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.

Avryn Strong: Bend Boy Gets Police Escort to School After Surviving Car Wreck

Five months ago, the parents of 10-year-old Avryn Hayes were worried about him surviving a near-fatal accident on the parkway on his way to school, but today, the City of Bend Police Department, including the officer who helped save Avryn’s life after the accident, celebrated Hayes’ recovery with a police escort to Avryn’s school at Silver Rail Elementary.

Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan was there to capture Hayes’ first day of 5th grade.

Calming Back to School Jitters

Local School Helps Parents and Students Deal With First Day Nerves

Back to school is a time of tears and celebration for students and parents alike, but for first time students and parents the first day of school can be particularly nerveracking.

However, one local school organized an event to help with those nerves. Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan went down to Buckingham Elementary School to see how parents and students were coping.

Safety in School Zones

With school back in session across Central Oregon, kids are making their way to school on foot, by bike, and by skateboards; and also hopping in-and-out of cars, and not necessarily paying attention. So it’s time for drivers to get back in the swing of safety around schools.

Drivers should put down their phones while behind the wheel, as distracted driving could lead injury or even death. Parents and students are also urged to exercise caution when making their way on foot to school and should cross in crosswalks, wear bright colors, and walk or bike focused and alert – not using electronic devices.

Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan has more from local authorities.

Downtown Retailers Report a Good Summer

Whether it was days filled with smoke and haze or the flop surrounding the crowds that never came for the solar eclipse, it was a rough summer in 2017 for businesses in downtown Bend.
 
However with this summer’s good weather retailer’s are seeing a booming tourism season.
 
Many downtown business owners are also crediting extra patrols by police, school resource officers and private security guards with making downtown a more welcoming and prosperous area.

Childcare Shortage

How New State Regulations Could Affect Local Providers

Parents looking for a licensed childcare facility are encountering wait lists that are months and sometimes years long.

Now, the state is considering changes to the regulation of the child care industry and Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan looks at how those changes could affect the shortage of those licensed facilities in our region.