June 19, 2015 Redmond in Photos

Abby Walker, 13, works leather during the Deschutes County 4-H skills contest at the Deschutes County Fair and Expo Center, May 30. The event is a pre-fair skill contest that features the skills needed for 4-H members to craft their art. There was arts, quilting, leather crafting, an photography skills contests. There was also the No Rules science fair. More than 60 kids participated. This is the first year of the science fair, and arts and quilting skills contests, and the third year of the leather crafting and photography skills contests.


June 14, 2015 Redmond in Photos

Doc Holliday's Guns, of Grants Pass who sells rifles, pistols and accessories, displays firearms at the Wes Knodel Gun Show at the Deschutes County Fair and Expo Center, June 7. The gun show was one of more than 30 Wes Knodel shows held through out Oregon and Washington. Wes Knodel Gun Shows started in 2000, and have hosted more than 30 shows a year since. The show in Redmond included firearms worthy of museum entry to firearms still lubricated by factory oil. More than 200 exhibitors and collectors displayed firearms and accessories, with more than 2,500 Central Oregon firearm enthusiasts attending. "The type of people here, in Central Oregon, are the type of people we cater to with our gun shows." Knodel said.


June 13, Redmond In Photos

Dottie (left), 2, and Abigail, 4, Mehnerd participate in the Start Here! Kids Dash, at Sam Johnson park, May 30. The event was for children from 3 to 13 years old and hosted by the Dojo Conditioning Studio of Redmond. All the proceeds from the event go toward the Start Here! Preschool in Redmond. There was also games and entertainment, which was provided free of charge.


June 12, 2015 Column

Redmond Spokesman Column 
Jennifer Pedersen, Community Librarian

A group of friends was recently talking about reading Grimm’s Fairy Tales to their young children, amazed at just how violent and disturbing the stories are. As we grow up, time softens our memories of these tales, which were collected by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm in the early 1800s. 

The folktales served as a guide to navigating life in a time that was capricious and often cruel.  While life is much different now, we still use scary stories to make sense of and, hopefully, control the fears the world can unleash. And what more perfect time to focus on these types of stories than October, the month of ghosts, witches, and Halloween. 

Deschutes Public Library is presenting a month of programming titled Know Fright, which will explore topics such as how social anxieties are transformed into horror stories, scary animals of the high desert and, of course, local ghost stories. Check out our events guide or online events calendar for a full list of these frightful offerings.

In the meantime, pick up one of these modern fairy tale/fright stories, if you dare:Your House is On Fire, Your Children All Gone by Stefan Kiesbye Written by a German, this book is the closest descendant of Grimm’s Fairy Tales that we have. It’s a modern, adult take on the fairy tale and its stories, based around the lives in one small town, are horrifying without being overtly frightening. 

Rags & Bones: New Twists on Timeless Tales edited by Melissa Marr and Tim Pratt An anthology of re-imagined classic tales by young adult authors applies unique spins to old favorites, from Saladin Ahmed's interpretation of Sir Edmund Spenser's The Faerie Queene to Neil Gaiman's twisted adaptation of Sleeping Beauty.

Horror story by Grady Hendrix I stumbled across this book in our digital downloads collection (yay, MP3 audio books!) and had to check it out. It’s a horror story set in a cavernous Ikea-type store. What’s more frightening than the mass consumption of Scandinavian modular furniture!Robopocalypse by Daniel H WilsonWe all know the robots are going to take over. Wilson explores what that future is going to look like in this fast-paced thriller featuring a powerful artificial intelligence computer gone rogue.The Strain by Guillermo del Toro If it’s not the robots that get us, it’s going to be a virus. 

Filmmaker del Toro tackles this topic in his fast-paced thriller about a vampiric virus that infects New York, threatening the city and then the world, as a CDC doctor and a Holocaust survivor fight to save humanity.Heart-Shaped Box by Joe HillI could easily have put a book by Stephen King on this list, but we all know him. What about his son, though…Joe Hill? Hill is quickly becoming known in his own right and if you read this book about a collector of obscure and macabre artifacts who ends up buying the ghost of his late girlfriend’s stepfather over the Internet, you’ll find out why.


June 10, 2015 Edition

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June 10, 2015 Obituaries

Wilma Mae Leathers, of Redmond
Aug. 26, 1938 - May 27, 2015
Arrangements: Autumn Funerals- Redmond (541-504-9485) www.autumnfunerals.net
Services: A Memorial Service will take place Tuesday, June 16, 2015 at 11:00 AM at Redmond Assembly of God Church, located at 1865 West Antler Avenue in Redmond, OR.
Contributions may be made to: St. Charles Hospice, 2275 Doctor’s Drive, Suite 3, Bend, OR 97701.

James Bernard Copple, of Madras
June 15, 1933 - May 13, 2015
Services: June 13, 2015, at 1:00 p.m., at the Desert Inn in Madras, OR (Metolius). Please call his daughter, Debbie with any questions at 541-923-3524.

Gladys "Pat" Ann Lewis, of Redmond
Oct. 28, 1924 - May 30, 2015
Arrangements: Autumn Funerals- Redmond (541-504-9485) www.autumnfunerals.net
Services: No Services will be held.

Clifford George Williams
August 24, 1915 - June 4, 2015
Clifford George Williams was born August 24, 1915 to Thomas and Phoebe Williams. Clifford was five when the family moved from Canada to Wheeler, Oregon. He was twelve when they bought land in Cottage Grove and started farming there. After growing up fast, he and his father farmed and logged. Clifford high climbed for other loggers, topped and helped rig the trees to log with. He also ran a wood yard before getting injured in 1951. The loss of his lower left leg didn’t seem to slow him down. Cliff had a love of horses and in 1948, helped start Cottage Grove’s Rodeo & Riding Club. He belonged to the Oregon Pleasure Walking Horse Club, and was one of the trail bosses. After moving to Redmond in 1963, he farmed, logged, worked construction and rode often. During retirement, horses took center stage. He enjoyed spending time attending and participating in Cutting Horse & Showmanship shows. He won many of those events, despite only having one leg.
Cliff and Irene were married in 1955. He has a son, Harvey, and a daughter, Vivian. A son, George Williams, passed away in 1987. Irene passed away in 1993. Cliff has five grandchildren, six great grandchildren, and eight great-great grandchildren.
With Irene and friends, he fished the lakes and spent many weeks riding the many trails during many seasons for many years. Doing what he loved most with who he liked best.
Visitation, Saturday, June 13th9-11am at Redmond Memorial Chapel, 717 SW 6th Street, Redmond, Graveside service at 11am at Redmond Memorial Cemetery, 3545 SW Canal Blvd., Redmond, and reception immediately following back at Redmond Memorial Chapel.
 Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of one’s choosing.
 Redmond Memorial Chapel is honored to serve the Williams family. Please sign our online guestbook at www.redmondmemorial.com.


May 29, 2015 Column

By Miles Hutchins

Whose job is it anyway?  Who is responsible to fight the litter problem we see on our streets and sidewalks?  And who is responsible for providing education, housing, health care services and more for our veterans?  These two issues are on my mind because of the proliferation of plastic bags, milk cartons, plastic and paper food containers strewn about our neighborhood and nearby environs.  And because of the proliferation of ads asking for private donations to support our returning military forces seems strange to me, since our military is supposed to have its own version of medical care, clinics and hospitals. 

First things first.  We know the litter problem is created by thoughtless acts of tossing debris on the sidewalks and streets.    Here's an idea for high school students, contact the city public works people and set up an area near your school, or home, for litter patrol.  Here's an idea for all  of us, quit littering, use a bag or box in your car to stash debris, then dispose of it properly.  It really is everyone's job to fight litter.

Now about veterans and their families.  There is obviously a need for support when the vet returns home.  The ads featuring Gary Sinise and others, do a good job of pointing out the need.  COVO, and other veterans based organizations do what they can, and the Veteran's Affairs medical clinic in Bend does a really good job, from what I hear.  Did you know that veterans have their own medical care program?  And their own hospitals?  They have for many years.  Seems to me it is in need of review on many fronts.  There are just a few VA hospitals in Oregon, none in Central Oregon. Yet we have very good hospitals here.  John McCain brought up the issue when he was campaigning for President a few years back.  He suggested a vet be given a card allowing him access to medical care anywhere in the country.  The implication was that the VA hospital system was out of date.  With the recent VA "scandal" about waiting lists being manipulated, it should be even more on the front burner for reform.

In addition to health issues there is the need for education and housing support for returning vets.  That seems to me to be a responsibility of all of us, the taxpayers of the nation for whom the military person served. To protect us and our national interests.  Why should people like Sinise beg us to donate when the issue is really a national cost that should be borne by the entire nation? 

What I envision is a more perfect world.  I know, I am a dreamer.  With Congress spending most of its time campaigning for reelection and very little time actually working in D.C.,  the most universally praised element of our population, the veterans among us, are getting the shaft.  Congress will not approve spending to cover the benefits. But they will suggest an even larger budget amount to buy more weapons of war.  Even more than the military folks are asking for. As  Ike famously said many years ago, "beware the military industrial complex".  By the way, a study of our history in this country shows that veterans  have many, many times over the years been denied promised benefits.  Some things, sadly, never change.

 So, Sinise and others help raise money for our vets and their families.  Too bad they have to do it, but bless them for doing it.