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HUMANE SOCIETY CLOSURE TODAY, 9/24/2021

Staffing shortages are hitting many businesses right now in Central Oregon and the Humane Society of Central Oregon (HSCO) can be added to the list. HSCO is closed today, 9/24/21, due to lack of staff. While the doors will be closed, staff will be on hand to take care of the animals.

Corrected from the a.m., on-air reports:

  • For stray dog pickups, call non-emergency dispatch at (541) 693-6911. 
  • For lost and found animals, call the shelter at (541) 382-3537 and leave a message, providing a description of the animal, the area lost and contact information.

Redmond School Board Doesn't Fire Teacher

A Redmond elementary school teacher is keeping her job despite her refusal to wear a mask. Last night, Superintendent Charan Cline led a termination hearing for fourth grade Terrebonne Community School teacher Tori Caudell who refuses to wear a mask. The rule adopted by the Oregon Health Authority at the direction of the Governor is that all staff and students wear face masks at school. Cline stated the school district has 184 students currently in quarantine. Caudell argued that mandating masks infringes on her safety and her liberty. After statements, the board voted 3-to-2 to not approve the termination. Caudell is still not allowed in a school building without wearing a mask and the issue will now go back to the district as a matter of operations and not personnel. For more information:  Redmond School Board; Superintendent Charan Cline, Ed.D 


Sunriver Nature Center & Observatory Open House

The Sunriver Nature Center and Observatory is just one week away from completing a $500,000 observatory expansion. Astronomy fans will enjoy six new telescopes, one of which shows solar prominence around the sun. Both nature and astronomy lovers can see the new additions and explore the center at the annual fall open house, tomorrow, 9/18/21. Admission is free for the entire day. Programming is offered from 10 to 3 and will include talks and demonstrations about meteorites, volcanoes, telescopes, rocket launches, eagles beavers, and beekeeping. Reserve tickets online.


Homeless in Bend

According to the City of Bend, there are about 1,000 people who are experiencing homelessness in Central Oregon on any given night. City Manager Eric King says the unsafe conditions in many homeless camps prompted the creation of "outdoor shelters" to provide safe parking areas. He says Council would like to provide more options for the homeless and has directed staff to search for any suitable city owned property. These plans are modeled after successful programs in other cities in Oregon. Listen to the entire Your Town interview.


Staffing Shortage Forces Closure of Bend Animal Neutering Clinic

The Humane Society of Central Oregon has been forced to close the Bend Spay and Neuter Clinic for an extended period of time due to a staff shortage. Today is the clinic’s last day for services.  The Humane Society of Central Oregon’s Community Cat Program will continue, which traps and alters feral or community cats and places them back in the area they came from.  Last year the program altered over 800 cats. 


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