Source on the Scene: Deschutes County Fair

Join Central Oregon Daily’s Allison Roecker as she experiences the Deschutes County Fair for the first time. She’ll ride rides, pet adorable animals and, of course, try some fried fair food!
 

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Thanks to our Source on the Scene sponsor, Indian Head Casino, for giving us the time and resources to show you some of the best events and entertainment that our region has to offer, every Friday night on Central Oregon Daily.

Running for a Cause

Redmond Runner Plans 200 Mile Run to Raise Awareness for His Wife

The annual two-day Cascade Lakes Relay gets underway officially tomorrow, but two runners are already on the course. They’re planning to run more than 200 miles solo, instead of with a team.

Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan meets one of those runners, a Redmond man who is taking on the challenge to raise awareness of his wife’s chronic debilitating illness.

Longer Wait Times Expected at Redmond Airport

Redmond Airport is asking anyone flying between Wednesday and Friday to arrive at least two hours prior to departure time to clear the TSA screening process due to a temporary x-ray machine outage.

Security manager Nicole Jurgensen said the broken machine means TSA is down to just one line for security screening and it could lead to passengers experiencing wait times of up to 45 minutes until it’s fixed.

To accommodate for the potential back up, airline ticket counters will open at 3:15 a.m. with passenger screening beginning at 3:30 a.m. for the rest of the week.

While this week’s longer wait times may be due to malfunctioning equipment, Redmond Airport officials say they’ve seen more passengers and longer wait times before now.

With the newest addition of the 737 Seattle flight and future construction taking place next year to expand the airport’s air carrier ramp, Redmond Airport’s growth is showing no signs of slowing down. That means those longer lines could eventually be here to stay.

737 Flights Come to Redmond

Fifty flights go in and out and Redmond Airport everyday but Friday’s flight from Seattle was a special one.

The first 737 landed at Redmond Friday afternoon and is the largest commercial to operate out of the airport in its history. Up till now most of the flights operating out of Redmond held only 76 passengers. The 737-800 planes almost double that.

The flight, operated by Alaska Airlines, will run daily from Redmond to Seattle, which is the number one market for RDM.

The daily inbound flight will depart from Seattle at 12:30 p.m., arrive in Redmond at 1:40 p.m. and the outbound flight will head to Seattle at 2:35 p.m. For now the flight will run seasonally with plans to expand in the future.

While Alaska Airlines is currently the only airline operating 737s out of Redmond, the airport homes to see more airlines bring in larger planes in the future.

 

Life Flight Celebrates 40 Years in Central Oregon

The Life Flight Network provides air medical transport services out of 25 different bases in Oregon, Idaho, Washington and Montana.
Today, the company celebrated their 40th anniversary here in Central Oregon, and as Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan report, their celebration is giving residents a chance to talk advantage of a one-time-only membership rate that could save your life someday.
Because of their 40th Anniversary, Life Flight is offering a $40 special membership rate now through Labor Day, but it is also important to note that to make sure you are completely covered for emergency flights in Central Oregon, fire officials and paramedics recommend you get memberships to both Life Flight and Air Link, which is the other provider of air medical transport services in our region.

Bilingual Education

A Program in Redmond Is Educating in Two Languages

As the school year comes to the close across Central Oregon, some Kindergarteners at the Redmond Early Learning Center are celebrating their completion of a duel-immersion language program. Students in the program learn their reading, writing and arithmetic in both English and Spanish.

Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan takes a look at this pioneering program in Redmond.

Homeless Camp Eviction

There’s a property east of Redmond where, at one time, hundreds of homeless campers were squatting. The last remaining campers left the property Tuesday after the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office issues an eviction notice on Monday.

Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan was on the scene when land owners surveyed what was left behind.

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.