New School Planned if Redmond Bond Passes

Voters in Redmond will have a chance to vote on a school bond measure in November after the school board approved a $69.7 million bond proposal.

At the school board meeting Wednesday night, the Redmond School District board of directors unanimously approved a resolution to place the bond proposal on the ballot.

If passed about half of the nearly $70 million would immediately go toward the designing and building of a new elementary school to replace the over 50-year-old M.A. Lynch Elementary. The district hopes that with the bond funds, construction could start as early as summer 2019 and students could be in classrooms by summer 2020.

The money from the bond would also go towards district-wide capital repairs and security improvements to classrooms and school facilities, like secure school entrances and upgrading or installing security cameras at each of their 15 facilities.

The school board’s resolution also includes the establishment of a citizen oversight committee, an independent citizen-led body in charge of monitoring the planned improvements, progress and schedule of costs of the bond program.

Property owners in the Redmond School District are currently paying $2.45 per thousand of assessed value. The proposed $70 million bond would cost taxpayers an additional $0.54 per $1,000 of assessed value, making the total anticipated rate $2.99 per thousand of assessed value.

House Fire North of Redmond

Evacuation Orders for Neighbors Lifted

On Tuesday afternoon a structure fire north of Redmond was reported in the 2500 block of NW Rimrock Lane. A house had caught fire and the embers ignited brush near the home and threatened neighboring properties. The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office called for an evacuation of neighbors but the orders were lifted only a few hours later thanks to the work of numerous local fire crews who got the blaze under control.

So far no injuries have been reported but the residence that caught fire is a complete loss, no other properties were damaged.

Running for a Cause

Redmond Runner Plans 200 Mile Run to Raise Awareness for His Wife

The annual two-day Cascade Lakes Relay gets underway officially tomorrow, but two runners are already on the course. They’re planning to run more than 200 miles solo, instead of with a team.

Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan meets one of those runners, a Redmond man who is taking on the challenge to raise awareness of his wife’s chronic debilitating illness.

Longer Wait Times Expected at Redmond Airport

Redmond Airport is asking anyone flying between Wednesday and Friday to arrive at least two hours prior to departure time to clear the TSA screening process due to a temporary x-ray machine outage.

Security manager Nicole Jurgensen said the broken machine means TSA is down to just one line for security screening and it could lead to passengers experiencing wait times of up to 45 minutes until it’s fixed.

To accommodate for the potential back up, airline ticket counters will open at 3:15 a.m. with passenger screening beginning at 3:30 a.m. for the rest of the week.

While this week’s longer wait times may be due to malfunctioning equipment, Redmond Airport officials say they’ve seen more passengers and longer wait times before now.

With the newest addition of the 737 Seattle flight and future construction taking place next year to expand the airport’s air carrier ramp, Redmond Airport’s growth is showing no signs of slowing down. That means those longer lines could eventually be here to stay.

737 Flights Come to Redmond

Fifty flights go in and out and Redmond Airport everyday but Friday’s flight from Seattle was a special one.

The first 737 landed at Redmond Friday afternoon and is the largest commercial to operate out of the airport in its history. Up till now most of the flights operating out of Redmond held only 76 passengers. The 737-800 planes almost double that.

The flight, operated by Alaska Airlines, will run daily from Redmond to Seattle, which is the number one market for RDM.

The daily inbound flight will depart from Seattle at 12:30 p.m., arrive in Redmond at 1:40 p.m. and the outbound flight will head to Seattle at 2:35 p.m. For now the flight will run seasonally with plans to expand in the future.

While Alaska Airlines is currently the only airline operating 737s out of Redmond, the airport homes to see more airlines bring in larger planes in the future.

 

Life Flight Celebrates 40 Years in Central Oregon

The Life Flight Network provides air medical transport services out of 25 different bases in Oregon, Idaho, Washington and Montana.
Today, the company celebrated their 40th anniversary here in Central Oregon, and as Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan report, their celebration is giving residents a chance to talk advantage of a one-time-only membership rate that could save your life someday.
Because of their 40th Anniversary, Life Flight is offering a $40 special membership rate now through Labor Day, but it is also important to note that to make sure you are completely covered for emergency flights in Central Oregon, fire officials and paramedics recommend you get memberships to both Life Flight and Air Link, which is the other provider of air medical transport services in our region.

Bilingual Education

A Program in Redmond Is Educating in Two Languages

As the school year comes to the close across Central Oregon, some Kindergarteners at the Redmond Early Learning Center are celebrating their completion of a duel-immersion language program. Students in the program learn their reading, writing and arithmetic in both English and Spanish.

Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan takes a look at this pioneering program in Redmond.

Homeless Camp Eviction

There’s a property east of Redmond where, at one time, hundreds of homeless campers were squatting. The last remaining campers left the property Tuesday after the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office issues an eviction notice on Monday.

Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan was on the scene when land owners surveyed what was left behind.

Riding for the Title

Equestrian State Championships in Redmond

Teenage equestrians from all across the state are in Central Oregon this weekend at the Deschutes County Fairground and Expo Center in Redmond.

Central Oregon’s Lisa Carton met some of the young riders who are competing in the Oregon High School Equestrian State Championships.

The team winners of this state competition move on to Washington to compete there at the Pacific Northwest Invitational Championship.

Redmond Seeks Funds For Three New Police Officers

The Police Department in Redmond is asking for more officers to address the growing population of their community, but now the question is, how does the city pay for those officers?

Central Oregon Daily’s Curtis Vogel joins us with a look at the budget discussions going on in Redmond tonight.

The Redmond Police Department says the originally-planned increase in officers would have helped them establish a drug enforcement team, increase the size of daily patrol teams on duty and help reduce traffic violations and accidents as well as institute a downtown foot patrol.

With the public safety fee idea now shelved, the City of Redmond’s budget director says they are going to have to pull from other departments budget to even add three more police officers.