Back to battle stations over Round Butte Dam and a damaged river downstream of it….

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Jan 212018

Round Butte Dam on the Deschutes River.
Courtesy photo

From the Deschutes River Alliance

The Deschutes River Alliance’s lawsuit against Portland General Electric is headed back to court. After months of fruitless court-supervised negotiations, the DRA’s important Clean Water Act lawsuit is now quickly moving forward again. 2018 will be a critical year in our fight to protect and restore the lower Deschutes River.

In the course of negotiations, DRA offered a comprehensive solution to PGE’s operation of the Pelton Round Butte Project—a solution we believed, based on all available data, would lead to dramatic improvements in water quality below the dams and to a resolution of the Project’s regular water quality violations. PGE rejected DRA’s proposals, and made no meaningful effort to resolve the problems in the lower river that have been created with tower operations.

Now, we are moving aggressively ahead. On February 26, the DRA’s attorneys will be filing a Motion for Summary Judgment, asking the court to find PGE in violation of its Clean Water Act certification for the Pelton Round Butte complex. The DRA has identified nearly 1,700 violations of the certification, which was designed to protect the water quality and ecological health of the lower Deschutes River. Oral arguments on this motion are scheduled for July. If successful, the DRA will then ask the court for a remedy to these frequent violations that will lead to improved water quality in the lower river.

The hard work starts now. The lawsuit we are engaged in is an essential component of the DRA’s advocacy efforts on behalf of the lower Deschutes River and the fish, wildlife, and people who call it home. And the next steps in this litigation, over the coming months, will be critical to the DRA’s efforts to restore cool, clean water below the Pelton Round Butte Project. Keep an eye on the blog for more updates on this important case.

As always, this fight wouldn’t be possible without the support of our many hundreds of contributors—the individuals, businesses, foundations, and allied organizations who are not ready to give up on a healthy future for the lower Deschutes River. As we pivot back to court, we need your support more than ever. Please join us at our second annual benefit auction in February, and make a contribution today to support our battle for the Deschutes River.

Tragic End to an Epic Race to the South Pole

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Jan 212018

You’re invited to a very special evening at Crooked River Ranch!

Polar Opposites: Scott, Amundsen, and the Race for the Pole

FANs is pleased to present Portland Story Theater’s Armchair Adventurer Lawrence Howard. Howard is a master at crafting engaging stories that have listeners on the edge of their seats.

April 13, 2018, 7:00 p.m.
The Juniper Room at Crooked River Ranch
Tickets: $15 for FANs members; $18 for non-members

Polar Opposites recounts the heroic and tragic events in Antarctica one hundred years ago. Robert Falcon Scott and his four companions fought their way to the South Pole only to find the Norwegian flag flying there. Roald Amundsen, the first person to set foot on the geographic South Pole, had beaten him by five weeks. Crushed by disappointment, utterly exhausted and short on food and fuel, Scott and his companions froze and starved to death on the return journey, just eleven miles from a huge cache of provisions and supplies. This is a tale of agony and ecstasy, of accomplishment and failure, of a glorious victory overshadowed by an even more glorious defeat.

Seating is limited. CLICK HERE to get your tickets now.

Ruby Pike of Star, Idaho has been found…news release to follow

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Jan 202018

The Grant County Sheriff’s Office has located Ruby Pike and she is safe. Grant County deputies will send out a release shortly.


On Friday January 19, 2018 at 11:09pm, Oregon State Police received a missing person call regarding Ruby Pike (age 52 Star, Idaho). Ruby was reported missing by her husband and was last known to be in Portland. Ruby was to be traveling from Portland to Boise with unknown direct route. His husband last spoke to Ruby at approximately 4:13pm and she told him she would call when she arrived to Ontario, Oregon and Ruby never called. Ruby was supposed to arrive home around 10:00pm on Friday January 19, 2018.

Ruby’s cell phone was “pinged” and the last location was near Hwy 395b milepost 59 which is ten miles south of Ukiah. Ruby’s exact route is unknown.

Ruby Pike, 52
Missing – Phone pinged near Ukiah, OR

Ruby was last seen wearing jeans, an orange shirt, and clogs. Ruby is described as being 5’9″, 180lbs, brown hair, and hazel eyes. Ruby is driving a 2008 white Toyota Tundra with a matching white Leer canopy with glass sides. The Tundra has three stickers on the driver’s side tailgate and driver’s doors of “Dallbello, Marker, and Vokal”. The Tundra has all black custom slightly oversized tires.

On Saturday units from Patrol Division and Fish & Wildlife Division, including the airplane, searched the area of the ping and were unsuccessful. Search and Rescue for Grant County has been activated for the area and a missing person report has been filed in Ada County, Idaho.

Anyone seeing Ruby or Ruby’s vehicle yesterday or today please call the Oregon State Police Southern Command Center at (541)664-4600 and refer to case number SP18-023772.

Redmond: Moe’s Food Mart Robbed – Brandished firearm

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Jan 202018

Armed Robbery of Moe’s Food Mart, 516 SW 5th
Redmond, 6am. Suspect is male upper left corner

On Saturday, January 20, 2018, just before 6:00 AM, Redmond Police Officers were dispatched to Moe’s Food Mart, 516 SW 5th St., Redmond, after receiving a report of an armed robbery, which just occurred. Redmond Police Officers arrived within one minute of being notified of the incident. It was reported the suspect had left the area, last seen traveling east behind Moe’s Food Mart.

Officers were told by the female employee victim, a male suspect brandished a firearm and demanded money. The male suspect is described as being approximately 6’02”, thin built, wearing blue jeans, black hooded sweatshirt, gloves and tennis shoes. The male was also reportedly wearing a black bandana, which partially covered his face. The victim was not physically injured during the robbery.

Other law enforcement agencies responded to assist. A Redmond Police K9 and a Bend Police K9 arrived and the area was searched for the suspect. At this time, Officers have not located the suspect and are actively investigating the robbery.

The Redmond Police Department is committed to making Redmond the safest community in Oregon. Our community’s assistance and partnership in solving and preventing crimes is paramount to the success of our city becoming the safest community in Oregon. Anybody with information regarding the robbery is encouraged to contact the Redmond Police Department through the non-emergency dispatch number, 541-693-6911.

The Redmond Police Department would like to thank the Oregon State Police, Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office, and Bend Police Department for their assistance with this investigation.

It’s snowing up top…slippery all over – already a major accident

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Jan 202018

OSP is reporting a traffic crash on Highway 20 at Highway 126. Watch for emergency vehicles. No word on injuries.

TripCheck is reporting delays are up to 20 minutes. Slow down. Concentrate on what’s happening 10 to 20 car lengths ahead of you and adjust your driving accordingly.

Missing man from Redmond no longer missing.

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Jan 192018

John Douglas, 60
Missing for 9 days has been tracked down in Washington State and he’s okay.

******** Located Person: John Douglas, Age: 60, of Redmond Located *************

On Friday, John Douglas was located in Washington state in good condition and has been cleared as a missing person. The Douglas family has been notified.

Resident hits gas line with rototiller on Canyon near Hemlock – erupts in flame

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Jan 192018

Redmond Fire called out Friday evening to Canyon and Hemlock to a damaged natural gas line.

Cascade Natural Gas crew responds. Turns off gas on both sides of the fire.

Fire goes out, leaving very hot dirt that was soaked down by firefighters.

Gas company workers dug down to find the one inch 55psi pressure line had been ripped by the rototiller used by the homeowner who was looking for a water line.
Line being fixed and gas service being restored.

A homeowner trying to track a water line from the street to his back yard accidentally rototillered down at the wrong spot. The old yellow marks on the curb that indicate a gas line runs through that area had faded with the hot high desert sun to where it looked white. The homeowner mistook it for a water line and soon he heard the loud rushing sound of a fast leaking natural gas line.

Soon a big round flame shot out of the hole and the fire department was called. Firefighters ran a hose to within spray-shot to keep the area from getting too hot. Soonafter, Cascade Natural Gas crews tracked down the cut off points for each side of the fire. They turned off the gas and the fire went out. Firefighters followed up with a good soaking of the ground and the gas crew dug down to the ruptured line. In short order they had the polyethylene patched and ready to get back to providing gas to the homes in the area. A number of them had been evacuated during the line break.

The lesson is: Call the gas company before you dig anywhere on your property or near the street. And that goes double in neighborhoods with underground utilities.