Traffic Crash Highway 97 mile post 110

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May 292017
 

10:45pm
Report of a traffic crash on Highway 97 between Park Lane and Opal, Culver area. Emergency responders are enoute.

10:51pm
Three serious injuries. Air ambulance called to the scene.

Memorial Day 2017 at Redmond Memorial Cemetery

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May 292017
 

Memorial Day 2017
Entrance to Redmond Memorial Cemetery
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Memorial Day Celebration and Remembrance

Remembering our fallen warriors in defense of our country.

Observance at Veterans Memorial

Marine Color Guard

State Rep. Gene Whisnant, honoring those who fought and died defending freedom.

Mayor George Endicott reading the Gettysburg Address and President Lincoln’s letter of condolence to a mother of fallen Union soldiers.

Veteran and Redmond City Councilor Anne Graham expressing sadness for so many unmarked graves of unknown American soldiers lying in repose at Normandy, France.

Placing Memorial Day wreath at Veterans Monument.

Veterans service groups and others lay wreaths at the memorial.

Memorial Day Observers watch The Flag rise from half-staff.

Well over 100 Redmond area residents and regional political officials gathered at Redmond’s Memorial Cemetery to celebrate and honor America’s fallen military dating back to the Civil War. Numerous speakers expressed profound gratitude for their service and sacrifice so that all of us can breathe free.

Cougar Butte Wildfire Now At 40% Containment

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May 292017
 

Cougar Butte Wildfire Now At 40% Containment
Firefighters hold wildfire north of Skyliners Road to 170 acres

BEND– As of 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, firefighters have held the Cougar Butte Fire at approximately 170 acres with 40% containment. Fire crews have completed hand line along the eastern and western borders of the fire, while continuing to hold the north and south portions of the fire with roads. During today’s operational period, firefighters will continue working on securing the northwest corner of the fire, while installing hose lays and beginning to transition into mop up.

Resources assigned to the fire at the beginning of shift this morning included 4 wildland fire engines, 2 dozer, 1 Interagency Hotshot Crew, 4 hand crews, 1 Type 2 helicopter and several overhead and support positions.
The closure of Forest Road 4601 at the gate to Tumalo Falls remains in effect. The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office continues to institute a Level 1 evacuation notice for the Skyliners subdivision. Fire officials hope to lift the closure and evacuation order tomorrow.

At approximately 3:00 p.m. on Friday, May 26, firefighters responded to the Cougar Butte Fire, approximately 11 miles west of Bend and north of Skyliners Road. Initially reported at 10 acres, the fire spread to 125 acres by that night. Firefighting resources worked through the night to construct hand line up the eastern edge of the fire. With the arrival of additional resources to the fire on Saturday, as well as, favorable weather conditions, firefighters were able to make good progress.

On Saturday, firefighters responded to Incident #217 approximately 1 mile north of Hwy 31 and south of Hole-In-The-Ground. Firefighters held the fire at 9.5 acres.

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Slow go at the legislature suggests Special Session unavoidable

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May 292017
 

Oregon State Capitol
Salem


As the days dwindle down for the Oregon Legislature, what many lawmakers figured would be passed by now are far from it – including transportation, schools and how to balance the state budget with a glaring PERS elephant in the doorway with a corporate excise tax getting a bumpy ride.

What it may boil down to is a special session after the current session adjourns. Here’s more from The Oregonian. Click here.

Firefighters getting the upper hand on the Cougar Butte fire – Restrictions lifted

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May 282017
 

Based on information from fire managers, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office is lifting the Level 1 (Be Ready) Notice that has been in effect since Friday afternoon. For information related to road closures and access to Tumalo Falls, inquiries should be directed to the Deschutes National Forest.

Please use caution if you are traveling in the area as firefighters and equipment are still actively engaged in firefighting.

A different kind of homecoming for a great big heart-shaped rock!

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May 282017
 

A heart-shaped slab of lava that used to hold down the student commons is waiting for re-installment near the front door.

The slab will once again hold the words Redmond High School, Home of the Panthers.

What started out as a prank at Redmond High School is turning out to be a thoughtful and proud gift to the school there at Highway 126 and 19th.

Anyone driving by right now can see the four ton heart-shaped slab of hard-rock lava lying right on the steps of the main entrance. How such a geological slab of earthly history made such a long-haul journey turned out to be more of a labor of love than a typical high school prank.

As the story goes, this slab, with “Welcome to Redmond High School” on it, used to sit just inside the school entrance in the commons area. Some said it symbolized that a good education is the rock that students should stand on for a prosperous, fulfilling life. Others thought it may have been a religious symbol of the old hymn, “Rock of Ages.” But it was also used by students who wanted to talk a few moments between classes and would say “Meet me at the rock.” And it was a common gathering site for school team and club photos that found their way into school yearbooks.

But when Redmond High was renovated in 2012, the decision was made to show the old boulder the door. And so it was transported to to a somewhat inglorious spot next to the sports stadium. And there it laid for three and a half years.

But a number of 2017 Redmond High seniors decided that the rock’s fall from grace should end and that it should be once again prominently placed so all can see its greeting, “Redmond High School, Home of the Panthers.”

At first the boys tried to lift the rock and place it themselves in front of the school. That was the prank part of it. But when they learned that the four-ton block of solid lava, donated in 1974 by then Principal Hugh Hartman, was more than they could handle. So they appealed to School Principal Paul Nolan who summoned up a school district forklift which did THE heavy lifting, depositing it on the front steps of the school. They left it there to help promote the fact that they want the rock back up with a Redmond High School “Home of the Panthers” sign on it.

But such a sign will cost some heavy lifting in the donations department. The students put up a GO FUND ME account to raise the nearly $5,000 to see the project through.

Those who would like to donate to the cause can go to GoFundMe.com and type in Redmond High Return of the Rock!

Update on Cougar Butte Fire

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May 282017
 

Forest Service Hotshot crews on the steep terrain that makes it hard to fight the blaze.
Forest Service photo

Fire estimated at 140 acres; Tumalo Falls Day Use remains closed for public and firefighter safety

The Cougar Butte Fire has been estimated at approximately 140 acres and remains at 10% containment, meaning they only have a line around the blaze of 10%. Fire crews continue to construct hand lines along the eastern border of the fire, while holding the north and south portions of the fire with roads.

Several engines, crews and one helicopter responded to the fire Friday. Resources assigned to the fire at the beginning of shift this morning included 3 wildland fire engines, 1 dozer, 1 Interagency Hotshot Crew, 4 hand crews, 1 Type 2 helicopter and several overhead positions. Additional ground and air resources have been ordered and have started to arrive on scene.

The closure of Forest Road 4601 at the gate to Tumalo Falls remains in effect. Tumalo Falls will be closed to the public for the duration of the incident. The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office continues to institute a Level 1 evacuation notice for the Skyliners subdivision.

At 7:00 a.m. a Type 3 Incident Management Team, led by Incident Commander Travis Moyer and Incident Commander Trainee, Mike Aizpitarte, assumed command of the incident.

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What sounds like an awful multiple motorcycle crash just east of Fossil on Highway 19 well east of Madras

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May 272017
 

11:20pm Saturday

OR19 is closed near MP 61 east of Fossil in Wheeler County due to multiple vehicle (motorcycles) crash. Use alternate routes. Emergency crews are en route. Check Tripcheck.com or call 511 / 800-977-6368 for update conditions.

Pursuit of a Bend robber chased, cornered and nabbed in Redmond

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May 272017
 

Robbery suspect’s abandoned vehicle on Timber between 24th and 25th – block south of Salmon. Suspect ran north on 25th.

Police had the area around the robber’s van cordoned off since he had fled on foot.

A block away officers responded to a report there was a man in their back yard.

Moments later the man was reported to be a block over with officers closing in.

Suspect believed to be in handcuffs in the back of this Sheriff’s patrol SUV at 25th and Salmon.


Jesse Kline
Robbery at gunpoint in Bend, caught in Redmond


Bend Police Officers were dispatched to the area near Grocery Outlet located at 694 SE 3rd St on a report that a man had robbed a couple at gunpoint.

Police say the suspect, later identified as Jesse Kline, had contacted the male and female victim in the alley just east of the Grocery Outlet and Rite Aid. After threatening the victims with the firearm, the suspect struck the male victim in the head with the firearm causing injury.

The suspect was last seen leaving the area in a white van with property and an undisclosed amount of money belonging to the victims. The victims were able to provide Deschutes County 9-1-1 Dispatch with a description of the suspect and van.

About 15 minutes later, a van matching the description was spotted by police traveling northbound on N Hwy 97. The van stopped in the area of SW 61st St and Hwy 97 south of Redmond. As the officer was attempting to contact the driver, the van accelerated suddenly and left northbound on Hwy 97.

The officer pursued the van northbound on Hwy 97 at speeds between 80-90 mph. As the van entered the City of Redmond, the Bend Police Officer terminated the pursuit. A short time later, Redmond Police Department officers located the van and attempted to stop it. Once again, the van failed to stop. The pursuit continued in and around Redmond until the van stopped and Kline ran from the vehicle on Timber, just west of SW 24th. Approximately 10 minutes later, officers located Kline hiding in a yard near the area of SW Salmon Ave and SW 23rd St.

Kline was taken into custody and was lodged at the Deschutes County Adult Jail.

Charges:

Assault II
Robbery I (2 counts)
Pointing a Firearm at Another (2 counts)
Unlawful Use of a Weapon (2 counts)
Felon in Possession of Firearm
Attempt to Elude — Felony
Attempt to Elude — Misdemeanor
Driving While Suspended – Misdemeanor
Reckless Endangering (2 counts)
Probation Violation

EARLIER STORY

9pm Saturday
A gunman who robbed a couple outside a grocery store in Bend Saturday evening sped away with witnesses informing Bend Police which direction he went – north on Highway 97.

With police in pursuit, the robber’s older white van sped north on Highway 97 at high speed with several law enforcement vehicles in hot pursuit.

The chase ended up in Redmond with the van exiting 97 at the south end of town, and heading off into some southwest neighborhoods.

The chase wound around for a while but then the suspect van was spotted on Salmon headed west. The van suddenly turned north on 24th and turned right on Timber. The driver then jumped out and took off running northbound on 25th where he hid out for a while, but was eventually apprehended by law enforcement.

More on the story will be released later this evening. Bend Police is handling the case since the robbery happened in their jurisdiction.

For a time, there was quite a swarm of police cars on several streets in southwest Redmond, with units from Redmond PD, Bend PD, Deschutes Co. Sheriff’s and Oregon State Police.