Safe Sidewalk Award nominations sought: The Deschutes County Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee is seeking nominations of businesses, individuals and organizations that make an extra effort to keep their sidewalks safe by clearing debris and hazards. Nominations are due by Monday at 5 p.m. and can be emailed to Deschutes County Associate Planner Zechariah Heck at or mailed to: Deschutes County, P.O. Box 6005, Attn: Zechariah Heck, Community Development Dept., Bend, OR 97708-6005. Winners will be recognized with Safe Sidewalk awards, which will be presented by the Deschutes County commissioners. For more information, contact 541-385-1704 or visit:

Dean Hale Woodpecker Festival approaching: The Dean Hale Woodpecker Festival in Sisters will run May 30-June 2 and offer guided tours searching for 11 species of woodpeckers and other birds, in areas where recent burns have attracted a concentration of birds. Registration opens Monday. The tours go to places such as Three Creeks, Pole Creek, Cold Springs and other known birding areas. For information about the festival email or visit


Hayden Homes honored: Oregon Business Magazine recognized Redmond-based Hayden Homes with first place among companies with 100 or more employees in its 2019 “100 Best Companies to Work For” list, according to a news release from Hayden Homes. “It is humbling and inspiring to be recognized as the Best Company to Work For by our employees and Oregon Business,” said Hayden Homes President Steve Klingman. “We earned the number one spot on this list because of our team members who bring the Hayden Homes’ culture to life and are dedicated to making our world a better place to live.”


Redmond students named to Washington State honor roll: Annie Footman and Bradi Marie Wood, both of Redmond, were named to the fall 2018 President’s Honor Roll at Washington State University in Pullman. The achievement requires a grade-point-average of at least 3.75 for students taking at least 9 graded credits or a grade-point-average of 3.5 for students taking at least 15 graded credits.

Redmond student named to OKC University honor roll: Avery Carlson, of Redmond, was named to fall 2018 President’s Honor Roll at Oklahoma City University. The achievement requires a grade-point-average of at least 3.9 for students taking at least 12 graded credits.