Redmond Seeks Funds For Three New Police Officers

The Police Department in Redmond is asking for more officers to address the growing population of their community, but now the question is, how does the city pay for those officers?

Central Oregon Daily’s Curtis Vogel joins us with a look at the budget discussions going on in Redmond tonight.

The Redmond Police Department says the originally-planned increase in officers would have helped them establish a drug enforcement team, increase the size of daily patrol teams on duty and help reduce traffic violations and accidents as well as institute a downtown foot patrol.

With the public safety fee idea now shelved, the City of Redmond’s budget director says they are going to have to pull from other departments budget to even add three more police officers.

Annual Wolf Report Released After the Death of Two Wolves

Biologists for the Oregon department of Fish and Wildlife released their annual wolf report today, just days after staffers for the agency killed two wolves in Eastern Oregon after confirmed depredations on livestock in Baker County.
Central Oregon Daily’s Curtis Vogel joins us with details from today’s meeting.

The biologist says so far that the depredations in 2018 have only come from the Pine Creek pack and it doesn’t necessarily indicate a larger trend across the state.The commission had originally planned on voting on a new revised wolf plan in January, but after hearing from multiple sides of the debate, Commissioners decided to delay that vote.
Commissioners now believe that August is the earlies they will have a revised plan in place.

Pro-Gun Rights Supporters Gather at Capitols Across the U.S.

Gun rights supporters gathered at state capitols across the U.S. on Saturday to push back against efforts to pass stricter gun-control laws that they fear threaten their constitutional right to bear arms.

From Delaware to Wyoming, hundreds gathered at peaceful protests to listen to speakers who warned that any restrictions on gun ownership or use eventually could lead to a ban on gun ownership, which is guaranteed under the Second Amendment.

“If you have a building and you take a brick out every so often, after a while you’re not going to have a building,” said Westley Williams, who carried an AR-15 rifle as he joined about 100 people braving blustery weather in Cheyenne, Wyoming, for a pro-gun-rights rally in front of the state supreme court building.

Dave Gulya, one of the organizers of a rally in Augusta, Maine, said about 800 people showed up at the statehouse — a gun-free zone — to make the point that “we are law-abiding.”

Saturday’s protests were planned in dozens of state capitols less than three weeks after hundreds of thousands marched in Washington, New York and elsewhere to demand tougher gun laws after the February school shooting in Parkland, Florida, that killed 17. Organizers of those protests demanded a ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, and called for universal background checks on potential gun owners.

In Salem, about 300 people gathered at the World War II Memorial in Willson Park on the west side of the Oregon Capitol on Saturday.

They rallied to support the Second Amendment and oppose a potential state ballot measure, Initiative Petition 43, that would require registration for currently owned semi-automatic rifles and high-capacity magazines and would ban their future sales.

Good Guys With Guns (Oregon) recently founded by Kevin Conzo, organized the Salem event. Conzo said he admires the spirit of the Parkland students who organized the March for Our Lives but disagrees with their solutions to the issue of mass shootings.

“The only ones who obey the laws are the good guys”, said Conzo at the rally. “Creating more laws with law restrictions is hindering our natural rights as human beings. If the sword is gone, I guarantee that the pen is next.”

The Salem version of the national March for Science also was being held Saturday at the Capitol. There was a large police presence but no reported problems, and when the March for Science participants marched past the Second Amendment rally, the speakers stopped their speeches and cheered for the science teachers.

The National Constitutional Coalition of Patriotic Americans coordinated the timing of the nationwide events at all 50 state capitols on Saturday.

Trump Orders Strike on Syria, Oregon Senator Calls for Congressional Authorization

President Donald Trump announced on Friday he ordered strikes on the Syrian regime’s chemical weapons facilities in coordination with France and the United Kingdom in response to a chemical weapons attack last weekend.

Defense Secretary James Mattis said the US specifically targeted the Syrian regime’s chemical weapons program.

“We also selected targets that would minimize the risks to innocent civilians,” Mattis said.

“Right now this is a one-time shot and I believe that it sent a very strong message to dissuade (Assad), to deter him from doing this again,” he added.

Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley issued a response on Friday night, saying the president needs to seek congressional authorization for any act of war.

Full Statement from Senator Jeff Merkley on Air Strikes Against Syria:

“Bashar al-Assad has carried out a brutal campaign of attacks on his own people. The use of chemical weapons is unconscionable and he must be held accountable.

“But military action is not the only tool we have. And if President Trump is going to use military force he must seek congressional authorization. The power to make war rests with Congress in Article I of the Constitution.

“We have learned in Afghanistan and Iraq the dangers of launching military actions without clearly articulated objectives and exit strategies. If the President wants to wage war, the American people and Congress need to be part of that decision.”

Supper Club: Deschutes Primary Election Candidates

We’re about a month away from Oregon’s Primary Elections and we’re kicking off a series of discussions with local candidates in this week’s Supper Club.

Central Oregon Daily’s Curtis Vogel sits down with the two Republican candidates running for Deschutes County Commissioner Position #1, the incumbent Tony Debone and his challenger, Ed Barbeau.

Thanks to Tony and Ed for joining us and a special thanks to our Supper Club sponsors, Selco Community Credit Union, for giving us the time and resources to talk about the issues that impact our region every Tuesday night on Central Oregon Daily.

Gov. Brown Eliminates Tax Break Created by Trump Tax Cuts

In what she is calling a tough decision, Oregon Governor Kate Brown has decided to sign a Senate bill that will eliminate a tax break for tens of thousands of businesses in Oregon. 
Central Oregon Daily’s Curtis Vogel joined us with details on today’s announcement.

During the press conference, Governor Kate Brown also called for a special session to look at extending the tax breaks for certain small business owners who are not included in the preferred tax rate offered by the state.
She is working with caucus leaders and presiding officers to make that special session happen in June.

Community Helps in Horse Rescue

83 Horses Removed from a Terrebonne Property to a Rescue Ranch in Bend

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Oregon removed 83 horses from a property in Terrebonne on Sunday after determining that many of the horses were suffering from severe hoof neglect.
Community members came together to volunteer their time and vehicles and horse trailers to help deputies with the transport of the horses.
The Sheriff’s Department investigation continues, and they are expected to release more information today.

Armed Man Reported at Smith Rock

Law Enforcement Responds to Reports of Armed Man Making Threats at State Park

Investigators are asking for any witnesses to a scary sequence of events at Smith Rock State Park on Saturday to contact authorities with any information.
A 911 call was made around 1:30pm on Saturday with the caller telling authorities that a man was throwing rocks off a ledge near the Misery Ridge hiking trail and yelling at other visitors.
When a second 911 caller said that other hikers had told the caller that the ma. Was armed with a .45 caliber handgun and was waving it around, more than a dozen (including 5 on-duty DCSO SWAT team members) law enforcement personnel from the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office, Redmond Police Department, Bend Police Department and the Oregon State Police responded to the park.
As deputies arrived on scene, they contacted state park personnel to advise them of the situation. They also contacted numerous hikers on the trail in an attempt to locate witnesses with first hand knowledge of the incident and get an updated location of the suspect. All hikers contacted were also asked to leave the immediate area.

At about 2:32 p.m., 54-year-old Redmond resident Daren Jaques was seen walking down the Misery Ridge trail and was detained by law enforcement personnel on scene.
It was determined Jaques wasn’t armed with a handgun as had been previously reported, but he was removed from the park.
This investigation is continuing and the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Oregon is asking for anyone with first hand knowledge of the incident to contact the Deschutes County 911 non-emergency number at 541-693-6911.

La Pine Dog Breeder Charged

The Owner of The 53 Seized Dogs Faces Charges

A La Pine woman is facing felony charges tonight, a week after 53 dogs were seized from her property by the Deschutes County Sheriffs Office. 
Central Oregon Daily’s Curtis Vogel joined us with the latest details on the investigation.

63 year old Pamela G Kyler was cited and released on two counts of felony animal neglect. However, the Sheriffs office says that charges could be added or dropped depending on the dogs conditions as they move forward in the investigation.

Here in Central Oregon, a dozen of the dogs have been adopted so far and the Humane Society of Central Oregon says that the first set of puppies will be available for adoption soon.

They encourage you to continue checking their website to find out when they become available. https://www.hsco.org/

Bend Development

The Next Big Step for Bend

The city of Bend is looking for public imput before they move forward on the next big development in the wake of the UGB expansion plan. Central Oregon Daily’s Curtis Vogel has details on where the city is targeting the next areas.

The city council meeting will be held on April 4th and then counselors will vote on the priorities on April 18th.