Redmond man charged related to bomb plot: William Swanson, 40, of Redmond, was arrested Aug. 8 by Bend Police and charged related to a July 29 bomb hoax outside the Deschutes County Courthouse, according to a Bend Police news release. Swanson, the third man arrested in the case, faces charges of possession of a hoax device, first-degree disorderly conduct and criminal conspiracy, police said. Hundreds of hours were spent on the investigation, which was a collaboration between the Bend and Redmond police, Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office, Portland bomb squad and the FBI, police said. According to a U.S. Attorney’s Office news release, state charges were dropped and federal charges were filed against the other two suspects in the case, Kellie Kent Cameron, 31, and Jonathan Tyler Allen, 23, both of Bend.
Six corners being trimmed: Deschutes County is working on the “six corners” intersection south of Redmond, where SW Canal Boulevard meets SW 61st Street and SW Quarry Avenue, according to a news release. The work, which was scheduled to start Aug. 12, will turn the six-way intersection into a more traditional four-way intersection with nearby “T intersections” for the other street. It will also add new left-turn lanes. The $957,000 project, which is being done by county contractor Knife River Northwest, will close parts of Quarry and 61st starting Aug. 31 and other single-lane closures and delays are possible until the project’s planned finish in November.
Prineville woman named state rep: Vikki Breese-Iverson, a Prineville real estate agent, was expected to be sworn in Aug. 13 as the new state representative for House District 55. According to The Bulletin, Breese-Iverson was selected Thursday to replace former Rep. Mike McLane, R-Powell Butte, who resigned July 1 to take an appointment as a circuit court judge for Crook and Jefferson counties.
Hospice holds expressive art workshops: Hospice of Redmond plans to hold a weekly expressive arts workshop from 5:30 to 7 p.m. each Wednesday from Aug. 21-Oct. 9 at the hospice, 732 SW 23rd Street, according to a news release. The class is designed as an expansion of its regular grief support groups and is open to anyone who has experienced loss and is looking for a unique way to heal. Kathleen Veenstra, a licensed clinical counselor and professional artist, will run the workshops and guide attendees through artistic techniques to express feelings and emotions. A $25 fee is required to help pay for supplies and light refreshments will be provided. Contact the hospice at 541-548-7483 or Bereavement@Hospiceofredmond.org for more information.
Dill pickles and sweet relish workshop: Master food preservers will hold two dill pickle and sweet relish food preservation workshops from 9 a.m.-noon and 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 22 at OSU Extension, 3800 SW Airport Way, Building #4. The cost to attend is $15 and the workshops will include a demonstration of a low-temperature pasteurization canning method for keeping cucumber pickles crisp. Participants will also prepare pickles and relish to take home. Preregister by Tuesday by calling 541-548-6088. For more information, visit: extension.oregonstate.edu/deschutes.