Mystery at No Name Lake

Elk Carcasses Still Smelling Up the Popular Trail

Wildlife Biologists are still investigating the mystery behind 19 dead elk that were found on Broken Top, after a summer thaw revealed the carcasses that had been preserved in ice for at least a year.

Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan got a chance to talk with the hiker who first reported the dead elk to Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife when he took his family up to No Name Lake and stumbled onto the gruesome scene.

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.

Child Care Shortage

Providers Concerned New Laws Could Aggravate the Issue

If you’re the parent of a newborn child or preschooler, you know that wait lists at many of the daycare providers and centers can be as long as two years right now.

Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan looks at the growing childcare shortage and why two local providers believe that a new state law meant to protect children, is also making it harder on parents to find caregivers for them.

Dead Elk at No Name Lake

A Warning to Hikers

A number of hikers were shocked this past week when they spotted a herd of dead elk buried in deep snow near Broken Top at 8,000 feet elevation.

Because the elks’ deaths were a natural occurrence, there are no plans to remove their carcasses from “No Name Lake”, but the wildlife biologists expect that scavengers will do what scavengers do now that the bodies are uncovered.

Central Oregon Daily photographer Tim Wehde can attest that it is smelly up there right now. So if you hike up to No Name Lake, he suggests keeping your distance.

Precious Resource: Balancing Agriculture, Conservation and Recreation

Did you know 55 percent of the carrot seeds in the U.S. are grown in Jefferson County and another 10 percent is grown in Crook and Deschutes Counties?

That’s just one of the sectors that drives the agricultural economy in Central Oregon.

In tonight’s cover story, Brian Jennings looks at the growing concerns over the key resource needed to keep that economic engine alive: Water.

Cloverdale Fire

Residents Are Back Home After a Brush Fire Forced Evacuations

Firefighters are still monitoring hot spots along Highway 20 after a 74-acre brush fire destroyed two homes over the weekend.

Central Oregon Daily spoke to some residents who were evacuated with almost no notice on Saturday. Residents in the area were forced to make quick and tough decisions as the fast-moving fire barreled towards their homes.

One resident in the Coverdale area, said Saturday was their third evacuation in less than two years. This hammers home the point of why it’s so important to have a “go-bag” ready for situations like this.

Today is also the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office “Make-a-Kit” Monday, a campaign to help people get a “72-hour-kit” together. You can find more information about that at the sheriff’s website at www.sheriff.deschutes.org.

New School Planned if Redmond Bond Passes

Voters in Redmond will have a chance to vote on a school bond measure in November after the school board approved a $69.7 million bond proposal.

At the school board meeting Wednesday night, the Redmond School District board of directors unanimously approved a resolution to place the bond proposal on the ballot.

If passed about half of the nearly $70 million would immediately go toward the designing and building of a new elementary school to replace the over 50-year-old M.A. Lynch Elementary. The district hopes that with the bond funds, construction could start as early as summer 2019 and students could be in classrooms by summer 2020.

The money from the bond would also go towards district-wide capital repairs and security improvements to classrooms and school facilities, like secure school entrances and upgrading or installing security cameras at each of their 15 facilities.

The school board’s resolution also includes the establishment of a citizen oversight committee, an independent citizen-led body in charge of monitoring the planned improvements, progress and schedule of costs of the bond program.

Property owners in the Redmond School District are currently paying $2.45 per thousand of assessed value. The proposed $70 million bond would cost taxpayers an additional $0.54 per $1,000 of assessed value, making the total anticipated rate $2.99 per thousand of assessed value.

Bethlehem Inn Opens New Facilities

After years of fundraising and months of construction, The Bethlehem Inn celebrated its new family residence and service hub with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday afternoon.

The new building at the Bethlehem Inn has doubled the amount of families the organization can serve with the addition of ten new family-sized units.

In addition to those units, the new building is also outfitted with a brand new commercial kitchen, two dining rooms and a service hub with offices for partner agencies.

Today’s ribbon cutting was the culmination of the “Transforming Lives Together capital campaign, which raised $8 million of the $9 million needed for the expansion.

Fugate in Court

Oregon State Police public information officer Captain William Fugate appeared in court for the first time on Wednesday afternoon. Fugate is facing criminal charges that were made against him in February of this year after an anonymous tip sparked an investigation into allegation of domestic abuse.

Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan was in the courtroom and has more details on the on-going investigation.

 

Rep. Walden Discusses the Effects of Opioids in Oregon

Representative Greg Walden was in Bend today to participate in a round-table discussion along with a commissioner from the Food and Drug Administration. Local law enforcement was also in attendance. Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan attended the meeting, where the focus was on the nation’s opioid crisis and how this growing national problem has had powerful effects right here in Central Oregon.