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Highway 26 closed through the Warm Springs area, north of Maupin, due to wildland fire

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Jun 252017
 

Highway 26 closed through the Warm Springs Reservation.
Courtesy photo


Maupin – A new, rapidly growing fire (Oak Springs Fire) was burning along the Deschutes River, approximately 3 miles north of Maupin, at approximately 6 p.m. this evening. The fire jumped the river within an hour and was burning on both sides of the river canyon.

The fire has grown to approximately 100 acres. Firefighting resources quickly arrived on scene with rural fire protection arriving first followed by the Prineville Hotshots, 3 engines, a heavy helicopter and air tankers. A twenty-person hand crew also is headed to the fire this evening.

Firefighters will continue to try to contain the sides of the fire with assistance from a helicopter while air tankers dropped fire retardant on the top of the canyon to slow down the spread of the fire.

Favorable wind conditions were helping firefighters this evening; however fires within the canyon do have high potential for growth given wind and light, dry fuels.

Highway 26 is closed from milepost 96 to 105. There are no detours.

Fire grows near Warm Spring area – Closes down Hwy 26

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Jun 252017
 

From ODOT:

10:55pm Sunday

US26 has been closed on the Warm Springs Reservation from milepost 96 to 105 due to a wildfire. Motorists are urged to avoid travel on the highway for now. ODOT on scene. No detour at this time.

92 year old driver killed after running stop sign at 97 and Cooley

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Jun 252017
 


Saturday afternoon Oregon State Troopers and emergency workers responded to a two-vehicle single fatal at the intersection of Cooley Road and US Highway 20 in Bend.

The investigation revealed a 2007 silver Subaru Outback, driven by Donald Grosh, 92 of Bend, was southbound on Cooley Rd. GROSH blew the stop sign and blindly entered Highway 20. A Dodge pickup with a camper driven by Randall Pelcher, 66 of Bishop, CA, was westbound on US 20W approaching the intersection of Cooley Road. PELCHER didn’t see Grosh’s Subaru and was unable to avoid hitting it at full speed. GROSH was transported by ambulance to St. Charles where he was declared deceased.

BELCHER and his passenger, Lori Burk-Pelcher, 58 also from Bishop, were not injured. OSP was assisted by Bend Police Department, Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office, ODOT, and Bend Fire-Rescue.

Highway 20 is back open to one lane of travel seven miles northwest of Sisters

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Jun 252017
 

Highway 20 west has been partially re-opened at milepost 92.8, seven miles northwest of Sisters, allowing alternating east/west lanes of travel. Expect delays as law enforcement is still on scene investigating a fatal crash. Please use caution when driving through the area.

Last Friday’s 49th @ Coyner fire has flared back up?

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Jun 252017
 

10:43am
The 49th at Coyner fire last friday that was caused by a young, unlicensed driver who crashed his car, has apparently flared back up. Neighbors living near the crash site at NW 49th and NW Coyner say there’s smoke coming from the scene. Redmond Fire-Rescue is enroute.

Rhoades Canyon Fire Contained – Now in mop-up

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Jun 252017
 

Rhodes Canyon Fire
Fire fighters now have a line around the fire and going in and putting out spot fires.
ODF photo


As of Saturday evening the Rhoades Canyon Fire, located 3 miles east of Clarno, Ore., is fully (100%) contained.

Most crews and other firefighting resources will be released from the fire at 6:30 p.m. this evening. Local county and rural fire protection firefighting resources and BLM firefighters and engines will continue to mop-up and patrol the fire over the next several days.

The final acreage for the fire, which burned primarily in brush and grass, is estimated at 15,200 acres. At the height of the fire almost 100 personnel were assigned to the fire, with crews, engines and aerial resources.

With ongoing heat over the weekend, fire managers warn that fuels are drying rapidly and the public needs to be taking extra precautions with campfires and avoid driving and parking cars on dry grasses. Lightning is expected following the weekend, which will likely result in several natural fire starts and will keep firefighters busy.

New Football Coach at Redmond High

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Jun 252017
 

Gene Dales
New RHS Football Coach
Submitted photo

Redmond High School names new varsity head football coach

Former Redmond High School (RHS) assistant football coach Gene Dales has been named head coach of the RHS Panthers varsity football team, according toPrincipal Paul Nolan.

“Gene has been with our Panther program for some time now, knows our students well and has their trust and respect,” Nolan said. “He is the perfect candidate to keep our football team competitive and take them to the next level.”

Dales previously served as RHS’s Dean of Students while simultaneously serving as defensive coordinator under Head Coach Nathan Stanley. The Panthers advanced to two state quarterfinal playoffs during this time.

He retired as Dean of Students in 2016, but remained at RHS as a half time physical education teacher.

“I’m excited to return and take the helm of Panther football,” Dales said. “This is a program capable of matching the success of previous years, however, we will be a young team and we will need to build upon our collective growth as the season continues. I’m thrilled to continue working with RHS kids and help make them better people on and off the field.”

Dales brings nearly 40 years of high school football coaching experience, having coached at schools in Arizona, Washington and Oregon.

As part of his head coaching role, Dales is hosting the High Desert Football League Team Camp from Sunday, June 26 through Thursday, June 29, 2017 at Redmond High.

“Our football camp is an excellent opportunity to improve on football fundamentals, learn deeper technique and build friendships and connections with future teammates,” Dales explained.

Dales is also hosting a youth football camp for elementary and junior high players from Aug. 7-10, 2017 Registration is available at redmondhighschoolfootballcamps.myonlinecamp.com.

New fire along Deschutes River near Maupin

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Jun 242017
 


Maupin, Ore. – A new, rapidly growing fire was reported on BLM administered lands on the Deschutes River, approximately 3 miles north of Maupin, at approximately 6 p.m. this evening. The fire jumped the river within an hour and was burning on both sides of the river canyon.

At this time, the fire has grown to approximately 100 acres. Firefighting resources quickly arrived on scene with rural fire protection arriving first followed by the Prineville Hotshots, 3 engines, a heavy helicopter and air tankers. A twenty-person hand crew also is headed to the fire this evening. Firefighters will work to contain the sides of the fire with assistance from the helicopter while air tankers dropped retardant fire on the top of the canyon to reduce spread of the fire.

Favorable wind conditions were helping firefighters this evening; however fires within the canyon do have high potential for growth given wind and light, dry fuels.

Meanwhile fire crews have completely encircled the Rhoades Canyon Fire near John Day. Crews say with a solid perimter around the fire they can now concentrate on “dousing and dirting” hot spots inside the fire boundary.

Former Klamath Falls Evidence Technician arrested for stealing evidence cash

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Jun 242017
 

Mark Matlick
Former OSP Evidence Tech accused of stealing OSP evidence materials and money from the OSP offices in Klamath Falls. Courtesy photo

On June 23, 2017, Oregon State Police troopers and detectives arrested former Oregon State Police Evidence Technician Mark Matlick, age 57 of Klamath Falls. Matlick was employed with the Oregon State Police from 2007 through 2015 at the Klamath Falls Area Command.

In October of 2016, command staff from the Klamath Falls Oregon State Police Area Command became aware evidence had been unlawfully removed from the evidence lockers located in Klamath Falls and Lakeview. A lengthy investigation was conducted by Oregon State Police detectives, OSP support staff, and investigators from the Oregon Department of Justice. The investigation was conducted in consultation with Klamath County and Lake County District Attorney’s Offices.

The investigation regarding the Klamath Falls evidence locker revealed the following: between the dates of November 13, 2007, and June 30, 2015, Mark Matlick, while acting in the capacity of the evidence technician for the Oregon State Police stole over $10,000 of money from the OSP evidence locker. Additionally, Matlick forged written instruments and tampered with the OSP evidence database (public records) to facilitate his thefts.

Matlick was lodged on the following charges in Klamath County: One count of Aggravated Theft, 29 counts of Computer Crime, 19 counts of Tampering with Public Records, two counts of Forgery in the Second Degree, 19 counts of Official Misconduct in the First Degree, one count of Theft in the First Degree and four counts of Theft in Second Degree.

The investigation in Lake County is on-going.

In the last couple of years, the Oregon State Police have made efforts to improve the integrity and security of evidence maintained under the control of the Oregon State Police Evidence Program. In regards to currency, OSP no longer holds any more than $100.00 in evidence at any given point in time. When the total combined amount of currency rises above $100.00, the currency is secured in a bank account. Additionally, annual inventories are conducted in all evidence lockers which is a practice consistent with the national standard and the destruction policy has been improved with additional layers of oversight.