Kids and adults alike in Redmond are celebrating the official opening of the Redmond Pump Track, a project years in the making. Central Oregon Daily’s Eric Lindstrom has more.
Just a head of the November election, Oregon Representative Greg Walden made a stop at the Redmond chapter of the “Band of Brothers.” During his visit, Walden spoke about what he’s trying to do to help improve care for Oregon veterans and honored one local veteran in particular.
Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan was in Redmond this afternoon and has more on the story.
Redmond’s mayoral candidates were at the Redmond Proficiency Academy Wednesday morning for a public forum organized, moderated and attended mostly by students. Current mayor George Endicott and former mayor Ed Fitch answered questions about how they plan to prepare the City of Redmond for the future.
Central Oregon Daily’s Cydney McFarland attended Wednesday’s forum and has more on the story.
ODOT Officals Look to Educate Drivers Before Deer Migration
With mule deer migrating across Central Oregon, now is a dangerous time for both drivers and wildlife. Oregon Department of Transportation officials are hoping to educate drivers about how to stay safe on the road, and they are looking into new ways to keep wildlife off the road in order to keep everyone a little safer this season.
Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan has more on the story.
42-year-old Redmond resident Joshua Horner was convicted in March of 2017 for sexually abusing his daughter and sentenced to 50 years in prison. However, after an investigation by the Oregon Innocence Project revealed some inaccuracies in his daughter’s testimony, the conviction was overturned and Horner was released today after a year behind bars. Central Oregon Daily’s Curtis Vogel has more on how Horner came to be a free man again.
Protesters Call For Walden Town Hall
While Congressman Greg Walden was in Central Oregon this weekend for a barbeque to honor area veterans, a caravan of protesters were in Bend calling for Walden to host a town hall.
Walden hasn’t hosted a town hall in 500 days and has not responded to his opponent’s calls for a debate before the election. Democratic candidate Jamie McLeod-Skinner has a debate planned for this Friday in Medford and has invited Walden to attend.
Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan talked to Walden on Saturday to get his response to his critics.
Several fire crews with support from helicopters and air tankers were on the scene of multiple brush fires west of Redmond Friday afternoon.
The fires broke out within about a mile of each other along State Highway 126, prompting the closure of a six-mile stretch of the highway, as crews tackled them on the ground and by air.
The fires were reported around 1:30 today in the area of milepost 101 to 103. However, the quick response from multiple agencies allowed crews to contain the fires to only 11 acres. No structures were threatened and no evacuations were ordered.
Sheriff Shane Nelson told Central Oregon Daily that a malfunctioning vehicle could have sparked the fires accidentally, but the cause of the fire is still under investigation.
ODOT said highway 126 was closed between milepost 98 and 104 and urged motorists to avoid the area. One lane of the highway was opened just after 6 pm but it will likely remain partially closed until 9 pm tonight as crews work to mop-up hot spots along the highway.