Local Breweries Rally Around Deschutes Employee

Staff at Deschutes Brewery have rallied around a fellow employee who was recently diagnosed with cancer. Now other breweries and bars in Bend are joining in. On October 15, at 17 locations across Bend, there will be a Cranking for Colby – Community Pint Night where $1 from each beer purchased will go toward Colby’s medical expenses.

New Start Times for Bend-La Pine Schools

Bend-La Pine Schools Announce New Start Times for 2019-2020

On Tuesday night district officials announced new start times for the 2019-20 school year. The new times mean elementary students will have to be at school an hour earlier, while middle and high school students will have an extra hour to sleep in.

While the district hopes the new times will be good for students, the community is divided over the change. Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan has more.

Madras Shelter Takes in Animals Seized from Crooked River Ranch

Three Rivers Humane Society has taken in animals that were seized from a Crooked River Ranch property last week by Jefferson County Sheriff‘s deputies. The 6 dogs, 4 kittens, 2 snakes, 4 mice and 38 fish are now all under the care of the Humane Society in Madras. They animals will remain in the care of the Humane Society pending an on-going investigation.
Central Oregon Daily’s Allison Roecker has more.

Bend-La Pine Schools Announce New Start Times

Bend-La Pine School District is changing school start times beginning at the 2019-2020 school year at all levels. Elementary school hours will be from approximately 8:00 to 2:30 PM and middle and high school hours will be from approximately 8:45 AM to 3:45 PM.

The change comes after nearly two years of discussion about the costs and benefits of starting later. The Bend-La Pine district has now joined districts across the country and right here in Oregon that have pushed back start times due to recent studies suggesting it could promote graduation rates to allow that extra hour of sleep, especially for high schoolers.

Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan has more.

Wickiup Pickiup

Volunteers Clean Up Garbage Exposed by Low Water Levels
 
Water levels at Wickiup Reservoir are at an all time low, and while concerns swirl about water usage, the low water levels exposed a new problem – garbage. Central Oregon Daily’s Allison Roecker was out at the reservoir this weekend where volunteers cleaned up hundreds of pounds of garbage.

Summit Student Balances Football and National Guard

He was out for the first three games of the season but Jeremiah McCray is back on the field at Summit High School, just in time for homecoming. However the senior defensive end has been busy for good reason, he was at basic training in Georgia as part of the National Guard.
 
Central Oregon Daily’s Eric Lindstrom is live from the field at Summit High with more on the story.

Bend Woman Gets 4 Days in Jail in Road Rage Case

She first made headlines as the alleged victim of a road rage case, but today Megan Lea Stackhouse was sentenced to four days in jail for a different road rage incident. Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan was in court today and has more on the story.

Bend Man Takes on ‘Who Wants to Be a Millionaire’

Bend firefighter, Bret Kimple, is a contestant on the popular game show, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire and Central Oregon Daily’s Allison Roecker caught up with him before the airing of his show. You can catch the episode on KOHD-ABC Thursday at 5:30 p.m., before Central Oregon Daily.

New Marijuana Enforcement Officer Busts Illegal Grow

Just three months ago, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s office added a new officer to their ranks to assist the Central Oregon drug enforcement team, with a focus on illegal marijuana operations in Deschutes County.

The new proactive marijuana enforcement officer focuses on the illegal manufacture, processing, sale and exportation of marijuana, as well as performing regular compliance checks. It’s a position sheriff Shane Nelson has long advocated for.

The new detective is paying dividends already with a recent bust of an illegal grow in southeast Bend. In addition to the 93 mature marijuana plants found, 55 immature plants, nearly 6 pounds of dried marijuana and 5 pounds of butane honey oil product were also seized at the home.

The proactive marijuana enforcement officer position, as well as the two new positions at the Bend Police Department, is fully funded by the Deschutes County Board of Commissioners using funds from the county’s marijuana tax collections.

Gubernatorial Debate: Local Teen Asks Questions of Candidates

In tonight’s Debate for Oregon’s future the three candidates for governor will be answering questions from students across Oregon. One of those students is a Prineville resident and Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan caught up with her before she heads out to Portland for tonight’s debate.