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Wednesday Procession For Fallen Bend Firefighter

BEND, OR -- The procession carrying Bend Fire & Rescue Engineer Daniel Harro and his twin brother Mark Harro home to Bend will pass through town on Highway 20/Greenwood Avenue on Wednesday August 17, sometime between 4:15 and 4:45pm. The brothers were killed in a plane crash Monday morning, while returning home from a camping trip in Idaho. 

They will be transported home from Idaho by a Bend Fire & Rescue medic unit and escorted by Bend Fire & Rescue personnel. They will be escorted to the Idaho border by the Idaho State Police and then escorted by the Oregon State Police home to Bend. 
Those wishing to pay respects to the Harro families by viewing the procession are encouraged to line the sidewalks of NE Greenwood Avenue between 8th Street and 12th Street. There is ample street parking along the Greenwood Avenue side streets, and Bend Fire encourages people to respect the designated parking lots of local businesses and maintain a safe distance from the roadway as traffic will be flowing normally on both ends of the procession. On-duty Bend Fire & Rescue crews will stage at the Pilot Butte Drive-In, 917 NE Greenwood, to view the procession. 
The public should expect traffic congestion in the area of Niswonger-Reynolds Funeral Home on Irving Avenue during that time as well, as fire apparatus break free from the procession and return to quarters. Bend Police and Public Works may temporarily close streets near the funeral home to assist with traffic congestion from fire apparatus.

Bend Fire thanks our community for their patience and support during this difficult time for the organization and Harro families. 

Madras Voters To Decide Psilocybin Ban

MADRAS, OR -- Madras voters will decide in November whether the city should ban psilocybin-related businesses.

In a special meeting on Tuesday, Madras City Councilors voted unanimously to approve an ordinance, pending voter approval. No one spoke during the public comment period.

The ordinance prohibits psilocybin product manufacturers and service center operators once they become legal in Oregon in January.

Jefferson County Commissioners agreed last month to refer a similar ban to voters.

Gas Prices Fall For Ninth Straight Week

BEND, OR -- Drivers are getting more relief at the pump this week. The national average for regular is down 8 cents to $3.95 a gallon, while Oregon’s average fell 4 cents, to $4.87. In Bend, the local average dropped 7 cents to $4.88. "This is the ninth week in a row that we’ve seen pump prices decline," AAA's Marie Dodds tells KBND News, "We are seeing crude oil prices remain below $100 a barrel and demand for gas is lower than it was a year ago." She adds, "Demand for gasoline is bigger than it was a week ago, so we are seeing growth in demand. But it’s still significantly less than it was a year ago - about 307,000 barrels a day lower than it was a year ago at this time."

She expects we’ll see even bigger price declines later in the fall.

ODOT Continues Summer Maintenance Projects

SISTERS, OR -- Oregon Department of Transportation crews are repairing a portion of Highway 20 in Sisters this week. Kacey Davey says “patch paving” from Locust to Pine should be complete before the weekend, "So, that’s from 10 o’clock at night to 5:30 in the morning, and Thursday will be the last night. There will be one lane of traffic impacted while we’re working on the pavement of the other lane." Click HERE to learn more about the project. 

Davey tells KBND News, "In Redmond, we’re doing a little patch paving work on US 97 between Yew and Evergreen. But again, that’s going to happen at night and just be one lane at a time. So it should be minimal impact to folks." Both the Redmond and Sisters projects should be complete by the weekend.

In Crook County, they’re doing pavement repairs on Paulina Highway - that’s Highway 380. That work could take three to four weeks. 

Families Frustrated By BPRD Fall Registration

BEND, OR -- Complaints came pouring in to Bend Park and Recreation Tuesday from families struggling to register for fall programs. Registration opened at 6 a.m. but the district’s website crashed intermittently until 8:30, as thousands tried to sign up for swim lessons, ice hockey, and non-school day programs all at the same time. 

Those trying to sign up in those first two hours were met with spinning circles and log-in errors. BPRD's Julie Brown called it a "disappointment" for the district, "It was a confluence of a couple of different things and the underlying issue that we are having is that we have very, very high demand and stress on our registration system, all at exactly the same time."

Brown says it’s common for demand to be high in the first couple hours, "But what we have seen recently - and it has been an incremental increase over the last couple of years - it is doubling and tripling in volume in those first couple of hours in a way that we have not been able to keep up the technology piece of it. But, it also tells us that our community has probably grown to a size where we do need to think about opening registration differently, and maybe having some staggered openings."

Brown says BPRD had 8,400 registrations between 6 a.m. and 1 p.m. Tuesday. That's 200 fewer than opening day for summer registration in April 2022, which set a Bend Parks and Rec record. The first day of fall registration in 2018 saw 1,000 registrations by 1 p.m. For fall of 2019, there were 1,500.

She says discussions of staggering registrations are longside talk of expanding current technology and possibly changing the time of day registration opens. But the biggest issues are with those most favored activities, "Our swim lessons are a very, very popular program that have high demand, as well as when we have those non-school day programs and summer camps, as well as our ice season programs. You know, hockey and curling and our learn-to-skate programs are very, very popular. And what happened was that several of those high-demand programs were opening at the same time."

According to BPRD, 85% of registrations on Tuesday occurred online. The remaining 15% were in person or by phone. If you didn’t get into the programs you wanted, Brown encourages you to sign up for the waiting list. Here are the most popular registrations on Tuesday:

  • 2,800: swim lessons including 1,400 enrolled and 1,400 on waitlists
  • 1,500: ice programs including skate lessons and hockey
  • 1,400: sports programs

Image: BPRD posted to their Facebook page Tuesday morning

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