▶️ Deschutes County discusses rural ADUs to fight housing crisis

As Deschutes County searches for ways to help with the housing crisis, one idea was discussed in a Public Hearing Thursday night. Senate Bill 391, passed in 2021, allows counties to have rural accessory dwelling units (ADUs).

“This is Deschutes County’s attempt to craft that state program into a local program,” said Deschutes County Associate Planner Kyle Collins.

Senate Bill 391 established baseline requirements including things like:

  • The lot must be two (2) acres or larger
  • One single-family dwelling must be sited on the lot
  • The ADU is limited to 900 square feet of usable floor space

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“The senate ultimately left those up individual jurisdictions on how they want to implement those, so that’s a portion of the public hearing process, for decision-makers, in this case, the planning commission to vet those and decide what they think the appropriate interpretations are,” said Collins.

Another portion of the hearing listened to public comments, both for and against.

“They increase sprawl, usually. They are far away from public services and amenities,” said Central Oregon Landwatch attorney Rory Ibell. “They tend to burden their inhabitants with long transportation costs and long car commutes that increase greenhouse gas emissions.”

“They don’t have the money, don’t have a place to leave, and it becomes very difficult and this is something that can help them as well,” said another public commenter.

Rural ADUs can only happen once a state wildfire risk map is complete and released. It was announced Thursday that a new draft of that map will be relased March 1, 2023 and a final version won’t come out until late 2023.

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Until then, the rural ADU timeline gets pushed back.

“No one would actually be able to apply and begin constructing an ADU until that map is finalized,” said Collins. “So, we are probably looking at late 2023 based on that timeline that has been presented by the Department of Forestry.”

The planning commissions allowed the continuation of written public comment until September 29 and will hold deliberations on October 13.

After deliberations, the planning commission will recommend proposed amendments for rural ADU’s to county commissioners.

For more information contact

Kyle Collins, Associate Planner


(541) 383-4427

▶️ New team, same goal: Summit boys soccer makes statement in league opener

Tuesday was a big evening in boys soccer in Central Oregon as Summit and Ridgeview came into a match-up as the top two 5A high school teams in the state.

“We know what we can do, we know what we are capable of, and we are ready to take on anyone in the state,” said Summit senior Bowen Teuber.

With a championship mentality, Summit boys soccer knows how it feels to win. Last year, the program won the 6A state title. But this is not last year’s team. This is a whole new group.

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“With the group last year, it was just an incredible group. An anomaly is what we’ve been calling it,” said Summit head coach Joe LoCascio. “To think that it is something to replicate, something to follow up with, that was probably the last thing on our mind and the first thing in our minds to get over.”

The phenom of unique athletes may not be there. What is there is a talented group of collective, motivated players.

“We might not have the individual athletes like last year, but we are a whole team. We are all here to win. That’s all we want,” said Summit senior Aidan MacLennan. “We put all our effort into training, all our effort into games. It’s a family.”

Now in 5A, the Storm is in a lower classification and a new league.

The other teams, the league,” said Locascio. “It’s nothing compared to … can we do our absolute best this year as a Summit squad.”

In their league game, Summit defeated Ridgeview 6-0.

“Our goal is set as high as we did last year,” said Teuber. “Conference title. I think that we want to get back to that state title, even though it’s 5A we’re ready, we want that.”

▶️ Underdogs or top dogs? Caldera girls soccer remains unbeaten; Ranked No. 1

Only one undefeated girl’s soccer team left in Central Oregon, and it’s the team with the least experience.

They have never played at the varsity level before this season.

It’s the girls soccer team at Bend’s newest school, Caldera High.

“I have very high expectations,” said Caldera sophomore Camryn Wurth. “I think this is going to be a very good season for us. I’m just excited to see how we do against the other teams.”

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In their first two varsity games ever, they defeated last year’s 5A state champions and runner-up state champions.

“It’s an ideal start absolutely,” said Caldera girls soccer head coach Gavin Meyer. “Reasoning: I think we just have a lot of depth on our team, and so we have a deep bench, and all these girls are capable of starting, and that helps us out quite a bit.”

Last year, the new school opened with freshman and sophomores, playing only JV games. Now they are playing at one of the highest levels, without a single senior on the team.

“In some ways, it’s nice,” said Meyer. “Ignorance is bliss. We don’t know what the teams were like last year because we weren’t in this league, and we weren’t playing varsity teams. So we are just showing up and playing games.”

It’s a pack of wolves that’s hungry for success.

“You can put something in front of them, and they are going to do it right,” said Meyer. “These girls are goal-oriented, and they are looking for good outcomes.”

According to the players, they’re more than just a group of girls on a soccer field.

“We’re more than a team: we’re family,” said Caldera junior Sienna McCarl. “We are really well connected. We have been playing together for a while.”

A new team in a new league, still trying to prove their worth.

“I don’t totally know how well known we are, but we definitely are a new school and this is only our second year playing sports and being open in general, so we are still kind of making a title for ourselves,” Wurth said. “So, we definitely are a little bit of underdogs.”

Those underdogs are now the top dogs.

After the team’s 5-0 victory over Henley Thursday night, the Wolfpack is now the No. 1-ranked 5A team in the state of Oregon.

Conference play for Caldera starts next week as the Wolfpack take on Bend High School at home on Tuesday at 7 p.m.

▶️ State Representatives candidates square off at forum in Bend

Candidates for state representative were at Open Space Studio in Bend Wednesday night for a forum.

“Tonight when I came, I have not heard the candidates speak altogether,” said forum attendee Keith Rockrow. “That was a big accomplishment tonight. They all articulated their opinions and their future and outlook for District 53 and 54.”

Running for House District 53 is Emerson Levy and Michal Sipe, answering questions from supporting job creation to relieving traffic congestion.

“Multi-model transportation is that pathway to the future,” said Levy. “It supports all users, walk, bike, uses transit or drive. As a community, we are so focused on the outdoors, and it increases the value of our community and also relieves congestion.”

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Questions about climate change and outdated water rights were also asked.

“We need to pipe the canals,” said Sipe. “We need to get the canals piped because there is so much seepage and so much evaporation. I know this is controversial, but that is what we need to do because we have to get the water from where it is to where it needs to go.”

Running for House District 54 are Judy Trego and incumbent Jason Kropf, answering questions on topics such as broadband infrastructure to lack of childcare on the High Desert.

“We need to make child care affordable and accessible,” said Trego. “This will require addressing the unmet need of affordability for families and fair compensation for the childcare workforce.”

Topics of housing and homelessness also came up.

“We are going to come together, we are going to solve this problem, we are going to tackle this problem,” said Kropf. “I am confident that when we put our efforts behind it that we can make sure that everyone has a safe place and that we can move people from crisis to shelter to stable housing.”

For around two hours, 14 questions were asked and answered, giving voters a better idea of who they want to vote for.

“I wanted to see how they presented themselves in front of us, the voters and I pretty much made up my mind as to who I want to support for the future for 53 and 54,” said Rockow.

There were complaints about disruptions from the audience during the forum. The Bend Chamber responded to that in a tweet on Thursday.

“Bend Chamber events have historically been welcoming and business-centric. We tried something different this year to make it accessible to all, resulting in a different mix of attendees that did not represent the Central Oregon business community. The behavior of some of the attendees in last night’s state house seat forum was not what we expect or condone from our events. It is critical for our Chamber to work with all parties and believe that differing points of view and political affiliations are part of our political system that deserves respect.”

▶️ Coaches, players react to shot clock coming to Oregon high school basketball

The pace for Oregon high school basketball is picking up as a shot clock is coming.

“I think it was just a matter of the timing with the change by the NHFS and, you know, some push by coaches and others to see it get done,” said Oregon School Activities Association Executive Director Peter Webber.

Last year, the National Federation of State High School Associations changed its rules on allowing a shot clock and states that weren’t following suit were out of the loop with the national rules committee.

The change in rules allowed states to use the shot clock and remain in compliance.

“You hear different things from different coaches; you hear some are really in favor of it. It will pick up the pace,” said Webber. “We heard from people who are not in favor of it. That they think there will be some issues as far as exasperating the differences between teams that are really skilled and good and teams that aren’t.”

Monday morning, the Oregon School Activities Association voted to add a 35-second shot clock comes the 2023-24 season.

“I think it is a great thing for the game,” said Mountain View girls head coach Jon Corbett. Make it more fun for the kids to play, make it more fun for most fans to watch other than the ones that like to watch a grind it out kind of game. I think it is more fun to coach as well.”

“At Bend High, we are excited for the trajectory a shot clock will provide our girl basketball players,” said girls head coach Maria Ramirez. “A shot clock will reward defense and enhance the level of play and skill necessary for players to compete.”

A few local players and coaches were all for it and admitted it would change the game’s strategy both offensively and defensively, especially late in the game.

“It will keep the game moving, and we’ll get more shots, more opportunities to score and it will just keep the game going more faster,” said Mountain View sophomore Brady Kennedy.

“It will make the game definitely more competitive, it will make it more fast paced and you will have to get open a lot more, find a good shot and pass around a lot,” said Mountain View junior Ian Prictor.

“There are a lot of coaches out there that will like to burn, 4, 5, 6, maybe even the whole fourth quarter sometimes, and it really makes it not a whole lot of fun to watch, so this will be good, it will be a really good thing,” said head girls coach at Mountain View Jon Corbett.

Not all classifications were in favor of a shot clock, however.

Only four of the six were in the majority, as most of the 4A and 2A classifications did not want it.

“I think for the coaches that aren’t comfortable playing at that speed, I am sure there is a downside to that,” Corbett said. “Maybe they have had a system in place for 10, 15 years, and now they have to readjust that, but I think in the long run, they are actually going to really enjoy having to learn some new things. It changes how you practice. There is a lot to it. I think most people would think, hey more offense, but it really, it changes a lot of aspects to what you are doing.”

A few athletic directors told Central Oregon Daily News they are worried about the logistics and cost of now having to add a shot clock.

Mountain View High School Athletic Director Lance Haas says there will be extra costs involved as they will have shot clocks that work with their system but will need to add them and the electric system since they’ll be on top of the backboards.

Schools will have their choice of what type of shot clocks to get,” said Haas. “You can get some that just sit on the floor, or you can get the ones that mount to the back of the baskets. It will be up to individual schools.

OSAA says they will try and help schools find the best fit and cost for each school.

Shot clock added to Oregon high school basketball starting in 2023-24 season

Oregon high school basketball is picking up the pace as a shot clock is coming.

The Oregon School Activities Association executive board voted Monday morning to approve a 35-second shot clock starting in the 2023-24 season.

The shot clock is only for varsity games.

Adding a limited time before having to shoot the ball significantly changes high school basketball in Oregon.

Those who like a fast, up-and-down pace won’t see much change to their strategy. But coaches who want to control the ball and wait for the right shot are in for a big difference, especially come the fourth quarter.

▶️ Patrick, Schimmoller face-off in Redmond mayoral debate

Two candidates for mayor of Redmond squared off in a debate Thursday night.

Jay Patrick and Ben Schimmoller went head-to-head.

“I’m not done fighting for Central Oregon,” said Ben Schimmoller. “I’m not done fighting for Oregon and if you elect me for mayor I will keep fighting everyday for years to come.”

“I’m not in it for a title,” said Patrick. “I’m not in it for anything but serving the people”

More than 100 people were eager to learn about each candidate and their policies.

Several questions centered on the city of Redmond’s biggest challenges.

“In Redmond, housing is just way too expensive,” said Patrick. “We have families here that can’t stay here because they can’t afford to live here.”

Other questions were about the candidates’ top priorities.

“To keep Redmond growing sustainable without compromising our core values that keep Redmond, Redmond and never letting Redmond into just another Bend,” said Schimmoller.
Stances on mental health and rehab centers were also asked.

“(County Commissioner) Patti Adair has been wanting to get more mental institutions in Central Oregon,” said Patrick. “We don’t have enough.”

The homeless crisis was also a topic of discussion.

“We need to figure out a better short-term solution until the state gets measure 110 because that has been a disaster.” said Schimmoller.

More than 20 questions were asked of the 24 year city council veteran Jay Patrick and the 29-year-old with experience working State Senator Tim Knopp, Ben Schimmoller before closing statements.

“I really hope they see my sincerity, they feel my honesty and see my transparency,” said Patrick.”

“I want them to feel like there is someone who is always going to stand for the same values they feel like, while still looking forward to tomorrow and being ready for it,” said Schimmoller.

After the debate, attendees were given a bead and were encouraged to place it in a jar with the name of the candidate they feel would be the best mayor for Redmond.

The two other Redmond mayoral candidates are Charles Baer and Ed Fitch. They were not invited to the debate, as this was between two candidates considered the conservatives.

▶️ ‘Bridge between life and death’: Bend Fire and Rescue holds free CPR classes

In the case of cardiac arrest, seconds can contribute to someone’s fate.

“The lay person that comes upon the victim during a cardiac arrest is the bridge between life and death,” said Bend Fire and Rescue volunteer Larry Bryant.

Bryant knows all this first hand, experiencing a cardiac arrest in 2017 while with his girlfriend.

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“I keeled over in her living room. Fell down like a bookcase,” Bryant said. “Made a lot of racket and was totally unresponsive.”

Lucky for Larry, his girlfriend knew CPR.

“But also knew to call 911 immediately and get the ball rolling, and the dispatcher talked her through doing compression-only CPR,” Bryant said.

Ever since his near-death experience, Larry has volunteered his time teaching CPR classes.

Wednesday night, about a dozen people showed up for a free CPR and Stop the Bleed class.

“I wanted to update safety and take care,” class attendee Frank Carly. “I have four grandsons, and they are all really active, and I am not a spring chicken.”

The non-certified course teaches hands-on life-saving techniques.

“It is so important that we get the public’s help in these emergencies because the public can intervene very early, and the chances of that person going home is greatly increased with the public’s help,” said Bend Fire and Rescue Captain Peter Hossick.

The courses are on the first Wednesday of every month for ages 12 and up.

“Bend’s survival rate is extremely high, in the 70% range, where nationally, it’s only 10%, 20% at best,” said Bryant. “This is a good community because of the combined efforts of EMS, police, and the individuals.”

▶️ Hundreds gather at Drake park to mourn the two victims in Safeway shooting

Honor and respect took place in the form of a vigil Monday night at Drake Park in Bend.

The vigil was for the two victims of a shooting at Safeway in Bend Sunday night.

“We wanted to pay tribute to the victims and also to be a part of the community,” said Heather Davis Vanatta, Bend resident at the vigil. “It’s so difficult what’s happened.”

Heather and her husband David Vanatta were two of hundreds who gathered for the vigil.

“After something so tragic, we all need to feel that sense of community and we need to be here for one another,” said Contessa Mendoza, who lives near the shooting.

People were shaken that something like this would happen in a small Oregon town.

“To see things like this happen in such a place, where this kind of stuff would never happen before, it just breaks my heart and makes you feel like you really figure out and focus on what is really happening, so we can not see something like this happen again,” said Mendoza.

Singers took the stage at the beginning and the end of the vigil, while a few spoke in between songs.

This tragedy hit Heather and David close to home as they lived in New York near the Sandy Hook shooting.

“That was such a horrific experience. We live with it still,” said Vanatta. “No one ever thinks it’s going to be your town, your shopping center, your school and yet it is.”

Tears were shed and hugs were given, paying respects and mourning Glenn Edward Bennett and Donald Ray Surrett Jr.

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▶️ Central Oregon football teams gearing up for season, square off at jamboree

Teams from across the High Desert competed in a football Jamboree at Redmond High School on Thursday.

Redmond, Sisters, Caldera, La Pine, and Madras squared off before the start of the season.

“Did great, our players were running hard, defense was real good out there, were fast, I have a good feeling about this season,” said Sisters High senior quarterback Easton Moore.

“I feel like our pocket was there, we threw it good, had a couple touchdowns in the air, now we just need to work on the run game,” said Redmond High senior running back Kyle Littlejohn.

“Gets us ready for the that game speed before game one, you know,” said Madras High senior quarterback Drew Boyle.

A last tune up before the real games begin.

Something maybe needed a little extra this year with so much change to this year’s conferences.

All of the Bend schools will be in the same conference as Redmond and Ridgeview this year at the 5A level.

“It’s going to be cool, a lot more people, bigger crowds, it’s going to be a lot more exciting,” said Littlejohn. “A different level of competition with Summit and a bunch of different teams coming around. It’s going to be awesome.”

That includes a team with no seniors this year, Bend’s newest school, the Caldera High Wolfpack.

“We don’t have a lot of expectations, we are the underdogs, but I hope we can go out and fight and maybe go to the playoffs this year,” said Caldera High sophomore Brady White.

Sisters is also going down a classification, now in the same league as La Pine.

One team is looking to turn things around.

“I feel good about it. Last year we didn’t have our best record, but this year we will do a lot better,” said Moore.

The other team is looking to remain on top.

“This year’s team, we are a gritty bunch, we have been playing together for a while. We have some big shoes to fill from last year’s team that went to the semifinals,” said La Pine senior quarterback Colton Campbell.


Central Oregon High School games week one:


Mountain View vs Canby 

Redmond vs Hood River Valley

Ridgeview at Springfield

Caldera vs Pendleton

Summit at Tualatin (6A)

Bend at Lincoln (6A) Thursday 9\1


Crook County at Philomath

Madras at Sweet Home


Sisters at Burns

La Pine at Corbett


Culver vs Weston McEwen

  • 7 p.m. start time

A long travel time, Crook County, Madras football put in Greater Oregon League

▶️ OSAA proposal moves Bend high schools to 5A, joining Redmond, Ridgeview