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.

Election 2018

Democratic Nominee For Key State Representative Seat Fights Back Against Latest Round of Allegations

The Democratic nominee for State House District 54 is fighting back against the latest allegations against him after a Bend woman accused him of groping her six years ago in an interview with an OPB reporter.
In the interview and a in a post on her Facebook page on Friday, Moey Newbold, The Director is Urban Planning at Central Oregon Landwatch, described an incident that she says happened six years ago during which Dr. Nathan Boddie allegedly reached down Newbold’s pants at a bar and touched her butt cheek.
Her story was corroborated by friends who told OPB reporter, Ericka Cruz Guevarra, that Newbold had told them about the groping after the alleged incident occurred.

On Saturday morning, Boddie, who is also a Bend City Councilor, released a statement in which he denied the allegations, maintained that he had been friends with Newbold for years and had maintained a professional relationship in her work with Central Oregon Landwatch, but also pointed to alleged issues she had had with substance abuse in the past, and insinuated that that may be clouding her memories of the past.
In response to Boddie’s statement, Newbold told Central Oregon Daily that she stands by everything she said in her OPB interview, saying Boddie’s claims about her are “character assassination” and “bullying”.
Boddie also pointed to the efforts of Future PAC, a fundraising arm of the House Democrats, which has also raised allegations about Boddie in recent weeks without furnishing any details or names of accusers.
Last week, Boddie told Central Oregon Daily he had had a disagreement with Future PAC over their fundraising efforts among his friends and acquaintances in Bend, and that they stopped all contact with each other until the political action committee issued a press release about the mysterious allegations which led to several lawmakers and organizations to withdraw their support of Boddie.
Future PAC denies Boddie’s allegations of a disagreement over fundraising.

The Deschutes Democrats and Indivisible Bend had maintained their support of Boddie in the last two weeks, because of the lack of “specifics” in the allegations made by Future PAC, but after Newbold’s allegations were made public on Friday, both of those groups also withdrew their support.

On Friday, Newbold said she decided to come forward after so many years, because of the allegations made by Future PAC, and because she felt Boddie should step aside to allow another progressive candidate to talk on the Republican opponent in the House District 54 race, Cheri Helt.

Boddie is maintaining his innocence and is refusing to withdraw as the Democratic nominee.
The race for House District 54 is a key contest , because Democrats only need to gain one seat to achieve a supermajority in the chamber.

Republicans Knute Buehler and Jason Conger have held the seat in recent years, but the number of registered Democrats now outnumbers the number of registered Republicans in the Bend district, so when Buehler vacated the seat to run for Governor, Democrats saw an opportunity to flip the district in their favor.
The full statements from Moey Newbold and Dr. Nathan Boddie are included below.

Here is the full statement posted by Moey Newbold on her Facebook page on Friday afternoon:

“This week I told my #MeToo story to a reporter. I felt that it was the right thing to do for my community that I care so much about. This was an incredibly hard decision that I wish I never had to make. The incident occurred 5 and a half years ago when I was 23 years old and I have tried my best to move past it and focus on doing what I have always wanted to do which is to do my job and advocate for important issues for Bend and Central Oregon.
Recently, allegations regarding Nathan Boddie’s inappropriate behavior have been in the media because the statewide Democrat organizations withdrew their support for his campaign. I did not make those allegations nor do I know anything about them or the person(s) who made them. However, now that I have seen the insensitive, hurtful, and lie-filled response from the Boddie campaign, I decided that it was time for me to come forward with my story about him because I am concerned for the well-being of the initial accuser(s). I know how incredibly difficult it is to choose to put yourself in this uncomfortable and horrific spotlight and it sickens me that those people are being pressured to come forward publicly and/or intimidated into silence.

I understand that many people have wanted to know more details before deciding for themselves whether to withdraw their own support for someone who has been a progressive champion on many issues. The last thing I would ever want to do is to fracture our local progressive community, but unfortunately the person who many of us thought was our advocate has already done that.

What we need now is for the healing to begin – I hope everyone will consider the larger system that perpetuates the empowerment of the abuser and the silence of the victim. I hope that Nathan Boddie will do the right thing for our community by stepping down so that a qualified progressive candidate can run in his place. Lastly, I know that the next few weeks or months will be very tough for me as people dissect a moment in my life that I have tried to forget, but I will take strength from your support and friendships. Thank you.”

Here is the full statement released by Dr. Nathan Boddie on Saturday morning:

“Yesterday I learned about the latest in a series of strange developments surrounding my race to represent Bend in the legislature. The individual making recent allegations is a friend and someone with whom I have had a great professional relationship for several years. Alice and I sincerely hope that whatever Ms. Newbold has asserted never happened to her and we hope something like that never happens to anyone. It’s not something I was ever around or with which I was ever involved, and I don’t think I’ve ever been alone with her at all. I hold Ms. Newbold in the highest regard and she is helping lead Bend into the future I know we all envision. She’s recently become involved with local government, urban planning, transportation, and many of the dynamic issues Bend faces today.

I met Moey some years ago when she was suffering from a number of medical challenges and although I never served as her physician, she suffered from problems related to substance use like so many other members of our community. On several occasions, Alice and I helped get her out of public while intoxicated and even while finding her unconscious at times. We can only hope that this assertion stems from something that happened during that trying period of her life and not from state organizations interfering with local politics particularly since she shares office space with local members of Future PAC. Our hearts and prayers go out to Ms. Newbold and we wish her our sincere support for her future.”

Here is the full statement released to Central Daily by Moey Newbold in Saturday afternoon in response to Dr. Boddie’s statement:

“Nathan Boddie’s recent statement about me is not true. It is character assassination. It’s sad that he has stooped to this level instead of taking responsibility for his actions. This type of bullying response reinforces why so many women (and men) don’t report assault and harassment. I stand by the interview I did with OPB.”

Since Newbold’s allegations became public, Boddie has seen a number of supporters walk back their support and many have called for him to drop out of the race.

The Deschutes Democrats had maintained their support of Boddie in recent weeks after non-specific allegations of sexist and homophobic remarks had been announced by Future PAC, a fundraising arm in Oregon for House Democrats, without details or names of accusers, but after a Bend woman named Moey Newbold told an OPB reporter about an alleged groping incident involving Boddie six years ago in a bar, the Deschutes Democrats withdrew their support of the candidate and asked that he leave the race.


In a Facebook post, the Deachutes Democrats say they will “hold a public meeting soon to discuss the matter. The procedure to remove or replace a candidate calls for a vote by our Elected Precinct Committee Persons.”

On Monday morning, Sally Russell, Bend’s current Mayor Pro Tem and candidate for Mayor in November, released a statement in which she called for Dr. Nathan Boddie to not only withdraw from the race for State House District 54 but also resign from the Bend City Council in the wake of new allegations against Boddie from a Bend woman who says he groped her at a bar in Bend six years ago.
Here is Sally Russell’s full statement:

“I strongly urge Nathan Boddie to step away from his bid for Oregon House District 54 and resign from the Bend City Council.

The allegations against Dr. Boddie, and his failure to address these issues, are highly disturbing. Sexual harassment must never be tolerated or accepted anywhere.

The recent personal accounts related by Moey Newbold make clear that Dr. Boddie can no longer remain an effective City Councilor representing Bend, or an effective candidate for HD 54. His effort to impune Ms. Newbold’s character instead of acknowledging his actions is unconscionable, and I applaud her bravery in coming forward with her story. As elected officials, it is our responsibility to encourage an open and transparent dialog regarding an issue like this. Instead, Dr. Boddie has worked to obscure the truth and has shown only defensive excuses in the face of facts. Our community deserves better.

We on City Council must and will work to ensure that the City of Bend has a process in place to deal with complaints of this nature. This month I will be introducing a new policy to require mandatory harassment trainings for all city elected and appointed positions.

With something this serious, it will be difficult for Dr. Boddie to effectively work with community leaders and his fellow councilors to serve our city. It’s time for Councilor Boddie to resign.”

The Deschutes County District Attorney John Hummel also released this statement on Monday, revoking his support for Boddie and also calling for him to step down:

“I previously supported Bend City Councilor Nathan Boddie’s campaign to represent District 54 in the Oregon House of Representatives. Due to his recent public statements about Moey Newbold and uncertainty about his past conduct in light of allegations made against him, I withdraw my support and urge others to do the same.

When Future PAC went public with vague allegations against Boddie and refused to release the details, I withheld judgment because I respect the presumption of innocence and was aware of no details that would permit me to make up my own mind as to the veracity of the claims. Future PAC handled this matter in a ham-handed fashion and should immediately release the details of the allegations against Boddie so that voters and the entire public can judge their significance for themselves. As a prosecutor, I know that the details matter in cases like this.

Moey Newbold’s allegation on the other hand was clear, detailed, and moving. I know Moey Newbold and find her to be credible and ethical. She does not seek financial gain as a result of her allegation nor is she in Boddie’s opponent’s camp. Rather, by making this allegation, she subjected herself to embarrassment and unwanted attention. I believe Moey Newbold.

Boddie’s public response to Newbold’s allegation was reprehensible and beneath the dignity of a sitting city councilor and candidate for future office. Boddie is entitled to publicly deny the allegation, though his doing so strains credulity. But to trash the reputation of his accuser by sharing with the public what Boddie claims to be Newbold’s medical condition is disgraceful, particularly in light of the fact that Boddie is a physician.

I stand with Moey Newbold and against Nathan Boddie. I withdraw my support of Boddie, and I urge him to withdraw from this race, resign from his city council seat, and reflect upon changes he needs to make in his life to win back the support he used to enjoy in our community.”

Preview: Road to Redemption

New Documentary on La Pine High Baseball Team Debuts on July 4th

Tune in on Wednesday, July 4th, when Central Oregon Daily debuts a new 30-minute documentary called “Road to Redemption”, a six-month journey with La Pine High School student-athletes who turned a devastating loss in the football playoffs to an inspiring run for the state title in baseball.

Here’s a preview of this Special Edition of Central Oregon Daily airing on July 4th at 3pm, 3:30pm and 6pm on KOHD-ABC and 7pm on KBNZ-CBS.

Mysterious Allegations Hurt Boddie Campaign

Unspecified Accusations Shake Up for the Race for Bend’s State Representative Seat
 
Speculation continues to swirl around a key state legislative race after a press release triggered a political scandal earlier this week, involving Bend city councilor Nathan Boddie, who is now running for the state House District 54 seat being vacated by Gubernatorial candidate, Dr. Knute Buehler.
Central Oregon Daily’s Curtis Vogel has details.

Oregon Senator Denied Entry to Immigration Facility

Denial Prompts Questions About Immigration Detention Centers
 
Oregon Democratic Senator Jeff Merkley tried to visit an immigration detention facility in Texas over the weekend. However he was denied access to the building, which prompted the Senator to question what is going on behind the closed doors of immigration detention facilities, some of which house children that have been seperated from their families.
 
Central Oregon Daily’s Curtis Vogel has a closer look at what happened on the Senator’s trip to Texas.

Election 2018: Early Primary Results

RESULTS AS OF 9:12 PM, TUESDAY, MAY 15

GOVERNOR – REPUBLICAN
(134,247 votes counted)

Buehler – 49.84%
Carpenter – 27.52%
Wooldridge – 17.07%

U.S. HOUSE DISTRICT 2 – DEMOCRAT
(22,029 votes counted)

McLeod-Skinner 44.59%
Jenni Nearing 22.39%
Jim Crary 10.97%

STATE HOUSE DISTRICT 53 – REPUBLICAN

Jack Zika 54.43%
Ben Schimmoller 45.23%

STATE HOUSE DISTRICT 53 – DEMOCRAT

Eileen Kiely 71.77%
Bill Trumble 26.87%

DESCHUTES COUNTY COMMISSION POSITION 1
(6,433 votes counted)

Tony Debone – 72.07%
Ed Barbeau – 27.50%

DESCHUTES COUNTY COMMISSION POSITION 3
(6,646 votes counted)

Patti Adair – 51.85%
Tammy Baney – 47.97%

Lost Toddler Placed in State Custody

Bradley Michael Thomas, the toddler who was found in the woods south of Bend on Thursday morning, is now officially in the custody of the state after being removed from his parents following the arrest of the baby’s father.

One-year-old Bradley was miraculously found unharmed Thursday afternoon after he’d been missing for nearly six hours along China Hat Road in Bend.

According to Deschutes County Sheriff Shane Nelson, Bradley was located alone and naked nearly a mile northeast of the vehicle the toddler was living in with his parents. The detective who found Bradley took him in an ambulance to St. Charles Hospital, where the child stayed until this afternoon.

The Sheriff’s Office said Friday that Bradley is doing well and is currently in the care of the Department of Human Services.

The Central Oregon community quickly came together following news of Bradley’s disappearance and has continued the outpouring of support for the toddler. Due to this outpouring the Sheriff’s Office is now accepting donations of clothing and other items to give to Bradley until he has a permanent home.

Bradley’s father, 25-year-old Brandon Blouin, was placed under arrest and charged with criminal mistreatment, neglect, endangering the welfare of a minor and an assault charge police say is associated with an injury Bradley likely received prior to going missing while in his parents’ care.

Blouin has a long history of run-ins with the law across multiple state lines and, according to Bradley’s extended family, a history of abuse towards Bradley’s mother Katelin.

Bradley’s maternal grandmother and aunt, who live in West Virginia, have been searching for Bradley for months. Bradley’s grandmother Mellisa Jordan said she was granted full custody of Bradley in March, but in early February Katelin requested a play date with Bradley and never returned.

The family heard nothing of Bradley’s whereabouts for three months, and while they haven’t been able to see Bradley, Jordan did hear from Blouin on Friday when they were both dialed in to a custody hearing at the Deschutes County Courthouse.

Jordan said Blouin sounded distressed, just as he did on Thursday after Bradley’s rescue, however Jordan said this show of emotion is nothing but manipulation.

The family hopes to be reunited with little Bradley soon, but for now he will be put in foster care.

Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office and Redmond Police are accepting donations for Bradley while he is in state custody. They said they are in need of any clothing size 18 months, shoes size 6 to 7, and size 7 diapers.

OSU-Cascades’ Annual State of the University

OSU President in Bend to Deliver Annual Address

The president of Oregon State University was in Bend on Monday to give his annual ‘State of the University Address,’ and Central Oregon Daily’s Curtis Vogel joined us from the Riverhouse where he talked with President Ed Ray before the speech.

After feeling like they dodged a financial bullet from Salem, the staff and administrators of OSU-Cascades are looking ahead to the construction of a second academic building on the Bend campus.

Veteran Travels Around the U.S. to Raise Awareness About PTSD

A veteran from Ohio is passing through Bend on a mission to raise awareness for PTSD and veteran suicide.

Eli Smith is hoping to hike and bike his way to all four corners of the United States in honor of friends he lost to suicide and to help other veterans struggling with depression and other symptoms of PTSD. 

Smith started in Florida in November 2016 and walked his way to San Diego, where the U.S./Mexico border meets the Pacific Ocean, and to Cape Flattery on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula – two of the four corners of the lower 48 U.S. states. After taking a break to avoid winter weather, heal from some knee and back injuries, and to see his family, Smith is back on the road, this time traveling by bike.

After picking up his bike in Las Vegas, Smith is biking back to Seattle where he will pick up his trail and start heading east through Washington and Idaho – aiming for the northeastern corner of the U.S. at the Quoddy Lighthouse in Maine. Along the way Smith will continue to meet with local veterans and veteran organizations. He hopes to help communities talk about how they can help their local veterans and help struggling veterans find the resources they need close to home.

You can follow Smith’s journey on Instagram @4cornershike, on Facebook at Eli Smith 4CornersHike or head to his website at www.4cornershike.org to donate to his trip. 

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.