Damaged Trees along Highway 20 Scheduled for Removal

Community members and officials from the Oregon Department of Transportation and U.S. Forest Service toured a stretch of Highway 20 west of Sisters where hundreds of trees are scheduled for removal. The trees, all dead or dying, were damaged by an herbicide sprayed along the roadside to suppress weeds between 2013 and 2015. ODOT officials say they now pose a safety threat and must be removed. 
Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan was on today’s tour and has more on the story.

Watch for Wildlife

ODOT Officals Look to Educate Drivers Before Deer Migration

With mule deer migrating across Central Oregon, now is a dangerous time for both drivers and wildlife. Oregon Department of Transportation officials are hoping to educate drivers about how to stay safe on the road, and they are looking into new ways to keep wildlife off the road in order to keep everyone a little safer this season.

Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan has more on the story.

Coffee with the Sheriff

Deschutes County Sheriff L. Shane Nelson was in Tumalo on Thursday morning to chat with community members. The stop in Tumalo is part of a series of meetings the Sheriff is hosting as coffee shops in communities across the Deschutes County. Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan stopped by to see what the community of Tumalo had to say on Thursday.

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Oregon will be hosting two more Coffe with the Sheriff events in La Pine and Sisters.

St. Charles Nurses Rally for Community Support

Registered nurses at St. Charles in Bend are in the midst of contract negotiations with the hospital. The nurses held a rally earlier this week to raise community support for their cause, which includes advocating for more staff in order to improve patient care.
 
Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan was at Wednesday’s rally where she was able to speak with some of the nurses.

OSU-Cascades Welcomes Incoming Freshman

This year’s OSU-Cascades freshman class is the largest ever and this week students are moving in and getting ready for their first day of classes starting on Thursday.

Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan was on campus today and caught up with some of the new students.

Neighbors Speak Out Against Park Expansion

Bend Parks and Recreation is looking  to expand Big Sky Park in east Bend, but neighbors who bought their once rural land long before the park was built are pushing back against the planned expansion. Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan has more on the story.

New Convent in Bend Welcomes Three New Sisters to Community

Construction has begun on a new 3,200-square-foot convent for St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Bend.
The parish community and numerous partners have come together to build the new convent, which is the first new one in Central Oregon in 58 years.
Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan got a chance to meet two of the nuns who will call the convent their home.

Terrebonne Women Plead No Contest to Animal Neglect Charges

67-year-old Linda Stream and 41-year-old Christina J. Hart both pleaded no contest on Thursday to 10 counts of animal neglect in the second degree, charges that carry a maximum penalty of 50 years in jail and a fine of over a million dollars.

The two women are accused of neglecting more than 80 horses on their ranch last March and appeared in a Deschutes County courtroom on Thursday to enter their pleas.

Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan has more on how the surviving horses are doing now that they have been signed over to the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Oregon.

Redmond Schools Implement New Program to Keep Students on Track

The Redmond School District introduced a new program this year at Redmond High School and Ridgeview High School designed to improve student progress toward graduation beginning with grade nine. The new program is funded by measure 98 and hopes that by putting students on track for graduation in their freshman year, they will set them up for success down the line.

Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan sat down with the two newest high school success coordinators to learn more about the program.

Backpacks for Bend

Local Group Helps Fight Child Hunger

As kids prepare to go back to school the sad fact is that some will start their day hungry. However the local organization Backpacks for Bend is hoping to help. With help from volunteers the organization backs hundreds of bags with non-perishable meals to help kids in need get the nutrition they need when school isn’t in session. Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan has more.