Riding for the Title

Equestrian State Championships in Redmond

Teenage equestrians from all across the state are in Central Oregon this weekend at the Deschutes County Fairground and Expo Center in Redmond.

Central Oregon’s Lisa Carton met some of the young riders who are competing in the Oregon High School Equestrian State Championships.

The team winners of this state competition move on to Washington to compete there at the Pacific Northwest Invitational Championship.

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.

Redmond Seeks Funds For Three New Police Officers

The Police Department in Redmond is asking for more officers to address the growing population of their community, but now the question is, how does the city pay for those officers?

Central Oregon Daily’s Curtis Vogel joins us with a look at the budget discussions going on in Redmond tonight.

The Redmond Police Department says the originally-planned increase in officers would have helped them establish a drug enforcement team, increase the size of daily patrol teams on duty and help reduce traffic violations and accidents as well as institute a downtown foot patrol.

With the public safety fee idea now shelved, the City of Redmond’s budget director says they are going to have to pull from other departments budget to even add three more police officers.

2nd Amendment Rally Planned in Redmond

Women Gather in Support for the Second Amendment

This weekend, women across the state are expected to gather at four different locations including Redmond City Hall in a show of support for the Second Amendment. It’s a follow-up to a series of pro-gun rallies that were held last weekend in all 50 states.

Preston says she is asking attendees to refrain from bringing open carry rifles even though it’s legal to do so. She says she wants to work in partnership with local law enforcement and welcomes everybody to what she says is meant to be a family friendly event.

Addiction in Central Oregon

Representative Walden Discusses Drug Issues in Central Oregon

Representative Greg Walden was in Madras today to discuss substance abuse and addiction in Jefferson County and found that opioids are not as big a problem as other drugs in that area. 
Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan was there for the roundtable discussion

You can reach out to Representative Walden’s office with any questions or feedback on any of the upcoming anti-opioid proposals before Congress by contacting Nolan Hern at Nolan.hern@gmail.house.gov or at 202-224-6730.

Redmond Park Wins Funds for Accessible Playground

Central Oregon Park Wins Statewide Contest

Redmond’s Baker Park is the winner of the Portland Trailblazers Moda Assist Program. Baker Park was one of the three comunity projects across the state that were eligable for the contest. The park will recieve $13,590 which equals $10 for every one of the 1,359 assists that happened during the contest. The money will be used to install playground equipment.

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.