COCC hires new president: The Central Oregon Community College board of directors voted March 12 to hire Laurie Chesley as the new president of COCC. She will assume the position July 1, replacing Dr. Shirley Metcalf who has served in the role since August 2014. Chesley was one of three candidates who interviewed for the position in February. She is currently the provost and executive vice president for academic and student affairs at Grand Rapids Community College in Michigan. “We are thrilled to be welcoming Dr. Chesley to Central Oregon and to this college,” said Laura Craska Cooper, COCC board chair. “We were so impressed with her passion for the mission of community colleges and our role of promoting student success and community workforce development.” According to The Bulletin, Chesley will earn $220,000 in the first year of a three-year contract.


Red Cross Blood Drives planned: Two Red Cross blood drives will take place this month: 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Tuesday at St. Thomas Catholic Church, 1720 NW 19th St., and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. March 28 at VFW 4108, 1836 SW Veterans Way. For more information or to schedule an appointment, visit or contact 1-800-733-2767.

Mayor to give State of the City address at Central Oregon Business Expo and Job Fair: The Redmond Chamber of Commerce and U.S. Bank will hold a cross-industry job fair, featuring Mayor George Endicott’s State of the City address, from 1-5:30 p.m. April 24 in the Middle Sister conference center at the Deschutes County Fairgrounds. The business expo will include booths for local businesses to present their products or services, booth fees vary. For more information or to apply for a booth in the business expo, visit

Empty Bowls Fundraiser Meal: The annual Empty Bowls fundraiser will be held April 7 at Ridgeview High School with three meal times available: noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. The event features gourmet soup made by Ridgeview culinary students served in handcrafted bowls made by ceramics students at Redmond and Ridgeview highs, as well as a silent auction with other ceramic works. The event benefits Jericho Road, a Redmond nonprofit serving homeless people. Vegetarian and gluten-free soup options will be available. Tickets are $20 each, which includes soup, other refreshments and a bowl to take home. Additional ceramic bowls are $15 each. Tickets are available at the door or online at “We look forward to this fun event each spring,” said Jensine Peterson, Ridgeview assistant principal. “Empty Bowls is a great opportunity to showcase the beautiful artwork of students from both high schools and raise money for a wonderful local cause.” Sponsors include local McDonald’s owners Paul and Kathy Rodby, One Street Down, Penhollow Ranch, Jeff Larkin Realty and dentists Mark Keener and Tony Parsley. For more information, contact Jensine Peterson at 541-504-3600 or .


Redmond student makes honor roll in Spokane: Phillip Tomlin, of Redmond, was named to the fall 2018 honor roll at Spokane Falls Community College in Spokane.

Dean’s List: Abigail Hannay and Madison Holsey, both of Redmond, were named to the fall 2018 Dean’s Honor List at Cedarville University in Cedarville, Ohio. The achievement requires a grade-point-average of at least 3.75 for students taking at least 12 graded credits.