September 30, 2017

Redmond Library October adult programs

From Redmond Library,

Redmond Adult Events, October, 2017


Know Death: The History and Constitutionality of Executions
- Review the history and constitutional status of the death penalty in America with OSU Professor Emeritus James Foster.
Tuesday, October 3, 12 p.m.

The Library Book Club - Discuss Moonglow by Michael Chabon with a casual and fun group.
Thursday, October 12, 12—1 p.m.

SCORE Workshop: How to Write a Business Plan - Local SCORE mentors show you how to craft an effective business plan and the critical elements to include. Registration required.
Thursday, October 12, 6—7:30 p.m.

Know Death: The Journey Into That Good Night in Drama - Explore how the staging of death in drama reflects time, traditions, and attitudes toward death with COCC’s Tina Redd.
Saturday, Oct. 14, 1 p.m.

Uke Can Do It!- Learn to play the ukulele in three classes with Cinda Johnson. Instruments provided, registration required.
Oct. 14, 16 &18, 4 p.m.

Grantmakers Panel - Representatives from Oregon Community Foundation, Meyer Memorial Trust, and First Interstate Bank discuss their grants for nonprofits. Held at COCC RTEC. Registration required.
Tuesday, October 17, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Internet Genealogy - Family History Center Consultant Ann Amadori shows you a few of the many free, online Genealogy resources. Registration requested.
Saturday, October 28, 10:30—11:30 a.m.

Fake News and Information Literacy - Registration requested. Learn how to separate the good, the bad and the ugly of online information using real examples.
Saturday, October 28, 3—4 p.m.

Computer Classes

Open Computer Lab - Practice or get help with tech questions.
Tuesdays, 1:30—3 p.m.
Craigslist for Beginners - Learn how to search for everything from jobs to vacation rentals, reply to postings, and create an account. Registration required.
Friday, October 6, 2—3:30 p.m.

Facebook for Beginners - Learn about popular social networking sites, and get started with your own facebook account.Registration required.
Friday, October 13, 2—3:30 p.m.

Coding Camp: Build a Webpage I - Play with HTML and build a basic webpage. Registration required. 
Friday, October 20, 2—3:30 p.m.

Coding Camp: Build a Webpage II - Make your webpage pop using CSS. Registration required.
Friday, October 27, 2—3:30 p.m.

September 26, 2017

Redmond High thanked by local non-profit

From CLEAR Alliance,
Saito and Capps // Submitted photo

Children Learning through Education And Research (CLEAR Alliance) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides education that focuses on reducing youth substance use and impaired driving throughout the state of Oregon.

For the past 2+ years, Redmond High School has served as the statewide pilot site for the development of CLEAR Alliance’s Teen Marijuana Education Course (TMEC) and its fact-based “Did you know?” media campaign featuring real Oregon youth. Prevention, treatment, law enforcement, medical, and school professionals in Oregon contributed to the content of both projects.

Through this partnership, Redmond High School’s two health teachers, Angela Capps and Nathan Saito, facilitated participation from their Health I and II classrooms in order to provide the feedback and critique needed to refine the projects. Observation and evaluation was provided by Marlys Alger, retired school administrator, teacher and licensed counselor, who approved the TMEC program for youth and adults ages 13 and above. Eric Martin, treatment provider and Past President and Director Emeritus of the Addiction Counselor Certification Board of Oregon, has evaluated pre and post survey data from the TMEC program, measuring its success.

“From class to class, we continually observed students surprised by how much they did not know about today’s marijuana. We hope that TMEC can be an educational tool for the rest of the state,” said Nathan Saito. 

“Due to the support of Redmond High School and the willingness of its staff to partner in spearheading, TMEC was piloted to a younger audience at a local middle school, then expanded to all of the Driver Education Programs in Central Oregon, and then added two more high schools,” said Mandi Puckett, Executive Director of CLEAR Alliance.

In August of 2017, CLEAR Alliance provided a TMEC Train-the- Instructor conference and trained 114 diverse public-service professionals from across the state. As a result, 27 Oregon counties now have TMEC instructors, and 17 counties are already underway with implementing the curriculum, which meets several of the Oregon Department of Education’s Health Standards and Performance Indicators. 

“This has been a fulfilling partnership with CLEAR Alliance, as evidenced by the additional number of counties that have been reached in such a short amount of time,” stated Paul Nolan, Principal of Redmond High School.

On September 20, 2017 three full sets of the “Did you know?” campaign ads (39 posters per set) were presented to Nathan Saito, Angela Capps (pictured here with Cindy Brockett from CLEAR Alliance) and Redmond High School Principal Paul Nolan in appreciation for the school’s support.

“It is so exciting to recognize the faces of local youth on the “Did you know?” campaign posters, billboards and even in our local movie theaters,” commented Angela Capps. “We are proud our school could partner with such a passionate organization in supporting the endeavor to educate kids and parents about substance use and impaired driving in Oregon,” she said.

Additional training requests have been received by CLEAR Alliance and regional trainings are being scheduled across Oregon. Training information as well as the “Did you know?” campaign ads are available online at

Remembering Bob Eberhard

From Eberhard's Dairy:

Bob Eberhard
Mark (left) and Bob Eberhard with awards from the Redmond Chamber of Commerce. Eberhard’s won the Redmond Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year award for 2014. Bob Eberhard is a past recipient of the Redmond Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year award. Eberhard’s has been in business in Redmond since 1951. Gary Newman / Spokesman file photo
Robert Lee Eberhard
May 6, 1935-September 26, 2017September 26, 2017

Robert L. Eberhard (Bob), the familiar face and voice of Eberhard's Dairy
Products in Central Oregon, died at age 82, Sept. 26  at
his home in Redmond, ending his fight with cancer.

Bob Eberhard was born May 6, 1935 in Prineville, Oregon to John and Nelda
Eberhard. In 1953, Bob graduated from Redmond Union High School.  He
attended Central Oregon Community College before transferring to Oregon
State University where he received a Bachelor of Science Degree in business
with a technical minor in dairy products.  Bob was a member of Delta Tau
Delta Fraternity.

Bob met his wife Kaye at OSU and they were married on July 3, 1958, for 57
years until Kaye passed away on March 25, 2016.  They had two children:
Theodore Lee, who died in April 2011 from ALS, and Holly Lynn
Eberhard-Maloney, who survives.  Also surviving are grandson James David
(JD) Maloney, Jr., and two step grandchildren: Connor Flanagan and McKenzie

After graduating from OSU, Bob went to work for Del Monte in San Francisco
and then Seattle. In 1962 Bob went to work for Dictaphone Corporation in
Seattle.  Bob and Kaye adopted their first child Theodore Lee and in August
of 1964, Bob, Kaye and Ted moved to Redmond to join the family business with
his father John Eberhard.  In 1965, the Eberhard family grew with the
adoption of their second child, Holly Lynn.

During that time Bob, joined with his two brothers, Jack and Richard,
working together with their father and other family members, expanded the
family business into what it is today. Currently Eberhard's Dairy Products
is a full service dairy operation, located in Redmond, Oregon, employing
over 50 people, with distribution throughout state of Oregon.  It is
currently operated by third generation family member, Mark Eberhard, Bob's

Bob has created a lasting impact and legacy in Redmond, Central Oregon, and
State wide with his community service as a member and chairman of the boards
of St. Charles Health System, and Central Oregon Community College. In
addition, he served as a board member and president of the Redmond Chamber
of Commerce and of the Redmond Executives Association, and the boards of
High Desert Museum, Redmond Development Commission, OSU Alumni Association,
and the Beaver Club.  Bob was an avid Beaver supporter, rarely missing the
Beavers' home games. Bob was a member of the Redmond Presbyterian Church.

In the business world, Bob served on the board of the Oregon Dairy Products
Commission, as a board member and Chairman of the Board of National Quality
Check'd Dairy Products Association.  In addition, Bob served on the board of
directors of a number of other businesses in which he owned an interest.

Bob is also survived by his brother Richard Eberhard, sister Mary Louise
Barnes, and many nephews and nieces.

Service information forthcoming, with Redmond Memorial Chapel, presiding
over arrangements

Bob Eberhard passes away

From the Redmond Chamber of Commerce:

Redmond has lost a pillar of the community, Bob Eberhard passed away this morning in his home with the love and support of his family, friends. 

Bob was a long time Redmond resident, strong community leader, dedicated business owner and avid supporter of the Redmond Chamber of Commerce & CVB.  Mr. Eberhard served on the Redmond Chamber Board of Directors and was President in 1986.  His commitment and dedication to the Redmond community has helped make Redmond what it is today.  He has left a lasting mark on the community, the Redmond Chamber, and we are all the better for having known him.

Bob was proceeded in death by his wife Kaye in 2016 and their son Ted, who passed away in, 2011.  He is survived by his daughter Holly, two step-grandchildren Connor and McKenzie Flanagan and one grandson James Maloney, Jr.

Bob will be truly missed and we will forever hear him telling us if you can’t find their products in the grocery store, to “Tell the Manager I want my Eberhard’s”.  

We will provide more details on any service or memorial, once they become available.

September 25, 2017

BLM offers livestock farmers increased grazing authorization flexibility

Submitted photo

The Bureau of Land Management announced a new initiative today to provide grazing permit holders an unprecedented level of flexibility in the management of livestock while also protecting the public lands. This effort emphasizes the Trump Administration's goal of promoting shared conservation stewardship of public lands while supporting uses such as grazing.

"Farmers and ranchers know the wildlife and the land they work better than anyone, it only makes sense that we would enlist them in conservation efforts," said Department of the Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke. "One of my top goals is for the government to be a better neighbor, land manager, and partner. I think it's is a great step in that direction. I applaud the team at BLM for coming up with this innovative program."

Under the demonstration program, the BLM will work with grazing permittees and other stakeholders in identifying 6 to 12 "Outcome-Based Grazing Authorizations" in its first year. Grazing authorizations typically emphasize process and prescription. The new authorizations will instead emphasize ecological outcomes, allowing livestock operators more flexibility to make adjustments in response to changing conditions such as drought or wildland fire. This innovative concept is intended to develop and determine the effectiveness of these permits to manage livestock grazing on public lands in order to meet both natural resource and operational objectives.

"This initiative is in line with the Administration's priority promoting shared stewardship of public lands and giving local stakeholders a say in how these lands are managed," said Michael D. Nedd, acting BLM Director. "This demonstration project will allow permittees and the BLM to work together more efficiently and effectively to support sustainable grazing operations."

The new authorizations will emphasize conservation performance, ecological outcomes and cooperative management of public lands that will also provide greater opportunity for an operator to manage ranching operations that are both economically and environmentally sustainable.

Through this new demonstration program, the BLM plans to work with permit holders and other stakeholders to show that livestock grazing on the public lands can operate under a more flexible framework than is commonly used in order to better reach agreed upon habitat or vegetation goals. The BLM and its partners in the grazing community will share experiences and best practices that will determine if additional authorizations can be successful in the future.

The BLM administers nearly 18,000 permits and leases held by ranchers who graze their livestock (mostly cattle and sheep) on more than 21,000 allotments. Livestock grazing occurs on 155 million acres of public lands.

The BLM will solicit project proposals through its state offices with a deadline of Oct. 13.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any federal agency. This land is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America's public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.

September 24, 2017

United Way Campaign Rally Continental Breakfast

From United Way of Deschutes County,

United Way Launches Community Fundraising Campaign

· The event is at 7:30 a.m., Tuesday 9/26, at the Bend Library.
· RSVP here:
· Facebook event:

United Way of Deschutes County launches its annual community fundraising campaign on Tuesday, September 26, with a Campaign Rally Continental Breakfast. The local nonprofit recently changed its focus, approach, and grant making strategy, and now serves as an incubator, convener, and collaborator, as well as a funder, in addressing the needs of Central Oregon. The organization creates change and improves lives by finding and taking on community characteristics that cause or contribute to critical problems.

Some of the funds raised in this year’s campaign will be directed towards the organization’s social change work: reducing childhood trauma and increasing resilience. By focusing on trauma and resilience, the nonprofit is addressing root causes of challenges in education, income, and financial stability that face our community.

These three areas are crucial because they are the foundation of opportunity and success, along with basic needs like food, safety, and shelter. This is why, in addition to social change initiatives, funds raised in this campaign will also support United Way’s ongoing traditional investments in basic needs, which make up our community’s safety net, and prevention and development, which strengthen our community.

To learn more, attend the Campaign Rally Continental Breakfast held in the Brooks Room in the downtown Bend Deschutes Public Library, located at 601 NW Wall Street in Bend.

September 23, 2017

Psychiatric patient escapes at rest area north of Madras

From Oregon State Police:

On Friday September 22nd, 2017 Oregon State Police dispatch was notified by J&R Secure Transport that a single male they were transporting from a psychiatric facility in Pendleton Oregon to Bend Oregon had escaped their custody at the Cow Canyon rest area. This rest area is on Highway 97 and is located approximately 21 miles south of Maupin in Wasco County. The individual is identified as 22 year old Rodrick Edminston. 

Oregon State Police and the Wasco County Sheriff's Office responded and conducted a search of the area. Edminston was not located and is still outstanding. He is described as being a Native American male adult, approximately 5' 8" tall, 123lbs with black hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a red shirt, shorts, and red tennis shoes. Edminston was not restrained while being transported and was not armed. Edminston was classified as "dangerous" by Lifeways Inc. Lifeways Inc stated Edminston was being held on a mental health hold. No criminal charges are pending against him at this time. He is classified as schizophrenic. There are no known family or friends in the immediate area that he was last seen. If you see and or come in contact with Edminston please contact your local law enforcement or Lifeways directly at (541) 276-6207.

September 22, 2017

Merkley seeks to protect worker rights in Washington D.C.

From Office of Senator Jeff Merkley

Merkley Joins Warren, Senate Colleagues on Bill to Protect Worker Rights
The legislation comes ahead of the NAFTA renegotiation

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Oregon’s U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley on Wednesday joined U.S. Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) as a cosponsor of the Protecting Workers and Improving Labor Standards Act, to prohibit states from introducing or enforcing laws that make it harder for workers to form unions and fight for higher wages and better working conditions.

“The key question for trade deals is whether they create good-paying jobs for working Americans, or destroy good-paying jobs. For the last two decades, NAFTA has clearly failed this test,” Merkley said. “So-called ‘right-to-work’ laws also fail that test. Under these laws, employees in unionized workplaces reap the benefits of union membership — such as the ability to negotiate a fair wage, workplace protections, and essential benefits — without contributing to it. Meanwhile, the union is deprived of funds and is not able to effectively advocate for employees.

“This outcome is, of course, the reason that big business lobbyists and their friends in government push for these laws. If we want to create good-paying jobs for working Americans, we need to use the renegotiation of NAFTA as an opportunity to prevent state governments from undermining unions’ ability to advocate for employee wages, benefits, and protections.”

The Protecting Workers and Improving Labor Standards Act would repeal Section 14(b) of the Taft-Hartley Act, which currently gives states the ability to ban union security agreements — so-called “right-to-work” laws. The introduction comes days before the third round of renegotiations of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) are set to take place in Ottawa. An evaluation of state “right-to-work” laws is part of the renegotiation of NAFTA given their impact on worker rights and workplace protections.

Additional Senate cosponsors include Senators Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.), Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), and Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.). Congressman Brad Sherman (D-Calif.) on Wednesday announced that he will introduce companion legislation in the House of Representatives, along with five of his colleagues.

In 1947, Section 14(b) of the Taft Hartley Act (an Act that passed by overriding President Truman's veto) allowed states to pass legislation that eliminates the ability of unions to collect dues from those who benefit from union contracts. The result encourages a race to the bottom, as states compete to attract employers by offering weak labor laws and, as a result, lower wages.

September 21, 2017

Local students set to participate in service week

From Redmond Proficiency Academy,
Spokesman file photo
Service Week set for Homecoming at Redmond Proficiency Academy 
RPA high school students will participate in service during the week
The Redmond Proficiency Academy student leadership team is sponsoring a week of service for its high school students Monday, September 25, 2017, through Friday, September 29, 2017. This is the third year that RPA high school students will participate in Service Week, and the students are incredibly excited to take part in this growing tradition here at RPA.

The RPA service week arose out of a desire to shift the school’s focus towards our community during the week leading up to our First Bash Dance. “One of the 7 Habits of a Highly Effective RPA Student that we teach to our students throughout the year is gratitude,” said Brett Andry, the high school leadership teacher at RPA. “Service Week gives our students the opportunity to express the gratitude that they have to everybody that supports what we do here at RPA, while also learning that life is bigger than any one person and that we must work together to make our communities, our country, and our world a better place for everybody.”

Andry’s leadership class has designed daily activities for all students as a way for the school to reach out to the Central Oregon community and communities in need. “Service week is a wonderful opportunity for students to show their appreciation and support to the place they call home,” said, Andry. “This event hopes to unite the student body around service.”

This year’s lunch hour events include:

Monday:​ A Coin and Money Drive for Hurricane Harvey relief victims and a Skype interview with a survivor of the hurricane.

Tuesday:​ ​ Stuffing bags with critical supplies to ship to Texas to help with Hurricane Harvey relief efforts.

Wednesday:​ ​ Sign making for our local firefighters who are continuing to battle massive wildfires in Central Oregon and making signs for the construction crew that has made the RPA buildings an incredible place to be!

​ Clothing drive for the Bethlehem Inn, a local non-profit organization that provides warm clothes and food to families and individuals during the winter months.

​ ​Lunch celebration with our construction crew and presentation of cards from RPA students.

September 19, 2017

Youth marijuana use prevention campaign expands to entire state

From Oregon Health Authority,
Marijuana // Spokesman files

*More young people identify social norms around youth marijuana use, understand the legal consequences of use* 

PORTLAND, Ore. -- An Oregon Health Authority (OHA) education campaign aimed at youth and young adults raised awareness among its target audience of the risks associated with marijuana use, an independent evaluation has found.

"Stay True to You," OHA's youth marijuana use prevention campaign, was launched in July 2016 in two pilot communities--the Portland metro area (Washington, Multnomah and Clackamas counties) and Southern Oregon (Josephine and Jackson counties). RMC Research Corp., contracted by OHA to evaluate the campaign, found that after one year a statistically significant higher proportion of youth and young adults in the pilot areas correctly identified that only one in five Oregon high school juniors use marijuana.

The evaluation also showed that a significantly higher proportion of youth and young adults in the pilot areas correctly identified that possession of marijuana by persons under age 21 can result in a steep fine, community service or court-ordered drug treatment.

"We know that social norms and perceived risk of use are known predictors of substance use behavior," said Kati Moseley, OHA policy specialist at the OHA Public Health Division. "In the face of increased marijuana industry advertising, this campaign communicated those two crucial messages effectively to our audience."

The final evaluation is available on the Oregon Public Health Division website at under "Publications."

OHA launched the pilot campaign in the summer of 2016 in the midst of increased marijuana advertising and access to retail marijuana--recent changes that may promote underage marijuana use. Although the magnitude of marijuana advertising in Oregon is unknown, marijuana retail locations are more common than Starbucks in Oregon.

Youth and young adult attitudes--including intent to delay marijuana use until age 21--have held steady in this environment. The effects of the campaign on youth marijuana use are limited in the absence of coordinated education, support and services implemented in collaboration with counties, tribes, coordinated care organizations and schools in Oregon. Evidence shows media campaigns are most effective when started in the context of these community-wide supports for youth, parents and families.

OHA recommends adopting policies to track marijuana advertising; limit marijuana marketing and promotion; prohibit the sale of flavored products; and maintain local control to protect Oregon's youth and young adults from the potential negative health effects of marijuana use.

*Background on Stay True to You campaign and evaluation*

After the legalization and ongoing rollout of recreational marijuana, the Oregon Legislature passed HB 4014 and SB 1597, which provided OHA with $3.97 million to develop, pilot and evaluate a youth marijuana use prevention campaign in a rural and urban area of the state. Legislative intent guided OHA in choosing the Portland metro area and southern Oregon as the locations for the pilot campaign.

OHA developed the campaign using extensive audience research and focus groups. OHA conducted 28 focus groups in Portland, Bend, Medford and Pendleton featuring 260 youth and young adults ages 14 through 20. Participants from the African American, Asian and Pacific Islander, white, American Indian/Alaska native and Latino communities were included. DHM Research conducted groups in English and Spanish between October 2015 and March 2016.

OHA announced in July 2017 that the campaign would expand to the rest of the state.

Campfire restrictions to be reduced on federal lands

From Central Oregon Fire Management:

Public Use Restrictions and the Industrial Fire Precaution Level
Will Drop on Wednesday

Redmond, Oregon – With consistently cooler nights and reduced fire activity around the Pacific Northwest, the Prineville District Bureau of Land Management, the Deschutes and Ochoco National Forests and the Crooked River National Grassland are lifting campfire restrictions effective 12:01 a.m. September 20, (Wednesday) on public lands in Central Oregon. The Industrial Fire Precaution Level will drop to Level 2, which means that personal firewood cutting is again allowed between the hours of 8:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m.

For the reduction in Public Use Restrictions, open fires, including charcoal fires, will be allowed. Be aware that some federal sites still have campfire restrictions such as Hosmer Lake, and that the seasonal restrictions on BLM-administered lands in the following areas remain in effect:

Until September 30:
On public lands within 1/4 mile of the river’s edge in the following locations:
Mainstem John Day River from Tumwater Falls (River Mile 10) upstream to Kimberly (River Mile 185);
North Fork John Day River, from the confluence with the mainstem at Kimberly (River Mile 0) upstream to the Umatilla National Forest boundary (River Mile 62);
South Fork John Day River from Smokey Creek (River Mile 6) upstream to Malheur National Forest boundary (River Mile 47).

Until October 15:
Crooked River - Within ½ mile of the river’s edge along the Lower Crooked River from the Highway 97 Bridge to Lake Billy Chinook.
Deschutes River - Within ½ mile of the river’s edge from the Highway 20 bridge to Lake Billy Chinook; including all BLM-administered lands north of the Jefferson county line and between the Deschutes River and
Crooked River. Within ½ mile of Lake Simtustus (between Round Butte Dam and Pelton Dam)
Within the Lower Deschutes National Wild and Scenic River corridor (Pelton Dam to the Columbia River)
Lake Billy Chinook - Those public lands located within ½ mile of Lake Billy Chinook; including BLM Beach dispersed recreation site located approximately ½ mile east of the Three Rivers Recreation Area on the south shore of the Metolius River Arm of the lake.
White River - Within ½ mile of the river’s edge from its confluence with the Deschutes River upstream to the eastern boundary of the Mount Hood National Forest.

At the same time, the Industrial Fire Precaution Level (IFPL), which regulates permitted and commercial activities on federal lands, will drop to a Level II (called a Partial Hootowl). Under this level, commercial and personal woodcutting, welding, cable yarding and blasting is allowed, where authorized, between the hours of 8:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. with a minimum of a one-hour fire watch following activity.

Officials want to remind the public that using explosive target material, such as Tannerite, explosives, and fireworks continue to be prohibited on all federal lands.

Officials carefully consider the current fire situation, fuel moisture and predicted weather before making the decision to lift fire restrictions. Fire Officials want to remind people recreating on public lands to continue to use caution even though fall is approaching and temperatures are cooling down; wildfires are still possible. All campfires, including warming fires used by hunters, should be cold to the touch when not being watched. Every fire that’s prevented protects our communities and helps our firefighters remain available, rested, and safe.

For Central Oregon Fire Information Fire hotline, please call 541-316-7711 or keep up-to-date on fire activity by following us on Twitter at @CentralORFire.

September 16, 2017

VFW National Teacher award nominations being accepted

From Veterans of Foreign Wars Deschutes Post No. 4108,

VFW Smart/Maher National Citizenship Education Teacher Award

This award is to recognize classroom teachers for promoting citizenship education. Three teachers, one from each level (grades k-5, 6-8 & 9-12) are selected at VFW Post, District, Department and National level.

All current classroom teachers (teaching at least half of the school day in a classroom) are eligible.

Nominations can be submitted by fellow teachers, supervisors, or other interested individuals (not relatives).

Deadline for submitting nominees to VFW Deschutes Post 4108 is October 31, 2017. The following items need to be submitted:

- Teacher’s entry form
- Essay by individual making the nomination (Up to 350 words)
- Teacher’s one page resume (no more than two sides)
- Up to five pages (two sided) of documentation such as peer, administration, parent, student recommendations, articles, student/parent comments etc.
- Good quality head and shoulders photo of the teacher.

Chairperson for VFW Deschutes Post 4108, 2017 Teacher of the Year is:

Don DeLand
Cell: 503-869- 0318

The VFW Department (state level) Teacher of the Year for 2016 was Mark Winger, Redmond High School. I am available anytime to answer questions or assist in your nominations. I am looking forward to another Redmond School District, Redmond, Terrebonne, Tumalo area teacher nomination moving up to National level.

September 15, 2017

Crooked River Ranch Fire donates $3,500 to Texas department hit by hurricane

From Crooked River Ranch Fire & Rescue:

Spokesman file photo
Crooked River Ranch Fire & Rescue
The Crooked River Ranch Volunteer Fire Association, which is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit corporation operating under the Crooked River Ranch Fire & Rescue umbrella raised over $4000 in donations at their annual Labor Day Sunday Breakfast event.
The fundraising breakfast has been an annual event for around 20 years. It is the only income event the Association has for undesignated income that can be used to support its many programs that give back to the community or support the needs of the department directly.
The community programs that CRR Fire personnel operate are all annual events and are hugely supported by the community and many local groups and businesses. They are the Easter Egg Hunt; the Fourth of July festivities; the Shop With A Fire Fighter Program; The Food & Toy program and a School Supply drive that helps both Terrebonne and Culver school children all year long.
This year due to the Hurricane disaster that hit Texas hard there was a discussion amongst the volunteers and staff of how and who can we support in relief efforts. It was decided to find a small Volunteer Fire Department somewhere in Texas that could use some financial help. Research started online to locate a department that “fit” the idea. Also since one of our volunteers’ works for a local relief agency (GFP Response) who had traveled to Texas, prior to the hurricane hitting land fall, to begin setting up and working with Texas officials for aid stations, he was asked to let us know what he saw as possibilities of a small Volunteer department that could use our support.
As fate would have it, it turned out one of CRR Support Volunteer families here also has family living in Texas that needed to be rescued from flood waters. A small Volunteer Fire Department came to their rescue. The daughter and her family were rescued by fire personnel using their personal vehicles, put up at the fire station until such time they could be transported to a relief station safely also by these same volunteers.
The department is Liverpool Volunteer Fire Department in Liverpool Texas which is just Southeast of Houston. The Chief was contacted by one of our volunteer officers and a discussion ensued about how could Crooked River Ranch Fire & Rescue personnel help support their members directly.
Knowing Crooked River Ranch started as a full volunteer department and had just celebrated their 40th Anniversary in July and has since its inception grown into a combination department which now has full time paid staff as well as a strong base of volunteers we felt it only right to support another department who was definitely being overwhelmed by this disaster. It was decided to donate the proceeds from the Labor Day Sunday Breakfast to Liverpool Volunteer Fire Department.
With close to 500 attendees at the breakfast, the profits came in and a check for $3500 will be sent to the Chief at Liverpool Volunteer Fire Department with instructions to use it for his members as he sees appropriate.
A separate check for $250 will be donated to the local Central Oregon Public Safety Chaplaincy organization which supports all First Responders in emergency services organizations here in Central Oregon as well as statewide when needed. (Their website is They were present at the Labor Day Sunday Breakfast with an information booth and handed out stuffed animals to the children of the community as well as supporting the members of CRR Fire & Rescue.   

New child passenger safety law

From Oregon Department of Transportation,

Buckle up correctly every time, every trip

SALEM – It went into effect in late May, but you may not have heard yet: child passengers under age two must use a child seat with harness in a rear-facing position, unless the child turned one year of age prior to May 26, 2017. Previously, the age requirement for rear-facing was up to age one, but safety advocates have known for years that rear-facing is a best practice. Now, in Oregon, it’s law.

Over the past few weeks, law enforcement agencies around the state have been looking for opportunities to educate motorists about this new law, along with Oregon’s other occupant safety law for child passengers, which says a child over age two (or who turned one year of age prior to May 26, 2017) must ride in a car seat with harness or in a booster until they reach age eight or 4’ 9” in height and the adult belt fits them correctly. Statewide education efforts will continue during National Child Passenger Safety Week, Sept. 17 – 22, an event that recognizes the significant role proper child restraints play in saving lives

“Motor vehicle crashes are the leading nationwide cause of death for children ages one through twelve years old,” said Occupant Protection Program Manager Carla Levinski. “Too often it’s because the child was riding in the wrong type or incorrectly installed child restraint.”

In 2015, 20 percent of the 981 children aged eight and under that were injured in Oregon traffic crashes were using adult belts instead of child restraints as required by law. Nineteen of the injured children were using no restraint at all.

“Parental modeling can significantly affect a child’s behavior with respect to nurturing consistent and proper restraint use habits,” Levinski said. “Even though 97 percent of Oregonians surveyed report ‘always’ using restraints, our crash data for 2015 shows lack of safety belt or child restraint use remains a factor in 35 percent – or 79 – of the total 289 motor vehicle occupant fatalities.”

Many of these tragedies can be prevented by proper use of car seats, boosters and seat belts – no matter what your age. “Proper” use is key, and Oregon has hundreds of certified child safety seat technicians that can offer help at one of Oregon’s child seat fitting stations.

“Our statistics help us estimate that we could have saved 40 individual lives in 2015 if everyone had used proper safety belts and child safety systems on every trip – short trips too,” Levinski said. “That should serve as powerful motivation to buckle up properly every single time you get in your vehicle.”

REMINDER: Oregon law requires children less than forty pounds be restrained in a child seat. Children under two years of age (or who turned one year of age prior to May 26, 2017) or weighing less than twenty pounds must be restrained in a rear-facing child seat. A child over forty pounds must be restrained in either a child seat or a booster seat appropriate for their size until they reach age eight or 4’ 9” tall AND the adult belt system fits them correctly.

September 14, 2017

2017 October-November Redmond library programs

From Redmond Library,



Preschool Parade Storytime: Stories, songs, rhymes, crafts to develop early literacy skills. Age 3-5.
Wednesdays • 10:15 a.m.

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

Animal Adventures: Live animals, stories, crafts with the High Desert Museum. 3+ years
Monday, October 9 and 16, 10:15
Monday, November 6, 10:15

Science Storytime: Stories and science with hands-on experiments. 3+ years.
Friday, November 3, 10:15

Pajama Storytime:
Evening storytime with songs, rhymes, crafts and PJs. Age 0-5.
Tuesday, October 10, 6 p.m
Tuesday, November 14, 6 p.m

MnMs (Music, Movement and Stories):
Movement and stories to develop skills and encourage fun and with music. Age 3-5.
Friday, October 27, 10:15
Friday, November 17, 10:15

All Things Autumn: Celebrate the autumn season with stories, songs, and a craft. (Bilingual.)
Tuesday, November 21 • 6:00 p.m.


Book Character Pumpkin Decorating Contest: Get into Fall by decorating a pumpkin as one of your favorite book characters. It’s easy and fun for the whole family. Decorated pumpkins displayed in the library October 16–November 1, 2017. Vote for your favorite at Entry details at

Pumpkin Party: Stories, games, pumpkin decorating.
Saturday, October 7 • 2–3:30 p.m.

Family Block Party - LEGO® Universe at Your Library: Read! Build! Play! Join other builders and a gazillion Legos. All ages.
Saturday, October 14, 10-11:30
Saturday, November 11, 10-11:30


Teen Advisory Board, ages 12-17: Plan library programs, meet new people, lead! Come together with other teens in your community make the library what you want it to be.
Wednesday, October 25, 2-3
Wednesday, November 29, 2-3

Make - 3Doodler, ages 12-17: Try out our 3D pens. We’ll provide the pens and the ink, you bring your creativity.
Wednesday, October 11, 1:30-3

Make - Sew Scintillating, ages 12-17: Try an easy sewing project. We will have access to machine sewing, and hand sewing materials.
Wednesday, November 8, 1-3

Letters for Vets (Ages 9-17): Celebrate Veterans Day (and earn community service hours) by creating cards that will be delivered to Central Oregon veterans.
Wednesday, November 1, 2-3:30

STEAM Team - Virtual Reality, ages 9-17: 
Are you interested in virtual reality? Explore with Google Cardboard. If possible, bring your own smart phone loaded with the Google Cardboard app.
Saturday, October 14, 1-2:30

STEAM Team - Cardboard Creations, ages 9-17:
What can you make with cardboard? Anything (furniture, cosplay, etc.)! We’ll do one small project together, then use resources to make anything from a cat castle to a treasure chest. We will be using box cutters and exacto knives, so please plan on being careful.
Saturday, November 11, 1-4

Redmond Police Officer awarded for academic achievement

From Redmond Police Dept.,
Officer McClure with DPSST staff / Submitted photo

On September 8, Officer McClure graduated the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) Police Academy in Salem. Graduation comes at the end of 17 weeks of training. Officer McClure received the Academic Achievement Award, which is given to the student in the class with the highest cumulative grade. Officer McClure graduated with a 97.6 overall percentage.

We are happy to be getting him back. Now, an additional 17 weeks of field training begins. During this time, Officer McClure will be working with three different Police Training Officers, who will be coaching and evaluating him.

Officer McClure was hired in April of this year and left for the Academy shortly after that. Officer McClure replaced an officer who retired on December 31, 2016. The amount of time it takes to recruit adequately, test, hire, and then train a police officer is significant. The lengthy process is intended to make certain the best candidates are hired and only the officers who satisfactorily complete training are released to solo patrol status. For brand new officers, this process takes approximately one year.

Your Redmond Police Department is dedicated to making Redmond the safest community in Oregon. Recruiting and hiring only the best helps us reach this vision.

Congratulations Officer McClure, and WELCOME BACK!

Chief Tarbet and Officer McClure / Submitted photo

September 8, 2017

Oregon Hunter's Association awards Redmond member

From Oregon Hunter's Association,
John Crafton ---- Submitted photo
OHA awards John Crafton of Spray Organizational Member of the Year

John Crafton of Spray has been awarded Organizational Member of the Year by the Oregon Hunters Association for his outstanding efforts for OHA’s Redmond Chapter.

Crafton has facilitated the Redmond Chapter’s banquet on an annual basis and is a frequent attendee of government agency meetings to voice the concerns of hunters and wildlife. In addition, Crafton organizes large habitat projects in central Oregon. He regularly attends OHA chapter meetings, board meetings and banquets.

Duane Dungannon, OHA State Coordinator said, “John has been a driving force for OHA and has had a major impact on the hunting landscape in central Oregon from wildlife habitat enhancement to hunting opportunity.”

OHA announced its annual statewide awards at its chapter leadership summit this month at Diamond Lake Resort, and chapters brought back the awards to present to their successful nominees. Chapters and OHA state board members nominate and vote.

“We had more nominees than ever before, so the competition was spirited,” said Dungannon. “Yet the voting was clear and convincing, demonstrating how truly outstanding this year’s winners are.”

OHA is the state’s largest Oregon-based pro-hunting organization, with 10,000 members and 26 chapters statewide. Its mission is, “Protecting Oregon’s wildlife, habitat and hunting heritage.”