Oregon Senate Passes Rent Control Bill

Oregon is facing a housing crisis and lawmakers are scrambling to try and find solutions. One bill that could help was approved by the Oregon State Senate on Tuesday. The bill enhances protections for tenants and prohibits landlords from implementing high rent increases. SB 608 is now heading to the Oregon State House where it is also expected to pass. If passed it would be the country’s first state-wide rent control measure.

Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan has more on how the bill could affect tenants and landlords across the state.

Proposed Bill Could Bar Zoning for Single Family Homes

Today in Salem the House Committee on Human Services and Housing held its first hearing on HB-2001. The bill would allow for what is called “middle housing” on land currently zoned for single family homes. Middle housing is those housing types that fall between single family housing and large scale apartment complexes.
 
Central Oregon Daily’s Curtis Vogel has more on the bill and what communities it could affect.

Origin Story: Sisters Coffee Company

Every week we meet a Central Oregonian who turned their passion into a new creation or career path. In this week’s Origin Story, Central Oregon Daily’s Allison Roecker introduces us to the family behind the iconic Sisters Coffee Company, a family owned business that traces its roots from Oregon to Alaska and back again.

And thanks to BendBroadband for giving us the time and resources to tell the stories of Central Oregonians who have turned their passion into a profession, with a new edition of Origin Story every Monday on Central Oregon Daily News at Five.

Local School Tries to Curb Vaping Trend

Vaping among young adults and children is on the rise nationally and Central Oregon school aren’t immune from the issue. With teachers and health professional concerned about the potential health risks, communities having been trying to find way to curb the trend.

In Central Oregon, La Pine High School is spear heading a program that educated parents, community members and students about vaping, vape products and the potential health risks that could accompany them. The first meeting for the community was held Thursday night but school officials have said their doors are always open if parents or community members have questions.

Central Oregon Daily’s Cydney McFarland has more.

Redmond Marching Band Needs New Uniforms

The Redmond High School marching band has been a part of the community since it was started in 1927 and in those 90 years the band has only had three uniforms. Each set of new uniforms has been expected to last over 20 years, but these most recent uniforms have lasted almost a generation. That age shows with some uniforms missing buttons, zippers are broken, some just don’t fit many of the students and students and teachers alike describe the uniforms as “outdated.”

Central Oregon Daily’s resident band kid, and reporter, Anyssa Bohanan has more on how the band hopes to raise $55,000 for new uniforms.

Second Candidate for COCC President Visits Bend

The second of three candidates applying to take over as Central Oregon Community College’s president is in town for a final interview and to meet the community.
 
Central Oregon Daily’s Curtis Vogel spoke with Dr. Tod Treat and has more information on the final candidate coming to town next week.

Accounting for Central Oregon’s Homeless Population

The Central Oregon Homeless Leadership Coalition is conduction its annual Point in Time Count, which tries to count the number of homeless residents of the tri-county area and Warm Springs Reservation. The point of the county is to make sure adequate services are in place to best help those struggling with homelessness locally.
 
This year the county is broadening its definition of homelessness in the hopes to help those who are also living in less than ideal situations. Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan has more.

2019 Oregon Legislature Will Consider Law For Kaylee Sawyer

The law, named for Bend resident Kaylee Sawyer, who was killed by a Central Oregon Community College Security Guard, would put provisions on campus security guards to help restrict some of their power. The law, which has been put forward by Kaylee’s family, would require things like required background checks for security officers and clear distinction between campus security and law enforcement.
 
Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan has more on how Kaylee’s family is stepping up to create positive change in her memory.

Commissioners Approve Westside Transect Zone

The Deschutes County Commissioners approved a plan that would rezone over 700 acres west of Bend from urban to rural/residential. The proposal, known as the Westside Transect Zone, was made by local property owners in an attempt to create a buffer between Bend’s urban core and the forest lands to the west. The hope is that the rezone will allow Bend to become a more fire resistant community and to keep public access to popular recreation areas.
 
Central Oregon Daily’s Cydney McFarland was at this morning’s meeting as has more on the changes that will be implemented on April 16.

Community Rallies Around Furloughed Workers

We’re now in the 25th day of the longest government shut down in history and across Central Oregon, hundreds of government workers continue to live without a paycheck. However, a number of local businesses and organizations are stepping up to help.
 
Central Oregon Daily’s Allison Roecker spoke to three local businesses that are stepping up to help local government employees get by.