July 31, 2017

Emergency services communication system upgraded

From Deschutes County,
Submitted graphic / Deschutes County
Central Oregon emergency services radio system upgraded

Local law enforcement agencies completed their transition to the new P25 trunked radio system with encryption on Thursday, July 27th. As a result, anyone with any type of scanner (analog or digital) will no longer be unable to receive local law enforcement radio traffic from the new system.

In the short term, until an internet based feed can be established with a 30 minute delay in late-August, the District will "bridge" the new radio system to the old to provide interoperability with the State Police until late-August when OSP transitions to the new system.

A fact sheet is attached with more information. The fact sheet is also available on the District's web site at http://www.deschues.org/911.

Deschutes County 9-1-1 Service District
Radio System Fact Sheet

-   The Deschutes County 9-1-1 Service District is in the process of replacing its aging
analog-based radio system with a new digital trunked system that fixes gaps in
coverage and helps keep local first responders safe.
-   The shift to the new system will impact residents who have previously monitored
-   On the new radio system, law enforcement dispatch channels will be encrypted
and will not be able to be monitored over the air. Law enforcement dispatch traffic
will continue to be recorded by 9-1-1 and will be available via a public records
-   Starting in late August, unencrypted law enforcement dispatch radio traffic will be
published online, but with a 30-minute delay.
-   This transition means people with scanners will not be able to receive law
enforcement radio traffic. Listeners interested in monitoring those channels will
need to use the internet-based stream when it becomes available in late-August.
-   There will not be a delay for the radio channels used by local fire service agencies, nor will those channels be encrypted.

July 30, 2017

Klamath-Lake district goes to extreme fire danger

From the Oregon Department of Forestry, 
Submitted graphic / Oregon Department of Forestry
Klamath-Lake District, Oregon Department of Forestry Goes to Extreme Fire Danger

Klamath Falls, OR - Beginning Friday, July 28, 2017, at 12:01 AM, all private, county, and state wildlands protected by the Klamath-Lake District, Oregon Department of Forestry [ODF], including BLM lands west of HWY. 97 as well as those Bureau of Land Management (BLM) lands west of the Gerber Reservoir Area in Klamath County, will be raising the Fire Danger Level to EXTREME.

With the progression of summer conditions and continued drying of forest fuels, local fire danger levels have reached “EXTREME”. Fires starting in these conditions have the potential for rapid fire spread and major damage.

Additional Fire Prevention Requirements have been placed on industrial forest operations. High Speed Rotary saws and Tracked Felling/Skidding equipment are required to shut down between the hours of 1 PM and 8 PM. High Speed Rotary saws are also REQUIRED to have an “operation area observer” visually inspecting the area worked in and also additional fire equipment. These are in addition to the normal requirements listed in “A Guide to Legal Requirements for Prevention and Controlling Fires in Operations On and Near Forest Land in Oregon.”

These additional restrictions, along with Public Regulated Use Restrictions that were put in effect by fire officials on July 10 th , will dramatically reduce the chance of an accidental fire start.

Under the Public Regulated Use Closure:
- Smoking in wildland areas is permitted only in enclosed vehicles on roads.
- Camping, cooking or warming fires will be prohibited, except in the following
designated locations:
* KLAMATH COUNTY: Topsy Campground (BLM), Surveyor Campground
(BLM), Collier State Park, Kimball State Park, Hagelstein Park (county) and
posted sites in the Klamath River Canyon.
* LAKE COUNTY: Gooselake State Park.
Portable cooking stoves using liquefied or bottled fuels are permitted at all other locations.
- Off road driving and motorized vehicles on un-improved roads is prohibited.
- Use of fireworks is prohibited. "Fireworks" means any combustible or explosive device or any other article which was prepared for the purpose of providing a visible or audible effect by combustion, explosion, deflagration or detonation, including firecrackers, fountains, skyrockets, snakes and sparklers.
- Possession of a full size axe, shovel and a 2 ½ lb. fire extinguisher or filled gallon water container is required while traveling in a motorized vehicle, except on state and county roads.
- Debris Burning which was banned June 5th, in Klamath and Lake Counties when Klamath-Lake District of the Oregon Department of Forestry declared fire season remains in effect.

In addition, the following activities will be prohibited between the hours of 1:00 to
8:00 PM:
- Non-Industrial Chain saw use.
- Cutting, grinding and welding of metal on forested lands.

The “Fire Season in effect” declaration on June 5th put into place regulations restricting debris burning and timber harvest operations. Wildland and structural fire protection agencies in Klamath County have agreed to prohibit all outdoor debris burning. Forest operations that require a Permit to Operate Power Driven Machinery now are required to have fire tools, on-site water supply, and watchman service on privately owned forest land. Declaring the “Fire Season” also prohibits the release of sky lanterns, the discharge of exploding targets or the discharge of tracer ammunition during this period.

The Bureau of Land Management, Lakeview District and the Fremont - Winema National
Forest will also be going into EXTREME Fire Danger Level. For IFPL and Public Use
Restrictions on these lands please call: Fremont – Winema National Forests and Lakeview
District BLM - contact 541-883- 6715 or 541-947- 2151.

Southwest Oregon District of the Oregon Department of Forestry protected lands in Jackson and Josephine counties. Contact 541-684- 3328 for current SWO information.

July 29, 2017

Redmond library August and September programs

From Redmond Library, 

Redmond Library, 827 SW Deschutes Ave. 541-312- 1088

No programs August 14 -25 due to eclipse issues


Preschool Parade Storytime: Stories, songs, rhymes, crafts to develop early literacy skills. Age 3-5.
Wednesdays • 10:15 a.m. August 2, 9 September 13, 20, 27

Mother Goose & More: Participatory music with books, rhymes, and bounces. Age 0-3.
Thursdays • 10:15 a.m. August 3, 10 September 14, 21, 28

MnMs (Music, Movement and Stories): Movement and stories to develop skills and encourage fun and with music. Ages 3+
Friday, September 15, 10:15

Get Ready for Kindergarten: A special story time just for children entering kindergarten. (Bilingual.)
Wednesday, August 30 • 10:15 a.m.

Sensory Story Time 3–7 YRS: Activities, songs & stories for children with sensory processing differences.
Thursdays: September 7, 14, 21, 28 • 11:30 a.m.


Bamboo Flute Workshop: (10+ YRS) Make and decorate a bamboo flute. Andean dance presentation follows. (Bilingual program) Registration required. www.deschuteslibrary.org/calendar
Tuesday, August 8 • 5:30 p.m.

Build a Better World with Dance: Learn about the Andean world through music and dance performed by Chayag. (Bilingual program) www.andeanmusic.org. All Ages
Redmond: August 8 • 7:00 p.m.

Eclipse Party: Learn about the upcoming solar eclipse and make a viewer. All ages.
Wednesday, August 9, 2 pm

Family Block Party: LEGO® Universe at Your Library: Read! Build! Play! Join other builders and a gazillion Legos. All ages.
Saturday, August 12, 10:30
Saturday, September 9, 10:30

Build a Better World with Music &Stories:
Bilingual stories and Spanish sing-along songs. Make a simple musical instrument. All ages. Redmond: August 29 • 5:30 p.m.

Lunch and Library: Free lunch and a library activity on the front lawn, Fridays in August. Ages 0-18.


Build-It Blast!: (Ages 6-11 years) Bring a hammer and an adult, and build a kit donated by Home Depot. Redmond: August 23 • 12:30 p.m.

Teen Territory (12-17 yrs.): Hang out, mess around, geek out. Games, crafts, and more.
Wednesday, September 13, 2-4 pm

Teen Advisory Board (12-17 yrs.): Plan library programs, meet new people, eat snacks!
Wednesday, September 27, 1:30-2:30


Art in the Redmond Library: Quilts by members of Undercover Quilts and The High Desert Quilt Guild. Fused glass by Laurel Werhane, Lee Barker: sculptures made of repurposed material, Lawrence Koppy: watercolor portraits of Wild West gunslingers. Exhibit runs through September.

July 28, 2017

Financial aid available for homeowners in hardship

From Oregon Housing and Community Services,
Spokesman files

SALEM, OR -- Homeowners falling behind on property taxes or mortgage payments should visit www.OregonHomeownerHelp.org because they may qualify for help from a $95 million program. Help is available through the Oregon Homeownership Stabilization Initiative (OHSI) which is run by the state of Oregon. A range of help is available depending on a homeowner's current situation and need. We strongly urge anyone who is struggling to make their mortgage or property tax payments to visit www.OregonHomeownerHelp.org to find out if they qualify for assistance.

Homeowners that have recovered from a hardship but are still behind on mortgage or property tax payments may be eligible for the Loan Preservation Assistance program. This program can bring mortgages, past due property taxes, and reverse mortgage accounts current with a maximum benefit of $40,000. Homeowners can find out more and see if they qualify by visiting www.OregonHomeownerHelp.org and searching for Loan Preservation Assistance.

Oregonians struggling to make their monthly mortgage payments may qualify for the Home Rescue program. This program can provide homeowners with monthly mortgage payments for up to one year with a maximum benefit of $20,000. To qualify, applicants must be able to show that their income has been reduced by at least 10% compared to any tax year between 2009 and 2016. Oregonians who have had their income substantially reduced in recent years should visit www.OregonHomeownerHelp.org to see if they qualify for the Home Rescue Program.

Funding for the Oregon Homeownership Stabilization Initiative (OHSI) is provided by the United States Treasury's Hardest Hit Fund, which allocated $220 million to Oregon in 2010 and an additional $94.5 million in 2016 for the administration of foreclosure prevention programs. To date, OHSI has provided more than $230 million in assistance to more than 12,000 homeowners.

OHSI customer service can be reached via email at Homeowner.Help@oregon.gov or by phone at 503-986-2025. OHSI partners with local housing nonprofits throughout the state to provide program delivery.

July 27, 2017

Family Access Network receives grant

From the Family Access Network,
Spokesman files
Family Access Network Receives $15,000 in Grant Funds from
The Oregon Community Foundation

The Family Access Network (FAN) is the recipient of $15,000 in grant funds from The Oregon Community Foundation which will be used to increase funding streams that support eight Redmond FAN advocates at thirteen public school sites, including one early childhood site. The eight FAN advocates will connect disadvantaged children and families to basic-need services such as: nutritious food, warm winter clothing, a safe place to sleep, heating assistance, comprehensive healthcare, and more. 

FAN received $15,000 from three different funds through The Oregon Community Foundation: the Robert W. Chandler Discretionary Subfund ($13,500), the F.J. Hodecker Family Fund ($1,000), and the Morrison Family Fund ($500). In the 2016/17 school year, FAN served 2,401 Redmond children and family members and is projected to serve a similar number of individuals in 2017/18.

“We are incredibly grateful for the support from The Oregon Community Foundation. Children living in poverty do not have the same opportunities as their peers. These grant funds will help us close the opportunity gap for Redmond area children by increasing support from the Redmond community and by connecting children to critical basic-need services, giving them the opportunity to thrive,” Julie Lyche, Executive Director.

The mission of The Oregon Community Foundation (OCF) is to improve life in Oregon and promote effective philanthropy. OCF works with individuals, families, businesses and organizations to create charitable funds to support the community causes they care about. In 2016, OCF awarded more than $108 million in grants and scholarships.

Unique to Central Oregon, FAN began in January 1993 and currently employs 25 advocates in 52 public school (K-12) and early childhood sites to efficiently reach and connect disadvantaged children and families to critical basic-need services such as: food, shelter, clothing, healthcare and more. FAN’s mission is to improve lives by ensuring that all children in Deschutes and Crook Counties have access to basic-need services.

To learn more about Family Access Network, please visit www.familyaccessnetwork.org or call (541) 693-5675.

The Family Access Network is committed to building a healthy community by alleviating the suffering of children in need. In the 2016/17 school year, FAN advocates have improved the lives of over 9,000 children and family members in Central Oregon.

July 26, 2017

July 26, 2017 Obituarues

Thurlow "Lee" Menown, of Redmond
April 8, 1933 - July 15, 2017
Arrangements: Redmond Memorial Chapel is honored to serve the family. 541-548-3219. Please leave condolences at redmondmemorial.com
Services: Memorial Service will be held at the Community Presbyterian Church, 529 NW 19th St., Redmond, OR 97756, on Saturday, August 5, 2017, at 2:00 P.M.
Contributions may be made to: Community Presbyterian Church Playground Equipment Fund, 529 NW 19th St., Redmond, OR 97756, (541) 548-3367, http://www.redmondcpc.org/

Toney E. Lopez, of Redmond
July 24, 1960 - July 14, 2017
Arrangements: Baird Funeral Home of Bend is honored to serve the family. Please visit our website, www.bairdfh.com, to share condolences and sign our online guest book.
Services: A Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday, July 30, 2017, at 5:00 PM, at Calvary Chapel Redmond located at 616 SW 9th Street, Redmond, Oregon 97756.
Contributions may be made to: www.gofundme.com/thelopi to support the Lopez Family.

Judith Ann Fead, of Redmond
May 1, 1947 - July 16, 2017
Arrangements: Baird Funeral Home of Bend is honored to serve the family. Please visit our website, www.bairdfh.com, to share condolences and sign our online guest book.
Contributions may be made to: Partners In Care 2075 NE Wyatt Court Bend, Oregon 97701 www.partnersbend.org

Ralph Louis France, of Redmond
Feb. 18, 1925 - July 15, 2017
Arrangements: Autumn Funerals, Redmond 541-504-9485 www.autumnfunerals.net
Services: Graveside service was held at at Redmond Memorial Cemetery on Friday, July 21, 2017 at 11:00 AM

Corliss Lee (Jeppsen) Taylor, of Sisters, OR (Formerly of Grants Pass)
Mar. 2, 1945 - July 18, 2017
Arrangements: Autumn Funerals, Redmond 541-504-9485 www.autumnfunerals.net
Services: A private service will be held at a later date.

Truman Alton Landers, of Prineville
Feb. 12, 1935 - July 11, 2017
Arrangements: Juniper Ridge Funeral Home, 541-362-5606
Services: A celebration of life will be August 12, at 3:00 p.m. at Stryker Park under the covered area behind the firehall on NE Court.

Peggy Ellen Gerdes, of Terrebonne
July 29, 1940 - June 28, 2017
Arrangements: Baird Funeral Home of Bend is honored to serve the Family and Friends. 
Please visit our website, www.bairdfh.com, to share condolences and sign our online guest book. 541.382.0903

Norma Jean Foley, of Terrebonne
Sept. 17, 1930 - July 17, 2017
Arrangements: Autumn Funerals, Redmond 541-504-9485 www.autumnfunerals.net
Services: No services will be held at this time.

Roy William Brown, of Prineville
Dec. 27, 1920 - July 6, 2017
Arrangements: Whispering Pines Funeral Home, 541-416-9733
Services: There will be a private service for Roy at a later date.

Crooked River Ranch alternate exit route in the works

From the Bureau of Land Management,
Spokesman files
BLM works with Partners to Develop Crooked River Ranch Emergency Exit

Terrebonne, Ore. - The Prineville District Bureau of Land Management (BLM) partnered with local residents and Deschutes County to develop an emergency exit route while maintaining recreational opportunities and supporting conservation as part of the agency’s multiple-use mission.

After a long effort, BLM recently issued a decision that will allow Deschutes County to construct a one-mile paved road across BLM-managed public land about five miles west of Terrebonne, Oregon. The road will provide a motorized public access route for the Crooked River Ranch (CRR) residential area, as well as provide a second exit in the event of an evacuation due to a wildfire.

The new route will run from Northwest Quail Road in CRR and travel southwest to connect with Lower Bridge Road. Deschutes County and the CRR Special Road District are currently pursuing grant options, and hope to begin construction this year.

The decision addresses the need for fences, gates, and signs so the new road does not create safety issues or preclude any of the existing recreational uses around Lower Bridge Road. There will be some changes in the types of travel allowed on some routes in the area, and a few duplicate routes will be closed to reduce impacts to mule deer winter range. These changes will be posted on kiosks and other signs in and near CRR.

The BLM provided a public comment period on the proposed action last fall and again this May. Additional information is available by calling the BLM at 541-416-6700 or checking the project website, “Crooked River Ranch Alternate Exit” at https://eplanning.blm.gov/epl-front-office/eplanning/nepa/nepa_register.do

Walden applauds advancement of adjustment in wilderness study area near Crooked River Ranch

From Rep. Greg Walden:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Greg Walden’s (R-Hood River) plan to protect Crooked River Ranch from wildfire advanced through the House Natural Resources Committee on a bipartisan vote today. The Crooked River Ranch Fire Protection Act (H.R. 2075) adjusts the wilderness study areas adjacent to Crooked River Ranch to protect the local community from wildfire.

“Passage of the Crooked River Ranch Fire Protection Act through the Resources Committee is really important,” said Walden. “We all know what fire is like in our environment in central Oregon. What we’re trying to do is move a government boundary back so that teams can get in and thin out the excess fuels that could result in a catastrophe if fire ever came over the top into Crooked River Ranch.”

Crooked River Ranch is an unincorporated community of about 5,500 residents in Jefferson County. The lands adjacent to the community are managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and are classified as a Wilderness Study Area (WSA). These lands are in the highest risk category for exposure to devastating wildfire due to overstocked juniper stand under the federally mandated and locally promulgated Jefferson County Community Wildfire Protection Plan. And the current WSA classification prevents mechanical fire prevention activities within these overstocked juniper stands.

Walden’s bill would adjust the boundaries of the WSAs in order to better facilitate fire prevention activities on public lands and the adjacent private property.

Local fire officials and first responders have praised Walden’s bill. “This bill has the potential to save lives and property at Crooked River Ranch and I’m glad to see Congressman Walden continuing to move this plan forward. With the current wilderness study area (WSA) boundary, practical firefighting and fire prevention activities are unavailable. The lack of fuel mitigation around Crooked River Ranch, due to wilderness restrictions codified in law, has created a dangerous environment and continues to threaten the people that live here. This bill will move the boundary away from private properties, eliminate wilderness restrictions and allow us to mitigate these fuels to defend properties and lives on Crooked River Ranch. From a firefighting standpoint, Congressman Walden’s bill is appreciated and is simply commonsense.” Harry Ward, Fire Chief of Crooked River Ranch Fire & Rescue

"As the elected Sheriff of Jefferson County, Oregon, this bill is extremely important to the life and property of an area under my protection. This bill will help mitigate wildfire from Crooked River Ranch by providing a defensible fire protection along the border of the Ranch which is presently contiguous with the WSAs. 
Current WSA restrictions makes it impossible for the fire crew to enter the area and fight the wildfire with modern techniques. The residents of Crooked River Ranch are most appreciative of Greg’s efforts to facilitate the protection of life and property through enactment of the Crooked River Ranch Fire Protection Act.” Jim Adkins, Sheriff of Jefferson County

The Crooked River Ranch Fire Protection Act advanced through the House Natural Resources Committee and now awaits a vote in the full House of Representatives before moving to the Senate. For a copy of Walden’s legislation, please click here.

Check out the July 26 Spokesman!

This week's Spokesman features stories on the effort to save the Redmond home of a former German princess, the Redmond High cross country team taking part in a 47-mile relay and a new commercial development in north Redmond. Get your copy today or call 541-923-1370 to subscribe!

July 25, 2017

Agriculture Appropriations Bill benefits Oregon

From the Office of Senator Jeff Merkley,
Spokesman files
Merkley Announces Key Oregon Wins in Senate Agriculture Appropriations Bill
Merkley is the top Democrat on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture

Washington, D.C. – Oregon’s Senator Jeff Merkley, who is the top Democrat on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, today announced key provisions in the Senate Agriculture Appropriations bill that will help Oregon’s rural communities. The bill was voted out of committee today on a bipartisan vote.

“I was glad to partner with Chairman Hoeven on a bipartisan bill to provide significant resources for rural Americans and Oregonians, including investing in the effort to combat Sudden Oak Death; innovations in mass timber; and in our organic farming economy,” Merkley said. “This bill rejects Trump’s budget blueprint, which gutted programs that support rural communities, and instead used the recent 2017 spending bill as a framework to invest in our communities that need it most.”  

Merkley is the only Oregon member of Congress from either chamber since Senator Mark Hatfield to serve on the Appropriations Committee, considered to be one of the most powerful on Capitol Hill. He joined the committee in 2013 so that Oregon would have a strong voice in decisions about the investments our nation should be making.

Key elements of the legislation that will impact Oregon include:

Sudden Oak Death: A provision includes $3.7 million — a $2 million increase — for the Tree and Wood Pest program, which will help Oregon’s nurseries prevent the spread of Sudden Oak Death. The pathogen is plaguing forests in Curry County, and is a threat to Coos and Josephine counties. Merkley, with Republican State Representative David Brock Smith, has convened a task force of more than 40 partners that are working collaboratively to procure the data and funding needed to contain Sudden Oak Death.

Mass Timber: The bill includes $3.5 million for the advanced wood products program at USDA that would enhance Oregon State University’s (OSU) cutting-edge work on mass timber products, such as cross-laminated timber. These products provide an innovative alternative to structural building materials, and Merkley has fought to increase funding for OSU’s trailblazing work.

Sustainable Agriculture: The bill provides $30 million — a $3 million increase — for the USDA Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program. SARE provides education, outreach, and professional development opportunities for farmers, agriculture cooperative extension agents, USDA employees, not-for-profit institutions, and the private sector. SARE also provides grants for research and education related to sustainable agriculture practices, and has funded 5,000 projects over.

Organic Agriculture: The bill provides $12 million for the National Organic Program, which develops and enforces our nation’s standards for organically produced agricultural products. The bill also provides $5 million for the Organic Transitions Program, which is dedicated to helping farmers transition from conventional to organic farming practices.

Rural Energy Savings Program: The bill provides $8 million for the Rural Energy Savings Program to leverage $48 million in loans to support energy efficiency retrofits in rural homes and businesses. This funding can also be used to replace rural manufactured housing and to finance renewable energy projects in rural areas.

Agricultural Research: This bill would provide a $12 million increase in funding for the Agricultural Research Service, which conducts cutting-edge research to improve the productivity, sustainability, and health of our nation’s agricultural systems. In addition, the bill provides $500,000 to establish a pear genomics research position that will support pear production in Oregon and across the nation through research related to disease and pest resistance, and improving orchard efficiency.

Industrial Hemp: The bill prohibits the Federal government from interfering with hemp research projects or with legally produced hemp products, and encourages the Department of Agriculture to support industrial hemp research by informing researchers of their eligibility for Department funding. Industrial hemp is used to make everything from rope and cloth to oil and soap. Hemp products account for over $600 million in annual domestic sales, and while hemp has the potential to be a multi-billion dollar domestic crop, we instead have to import all of our hemp from nations ranging from Canada to China. Oregon is one of the states that have enacted laws allowing for the cultivation of industrial hemp.

Water Conservation and Habitat Restoration: The bill provides $150 million for the Watershed and Flood Prevention Operations program, including funding for irrigation districts that need to improve water efficiency and conservation or otherwise improve fish and wildlife habitat. This program is providing critical funding for the collaborative process underway in the Deschutes Basin to conserve water and improve the habitat of the spotted frog, helping to keep Central Oregon family farms in business.

The next steps would be for the bill to be sent to the Senate floor for a full Senate vote, and eventually to be merged with a counterpart bill from the U.S. House of Representatives in order to be passed by both houses and signed into law.

Statewide youth marijuana prevention campaign

From Oregon Health Authority


PORTLAND, Ore.--The Oregon Health Authority today announced the expansion of a youth marijuana use prevention campaign to a statewide audience.

That expansion will begin immediately. The goal of the Stay True to You campaign is to prevent or delay the initiation of marijuana use among Oregon's 12- to 20-year-old population.

In 2016, the Oregon Legislature instructed OHA to evaluate the effectiveness of youth marijuana prevention messaging by conducting a geographically limited pilot. That campaign lasted from June 2016 to June 2017 and took place in the Portland metro area, and Jackson and Josephine counties. RMC Research, an independent evaluation firm, found that the pilot campaign successfully raised awareness of the legal consequences of underage marijuana use and contributed to a correct perception that only 1 in 5 Oregon teens use marijuana.

"Research shows that our audience was receptive to the Stay True to You campaign," said Kati Moseley, policy specialist at OHA's Public Health Division. "With this expansion, youth and young adults statewide will hear the message that marijuana use should be delayed until adulthood or avoided entirely."

OHA developed the Stay True to You campaign using extensive audience research and focus groups. Twenty-eight focus groups were conducted in Portland, Bend, Medford and Pendleton featuring 260 youth and young adults between 14 and 20 years old. Participants from the African American, Asian and Pacific Islander, white, American Indian/Alaskan native and Latino communities were included. DHM Research (Davis, Hibbitts, & Midghall Inc.), contracted by OHA to facilitate all focus groups, conducted groups in English and Spanish between October 2015 and March 2016.

"Our focus group research showed youth and young adults are eager for more information on the effects of marijuana use," Moseley said. "Though research into marijuana use isn't as extensive as that on alcohol or tobacco, there is sufficient evidence that using marijuana can have a significant effect on developing brains."

The facts cited in the campaign on brain development and marijuana's effects on learning are based on reviews of the current science by OHA's Retail Marijuana Scientific Advisory Committee.

OHA's role following the legalization of marijuana is to educate the public about the health issues related to marijuana use; prevent youth marijuana use; and monitor marijuana use, attitudes and health effects. OHA will publish final research results of the pilot campaign evaluation late this summer.

The statewide campaign will advertise across a variety of media, but the bulk of advertising will take place on digital and streaming video to most effectively reach the youth audience. Other campaign elements include a social media presence (#StayTrueOregon), a website (StayTrueToYou.org) and promotions and outreach to organizations where youth gather.

Flashback: Former German princess made her home in Redmond

Note: The July 26 Spokesman features a story on the Greater Redmond Historical Society looking to save the house once owned by Trudy Bray, a former German princess and niece of Queen Victoria, who spent more than 50 years in Redmond. Here is the complete story on Bray that ran in the Feb. 21, 1966, Spokesman:

Trudy and Gus Bray Spokesman file photo
By Mary Brown

 A royal princess of old Germany was laid at rest Monday in the cemetery of the Oregon town in which she had lived for more than 50 years.

She was Mrs. Gus Bray, who died last Thursday morning at her Redmond home, where she had been cared for with unremitting faithfulness by her 90 year-old husband.

Trudy” as she was known to her friends, was buried Monday at Redmond Memorial Cemetery, with part of the rites conducted by Redmond Chapter of the Eastern Star, of which she was a charter member and holder of a 50 year pin. Funeral services were conducted at 11 o’clock Morning at Zacher Chapel, with her long-time friend, Rev. D. L. Penhollow, officiating. Casket bearers were C. B. Adams, Howard Mayfield, Joe McMurry, Henry Durfee, J. W. McClay and George Hofstetter. She was a member of the German Lutheran Church.

BEGINNINGS ANOTHER STORY- That was the end of the story. What about the beginnings? Perhaps these would not be known had it not been for a series of special articles The Spokesman carried a number of years ago. These were entitled “Mr. or Mrs X”, Each week incidents from the past life of a Redmond citizen were recounted and the next week the person was identified.

Mrs. Bray spent several days then describing her girl-hood in Germany, but the story was withheld from publication at the family’s request. Now it can be told—a decade later.

She was born Princess Helen Augusta Victoria Beatrice Buckner Von Gotha Sep. 15, 1885, at Castle Liebenstein in Thuringen. The place was a huge estate, one of a great many the family owned. The Castle, Trudy said, had 300 rooms, all of which were kept open. There were seven kitchens and as many as 13 cooks. Just how many servants were in the castle, she never knew exactly. Some worked inside; others had various duties, such as gardening or looking after the stables.

The House of Saxe—Coburg—Gotha, to which she belonged, is one of the oldest and noblest in all history, and at the time the princess was growing up, the family was among the wealthiest in Europe. Her father, Prince Oscar, held the position of Prime Minister of the state and was also a field marshal. Thus the family visited nobility in many lands.

An especial favorite of her father was his uncle, Prince Albert, who married Queen Victoria of England, a cousin. The family often visited at Buckingham Palace and the young princess liked the friendly, old-fashioned lady who reigned over the British Empire.

The last time the princess saw Queen Victoria was in 1896, when the family went to England after having attended the Worlds Fair in France. She always had pleasant memories of the kindly woman who wore a shawl and lace headdress and she loved to crawl on Victoria’s lap and play with the lace and the locket containing her husband’s picture, which the Queen always wore.

Gertrude, the name she used because she liked it, was the oldest child, there being two other daughters and two sons. One sister, Frieda, who died in 1914, was married to the ruler of the sovereign state of Liechtenstein. He was Furst Franz Josef and she was Fursten von Liechtenberg.

The other sister, Ellen, who survives Mrs. Bray, now lives in Wiesbaden, Germany. She married Count Kurt von Schwerin of Mecklenburg-Schwerin. He was head of the German underseas fleet in World War I and a member of one of Germany’s greatest families. Count Von Schwerin died last year; it has been learned from a funeral notice found in Mrs. Bray’s effects. The count, Trudy said, was a cousin of Queen Juliana of Holland.

IN CONCENTRATION CAMP- When the Second World War broke out, Count von Schwerin and his wife were bitterly opposed to Hitler and were thrown into a concentration camp. They escaped to Switzerland, where they had estates, and lived there during the war. Returning, they found their property demolished, everything stolen.

Her two brothers Arthur and Alfred, died some years ago it is believed. Alfred, a scientist and astronomer, married the Grand Duchess Amalie of Austria.

These marriages Show, Mrs. Bray explained, how all the various houses of Europe are related and how many inter-marriages there have been. “All the same people,” she remarked a bit sadly, and still they fight, when they should be living in peace.”

DINES WITH CZAR- She recounted a trip to Russia when the family dined with Czar Nicholas. That was when she narrowly escaped being poisoned. A cook apparently was out to get the czar and his family. He served poisoned mushrooms. Trudy didn’t take any when the dish was offered, but another princess, Elizabeth Hesse-Darmstadt, niece of Queen Marie of Rumania, ate the mushrooms. She died. Trudy learned that the czar and his family had been in perpetual fear of eating what the cooks served. One could only guess what happened to that particular cook. Trudy remarked.

The life of a German noblewoman at the beginning of the century was one of tremendous luxury and of restrictions just as great. Until Gertrude and her sisters were about 10, they had a governess; then they had a governor.

GIRLS STUDY, TRAVEL- They studied languages—French, Spanish, English—as well as music and art. Every summer was spent traveling all over Europe, as this was considered part of a young noble-woman’s education.

“We were taught to ‘cook’,” Mrs. Bray laughed, in telling of that part of her education. “No, it wasn’t the way you think. We’d watch someone peel a potato or prepare a simple dish, perhaps. Then we’d write down the recipe and take notes. Actually, we never touched the food being prepared.”

She rebelled against the three-month course in cooking because it didn’t seem reasonable to her that she ever would need to know about it. “Learn it,” the girl’s grandmother said. “Servants can quit. Anything might happen to you—you never know. Someday you might even need to be able to cook.”

LIFE VERY RESTRICTED- Never did Gertrude do anything for herself. It was not permitted, nor was she allowed to associate with commoners. Everywhere the princesses of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha went, guards were with them. The girls liked to ride horseback. They played tennis, attended operas and concerts, enjoyed ice skating. Trudy recalled that when they were skating, a separate place was cleared for them, away from commoners.

Wealth was so much a matter of course; gorgeous clothes so much the ordinary thing, that all of it meant nothing. No concept of money entered into their lives, because there was more than they ever could need. The family owned vast estates, besides its porcelain and glass factories.

In 1902, Gertrude was presented at court before the Kaiser. She also was presented in other countries.
ATTENDS SCHOOLS- Her education was nearing its completion. She studied at the Weimar Higher Daughters’ Institute, went to Leipzig Academy, and to Konigliche University in Berlin.

Marriage—the right sort of marriage—always has been a specialty of the House of Saxe-Coberg-Gotha, and its princes and princesses are noted for marrying correctly. Most famous, of course was Albert, prince consort of Queen Victoria. There were many others who married well. Princess Sibylle, another noblewoman from the family, married Crown Prince Gustav Adolf of Sweden, who was killed in an airplane crash near Copenhagen, Denmark, in January 1947.

Gertrude’s union with Count Erick von Ludendorff and had been considered by the family almost before she was born. Her marriage had been arranged with the man who later became Germany’s famous field marshal. The count was sent on a trip to the colonies in Africa, and when he returned, Gertrude was married and in America—eventually in Redmond. Von Ludendorff never forgave her, she said.

MEETS SWISS-AMERICAN- Gertrude used to say that never would she forget her first meeting in 1903 with Alfred Munz, the man for whom she was to relinquish all she had known. He was a Swiss who had gone to America a number of years previously and had established himself in the hardware business in Princeton, MN. His sister was married to an officer in the prince’s regiment.

It so happened that Gertrude was attending a ball at the Casino. All the men were in uniform or full dress and the women were wearing evening gowns, ermine and jewels. The Swiss-American came in a business suit and was refused admittance. Finally, his card was presented to the officer who had married his sister. He then was received and welcomed graciously as the man from America. The princess was introduced to him and their courtship began.

STATE IN UPROAR- When she made up her mind to marry Alfred Munz, the whole state was in an uproar. According to the traditions of her house, no member could consort with a commoner. It was impossible for the girl to be married in Germany to the man she loved.

Her father and mother liked the man she had chosen, and while they grieved at her departure they allowed her to do as she wished. She signed away her rights to the titles, to the family estates, to all the wealth she had known in her 18 years of life. Every minister and official had to affix his signature to the papers permitting her to leave for America and to be married.

“My great desire was for freedom—the freedom only America can give,” Mrs. Bray declared. I have never regretted my choice. Always during my girlhood I was watched every step every move, every glance. I never could be alone, do as I liked, live as I wished.”

DECLARES HERSELF LUCKY- She used to say that when she thought of members of her family and her relatives, who were put into concentration camps, perhaps killed, that she felt lucky to be an American.

At last the young princess came to America, accompanied by her Austrian maid and the sister of her future husband. The bridegroom met them in New York and they were married June 8, 1904, at the, Little Church Around the Corner. She wanted to be like the others and gradually learned, even begging her husband to let her work in the store.

DAUGHTER BORN- When her daughter, Winifred, was born, her ties to America became firmer. At times she was homesick, but then she would look at her family and would think of her American freedom. She stayed.

“No, I must go home. I am an American,” she told her aging father. My family is there and that is where my heart lies.

“It is much harder this time than when you first left,” he replied. This time I know I shall never see you again.

And he never did. Prince Oscar died in 1938 and her mother in 1939.

MOVE HERE IN 1912- Mr. and Mrs. Munz came to Redmond in 1912 when he purchased a hardware business. No one, except a close friend or two sworn to secrecy, knew of her past life. Her husband feared it wouldn’t be good for the business.

It finally came to light because she hadn’t written for sometime to her sister, Ellen. Count von Schwerin sent a letter to the justice of the peace, the late Z. T. Gideon, asking about his wife’s sister in Redmond and giving her titles. The judge took it to a man who could read German. Thus she was identified.

Many grief’s came into her life. First her only daughter, Winifred, {who was married to Pete Wallace), died in 1930. Next she lost her parents, and then her husband on March 2 1940.

MARRIES GUS BRAY- She was alone in the land of her adoption. She could have returned to Germany, but she stayed, to meet the second man to win her love. He was Gus Bray and they were married March 17 1945.

In the nearly 21 years of their married life, most of it spent in Redmond, the Brays lived quietly, satisfied with each other’s company. About three years ago Trudy’s health began to fail. Gus took care of her and during the three years preceding her death, he was with her day and night, often with no chance to sleep.

Gus says he probably will continue to live in Redmond. He had four sons by a previous marriage, Earl of Vancouver, WA, Vernon and Roy of Oceanlake and Lawrence of Toledo. All came here to be with him when they were advised of his wife’s death.

Following the funeral, members of the Bray family were served dinner by Redmond Chapter of the Eastern Star, with Mrs. C. S. Van Buskirk in charge, assisted by Mrs. Raymond H. Jones. Fourteen were entertained at the Van Buskirk home.

In his moving tribute to Mrs. Bray, whom he had visited frequently for many years, Rev. Penhollow quoted from a devotional book, “Daily Light,” which she had owned for many years.

He read the Scripture verses for March 2, date of her first husband’s death. There in her hand-writing, he found the year, 1940, and the words: “Dear God, give me strength to live, please. My darling.”
The little book was presented to Rev. Penhollow by Gus Bray in Remembrance of Mrs. Bray.

Added November 30, 1973: Gus Bray is now 98 years old and his health is not too good, so he had reluctantly made the decision to sell the home at 404 W. Forest Ave., which he shared with his beloved Trudy.

Many of the things which were in the house were brought from Germany by Mrs. Bray when she came to America in 1904. Throughout her life, she continued to use her training in handwork, so now there are many, many items of every type of embroidery, knitting and crocheting—all beautifully and meticulously done.

The square rosewood grand piano had been sold, as well as most of the antique furniture. One item of great interest which Mr. Bray does not want to sell is a dress which was worn by Mrs. Bray’s aunt, Queen Victoria. Mr. Bray wants to present the dress to a museum, where its historic significance can be appreciated by many people.

July 24, 2017

Deschutes Sheriff's detective recognized

From Deschutes Co. Sheriff's Office,
from left to right: ONEA Board Member Jeff Herring, Detective Kent Vanderkamp, Sheriff L. Shane Nelson


On July 18, 2017, the Oregon-Idaho Narcotics Enforcement Association's Award for Excellence was presented to Detective Kent Vanderkamp with the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office. The award was presented to Detective Vanderkamp during a hosted luncheon at the Oregon Narcotics Enforcement Associations (ONEA) Training Institute at Eagle Crest Resort yesterday afternoon.

The Oregon-Idaho HIDTA (High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area) and ONEA Award for Excellence is designed to recognize an individual assigned to an inter-agency drug team/task force who has utilized the fundamental drug enforcement principles to achieve outstanding results. To meet the criteria for this award, Detective Vanderkamp demonstrated the following skills:

* Leadership and Direction
* Outstanding Success
* Collaboration Across Jurisdictional Boundaries
* Coalition Building

Central Oregon Drug Enforcement (CODE) Team supervisor Lt. Nick Parker with the Bend Police Department said the following in Detective Vanderkamp's nomination; "Detective Vanderkamp is not motivated by personal success. He is a team player dedicated to helping his fellow detectives on their cases. His teammates routinely go to him for advice, direction, and leadership. He will do any assigned task, even the most daunting or mundane tasks in a drug investigation."

Detective Vanderkamp is a nine year veteran of the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office. He is currently in his third year assigned to the Central Oregon Drug Enforcement (CODE) Team.