Childcare Shortage

How New State Regulations Could Affect Local Providers

Parents looking for a licensed childcare facility are encountering wait lists that are months and sometimes years long.

Now, the state is considering changes to the regulation of the child care industry and Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan looks at how those changes could affect the shortage of those licensed facilities in our region.

Where’s Walden?: Protesters Call For Town Hall

Protesters Call For Walden Town Hall

While Congressman Greg Walden was in Central Oregon this weekend for a barbeque to honor area veterans, a caravan of protesters were in Bend calling for Walden to host a town hall.

Walden hasn’t hosted a town hall in 500 days and has not responded to his opponent’s calls for a debate before the election. Democratic candidate Jamie McLeod-Skinner has a debate planned for this Friday in Medford and has invited Walden to attend.

Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan talked to Walden on Saturday to get his response to his critics.

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.

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.

National Guard Trained for Fire Fighting Efforts

In the wake of fires burning throughout Oregon, Governor Kate Brown invoked the emergency conflagration act, authorizing the State Fire Marshal to mobilize resources to assist local resources battling the fire.

With those resources running slim, the Oregon National Guard has stepped in and trained over 400 citizen-soldiers and citizen-airmen to serve as wildland firefighters.

Central Oregon Daily’s Warren Shultz has the story.

South Valley Fire

Residents in Dufur Threatened by Third Fire in Three Weeks

About 150 firefighters from around the state, as well as 150 local personnel, have responded to the rapidly growing South Valley Fire, which grew to more than 15,000 acres overnight. Crews worked overnight to build a fire line, and the fire is reported to be about five percent contained.

The Fire Marshal’s Office says at least 400 people are under the level 3 evacuation orders and at least 80 to 100 homes are threatened.

The Oregon Department of Transportation closed Highway 197 from milepost 14 to milepost 34 overnight while firefighters worked to control the flames. The highway has been re-opened in both directions and ODOT crews will continue to monitor fire activity in the area.

Officials say the fire is fueled by ponderosa pine, oak and wheat. Those dry fuels and steady winds over 45 miles per hour pushed the fire southeast.

The fire marshal’s office is currently investigating the fire as human-caused.

Local Boxer Falls Short of National Title

Kevin Ochoa-Limbeck stepped into the ring in his first attempt to win the Junior National Golden Gloves Championship in Mesquite, Nevada over the weekend. After two days of fighting the 13-year-old Redmond resident made it to the final round, but fell short of winning the title. Ochoa-Limbeck lost to Ariel Semano from Arizona. Ochoa-Limbeck will be back in the ring for the U.S. Championship in December.

Substation Fire Update

Over 200 firefighters from 73 Oregon fire agencies continue to battle the Substation Fire that has ripped across Wasco and Sherman counties. Dry conditions and high winds have made fighting the fire difficult despite air support. Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan has more on the on going fire fighting efforts.

Longer Wait Times Expected at Redmond Airport

Redmond Airport is asking anyone flying between Wednesday and Friday to arrive at least two hours prior to departure time to clear the TSA screening process due to a temporary x-ray machine outage.

Security manager Nicole Jurgensen said the broken machine means TSA is down to just one line for security screening and it could lead to passengers experiencing wait times of up to 45 minutes until it’s fixed.

To accommodate for the potential back up, airline ticket counters will open at 3:15 a.m. with passenger screening beginning at 3:30 a.m. for the rest of the week.

While this week’s longer wait times may be due to malfunctioning equipment, Redmond Airport officials say they’ve seen more passengers and longer wait times before now.

With the newest addition of the 737 Seattle flight and future construction taking place next year to expand the airport’s air carrier ramp, Redmond Airport’s growth is showing no signs of slowing down. That means those longer lines could eventually be here to stay.