobriety testing. So far this year, twelve people have been arrested for BUII and were operating on the Willamette River in Benton County, Upper Klamath Lake, Lake of the Woods, Crescent and Odell Lakes, Clackamas River, and Foster and Detroit Reservoirs.

"Overall, recreational boating is very safe if boaters wear life jackets, boat sober, and keep a sharp lookout by looking at what's in front of them and what's going on around them. If boaters followed these guidelines, accidents would be extremely rare. So far this year, the pattern for accidents includes impairment, distracted operation and no life jacket," Henry warns. Henry goes on to say, "The public is our ally in safe boating. If you see an impaired operator or someone who is operating in a way that threatens others' safety, call 911 and report it. That's how we can work together to save lives."

For more information about Operation Dry Water, visit www.operationdrywater.org or the Marine Board's Boating Safety Program at www.boatoregon.com.

Redmond Police officer treated and released after crash

From Redmond Police:

Redmond, Oregon – On Wednesday, June 28, at approximately 5:00 p.m., Redmond Police Officer Chris Wooten was involved in a multi-vehicle crash on Highway 126 in the vicinity of SE Veterans Way.

The officer was assisting in setting up a perimeter during the pursuit of a pickup truck.  The pursuit involved law enforcement officers of multiple agencies.

In the course of his duties, Officer Wooten, age 36, was stopped in the eastbound travel lane of travel of Highway 126 waiting for oncoming traffic to clear, before turning left into the driveway of the old Redmond Rod and Gun Club.  It was at this time Officer Wooten’s patrol vehicle was struck from the rear at a high rate of speed by another vehicle.

Officer Wooten sustained non-life-threatening injuries but did sustain minor injuries to his back, neck, and arm.  Officer Wooten remained conscious, alert, and communicative after the crash.  Officer Wooten was transported by Crook County Medics to St. Charles Medical CenterRedmond for treatment, where he was treated and released.

At this time no conclusions can be drawn as to why Officer Wooten’s patrol vehicle was rear-ended on a straight and level stretch of roadway. 

The investigation into the pursuit is ongoing.  When Redmond Police identify or arrest, a suspect in the pursuit, information detailing that person’s identity will be released.  The Redmond Police Department is cooperating with the Oregon State Police, who are conducting the crash investigation. 

Redmond local to spread awareness of disease

From Shriners Hospitals for Children — Portland,
Submitted photo
Redmond local and arthrogryposis patient aims to spread awareness 

Shriners Hospitals for Children — Portland patient spreads awareness about arthrogryposis Renea discovered that her son Payton had arthrogryposis while she was pregnant with him. 

Arthrogryposis multiplex congenita is a congenital disease that decreases joint flexibility, resulting in stiff joints and muscle weakness. Payton became a patient at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Portland when he was a year and a half old and has been a patient ever since.

“Shriners has helped Payton by providing his ankle foot orthotics (AFOs) and his crutches as he grows. They also worked with our insurance company to get a wheelchair for him at no cost to us,” says Renea of the range of care Payton has received from the Portland Shriners Hospital. “They are always welcoming to us and we have never had a bad experience with Shriners. The staff on every floor is so supportive and kind. Without Shriners, I don’t think Payton would be the outgoing, independent kid that he is today.”

As for Payton, he agrees that the staff are one of his favorite aspects of visiting the hospital, but more specifically his relationship with his physician, Dr. Sussman. “Dr. Sussman is my favorite because he’s been my doctor for 10 years and he’s helped me and encouraged me to continue to be who I am!”

Payton, a patient ambassador for the Portland Shriners Hospital, is incredibly involved in events and activities that benefit Shriners Hospitals for Children. Payton will be a team captain at the East West Shrine All-Star Football game for the second consecutive year this August, and is highly involved in the annual Shriners Run for a Child in Bend. However, Payton’s involvement extends far past sports. Last winter, Payton organized a toy drive that collected over 1,000 toys for patients at the Portland Shriners Hospital.

When asked about her son’s best qualities, Renea said “I’m not sure I can narrow it down to one - he has a ’drive’ that I can’t explain. He is always smiling, and wanting to do more, even if it’s challenging; he loves a good challenge. He is an inspiration to everyone he meets because he doesn’t let his disability be an inability.”

With Arthrogyposis Awareness Day on June 30th, Renea hopes that she and Payton can both spread awareness about arthogryposis, as well as put parents at ease about what the diagnosis of arthrogryposis means for their children. “Honestly, kids just need to be kids, regardless of any condition that affects their day to day lives. We have never told Payton that he can’t do something, because we want him to try everything that interests him.” As for Payton, he sees himself becoming a monster truck driver someday. But until then, he will continue to inspire his family, friends, and peers with his incredible spirit.

Submitted photo


WHAT: Redmond local and Shriners Hospitals for Children — Portland patient Payton is aiming to spread awareness about arthrogryposis on Arthrogryposis Awareness Day on June 30.

WHO: Both 11 year old Payton, and mother Renea are sharing their story and experience with Shriners Hospitals for Children — Portland in efforts to parents at ease about what the diagnosis of arthrogryposis means for their children.

WHEN: National Arthrogryposis Awareness Day is on June 30.

MORE: Shriners Hospitals for Children — Portland is changing lives every day through innovative pediatric specialty care, research and outstanding medical education. The Portland Shriners Hospital focuses on a wide range of pediatric orthopaedic conditions, from fractures to rare diseases and syndromes. 

Services include inpatient and outpatient surgery; physical, occupational and speech therapy; orthotics and prosthetics; outpatient clinics; low radiation EOS Imaging System and a motion analysis center. All services are provided in a family-centered environment, regardless of the families' ability to pay. 

Learn more at https://www.shrinershospitalsforchildren.org/Locations/portland 

Climbing route on Maple Avenue Bridge to reopen Saturday

From the city of Redmond:

WHATCity of Redmond re-opens the climbing route up the arch of Maple Avenue Bridge.

DATE: Saturday, July 1, 2017

TIME: sunrise


Redmond is re-opening the climbing route on the arches of the Maple Avenue Bridge.  The climbing route was closed for a year and with the recent passage of the Recreation Immunity bill, the route will open for climbing.  The route will be open for climbing this Saturday, July 1st at sunrise. The City and local climber, Ian Caldwell are currently planning the second climbing route on the bridge.

Maple Avenue Bridge is a 70-foot-tall and 780 foot long concrete bridge located in Redmond Oregon.  A climbing route was established under the arch of the bridge in 2015.  The route is a challenging, overhanging sport climb that is a rare opportunity in Central Oregon and across the nation.  

For more information visit:

June 28, 2017

Redmond Police officer, two others, injured in Wednesday collision

From Oregon State Police:

Just after 5:15 p.m. on June 28, 2017, a Redmond Police Officer was responding to assist in locating an outstanding subject. The police officer was westbound on Highway 126, about 1/2 mile east of SE Veterans Way and was turning left from the highway. A silver 2008 Chevy full size truck was also traveling eastbound and was being operated by 24 year old Powell Butte resident, Kelsey Dixon. The officer was stopped and had his signal indicating a left turn when Dixon failed to stop, crashing into the back of the 2012 Dodge Charger at highway speeds. The impact vaulted the police car forward and the Chevy traveled into the oncoming lane. A brown 2015 Dodge Ram truck was traveling westbound at this location and the two trucks collided head-on, entrapping 43 year old Redmond resident Christopher Lane in the westbound Dodge. 

Dixon was transported via ground ambulance for non-life threatening injuries and Lane was transported via air ambulance for serious injuries. The Redmond police officer sustained non-life threatening injuries and he was transported via ground ambulance. The Redmond Police Department will issue a follow-on press release to identify the police officer and update his condition as it is appropriate and available. 

Oregon State Police is the lead investigatory agency and will update any other information as it becomes available. 

OSP and Redmond Police were assisted on-scene by the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office, the Bend Police Department, Redmond Fire, Oregon Department of Transportation and local air ambulance resources.

June 28, 2017 Obituaries

Kelly Ann Dehiya, of RedmondFeb. 22, 1970 - June 15, 2017Arrangements: Autumn Funerals, Redmond is honored to serve the family. 541-504-9485www.autumnfunerals.netServices: Celebration of Life at Highland Baptist Church, 3100 SW Highland Ave., Redmond, OR on Sat., July 8, 2017 at 11:00 AM.

Stuart F. Smith, of TerrebonneOct. 18, 1951 - June 24, 2017Arrangements: Autumn Funerals, Redmond is honored to serve the family.541-504-9485. Please visit www.autumnfunerals.net to visit our online registry.Services: A service will be held at a later date.

Joseph "Wayne" Jacobs, of RedmondJuly 7, 1923 - June 17, 2017Arrangements: Redmond Memorial Chapel is honored to serve the family. 541-548-3219. Please leave condolences at redmondmemorial.comServices: In keeping Wayne's wishes, no Services will be held.

​Arlene Noble, of RedmondApril 17, 1941 - June 24, 2017Arrangements: Autumn Funerals- REDMOND www.autumnfunerals.net 541-504-9485Services: Funeral/Visitation: Tues. June 27, 2017, 2pm-6pm at Redmond Memorial Chapel, 717 SW 6th Street.​

Carol Joan Bryant, of RedmondOct. 15, 1939 - June 17, 2017Arrangements: Autumn Funerals, Redmond 541-504-9485 www.autumnfunerals.netServices: Interment at Willamette National Cemetery with a private family service at a later date.

Eugene (Gene) Morton WilliamsonFeb. 18, 1923 - May 31, 2017Eugene (Gene) Morton Williamson went to the big cattle round up with the Lord on May 31, 2017 at the age of 94.
Gene was born February 18, 1923 in Palisades, Colorado. After graduating from high school, Gene joined the United States Army on February 16, 1943. Gene was in Normandy, France, Ardeness, Rhineland, and Central Europe. Gene received the Victory Medal and the European African Middle Eastern Service Medal. He left Uncle Sam's Army November 8, 1945.
Gene married Joyce Funk of Coburg, OR. They had three sons, Les, Lynn, and Larry. Later he married Billie Richards, who had two sons, Todd and Marty, which he adopted.
Gene's real passion was being a cowboy. He worked for Boston Ranch Company, Prineville for 13 years. Some of his fondest memories and best stories came from working with the crew of Boston Ranch.
In Gene's retirement, he developed a passion for silversmithing on spurs and making jewelry.
Gene was preceded in death by his parents; a son Larry and his wife, Terussa Kennedy Williamson.
Gene is survived by his sister, Darlene; and his sons Les, Lynn, Marty; and Todd; their spouses, 12 grand children, and 8 great-grandchildren.
Prior to the memorial service at the Redmond V.F.W., the family will take a trip down memory lane celebrating two of Gene’s places, Big Summit Prairie and Gray's Prairie.
The family invites Gene's friends to join them at the Redmond V.F. W. on July 8, 2017, at 1pm with your stories and fondest memories. ln leu of flowers, please make a contribution to the Redmond V.F. W.

Helen Johns BrownOct. 27, 1926 - June 13, 2017Helen Johns Brown passed away on June 13, 2017. She was raised in Redmond, OR, moved to California with her husband, Darlle Johns. After Darlle passed, she came back to Redmond with her long-time friend and companion, Robert Brown, where they were active members of the Presbyterian Community Church. To share memories of Helen or send condolences, go to NewtonBracewell.com.

Grants awarded in Redmond community

From The Oregon Community Foundation,
Geoff Folsom / Spokesman photo
The Oregon Community Foundation announces $35,000 in grants to support Redmond Community

Bend, Ore. - The Oregon Community Foundation (OCF) Board of Directors recently approved $35,000 in grants to nonprofit organizations working to enhance the quality of life for residents in Redmond.

Local agencies receiving funding include:
· Family Access Network Foundation, Redmond; $15,000 ear to increase funding streams which support eight Redmond advocates who connect disadvantaged families at 13 schools to needed services.
· Mosaic Medical, Bend; $20,000 to relocate the existing Redmond clinic to a planned affordable housing complex and expand oral health services.

“FAN and Mosaic Medical offer excellent programs for children and families in Redmond and The Oregon Community Foundation team is proud to partner with them in their efforts,” said Cheryl Puddy, Associate Program Officer/Regional Coordinator for The Oregon Community Foundation in Central and Eastern Oregon.

These agencies are among the 22 in Central Oregon who received a combined total of $365,000 in grant awards. The grants target a wide range of causes in the communities of Bend, La Pine, Madras, Prineville, Redmond, Sisters, Sunriver and Warm Springs.

“Our non-profit partners are coming forward with truly innovative programs to address a variety of unmet needs in our Central Oregon communities. From health and homelessness to the arts and education, our team and grant evaluators have been impressed with the thoughtfulness of the requests and the scope of the programs,” said Puddy. “These agencies are helping to close the opportunity gap and improve quality of life in our region.”

Statewide, OCF announced $8.9 million in grants, including $3.3 million for the Community Grants program. These grants represent a relatively small portion of the Foundation’s total grant-making and scholarships, which exceeded $108 million in 2016. Other types include advised fund grants, field of interest grants, designated grants, education initiative grants and many others.

For full lists of grants awarded around the state and more information about OCF initiatives visit:


About The Oregon Community Foundation
The mission of The Oregon Community Foundation is to improve life for all Oregonians through the power of philanthropy. OCF works with individuals, families, businesses and organizations to create charitable funds to support the community causes they care about. Through these funds OCF awarded more than $108 million in grants and scholarships in 2016. For more information about OCF, please visit: www.oregoncf.org.