Source on the Scene: Deschutes County Fair

Join Central Oregon Daily’s Allison Roecker as she experiences the Deschutes County Fair for the first time. She’ll ride rides, pet adorable animals and, of course, try some fried fair food!
 

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.

Supper Club: Preview of State of the County Address

The Deschutes County Commissioners are getting their presentation ready for next week’s State of the County Address. For this week’s Supper Club, all three commissioners, Phil HendersonTammy Baney and Tony DeBone, sat down with Central Oregon Daily’s Curtis Vogel for a preview of the address and their priorities for the year ahead.

If you would like to see the State of the County Address in person, it will be hosted by the Bend Chamber at 5 p.m., Tuesday, July 31 at the Ten Barrel Eastside Pub. You can find out more about how to get tickets at bendchamber.org.

A special thanks to our Supper Club sponsor, Selco Community Credit Union for giving us the time and resources to talk about the issues that impact our region every Tuesday night on Central Oregon Daily.

 

 

 

County Still Struggling with 911 Radios

After replacing the outdated analog radio system for Deschutes County first responders, the county hoped its 911 radio issues would be solved. However a number of issues have arisen including lack of reception in buildings, no reception in other areas and volume variations. Central Oregon Daily’s Curtis Vogel sat down with Deschutes County Commissioners to see how they hope to tackle the issues that could threaten lives.

New Bike Patrols in Sisters

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office wanted to increase their patrols in Sisters but thought patrol cars weren’t the right fit for the small, intimate downtown area, so they traded four wheels for two.

As Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan reports, you will see deputies proudly pedaling on duty in Sisters this weekend at the Quilt Show.

War Stories: Dan Swearingen

In our weekly War Stories series we tell the stories of Central Oregon’s war veterans, some who made it back from their war and some who didn’t. In this War Stories segment, producer Warren Shultz introduces us to the story of Army veteran and longtime Prineville resident, Dan Swearingen.

A special thanks to Gary Gruner Chevrolet Buick GMC for sponsoring War Stories and giving us the time and resources to tell the stories of Central Oregon’s war veterans every Monday night on Central Oregon Daily.

Charges Dropped in Alleged Road Rage Incident

An alleged road rage incident in Bend last week, that made national headlines, took a surprising turn on Monday, when Deschutes County District Attorney John Hummel announced that he is dropping the charges against the man originally accused of attacking two women during an altercation in southwest Bend, following a traffic dispute in downtown Bend.

Six New Corrections Deputies Sworn in at Jail

Six new corrections deputies have been sworn-in at the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office in an ongoing effort to bring the jail back up to full staffing. Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan had the chance to talk with some of the new deputies this week.

If you’re interested in applying for a position with the sheriff’s office, they say they are looking for individuals with high quality work ethic, unblemished character and excellent communication skills among others. You can check out their job opportunities and apply online at www.deschutes.org/ jobs.

Increased Enforcement for Marijuana Grows

County Commissioners Hoping to Add Two New Enforcement Positions

After months of discussion with state, county and city officials the Deschutes County Commissioners made a first step today in addressing the ongoing issues with marijuana enforcement and regulations in Deschutes County.

County staff confirmed today that they will be looking into the hiring and funding of two new law enforcement positions as part of the Central Oregon Drug Enforcement team, known as CODE.
This was an idea proposed and supported by both County Commissioners and Bend City Councilors at a joint meeting held last week.

While CODE serves a tri-county area, these two positions would focus solely on enforcement in Deschutes County. The cost of hiring will likely be split, one going to the City of Bend for a police officer position and one would be a deputy sheriff position paid for by Deschutes County.

Commissioners also discussed raising the applications fees for marijuana grows in order to cover the cost of the extra time and effort county staff to deal with the complicated applications and the appeals that often follow.

Commissioners also floated the idea of putting a temporary pause on the processing of marijuana applications in order to clarify and fill in gaps in the current county code, but they are expected discuss those ideas in depth next week.

Addiction in Central Oregon

Representative Walden Discusses Drug Issues in Central Oregon

Representative Greg Walden was in Madras today to discuss substance abuse and addiction in Jefferson County and found that opioids are not as big a problem as other drugs in that area. 
Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan was there for the roundtable discussion

You can reach out to Representative Walden’s office with any questions or feedback on any of the upcoming anti-opioid proposals before Congress by contacting Nolan Hern at Nolan.hern@gmail.house.gov or at 202-224-6730.

Tree Well Warnings After Deaths on Mt Bachelor

How to Avoid Dangerous Situations on the Mountain

Mt. Bachelor officials say they are putting a priority on warning skiers and snowboarders about the dangers of tree wells after the deaths of two people in separate incidents on the mountain last Friday. 
Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan takes a closer look at the accidents that claimed the lives of two young Oregonians.

Mt. Bachelor officials, as well as those who have experienced being trapped in a tree well, say that one of the safest things that you can do to avoid dangerous situations on the mountain is to have someone skiing or snowboarding with you, especially is you are making a run near the trees.