▶️ Redmond teen earns scholarship to prestigious Chicago ballet school

Arabesque’s, Plié’s, Pirouette’s.

A 14-year-old freshman at Redmond’s Ridgeview High School will be doing plenty of each for seven weeks this summer after being awarded a prestigious scholarship to Ballet Chicago.

Wyatt Kinsman will be leaving for Chicago in June and it should be noted that scholarships only cover the “tuition” portion of the fees.

Travel, room, board, and food all must be paid out of pocket.

The Central Oregon School of Ballet is fundraising to help cover those additional costs for Wyatt and other students that will be invited to workshops this summer.

Wyatt was selected for the scholarship after auditioning via Zoom last month and sat down with Central Oregon Daily’s Eric Lindstrom to discuss the honor and his craft.

If you’d like to help, contact The Central Oregon School of Ballet.

Deschutes Co. Sheriff’s Office to launch new body-cam system in May

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office has selected a body-cam system and will issue them to deputies in early May.

In November, the agency started a two-month field-test for two different body-worn and in-car camera systems.

Deputies used each of the systems for 30 days and evaluated the camera systems, software, data storage, cost and customer service.

After receiving input from the testing deputies, the agency’s IT department, and the automotive fleet manager, officials decided to outfit deputies and vehicles with the Safe Fleet – Coban camera systems.

Sgt. Jayson Janes said the body cams will be distributed to all patrol deputies starting the week of May 3. Installing the cameras in patrol vehicles will be done in phases.

▶️ DCSO tests out body cams; deputy says new equipment is ‘invaluable’

Janes said the agency is working on a policy for the body and in-car cameras and will have that complete by May 3 as well.

“The Sheriff’s Office knows implementing the use of body-worn cameras is an important step in enhancing public trust and the transparency of our operations,” he said. “We also know implementing the camera systems comes at a cost to the residents of Deschutes County.  Based on the results of the testing, the Sheriff’s Office believes the decision to choose Safe Fleet – Coban allows the Sheriff’s Office to implement body-worn and in-car cameras systems in the most fiscally responsible manner.”

Janes said the system cost about $750,000 for five years of support, maintenance, warranty service, and free upgrades in the coming years.

The Safe Fleet – Coban camera system is also being used by the Oregon State Police, Los Angeles Police Department, Chicago Police Department, Seattle Police Department, Washington State Patrol, and other law enforcement agencies throughout the country.

The Bend Police Department is also currently testing body cam systems, but the Safe Fleet system isn’t one of the options.

 

Redmond School District officially honors Black History Month with proclamation

A first for the Redmond School District on Wednesday night as it officially honored February as Black History Month.

The school board approved a proclamation saying the district is committed to fostering an educational environment where all students feel safe and welcome.

Board member Liz Goodrich said it’s part of a new goal to improve equity, which she believes is top of mind – especially this year.

“Representation matters,” she said. “The school district is choosing to recognize the contributions and black history that is part of American history, as an important component of our curriculum. “

▶️ Madras in midst of housing boom as Deschutes Co. market skyrockets

By STEELE HAUGEN
CENTRAL OREGON DAILY NEWS

A few years into a citywide project to increase housing opportunities, the city of Madras is seeing the fruits of their efforts.

“We have had a tremendous year with housing development,” said Nick Snead, Madras Community Development Director.

Snead credits the success to two things: a housing action plan passed in 2018 and creating a housing urban renewal district, dedicated to helping with the cost of construction. 

“In that housing action plan, it calls for the city to help construct 35 new homes a year,” Snead said. “In 2020, we permitted 58 new dwellings.”

There are other developments still in the permitting process. 

“I think we will continue to see demand for residents that are not able to afford homes in the Bend or Redmond markets,” Snead said.

Near the Madras Aquatic Center, 150 units are coming to the Yarrow subdivision.

Development broker Rick Allen said there are big reasons buyers are coming from Deschutes County.

“One, they can’t afford to live there,” Allen said. “They flat out can’t afford it. Secondly, they are cashing out in the boom market.”

Allen said the pandemic also plays a part with the increase in people working from home.

“Now people are saying, ‘Gosh, I can work 50… 100 miles from my job or hundreds of miles, where I couldn’t have done that before,” Allen said.

Allen said Madras is in a “housing sweet spot.”

“People are choosing to move here for various reasons,” he said. “It’s pricing, location, weather, views, quality and it’s just kind of coming together right now.”

Allen and Snead expect the boom to continue as long as Deschutes County prices remain high.

DA charges Bend man with extortion for threatening to deport landscaper

The Deschutes County DA has charged a Bend man with extortion for allegedly threatening a landscaper – and legal resident – he’d report him to immigration services.

The charges stem from a reported incident last summer when Redmond resident Cuauhtémoc Cardona performed landscaping work for 61-year old Thomas Schlossmacher of Bend.

DA John Hummel said as partial payment for the service, Schlossmacher gave Cardona his pickup truck.

A dispute arose over the final payment and Schlossmacher sent Cordona a text message that read:

“You need to respond to me, you owe me 1500.00 for the truck, then you can get the title, if no response, I will file a complaint with the small claims in Deschutes County to get my monies and turn you and your family into INS for deportations, your choice,” according to Hummel.

When interviewed by police, Schlossmacher said that he “kinda felt” that Cardona was in the United States unlawfully and his intent in sending the text message was to scare him.

Hummel said Cardona is lawfully a resident of the United States.

In 2016, the Oregon extortion statute was amended to make it unlawful to threaten to report someone’s suspected immigration status to law enforcement in order to compel them to do something, Hummel said.

At the time of the alleged incident, Schlossmacher owned High Desert Contracting, a roofing service in Bend.

Calls to the number listed went to voicemail. Another number listed for Schlossmacher was disconnected.

In a statement, the district attorney lauded Cardona’s work ethic and called the situation “shocking and disheartening.”

“We’ve come a long way in Deschutes County toward being a fully welcoming community, and we have much work to do,” Hummel said. “Holding people accountable who violate the law based on their animus toward others is a small and necessary step in the process.”

Schlossmacher’s first court appearance is March 18th at 9 a.m.

This is a developing story.

Driver sought after hitting young pedestrian in Redmond crosswalk

Redmond Police is looking for a woman suspected of hitting a minor pedestrian with her truck earlier this month.

Police say the crash happened February 17th at the crosswalk at SW Highland Ave. and SW 15th St.

The victim was hit crossing the street and the driver pulled over, police said.

The driver even provided the victim a ride home but did not talk with the victim’s parents or leave any information with them.

The suspect’s truck is a white Ford F-150 with a white tonneau cover.

The driver was described as a white woman between the ages of 40-50 with light blonde hair.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 541-693-6911; reference case no. 21-3692.

 

▶️ Redmond brothers prep for possible next step in professional football life

Last fall we learned Redmond would be the new home of a new professional indoor football team.

The Oregon High Desert Storm will call the Deschutes County Fairgrounds home and will compete in The American West Football Conference.

Barring any setbacks, the season is slated to kick off May 8th when the Storm will take on the Idaho Horseman in Nampa Idaho.

The home opener for the Storm is scheduled for May 22nd.

Central Oregon Daily’s Eric Lindstrom caught up with two Redmond hopefuls who will attend the team’s invite-only tryout Saturday.

 

Free COVID testing clinic set for Wednesday in Redmond

Deschutes County will offer a free COVID-19 rapid testing event on Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Obsidian Middle School in Redmond.

This testing event is being held to help identify and assess the potential presence of COVID-19 in the school community and the community as a whole.

People experiencing symptoms and anyone who may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 five or more days ago are encouraged to attend.

Those who plan to attend the event are asked to complete this survey, which will aid in staffing and testing supply planning.

This short survey asks how many people from your household plan to attend and what time you expect to attend. The survey is not required to attend.

There is no cost to attend this event and no identification is required.

Those under the age of 15 will need the consent of a parent or guardian to complete testing. Test results will be available approximately 15 minutes after your test is complete.

Obsidian Middle School is located at 1335 SW Obsidian Ave.

Please use the SW 15th Street access.

▶️ Among the first events shutdown by COVID, Sportsmen’s Show ready for return

By BROOKE SNAVELY
CENTRAL OREGON DAILY NEWS

The Central Oregon Sportsmen’s Show was one of the first major events cancelled last year due to the emerging threat of coronavirus.

This year, it’s one of the first large events to return as the pandemic begins to subside.

The March 11-14 show at the Deschutes County Fair and Expo Center will again set a trend by being one of the first large events to resume, with modifications to keep attendees safe.

“We are going to a timed-ticketing strategy so we can keep folks distanced. It’s going to be mandatory face wear for everybody. Exhibitors, attendees, staff, everybody,” said Trey Carskadon with O’Loughlin Trade Shows. “Internally, we’ve put a number of measures in place, wider aisles, that will keep people distanced.”

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The kids fishing pond and fast draw competition, two very popular activities, will not be offered this year to prevent people from congregating in confined areas and touching shared surfaces.

However, most elements such as hunting and fishing seminars, cooking demonstrations and boat and RV displays will continue, many of them outdoors.

“There’s going to be a lot of signage. We want folks to be mindful of their responsibility as they’ve done over these last 10-11 months to keep their distance,” Carskadon said. “As long as folks can do that, wear their masks, this will be a safe event.”

Attendance will be limited to 4,600 per day, about a 30% reduction from maximum capacity. Tickets could sell out during the usually crowded weekend portion of the show’s schedule.

Organizers encourage people to attend early during the show’s 4-day run March 11-14.

Redmond man pleads guilty in 2020 murder

A Redmond man has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder for killing a woman last summer, according to court documents.

Clinton Kevin Holland, 62, was arrested in Hood River on July 6th on unrelated charges.

He’s was held at the time in the Northern Oregon Regional Corrections Facility on multiple charges including second-degree murder, felony drunk driving, criminal mischief, and second-degree assault.

Holland signed the plea agreement in January. Prosecutors and his attorney agreed to request a sentence of life in prison with a minimum of 25 years without the possibility of parole.

He was also ordered to pay $2,510 in restitution to the victim’s family for funeral costs.

Deschutes County District Attorney John Hummel said at the time 54-year-old Nicole Jakubek’s murder “was a violent death, that was clear.”

“Mr. Holland was a suspect because he had been in a relationship with Ms. Jakubek, though they had recently broken up,” he said.

Holland was arrested in Jakubek’s car; his vehicle was discovered at her property in the 300 block of SW 35th street.

She was found dead in the home after a family member called authorities to perform a welfare check.