Redmond School District to offer in-person kindergarten registration

To provide greater ease and flexibility for parents, Redmond School District uses an online registration system, but for parents who want more personalized support for registering their kindergartners for next year, the district will host in-person, onsite support on Tuesday.

Registrars and interpreters will be available to assist parents with the online registration process (see available times below).

Bring a few helpful pieces of information with you: proof of age (like a birth certificate), proof of address (like a utility bill with your name and address), and immunization records.

Terrebonne Community School
Registration Event: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Interpreter: 8:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.

Tom McCall Elementary
Registration Event: 9:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., 3:15 p.m. to 6:15 p.m.
Interpreter: 3:15 p.m. to 6:15 p.m.

John Tuck Elementary
Registration Event: 8:45 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.
Interpreter: 8:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.

Hugh Hartman Elementary
Registration Event: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Interpreter: 12:45 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.

Vern Patrick Elementary
Registration Event: 8:45 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.
Interpreter: 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.

M.A. Lynch Elementary
Registration Event: 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Interpreter: 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Sage Elementary
Registration Event: 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Interpreter: 8:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.

Tumalo Community School
Registration Event: 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Interpreter: 12:45 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Spanish version is below:

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2 seriously hurt in HWY 26 crash near Warm Springs; Bend man arrested for DUII

A Bend man was charged with DUII and assault Sunday after he caused a three-car crash on Highway 26, seriously injuring two people, according to Oregon State Police.

OSP said the crash happened around 9:50 p.m. just north of Warm Springs when 20-year-old Benjamin Davis of Bend tried an “unsafe pass” heading east.

Warm Springs Police reported Davis was traveling east on Highway 26 toward Warm Springs and tried to pass the Subaru being driven by 69-year old Marlon Pendleton of Bend.

Due to oncoming traffic, Davis couldn’t complete the pass and sideswiped Pendleton’s car, pushing him off onto the eastbound shoulder of the road.

Davis then crashed head-on into the white Toyota Camry driven by Richard Sixtotello, 22, from Sandy.

Sixto-Tello was taken by life flight to St. Charles in Bend.

Pendleton was taken by ambulance to St. Charles in Madras.

Davis was taken by ambulance to St. Charles in Bend where he was released and taken to the Jefferson County Jail.

OSP said he was charged with third and fourth-degree assault, driving under the influence, reckless driving and reckless endangering.

High court won’t make unanimous jury requirement retroactive

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court says that prisoners who were convicted by non-unanimous juries before the high court barred the practice a year ago don’t need to be retried.

The justices ruled 6-3 Monday along conservative-liberal lines that prisoners whose cases had concluded before the justices’ 2020 ruling shouldn’t benefit from it.

The decision affects prisoners who were convicted in Louisiana and Oregon as well as the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico, the few places that had allowed criminal convictions based on divided jury votes.

In March last year, Oregon’s top two courts began reversing convictions by nonunanimous juries, the first of hundreds — and perhaps ultimately thousands — of cases that were scrutinized after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in April that nonunanimous jury verdicts are unconstitutional.

The Oregon Supreme Court returned 16 cases to the trial courts.

The Court of Appeal reversed convictions in three other cases and remanded them to the trial courts.

“The county prosecutor can decide to drop the charges, proceed with the charges or, perhaps, try to negotiate a settlement,” said Marc Brown, an Oregon public defender who works on appeals. “For example, there may be a case in which the defendant already served most of their sentence, so the prosecutor may offer time served in exchange for a plea.”

Bend PD: 2 arrested after starting fire at homeless camp over drug debt

Two people were arrested on arson charges Sunday after setting fire to a homeless camp over a drug debt, according to Bend Police.

Bend Police and Bend Fire & Rescue arrived at a vacant lot east of SE 15th Street and SE Lostine Circle in Bend around 6 p.m. after multiple 911 calls reported hearing explosions and seeing smoke.

Three fire engines assisted in extinguishing the flames, limiting it to one-tenth of an acre.

Officers found the victim of the fire, who said suspects Elicia Katz, 37, and Daniel Mendez, 37, had come to the camp due to a drug debt.

Sgt. R.C. Bigelow said the victim told officers Katz poured gasoline around the camp and lit it, causing the fire to spread quickly nearby.

The two suspects left the scene, and officers confronted Mendez near another camp near Brosterhous Road.

He ran from the area and officers chased him on foot, assisted by police K-9 Vegas with Bend Police and K-9 Ronin with the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office.

Officers contained Mendez near SW Hayes Avenue, where he resisted arrest and was subdued by less-lethal OC spray, Bigelow said.

He obeyed officers after being confronted by K-9 Vegas, and was examined by St. Charles Bend and Bend Fire for the OC application.

Officers then found Katz near Brosterhous Road and SE Clay Pigeon, where she was arrested without incident and also given medical care from Bend Fire and St. Charles Bend.

The two were booked at the Deschutes County Jail.

Katz was booked under the following charges: 

Arson I

Reckless Endangering

Reckless Burning

Criminal Mischief I

Mendez was booked under the following charges:  

Conspiracy to commit Arson I

Conspiracy to commit Reckless Endangering

Conspiracy to commit Reckless Burning

Conspiracy to commit Criminal Mischief I

Escape III

Resisting Arrest

Interfering with a Police Officer




WOU to require COVID vaccine for students, staff; offering $25 to campus store

Western Oregon University announced Monday that in preparation for a predominantly in-person fall 2021, COVID-19 vaccinations will be required for students and employees who study or work in person at either the Monmouth or Salem campuses.

The vaccine requirement, among other efforts, was announced to current students in a virtual information session focused on COVID-19 planning for the 2021-22 academic year.

“We know our students and employees miss the vibrance of in-person campus life, and we want to return to that while also supporting the overall safety of our communities. Vaccination is an important step toward pack immunity so our Wolves can be together again,” said WOU President Rex Fuller. “In the meantime, we’ve been doing everything we can during spring term to make vaccines accessible to members of our campus community.”

In the virtual session, Fuller emphasized that the details of the vaccination requirement plan would be further refined through engagement with many campus stakeholders, including WOU’s Reopening Committee, Faculty Senate, Staff Senate, the Associated Students of Western Oregon University (ASWOU), and the university’s two unions: SEIU and the Western Oregon University Federation of Teachers (WOUFT).

Because WOU is one of Oregon’s most ethnically diverse university campuses, Fuller also pledged to engage the campus’s University Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Committee (UDIAC) for advice and suggestions as the plan is finalized.

“The details of the plan require the input of our faculty, staff, and students, through the lens of science, data and public health expertise.  It would be short-sighted to rush the details of a vaccination requirement without hearing from the WOU community,” Fuller said.

In order to incentivize students to get vaccinated sooner rather than later, the university also announced a program in conjunction with the WOU Wolfstore that gives students $25 to be used on textbooks, supplies, gear or whatever they choose.

“My hope is that this incentive program encourages WOU students to get their vaccination and rewards those who already have. It’s important we do our part to support pack immunity in our Wolf community,” said Associated Students of Western Oregon University President N.J. Johnson. “We encourage students to get their first vaccination as soon as possible so they will have their second dose completed before the conclusion of spring term.”

Free vaccinations are available in the Pacific Room of WOU’s Werner University Center on Monday, Wednesday and Friday each week.

Walk-ins are welcome from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Or, appointments can be made with Salem Health. WOU has hosted the Polk County clinic for Salem Health since February 2021.

Oregon unemployment benefits to jump 9% for new claims after July 4

The Oregon Employment Department announced Monday the annual change to the minimum and maximum weekly benefit amounts (WBAs) for regular unemployment insurance (UI).

For new regular UI claims filed in Oregon on or after July 4, minimum and maximum WBAs each will increase by about 9%.

The increase will also apply to new Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) claims effective on or after July 4.

This increase will be a significant income boost for new claimants who receive the minimum or maximum WBA.

During the most recent quarter, 16% of regular UI recipients received the minimum WBA, and 24% received the maximum WBA.

The 9% increase is the result of growth in Oregon’s average weekly wage during 2020.

Starting July 4, the minimum WBA for new regular UI claims will increase by $14, from $157 to $171 per week.

The maximum WBA for new regular UI claims and new PUA claims will increase by $60, from $673 to $733 per week.

The minimum WBA for new PUA claims will not be affected because it is set by the US Department of Labor

Individuals who file new regular UI or PUA claims prior to July 4 will continue receiving the same WBA they had been receiving.

Federal rules prohibit the benefit increase for Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) and Extended Benefits (EB).

Under Oregon law (ORS657.150(4)), the Oregon Employment Department recalculates the minimum and maximum WBAs for regular UI benefits annually.

The amounts are set as percentages of the average weekly wage earned by Oregonians.

The minimum WBA is 15% of the average weekly wage and the maximum WBA is 64%. Both dollar amounts are rounded down to the nearest dollar, as required by law.

For more information, visit OED’s regular UI benefits calculator or the PUA benefits calculator.

Prescribed burns scheduled Monday, Tuesday south of Sisters

On Monday and Tuesday,  fuel specialists will conduct prescribed burning operations about 7 miles south of Sisters adjacent to Forest Service Road (FSR) 16 and near Melvin Butte.

These burns were planned for last week but were not completed due to weather.

Specialists will underburn approximately 147 acres on two units. Ignitions will begin at 9:00 each day.

Smoke will be visible from Highway 20 between Sisters and Bend, Highway 126 between Sisters and Redmond, and in the Sister’s area.

Signs will be placed on the FSR 16  that will indicate to motorists to slow down because of smoke impacts. Signs also will be posted on FSR 1620. Motorists should avoid FSR 1620 during operations due to smoke impacts and heavy fire traffic.

The objective of this prescribed burn is to reduce the risk of high intensity fire to the public and firefighters and to protect public and private property by producing defensible space.

The prescribed fire will reduce uncharacteristically high fuel loads improving forest health, sustainability, and resiliency.

The public can find an interactive map of prescribed burns as well as air quality information at this link:

If the public wants to sign up for text alerts about prescribed fires and wildfires they should text COFIRE to 888-777.

The public is encouraged to close their windows at night and if smoke is on the roadway, turn on headlights and slow down while traveling through smoky areas.

The public’s health is important to the Forest Service.

While significant preventive measures are taken, many factors influence a person’s susceptibility to smoke, including severity and duration of smoke exposure and a person’s health.

If individuals feel impacted by smoke, they should avoid outdoor physical exertion and remain indoors.

If people experience serious health impacts from the smoke, they should contact their doctor. For more information about smoke and health, visit the Oregon Health Authority recommendations through this link:

Fire destroys half a duplex in Redmond

Half of a duplex was lost in a Redmond fire late Saturday night.

Redmond Fire units arrived at the home at 1737 SW Metolius Avenue just before midnight with reported fire in the attic.

The flames climbed through the roof, and crews were able to put it out with hoses.

Half the duplex was declared a total loss, and the other half sustained minor smoke and water damages.

Total damages were determined to be roughly $175,000.

No one was in the residence at the time of the fire, but a cat is currently missing.

The cause was confirmed to be the improper storage of smoking materials.

Prineville man arrested on child luring, drug charges after soliciting sex online

A Prineville man was arrested in Bend Monday after believing he was meeting up with a 14-year-old girl for sex, according to the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office.

Detectives with the Central Oregon Drug Enforcement Team concluded a weeklong child luring investigation with the arrest of 35-year-old Patrick James Adams.

Sgt. Kent Vander Kamp said a CODE Detective was randomly contacted by Adams via social media earlier this month while conducting an unrelated investigation.

CODE Detectives identified Adams as a Registered Sex Offender and is prohibited from contacting minors.

During the last week, Adams pursued the detective believing he was a 14-year-old girl and began sending sexualized photographs and messages via social media, Vander Kamp said.

While detectives tried to confirm Adams’ whereabouts, he continued to solicit the online detective, asking to meet for sex, and offered “her” methamphetamine.

CODE Detectives accepted and arranged to meet Adams in Bend on Friday.

Around 12:15 p.m., CODE detectives, with the assistance of Bend Police officers and detectives, contacted Adams in downtown Bend at the corner of Wall St and Franklin Ave.

He was taken into custody without incident, Vander Kamp said.

Adams was found to be in possession of methamphetamine and other relevant evidence in this case.

CODE detectives believe Adams may have been in contact with other juveniles in the central Oregon area via social media platforms.

Vander Kamp urged parents and young people to report any contact with Adams on social media to your local law enforcement agency, school resource officer, or online with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children at

Adams was taken to the Deschutes County Jail and charged with first-degree online corruption of a child, attempted delivery of a controlled substance to a minor and attempted unlawful contact with a child among other charges.

With the help of the US Department of Homeland Security Investigations, this case will be referred to the United States Attorney’s Office in Eugene for charging consideration.

COCC fundraising event nets record $385K for student scholarships

While the major annual fundraising event of the Central Oregon Community College (COCC) Foundation may have been held without its traditional formal wear and fine dining this year, its online version — creatively adapted for the pandemic — genarated a record-setting $385,000 for student scholarships.

The “Menu of the Year” fundraising event, staged online throughout the month of March, involved countless community sponsors and donors and raised funds through raffle tickets, virtual cooking and wine-tasting experiences and donations.

The fundraising achievement means that 85 students will receive a full one-year scholarship to the college.

“It’s incredible to see how our community rose to the occasion, despite the nontraditional format,” said COCC Foundation Board Chair Daisy Layman. “On behalf of the entire Foundation board of trustees, I want to thank our generous supporters, sponsors and everyone who contributed to this unique event. Because of your involvement, so many students’ lives will be changed forever.”

With a tradition that began in 1978, the COCC Foundation has held its “Meal of the Year” (retitled temporarily for this year’s event) gala annually each February to support its scholarship fund.

Thousands of students have felt the impact of the event through scholarships.

“As the child of two high school dropouts, and the first in my family to attend college, words cannot describe how vital these funds are to me and my future educational success,” shared a current COCC nursing student.

The COCC Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization whose purpose is to further the educational and charitable activities of the college through financial assistance to students, fiscal support for college programs and in campaigns that support needed college capital improvements.