Trump’s New Plan for Opioid Epidemic

President Donald Trump unveiled his plan for fighting the nation’s opioid epidemic today. Parts of the plan have already received plenty of criticism, specifically a proposal for the death penalty to be applied to drug traffickers.

First Lady Melania Trump introduced the President in New Hampshire, a state then candidate Trump described as a “drug infested den,” but it was here that Trump announced his new plan.

The president’s initiative is getting the most attention for its crackdown on drug traffickers.
“If we don’t get tough on the drug dealers we are wasting our time,” said Trump, “and that toughness includes the death penalty.”

Trump also repeated his demand for a wall on the US/Mexican border, saying it will stop the flow of illegal drugs into the U.S.

The White House is also taking aim at the health care industry and looking to stop the over-prescription of powerful and addictive painkillers. The White House’s goal is to reduce opioid prescriptions by a third within three years.

Trump invited Jim and Jeanne Moser to share the story of their sun, who died after battling an addiction that started with a prescription painkiller.

“He got hooked on it and had to go to the street eventually and found fentanyl,” said Jeanne Moser.
Trump’s plan also called for expanding the access to treatment for those already struggling with addiction.

The latest figured from 2016 show that opioids killed more than 42,000 people in the U.S.

To help counter this Trump is also declaring the need for a nationwide public relations effort to convince Americans, particularly children, to not start using drugs.

The White House announced a new website,, that warns of the dangers of opioids, including fentanyl. Trump also called for broadcasting “great commercials” during “the right shows” that demonstrate to children “how bad” drugs are.

Parents Look for Upgrades in School Safety

Since the shootings in Parkland last month, the discussion surrounding school safety has been led by the surviving students and their peers across the country, but it’s not just the students who are joining the conversation.

Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan sat down with a local parent who’s voicing her concerns about the safety of students in Bend, and what she’s hoping Bend-La Pine Schools will do to address them.

Lisa Carton also sits down with Bend-La Pine School District’s Deputy Superintendent Jay Mathisen to see how the district is reacting to these requests from students and parents.

Bend Students Plan to Walkout

Bend Teenagers Organizing a Wednesday Walkout to Pay Tribute to Parkland High School Shooting Victims

Wednesday has been declared “National Walkout Day” by students across the country who want to pay tribute to the 17 victims of the Parkland, Florida High School shootings by walking out of their classrooms for 17 minutes on the one-month anniversary of the tragedy.

How to Assess School Threats

Deschutes County District Attorney Talks About Challenges of Preventing Crimes Before they Happen

It’s been a tumultuois year for students across Bend. La-Pine schools, with multiple threats investigated during the last six months. Currently, there are no specific state laws classified as felonies that address those that make actual threats before they carry them out.

Bend La-Pine School Superintendent Shay Mikalson issued a call to action after the threats made in February. Mikalson, as well as Deschutes County District Attorney John Hummel, also backed a proposal from state senator Tim Knopp which would’ve made threats of violence a felony.

That proposal was shot down due to concerned over concerns that it infringed on freedom of speech.

Right now, prosecutors in Oregon can only consider menacing, disorderly conduct and harassment charges in order to prosecute individuals who make threats and that only allows misdemeanor charges. Next year in Salem, the hope is to finally create a law that addresses those that make threats before they carry them out.

Central Oregon Daily’s Lisa Carton sat down with Hummel to talk about the challenges he and law enforcement face to try to assess those threats.

New Gun Sale Policies Challenged by Oregon Man

Oregon Man Becomes First In Country to File Lawsuit Against Large Retailers Over Raising of Minimum Age

A 20-year-old Oregon man filed age discrimination lawsuits against Walmart and Dick’s Sporting Goods on Monday, claiming that the retailers refused to sell him rifles because he was under 21.

Tyler Watson, of Gold Hill, Oregon claims in both lawsuits that the stores discriminated against his age by refusing the sales.

In the complaint filed against Walmart in Josephine County, Watson claims Walmart “has committed illegal age discrimination” according to Oregon state law. In a similar complaint filed against Dick’s in Jackson County, Watson claims he was refused the sale of a .22 rifle.

On Feb. 28, both retailers issued a press release stating that they would no longer sell firearms to people under 21. Those announcements came two weeks after the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida where 17 students and faculty were gunned down by a former student who legally purchased the rifle used in the shooting.

Both lawsuits are seeking punitive damages, as well as attorney fees.

Dick’s Sporting Goods New Gun Policy

A Ban on the Sale of Assault Rifles

DICK’S Sporting Goods, one of the largest retailers of it’s kind in the United States, is taking new steps to curtail the sale of firearms. Dick’s CEO said on Wednesday that the company was immediately ending sales of all assault-style rifles in its stores. 
The CEO also also said the company would no longer sell high-capacity magazines or sell any firearm to anyone under 21 years of age.
Meanwhile, today Walmart officials also announced changes to their gun policies, saying they’ll no longer sell guns or ammunition to anyone under 21.

See Something, Say Something

Students and parents all over the country are feeling the impact of the Florida school shooting and asking what is being done to protect them from another potential school shooting.

Central Oregon Daily’s Austin Reed joined us in the studio to look at what local officials and law enforcement are doing to remain vigilant in today’s climate.

The Bend-La Pine school district, along others in our area like Redmond, Prineville and Madras also take part in the statewide “safeoregon” public safety program.
Kids and teens are encouraged to use the app “safeoregon” to report bullying and school safety incidents.

Bend Olympians

Four Bend Locals are Going for Gold in PyeongChang

Bend natives Laurenne Ross, Tommy Ford and Ben Ferguson will all be representing the United States in this year’s Olympic Games. Ross and Ford will both be competing in Alpine Skiing while Ferguson will be competing in the snowboard halfpipe. Also from Bend and competing in the snowboard halfpipe is Kent Callister, but with duel citizenship Callister will be representing Australia.

Redmond Boxer Wins Silver Gloves Championship

13-year-old Redmond boxer Kevin Ochoa-Limbeck had lost close decisions in the finals of the last two silver gloves championships, but the third time was the charm.

Central Oregon Daily’s Eric Lindstrom shows us how the Redmond boxer won a national title in Missouri over the weekend.
Kevin got a welcome home celebration fit for a champion on Sunday afternoon. 75 friends, family, and fans showed up at Redmond airport to congratulate Kevin on his national title when he arrived back home from Missouri. Kevin says he hopes to fight for the U.S Olympic boxing team in the future.

Stock Market Takes a Dive

It was a wild ride on Wall Street today with the Dow Jones Industrial average taking a nosedive, losing more than 1,175 points dropping below 25,000 for the first time since January 4th during a second straight day of sell-offs.

It was the worst single-day point drop the Dow has ever sustained and, coming on the heels of Friday’s 666-point loss, erased the Dow’s gains for the year.

By the end of the trading day the Dow had dropped 46 percent, more than 1,100 points, closing at 24,345.

Troy Reinhart of Northwest Quadrant Wealth Management said that while these fluctuations can be scary, market pullbacks prevent stocks from overheating and gives investors who were stuck on the sideline a chance to “get in”.

Despite the recent turmoil, the Dow remains up almost 40 percent since President Trump’s election and the official white house comment today was that “markets do fluctuate in the short term,” but stressed, that the fundamentals of the economy are strong.