School Walk Outs

Wednesday was declared “National Walkout Day” by students across the country who want to pay tribute to the 17 victims of the Parkland, Florida High School shootings by walking out of their classrooms for 17 minutes on the one-month anniversary of the tragedy.

Students across the county walked out of classrooms and schools on Wednesday morning, all finding their own ways of honoring those students and teachers killed just a month ago.

In Bend walk outs were seen across town and students from all age groups participated. While Bend students say they felt supported by their school’s faculty that wasn’t the case for other students across the country.

Bend students did see their fair share of backlash on social media where they say people misunderstood their message.

Raising Money for Puerto Rico

Bend Teenager Raises Money for Victims of Hurricane Maria

Makaih Cook has been playing musical instruments since he was four years old, so when he found out that the devastation of Hurricane Maria had affected his relatives in Puerto Rico, he decided to use his musical talents for a good cause.
Central Oregon Daily’s Allison Roecker has a preview of a special performance planned for Friday.

All proceeds from his benefit show will go to save the Children Hurricane Maria Relief.
The show starts at 5:45 on Friday and is at Cosa Cura Rescue Collective Consignment Store downtown at 910 Northwest Harriman Street across the Blacksmith.

If you are unable to attend the show, but will still like to donate, go to…

Sex Trafficking Awareness Month

January is national human sex trafficking awareness month, but the Guardian Group is determined to take on this issue year round. Central Oregon Daily’s Austin Reed sits down with members of Guardian Group who organize self defense classes and educate women on how to fight and avoid sex trafficking.

Andrea Benson, a Portland native and a victim of human sex trafficking, spoke this month at a Guardian Group’s weekly self defense class at Clarks Martial Arts in Bend. Benson met her trafficker through the online dating site Plenty Of Fish when she was 22.

Benson had what many would consider a normal life with a loving family and would not be what most would consider “high risk” for sex trafficking.

Benson eventually escaped her trafficker, who plead out in court and was sent to jail.

Benson said she plans to go back to school, this time to study law, to help more women and girls like her seek justice for their traffickers. She also hopes to speak to more women and girls to raise awareness with group like Guardian Group.

Guardian Group is a non-profit started in 2010 by Jeff Tiegs of Bend. The group is made up for former law enforcement and special ops officers and works year round to tackle the problem of sex trafficking here in the Pacific Northwest.

Tiegs said Guardian Group has a variety of program but the weekly self defense classes are meant to help women and build confidence, self esteem and skills to ensure that they aren’t an easy target for trafficking.

Interstate 5, that runs through California, Oregon and Washington, was spotlighted as a hot spot for human trafficking on the west coast in a 2010 report to Congress. Both Portland and Seattle have struggled with the issue in recent years and legislators in both states have worked to strengthen sex trafficking laws.

To find out the signs and report human sex trafficking, visit the Oregon Hotline.


Students Give Back on MLK Day

On Monday Oregon State University – Cascades students used their day off to give back to the community during their third annual Martine Luther King Jr. Day of Service.

Dozens of OSU-Cascades students spent their holiday volunteering for various non-profit organizations in Bend. Throughout the day student volunteers showed up to help at places like Healing Reins Therapeutic Riding Center and the The Environmental Center.

Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan caught up with the volunteers at two other locations Monday morning.

Recognition for Inclusion

On Thursday Bend High School received national recognition from the Special Olympics for the schools efforts in providing inclusive sports and activities for its students with and without disabilities.

Bend Senior High School is one of just 52 schools nationwide to be named a Special Olympics Unified Champion School this year and one of roughly 80 school across the county that have received this award ever.

Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan was at the school as they unveiled a new banner congratulating their efforts and got a special message from a famous Oregon athlete.

Real Estate Comparison: Oklahoma

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 Norman, Oklahoma with a population close to the same as Bend.

Redmond Chamber Hosts Annual Awards Banquet

Karen Sande with the Redmond Chamber of Commerce invites the public to the annual Chamber Awards Banquet Friday, January 12th at Eagle Crest.  Several awards will be handed out including the Citizen of the Year and the Business of the Year and the event includes the annual “mad dash” to the decorated tables full of giveaways. 

Redmond Airport handles Holiday Traffic

On Friday, as we headed into the weekend before Christmas, many people planned on driving or flying to their holiday destinations. Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan went to Redmond to report on on how busy the airport expected to be for the holiday weekend.