“Federal budget AGAIN does not seriously attack wildfire problem” – Sens. Wyden and Merkley

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Nov 212017

Wood looks better in homes rather than like this…
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Sens. Merkley, Wyden Again Call for Full Fire Funding Fix

Draft Interior Appropriations bill does not guarantee protections against ‘fire borrowing,’ in which other programs are raided to pay for wildfire suppression. Local fire departments don’t raid fire inspection and prevention programs to fight fires!

Following the Senate Appropriations Committee’s release of its draft 2018 Interior and Environment bill, Oregon’s Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden called the bill’s wildfire provisions insufficient to prevent a repeat of 2017’s funding squeeze, and reiterated their call for a full, long term prevention challenge so we don’t have to take on wildfire conflagrations.

Today the U.S. Forest Service and other agencies must raid funding from other programs to pay for wildfire suppression during bad wildfire years when costs exceed the budgeted cost for fighting fires. This contributes to a vicious cycle in which fire prevention programs are shortchanged and large, costly wildfires become more common. Merkley and Wyden have been pushing for the year-end government funding agreement to include a version of the Wildfire Disaster Funding Act, bipartisan legislation from Wyden and Sen. Mike Crapo (R-ID) that would end this cycle by treating wildfires similar to other natural disasters. The bill would allow the Forest Service to tap into disaster funding (hurricanes/floods/earthquakes fund) to pay to put out fires once the agency exceeds its fire fighting budget for the year. It would also put a freeze on the rising costs of the Forest Service’s fire fighting budget, protecting the funding that goes to the agency’s fire PREVENTION programs like lower temperature control burns to clear out forest under-story vegetation and intelligent tree thinning of forests that are too dense with same age trees.

“This past year was yet another disastrous wakeup call. It would be incredibly irresponsible to go another season without reforming our broken system of growing healthy forests for once and for all,” Merkley said. “While the wildfire funding contained in this bill is certainly important and a good first step, we know from all-too-recent experience that it will be insufficient in a bad fire year. It makes no sense to go into yet another fire season without a full, permanent provision in place to treat megafires like the natural disasters they are.”

“Unfortunately, this legislation is only a half-solution to treating wildfires as the natural disasters they are. Continuing to battle wildfires using a broken funding system leaves our communities stuck in the same backwards cycle to tackle next year’s fire season,” Wyden said. “The bill’s authors deserve credit for taking the threat of growing wildfires seriously, and for agreeing on a partial solution. But to protect western communities against record fire seasons, and once and for all end the vicious cycle of fire borrowing, Congress needs to pass our bipartisan bill. Only a long-term wildfire budget fix will end fire-fight borrowing and stop the Forest Service from becoming the Fire Service.”

The draft appropriations bill funds wildfire suppression at the 10-year average, plus an emergency buffer of $507 million. This is the same funding structure that was in place for 2017, when the emergency buffer ended up being insufficient by hundreds of millions of dollars to cover the costs of an historically bad fire year. As forests and other fire-prone lands become hotter and dryer due to changes in the climate, bad fire years are expected to occur more frequently.

The 2017 fire season was the most expensive on record, with nearly 9 million acres burned, and the cost of fire suppression exceeding $2.9 billion.

Wanted Man Eludes Deschutes Law Enforcement – Still at Large

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Nov 202017

David Stryffler, 34
Wanted for Eluding and Parole Violation

Monday morning a sheriff’s deputy was patrolling NW 43rd Street, near NW Lower Bridge Way, west of Terrebonne, when he spotted a black Honda Accord and tried to stop it for a traffic violation.

The vehicle failed to yield to the emergency lights and siren and drove away, turning west onto NW Lower Bridge Road. The deputy initiate a pursuit of the vehicle. At the time of the pursuit, there was little to no traffic on Lower Bridge Road and the pursuit speeds were 50-65 MPH.

The deputy pursued the vehicle for approximately 3 miles before it turned onto BLM land off the north side of Lower Bridge Way. The Accord traversed about a quarter-mile before it became high centered on a rock. The driver – the only occupant – then fled on foot.

Oregon State Police Troopers, Jefferson County Sheriff’s deputies, Redmond Police Officers, a BLM Ranger with K9 and a Bend Police Department with K9 responded to assist with a search of the area but they didn’t find him.

An investigation throughout the day was able to determine David E Stryffeler was the suspected driver of the Accord at the time of the pursuit. Stryffeler also has a felony warrant out of Deschutes County for Parole Violation.

This investigation is ongoing. If you have any information on David Stryffeler’s whereabouts, please contact Deschutes County Dispatch at 541-693-6911. Reference case #17-359030

“Sense and Sensibility” at Redmond High School’s Clyde Moore Auditorium

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Nov 202017

Sense and Sensibility
Redmond High School

The Advanced Theatre Ensemble class at Redmond High School (RHS) will present “Sense and Sensibility” beginning Friday, Dec. 8, 2017 at 7 p.m.

“This playful, family-friendly adaptation of Jane Austen’s beloved novel follows the fortunes (and misfortunes) of the Dashwood sisters—sensible Elinor (junior McKenna Kemry) and hypersensitive Marianne (junior Jazzie Goldsworthy)—after their father’s sudden death leaves them financially destitute and socially vulnerable,” drama teacher Hilda Beltran Wagner explained.

The RHS production is the Central Oregon premiere of this fresh, Off-Broadway hit; it is also the debut production of the school’s newly formed Advanced Theatre Ensemble class, Beltran Wagner said.

Additional performances are scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 9 at 2pm and 7pm. Tickets are $3 for students; $5 for seniors; $8 for adults. Tickets are available for purchase online at: rhs-theatre-department.ticketleap.com/sense-and-sensibility/.

All performances at in RHS’s Clyde Moore Auditorium.

Deschutes Deputies have rounded up a lotta critters – but not like this one…

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Nov 202017

Yup – that’s a camel! Fortunately it was friendly and the owner showed up to take it back to its home ranch.

Deschutes County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to a call that involved a back road near Sisters and a very large two-humped beast. Indeed…it was a big two-humped camel!

Here’s the story from The Oregonian. Click here.

Daddy/Daughter Dance sponsored by Redmond Rotary

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Nov 192017

Redmond Rotary
Daddy Daughter Dance

…mmmmm Chocolate!

….pink is definitely IN!

…military formal…

…and hometown casual!

Redmond Rotary’s annual Daddy Daughter Dance will be held Saturday, February 10. The theme this year is “Fairy Tales Can Come True.” The venue, as in the past, is Ridgeview High School in Redmond. The event is open to girls from Kindergarten through 8th Grade. The Daddy/Daughter dance is a special time for the girls and their fathers/uncles/big brothers/or other appropriate adult males. We’re sorry, no Mom’s (or female guardians) will be permitted to attend.

If a young lady is in need of a “date”, please contact Redmond Rotary so that we can arrange for a Rotarian to escort her. There will be a photo booth, carriage rides, games and a dance instructor along with lots of music, food and fun.

Tickets always sell out quickly – they go on sale at midnight 12/31/2017 on our website: www.RedmondOregonRotary.com

House fire puts hard working family on the street just before the holidays

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Nov 192017

Fire department official arranges Red Cross help for a few day’s shelter.

Fire badly damaged a house this past week forcing Travis Leroue and his family into temporary shelter provided by the Red Cross, which was for only a few days. Travis is a hard working landscaper. Not a rich man. He and his family need a hand-up to see them through the next month. They lost furniture and clothing. A small donation from the community at large would sure help them out. A five, ten, or twenty dollar donation from most of us in the community would go a long way to help restore this family to something close to normalcy – especially over the holiday season.

If you could find your way to donating a few dollars to Travis and his family just click here. Again, any donation is deeply appreciated.

Drug Bust In Crooked River Ranch – Two arrested

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Nov 182017

Drug house at 6333 SW Buckskin Road, CRR
(Red Marker)
Google Maps

The Central Oregon Drug Enforcement (CODE) team recently began an investigation into the distribution of heroin and methamphetamine from a Crooked River Ranch residence. Late Thursday night the CODE team executed a search warrant at 6333 SW Buckskin Lane in Crooked River Ranch.

The address of 6333 SW Buckskin Lane has two residences occupied by independent individuals.

Justin Paul Hamilton was encountered inside the target residence and was detained without incident. Investigators discovered a small amount of methamphetamine and heroin along with digital scales, and currency. The also seized a handgun. Hamilton is a convicted felon and is banned from owning firearms.

Brandon Matthew Darrow, of Redmond, arrived at the residence during the search. He was placed under arrest for frequenting a place where controlled substances were being used. Investigators also found a user amount of heroin on him.

As the search warrant continued, investigators learned the neighboring residence at the same address had a Butane Hash Oil (BHO) lab along with a significant unlawful amount of marijuana. A search warrant was obtained and executed at the second residence.

Once inside, investigators encountered a single female hiding in the residence. She was identified as Kailey Berg. Investigators found components and equipment for the manufacture of a Butane Hash Oil lab. In addition, investigators seized approximately 105 pounds of marijuana.

Both Hamilton and Darrow were transported to the Jefferson County Jail on the charges listed below. Darrow was ultimately cited and released from the jail. No action was immediately taken against Berg. Her criminal involvement will be referred to the District Attorney’s Office for consideration.

This investigation, specifically involving the BHO lab, is ongoing. The suspect(s) responsible for the lab have been identified and it is anticipated charges will be forthcoming.

“Hash oil,” also known as “honey oil,” is derived from marijuana. The “hash” or “honey” is concentrated Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana. “Hash oil” is manufactured by utilizing highly flammable materials, such as Butane, to refine and concentrate the THC, making a product which can range upwards to 90% THC content. Today’s marijuana sold in recreational and medical dispensaries typically have THC content ranging from 15% to 20%, and some as high as 30%. There has been a dramatic increase in the number of marijuana BHO lab explosions in Oregon in recent years. To the extent, the Oregon State Police has reformed several Clandestine Lab Response Teams.


Justin Paul Hamilton:

Unlawful Possession of Heroin
Unlawful Delivery of Heroin
Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine
Unlawful Delivery of Methamphetamine
Felon in Possession of a Firearm
Frequenting a Place where Controlled Substances are Used

Brandon Matthew Darrow:

Unlawful Possession of Heroin
Frequenting a Place where Controlled Substances are Used

OSP seeks help in finding out who illegally killed a wolf in Wallowa County

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Nov 182017

The Oregon State Police is asking for the public’s assistance in locating the individual(s) responsible for shooting and killing a wolf in Wallowa County. The wolf was found dead in the Chesnimnus hunt unit in an area known as Cold Springs on Wednesday November 14, 2017. The wolf was a collared wolf known as OR23 and it is believed that it died Sunday or Monday morning (November 12 or 13).

The Oregon State Police is investigating the incident and has found evidence that the wolf was killed by a gun shot. Due to this being an on-going investigation, no further information will be released at this time.

Poaching (otherwise known as unlawful take) of fish and wildlife, to include wolves, is a problem in Oregon and will be vigorously investigated by the Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife Division, says Captain Jeff Samuels. As the Division only employs 120 officers statewide, the public’s assistance greatly increases the chances of catching persons involved in poaching.

“We are upset and frustrated by the unlawful wolf killings in Oregon,” said Doug Cottam, ODFW Wildlife Division Administrator. “Poaching of any wildlife is wrong and harmful to their conservation. Please, if you know something about any of these cases, step forward and provide information to OSP, which can be done anonymously.”

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Sergeant Chris Hawkins at the La Grande Patrol Office, 541-963-7175 ex 4670. Callers can also stay anonymous by calling the Turn In Poachers (TIP) hotline at 1-800-452-7888.

Fire at Walmart, at north end of town

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Nov 172017

Fire in the deli section caused by electrical short that spewed sparks around and inside deli display cases.

Redmond Fire is enroute to a report of a fire in a cooler inside Walmart. Fire units enroute.
Store employees say they put out the fire with a fire extinguisher but it keeps flaring back up. Looks to be a steady stream of sparks.

Northwest deli counter and display cases are taken apart. Firefighters made sure there was no extension of the fire. Yellow tape with a line of shopping carts are blocking access to the area. Fresh fruits and vegetables are still accessible.