Supper Club: Mayor-Elect Sally Russell’s Plans for Bend

Central Oregon Daily’s Curtis Vogel sits down with Mayor-Elect Sally Russell to talk about current issues for Bend residents, including wage inequality, city growth and tourism, and the conversion for some from septic to the city’s sewer system.

A special thanks to our Supper Club sponsor, Selco Community Credit Union, for giving us the time and resources to talk about the issues that impact our region with a new edition of Supper Club every Tuesday night on Central Oregon Daily.

Deschutes Sheriff Reaches Settlement with Lieutenant Leak

A lieutenant with the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office has reached a settlement and will retire after nearly two years of paid administrative leave.

Lt. Tim Leak was placed on paid administrative leave due to unspecified conduct violations. Deschutes County Sheriff L. Shane Nelson said that the allegations that placed Leak on leave were not criminal but did not comment specifically on the nature of the violations.

Since he was placed on leave in May of 2016, Leak has been paid roughly $238,000 and Sheriff Nelson called the settlement and separation agreement a “business decision,” meant to save the department and the tax payers money in the long run.

 

Republican Tax Bill Passes

Updated Wed., Dec. 20, 3:30 p.m.

President Donald Trump is expected to sign the Republican tax bill before Christmas after Congress passed the bill with a nearly party line vote on Wednesday.

The tax bill passed the House for the second time on Wednesday with a vote of 224 for and 201 against, with 11 republicans siding with democrats and voting no.

The Senate changed and voted on the bill again early Wednesday morning, after passing it Tuesday. It passed Wednesday with another party line vote: 51 republicans in favor of the tax bill and 46 democrats and two independents voting against.

Senator John McCaine (R-AZ) was not present for the Wednesday morning vote since he is in Arizona receiving medical care.

 

The House of Representatives passed the tax bill on Tuesday, despite a handful of republicans and all the House’s democrats voting against it. The bill was stalled for a day and sent back to the Senate after Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) found part of the bill violated Senate rules.

The bill is expected to move forward despite push back from democrats and the hundreds of protestors who interrupted votes on both Tuesday and Wednesday.

Tune in to Central Oregon Daily at 6 p.m. to hear the latest on the bill and how it could affect residents of Central Oregon. 

Real Estate Comparison: North Dakota

We all know home prices in Bend continue to rise and for the average household income it’s near impossible to afford the median price of homes in Bend. Each week Jack Church searches to see what the average income can purchase in Bend while also comparing this to cities of similar size in other states around the country. This week our comparison city is Bismarck, North Dakota

The capitol of North Dakota has a population of 72,417 and boast an interesting capital building, a cute downtown and a huge heritage center – which is a nice place to escape from North Dakota’s chilly winters.

Jack takes a look at a 3-bedroom fixer-upper for $189,900.

OSU-Cascades Hosts First Time Event on Innovative Businesses

The first-ever Innovation Day was held Tuesday at OSU-Cascades, and it’s an event that organizers hope will become a permanent fixture in Bend, a city that is becoming known as an “Innovation Incubator.”

Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan caught up with organizers and participants of the event, including Bend Chamber and U.S. Bank.