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A Coos Bay shipwreck became the scene
of a massive, drunken looting party
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Redmond gives away PPE to 36 local businesses
City hopes to keep such
events going: ‘If demand
grows, we’ll find a way
to get the supply’
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Chuck Arnold, left, documents a participant’s information as volunteer Ron Osmundson fills a
bag with items while handing out personal protective equipment to local businesses at Red-
mond City Hall on Thursday.
REDMOND — Marianne Mc-
Ginty drove her SUV into the Red-
mond City Hall parking lot Thurs-
day morning, hoping to receive
free personal protective equipment
for her store, Redmond Spa, Stove
& Sauna.
Not only did she want to use the
COVID-19 protective equipment
to keep her employees and cus-
tomers safe, but she also planned
to give it to the contractors who
help install hot tubs and stoves for
customers, she said.
“When they go to a customer’s
house, they can be safe,” McGinty
Two city staffers and a volunteer
were more than ready with dozens
of boxes stuffed with face masks,
giant bottles of hand sanitizer,
cleaning wipes and more.
As Chuck Arnold — Redmond’s
manager of economic development
and urban renewal who oversaw
the giveaway — handed McGinty
a tote bag stuffed with protective
equipment, the store co-owner ex-
pressed her appreciation.
“Thank you so much, we are
grateful for your support!” Mc-
Ginty told Arnold through her face
Thirty-six business owners and
employees received 23,000 face
masks, latex gloves, hand sanitizer
dispensers and more to keep them-
selves and their customers safe.
Leaving their car wasn’t necessary
— a drive-thru setup allowed city
staff to hand them their equip-
ment through the passenger side
window, like curbside pickup at a
Arnold said he was happy to
help local businesses serve people
safely during the COVID-19 pan-
“We felt there was an opportu-
nity here to work and deploy ma-
terials to people that can help keep
them safe, stay open, or get open,”
he said.
The city has distributed more
than 70,000 masks, gloves, bottles
of hand sanitizer, wipes and other
personnel protection items to
more than 200 businesses in Red-
mond since the onset of the pan-
demic in March 2020, according to
a city press release. The state of Or-
egon has given personal protective
equipment to cities like Redmond
to distribute to locals, Arnold said.
See PPE / P4
Trying to get all
students to in-person
classes is a logistical
challenge. This is
what’s being done.
Redmond School District
Redmond School District photo
s I write this,
students are in
classrooms at
Redmond’s neigh-
borhood schools, some for
the first time since last March.
Our teachers and staff are
thrilled to have kids back in
school, where we can connect
with them in person and be-
gin the process
of bridging
gaps that grew
while students
were in com-
prehensive dis-
tance learning.
If you’ve
Sheila Miller
looked at our
is the public
school sched-
ules, you may
officer for the
have noticed
that all three
levels have dif- School District.
ferent plans in
At the elementary level,
all students in kindergarten
through fifth grade will at-
tend school onsite full time.
At the middle-school level,
students will attend onsite
two full days each week, while
high schoolers will be in
school four days each week,
either in the morning or af-
ternoon — the rest of those
students’ time will be spent in
virtual learning.
Some parents have asked
why we can’t have all students
on the same schedule.
In a perfect world, all of
Redmond’s students would
be in person at school full
time. Operating within the
state’s guidelines, which detail
the amount of space between
desks and limit the number
of students who can be in a
classroom together, we tried
to think outside the box to
come up with solutions.
Redmond students return to classes this week.
See Students / P4
The Spokesman uses
recycled newsprint
Events in and around Redmond
The Redmond Spokesman welcomes event information for
its community calendar. Submissions are limited to nonprofit,
free and live entertainment events. Deadline is 5 p.m. Thursday
for the following Wednesday’s paper. Items are published on a
space-available basis and may be edited. Contact us at or fax 541-548-3203.
Fitness 4 Life with Diane: This class is 20 minutes of low impact
moves, 20 minutes of strength exercises designed to increase range of
motion and 20 minutes of balance and flexibility; 7:45-8:45 a.m.; $3.50;
online; or 541-548-7275.
Powercut Plus with Julane: This weightlifting class uses free-weights,
resistance bands and fitness balls along with great music to get you
through an hour of head-to-toe muscle work. Cardio intervals are
interjected between strength sets. Offered online or in person (limited
capacity); 9:15-10:15 a.m.; $3.50; RAPRD Activity Center, 2441 SW Canal
Blvd., Redmond or online; or 541-548-7275.
Community Dance Break!: Just 10 minutes..take a break and dance..a
perfect way to move your body, connect with others, and have
some fun!; 12:30-12:40 p.m.; registration required; online; go.evvnt.
com/742149-1 or 541-948-7015.
Redmond School Board Meeting: The school board will discuss the
High Desert ESD local service plan, a resolution to establish a capital
projects fund, a Black History Month proclamation and more; 5:30-
8:30 p.m.; online; or 541-923-8250.
Natural Solutions for Thyroid Disorders, Hormones and Fatigue:
Learn about how holistic medicine gets to the root of the problem in
this webinar led by Dr. Lexi Ching. Also discussing common triggers and
underlying causes of disorders; 6-7 p.m.; registration required; online; or 541-797-0167.
Rediscovered Reads Book Club: Discussing “My Grandmother Asked
Me to Tell You She’s Sorry” by Fredrik Backman; 6-7 p.m.; Roundabout
Books, online; or 541-306-6564.
See Calendar / P6
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