Oil Trains Pose Potential Hazard to Central Oregon

In 2016 an oil train derailed in the small town of Mosier, spilling oil into the Columbia River, spewing toxic fumes into the air and forcing the evacuations of homes and a nearby school.

Today trains carrying the same kind of volatile crude oil from Montana and North Dakota continue to roll through Bend and the surrounding area.

For tonight’s cover story, Central Oregon Daily’s Curtis Vogel looks at how, three years after the Mosier oil train derailment, the nearest HAZMAT team that is trained and equipped to respond to that kind of catastrophe is still more than three hours away from Central Oregon.

Good Samaritan Helps Redmond Cop Restrain Suspect

Just before nine a.m. Thursday morning, the Redmond Police Department received a call about a disruption at Proust Coffee in downtown Redmond. A man had threatened to assault one of the coffee shop customers, but had left before police could arrive.

Officer Allen Speck, the responding officer, searched the area for the suspect and found 22-year-old Redmond Resident Trenton Yates making his way back toward the coffee shop. Officer Speck identified himself as a police officer and tried to talk to Yates, but things turned physical. Thankfully, a passerby stepped in to help the officer.

Central Oregon Daily spoke to good samaritan Travis Wilson, and Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan has more on this story.

Spring Break Travel

Thursday marks the first day of Spring Break travel for thousands of people in Oregon who are hoping to get a jump start on their vacation. However, the Redmond Airport is already warning of longer wait times and limited parking as travelers make their way to their Spring Break destinations.

Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan has more from Redmond Airport about what you can expect if you’re flying this weekend.

How Central Oregon can Prepare for the ‘Big Shake’

Scientists aren’t sure when “the big one” will hit, but they are certain that a massive earthquake will occur along the Cascadia Subduction Zone which will shake the coast from Northern California to British Columbia, Canada.

Current projections estimate that everything west of Interstate 5 will suffer widespread damage, and massive tsunami will wipe out areas along the coast.

According to FEMA the quake and subsequent tsunami will likely kill up to 13,000 people, and displace up to a million throughout the Pacific Northwest. Many of those survivors will be seeking shelter and safety to the east, which means here in Central Oregon.

Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan stopped by “Oregon Prepared,” where local emergency management teams are discussing how Central Oregon can prepare to handle and help when this catastrophe hits.

 

Caregiver Found Guilty of Reckless Endangerment, Not Guilty on Felony Charges

A Bend caregiver has been found guilty on two misdemeanor counts, but not guilty on more serious charges, after being accused of indecent acts and sleeping on the job while taking care of the 14-year-old disabled boy.

Deschutes County Judge Micheal Adler found 54-year-old Craig Randleman guilty on two counts of recklessly endangering another person, after a “nanny cam” caught Randleman sleeping, on one occasion, and masturbating, on a different day. However, the judge found Randleman not guilty of criminal mistreatment, which is a felony, and not guilty of public indecency.

Central Oregon Daily’s Cydney McFarland has more from today’s decision.

Local Irrigation Districts Strive for Efficiency

Irrigation project in Oregon have received significant state and federal funding since 2015 in order to repair and replace aging waterways. The Tumalo and Three Sisters Water Districts are some that are hoping to create more efficient waterways.
 
Central Oregon Daily’s caught up with local officials for a celebration of some progress on those new irrigation systems.

Emergency Personnel from Across the State Meet in Bend

Emergency managers from all over the state of Oregon are in Bend this week for the 6th annual ‘Oregon Prepared’ workshop. Over the next four days, they’ll be discussing a number of potential safety risks and risk management strategies for the state.
Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan stopped by today to see what was on the agenda.

Generous Donation to Help Local Animal Shelter

The Humane Society of Central Oregon was the beneficiary of a huge donation of over 8,000 lbs of dog and cat food. The food was donated by Free Kibble, an organization started by an 11-year-old here in Bend, and now reaches almost million people helping pets looking for their forever homes.

The Humane Society spread the wealth, donating some of the food to the Humane Society of the Ochocos, Herd You Needed a Home and Street Dog Hero.

Local Leaders Appointed to State Wildfire Council

In the face of growing wildfire dangers Oregon Governor Kate Brown created a wildfire council to help Oregon’s wildfire management make decisions on how to best fight fires and mitigate fire danger in the future. Two Central Oregon leaders have been asked to participate; Bend Mayor Sally Russell and Captain Tricia Connolly of Bend Fire were both appointed to the 37 member council.

Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan sat down with Russell to see what she hopes she can accomplish with this new appointment.