Preview: Road to Redemption

New Documentary on La Pine High Baseball Team Debuts on July 4th

Tune in on Wednesday, July 4th, when Central Oregon Daily debuts a new 30-minute documentary called “Road to Redemption”, a six-month journey with La Pine High School student-athletes who turned a devastating loss in the football playoffs to an inspiring run for the state title in baseball.

Here’s a preview of this Special Edition of Central Oregon Daily airing on July 4th at 3pm, 3:30pm and 6pm on KOHD-ABC and 7pm on KBNZ-CBS.

Free Lunches

The annual summer food service program is now available in hundreds of communities statewide, including here in Central Oregon. The program offers free meals and snacks to all kids ages one through 18.

For over a decade, the Bend-La Pine School District has ensured that no child goes hungry, even when school is not in session. Monday marked the beginning of the district’s free summer meals program, which provides healthy meals to children in Bend and La Pine.

At least one location in both Bend and La Pine provides breakfast and lunch to children. Parents are encouraged to attend and can also purchase a meal for $4.

The program is funded through the United State Department of Agriculture and is run by district staff members. The program provides and estimated 5,000 meals in the Bend-La Pine area over the summer months.

The program runs Monday through Friday ever week until August 24th in most locations. The free lunch program in La Pine will open at the La Pine Event Center starting July 9 and running through August 17. A full list of all the locations in Bend and La Pine, as well as times and dates, is available on the Bend-La Pine School District website.

 

The Great Outdoors: Oldest Ponderosa Pine in Region

There are so many natural treasures in Central Oregon that some can be easy to overlook. For this week’s Great Outdoors, Brian Jennings takes us to one of the oldest and biggest of those treasures at La Pine State Park.

A special thanks to our Great Outdoors sponsor, Parr Lumber, for giving us the time and resources to explore the lakes, rivers and mountains across our beautiful state every Wednesday night on Central Oregon Daily.

Supper Club: City Club Regional Forum

For this week’s Supper Club, Donna Britt attended the City Club regional forum at Eagle Crest in Redmond, titled: Growth’s Impact on our Communities. The speakers included local city managers and a mayor from Bend, Redmond, La Pine, Prineville, Sisters and Madras.

Moderator Scott Aycock with the Central Oregon Intergovernmental Council set the stage with some impressive statistics. Since 1990, Central Oregon has grown 122 percent. By 2025, there will be another 37,000 people here. By 2040, another 113,000 and the population is expected to double with another 250,000 people by 2065.

How are the diverse communities in our region planning for this growth and what are some of the challenges they are facing? This was the conversation at the City Club forum and some highlights of that conversation make up this week’s Supper Club.

Thanks to City Club for inviting us to their regional forum and thanks to all of the city managers for their input. 

A special thanks to our Supper Club sponsors, 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.

Affordable Housing Projects Break Ground

The communities of La Pine and Sisters are about to get two new housing options. 
Central Oregon Daily’s Austin Reed was at both of the groundbreaking ceremonies for the new townhomes on Tuesday and has the details on who will be eligible to rent them.

Property Management will take applications for the properties about two to three months before completion which is expected to be next Spring in 2019.

Dogs Seized From La Pine Property Get Ready for Adoption

Just days after more than 50 dogs were seized in La Pine Friday night, the Humane Society of Central Oregon says many of those dogs are thriving and could be ready to start new lives as early as the end of this week. Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan has the latest on the criminal investigation against the dog’s previous owner and the dogs’ progress after medical treatment.

The Humane Society got a lot of support from the Bend Veterinary Clinic as well as LaPaw Animal Hospital but are still looking for donations. Monetary donations can be made online at www.HSCO.org/donate, and the website will also tell you when dogs become available.

53 Dogs Seized from La Pine Home

The Deschutes County Sheriffs office has opened a criminal investigation after more than 50 dogs were seized in La Pine Saturday evening before being transported to the Central Oregon Humane Society in Bend.

On March 16 Deschutes County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the 51000 Block of Ash Road in La Pine to perform a welfare check on multiple dogs.

Deputies were permitted to perform a visual inspection of the dogs on the property and observed that minimum care standards for the animals were not being met. Additionally, deputies found one adult female dog and two puppies in distress and in need of urgent care. The adult female dog was taken to a veterinary clinic for treatment and has since been euthanized. The two puppies located with the adult female dog are being cared for at the Humane Society of Central Oregon, but their prognosis is uncertain.

According to the Sheriff’s Office, the owner of the dogs is cooperating with investigators. During the initial stages of the investigation, she released ownership in the 53 dogs to the Humane Society of Central Oregon. Medical assessments have been ongoing throughout the weekend and the health of each dog varies. The breeds of the dogs removed from the property include Labradors, German Shorthairs and Dachshunds.

Since the Humane Society of Central Oregon did not have enough space to accommodate all 53 dogs rescued, 22 of them were picked up by the Oregon Humane Society and transported to Portland for continued treatment.

Even with those 22 dogs heading to Portland, the Humane Society of Central Oregon is at capacity and is asking for donations of soft blankets, food and toys for the new arrivals. Donation’s can be made online at WWW.HSCO.ORG/DONATE. The Humane Society will also provide more information about when and which dog will be available for adoption.

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.

Supper Club: The Future of La Pine

In this week’s Supper Club conversation, Donna Britt sat down with the mayor of La Pine, Dennis Scott, La Pine’s city manager, Corey Misley, and the La Pine-Sunriver EDCO director, Ryan Culp, to talk about Oregon’s newest city and its optimistic future.

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 and Wednesday afternoon on Central Oregon Daily.

 

Students Aid in Fall River Restoration

Trout Unlimited is a national conservation group dedicated to protecting and restoring coldwater fisheries and their watersheds around the country. The group is working with local schools to enhance areas in and around the waterways of Central Oregon.

Central Oregon Daily’s Allison Roecker spent a day in La Pine, Oregon where some local third graders provided some helping hands along Fall River.