Oregon Senate Passes Rent Control Bill

Oregon is facing a housing crisis and lawmakers are scrambling to try and find solutions. One bill that could help was approved by the Oregon State Senate on Tuesday. The bill enhances protections for tenants and prohibits landlords from implementing high rent increases. SB 608 is now heading to the Oregon State House where it is also expected to pass. If passed it would be the country’s first state-wide rent control measure.

Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan has more on how the bill could affect tenants and landlords across the state.

Safety Concerns for Highway 97

A fatal crash last week left one woman dead after succumbing to her injuries, and caused extensive delays since the highway was shut down as crews investigated and cleared the scene. Crashes like this aren’t uncommon on this stretch of highway, an issue that has prompted the Oregon Department of Transportation to push for some safety improvements for the corridor between Redmond and Bend, but budget restrictions are proving an issue for the sweeping changes that are likely needed.

Central Oregon Daily’s Allison Roecker spoke with ODOT officials and residents to see what kind of changes could be in store for Highway 97.

No Foul Play Suspected in Death of Retired Firefighter

The Bend Police Department is still investigating the events that lead to the death of retired firefighter John Love, but police do not suspect any criminal activity or foul play.

Love’s snow-covered body was discovered Monday afternoon with the help of a K-9 team. At that time Love had been missing for nearly five days.

He was found in area of Cooley Rd. and NE 18th St and found a deceased male within a large hole in a construction area.

Bend PD investigators are working with the Deschutes County District Attorney’s Office and the Medical Examiner’s Office to determine the cause of death.

Love was reported missing on February 9th by a family member. An investigation into his disappearance found that Love had not been seen since February 6th, when a cab driver dropped him off at his residence on St. Cloud Ct. between 2:30 and 3:30 a.m.

Body of Missing Firefighter Found

Around 2 p.m. Monday searchers with Deschutes County Search and Rescue and personnel from the Deschutes Conuy Sheriff’s Office assisted Bend Police Department in the search for missing firefighter John Love.

Around 4:30 p.m. two K-9 teams were searching the area of Cooley Rd. and NE 18th St and found a deceased male within a large hole in a construction area.

Bend PD reported that the male was mostly covered with snow and investigators identified the male as the missing Love.

Bend PD investigators are working with the Deschutes County District Attorney’s Office and the Medical Examiner’s Office to determine the cause of death.

Love was reported missing on February 9th by a family member. An investigation into his disappearance found that Love had not been seen since February 6th, when a cab driver dropped him off at his residence on St. Cloud Ct. between 2:30 and 3:30 a.m.

Proposed Bill Could Bar Zoning for Single Family Homes

Today in Salem the House Committee on Human Services and Housing held its first hearing on HB-2001. The bill would allow for what is called “middle housing” on land currently zoned for single family homes. Middle housing is those housing types that fall between single family housing and large scale apartment complexes.
 
Central Oregon Daily’s Curtis Vogel has more on the bill and what communities it could affect.

Origin Story: Sisters Coffee Company

Every week we meet a Central Oregonian who turned their passion into a new creation or career path. In this week’s Origin Story, Central Oregon Daily’s Allison Roecker introduces us to the family behind the iconic Sisters Coffee Company, a family owned business that traces its roots from Oregon to Alaska and back again.

And thanks to BendBroadband for giving us the time and resources to tell the stories of Central Oregonians who have turned their passion into a profession, with a new edition of Origin Story every Monday on Central Oregon Daily News at Five.

Source on the Scene: Bend A Cappella Festival

It’s Friday, and that means it’s time for “Source on the Scene”, sponsored by Indian Head Casino. This week Central Oregon Daily’s Allison Roecker takes us to the Tower Theatre where A Cappella group Naturally 7 will be judging an A Capella sign-off at Bend’s annual A Cappella Festival
For all the latest arts and cultural listings, pick up the latest issue of The Source Weeklyor go to their website at www.bendsource.com
And thanks to our “Source on the Scene” sponsor, Indian Head Casino, for giving us the time and resources to show you some of the best events and entertainment that our region has to offer every Friday night on Central Oregon Daily.

Bend Woman Found Guilty of Manslaughter in Death of Cyclist

Bend resident Shantel Witt has been found guilty of manslaughter, among other charges, related to the death of cyclist and local dentist Marika Stone in December 2017.

After a two week trial, Deschutes County Circuit Court Judge Micheal Adler announced his verdict on Friday morning in front of a packed courtroom. Witt was found guilty on all counts, including manslaughter in the first degree, two counts of recklessly endangering another human, driving under the influence of intoxicants and possession of a schedule four controlled substance.

Witt had also previously pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of Oxycodone.

Witt’s sentencing hearing is scheduled for February 19th.

Local School Tries to Curb Vaping Trend

Vaping among young adults and children is on the rise nationally and Central Oregon school aren’t immune from the issue. With teachers and health professional concerned about the potential health risks, communities having been trying to find way to curb the trend.

In Central Oregon, La Pine High School is spear heading a program that educated parents, community members and students about vaping, vape products and the potential health risks that could accompany them. The first meeting for the community was held Thursday night but school officials have said their doors are always open if parents or community members have questions.

Central Oregon Daily’s Cydney McFarland has more.