▶️ Redmond fire levy narrowly passing: Central Oregon election results

The following are the results of the Nov. 7 special election in Central Oregon as of 5:00 p.m. Wednesday. Keep checking back for updates.

Numbers are compiled from information posted on the Oregon Secretary of State website.

Because of mail-in voting, it will be several days before final results are known.

9-162: Redmond Fire & Rescue Levy

Yes: 5,364 (50.7%)
No: 5,208 (49.3%)

Redmond’s levy request is 75-cents per $1,000 of assessed value beginning July 1. The estimated annual cost to the owner of a home appraised at $200,000 is about $150 per year or about $12.50 per month.

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16-107: Crooked River Ranch RFPD Levy

Yes: 956 (57.6%)
No: 703 (42.4%)

The fire and rescue district is asking for a 28-cent per $1,000 of assessed value increase over their expiring levy. If off-duty staff or volunteers aren’t available to respond, Crooked River Ranch calls Redmond Fire and Rescue for mutual aid.

9-163: Ponderosa Pines East Special Road District

Yes: 45 (71.4%)
No: 18 (28.6%)

Camp Sherman Road District #18

Yes: 150 (90.9%)
No: 15 (9.1%)

Deschutes County Clerk Steve Dennison says an automatic recount will occur if the results are separated by less than one-fifth of 1%. None of the results so far are within that margin.

Less than 35% turnout for Tuesday’s special election in Central Oregon

With the deadline approaching for ballots in Tuesday night’s special election, turnout numbers are below 35%.

Deschutes County was at 25% turnout Monday. Redmond voters are deciding on a local option levy for Redmond Fire and Rescue. La Pine voters will decide on the Ponderosa Pines East Special Road District local option tax.

In Jefferson County, turnout was at 32.5%. Jefferson County voters are also voting on the Redmond fire levy, a Crooked River Ranch fire levy and a renewal of a local tax option for Road District 18.

Ballots must be returned to a valid dropbox by 8:00 p.m. Tuesday. If they are being mailed, they must be postmarked by 8:00 p.m. Tuesday and arrive no later than Nov. 14.

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Sisters wins Oregon 3A Volleyball championship; Bend takes 2nd in 5A

The Sisters High School volleyballers are state champs.

After losing the opening set to Pleasant Hill in the 3A title game Saturday, the Outlaws bounced back to win the next three sets to take the title — 23-25, 25-18, 25-16, 25-18.

Gracie Vohs led Sisters with 20 kills. Kathryn Scholl added 14 and Bailey Robertson and Gracelyn Myhre each had 11.

Vohs, Holly Davis and Jordy Monaghan each had three aces. Davis also logged 49 assists and Vohs led Sisters with 18 digs.

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Robertson had five blocks to lead all players in the title game.

Pleasant Hill’s Cheyenne Greene led all players with 25 kills.

Bend Lava Bears take 2nd in 5A

The Bend Lava Bears fell to Crescent Valley in the 5A title game, taking 2nd in the state. 

The Raiders won in four sets — 25-17, 25-16, 21-25, 25-8.

Chloe LeLuge of Bend led all players on the court with 21 kills. She was the only Lava Bears player in double digits in that category.

LeLuge, Carlie Shields and Lacy Clothier each had two aces. Brooke Braude had 18 digs while Lucy Schuller and Jasi Kjellesvik had 14 each.

Schuller provided 11 assists.

For Crescent Valley, Bella Jacobson, Vivian Buford and Taelyn Bentley each had 14 kills. Jacobson and Dani Street each had 21 digs and Kamden Mitchell had 33 assists.

Sisters, Bend headed to state volleyball championship matches

Two Central Oregon schools will be playing for state volleyball titles Saturday.

In the 3A semifinals Friday, the Sisters Outlaws were down two sets to none and facing elimination multiple times in the third set. They battled back to beat Valley Catholic 3-2 (17-25, 17-25, 27-25, 25-16, 15-9). 

Sisters will play Pleasant Hill for the 3A state title Saturday at 6 p.m.

Bend had an easier time in the 5A semifinal, beating Crater 3-1 (25-14, 23-25, 25-23, 25-5). They will face Crescent Valley for the championship, also Saturday at 6:00 p.m.

Five High Desert teams in all were in action Friday. Crook County, Summit and Trinity Lutheran were eliminated in the quarterfinals and will play consolation matches Saturday.

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Here are the scores from state tournament action:


5A: Bend def. Crater, 3-1

3A: Sisters def. Valley Catholic, 3-2


5A: Bend def. West Albany, 3-0

5A: Crescent Valley def. Summit, 3-0

4A: Marist Catholic def. Crook County, 3-2

3A: Sisters def. Corbett, 3-0

1A: St. Paul def. Trinity Lutheran, 3-0

▶️ High Desert Happenings: Nov. 3-5

Here are some events happening around the High Desert this weekend! 


First Friday Art Walk in Bend and Redmond from 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.

Fort Building Playgroup at the Downtown Bend Library from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Snowflake Boutique at the Deschutes County Fairgrounds from 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 


24th Annual Turkey Trot & 5k Run-Walk at COCC, registration starts at 9:30 a.m. 

Therapy Rabbit Meet & Greet at the Deschutes Public Library from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Flannel and Frost Event at the Boys and Girl’s Club starting at 5:00 p.m. 


Not’cho Grandma’s Bingo at Silver Moon Brewing from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Crater Lake Spirits Espresso War at Worthy Brewing starting at 12:00 p.m. 

▶️ Central Oregon high school football playoff scores

Below is a look at the scores for the first round of the Oregon high school football playoffs, provided by ScoreStream. Caldera, Crook County, Mountain View, Sisters and Summit are all in action.

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▶️ Sisters clock store resetting 500 clocks for end of Daylight Saving Time

Daylight Saving Time takes effect this weekend. And while your phone will update on its own and you may have three or four clocks in the house to reset, the “fall back” is an all-day job at Beacham’s Clock Company in Sisters.

Beacham’s has to turn back the hundreds of clocks in the store.

“We have about probably 500 clocks or so, the last time we counted, that need to be reset and changed for Daylight Saving Time,” owner Joe Recksiek said.

The winding, cranking and turning all of the clocks takes hours to make sure every clock strikes, ticks and even spins properly. 

Going off of Daylight Saving Time is a bit more difficult than when we go on in the spring, because in the spring it’s usually easier to take clocks one hour forward whereas going backward on a lot of clocks is a lot more difficult,” said Recksiek.

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It may seem overwhelming and tedious, but for some staff members at Beacham’s, it’s anything but.

“It’s actually kind of therapeutic. Pretty cathartic. Especially if it’s slow, it’s kind of nice. Just walking around with a key and cranking them up,” salesman Tyrell Beatty said.

Recksiek says he doesn’t mind the biannual time change. 

“I don’t mind the back and forth. I think if there’s a benefit from being on Daylight Saving Time, I think that’s great,” Recksiek said. “I don’t know if there’s been the benefit that they thought other than the extra daylight hours. But the changing back and forth doesn’t bother me.”

Oregon and Washington both passed legislation to make Daylight Saving Time permanent, but they would only adopt it if California did the same and if Congress agreed to make changes.

The time falls back one hour on Sunday at 2 a.m.

▶️ Central Oregon crime documentary ‘Lost Women of Highway 20’ debuts Sunday

A new documentary series for the true crime audience debuts this weekend, and this one focuses on women who disappeared and were killed in rural Oregon.

“Lost Women of Highway 20” will air on Investigation Discovery. It debuts Sunday at 9:00 p.m.

The three-hour series takes a look at the stories of the crimes associated with John Arthur Ackroyd.

“Explores the crimes that occurred along Highway 20 between the late 1970s and the early 1990s, where several young women and girls vanished, were sexually assaulted, or were killed,” the IMDB synopsis reads.

The documentary will also feature an interview with Oregonian reporter Noelle Crombie, who wrote a five-part series “Ghosts of Highway 20” in 2018.

Oscar-winning actor Octavia Spencer is the series producer. You can watch an extended interview with her, provided by Investigation Discovery, in the video above.

Halloween High Desert Happenings: Oct. 31

It’s Halloween, and if you’re looking for the best ways to celebrate holiday, we’ve got a list of events going on all around the High Desert 

Trick Or Treat/Candy Events 

6th Street in Redmond starting at 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m.

The Lodge in Sisters starting at 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.

Candy Crawl in Prineville starting at 1:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m.

Halloween at the Sisters-Camp Sherman Fire Station starting at 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. 

Old Mill District Halloween Events

Halloween in the Old Mill District  starting at 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. 

Bend Witches Paddle at Riverbend Park starting at 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m.