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.

Walden Supporter Talks About Recent Protests and Controversy Leading Up to Town Hall

With all of the protests surrounding U.S. Representative Greg Walden in Bend over the last few weeks, you might think his seat will be in danger in the next election, but Representative Walden has been re-elected nine times since winning his seat in 1998, including last November’s election, in which he got 72 percent of the vote in Deschutes County.

Central Oregon Daily’s Curtis Vogel talked with one of Representative Walden’s supporters who talks about why he believes he is part of a larger silent majority.

District Attorney Critical of U.S. Attorney’s Move to Disband Scientific Panel

Forensic science has become an increasingly important tool in the prosecution and defense of criminal cases. Since 2013, an independent group of scientists, attorneys and law enforcement have been working on setting new and improved standards in forensics to make sure that junk science never determines the outcome of a case.

As Central Oregon Daily’s Curtis Vogel reports, District Attorney John Hummel is worried about the change that could affect the integrity of criminal cases here and across the country.

City and County Officials Deal with Growth in Central Oregon

It’s estimated that seven people a day are moving to Deschutes County, and it’s getting harder for county and city officials to keep up. Dealing with that growth was the focus of a joint meeting between Deschutes County commissioners and Bend City Councilors on Tuesday.

Central Oregon Daily’s Kelly Bleyer was at the meeting and joins us with details.

Missing Sex Offender in Bend Raises Questions

A convicted sex offender on post-prison supervision in Deschutes County has been missing for at least 13 days. Justin Lampke’s disappearance sparks questions about how sex offenders are monitored after being released from prison.

As Central Oregon Daily’s Mackenzie Wilson shows us, you may be surprised at how much leeway sex offenders are given after they’ve served their time.

Non-Medical Exemptions on the Rise

Wednesday, February 15 was “Exclusion Day” in Oregon, the day when schools can turn away children who are not up-to-date on their state-mandated vaccinations. However, state law allows parents to file for a non-medical exemption, and Deschutes County has one of the highest percentage of those exemptions in the state.

Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan looks at the ongoing debate about vaccinations that sparks passion on all sides.