Saturday, December 1, 2012

Brenda Comini

Passionate about Community, Children & Families

Brenda Comini is the Director of the Crook County Commission on Children & Families and a long time resident of Prineville. But few know about her early years in tiny, rural Fossil Oregon. Listen to this fascinating conversation I had with Brenda recently about her life in community service, the Commission's goals and challenges - and a few things you probably didn't know about her.   Total time: 35 minutes
Brenda Comini

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Chad Lawrence - Teen Role Model

Chad Lawrence is a 9th grade student at Crook County High. If you think that adolescents these days only care about video games, text messaging and iPods, think again. Chad is a shining example about how having a passion and setting goals can make adolescence a wonderful life stage.

Left to right: Kassie, Michelle, Chad, Kelly, and Kerri Lawrence

Monday, November 12, 2012

Gordon Gillespie

Preserving Prineville's Past & Present

Gordon Gillespie, the Director of the Bowman Museum in Prineville Oregon, has a passion for history that was fueled as a youngster. Encouraged by teachers and professors along his journey, Gordon wound up on the west coast of the U.S., eventually making his way to the Pacific Northwest and Prineville. A fascinating guest, Gordon is another wonderful example of how volunteering for community service improves a community...and enriches a life along the way.

This podcast will give you a peek into how Prineville values and continues to support it's historical roots - while still trying to recover from a challenging economy caused by the "great recession." Enjoy! And make a point of stopping by the Bowman Museum soon, you'll be amazed!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Jerry Pimentel - A Role Model for Everyone

Have sports role models disappointed you? 

If so, then you need to listen to Jerry Pimentel's story!

Jerry Pimentel at home with his prized baseball hat collection

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Karole Stockton

A Lifetime of Community Service

Left to right: High Desert Bonnie Lass (Daughter), Karole, High Desert Gypsy (Mom)

Karole Stockton has lived in Prineville for over 40 years. She must not require much sleep because she's volunteered with just about every community service organization that exists. I recently interviewed Karole in her office at Crestview Cable. Our 20-minute chat covers her life, her passion for community service, and her views on Prineville past and present. I hope you enjoy getting to know Karole as much as I did.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Podcast with Diane Cable from Experience Works

Experience Works is helping low-income seniors get training and jobs!

Diane Cable is the Employment & Training Coordinator with Experience Works. Based in Redmond Oregon, Diane's personal story is a testament to what Experience Works can accomplish in a senior's life.

Diane graciously agreed to be interviewed on Prineville People in July of 2012. Our 23-minute conversation is one every senior in Central Oregon should listen to.

Listen now!

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Author’s Writing Passion Fueled in Third Grade

Crook County graduate David ‘Scott’ Fields credits former teacher Jan Uffelman for igniting his interest in writing                                                                                                                           

by Bill Mintiens

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Teaching is a demanding profession and most enter the field not for monetary gain, but to see young people realize their full potential in life.
And teachers love it when former students, now pursuing their passions and dreams, return to the community to share their experiences, successes, and insights.
Jan Uffelman, former Ochoco Elementary School teacher who retired in 2003, had a visit from just such a student this summer. Benefitting from her insight, encouragement, and mentoring, he was happy to share his experiences with both Uffelman and elementary school-age students in the community.

(This article was first published in the Central Oregonian newspaper August 9th, 2012)