July 25, 2016

Redmond Area Parks and Recreation District announcement

From Katie Hammer, RAPRD Executive Director

RAPRD Board of Directors Vacancy

Redmond Area Park and Recreation District has an open position on the board of directors. The person appointed to fill the vacancy will serve until June 30, 2017. The board meets on the second Tuesday of each month at 7:30am. Qualified applicants must live within the park district boundary.

The Board of Directors of RAPRD will fill the vacant board position by appointment by a majority of the remaining members of the board at the general board meeting on August 9, 2016.

If you are interested in helping plan for the future of your park and recreation district the please contact Katie Hammer at katie.hammer@raprd.org to request that an application is emailed to you or pick up an application at the Cascade Swim Center, 465 SW Rimrock Dr. Redmond.

Completed applications must be returned by Tuesday, August 2, 2016. If you have any questions contact Katie Hammer, Executive Director at 548-7275 or by email katie.hammer@raprd.org.

July 21, 2016

Horticultural products detained, removed from sale

From Oregon Department of Agriculture, 

Fourteen horticultural products ordered detained and removed from sale, 
growers asked to stop usage 

The Oregon Department of Agriculture has issued 12 notices of statewide detainment and stop sale and removal orders for horticultural products that contain pesticide active ingredients not listed on the label. The orders call for the product manufacturers to immediately cease all sales, offers of sale, or other distribution in Oregon. 

In addition, products within Oregon or transported into the state by any type of business transaction or other method are detained. These products are commonly used in horticulture and hydroponics, including cannabis production. The 12 notices cover 14 products sold in Oregon that were also identified by the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) in late June as containing undeclared pesticide active ingredients. In an abundance of caution, ODA issued its orders and is currently sampling and testing these products sold in Oregon. 

ODA’s actions affect the following products and their manufacturers: 
Vita Grow Thunder Boom – Marco Industries, Inc. dba American Agriculture, Portland, OR 
OG Rapid Flower + Hardener – Crop Specific Solutions, Rockingham, Western Australia 
Humboldt Roots – Humboldt Nutrients LLC, Paso Robles, CA 
Safergro Mildew Cure for Powdery Mildew Control – JH Biotech, Ventura, CA 
Olivia’s Cloning Gel – Olivia’s Solutions, Inc., Santa Rosa, CA 
The Hammer – Plantlife Products, Kelowna, BC 
Frost Protection Plus – Rambridge Wholesale Supply, Calgary, AB 
Rock Resinator Heavy Yields – Rock Holdings Pty Ltd., Perth, Western Australia 
SNS 217C All Natural Spider Mite Control – Sierra Natural Science, Inc., Salinas, CA 
Root 66 1-1-1 – Technaflora Plant Products Ltd., Mission, BC 
Optic Foliar AT-AK, Optic Foliar Overgrow, Optic Foliar Switch – Tulsi Enterprises Ltd., Surrey, BC 
Pyyro K 0-3-7 – Van de Uber Marketing and Manufacturing, Port Moody, BC

Use of these products could cause growers to experience a loss of marketability and for cannabis to fail Oregon Health Authority (OHA) pesticide testing requirements. ODA has issued pesticide advisories to growers of all crops and retailers advising them to discontinue using or selling the products. 

For additional information on the advisories and the pesticide active ingredients not listed on the labels, go to oregon.gov/ODA, contact ODA at 503-986- 4635. ODA is working with the Oregon Health Authority to determine any potential human health concerns associated with the use of products treated with these undeclared pesticide active ingredients. ODA will proceed to address violations of Oregon’s pesticide and fertilizer laws, which include adulteration of a pesticide product and mislabeling of a pesticide or fertilizer product. 

2016 Relay for Life of Redmond and Sisters

The 2016 Relay for Life of Redmond and Sisters was held at Obsidian Middle School, July 16. This is the third year of the annual event, which  had an attendance more than 200 and raised more $50,000 for cancer research. The American Cancer Society hosted the event, which lasted for 24 hours with relayers walking the track throughout the event. Multiple activities were held during the 'Give Cancer the Boot,' themed event including costume contest, auction, and luminaria ceremony. Here are some photos from the event including some that didn't make it in the paper. 

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3rd Trilogy Challenge disc golf tournament

The third annual Trilogy Challenge disc golf tournament took place at the Dry Canyon Disc Golf Course July 16. The Central Oregon Disc Golf Club helped put on the event which drew more than 60 participants. Here are some photos from the event that were published in the paper along which a couple that didn't make it in. 

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Corvettes on the High Desert 2016

Corvettes on the High Desert 2016 took place this weekend at Eagle Crest Resort, July 15 and 16. Proceeds from event went to help Kidz Center, a nonprofit in Bend. Hundreds of corvettes and corvette enthusiasts attended. Here are a couple photos from the event. 

Also, check out our video of the event on youtube as well. 

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July 20, 2016

Advisory warning for travelers going to the Olympics

From Oregon Health Authority



*Most travelers should take precautions, but pregnant women should not go*

The Oregon Health Authority is recommending those traveling to the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro take steps during and after travel to prevent Zika infection.

Zika is a virus usually spread through bites from two types of Aedes mosquitoes, but it can spread from infected men to their partners through sexual contact. New evidence suggests that women may be able to transmit Zika to their sexual partners as well. Pregnant women are advised to not travel to the games or any Zika-affected area.

"Pregnant women should not go to any Zika-affected area because of the potential for serious effects on their babies," said Suzanne Zane, maternal and child health epidemiologist in the OHA Public Health Division. Zika can cause birth defects including microcephaly, in which the brain and head of an infant are smaller than usual.

"Even women who are not trying to get pregnant should protect themselves from Zika during travel because half of pregnancies are unplanned," Zane said.

Zika is spreading in Brazil and throughout Latin America, the Caribbean and parts of the South Pacific. Mosquitos known to carry Zika live in the U.S., but not yet in Oregon. It is unknown if the types of mosquito found in Oregon could spread Zika.

People who have a Zika infection often do not show symptoms. Those with Zika symptoms may have rash, fever, joint pain and redness of the eyes. Symptoms are usually mild. See your doctor if you travel to the games or other Zika-affected areas and develop symptoms.

Travelers can prevent Zika and accidental infection of a baby during pregnancy. Those heading to the games should protect themselves from mosquito bites during travel and for three weeks after they return. Women should delay pregnancy for eight weeks after travel, or eight weeks after symptoms start. Men should avoid sex or use a condom for eight weeks after travel, or six months after symptoms start.

All people attending the games who have a pregnant partner should avoid sex or use a condom during any sexual activity for the entire pregnancy. Anyone needing low- to no-cost family planning and birth control services can find information by dialing 211.

Helpful links:
-- OHA Zika virus updates: http://www.healthoregon.org/zika
-- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Zika virus page:http://www.cdc.gov/zika/
-- CDC information for specific groups: http://www.cdc.gov/zika/specific-groups.html
-- CDC Zika travel information: http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/page/zika-travel-information

July 20, 2016 Obituaries

Margaret Lehnertz, of Bend
Nov. 5, 1916 - July 15, 2016
Arrangements: Autumn Funerals- REDMOND www.autumnfunerals.net 541-504-9485
Services: 7:00pm Rosary on Wednesday, July 20, at St. Thomas Catholic Church in Redmond. 10:00 am on Thursday, July 21, for Mass at St. Thomas. Burial at Redmond Memorial Cemetery.

Janice Faye Brannon, of Redmond
Jan. 15, 1958 - July 7, 2016
Arrangements: Redmond Memorial Chapel www.redmondmemorial.com 541.548.3219
Services: A Private Family Gathering will be held later.
Contributions may be made to: BrightSide Animal Center, 1355 NE Hemlock Ave., Redmond, OR.

David Lee Johnson, of Redmond
Dec. 28, 1953 - July 12, 2016
Arrangements: Autumn Funerals- REDMOND www.autumnfunerals.net 541-504-9485

Marguerite H. Jerome, of Redmond
May 30, 1928 - July 3, 2016
Arrangements: Redmond Memorial Chapel, www.redmondmemorial.com 541.548.3219

Effie Wheelock, of Redmond
Feb. 5, 1939 - July 2, 2016
Arrangements: Redmond Memorial Chapel, 541-548-3219redmondmemorial.com

Diana Noel Adams, of Redmond
Dec. 25, 1928 - June 24, 2016
Arrangements: Redmond Memorial Chapel, 541-548-3219redmondmemorial.com

Margaret Lehnertz 
November 5, 1916 - July 15, 2016
Margaret Lehnertz, long- time resident of Redmond, Oregon, died peacefully on July 15, 2016, in Redmond, surrounded by her children.  Margaret was born on November 5, 1916, in Alton, Iowa, the daughter of John and Theresa (Mousel) Konz.  She was raised on a farm in Alton and went to school there.  She loved to tell of horse and buggy days. Following eighth grade, she went to work in the Alton community, helping wherever needed.  During World War II she worked as a waitress for a time, and she worked in the shipyards as a certified welder.
Margaret married Wally Lehnertz on November 14, 1945, in Alton, Iowa.  The Lehnertzes moved to Redmond, Oregon, in 1947.  They bought a farm north of town and began fixing up the house, planting a garden, and the flowers she loved so much.  Her years in Iowa had prepared her for farm life in Oregon.
She was a homemaker and a great pie baker, winning Best of Show for her cherry pie at the county fair.  She sewed and enjoyed making quilts for her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.  She was a little woman with a big heart.  Her faith, her family, and her friends were her greatest treasures.
Margaret was a member of St. Thomas Catholic Church, St. Thomas Altar Society, and St. Thomas Altar Society Quilters; she was also a member of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas and the VFW Auxiliary.  She was an active member in the groups she joined and held many offices and worked on several committees.  She was VFW Auxiliary Secretary for 22 years.  And she was Catholic Daughter of the Year for Court 2041 in 1996.  She also worked as a bookkeeper for Newton Pump until she retired.
Margaret loved to travel.  Her favorite place to visit was Iowa, where she could visit with family and friends.  She had so many good memories of growing up there.
Survivors include four children:  Don (Mary) Leh- nertz, Sharon Allison, Dale (LuAnn) Lehnertz, all of Redmond, Oregon, and Clara (Paul) Cook of Clackamas, Oregon; ten grandchildren; nine great- grand-children; her sisters- in-law, Agnes Konz and Delores Konz of Alton, Iowa; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Margaret was preceded in death by her infant daughter Joan; her parents, John and Theresa Konz; her husband, Wally Lehnertz; her seven brothers, Ferdinand Konz, Melvin Konz, Cletus Konz, Francis Konz, Bob Konz, Ron Konz, and Pete Konz; and two sisters, Leola Ricke, and Viola Krier.
Contributions in memory of Margaret may be made to:  St. Thomas Catholic Church, Redmond.
A recitation of the rosary will be held at 7:00 p.m.Wednesday, July 20, and a Funeral Mass will be held Thursday, July 21, 10:00 a.m. at St. Thomas Catholic Church.  Interment at Redmond Memorial Cemetery.  A reception will be held following the service at the Redmond VFW Hall. 

Sherrill Lee Hebener 
Sherrill Lee Hebener passed away in her home July 6, after battling metastatic urothelial bladder cancer.
Sherrill was born Jan. 28, 1941, in Baker to Bill and Ruby Bailey, now deceased.
Sherrill had a daycare in Hines,  taught kindergarten in Terrebonne, and was a special education aide in Mosier. Her hobbies were quilting, hardanger, tatting, scrapbooking, knitting, and anything craft related.
Sherrill is survived by her husband of 56 years, Gary Lynn Hebener; daughter, LeeAnn Raye Gibbons-Pankratz, and her husband, Michael Pankratz; son, Phillip Lynn Hebener, and his wife, Danielle Hebener; sisters, Janet Rayne and Billie Jean Faulkner; granddaughters, Kriston Lee Gibbons, Samantha Lee Hebener, and Madelynn Annette Hebener; and great-grandson, Alex Leeum Schoenborn.
A Celebration of Life will be held at 1:00 p.m.Saturday, Aug. 6, at the Mosier Grange, 900 4th Street in Mosier.
Please mail all cards to: 8200 Hwy 30 W, The Dalles, OR  97058-8594.

July 19, 2016

Central Electric receives grant

From Jeff Beaman, Central Electric Cooperative, Inc.
USDA Awards REAP Grant to 
Central Electric Community Solar Project, Funds Reduces Costs for Members
Supporting Renewable Energy

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced, July 18, Central Electric Cooperative will receive an $86,912 grant to help reduce the costs of the cooperative’s community solar project in Bend. Provided through the Rural Energy for America Program, the grant’s proceeds will reduce participation costs by 20 percent for CEC members who subscribe to a portion of the energy produced under the Shared Solar program.

“We are very grateful to have qualified for a REAP grant,” said Central Electric President and Chief Executive Officer Dave Markham. “These funds, combined with earlier grants from the Oregon Department of Energy and the Bonneville Environmental Foundation, have greatly reduced the cost to our members who want to receive solar energy, but can’t have a rooftop solar installation. These grants have been essential to making solar energy more affordable for our members.”

The cooperative’s 199,500-volt system, installed on 1.3 acres next to its Bend Service Center on Southeast 27th St., has been sending electricity directly into CEC’s distribution system since coming online in late January. Members can subscribe to the energy produced by individual panels, or half or quarter panels. They receive an energy credit on their monthly bill that reflects the amount of electricity produced by their subscription that month.

Prior to the REAP grant, a full panel 20-year subscription was $1,100. The grant enabled CEC to reduce the price of a panel to $880, $440 for a half and $220 for a quarter panel. The Shared Solar program appeals to members who cannot install a rooftop solar system because they don’t own their home, their rooftop is not ideally oriented to the sun’s path, or systems are cost prohibitive. CEC members who have already subscribed will receive a rebate from CEC.

Of the project’s 700, 285-watt panels, half are dedicated to the Shared Solar program. The other half is supported by co-op members who voluntarily participate in the Green Power program. Its participants agree to pay extra on their electricity bill with the proceeds committed to promoting the growth of renewable energy. 

More about REAP

Under REAP, the U.S.D.A. awarded more than $517,000 to help 16 rural small business and agricultural producers in Oregon reduce their energy usage and costs. More information is available in the agency’s news release at: http://www.rd.usda.gov/newsroom/news-release/usda-help- 16-oregon- rural-small- businesses-boost- renewable-energy- use-save

Central Electric Cooperative, Inc. Background

A member-owned, not-for- profit electric cooperative, Central Electric Cooperative (CEC) has provided electric utility services to its members in central Oregon since 1941. At the close of 2015, CEC served 32,611 accounts held by 26,155 members in its 5,300 square-mile service territory in Deschutes, Crook, Jefferson, and parts of Lake, Linn, Wasco, and Grant counties. CEC’s electrical system includes 24 substations and 3,883 miles of energized power lines, including 187 miles of transmission line, 2,267 miles of overhead distribution line and 1,429 miles of underground distribution line.

July 18, 2016

Blue-green algae levels reduced at The Cove

News Release from Oregon Health Authority


*Reduced blue-green algae levels confirmed; continued caution with pets advised*

The Oregon Health Authority has lifted the health advisory issued July 1 and extended July 8 for the Metolius and Crooked River arms of Lake Billy Chinook, located 12 miles west of Madras in Jefferson County.

Water monitoring has confirmed that the level of blue-green algae toxins are below guideline values for human exposure. However, the Oregon Health Authority recommends that people continue to be cautious with their pets in the lake because toxins are still above the very low exposure levels established for dogs.

Oregon health officials advise recreational visitors to always be alert to signs of algae blooms in Oregon waters, because only a fraction of the many lakes in Oregon are monitored for blue-green algae by state and federal agencies. People and their pets should avoid areas where the water is foamy, scummy, thick like paint, pea-green, blue-green or brownish red in color, if a thick mat of blue-green algae is visible in the water, or bright green cells are suspended in the water column. If you observe these signs in the water you are encouraged to avoid activities that cause you to swallow water or inhale droplets, such as swimming or high-speed water activities.

For health information, to report human or pet illnesses due to blooms, or to ask questions about a news release, contact the Oregon Health Authority at971-673-0400. For information about advisories issued or lifted for the season, contact the Oregon Public Health toll-free information line at 1-877-290-6767 or visit the Harmful Algae Blooms website athttp://healthoregon.org/hab and select "Algae Bloom Advisories." 

Highway 20 bridge closure to cause detour for 6-8 weeks

From Oregon Department of Transportation:

SWEET HOME – Beginning August 2 through the end of September, U.S. 20 will be closed at Sheep Creek Bridge for repairs to the bridge and abutments. Located 26 miles east of Sweet Home, milepost 56.6, the bridge’s eastern abutment rests on an active slide with earth movement measured at six to seven inches a year. The bridge was built to move with the slide, but has reached the point that it must be replaced.

In 2015 during phase one of the two-part project, 50-foot steel piles were placed to redirect landslide activity away from the bridge. Phase two is intended to stabilize the existing structure and eliminate further sliding. The new bridge span and abutment will be built to ride on top of the slide if it keeps moving. This will make impact to the bridge more consistent and predictable, and therefore, more manageable.

Full closure of the highway will last for six to eight weeks. The road will remain open between Sweet Home and the bridge on the west side and from Santiam Junction to the bridge from the east. Campgrounds and recreation areas will continue to be open and accessible.

Detour signs will be posted at various locations to direct travelers around the area via Highways 34, 22, and 126. There are no local detours.

The road closure will be completed by the end of September. However, construction work surrounding the bridge will continue through October.

For more information, including a detour map and videos on the project, go to https://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/HWY/REGION2/Pages/US-20-Sheep-Creek-Bridge-Phases-1-and-2--.aspx