Safety Concerns for Highway 97

A fatal crash last week left one woman dead after succumbing to her injuries, and caused extensive delays since the highway was shut down as crews investigated and cleared the scene. Crashes like this aren’t uncommon on this stretch of highway, an issue that has prompted the Oregon Department of Transportation to push for some safety improvements for the corridor between Redmond and Bend, but budget restrictions are proving an issue for the sweeping changes that are likely needed.

Central Oregon Daily’s Allison Roecker spoke with ODOT officials and residents to see what kind of changes could be in store for Highway 97.

Redmond Marching Band Needs New Uniforms

The Redmond High School marching band has been a part of the community since it was started in 1927 and in those 90 years the band has only had three uniforms. Each set of new uniforms has been expected to last over 20 years, but these most recent uniforms have lasted almost a generation. That age shows with some uniforms missing buttons, zippers are broken, some just don’t fit many of the students and students and teachers alike describe the uniforms as “outdated.”

Central Oregon Daily’s resident band kid, and reporter, Anyssa Bohanan has more on how the band hopes to raise $55,000 for new uniforms.

Redmond Students Deliver Meals for Those in Need

Students in Redmond have embraced the holiday spirit and have been creating food gift baskets for the Family Access Network, or FAN, which supplies meals for those in need. Central Oregon Daily’s Allison Roecker went up to Redmond to ride along as the students delivered those meals in style.

Not All Heroes Wear Capes, This One Drives for FedEx

A random act of kindness by a 10-year-old Redmond girl has forged a friendship between her and the local FedEx driver who delivers her medication. Central Oregon Daily’s Eric Lindstrom brings us this heartwarming story, just in time for the holidays.

First Responders Train for Worst-Case Scenario in Redmond

It’s the kind of event that you don’t want to think about, but you have to prepare for it.
That was the situation on Friday when the Redmond Police Department – ORDeschutes County Sheriff’s Office Oregonand other first responders held a Mass Casualty Drill at Obsidian Middle School.
Central Oregon Daily’s Lisa Carton was there and has more on today’s drill.

St Charles to Close Redmond Birthing Center

After months of discussion, and despite public outcry, St. Charles Health System has announced that birthing services will no longer be available in Redmond. St. Charles says the decision was made because the labor unit in Redmond was consistently less than half full – but community members and nurses are concerned what the decision could mean for mothers who will now have to travel to Bend to give birth.
 
The health center in Redmond will continue to supply pre- and post-natal services, but the birthing center will shut its doors next summer.

Redmond City Council Hopes to Keep Birthing Center Open

The Redmond City Council is discussing a resolution tonight that would encourage St. Charles to keep the birthing center at its Redmond facility open. The potential closing of the birthing center has become a hot button issue for medical professionals and community members, and Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan has more on the story.

Rep. Walden Visits Redmond Band of Brothers

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.