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Major Shift in Oregon Gubernatorial Race


PORTLAND, OR -- A new poll suggests there may be a shift in Oregon's gubernatorial race.  Polls as recent as earlier this week showed incumbent Governor John Kitzhaber leading by 13 points over his Republican challenger, Dennis Richardson.  But, a new KATU-TV poll shows both candidates with around 37% support, and nearly 20% of those who planned to vote for Gov. Kitzhaber now say they will vote for Richardson following the recent Cylvia Hayes scandals.

 

Willamette Week has endorsed Kitzhaber, and its Managing Editor Brent Walth defended their choice yesterday with Lars Larson, "I think it's naiive to express, Lars, that someon who has expressed prejudice against gays in the past and has taken a position against women's right to choose, wouldn't also cary forward those ideas into office.  Mr. Richardson's argument is that 'these are all settled' and therefore, what he thinks doesn't matter. In fact, what he thinks does matter." 

 

Walth says Willamette Week endorses Kitzhaber because of his innovations, "Willamette Week's concern in 2010 was he has a pention to alway have to be right and he doesn't follow through.  But, now the Oregon Health Plan, which expanded Medicaid... His efforts to establish CCOs, which created a community approach to healthcare ... and creating an education system that is continuous from kindergarten through college are all three innovative ideas." 


This is the first poll ever to show Richardson with a lead in the Governor's race.  The KATU poll involved just over 400 voters who were registered to vote and reported paying close attention to the election. 

 

Casey Roats Says He Won't Drop Out Of City Council Race


BEND, OR -- Casey Roats is not backing down from a challenge that he doesn't meet the residency requirements to run for Bend City Council.  Roats sold his former home in Bend in October 2013, and moved into his parents' house just two miles outside the city limits while his new home was under construction in southwest Bend.

 

A political action committee supporting one of Roats' opponents is pushing the matter and is calling for him to withdraw.  He says he won't, "Oh, there's no way I'm going to shrink from this.  I've lived in the Bend city limits exclusively for the last 15 years.  I was raised two miles outside the city limits.  My grandfolks moved here in the 1920s.  I have been humbled by the number of people who have emailed and phoned and are dropping by the office."

 

Roats says he feels he's on firm ground with the residency requirements, "We checked into all the rules in the state regarding residency and it's very clear. When it's a temporary hiatus from a residence - especially if you don't make any documentation like utility bills, and we didn't - it was just a short amount of time while we continued to build our house.  And it took longer than expected, which anyone that has built a house understands how that goes."

 

If he wins the city council seat and it's challenged, it would be left up to the city council to decide whether he meets residency stipulations. 

 

Newly Expanded Deschutes County Jail Nearly Operational


BEND, OR -- It's been nearly 10 years and $11 million in the making, but Deschutes County's newly expanded jail is nearly ready for its first residents.  Deschutes County Sheriff Larry Blanton says the jail will start filling those additional 144 beds within the next two weeks, "We're working out some technology bugs in there right now. For security reasons, I can't tell you the actual date [to open].  But, more importantly, it's going to provide us with some additional opportunities to provide treatment for those that are drug or alcohol dependent and/or suffer from mental illness."  
 
Sheriff Blanton says this is the first large expansion of a jail in Oregon in the past 10 years, and it was funded without imposing any new taxes, "So, not only did we build this facility, which is really going to enhance public safety in Deschutes County and effect recidivism in a positive way. And, we also have the money for staffing incrementally over time - and we need that."
 
The nearly 23,000 sf extension was paid for from within the county budget after voters turned down a bond measure four years ago that would've allowed for a larger project. 
 
 

Historical Haunted Tours Begin Tonight In Bend


BEND, OR -- As Halloween approaches, the Deschutes Historical Society is offering an up-close look at Bend's most haunted locations.  Now in their fifth year, one-mile public tours of Historical Haunts start Thursday evening and continue through the weekend in downtown Bend.  
 
Museum Board member Anna Johnson says the tour guides visitors through stories of mystery, love and the after-life, including that of George Brosterhouse, "He and his brother were building the old Reid School and he fell to his death.  And, our building- for the Deschutes Historical Museum- is haunted because he did die there. There are also stories of the downing building and the O'Kane Building, as well as McMenamins and some other stories as well.  But, I don't want to give too much away."
 
Public Tours begin at the Deschutes historical Museum and end at Crow's Feet Commons.
All ages and abilities are welcome, although visitors are reminded to dress for the weather.
Tickets can be purchased at the museum. 

JCSO Hunts For Owners Of Found Llamas


MADRAS, OR -- Three llamas were found wandering 8 miles east of Madras, earlier this week, and the Jefferson County Sheriff's office is now looking for their owner.
The two females and one male are now being cared for by the nonprofit group Mustangs to the Rescue and have been examined by a vet.  Deputies believe the trio has been on their own for some time.
 
Anyone with information is asked to call the Jefferson County sheriff's office at 541-475-6520.

Plans Scrapped For Paved Path From Sisters To Black Butte Ranch


SISTERS, OR -- The Sisters District Ranger who wanted to build a paved path from Sisters to Black Butte Ranch, has withdrawn her decision.  Kristie Miller says there is too little community compromise for the proposal to continue.  She says many community members showed a great deal of support for the trail, but objectors failed to agree on a compromise during resolution meetings in recent weeks.  
 
Miller says it could be possible in the future.  A broader community led process could develop a proposal for a variety of trails.  But, for now, the paved path will not be built. 
 

Bend Will Not Meet Water Treatment Deadline


BEND, OR -- Notices will start going out Wednesday to Bend residents, informing them the city will not meet the state's deadline to treat certain potential parasites in the city's water supply.  Delays from the public process deciding which type of treatement plant to install, along with lawsuits, took longer than originally planned.  

 

The city is required to notify residents to keep them informed of plans to meet state and federal government deadlines to treat for Cryptosporidium.  Steve Prazak, Bend's Water Quality Manager says, "We are on the path forward to come in compliance with federal and state guidelines."  Prazak says the city received a waiver to move the deadline to April 15, 2016, "That is the deadline that we agreed to witht he Oregon Health Authority, to complete the water treatment plant and supply that treated water to the public. 

 

Once finished, the new treatment plant will treat for Cryptosporidium and will remove silt and other particulates, allowing Bridge Creek to provide water year-round, even if there was a fire in the watershed.  Currently, water from Bridge Creek is treated with Chlorine, however that does not destroy Cryptosporidium.  

 

Central Oregon Fire Season for This Year is Officially Over


The district lost 16-thousand 500 acres to fire and that's nearly double the ten year average.

 

George Ponte with the Oregon Department of Forestry says it was a tough year.

 

"You know we came into fire season under  drought conditions and those drought conditions got worse.  We're still in a drought.  We had frequent lightning in July and August.  Those were the big reasons for the tough fire season.  We also had some unfortunate human caused fires that remain under investigation."

 

Central Oregon's fire season was 134 days long, which is longer than usual, but Ponte urges people to continue to be careful.

 

 

Local Health Officials Try to Give People Their Realistic Risk of Getting Ebola


The U.S. has only had three cases that started here , but it makes people nervous.

 

Heather Kaisner is the Communicable Disease Coordinator for Deschutes County and she thinks people have to put thier risk in perspective.

 

"It's gotten somewhat political.  Oncea  person has been quarantined for 21 days and they are fine, they're not contagious, they  were never contagious.  We shouldn't shun people. Fear can be scary, but we can do more harm."

 

"And while these communicabloe disease can be risky and unknown, but when you put it in perspective about things like smoking, car accidents, not weraing seat belts.  All these things put it in perspective, when we've just had three cases from the U.S. that were from here."

 

Ebola is spread through close contact with an infected person and is not spread through the air.

 

You have to be exposed through bodily fluids, as many health care workers have been.

Bend's Father Radloff Files State Employment Discrimination Charges Against the Baker Diocese


Bishop Liam Carey removed Father Radloff from Bend's St. Francis Catholic Church last October and refused to place him with a new parish.

 

Radloff has since started a new church in Bend through the Evangelical Catholic Church, but he is seeking some settlement.

 

Charlie Burr with the State Bureau of Labor and Industries says that could take several different forms.

 

"All these complaints are different.  The settlement could be financial.  It would be non economical and if there was retaliation it could be an agreement to provide a netural reference or sometimes the agreement could be the employer has to undergo training to avoid similar violations."

 

The investigation into the allegations could take up to a year,  but Burr says it usually takes between three to six months.

Look at Expected Voter Turnout for the Upcoming Election


This is not a presidential year, so pollster Tim Hibbits with DHM Resrach in Portland says turnout will be down.

 

"I would expect gubernatorial turnout to be substantially below a presidential year.  when you look at the history of Oregon Gubernatorial races in the last 55 to 60 years, they've fallen into fairly narrow turnout range 68 to 73 percent and based on what I've seen, I think it will fall on the lower end of that range."

 

Election Day is November 4th.  Your ballot must be received by election officials no later than 8 P.M. on Election Day to be counted.

 

After October 31st, the Friday before Election Day, you should hand deliver any ballot to ensure they are counted.

Three From Tigard Killed In Crash


(Sisters, OR)  --  Police are still investigating a crash that killed a Tigard couple and their baby daughter in Linn County.  Oregon State Police say 34-year-old Fred Fefelov, 27-year-old Tiffany Fefelov, and seven-month-old Mila were killed Saturday morning on U.S. Highway 20 near Sisters.  Troopers say their car went out of control and was hit by an oncoming SUV that was towing a trailer.  The people in the SUV were not injured.

Deschutes County Fastest Growing County in Employment


Monday, Oct. 20 --

 

It's a great time for job seekers to live in Deschutes County.

 

The latest employment study from the Oregon Employment Department shows that Deschutes County has had a 5.4 percent job growth this September.

 

That puts the county as both the fastest-growing metro area in the state and the fastest-growing county.

 

"[It's] a really blistering pace of job growth," says Central Oregon regional economist Damon Runberg. "Over the last year, there's been over 35 hundred new jobs added into Deschutes County's economy."

 

Deschutes County usually sees a loss of about 700 jobs in September, due to changes from summer tourism.

 

Instead, there was a growth of 40 jobs.

 

Local school hiring, one of the largest factors in that statistic, went up by 240 positions more than last year.

EDCO Event Rewards Local Start-Ups


BEND, OR -- Several Central Oregon businesses received recognition, along with a financial boost at this weekend's Bend Venture Conference.  The annual event hosted by Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO) featured $900,000 in investments and prizes.
 
Volcano Veggies received a $1,500 award, along with a $10,000 Bend Broadband prize.  Volcano Veggies is a local start-up which grows organic vegetable and fish indoors, year-round. 
 
Other local businesses honored at the event include Crowd Street, Poached Jobs, Amplion Researc and Bright MD.  Amplion Research - a company that consults with medical companies - received the biggest award at the conference, a $250,000 investment.  
 
EDCO officials believe about $175,000 in side investments were made at the weekend event. 

New Civil Suit Filed Against Outgoing DA


BEND, OR -- A civil complaint filed against outgoing Deschutes County District Attorney Patrick Flaherty alleges he fired an employee for not providing enough political connections during Flaherty's re-election campaign.
 
The Bend Bulletin reports Bruce Endicott is suing Flaherty for $750,000.  In the complaint, Endicott claims Flaherty hired him as Office Administrator to further his political prospects during the election - Endicott is related to Redmond Mayor George Endicott.  Bruce Endicott says he was fired in May, just two days after Flaherty lost his re-election bid to John Hummel. 
 
In July 2013, Flaherty settled a wrongful termination lawsuit filed by three other former employees for $710,000. 

Three Teens Arrested For Theft, Assault


BEND, OR -- Three teens face a list of charges after they were caught by an alleged victim, breaking into cars.  According to the Deschutes County Sheriff's office, a homeowner confronted the group late Saturday night on Old Wood Road south of Bend.  After a brief struggle, the homeowner was able to detain one of the suspects while the other two ran off.  They were later arrested.
 
18-year old Michael Lester of La Pine was taken to the Deschutes County jail; the 14- and 16-year old suspects were taken to the Juvenile Detention Center.  Investigators say the three are responsible for several car break-ins in the area, and face multiple charges, including assault and robbery.

ATV Crash


BEND, OR -- A Friday dirt bike ride turned into an Air-Link flight to the hospital for a Washingotn man. 

 

Just before 2pm Friday, Deschutes County Search and Rescue responded to a call about 51-year-old Steve Headley, who was found in the East Fort Rock OHV area near Camp 2, east of Bend.

 

"He didn't hit anything other than the ground," said Ronny Dozier, Search and Rescue manager for Deschutes County Sheriff's Office. "He came off of his dirt bike ... he had some sort of chest injury."

 

Two Deschutes County SAR ATV teams helped find and transport Headley, after which Air-Link transported him to Bend St. Charles Hospital.

 

Recent Ruling on Banning Medical Marijuana Dispensaries


CAVE JUNCTION, OR -- A new ruling says Oregon cities can restrict or ban medical marijuana dispensaries.

 

Thursday night, Josephine Circuit Court Judge Pat Wolke addressed a ruling against the state from Cave Junction, which said cities shouldn't have to follow state laws that violate federal law.

 

While the Circuit Court ruling did not address the point of marijuana being a federally banned substance, it will give the local government more control on dispensaries.

 

This would apply if a city's development code or business license code says the city does not have to allow medical marijuana dispensaries.

 

"The state cannot stop us if we so desire," Redmond Mayor George Endicott said. "And if the state really meant it, than they're going to have to go back in the next legislative session, and explicitly say so."

 

It is not known if the state will appeal the ruling, or address the wording of the law to make it more explicit.

 

If the ruling does remain unchallenged, then after the allowed year-long moratoriums for Oregon cities end in May, then local governments can continue to restrict or ban medical marijuana dispensaries.

 

The ruling will have no impact on controlling the effects of the November ballot measure on recreational marijuana, if it passes.

Prineville Man Charged With DUII Following Crash


PRINEVILLE, OR -- A Prineville man was cited for Driving Under the Infulence of an Intoxicant and Reckless Endangering in connection with a single-car rollover accident Thursday evening.  At about 7:20 pm, Crook County Sheriff's deputies responded to a report of a crash on NW Grizzly Mountain Rd.  Investigators say 61-year old Stephen Donald Newhouse of Prineville was driving the Ford Explorer south on Grizzly Mountain Road when he lost control, collided with a juniper tree, rolled over across a barbed wire fence and landed back on its tires.  He and his passenger were found walking away from the crash scene when deputies arrived.

 

Newhouse suffered minor injuries. His passenger, Lorane Elizabeth Teeters of Prineville, was uninjured.  

City Club Discussion Focuses On Marijuana Measure


BEND, OR -- The latest polling shows a slight majority of Oregonians leaning toward legalizing marijuana in November, but it's close and could come down to who votes.  City Club of Central Oregon discussed Measure 91 on Thursday, bringing in panel members that include the chief petitioner of the measure, Anthony Johnson, and a Redmond parent and substance abuse prevention specialist Mandi Puckett, who is against M91.
 
Colorado pharmacist, George DiCarlo was in the audience and was asked by the moderator what he would recommend Oregonians do, "I think having a firm handle on managing the edibles and the tax situation and having an economist explain who is going to incentivize this.  You know money is fungible and if the revenue is going to education, that means politicians don't have to spend as much money on education."  DiCarlo added, "Let Colorado be the canary in the coal mine, perhaps."  He says his state is still struggling through growing pains, "But I will tell you, one of the things I noticed is, I see the revenue numbers and they are incredible. A lot of politicians are against it, but they're taking the state money. That makes it difficult- All that money.  I don't know what's going to happen."
 
8 months since legalizing marijuana, Colorado is seeing record high sales. According to the latest figures, Coloradans spent $34 million on recreational pot in August. That's up from $29 million in July.
 

Prescribed Burn Planned In Sisters Today


SISTERS, OR -- A prescribed burn is planned for Friday in the Sisters area.  Fuels specialists plan to burn 145 acres three miles west of Sisters and two miles southwest of Highway 20.  
The burn should take a day to complete.  
 
Officials expect people in the area will see smoke in the Sisters and Black Butte Ranch areas. The goal of this project is to restore ponderosa pine ecosystems to healthier, more resilient natural conditions and to improve the wildlife habitat.

Redmond Man Killed In Woodcutting Accident


CROOK COUNTY, OR -- The Crook County Sheriff's Office responded to an accidental death of a woodcutter after a tree fell on him in the Ochoco National Forest, yesterday.
Killed was 76-year old Terry Dessenberger of Redmond.  He and a friend were cutting firewood when reportedly the victim sawed a limb off of a downed tree causing it to fall on top of him.
Dessenberger's friend pulled him from underneath the tree and attempted CPR but was unable to revive him.

City of Bend Plans To Hire 26


BEND, OR -- The City of Bend is hanging a "Help Wanted" sign.  City councilors unanimously approved a plan to hire 26 new workers - a sign of an improving economy.  Positions include building inspectors, police officers, engineers and city planners.  
 
At Wednesday night's meeting, councilor Jim Clinton said one area drove his vote, "First of all, it would have to do with us getting a grip on this vacation rental problem, which I tend to agree has gotten grossly out of hand."
 
Two of the added positions are specifically to handle the vacation rental issue: a public safety officer and a permit coordinator.  City Manager Eric King said increased revenue from 
 
City Manager Eric King said increased revenue from room and property taxes and building fees allows the city to make those hires. 

Bend Man Suspected In String Of Car Prowls


BEND, OR -- A Bend man faces a long list of theft charges after he was caught reportedly wearing a witness' stolen jacket.  A victim called police yesterday afternoon to report seeing a man on a bicycle wearing a jacket that had been stolen out of his car.  The jacket was quite unique and the victim was able to give a detailed description.  
 
Officers located the suspect in Juniper Park, but he took off.  21-year old Taylor Steven Connelly was taken into custody a short time later near Pilot Butte Cemetery.
 
Investigators believe Connelly is responsible for as many as 10 car break-ins over the past 2 weeks. 
 

Local Candidates Show Affiliated With Multiple Parties


BEND, OR -- As ballots start hitting mailboxes this week, Central Oregonians may notice an increasing trend - candidates listed with more than one party affiliation.  Deschutes County Clerk Nancy Blankenship says more candidates are accepting multiple party nominations, "Like Tammy Baney who ran for Deschutes County Commissioner.  She ran as a Republican and won that nomination. There was no one running for Democrat.  The write-in votes gave her that nomination for the Democrat party, and she accepted that.  So both the ballot and the voters pamphlet will show the Republican and Democrat nomination by her name."  State Representatives Gene Whisnant and John Huffman are also listed  as both Republicans and Democrats, and a handful of other candidates have received nods from multiple lesser-known parties.  
Blankenship says legislation allows candidates to claim the nomination of more than one party in a general election, "So, this is not the first year that this has occurred.  Legislation was passed several years ago, but you’re seeing more of it."  

Cascade Cycling Classic Has New Title Sponsor


BEND, OR -- The Cascade Cycling Classic has a new sponsor.  Regence Blue Cross Blue Shield of Oregon will be the title sponsor for the bike race for the next three years.  There was concern the race would be cancelled when the previous sponsor - Bend Memorial Clinic - pulled out.  The Cascade Cycling Classic has been held in Central Oregon since 1979.  This event is a fundraiser for the Mt Bachelor Sports Education Foundation.  CCC will be held July 22nd through the 26th.  

Saving Grace Recognizes Domestic Violence Awareness Month


BEND, OR -- Domestic Violence Awareness Month comes on the heels of several high-profile domestic abuse cases.  But Lauren Biskind with Saving Grace says t's something that can happen to anyone, including many in Central Oregon.  She says victims may be surprised when things get out of control, but there are warning signs, "It's something that evolves. It's often kept behind closed doors, there's often a lot of emotional abuse, there can be financial abuse. There's a lot that goes to it.  We hear that a lot on the hotline, people might call and say 'well, he never hit me.'" 
 
Biskind says nationwide, one in three women will be Affected by Domestic violence.  Saving Grace serves the tri-county area and can offer help and advice to not only victims, but also friends and family who may want to help.  "Over 80% of the people who are going through this, the first person they're going to turn to is a family memeber or friend and ask 'what should I do, where can I go?'"  Biskind adds, "We want those pepole to know Saving Grace is here in this community, so if someone does come to you, you know where to refer them."  She says there is no harm in asking for advice if you're concerned someone you know is in an abusive relationship, "At any point, if you're feeling in doubt, it's a good idea to call.  We have a 24-hour hotline.  It's a great way to connect with one of our advocates and just talk through your situation."  Biskind says Saving Grace's first priority is safety, followed by healing and eventually moving on. 
 
Their services are free and confidential.  Those needing help can call Saving Grace's 24-hour helpline at 541-389-7021.

Senator Jeff Merkley and Republican Monica Wehby Debate in Their Only Scheduled Forum


The first question dealt with the Oregonian not endorsing either candidate for Senate.

 

Monica Wehby responded.

 

"This was the first time I've run a campaign and things have not gone totally perfectly with it.  And a lot of their criticism had to do with that.  I do think what they said about Senator Merkley was accurate though, he doesn't represent the middle class."

 

The Oregonian criticized Merkley for being too partisan and he responded that as Oregon's Speaker of the House and in the U.S. Senate  he  has worked across party lines to get legislation passed.

 

Both claimed to fight for the middle class.

 

It was the main thrust of Merkley's closing statements.

 

"This election poses a clear choice between two very different views. One that allows the wealthy and people like the Koch brothers to get ahead and one that allows every American to get a fair shot and I'm fighting for the fair shot.  It's been an honor to serve as your Senator.  We've made progress, but we're not gone far enough."

 

The two debated such issues as healthcare, bringing jobs to rural Oregon, gun rights and legalizing marijuana.

 

 

Governor Kitzhaber Continues to Answer Ethics Questions Regarding First Lady Cylvia Hayes


The debate at KGW TV Tuesday night gave the Governor another chance to clear the air.

 

"First of all I do not believe there was any conflict, but I understand there may be a perception and I'm concerned about that.  And that's why I turned this matter over to the Oregon Government Ethics Commission, but there are only three companies and they will basically review it if they're within the bounds of ethics laws."

 

During the debate, Republican Gubernatorial candidate Dennis Richardson says he believes Governor Ktizhaber was told not to let Hayes operate her businesses out of the Governor's Office and he ignored that advice.

Community Meeting Held in Bend to Spread Awareness About Sex Trafficking in Central Oregon


And a meeting Tuesday night tried to draw attention to it -- in an attempt to stop it.

 

Central Oregon Oregonians Against Trafficking Humans held the meeting at the Bend Community Center.

 

One of the panelists was a sex trafficking survivor and case manager at a facility that fights it in Phoenix.  Her name is Rozlind Saumalu.

 

"My message is talking to everyone about my experience and how it happened in hopes that I can bring more awareness and possibly touch someone who is currently being trafficked and hears me speak."
 

 

Saumalu was first trafficked when she was only three and it continued until she was in her mid 20's.  But now she works at a Phoenix facility that helps rescue girls ages 11 to 17 who are victims of sex trafficking.

LaPine Man is Killed in One Vehicle Accident


The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office says Nickolas Hurlbut died at St. Charles followiing the accident.

 

Investigators say Hurlbut was westbound on Paulina Lake Road just after 7 A.M. Tuesday morning and failed to negotiate a turn and his vehicle ended upsdie down in the embankment adjacent to the road.

 

He was able to walk three quarters of a mile from the crash toward LaPine when a passing motorist called 911 and reported the incident.

 

Hurlbut was the only person in the car.

 

Investigators say speed appears to be a factor in the crash and the victim was not wearing a seat belt.  They are awaiting the results of toxicology tests.

Gas Prices Continue to Drop Nationally and Here in Oregon


Triple A says the national average for regular unleaded fell 9 cents to $3.19 a gallon this week, while Oregon's average dropped 11 cents to $3.50 a gallon.

 

The Oregon average is the lowest it's been since mid March.

 

Triple A expects gas prices to keep falling due to relatively low demand and abundant supplies.

 

It could fall another 10 to 20 cents a gallon by the end of the year.

Groundbreaking for Affordable Housing Complex


Today (Wednesday) was the day for a groundbreaking ceremony ... for a new affordable housing complex, Eastlake Village Phase II, in Bend. 

 

That was at 11:00 a.m. 

 

State Housing Director Margaret Vliet, Bend Mayor Jim Clinton and City Manager Eric King were all present.

 

Phase II will include 40 units. Eight will be for one-bedroom apartments, 16 will be two-bed apartments, and 16 will be three-bed apartments.

 

Kenny LaPoint, the public affairs director with its funding source, Housing Works, says the housing will focus on providing for those in the lower income range.

 

"Half of the complex will serve folks that are under 50 percent of the area median income," LaPoint said. "The other half will serve folks who are under 60 percent of the area median income."

 

The complex will also have two units for formerly homeless veterans, and two unit for families coming out of homelessness.

 

The property is located off of NE Bellevue Road.

 

Fatal Logging Truck Accident


PRINEVILLE, OR -- A Redmond man died Wednesday morning, after the log truck he was driving went off the roadway into a ravine.

 

Around 3:30 this morning, 30-year old Daniel Williams was eastbound on Spur Road, off of Northeast Duncan Creek Road in Prineville, when the truck veered into a ravine.

 

Crook County Sheriff's Sergeant Dave Dethman says the truck's load of logs shifted, covering Williams.

 

Equipment from a nearby loggin site was brought to the scene and several tons of logs were removed.  

 

Williams was found deceased under the load.

 

Crook County Sheriff's Office and Crook County Fire and Rescue medics responded to the incident.

Sex Trafficking Victim Urges Central Oregonians to Watch For Warning Signs


BEND, OR -- A meeting last night at the Bend Community Center called "Slavery in the High Desert" attempted to shine a light on sex trafficking in Central Oregon.  Survivor Rozlind Saumalu of Arizona shared her story, "I think, first of all, it does happen across the country and literally it's happening in our own backyard with our neighbors.  And when we know that, we can look for signs with our friends, daughters and our sons."  She says signs to watch for include kids who are withdrawing and are hiding who they are hanging out with.
 
Saumalu was first sex trafficked when she was only three, and was not able to escape until she was in her mid-20s.  She now works for a facility in Arizona that helps rescue girls ages 11 to 17.
 
Last night's discussion was hosted by the Central Oregon chapter of Oregonians Against Trafficking of Humans (OATH).

Central Christian School Set To Expand


REDMOND, OR -- After spending the last 2 years working to annex a property north of Redmond into the city, Central Christian School has scrapped plans to build - for now.  Development Director Amy Fisher says things changed when administrators discovered the property would not be ready for construction soon enough.  Instead, the school is set to purchase a building near the current campus on Airport Way.  "We need to move our school from our current location before 2017. Preferably, we'd like to move now!" Fisher said. "The exciting part about the building over there is that it's 20,000 square feet and we can move into that building after a little bit of remodeling, and be able to grow our school up to about 100 more students."
 
She adds, part of the need to expand is due to the need for gym space. Currently, CCS has an agreement with the Redmond Proficiency Academy to use the Hugh Hartman facility.  But with RPA's anticipated move in 2015, CCS administrators found themselves pushing up their timeline.  Fisher says the newly purchased property on Airport Way includes a vacant adjacent lot.  She tells KBND, "With that adjacent lot, we're going to build a gymnasium and a playground for our older students. And, there is a possibility of a soccer field in the area, as well. 
 
For now, the school will hold on to the North Redmond property, keeping options open for future school leaders.  Fisher said the school will have that loan paid off by the end of the week, "So, we own that free and clear.  We were blessed with donations over the summer of $1.2M towards the purchase price of the land and the structure on Airport Way, so we only needed to get a loan of $800,000.  So, actually, our mortgage payment is less than what we pay on lease in the existing building we're in right now."  
 
Central Christian is holding a fundraising event October 25th to help fund the remodel of the newly purchased building.  Administrators hope to move into the new facility by Spring 2015.

The Only Scheduled Debate Between Senator Jeff Merkley and Monica Wehby is Tuesday Night


It wil  take place in Medford at KOBI TV and will also be streamed on the web starting at 7 P.M.

 

The two candidates have gone round and round about different debates, but the two failed to come to terms on any other debate except the one Tuesday night in Medford.

 

Senator Merkley is seeking his first reelection and his Republcian challenger Monica Wehby, who is a Portland pediatric neurosurgeon and has never run for public office before.

The DEQ Fines the City of LaPine for Not Adequately Monitoring Its Wastewater


The city sends treated wastewater to a number of aerated lagoons in LaPine and they are requried to submit wastewater monitoring reports by the fifteenth of each month.

 

The DEQ says the city has been chronically late in submitting the reports, missing the deadline 17 times between March of 2011 and July of 2014.

 

The city of LaPine has until October 22nd to appeal the penalty.

Deschutes County's New 911 Director Talks About His New Job


Steve Reinke comes from Washignton State and replaces Rob Poirier who left more than a year ago.

 

Long time managers stepped in to keep the department running while a replacement was found.

 

Reinke says he's excited to be on the job.

 

"Well, I hope to add some stability.  I intend to be here six to seven years.  It's a good fit, the area, the job itself is attractive to me.  I want to be able to make a difference."

 

Deschutes County has gone through 17 911 directors in the past twenty years.

 

Reinke says the biggest challenge for the department now is finding 911 dispatchers.  They are down eight positions and plan to hire new workers in  the next six months.

 

 

Ghost Tree Golf Invitational Raises the Most Money Ever in the Event's History for Children's Charities


This is the highest amount ever raised from the golf outing and is a 35 percent increase over last year.

 

The primary beneficiary of the funds will be the Ronald McDonald House of Central Oregon, which provides vital servcies for families of cancer patients.  They will get a check for 50-thousaund dollars.

 

The Bend LaPine Schools Education Foundation and the Assistnance League will each get 11-thousand dollars and Heartwarmers will get 3-thousand dollars.

 

The Ghost Tree Invitational was founded by Combined Communciatons to raise money for children's charities.

Only Scheduled Debate Between Congressman Greg Walden and Aelea Christofferson in Sunriver Sunday


Aelea Christofferson of Bend is challenging Congressman Walden.

 

She has not run for public office before and in her closing statemetns at the debate argued why she'd be a better choice.

 

"In the last year, I've made five thousand personal calls, knocked on hundreds of doors and when I talked with people they don't talk about the fine points of Obamacare.  They are worried about putting food on the table, getting a job.  I'm from Bend and I care deeply about Oregon and the health of our forests and people who don't have jobs."

 

Walden says he'll continue to do the work he's done for the last sixteen years.

 

"I commit to do everything I can get to America back on track.  I'll continue to work on veterans healthcare issues like I pushed for clinics in Bend, Burns and LaGrande.  I pushed the administration to tell the truth about the treatment of veterans.  I'll stand up for ag."

 

The debate was held Sunday night at the Sunriver Resort.

Herd Of Cows Blamed For Two Crashes In Crook County


CROOK COUNTY, OR -- Crook County Sheriff's deputies are  looking for the owner of a herd of cows blamed for two separate car crashes on Highway 26 East, late Sunday night and early Monday morning.  Both drivers came upon the black cows in the roadway near milepost 49 and were unable to stop in time.  Luckily, neither driver suffered injuries in the collisions, although one vehicle had to be towed from the scene. 

Busy Weekend For Deschutes County Search and Rescue Teams


BEND, OR -- Deschutes County Sheriff's Search and Rescue teams were put on standby or deployed for five different incidents Saturday.  At 10 am, a 3-year old was reported missing, but was found by Bend Police in the family's garage.  Then, just after 2 pm, another 3-year old wandered from a Deschutes River Woods home.  Oregon State Police found that child about 45 minutes later, walking near railroad tracks a half mile away.  
 
Less than an hour later, crews responded to Crane Prairie Reservoir when a hunter was unable to swim to shore after trying to retrieve a goose.  He was found clinging to a tree in the water and was pulled to safety by rescuers using private boats available at the scene.  He was taken to St. Charles Bend and treated for hypothermia.
 
Just before 6 pm, DCSO deputies found an 81-year old man who had been reported missing from a home east of Bend.  He was disoriented and confused, but otherwise fine.  
Local SAR teams also responded to rural Douglas County to assist in the search of a missing deer hunter. 
 

OSP Investigates Highway 97 Crash In Northern Klamath County


KLAMATH COUNTY, OR -- Oregon State Police continue to investigate a crash on Highway 97, north of Highway 58 in Klamath County.  A Washington man was seriously injured when his car slammed into a semi-truck and burst into flames, Friday evening.  According to investigators, 69-year old Roger Macomber of Redmond, OR was driving the semi northbound on Highway 97 when he attempted a U-turn, causing the flatbed trailer to become high centered.  A passenger car driven by 49-year old Brent Campbell of West Richland, WA collided with the truck and caught fire. 
Campbell was pulled out of his car by witnesses, and flown to St. Charles Medical Center in Bend.  Citations have yet to be issued pending review by the Klamath County DA's office. 

Dennis Richardson is Callling for a Special Prosecutor to Look Into Misuse of Office Claims Against Oregon's First Lady


The newspaper accusd Cylvia Hayes of misusing her office for business gain -- and revealed she had been secretly married to an illegal immigrant for a couple years nearly twenty years ago.

 

Republican Gubernatorial candidate Dennis Richardson says the marriage issue is a personal matter, but not the question about Hayes work as Kitzhaber's energy advisor.

 

"And so I call on the Governor to ask for a special prosecutor.  He's speaking as a fiancee, but who is speaking for the people if our Govenor is speaking as a fiancee?"

 

Governor Kitzhaber doesn't support calling in a special proseuctor and refutes Willamette Week's claim that Hayes misused her office to benefit her consulting business.

Governor Kitzhaber Reacts to Controversies Over His Fiancee


The Governor waas asked about whether he would continue to use his fiancee as his energy advisor -- in light of this weeks' Willamette Week article saying she is using her position as First Lady to benefit her consulting business.

 

This follows revelations that  Hayes had a secret marriage the Governor didn't know about 17 years ago, so that an Ethiopian immigrant could stay in the country.

 

"We have some work we have to do to build our relationship.  But we'll make that decision together and we'll base it on her ability and experience in clean energy, fighting for bio diversity and her deep and abiding passion on leading people from poverty to find a pathway to posterity."

 

Dennis Richardson is calling for a special prosecutor to be called in to investigate whether Cylvia Hayes misused her position as First Lady.

Fire Crews Working on Sisters Blaze


Fire crews responded to a 1.9 acre blaze outside of Sisters at about 2:00 p.m. this (Saturday) afternoon.

 

The blaze was one mile north of Highway 20 between Road 11 and the Indian Ford Road.

 

Public Affairs Specialist Kassidy Kern with the Deschutes National Forest says there was growth potential, as winds in the area were 15-20 miles per hour.

 

Federal, state and local resources came out to the area.

 

Ten smoke jumpers were able to help get it into control.

 

Crews will be working on the fire all day and mopping up this evening.

 

They plan to monitor the area for the next couple of days, to make sure nothing starts up.

 

 

Car and Garage Break-ins in Bend


The Bend Police are spreading the word ... several cars and garages were recently broken into in the South Bend area.

 

That was discovered Friday night, when a Bend man realized his bicycle was in the front seat of another vehicle, with some juveniles.

 

"He's not the only victim," says Sergeant Liz Lawrence with the Bend PD. "We're trying to find more victimes. We believe cars have been brokein into, or just unlocked cars have been rummaged through, and we need victims to come forward."

 

The police have recovered several stolen items, including car keys, knives, a firearm and other property.

 

They say if you have any information, or if you've been burglarized, call (541) 693-6911.

First Debate Between Congressman Greg Walden and his Democratic Challenger Aelea Christofferson in Sunriver this Sunday


This is the only debate scheduled between Republican incumbent Greg Walden and Democrat Aelea Christofferson.

 

We asked Christofferson what's the biggest difference between her and Walden.

 

"One of the major ones is health care reform.  I've worked on that for nearly a dozen years and help bring health coverage to 350,000 Oregonians, while Walden has voted against it 54 times and that costs millions of dollars to vote that many times.  He came out in support of the Ryan budget and that will take healthcare away from 234,000 people who just got it."

 

The debate will be Sunday at the Sunriver Resort from 5 to 6 P.M.

 

The event will be moderated by the Bend Chamber's Jamie Christman.

Owners of the Pine Tavern Will Hold a Fundraiser This Sunday for the ERA Measure on the November Ballot


Measure 89 is on the ballot this November.  It would change Oregon's constitution to guranatee equal rights for all, regardless of sex.

 

The owners of the Pine Tavern are holding a fundraiser for the measure this Sunday.

 

Gail McCormick believes its improtant for Oregon to join the other states in ensuring equal rights for everyone.

 

"The younger generation don't realize that people have sacrificed and blazed the trail before them.  Women who had definite hardships, not equal pay and had discrimination.  It's a good tie in with the Pine Tavern that was founded by two women in 1936 and run for twenty years during the depression."

 

The fundraiser for Meausre 89 will be this Sunday at the Pine Tavern.  It will run from 3 to 5 P.M.

 

Tickets are $50 a person or $75 for a couple.

11th Annual Bend Film Festival Underway


It started Thursday and will run through Sunday.

 

The festival's new Executive Director Todd Loobie says this event brings in people from all over the country and even world.

 

"Our counts are around 6-thousand or so, but we get quite a few visitors coming from out of town just for the festival.  So I've learned its a great community cultural outlet, but also an economic stimulant."

 

The films shorts and documentaries can be seen on seven different venues throughout Bend and this year for the first time, films will be shown at the new Warm Springs Elementary school.

 

The easiest way to purchase tickets is online at www.bendfilm.org and you can print your tickets at home.

Madras Firefighter to be Honored at National Memorial Service


John Hammack, a fallen firefighter from Madras, is one of the 107 fallen firefighters to be honored at the 2014 National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service this Sunday.

 

"Every year we bring the fire service, the families, the survivers together, in what has become a weekend of remembrance, and honor with flags, songs, and prayer," says Tom Olshanki, the public affairs director for the memorial service.

 

John Hammack died in the summer of 2013.

 

He was struck and killed while clearing hazardous trees in the Deschutes National Forest.

 

He and another man, Norman Crowford from Sisters, responded to the lightening-prompted incident.

 

Hammack was 58.

Enterovirus is in Central Oregon


State health officials have confirmed Enterovirus D68 has reached Central Oregon. The virus can cause severe respiratory illness and has recently spread across the country, with four cases confirmed in Oregon yesterday. Three of those were in Multnomah County, and one here in Deschutes County.  All four patients are under the age of 17 and were reportedly sick enough to be treated in intensive care.  

Symptoms of Enterovirus include fever, sneezing and cough, skin rash, mouth blisters and body aches. Health officials say the illness typically lasts about a week, and most children recover with no lasting problems; however, children with asthma may be more susceptible to serious illness.  According to the CDC, the virus has sickened 678 people from 46 states and is the suspected cause of four deaths.

City of Prineville Agrees to Settle Lawsuit With Fire Police Chief Eric Bush


It's the maximum amount allowed by state law  to settle a lawsuit.

 

Originally Bush sued for 2.5 million dollars for being unfairly fired.

 

The City of Prineville decided not to fight the case in court. A press release said the city's insurance provider and their attorneys strongly recommended the city settle the claim.

 

City officials, on advice of attorneys, say they are not going to comment on Mr. Bush or this settlement other than to say -- they are pleased this case is now behind them and they can move forward with new leadership in the police department.

 

Bush was on paid administrative leave for nearly a year before he was fired this summer.

 

The city accused him of misusing flex time in his two jobs with the city and in the Oregon Army National Guard.

 

Oregon law does not allow a local government to pay more than $666,700 dollars in lawsuits against government entitites.

First Lady Cylvia Hayes Faces More Critical Press


A story by Willamette Week found that Hayes used her roles as First Lady and adviser to advance her private consulting business.

 

Kitzhaber says Hayes has done nothing wrong with her outside work.

 

He says she doesn't take a state salary and no longer has any contracts or paychecks from any entity.

 

Willamette Week also revealed that Hayes had a third marriage in 1997 with an Ethiopian immigrant -- a union that apparently the Governor didn't know about until this week when the newspaper revealed it.

 

Hayes is expected to release a statement on Thursday on the marriage  that lasted a couple years, but one that had her husband living in North Carolina and Hayes living in Washington State.

 

 

Local Professor Weighs In on What the Supreme Court Decision Not to Hear Same Sex Marriage Cases Means


Currently twenty five states allow gay marriage, but OSU Cascades first amendment professor Jim Foster says the high court's decision not to weigh in, allows more states to decide.

 

"It's fascinating to watch and a great teaching tool about who the Supreme Court works.  It's been pretty clear from op-ed commentary the court is going to stay out of the issue and allow state by state to decide the policy making process and let the changes in attitude play out in each of the states."

 

Following Monday's decision, it's now projected that gay marriage will be allowed in thirty states.

 

The appeals that the high court decided not to hear will allow same sex couples to marry in Utah, Indiana, Oklahoma, Virginia and Wisconsin.

Juniper Ridge Neighbors Complain the City Should be Doing More to Get Rid of Homeless Camps -- City Steps Up


Mike Adye lives near Juniper Ridge on the northside of Bend and says the problem has gotten worse over the last couple years.

 

"The area where these people are inhabitating  -- they are trashing it.  It's a big area.  There are palces that are beautiful, but they are camping out there and they are not considerate campers.  So there is trash out there as well as hazardous waste issues."

 

Adye is a retired police officer from California and he wrote a letter to the editor recently demanding the city do more to clean up the area.  He feels the city should start regular police patrols and give transients warning when they will be bulldozing the camps and then enforce it.

 

This week the City started having inmate work crews go out in the Juniper Ridge area to clean it up.

 

David Abbas with the city of Bend says the Deschutes County Sheriff's Deaprtment came up with the idea to help them out.

 

"This effort is a combined effort with the Sheriff's Deaprtment and want to thank them for helping to coordinate this. They brought in inmate crews for three days.  We are also using road department equipment like dump trucks, pickups and excavators to help clean up the trash out there."

 

Abbas says the city is starting discussinos on how the city can keep the Juniper Ridge area clean in an ongoing basis.  He says this effort was a clean up, but going forward they need to come up with a community wide solution to the transient problem.

Bend City Council Candidates Participate in a Bend Chamber Debate


Scott Ramsey was not able to attend because he was out of town and Ron Bozell didn't participate.

 

But Mark Capell, Nathan Boddie, Barb Campbell, Casey Roats, Richard Robertson and Lisa Seales were there.

 

Incumbent Mark Capell and physician Nathan Boddie are competing for the same seat.

 

Here are their closing argumetns on managing growth.

 

"Mark Capell:  There is a distinct difference between me and my opponent.  Several years ago the city got behind in keeping up with infrastructure due to our phenomenal growth and we got behind.  But we worked hard to put in more infrastructure and that's the kind of long range planning my opponent wants to abandon.  Nathan Boddie:  As a physician, my patient is the city and we have to be responsible planning and handling growth and I believe we are teetering on the brink and that's why this is an important election because of that."

 

Jodie Barram is running for Deschutes County Commissioner and four people are running for her council seat.  Two of the candidates are Casey Roats and Lisa Seales.

 

"Casey Roats:  Clearly the only distinction between Lisa and me is the UGB and how we'd deal with it.  I don't know how you create affordable housing if you don't have a supply of land.  The UGB requires us to have a supply for the next twenty years.  It's not arbitrary.  I think it has to be a mix.  Lisa Seales:  I'm really concerned about all the current Bend residents and I believe we have to have planning.  But I don't necessarily believe that the people of Bend should shoulder the burden of paying for growth for the future."

 

Council candidate Richard Roertson who is 39 year old and works at Abilitree, that our sources work for people with disabilities wants to focus on accessibility.

 

"Richard Robertson:  I want the Americans with Disabilities Act to finish our sidewalks so senior citizens and people in the city will be able to get around."

 

Barb Campbell is challenging current city councilor Scott Ramsey.

 

"I am very concerned that our entire economy rests on our quality of life.  That's why people move here.  We have something special here.  But I am running because I feel that's being threatened."

Bend City Councilor Who Just Met with Pacific Power Leaders is Optimistic a Plan Can Be Reached on Mirror Pond Soon


Bend City Councilor Mark Capell just met with the CEO of Pacific Power that owns the dam last week and is encouraged they will be able to work something out to satisfy most people.

 

"What we're trying to do is come up with a public-private partnership of some sort to answer the question, the community is really divided on what to do with Mirror Pond -- river or a pond.  The one thing that people feel really strongly about is they don't want to spend any money and with a public-private partnership we can accomplish that as well.
 

Councilor Capell is part of the Mirror Pond Ad Hoc committee tasked with deciding what to do with Mirror Pond.

 

Capell expects to have designs for the public to look at and offer input on in the next couple weeks.

More Prescribed Burns Planned for the South Side of Bend


Fuel specialists are planning an 86 acre burn just noth of Kelsey Butte.  It's located approximately five miles southeast of the High Desert Museum.

 

It should be completed in one day.

 

Smoke will be visible in the area and may impact residents in southeast Bend.

LaPine Man Faces Attempted Murder Charges in the Stabbing of Another Man


Arrested was 56 year old Kurt Kelso.

 

He is charged with stabbing 35 year old Heath Boyer.

 

Deschutes County deputies were called to a LaPine trailer park Sunday afternoon.  When they arrived they discovered Boyer sustained serious injuries and had him transported to St. Charles in Bend.  But they were unable to locate Kelso.

 

Monday Deschutes County dispatch received a 911 call from a person in LaPine saying Kelso was currenlty at a residnece.  Deputies arrived and took Kelso into custody without incident.

 

He is facing attempted murder, assault, unlawful use of a weapon and menacing charges.

OSP Make Meth Arrest Near Madras


25 year old Silvestre Rivera Fernandez was stopped on Highway 97 north of Madras for speeding on Friday.

 

Subsequent investigation during the traffic stop led the trooper to discover three vacuum sealed bags concealed in the vehicle, that turned out to be liquid meth.

 

Fernandez faces charges of unlawful possession and delivery of a controlled substance.

A Deschutes County D.A. is Now on a Wait List to Get A New Life Saving Liver Transplant


Dan Reesor needs a liver transplant to save his life.  Liver cancer destroyed his liver, but the county's health insurance initially denied coverage for the procedure claiming it was experimental.

 

Reesor's doctors at UCLA disagreed and supplied information to the plan adminsitrator to allow him to overturn the decision.

 

Reesor's wife, Jo Mongan talked about the good news with KTVZ.

 

"This transplant is his cure for cancer.  I don't think I can come up with the words how happy I am.  They made the right decision."

 

Until health insurance approved the transplant, Reesor couldn't even be put on the liver transplant waiting list.

 

For the last couple months, friends and family advocatedfor Reesor to county commissioners and other leaders to reverse their decision to deny the transplant.

Portland Research Group Finds the Cost of Food Labeling Isn't as High as Advertised


Oregonians will be voting next month on whether to require food labeling for GMO's.

 

The firm EconoNorthwest looked at  more than two dozen studies on GE labeling.

 

Bob Whelan with the group says they calculated the median figure.

 

"I guess in theory you could skip labeling food altogether and save a few dollars a year on groceries.  But consumers value information and when you cut through all the research, it's quite clear -- the cost of changing the label is about $2.30 a year."

 

Two dollars 30 cents is in sharp contrast to anti Measure 92 ads which claim that farmers and food producers will have to spend millions of dollars to accommodate food labeling.

 

Researchers found the costs ranged from 32 cents to $15 dollars per consumer per year.

Central Oregon Women Who Care Help Give a Boost to Local Charities


The newly formed group aims to get local women to pledge one hundred dollars to go to local charities every three months.

 

The idea is to get a greater bang for their giving buck.

 

Co-founder Lisa Conners explains.

 

"If I give a check for one hundred dollars and someone else gives a hundred dollars and my co-founder gives a hundred dollars to the Bethlehem Inn that's great.  But when we pool our resources, look at what we've achieved.  We're going to give them thosuands of dollars just by collaborating and working together as a group."

 

The group just started last month and more than 160 women showed up for the first meeting. The beneficiary this quarter is the Bethlehem Inn, which will get a ten thousand dolalr donation from the group.

 

The group meets every three months for one hour to vote on where the money goes.

 

The next meeting is December 2nd at the Oxford Hotel

Redmond and Terrebonne Boys and Girls Clubs are Open for Business Again


The clubs in Redmond and Terrebonne closed for the month of September to raise money to keep their doors open for the whole year.

 

They needed to raise 170-thosuand dollars and they did.

 

Executive Diretor Jenny O'Keefe says kids and parents alike are happy the club is open again.

 

"The gratitude was profound.  The sense of releif from parents was profound.  The excitement on kids faces was really joyful.  There was no negative responses whatsoever.  Everyone knew we could do it, they had confidence in it, but I don't think they expected it to happen so quickly."

 

Redmond community businesses and indiviudals donated 170-thousand dollars to help keep the clubs doors open.

 

About 150 kids have registered so far to return to the clubs, about half the number before they closed last month.

Bend Will Host the First Regional Arts Summit in Oregon Next Week


On Monday, the Central Oregon Arts Summit will be held at the Riverhouse Convention Center in Bend.

 

They are partnering with the Oregon Arts Commission to help artists, administration and community members to come together to learn how art can be an economic driver.

 

Carrie Kikel with the Oregon Arts Commission says they're excited about what will be discussed.

 

"It's called exploring connections.  There will be break out sessions which will including public value of the arts, arts in healthcare, cultural tourism, Oregon's art economy, which is always interesting and art in business."

 

The summit's keyntoe speaker will be Doug Borwick, the author of "Building Communites, Not Audiences: The Future of the Arts in the U.S.

 

It addresses how arts can be a powerful force for building better communities.

The Deschutes National Forest District Plans A Couple More Prescribed Burns


Up to 110 acres could be burned three mile west of Sisters.

 

Also, approximately 64 acres could be burned two miles north of Camp Sherman beginning as early as Monday if weather conditions remain favorable.

 

The communities of Tollgate and Crossroads as well as Black Butte Ranch could be impacted by smoke as a a result of this project.

 

 No road closures are anticipated with these projects.

Enrollment at Bend LaPine Schools Continues to Go Up


The latest numbers show 300 more students are attending the district this year.

 

17-thouand 163 students currently attend Bend LaPine Schools and that's about a two percent increase over last year.

 

For the past decade, enrollment here has steadily increased by more than two thosuand students since 2004.

 

Currently 17 of the district's 27 schools are near or above capacity.

 

The district is of course currently building two new schools, an elementary and middle school, which are slated to open in September of 2015.

 

Analysts expect the district's population to reach 19-thousand 600 students by 2021.

Update on Girls Who Were Critically Injured in Last Week's Fatal Car Accident on Highway 97 North of Bend


The accident happened last Friday evening when a Suburban lost control and rolled with five young girls inside, including the driver William Fix of Redmond.

 

He remains in the Deschutes County jail on a half million dollars bail.  He faces manslaughter, assault and reckless driving charges.

 

7 year old Phoenix Price was killed in the crash and 14 year old Naomi Spansel and 10 year old Olivia Jeanes were critically injured.

 

They were transported to Portland hospitals where they remain in critical condition.

Senator Merkley Comes to OSU Cascades to Talk Student Debt Relief


He was at OSU Cascades to meet with a handful of students about how he's trying to pass legislation to allow them to refinance their college loans, just like car or home loans.

 

"And this is a big deal in Oregon because we have 500-thousand people with student loans and the vast bulk of them have intrest rates higher than the current rate.  If they could re-finance them, their paymetns would be lower and it would be much more likely to make payments and not defalt and certainly there would be more money at the end of the month after they pay their loans."

 

Senator Merkley heard from OSU Cascades student Christina Jackson who is sturggling to stay in school financially.

 

"Christina Jackson:  I had  $2700 for classes and I pay $1200 in rent a month and after I paid COCC  I had $2200.  So the only hours I have to sacrifice are my sleeping hours.  I have a child that is severely disabled, mentally ill (starts crying).  Senator Merkley:  So you're between a rock and a hard place.  Christina Jackson: I don't want to quit, but I might to go to two thirds time.  I don't want to quit."

 

Senator Merkley wants to pass legislation that would allow students to refinance student loans like car or home laons, but the bill has been filibustered in the past.  He hopes to revisit the legislation after the midterm elections in November.

St. Charles Ready to Start Its Nearly 28 Million Dollar Remodeling Project


Starting on Monday, a 27.7 million dollar project, known as the "Bend Tower Remodel" will get underway.

 

It will increase patient rooms on the third and fourth floors of the hosptial and make them thirty percent larger.  The majority of the bathrooms will also be made larger and will be handicap accessible.

 

The project will also update the facility's electrical, plumbing and ventilation systems.

 

The work will be done in eight phases ove ra two and a half year period.

Deschutes County Lifts Its Fire Restrictions Earlier Than Planned


Earlier this summer, the Deschutes County Commissioners imposed fire use restrictions on unprotected wild lands within Deschutes County.

 

They did it because central Oregon had a below average snow pack and the threat for wild land fires was high.  And of course we had the Two Bulls fire in June that burned more than six thousand acres.

 

But current weather patterns have decreased and the threat is much less, so the commissioners rescinded the resolution originally set to expire on October 15th.

Bend City Councilors Deny an Appeal of the OSU Cascades Site Location


A hearings officer approve the site in southwest Bend following two days of testimony earlier this summer.

 

The group "Truth in Site" that opposes the location appealed.

 

But the City Councilors supported the hearings officer's approval with a few amendments. Bend City Councilors Mark Capell and Sally Russell made the motion.

 

"Mark Capell:  to move to approve a hearings officer's decision with modification from staff reports and changes we discussed.  Sally Russel:  I'll amend my second."

 

Before their final decision, Councilor Russel, expressed some frustration.

 

"This is a very difficult decision and frankly I resent having to make it.  As a community leader I really expected a more inclusive process and I hope the university hears us and going forward, I hope this process is a much broader process."

 

In the end, the council voted to deny the appeal and support the hearings officer's decision to approve the site.

 

But they did put some conditions on parking and preventing congestion with area schools to help reduce potential problems.

 

The group can appeal the decision to the State Land Use Board of Appeals.

Rebublican Senate Candidate Monica Wehby Defnds Herself on Charges She's Avoiding Debates


KGW and the Oregonian have cancelled a debate in a couple weeks, because the Wehby campaign wouldn't commit.

 

She talked about it with Lars Larson.

 

"They had set a specific deadline and we were still working around when they pulled the offer.  That's my understanding.  Again, the campaign does all that, but we were still negotiating."

 

Wehby now has proposed three more forums involving Oregon Public Broadcasting, KOIN TV and the Portland City Club.

 

But Merkley's campaign spokeswoman Lindsey O'Brien says Merkley had accepted a series of debates six weeks ago and Wehby has ducked, dodged and turned down the traditional Senate debate in Portland.

 

She says they'll look at their campaign schedule, but right now they're focused on what's already on the books.

The Bail is Raised for a Man Charged with a Deadly Accident Between Bend and Redmond


32 year old William Fix of Redmond had his bail increased to 500-thousand dollars from $122-thousand.

 

He faces charges of second degree manslaughter, third degree assault, DUII and reckless driving.

 

The judge also stipulated that he can't have any contact with any of the victims or their families.

 

He is due back in court early next month.

Redmond Man Arrested in Drunk Driving Accident that Kills Young Girl


The accident happened Friday night just after 7 P.M.

 

Oregon State Police say a suburban driven by 32 year old William Fix of Redmond was northbound on Highway 97 in a reckless manner when he lost control and struck a rock embankment and rolled the vehicle.

 

A 7 year old girl was pronounced dead at the scene and two other females ages 14 and 10 were critically or seriously injured.  One was transfered to Oregon Health and Science University in Portland, the other is at St. Charles in Redmond.

 

A fourth girl was taken to St. Charles in Redmond with minor injuries.

 

Fix faces charges of first degree manslaughter, second degree assault and drunk and reckless driving.

Bend City Council Will Hear the Appeal of the Approved OSU Cascades Site Monday


The group "Truth in Site" made up of homeowners near the proposed site on Southwest Century and Chandler Avenue, oppose the site believing it will lead to traffic and parking problems in the area.

 

The City Council opted to hear the appeal and will rule on it.

 

But if the group doesn't like their decision they can appeal again to the State Land Use  Board of Appeals.

 

The public hearing will be held Monday at noon at City Hall in the Council Chambers.

 

It will be broadcast live on COTV Channel 11 on Bend Broadband and the city's website.

Redmond Voter Speaks Out in Favor of Open Primaries in the State


That would mean that anyone could vote in the primaries, so Democrats could vote for Republicans and vice versa.  It would also allow independents to vote.

 

Life long Oregonian and moderate Republican Mike Shiel of Redmond wrote a recent "Letter to the Editor" advocating for Measure 90 allowing for an open primary.

 

"So much in favor of open primary and so disappointed in both parties being against it.  I guess they have to take care of their own.  But there are so many independents in Oregon and that doesn't have much value for the two parties right now."

 

"Mike Shiel:  The moderate Republican that ruled the day for years and years in Oregon just isn't there anymore.  Kelly Bleyer:  What happened?  Mike Shiel: The party was taken over by the right wing of the party.  They're the ones that go to the meetings, set the tone, write the platform.  And don't get me wrong.  I can't stand the extreme on the left loonies drive me crazy."

 

The latest polls show the measure probably won't pass, with only 34 support for the measure while 43 percent oppose it.

Crook County Says Its Getting a Great Return from Its Visit Bend Marketing


Six months ago, the county joined visit Bend's marketing program to promote Brasada Ranch.

 

Crook County Commissioner Seth Crawford say they've seen a tremendous response.

 

"Seth Crawford:  And in this beginning trial period, we've seen a two to two and a half times return, which is a great return.  Kelly:  What do you attribute that to?  Seth Crawford:  Being able to get in front of Visit Bend. They get over a million hits a year.  Getting in front of that amount of people gives you large returns."

 

Crook County signed up for an initial six month period with Visit Bend and they're signing up for another six months.

 

Crawford says Visit Bend was the number one website referrer to the Brasada Ranch website, outpacing all other websites by thousands.

OAB Hosts Gubernatorial Debate at Sunriver Resort


The debate started with a qustion to Republican candidate Dennis Richardson about how he's been fined for failing to report his rent-free stay at a Lake Oswego donor's home.

 

Richardson defended himself at the Oregon Association of Broadcasters debate on Friday.

 

"Secretary of State is challenging us living in Portland with a friend who didn't charge us rent.  We didn't report their in-kind donations, but they're not going to charge rent.  But we'll make good on that. But what we've seen with the Patrica McCaig story, of how she was on thr staff giving advice to Gvoernor Kitzhaber on thr Columbia River Crossing while also getting a $554,000 salary from the chief contractor for the project.  That's criminal.  It's certainly unethical."

 

Democratic Governor John Kitzhaer has faced criticism he didn't report the work of a political consultant.

 

PERS was another subject addressed.

 

The candidates were asked whether they believed further PERS reform is needed.

 

"Dennis Richardson:  PERS is one of those issues that just keeps coming up.  We're waiting for the Supreme Court to decide this.  But these reforms did not solve our PERS problems, it only lowers the PERS increases.  The way to deal with it is to decide what is contarctual and what is the decision of the legislature.  John Kitzhaber:  I believe we have a strong case before the Supreme Court.  I think we have made dents and we need to move on to other things.  We need to work on increasing the minimum wage and pay equity.  Our hard working public employees have sacrificed enough.  It's time to move on to other ideas."

 

The candidates were also asked how they would improve rural Oregon's economies.

 

"Richardson:  What we need to do in our rural areas is to deal with our natural resoruces and make sure our products are sold internationally.  Kitzhaber:  Its' been said if you've seen one county in Oregon you've seen one county in Oregon.  Each county is different.  We have regional economies in this stae.  That's why we set up regional solutions process which prioritize community and economic development processes and then we bring state, federal and local and non profit resources.  That's how this area got a four year institution from a regional solutions process."

 

When asked to name the top three thigns they plan to do to help Oregonians, Governor Kitzhaber said expand affordable healthcare, improve early learning and implement low carbon standards.  Richardson says he would work for equal pay, improved education and restoring trust in government.

Only One Debate is Scheduled Between Monica Wehby and Senator Jeff Merkley


Merkley agreed to the October 23rd debate by mid August, but Wehby's campaign never did.

 

The TV station and newspaper gave the campaign until last Friday to commit -- and Wehby's campaign only said they were keeping their options open and will ultimately make a decision that works best with the campaign's schedule.

 

The only debate the two have agreed to is on October 14th at KOBI TV in Medford.

School Bus Problems in Northeast Bend Friday Morning


They believe steam from antifreeze in the engine caused an engine fire.

 

About 40 students had to be transferred to a new bus so they could get to Skyview Middle School.

 

The bus was near the roundabout at 8th Street and Butler Market Road around 7:20 when the engine started smoking.

 

The kids were only delayed a couple minutes because another bus arrived there quickly.

 

 

Bend Again Hosts the International Association of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors


For the fifth year, Bend is hosting the regional training conference of the International ASsociation of Law Enforcement Firearms instructors.

 

The conference provides state of the art firearms training.

 

Sgt. Todd Fletcher with the Bend Police Department says people come from all over the country and world.

 

"Well, part of it is the reputation of the Bend Police law enforcement training.  The other part is people want to come to central Oregon especially in the fall.  And some of the people who come are able to attract big name instructors and spread the word far and wide about this conference."

 

The conference gets underway this Sunday and runs through Wednesday.

 

During the conference, Nosler will be hosting a fundraising shooting match that will raise money for Sparrow Clubs USA.  The nonprofit helps kids with medical needs.

BLM Will Drop Its Fire Restrictions Starting on Friday


The Prineville District BLM, the Deschutes National Forest and Ochoco National Forest including the Crooked River National Grassland will remove campfire restrictions to level one.

 

That means that all public use restrictions across central Oregon will be lifted except in portions of the John Day River and portions of the Lower Deschutes, and White and Crooked Rivers until October 15th.

 

This means that commercial operators and woodcutters can use chainsaws in the forest at any time in designated areas.

 

The BLM does remind the public to make sure campfires are "dead out" before leaving them unattended.

The Tumalo State Park Campground is Closing for the Season


The closure is needed to replace restrooms and shower buildings.

 

The day use area will remain open.

 

The project costs about 800-thousand dollars and will be funded by Oregon lottery dollars.

 

The campground is scheduled to reopen on July first.

County Moves Forward on Plans to Design a New Roundabout Along the Powell Butte Highway


The Deschutes County Road Department asked the county commissioners to approve right of way acquisition of land in the area of the Powell Butte Highway and Alfalfa Market Road.

 

George Kolb with the Road Department explained their request.

 

"Kolb:  Any right of way, if you're looking north, there's a curb.  It's a rural roundabout and there is a lot of design considerations.  We have to extend the legs out.  Commissioner Baney:  Well, I'm happy to see wer'e moving forward."

 

This rural roundabout will be larger than an urban roundabout and wil  be able to accommodate trucks and TV's.  It is hoped it will help reduce the high number of crashes in that area.

 

Construction on the roundabout is expected to be started next summer and finish up in the fall of 2015.

Crash on Highway 26 Near Government Camp Closes the Highway for Several Hours


It happened around 6:30 A.M. when a van and semi were eastbound on Higwhay 26 trying to make left hand turns.  The van turned in front of the semi and got hit and they collided with another semi.

 

The collision blocked most of Highway 26 for three hours while the road was cleared.

 

The driver of the van was ticketed for failing to yield to the right of way.

St. Charles Will No Longer Allow Pets in to Visit Their Owners in the Hospital


The hosptial had an open pet visitation policy, but starting October first, only service dogs and pet therapy animals will be allowed in.

 

St. Charles Vice President of Quality, Pam Steinke says people were abusing the privilege and it was getting to be a hazard.

 

"You know we are onl of the few hospitals with an open pet visitation policy. Because the CDC looks at pets as being disease carriers, infection carriers. And we've had some santitation issues, issues where there was pet feces in the hallway or a patient's room or elevator.  Caregivers are supposed to be taking care of patients, not picking up after people's pets."

 

The hospital feels the risk of infection poses too big a health risk for its patients.

 

Also many patients and visitors also suffer from allergies to animal dander.

Thousands of People in Bend Lost Power for Half An Hour Wednesday Afternoon


We talked with Ry Schwark with Pacific Power shortly after the power went out.

 

"So we had a power outage that affected 5,148 customers at its peak. It happened at 1:49 when we lost transmission into one of our substations.  Power should be restored by now.  By 2:17 all power had been restored.  We currently have crews on scene investigating what caused the loss of transmission."

 

People near the otuage at 13th and Donovan say a Red Tail Hawk was electrocuted and fell onto the transformer knocking out power.

 

Traffic lights were out and people were reported to be trapped in elevators in downtown buildings.

 

The outage also knocked some TV and radio stations off the air.

Deschutes County Commissioners Take Steps to Improve Cell Phone Coverage in the Sunriver Area


AT&T is asking for expanded conditional use for a cell tower in the area.

 

Cynthia Smidt with the county's Community Development Department presented the request to the  commissioners.

 

"The planning commission reviewed the proposal on July 24th and recommended approval. There was only one letter of opposition from Melissa Black who lives on Evergreen Loop.  She has health concerns and properyt values concerns, but offered no evidence by Miss Black."

 

The commissioenrs approved the  first reading, but a second reading will be held in the next two weeks.

 

Any specifics on what the cell tower would look like wil  be addressed in the conditional use permit process following approval.

Congressman Greg Walden Will Be in Central Oregon Friday


He will be hodling town halls and other meetings to give residents an update on his legislative work.

 

He willbe meeting with the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce Friday morning at 11:30 at the Madras Airport.

 

At 1:30, he will be meeting with Redmond Fire and Rescue.

 

And he'll end the night at the Sunriver Resort where he will speak to the Oregon Association of Broadcasters.  The group is holding its convention there.

Head On Crash on I-5 Kills Husband of Portland City Commissioner


The accident happened just after 8 A.M.

 

Killed was Dr. Steven Fritz, husband of Portland City Commissioner Amanda Fritz.

 

He was employed as a psychiatrist at Oregon State Hospital in Salem.  He was 54.

 

Oregon State Police say a pickup driven by a Salem man was northbound in heavy rain when it collided with the left side of a tanker trailer.

 

The pickup then crossed the median into the southboudn lanes and collided head on with a Nissan Sentra driven by Dr. Fritz.

 

He was pronounced dead at the scene and his pasenger a 64 year old woman also employed by Oregon State Hospital is in critical condition.

Pacific Green Party Gubernatorial Candidate Crashes Debate


Jason Levin of Portland showed up and demadned to be included and he was.

 

But most of the forums have refused to include him.

 

Like the Oregon Association of Broadcasters debate in Sunriver on Friday.

 

"I contacted them and asked if I could participate in their debate and they said no, voters don't need to hear from you.  We're only including viable candidates and that's too bad, not for myself, but for the voters when they are deciding who they can hear from when there are other legitimate candidates on the ballot. This is ridiculous."

 

The League of Oregon Cities Conference on Saturday in Eugene will include all six candidates for Governor.

 

Besides Governor Kitzahber and Dennis Richardson, it will also include Aaron Auer of the Constitution Party, Paul Grad of the Libertarian Party and Chris Henry of the Progressive Party.

Bend City Council Candidates Discuss Neighborhood Safety in a Forum Wednesday Night


The group "Slower Safer Bend" formed to address speeding cars in neighborhoods is holding the forum.

 

Foster Fell started the group four years ago, along with his partner, Bend City Council candidate Barb Campbell after noticing the unsafe conditions in many neighborhoods.

 

"We're talking about neighborhood livability such as speed traffic and the issue of chidlren walking and biking to school safely.  Whenever you go to neighborhood association meetings, the topic that comes up most frequently is unsafe traffic and street traffic in neighborhoods."

 

Eight candidates will be vying for three Bend City Concil positions this November.

 

The forum will be held at the Deschutes Public Library from 6:30 to 7:30 Wednesday night.

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