Recognition for Inclusion

On Thursday Bend High School received national recognition from the Special Olympics for the schools efforts in providing inclusive sports and activities for its students with and without disabilities.

Bend Senior High School is one of just 52 schools nationwide to be named a Special Olympics Unified Champion School this year and one of roughly 80 school across the county that have received this award ever.

Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan was at the school as they unveiled a new banner congratulating their efforts and got a special message from a famous Oregon athlete.

9 P.M. Routine

Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office has unveil its new campaign to prevent theft, and it’s pretty easy.

How often do you get out of your car after a long day at work and simply forget to lock it? It can be easy to get distracted enough to forget that you’ve left your vehicle unlocked, but it can take just one forgetful moment to make your vehicle a target for thieves.

That’s why the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office has begun a new online campaign that they’re hoping will lower the number of thefts seen in the Central Oregon area.

Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan sat down with the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Oregon to discuss how they’re hoping the online campaign will encourage residents to lock their doors and discourage thieves from taking what’s not there’s out of unlocked vehicles.

Cougar Sighting in Bend

With kids returning to school on Monday, City of Bend Police Department released an alert on Sunday night about a sighting of a cougar in Bend.
A resident on the 800 block of NE Hawthorne witnessed a cougar attacking a deer around 9 o’clock in the morning on Sunday and was able to scare the cougar away towards the Pilot Butte Cemetery. The deer survived the attack.

The sighting  has sparked a passionate debate among residents about what to do when you see one of the big cats in your neighborhood.

Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan spoke with a wildlife biologist with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife for some perspective on our cougar population.

Bend Police are also urging anyone who spots a cougar to report it to the non-emergency dispatch number at 541-693-6911.
The department works closely with Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife on situations involving wildlife/human interactions.

First Step: a suicide prevention app

Suicide is the second leading cause of death among 10-24 year olds in the state of Oregon and after two young suicides recently rocked the Central Oregon community, the Bend-La Pine School District pushed up the release date of an app that they’re hoping could save lives.

In light of recent events involving the deaths of two students at Summit and Redmond high schools earlier this month the Bend-La Pine School District is aiming to prevent any other young adult from taking their own life. Just before students left for the winter break, the school district rolled out the appFirst Step,” which aims to help students dealing with stressful situations, depressive or suicidal thoughts.

“First Step” provides resources for students who may need an outlet for discussion by connecting them to non-profits like lines for life, which allows students to communicate face to face, thought text or e-mail.

It also provides a link to “youth line,” a non-profit that connects students with other students to discuss problems they may currently be struggling with someone who understands. The app also provides students with tips on what to do when you’re feeling down as well as local organizations that provide free counseling.

Bend La-Pine schools’ Julianne Repman says that the school district wants “to open the door, and if someone has questions about suicide, we want to let them know they’re cared for and that they’ve been heard, and help them find assistance through a trusted adult or through one of the resources you’ll find here on this app.”

The school district says that the application was added to all iPads issued to around 11,000 sixth through 12th grade students. Students without a school-issued iPad and the general public can access First Step through the website firststeporegon.org.

Body Found on Bend Parkway

A routine response to a motor vehicle crash turned into an unexpected and grisly discovery on Bend Parkway Wednesday night when Bend police officers discovered the body of a 24-year-old man who had not been involved in the wreck.

The single vehicle crash took place just across from Northwest Hawthorne and while Bend Police, Bend Fire & Rescue and Oregon State Police were investigating the wreck, they discovered a deceased body not far from the crash site.

Bend Police Department is now asking for the public’s help figuring out where the 24-year-old man, who has now been identified as Robert McKinney, may have been prior to his death.

Police say they’re not sure how long McKinney’s body had been there before being discovered but said he had likely been there for some time.

The investigation is ongoing and more time is needed before any cause of death or additional information becomes available, but at this point Police say they don’t suspect any foul play.

More information will likely be released after the medical examiner has completed their investigation.

Police are now asking for the public’s help to piece together where and when McKinney may have been seen between early December and his discovery on the night of the 27th. If you have any information on Robert McKinney’s whereabouts after December 9th, please contact bend police officer Eric Russell at (541) 693-6911.

Out of the Flames

Seven people miraculously escaped a house fire on Awbrey Butte on Wednesday morning.

The family, which included two children, two adults and three adult guests visiting for the holidays, were able to exit the home unharmed. However, the family’s two dogs perished in the fire and the home itself was destroyed.

According to Dave Howe of Bend Fire & Rescue, when crews arrived early Wednesday morning the 3,000 square foot home was already completely engulfed in flames. Howe said the family did exactly what they were supposed to do, everyone left the home as soon as the smoke alarms went off, and that kept anyone from being injured in the blaze.

Unfortunately due to the intensity of the burn, firefighters have so far been unable to pinpoint the cause of the fire. Despite extra units from Redmond and Sunriver assisting in fighting the blaze the home was declared a loss and the fire even damaged neighboring homes.

Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan has more.

 

Redmond Airport handles Holiday Traffic

On Friday, as we headed into the weekend before Christmas, many people planned on driving or flying to their holiday destinations. Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan went to Redmond to report on on how busy the airport expected to be for the holiday weekend.

A Christmas Miracle

For 12 years a woman named Lyn and her longtime companion have been homeless, living mostly on property in unincorporated Deschutes County north of Bend. However, recent developments changed their living situation and they were back on the streets with winter fast approaching and no place to call home.

Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan reports on how the couple was finally granted their wish for a home just in time for Christmas.

Was ‘Star Wars’ worth it?

The latest Star Wars saw mixed review from fan in its opening days. Despite the long lines and sold-out showings across the country, some fans are walking away with more questions than answers, while other are excited for the franchises new direction

Central Oregon Daily’s resident Star Wars fan Anyssa Bohanan went to the Regal Old Mill Stadium 16 & IMAX in Bend to watch the movie and get reactions from local fans.

Bend High Teacher Takes Home Prestigious National Award

The Milken Educator Award is a national honor that recognizes teachers who further excellence in education. This year, only one teacher won the $25,000 reward, and she works right here in Bend.

Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan was at the assembly at Bend Senior High School when the winning teacher got the surprise of her career.