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. 

Love Stories: Julie & Jacob

Sometimes, the Universe sends us a sign when we are with the right person. In this couple’s case, the Universe has been sending them signs for twelve years. Julie and Jacob share their incredible love story which all started with a feather. 

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.

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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.

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.

 

Origin Story: A Passion for Baking

Can you imagine finding your calling at age 7? 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 newest feature, Origin Story, Allison Roecker introduces us to a passionate person who is making their dreams come true. 

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.

Audit Shows Problems with State Foster Care Services

A state audit released today finds a wealth of problems with Oregon’s Child Welfare Office with leaders continually failing to fix systemic problems. The agency has paid out $39 million in settlements since 2006 for failing to keep children safe.

The Secretary of State’s scathing audit took aim at every aspect of a critical agency responsible for the safety of neglected and abused children, from receiving complaint calls to certifying foster homes and investigating families.

It found the Office of Child Welfare, within the state’s vast Department of Human Services, has failed to keep up with legal mandates and the increased demand for state intervention. The office currently oversees 7,800 children in foster care in Oregon.

The audit found that management has failed to implement prior reform recommendations; foster parents don’t get enough training or support; DHS has failed to adequately recruit and retain foster parents; there’s not enough group homes or treatment facilities to meet the needs for kids taken out of their family homes; and burnout and turnover are high among child welfare workers.

This is not the first time that the state has identified chronic problems in the child welfare program. In 2015, in the wake of a scandal at Portland foster care provider Give Us This Day, Governor Kate Brown conducted an independent review of the state’s Child Welfare Department. The review culminated in the ousting of the head of DHS at that time.

Sunriver Police Chief has First Court Date

Sunriver Police Chief Marc Mills, who was charged with misdemeanor harassment, was scheduled to make an initial appearance in Deschutes County Circuit Court today but his attorney, Erick Ward, appeared on his behalf.

Mills allegedly  shoved police sergeant Joseph Patnode hard enough for the sergeant’s head to hit the wall behind him. The physical altercation  occurred on December 1st while both Mills and Patnode were on duty at the Sunriver Police station. The altercation was witnessed by a Sunriver Police administrative staff member Tiffany Hughes ,who reported the incident to the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office.

The Oregon Department of Justice has also opened an investigation into The 62-year-old , who’s been placed on paid administrative leave by the Sunriver District Board  since December 3rd. Mills has served as Sunriver police chief since 2012.

Mills next court date is March 6th at 8:30 am when he’s scheduled to formally enter a plea. Today Judge Bethany Powers Flint ordered Mills to report to the jail to be finger printed before his next court date. She also honored the state’s request that Mills have no contact with neither Patnode nor Hughes. 

Central Oregon Daily’s Lisa Carton caught up with Mills’ lawyer Ward at the court house after today’s proceedings.