BEND, Or-- The City of Bend Fire and Police Departments would like to see drivers be more cautious around emergency personnel working on roadsides and highways after an alarming number of deaths in January. Seven first responders have been killed across the nation in the past two weeks as a result of drivers negligence around roadside emergencies.
Bend Fire Chief David Howe says the cause of the accidents are generally due to three factors: folks driving too fast, not driving to meet the weather conditions of the roads and simply not paying attention.
In addtion it's important to move out of the way when emergency vehicles are approaching your car. Howe said it's far too difficult for a 13 ton fire truck to avoid you if you don't pull to the right. The 'move over and slow down' law in Oregon requires drivers to move immediately and safely to the right when emergency vehicles have sirens and lights on.
Chief Howe says there are a lot of distractions in today's automobile such as mapping, music and phones that steer attention away from the roads---which can end up getting you, or others killed.
BEND, OR-- Deschutes, Crook, Jefferson counties along with Marion and Polk counties will split a $16 Million dollar federal grant to help reduce health risks for children. The Oregon Health Authority will partner with Oregon Pediatric Improvement Partnership and local communities to integrate services across the healthcare network.
OHA Chief Medical Officer, Dana Hargunani says they need to identify the needs of children, wrap resources around the families and keep them out of a need for higher level services they can't afford.
Hargunani says the the healthcare system in Central Oregon has done a good job over the last decade to improve communication and coordinate care, but there is room for improvement when its comes to understanding the factors that cause a child to end up in the emergency room.
The OHA hopes to use the grant to addres the social factors that affect young people's health so they can develop a more value-based approach to community healthcare solutions.
PRINEVILLE, OR -- The Bureau of Land Management is waiving recreation fees on its lands on five days this year. The first fee-free day will be this Monday, January 20th the holiday that honors Doctor Martin Luther King Junior. Other fee-free days on BLM lands this year are President’s Day in February, Get Outdoors Day in June, National Public Lands Day in September and Veterans Day in November. However overnight camping, cabin rentals and group day use fees will not be waived.
REDMOND, OR -- Deschutes county and the city of Redmond are doing a land swap. Redmond Mayor George Endicott says, "We have about 165 acres of industrial land off Highway 126 just east of Redmond. About 165 acres of that land is at the far end and it is hard to get infrastructure to it and hard to develop." Endicott added, "Our staff working with the county decided to do a land swap for land that’s closer to the city limits. That land will develop easier, cheaper and sooner. The swap makes good sense." The land swap issue goes before county commissioners February 5th..
BEND, OR -- The Bend City Council spent about an hour discussing the homeless issue at a work session this week. Dealing with homelessness is one of the goals set by the city council last year. Mayor Sally Russell says they got an update from councilor Bruce Abernethy. She says, "They’ve isolated it in three different tiers. Then they’ll look at what it’s gonna take to change the life of these people….because a lot of our resources are used to work with people who have these issues. So as a community we have to look at how to move people out of this space." Russell says the committee is bringing diverse efforts to address homelessness and addiction and the way it plays out in the community. Russell says the committee is to identify exactly what is happening in Bend and what it will take to change the lives of the homeless people. The City Council will hold another Work Session in April to discuss progress being made towards the goal of reducing homelessness.
BEND, OR -- Bend La Pine Schools are on a 2-hour delay today (Friday) due to icy road conditions.
BEND, OR -- Bend Police are seeing an uptick in the number of mental health calls they are getting. Chief Jim Porter says those calls had flattened out last year but that has changed. Porter says his officers now have to attend a 40 hour class to learn how to deal with people in crisis. He says the county is helping with the Respite Center. Porter says his goal is to provide minimum services for people in crisis, which at this time, isn’t happening.
BEND, OR -- Bend Police Chief Jim Porter announced at a City Council meeting yesterday he will retire in April. Porter has led the city police since being appointed in July 2014,several months after Jeff Sale was fired. Porter has been in law enforcement 42 years. Prior to being named Bend Police Chief, Porter was a Captain in the Patrol Division.
MT BACHELOR, OR -- Mount Bachelor is getting ready to require mandatory buddy riding after the ski area got six feet of snow last weekend. The ski area is about ready to open the Northwest Express Chairlift and enforce buddy riding on West Bowls. Central Oregon Daily reports skiers have been told Mount Bachelor may be checking buddies at entry points to runs on certain terrain. The resort says if skiers exit a run and lift without a buddy they may not be able to load the lift until the buddies have reconnected. For more on this story, go here: https://centraloregondaily.com/mt-bachelor-to-implement-mandatory-buddy-riding-system-off-parts-of-nw-express/
BEND, OR -- The Deschutes County Commissioners donated 40 acres of land to Redmond last year for a housing project and now the county and city have almost finished formalizing the agreement. The land donation is part of a state approved pilot program to expand the Urban Growth Boundary for affordable housing. County Property Manager James Lewis says Redmond’s design plan includes single and multi-family housing with open space and commercial development. He says it also sets 50-per cent of the housing to be retained as affordable housing. Redmond still must get all land use approvals, hire a master developer and formalize documents to begin construction of infrastructure. Lewis says ground likely won’t be broken until Spring of 2023.
REDMOND, OR -- Hundreds of new parking spaces are coming to the Redmond Airport after the city council approved a contract to add 482 new stalls. Central Oregon Daily reports it’s the first parking expansion at the Redmond Airport in 15 years. The additional parking is needed because the airport has doubled the number of passengers served in the last six years. In the past year alone the parking lot became 100-per cent full, seven different times. The 2-point-5-million dollar project could start in four to six weeks, weather permitting, with the job finished by the fall.
For more on this story go here https://centraloregondaily.com/rdm-set-to-move-forward-on-new-parking-lot-project/
BEND, OR -- Police departments here and across the nation struggle to recruit women and people of color…Bend is no exception. Police Chief Jim Porter says money is a factor…and he says that’s not just his opinion but the opinion of most Chiefs of Police in the nation. While salaries are a problem Porter says police need hi-tech skills while at the same time they have to be ready to become aggressive when bad things happen. Porter says possible recruits are often turned off to the hours of police work…including midnight shifts…and time away from families.
BEND, OR -- This year marks the centennial anniversary of the Deschutes Library System and there are many events planned to celebrate. Director Todd Dunkelberg says they will celebrate a different decade every month this year. For example this month they celebrate the 1920’s, in February the 1930’s and so on. And Dunkelberg says back in the 1920’S and 30’s the library would put on a Masquerade Ball as a fund raiser, which was very popular. He says the library’s Masquerade Ball is coming back and is scheduled for October. Dunkelberg says on January 30th the public is invited to a meeting with architects who will design the new library planned for the north area of Bend. They’ll also discuss plans to double the size of the Redmond Library which Dunkelberg says when finished will be larger than the downtown library.
MT BACHELOLR, OR -- On Sunday a coach for the Mount Bachelor Sports Education Foundation saved a snow boarder’s life after he became trapped in a tree well. Central Oregon Daily reports Geoff Angell was skiing with some kids when they heard yelling and spotted a snowboard with feet attached and legs into a tree well. Angell waded into chest deep snow to help and with others joining him, they were able to get the boarder out of the tree well. Angell says the man told him he thought he was going to die. The Director of Operations at Mt Bachelor, Tom Lomax says tree well incidents may be on the rise due to new ski and snowboarding equipment which are designed for deep- powder snow. Lomax says, "Ski’s have made powder skiing accessible to kind of an upper end or intermediate skier where 10, 15 20 years ago it was pretty much a high end skier that was able to do that kind of terrain.” Lomax says both large and small trees pose a threat to skiers and snowboarders. Geoff Angell who helped save the snowboarder’s life, has posted the story on his Facebook page urging skiers and boarders to stay on trails and always go with a partner.
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TUMALO, OR -- A Tumalo businessman has entered the Republican race to succeed Greg Walden in Congress. Central Oregon Daily reports Jimmy Crumpacker is the 7th Republican to enter the race. He joins Jason Atkinson, Cliff Bentz, Knute Buehler, Kenneth Medenbach, Mark Roberts and Jeff Smith. Crumpacker says he is running to advance the America First agenda promoted by President Trump. For more on this story click here https://centraloregondaily.com/tumalo-businessman-files-for-waldens-congressional-seat-eager-to-advance-trumps-america-first-agenda/
BEND, OR -- The Bend City Council will hold a work session tomorrow from 3-to-5pm. They will discuss some of the goals they have set including issues related to homelessness and wildfires. The council will also talk about a ban on feeding wildlife in the city as well as the transportation bond that they will send to voters in May. After the work session the regular council meeting will start at 7pm. The agenda includes declaring some city owned property on Kansas Avenue, Boyd Acres Road and East Lake Drive as surplus and selling the land.
PORTLAND, OR -- An accused eco-saboteur was assaulted by an inmate at a jail in Portland January 2nd and federal Judge Ann Aiken is very upset no one told her until yesterday. 52 year old Joseph Mahmoud Dibee is awaiting trial for eco-sabotage crimes. His lawyer Paul Hood told Aiken his client was sucker punched from behind. Hood said Dibee suffered a broken jaw, a broken face bone and his mouth is wired shut. The Oregonian reports Dibee is accused of helping destroy the Cavel West meatpacking plant in Redmond in July 1997. Aiken says she can not believe protective measures weren’t taken to ensure Dibee’s safety. Aiken urged the government to move Dibee to another jail.
1990's photo of Dibee from FBI files.
MADRAS, OR - A Madras man was arrested yesterday on an attempted murder charge. Troy Minson Junior was arrested at a home on Southwest Bell Street after police arrived with a search warrant . Central Oregon Daily reports Minson was wanted for allegedly shooting a 28 year old woman during a domestic dispute on October 1st. Police made two arrests days after the shooting; 28 year old Trevor Billingsley and 30 year old Gregory Minson were arrested on unrelated charges. Police continued looking for Troy Minson but he wasn’t located until yesterday. He is jailed on charges of Attempted Murder, First Degree Assault, Unlawful Use of a Weapon and Menacing. For more on this story click herehttps://centraloregondaily.com/madras-fugitive-arrested-on-attempted-murder-charges-suspected-of-shooting-girlfriend-in-october/
SISTERS, OR -- The Sisters School District has announced their schools will open two hours late because of the weather and will open at 10-30 this morning. School buses in Sisters will also be two hours late.
January 13, 2020
DIAMOND LAKE --Oregon 230 (West Diamond Lake Highway) remains closed this morning after an estimated 100 trees fell across the highway and another 200 are dangerously leaning inward toward the road.
ODOT crews are on scene this morning to begin digging out. But with another two feet of snow forecast in the High Cascades area, it may be several more days until the 24 mile highway reopens between Union Creek and the Diamond Lake junction with Oregon 138.
“We’ve seen winter trees fall in this area before so it’s not unusual,” said District Manager Jerry Marmon. “We’re starting the process to get the highway open but with reduced visibility and snowload, we may not be out there long. Safety for our crews and the public is the top priority.”
Southwest Oregon drivers are urged to be prepared for winter driving conditions and monitor Tripcheck and National Weather Service forecasts for latest changing conditions.
BEND, OR -- Community members are invited to share thoughts about attributes and qualities they would like to see in a new superintendent of Bend-La Pine Schools. Board member Julie Craig says three public forums will be held this week. The first is from 5-6:30PM tomorrow at Sky View Middle School. The next is 5-6:30PM Wednesday at Cascade Middle School, and the third forum, 4:30-6:30PM, Thursday at La Pine High School. An online survey will be open to the public starting tomorrow until January 31st. To access the online survey visit the “Superintendent Search” feature on Bend-La Pine Schools’ website.
BEND, OR -- Deschutes County D-A John Hummel has cleared a deputy who fired at a man during a La Pine area traffic stop on Christmas night. 29 year old James Lamkin was suspected of drunk driving and a deputy tried to pull him over but Lamkin wouldn’t stop. When Lamkin did stop he would not cooperate and was armed with a gun which he fired at Deputy Evan Kennedy. Hummel says a second deputy, Anthony Ramos arrived, and returned fire towards Lamkin’s vehicle. Neither deputy was hurt and Lamkin also was not hit by any of the six bullets that hit his truck. Lamkin is jailed and awaiting trial.
BEND, OR -- The Deschutes County Health Department has confirmed a case of Whooping Cough…also known as Pertussis…at Summit High School. Central Oregon Daily reports this marks the third case of the illness after health officials confirmed two other Whooping Cough cases late last year. One case was at Bend High and the other at Obsidian Middle School in Redmond. The Bend La Pine Schools notified parents of the illness and urged parents to make sure their children have up to date immunizations
TUMALO, OR -- A rollover wreck Friday evening claimed the life of a Condon man. Police were called to Tumalo Reservoir Road near Mock Road about 7-15-Friday night. They found a Ford flatbed pickup on its top with heavy damage. The driver, 61- year old William Hill died at the scene. The crash also caused significant damage to a Central Electric Co-Op power pole. Crews from the co-op repaired the pole and restored power to local residents. The cause of the crash is under investigation. Alcohol is not believed to be a factor. There were reports of black ice in the area of the crash.
BEND, OR --Sheriff’s deputies responded early this morning to a wreck that took down some power lines in the 21-thousand block of Knott Road. Police got a call just after 2-this morning about a pickup that went off Knott Road and hit a power pole, shearing it off at the base. Live electrical wires fell to the ground in front of a home. The pickup driver, 54 year old Travis Hatfield of Bend was not injured. During the investigation police arrested Hatfield for Felony DUII, Felony Driving While Suspended, Criminal Mischief and Reckless Driving. Hatfield also had an outstanding warrant for parole violation. Central Electric Co-Op crews installed a new power pole and repaired the downed power lines.