Former RPA principal captured in Kentucky: A former Redmond Proficiency Academy principal was captured Feb. 22, according to a Redmond Police news release. An arrest warrant was issued in October for Michael Tallman, who also goes by Michael Bremont, after failing to appear for a hearing just before a trial on charges for allegedly abusing a third former student, police said. A federal fugitive task force surrounded Tallman’s recreational vehicle in Paducah and arrested Tallman after he allegedly attempted to jump out a window and run, police said. Tallman, a former Redmond High principal who co-founded RPA in 2009, has faced numerous criminal charges including being convicted in 2012 of sexually abusing a former RPA student in 2009 and 2010, according to The Bulletin. A second conviction resulting from information uncovered in that case showed that Tallman also had a sexual relationship with an underage student at Central Linn High School in Halsey, where Tallman was principal, in 2005 and 2006. Tallman faces life in prison if convicted on the current charges.


Perfection Plus Auto Detailing wins award: Perfection Plus Auto Detailing won “detailing shop of the year” at the International Detailing Association’s annual awards banquet in Orlando, according to a press release from the company. The award is presented to a detailing shop nominated for operating an outstanding fixed-location detailing facility. Over the past year, owner Shane Mayfield was also chosen for detailing team for the former Air Force One at Seattle’s Museum of Flight and for the McCall’s Motorworks Revival & The Quail Detailing Team at Monterey Car Week.

Central Electric Cooperative selects new director of member and public relations: Brent ten Pas has been named director of member and public relations at Central Electric Cooperative, according to a press release from the cooperative. Ten Pas served as the federal affairs manager of the Northern California Power Agency since 2008. “I am pleased to have a person with Brent’s expertise join the leadership team at Central Electric,” said Central Electric president and CEO Dave Markham.


Living on a Few Acres Conference: The Living on a Few Acres Conference will be held March 9 at the Deschutes County fairgrounds, 3800 Southwest Airport Way. The conference is an annual event with classes focused on improving management skills of people who own or are involved in small acreage properties. The cost is $50 includes lunch with early registration by March 3. The cost after March 3 is $60. Class descriptions and registration forms are available online at or can be picked up at local OSU Extension offices in Crook, Deschutes and Jefferson counties. For more information, contact 541-548-6088.


RPA Open Enrollment: Redmond Proficiency Academy will have open enrollment for the 2019-2020 school year from March 1 until March 15. RPA is a tuition-free public charter school serving students in grades six through 12. The school will hold an “Experience RPA” preview night 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday at both campuses: middle school, 150 SW 25th St., and high school, 657 SW Glacier Ave. For more information, visit

COCC HOSTS NURSING PROGRAM OVERVIEW: Central Oregon Community Colleges Redmond campus will hold a nursing program overview from 5-6 p.m. Tuesday, in Building 3, Room 306. Reservations are not required. For more information, contact 541-318-3741.

Redmond student graduates, others honored at George Fox: Caleb Reynolds of Redmond received a bachelor of arts degree in economics from George Fox University in Newberg in Dec. 2018, and the following students from Redmond were named to the fall 2018 dean’s list at George Fox: Tianna Brown, junior, management; Gatlin Cyrus, senior, finance and information systems; Lauren Herman, sophomore, psychology; Anna Land, junior, biology; Rosalie Mendez, sophomore, psychology; Caleb Reynolds, senior, economics; and Kati Viscaino, junior, organizational communication. The achievement requires a grade-point-average of at least 3.5.