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Changes To Redmond City Council Coming In 2023

REDMOND, OR -- Redmond’s City Council will look different in the new year. Councilor Krisanna Clark-Endicott announced Tuesday she won’t seek re-election in November. Hers is one of three seats up for grabs this year.

Councilor Jay Patrick has filed to run for Mayor, opting not to run to keep his Council seat. And, the third position is held by Cat Zwicker, who plans to run for a full term after being appointed in 2021, although she has not yet submitted all appropriate paperwork. According to the City Recorder, Branegan Dixon and John Nielsen have filed to run for Council, and Kathryn Osborne and Bill Trumble say they are running but have not submitted paperwork.

Also running for Mayor: Councilor Ed Fitch, who lost his last race for Mayor in 2018. His Council seat isn’t up this year, so he’ll remain if he loses his Mayoral bid. Charles Baer, who ran unsuccessfully for Bend Mayor four years ago. And Ben Schimmoller, who narrowly lost to Jack Zika in the 2018 Republican primary for House District 53. 

Clark-Endicott is married to Mayor George Endicott who previously announced he’s retiring at the end of the year.


UPDATE (4:30 p.m.) -- Redmond's City Recorder says Cat Zwicker submitted her candidate paperwork Wednesday and officially qualifies for the November ballot. 


BPD Sees Rise In Opportunistic Theft

BEND, OR -- Following a number of recent theft cases, Bend Police Chief Mike Krantz acknowledges the city is seeing more low-level crimes. "We have a decrease in person crimes, crimes of violence," Krantz tells KBND News, "But we do have an increase in that opportunistic crime."

The unfortunate reality, he says, is that everyone bears responsibility to be proactive in preventing theft. "We always encourage people: Remember to lock your doors. This is Bend. I know a lot of people leave their doors unlocked; they still do, both in their house, their car, their shed and their garage. It’s really critical to lock doors."

Previous Coverage: Mail Theft On The Rise In Deschutes County

Krantz says it’s part of our changing city, "It’s growth. And with that comes some of these growing city pains, in that there is an increase in some of these criminal activities. You know, I’m still thankful that we live in a very safe community. I talk to people about that all the time - yes, some of our lower level crimes of opportunity are increasing. But, overall, our violent crime, our person-to-person crime [is] extremely low for a community our size, actually."

The Chief also responded to concerns, following a brazen theft in the Old Mill. Krantz believes the three people who stole $20,000 worth of sunglasses from a store in the Old Mill, are committing similar crimes up and down the west coast, "Where you have a small group of people who go in and just overwhelm the store - not by force, not by robbery. But just start taking stuff and piling it in. And, for a variety of reasons there’s apprehension on the part of the employees; whether it be they’re just outnumbered, they’re in fear, corporate policies, whatever it is, they don’t intervene. It’s such a fast crime. It’s a minute or two and they’re out. Our average response time for in-progress crimes is about four minutes, so trying to get there on time, while it’s in progress, is difficult."

Click HERE to listen to our full conversation with BPD Chief Mike Krantz.

Madras Hires Director Of Police Services

MADRAS, OR -- Madras now has a Director of Police Services. City Council approved the appointment of retired Milwaukie Police Chief Steve Bartol to oversee Madras PD while Chief Tanner Stanfill is on Medical Leave.

Initially, a Madras Sergeant was appointed as interim chief, but officials say it quickly became clear that created a shortage in detective and patrol efforts. Bartol will serve in a civilian capacity and is not authorized to make arrests, perform officer duties or carry a badge.

Beginning this week, he’ll oversee day-to-day operations and perform administrative functions until Chief Stanfill returns. 

Redmond Man Arrested Following Child Porn Investigation

REDMOND, OR -- Redmond police arrested a 47-year-old man, following a four-month investigation into child porn. Officers executed a search warrant at Brian Zollman’s home on Tuesday. He was taken to the Deschutes County jail for six counts of Encouraging Child Sexual Abuse in the first degree and ten counts of Encouraging Child Sexual Abuse in the second degree.   

Based on information learned during this investigation, police believe Zollman may have had access to children in Redmond and Bend.  If your child has had contact with Zollman over the last year, or if you have information regarding this case (RPD case #22-18415), please contact RPD through dispatch, at 541-693-6911. 

RPD thanks The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force, and the Central Oregon Digital Forensic Laboratory for their assistance with this investigation.  If you want to report child sexual exploitation you can do so through Deschutes County Dispatch, 541-693-6911, or through NCMEC’s Cyber Tip Line, https://report.cybertip.org, which is the nations centralized reporting system for the online exploitation of children.  You can make reports of suspected online enticement of children for sexual acts, child sexual molestation, child sex abuse material, child sex tourism, child sex trafficking, unsolicited obscene materials sent to a child, misleading domain names, and misleading words or digital images on the internet.       

Open House Schedule Announced For Camping Code

BEND, OR -- The City of Bend will host two open house meetings as part of its development of  municipal code provisions to regulate unsanctioned camping on City rights-of-way and City-owned property, like public streets, sidewalks, and landscape strips in Bend. 

The purpose of the open houses is to inform the community about how developing an unsanctioned camping code fits into the City and community response to homelessness. City staff will share information about the legal principles involved in regulating public property in light of recent federal court decisions and Oregon statutes and the process for developing the code, including when community members will have opportunities to provide input. The open houses will also provide time for community members to ask questions about this process.. Both open houses will be hybrid events. The online open houses will be available with live simultaneous Spanish interpretation.

The open houses will be held:

  • 10 a.m. on Tuesday, August 16, in Council Chambers (710 NW Wall Street) or online
  • 5:30 p.m. on Monday, August 29, at Municipal Court (555 NE 15th Street) or online

Both open houses will be streamed on the City of Bend YouTube channel. Those who wish to ask questions during the open house should register with the Zoom links that will be posted on the unsanctioned camping code webpage.

Unsanctioned camping along City streets and sidewalks is the type of camping the City hears a lot of concerns about. The Bend Municipal Code currently does not ban camping on public property or rights-of-way. The City of Bend is developing a code to help regulate City-owned property and rights-of-way to make them safer for everyone, and intends to regulate unsanctioned camping in a manner consistent with federal court decisions and Oregon law. There will be opportunities for the community to provide input on the proposed code before Council votes on adopting a code this fall.

Learn more about the unsanctioned camping code at bendoregon.gov/camping-code.

Sisters To Host City Manager Recruitment Mtg

SISTERS, OR -- The city of Sisters is moving forward with plans to recruit a new City Manager. Cory Misley says he is stepping down and moving out of the area at the end of this month. A virtual community meeting is planned for August 23rd at 6 p.m., for citizens to provide feedback on the kind of person they want in the position. 

The City Manager oversees city departments and answers only to City Council and the Mayor.



Mail Theft On The Rise In Deschutes County

BEND, OR -- The Deschutes County District Attorney’s Office is investigating more theft cases, including identity and mail theft, "Particularly the mail theft, which is, historically, not something that we’ve seen a lot of around here. But, in the last few years - and even, I would say, in particular, in the last six months, we’ve seen a rise in mail theft cases," Chief Deputy DA Stephen Gunnels tells KBND News, "I think word gets around among thieves that that’s an easy way to steal someone’s identity."

Bend Police report officers investigated two reports of mail theft in the first six months of 2021, compared to four in the city in the past six months. 

He says it’s primarily a crime of opportunity, "For example, in rural areas, you have the mailbox that just opens and shuts and there’s no lock on it. Those are easy for thieves. Especially at night, if someone leaves their mail in the mailbox overnight. If you put a check in the mail to go out the next day, I would suggest that you not do that; that you wait until the next morning to put it out there for the mail carrier to pick it up." Gunnels adds, "There are just really obvious things that we see over and over again, where somebody gets ahold of your debit or credit card and they go into the store, they buy very expensive power tools in order to pawn them, so they can get cash. They order huge amounts of food at grocery stores; things like that. Until the person whose bank accounts are being exploited cancels their debit card or credit card."

There are simple things you can do to protect yourself: cancel lost or missing debit or credit cards right away, watch account statements and immediately report unauthorized purchases, and get a locking mailbox. Gunnels says thieves almost never target a locked box.

Swimmer Dies Near Terrebonne

TERREBONNE, OR -- The body of a 37-year-old from Prineville was found in the Deschutes River near Terrebonne, over the weekend. A friend reported the person missing Saturday night.

The two had been swimming near Lower Bridge Way, but the friend left for an errand and when he returned, the victim had disappeared.

Deschutes County Search and Rescue responded that evening, but were unable to find the person. More resources responded to the area Sunday morning, including 17 SAR volunteers and the swift water rescue team, K9’s, and drone teams. After approximately five and a half hours, they found the body in the river approximately ½ mile downstream from Lower Bridge Way.

DCSO says this is a non-criminal investigation and nothing suspicious was noted. 

The name of the deceased is being withheld pending next of kin notification. 

Deschutes Co. Commissioners Meeting Heats Up Over Psilocybin Vote

BEND, OR -- Deschutes County Commissioners formally voted Monday to ask voters in November to opt out of allowing psilocybin facilities in unincorporated areas.

Previous Coverage: Psilocybin Hearing Draws Dozens Of Supporters

Commission Phil Chang was the sole "no'' vote, expressing frustration with the debate over what he says is a scientifically proven treatment. He told the other two Commissioners, "You all have been trying to define this purely as a land use issue. But, to me, this is an issue that we need to consider under our authority as the local mental health authority and the community mental health program, because these treatments have been demonstrated by Johns Hopkins and a whole bunch of pretty prestigious medical institutions throughout the United States."

In November 2020, 53% of Deschutes County voters approved Measure 109, which legalized so-called "magic mushrooms" as a medical treatment in Oregon. Chang asked to discuss the wording of the new local measure, "I would encourage us to include those statistics in the measure language itself." But Commissioner Patti Adair, the Board Chair, replied, "I personally don’t want to go that far. People can write it when they want to. I believe that 19 of the 24 rural precincts voted against it. So, there’s different sides of the issue." Chang also said it's premature to vote on a measure when they haven't decided on the verbiage being sent to voters. The other two Commissioners agreed to debate the measure language on Wednesday. 

As they headed to a vote, Chang tried again, "I believe that referring this ballot measure is both unnecessary and an expense to the taxpayers of Deschutes County that we do not need to incur." Adair immediately responded, "Ok; for a vote then - Commissioner DeBone?" Tony DeBone voted yes. "Commissioner Chang?" He voted no. The vote closed with Adair saying, "And the Chair votes yes."

Crook and Jefferson Counties expect to send similar opt out questions to the ballot in November. Voters in those two counties opposed to M109 in 2020. 

La Pine Chase Ends In State Park

LA PINE, OR -- A La Pine man faces charges after leading Deputies on a pursuit that ended in La Pine State Park.

The Sheriff’s Office says a deputy tried to pull  35-year-old Robert Alford over after he blew through a stop sign at Huntington and State Rac Road, just after 11 p.m. Sunday. When he didn’t stop, DCSO chased him into the park where he tried to drive off-road.

He high-centered on a boulder and was taken into custody without further incident.

Monday Wildfire Update

BEND, OR -- The Waldo Lake Wilderness remains closed as wildland crews battle the Cedar Creek Fire (pictured), east of Oakridge. It nearly doubled in size Sunday; estimated at 3,234 acres, as of Monday morning. The fire is burning in steep, rugged terrain, which makes it difficult for firefighters to access from the ground. A community meeting is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Monday on the Cedar Creek Fire Facebook page

The Potter Fire, also in the Willamette National Forest, is 234 acres, with zero containment. The nearby Windigo Fire, in the Umpqua National Forest, is 1,053 acres and 25% contained. 

Near Maupin, the Miller Road Fire is now 98% contained at 10,847 acres. All evacuations were lifted Sunday.

On the Malheur National Forest, the Beech Creek Fire is at 155 acres and 69% contained. It continues to burn on both sides of Highway 395, nine miles south of Long Creek.

Locally, smoke jumpers responded to a new incident in the Deschutes National Forest, Sunday night. Incident 569 was reported near Lily Lake, northeast of Waldo Lake. Air resources responded from the Cedar Creek to provide water drops. 


Two Arrested In Redmond Drug Bust

REDMOND, OR -- Two people from Redmond were arrested during a drug bust last week. At about 8 a.m. on Thursday, Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Street Crimes Detectives executed a search warrant in the 700 block of NW 5th Street in Redmond. A multi-county surveillance operation was conducted. They say 34-year-old Joseph Pedro and 26-year-old Kerstin Arias were observed in the Portland area, believed to be purchasing controlled substances for distribution in Central Oregon.  

Pedro and Arias were detained without incident, upon their arrival home. Pedro was found with a commercial quantity of Fentanyl. Arias had a felony amount of Methamphetamine.  

The greater Portland area is a major transshipment hub where illegal drugs from the southwest border are stored in local warehouses, storage units, and residential properties. The bulk shipments of drugs are usually broken down into smaller quantities and transported to other states or distributed to local dealers. In addition, the Portland area has an international airport, interstate highways, and bus and train lines, making it easy for shipments to be smuggled to other destinations around the Pacific Northwest. 

Both Arias and Pedro were taken to the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Jail, where he is charged with Unlawful Possession of a Schedule II Controlled Substance (commercial quantity of fentanyl) and Attempted Unlawful Delivery of a Schedule II Controlled Substance (fentanyl.)  She is accused of Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine-Felony. 

Crook County Rancher Creates Celebration Of Dirt

PRINEVILLE, OR -- A Central Oregon farm is partnering with the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service for a celebration of dirt, this weekend.

Crook County rancher Jeff Fox grows grass, lavender and bees at SunLife Farm, but he also wants it to be a destination for learning. "Soil is such an important part to framing that I just had a hair-brained idea to do something called Dirt Day." It's a "soilebration," if you will.

Dirt Day provides an exploration of dirt, with the help of some expert guests talking about important topics, "From native grasses and native soils, and the breakdown of what has happened on the native front here in Central Oregon, and just overall, the changes. And hopefully what we can do better, as the public, moving forward, to put some emphasis back into sustainability. And, I guess, give them more of an appreciation of where everything comes from and just how interconnected we all are." He tells KBND News he offers "Just an overall understanding of what has happened with soil, what is happening to soil at varying levels - be it from climate change, be it from our drought situation. But there’s an ever-changing nature to the ag industry, here in Central Oregon."

Saturday’s event includes food, the NRCS soil health trailer, and, of course, a big pit to explore, "Give a true, live look at what happens beneath the surface; what’s below there. And, how that all works relative to water and watering, if you would, relative to nutrients in the soil - what it takes to actually grow crops, here."

Dirt Day is Saturday from 10 to 3:30, you’ll find more information at SunLifeFarm.com.


Wildfire Risk Map Pulled Down, Redmond Meeting Still On

REDMOND, OR -- Barely a month after the Department of Forestry released a statewide wildfire risk map, the Oregon State Forester pulled down the original version. However, a public meeting in Central Oregon will go on as planned, this week.

ODF’s Derek Gasperini says the agency complied with a new law by getting a first version out by June 30th, "Senate Bill 762 has a lot of pieces for a lot of agencies. But, for the Department of Forestry - specifically, it required the Department of Forestry to work with Oregon State University, who are some of the nation’s leaders in fire science, to create a map that assesses wildfire risk at a property ownership level and identifies the wildland-urban interface; basically, where wildland fuels and vegetation meets homes and communities."

But, the State Forester says feedback from nearly 2,000 people over the past month helped them understand key areas of concern and are working with OSU to improve the map. Gasperini says those developers followed guidelines. "As the legislation requires, the risk is based on a combination of climate, weather, topography and vegetation," he told KBND News last week, "So, when you have a hot, dry climate; when you have troubling, steep topography - or proximity to those, then that increases the risk of occurrence of wildfire."

ODF sent out 100,000 notices to property owners in high and extreme risk areas, which are now subject to change with a new map. Any appeals are also moot.

ODF will be in Redmond this week, to talk with Central Oregonians about the map. Gasperini says they still want to provide a chance for Central Oregonians to talk to the agency and researchers from OSU, "The folks who have spent the last year writing the rules, building the map, just basically creating the policy and the science behind the risk assessment. And, sharing what the outcome of that map is, its purpose, [and] the appeal process."

Wednesday’s meeting is at the Deschutes County Fairgrounds at 7 p.m.

Motorcycle Rider Rescued After Crash Near Pine Mountain

SUNRIVER, OR -- Deschutes County Search and Rescue helped a 27-year-old Bend man after he crashed his motorcycle on a Forest Road south of Pine Mountain, Sunday morning.

According to the Sheriff's Office, 13 SAR volunteers and two deputies responded to the area just before 11 a.m. The first responder on scene was a Seasonal Deputy, who was working OHV enforcement.  That deputy stayed with the rider and guided in SAR volunteers to the rider's location when they arrived with the second deputy.  

The rider was put into a wheeled litter and carried to nearby SAR vehicles, then driven to an OHV staging area where an ambulance was waiting.

He was taken to St. Charles for evaluation.

Photos courtesy Deschutes County Sheriff's Office

$20k In Sunglasses Taken In Theft

BEND, OR -- Three people are on the run after Bend Police say they stole $20,000 worth of sunglasses from the Sunglasses Hut in The Old Mill District, Sunday morning.

Officers responded just after 11 a.m. and learned a man and two women entered the store and began putting sunglasses into bags. They continued, even after being confronted by an employee. There were other customers in the store at the time. The three then took off.

During the investigation, police were able to get photos of the suspects and their vehicle - a gray Hyundai, possibly a Sonata, with tinted windows. There were no license plates on the vehicle when they left the location. There is damage to the driver’s side.

If you see this vehicle or the subjects in the photos, please contact the Bend Police Department through non-emergency dispatch at 541-693-6911.











Photos courtesy Bend PD

Defensible Space Code Development Meetings Planned

SALEM, OR -- The Office of State Fire Marshal (OSFM) is hosting a series of town hall meetings to talk about the 2022 Oregon Defensible Space Code, its development, timelines, and upcoming opportunities for community input.

The OSFM has been working through a public development process with the Oregon Defensible Space Code Development committee; a diverse group of stakeholders, to develop the new code based on the framework established through SB 762. To continue that process, the OSFM is hosting a series of 17 community townhalls across Oregon, which began last week in Southern Oregon.

Local meetings are:

Tuesday, August 16

  • Sunriver, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., Three Rivers School Gym, 569000 Enterprise Dr.
  • Bend, 5:30 - 7 p.m., Location TBD

Wednesday, August 17

  • Sisters, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., Sisters Community Room, 301 S Elm St.
  • Prineville, 5:30 - 7 p.m., Location TBD

Thursday, August 18
  • Madras, 5:30 - 7 p.m., Madras Performing Arts, 412 SE Buff St.

For a full schedule, visit Oregon Defensible Space Code webpage.

Oregon Senate Bill 762 directs the OSFM to establish minimum defensible space code standards and where those may apply. Accordingly, the OSFM has set up a special section on its website dedicated to the defensible space code development process. Those wishing to learn more can do so here defensible space code requirements.

Bend Continues Work On Unsanctioned Camping Code

BEND, OR -- Bend’s City Council continues to get regular updates on efforts to reduce homelessness. Mayor Pro Tem Anthony Broadman says the conversations are long overdue, "This Council has taken up, in the last several months, both unsanctioned camping and the regulation and siting of homeless shelters. So, two big issues previous Councils had not addressed. I don’t know why; obviously this is a top-line issue for folks in Bend." While many in Bend point to the pandemic as a big factor, Broadman says there has been a steady increase in the number of unhoused people in Bend, over the last 10 years. 

Broadman tells KBND News city staff now have clear instructions, "Build this code that prohibits camping. Then, make sure that, even on top of that, within residential areas, there’s no camping allowed. And a buffer around existing homeless service providers." He adds, "We need to restrict - we need to regulate where unsanctioned camping can occur, or limit it in many ways, by what the courts have told us in terms of regulating where and how people can camp." Those court decisions say cities cannot impose laws that criminalize homelessness, and a camper must have access to a shelter bed. But, Broadman says, Council can dictate how public rights of way are used, "We can regulate time, place and manner of where people can sleep and camp. And we have to do that because we regulate the public right of way in many ways. So, we’re not regulating the existence of people who are homeless. We’re simply saying ‘if you are going to use public space you have to do it in a safe way."

Council also plans more opportunities for feedback before the code is finalized, "We want the input from the public. We’re going to have multiple open houses on just the unsanctioned camping code," says Broadman. A draft code could be ready for public input later this summer or fall. 

Previous Coverage: City Council Agrees On Framework For Camping Code Development

Friday Morning Wildfire Update

BEND, OR -- All evacuation levels for the Fly Creek Fire, near Lake Billy Chinook, have been lifted. As of Thursday afternoon, the fire was 95% contained at 274 acres. Due to firefighter's progress, management will be downgraded Friday morning, with no more official updates. 

The Green Butte Fire, about 13 miles southeast of La Pine, is estimated at just 23 acres adn 25% contained. Firefighters continue mop-up efforts Friday to improve the fire line. 

Friday morning's Central Oregon Fire briefing is HERE

The Windigo Fire in the Umpqua National Forest, 20 miles southwest of La Pine, is estimated at 978 acres, as of Friday morning. Nearby, the Potter Fire is about 125 acres in the Willamette National Forest. Both remain 0% contained.

The Cedar Creek Fire, also on the Willamette, has grown to 830 acres. It's about 15 miles east of Oakridge. Crews continue to struggle with access as it’s burning in steep, rugged terrain. It's also zero contained.

The massive Miller Road Fire in Wasco County continues to burn grass and brush 8 miles southwest of Maupin. Friday morning estimates put it at 11,186 acres with 25% containment. Evacuations remain in place for areas near Maupin and Tygh Valley.

At a Thursday briefing, Vince Stafford, with the State Fire Marshal's Office said, "We did lose one primary structure out there. We were fighting around and then we brought in some heavy aircraft to help us. They did a great job catching that." Another 880 structures are still threatened. Stafford says more resources are coming, "So, you’re going to see a lot more activity, more equipment and crews being put on the fire." A unified command takes over Friday morning. 

Another fire in The Dalles pulled some resources from Miller Road. 

Click HERE to read the full Friday morning briefing from the Northwest Coordination Center. 


Photo: Cedar Creek Fire 08/04/22, courtesy NWCC

FOUND: State Searches For Missing Bend Siblings

UPDATE: (08/04/22) Oregon's Deparment of Human Services says both children were found safe on Thursday, August 4th. 


BEND, OR -- (07/21/22) Oregon's Department of Human Services issued the following missing persons alert:

Nova Millsap, age 13-months, and Artimay Millsap, age 7-weeks, went missing with their father, Charles Millsap and their mother, Kayla Spills (aka: Kayla Millsap) from Bend on July 7. The Oregon Department of Human Services (ODHS), Child Welfare Division believes that Nova and Artimay may be at risk and is searching for them to assess their safety.

ODHS asks the public to help in the effort to find Nova and Artimay. Anyone who suspects they have information about the location of Nova and Artimay, or their parents should call 911 or local law enforcement. 

They are believed to be in the Redmond, Terrebonne or Prineville areas of Oregon. There is also a chance they may travel out of state. They are suspected to be traveling together in a white Honda Accord with Oregon license plate #SBD139. Kayle Spills sometimes goes by the name Kayle Millsap. 

Name: Nova Lou Millsap
Pronouns: She/her
Date of birth: June 17, 2021
Height: 30-inches
Weight: 20-pounds
Hair: Strawberry blonde
Eye color: Blue

Name: Artimay Dianne Millsap
Pronouns: She/her
Date of birth: June 3, 2022
Height: 15-inches
Weight: 7-pounds
Hair: Strawberry blonde
Eye color: Blue
Other identifying information: Artimay is a very small infant

A small number of children in foster care may be in significant danger when they run away or have gone missing. As ODHS works to do everything it can to find these missing children and ensure their safety, media alerts will be issued in some circumstances when it is determined necessary. Sometimes, in these situations, a child may go missing repeatedly, resulting in more than one media alert for the same child.

Report child abuse to the Oregon Child Abuse Hotline by calling 1-855-503-SAFE (7233).  This toll-free number allows you to report abuse of any child or adult to the Oregon Department of Human Services, 24 hours a day, seven days a week and 365 days a year. 

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