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Slowly, information is being released on an 8 fatality crash in eastern Oregon

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Aug 142018
 

Eight lives lost in head-on crash on Hwy 78 two miles south of Crane, OR


A horrific head-on crash between two vehicles just east of Malheur Lake has killed everyone in both vehicles – eight total. Nobody survived.

Oregon State Police say the accident Monday morning was on Highway 78 just south of Crane, OR. Troopers say a ’99 Toyota 4-Runner was headed westbound on 78 when it veered into the eastbound lane colliding head-on with on oncoming 2016 Toyota 4-Runner.

The driver of the 2016 Toyota 4 Runner and its 6 passengers all suffered fatal injuries and were pronounced deceased at the scene. The driver of the 1999 Toyota 4 Runner, who crossed over the center line, was fatally injured and was also pronounced deceased.

This is an ongoing investigation. Names of the deceased will be released after their families have been notified.

Redmond RPA Student Wins Statewide “If I were Mayor” Award!

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Aug 142018
 

Riley Latta
Statewide Winner
“If I were mayor…:


Riley Latta, 6th grade,
Redmond Proficiency Academy
Congratulations from Mayor George Endicott

The Redmond Proficiency Academy announced today that Riley Latta, a sixth-grade student at RPA, won first place in Oregon’s “If I Were Mayor, I Would…” contest sponsored by the Oregon Mayors Association (OMA).

“As soon as I read Riley’s essay I knew it was a winner,” said Redmond Mayor George Endicott. “The essay took a completely novel approach to address the theme, ‘If I Were Mayor….’ contest. Rather than the standard way of listing things to accomplish, Riley described characteristics that a Mayor should have, then gave examples of how these might apply to city issues. I have been doing this for years, and I’ve never seen this approach.”

Each year, Oregon students compete using different media to describe what they would do if they were the mayor of their city. Students in grades six through eight submit written essays of 500 to 1,000 words in length to their local mayor. Latta’s essay won the local competition in Redmond in May, and his essay was forwarded to the state level to compete in the contest for the grand prize.

As the first place winner, Latta, and his family attended the OMA’s Summer Conference, where he was awarded the winning prize, an Apple IPad Air2, and accessories, compliments of the OMA sponsor, Facebook, presented at the luncheon in July in Florence, Oregon.

“I was honored to represent Redmond and RPA as the state winner of the “If I Were Mayor” contest,” said Latta.

Downtown Urban Renewal Advisory Committee keeps moving forward on projects…

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Aug 132018
 

Gateway electronic artwork is finally up and shining bright day and night on Negas Overpass.

The Redmond Urban Renewal Advsiory is only batting about .500 so far in their efforts to “dress up” the Highway 97 north end gateway to Redmond. The city recently gave the go-ahead to erect a piece of beautiful electronic art on the northside of the Negus overpass. It was recently officially approved for placement by the Redmond City Council. The bright artwork is to make a first great impression to locals and visitors alike as they enter the north end of The Hub City. It’s been up for about a month.

Efforts to “mask” the view of Pacific Power’s Redmond Substation failed. ODOT and Pacific Power said “no can do.”

Farther south on 97, between Evergreen and Glacier, the same committee tried to better screen the view motorists see while motoring by the Pacific Power substation off 97 between Evergreen and Glacier. The committee wanted to erect a kind of artistic blind to partially hide unsightly towers, power lines and other electronic necessities to supply electricity to the Redmond area. But the two major entities, ODOT and Pacific Power, who have ownership over the roadside land and equipment said “No deal. Not here.” So the committee went back to the drawing board. And as they looked around town they wound up back at the Negus Overcrossing of 97 with an idea of supplementing the overpass electronic art with an attractive sign saying “Welcome to Redmond,” similar to similar freeway overcrossings nationwide. Most folks on the committee liked the idea but a few members said it was never fully explored before now – and therefore might need some “qualifying.”

So that’s where they left it.

Old Redmond Hotel
Undergoing renovation
Downtown Redmond

The committee then learned that a wrinkle has showed up on the top floor of the old Downtown Redmond Hotel project. It seems the developers assumed they could build a Roof Top Tavern up on the roof. But when the National Park Service got wind of their “modification” to this certified National Parks Historic Landmark, the tavern, which is already partially built, is temporarily interrupted the flow of things while the developer and the Park Service rectify the situation. City officials say progress on the hotel will continue. They just don’t know yet what kind of a rooftop tavern the Park Service will allow them to have.

Meanwhile work continues as scheduled on all the other floors in the old hotel.

Electrical problem with travel trailer caused Cloverdale/Rabbitbrush Fire

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Aug 132018
 

Two small homes were lost and a number of outbuildings were burned to the ground.

As firefighters continue to mop up hot spots from last weekend’s forest fire between Cloverdale and Fryrear Roads it’s been learned that the fire was caused by an electrical wiring problem on a travel trailer that sparked the blaze.

Firefighters say that one small home, not permanently lived in, burned to the ground and a travel trailer that was lived in full-time was destroyed.

A temporary refuge was set up in Sisters to accommodate the many residents who were forced from their homes by the fire.

Good progress on the Cloverdale/Rabbitbrush fire out West Hwy 20

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Aug 122018
 

Huge Air Tankers followed the trail, dumping thousands of gallons of retardant on the east edge of the blaze on Friday.


Fire managers are reporting good progress today. Firefighters worked throughout the day to reinforcing control lines and mop up in from the perimeter and around structures. As a result, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office is lowering evacuation levels. All areas under Level 3 (Go Now!) Evacuation Notice have been reduced to a Level 1 (Be Ready) Evacuation Notice. All areas previously under Level 1 (Be Ready) Evacuation Notice will remain at that level for the immediate future. Evacuation notices will be revaluated tomorrow and changed as appropriate based on recomendations of fire managers.

Current Evacuation Levels:

Level 1 (Be Ready):

All residences between Rabbitbrush Ln and Central St and north of Hwy 20 to Cascade Estates Dr and Breezy Way

Road Closures:

Currently there are no road closures in effect, however motorists are urged to drive with caution.

Firefighters will be patrolling the fire area and continuing to address hotspots. Smoke may be visible for the next few days. Residents are asked to remain vigilant and ready to leave if conditions worsen.

A current map of the evacuation area can be found at: https://arcg.is/D9OPi

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Cloverdale area brush and tree fire update….

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Aug 122018
 

After consultation with fire managers, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office is lowering evacuation levels in some areas surrounding the fire effectively immediately.

Current Evacuation Levels:

Level 3 (Go Now!):

All residences on the east side of Cascade Estates Dr between Hwy 20 and Breezy Way
All residences on the south side of Cascade Estates Dr from Breezy Ln east to the 17700 block
All residences north of Hwy 20 between Cascades Estates Dr and Rock Island Ln
All residences on the west side of Rock Island Ln from Hwy 20 to Parkway Ln
All residences on both sides of Rock Island Ln from Parkway Ln to the end

Level 1 (Be Ready):

All residences between Rabbitbrush Ln and Cascade Estates Dr
All residences between Rock Island Ln and Central St and north of Hwy 20 to Cascade Estates Dr
Road Closures:

Cascade Estates Dr between Hwy 20 and Breezy Way (section running north and south)
A large amount of fire equipment will be in the area and motorists are asked to respect road closures and use caution on all roadways around the fire. The Sheriff’s Office will continue to coordinate with fire managers and will adjust evacuation levels as appropriate. Firefighters will continue mopping up and reinforcing control lines at least through today and will likely be on scene intermittently over the next several days. Residents are asked to remain vigilant and ready to leave if conditions worsen.

A current map of the evacuation area can be found at: https://arcg.is/D9OPi

Rabbit Brush Fire levels two houses and six outbuildings off Highway 20 west of Redmond

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Aug 112018
 

Updated: Saturday night: 11:30 PM

Homes off of Sagebrush Ln have been reduced to Level 1 (Be Ready). Residents should be aware of potential danger and ready to evacuated if needed. Residents should also monitor local media and emergency services sites for additional information, should the situation change.

Current Evacuation Levels:

Level 3 (Go Now!): All areas on the west of the 17900 Block of Cascade Estates Dr and residents off of Rock Island Ln.

Level 1 (Be Ready): All areas east of 17900 Block of Cascade Estates Dr, east of Sunburst St., and residences off of Sagebrush Ln.

Red Cross has set up temporary shelter for evacuated residents at the Five Pine Conference Center at 1021 E. Desperado Road in Sisters.

Rabbit Brush Fire breaks out Saturday between Cloverdale and Fryrear


Homes and outbuildings burned fast due to dry conditions and gusty afternoon winds.


Air Drop spotter planes trailed a pathway of smoke for the following huge air tankers to follow.


Air Tankers followed the trail, dumping thousands of gallons of retardant on the east edge of the blaze.


Flying just above the tree tops the pilots flew with steady hands.


Amazing precision flying by the pilots.


Two homes were lost and a number of outbuildings were burned to the ground.


A raging wildfire struck an area off Highway 20 and Rabbit Brush Way Saturday afternnon. Cloverdale Fire first responders found the fire actively burning to the east and south. The fire grew rapidly in dry and windy conditions threatening multiple structures and spread to the east.

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office in coordination with Cloverdale Fire Protection District initiated Level 3 (Go Now!) Evacuation Notice in the areas south of Cascade Estates Drive, north of Hwy 20 and west of Fryrear Rd. Notifications were made via the Deschutes Alerts Mass Notification System as well as door to door notifications by deputies, Black Butte Ranch Police officers, and Oregon State Police troopers.

Multiple fire agencies responded from around Central Oregon. Several firefighting aircraft were utilized including huge jet tankers, single engine air tankers, and waterbucket helicopters.

Forward movement of the fire was stopped at around 6:30 PM and the preliminary size estimate was 130 acres. Preliminary damage assessments found two residences lost and approximately 6 outbuildings. No word yet on what caused the fire.

The American Red Cross opened a shelter at Five Pines Lodge in Sisters for evacuees. The Pet Evacuation Team is available to assist with animals as needed. Several local residents also assisted with transporting large animals belonging to evacuees.

Current Evacuations:

Level 3 (Go Now!): All areas west of the 17900 Block of Cascade Estates Dr, Sunburst St, Ten Peaks Ct to Rabbitbrush Way.

Level 1 (Be Ready): All areas east of 17900 Block of Cascade Estates Dr, Sunburst St, Ten Peaks Ct to Fryrear Rd.

Oregon Department of Transportation is assisting traffic through the area on Hwy 20 with pilot cars. The highway had been closed for approximately four hours. Drivers are asked to use extreme caution when traveling through the area as fire operations will continue tonight and tomorrow.

Major Fire at Highway 20 and Paradise Alley

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Aug 112018
 

4:15pm
Several fire departments are converging on a report of a large brush fire that has already ignited several buildings at Highway 20 and Paradise Alley. Watch for emergency vehicles. Could be lots of smoke in the area.

4:22pm
Resident evacuation is being considered.