WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Department of Defense has announced that the remains of 18-year old Army Corporal Norvin Dale Brockett, of Powell Butte who died in the Korean War,was accounted for this summer. The remains were part of dozens of boxes of remains turned over to the United States by North Korea a year ago. In December 1950, Brockett was reported missing in action after his unit was attacked by enemy forces in North Korea. Brockett will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery.
LA PINE, OR -- La Pine Firefighters were called to a shop fire Tuesday night on Kasserman Drive. Chief Mike Supkis says the fire was put out and did not spread. He says crews also found a non-permitted residential unit inside the shop building, although no one was living there at the time. Supkis says the resdential unit did not have smoke or fire alarms. The cause of the shop fire is believed to be electrical due to numerous extension cords that were being used as permanent wiring.
BEND, OR -- Bend Police were dispatched Wednesday morning to a liquor store on NE Highway 20 a report of a man who had stolen beer. Officers learned the man was 38-year old Andre Blalack. A short time later dispatch informed officers that staff from a church and preschool reported a man, Blalack, was in front of the building saying there was a bomb. Police went to the daycare location and determined there was no bomb. Later dispatch told officers that Blalack had broken into a house on Bear Creek Road and attacked two people, a 36 year old and a 15 year old female. Both suffered non-life threatening injuries. The women had a Restraining Order on Blalack. Later, police found Blalack and he ran through several fields after being told he was under arrest. Blalack was caught and is jailed on numerous charges including Burglary, Assault, and Strangulation.
BEND, OR -- On Tuesday night Bend Police office responded to reports of shots fired in the 900-block of NE Butler Market Road. Callers reported they saw a gray pickup speed away. When officers arrived, they found several bullet holes in the front door and bullet casings near the home. Early Wednesday, a State Trooper saw the suspect vehicle, a stop was made. and 19 year old Joseph William Triplett was identified as a suspect and jailed. Later, police obtained video surveillance which showed two suspects in the truck and the investigation led to the arrest of 19 year old Blake Riley Simms. Triplett faces charges of Delivery of Cocaine and Conspiracy. Simms is charged with Delivery of Cocaine, Unlawful Use of a Weapon, Menacing and other charges. Photo is of Blake Riley Simms.
ONTARIO, OR -- ONTARIO—Oregon State Senator Cliff Bentz (R-Ontario) HAS announced he will run for the Republican nomination to the Oregon 2nd Congressional District seat, currently held by Congressman Greg Walden. Bentz said, “After serving 10 years in the Oregon House of Representatives and almost 2 years in the Oregon State Senate I will be seeking the Republican nomination in the May Primary for the Oregon 2nd Congressional District seat.” Bentz added, “The challenges in Washington, D.C., are great. However, based upon my years of working as a rancher, farmer, attorney, and as member of the Republican party successfully passing legislation in a Legislature controlled by Democrats, I feel confident that I can adequately represent the people of the 2nd Congressional District of Oregon.”
BEND, OR -- The investiture ceremony for Alycia N. Sykora as Circuit Court Judge for Position 4 is set for 3 p.m. on Friday, November 1st at the Deschutes County Courthouse. Presiding Judge Wells B. Ashby will preside and administer the Oath of Office. The public is welcome to attend. Sykora takes the position previously held by Circuit Court Judge A. Michael Adler who retired. Governor Brown announced Sykora’s appointment to the court in September. She must stand for election in 2020 to seek a full six-year term that would begin in January 2021.
REDMOND, OR -- People who like food and enjoy cooking, are asked to consider becoming a Nutrition Education Volunteer. Katie Ahern at OSU Extension says they have a training class this Friday from 9am to 2pm at their office in Redmond. Volunteers are trained to go out in the community and demonstrate healthy recipes. This program focuses on peop-le receiving SNAP benefits. Once trained as a Nutrition Education Volunteer, participants must commit to lead six recipe demonstrations at local food pantries. For more information contact Katie Ahern at OSU Extension
BEND, OR -- Former Republican Gubernatorial candidate Knute Buehler is looking at a run for Congress. In a tweet Buehler praised the leadership of Congressman Greg Walden as a champion of small business and the values of limited, effective government. Buehler also said, I am considering seeking the GOP nomination to serve the people of District 2. I will make a decision after visiting with Patty, my family, and supporters. KBND requested an interview with Buehler but the request was declined as he is not taking interviews at this time.
TERREBONNE -- A vehicle chase ended yesterday with a man being pepper sprayed after he refused to get out of his car. Police say just before 7-yesterday morning, 911 advised Deschutes deputies that a Jefferson County deputy was in pursuit of a man on Crooked River Ranch. 46 year old Luke Beemer was wanted for Stalking. Deschutes deputies were able to set up spike strips which deflated three of Beemer’s tires. Later Beemer’s car was located on a dead end street and it became stuck in gravel. More police arrived and Beemer stayed in the vehicle, refusing to get out. SWAT members arrived and broke out windows and sprayed Beemer with pepper spray. Beemer is from Crooked River ranch and was cited for Driving While Suspended and Resisting Arrest. He will likely face additional charges in Jefferson County.
SALEM, OR -- More than 270 Oregon Fire fighters have been deployed to California to battle large wildfires in Mendocino and Sonoma County. Rudy Owens with the Oregon State Fire Marshall’s Office says six Oregon strike teams were sent to a 350-acre fire in Mendocino County this week. Strike teams are assisting the Kincaid Fire which started near Geyserville in Sonoma County which has burned a total of 74,000 acres and growing. The Oregon firefighters are expected to be in California for upwards of 16 days.
REDMOND, OR -- Ground was broken Monday for 91 new affordable housing units in Redmond and Madras. The units are expected to open in about a year. The units were financed with a state loan, affordable housing tax credits, a bond and a conventional bank loan. The housing will accommodate low income families. Housing Works will take applications from families who meet low income guidelines about a month before the units are finished and then hold a lottery-type drawing to determine which families will move in.
BEND, OR -- Very cold weather has led to the City of Bend to declare a weather emergency which allows the use of alternative shelters. Fire Marshall Larry Medina says alternative shelters need to be inspected before they can offer overnight lodging. He says they look at areas where people will sleep and make sure there are working smoke or fire alarms. Medina says if there are individuals, non-profits, churches or businesses that may be able provide temporary shelter for people, call the Bend Fire Department for an inspection.
BEND, OR -- The Oregon State Police Fish & Wildlife Division is asking for the public's help for information regarding the unlawful take and waste of a doe Mule Deer east of Powell Butte on Valley View Rd. The doe Mule Deer was shot on last Thursday morning at about 6-45. Anyone with information regarding this case is urged to contact OSP Senior Trooper Scott Vaughn through the Turn in Poachers (TIP) hotline at 1-800-452-7888 or *OSP (mobile). The Oregon Hunters Association TIP reward fund also offers cash rewards for information leading to an arrest or issuance of a citation for the unlawful take/possession or waste of game animals.
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, the top Republican on the House Energy and Commerce Committee and Oregon’s only Republican in Congress, announced Monday that he will retire in January 2021. Politico first reported Walden’s retirement, adding that the veteran lawmaker said he believes he would have won reelection in the 2nd District, which stretches across eastern and central Oregon. “Based on recent polling, strong fundraising, and the backing of my wife and family, I am confident I could earn the support of 2nd District voters for another term. I’m also optimistic that a path exists for Republicans to recapture a majority in the House, and that I could return for two more years as chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee," Walden said in a statement given to news outlets. “But I also know that for me, the time has come to pursue new challenges and opportunities.” “So, I will not seek reelection to the U.S. House of Representatives," he added, “nor election to any other office, but instead I will close the public service chapter of my life, thankful for the friends I’ve made and the successful work we’ve done together.” The 62 year old Walden becomes the 17th House Republican -- and the fourth GOP committee leader -- to announce plans to retire this election cycle.
BEND, OR -- COCC’s Small Business Development Center is now accepting applications for their Small Business Management program (SBM) coming up in 2020. This yearlong program offers a unique combination of one-to-one business advising, customized to individual business needs, and practical, hands-on classroom instruction. Participants will:
Develop a plan for sound growth or expansion.
Understand their market and marketing plan.
Plan for greater profit and returns for owners and
Analyze their operations for better management
SALEM, OR -- The Oregon Health Authority finds teen vaping is increasing faster than previously reported. One in four 11th graders vapes and the the number of 11th graders vaping marijuana has increased four times. State health officer Dr. Dean Sidelinger says they’re very worried about the trend. He says kids think vaping is safer than cigarettes, but the lung illnesses and deaths connected to vaping show it’s not a safe alternative.
CENTRAL OREGON -- Young people who have problems now have an option to talk, text, email or chat with someone who is a peer. It’s called the Oregon Youth Line and the Regional Coordinator Mel Butterfield, says young people use it for any number of reasons…ranging from problems in school to thoughts of suicide. Butterfield says young people can log onto https://oregonyouthline.org/ The site has four tabs that say, call, text, chat and email. By clicking on one of the tabs, the young person will be connected to a peer, any way they choose.
PRINEVILLE, OR -- Prescribed burn projects could start today on lands managed by the BLM Prineville District. Lisa Clark says the burns could continue through the fall into winter. She says the biggest burn will be about 73-hundred acres south of Brothers in juniper slash. Clark says they need the fuels to be just dry enough to burn. And she says air temperatures and moisture also have to be high enough to keep prescribed fires from spreading beyond the burn piles.
BEND, OR -- A new Interactive Reporting Tool that tracks the progress of Bend City Council goals is now live. Jesse Thomas at the city says it went live last week and has drawn traffic. He says they will monitor use to make it more user friendly over time. Thomas says the council set goals for the 2019-2021 biennium and the new reporting tool tracks their progress. He says however, some goals may not show up on the tool until after work actually starts on the goal.
MADRAS, OR -- The Madras Police Department has declared a fire last May at a law office was arson. The fire occurred May 25th at the offices of Glenn, Reeder and Glassner. Madras Police were helped by a Oregon State Police Arson Investigator. Detectives concluded the fire was deliberately set. Police say numerous search warrants have been served, multiple people interviewed and potential suspects have been developed. Anyone with information is asked to call the lead investigator, Detective Brent Schulke at the Madras Police Department
BEND, OR -- A new book by former Oregon Congressman Les AuCoin is the focus of a presentation at Roundabout Books in Bend this evening. AuCoin says he and a younger brother were raised from a young age in Redmond by his mother, after his father abandoned the family. He says he was motivated to write the book about his difficult childhood, AuCoin served in the Oregon House before becoming the first Democrat elected to the First Congressional District in Northwest Oregon in the 70’s. AuCoin’s memoir is titled, “Catch And Release: An Oregon Life In Politics.”
BEND, OR -- It's time to clean out drawers and the medicine cabinet of unused prescription drugs. This Saturday is Drug Take Back Day. The goal is to prevent misuse of prescription drugs by family members and children. The DEA's Cam Strom says old, outdated drugs you no longer use can be dangerous. Last April, residents of Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Alaska turned in nearly 38-thousand pounds of prescription medications. There are 215 collection sites in the Northwest. The DEA website will find the site nearest you.
REDMOND, OR -- Graduation rates in the Redmond School District keep improving according to an Oregon Department of Education Report Card. Superintendent Mike McIntosh says the graduation rates have increased 12-per cent in the past five years. He says that improvement includes Hispanic and Special Education students. McIntosh says one area of concern is chronic absenteeism. McIntosh says they have launched a campaign called, “Every Day Matters” to educate parents and students about the importance missing as little school as possible. He says a student who misses 10 school days a year during four years of high schoool ends up losing a year of school.
BEND, OR -- The Murdock Charitable Trust has awarded Bethlehem Inn a grant of 280-thousand dollars. Kim Fishbach (fish-bach) says the grant was for the completion of the Next Steps Residential building. Fishbach says Bethlehem Inn helps about 15-hundred people a year and about 25-per cent are families. She says they serve seniors, veterans and others who in many cases have a job…or work two or three jobs…but are unable to afford high rents. Fishbach says living at Bethlehem Inn allows clients the opportunity to save money for safe housing and pay rent and deposits.
SMITH ROCK, OR -- The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Team spent a recent Friday afternoon and evening rescuing an injured Climber from Smith Rock. Sheriff Shane Nelson says the steep, rocky terrain where the man fell was not in an area most climbers go to. The rescue took almost 9-hours. The climber did survive the ordeal. Nelson says he tells his deputies and others that recreating outdoors carries an inherent risk. He urges people who head outdoors to take steps to protect themselves. For example, have a map and a compass, a charged cellphone and tell friends or relatives where you’re going and when you’ll be back.
REDMOND, OR -- A woman who cared for 5 year old Malayia Hope Garcia from the time she was 3 months old until late 2015, is organizing a candlelight vigil in her honor. Emily Groves says she believes Malaiya’s death underscores the need to raise awareness about child abuse prevention. She asks people to wear blue at the vigil. Groves will also accept donations of stuffed animals and books and will give the items to Redmond Police and The KIDS Center in Malaiya’s name. The Candlelight Vigil is Wednesday, October 30th at 7pm at Centennial Park in Redmond.
SALEM, OR -- Since the Oregon lottery started its sports betting app, Scoreboard last Wednesday more than 18,000 people have registered and have wagered more than 1-million dollars. The Lottery’s Chuck Bauman says the NFL was followed by soccer and then basketball in terms of bets. Some players have had difficulty registering for the app because the security requirements are set high. It is recommended to use a computer to register and not a smart phone.
BEND, OR -- Central Oregon’s unemployment rate story hasn’t changed much for three years because the employment rate isn’t moving much. Economist Damon Runberg says there was some movement in seasonal hires in September thanks to reopening of school. Runberg says he expects jobs to still come open because more people are deciding to retire. He says other jobs will open due to churning. He describes churning as being when employees leave a job for a better one elsewhere.
BEND, OR -- The Center Foundation has received an anonymous donation of 25-thousand dollars. The foundation promotes awareness of the dangers of concussions and their impacts on young athletes. The donation will be used to further the foundation’s work in sports medicine, promoting helmet use in sports and offering education and training on preventing and managing sports injuries. The anonymous donor’s gift came at the same time the Lay It Out Events organization donated 3-thousand dollars from this year’s Fall Fest to the Center Foundation
BEND, OR -- This week the Deschutes Forest will start burning piles in the Newberry Volcanic Monument. Jean Nelson-Dean at the forest says the 142 acre pile burning operation is expected to continue for several weeks. The piles will be burned near East and Paulina Lakes and will be visible from the caldera as well as Highway 97.
BEND, OR -- A Bend Police Department School Resource Officer (SRO) received information late last week, regarding a Bend-Lapine student providing LSD to another student. During the investigation, Joshua Rivas was identified as the suspect and agreed to sell LSD to a Detective who was posing as a high-school aged student. The SRO and Detectives contacted Rivas after he arrived in an area of south Highway 97. Rivas was found to be in possession of eight suspected LSD tabs and was armed with a large knife. Rivas was taken into custody and is jailed on charges of selling LSD to a minor.
SALEM, OR -- Oregon’s Department of Motor Vehicles will no longer accept a dismantler’ bill of sale for totaled vehicles in place of a vehicle titled from that state. The Department’s Director, Tom McClellan says this mostly affects people who want to get an Oregon title for a Washington vehicle. McClellan also says that a criminal operation used Bills of sales from Washington to dispose of more than a thousand stolen vehicles over a seven-year period.
BEND, OR -- A new poll shows many drivers think it takes more skill to drive today because of new safety and technology features. Derek Wing with PEMCO Insurance, the company that polled drivers in the Northwest says drivers like backup cameras and blind spot protection. He says they don’t think lane departure warning systems are helpful. The poll also showed while most drivers use new safety features…many more drivers, 78-per cent…think they could drive just as well without them.
BEND, OR -- The 2019-20 ice season opened yesterday at The Pavilion. The season is expected to run through early April. Julie Brown at Bend Parks and Recreation, says there are advanced programs and workshops being added this year and of course a lot of ice skating options, including open skate, family skate, parent-tot skate and “Cheap Skates.” Brown says they have also expanded hockey and curling activities including adding a lunch time curling league. The Pavilion is open dawn to late night, seven days a week.
DESCHUTES COUNTY, OR -- The Deschutes County Sheriff is asking the public for help in locating a vehicle involved in a Sunday hit-and-run. A Redmond woman, Michaela Conley, was headed to work in Bend and at the intersection of Tumalo Road and Old Bend Redmond highway a pickup slammed into Conley’s side door. The pickup sped off. Central Oregon Daily reports witnesses saw the driver run a stop sign. Witnesses also told investigators the driver was on a cellphone. Police need information about an older Ford pickup, maybe from the 1990’s, super duty two tone truck, dark blue and tan with possible out of state plates. Anyone with information asked to call police.
BEND, OR -- The Bend Climate Action Steering Committee has been preparing the Community Action Plan to present to the city council for feedback before a vote on December 4th. Bend’s Climate Resolution in 2016 set guidelines for developing a work group who would assist Sustainability Manager, Cassie Lacy. Lacy is to set benchmarks for carbon reduction over the next two decades. The Steering Committee is made up of 13 people who represent business, education, government and the community at large. The Committee or “CASC” will present their action plan to city council on November 6th for review.
BEND, OR -- The League of Women voters is hosting a panel discussion tomorrow night on the new Deschutes Basin Habitat Conservation Plan. The plan discusses endangered species, irrigation modernization and the competing demands for use of the Deschutes River. Over the past decades, the hydrology and ecology of the river have been heavily altered. The event is being held at Trinity Episcopal Church in Bend. Doors open at 5-30 and the panel starts at 6 o’clock followed by Q&A with the audience and panel.
LA PINE, OR -- La Pine Rural Fire Protection District responded to a strcuture fire at a single family home on the 16-thousand block of Jacinto Road about 5-40 Sunday morning. Crews arrived to find active fire on the front porch extending to the exterior walls and roof. All occupants had already evacuated the home and smoke alarms were sounding. Crews got a quick knock down of the fire and began checking the interior and attic for extension. The fire was held to the exterior with minimal extension into the attic space. An unofficial investigation indicated the likely cause of the fire was electrical in nature.
BEND, OR -- On Monday, October 7th Bend Police began an investigation into reports that an adult male was inappropriately reaching out to and communicating with a minor female on social media for the purpose of inducing the minor to engage in sexual contact. The adult male was identified as Jay Robert Turley. On Friday morning October 18th Bend Police executed a search warrant at a home in Bend where they contacted Turley. Evidence was located and seized and Turley was taken into custody. He is jailed on one count of Luring a Minor. Bend Police would like anyone with information regarding Turley to please contact Deschutes County Dispatch,
BEND, OR -- On Monday night October 14th, at about 7-30, Bend Police were dispatched to a domestic dispute and assault in the 400 block of S.E. Roosevelt Avenue. The victim was a 27 year old woman. While Officers were en-route to the incident, the reported suspect, Isac Zacarias, fled. Officers on scene ultimately developed probable cause to arrest Zacarias for Felony Assault in the Fourth Degree and Strangulation. Yesterday afternoon at about 2-O’clock , Bend Police learned that Zacarias had returned to the location of the assault. Numerous officers setup a perimeter and arrested Zacarias as he was leaving the residence. Zacarias is lodged at the Deschutes County Jail.
BEND, OR -- A decision by Deschutes County Commissioners to deny a marijuana production facility has been overturned by LUBA, the Land Use Board of Appeals. This means the decision is going back before the county, which ruled the facility would be too close to nearby youth-oriented activities. The facility was planned for a site on Dodds Road. But LUBA ruled the decision that referred to "youth activity centers," is a term not defined in county code. LUBA agreed with the business that the county’s broad interpretation of youth activity centers is unreasonable.
BEND, OR -- BEND, OR -- A Deschutes County jury on Friday convicted a Redmond couple of starving to death their 5-year-old daughter. Maliyha Hope Garcia weighed 24 pounds when she died December 21st, 2016. 36 year old Estevan Garcia and 33 year old Sacora Horn-Garcia were found guilty of aggravated murder and two counts each of criminal mistreatment. Sentencing is scheduled for November 18th. A former day care provider for Maliyha, until late 2015, Emily Groves, told Central Oregon Daily, “I’m thankful to the jury and to the prosecutors. They really put a lot of effort and they didn’t let anything go. And, the decision was the right decision.”
DESCHUTES COUNTY -- On Saturday night at about 7:15, 911 received a call about a fight between brothers at the 19-thousand block of Buck Canyon Rd. Deschutes County Deputies arrived and found 27 year old, Joshua Adam Fadness, in front of the house with non-life threatening injuries. Fadness was taken into custody without incident. Investigators found that Joshua and his brother, Jacob had been arguing and both men fell to the ground where they wrestled. During the struggle, Joshua Fadness pulled a large caliber pistol from his waistband and began striking Jacob in the face and head. Jacob was unarmed and sustained substantial non-life threatening injuries. Family members also struggled with Joshua while attempting to disarm him and also received minor injuries. Both men received treatment for their injuries at St. Charles Bend. Police say alcohol appears to be a factor in the incident. Joshua Fadness now jailed on charges of Assault, Unlawful Use of a Weapon, and Reckless Endangering.
REDMOND, OR -- Redmond Mayor George Endicott met recently with representatives of the Hemp industry. He says there are hemp growing farms spreading throughout Central Oregon and they have the potential to make serious money. Endicott says the people he met with are planning to build a 7-thousand square foot, state-of-the-art processing facility in Redmond’s industrial area. He says the plant will focus on CBD products. Endicott says one problem associated with Hemp is the odor…both when the plants reach maturity on the farm and later during processing. Endicott says the plant would process CBD.
BEND, OR -- The lack of affordable housing is an issue that has plagued Bend for some time. City Manager Eric King says the City Council is looking at codes and regulations that hamper affordable housing efforts. He says reducing System Development Charges is being considered. King says development of stand-alone cottage homes, clustered together around open space, is also being explored. Another option for promoting affordable housingn is development of cottage homes, clustered together, near open space. .
REDMOND, OR -- Redmond is seeing a jump in the construction of market rate apartments. Mayor George Endicott says construction of 135 units is underway and another development of nearly 200 is planned for an area near Safeway. Endicott says the new apartment projects should help ease the shortage of housing in Central Oregon. Endicott says affordable housing units are also planned in Redmond by the group Housing Works. He says increasing the number of market rate apartments could help stabilize rents.
SALEM, OR -- The Oregon Court of Appeals has blocked the state’s ban on flavored vaping products, two days after it took effect. The Oregonian reports the temporary stay issued appears to apply only to tobacco-based vaping products, sold under the oversight of the Oregon Health Authority. It leaves the ban in place on marijuana vaping products regulated by the OLCC. Last week Governor Kate Brown ordered a six-month ban on flavored vape products in Oregon in response to an epidemic of vaping-related illnesses across the country. The governor’s office called the ruling unfortunate due to the ongoing public health threat posed by vaping-related illness.
BEND, OR -- Republican Lawmaker Jack Zika criticized Governor Kate Brown for her use of a private jet plane to fly from Salem to Sunriver for the Forest Industries Council Conference on Monday. Zika told KBND Talk Show Host Lars Larson, Brown is a hypocrite for using jet travel and speaking on behalf of carbon taxes at the same time. Representative Zika sent a formal request to the Governor asking for data about the amount of jet fuel and cost of carbon emissions for her flight to the SunRiver Airfield. So far, no response to Zika's questions.
BEND, OR -- The North Unit Irrigation District Canal Trail closes tomorrow and won’t re-open until next July. Project Manager Sinclair Burr says this is Part Two of the Empire Corridor Improvement Project. Burr says another part of the project is widening the Purcell Bridge over the canal. The project price tag is between 23-and-24-million dollars and the funding comes from Systems Development Charges.
BEND, OR -- The head of the Deschutes County Solid Waste Department speaks Saturday morning at the Bend downtown library. Chad Centola’s presentation is titled “What Happens to Your Garbage After Pick Up?” He says in about 9-years the county will have to replace the Knott Landfill, but as for right now, the Solid Waste Management Plan is being updated. Centola says when the plan is finished, they’ll begin looking for a Knott Landfill replacement. Centola’s presentation is at 9-30 Saturday morning.
CULEVR, OR -- A "lockout" throughout the Culver School District will continue for a second day today, following the report of verbal threats by a middle school student on Tuesday. The Culver Superintendent Stefanie Garber shared information with families, including parents of students who were threatened and parents of the student who made the threats. Garber told them during the lockout it is “business as usual” inside, but exterior doors will be locked, and police will be on campus. The student who made the threats is in hospital / mental health custody.
TERREBONNE, OR -- Just before 8-o’clock last night a sheriff’s deputy stopped a vehicle in the 20-thousand block of NW Smith Rock Way. The man driving the vehicle stopped, got out and ran away. The deputy chased the man but lost sight of him near buildings east of the stop location. 911 dispatch advised the vehicle was stolen out of Lane county. A Deschutes county K-9, “Brolo” was brought to the scene and by 8:55 located the subject hiding in a large brush pile. 23-year old James Derrick Freeman of Lebanon was taken into custody without incident. Freeman is jailed on two outstanding felony warrants and Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle and Attempting to Elude.
PRINEVILLE, OR -- Three Central Oregon men have been arrested in connection with a large, illegal marijuana grow in Crook county. The search warrants were issued at Juniper Acres, 10 miles east of the Alfalfa store on Tuesday October 8th. Lieutenant Jason Maniscalco with CODE, the Central Oregon Drug team, says the investigation turned up 1-thousand marijuana plants, 200 pounds of processed marijuana, psilocybin mushrooms, 9 firearms and 12-thousand dollars cash. Three men were arrested. 39-year-old Shawn Burke of Prineville…29-year old James Lamkin of Prineville and 39-year-old Lee Kennedy of Bend. They face felony charges of Manufacture, Possession and Distribution of Controlled Substances.
A fish rescue on the Deschutes River this past weekend organized by the Irrigation Districts and several conservation groups had mixed results after several pools dried out faster than anyone predicted. Some fish were successfully transported into the main channel but one pool near Lava Island dried out and left several thousand fish dead. Dr. Michael Tripp, a spokeperson for the Coalition For the Deschutes says complex hydrology and a check- dam that was likely installed by kayakers, threw off the timing of the rescue by a full day. Estimated water levels (flowing from the main river into side-channels) were high on Friday and dropped suddenly and unexpectadly overnight. Dr. Tripp said that each year fish mortalities are a reality of the draw down of water out of Wikkiup Reservoir which is currently at 11% capacity. Tripp also said that a more consistant year-round flow would increase "in-flow" into side channels and eliminate a need to rescue so many stranded fish in the future.
PRINEVILLE, OR -- Crook County School District administrators are holding two community input sessions to develop a plan for Student Success Act funding. Community members are invited to one of two community input sessions. They are being held from 4 to 5 p.m. and 5:30-6:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 21 in the Barnes Butte Elementary Library, in Prineville. The Student Success Act will invest approximately $2 billion for early learning and K-12 education through a non-competitive grant.
LA PINE, OR -- A 20 year old horse named Bozeman was rescued this week in the La Pine area after falling into a hole. Deschutes County Sheriff William Bailey says Bozeman and another horse wandered off their property buit were found by the owner. When the animals got back to their home property Bozeman fell into a hole that was dug for a well repair. A veterinarian and two horse rescue organizations…Mustangs to the Rescue and MUSTANGS Mend…worked for three hours to free the animal. Bailey says the horse was uninjured and is expected to make a full recovery.
BEND, OR -- This week marks the 25th Anniversary of the Deschutes County Circuit Court’s Volunteer Mediation Program. Program Coordinator Celeste Hasbrouck says they’ll celebrate the event at noon on Friday at the courthouse. Hasbrouck says the mediation program resolves 65-per cent of small claims cases and 90-per cent of tenant landlord disputes. After the celebration, the court will offer a free community training titled, Effective Conflict Resolution Techniques.
SISTARES, OR -- An 18 year old woman…Sofia Affatati of Sisters…is jailed on Criminal Mischief charges in connection with a series of graffiti vandalism incidents this summer. Sheriff’s Sgt. William Bailey says Sisters area residents reported numerous graffiti vandalism cases over the summer. He says the investigation is on-going and there could be more arrests.
REDMOND, OR -- At about 12:14 PM yesterday Redmond Police were called to the Oregon Tire Shop in Redmond. the call for assistance was made by the eventual suspect, Oscar Landetta Bello of Culver. Bello reported a person with an alleged handgun, was attempting to steal a vehicle from the business. Officers quickly learned there was no attempt to steal a vehicle and no handgun present at the scene. Bello barricaded himself in the office of the Oregon Tire Shop. Police began communication with Bello via phone. Negotiators ultimately convinced Bello to give himself up. He was taken into custody at 3:03 PM and arrested and then taken to St Charles Redmond for an evaluation.
BREAKING NEWS...from Redmond Police Department - OR: "The Redmond Police Department is currently at the Oregon Tire Shop, 612 NW 5th St., Redmond, dealing with a barricaded subject inside the building. There is a large law-enforcement presence in the area and we are asking people not to approach officers on scene while we work to resolve this incident peacefully."
Photo: Courtesy Central Oregon Daily
REDMOND, OR -- The Redmond School Board will host a Superintendent Search Community Forum on October 24th at Redmond High. The intent of the forum is to gather input and feedback from parents and community members to inform the superintendent search that will launch this fall. It’ll be held in the school auditorium from 5:30-to-6:30 p.m. Redmond School District Superintendent Mike McIntosh will retire at the end of the current school year. In addition to the community forum, the board will host an online public survey which will be live from October 24 through November 12 on the district website at www.redmondschools.org.
SALEM, OR -- A six month ban on flavored vaping products goes into effect today. Oregon retailers are no longer allowed to sell certain flavored vaping products for the next six months. The ban includes both tobacco and marijuana flavored vaping products, but not all, says OLCC Director Steve Marks. He says people will still be allowed to vape natural Marijuana Turpeens under the temporary rule. The Oregon Health Authority is dealing with the tobacco side of the vaping product ban, while the OLCC is handling the marijuana products.
PRINEVILLE, OR -- For the first time in Crook county, a horse has tested positive for West Nile Virus. Crook County Communicable Disease Coordinator Karen Yeargain says in 2004 a bird tested positive for the virus but this is the first case of a horse being confirmed with the disease. Yeargain says to fight West Nile Virus, people need to avoid mosquito bites and prevent mosquito breeding on their property. Yeargain says this horse was lucky. She says 95-per cent of horses with West Nile Virus, die.
SUNRIVER, OR -- The State Transportation Commission will talk about several Highway 97 projects when they meet at SunRiver Thursday and then take a tour of the projects. Kevin Beckstrom at ODOT says commission members will tour the Highway 97 Bend North Corridor Project and also tour the Highway 97 Lava Butte to Sunriver Project. Beckstrom says on Friday the commission will consider amendments to add money to three local projects, including:
22-million dollars to the Highway 97 Cooley Road Project
3-point-6-million dollars to the Highway 97 South Century to Forest Service Boundary Project and
500-thousand dollars to the Highway 20 Ward Hamby Project
SALEM, OR -- UPDATE
An effort to recall Oregon Governor Kate Brown has failed to gather enough signatures by the 5 pm Monday deadline.
The Oregon Secretary of State’s office examined 9 boxes of petitions delivered by Michael Cross, the chief sponsor of the ‘Flush Down Kate Brown’ Petition.
Just under 24 thousand signature sheets, with a maximum of 10 signatures each, were examined by staff, falling short of the more than 280 thousand signatures needed.
The Oregon Republican Party had also launched a recall effort against the governor, but did not turn in its signatures.
Chairman Bill Currier told KBND Talk Show Host Lars Larson they will likely try again but need to work out timing and other details.
No further action will be taken by the Secretary of State on either petition.
With a 5 p.m. Monday deadline now passed for turning in 280,000 valid signatures, Oregon Republican Party chair Bill Currier announced his three-month campaign has failed. Currier told conservative talk radio host Lars Larson that the statewide effort had fallen less than 10% short of collecting the minimum number of signatures needed to force a vote
BEND, OR -- On Sunday, October 6th Bend Police were dispatched to an address in Bend for a welfare check of a 32 year old woman. The officers located the woman and learned she was injured as a result of a domestic violence and kidnapping incident spanning 24 hours in the cities of Bend and Redmond. The woman was taken St Charles Bend. Police say 24-year old Jesus Alexis Alvino was identified as the primary suspect and is now jailed.
Others charged in the case:
39- year old Shane Allen Levine of Bend, was arrested on charges of being a felon in possession of a weapon and methamphetamine possession; he remained held at the jail Friday on $20,000 bail.
25-year old Colton James Black of Sisters, remained held without bail on an out-of-county warrant.
26-year old Jesse James Cheney of Bend, was held without bail on a parole violation and a criminal charge of driving with a suspended or revoked license.
25-year old Montana Lee Rhaming, of Bend, was cited and released on charges of Adderall and meth possession.
Detectives obtained search warrants for two associated addresses, one in Bend and one in the county. Police served the warrants last Thursday. The investigation is on-going.
BEND, OR -- The Deschutes National Forest is inviting public comment on the Cabin Butte Vegetation Project. Jean Nelson-Dean says the project is large,,,almost 26-thousand acres…and is designed to increase resilience to wildfires, insects and disease. Nelson-Dean says the public can look at a Cabin Butte Story Map on the Deschutes Forest web page to get a good idea about what’s planned. The public comment period ends November 14th More than one-third of the Cabin Butte Restoration Project is within the Bend Community Wildfire Protection Plan Area.
BEND, OR -- The Bend Park and Recreation District will start a 78-acre prescribed fire at Shevlin Park west of Bend tomorrow. The park will be closed for the day. The park district is using prescribed fire as part of a vegetation management plan that was launched two years ago. In that time prescribed fire has been applied to 150 acres at Shevlin Park. The prescribed fire area will be located in two areas. A 56-acre unit is in a newly expanded portion of the park that was a former tree farm. In addition, 22 acres in the Fremont Meadow area on the other side of Tumalo Creek will be burned.
SMITH ROCK, OR -- Deschutes County Search and Rescue personnel spent about eight hours rescuing a hiker who fell while climbing at Smith Rock State Park on Friday. The Sheriff's Office said the rescue began just before 4 p.m. Friday, and they were able to get 23-year-old Ian Rapp to a Life Flight helicopter by midnight. Authorities said Rapp was transported to St. Charles Medical Center with serious injuries. Medics reached Rapp around 6:15 p.m. Police say he was in an area where climbers normally wouldn't go. It was determined Rapp fell from an area of loose and unstable rock about 150 feet.
REDMOND, OR -- Redmond Police have identified the man who died in a house fire last Thursday as 60-year old Edward Walworth. Police say Walworth lived at the duplex in the 15-hundred block of Metolious Avenue. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
PORTLAND, OR -- The CEO of Portland-based Mercy Corps, Neal Kenny-Guyer has resigned. An Oregonian newspaper investigation found Mercy Corps Co-Founder Ellsworth Culver was accused of repeated sexual abuse of his daughter. Tania Culver Humprhey's sex abuse allegations surfaced in the 1990's and again last year. The Mercy Corps board heard demands from employees around the world who demanded accountability. Keny-Guyer (kenny guy'-er) led Mercy Corps since 1994. His resignation follows Corporate Secretary and Legal Counsel Barnes Ellis and board member Robert Newell. Mercy Corps has started an independent, external review of what happened.
BEND, OR -- After 20 years of service as bend fire Chief, Larry Langston will retire at the end of the day today. Langston says a big improvement he’s been a part of is the improvement of pre-hospital care. Instead of trying to race to get car wreck or heart attack victims to the emergency room, now there is an emphasis on pre-hospital care. That care includes sophisticated, well quipped ambulances that can stabilize patients. Langston says in Bend more than 50-per cent of patients in full cardiac arrest now survive and walk out of the hospital.
BEND, OR -- Oregon Congressman Greg Walden says the Opioid Crisis has hit his district hard. KBND asked if the perpetrators, including some medical professionals, will be punished. Walden says some already have been jailed and predicts more will be punished. Walden says the Congress and medical providers were told opiods were a miracle drug, effective in dealing with pain and not addictive. He says the medical profession was under pressure to get maximum pain relief as a condition of medical care. Walden says that led to opioids being heavily prescribed across the nation.
LA PINE, OR -- A suspect in two high speed pursuits was arrested Thursday afternoon following incidents in South La Pine. The suspect, identified as 39 year old Cody Cruse was taken to a hospital for evaluation. Deschutes County Sheriff’s Deputies received an aggressive driving complaint just before 10-Thursday morning that led to the first pursuit near Highway 97 and Jack Pine Loop in La Pine. The suspect got away. Shortly after noon police received a call of the theft of a commercial vehicle that was equipped with a GPS tracker. The caller said the truck was north of La Pine. Deputies on the ground were helped by a state police aircraft. Police located the stolen rig south of Gordy’s Truck Stop and the police aircraft spotted the suspect running away. Police on the ground were able to locate Cruse and arrest him. He is charged with Felony Elude or Attempt to Elude, Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle, Criminal Mischief 1, Trespass and Reckless Driving.
BEND, OR -- The Bend Fire Department is holding a celebration today, of a lifesaving event at Mount Bachelor Ski Area last winter. The celebration today is at 3-O’clock at the Bend Fire Department Administration Building. The department will honor those who assisted in saving the life of a man who collapsed while skiing. The patient, who is doing well, will be in attendance.
REDMOND, OR -- The Redmond School District is seeking applicants for three vacant positions on the Budget Committee. The Committee is comprised of all five School Board members and five appointed members. Budget Committee members are appointed to serve for a three-year term. Applications will be accepted at the district office until 5:00 p.m. on Friday, November 8, 2019. Budget Committee members must reside in the Redmond School District and may not be employed by the district. The application is available online and in person at the school district office in Redmond.
PRINEVILLE, OR -- The Central Oregon Community College Board of Directors will meet for a two-day retreat at the Crook County Open Campus this Friday and Saturday October 11TH and 12th, Agenda items for Friday include a presentation on Oregon Pay Equity, as well as a look at salary studies and Fair Labor Standards Act compliance at the college. Also on Friday, the board will hear updates on online and distance learning technologies. They will also receive a report on enrollment at the Crook County Open Campus and Madras campus. Saturday’s agenda will include a board self-evaluation and the long-term goals of COCC’s President.
BEND, OR -- Mt Bachelor’s new terrain park, The Woodward Mountain Park” is completed and will be ready for skiers and boarders when the season opens. The park is designed for every athlete and includes three, family friendly adventure zones. The zones are called Volcano, Rainbow and Dilley Dalley Alley. There is a variety of opportunities for skiers and boarders at Woodward Park from beginner to expert level. The area will also be serviced by a new quad chairlift.
BEND, OR -- Congressman Greg Walden was in Bend yesterday and said the US House needs to pass a Resolution of Impeachment Inquiry. Walden says he is frustrated with the way the impeachment is being handled. Walden says the process that was used for the impeachment of President’s Nixon and Clinton is not being followed. He says Congress would set up formal bipartisan process and both sides would be able to hear from witnesses and gather documents. Walden says the President’s would also have their legal counsels involved as well, but none of that has happened. Walden says he does not believe the President's comments to the leader of Ukraine rise to the level of being an impeachable offense.
PRINEVILLE, OR -- A Prineville man has been arrested and charged with theft and burglary after he tried to sell stolen items on Facebook. Police had received a report last Sunday of Burglary and Theft from a home with the loss estimated at 20-thousand dollars. Prineville Police Detective Kathryn Bottoms says 21 year old Rhiley Christoper Small helped the investigation by posting a photo of his hand holding stolen property on Facebook. Small is jailed on charges of First and Second Degree Theft and Burglary, Aggravated Theft and Criminal Trespass with bail at 100-thousand dollars. Police later served two search warrants at two houses and ended up arresting eight more people on drug possession and probation viollation charges. The investigation continues. Anyone who has seen items that were stolen from them on Facebook should call Prineville Police.
REDMOND, OR -- Redmond Fire and Rescue responded to a wreck with reported injuries last night about 10-o’clock. Responders found a Ford Explorer with significant front end damage that had left the highway, rolled, and came to rest on its wheels adjacent to Highway 97. A male passenger got out of the vehicle prior to arrival of first responders. The woman driver was trapped because all front seat doors were damaged and inoperable. The driver was freed with heavy extrication tools and taken to Redmond Hospital with minor injuries. The cause of the accident is under investigation.
BEND, OR -- Bend Police Chief Jim Porter heads to the Windy City of Chicago later this month. Porter say he was invited by the International Association of Chiefs of Police to address their annual meeting on some topics many police departments struggle with. Porter says a challenge facing his department is recruitment in the face of more retirements. Adding to the challenge is the high cost of living in this area. He says the Bend department looks at recruitment from the perspective of what can be done internally and externally to help recruitment and the effort is paying off. Porter will also speak at the conference about how the health and wellness program he implemented in Bend that has reduced on-the-job injuries by more than 50-per cent.
BEND, OR -- The U-S Forest Service has opened a 45 day comment period on special recreation permit fees in three wilderness areas. Jean Nelson-Dean at the Deschutes Forest says the permits are required for day and overnight use in the Mt Jefferson, Mount Washington and 3-Sisters Wilderness Areas. Day use permits Nelson-Dean says no permit fees are required for youth under age 12 although limited entry reservations are needed regardless of age. She says day use fees are required at 19 of 79 trailheads. Overnight permit fees are required at 79 trailheads. The limited entry permit system to the wilderness areas is expected to take effect next summer. The comment period ends in late November.
BEND, OR -- The Mayor and City Manager presented their State of the City Report last night. Sally Russell and Eric King discussed the rapid growth Bend has experienced and the challenges and concerns it has raised. Among the issues are transportation improvements that are needed but options are limited. At the same time infrastructure in the city needs upgrades. Mayor Russell says they are working on congestion, improving corridors and intersections.
BEND, OR -- Deschutes County District Attorney John Hummel has issued a statement regarding an Oregonian newspaper investigation into the alleged rape of a child by a co-founder of Mercy Corps, Ellsworth Culver. Hummel says, “Shame on Mercy Corps’ Board of Directors and senior management for sweeping the allegations under the rug when they were first raised 25 years ago and when they were raised again last year.” Hummel says he hopes heads roll as a result of the investigation.
BEND, OR -- A Bend man who attended night classes at COCC in the early 1950’s, John Overbay, has given the college 1-million dollars for scholarships. Zak Boone, Executive Director of the COCC Foundation says the gift from the retired businessman, will be used to establish an endowed fund. Boone says the principal will be invested for three years. At the end of three years money will start being awarded for scholarships while the principal continues to grow. Overbay is a former board member of both the college and the foundation.
PRINEVILLE, OR -- Last night about 8-o’clock Crook County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to an injury motor vehicle crash. The wreck was on NW Gerke Road near NW Country Loop, north of Prineville. Upon arriving, Deputies observed a Black Jeep Wrangler resting upright in a field approximately 30 yards off the north side of NW Gerke Road. The Jeep had major damaged and appeared to have rolled several times. Both the Driver 30-year old Eli Cromwell and the Passenger 37-year old Blake Murray were ejected. Cromwell and Murray sustained major injuries and were both air lifted to St. Charles Hospital in Bend.
SALEM, OR -- A state lawmaker says the Oregon Department of Forerstry needs to do a better job collecting money it is owed. State Senator Betsy Johnson of Scappoose, says ODOF has more than 90-million dollars in non-invoice receivables for wildfire work. Johnson says when the state budget was being put together, this information did not come to light and now represents a crisis. johnson also notes that ODOF cam within 72-hours of defaulting on a 50-million dollar line of credit.
PORTLAND, OR -- If you're thinking about buying cryptocurrency the Oregon Better Business Bureau is urging caution. Bitcoin is one type of cryptocurrency. Essentially, it's digital money. Danielle Kane, with the Better Business Bureau, says before buying cryptocurrency you need to understand how it works. There are no guarantees and values can change dramatically very quickly. You get a public key you use to trade the currency and a private key that protects your money. If you lose...it's gone forever. Kane says cryptocurrency investments can easily fail. While transactions are anonymous, the trades are public and it's one way a scammer can take advantage of your private information if you're not careful.
BEND, OR -- The former Director of the U-S Census Bureau, John Thompson, speaks at COCC at 6-30 this evening. Charlotte Gilbride with the COCC Foundation says Thompson is a statistician and currently a consultant who will speak on the topic, “The 2020 Census: Why It Matters And What To Expect.” Gillbride says the Census provides critical information for the Electoral College, Congressional Representation and distribution of federal money. Tickets to hear John Thompson speak about the Census are 10-dollars and available at the door. The event is at the COCC Coats Campus Center.
SALEM, OR -- While a ban on vaping products has been issued as an Executive Order by Governor Brown, the agencies charged with implementing the ban are still working out the process. Mark Pettinger with the OLCC says some vendors have already voluntarily pulled products from their shelves, though they are not required to until the OLCC board makes a decision. Pettinger says the OLCC board meets Friday, and may give further direction after that meeting. He says OLCC is only dealing with cannabis vaping products—the Oregon Health Authority is dealing with tobacco vaping.
BEND, OR -- The Railroad Alignment Highway 97 Project is beginning and many property are likely to be effected.
Pat Kesgard with Compass Commercial Real Estate says the project will deal with The Parkway and Highway 97, both of which are at capacity. He says the Parkway at Empire will curve to the right as it heads north paralleling the railroad tracks just beyond Cooley road. Kesgard says 25 of 50 property owners will be effected because they are in the path of the future highway. That means property owners will negotiate with ODOT on the value of their land. Kesgard says the project is complicated with what he calls, many moving parts. The Railroad Alignment Highway 97 Project has been funded by city, county, state and federal governments for 121-million dollars.
BEND, OR -- The annual ‘State of the City’ report comes up on Tuesday evening at 10-Barrel Brewery from 5-to-7PM. At the meeting Mayor Sally Russell and City Manager Eric King will deliver reports on a wide range of topics including: Transportation, jobs and affordable childcare. The State of The City will be live streamed on Facebook and is sold out.
BEND, OR -- If you or your kids play video games on a computer or on a phone you need to be on the alert for thieves. Many of the games sell currency that can be used in the games. Danielle Kane, with the Better Business Bureau of the Northwest, says scammers will have pop-up ads that appear to be legitimate. The ads may try to sell you currency for the game or get your personal information...but they're not related to the gaming company. Parents also need to warn kids about this scam. Also parents should caution children from going to chat rooms..
UMATILLA, OR -- An Oregon Department of Corrections adult in custody, 79-year old Richard Lynn Breneman, died Sunday morning. Breneman was incarcerated at Two Rivers Correctional Institution in Umatilla. The Oregon State Police have been notified, and the Medical Examiner will determine cause of death. Breneman entered custody on July 29, 2011, from Crook County with an earliest release date of August 25, 2020.
SALEM, OR -- The Oregon State Lottery is getting ready to release a new sports betting app. While Oregon’s lottery has been in the sports betting arena for many years, the lottery will soon be launching a mobile app called “ScoreBoard.” Oregon Lottery’s Matt Shelby says Oregonians are already utilizing betting apps which is legal as a player as long as that business is not based in the state. Shelby says they will try to bring in betting revenue that currently goes out of state to betting companies.
BEND, OR -- State Representative Cheri Helt supports Governor Kate Brown’s decision to temporarily ban flavored vaping products and other sources identified in vaping related deaths and illnesses. Helt calls the governor’s order, “the right decision.” Helt says next year she will seek bipartisan support for a bill to protect those who use vaping products, including bans, if needed. Last week, Helt urged the governor to immediately issue a temporary ban on the sale of all vaping products. Oregon now follows several states that have taken legislative and executive actions to limit the retail and on-line sales of vaping related products.
BEND, OR -- Oregon Senator Ron Wyden visited Bend to speak with high school students and public health officials about their experiences with vaping. Students expressed their concerns about the prevalence of vaping in their schools, how easily accessible vaping products are, and the limited information available about health risks. A doctor who spoke at the round table noted several cases of teen hospital admissions with chemical burns from vaping. Wyden says he favors taxing vaping products like cigarettes and other tobacco products. Wyden plans to continue outreach and education around vaping.
REDMOND, OR -- Redmond Police responded to the Grocery Outlet parking lot Sunday afternoon about 5:35 after a transient tried to enter a vehicle of a man who had two children in his car. Police say the father had seat belted his son and daughter in the rear seat. He noticed a man nearby watching him and asked if he needed anything. The man…later identified as 34-year old Jeremy Dubisar….said no. The father locked the car and went to the passenger side of the vehicle to check on his daughter. At that time Dubisar allegedly tried to enter the car but couldn’t because it was locked. The father confronted Dubisar who walked away. Police were called and when they approached Dubisar he resisted. Dubisar was on parole on a Kidnapping charge. He’s now jailed on several charges including Attempted Kidnap, Resisting Arrest and Assault of a Police Officer.
BEND, OR -- The Deschutes County Board of Commissioners will take up a request this morning to hire another Code Enforcement Officer. Commissioner Tony DeBone says the complaints are checked out and are public information. DeBone says there are some complaints that are allowed to be anonymous, for example, odor complaints that may be linked to illegal marijuana grows. DeBone says in that case, the information is still checked out but the reporting party is not identified.
SALEM, OR -- The Oregon Health Authority is using social media to encourage a conversation on addiction and mental health issues. OHA is posting stories from five people about their recovery journeys. OHA's Brandy Hemsley says they went through treatment programs in Portland. Hemsley says the goal is to increase awareness about addictions, whether it’s to drugs, alcohol or gambling. You can see the videos and take part in the conversations on Facebook and Twitter with the hashtag My Recovery Story. On Friday, there will be a Facebook live event.
WASHINGTTON, D.C. -- Oregonians who receive Food Stamps may see an increase in their monthly amount. On Tuesday, the federal government revised its budget numbers, and that means an increase for some of Oregon’s 911-thousand Food Stamp recipients. Jennifer Grentz with the Department of Human Services says if you currently receive SNAP benefits, those benefits will not decrease. Grentz says they do not send notices to recipients, and you should contact your local DHS office if you have questions.
SALEM, OR -- The 2019 fire season officially ended Tuesday on all lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF). The 923 wildfires on ODF-protected lands this year is about average. However, thanks to favorable conditions and successful initial attack, the 16,867 total acres burned is 56 percent below average. Based on the average number of days in fire season across all ODF Districts, this year was the shortest fire season in the 21st century at only 99 days. This is about three weeks shorter than the 121-day fire season average for ODF across all Districts.
BEND, OR -- Next October, you'll need a new Real I-D Driver's License to get past airport security. Oregon will start issuing the new licenses in July, but DMV Director Tom McLellan says they're worried about delays as demand may exceed supply. You'll also be able to use a passport. Mclellan says if your passport is expired you'd be better off renewing it now and waiting to get a Real I-D Card. The DMV website explains it all. The new licenses will cost an extra 20-dollars on top of the regular fee for a driver's license.
MADRAS, OR -- On Tuesday, at about 3:30 a.m., Madras Police responded to the Madras St. Charles Emergency Room on a report of a gunshot victim. Officers contacted the victim, a 28-year-old woman who had a single gunshot wound that is non-life threatening. Additional people have been identified by police and are being questioned and/or sought to obtain additional information related to this incident. Information obtained by police indicates there is no current threat to the general public. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Madras Police Department at 541-475-2424 and leave a message for Detective Schulke or Sgt. Webb.
BEND, OR -- The Oregon timber industry was once considered “The King” of the Oregon economy. State Economist Damon Runberg says one popular opinion is that the loss of timber jobs resulted in a surge in lower paying tourism jobs. He says timber jobs actually began going away in the 1980’s into the 90’s due to industry consolidation, automation and the availability of wood products from overseas. He also says many mills were equipped for larger diameter trees which began to disappear by the 1990's. Runberg says construction jobs took the place of many timber jobs but says those jobs were hard hit by the Great Recession that started in late 2007. He says construction jobs have since been replaced by technical and professional services jobs.
PORTLAND, OR -- A sports medicine doctor says concussions are becoming all too common in youth soccer. Oregon Health and Science University’s Doctor Jim Chesnutt says girls are much more likely to get a concussion than boys playing soccer. He says in younger players, the recovery time from a concussion is much longer. Dr. Chesnutt says OHSU and others are working on return to play and return to school guidelines is a child suffers a concussion. He says rule changes are needed to focus more on safety and less on aggressive play.
SALEM, OR -- The Oregon Health Authority is urging the governor to implement new vaping guidelines. With two deaths and 3 other people recovering from what appears to be a vaping-related illness, the Oregon Health Authority is asking for a six month ban on vaping products and displays. The OHS’s Jonathan Modie says they are also encouraging people to quit vaping. The governor will review the guidelines and make a decision about which guidelines will be implemented.
BEND, OR -- A Portland man, identified as Michael Olson of Portland, claims he was the victim of a hate crime while camping in the China Hat Road area over the weekend. However, the Deschutes County Sheriff and Portland Police say they have not been able to locate Olson to verify the claim. Olson, who is black, told Central Oregon Daily News he thought someone tried to enter his vehicle early Monday morning. Olson says later he went into the woods to relieve himself and thought he had been punched but it turned out he was stabbed with a knife. Olson said his thick clothing and a cellphone in his front breast pocket saved him. Olson said he ran and got back to his vehicle to find it spray painted with a swastika, a racial slur and the words “Go Home.” The sheriff’s office says they have an active investigation and will continue to try to locate Olson.
SISTERS, OR -- A Redmond man died in a wreck west of Sisters on Saturday after the Jeep he was driving crashed head-on into a tree. Police say 59 year old Ross Bedore was driving north on Forest Service Road 18-10 near Highway 242 at about 5-19 Saturday afternoon when the Jeep left the gravel road and hit a tree. Bedore was wearing a seatbelt. A family member who reported the wreck, pulled Bedore from the vehicle. A Deschutes County Deputy and a Forest Service Police Officer began CPR within a minute. Bedore died later at the Sisters Fire Department. Speed is believed to be a factor in the wreck.