Read about a hall-of-fame surfer who now runs a Central Oregon ranch, the Redmond Panther Football team prepares for the upcoming season and Relief Pitcher Sports Bar and Grill opening in downtown Redmond. It's all in this week's Spokesman, available now at locations including Pappy's Pizzeria, Walgreens and Westside One Stop.


State troopers positions open

From Oregon State Police,
Become a Trooper
Courtesy of Oregon State Police
Have you ever considered the Oregon State Police as a career? If so, the Oregon State Police offers numerous duty assignments across our beautiful state and will be accepting Entry Level and Lateral recruit trooper applications beginning June 24 and will close at midnight on Sunday, August 7. 
Careers with the Oregon State Police not only offer many geographical transfer opportunities throughout the state, but also offer a wide variety of assignments within our Patrol, Fish and Wildlife and Criminal Divisions.

Adding to the attractive scenery and numerous assignment options are numerous opportunities for promotional advancement, excellent wages, incentives based on education and experiences, and an excellent benefit package.

Start the process now by going to the Oregon State Police recruiting website at osptrooper.com. The website will help interested applicants learn about the process, understand qualifications, and get a head start on the required entry level testing.

Two entry level testing sessions will be held on Saturday, August 20, and Monday, August 22, at the Department of Oregon Public Safety Academy located at 4190 Aumsville Highway SE in Salem. The Oregon State Police testing sessions typically take the majority of the day, and kick off around 7:30 a.m.

The Oregon State Police urges applicants to prepare for the application and testing sessions beforehand.

The complete application for employment is comprised of an e-recruit profile, a supplemental questionnaire and required attachments.

The Oregon State Police is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages women and minorities to apply. If you are interested in a challenging career that will provide you with a lifetime of memories, then consider applying with the Oregon State Police. Information about our agency, the different opportunities that are available, how our hiring process works, and updates to our hiring process can be found at www.osptrooper.com.

For additional information applicants should call the OSP Recruiting and Training Section at (503) 378 4931.


Redmond Library July/August youth and family programs

Redmond Library Children/Teen/Family programs
JULY & AUG 2016
www.deschuteslibrary.org/calendar (541) 312-1088

Preschool Parade Storytime
3–5 yrs, Stories, songs and crafts that develop early literacy skills.  
Wednesdays,  July  6, 13, 20, 27 & August 3 & 10     10:15 a.m.

Listos para el Kinder/Ready for Kindergarten in Spanish: 0–5 yrs.  Interactive stories with songs, rhymes and crafts. Tiempo interactivo con cuentos, canciones, rimas y manualidades.  
Wednesdays,   July 6, 13, 20, 27 &  August 3 & 10  11:15 a.m.

Mother Goose & More Storytime
0–2 yrs.  Participatory musical storytime with books, rhymes and bounces.
Thursdays, July 7, 14, 21, 28 & August 4 & 11  • 10:15 a.m.

TEAM READ: Oregon Ho!
6-11 yrs.  Explore the desert, valley,  mountains, and ocean of our amazing state.  Join a scavenger hunt to see if you know Oregon’s facts and lore.
Tuesday, July  5 •  10:30 am

Family Block Party: LEGO® Universe
All ages welcome. Read! Build! Play! Join other builders and a gazillion LEGOs.
Saturday, July  9 •  10:00 – 12:00

Water Games!
Ages  12-17 years.   Frozen t-shirt contest, water balloons galore, and an all-out battle!
Saturday, July 9 • 1-2:00  pm

TEAM READ: The Science of Sports
6-11 yrs.  “How do they do that?” Learn about the science behind the sports you love-and have fun doing it.  Make your own pipe-cleaner snowboarder.
Tuesday, July 12 •  10:30 am

Family Yoga and Stories
All ages.   Deven Sisler, the “best yoga clown in town” teaches children’s yoga.
Monday, July 18 •  10:00 am

STEAM Team:  Chocolate Olympics
9-17 years. Racing, tasting, building; who will conquer the chocolate challenge.  
Wednesday, July 13  • 1-2:00 pm

Circus in an Hour
9-17 years. Clowning, juggling, and balancing taught by a former Ringling Clown.
Friday, July 15 •  1:30-2:30 pm

Make:  Hacky Sacks
Ages 9-17 years.   Create your own hacky sack and practice your skills.
Saturday, July 23 •  2-3:00 pm

Music, Movement & Stories:
3-5 yrs.  Join us for a lively, dance-packed, movement-rich storytime.
Monday, July 25   • 10:15 a.m.

STEAM Team:  Life Size Board Games
9-17 yrs. Jump inside some of your favorite jumbo-fied board games.
Thursday, July 28 • 1-2:00 pm

Let’s Be Pioneers!  Old-Fashioned Family Games
All ages.  Jacob’s Ladder? Cat’s Cradle? Play games from over 100 years ago.
Tuesday, August 2 • 10:30 am

Art at the Redmond Library – July through September
Featuring fine art created by Central Oregon artists.  Undercover Quilters Book Club, will be displaying an interpretation of “On The Divinity of Second Chances” by Kaya McLaren in fabric and mixed media. Leslie Keller uses ink/ink wash, pencil and gold leaf, and oils to illustrate and define landscape that surrounds us.  Karen Turczak expresses and interprets the world around her in her white charcoal drawings.  Central Oregon Rock Collectors will feature jewelry. In the Silent Reading Room a solo show by Webster Lilly will feature photographs captured on a recent trip to India.


Redmond Comfort Suites awarded

From Comfort Suites Redmond Airport

Courtesy of Comfort Suites
This year’s Annual Vesta Hospitality Leadership Conference Awards Banquet, held at The Riverhouse on the Deschutes. A recent addition to Vesta Hospitality’s versatile and nationwide portfolio, The Riverhouse on the Deschutes hosted all thirteen properties’ General Managers and Directors of Sales for a week-long conference. The awards banquet June 16 toasted tribute to the annual success of many of the management group’s finest.

Redmond’s own, Comfort Suites Redmond Airport was honored by receiving the highest accolades and awards for Guest Satisfaction, Housekeeping Department of the Year, Community Involvement Award, and proud General Manager, Paul Haggerty received Vesta Hospitality’s coveted Leadership Award.

When questioned about the forecast in success for the future of Comfort Suites Redmond Airport in relation to business in Redmond, General Manager, Paul Haggerty explained, “We have a great team and look forward to bringing a continued, high level of service and comfort to our guests. As Redmond and Central Oregon’s economy grows, we can expect more travelers and want them all to see the Comfort Suites Redmond Airport as synonymous with great service, comfort, and friendly hospitality. RESTED. SET. GO.


Inmate walks away from work crew near Sisters

From Oregon Department of Corrections:
An inmate walked away today from a Deer Ridge Correctional Institution (DRCI) work crew near Sisters. Oregon State Police are investigating. 

DRCI staff discovered inmate Richard Clark missing at approximately 1:45 p.m. Thursday, June 23. Clark is a 29-year-old Caucasian male, 6 feet tall, 205 pounds, with blond hair and blue eyes. He is most likely wearing blue jeans with the word "inmate" and the DOC logo stenciled on the knee in orange or red shorts, and a blue t-shirt with the word "inmate" and the DOC logo stenciled in orange on the front and back. 

Clark entered DOC custody on March 31, 2016, on two counts of attempted robbery in the second degree out of Washington County. His earliest release date is June 11, 2019

Anyone with information regarding Clark's whereabouts is asked to call Oregon State Police at 

DRCI is a multi-custody facility located four miles east of Madras in central Oregon. This men's prison contains 644 minimum-security beds and 1,223 medium-security beds. The minimum facility began receiving inmates in September 2007. The medium facility has not received inmates due to cost saving measures. DRCI provides a range of correctional programs and services including, education, drug and alcohol treatment, mental health treatment, cognitive programs, and inmate work crews. 

California climbers rescued at Smith Rock

From the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office:

Location: Monkey Face, Smith Rock State Park

Climber #1: Tyler Coleman, 26 yom, South Lake Tahoe, CA

Climber #2: Cordero Chavez, 29 yom, Lone Pine, CA


On 06/22/16, at about 4:57pm, Cordero Chavez reported to 9-1-1 Dispatch he and his climbing partner, Tyler Coleman, had climbed to the summit of the popular rock formation at Smith Rock State Park named "Monkey Face", but were now in need of assistance.

Chavez and Coleman had chosen the wrong route to descend, leaving not enough rope to get to the bottom. Chavez was still near the summit of Monkey Face, but Coleman was nearly halfway down the approximate 450' rock face, unable to ascend or descend further. Both subjects reported themselves as uninjured, but needing assistance in safely completing their descent.

11 Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue Unit Volunteers had been training at Smith Rock State Park and were just finishing with their training when the call came in. They were joined by five additional DCSOSAR Volunteers and three DCSO Deputies to begin the rescue mission. Redmond Fire Department also responded and assisted in ferrying personnel across the Crooked River on the northwest side of the park, closest to Monkey Face.

Four DCSOSAR volunteers climbed to the summit of Monkey Face and were assisted by additional volunteers at the base in pulling additional ropes and rescue equipment to the top. Chavez was contacted and further secured. One DCSOSAR volunteer was then lowered to Coleman's location. Utilizing two ropes, Coleman was then transferred onto the rescue ropes and the two were then lowered the rest of the way down the rock, reaching the bottom at about midnight. Chavez was then assisted in rappelling off of the proper side of Monkey Face.

Coleman and Chavez were not injured and did not require further medical assistance. The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office would like to remind those recreating, whether it be at Smith Rock State Park or in the backcountry, to research and pre-plan your chosen location to minimize risk.
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BasX named fasted growing company in Oregon and Southwest Washington

From Eric Sande, Redmond Chamber of Commerce

BasX recognized by Portland Business Journal
Courtesy of Redmond Chamber of Commerce
Redmond, Oregon based BasX Solutions, takes top honor in Fastest-Growing Private Companies in Oregon and southwest Washington, as named by the Portland Business Journal. Recognized as the fastest-growing company, BasX Solutions, grew at a rate of 5,562 percent between 2013 and 2015. This growth rate is the second fastest recorded in the history of the Portland Business Journal event.

Founders Dave Benson and Matt Tobolski accepted the honor at the annual Portland Business Journal awards dinner, Thursday, June 16, 2016, in Portland.

Matt Tobolski stated, “We knew if we pulled together the best people in the industry, understood our clients’ needs, treated everyone right and delivered on our promises, we would succeed.” And succeed they did, with 2015 revenues exceeding $23 million and continuing to grow. Tobolski went on to say,

“This award is a testament to all the hard work and tireless hours that the BasX team has put in. I just want to thank the entire BasX team, our vendors, clients, representatives and the local Central Oregon community for helping make our vision a reality.”

Dave Benson also acknowledged that being an entrepreneurial company has helped forge BasX’ success. “We often times are competing with large corporations for many of our projects. These companies often times do not have the ability to innovate and take risks like we can. Our success is not only in developing innovative solutions, but also from the commitment of our team and suppliers to aggressively deliver quality products on short time windows.”

BasX Solutions, acquired the former Walmart building located in Redmond, at 3500 SW 21 st Pl, off of Yew Ave., in November of 2013. Their growth since that time has led them to fully utilize the 103,000 square foot facility and create over 150 jobs. The manufacture of precision custom engineered products has lead BasX to be an industry leader in Commercial HVAC, Data Center, Cleanroom or Seismic needs.