See Something, Say Something

Students and parents all over the country are feeling the impact of the Florida school shooting and asking what is being done to protect them from another potential school shooting.

Central Oregon Daily’s Austin Reed joined us in the studio to look at what local officials and law enforcement are doing to remain vigilant in today’s climate.

The Bend-La Pine school district, along others in our area like Redmond, Prineville and Madras also take part in the statewide “safeoregon” public safety program.
Kids and teens are encouraged to use the app “safeoregon” to report bullying and school safety incidents.

Carpenter’s Run for Governor

Bend businessman Sam Carpenter is one of seven Republicans trying to become the first Republican to win an Oregon governor’s race in 30 years. Carpenter is one of two republicans from the east side of the Cascades, who is taking on the incumbent democrat, current governor Kate Brown

Right now Governor Kate Brown and Knute Buehler are the clear front-runners in the governor’s race if you are measuring strictly by the millions of dollars both candidates have raised so far for this race. However, Carpenter points to a poll taken in December that shows he would fare slightly better than Buehler in a head-to-head race with Brown.

Carpenter says he has laid the groundwork by meeting people all over the state and will now turn to the challenging task of catching up in the fundraising efforts, but added that money is not always the deciding factor. President Donald Trump spent the least amount of money of any of his primary and general election challenges and still went on to win the White House.

Origin Story: A Passion for Pillows

Creativity courses through the veins of Katie Lipson. She’s always loved creating and is now channeling her gift into home décor, by using textiles with stories. Some are historical, some are cultural, but Katie gives them all new life. In this week’s Origin Story, Allison Roecker hangs out with the ladies of Bryar Wolf

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

3-Diculous: Madras White Buffaloes’ New Approach to Basketball

The boys’ basketball team at Madras High School is making a playoff run with the help of an unusual style of play they have dubbed “3-diculous”.


Central Oregon Daily’s Eric Lindstrom looks at how the White Buffaloes have used a fast-paced offense and high-pressure defense to become the top-scoring 4A team in the state.

New Bill Could Ban Breeders from Pet Stores

A bill currently making its way through Salem could ban Oregon pet stores from selling pets from breeders in an effort to cut down on puppy mills. The bill would require pet stores to only sell animals from local humane societies or pet rescue groups or face fines up to $500.

Proponents of House Bill 4045 hope it would lead to more adoptions of shelter animals and cut off the demand for puppies from puppy mills, which are known for housing dogs in inhumane conditions.

“Anything that gets more shelter animals adopted is a good thing,” said Karen Burns of the Humane Society of Central Oregon. “Hopefully it’s going to deter the owners of those puppy mills from overbreeding their animals and hopefully this is a starting point of getting those puppy mills shut down.”

However, the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council says that pet stores are already required to purchase pets from registered breeders. Currently those breeders are regulated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The Advisory Council also pointed out that rescue dogs don’t always come with health history or warrants.

“This bill does companion animals, per care professionals and prospective dog owners alike no good and plenty of harm,” said Mike Bober, president of the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council. “Rescues and shelters do great work, but are not as highly regulated for animal welfare and consumer protection.”

Burns argues that dogs from puppy mills tend to have more health problems down the road due to overbreeding than many of the pets found in local shelters. Shelters also provide vaccines, spay and neuter services and vet checks for all of their animals.

A similar bill was passed in California and applies to dogs, cats and rabbits and is scheduled to take effect in January 2019. Oregon humane societies are pushing for cats to be included in House Bill 4045 as well.

 

Change of Heart on Redmond Safety Fee

Redmond City Council Decides Not To Add Public Safety Fee to Residents’ Water Bills

From the beginning of a plan to add six dollars to Redmond residents’ water fees to pay for more police officers on the street, City of Redmond, Oregon Mayor George Endicott repeatedly said the Public Safety Initiative was merely a proposal and not the final word on the matter. On Tuesday night, after months of research and feedback on the so-called Public Safety Fee, Mayor Endicott and the Redmond City Council decided to table the Public Safety Initiative and prioritize public safety in the upcoming 2018-19 Budget instead.
If the Public Safety Fee had been implemented, city leaders say the funds could have paid for the hiring of up to eight more police officers in the next few years, but now, they say that number will likely be reduced to four if the city can find the available funds in the budget.

Love Stories: Shantae & Simeon

This couple describes their relationship as pure magic. From the moment he heard her sing for the first time they had a connection. But it wasn’t until years later, when they met at auditions for a musical at the Tower Theatre, that their love began to blossom. Now, they are embarking on the next chapter of their Happily Ever After.

People from all over Central Oregon shared their love stories with Central Oregon Daily for a chance to win diamond jewelry from Saxon’s Fine Jewelers, a two-night romance package from Pronghorn Resort and roses from Donner Flower Shop.

See more love stories and voter for your favorite at zolomedia.com.

Kozowski Files Complaint in Court

Eric Kozowski Filed a Complaint Citing Wrongful Discharge and Retaliation

Former Deschutes County Sheriff’s Deputy Eric Kozowski filed a complaint in the District Court today. He is seeking $3,400,000 in economic damages as well as non-economic and punitive damages.

The complaint from Kozowski alleges that his termination was retaliation against his use of his first amendment rights. Specifically when Kozowski ran against Nelson for Sheriff in a 2016 election.

Kozowski was fired on Jan. 31 by Sheriff L. Shane Nelson based on internal investigations which concluded that Kozowski violated Sheriff’s Office policies.

Kozowski was placed on paid administrative leave on September 24, 2017 due to allegations from 2010 and 2016. Kozowski allegedly failed to take a report in 2010 and failed to arrest a wanted suspect in 2016.

Bend Olympians

Four Bend Locals are Going for Gold in PyeongChang

Bend natives Laurenne Ross, Tommy Ford and Ben Ferguson will all be representing the United States in this year’s Olympic Games. Ross and Ford will both be competing in Alpine Skiing while Ferguson will be competing in the snowboard halfpipe. Also from Bend and competing in the snowboard halfpipe is Kent Callister, but with duel citizenship Callister will be representing Australia.

State Senator Resigns

Oregon Republican Senator Jeff Kruse of Roseburg has resigned after a months long investigation that concluded he sexually harassed two female senators and groped many other women working at the Oregon Capitol.

Kruse continues to deny the allegations and issued a statement on Tuesday saying he would not step down. However his statement released Friday says he is stepping down so his “colleagues may focus on serving Oregonians without distraction.”