Deschutes County Sheriff Talks IP 43

Deschutes County Sheriff Shane Nelson is taking a stand against a gun control proposal that could end up on the November ballot in Oregon.
Initiative Petition 43 has been filed with the Secretary of State’s office, and supporters are trying to get the signatures needed to get it on the ballot.
Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan sat down with Sheriff Nelson on Monday to ask him about his public opposition to IP 43.

The Sheriff added that, while he doesn’t weigh in on every issue, he commented on the initiative because citizens asked for his opinion on the matter. 

With the initiative quickly becoming a topic of discussion, he decided it was time to make a public statement.

Origin Story: A Passion for Baking

Can you imagine finding your calling at age seven? Shelbi Blok did just that, and mapped out her bakery dreams with just a crayon and her imagination. In this week’s Origin Story, Allison Roecker introduces us to the owner of Bend’s newest Late-Night Dessert Bar, Too Sweet Cakes.

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

The Search for Sara Continues

It’s been nearly two months since Bend resident Sara Gomez was last seen, and even though the prime suspect in her disappearance is now dead, Sara’s family and friends continue to look for her.

Central Oregon Daily’s Austin Reed has been following this case from the beginning and caught up with the family today as they get ready for another search this weekend.

Bend police detectives are also still taking tips and hope to come up with any new clues in the case.

Sheriff Nelson Speaks Out Against Assault Weapons Ban

Deschutes County Sheriff Shane Nelson spoke out against a proposed gun control measure that could be on the November ballot in Oregon this year.

The organizers behind Initiative Petition 43 met the original deadline of 1,000 signatures by last month, but they will need more than 88,000 valid signatures by July 6th to put the measure on the November ballot.

I.P. 43 is a measure that proposes restrictions on the sale, production and ownership of assault weapons and high capacity magazines. If the measure makes it on the ballot and is passed by voters in November, Oregon residents who currently own an assault weapon would be required to either register the gun with the state, sell it to a registered gun dealer, remove the gun from the state, render the gun inoperable or hand it over to law enforcement.

Under I.P. 43 an assault weapon would be any semi-automatic rifles or pistol with a detachable magazine, semi-automatic shotguns with grip and stock modifications and semi-automatic rifles under 30 inches in length. High capacity magazines are defined as any feeding device that holds more than ten rounds.

The petition was started after the mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida and has gained support from local activists and organizers of the ‘March for Our Lives.’

The petition has sparked push back from gun advocates across the state and on Friday, Deschutes County Sheriff Shane Nelson posted this statement to his Facebook page:

“As your Sheriff, I took an oath to support the Constitution of the United States of America and the State of Oregon. In addition to this, I swore to perform the duties of Deschutes County Sheriff to the best of my ability. I support and defend the Second Amendment and oppose IP 43.

I serve the 190,000 citizens of our great county and am charged with public safety. Our office has issued over 14,000 concealed handgun licenses and I firmly believe that every responsible and accountable law abiding citizen who wants to legally own a firearm should do so. Firearms have their lawful place in society and are an important tool in personal protection and ensuring public safety in our county.

I understand the concerns of school violence across the country and the role law enforcement plays. Oregon has a number of laws on the books regarding background checks and age restrictions related to the purchase of a firearm. These laws prohibit the sale of firearms to convicted felons, those convicted of misdemeanor crimes involving violence, those adjudicated as mentally ill, those who have been committed as the result of a Mental Commitment Hearing, those with an active felony warrant, active out of state misdemeanor warrant and those on pretrial release for a felony.

Our office continues to take all threats seriously, and we appropriately vet them in partnership with our DA’s Office, mental health professionals, other law enforcement agencies, our schools, and others in the public safety sector. We immediately respond to, investigate threats of violence or danger, and hold people accountable. We are committed to keeping our children and community safe. Deputies of the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office will always respond to assist and protect the citizens we serve, but you must be prepared to appropriately take care of you and your family until we can get there.”

 

 

Source on the Scene: Disaster! A 70’s Movie Musical

Central Oregon Daily’s Allison Roecker joined us with a behind the scenes look at the new play that made its debut at the 2nd Street Theater Friday. 

For all the latest arts and culture listings, pickup the latest issue of The Source Weekly or go to their website at bendsource.com. 

Thanks to our Source on the Scene sponsor, Indian Head Casino, for giving us the time and resources to show you some of the best events and entertainment that our region has to offer, every Friday night on Central Oregon Daily.

Signing Day

Nine Student-Athletes From Mountain View High School Commit to Colleges

It is that time of the year when student-athletes across the country commit to the colleges and universities who are offering them scholarships, and today was signing day at Mountain View High School. 

Central Oregon Daily’s Eric Lindstrom chatted with a few of the students and Anyssa Bohanan caught up with football player Riley Straly who has fielded numerous offers before signing a letter of intent to go to Independence Community College in Kansas.

You’ll still have an opportunity to see Riley play before he heads to Kansas later this summer. He’s just one of 36 players from across the state of Oregon that’s been invited to be a part of the Les Schwab Bowl which is taking place June 16th.

 

NAME

COLLEGE

LOCATION

SPORT

Camri Reinhart

Azusa Pacific

California

Acro-tumbling

Taiton Fox

Austin College

TEXAS

WATER POLO

Brandt Waller

GEORGE FOX

NEWBERG

FOOTBALL

Riley Straly

Independence Community College

Kansas

FOOTBALL

Matt Van Tassell

OIT

Klamath Falls

Basketball

Reed Sehorn Hurst

Whitworth

Spokane

Track

Aja Perks

Pacific University

Forest Grove, OR

Volleyball

Violet Mills

New Hope Christian College

Eugene

Volleyball

Kayla Berg

Wenatchee Valley

Wenatchee, WA

Softball

Increased Enforcement for Marijuana Grows

County Commissioners Hoping to Add Two New Enforcement Positions

After months of discussion with state, county and city officials the Deschutes County Commissioners made a first step today in addressing the ongoing issues with marijuana enforcement and regulations in Deschutes County.

County staff confirmed today that they will be looking into the hiring and funding of two new law enforcement positions as part of the Central Oregon Drug Enforcement team, known as CODE.
This was an idea proposed and supported by both County Commissioners and Bend City Councilors at a joint meeting held last week.

While CODE serves a tri-county area, these two positions would focus solely on enforcement in Deschutes County. The cost of hiring will likely be split, one going to the City of Bend for a police officer position and one would be a deputy sheriff position paid for by Deschutes County.

Commissioners also discussed raising the applications fees for marijuana grows in order to cover the cost of the extra time and effort county staff to deal with the complicated applications and the appeals that often follow.

Commissioners also floated the idea of putting a temporary pause on the processing of marijuana applications in order to clarify and fill in gaps in the current county code, but they are expected discuss those ideas in depth next week.

Gov. Brown Eliminates Tax Break Created by Trump Tax Cuts

In what she is calling a tough decision, Oregon Governor Kate Brown has decided to sign a Senate bill that will eliminate a tax break for tens of thousands of businesses in Oregon. 
Central Oregon Daily’s Curtis Vogel joined us with details on today’s announcement.

During the press conference, Governor Kate Brown also called for a special session to look at extending the tax breaks for certain small business owners who are not included in the preferred tax rate offered by the state.
She is working with caucus leaders and presiding officers to make that special session happen in June.