Vaccine Bill Could Move Out of Committee in Coming Weeks

The next step for a proposed bill, that would remove all non-medical exemptions to required vaccines in Oregon, could happen as early as this week. The bill, which is co-authored by Bend representative Cheri Helt, has drawn lots of public interest and could be out of committee as early as this week.

Central Oregon Daily’s Curtis Vogel has more.

The Late Oregon Secretary of State Honored With State Funeral

Dennis Richardson died last week of brain cancer, but his life and legacy were honored on Wednesday at a funeral held in the state capitol. Richardson’s body was lying in state in the rotunda in Salem before an afternoon ceremony.


Central Oregon Daily’s Curtis Vogel has more from Wednesday’s service.

Statewide Rent Control Bill Passes in the Oregon House

In Salem the democrat controlled house passed the nation’s first ever statewide rent control laws. The new law is meant to help protect renters by ending no-cause evictions and capping rent hikes.

Central Oregon Daily’s Curtis Vogel has reactions from Central Oregon’s state representatives.

Proposed Bill Could Bar Zoning for Single Family Homes

Today in Salem the House Committee on Human Services and Housing held its first hearing on HB-2001. The bill would allow for what is called “middle housing” on land currently zoned for single family homes. Middle housing is those housing types that fall between single family housing and large scale apartment complexes.
 
Central Oregon Daily’s Curtis Vogel has more on the bill and what communities it could affect.

Second Candidate for COCC President Visits Bend

The second of three candidates applying to take over as Central Oregon Community College’s president is in town for a final interview and to meet the community.
 
Central Oregon Daily’s Curtis Vogel spoke with Dr. Tod Treat and has more information on the final candidate coming to town next week.

Adapting to Projected Growth

After six months of surveys and research, on Monday, public affairs organization Hubbell Communications released the results of a new study on growth in BendThe goal of the findings is to change the conversation about growth from whether it should happen or not to what residents and community leaders can do to better adapt to it.

Ward Hubbell, president of the public relations firm, says he hopes the findings of the study will help residents, both new and old, to bridge that gap between perception and reality, and move forward together as Bend grows in the coming years.

COCC Searches for its Next President

The first of three candidates to take over as Central Oregon Community College’s president is in town for a final interview and to meet the community.
 
Central Oregon Daily’s Curtis Vogel stopped by today’s meeting and spoke with Dr. Kimberlee Messina, and has more information on the other two candidates coming to town.

Local Hotel Helps in the Fight Against Human Trafficking

Today is the last day of Human Trafficking Awareness month and one local organization, Guardian Group, has announced the new recipient of it’s Guardian Seal. The seal lets residents and customers know that it is a safe haven from trafficking.
 
Central Oregon Daily’s Curtis Vogel has more on how Riverhouse on the Deschutes became the first hotel in the country to get the Guardian Group’s seal of approval.