NeighborImpact Food Drive Challenge Winner

A local nonprofit challenged students at four local high schools to gather as much food as possible for the Second Annual NeighborImpact Food Drive Challenge. On Wednesday night, they announced the winners on Central Oregon Daily.

Anyssa Bohanan joined us from the Pine Tavern with the announcement and La Pine High School won $2,000.

Six New Corrections Deputies Sworn in at Jail

Six new corrections deputies have been sworn-in at the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office in an ongoing effort to bring the jail back up to full staffing. Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan had the chance to talk with some of the new deputies this week.

If you’re interested in applying for a position with the sheriff’s office, they say they are looking for individuals with high quality work ethic, unblemished character and excellent communication skills among others. You can check out their job opportunities and apply online at www.deschutes.org/ jobs.

Hundreds of Trees to be Cut Down Along Highway 20

An effort to clear Highway 20 of weeds and shrubbery along the roadway ended up having unintended consequences, and now, several hundred ponderosa pine trees are scheduled to be taken down north of Sisters in the fall. Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan has the story.

The Forest Service is taking public comments on the tree removal project. You can make a comment via e-mail to the forest service or you can talk to the Sisters Ranger District’s environmental planner at 541-549-7735. Comments will be taken for the next 30 days.

On Tap: A New Food Truck Lot Opens in Bend

More food truck lots have been popping up all over Bend within the last few years to the delight of Central Oregonian’s appetites.

Anyssa Bohanan takes us on a tour of “On Tap”, the new food lot on Bend’s east side.
The grand opening will be from 11am to 10pm Saturday.
In addition to great food and 35 rotating taps, they’ll also have live music and lawn games for everyone.

#AvrynStrong

Community Rallies Around Bend Boy Injured in Car Wreck

On Thursday ten-year-old Avryn Hayes was on his way to school, heading southbound on the parkway, when a truck going northbound jumped over the median and into the car in which Avryn was riding. Avryn was flown by helicopter to the Doernbecher Children’s Hospital in Portland. Avryn’s mom, Asheley Martino, and her boyfriend Jared Garcia, who was driving the car at the time of the accident, have been at Avryn’s side for the past week. Central Oregon Daily’s Curtis Vogel got a chance to talk to Asheley today in Portland.

Asheley said Avryn regains consciousness for brief periods of time every day, but he is still dealing with a broken leg and severe head trauma.

While Avryn recovers the family’s medical bills are mounting because of the transport involved and the catastrophic nature of the injuries. However, the community has stepped up to raise money for Avryn. Efforts include a GoFundMe page that is nearly at $20,000 as of Wednesday night. Dutch Bros donated a dollar from every drink bought at their Bend locations yesterday and raised $12,500 for Avryn’s fund.

If you want to help the family there is another fundraiser tomorrow at Longboard Louie‘s eastside location in Bend. The restaurant is donating all of their profits for the day to Avryn.

Tomorrow at 6 pm Anyssa Bohanan will have more of our conversation with Avryn’s mom about the accident and what’s expected to be a long road to recovery.

 

Kindergarten Registration for Bend-La Pine Schools

It’s already that time for families of incoming kindergarten students to register their students.

Today some parents were able to sign up but today’s event wasn’t the only chance parents will have to register their future kindergarteners. Registration will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on any school day and will continue up until school begins.

If you have any questions you can contact your neighborhood school for details. You can find your neighborhood school through the Bend-La Pine schools website on their attendance area webpage.

Bend-La Pine Schools Consider Campus Safety Measures

School safety has been top of mind since the deadly mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida last February and that’s why Bend-La Pine Schools officials are looking to speed up a project to add more safety measures to campuses within their district.

Before tonight’s school board meeting the budget committee will talk about the best way to move forward with the construction of safety vestibules on 19 different campuses listed here:

Kingston Elementary

Ponderosa Elementary

Summit High

W.E. Miller Elementary

Bear Creek Elementary

Elk Meadow Elementary

Juniper Elementary

La Pine Elementary

La Pine High

Rosland Elementary

Thompson Elementary

Three Rivers Elementary

Bend Senior High

High Desert Middle

La Pine Middle

Mountain View High

Cascade Middle

Education Center

Ensworth Elementary

In May voters approved a $268 million bond and one percent of that bound, roughly $2.6 million dollars, has been allocated for the construction of the vestibules, which would secure the main entry point to the schools.

 

Four Local High Schools Participate in a Food Drive Competition

 

It’s a friendly competition among local high schools, all for an important cause.
Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan has a look at four local high schools that are helping a local non-profit make a difference.
The winners of the food drive challenge will be announced and presented with their prizes at Pine Tavern Restaurant on May 1st.

Though you can no longer drop off cans to the high school of your choice, you can still support them and NeighborImpact with a monetary donation.
When you donate make sure to write the school name you’d like to support in the donation memo line.
Every one dollar donation allows the organization to distribute 7 pounds of food or five meals.

Summit High School Heads to World Robotics Championships

For the second year in a row, a robotics team from Summit High School is competing in the world championships in Texas this week.
Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan caught up with them before they left town and has highlights from Thursday’s matches.  


The team will compete in six matches on Friday morning starting at 6:33 AM PT.
You can watch all of their upcoming matches live, as well as keep up with their entire world championship journey online at www.bluealliance.com, or on the Summit High School Robotics Facebook page.

Governor Kate Brown Signs Bill to Fund New Building at OSU Cascades

Governor Kate Brown was in Bend this week to sign a new house bill that will fully fund a new academic building on the OSU Cascades campus. Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan was there for the signing.

OSU Cascades isn’t the only university receiving funding. As part of Governor Brown’s statewide investment package, additional facilities will also be funded at Eastern Oregon University and the University of Oregon.