Garbage Collection Holiday Schedule: There will not be garbage or recycling collection service on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day and service both weeks will be delayed one day. Tuesday collection will be provided Wednesday, and this schedule will continue through the end of the week with Friday collection being provided on Saturday. For more information, contact High Country Disposal at 541-548-4984 or visit:

St. Charles Redmond Receives Award: The Redmond hospital was one of 14 Oregon hospitals recognized with the 2018 HealthInsight Quality Award for “demonstrating excellence in providing high-quality care,” according to a press release from the hospital. The HealthInsight Quality Award Program was launched in 2004 to promote transparency in health care. 2018 is the first year the awards have been given in Oregon.

Jericho Road receives grant: The Cow Creek Umpqua Indian Reservation Foundation recently awarded a $7,000 grant to Jericho Road for the organization’s programs helping people in need in the Redmond area, according to a news release from the organization. Jericho Road’s programs include hot meals six nights a week, a weekend food backpack program with the Redmond School District, a housing assistance program which includes rental and utility support and an emergency help system providing heaters, tents and other items. According to Bob Troutman, chairman of the Jericho Road Board, “This support will make a great difference going into the winter months in helping to feed and care for our friends and neighbors who continue to struggle here in Central Oregon. The Cow Creek Foundation assistance comes at a critical time of the year. Their generosity is most appreciated.” For more information, visit:


Redmond teachers receive grants: SELCO Community Credit Union has awarded $45,587 to 54 teachers across Oregon, through its annual SPARK! Creative Learning Grants program for innovative education and extracurricular programs. The 2018 Redmond-area winners include: Bryan Bahns of Vern Patrick Elementary for Sam Labs Classroom Kit STEAM Project, Kelsey Nystul of Sage Elementary School for Sam Labs STEAM Kits, Carolyn Espinosa of Sage Elementary School for Planting Seeds for Our Future, Gina Dietz of Sage Elementary School for Sam Labs Technology and Kelley Messina of Terrebonne Community School for Collaboration and Critical Thinking for Problem Solving.