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.

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.

Election 2018: Republicans Gear Up for Primary Race

A Closer Look at the Republican Gubernatorial Primary Race

The primary elections are a little more than two weeks away and the Secretary of State has mailed out the ballots to all registered voters across the state.
Central Oregon Daily’s Curtis Vogel joins us with a look at one of the most hotly-contested races going into the final stretch.

Pro-Gun Ordinance Proposed to Combat I.P. 43

Supporters of the second amendment are trying to fight fire with fire by starting a new initiative that would nullify two propositions aimed at making the sale of semi-automatic weapons and large-capacity magazines illegal in Oregon.

For the past two weekends supporters of the Second Amendment have organized rallies; first in the capitols of all 50 states and then at various locations around Oregon, to draw attention to, and demonstration their opposition against Initiative Petition 43.

On Saturday a group called “Ladies of Lead” helped organize a rally outside Redmond city hall and about 400 supporters showed up to listen to speakers, which included several republican candidates for office in next month’s primary.

I.P. 43 would prohibit the future sale or transfer of semiautomatic rifles and large-capacity magazines and any firearms or ammunition owned at the time that the act becomes effective would have to be registered with state, sold out of state, permanently disabled or given to law enforcement for disposal.

In addition to their opposition of I.P. 43, four Redmond residents have also presented an initiative called the Deschutes County Second Amendment Preservation Ordinance, which would give the sheriff the choice of whether to enforce any local, state or federal gun laws based on whether they are deemed unconstitutional.

Similar Initiatives have presented in other counties across Oregon in an effort to combat the possible adoption of I.P. 43.

Supporters of the ordinance must collect more than 4,000 signatures by August 6 to get it placed as a measure on the November ballot.