Ridgeview senior named Ford Family Foundation Scholar

From the Redmond School District:
Redmond, Ore – Ridgeview High School senior Marta Beserra has been named one of 106 Oregon Ford Family Foundation Scholars for 2016.

According to the Ford Family Foundation, eligibility criteria include financial need and merit qualifications. In addition, Scholars must attend an accredited, nonprofit college in their home state and be pursuing a bachelor’s degree full-time. The renewable scholarship covers 90 percent of each student’s unmet financial need each academic year. This year’s Ford Scholars were chosen from 6,049 applicants.

Beserra plans to pursue a nursing degree. She plans to attend COCC and OSU Cascades in Bend and will transfer to Oregon Health and Science University’s School of Nursing in Portland.

I can't thank The Ford Family Foundation enough for allowing me and encouraging me of pursuing my goal of becoming a pediatric nurse,” stated Marta Beserra. “Not only did The Ford Family Foundation encourage me, they inspired me to become a great person in the future and to make my parents proud of my accomplishments. Thanks to The Ford Family Foundation, I'm more determined than ever before of becoming a successful person. This award means so much to me, I won't let anyone down. Thank you Ford Family Foundation for helping to make my dreams come true.
Beserra has been an incredibly involved student at Ridgeview High School, both academically and in extracurricular activities. Among her many interests, she shares that she enjoys helping and caring for others, baking, sports, working with children, volunteering, landscape gardening, river rafting, dancing, fishing, camping, socializing and encouraging others.
"Years ago, Marta embarked on an amazing journey,” shared John Albrecht, RVHS School Counselor. “When she hit the campus at Ridgeview in grade 9, she created an immersion program for herself. AP courses, CollegeNow courses, athletics, honors courses, working with her family and so much more. Although her academics are very strong, her growth in terms of dreams and aspirations has been super encouraging. She took full advantage of RVHS programs and connected with staff at very high level."

Check out the May 25 Spokesman!

Read about the new High Desert Montessori, LLC opening in Redmond, a discussion on the airport's future and Ridgeview Lacrosse wrapping up its season. It's all in this week's Spokesman, available now at locations including St. Charles Hospital, Christie's Kitchen and Albertson's.


Redmond High names three new coaches

From the Redmond School District:

Redmond, Ore – Redmond High School has hired three new athletic coaches for the 2016-17 school year.

The new coaching lineup will include:

Martha Segura, New RHS Varsity Girls Soccer Coach
Segura is currently employed with Redmond School District at Edwin Brown Education Center. She will transition to Redmond High School in the fall of 2016. Segura played soccer for four years at Eastern Oregon University. She was the assistant soccer coach for RHS last season.

Kelly Scholl, New RHS Volleyball Coach
Scholl was most recently was the head coach at McNary High School for the past four seasons. Prior to that, School was the head coach at Aloha High School for seven years and spent five years at the University of Portland as the first assistant coach.

Reagan Gilbertson, New RHS Varsity Boys Basketball Coach
Gilbertson is currently a behavioral specialist at Jefferson County Middle School. He has served as the RVHS assistant varsity coach for boys basketball and football. Gilbertson has also coached junior varsity boys basketball at RHS for three years.

Redmond High School is excited to welcome these new, experienced coaches to our athletic department,” shared Nathan Stanley, RHS Athletic Director. “These coaches bring a wealth of experience and proven dedication to supporting student athletes.


Building permit fees may see increase

From the city,
Spokesman files


The City of Redmond City Council is hosting a public hearing on Tuesday, May 24, 6:30 pm to consider the matter of amending the fee schedule for various building permits issued by the Building Division of the Community Development Department. 

The City has not raised its building permit fees in over ten years, and enjoys one of the best reputations for customer service in the state of Oregon.  However, in order to continue to provide that service the City has decided that it needs to raise its building permit fees. 

“Redmond has not adjusted our building fees in over ten years. That's been intentional as we strive to operate lean, yet still bring quality to our customers.  However, having a flat rate is not sustainable.  We have to begin to scale services that meet our customers’ expectations.  This action begins to do just that”, said Keith Witcosky, Redmond City Manager.  “The City is aware that to our customers’ time is literally money. The sooner a permit is issued or a plan approved the quicker a project can get to market.  We are confident this fee adjustment will help us deliver those services in a fashion that meets the expectations of our hardworking customers.”

In 2008, due to the recession, Redmond reduced its Building Division to two personnel and helped to fund the program with general fund dollars in order to retain a Building Official and Building Permit Technician.  The building program though is meant to be an Enterprise Fund, whereby development pays for the cost of development, and fees are collected to fund the program.  The current fee structure does not allow the City to hire additional staff and with increased activity, the City is struggling to keep up with the permitting activity in a timely manner. 

A fee study conducted in 2015 demonstrated that the City’s building permit fees are substantially below where they need to be to support a building program.  In order to continue to provide one of the best building programs in the state of Oregon, the City of Redmond is considering an overall average 20% fee increase on building permit fees. 

Prior to making the decision to increase the building permit fees, City of Redmond leaders visited with builders and developers in the area to explain the issues and to seek advice on how to move forward.  The development community was supportive of the fee increase and recognized the need after so many years without an increase. 

“What a lot of people don’t realize is that the building permit fees are a fraction of the overall development fees for construction.  What we heard from the builders was that they were supportive of our effort to continue to provide timely and quality customer service as long as the overall impact to the development fees was not significant,” stated Heather Richards, Community Development Director for the City of Redmond.

For example, the development fees on an 1,850 square foot house is approximately $15,000.  Of this, $1,650 is the building permit fee.  With the proposed fee increase the building fee would increase by $350 to $2,000.  The overall development fee would increase to approximately $15,350, a 2.2% overall increase. 

As Aaron Yuma, Redmond’s Building Official explained, “The City is experiencing almost three times the rate of permit activity than last year and we’re highly motivated to provide the very best service to our customers as possible.  I’m excited that we have an opportunity right now to put our department in a position to hire highly qualified and experienced building inspectors, plans examiners and permit technicians to provide timely, efficient and professional service our community expects from us.”

The public hearing will be held at the City Council Chambers, 777 SW Deschutes Avenue in Redmond. This is a public meeting and interested parties are invited to attend. Meetings are broadcast live on COTV 11 - BendBroadband Channel 11 beginning at 6:30 p.m. on regular meeting nights.


High Desert Shooting Sports recives grant

From High Desert Shooting Sports,

Spokesman files
Local nonprofit recieves support from NRA

     The Oregon Friends of NRA awarded over $382,000 to shooting groups and ranges in Oregon during 2016: Money they raised at Friends of NRA dinners and auction events. The High Desert Shooting Sports Foundation was awarded a generous grant of $20,000 from the Oregon Friends of NRA. The grant money will be used to help build the rifle range on property that was acquired recently by the foundation. The site will become the new home of the Redmond Rod and Gun Club that was established 70 years ago. The property is located between Redmond and Bend on highway 97. The total cost to build the outdoor rifle range is projected to be $200,000. Currently, the foundation is seeking gifts-in-kind and cash donations to help build the range. If you are interested in helping with this project, please contact: Dave Nielsen at (330) 465-6427 orNielsen.2@osu.edu

    High Desert Shooting Sports Foundation is a non-profit 501(c) 3 organization whose goal is to raise money to build the High Desert Shooting Sports Complex, a premier shooting facility to serve Central Oregon, the Pacific Northwest and beyond. To learn more go to highdesertfoundation.org


Redmond police arrest six after drug raid

From the Redmond Police Department:

Nature of Incident: Drug Search Warrant in Southwest Redmond Leads to Six Arrests
Date/Time of Incident: 05/17/16 1600 hours
Location of Incident: 713 SW 26th St., Redmond OR
Arrested Person(s): Sarah Gittins, 38 year old Redmond Resident
Evan Hawkins, 21 year old Redmond Resident
Michele Brownfield, 40 year old Redmond Resident
James Dacus, 55 year old Redmond Resident
Chance Wester, 19 year old Redmond Resident
Kendra Fraga, 20 year old Redmond Resident
Drug Search Warrant in Southwest Redmond Leads to Six Arrests
Redmond, OR- On May 17, 2016, officers of the Redmond Police Department Street Crimes Unit (SCU) received information from a concerned citizen that the occupants of 713 SW 26th St., Redmond, Deschutes County, Oregon, were actively involved in the sale and distribution of controlled substances. Based on information gathered during the investigation a search warrant for the residence was applied for and granted. Just prior to 10:00 pm SCU officers served a search warrant for the residence.
During the service of the search warrant approximately 4 grams of methamphetamine and 2 grams of heroin were seized, as well as scales and packaging material. Nine individuals, including a juvenile female, were contacted during the warrant service. Six of those nine individuals were arrested. The following people were arrested for the following crimes:
Sarah Gittins-
Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine
Frequenting a Place Where Drugs are Used
Probation Violation.
Evan Hawkins-
Unlawful Possession and Delivery of Methamphetamine
Unlawful Possession of Heroin
Frequenting a Place Where Drugs are Used
Probation Violation.
Michele Brownfield-
Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine
Frequenting a Place Where Drugs are Used
James Dacus-
Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine
Frequenting a Place Where Drugs are Used
Chance Wester-
Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine
Unlawful Possession of Heroin
Frequenting a Place Where Drugs are Used
Probation Violation.
Kendra Fraga-
Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine
Unlawful Possession of Heroin
Frequenting a Place Where Drugs are Used
Probation violation.


More photos from the district track meet

Not every photo we took at last week's IMC track meet made the paper. Here are some of our favorites:

 Redmond junior Rose Land competes in the 4x100 relay May 12 at the Intermountain Conference track meet.
 Ridgeview senior Willow True competes in the 4x100 relay May 12 at the Intermountain Conference track meet.
 Ridgeview senior Richard Villagrana-Romero competes in the triple jump May 12 at the Intermountain Conference track meet.
Redmond senior Alani Troutman prepares to compete May 12 at the Intermountain Conference track meet.