District Attorney Introduces New Program to Re-Examine Drug Intervention

The Deschutes County District Attorney believes it’s time to change the way we deal with drugs, as well as the crimes and criminals, associate with them.

That’s why he is introducing a new program called the “Goldilocks Initiative” in conjunction with local law enforcement and health care officials.

Central Oregon Daily’s Austin Reed has the details on today’s announcement.

Source on the Scene: 4H Youth Show Farm Animals at County Fair

The Deschutes County Fair & Rodeo continued over the weekend with fun, food and farm animals. Central Oregon Daily’s Chris Biggs followed some “future farmers” as they showed their animals to judges in hopes of being named 4H “Grand Champion.”

For more information on what’s happening in and around Central Oregon, pick up a copy of The Source Weekly.

Supper Club: Central Oregon Housing Crisis and Homeless Population

Recently, the Deschutes County Commissioners talked to Donna Britt about two hot local topics. For this week’s Supper Club, Tammy Baney, Tony DeBone and Phil Henderson tackled the Central Oregon housing crisis, the rising homelessness population and issues.

Supper Club is sponsored by Selco Community Credit Union and Pine Tavern Restaurant.

U.S. Senator Ron Wyden Holds Third Town Hall in Deschutes County

As Senate Republicans in the nation’s capitol try to rework their version of a health care bill, Democrat Ron Wyden was in Redmond, Oregon today for a town hall.

As Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan reports, healthcare was only one of the many topics on the minds of Central Oregon residents.

Supper Club: Deschutes County Special Election

Seven candidates are running for four seats on the Bend-La Pine School Board in the May election. We invited the three candidates for the Zone 7 At-Large seat to join us for this week’s Supper Club.

All three are very passionate about why they are running, what they see as problems that need to be addressed, the school bond, and looking ahead to the future as we are expecting 35,000 more people to our area in the next 10 years.

Supper Club is sponsored by Great American Furniture Warehouse and the Pine Tavern Restaurant.

Bend Your Ear: Coffee with the Candidates

In this edition of Bend Your Ear at Strictly Organic Coffee, at 6 SW Bond St. in Bend, Donna chats with Central Oregon Community College District Director candidates Kyle Frick and Erica Skatvold. Both are running for the Zone 4 position in the special election May 16th. Kyle is VP of Marketing and Community Relations at Mid Oregon Credit Union and is a graduate of Mountain View High School. Erica works at St. Charles Health System, Clinical Informatics and is a graduate of Bend High. Watch to learn more about these two candidates.

Also running for Central Oregon Community College District Director, Zone 3 is former Deschutes County Commissioner Alan Unger, who was unable to join us for coffee. More on Alan and the other candidates in your Voters’ Pamphlet.   

Marijuana Growing Operation Denied on Appeal

For the first time since Deschutes County opted in to allow commercial marijuana growing operations, County Commissioners had to consider an application for one east of Bend off Alfalfa Market Road. Some were surprised by today’s outcome.

Central Oregon Daily’s Curtis Vogel has details on Wednesday’s meeting and what it could mean for future growers trying to start operations in rural parts of Deschutes County.

Ballots Mailed for May Election

Local organizations and their board members are often responsible for some of the most important issues in our community. With local elections just around the corner residents are encouraged to get involved to be the change they want to see in Deschutes County.

Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan has the latest on how you can get involved in the election.