Bend Community Steps Up to Help Injured Bend Boy on His Long Road to Recovery

Two weeks after a horrific car accident nearly killed 10-year-old Avryn Hayes, the Bend community is stepping up to help his family as Avryn begins his long road to recovery. Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan looks at fundraisers scheduled for this weekend.

The “Swing for Avryn” softball tournament, hosted by Buckwild Sports and BendBroadband, will take place on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., while “Fish for Avryn,” hosted by the Central Oregon Fishing Report, will begin at noon on Saturday. Both events will be held at Pine Nursery Park.

10 Barrel Brewing Company will also be holding a fundraiser for Avryn from open to close on Saturday.

Avryn’s mother, Asheley, also wanted to thank everyone for their prayers and encourage the ongoing support as Avryn continues on his long road to recovery.

NeighborImpact Food Drive Challenge Winner

A local nonprofit challenged students at four local high schools to gather as much food as possible for the Second Annual NeighborImpact Food Drive Challenge. On Wednesday night, they announced the winners on Central Oregon Daily.

Anyssa Bohanan joined us from the Pine Tavern with the announcement and La Pine High School won $2,000.

Pitch for a Purpose

On Tuesday night, five nonprofits competed $12,000 at the Leadership Bend Summit’s ‘Pitch for a Purpose‘ event.

After all five nonprofits gave their pitch, both the judges and audience members got to pick a winner. The audience winner was In Our Backyard, a nonprofit working to fight human trafficking though education and was awarded $2,500.

The judge’s grand prize winner was The Giving Plate, a local food bank which plans to use the $12,000 award to fund facility upgrades and their programs which focus on feeding local children.

Decision Day: Local Students Share Their College Plans

May 1st was decision day at Mountain View High School, a new way to celebrate the seniors who are moving on to colleges or universities this fall.

As Central Oregon Daily’s Allison Roecker reports, it was like an academic version of signing day for athletes.

Gov. Brown Calls for Special Session on Tax Break

We’re learning more about a tax break being proposed by Governor Kate Brown, and it’s the reason why she has called a special session for later this month on May 21st.
Central Oregon Daily’s Curtis Vogel has the details.

Last week, the Legislative Revenue Office (LRO) estimated that the proposed tax break would provide between 11 and 13 million dollars in tax breaks annually to about 12,000 businesses known as sole proprietors, or about four percent of the businesses in that category.

The LRO also found that more than 40 percent of the tax savings will go to sole proprietorship’s that make more than 500,000 dollars a year.

Under the current tax break proposal as it stands now, the tax rate on income from sole proprietorship’s would drop from nine percent to as low as seven percent.

Six New Corrections Deputies Sworn in at Jail

Six new corrections deputies have been sworn-in at the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office in an ongoing effort to bring the jail back up to full staffing. Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan had the chance to talk with some of the new deputies this week.

If you’re interested in applying for a position with the sheriff’s office, they say they are looking for individuals with high quality work ethic, unblemished character and excellent communication skills among others. You can check out their job opportunities and apply online at www.deschutes.org/ jobs.

Supper Club: The Importance of Prescribed Burns

Another prescribed burn happened near Sisters this week, which is the latest in a series of controlled burns that are designed to prevent larger wildfires later in the season.

For this week’s Supper Club, Lisa Carton sat down with three fire experts to talk about why these burns are so important to do right now, at this time of the year. The month of May is also wildfire awareness month in Oregon.

Thanks to Deschutes County Forester, Ed Keith, Project Wildfire Program Coordinator, Alison Green, and Alex Robertson of Central Oregon Fire Management Service, for joining us.

A special thanks to our Supper Club sponsors, Selco Community Credit Union, for giving us the time and resources to talk about the issues that impact our region every Tuesday night and Wednesday afternoon on Central Oregon Daily.

Origin Story: She Moves Mountains

Reaching New Heights  

Rock climbing is essential to our Central Oregon lifestyle, but in a male-dominated sport, a group of women, led by Lizzy VanPatten, have started a revolution to get more women climbing with She Moves Mountains

Every Sunday on Central Oregon Daily’s newest feature, Origin Story, Allison Roecker introduces us to a passionate person who is making their dreams come true.

Wooldridge’s Run for Governor

When the race for the republican nomination for governor started late last year it looked like the two candidates from Bend, former state representative Dr. Knute Buehler and Bend businessman Sam Carpenter, would be the key players in the statewide campaign. However, one of the other eight candidates in the race has made a name for himself in the past few months after winning the straw poll at the Dorchester Conference and coming in second in the Washington County straw poll.

Central Oregon Daily’s Curtis Vogel sat down with retired navy captain Greg Wooldridge, a three-time leader of the Blue Angels who now makes a living as a motivational speaker, but says some members of Oregon’s republican party recruited him to jump into the race.

Check out Central Oregon Daily’s interviews with candidates Knute Buehler and Sam Carpenter, and see more election coverage by clicking Election 2018 under the News tab.

Hundreds of Trees to be Cut Down Along Highway 20

An effort to clear Highway 20 of weeds and shrubbery along the roadway ended up having unintended consequences, and now, several hundred ponderosa pine trees are scheduled to be taken down north of Sisters in the fall. Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan has the story.

The Forest Service is taking public comments on the tree removal project. You can make a comment via e-mail to the forest service or you can talk to the Sisters Ranger District’s environmental planner at 541-549-7735. Comments will be taken for the next 30 days.