▶️ Lamination may keep your vaccination card safe, but could prove problematic

Those little vaccination cards could be your ticket into businesses or events without a mask, but what’s the best way to keep it safe and secure?

Some choose to laminate it.

“We do get questions about it pretty much every day,” Jerry Williams, The UPS Store owner said.

Multiple Bend print shops tell Central Oregon Daily News they’ve only had a handful of customers come in, including UPS on Century Drive.

“Maybe one or two a day that are asking about it,” Williams said. “So not very many.”

Renee Mansour, Minuteman Press owner, sees even less on a daily basis.

“I would say ranging from six to ten people have come in,” Mansour said.

For those who want a lamination, Williams recommends you provide or request a copy of the card.

The UPS Store owner doesn’t suggest laminating your original card in case it needs to be written on again for a booster shot.

Technical difficulties on the print shop’s end is also possible.

“There are times when lamination won’t take,” Williams said. “You don’t want to ruin the original.”

Mansour has advised her customers to not to laminate their cards for the same reason Williams says you should make a copy.

Mansour, however, doesn’t even think a duplicate is a good idea.

“I feel that that would be leaving room for them to be used by somebody else,” Mansour said.

Deschutes County Public Health tells Central Oregon Daily News they have not been suggesting laminating vaccination cards.

Public Health has been recommending taking a photo of the card and saving it to the favorites folder on your phone.

▶️ New 3D mammogram machine proves convenient for Madras St. Charles patients

In her 16 years as a patient at St. Charles in Madras, Debbie Taylor has seen the hospital’s technology progress.

“My first child born in 2006, her images were on x-ray film,” Taylor said. “So I’ve seen a lot that’s grown and changed.”

The hospital’s most recent change is moving from 2D to 3D mammogram technology.

The new machine was brought to Jefferson County through a partnership between Central Oregon Radiology Associates and St. Charles.

Once again, Taylor experienced the change firsthand.

“I was very comfortable,” Taylor said. “I mean obviously you’re needing to get yourself situated for the machinery to take the best images, but Stefanie was very professional with that, very communicative of what the process would be, and six images later I was done and out the door.”

Mammographer Stefanie Brown says the imaging is noticeably better.

“With 2D we saw a lot of superimposed tissue that we were like, is that a mass? Is that not a mass?” Brown said. “Now with the 3D being able to slice through that, we can give them the most confidence that they had the best mammogram possible.”

The new machine also provides a form of convenience Jefferson County hasn’t seen before.

“This really brings a higher level of diagnostic quality to our patients, and really prevents them from having to drive to Redmond to receive the care,” David Golda, St. Charles Madras hospital administration Vice President said. “Which they had been doing for many years.”

About 50 women, including Taylor, received a mammogram on this machine in just the last two weeks.

The technology and experience is an improvement for both patients and technicians.

“I support the changes and the growth that St. Charles is having here in Madras,” Taylor said. “I think it’s just going to move us forward.”

According to St. Charles, a majority of insurance carriers cover 3D mammograms and patients should not see an increase in cost from a 2D mammogram.

However, St. Charles adds that patients should always check with their insurance to ensure there will be no surprises.

▶️ Vaccinated locals express mixed reactions over updated mask guidance

From “it’s too soon” to “this could convince others to get their COVID shot,” reactions seem mixed in Bend regarding being fully vaccinated and mostly not having to wear a mask.

Some see the perks.

“If you’re out more in nature, outdoors and stuff where you can be more distanced from people,” Sally Wiedeman, Bend resident said. “It’s a great idea.”

Others see potential harm.

“Definitely, I think it’s too soon,” Angela Doescher, parent said. “We don’t have any really good way of knowing who’s vaccinated and who’s not.”

Many are stuck in the middle.

“I feel that I’m protected,” Doug Reinthal, Bend resident said. “But I believe as far as public health goes, not everybody is playing the same game.”

Brown: Oregon to follow CDC lead; masks no longer required for those vaccinated

Reinthal is fully vaccinated, but says there are still certain places he will continue to wear a mask.

“Whether I was in a nursing home or care facility,” Reinthal said. “I would feel obligated to do what I could to prevent any spread or whatever that I may possibly be carrying.”

Wiedeman, a health care worker, can think of a few situations as well.

“If I’m still going into stores or in a crowded outside venue,” Wiedeman said. “I might have it on.”

Earlier this week, Angela Doescher told Central Oregon Daily News she was excited that her high-risk, 13-year-old son can now be vaccinated.

But even with the shot he got Friday, Doescher still wants to be careful.

“I’ll still be wearing my mask and so will he in crowded places,” Doescher said. “But it’ll be nice to be able to go to very little gatherings or parks and know at least he’ll be protected.”

Regardless, multiple residents told Central Oregon Daily News Friday it’ll be a strange adjustment.

“Kind of watch, and see, and judge if you have your mask on or not too,” Wiedeman said. “That’s kind of the new world we’re in.”

▶️ Something for everyone promised at The Grove, Bend’s first ‘Food Hall’

Bend’s first food hall opens May 28th.

The Grove, located in Northwest Crossing near Summit High School, has at least nine places to eat or drink, all in one place.

“There’s ice cream, there’s coffee, there’s Italian, burgers, smoothie bowls, Thai food,” Packy Deenihan, Bend Brewing Co. president and co-owner said. “There’s a lot of things going on, so I think everybody in the family can find something to eat here.”

You may recognize Thump Coffee, Left Coast Burger Company, or Bend Brewing Company.

Actually, Bend Brewing will be known as Waypoint at The Grove.

New NWX development ‘The Grove’ announces opening date, dining tenants

The new location is still serving beer, but also bringing cocktails and wine into the mix.

“So just a little bit more of an elevated experience, we’re really proud of the cocktail list we’ve curated,” Deenihan said. “It’s going to be eight taps from Bend Brewing and a wine list that’s from Pacific Northwest and Northern California.”

Greenleaf Juicing Company is new to town.

The Portland-based business focuses on healthy, plant-based offerings like juices, smoothies, and salads.

“The Grove, that whole community that’s popped up around there, just looks like a beautiful, very in-line with our product,” Ben Mills, Greenleaf director of operations said. “Healthy, environmental sustainability through food.”

Business owners say the food hall setting does have its perks.

“It’s a little bit more friendly for all four seasons, no matter if it’s snowing outside or 100 degrees,” Deenihan said. “Obviously it’s indoors, but then there’s big sliding glass doors that would be perfect on a summer day as well.”

“Well it allows us to focus on the making of the food and getting it out,” Mills said. “Instead of maintaining the whole area.”

Not every business will open at the same time.

Waypoint opens sometime next week, and Greenleaf opens in July.

▶️ Summer of Fun? More live music, festivals now possible if vaccine target is met

Local events were lacking last summer due to the pandemic, but the likelihood of less restrictions could be a game changer for local event producers.

“You know the Governor’s announcement yesterday, that’s great,” Beau Eastes, Old Mill District and Les Schwab Amphitheater marketing director said. “It feels like maybe the first real road map we’ve got from the concert industry.”

Summer events have been in the works for Les Schwab Amphitheater and Lay It Out Events, but under the assumption that tighter restrictions are possible.

Now knowing that will likely change, event organizers have a little more flexibility.

“With more people you can have more vendors at the event, you can start to think about music, some childrens’ activities,” Aaron Switzer, Lay It Out Events producer said. “There’s just a lot of stuff with festivals that grow as the event grows.”

Bite of Bend is still canceled for Lay It Out Events, but Balloons Over Bend will likely be able to accommodate more people than originally planned.

Brown sets 70% vaccination goal to lift COVID restrictions, reopen economy

Summerfest is still being thought out.

“I mean now that the numbers for that can go up,” Switzer said. “We just are in a real scramble to figure out what does that look like?”

Brewfest is still canceled at Les Schwab Amphitheater, but they have announced nine summer concerts including Dierks Bentley and NeedToBreathe.

“The announcement is great,” Eastes said. “But we’ve been in the process of putting together a show list well before this.”

What remains a guessing game is capacity.

The amphitheater is now encouraging Oregonians to get vaccinated through their initiative “Ready to Rock, Get the Shot.”

“If we want to have that,” Eastes said. “We really encourage everyone to get vaccinated.”

Bend Park and Recreation was pessimistic about the Fourth of July Pet Parade, but they tell us they’re now much more hopeful it can happen and an announcement is expected soon.

▶️ Taste This: Bend Izakaya Ronin

Scotty Byers doesn’t consider Bend Izakaya Ronin a sushi bar, it’s more than that.

It’s a place for friends to get together and share small plates, plus gain an appreciation for Japanese culture.

On this episode of Taste This, sponsored by Newport Avenue Market, Meghan Glova is introduced to Ronin’s unique Omakase experience. Filled with hot, cold, and raw dishes.

Keep in mind, customers should provide the restaurant at least 24 hours notice for Omakase.

Bend Izakaya Ronin is located in the Century Center.
70 SW Century Drive #120
Bend, OR 97702

▶️ Mother of high-risk son ‘really happy’ about vaccine approval for kids 12-15

The pandemic has been tough on 13-year-old Stryder Doescher.

Doescher struggles with epilepsy, Landau-Kleffner Syndrome, and an unknown connective tissue disorder to name a few.

“It’s not even a question of whether it’s going to be causing him something that’s causing lifelong problems,” Angela Doescher, mother said. “But getting COVID will.”

Angela was relieved to find out her son is now eligible to receive the Pfizer vaccine, following the FDA’s emergency use authorization for kids as young as 12.

“I’m really happy,” Angela said. “There’s a lot of controversy and stuff. But for us, we’ve talked to all the doctors, I’ve done the research, there’s no reason. Especially with his medical history.”

Dr. Logan Clausen, Central Oregon Pediatric Associates chief medical officer, says she’s thrilled some of her patients can now get the vaccine as soon as Monday.

“There’s a lot of misunderstanding about COVID in the adolescent population and it can be incredibly severe and life threatening,” Clausen said. “We are seeing increasing rates of teens and 20 year olds being hospitalized here in Central Oregon, so I think it is incredibly important. Especially in this population to get them vaccinated.”

Clausen says the high efficacy rate of the vaccine in children should also instill confidence.

Angela hopes the vaccine will help get life a little back to normal for her son.

“Right now he goes to school, he only goes to one class because after that one class is lunch and everybody with no masks,” Angela said. “Because he gets infections so easily anyway, it’s just not safe for him.”

Doescher hopes to get his vaccine as soon as possible.

“You know, this isn’t just about us,” Angela said. “This is about everybody and getting back into how we can all be together safely.”

▶️ As student quarantine numbers grow, parents worry about kids falling behind

Bend-La Pine Schools’ altered schedule is a direct response to the number of students missing out on class to quarantine.

Just two days after returning to in-person instruction, Michelle Mattingly’s son was told to quarantine for 10 days after a close COVID contact at school.

Soon after, her daughter also had to do the same.

“They were excited to finally be back all in,” Mattingly said. “The other part for me is like well what if it happens again this week? I mean we have no idea, it’s not like we can guess when they might have an exposure.”

Mattingly says the most frustrating part was the lack of instruction her children received during those 10 days.

No class, just online assignments.

“Like with the hybrid at least he had some social connection,” Mattingly said. “But he had nothing for those ten days and same was true for many of his classmates.”

Janet Ainardi’s 8th grade daughter also had to quarantine, even after two negative COVID tests.

Like Mattingly, Ainardi was not impressed by the lack of instruction provided by High Desert Middle School.

“She’s a kinetic learner, she has to see, she has to ask, she has to be available, she has to see it all, touch it all,” Ainardi said. “I just don’t understand why they didn’t provide at least some online presence in the classroom when we have the technology.”

Around 700 Bend-La Pine students have had to quarantine due to rising COVID cases and contacts across the district.

The situation has forced the school district to alter middle and high school schedules.

Starting Monday, most high schoolers will be released early at 1:35 on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.

Most middle schoolers will stay home all day Wednesday for distance learning.

“I’m just a huge proponent for these kids being back in school,” Mattingly said.

The goal is to give teachers a chance to work with students struggling during or post-quarantine.

Mattingly doesn’t believe this is the right option, neither does Ainardi.

“I feel it is unproductive,” Ainardi said. “Now you’re cutting into other students’ time as well, and that’s not what we’re asking for.”

Ainardi says it’s a step in the right direction, but not the right solution.

“I feel that the district should reconvene,” Ainardi said. “Really have discussions with parents about what our expectations are.”

“That’s tough because they were just getting back finally,” Mattingly said. “It’s not an easy situation.”

Bend-La Pine Schools does not plan on shifting the schedule again.

▶️ Taste This: Alley Dogz

It was 2016 when John Davis thought, “what kind of late night food is Bend missing?”

Apparently, it was hot dogs!

On this episode of Taste This, sponsored by Newport Avenue Market, Meghan Glova digs into the diverse menu of Alley Dogz.

Featuring some high quality, specialty hot dogs and lots of surprising vegan options.

Alley Dogz is located at Midtown Yacht Club
1661 NE 4th Street
Bend, OR 97701

▶️ Supply chain issues have bike shops, customers waiting for new rides

If you’re trying to buy a bike in Bend, you may have to wait awhile.

“Demand is skyrocketing,” Dan McGarigle, Pine Mountain Sports owner said. “Supply chain is tough right now.”

McGarigle says his bike shop, and many others in town, have seen a shortage since this time last year.

“I’ve been in the bike industry for about 27 years, and where we’ve seen some booms and some up ticks in the market,” McGarigle said. “We’ve never seen what we’re seeing right now.”

McGarigle says this isn’t just a local problem, it’s happening nationwide.

And he wouldn’t be surprised if the shortage was still going on a year from now.

“The bike industry is under siege right now in a very good way,” McGarigle said. “But where demand is high, the demand is simply higher than vendors can fulfill.”

If you’re lucky, you could be waiting between a few weeks and a couple of months to get your hands on a new bike.

That depends on what you’re looking for.

McGarigle’s shop has a decent supply of high end mountain bikes, we’re talking $4,000 or more.

However, snagging a bike not in stock can be difficult.

“We have some customers that have ordered bikes that we’ll get for them in February of 2023,” McGarigle said.

Customers might just have to recognize that for now, it’s a waiting game for everyone involved.

“I would tell folks that if you’re thinking about buying a bike right now, get in line, be patient, and recognize that where we used to be able to walk into a store and buy what we want,” McGarigle said. “Right now in the bike industry you should plan on being a little patient, if not a whole lot patient.”