Bend-La Pine Schools Consider Campus Safety Measures

Bend – La Pine school officials are considering new construction to improve the safety of campuses in the 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.

The project has taken on added urgency in the wake of the Parkland school shooting in Florida.

War Stories: The Life and Legacy of Bob Shotwell

When we launched our War Stories series more than two years ago, longtime La Pine resident Bob Shotwell was the first Central Oregon veteran that we profiled. 

Shotwell passed away last week at the age of 94, so for this week’s War Stories, we look back at the life and legacy of World War II veteran and longtime journalist, Bob Shotwell.

Thanks to Bob’s son, Michael, for sharing his father’s story. Central Oregon Daily gives our condolences to the Shotwell family and the community of La Pine.

A special thanks to Gary Gruner Chevrolet Buick GMC for sponsoring War Stories and giving us the time and resources to tell the stories of Central Oregon’s war veterans every Monday night and Tuesday afternoon on Central Oregon Daily.

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.

Our New News Team

As many of you may have noticed there’s been some changes here at Central Oregon Daily! Reporter Lisa Carton is now stepping in as our full time anchor alongside our new weatherman Dorrell Wenninger, who is taking over for Jack Church who is off on a new adventure – starting a real estate company with his wife in California. Donna Britt will no longer be anchoring since she is pursuing some personal projects outside of television. Though there is no need to worry! You’ll still see Donna every week hosting her weekly food segment ‘Taste This!’ and hosting ‘Supper Club.’

Origin Story: Orion Forge

Hunter Dahlberg of Orion Forge developed a passion for metal and all of the potential it holds, so he moved to Bend and began smithing. This week, Central Oregon Daily’s Allison Roecker learned that there is more to blacksmithing than just shoeing horses and making swords.

Every Sunday on Central Oregon Daily’s new weekly feature, Origin Story, Allison Roecker introduces us to passionate people who are making their dreams come true.

Taste This!: Volcano Veggies

In this week’s Taste This!, Donna tastes veggies from an indoor, in-town farm run by the Sbarra family. These delicious greens are organic and locally grown with love, as Shannon and Jimmy like to say. We thank them for their time and for their veggies, which you can find at Newport Avenue Market. For more info visit

A special thanks to our sponsor, Newport Avenue Market, for giving us the time and resources to bring you this delightful culinary feature each week. Life is short. Eat good food.