June 23, 2017

Madras official named new Elton Gregory Middle School assistant principal

From Redmond School District:

REDMOND, Ore., June 23, 2017 — Gena Bennett of Madras, Oregon has been named the new assistant principal of Elton Gregory Middle School (EGMS), Principal Chad Lowe recently announced.

Bennett began her career as a sixth grade teacher at Jefferson County Middle School (JCMS) in Madras 12 years ago. She later transitioned to an instructional coach position at JCMS, serving in that capacity for five years before moving to the district office to support new teachers and coordinate district TAG (Talented and Gifted) services.

"We are excited to bring someone with Gena's credentials on board," Lowe said. "Her background as a teacher and instructional coach working to implement AVID will make her a great fit at EGMS."

AVID, Advancement Via Individual Determination, is a college readiness program that has been adopted by school districts across the United States. EGMS, along Redmond's Ridgeview High School, began implementing the program in 2014, aiming to prepare all students for college and postsecondary opportunities.  

“I am delighted to be part of the incredible team at EGMS and eager to start the school year,” Bennett said. “I feel well prepared to start this next phase of my career and provide opportunities for all of our students to succeed.”  

Bennett begins her new role July 1, 2017.  

Local nonprofits sought for donations

From Central Oregon Association of Realtors, 
COAR Release Donation Application for Non-Profits

Bend, OR, June 14, 2017 -- The Central Oregon Association of REALTORS® (COAR) will be accepting applications for donation to from local non-profits through September 15th, 2017. 

The criteria for those applying consists of:
· Applicant must be a 501(c)3
· Priority will be given to smaller organizations providing basic needs to the community such as food, shelter, clothing and medical services,.
· Decisions will place an emphasis on the number of people the donation impacts or the depth of the impact.
· Political organizations/campaigns, religious activities (religious organizations are eligible for community services), sports teams or individual activities are not eligible
· Funds must be used for programs and not events or marketing.
· Programs and events must take place in Deschutes, Jefferson, Crook or Harney Counties
· Please include a letter of support from a COAR member

In 2016, contributions were made to: Redmond Golfers for Scholars, LaPine Community Kitchen, Grandma's House, Family Kitchen, Oregon Adaptive Sports, DAWNS House, the Shepherds House and Soroptimist of Bend. COAR distributions donations once a year. Decisions will be announce by October 1, 2017.

For an application, please visit the About section of coar.comunder Community Involvement. Please contact Kim Gammond at COAR with any questions at kim@coar.com or 541-382-6027.

June 22, 2017

Local students donate to VFW

From Redmond School District,
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Redmond High CTE class builds and presents custom electric guitar

Redmond High School Career Technical Education instructors Mark Winger, Ryan Beard, Dan Kernion and their guitar building class, presented a hand-built electric guitar to the Redmond, Oregon Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 4108 today.

Constructed over the course of five weeks, the custom guitar was built of Alder, Rosewood, Maple and African Paudauk.

Students from the guitar class were responsible for lathe work, lasering and assembling every aspect of the electric guitar.

Sophomore Dillon Young played the National Anthem during the presentation on the guitar he helped build.

"It plays well," Young said. "It has a great sound to it."

The VFW will soon auction the guitar with proceeds going to support local veterans.

Additional photos can be viewed at: facebook.com/RedmondSchools

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June 21, 2017

Wildfire near Clarno

From BLM,
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Firefighters Respond to New Wildfire near Clarno

Firefighters responded yesterday to a new wildfire near Clarno, Oregon. The fire was reported yesterday just before noon along Highway 218, one mile east of the John Day River. Incident #301, called the Rhoades Canyon fire, grew quickly to the south due to light, dried-out grass, steep slopes and wind, and is currently estimated at 8,000 acres. The cause is under investigation. The fire is 10 percent contained at this time.

Increasing temperatures over the next several days and afternoon winds will continue to challenge firefighters. The fire is burning in a mix of land administered by the BLM including a portion of the Spring Basin Wilderness, private land, and fee title land managed by the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs called the Pine Creek Conservation Area. Firefighters protected several historic structures during the initial response to the fire, and no additional structures are considered threatened at this time. The John Day River and Highway 218 remain open.

The fire is staffed today with several engines from the Prineville District Bureau of Land Management and Wheeler County Fire and Rescue. In addition, there is a Type 1 handcrew (Hotshot crew) and a Type 2 handcrew, each providing 20 firefighters. Due to the limited number of roads in this area, the crews are being supported by two single engine air tankers (SEATs) and two Type 2 helicopters, and one Type 1 helicopter.

The rapid growth on the fire is a sign that vegetation in Central Oregon is quickly drying out. Lower elevations along the river canyons that are typically hotter and dryer are quickly moving toward extreme. Fire restrictions are currently in place along portions of the John Day, Lower Deschutes, Crooked and White Rivers in Central Oregon, requiring visitors to use white gas and propane stoves only for heating and cooking. Fire officials would like to remind everyone to take care as they head out to recreate in Central Oregon – where campfires are allowed, make sure someone is always there to watch them and make sure they’re “dead out” when going to bed or leaving the campground. As we approach the 4th of July holiday, please remember that fireworks of any kind are illegal on public land.

Information about the Rhoades Canyon Fire and other Central Oregon wildfires will be posted on the Central Oregon Fire Information Blog athttp://centralorfireinfo.blogspot.com/ and you can follow Central Oregon wildfires on Twitter @CentralORFire. For large fires at the local, regional or national level, please visit InciWeb at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/

Local student wins art exhibition

From Redmond Proficiency Academy,
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Redmond Proficiency Academy Student Wins Juried Art Exhibition

The Redmond Proficiency Academy announced that freshman Lily Yeatman won first place in the Maryhill Museum of Art Juried Exhibition sponsored by the MJ Murdock Charitable Trust Education Center.

High school art students from throughout Washington and Oregon were asked to showcase their art. All of the judging was blind with titles only. Yeatman’s was awarded for her three dimensional work, entitled “Rabbit.”

“I didn't think I was going to place, so finding out I won first place was a pleasant surprise,” said Yeatman. “Just knowing my art is on display in an actual museum means the world to me.”

Yeatman’s art will be on display in the new Mary and Bruce Stevenson Wing of Maryhill Museum of Art in Goldendale, WA from June 23rd through July 30th.

“Lily is a tremendously talented artist, and I am so happy that the Maryhill Museum has recognized her work,” said Fine Arts teacher Ethan Stelzer. “Many artists dream of having their work displayed alongside the greats, but few actually get to see it happen during their lives, much less before even graduating from high school.”

June 20, 2017

Redmond officer recognized

From the City of Redmond,
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Redmond Police Officer Allen Speck Receives VFW Public Safety Award

Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 4108 recently honored Redmond Police School Resource Officer Allen Speck with the 2017 Public Safety Officer of the Year award for law enforcement. Post Commander Mike Trammel presented the award to Officer Speck during the June 13, Redmond City Council meeting. The VFW annually recognizes public safety officers for their outstanding contributions to the community they serve.

“We are proud to present this award to the brave men and women of law enforcement, so they might know their dedication and goodwill are appreciated,” states VFW Post 4108 Commander Mike Trammel.

Criteria for the award includes the demonstration of unwavering dedication to their official responsibilities over a period of years as well as continuous growth in their professional capacity and experience.

“The value of these types of awards cannot be overstated,” states Redmond Police Chief Dave Tarbet. “They serve to promote public trust and support for the Redmond Police Department. We are humbled and grateful to the VFW for recognizing the hard work and dedication of our officers serving the Redmond community.”

June 18, 2017

Two Redmond residents killed in Marion County collision

From Oregon State Police:

On June 17, 2017 at 5:24 p.m., OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a two-vehicle double-fatal head-on crash, on Highway 22 near milepost 41 (Marion County). 

Preliminary investigation revealed a 2007 Toyota Rav 4, operated by William Harold BODDEN, age 84, of Redmond, was westbound when, for unknown reasons, crossed the center line and struck an eastbound 2008 Jeep Patriot, operated by Joyce A. MAST, age 51, of Hillsboro, head-on. BODDEN'S passenger, Diane Theresa BODDEN, age 77, of Redmond, was pronounced deceased at the scene. William BODDEN was transported via air ambulance and died while in transport to an area hospital. MAST was transported via ground ambulance to Salem Hospital with serious injuries. There were no other occupants in the vehicles. 

OSP was assisted by the Oregon Department of Transportation, Detroit Fire and Rescue and Marion County Medical Examiner. The roadway was blocked for several hours for purposes of the investigation. 

June 16, 2017

COCC Redmond burglary suspect arrested

From Redmond Police Department:

Redmond, Oregon – On June 16, 2017, at approximately 4:40 am, Redmond Police Officers responded to Central Oregon Community College (COCC) – Redmond Campus on a report of a burglary in progress.  An employee came to work and found a person inside one of the buildings.  The suspect fled the area when he was observed by the employee.

Police Officers responding to the scene noticed a vehicle leaving the area.  A traffic stop was performed near S 1st Street and SW Veterans Way, Redmond.  The driver was identified as Mr. Tracy Downing, 36 years of age and a Prineville resident.  Mr. Downing was arrested at the traffic stop location.  Evidence of this incident, as well as tools believed to be related to last week's burglary at COCC – Redmond Campus, was recovered from the vehicle.

There are additional recent burglaries to Bend and Prineville COCC campuses.  The investigation is ongoing to determine if Mr. Downing is responsible for these other burglaries.  Redmond Police Detectives and Officers from the Prineville Police Department, served a search warrant at Mr. Downing’s residence in Prineville this afternoon. 

Mr. Downing is currently at the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Adult Jail in Bend.  He has been arrested for Burglary in the Second Degree, Criminal Mischief in the First Degree, Theft in the Second Degree, Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine, and Possession of Burglary Tools.  He was also arrested for a Probation Violation.  As this investigation continues, additional crimes may be charged by the District Attorney’s Office.

June 14, 2017

New Redmond Hotel poised for renovation

From the city of Redmond:

On June 13, 2017 the City of Redmond Urban Renewal Agency approved a funding recommendation for the rehabilitation of the Historic New Redmond Hotel. The recommendation commits $1,000,000 of Urban Renewal funds towards the renovation of the hotel.  The privately-owned landmark is currently under contract by Alpha Wave Investors LLC.   Alpha Wave, a California based hotel investment group, intends to purchase the property and revitalize it into a boutique hotel. The total project cost for the hotel is $5.25 million.

“This is an important keystone project for downtown Redmond,” explains Community Development Director Kate Porsche. “The redevelopment of the hotel will bring broad benefit to downtown’s small businesses, while preserving an important part of the city’s heritage. We anticipate the reactivated hotel will once again become a magnet that attracts more people to Redmond, to our businesses and spurs more investment.”

Alpha Wave presented the Redmond Urban Renewal Agency with a plan to position the property as a historically significant boutique hotel, supported by street-level restaurants and retail. The plan includes investing more than $2.5 million towards renovation and modernization aimed at transforming the hotel into an upscale mixed-use destination. The average room rental rate is anticipated to run $120 per night.

“The City has done a great job redefining the downtown marketplace with the investments they have made to date,” states CEO & Co-Founder Ken Cruse, Alpha Wave Investors, LLC.  “We are confident the hotel will continue that momentum and look forward to being a part of it.”

The Historic New Redmond Hotel last operated as a hotel in 2005.  The landmark building, located prominently on the corner of 6th Street and Evergreen Avenue, was built in 1928 and is one of three buildings in Redmond listed on the National Register of Historic Places. At a height of three stories tall and 43,500 square feet in size, it is one of the largest buildings in downtown.

A development agreement detailing expectations for the funding will be negotiated to ensure protection of the public investment.  It is slated to return to the Urban Renewal Agency for approval July 25, 2017. For more information about Redmond’s Urban Renewal Agency and its programs, please visit www.ci.redmond.or.us

June 13, 2017

Local contractor awarded

From Dick Anderson Construction,
Dick Anderson Construction in Top 400 Contractors

Dick Anderson Construction was recently announced as one of the top 400 contractors in the United States by Engineering-News Record. They were ranked 343 out of 400 in the article that was released in May 2017.

Dick Anderson Construction has been in business for over 40 years and serves clients throughout the Western United States.

Dick Anderson Construction provides services such as general contracting, construction management, pre-construction services, design-build, development, civil construction and alternative energy. They have seven offices located in Montana, Sheridan, Wyoming and Redmond, Oregon.

Engineering-News Record lists contractors based on construction volume. Being in the top 400 is a considerable achievement considering that the 2012 U.S. Census lists the number of commercial and industrial contractors at over 36,000. ENR reports on top design firms, architects, engineers and top construction companies throughout the United States and around the world.

June 12, 2017

Downtown housing proposals sought

From City of Redmond
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Redmond Seeks Housing Proposals for Former City Hall Site - A Progressive Next Step for Downtown Redmond’s Revitalization Efforts -

On June 5, 2017 the City of Redmond Urban Renewal Agency issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for a higher-end, condominium style, mixed-use housing development on the former City Hall site at 716 NW Evergreen Ave. The City owned site, located in the heart of downtown Redmond, is comprised of four parcels and encompasses approximately 1.41 acres. This site was vacated by the City in March 2017 and is now available for redevelopment. The RFP is available for viewing and/or direct download at www.redmondurbanrenewal.com.

“Redmond is ready for modern and creative housing options in our Downtown core. This is the next step in our continued revitalization efforts of the district,” states Urban Renewal Agency Program Manager, Chuck Arnold. “Transforming the former City Hall site into a walkable urban living and retail space addresses both the community’s growing demand for quality housing while stimulating the economy.”

For the past decade, the Urban Renewal Agency has been strategically investing in key revitalization efforts to Redmond’s downtown district, removing barriers for development. The Downtown Urban Renewal Area Plan (2011) and the 2013 City Center Housing Study created a blueprint for public-private redevelopment projects in downtown.
A successful proposal will enhance the character of the Downtown through good design, provide a greater range of housing options, and enhance the economic viability of the area. Prospective developer(s) are encouraged to attend a pre-submittal informational meeting and site tour to be held Wednesday, June 21, 2017. The meeting will be hosted at Redmond City Hall Community Development Department, located at 411 S.W. 9th Street, starting at 9:00 a.m. All interested developers should RSVP no later than 5:00 p.m. on June 16, 2017 by emailing Chuck Arnold at chuck.arnold@ci.redmond.or.us. The closing date for submitting proposals for consideration is July 27, 2017.

To learn more about the Old City Hall site RFP, please visit www.RedmondUrbanRenewal.comor contact Chuck Arnold, Urban Renewal Program Manager at chuck.arnold@ci.redmond.or.usor 541-923-7761.

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Check out photos from Redmond High School's graduation

Redmond High School's 104th commencement ceremony saw 193 students walk across the stage June 9 at the Deschutes County fairgrounds. Many photos from the event are in the June 14 Spokesman. Here are some that didn't make it in, as well as some that did.
 Redmond seniors wore messages and other mortarboard flair at the June 9 graduation ceremony.
 Redmond students pose for pictures before the June 9 graduation ceremony.
 Redmond students prepare for the June 9 graduation ceremony.
 Redmond students talk before the June 9 graduation ceremony.
 Ben Lawson directs the Redmond High band before the June 9 graduation ceremony.
 Family and friends of Redmond seniors prepare to take pictures of them entering the June 9 graduation ceremony.
 The "Class of 2029" prepares to lead this year's group of Redmond seniors at the June 9 graduation ceremony.
 Redmond High faculty greet the "Class of 2029" at the June 9 graduation ceremony.
 Redmond valedictorian Rebekah Cleary prepares to lead her fellow seniors entering the June 9 graduation ceremony.
 Redmond seniors enter the June 9 graduation ceremony.
 Redmond seniors stand at the start of the June 9 graduation ceremony.
 Redmond seniors find their seats at the June 9 graduation ceremony.
 Redmond salutatorian Dana Wanamaker addresses her fellow seniors at the June 9 graduation ceremony.
 Attendees watch Redmond valedictorian Rebekah Cleary address fellow seniors at the June 9 graduation ceremony.
 Redmond valedictorian Rebekah Cleary addresses her fellow seniors at the June 9 graduation ceremony.
 Redmond Principal Paul Nolan presents the Juniper Cup to senior Makenzie Kolkman at the June 9 graduation ceremony.
 Redmond seniors line up to get their diplomas at the June 9 graduation ceremony.
 Superintendent  Mike McIntosh congratulates Redmond senior Anna Land at the June 9 graduation ceremony.
 Faculty Speaker Bob Crowe talks to Redmond seniors at the June 9 graduation ceremony.
 Principal Paul Nolan speaks to Redmond seniors at the June 9 graduation ceremony.
 The "Class of 2029" leads this year's group of Redmond seniors at the June 9 graduation ceremony.
 Thousands attended commencements ceremonies for Redmond schools.
Redmond seniors stand at the beginning of their June 9 graduation ceremony.

Check out photos from Ridgeview High School's graduation

Ridgeview High School's fourth commencement ceremony saw 188 students walk across the stage at the Deschutes County fairgrounds. Many photos from the event are in the June 14 Spokesman. Here are some that didn't make it in, as well as some that did.
 Ridgeview seniors have their picture taken before the June 7 graduation ceremony.
 Ridgeview seniors stand at the beginning of the June 7 graduation ceremony.
 Ridgeview seniors have their picture taken at the June 7 graduation ceremony.
 The Ridgeview band performs at the June 7 graduation ceremony.
 Ridgeview seniors march in to the June 7 graduation ceremony.
 Ridgeview seniors prepare to march in to the June 7 graduation ceremony.
 Ridgeview seniors take their seats at the June 7 graduation ceremony.
 Dignitaries applaud the Ridgeview Class of 2017 at the June 7 graduation ceremony.
 Ridgeview American sign language students perform the national anthem at the June 7 graduation ceremony.
 Ridgeview valedictorian Emma Poindexter addresses fellow seniors at the June 7 graduation ceremony.
 Salutatorian Kalie Anderson speaks to fellow Ridgeview seniors at the June 7 graduation ceremony.
 Ridgeview seniors hug before the June 7 graduation ceremony.
 Redmond School District Superintendent Mike McIntosh presents David Fair with an honorary diploma at Ridgeview's June 7 graduation ceremony.
 The audience watches the "then and now" slide show of Ridgeview seniors at the June 7 graduation ceremony.
 Ridgeview valedictorian Emma Poindexter addresses fellow seniors at the June 7 graduation ceremony.
 The audience watches the "then and now" slide show of Ridgeview seniors at the June 7 graduation ceremony.
 Ridgeview seniors, from left. Savannah Harless, Brianna Hamilton, Cali Hanson and Kaelin Robinson pose before the June 7 graduation ceremony.
 Ridgeview seniors march down the stairs at the June 7 graduation ceremony.
 Ridgeview seniors walk to their seats at the June 7 graduation ceremony.
 Attendees watch Ridgeview seniors march into the June 7 graduation ceremony.
 Attendees watch Ridgeview seniors march into the June 7 graduation ceremony.
Attendees watch Ridgeview seniors march into the June 7 graduation ceremony.