October 27, 2017

Help sought in Jefferson County mule deer poaching

From Oregon State Police:


The Oregon State Police Fish & Wildlife Division is asking for the public's help to identify the person(s) responsible for the unlawful taking and wasting of two mule deer bucks in Jefferson County. 

On the afternoon of October 23, 2017, OSP Fish and Wildlife Troopers were notified by a landowner of two dead buck deer with their heads and a small portion of meat removed on Cold Camp Road, near the town of Ashwood. 

Investigation revealed the deer had been shot and killed by a high powered rifle. It is believed the deer had been killed over the weekend of Oct 20-22. 

The public is urged to call Oregon State Police Sergeant Andrew Vanderwerf or Senior Trooper Craig Gunderson through the Turn In Poachers (TIP) hotline at 1-800-452-7888 or 541-296-2161

** Report Wildlife and Habitat Law Violators** 

Poaching wildlife and damaging habitats affects present and future generations of wildlife, impacts communities and the economy, and creates enforcement challenges. 

The Turn-In-Poachers (TIP) reward is paid for information leading to the arrest/conviction of person(s) for the illegal possession, killing, taking, and/or waste of deer, elk, antelope, bear, cougar, wolf, bighorn sheep, mountain goat, moose, furbearers and/or game birds. 

TIP rewards can also be given for the illegal taking, netting, snagging, and/or dynamiting of salmon, steelhead, sturgeon, and/or large numbers of any fish listed in Oregon statute as a game fish. 

In addition, a reward may be issued for information that results in an arrest/conviction of a person who has illegally obtained Oregon hunting/angling license or tags. People who "work" the system and falsely apply for resident licenses and/or tags are not legally hunting and/or angling and are considered poachers. 

Increasing damage to wildlife habitat by off-road vehicles prompted the Oregon Hunters 

Association (OHA) in 2009 to create the Natural Resources Reward Program that offers a $300 reward for information leading to the arrest of anyone causing natural resources damage by the illegal use of motorized vehicles and is similar to its highly successful TIP program. 

* $1,000 Bighorn Sheep, Mountain Goat and Moose 

* $500 Elk, Deer and Antelope 

* $300 Bear, Cougar and Wolf 

* $300 Habitat Destruction 

* $100 Game Fish and Shellfish 

* $100 Upland Birds and Waterfowl 

* $100 Furbearers 

How to Report a Wildlife and/or Habitat Law Violation or Suspicious Activity: 

TIP Hotline: 1-800-452-7888 (24/7) 

TIP E-Mail: TIP@state.or.us (Monitored M-F 8:00AM - 5:00PM)

October 25, 2017

October 25, 2017 Obituaries

Maudie Marie Rounds
After a battle with cancer, Maudie Marie Rounds of Terrebonne, passed away on Sunday, October 15, at the age of 70, at her daughter’s home in Terrebonne.
Maudie was born in VanPort, OR, to Benson E. and Irene M. Moore. The 5th of six children.
She worked as a bookkeeper, as well as a nanny, for many years. Maudie enjoyed bowling, spending time with her family and her dogs. She was a kind person whom was loved by all who knew her.
She spent a lot of her early years at the Shriner’s Hospital for Children in Portland being treated for polio.
Her family moved to Central Oregon when she was in the 5th grade. She graduated from Redmond Union High School in 1965.
She married RD “Swede” Rounds in 1969, who proceeded her in death, along with her parents; a brother, James B. Moore of Salt Lake City, UT; a great-granddaughter, Chloe Marie Rust; nephews, Jimmy Moore and Wilbert Moore; and a great-nephew, Benjamin Alan Stockton.
She is survived by two daughters, Deena Rounds of Terrebonne; and Dawn Allen of Yamhill; one granddaughter, Katie Rust of Terrebonne; two great- grandchildren, Tyson and Brooklynn Rust of Terrebonne; three brothers, Benny Moore of Prineville; Charles Moore of Hammond, LA; and Tommy Moore of Pasco, WA; one sister, Melissa Moore of Terrebonne; as well as many nieces and nephews and grandnieces and grandnephews.
A private service for the family will be held at a later date.

Martin Padilla, of Redmond
Mar. 22, 1930 - Oct. 19, 2017

Services: Will be held this Sunday at the 7th Day Adventist Church on 9th and Glacier in Redmond Oregon at 1 o'clock.

Gerald Lee Bogart, of Sisters
July 14, 1966 - Oct. 13, 2017

Arrangements: Autumn Funerals- REDMOND www.autumnfunerals.net 541-504-9485
Services: A private service will be held at a later date.

Lonay "Lon" M. Nelson, of Redmond
Dec. 29, 1930 - Oct. 11, 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: National Resources Defense Council www.nrdc.org/support-nrdc OR Oregon Natural Desert Association https://onda.org/

Mary Eleanor Trussell, of Culver
April 4, 1923 - Oct. 17, 2017

Arrangements: Autumn Funerals- REDMOND www.autumnfunerals.net 541-504-9485
Services: A private service will be held at a later date.

Linda Joyce Kentner, of Prineville
Dec. 21, 1943 - Oct. 10, 2017

Arrangements: Autumn Funerals- REDMOND www.autumnfunerals.net 541-504-9485
Services: Memorial Service: 12-noon; Sat., Nov. 4, 2017 at the Prineville Church of Christ, 1095 NE 3rd St., Prineville.

October 23, 2017

United Way of Deschutes county turns 65

From United Way of Deschutes county,

UNITED WAY CELEBRATES TRANFORMATION
October 25th Event is open to the Public

United Way of Deschutes County is hosting a Transformation Celebration to mark changes in focus, approach, and community investment strategy that the local nonprofit has undergone as it turns 65 years old.

The event will take place on Wednesday, October 25th from 7 – 9 pm in the Deschutes Brewery Mountain Room, located on the 3rd floor of 901 SW Simpson Avenue in Bend. The event will feature hors d'oeuvres, a no-host bar, a short program, and live acoustic pop music by the local band “Popcorn.” There is a $10 suggested donation to attend. Guests can find more information and RSVP by calling 541.389.6507 or by going to www.deschutesunitedway.org/transformation-celebration.

United Way of Deschutes County has recently launched its community fundraising campaign. The goal? Raise $1.5 million to be spent benefiting Central Oregonians. The organization has shifted focus and is creating change and improving lives by taking on community conditions that cause and contribute to critical problems.

Education, health, and financial stability are the foundation of opportunity and success, along with basic needs like food, safety, and shelter. The nonprofit will continue to serve our community’s most vulnerable populations and continue their ongoing traditional investments in basic needs, which make up our community's safety net, and prevention and development, which strengthen our community. Some funds raised in this campaign will support these investments. In addition, because childhood trauma is the root cause of so many health, education, and financial stability issues faced by members of our community, the organization has also adopted reducing childhood trauma and improving resilience as top priorities. Some funds raised in this year's campaign will be directed towards this social change work. According to Diana Fischetti, director of development and marketing, “by focusing on trauma and resilience, we are moving upstream to prevent those challenges in education, health, and financial stability to which we have been, and will continue to be, so dedicated.”

United Way of Deschutes County is a Central Oregon-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization governed by a local Board of Directors, community leaders, and volunteers. Established in 1952, we have been building stronger individuals, families, and communities for 65 years by investing in the most needed programs and services while simultaneously strengthening our community. To learn more visit www.deschutesunitedway.org or call us at 541.389.6507.

October 22, 2017

Redmond DMV office slated to move

From Oregon Department of Transportation,

Redmond DMV office moving to new permanent location
Office will be closed Oct. 25-27 for the move

The Redmond DMV will close for three days in late October to move into a new permanent location. The Redmond office has been at a temporary site since July while preparing the new permanent location for occupancy.

The office will close at the temporary location at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 24, and reopen the following week at 8 a.m. Monday, Oct. 30, at the new site.

The new office will be at Franks Landing, 3835 SW 21st Place, Suite 101. Office hours will remain the same – 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday-Friday except Wednesdays, when the office opens at 9 a.m.

If you need to visit a DMV in person during the Redmond office closure, the nearest DMV is in Bend. Before you go, check the wait time for the Bend office at OregonDMV.com
Any time you need to visit a DMV office, first check OregonDMV.com to find office hours and locations, and to make sure you have everything you need before your visit. You also can do some DMV business from home at OregonDMV.com. You can renew your vehicle registration, file a change of address or file notice of the sale of your vehicle online without getting in line at an office.

Redmond woman seriously injured in Highway 97 crash

From the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office:


Released by; Sgt. Kent Vander Kamp 

Location: US Highway 97 at Mile Post 157, 1.5 miles south of Vandervert Rd - La Pine. 

INVOLVED VEHICLES AND OCCUPANTS: 

VEH 1: 078DDJ 1998 WHITE DODGE 2500 TOWING A HORSE TRAILER WITH ONE HORSE. DRIVER: TERRY HOCKETT (69 y/o male of Redmond, OR) PASSENGER: MARY HOCKETT (59 y/o female of Redmond, Oregon). 

VEH 2: 345GZD 2005 GOLD CHEVY CLASSIC 4D. DRIVER: DAKOTA JUST (21 y/o male of La Pine, OR). 

VEH 3: ZPT704 1995 WHITE/ SILVER FORD F250. DRIVER: AUSTIN KENTNER (20 y/o male of La Pine, OR). 

NARRATIVE: 

On October 21, 2017, at approximately 0446 hours, Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Deputies were dispatched to a reported motor vehicle accident (MVA) near mile post 157 on Hwy 97. Deschutes County 911 received reports that three vehicles and a horse trailer were involved and there was possibly someone trapped. 

Deputies arrived to find approximately three inches of fresh snow on the highway and visibility was down to less than 100 yards due to the blowing snow. 

Investigators believe VEH 1 was travelling north bound when it lost control due to the slick roads and crossed the center line ending up perpendicular to the road way with the front of his vehicle on top of the guard rail. Terry and Mary Hockett were outside their vehicle assessing the damage when VEH 2, travelling south bound approached the scene. VEH 2, driven by Dakota Just, was unable to stop safely on the slick roads and slid into Mary Hockett as she was standing near the front passenger side of VEH 1. Mary Hockett was struck and trapped between the northbound guard rail and the front side of VEH 2. VEH 3 also was unable to safely stop and struck VEH 2 from behind. 

Dave Towers, an off-duty Klamath County Fire District No. 1 paramedic who lives in Redmond, was passing by and stopped to provide critical aid to Mary Hockett. La Pine Fire Department Paramedics arrived soon after and transported Mary Hockett to St. Charles Medical Center - Bend with life threatening injuries. Dakota Just was also transported to St. Charles Medical Center -- Bend with non-life threatening injuries. 

The horse inside the trailer attached to VEH 1 was frightened and uninjured. It was later transferred to another trailer and returned home. 

The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office would like to remind our citizens and visitors that central Oregon weather can be unpredictable and change rapidly during the fall and winter seasons. As winter approaches, roadways can become snowy and slippery with little notice. When driving in the snow or on ice, please accelerate and decelerate slowly. Applying the gas slowly to accelerate is the best method for regaining traction and avoiding skids. Don't try to get moving in a hurry. Keep safe distances between vehicles and take time to slow down when stopping. Remember: It takes longer to slow down on icy roads. 

Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Deputies were assisted during this incident by the Sunriver Police Department, Oregon State Police, ODOT and the La Pine Fire Department.

CORRECTION: The agency the off-duty paramedic works for was changed because of incorrect information initially provided to the Spokesman.

October 21, 2017

FBI Child sex trafficking operation results

From FBI - Oregon

FBI ANNOUNCES RESULTS OF NATIONAL CHILD SEX TRAFFICKING OPERATION IN OREGON


The FBI's Child Exploitation Task Force, working with a number of local and state partner agencies in Oregon, recovered two child sex trafficking victims as part of a national and international operation in the past week. The FBI and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) spearhead the "Operation Cross Country" initiative to recover minor sex trafficking victims and to target the criminal enterprises responsible for the commercial sex trafficking of children.

Across the United States, FBI task forces recovered more than 80 minors and arrested 120 traffickers. In all, 55 FBI field offices working with hundreds of local and state law enforcement partners took part in this, the 11th iteration of Operation Cross Country (OCC). International partners included Canada, the United Kingdom, Thailand, Cambodia and the Philippines.

The Oregon operations resulted in:
     PORTLAND
  • Two minor sex trafficking victims recovered. (One of these two just recently turned 18 but disclosed victimization that began when she was a minor). 
  • Nine adult prostitutes arrested and/or cited. Law enforcement and social service providers offered assistance to all contacted. 
     EUGENE
  • Five adult prostitutes contacted. Law enforcement and social service providers offered assistance to all contacted. 
     SALEM
  • One arrest - Terrence Martell Williams, age 34, on a state charge of promoting prostitution. Arrested by Salem Police Department. 
  • Six adult prostitutes arrested and/or cited. Law enforcement and social service providers offered assistance to all contacted. 
The FBI's victim specialists work with state protective service agencies and social service providers to offer those minors recovered medical assistance, mental health counseling or other support as needed. Adult prostitutes arrested by local law enforcement partners assisting in Operation Cross Country are also given the option to receive social services.

"It can be easy to think that selling sex with children is so corrupt, so depraved that it couldn't possibly happen in my town, my neighborhood, my school. But, as we find out every time we recover a child, these victims are here and their needs are very real," said Loren Cannon, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI in Oregon. "These kids are everyone's responsibility, and they are counting on us -- the FBI, local law enforcement, the community -- to come together to give them a chance at a life we would all wish for our children."

Nationally and internationally, investigators staged operations in a number of locations, including casinos, hotels and truck stops as well as on street corners and via the Internet. With regards to the Oregon operations, we will not release specifics as to the stings, including their locations, to protect the integrity of future operations.

"We were honored to join this massive effort to hold offenders accountable," said Clackamas County Sheriff Craig Roberts. "We've made child exploitation a major enforcement focus at our agency, with initiatives and partnerships that include our Child Abuse Team, the Inter-agency Child Exploitation Prevention Team (INTERCEPT), A Safe Place Family Justice Center and our annual Child Abuse & Family Violence Summit. We salute the FBI, our deputies and partner agencies in their large-scale effort to bring these individuals to justice."

Oregon law enforcement partner agencies include:
  • FBI's Child Exploitation Task Force 
  • Portland Police Bureau 
  • Clackamas County Sheriff's Office 
  • Beaverton Police Department 
  • Tigard Police Department 
  • Lake Oswego Police Department 
  • Hillsboro Police Department 
  • Washington County Sheriff's Office 
  • Eugene Police Department 
  • Salem Police Department 
  • Keizer Police Department 
  • Polk County Interagency Narcotics Team (POINT) 
  • Lane County Sheriff's Office 
  • Springfield Police Department 
  • United States Attorney's Office for the District of Oregon 
Oregon social service agency partners include:
  • Safety Compass 
  • Sexual Assault Resource Center (SARC) 
  • Clackamas County District Attorney's Victim Assistance Program 
  • Clackamas County Juvenile Department 
  • Multnomah County Department of Human Services 
  • Washington County Juvenile Department 
  • Marion County District Attorney's Victim Assistance Program 
  • Lane County District Attorney's Victim Assistance Program 
  • Lane County Child Protective Services 
  • Lane County Department of Youth Services 
  • Kids' FIRST Center 
  • Looking Glass 
Note: Additional information, b-roll, photos, and interviews associated with this year's operation can be downloaded at www.fbi.gov/occxi

October 20, 2017

Oregon fire season officially over

From Oregon Dept. of Forestry
An Oregon Army National Guard CH-47 Chinook helicopter, with 1st Battalion, 168th Aviation Regiment, dumps a 2,000-gallon capacity Bambi Bucket amid smoke over the Mount Jefferson Wilderness Area in support of firefighting efforts at the Whitewater Fire on August 5, 2017. The Oregon National Guard was called upon following Governor Kate Brown's emergency order on August 2. Approximately 25 personnel and two Chinook helicopters are currently assigned to assist Oregon Department of Forestry with the fire. (Photo by Capt. Leslie Reed, Joint Force Headquarters Public Affairs)
FIRE SEASON HAS ENDED ON ALL LANDS STATEWIDE PROTECTED BY THE OREGON DEPARTMENT OF FORESTRY

SALEM, Ore. -- Fire season has officially ended on all private and public lands protected by Oregon Department of Forestry districts statewide. The last district to end its fire season -- the Southwest Oregon District covering Josephine and Jackson counties -- did so this morning at 9 a.m.

Although fire season began a few weeks later this year because of a wet winter and spring in much of the state, fuels over the summer quickly dried out. Statewide across all jurisdictions there were almost 2,000 wildfires this year. About half of those started on the 16.2 million acres of forestland protected by ODF. However, of the approximately 678,000 acres burned by wildfire in Oregon this year, only about 6 percent was land protected by ODF.

The estimated 42,000 acres that burned on ODF-protected land this year was about 35 percent above the 10-year average of 34,000 acres annually. Nearly half that amount -- some 20,000 acres -- occurred when a single lightning-caused fire spread from a wilderness area onto private and Bureau of Land Management lands in Curry County. In all, the Chetco Bar Fire burned some 191,125 acres, making it the largest wildfire this year in Oregon and one of the larger fires this century.

Lightning storms -- which were unusually absent last year -- started hundreds of wildfires across Oregon, especially in August. ODF's Southwest Oregon District alone responded to more than a hundred lightning fires this season, followed by the Klamath-Lake District with 57 lightning fires, Central Oregon with 44 and Northeast Oregon with 36. All other districts combined reported 37 lightning-caused wildfires.
While lightning significantly contributed to fire starts this year, humans caused the majority of wildfires on ODF-protected land in every district except Northeast Oregon. Regardless of cause, ODF crews and their cooperators succeeded in putting out the great majority of all wildfires quickly at less than 10 acres, and with no fatalities and fewer injuries than average.

The start and end of fire season are set by each district based on the fuel conditions in their area. The arrival of steady, soaking rain coupled with cooler temperatures and shorter day lengths usually triggers the closure of fire season.

The end of fire season removes restrictions on ODF-protected lands intended to prevent wildfire, such as on backyard debris burning and use of certain equipment. Many structural fire departments in Oregon, however, still require a permit for debris burning, so check with your local fire department before starting a burn.

"Fires can start even outside of fire season, so it's always wise to be careful when burning a debris pile," said ODF Fire Prevention Coordinator Tom Fields. "Never leave a burn pile unattended and always make sure it is dead out before leaving." Fields also says to return to the area periodically to double check for heat and smoke. Debris piles can hold heat for several weeks and come back to life under dry, windy conditions.

For more tips on how to keep yourself, your loved ones and your property safe from wildfire at any time of year, visit ODF's Fire Prevention webpage at http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/Fire/pages/FirePrevention.aspx or go to the Keep Oregon Green website at KeepOregonGreen.org

Three Ridgeview teams clinch postseason spots

Ridgeview's girls soccer team clinched second place in the Intermountain Conference with a victory against Redmond Thursday night, while the boys soccer and volleyball teams will also have play-in matches.

The volleyball play-in match is scheduled for 6 p.m. Oct. 24 at La Salle Prep in Milwaukie. 

The Ridgeview girls soccer team, which defeated Redmond 4-0 Thursday behind two Aspen Jeter goals, will play an undetermined opponent next week at home in the play-in match.

After beating Redmond 3-0 Thursday, Ridgeview's boys soccer team will reach the play-in round for the second consecutive year.

Check out our photos from the matches and be sure to read more in the Oct. 25 Spokesman.

Ridgeview's Rylee Troutman spikes the ball during the Ravens' volleyball victory against Redmond on Oct. 19. (Geoff Folsom / Spokesman photo)

Redmond's Ava Kitchin (7) blocks a Ridgeview shot during the Panthers' loss against Ridgeview on Oct. 19. (Geoff Folsom / Spokesman photo)

Redmond senior Mikaylyne Bilyeu (2) is greeted by teammates before her final home volleyball match against Ridgeview on Oct. 19. (Geoff Folsom / Spokesman photo)

Redmond's Jordan Fox (6) is greeted by teammates before the Panthers' final home match against Ridgeview on Oct. 19. (Geoff Folsom / Spokesman photo)

Redmond's Ashley Guyette and Ridgeview's Jordyn Buresh battle for the ball during the first half of the Ravens' 4-0 girls soccer victory on Oct. 19. (Geoff Folsom / Spokesman photo)

Redmond's Lesli Alvarado tries to hold off Ridgeview's Mackenzie Stadler during the first half of the Ravens' 4-0 girls soccer victory on Oct. 19. (Geoff Folsom / Spokesman photo)

Redmond's Jenna Hall tries to keep possesion of the ball against Ridgeview during the first half of the Ravens' 4-0 girls soccer victory on Oct. 19. (Geoff Folsom / Spokesman photo)

Ridgeview's Aspen Jeter leaps over Redmond's Sarah DeChristopher and maintains possesion of the ball during the first half of the Ravens' 4-0 girls soccer victory on Oct. 19. (Geoff Folsom / Spokesman photo)

Ridgeview's Jordyn Buresh dribbles the ball during the first half of the Ravens' 4-0 girls soccer victory on Oct. 19. (Geoff Folsom / Spokesman photo)

Ridgeview's Aspen Jeter and Justice Williams-Orlando celebrate a first-half goal during the Ravens' 4-0 girls soccer victory on Oct. 19. (Geoff Folsom / Spokesman photo)

Redmond's Fernando Colin Gallegos tries to keep control of the ball during the Panthers' 3-0 loss against Ridgeview on Oct. 19. (Geoff Folsom / Spokesman photo)

Ridgeview's Aspen Jeter kicks the ball during the first half of the Ravens' 4-0 girls soccer victory against Redmond on Oct. 19. Jeter scored two goals in her final regular-season match. (Geoff Folsom / Spokesman photo)
Redmond's Ashley Guyette and Ridgeview's Justice Williams-Orlando battle for the ball during the first half of the Ravens' 4-0 girls soccer victory on Oct. 19. (Geoff Folsom / Spokesman photo)


Ridgeview's Sadie Benz and Redmond'sJordan Fox contest the ball during the first half of the Ravens' 4-0 girls soccer victory on Oct. 19. (Geoff Folsom / Spokesman photo)

Ridgeview's Aspen Jeter dribbles the ball during the first half of the Ravens' 4-0 girls soccer victory against Redmond on Oct. 19. (Geoff Folsom / Spokesman photo)

Ridgeview's Josilyn Remick hits the ball during the Ravens' volleyball victory against Redmond on Oct. 19. (Geoff Folsom / Spokesman photo)

Ridgeview's Felicity Kohler hits the ball during the Ravens' volleyball victory against Redmond on Oct. 19. (Geoff Folsom / Spokesman photo)

Ridgeview's Christian Kim leads a pack of Redmond players during the Ravens' 3-0 boys soccer victory against Redmond on Oct. 19. (Geoff Folsom / Spokesman photo)

Ridgeview's Cade O'Neill dribbles the ball during the Ravens' 3-0 victory against Redmond on Oct. 19. (Geoff Folsom / Spokesman photo)

Redmond's Fernando Colin Gallegos and Ridgeview's Christian Kim battle for the ball during the Ravens' 3-0 boys soccer victory against Redmond on Oct. 19. (Geoff Folsom / Spokesman photo)

state announcement about cost-sharing reduction payments

From Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services,

STATE ANNOUNCEMENT REGARDING TRUMP ADMINISTRATION DISCONTINUATION OF COST-SHARING REDUCTION PAYMENTS

Salem -- On Oct. 12, the Trump administration issued an announcement about stopping cost-sharing reduction payments to health insurance companies immediately. The Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services (DCBS) is committed to the stability of Oregon's health insurance market and ensuring access to statewide comprehensive health coverage. After analyzing the announcement and its implications, DCBS has determined that there will be no change for 2017 health plans and is implementing a plan to ensure stability beyond this year.

"Oregonians can be assured that their 2017 plan rates and benefits will not change today or through the end of the year," said Jean Straight, acting DCBS director. "Premiums will not change, premium assistance through HealthCare.gov will not change, and working families in Oregon who are enrolled in cost-sharing reduction plans can continue to access this important type of assistance."

In order to ensure carriers can continue to offer coverage in Oregon, DCBS is ordering health insurance companies offering plans on HealthCare.gov to increase their already approved silver metal tier 2018 plan rates by 7.1 percent.

Non-silver metal tier plan rates (e.g., bronze and gold) will remain unaffected.

This increase will affect plans both on and off HealthCare.gov, and will compensate for the $49 million worth of cost-sharing reduction payments that the federal government will no longer be making to Oregon insurance companies in 2018.

"These rate increases are necessary to ensure the stability of the health insurance market," said Acting Director Straight. "Oregonians who receive financial assistance through the Marketplace will find that premium assistance will also increase, shielding them from most of the increase."

Oregonians who do not qualify for premium assistance through HealthCare.gov are encouraged to work with an agent to shop around and consider a non-silver level plan that might work for their situation.

Open enrollment for 2018 plans begins Nov. 1 and runs through Dec. 15, 2017. Oregonians are encouraged to work with an agent or community partner to find the best plan for their situation. Due to these additional rate increases on silver metal tier plans, it is especially important to apply for financial assistance through HealthCare.gov.

What are cost-sharing reduction (CSR) plans?
In addition to providing help paying for premiums, the Affordable Care Act requires Marketplace insurers to offer cost-sharing reduction plans to middle-income consumers (under 250 percent of the federal poverty level). These are silver-level plans with lower maximum out-of-pocket limits, deductibles, co-pays, and co-insurance, making access to health care services more affordable. About 50,000 Oregonians were enrolled in cost-sharing reduction plans.

The Department of Consumer and Business Services is Oregon's largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. Visit www.dcbs.oregon.gov.

October 16, 2017

October/September 2017 Obituaries

Walter LeRoy Shuey, of Sisters
March 7, 1938 - Oct. 3, 2017

Arrangements: Autumn Funeral Home, Bend. 541-318-0842 www.autumnfunerals.net
Services: Funeral Mass at St. Edwards the Martyr Catholic Church, 123 Trinity Way, Sisters, OR, on Sat., Oct. 14, 2017, at 11:00 a.m.
Contributions may be made to: St. Charles Hospice, 2500 NE Neff Rd., Bend, OR 97701

Versie Edith Hudson, of Redmond
Nov. 25, 1930 - Sept. 7, 2017

Arrangements: Deschutes Memorial Chapel is honored to serve the family - (541) 382-5592. Visit our online register book to send condolences and share treasured memories at deschutesmemorialchapel.com or on Facebook at facebook.com/deschutesmemorial.
Services: A Memorial Service took place Saturday, October 7, 2017 at 2:00 PM at Word of Victory Church, located at 645 SE Salmon Avenue in Redmond. A Reception immediately followed.
Contributions may be made to: Word of Victory Church
https://wovictory.org/online-giving/

Harley D. Thom, of Redmond
Nov. 5, 1944 - Sept. 19, 2017

Arrangements: Niswonger-Reynolds Funeral Home is honored to serve the family. 541-382-2471 Please visit the online registry for the family at www.niswonger-reynolds.com
Services: A gathering of family & friends will be held at a later date.
Contributions may be made to: The Oregon Hunters Association PO Box 267 Redmond, OR 97756.


Linda Lea Stephenson, of Redmond
May 19, 1947 - Oct. 7, 2017

Arrangements: Autumn Funerals, Redmond 541-504-9485 www.autumnfunerals.net
Services: Private services will be held at a later date.

Robert Lee Eberhard May 6, 1935-September 26, 2017
Robert L. Eberhard, the familiar face and voice of Eberhard’s Dairy Products in Central Oregon, died Tuesday, September 26, 2017, at his home in Redmond, ending his fight with cancer. Bob Eberhard was born May 6, 1935 in Prineville, Oregon to Swiss immigrant John Eberhard and his wife Nelda. Bob was a hard working boy starting a paper route at 12 years of age and later in his teens, cleaning offices of US Bank and the telephone company. In 1953 Bob graduated from Redmond Union High School. He then attended Central Oregon Community College, and later transferred to Oregon State University where he graduated in 1958 with a bachelors of science degree with a technical minor in dairy products. He 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 is grandson James David (JD) Maloney, Jr., and two step grandchildren: Connor Flanagan and McKenzie Flanagan.

After graduating from OSU, Bob served in the United States National Guard. His first job upon discharge from the military, was with Del Monte in San Francisco. In 1962 Bob went to work for Dictaphone Corporation in Seattle. While living in Bellevue they adopted their first child Theodore Lee. In August of 1964, Bob, Kaye and Ted moved to Redmond to join the family business with his father John Eberhard Sr. In 1965 the Eberhard family grew with the adoption of their second child Holly Lynn. During that time Bob, together with his father, and brothers Jack and Richard, 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 nephew. 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 survived by his brother Richard Eberhard, sister Mary Louise Barnes, daughter Holly Lynn Eberhard, grandson James David (JD) Maloney Jr., two step-grandchildren: Connor Flanagan and McKenzie Flanagan, and many nephews and nieces. The Eberhard family would like to extend their gratitude to Dr. William Martin, and the staff at St. Charles Cancer Center, Hospice of Redmond, and his caregivers, who gave Bob 24-hour a day care and companionship. May God bless richly those who care for those who cannot care for themselves. A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 PM, Saturday, October 14th at Highland Baptist Church, 3100 SW Highland Avenue, Redmond, OR 97756 with an Ice Cream Social to follow. If you wish, the family suggests memorial gifts be sent to: The Dairy Science Facility Oregon State University Foundation, Notation: In Memory of Robert L. Eberhard 850 SW 35th Street, Corvallis OR 97333

October 13, 2017

Ridgeview girls soccer defeats No. 3 Bend 3-1 to set up showdown with Summit

Aspen Jeter scored two first half goals to lead the Ridgeview girls soccer team (5-1 Intermountain Conference, 10-1 overall) to a 3-1 victory against Bend Thursday evening. The senior night win, played at the Ravens' football stadium, sets up an Oct. 17 showdown at No. 4 Summit, which is tied with No. 3 Ridgeview for first place in league play.

Jordyn Buresh scored the first goal for the Ravens, who completed the season sweep of Bend, which was ranked No. 3 going into the match.

Ridgeview's Cassidy Nelson kicks the ball during the first half of the Ravens' 3-1 victory against Bend on Oct. 12. The win set up an Oct. 17 showdown with Summit, likely for the Intermountain Conference title. (Geoff Folsom / Spokesman photo)

Ridgeview's Saylor Goodwin battles Bend's Brooke Jolma for the ball during the first half of the Ravens' 3-1 victory against Bend on Oct. 12. The win gave No. 3 Ridgeview a season sweep of the No. 5 Lava Bears. (Geoff Folsom / Spokesman photo)

Ridgeview's Sierra Cassaro fights off a Bend player during the first half of the Ravens' 3-1 victory on Oct. 12. The senior night victory was played at Ridgeview's football stadium. (Geoff Folsom / Spokesman photo)

Ridgeview's Mackenzie Stadler dribbles the ball during the first half of the Ravens' 3-1 victory against Bend on Oct. 12. (Geoff Folsom / Spokesman photo)

Ridgeview girls soccer players celebrate Aspen Jeter's second goal of the match late in the first half of their 3-1 victory against Bend on Oct. 12. (Geoff Folsom / Spokesman photo)

Ridgeview's Aspen Jeter moves the ball up the pitch in the first half of the Ravens' 3-1 victory against Bend on Oct. 12. The senior scored two goals in her final regular-season home match. (Geoff Folsom / Spokesman photo)

Ridgeview's Aspen Jeter moves the ball up the pitch in the first half of the Ravens' 3-1 victory against Bend on Oct. 12. The senior scored two goals in her final regular-season home match. (Geoff Folsom / Spokesman photo)

October 11, 2017

Check out the Oct. 11 Spokesman!


This week's Spokesman features stories on new Redmond parks, the Redmond High volleyball team and a proposed bed and breakfast near Smith Rock State Park. It's available today at locations including Westside One Stop, Pappy's Pizzeria and Terrebonne Thriftway.

Residents warned to be "two weeks ready" for earthquake

From the Oregon Office of Emergency Management:


Downloadable file: Oregon's Office of Emergency Management urges everyone to be "2 Weeks Ready" for any type of disaster. For more information, visit www.oregon.gov/oem/2WeeksReady
Downloadable file: Be part of the world's largest earthquake drill, the Great ShakeOut, at 10:19 a.m. on October 19. Register today at www.shakeout.org/oregon/register.
OEM launches series of 2 Weeks Ready videos to provide fun, friendly information and a memorable jingle

SALEM, OR -- October 11, 2017 -- The shaking starts. It's an earthquake! What do you do? Many people sit there wondering, "Is this 'The Big One'?" On October 19 at 10:19 a.m., join millions who will practice what you should REALLY do during an earthquake: Drop, Cover, and Hold On! Find out how and register to participate at www.ShakeOut.org/Oregon.

Oregon's Office of Emergency Management (OEM) urges everyone to be 2 Weeks Ready for earthquakes and other disasters. To that end, the agency has developed a series of lively one-minute videos, viewable on the OEM YouTube channel (http://bit.ly/2wxyE9C), to inform and educate the public.

Andrew Phelps, OEM director, suggests that in addition to having two weeks' of food, water and other supplies, take time to talk with your family and friends about what you will do when disaster strikes and if you're not together during an emergency. Do family members know what to do and where to go? Is heavy furniture at home or equipment at work braced for safety? Do you know how to turn off your gas line? Is your preparedness kit accessible? How will you communicate with your loved ones after a major disaster?

These are critical questions when planning for disasters such as earthquakes and go beyond having emergency items. Develop a family disaster plan, assign roles or duties for each family member, and do the same for people in your neighborhood.

"During an emergency, we will need to count on each other," says Phelps. "Be aware of what hazards or disasters can impact you and your family, have emergency supplies and know what to do 2 minutes, 2 hours, 2 days and 2 weeks after a disaster."

The 2 Weeks Ready campaign was launched by Oregon's Office of Emergency Management in 2016 in conjunction with the Great ShakeOut. It aims to inspire citizens to be self-sufficient for two weeks in the aftermath of a major disaster. A series of brochures (http://bit.ly/2ktFjex), a Facebook page (http://bit.ly/2jUgHPx) and Twitter feed (@2WeeksReady) provide information, resources and assistance with disaster preparedness planning. 

October 8, 2017

Oregon FFA raise awareness, food for hungry

From Oregon Future Farmers of America,
Oregon FFA, Les Schwab Are #TiredofHunger


Seasons are changing, and that means it is back to school and farmers are busy with final harvest. But one thing that does not change with the seasons is the need across Oregon to help fight hunger. Those affected by food insecurity are in need year-round, and that is why Les Schwab Tire Centers of Oregon has partnered with Oregon FFA (formerly known as Future Farmers of America) in a Drive Away Hunger event to help raise awareness and to raise as much food as possible to help end hunger. The initiative will take place the entire month of October.

More Oregonians today are suffering from food insecurity and worry about where their next meal may come from. Since 2008, the Oregon Food Bank has seen the demand for emergency food boxes increase by 40 percent. The Drive Away Hunger initiative will take place the entire month of October. All month you may see FFA members across the state doing a variety of service activities to raise as much food as possible. Please be on the lookout for activities and collections happening throughout our community. You are encouraged to drop food donations at any Les Schwab Tire Center, Wilco Farm Store or your local FFA Chapter. Collection bags are being distributed to subscribers of the Capital Press, East Oregonian, Wallowa County Chieftain, Hermiston Herald, and Blue Mountain Eagle, or you may pick up a collection bag at your local Les Schwab Tire Center or a Wilco Farm Store. We are encouraging everyone to be #TiredofHunger and fill a grocery bag to drop at any of our collection sites.

In addition to nonperishable food, the FFA is seeking farm and ranch crop donations as well. If you are interested in donating a portion of your food crop, please contact your local FFA chapter or Kevin White, executive director of the Oregon FFA Foundation, at kwhite@oregonffa.com. All donations received will be given first to the local food pantries in your community. If there is more, it will be distributed by the Oregon Food Bank to other pantries throughout the state.

Last year the FFA’s Tired of Hunger initiative helped raise more than 500,000 pounds of food.

That was enough food to provide 416,667 meals or feed 4,960 families for nearly a week. This year, the more than 6,000 FFA members from 105 FFA chapters have partnered with the 107 Les Schwab stores in Oregon as well as the 13 Wilco Farm Stores to make a huge dent in helping supply the Oregon Food Bank and other local food pantries with much needed food. This is a very special project for the Oregon FFA, because FFA members are able to live out their motto of “learning to do, doing to learn, earning to live and living to serve.” In this service initiative, FFA members can follow in the footsteps set by those at Les Schwab Tire Centers, as you see them giving back to their communities every day.

“This is a chance for our members to follow that example and give back to their communities and to those who need it most,” White said. The Oregon FFA is part of the National FFA Organization, formerly known as the Future Farmers of America, and is a national youth organization of 649,355 student members — all preparing for leadership and careers in the science, business and technology of agriculture. There are 7,859 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

Oregon FFA has more than 6,000 members in 105 chapters throughout the state. The FFA mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. To learn more, visit the Oregon FFA Facebook page and #TiredofHunger. To learn more about FFA visit www.oregonffa.com or www.ffa.org.

October 7, 2017

Fundraiser successful for local nonprofit

From Heart of Oregon Corps,
Farm to Fork Dinner & Fundraiser Exceeds Goal,
Raises Over $37,000 in Second Year

Bend, OR  – Just a few Sundays ago, while enjoying Central Oregon’s perfect fall weather, 160 community members came together to both dine on impeccably prepared food and raise funds for local non-profit, Heart of Oregon Corps. The second annualFarm to Fork Dinner & Fundraiser: Sunset at the Green was held at Pronghorn Resort and hosted by Aperion Management Group. The dinner featured farm fresh food, prepared by local chefs and served by Heart of Oregon youth.

Two local chefs, Kevin Linde, Pronghorn Executive Chef, and Corey Whalen, One Street Down CafĂ© Chef, collaborated on the menu, which featured a ‘snout to tail’ perspective. One hog and many of the side ingredients were purchased from Gigi Meyers of Windflower Farm. Another hog and the processing was donated by Cameron Gunther of Home Farm Foods. The food that the chefs and their teams prepared included delicious items such as Fall Squash Soup with Pepita Seed Brittle and Cider Creme Fraiche and Piggy Skin Chicharrones with Ginger Cider Gastrique.

“It’s really about the youth, and while the food, the location and the overall event are amazing, we’re here to help Heart of Oregon Corps continue to find success,” said Chef Corey Whalen, who donated his time to the event.

The impact of Heart of Oregon Corps (HOC) through their ‘work, earn, learn’ model was on display throughout the evening when three alumni, Raymond Hendricks, Thyreicia Simtustus and Brittany Charley, eloquently spoke about their personal journey and positive and transformational experience. HOC’s youth servers performed gracefully under pressure and HOC’s alumni table ambassadors bravely networked and shared their incredible stories. Through these personal experiences, guests were able to really see the impact HOC has in the lives of local youth.

HOC’s goal of doubling the amount raised last year ($15,000) was achieved and the total amount raised was over $37,000! This type of support from the community is critical to HOC’s sustainability and successful operations to train tomorrow’s workforce today. Both Heart of Oregon Corps and Aperion Management Group would like to extend the biggest heartfelt thank you to everyone who donated, participated, and attended this year’s Farm to Fork Dinner and look forward to seeing you again next year!

About Aperion Management Group, LLC

Aperion Management Group, LLC is Central Oregon's first and only Accredited Association Management Company (AAMC) that specializes in Homeowners Association (HOA) management in Central Oregon. With over fifty years combined experience in management, building and development, Aperion strives to create a more responsive and efficient management process for communities in and around Bend. To learn more visit www.aperionmgmt.com, or call us at 541.389.3172.

About Heart of Oregon Corps

Heart of Oregon Corps is a nonprofit organization invested in inspiring and empowering positive change in the lives of Central Oregon youth through jobs, education, and stewardship. Their programming creates pathways out of poverty while stimulating regional economic growth. The “work-learn-earn” model invests in local young people, many of whom come from disadvantaged backgrounds, to prepare them for the workforce and to encourage their self-sufficiency. Every year, Heart of Oregon Corps provides job skills training, education, and leadership development to over 300 local young people ages 16-24 that face major barriers to success.