Community Rallies Around Bend Boy Injured in Car Wreck

On Thursday ten-year-old Avryn Hayes was on his way to school, heading southbound on the parkway, when a truck going northbound jumped over the median and into the car in which Avryn was riding. Avryn was flown by helicopter to the Doernbecher Children’s Hospital in Portland. Avryn’s mom, Asheley Martino, and her boyfriend Jared Garcia, who was driving the car at the time of the accident, have been at Avryn’s side for the past week. Central Oregon Daily’s Curtis Vogel got a chance to talk to Asheley today in Portland.

Asheley said Avryn regains consciousness for brief periods of time every day, but he is still dealing with a broken leg and severe head trauma.

While Avryn recovers the family’s medical bills are mounting because of the transport involved and the catastrophic nature of the injuries. However, the community has stepped up to raise money for Avryn. Efforts include a GoFundMe page that is nearly at $20,000 as of Wednesday night. Dutch Bros donated a dollar from every drink bought at their Bend locations yesterday and raised $12,500 for Avryn’s fund.

If you want to help the family there is another fundraiser tomorrow at Longboard Louie‘s eastside location in Bend. The restaurant is donating all of their profits for the day to Avryn.

Tomorrow at 6 pm Anyssa Bohanan will have more of our conversation with Avryn’s mom about the accident and what’s expected to be a long road to recovery.


Kindergarten Registration for Bend-La Pine Schools

It’s already that time for families of incoming kindergarten students to register their students.

Today some parents were able to sign up but today’s event wasn’t the only chance parents will have to register their future kindergarteners. Registration will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on any school day and will continue up until school begins.

If you have any questions you can contact your neighborhood school for details. You can find your neighborhood school through the Bend-La Pine schools website on their attendance area webpage.

Bend-La Pine Schools Consider Campus Safety Measures

School safety has been top of mind since the deadly mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida last February and that’s why Bend-La Pine Schools officials are looking to speed up a project to add more safety measures to campuses within their district.

Before tonight’s school board meeting the budget committee will talk about the best way to move forward with the construction of safety vestibules on 19 different campuses listed here:

Kingston Elementary

Ponderosa Elementary

Summit High

W.E. Miller Elementary

Bear Creek Elementary

Elk Meadow Elementary

Juniper Elementary

La Pine Elementary

La Pine High

Rosland Elementary

Thompson Elementary

Three Rivers Elementary

Bend Senior High

High Desert Middle

La Pine Middle

Mountain View High

Cascade Middle

Education Center

Ensworth Elementary

In May voters approved a $268 million bond and one percent of that bound, roughly $2.6 million dollars, has been allocated for the construction of the vestibules, which would secure the main entry point to the schools.


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.

Meet the New Sunriver Chiefs

After a candidates’ forum in Sunriver on Tuesday, during which community members were able to meet the final candidates for the positions of Police Chief and Fire Chief, the Sunriver Service District Board extended conditional offers to Bend Police Captain Cory Darling and Redmond Fire Chief Tim Moor.

Darling has served as the interim Police Chief for the Sunriver Police Department since the previous chief, Mark Mills, was placed on administrative leave earlier in the year and eventually resigned from his position.

Moor has been the Redmond Fire Chief since 2006, and has served his entire 30-year career with the Redmond Fire Department.

More Prescribed Burns Planned for Central Oregon

Firefighters will be igniting a prescribed burn across Cascade Lakes Highway from the burn that occurred on Sunday at the Rimrock Trailhead west of Bend, so you can expect to see smoke in the area throughout the day on Tuesday.
There will also be a prescribed burn in the Sisters Ranger District about 1 1/2 miles south of Camp Sherman Store and 4 miles north of Black Butte Ranch. No road closures are expected with that burn.
On Wednesday, firefighters have scheduled a burn in Shevlin Park, about 1/2 mile north of Skyliners Road on Bend Park and Recreation District property.
For all prescribed fires, signs will be posted on significant nearby Forest roads and state highways that could be impacted.
Motorists are encouraged to turn on their headlights and slow down while traveling through smoky areas.

Sheriff’s Office Looking for Suspected Car Thief

Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office  deputies are looking for a man suspected of stealing a car in Tumalo and crashing through multiple yards in northeast Bend on Monday night before eluding authorities.

According to the Sheriff’s Office, Aviles allegedly crashed the stolen 2001 Subaru Impreza through multiple yards and then fled on foot. He was last seen in the area of NE Empire and NE Layton in Bend.

Aviles was last seen wearing jeans or khaki pants and a long-sleeved short.
If you see Aviles or know of his whereabouts, call 911 or the Sheriff’s Office dispatch at 541-693-6911.

Pro-Gun Ordinance Proposed to Combat I.P. 43

Supporters of the second amendment are trying to fight fire with fire by starting a new initiative that would nullify two propositions aimed at making the sale of semi-automatic weapons and large-capacity magazines illegal in Oregon.

For the past two weekends supporters of the Second Amendment have organized rallies; first in the capitols of all 50 states and then at various locations around Oregon, to draw attention to, and demonstration their opposition against Initiative Petition 43.

On Saturday a group called “Ladies of Lead” helped organize a rally outside Redmond city hall and about 400 supporters showed up to listen to speakers, which included several republican candidates for office in next month’s primary.

I.P. 43 would prohibit the future sale or transfer of semiautomatic rifles and large-capacity magazines and any firearms or ammunition owned at the time that the act becomes effective would have to be registered with state, sold out of state, permanently disabled or given to law enforcement for disposal.

In addition to their opposition of I.P. 43, four Redmond residents have also presented an initiative called the Deschutes County Second Amendment Preservation Ordinance, which would give the sheriff the choice of whether to enforce any local, state or federal gun laws based on whether they are deemed unconstitutional.

Similar Initiatives have presented in other counties across Oregon in an effort to combat the possible adoption of I.P. 43.

Supporters of the ordinance must collect more than 4,000 signatures by August 6 to get it placed as a measure on the November ballot.

Prescribed Burns Scheduled for Central Oregon

A prescribed burn was ignited by the U.S. Forest Service Sunday near Rimrock Trail Head, leaving a thick soup of smoke over Bend on Monday morning.
Central Oregon Daily’s Allison Roecker spoke to residents and a Forest Service official on the timing of the burn, and what to expect for the rest of the week.

If the weather permits, the Deschutes National Forest Service plans to ignite two more burns this week, one just across the highway from the Rimrock Trailhead that’s burning right now and the next one will be along the north side of Skyliners Road.

Four Local High Schools Participate in a Food Drive Competition


It’s a friendly competition among local high schools, all for an important cause.
Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan has a look at four local high schools that are helping a local non-profit make a difference.
The winners of the food drive challenge will be announced and presented with their prizes at Pine Tavern Restaurant on May 1st.

Though you can no longer drop off cans to the high school of your choice, you can still support them and NeighborImpact with a monetary donation.
When you donate make sure to write the school name you’d like to support in the donation memo line.
Every one dollar donation allows the organization to distribute 7 pounds of food or five meals.