Redmond Area Memorial Day Honor Guards – Remembering…

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May 262017

Memorial Day, Monday
Memorial Day. There will be services at Terrebonne Pioneer Cemetery at 9 am and Redmond Memorial Cemetery at 11:00 am.

Memorial Day – 12:00 Noon to 3pm
After the Memorial Day Services join us at at the VFW 1408 Post at 1836 SW Veterans Way, just east of the railroad tracks on the north side of the road. They will be serving Brats & Dogs with potato salad & watermelon on the side for a suggested donation of $5.

Wildfire burning in the Tumalo Falls Trail area –

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May 262017

****Active Fire In The Area of Tumalo Falls Trail*****

There is an active fire in the area of Tumalo Falls Trail. There are fire and law enforcement personnel enroute to the area now. Those recreating or planning to recreate in the immediate area should evacuate the trail and parking area at Tumalo Falls until responding personnel have the fire extinguished.

Counterfeit 20’s & 100’s making the rounds around the Pacific Northwest

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May 262017

Counterfeit 20’s and 100’s showing up in K-Falls and other area in the Pacific Northwest.
OSP Photo

The Oregon State Police Klamath Falls Area Command have been investigating the use of counterfeit 20 and 100 dollar bills. Counterfeit bills have also shown up elsewhere in Central and Eastern Oregon.

The bills appear normal, with poor paper quality. They have unique Chinese Characters printed on the front and back of the bills and are using bright pink or red ink.

Investigators are not sure how these bills have entered the Klamath Falls Community, but have learned these same bills have been found throughout the Pacific Northwest and have been successfully used at area businesses to purchase goods.

If you are in possession of one of these bills or have any information please contact your local law enforcement.

Population growth in Redmond-Bend area surging over last few years

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May 262017

Redmond probably achieving 30,000 population any time now.

The population of the Redmond-Bend area has been surging rather dramatically over the last few years to where Redmond’s population grew 2015-2016 by nearly a thousand according to the U.S. Census, pushing Redmond’s nose count to 29,322. Bend grew to over 91,000, now the fifth fastest growing city in the country above 50,000.

The same data shows an increase in population for many cities across Central Oregon . Prineville grew to just under 10,000 – 9,928 in 2016, a jump from 9,554 in 2015. Madras was 6,729 in 2016, up from 6,587 in 2015. In Sisters, the population was 2,573 n 2016, up from 2,467 and La Pine grew to 1,815, up from 1,653.

Of course with what is expected to be a continuing inflow of new residents, it can’t help but worsen our housing crisis and drive up prices that are already breaking the financial backs of lower to mid income families. And because new home construction in the area is still aimed at just under $300,000 and up, and a significant portion of available housing is being snatched up by vacation rentals and investors (some of them foreign), it can only get worse, if that’s possible.

Ridgeview High School senior nominated for Emmy Award for short film

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May 252017

Jared Durham
Another major movie maker in the making?

Ridgeview High School senior Jared Durham was recently nominated by the Northwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) in the High School Award category for his film, “Klexos.”

NATAS is a nationwide film organization responsible for bestowing Emmy Award recognition in a variety of categories.

Durham was specifically recognized for for his work as a photographer and editor.

“Klexos” is a drama/thriller about a teenage boy coming to grips with the loss of his brother.

“The film is very Twilight Zone-esque and should appeal to anyone who loves a good thriller,” Durham said.

The 15-minute short film was written, shot, directed and edited by Durham and stars Ridgeview seniors Anthony Johnson, Carson Dedmon and David Bernard. The film was shot in Shevlin Park in Bend, Ore.

Durham produced the film as a final class project for his Narrative Filmmaking class at Ridgeview High School. For the class, students develop concepts, write scripts, practice continuity editing and sound design and create original movie trailers and short films.

Ridgeview’s television program offers classes in digital photography, graphic design and television production and produces a daily show called the Ravens Report. The show is a mixture of announcements, news packages and entertainment produced by students.

The regional Emmy Award banquet is scheduled for June 3, 2017 at Fremont Studios in Seattle, Wash.

View the full list of 2017 high school Emmy Award nominees here:

Still holding out hope that Kyron Horman will someday be found alive…

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May 252017

Kyron Horman, missing seven years since being dropped off at school near Portland. Graphic approximation of how Kyron might look today.

It’s been seven years since Kyron Horman disappeared after his step-mother dropped him off at school near Portland. He never made it home. Despite a massive manhunt and exhausting outreach to family, friends and the community, no sign of the lad has ever been found.

For some, they haven’t given up, including Kyron’s mom. Here’s the story in The Oregonian. Click here.

Down below, those rock plates are always moving around…

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May 252017

Prineville Reservoir
Photo: Erin, Oregon City

Join geology expert Robert J. Lillie for a series of weekend programs June 2-4 that explore the geology of central Oregon’s state parks and other natural areas. Lillie will lead two guided hikes and two sunset presentations that draw on his experience as a former geosciences professor at Oregon State University.

Participants will consider the paradox of Oregon’s landscape: the same destructive geological forces that threaten our lives, such as earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, also form the state’s spectacular mountains, valleys and coastlines. Lillie’s programs are based on research published in his 2015 book, “Beauty from the Beast: Plate Tectonics and the Landscapes of Oregon State Parks.” To make this information come alive, his presentations will focus on the formation of features located within central and eastern Oregon state parks.

Evening Campground presentations are scheduled at 8:30 p.m. Friday, June 2 at Tumalo State Park and Saturday, June 3 at LaPine State Park.

Guided geology hikes are scheduled at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 3 at Prineville Reservoir State Park and Sunday, June 4 at The Cove Palisades State Park. The Prineville hike meets at the Eagle’s Nest Amphitheater across from the registration booth. The Cove Palisades hike starts at the kiosk at the entrance to the Crooked River Campground.

For information, contact Jill Nishball at 503-551-8958 or

Both Governor Browns request federal help due to thin salmon season

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May 252017

Salmon Troller just off Yachats, OR
Ken Gagne photo

Oregon Governor Kate Brown and California Governor Jerry Brown today announced a request to U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross for a declaration of a catastrophic regional fishery disaster and commercial fishery failure for salmon in both Oregon and California. The declaration begins the process for requesting federal aid to assist commercial salmon fishers and salmon-dependent businesses who continue to suffer from declining salmon populations.

“Salmon are a vital component of Oregon and California’s natural resources and provide significant commercial, recreational, economic, and aesthetic benefits to both states and Native American tribes,” said Governor Kate Brown. “Federal assistance, along with continued federal, state, tribal, and local government collaboration, is critical to recover and restore salmon populations and to ensure the long-term health and sustainability of our salmon fisheries and coastal communities.

Since last year in Oregon, ocean salmon fishery restrictions, including full closures in some areas for 2017, have severe effects on already distressed rural communities and the businesses that depend on these fisheries. Declaring a fishing disaster and commercial fishery failure will begin the process for requesting federal aid to assist these communities during this time of decline.

Oregon ocean salmon fisheries in 2016 were affected by reduced allowable catches of Klamath River fall run Chinook. While fishing occurred throughout the year in all Oregon waters, commercial opportunity was reduced from past years, resulting in a lower economic return. Additionally, due to the impacts of climate change and anomalous oceanographic conditions, commercial catches along the Oregon Coast were less evenly distributed than normal.

Recreational salmon fishing is open seasonally along the majority of the Oregon coast, while recreational groundfish and halibut fishing remains open on the entire coast. Information on recreational fishing opportunities can be found at…

Centennial Park Extension: Nothing too fancy, event friendly, tasteful and welcoming

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May 252017

Public gathering at City Hall Wednesday to offer further suggestions

Older and younger dreamed out loud about what the extension might look and feel like…

This particular lay-out seems to be a preferred broad development concept.

This house will be removed. The one next door will remain until the owner decides on it’s disposition – hopefully the space for eventual inclusion within the park.

Printing operation moving out of this city-owned building fairly soon.

From the printing business it’s just a hop, skip and a jump from Centennial Plaza.

Possibly the city’s official Christmas Tree directly across the street from City Hall.

Click photos to enlarge.

A small but engaged group of Redmond citizens gathered Wednesday afternoon to add additional installments of their 2-cents on how the extension of Centennial Park should look and contribute to Redmond’s quality of life.

Even children seemed to be excited about the possibilities.

Rather than setting up a number of monuments, a carousel or other permanent structures that might cause more clutter than clarity of the park’s purpose, 70% of those offering their opinions over the past few months have indicated a preference for a park that encourages a mixture of active and passive uses of the space. Such uses could include music, family events like weddings, historic or civic oratory or just quietly lingering in a beautiful place, equidistant between the original Centennial Plaza and the newly refurbished Evergreen School/now new Redmond City Hall. There’s even been talk among some of Redmond’s movers and shakers to transform the old gymnasium behind City Hall into a center for the arts.

The extension of Centennial Park from it’s first block at Evergreen and west 7th is fully funded through the city’s Urban Renewal District. But before construction can begin it requires the undergrounding of utility lines at SW 9th north of Evergreen, the removal of at least one house and some outbuildings, and the demolition of a large building at SW 9th and Evergreen which is owned by the city but is also being leased to a printing business. Reports say that the owner is actively looking for another location and may have already found one. But the move itself will take some time.

City officials say once construction begins it shouldn’t take long to create what many will deem a very functional and attractive park extension from the downtown all the way to City Hall.

But there will still be a number of opportunities for the public to comment on and recommend other configurations and uses for the park extension. On June 21st the Centennial Park Extension Committee will be holding a meeting at City Hall to discuss what is evolving as a preferred overall design outline. Then on August 2nd, the committee will hold a public open house on a presentation of a more formal plan. On August 4th there will be a formal presentation of progress to date on the project to the Downtown Urban Renewal Committee. That too is open to the public. Then it’ll be off to the city Urban Renewal Agency for their review on September 5th. A final design rendering will be created by September 8th. The final design will then be formally approved October 20th and Construction Documents will appear before the city council on the 29th of December for their final review and approval.

Construction is expected to begin in the Spring of next year with completion within a few months.