Bend Activists Join National Abortion Ban Protests

Highly restrictive abortion bans have been proposed, and in some cases passed, in states across the country, reigniting the debate over abortion in recent weeks. Pro-choice activists across the country have organized protests, including one right here in Bend. Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan spoke with one such activist and also with an anti-abortion activist to hear both sides of the issue.

City Council Expands Mural Allowances After Student Request

At last night’s Bend City Council meeting, the council voted to amend the Bend City Code to allow murals to be painted across the city, an idea first pitched to them by a group of local 5th graders.

The students from Elk Meadow Elementary wanted permission to paint a mural on a retention wall near their school, but the city only allowed for murals to be painted on businesses in the Makers District.

Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan spoke with one city counselor about why the chose to expand the program to allow murals across the City of Bend.

Wildfire Prevention Programs Could Lose Funding

An $80 million budget that would’ve gone toward nationwide fire prevention programs may be set back to zero after the US Forest Service announced this morning that it was planning to cut the funding.
 
Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan has more on what those cuts could mean for fire season here in Central Oregon.

Medal of Honor Recipient Bob Maxwell Dies at 98

As a longtime resident of Bend and member of the Band of Brothers, Bob Maxwell was the oldest of all of the Medal of Honor recipients still living in the U.S. Central Oregon Daily has learned that Maxwell passed away Saturday night in Bend at the age of 98.
Maxwell was in the Army during World War Two, and was stationed in southern France, when a hand grenade landed in the middle of his fellow soldiers, and Maxwell leaped on the grenade to save the other soliders.
Maxwell was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions on that day, and until he died on Saturday, Maxwell was the only living Medal of Honor recipient in Oregon.

One of the Maxwell’s closest friends and fellow member of the Bend Band of Brothers, Lyle Hicks, told Central Oregon Daily on Sunday that he had coffee with Bob every morning and “you just don’t get a chance to meet many people like Bob in your life”.

Today Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan spoke with some of the men who knew Maxwell best and this morning’s meeting of the Band of Brothers.

Wilderness Area Permits Planned for 2020

Day permit systems will go into effect during the summer of 2020 at seven trail heads at Mount Jefferson, two trail heads at Mount Washington and 10 trail heads at Three Sisters. More information about how to purchase these passes will be available in the near future.

Creating a Defensible Space

Fire and emergency management teams are asking that residents begin protecting their homes from potential disaster during wildfire season. Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan met with members of the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Oregon, the Bend Fire Department and Project Wildfire for an in-depth look at how you can create defensible spaces around your home to protect it and your family from wildfire.

Statewide Day of Action

Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan highlights the “Day of Action” in which educators, school staff, parents, and many others across the state took to the streets to bring attention to Oregon’s lack of education funding and the impact it is having on our public schools.