From dings and dents to totally destroyed, cars in Central Oregon are taking a serious beating this winter because of the brutal conditions. Now, body shops across the High Desert are feeling the pinch. Here’s a look at how one shop if dealing with the bittersweet reality of being too busy, and how one car owner is dealing with being told it will be months before the damage done to his car is finally fixed.
Just when Downtown Bend business owners thought there was a ray of sunshine in what has been a bleak winter, the snow is back and making it difficult for shoppers to navigate their way into and out of the area.
Central Oregon Daily’s Eric Lindstrom joins us from downtown with a look at how the winter storms have impacted the businesses’ bottom line.
If you’ve ever tried to rent a place in Bend, you know the drill: fill out an application, and go up against a dozen, or several dozen renters who want the same place. But a perfect storm of winter weather and new construction has opened a tiny window of opportunity for anyone looking to get into a house or apartment.
Central Oregon Daily’s Mackenzie Wilson takes a closer look.
School districts are working around the clock to secure their campuses after the collapse of Highland Magnet at Kenwood School’s gym roof in an effort to get students back to class after Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday.
Central Oregon Daily’s Mackenzie Wilson takes a look at school’s removing snow from their roofs to make their students safer.
With several feet of snow stacked up across Central Oregon, the next big concern is flooding.
Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan spoke with city officials about how they’re preparing for the warmer temperatures this week, and what happens when all of that snow starts melting.
Even Bendites got the big wakeup call when Highland Magnet at Kenwood Elementary School‘s gym roof collapsed; businesses were quickly busy shoveling snow off their roofs. But for one 300,000 square foot building on the west side of Bend, help didn’t come soon enough and part of the building buckled under the weight of the snow.
Central Oregon Daily’s Mackenzie Wilson has the video of the collapse and what city officials say you should be doing to keep it from happening again.
For nearly 100 years, the Highland Magnet at Kenwood School building has been used to educate elementary students on the west side of Bend. Tonight, a part of its historic campus lays in ruin.
Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan was there as the building was demolished this afternoon.
UPDATE FROM REDMOND SCHOOL DISTRICT
Update January 12, 2017 1:22 p.m.
Out of caution for student and staff safety, all Redmond Schools are closing early today, January 12, 2017 and canceling Friday, January 13, 2017. After ongoing review of facilities, and increase incidents of roof leaks throughout the day, it has been determined that it’s best to remove staff and students from the buildings. Although we believe students are not in immediate danger, we are choosing to err on the side of caution and safety. We anticipate school resuming on Tuesday, 1/17/2017, as Monday is a national holiday.
Elementary Parents: Please come and pick up your students from school as soon as possible. If your student has not been picked up by the end of the day, they will be sent home according to their normal transportation plan whether that is walking, pick up, or by bus. Busses will be running on a normal schedule.
Middle and High School Parents: Please come and pick up your students from school as soon as possible. If your student has not been picked up by the end of the day, please know that buses will be running on a regular schedule. If your student is a walker or driver, they will be released at this time.
Homeowners are looking at all of the snow piled up on their roofs and wondering if their houses could suffer the same fate as the FedEx building on Jamison Street.
Central Oregon Daily’s Chris Biggs spent the day talking to homeowners and roofers who are trying to deal with this “heavy hazard.”