House District 54 Candidate Admits Info in Voters’ Pamphlet is False

For the second time in a local race for an important seat in the Oregon house, a candidate is facing serious allegations. A republican political action committee, known as the Promote Oregon Leadership Pac, filed a formal complaint with the Oregon Secretary of State on Tuesday after a Bend-based candidate for Oregon House District 54 admitted to inadvertently making a false statement in the state’s voters’ pamphlet.

In a story first broken by the Bend Bulletin’s Gary Warner, the Working Families Party’s candidate, Amanda La Bell, admitted that a statement in the voters’ pamphlet, which indicates she graduated from Valdosta State University in Georgia, is not true.

Central Oregon Daily’s Curtis Vogel has more on the story.

Supper Club: Candidates for Deschutes County Commissioner Position 1

For this week’s edition of Supper Club, Curtis Vogel sat down with the two candidates for Position 1 of the Deschutes County Commissioner race, the Republican incumbent Tony Debone and his Democratic challenger, Amy Lowes.

A special thanks to our Supper Club sponsor, Selco Community Credit Union, for giving us the time and resources to talk about the issues that impact our region with a new edition of Supper Club every Tuesday night on Central Oregon Daily.

Fatal Cougar Attack Near Mt. Hood

If Confirmed This Would Be First-Ever Fatal Attack in Oregon

Clackamas County Sheriff’s Department confirmed on Tuesday that a body found on Monday near Mt. Hood was Diana Bober, a Gresham resident and an avid hiker who had been missing since August 29th.
Her car was found at the Zig-Zag Ranger station and her body was found several miles away with injures that officials say are consistent with a cougar attack. 


DNA samples are being flown by the Oregon State Police to U.S. Fish and Wildlife to confirm what could be Oregon’s first-ever fatal cougar attack.

Redmond Man Freed After a Year in Jail

42-year-old Redmond resident Joshua Horner was convicted in March of 2017 for sexually abusing his daughter and sentenced to 50 years in prison. However, after an investigation by the Oregon Innocence Project revealed some inaccuracies in his daughter’s testimony, the conviction was overturned and Horner was released today after a year behind bars. Central Oregon Daily’s Curtis Vogel has more on how Horner came to be a free man again.

COCC President Announces Retirement

Shirley Metcalf Plans to Leave After This School Year

Doctor Shirley Metcalf is a 46-year veteran of the higher education community who worked in her native Hawaii and in Washington before coming to COCC in 2011.

She has served as the school’s president since 2014 and is only the 5th president in the school’s nearly 70-year history. Metcalf is the first woman and the first person of color to serve as presdient.

Central Oregon Daily’s Curtis Vogel has more.

Supper Club: Solving Employment Difficulties in Central Oregon

EDCO recently launched a new marketing campaign to attract new workers to Central Oregon because more employers are facing difficulties filling job vacancies, but there are also programs in place now to create homegrown talent for local employers. 

For this week’s Supper Club, Central Oregon Daily’s Curtis Vogel continues his discussion with the CEO of EDCO, Roger Lee, as well as Katie Condit of Better Together and Larry Holeman of EDCO, to talk about opportunities for people seeking employment.

For more information on internships in Central Oregon, visit edcoinfo.com and bettertogethercentraloregon.org.

A special thanks to our Supper Club sponsor, Selco Community Credit Union, for giving us the time and resources to talk about the issues that impact our region with a new edition of Supper Club every Tuesday night on Central Oregon Daily.

Road Closures in Bend

Some big changes are in store for drivers on the City of Bend’s west and northeast sides as everyone comes back from the summer break.
 
The 14th Street Reconstruction Project is being funded by a voter-approved transportation bond that was passed back in 2011, but it’s just now entering it’s final phase of construction.
 
Beginning on Tuesday, the stretch of 14th street between Galveston Avenue and Albany Avenue will be closed in both directions, so detours will be in place to wind around to the west to avoid the construction. However, that isn’t the only road closure planned for Bend residents.
 
Beginning September 10th, Empire Avenue will be closed between 18th Street and Purcell for stage one of the Empire Corridor improvements. Those improvements will include reconstructing the existing roadway, widening Empire to include medians and a turn lane at Desert Sage, adding sidewalks and curbs, widening bike lanes, and installing new landscaping in between the curb and sidewalks.
 
This stretch of Empire is expected to be closed to all traffic until at least early December, and future projects could include a new roundabout at Empire and Purcell, and the extension of Empire all the way through from Purcell to 27th.

Public Hearing on Marijuana Regulations

Residents Comment on Potential Updates for Local Grows

Deschutes County Commissioners got an earful Tuesday night at a public hearing that was scheduled to allow residents to weigh-in on proposed changes to the regulation of marijuana grows across the county.

Central Oregon Daily’s Curtis Vogel was live from the Deschutes Services building where Tuesday’s 2 p.m. public hearing ran well past 6 p.m.

Supper Club: Current Job Market in Central Oregon

You only have to drive around town and see all of the help wanted signs to know that employers in Central Oregon are currently having a hard time filling job vacancies.

For this week’s Supper Club, Central Oregon Daily’s Curtis Vogel sat down with the CEO of EDCO, Roger Lee, as well as Katie Condit of Better Together and Larry Holeman of EDCO, two individuals whose jobs are devoted to bridging that employment gap, to talk about how to fill those jobs.

A special thanks to our Supper Club sponsor, Selco Community Credit Union, for giving us the time and resources to talk about the issues that impact our region with a new edition of Supper Club every Tuesday night on Central Oregon Daily.

16 Oregon Sheriffs Endorse Repeal of State’s Sanctuary Law

Deschutes County Sheriff Shane Nelson and 15 other sheriffs released a letter on Monday endorsing a ballot measure that would repeal the state’s sanctuary law. In the letter they stated that Oregon’s sanctuary status “undermines respect for law in significant ways”. They also suggest that the state’s sanctuary status interferes with the policing of immigrants who cause crimes.

However, nothing in Oregon’s sanctuary law prohibits police officers or sheriff’s deputies from enforcing the law or arresting suspects. The law only prohibits the use of state and local resources to enforce federal immigration law if a person’s only infraction is being in the country illegally.

The sheriffs who signed the letter make up nearly half of all the counties in the state, but those counties only contain 16 percent of Oregon’s population.

Sheriff Nelson says he supports ballot measure 105, which would repeal the sanctuary law, because he wants to get rid of the conflict between local and federal laws. However, even law enforcement in Deschutes County is split on the issue.

Deschutes County District Attorney John Hummel said the state’s sanctuary status allows law enforcement to hold people who commit crimes accountable, while also protecting the civil rights of those immigrants who haven’t committed any crimes.