Family Members Fight Over Legacy of Sarah Gomez

The family of Sara Gomez held a private memorial for the 24-year-old murder victim last Monday with all of the expenses paid by the Deschutes County Crime Victims’ Assistance Fund.

That’s why some of Sara’s family and friends came forward to talk to Central Oregon Daily when they found out that Sara’s cousin was holding a fundraiser for Sara this weekend, despite repeated requests by them to not raise money in Sara’s name.

Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan has details on this ongoing family feud over the legacy of Sara Gomez.

On Friday afternoon, Liz Fennel told Central Oregon Daily that there will no longer be a fundraiser on Saturday due to harassing phone calls that were made to the location where the fundraiser was supposed to take place.

Fennell says the public memorial for Sara Gomez is planned for July 22nd in Tumalo State Park.

Fires Blaze in Central Oregon

A fire near Culver was threatening homes on Friday, and Central Oregon Daily’s Lisa Carton spent the day with the firefighters at the Graham Fire, south of the Metolius arm of Lake Billy Chinook. The fire ignited Thursday and has since burned roughly 2,000 acres. After evacuations were ordered state resources were called in to help battle the blaze after Governor Kate Brown declared the fire a conflagration. 

Residents near Maupin have also been told to prepare for a possible evacuation as the Box Car Fire grew to 18,000 acres – making it the largest of the young fire season so far. Campers have been warned to stay out of the area and Highway 197 has been closed due to smoke.

Source on the Scene: 4 Peaks Music Festival

It’s summer in Central Oregon and with plenty of sun forecasted for the weekend, some are already out and enjoying the weather at the 4 Peaks Music Festival at Stevenson Ranch.

The festival kicked off Thursday afternoon and runs through the weekend with plenty of music and activities for locals and visitors of all ages.

Central Oregon Daily’s Eric Lindstrom checked in on festival goers to see how they were enjoying the annual summer music event.

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

Deputy Involved in Fatal Shooting

The Deschutes County District Attorney’s Office is investigating a deadly shooting involving a sheriff’s deputy west of Bend on Wednesday night.

The incident began around 6 p.m. on Wednesday night at a campsite on Forest Road 4610, off Century Drive, when a woman walking her dog overheard an argument between a man and a woman and then heard gunshots. According to District Attorney John Hummel, the woman called 911 and with in 14 minutes, Deschutes County Deputy Randy Zilke was at the scene and was confronted by 44-year-old Springfield resident Jesse Wade Powell. Powell, an ex-convict that had been recently released from a 13-year sentence, was found with a stolen U-Haul and two trailers filled with stolen items.

During the confrontation Deputy Zilke fired his gun once, killing Powell. Shortly after a second deputy, Liam Klatt, arrived on the scene. So far investigators have not said if Powell had a weapon or fired at Zilke.

The woman who had been heard arguing with Powell had fled the scene by the time Zilke arrived. However, investigators have located her and Hummel said she is cooperating with the investigation.

Deputies Zilke and Klatt have been placed on administrative leave pending the result of the investigation, which is standard Oregon protocol for any shooting involving law enforcement officers. Both Zilke and Klatt are Marine Corps veterans. Zilke has been with the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office since 2005 and Klatt since 2001. Neither deputy was injured in the incident.

The Great Outdoors: Justesen Ranch & Recreation

If you head north past Madras, there are endless acres of beautiful grasslands as far as the eye can see. In this week’s Great Outdoors, brought to you by Parr Lumber, Brian Jennings takes us to Justesen Ranch and Recreation, where agriculture and recreation go hand in hand.

History Repeating Itself

Herbicide Spraying Mistakes

A La Pine resident is sharing the story of his six-year court battle over a mistaken herbicide spraying by the government and joining a formal complaint about a new mistake that will force the removal of hundreds of trees along Highway 20, west of Sisters.

As Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan report, he’s hoping to prevent history from repeating itself again.

Grant for Bend Parkway Project Rejected

State and city officials have run into an obstacle in their quest to expand and reroute the Bend Parkway at Empire to address the growing congestion on the north side of the city.

Central Oregon Daily’s looks at the details of a funding rejection by the federal government.

Free Lunches

The annual summer food service program is now available in hundreds of communities statewide, including here in Central Oregon. The program offers free meals and snacks to all kids ages one through 18.

For over a decade, the Bend-La Pine School District has ensured that no child goes hungry, even when school is not in session. Monday marked the beginning of the district’s free summer meals program, which provides healthy meals to children in Bend and La Pine.

At least one location in both Bend and La Pine provides breakfast and lunch to children. Parents are encouraged to attend and can also purchase a meal for $4.

The program is funded through the United State Department of Agriculture and is run by district staff members. The program provides and estimated 5,000 meals in the Bend-La Pine area over the summer months.

The program runs Monday through Friday ever week until August 24th in most locations. The free lunch program in La Pine will open at the La Pine Event Center starting July 9 and running through August 17. A full list of all the locations in Bend and La Pine, as well as times and dates, is available on the Bend-La Pine School District website.

 

Bilingual Education

A Program in Redmond Is Educating in Two Languages

As the school year comes to the close across Central Oregon, some Kindergarteners at the Redmond Early Learning Center are celebrating their completion of a duel-immersion language program. Students in the program learn their reading, writing and arithmetic in both English and Spanish.

Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan takes a look at this pioneering program in Redmond.

Search for Reece Rollins

Family of Missing Terrabonne Man Search the Selway River for Their Son
 
More than two weeks ago, 22-year-old Reece Rollins of Terrebonne went on his first trip as a certified guide. While driving to check a bear trap in a remote part of Idaho, the car Rollins was traveling in swerved off the road and into the Selway River.
 
Two men escaped the vehicle and managed to get out of the river alive, but as of tonight Rollins and three other men are still missing.
 
Central Oregon Daily’s Warren Shultz sat down with Rollin’s parents, who have spent the last two weeks searching for their son.