Redmond to play host to "Hunt for History" bicycle/walking tour on May 14

From the city of Redmond:
“Hunt for History in Redmond - The Legacy of Builders Olson & Erickson”.  Get active and learn more about Redmond’s history.  Come celebrate May Historic Preservation Month with a FREE, FAMILY FRIENDLY event featuring self-guided bicycle and walking history tours from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. onSaturday, May 14, starting at Centennial Park downtown (across from City Hall). 

The history tours will include self-guided walking and biking tours (which can be done by car too) of the exterior of historic buildings near downtown Redmond that were constructed by local builders Olson and Erickson, who worked in the area from the early 1900s through the 1930s.

To take part, pick up maps and clue booklets at Centennial Park on May 14th.  Then venture out on bike or foot to the buildings, read historic plaques placed near the sidewalk of many of the homes and businesses and learn about the history of the buildings, the colorful characters who toiled there and architectural trends during the time they were built.  At other locations, match architectural details with photos in the booklet.

Prize drawings for the history tours will be held at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. If you would like to be entered for the drawing, return completed clue booklets to Centennial Park before the drawings.  The first three adult and children booklets drawn at each time showing the correct answers will win prizes.  Allow about 30 minutes to 1.5 hours to complete the history tours depending on your pace and if you are walking or biking. 

“We are excited for this 2nd annual celebration of Redmond’s rich historic heritage at the same time offering an event for residents to get active and find out how fun it is to explore the City on bike or foot,” said Scott Woodford, Associate Planner and staff liaison to the Historic Landmarks Commission and the Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee.

No bicycle? A number of child bicycles ranging in size from 16- to 26-inch frames will be available free for use during the event (first come, first served), courtesy of Redmond Area Park and Recreation District.

“May Preservation Month is a national celebration that communities use to showcase their cultural heritage and built environment and raise awareness of the importance of preserving historic places for future generations.  In Redmond, we have a great collection of buildings constructed from the 1920s through the 1940s, and this history tour will feature some of the finest from those eras,” explained Redmond Historic Landmarks Commission Vice Chair Trish Pinkerton.

The City’s Historic Landmarks Commission, in conjunction with Bike, Walk and Roll Redmond, are sponsoring this fun and unique event.
For more information, please contact Scott Woodford at 541-923-7758


The purpose of the City of Redmond Historic Landmarks Commission is to preserve and promote Redmond’s history and culture by:

1.    Identifying, evaluating, and designating historic and cultural resources in the City of Redmond as landmarks.
2.    Informing and educating the public on the historic and architectural significance of the designated landmarks.
3.    Informing and educating the public on the value of preserving Redmond’s historic and cultural resources.
4.    Soliciting grants and other resources to help promote, advocate and undertake preservation projects in the City of Redmond.
5.    Protecting and enhance the City’s attraction to residents, tourists and visitors and serve as a support and stimulus to business and industry;
6.    Strengthening the economy of the City.
7.    Stabilizing and improving property values.
8.    Any other activities that will help preserve and promote Redmond’s history and culture.

Bike, Walk and Roll Redmond is the new promotional campaign started by the City of Redmond and the Redmond Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC).  The goal of the campaign and the purpose of the BPAC is to increase pedestrian utility and bicycle ridership in Redmond – to encourage more people to bike and walk around Redmond as a means of exercise, sustainability and community. BPAC represents all bicycle and pedestrian users in Redmond, both current and future by advocating for the development of additional bike and pedestrian facilities that are user friendly, inviting and compelling, reviewing transportation projects from the viewpoint of bicycle and pedestrian users and spearheading encouragement and educational activities.


RPA Job Fair

From the Redmond Proficiency Academy:

Redmond Proficiency Academy Announces Job and Career Fair
Created and Designed by Students to Benefit the Community

Spokesman File Photo

Redmond Proficiency Academy announced today it will host a Job and Career Fair in Redmond at RPA’s West Campus (Hugh Hartman) campus, located at 2105 W Antler Avenue. The event will run from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 7th, 2016.

RPA high school students James Bartley, Crystall Keithcart, and Colby DeVore, members of RPA’s  Ethics and Entrepreneurship class, have designed the event to benefit the community. The idea was born of their experiences in class, as students were asked to think of ventures that would benefit the community. The RPA Job and Career Fair was the result of this process.

“It’s an honor to work these student business-owners who have created a powerful platform for all students and Central Oregon community members to discover rewarding job and career opportunities in one dynamic event,” said teacher Ken Streater.

The goal of the event is to help those unemployed or seeking career growth in local communities find out more about career opportunities in Central Oregon. In order to cover a wide spectrum of opportunities, RPA is actively recruiting expert business presenters from all industries, including construction and engineering, manufacturing, holistic lifestyle practices, food and beverage service, arts, law enforcement and military, medical and dental, and more.

Representatives from the following organizations will participate as panel members: Hayes McCoy Engineering, Premium Roofing Services, Deschutes County Sheriff, Phagans, and Deschutes Brewery.

For more information please contact: email RPA Job and Career Fair rpajcf@gmail.com or Crystall Keithcart crystall_keithcart@rpacademy.org or call Ken Streater at 541-325-2027.

Meeting planned on future of Evergreen gym

From Evergreen Cultural Arts Committee:
Public Meeting: 7:00 – 8:00 pm
Wednesday, May 18
Wild Ride Brewing
332 SW 5th Street, Redmond
In 1944 the Union High School Gymnasium rose from the ashes of the original gym. For nearly seventy years, it housed the memories of our community, having served as a gym for high school, middle school and grade school students as well as a community space for all of Redmond.

For several years, the building has set empty and deteriorating, badly in need of renovation and structural updates.

The Evergreen Cultural Arts Committee is a project of the 2015-2016 Leadership Redmond class sponsored by the Redmond Chamber of Commerce and the REA. We seek to honor the building’s important contributions to Redmond’s past while creating new memories for future generations of Central Oregonians. Our mission is:

Redevelop the Evergreen School Gymnasium into a cultural arts center featuring a performing arts space, theater, gallery, classrooms, studios, and a non-profit arts incubator.

We invite you to join us for our Tip-Off meeting May 18 at Wild Ride. We will:

•    Introduce/reintroduce the community to the Gym space and its possibilities.
•    Generate creative ideas for its use as a Cultural Arts Center.
•    Form community committees to carry the project forward.

Please join us in honoring Redmond’s past while building its future.

RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/evergreen-gym-cultural-arts-center-tip-off-tickets-24828499711

Please feel free to share this email with anyone who might be interested. Thanks.

Check out the May 4 Spokesman!

This week's paper features an update on several Redmond-based businesses, the Redmond and Ridgeview equestrian teams preparing for state competition and a cleanup at Smith Rock State Park. It is available today at locations including Metolius Market, Ray's Food Place in Sisters and The Trading Post in Crooked River Ranch.


Officers rescue juvenile escapee at Redmond canal

From Redmond Police:

Redmond, OR - On May 1st, 2016, officer’s with the Redmond Police Department responded to the 3600 block of SW Canal Blvd for a wanted male juvenile who had escaped from Rimrock Trails Adolescent Treatment Center in Prineville, Oregon. When officer’s arrived they located the male, who then ran from police and jumped into the canal in order to escape police custody. As the male juvenile approached the spillway in the Canal on the south side of SW Greens Blvd an impromptu water rescue was performed by the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office, Redmond Police Department, and Oregon State Police. The water rescue included placing a catch rope across the canal for the male juvenile to grab in order to prevent him from going down the spillway.

While in the canal, and approximately 17 yards from the spillway, the male juvenile attempted to go under the catch rope. At that time a Redmond Police Officer was able to get into the canal to prevent the juvenile from going down the spillway. The juvenile actively fought the officer as the officer was trying to get him out of the canal. Other officers assisted and they were able to get the male out of the water before he went down the spillway.

The Redmond Police Department is committed to making Redmond the safest community in Oregon. We value human life and will take all steps necessary to make all of our community members feel safe. If you or a loved one are in need of mental health or addiction assistance there are resources, such as Deschutes County Behavioral Health, out there to help you get through the difficult times. Deschutes County Behavioral Health can be contacted at 541-322-7500 for further assistance.

The Redmond Police Department would also like to remind our community that during the spring and summer months the canal’s water flow is high with multiple hazardous spillways which pose a danger for people and animals. The canal is private property owned by COID (Central Oregon Irrigation District) and people can be arrested for trespassing on/in the canal.

The Redmond Police Department would like to thank the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office and Oregon State Police for their assistance with this investigation.


Anglers beware

From Oregon Health Authority,

Elevated mercury levels found 

in fish tissue from many state water bodies 

The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) is issuing a statewide advisory for bass due to elevated levels of mercury found in fish tissue sampled from a number of water bodies across the state. 

The fish consumption advisory affects bass in all water bodies statewide, including river systems. 

"Fish are an important part of a healthy diet, especially migratory fish like salmon, steelhead and trout," said Dave Farrer, Ph.D., toxicologist in the Environmental Public Health Section at the OHA Public Health Division. "The elevated mercury levels we're talking about in bass are of concern to us, but there are some simple steps people can take to reduce their exposure to mercury when consuming bass." 

Bass is the focus of the advisory because it is a resident species--it lives in one place its entire life--and is considered a top predator, eating other mercury-contaminated fish within an ecosystem. The longer bass live, the more mercury they accumulate. In addition, bass are found across the state in many popular fishing waters, and the amount of data the state has for this species is adequate to warrant a statewide advisory. 

OHA recommends the following monthly meal allowances for bass from all water bodies across the state, including river systems: 
* General population--Limit consumption to no more than six meals per month. 
* At-risk populations--Limit consumption to no more than two meals per month. 

Mercury was found at levels above established screening values. This means it is high enough to be of concern to human health if fish contaminated with mercury are not eaten in moderation. For reference, the screening values used by OHA when determining if the concentration of mercury found in fish tissue is a health risk are 0.2 mg/kg for at-risk populations (infants, children, and pregnant or breastfeeding women), and 0.6 mg/kg for the general public. Average total concentrations found in fish tissue from across the state ranged from 0.08 mg/kg to 0.86 mg/kg of mercury. 

Tissue samples were taken from 62 bass from 11 water bodies across the state, including eight rivers, two reservoirs and one lake covering each region of the state, from 2008 through 2014. 

The statewide advisory and recommended meal allowances cover those water bodies that do not currently have an individual advisory in place for resident fish, including bass. For a list of water bodies with an existing advisory, see the advisory table at HealthOregon.org/fishadv. People should follow the recommended meal allowances for fish from these individual water bodies, rather than the statewide meal allowance of six and two. 

A meal is about the size and thickness of your hand; for children, a meal is about the size and thickness of a child's hand. 

People who eat too much fish contaminated with mercury can suffer negative health effects over time, such as damage to organs, the nervous system and reproductive system. Fetuses, babies and small children are most vulnerable to the health effects of mercury and, if exposed to high levels, can suffer life-long learning and behavior problems. For this reason, OHA recommends that pregnant and nursing women, and women of childbearing age (18 to 45), follow the consumption recommendations closely. Anglers also should not give bass to others unless the recipients are aware of the mercury contamination issue and they understand the recommendations in the fish advisory. 

Fish consumption advisories are issued when fish tissue data collected and analyzed verifies that a particular contaminant is over Oregon's established screening value for that contaminant. OHA has several advisories currently in place for mercury in resident fish including bass, although fish tissue in many water bodies has not been sampled and analyzed. 

Because data for mercury in fish tissue is available for some, but not all, lakes across the state, and because environmental conditions are such that mercury is present in recreational waters and can accumulate in the fish that live there, OHA believes it is necessary to issue a statewide advisory to protect public health. 

Issuing a statewide advisory helps prevent confusion and reduces the public's exposure to mercury when consuming bass from non-monitored water bodies. 

The advisory is expected to remain in place for the foreseeable future because mercury can come from both natural and human-made sources, and is transported globally through air pollution. The monthly meal allowances represent the most consistent health protective recommendations possible based on available fish tissue data. Should more mercury data become available, OHA will evaluate those data and update this and other advisories as practical and necessary. 

By issuing the advisory, health officials hope to increase the public's awareness of fish species they should avoid or limit consumption of, and those they can keep eating. While it is important for people to know about contaminants in fish, it is equally important to keep fish on the table. Health officials continue to encourage people, including pregnant women, to eat a variety of fish as part of a healthy diet. Migratory fish such as salmon and steelhead are an essential source of protein, omega-3 fatty acids and other nutrients, and are low in contaminants. 

Visit HealthOregon.org/fishadv to learn more about why fish is good for you, and for other fish-related topics. 


PSA from the Sheriff

From Deschutes County Sheriff

Phone Scam in Central Oregon

Similar incidents reported on 03-22-2016. 

Deschutes County Sheriff's deputies have received information that someone has either started or re-started a telephone scam within Central Oregon. 

A caller will identify themselves as being from the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office by name and/or rank and name. They will say that you have missed a court date or should have gotten a subpoena to appear and failed to appear. This person will say that there is a warrant or some kind of fine related to the missed court date. 

The caller will then ask that you meet them to make the payment or may want you to take care of the fine asking for a debit or credit card number. They may ask you to go to a Western Union or similar financial wire service to satisfy a fine. They may also tell you that if you don't take care of this fine or warrant that a deputy will be sent to your home. 

Updated Information: In this most recent incident, the caller told the victim they had been summoned or subpoenaed as a character or material witness for the state and they had failed to appear as required by law. The caller then instructed the victim purchase and Use a "Fred Meyer, Recharge Card" to complete the transaction and avoid being arrested. This was all done via telephone. 


If someone calls asking any kind of information like this, ask for a return phone number. If they give you a phone number call your local police agency with the return phone number and they can check in to it for you.