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.

Remembering John McCain

Arizona Senator and Former Presidential Candidate Lying in State in D.C.

All day people have been filing past the casket of Arizona Senator John McCain who is lying in state in the U.S. capitol rotunda.

On Friday morning McCain’s family, friends, congressional and military leaders celebrated his legacy. It was solemn and silent under the capitol dome as the public said their final goodbyes and outside hundreds lined up for their chance to pay their respects.

On Saturday morning the senator will be driven to the Vietnam Memorial for a short ceremony before his memorial service at the Washington National Cathedral.

Senator McCain is the 31st person to lie in state in the capitol rotunda, it’s an honor reserved for government officials and military officers.

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.

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.

Where’s Walden?: Protesters Call For Town Hall

Protesters Call For Walden Town Hall

While Congressman Greg Walden was in Central Oregon this weekend for a barbeque to honor area veterans, a caravan of protesters were in Bend calling for Walden to host a town hall.

Walden hasn’t hosted a town hall in 500 days and has not responded to his opponent’s calls for a debate before the election. Democratic candidate Jamie McLeod-Skinner has a debate planned for this Friday in Medford and has invited Walden to attend.

Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan talked to Walden on Saturday to get his response to his critics.

Septic to Sewer

Citizens Share Their Concerns About SW Bend Sewer Project

It’s an issue that’s been bubbling up for decades in Bend as our city’s population grows, but now some residents on the southeast side as well as the city council, are facing some tough and costly decisions… as the state forces homeowners to switch from septic to sewer.

Central Oregon Daily’s Curtis Vogel was live at City Hall, where city councilors got an earful from some of those residents at a listening session this afternoon that was packed to the gills, with people spilling out into the hallway and listening to the meeting from there.

Supper Club: Role of First Elected Bend City Mayor

Four of the candidates for Bend Mayor had their first debate at the Ten Barrel Eastside Pub on Tuesday. For this week’s Supper Club, Central Oregon Daily’s Curtis Vogel sat down with Bend City Councilors, Barb Campbell and Justin Livingston to talk about the role of the new mayor, who will be the first elected mayor in the city’s history.

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 every Tuesday night on Central Oregon Daily.

Supper Club: Commissioners Discuss Marijuana in Deschutes County

The Deschutes County Commissioners held their annual State of the County Address on Tuesday at 10 Barrel Eastside. For this week’s Supper Club, Central Oregon Daily’s Curtis Vogel sat down with all three commissioners, Phil HendersonTammy Baney and Tony DeBone, to talk about the rapid growth of the recreational pot growing industry and their concerns about the medical marijuana production in the county as well.

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 every Tuesday night on Central Oregon Daily.

 

Supper Club: Preview of State of the County Address

The Deschutes County Commissioners are getting their presentation ready for next week’s State of the County Address. For this week’s Supper Club, all three commissioners, Phil HendersonTammy Baney and Tony DeBone, sat down with Central Oregon Daily’s Curtis Vogel for a preview of the address and their priorities for the year ahead.

If you would like to see the State of the County Address in person, it will be hosted by the Bend Chamber at 5 p.m., Tuesday, July 31 at the Ten Barrel Eastside Pub. You can find out more about how to get tickets at bendchamber.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 every Tuesday night on Central Oregon Daily.

 

 

 

No Way to Censure

The Bend City Council and residents got their first change to publicly weigh-in on the political scandal swirling around City Council member and candidate for state house district 54 Dr. Nathan Boddie. Boddie is facing calls to step down from both the council and the race but, during Wednesday nights meeting the city council learned there is nothing it can do to force Boddie out. Central Oregon Daily’s Curtis Vogel has more on what happened during Wednesday night’s meeting.