Ready to Rumble

Bend Fighter Makes His Professional Boxing Debut

Chris Johnson got a late start to his boxing career, making his first Golden Gloves appearance as a 22-year-old, but late last year, the 25-year-old Bend fighter became a father for the first time, and he decided that is was now or never, if he was ever going to take his shot at becoming a professional boxer.

Central Oregon Daily’s Eric Lindstrom followed Chris “The Truth” Johnson, all the way from the opening days of training camp in Bend to the final bell of his first professional fight in Medford.

Gun Control Debate

Redmond Gun Store Owner Weighs In on Future of Firearms Industry in Wake of Florida High School Shooting

The debate over gun sales and gun control has been re-ignited ever since the deadly high school shooting in Parkland.

Central Oregon Daily’s Lisa Carton talks to the owner of Colfax Tactical, RBR in Redmond about this renewed debate, and the challenges he faces as a gun owner, maker and seller.

There have been more than one hundred federal gun control bills introduced in Congress since the 2012 Sandy Hook massacre, and all have failed. There are still signs that this time could be different as the high school survivors of the Parkland, Florida shooting are keeping up the pressure on Congress and planning mass protests around the country to end gun violence.

Five Dogs Rescued from Redmond Home

On February 25, 2018 the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office received a call from a concerned citizen reporting several dogs abandoned on a property in Redmond.

Deputies were dispatched to the 3900 block of NW Progress Lane in Redmond, to check on the dogs, which the citizen said had likely not been cared for in several days.

Deputies observed several dogs inside the residence through a window and attempted to contact the last known resident of the home, but those attempts were unsuccessful.

On February 26, deputies executed a search warrant and rescued four pit-bull mix and one Chihuahua mix dogs. A fifth pit-bull mix dog was found dead on the property. The Sheriff’s Office said through its investigation in was concluded that the dogs were likely not fed, cared for, or checked on for at least six days prior to being seized.

On February 28, Anne M. Springer of Redmond, who was determined to be the owner of the six dogs, was cited in lieu of custody on five counts of Animal Neglect II and one count of Animal Neglect I.

The five dogs are currently at Brightside Animal Center in Redmond.

Free Professional Photo of Your Pooch at Smith Rock on August 26th

Celebrate National Dog Day on Saturday, August 26th at Smith Rock State Park. Bring your four-legged friends to the Dogs of Smith Rock 2017 event for a hike and a free professional photo, courtesy of Gary Eidsmoe Photography. There will be water, dog treats and a raffle for dog gear, services and more, provided by Bend Pet Express, 10 Barrel Brewing, Doggieville Ranch and ParaPup Designs, with all proceeds going to Brightside Animal Center in Redmond.

Mt. Bachelor Kennel Club’s 35th Annual Dog Show Coming to Expo Center

Karen Gray with the Mt. Bachelor Kennel Club and her Champion Australian Shepherd, Teak, visited Central Oregon Daily to talk about the upcoming AKC Dog Show, Agility, Obedience & Rally Obedience Trials June 30- July 2 at the Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center in Redmond, Oregon. There will be three back to back shows and trials, one each day. Gates open at 8 a.m. and the event is free to spectators. Over 3,500 spectators are expected, in addition to over 1,000 competitors from all over the Northwest, California, Nevada, etc. Get more info HERE.

Reclassification of High School Athletic Conferences

A committee of athletic directors and high school administrators is looking at major changes in the state’s conferences. Changes that could separate Bend’s high schools from Redmond high schools for the first time in more than a decade. They’ve scheduled a public hearing for Monday in Wilsonville to get input from other athletic directors, administrators and parents on the latest proposals.

Central Oregon Daily’s Curtis Vogel looks at how the “class shuffle” could change with whom and where our local athletes compete.