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.

Naked cell tower contractor accused of dragging Redmond woman

From the Deschutes County Sheriff's office:

Prepared by: Lt. Mike Biondi 

Date/time of incident: 10/06/2017 at 12:56 hours 

Location of incident: 3651 Cline Falls Hwy (Cline Butte Rock Products) 

Arrested: Hebda, Adam - 28 year old male 

Clarksville, Tn 


Attempted Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle 
Unlawful Entry into Motor Vehicle 

Victim: Davis, Frances "Dorene" - 64 year old female 
Redmond, Or 

On 10/06/2017 at 12:56 hours, Deschutes County 911 received a call from Davis who reported a male inside a co-workers vehicle at the listed address. Davis then advised she was not able to talk, hung up and could not be reached by phone. 

Upon arrival, investigating deputies learned that Hebda was a contract employee from out of the area working on a cell phone tower that was located on Cline Butte Rock Products property. For unknown reasons, Hebda entered a vehicle on the property and Davis, an employee of Cline Butte Rock products, confronted him. He exited the vehicle, approached her and dragged her approximately 30 feet back to the vehicle and forced her to get inside. Davis was able to physically fight him off and separate from him. 

Hebda then rifled through a portable toilet, soiling his clothes. He then removed all of his clothes and left the area of foot. He was contacted approximately 1/2 mile down a gravel road from the rock pit and detained by sheriff's deputies. Hebda was transported to St. Charles Medical Center in Bend to be evaluated by medical staff. Hebda was cited for the above offenses and additional charges may be considered. 

Davis didn't report any injuries during the incident.

AT&T Cell Tower (Alex McDougall/Bulletin file photo)

October 6, 2017

OSU Extension seeks volunteers

From OSU Extension Service,

Nutrition Education Volunteers Sought by OSU Extension

Concerned about the food and shopping choices people are making that affects their health? If you would enjoy sharing research-based information about healthy eating on a budget then you might enjoy becoming an Oregon State University Nutrition Education Volunteer. Volunteers demonstrate cooking healthy recipes at local food pantries or lead small groups with fun, interactive nutrition activities.

To become a Nutrition Education Volunteer applicants take a 5 hour class on Wednesday, October 18, 2017, 9 AM to 2 PM at the OSU/Deschutes County Extension office in Redmond. Once participants are trained and certified, volunteers commit to demonstrating healthy recipes six times over six months.

See the Nutrition Education Volunteer Application link to read more about the program and see the application on the OSU/Deschutes County web site, http://extension.oregonstate.edu/deschutes/nutrition-education. To apply, send your application to Katie Ahern, Family & Community Health Instructor by October 13, 2017 to katherine.ahern@oregonstate.edu or OSU Extension, 1900 NE Division St, Suite 107, Bend, OR 97701. If you have questions, please call 541-306- 6067.

October 5, 2017

Local students raise funds for hurricane victims

From Redmond School District,

Ridgeview High students raise over $2000 for Hurricane Harvey victims

Students at Ridgeview High School recently raised over $2,000 to benefit a Texas high school with the misfortune of being in the path of Hurricane Harvey.

Kingwood High School in Kingwood, Texas is still uninhabitable weeks after Harvey's destructive winds caused widespread damage to the Houston area and much of the Texas Gulf Coast in early September 2017. The homes of many Kingwood High students were flooded during the storm. Kingwood's students are currently sharing space with another area high school until their school can be repaired.

"My students were moved by the stories of students and families facing the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey after coming across videos showing the widespread flooding," teacher Heather Peterson said. "They didn't want to just sit around and do nothing - they all felt motivated to help in some way."

Ridgeview students, with the help of Peterson and fellow teacher Ben Parsons, sprung into action and contacted the organization AVID to assist them with locating an AVID school in Texas they could fundraise for.

AVID is a global nonprofit organization with the goal of preparing all students for college and other postsecondary opportunities. AVID's curriculum is utilized at over 6,200 schools throughout the United States. Ridgeview High is in its third year of the program.

AVID connected the two high schools, enabling Ridgeview to ask Kingwood for a list of supplies and needs. Ridgeview High raised funds each day during third period for a week, totaling over $2,000. The final number is still being tallied.

"Our students wasted no time in organizing the fundraiser and talking with their fellow students about the need at Kingwood High," Parsons said. "We contacted local media to spread awareness and with so many students on board, we raised a significant amount in a short time period. I'm extremely proud of the generosity and selflessness displayed by Ridgeview students."

October 4, 2017

Redmond Albertson's to close

Redmond Albertson's // Redmond Spokesman photo
Redmond Albertson's to close mid-October
The Redmond Albertson's will be closing this month with an anticipated official closure  Monday, October 16, 2017. The company hopes to place all of the store's 65 employees at other Albertson's and Safeway locations in Central Oregon. Albertson's was negotiating new lease agreements for the Redmond location but was unable to come to satisfactory arrangements. 

Pumpkin Patch season is here

Fall actives near Terrebonne

Fall is here and with it pumpkin patches and corn mazes. There are two well known ranches east of Terrebonne that offer unique experiences. DD Ranch has a home style atmosphere while Smith Rock Ranch is a little larger and has the "Corn Maize." 

The DD Ranch Pumpkin Patch and other activities at the ranch will remain open until October 29, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 3836 NE Smith Rock Way, Terrebonne. Activities include Pony Rides, Petting Zoo, Kids Corral, DD Dirt Express and Cowboy Arcade. Admission and parking is free.  

Smith Rock Ranch opened its Fall Festivities Sept. 30. Along with the pumpkin patch, Smith Rock Ranch offers a corn maize, market, and petting zoo. The ranch is open for operation: Pumpkin Patch/Harvest Market – Tuesday-Friday 12-6 p.m. ,  Saturday-Sunday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; The Maize – Friday 12-7 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. - 7 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; and Activities – Friday 12-6 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. at 1250 NE Wilcox Avenue, Terrebonne. 

 The DD Ranch Pumpkin Patch during its opening day Sept. 30. (Colby Brown/Spokesman  photo) 
Pumpkin pickers select the plumpest fall time squash at the DD Pumpkin Patch Sept. 30.  (Colby Brown/Spokesman  photo)

A sunflower at the DD Ranch Sept 30.  (Colby Brown/Spokesman  photo)

Ponies await eager riders at the DD Pumpkin Patch Sept. 30. (Colby Brown/Spokesman  photo)

A children's play area at the DD Pumpkin Patch Sept. 30.  (Colby Brown/Spokesman  photo)

A large pumpkin awaits its fate on the edge of the pumpkin patch at Smith Rock Ranch which opened its Fall Festivities Sept. 30.

The pumpkin patch at Smith Rock Ranch with Smith Rock State Park in the background, Sept. 30. (Colby Brown/Spokesman  photo)

A horse and its foal at Smith Rock Ranch Sept. 30.  (Colby Brown/Spokesman  photo)

The entry and exit of the Corn Maize at Smith Rock Ranch, Sept. 30.  (Colby Brown/Spokesman  photo)

Annual Smith Rock Archaeology Series

From Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept.,


Terrebonne, OR--Smith Rock State Park will host its 15th annual Oregon Archaeology Celebration (OAC) lecture series in October. The Friday evening presentations will all take place at the Smith Rock State Park Welcome Center, 10087 NE Crooked River Drive, Terrebonne. The free talks are open to the public. Day-use parking is $5. Annual parking passes for 12- or 24-months are available.

"We are very pleased with the success and longevity of this annual event," said Paul Patton, Mountain Region resource specialist for the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department(OPRD). "Smith Rock's OAC presentation series is dynamic and relevant to the advances in cultural knowledge and scientific techniques being made throughout the field of anthropology. Bringing this information to the public's awareness in an enjoyable and accessible forum is our primary goal."


October 6: David L. Minick and David A. Kaiser of the Oregon Archaeological Society present--"A Tale of Two Sites: A Comparison of Two Columbia River Rock Art Locations"

October 13: Rory Becker, associate professor of anthropology from Eastern Oregon University presents--"Seeing Beneath the Soil: Remote Sensing Techniques in Archaeology"

October 20: Erin Woodard, Bureau of Land Management staff archaeologist of the Prineville District presents--"Challenges and Solutions to Preserving Rock Art in Central Oregon"

October 27: Wilson Wewa, Northern Paiute historian and Warm Springs Tribal member presents--"Archaeological Preservation Issues Along the Owyhee River"

The OAC program was established in 1993 when Gov. Barbara Roberts made a proclamation that set aside one month each year to celebrate and promote Oregon's archaeology, cultural heritage, and history.

Smith Rock State Park is located off U.S. 97 three miles north of Redmond and three miles east of Terrebonne. More information and directions are available at www.oregonstateparks.org or by calling 541-923-7551, ext. 21.

October 3, 2017

Redmond Police make two arrests after three chases on irrigation district property

From Redmond Police:

Chelsea Flettre

Brian Duran
On September 29, 2017, at approximately 0056 hours, an officer with the Redmond Police Department attempted a traffic stop on a tan 1999 Ford Contour passenger car for trespassing on Central Oregon Irrigation District (COID) property.  The driver of the vehicle failed to stop for officers and a pursuit ensued.  The vehicle traveled south on a dirt road through COID property.  The officer followed the vehicle onto COID property and a short time later located it unattended.  Redmond Police Department Officers, along with Deschutes County Deputies and Oregon State Police Troopers, set-up a perimeter in the surrounding area.  Bend Police Department Officer Umnitz and K-9 partner Rony, responded to assist with tracking the suspect. 

The driver of the vehicle in the pursuit was located approximately 150 yards from the vehicle.  The driver was identified as 29-year-old Transient Chelsea Flettre.  Chelsea Flettre was arrested and lodged at the Deschutes County Jail for Elude, Criminal Trespass, and Probation Violation. 

On September 29, 2017, at approximately 2336 hours, an officer with the Redmond Police Department located a stolen vehicle, white 1995 Oldsmobile Aurora, in the area of E Antler Ave. and NE 11th St.  While clearing the stolen vehicle, a gray Chevrolet Colorado exited COID property and continued north through BLM property.  Officers attempted to stop the Chevrolet Colorado for trespassing on COID property.  The vehicle failed to yield and a pursuit ensued north, northeast, through BLM and Deschutes County land. 

Redmond Police Department Officers, along with Deschutes County Deputies and Oregon State Police Troopers, set-up a perimeter in the surrounding area.  At approximately 2359 hours a gray 1991 Subaru Legacy failed to yield to officers and entered the perimeter.  Officer’s attempted to stop the vehicle and a pursuit ensued.  The vehicle traveled south on Deschutes County and BLM property.  The driver of the Subaru Legacy, Brian Duran, was located by Oregon State Police when he attempted to exit the perimeter on Highway 126, near mile post three.  Brian Duran was arrested and lodged at the Deschutes County Jail for Elude, Criminal Trespass, and for a Felony Warrant.

Community Reminder
The Redmond Police Department would like to remind community members the COID property, southeast of NE Antler Avenue and NE 9th Street, has been posted No Trespassing.  The Deschutes County land in that area is designated for day use only; meaning people can’t be on the property after hours.   

The Redmond Police Department is dedicated to making Redmond the safest community in Oregon.  In an effort to keep Redmond safe, the RPD will enforce trespass notices so we can protect people’s valuable property from being stolen and/or destroyed.  Anybody with information pertaining to these three pursuits are encouraged to contact the Redmond Police Department through dispatch at (541) 693-6911.    

The Redmond Police Department would like to thank the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office, Oregon State Police, and Bend Police Department, for their assistance with these investigations.