December 4, 2017

9-year-old Redmond boy killed in Government Camp crash

From Oregon State Police:

On Sunday, December 3rd, 2017, at about 3:45 p.m., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a report of a two-vehicle crash on Highway 26 at milepost 65. 

Preliminary investigation revealed that a white 2004 Ford Excursion, operated by Kenneth Steven SCHMIDT, age 53, and passengers: Cindy Ann SCHMIDT, age 50, and female juvenile, age 9, all of Crooked River Ranch, were traveling westbound on Highway 26, and lost control on the snow-covered highway and crossed into the eastbound lane. The Ford hit an eastbound silver 2013 Subaru Outback, operated by Debra Jean HAHN, age 48, and passengers: Linda Jean TODD, age 68, and a male juvenile, age 9, all of Redmond. 

The male juvenile passenger in the Subaru was pronounced deceased at the scene. All the occupants in the Ford received minor injuries but were not transported. HAHN was transported by ambulance to a local hospital and TODD was transported by air ambulance to Emanuel Hospital with critical injuries. 

ODOT was on scene and assisted with traffic control to allow vehicles access to the crash scene. Detours were put in place once stopped traffic was released. 

OSP was assisted on scene by Hoodland Fire, ODOT, and AMR. 

Anyone who may have witnessed the incident who was not interviewed at the scene is requested to call Oregon State Police Trooper McNeely at (971) 271-3872 or email at

This is an ongoing investigation and more information will be released when available. 

State Rep. Whisnant won't seek reelection

From Rep. Gene Whisnant:

State Rep. Gene Whisnant, R-Sunriver, left, and Sen. Tim Knopp, R-Bend, address the audience at a March 31 town hall meeting at Redmond City Hall. (Geoff Folsom/Spokesman photo)
Salem, Ore. - State Representative Gene Whisnant (R-Sunriver) announced today that he will not seek a ninth term as a member of the Oregon House of Representatives.
“Serving HD 53 constituents and Oregonians for over 15 years when this term ends has been an honor and great experience,” Rep. Whisnant said. “I am proud of our office’s record of helping seniors, veterans, and citizens as they interact with our government. I’m also proud of the good policies we have passed concerning areas like transparency and accountability, PK-12 education, higher education costs, the health and safety of children and housing issues. I think my voting record and legislative bills reflect my commitment to commonsense and to taking whatever actions are necessary to improve the quality of life for all Oregonians.”
Rep. Whisnant was appointed September 5, 2003 as the state representative for HD 53. During his career, he has served as Republican House caucus deputy whip, whip, and assistant leader. 
During his legislative career Rep. Whisnant had the the opportunity to serve on the Joint Ways & Means; Public Safety and Education Subcommittees; E-Board; Joint Legislative Audits; Joint Transparency Advisory; Joint Interim Committee on Public Education Appropriation; Education; Judicial; Higher Education & Workforce Development, and Human Services. In the 2011 “30-30” session; he served as co-chair of the House General Government & Consumer Protection committee. 
Rep. Whisnant also served on the Oregon Commission on Children & Families, as an Education Commission of the States commissioner, on the NCSL Standing Education Committee, on the CSG/NCSL Task Force on “Employing people with Disabilities” and as ALEC State Chair and ALEC International Affairs and Federalism Task Force chair. He has received numerous awards from non-profits and service organizations throughout the years.
Rep. Whisnant stated, “I could not have served this long without my wife Josie’s support and professional assistance along with the other dedicated public servants who have helped me perform this duty. I believe I have earned the respect of the voters, legislators from both sides of the aisle, legislative support and staff personnel, lobbyists, my assistants and interns and will miss working with them all.
“I served in the USAF for over 27 years with over 13 different jobs and moved over 12 times, but I will have served in this job longer than any other with the support of the voters.
“I look forward to completing my term and being active in the interim and 2018 session. I have already submitted my two authorized bills for the next session. After my term ends, Josie and I plan to travel more and spend more time with family in North Carolina. I plan to remain an active citizen involved in efforts to improve the quality of life for all Oregonians.  My work on transparency and accountability provides all Oregonians the means to keep a close look on our state government.”

Obituaries for the Nov. 29 Spokesman

Joy Diane (Colpitts) Hudson , of Bend
Nov. 18, 1932 - Nov. 13, 2017
Baird Funeral Home of Bend is honored to serve Ms. Hudson’s family. Please visit our website, to share condolences and sign our online guest book.541-382-0903
Private services will be held. 
Contributions may be made to:


Jack V. Page, of Redmond
Nov. 25, 1926 - Nov. 17, 2017
Autumn Funeral Home, Redmond, 541-504-9485
A celebration of 
Mr. Page’s life will take place at a later date.


William ‘Bill’ 
Douglas Looney, Jr.. of Bend
June 26,1942 - Nov. 18, 2017
Baird Funeral Home of Bend is honored to serve Mr. Looney's family. 
Please visit our website,, to share condolences and sign our online guest book. 541.382.0903
A potluck/celebration of life/open house will be held on Saturday, December 2, 2017, from 11:00 a.m to 5:00 p.m., with Military Honors at 1:00 p.m., all at the family home, located at 63695 Hunters Circle in Bend. Please bring your favorite dish. 
Contributions may be made to: Partners In Care, 2075 NE Wyatt Ct., Bend, OR 97701541-382-5882
or Wounded Warriors,


Barbara E. Boucher, of Redmond
April 19, 1928 - Nov. 22, 2017
Autumn Funerals, Redmond 541-504-9485
A private service will be held at a later date.
Contributions may be made to:
Hospice of Redmond,  723 SW 23rd St., Redmond, OR 97756


David H. Burns, of Redmond
Sept. 24, 1941 - Nov. 20, 2017
Autumn Funerals, Redmond is honored to serve the family. 541-504-9485
A celebration of David's life is to take place at the Christian Church of Redmond, 536 SW 10th St., Redmond, OR on a date in early December. Contact the church at 541-548-2974, to confirm date and time.
Contributions may be made to:
ALS Association, Oregon and SW Washington Chapter, 700 NE Multnomah St., #210  Portland, OR 97232, or donate on line, or call 800-681-9851.


Harry Michael Steele, of Redmond
April 12, 1950 - Nov. 22, 2017
Autumn Funerals- REDMOND 541-504-9485
Memorial Service: 11:00 am Sat., Dec. 2, 2017 at Redmond Memorial Chapel, 717 SW 6th Street, Redmond.