Earth Day is thus Saturday!!! Give back to the Earth that gave birth to you!!

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Apr 172018
 


Friends and Neighbors of the Deschutes Canyon Area
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We are celebrating Earth Day 2018 this Saturday. Come join us!

Horny Hollow/Otter Bench Trailhead Weed Pull
Saturday, April 21, 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

You are invited to come and lend a weeding hand at FANs of the Deschutes Canyon Area’s annual Earth

Day work project. This year, we will be pulling invasive weeds at Horny Hollow/Otter Bench Trailhead near the Lower Crooked River. All ages are welcome. Come join us for an hour or two or more!

FANs will provide free snacks, lunch and beverages for volunteers.

Wear outdoor work clothes (long sleeve shirts, pants and gloves). Bring shovels if you have them. We will have some extra work gloves for participants that need them.

Please CLICK HERE to sign up by Thursday so we have enough food and drinks for everyone. Call 541-771-FANS (3267) or e-mail fansofdeschutes@gmail.com with questions.

Driving Directions:
From Highway 97, just north of Terrebonne, turn left on to Lower Bridge Road (Sign with left arrow says “Crooked River Ranch”). After 2 miles turn right on 43rd St. After 1.7 miles turn left on Chinook Dr. After 5 miles (including a steep descent), go straight on to Horny Hollow Rd (do not take Chinook back up the switchback) Go 1.7 miles to the end of the pavement and park there.

Thank you!

Diane Randgaard
Friends and Neighbors of the Deschutes Canyon Area
www.fansofdeschutes.org
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Marijuana in Deschutes: The Good, The Bad, & The Truth

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Apr 172018
 

Flowering Marijuana
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Marijuana in Deschutes: The Good, The Bad, & The Truth

An Expert Panel will be discussing Marijuana Issues on Monday, April 23 at the Redmond Patriot Meeting at Highland Baptist Church, 3100 SW Highland Ave. in Redmond.

Panelists will be from Law Enforcement, County Government, Health Care Education, Concerned Residents and Marijuana Business Interests. Audience will be encouraged to ask questions of the participants.

This free event begins at 6:30 pm and is open to the public.

For Information: 541-639-7784

Ridgeview High’s Future Business Leaders

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Apr 162018
 

Ridgeview High School
Future Business Leaders
of America winners
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Fourteen Ridgeview High School students recently attended the 76th Annual Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) State Conference in Portland, Ore and came home with several top five finishes.

Senior Garrett Crouch took first place in “Help Desk” and “Word Processing” and senior Jay Patel placed second in “Coding and Programming.” Sophomore Averi Hartford also walked away with a second place finish in “Client Services.” First through fourth place finishers qualified for the upcoming nationals in Baltimore, Maryland in June 2018.

The conference included over 1,500 Oregon high school students competing in over 65 events. Each of the 14 Ridgeview students competed in two events.

Ridgeview’s FBLA team also attended workshops led by industry leaders and listened to a keynote address from Keith Hawkins, an international speaker that speaks and conducts programs to over 400,000 students, parents, educators, leaders, and businesses annually.

Ridgeview High School FBLA State Conference Results:

* First Place – Garrett Crouch in “Help Desk” and “Word Processing”
* Second Place – Jay Patel in “Coding and Programming”, Averi Hartford in “Client Services”
* Third Place – Senior Carly Christianson in “Client Services”
* Fourth Place – Gabrielle Crouch in “Client Services”, Senior Aria Mascall in “Intro to Public Speaking”
* Fifth Place – Senior Rainey Shriver in “Client Services”
* Seventh Place – Senior Marrin Nyman in “Client Services”
* Eighth Place – Senior Jordan DeVoe in “Job Interview”
* Ninth Place – Rainey Shriver in “Journalism”
* Tenth Place – Senior Hayden Burgess in “Economics”, Jay Patel in “Securities and Investments.”

Thirteen Redmond High School students and Fourteen Ridgeview High School students recently attended the 76th Annual Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) State Conference in Portland, Ore and came home with several top five finishes.

Redmond High School senior Lily Lee won first place in chapter event, “Website” and seniors Nicole Halkola and Ashley Green finished second place in “Publications Promotions.” Sophomores Brady Barnes and Oscar Lepe placed second in “Public Service Announcement,” and senior Anthony Reinemer won second in “Impromptu Speaking.”

Ridgeview seniors Garrett Crouch took first place in “Help Desk” and “Word Processing” and Jay Patel placed second in “Coding and Programming.” Sophomore Averi Hartford also walked away with a second place finish in “Client Services.”

First through fourth place finishers qualified for the upcoming nationals in Baltimore, Maryland in June 2018.

The conference included over 1,500 Oregon high school students competing in over 65 events. Each of the Redmond High and Ridgeview High students competed in two events.

The two FBLA teams also attended workshops led by industry leaders and listened to a keynote address from Keith Hawkins, an international speaker that speaks and conducts programs to over 400,000 students, parents, educators, leaders, and businesses annually.

Redmond High Students
RSD photo

Redmond High School FBLA State Conference Results:

First Place – Lily Lee in “Website”

Second Place – Nicole Halkola and Ashley Green in “Publications Promotions”

Second Place – Brady Barnes and Oscar Lepe in “Public Service Announcement”

Second Place – Anthony Reinemer in “Impromptu Speaking”

Third Place – Sinai Lepe and Ina Payton in “Digital Scrapbook”

Third Place – Jose Silva in “Graphic Design”

Sixth Place – Salvador Lara in “Website Design”

Seventh Place – Devyn Franks-Lopez and Jordan Fairbank in “Marketing”

Major crash on Highway 20 east of Bend at Ward Road

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Apr 152018
 

5:50pm
Report of a motor vehicle accident on Highway 20 well east of Bend at Ward Road. One occupant inside the vehicle is trapped and not breathing, according to reports from the scene.

Both lanes are blocked.

5:57pm
One confirmed killed, the other is critical. One pulled out in front of the other. One is a Blue Dodge Ram pickup – the other a red-purplish car.

Law enforcement looking out for possible Crooked River Bridge jumper…

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Apr 152018
 

12:20pm
Law enforcement is looking for a woman who was last seen saying the Crooked River Bridge would be a good place to jump off from.

She’s described as a white female, 39 years of age, five-foot five, 120 pounds with brown hair and green eyes.

Anyone with information on her whereabouts should call 9-1-1 and relay the information.

12:31pm
Her car has been found at the bridge park, with notes inside her car. No sign of her.

Major natural gas leak in Madras – Large evacuation

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Apr 142018
 

11:05pm
A large natural gas leak reported at the 1st Baptist Church in Madras has prompted a large evacuation of people from the area, including businesses and nearby apartments. The church address is 85 NE “A” Street, across the street from the bowling alley.

11:20pm
Madras firefighters have managed to track down the main gas shut-off valve and have turned it off. No word on where the leak is located on the church property.

11:21pm
All evacuations from nearby apartments have been stopped. People are expected to return to their residences

Bad crash Hwy 26 south of Fern

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Apr 142018
 

6:20 pm

Report of a single vehicle crash with debris all over Hwy 26 just south of Fern. Road is blocked. Watch for emergency vehicles.

Redmond Police: Get the criminal without endangering the public to do it….

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Apr 142018
 

David Giovanni, 53
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Redmond Police this week reports that an employee with Knife River Construction, working on the SW Canal Blvd reconstruction project, noticed a man peering inside a white minivan – then getting in and driving away with it. Redmond Police responded, and after speaking with the owner of the vehicle confirmed it was auto theft.

A short while later, a concerned citizen called 911 to report a white minivan had run a stop sign at the intersection of SW Wickiup Ave and SW Helmholtz Way. Redmond Police and Deschutes County deputies rushed to the area believing it may be the stolen vehicle.

Soonafter, a Redmond Police Officer spotted the minivan headed north on SW Canal Blvd approaching the roundabout at SW 27th Street and SW Yew Ave. Two Redmond Officers tried to pull it over but the driver took off at high speed through a residential area. Officers got close enough to confirm the driver was David Giovanini. Giovanni’s driving became so reckless the officers terminated their pursuit.

A short while later another police officer observed the stolen vehicle at the drive-through of a fast food restaurant on South 97 in Redmond. The officer set up spike strips, and as other officers began to arrive, the suspect again drove away, driving over the spike strips and weaving his way through several Redmond Police vehicles, hitting one of them, though not disabling it.

Officers pursued Giovanni south on 97. More spikes were deployed, but to no avail. Police say Giovanni’s driving behavior became so erratic that the pursuit was called off yet again.

A few minutes later Giovanni was spotted driving on SW Canal Blvd with four deflated tires. The tires were tearing apart, and the vehicle was driving on steel wheels. Officers followed the vehicle until it became disabled on SW Timber Ave at SW 21st Street.

Once stopped, Giovanni became combative, prompting officers to deploy Police Canine “Maverick” which quickly put the bite on Giovanni who was then quickly subdued.

Giovanini sustained minor injuries to his leg along with scratches to his face from “coming into contact with the roadway.” Giovanni was taken by police to St. Charles Redmond and to be medically evaluated.

Giovanini was later arrested on numerous charges, including Theft of a Vehicle, Attempt to Elude a Police Officer, Reckless Driving, Recklessly Endangering Another Person, Interfering With a Police Officer, and Criminal Mischief.

Redmond Police thanks the Knife River employee who reported the suspicious behavior of this individual and want to remind everyone to call the police when they see activity which is unusual or suspicious.

Quote from Redmond Police: The Redmond Police Department always tries to balance the need to capture a suspect with the need to keep the community safe. The decisions made by officers and supervisors are based on the information known to law enforcement moment to moment. Hindsight is always “20/20,” but the rapid pace of criminal activity requires quick action and decision-making. It is our hope the actions of your police department today were reflective of your highest expectations of law enforcement.

Another wreck up on Santiam on Highway 20

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Apr 132018
 

9:25pm
Report of a traffic crash on Highway 20, two miles west of Santiam Pass. No reports yet on whether there are any injuries. Law enforcement is enroute.

The pavement looks clear of snow, but temperatures are barely above freezing so the threat of black ice is everywhere. Use abundant caution in the area up there and watch for emergency responders and vehicles.

9:40pm
ODOT is on scene and setting up traffic control flaggers.

9:43pm
Driver of the vehicle has been extricated from the wreck. No mention of any serious injuries.

T-bone accident on Business 97 just south of Maple

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Apr 132018
 

Small sedan t-bones a utility truck that had just pulled out from a driveway on Business 97, just south of Maple.


Impact catapulted the car’s grill out the other side of the truck.

Redmond Police say a small sedan with mom and her young children inside suddenly looked up to see what must’ve looked like a steel wall pull out right in front of them. Mom slammed on the brakes, leaving slide marks on the pavement but the sedan hit the truck low, shooting the car’s grill under the truck and out the other side.

Mom and the kids were shook up, but nobody went to the hospital. Redmond Police say the truck driver was waiting in the driveway for traffic to clear. He said one large vehicle had just pulled off the road and in to the same driveway, whereupon the truck driver pulled out onto the highway – unfortunately right in the path of a northbound car. The truck driver said the left turning vehicle into the driveway must’ve obscured his vision of northbound traffic.

That stretch of Business 97 south of Maple is a tricky stretch of road. Vehicles are moving pretty fast and those pulling out from driveways have to be sharp and very aware what’s coming at them – four lanes of very busy traffic. Sometimes it just isn’t worth the risk. It’s generally safer to just turn right and then double back. It may take a minute or two to do it, but it’s better than getting in to a costly wreck.

Again, nobody injured.