Bend Locals on HGTV

“Mom and Me” Producers Looking for Bend Homeowners Who Want Renovations

#inBend mother-son renovation duo, Karrie and Tristan Trowbridge got the green light from HGTV for a full season of their new “Mom and Me” show, but when the “flipping” part of the format turned out to more difficult than expected, they decided to flip the script.

Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan looks at the new format of the show, and how your home could become part of the show.

If you want more information about “Mom and Me”, head to, and if you’re interested in having the Trowbridge family do renovations on your home, you can e-mail questions to
Homeowners do cover a large portion of the renovation costs, but there are perks that come with doing it through the show, and the producers can explain that in more detail when you contact them.

OSU-Cascades Gets Green Light for Expansion

State Legislature Approves Funding for OSU-Cascades on Final Day of Short Session

in the closing minutes of the 2018 short legislative session on Saturday, the Oregon House and Senate approved a budget which included $39 million in bonds for OSU-Cascades.
The bonds will be instrumental in moving forward with a second academic building on the Bend campus.
Retiring Representative Gene Whisnant from Sunriver officially presented the measure in the House as his last act in the legislature.
Governor Kate Brown says she will sign it into law.

Here is a statement released by OSU-Cascades officials on Sunday afternoon:

“Oregon State University’s campus in Bend is a step closer to meeting the needs of its growing student enrollment following the Oregon Legislature on Saturday approving $39 million in state-backed bonds for OSU-Cascades’ second academic building.

The facility will serve STEAM disciplines of science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics.

“We are very grateful for the support of Governor Brown, Speaker Kotek, Senator Knopp, Representative Rayfield and many legislators for the continued expansion of higher education programming in Central Oregon,” said OSU President Ed Ray. “We are also grateful to the many generous donors whose gifts of over $9 million helped match this state funding.”

“Funding for this academic building will allow us to serve our mission in Oregon, and especially in Central Oregon, where there are no other four-year university options closer than three hours,” said Ray.

The legislature approved $9.5 million in state bonding in the 2017 session in part to support site preparation of undeveloped campus property where the new academic building will be constructed.

At the time, OSU officials pledged to seek additional state funding for the building in the 2018 legislative session. Over the past months, Central Oregon community, business and economic leaders, advocates with the Beaver Caucus, and undergraduate students traveled to Salem to support funding for increasing campus capacity in what is the fastest growing region in Oregon.

“We anticipate construction to begin in summer 2019, following remediation of portions of the pumice mine and landfill that adjoin our campus,” said OSU-Cascades Vice President Becky Johnson. “This new academic building will house classrooms and laboratories and be ready for students in fall 2021.””

The Search for Sara Continues

Friends and Family of Missing Bend Woman Conducting Coordinated Search on East Side of Bend

Friends and family of Sara Gomez met at Big Sky Park at 8am on Saturday morning with a group of more than 50 volunteers to conduct a coordinated search for the missing 24-year-old woman.

Organizers showed the group a map of possible areas to search, and everyone broke up into teams to look in different areas.
Gomez was last seen on Monday, February 19, outside her workplace at Albertson’s in Bend, and Bend Police have been supervising searches at the Knott Landfill on the southeast side of Bend and have asked residents who live east of the intersection of Hamby and Ward to search their private properties for any possible evidence related to the disappearance of Gomez.

Deschutes Bridge Bill Dies in Salem

Bill That Would Have Banned Any New Footbridge Across Deschutes River Will Not Be Considered

As the legislative session winds down in Salem on Saturday, it appears a bill that could have banned any new footbridges across the Deschutes River in the Bend area will not make it to a vote before the House and Senate.

On Friday, State Senate President Peter Courtney told Central Oregon Daily would not make it out of committee during this session.
For decades, the Bend Park and Recreation District has wanted to connect the Deschutes River Trail all the way from Tumalo to Sunriver, and a footbridge just south of Bend city limits could have been the final piece of that puzzle, but the proposal had fierce opponents and supporters on both sides of the issue.
The proposed bridge was part of a bond measure approved by Bend voters in 2012, and has been discussed since 2004, but the construction of the foot and bike bridge has been halted since it requires an exemption from the state.

A law passed in 1996 established that segment of the Deschutes River south of Bend as a scenic waterway and bans construction, like the bridge, in that area.
Last month, community leaders from Deachutes County traveled to Salem to testify before a committee about House BIll 4029 (which eventually became 4029A). Bend Park and Rec and Bend City Council reps opposed the bill, while groups like Coalition for the Deschutes and Oregon Wild were in favor of the bill.
With Friday’s developments in Salem, it looks like the battle over a proposed footbridge across the Deschutes River will not have a resolution anytime soon.

Tree Wells Cause Two Deaths at Mt. Bachelor


On Friday a female skier was found in tree well just hours after the death of male snowboarder, also found in a tree well. Mt Bachelor officials issued this press release at 12:23am on Saturday morning:

“Following the death of an adult male snowboarder on Friday, a second guest fatality has occurred at Mt. Bachelor.

At approximately 3:30 p.m. Friday, Mt. Bachelor ski patrol received a report of a missing adult female skier who had become separated from her friends.

Mt. Bachelor ski patrol launched a search with Deschutes County Search and Rescue (SAR) and after several hours of searching, crews located the missing skier at approximately 8:30 p.m. Friday evening in a tree well near the more-difficult White Bark run in the vicinity of the Cloudchaser lift. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

In a separate incident earlier Friday, at approximately 12:00 p.m., an adult male snowboarder was discovered in a tree well in the West Bowls, an experts-only area near the Northwest lift.

Ski patrol members arrived and performed CPR while transporting the snowboarder to the West Village base area. He was transferred to the care of local emergency response personnel, who pronounced him dead at 1:14 p.m.

Members of the Mt. Bachelor ski patrol and the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office are investigating both incidents.” 

“Our entire mountain community is shocked and saddened,” said John McLeod, Mt. Bachelor’s president and general manager, in the press release. “To have two unrelated incidents in the same day is unthinkable. We are heartbroken and our deepest condolences go out to the affected families and friends.

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office later confirmed the identities of both the skier and snowboarder. The snowboarder was identified as 24-year-old Bend resident Alfonso Braun.

Search and Rescue personnel said Braun was found buried in about six feet of snow around noon on Friday in the West Bowls, an expert-only area off of the Northwest chairlift. After repeated attempts at CPR, emergency medical personnel pronounced Braun dead at the West Village parking lot.

The full release from the Sheriff’s Office, released at 12:47am is below:

“At approximately 12:00pm today, Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue personnel were dispatched to Mt. Bachelor for a report of a snowboarder found buried in the snow. Other skiers in the area began working to uncover the snowboarder, who was found to be unconscious and not breathing. Mt Bachelor Ski Patrol members arrived and began performing CPR while transporting the snowboarder to the West Village parking lot. The snowboarder, 24 year old Alfonso Braun of Bend, was pronounced deceased once being transferred into the care of awaiting emergency medical personnel.

Alfonso was found in the West Bowls, which is an expert-only area off of the Northwest chairlift. Weather at the time was reported to be mostly cloudy with light snow showers. Snow conditions at the time consisted of “unconsolidated powder”.

An investigation at the scene determined Braun had separated from his friends, snowboarding into a treed area. Braun snowboarded into a tree well, becoming buried in approximately six feet of snow, head first, where he was later found. Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Detectives with the assistance of the Medical Examiner’s Office are further investigating this accident.”

The Sheriff’s Office also released the name of the skier found Friday. The skier was identified as 19-year-old Eugene resident Nicole Panet-Raymond.

Search and Rescue personnel said Panet-Raymond became separated from her friends around 3:30pm on Friday afternoon, and five hours later around 8:30pm, she was found in a tree well in the more-difficult White Bark run near the Cloudchaser lift. Panet-Raymond was pronounced dead at the scene. 

The full press release from the Sheriff’s Office, which was released at 1:02am on Saturday, is below:

“On March 2nd, 2018, at approximately 3:30 p.m., Mt. Bachelor ski patrol received a report of a missing adult female skier who had become separated from her friends.

Mt. Bachelor ski patrol launched a search with Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue and after several hours of searching, crews located the missing skier, 19 year old Nicole Panet-Raymond, at approximately 8:30 p.m. Nicole was located in a tree well near the more-difficult White Bark run in the vicinity of the Cloudchaser lift. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Cell phone forensics were utilized in assisting searchers to locate Nicole. She was found buried in approximately six feet of snow, approximately 10 yards off of the White Bark run.”

Fatalities at ski areas resulting from falls into tree wells are fairly uncommon and McLeod said it was “exceptionally rare” for two unrelated incidents to occur in the same day at one ski area. Prior to Friday’s incidents, the last tree well fatality at Mt. Bachelor occurred in 2002.

Tree wells are an area of loose snow at the base of trees that pose a risk to skiers, snowboarders, hikers and snowshoers. The wells are often invisible from the surface but falling into one could cause injury or death due to suffocation.

Those participating in winter activities should be aware of the danger and avoid trees, since they mark tree wells, and always go out with a partner and maintain visual contact.



OSP Investigation

Captain William Fugate Placed on Leave after Anonymous Tip

The Deschutes County Sheriffs office is looking into a criminal investigation of a prominent member of the Oregon State Police.
Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan has details on the investigation.

911 received an anonymous report of a criminal allegation relating to Captain William Fugate just before 8PM Tuesday night. The tip was enough to spur the Sheriffs office into initiating a criminal investigation and for the OSP Superintendent to place Fugate on administrative leave Wednesday.

The Sheriffs office is in the early stages of the investigation, but say it is not related to his employment or on-duty conduct and that they will respect Fugate’s rights as they gather the facts.

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…

Student Arrested for School Threats

15-Year Old Arrested After Making Threats Against La-Pine High School

Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Oregon deputies arrested a 15-year old boy on Wednesday for making threats against La-Pine High School. 
The student who made the threats is in custody at the Deschutes County Juvenile Justice Facility facing three counts of disorderly conduct.
Authorities say that a student approached a school resource officer at La Pine High School around 7:30 this morning to tell the officer of the threat.
The deputy was able to locate and remove the suspect and found out that this was not the first time that the 15-year-old had made threats against the school.
Deschutes County Sheriff’s Deputies will provide an increased presence at all of La-Pine’s schools on Thursday.

Origin Story: From Tragedy to Triumph

Jason Lepore inherited a good work ethic, impeccable craftsmanship and an extensive toolkit from his father. And with those three things, he was able to turn the hardest week of his life into a thriving business, SamSon’s RV Restoration

Dog Flu Hits Oregon

Taking Extra Precaution this Season

Oregon has its first confirmed case of dog flu in Grants Pass. 
The worst-case scenario can lead to pneumonia and even death.
Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan went to the Humane Society of Central Oregon to see what kind of precautions they are taking.
You can discuss your dogs specific risk factors with your veterinarian who can determine what is best for your pet.