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Local News Archives for 2019-11

PORTLAND, OR -- The booming growth rate of Oregon's population is starting to slow. Charles Rynerson with P-S-U's Population Research Center says preliminary population numbers show Oregon's population has increased just one percent in the last year. Since 2010, Oregon added 400-thousand residents. The state's rate of job growth is slowing and that's bringing fewer people into Oregon. Other reasons for the lower growth rate are the high cost of housing, lower birth rates and deaths of baby boomers.


BEND, OR -- In recognition of Native American Heritage Month, COCC is presenting two free concerts this week. Musician Clem Picard, a member of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, will perform Native flute music tonight and tomorrow night. Tonight’s concert is in the Community Room at the COCC Madras campus at 6-o’clock. Picard performs again tomorrow night in White Hall on the Bend campus at 6-o’clock.

BEND, OR -- Deschutes County has openings on two of its advisory committees. The Project Wildfire Steering Committee implements strategies to lessen the negative impacts of natural disasters in Deschutes county. The county’s Noxious Weed Board also has an opening. The board identifies the priorities that need to be addressed under the county’s noxious weed program.  Anyone interested in serving on either committee has to submit an application no later than Friday, December 6th. Contact the Deschutes County Forester for more information.

BEND, OR -- The Bend Fire Department has launched its 4TH Annual Warm Clothing Drive. Battalion Chief Dave Howe says they need hats, scarves, gloves, socks, coats and blankets. Donations can be dropped off at any fire station in Bend or Tumalo. Howe says the clothing that’s donated will be given to Bethlehem Inn and Central Oregon Veterans Outreach. The clothing drive ends November 26th.


BEND, OR -- The COCC Board of Directors meets at 5-45 on the Bend campus this afternoon and spokesman Ron Paradis says the agenda includes an enrollment update report. He says enrollments have dropped in recent years due to the strong economy. Paradis says the board will also receive an update on the Strategic Plan and the four goals related to student success. He says the student success effort helps new students improve their math and reading skills so they can get to the college level faster.  


SISTERS,M OR -- An 89 year old Sisters man reported missing Friday night was located Saturday morning. The Deschutes County Sheriff says James Fisher left his home about 10-Saturday night. Police say Fisher has difficulty hearing and suffers from memory loss.  At about 6-Saturday morning Fisher knocked on the door of a home in Sisters seeking shelter from the cold temperatures. The resident immediately contacted 9-1-1 and deputies responded. Fisher was taken by EMS to a hospital for evaluation.

BEND, OR -- Bend Police received a report just after 5-yesterday afternoon of a man who was hit by a car while in a crosswalk. The man was hit by a westbound car on Northwest Newport Avenue at Northwest 11th Street.

When police arrived they found an injured man being helped by people including a medical professional.

The man was taken to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The driver of the car stayed at the scene and was cited for Failure To Stop For A Pedestrian.  

SALEM, OR -- Oregon is no longer a leader in recycling and waste reduction. A new study from the Environment Oregon Research and Policy Center indicates Oregon's recycling efforts continue to slide. State Director Celeste Meiffren-Swango says the latest data shows the recycling rate has dropped 4.8% since 2014.  And she says China's actions won't help because they stopped accepting American waste due to contamination. Meiffren-Swango says Oregon needs a plan to keep waste out of the environment. They're calling for a state comprehensive plan to deal with waste- especially plastics that are choking the recycling system.




SALEM, OR -- The fee for registering your car is going up next year. The fee will be based on your car’s mileage. The DMV says hybrid and electric vehicle owners will pay more to make up for the reduced amount of gas tax revenues flowing to the state. The fee for electric vehicles will be 612-dollars for two years and 304-dollars for hybrids.  But if people enroll in the OREGO program the fee drops to 172-dollars for two years. The new fees apply to all vehicle registrations that expire on or after January 1st 2020 regardless of when the fee is paid.   



BEND, OR -- The Oregon Housing and Community Services has awarded a 150-thousand dollar grant to NeighborImpact to support warming shelter efforts in Central Oregon. Rachel Haakenson at NeighborImpact says 60-thousand dollars will be distributed to eight non profits and faith-based shelter providers in Central Oregon. She says the remaining 90-thousand dollars will be used to implement a warming shelter location in Bend. Haakensen says the declaration of a weather emergency in Bend is real and there is now a shortage about 100 beds per night in Bend.    


BEND, OR -- The Deschutes County Road Department will close access to the Cascade Lakes Highway west of Mount Bachelor next Thursday. The department will also close Paulina Lake Road known as Forest  Road 21 the same day. Chris Doty at the department says the closures are for the safety of travelers because they are not maintained in the winter.  While the Cascade Lakes Highway will be closed to cars, recreation areas like Devils Lake and Elk Lake can be accessed by snowcat or snowmobile

SALEM, OR -- Deschutes County District Attorney John Hummel told the state parole board in salem yesterday he believes Mark James Wilson is capable of rehabilitation. Wilson was convicted in the double murder of 53-year old Rod Houser and his 49-year old wife Lois during a home robbery in 1987. The Oregonian reports Wilson was 18 when he shot Rod Houser 20 times. Co-defendant Randy Guzek shot Lois Houser three times. The question before the parole board is whether the now 50 year old Wilson is capable of rehabilitation. Hummel told the parole board, “Mark Wilson has convinced me he is.” The brother of Rod Houser, Doug Houser said Hummell does not speak for his family and called him an embarrassment to Deschutes county. Houser urged the parole board to listen instead to Ron Brown. It was Brown, now Clatsolp County D.A. who prosecuted Wilson. Brown said Wilson and Guzek were there to specifically kill the Housers. He told the parole board Wilson tried minimize the crime, claiming it was a burglary gone bad. Brown said Wilson’s distortion of the truth should raise questions about his rehabilitation. It may take a month for the parole board to make a ruling.

REDMOND, OR -- Deschutes county is donating 40 acres of land it owns to the City of Redmond for a housing project known as Skyline Village. Assistant City Manager John Roberts says the project will be built in northeast Redmond. He says Skyline Village will include half affordable housing and half market rate housing with a mix of styles and cost ranges. The donation was approved at a joint meeting Tuesday night of the County Commissioners and the Redmond City Council.


TERREBONNE, OR -- ODOT is inviting the public to an Open House in Terrebonne tonight to discuss traffic problems in the community. ODOT’s Peter Murphy says the meeting is designed for public input. Murphy says among the options…developing a 5-lane highway through Terrebonne… a couplet with 2-northbound lanes and another couplet with 2 southbound lanes…a roundabout and…some under crossings to help people go in and out of Lower Bridge Way. The Open House starts at 6-tonight at the Terrebonne Community School and begins with a presentation followed by Q&A.


BEND, OR -- A Bend man is facing 27 counts of Encouraging Child Sex Abuse after police received information from the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. Bend Police were told 20 year old Wyatt Anthony Carrell had allegedly uploaded at least 27 images and videos to the internet depicting child pornography. On Tuesday, police made a traffic stop and took him into custody. Search warrants were executed at Carrell’s home on Sonata Way and on his car. Evidence was seized and Carrell is now in the county jail.

BEND, OR -- The March of Dimes has given Oregon a grade of A- for a low rate of premature births. Last year more than 10-per cent of babies were born premature in America. Central Oregon Daily reports that in Oregon the rate of premature births is less than 7%  Premature babies often need intensive and expensive medical care. The March of Dimes Report Card noted preterm births got worse in 30 states last year. It says six states earned a failing grade compared to four last year. For more details click here.


REDMOND, OR -- Redmond police are asking the public for help in locating the driver of a stolen car. Police received a report of a stolen Volkswagen Sunday morning. Several hours later the stolen vehicle was spotted in the Wal Mart parking lot. Police tried to contact the suspect but the vehicle drove away and into Terrebonne. Later, the vehicle went back towards Redmond on Highway 97 driving southbound in the northbound lanes, hitting 80 miles an hour. Police broke off the chase in the interest of safety. Anyone with information about a 2012 black Volkswagen convertible with a damaged front bumper is asked to call Redmond Police. 

BEND, OR -- Large crowds lined the streets of downtown Bend Monday morning for the 20th Annual Veterans Day Parade. A large contingent of motorcycle riders, many of them veterans, got things started as a Civil Air Patrol plane did a flyover. Veterans from World War 2, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan marched in the parade and were cheered and thanked by many along the parade route. In turn veterans smiled, thanked the crowd and waved flags. Marching bands from area schools were represented in the parade along with service clubs from throughout the area. 

BEND, OR -- A Bend man took advantage of the unseasonably-warm temperatures on Friday by going for a jog, naked, until authorities were able to stop him. The pursuit occurred about 3- Friday afternoon on NE Jamison Street. 27-year-old William Thomas Matthias slowly ran down the sidewalk. Central Oregon Daily reports cellphone video from a witness shows Matthias smiling and waving as sheriff’s patrol cars followed him. Police tried to block his path when he crossed a business driveway, but Matthias ran around it. He was finally stopped and arrested. Matthias is jailed on charges of disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and a probation violation.





BEND, OR -- The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office used Search and Rescue volunteers on Friday to do a grid search of a field where human remains were found last Thursday. The remains are believed to be those of an adult female and were found in a field in the 21-thousand block of Butler Market Road. Police say based on their investigation an autopsy is not planned and no foul play is suspected in the death. Detectives are still working to identify the remains and locate her family.


PRINEVILLE, OR -- Fire managers on the Ochoco National Forest plan to take advantage of recent warm, dry weather to implement two prescribed burn projects north of Big Summit Prairie. The burns will start tomorrow and continue through the week. Firefighters plan to ignite 144 acres of juniper jackpots and a 157-acre understory burn, just north of Big Summit Prairie, about 40 miles northeast of Prineville. The goals for the prescribed burns are to improve wildlife habitat and to remove hazardous fuels.


BEND, OR -- Police arrested a Bend woman last night and charged her with hit-and-run and DUII. 26 year old Katie Elizabeth Hall is accused of causing a crash involving three cars near Northwest Olney Avenue and Wall Street at about 8-25 Sunday night. Hall drove away in her silver Chevrolet. A short time later, 9-1-1 received a report of a car matching the description of Hall’s car that had crashed. The car was facing the wrong way on the southbound off ramp to the parkway at Revere Avenue. The caller said the woman driver fled the scene. A short time later a state police officer spotted Hall and arrested her.  She is facing felony charges of Hit and Run, DUII and Reckless Endangering.



BEND, OR -- The 20th annual Veterans Day Parade is today and will move through downtown Bend beginning with a Civil Air Patrol flyover at 11-this morning. The flyover will be in honor of Bob Maxwell, Bend's own Medal of Honor Veteran who passed away in May. The parade route begins on NW Newport at Veterans Memorial Bridge and ends at Northwest Harmon Boulevard. This year's theme is ‘Saluting our Women Veterans'.  Grand Marshals are women whose military service spans the decades.

BEND, OR -- A Bend man is jailed following a fight on Saturday at a home where two men were watching the LSU-Alabama football game. Police say a verbal argument became a physical fight at the home in the 21-thousand block of Bear Creek Road. They say 51-year old Christopher A. Honey allegedly grabbed a shotgun and fired at a 40 year old man who he had been fighting. The victim was hit in the back of the head and neck. Police arrived and a deputy transported the injured man to Saint Charles Bend for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. Honey later surrendered to deputies and is jailed on charges of attempted murder and assault.  Police say alcohol is believed to be a factor in the incident.

BEND, OR -- So many people wanted to speak about the Climate Action Plan at the Bend City Council meeting Wednesday, they were asked to keep remarks to about 90-seconds…instead of the usual 3-minute time limit. Mayor Sally Russell said the speakers agreed and got right to the point. Russell says most spoke in favor of the plan but many also raised questions, others voiced concerns and others needed clarification about parts of the proposal. The Bend City Council is expected to make a final decision on the Climate Action Plan in early December.


BEND, OR -- The Centennial Anniversary of the Deschutes Library System in 2020 means renovation, new construction and expanded library services throughout Deschutes County. Library Director Todd Dunkelberg says to prepare for the next chapter Deschutes Libraries invites residents to take part in interactive discussions with library architects to learn more about the renovation and enhancement plans throughout the county. Library staff are eager to hear resident’s thoughts to gain insight into what learning tools are most important for the community.

BEND, OR -- The Bend City Council is in the process of developing a new Transportation Plan to meet community needs to the year 2040. Mayor Sally Russell says, all together, the plan could end up with a 1-billion dollar price tag. She says the council is considering asking voters to approve a 250-million dollar bond measure next May to get some projects started. Russell says the city will also seek financial help from the state and federal governments for some of the projects that come out of the new transportation plan.  


BEND, OR -- earlier this week KBND reported that the sheriff was asking the public to come up with a name for their new Bloodhound K-9. Sargent William Bailey says almost 3-thousand name suggestions were posted to Facebook, Instagram and emails. He says they narrowed the list down to the Top 20 names. Bailey says you can cast your vote on the sherrif’s Facebook page. He says they’ll post the winning name when the voting winds down, probably this evening.



SUNRIVER, OR -- A Sunriver couple was arrested and jailed on drug charges this week following an investigation. The Deschutes County Sheriff had received  information about possible illegal drug activity at a home at 62 Meadow. On Wednesday deputies stopped a car driven by 45 year old Thomas J. Martinsen as he drove away from the home. A short time later Sunriver Police stopped a car driven by 42 year old Jennifer Martin who also had left the home.  A search warrant turned up evidence of drug sales and commercial amounts of methamphetamine.  Martinsen is jailed on charges of possession, delivery and manufacture of methamphetamine.  Martin is jailed on a charge of possession of methamphetamine.

BEND, OR -- The Deschutes County Sheriff is investigating the discovery of human remains found in a field yesterday afternoon. The remains are believed to be those of an adult female and were found in the 21-thousand block of Butler Market Road. An employee of the property owner found the remains while checking the field before doing work at the site. Detectives and deputies were helped at the scene by the office of the DA, the County Medical Examiner and the State Police Crime Lab. 


BURNS, OR -- The Harney County Sheriff's office has released the cause of the crash that  killed T-V personality Jessi Combs in  August. She was at the Alvord Desert attempting to set a land speed record.  The report says one of the front wheels on her jet car failed after apparently hitting something. The car was travelling 550 miles an hour when the crash  happened. Combs was 39 years old.

CRESCENT LAKE, OR -- The Deschutes National Forest is planning to set a prescribed burn today 12 miles west of Crescent on the south shore of Crescent Lake. The 32 acre Marsh Unit is scheduled to begin at 10-this morning if weather conditions remain favorable. Forest officials say  smoke may be visible from Highways 97 and 58 and surrounding areas. The goal of the prescribed burn is to reduce the hazardous fuel build up near private property.

TERREBONNE, OR -- Redmond Fire and Rescue had to use a Jaws Of Life tool to free the driver of a street sweeper after he became trapped following a collision. The incident occurred on Highway 97 in Terrebonne about 3-30 yesterday afternoon. The sweeper hit the rear of a full size Dodge pickup causing heavy damage to the cab of the sweeper. Redmond Fire crews worked for 20 minutes to get the driver out. He was pinned into the seat and his lower extremities were wrapped into the pedals and the steering column. The driver was transported to Saint Charles Redmond with possible internal injuries and fractures.


BEND, OR -- The Bend Chamber Of Commerce and a regional oversight group have come together to tackle the childcare crisis in Central Oregon. They hired a Childcare Accelerator to broker collaborative projects to create additional childcare options. Megan Norris, the newly appointed hire, moved from Sacramento to work on a pilot project with OSU Cascades and COCC.

McKENZIE PASS, OR -- The Old McKenzie Pass Highway will close for the winter starting tomorrow. ODOT says  crews will close the west side of the highway from the lower gate on Highway 126 to the upper gate west of Dee Wright Observatory. Next Tuesday ODOT crews will close the eastern access at the gate west of Sisters.  ODOT says the west side has already seen some winter conditions. The Old McKenzie Pass Highway is expected to reopen in mid-June.


REDMOND, OR -- Deschutes County Search and Rescue says a missing 75 year old woman, Marion Price, was found this morning. Price went on a hike with her dogs yesterday and was reported missing just before 6-o’clock last night. Price did not have a cellphone with her. Deschutes County Sheriff's Office SAR Volunteers continued searching for Price until about 1:00am this morning.  DCSO Deputies remained in the area throughout the night.  At about 7:48am, Deputies received a report that a man walking his dog in the area came across Price and her dogs, and helped her back to the search staging area near Eagle Crest. Price was in good health and declined medical attention.  No further details are known at this time.

The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office would like to remind those recreating in the backcountry or rural areas such as this, to always be prepared for unexpected events that may cause extended return times.  At a minimum, have a communication device, such as a cell phone, or whistle.  Extra clothing, food and water are among other key items listed in the "10 Essentials".



UMATILLA, OR -- A 68-year-old Prineville man has died at Two Rivers Correctional Institute in Umatilla. Terry Lee Allen was convicted of attempted murder in 2013 for firing shots at his daughter’s home in Tumalo. Allen went to prison in 2015 and was not expected to be released before November 2022. Corrections officials announced Tuesday that Allen died in hospice at Two Rivers on Monday evening.


PRINEVILLE, OR -- Police have released the name of the man whose body was found last week in Ochocco Creek as 64 year old Brian Lee Colbert. Prineville Detective Kathryn Bottoms says police knew Colbert. She says he was homeless and had a history of mental illness, drugs and alcohol. Bottoms says the autopsy found no evidence Colbert was robbed, was a victim of foul play or, had been in a struggle. She says lab test results and a final medical examiner report could take several weeks.


BEND, OR -- The Bend-La Pine Schools has announced Superintendent Shay Mikalson is resigning to take a new job with the High Desert Education Service District. He will make the official announcement next Tuesday at the school board meeting. Central Oregon Daily reports  Mikalson is taking the job of Chief Student Success Officer at the E-S-D, which will begin in July. The Bend La Pine School Board will launch a search for a new superintendent next week.

DESCHUTES COUNTY, OR -- A Redmond woman was killed in a wreck on Highway 97 just before noon yesterday. Police say 76 year old Linda Dent was southbound when, for unknown reasons, she drove her 2017 Subaru across four lanes and into the slow lane of northbound Highway 97. Dent collided with an ODOT Incident Response Vehicle and died at the scene. The driver of the ODOT vehicle, 38 year old John Benson, was taken to Saint Charles Redmond with minor injuries. It took until about 4-o’clock to get all lanes of the highway re-opened.     

Photo courtesy Central Oregon Daily 

BEND, OR -- There is not a lot of new office space being built in Central Oregon these days. Pat Kesgard at Compass Commercial Real Estate says it may be due to a growing number of work-at-home jobs. For example, he says, if you call Alaska Airlines you are likely speaking to someone working from home. Kesgard says the vacancy rate for office space is up to 3-point-9-per cent in this area. He says California wildfires however, may force some office based businesses to think about relocating out of state and Central Oregon could become a destination. 

PRINEVILLE, OR -- The man found in Ochoco Creek has been identified as 64-year-old Brian Lee Colbert. He was found beneath a bridge at St. Charles Way, east of Combs Flat Road in Prineville at about 5:30PM. Police have determined there was no criminal acts or signs of struggle. The policed noted the bridge is an area where homeless community has gathered on the past. Colbert had a history of mental illness and had been visited by the Police on one previous occasion when they pulled him from the river. 

BEND, OR -- People with Diabetes…including parents, spouses and children of people with the disease…are invited to attend a free workshop this Saturday, “Navigating Diabetes Distress.” Rita Shearer with Synergy Health and Wellness will lead the workshop. She says it will help people understand the work they have to do to stay healthy when dealing with diabetes. The workshop is from 10-to-11-30 this Saturday morning at the downtown library in Bend. To register log onto the Synergy Health and Wellness web page.

LA PINE, OR -- A La Pine family that had a fire at their home last December were victims of another fire Sunday night. Chief Mike Supkis says last year’s blaze at the home on Pine Forest Road was an electrical fire in a wall. He says the cause of Sunday’s fire has not been determined but residents said the home had on-going electrical issues. The home and all of the contents were destroyed. No one was injured but a family dog died. Firefighters had to shuttle 25-thousand gallons of water to fight the blaze as there are no hydrants in the area. The Red Cross provided shelter and other help for the displaced family.

Photo courtesy of Central Oregon Daily

BEND, OR -- The Deschutes County Sheriff has a new K-9 that was donated last month by Tamaron Ranch Bloodhounds and it needs a name.  After the dog was donated the sheriff started a  process to pick a handler for the Bloodhound. The sheriff announced yesterday Deputy Donny Patterson will be the dog’s partner and the two head to California next week for training. The Sheriff’s Office is asking the public to help name the new K-9. Anyone with an idea for a name is asked to go to the Sheriff’s Facebook page and post their suggestions. The most popular names submitted will be put to a vote later this week.

Photo courtesy of Central Oregon Daily.

CORVALLIS, OR -- Two million year old ice found in Antarctica is helping to answer some questions about Climate Change and an Oregon Scientist is working on the project. OSU Scientist, Ed Brook says they measure carbon dioxide levels trapped in the ice and it helps them better understand the effects of climate change. Brook says that by increasing the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere the average temperature will continue to rise. Brook and his team looked at trapped air bubbles to determine we are changing the earth’s system with our carbon dioxide output.

BEND, OR -- Bend-Redmond Habitat for Humanity is celebrating its 30th year and 149th house built.  Director of Development Robin Cooper Engle encourages local individuals and groups to get involved, as Bend LaPine Schools leadership recently did.  With Habitat’s homeownership program, families and individuals are required to volunteer hundreds of hours as the down payment for the home, and participate in a matched savings program for the closing costs.


BEND, OR -- COCC is holding its annual Preview Day this Friday. Admissions Coordinator Kayleen Schweitzer tells KBND, the event draws a lot of Central Oregon High School students who want to get a sample of college life. She says students can take two, 45 minute mini classes, interact with students and faculty, have lunch and take a campus tour.  The annual COCC Preview Day starts this Friday morning with check in at 9-30 in Mazama Gym.

BEND, OR – Fire managers are planning to ignite a prescribed understory burn tomorrow and Wednesday on the Deschutes National Forest.  Prescribed burning will help maintain the Ponderosa Pine ecosystem by reducing heavy accumulation of ground fuels and improving habitat for native plants and wildlife. The prescribed burn unit is 700 acres and part of the Deadlog project area on the Bend-Fort Rock Ranger District.  It is located about 28 miles east of La Pine. Ignition will begin on tomorrow and is expected to continue into Wednesday.  

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Oregon Republican Congressman Greg Walden is a part of a bi-partisan group asking the Federal Drug Administration to toughen inspections of foreign drug makers. The group is concerned that prescription drugs manufactured in other countries may be used as a potential weapon during wartime.  Other concerns are that the cost of critical drugs could be raised to unaffordable levels or supply could be reduced in an effort to hurt the United States.

ONTARIO, OR -- Two kayaks contaminated with quagga mussels...an invasive species...were stopped before they launched in the Deschutes River. Central Oregon Daily reports Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife technicians intercepted and decontaminated the kayaks at a boat inspection station near Ontario. Martyne Ressman with ODF&W says inspectors found quagga mussel shell debris. She says had the layaks launched mussel tissue from the shells would have been shed and could have led to quagga mussels getting into the Deschutes River. 

CRATER LAKE NATIONAL PARK, OR -- Crater Lake National Park’s North Entrance Road and Rim Drive is now closed for the season.  All visitors to the park must use Highway 62 to access the park from the south or west during the closures.  The North Entrance Road and Rim Drive will reopen in the late spring or early summer of 2020.  Exact dates for road openings depend on snow depths each year. And Crater Lake Park is now charging its winter entrance fee which is 15-dollars per car or motorcycle and $10 per person. It’s good for 7 days, and will be collected at the Annie Creek Entrance Station or at park headquarters. Visitors can also buy an annual pass for Crater Lake National Park for $50 but the pass will increase to $55 beginning January 1, 2020.

(Salem, OR)  --   The Democrat who challenged Republican Congressman Greg Walden for his seat in 2018 will not make another run for the U.S. House.  Jamie McLeod-Skinner says she will continue to focus on her campaign for secretary of state.  Many assumed McLeod-Skinner would shift gears to run for the Second Congressional District after she lost the 2018 race by 16 points, giving Walden the closest call he had ever seen in the traditionally Republican area.  Republican State Senator Cliff Bentz has already declared his intent to run for the seat, but so far, no Democrats have stepped into the race.

REDMOND, OR -- The Redmond-based organization, In Our Backyard, has dedicated many years to prevention of human trafficking. Executive Director Nita Belles says one form of trafficking is for labor and the other is for sex trafficking. She says both forms of trafficking are designed to make money for the perpetrators. Belles says traffickers use social media to target young people, particularly girls. She urges parents to educate their children about the dangers of social media, which is the most common way traffickers reach out to lure their victims.

BEND, OR -- This weekend is time to fall back an hour. The end of daylight savings is on Saturday and it comes with an extra hour of sleep and the slow disappearance of early-evening sunlight. Getting an extra hour of sleep might seem nice, but Shelley Snow with ODOT, says it can actually make you more tired due to a change in sleeping habits which could make you drowsy. The Bureau of Labor Statistics says 18-percent of adults get less than seven hours of sleep, despite most people needing between 7 and 9 hours night for a healthy sleep routine.

BEND, OR -- A Bend brewery owner, Roger Worthington spoke at a conference this week about the need to pass the Clean Energy Jobs Bill, House Bill 2020. The bill would have put a cap on greenhouse gasses but did not pass the legislature. Republicans walked out of the state senate which prevented a vote due to a lack of a quorum. Worthington is one of the lead petitioners for the measure. He urges other business owners in Central Oregon to recognize the long term financial benefits of clean energy. Worthington says solar energy provides about 30-percent of the power at his brewery.



BEND, OR -- The City of Bend and ODOT are cleaning the median along the Parkway beginning  Monday night. The Director of the Bend Streets Department, David Abbas, says the cleanup follows a median cleanup in 2018. Abbas says the Parkway cleanup will start near Colorado Avenue and work north 4-miles to Cascade Village Shopping Center. All of the work will be done at night from 7-pm to 6am starting Monday  and continue until November 14th. The left lane next to the median will be closed during the work. No clean-up work is scheduled on weekends.


METOLIOUS, OR -- A Metolious man has been jailed on 24 charges including sodomy, sex abuse and coercion, after an investigation by the Deschutes County Sheriff. Police received a report last week of alleged sex abuse by 72-year old Louis T. Apo. He lived in La Pine for five years before moving to Metolious last year. Police say they have identified three victims in La Pine. Investigators say Apo had contact with numerous children in La Pine and befriended families and often babysat for neighbors. Apo has also lived in Denver, San Francisco and Eureka. Police ask anyone who has children who had contact with Apo to call Detective John Barker at the Deschutes County Sheriff’s office.


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