Deschutes Co. seeks volunteers who want to mentor youth of incarcerated parents

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office is holding a class later this month to to prepare volunteers to become mentors for children with an incarcerated parent. 

The program is called Central Oregon Partnerships for Youth (COPY). Volunteers are matched with a child in Bend, Redmond, Sisters or LaPine that share similar interests and activities and commit to spending a few hours a week together for a minimum of one year. DCSO says the time is often spent on outside activities, exploring the community, doing art or craft projects, or simply hanging out and talking. 

But first, there is initial training and a background check.

A volunteer training class is being held on Saturday, April 22. DCSO says the 3½ hour class covers program policies, Q&A from a current volunteer, how to establish a mentor relationship, the impact incarceration has on families, communication skills, and the stages of a mentoring relationship. 

The free program requires advance registration.

More information can be found by calling 541-388-6651 or emailing Additional program information is available at the Sheriff’s Office web site at

▶️ Little Did I Know: The Ale Apothecary founder Paul Arney

In Part 2 of Little Did I Know’s four-part series of Craft Beer Pioneers of Central Oregon, Meteorologist Scott Elnes meets an early employee of Deschutes Brewing that went on to establish his own business that is different from traditional breweries.

Meet Paul Arney of The Ale Apothecary.

RELATED: Little Did I Know: Deschutes Brewery founder Gary Fish

▶️ Instant Landscaping moves 200-ton building for Highway 97 project

Instant Landscaping in Bend moved a 200-ton building Saturday to make way for a new highway.

The landscaping supply company moved their masonry truck shop about 1/2-mile north. 

The move is to make room for the Bend North Corridor Project. That project is shifting the portion of Highway 97 that runs between Empire Avenue and Cooley Road to the east — in other words, right where Instant Landscaping sits.

RELATED: Chimney, part of porch on historic Anderson home in Bend collapse after move

RELATED: Watch: Historic Anderson home in Bend is slowly moved 700 yards

According to Instant Landscaping, this may be the largest building ever moved in Central Oregon.

“Entering the roadway and going off of the roadway is critical. And then the landing spot at the foundation site has to be compacted just right. And so it’s a it’s a team effort and it’s but we’re ready,” said Tim Larocco of Instant Landscaping said before the move.

The business hopes for no hiccups this time. Last November, the historic Nels and Lillian Anderson farmhouse that the business uses as its office was moved about 700 yards. But the chimney and some shingles from the porch were damaged. A construction worker told Central Oregon Daily News at the time that hydraulics on the vehicle that moved the house collapsed. 

Central Oregon high school football scores for Week 7

It’s time for more high school football.

Below is a look at the scores from the seventh week of action for 2022 in Central Oregon, provided by ScoreStream.

And check out the story from Central Oregon Daily’s Eric Lindstrom showing how local high schools are seeing an increase in kids coming out for football, bucking a national trend of declines.

You can also find the full 2022 football schedules for Central Oregon High Schools at these links

Bend | Caldera | Crook County | Culver | La Pine | Madras | Mountain ViewRedmond | Ridgeview | Sisters | Summit





▶️ Oregon 5th among ‘most-watched’ House races in US, election forecaster says

Just like Oregon’s race for governor, the race for the House of Representatives from Oregon’s 5th Congressional District is being rated a “toss-up” by major elections forecasters. One says it’s among the most-watched House races in the 2022 midterms.

Both the non-partisan Cook Political Report and “Sabato’s Crystal Ball” from the University of Virginia Center for Politics say the race between Democrat Jamie McLeod-Skinner and Republican Lori Chavez-DeRemer could go either way.

The 5th District was redrawn following the 2020 Census. It now includes much of Deschutes and Jefferson counties which used to be in the 2nd District.

RELATED: Oregon governor’s race a ‘toss-up’ by national forecasters. They explain why.

RELATED: Nike co-founder now backs different candidate in Oregon governor race

Rep. Kurt Schrader, D-Ore., is the incumbent, but he was defeated by McLeod-Skinner in the May primary.

Almost immediately after Schrader losrt, Cook downgraded the district from “Lean Democrat” to a “toss-up.”

Kyle Kondik, Managing Editor at Sabato’s Crystal Ball, said the Oregon 5th is one of about two dozen House races in the country it has listed as a “toss-up.”

“Usually in a neutral kind of year, a seat that Biden won by high single digits, in this era in which presidential voting can be so predictive of district outcomes, you might think the Democrats would have an edge in this race. And they may still end up carrying the seat,” said Kondik. “This is still a little bit of a Republican-leaning environment — maybe not as much so as it was earlier in the year, particularly before the Dobbs abortion decision. 

Kondik notes that Republicans and outside Republican groups have been highly focused on this race, indicating they believe it’s winnable. The Congressional Leadership Fund, the biggest spender on the Republican side, has made a significant investment, Kondik said.

The 2nd District continues to be represented by Rep. Cliff Bentz, R-Ore. Both ratings agencies have not handicapped that race, indicating that they expect it to stay in Republican hands.


▶️ Central Oregon high school football scores for Week 6

It’s time for more high school football.

Below is a look at the scores from the sixth week of action for 2022 in Central Oregon, provided by ScoreStream.

And check out the story from Central Oregon Daily’s Eric Lindstrom showing how local high schools are seeing an increase in kids coming out for football, bucking a national trend of declines.

You can also find the full 2022 football schedules for Central Oregon High Schools at these links

Bend | Caldera | Crook County | Culver | La Pine | Madras | Mountain ViewRedmond | Ridgeview | Sisters | Summit


▶️ Oregon Real ID deadline now 7 months away: What you need to know

Oregonians will need more than a standard Oregon driver license or ID card at airport security checkpoints to board a flight within the U.S starting May 3, 2023.  Residents will need a Real ID-compliant driver license or ID card, or a passport or other federally acceptable ID.

Monday marks seven months to that deadline.

The Transportation Security Administration has a full list of identity documents it will accept for air travel at

The big key here is do not wait until the last minute, because thousands of other people may also wait until the last minute. DMV offices in Oregon and across the country are busy, and the U.S. Department of State has a backlog for passport applications and renewals. As the REAL ID deadline approaches, DMVs and the State Department will get busier.

Is your license or ID card expiring in the next seven months?

You can renew your Oregon license or ID card up to 12 months before your expiration date.

If you need to renew between now and May 3, 2023, the Oregon Department of Transportation recommends to do it early and add the Real ID option in order to save you a second trip to DMV or the wait for a passport.

Real ID is optional in Oregon because you may already have a passport, passport card, military ID or other credential for air travel.

However, if you want the Real ID option on your Oregon driver license or ID card, don’t wait until you book a flight.

How do I get the Real ID option in Oregon?

  1. Make sure you have the documents you need to qualify for Real ID. Create your own checklist at
  2. You must apply for Real ID in person. You can visit a DMV office or make an appointment at
  3. Bring the documents on your checklist and your current license or ID card, and pay the $30 Real ID fee in addition to the regular issuance, renewal or replacement fee.
  4. Then the process is the same as a standard Oregon card: signature, get your photo taken and receive a paper interim card until your Real ID plastic card arrives in the mail in 5-10 business days. You cannot use the interim card for air travel.

“You may already have the ID you need for air travel,” Joyce said.

“But if you don’t, please act now – get or renew your passport, or add the Real ID option to your Oregon license or ID card. Oregon DMV offices are already very busy, but they will get busier in 2023 because of Real ID.”

Fish fossil catch from China includes oldest teeth ever

NEW YORK (AP) — Researchers in China have found a major catch of fish fossils, including the oldest teeth from any species.

The scientists describe some of the fossils, which are more than 400 million years old, in a series of studies published Wednesday.

Researchers say the fossils can help us understand how ancient creatures evolved their jaws and teeth. When fish got their bite, it was a big moment for evolution and set our ancestors on a new path. But fossils showing this transition are rare.

The discoveries in China include new fish species and the oldest teeth ever, which can help fill in the gaps in the fossil record.

▶️ It’s National Roundabouts Week: Here’s a history of Bend’s RABs relationship

This is National Roundabout Week — something we in Central Oregon know a lot about. In honor of the occasion, we’re re-sharing this story that Central Oregon Daily’s Allen Schauffler and Steve Kaufmann produced almost exactly one year ago about the history of RABs in our region.


The “Roundabout Revolution” in Bend started with a single intersection on Century Drive and a traffic control concept borrowed from Europe.

It was the city’s first roundabout and Oregon’s first roundabout, built in 1999.

“We were a small enough city at that time, just under 50,000,” says City Traffic Engineer Robin Lewis. “We didn’t have any traffic controls other than stop signs on the West side of Bend.”

Developer Mike Hollern, CEO of Brooks Resources, knew the intersection well and knew change was coming to the West Side.

“Traffic was picking up to the point something needed to be done at this intersection and what the planners from the city were talking about was either a signal or a three-way stop sign; In either event it would have required the removal of those large 150-year old plus Ponderosa Pines,” he said. “I’d spent some time in Europe and had seen how well roundabouts worked there and it seemed like an obvious place for it.”

RELATED: Check out the artwork selected for two Bend roundabouts

RELATED: Welcome to the US roundabout capital, and it’s not in Central Oregon

But it wasn’t just his love of nature.

Hollern freely admits to other motives as well.

“At the same time, we owned property all around here. And that road (what is now SW Chandler) did not exist. But we also wanted access to that part of the property, the Century/Washington Center.” he said.

So, his company paid for it and built it with permission from the city. It also required a sign-off from ODOT because Century Dr. was a state highway at the time.

Hollern says that first roundabout (or “RAB” in traffic planner shorthand) cost $300,000 to $400,000 dollars.

The price has gone up of course, way up over the years.

A recently installed two-lane RAB at the intersection of 27th, Butler Market and Empire, cost $6.3 million.

“We’re all in now,” Lewis said. “I think we’ve normalized roundabouts for our region and that was really one of our goals.”

Bend now has 42 of them with more in the works.

Study after study shows there are fewer and less severe accidents than at intersections governed by traffic lights.

Cars keep moving rather than sitting, idling and pumping out exhaust.

But is this happening at intersections all over the country? We checked other u.s. cities about the same size as Bend and found none of them with anywhere near 42 roundabouts.

Renton, Washington has one, another on the way.

Spokane Valley, Washington has six.

Vacaville, California has two with a few more in design phase..

Vista, California; five.

San Angelo and Edinburg, Texas, both at zero.

Davenport, Iowa; two.

In Tuscaloosa, Alabama the traffic chief tells us they have two and a half.

And then we come to Carmel, Indiana, the true “Roundabout City USA.”

Mayor Jim Brainard is proud to lay out the numbers.

“We have 138 today and seven more under construction,” he tells us.

Jim has been mayor for 25 years and roundabouts have helped keep residents happy and keep him in office.

“When we first started there was a lot of skepticism. But then people started to drive them. I couldn’t remove one today if I wanted to,” he said. “The fight is over who’s going to get the next one.”

Traffic roundabouts can be a little unnerving if you’re not used to this kind of intersection but Central Oregon drivers have largely accepted them.

Not that there’s much of a choice at this point.

At Bend’s Kittelson & Associates office, where they helped design that first roundabout, Matt Kittelson sees more coming.

“The $190 million transportation bond the city passed includes a number of roundabouts,” he said. ” think depending on the preferred alternatives and how it works out it could be another dozen in Bend.”

According to Principal Engineer Scott Beaird, the firm has now designed about 1,000 RABs in North America and literally written the book on how to build them

“We wrote the initial roundabout design guide for the Federal Highway Administration,” he said. “We wrote the follow-up to that and we’re currently working on the third edition.”

All roundabouts are different, Scott says, but the basic concepts and goals remain the same: make it safe, keep speeds down, keep traffic moving as much as possible.

Make it obvious to drivers they should yield to traffic going in, signal going out and watch for cyclists and pedestrians.

And the advice from Mayor Brainard in Carmel?

“Hang in there and keep building them.”


Closure of Highway 20 near Santiam Junction delayed until Sunday

The start of a planned two-week closure of U.S. Highway 20 west of Santiam Junction is being delayed until Sunday due to safety concerns.

U.S. Highway 20 will be fully closed for a 3-mile stretch. That closure was set to start Friday and last until Sept. 22. But the Oregon Department of Transportation said that’s being pushed back to Sunday for traveler safety.

“Drive carefully and be prepared if you travel this weekend. Hot, dry winds may prompt power line shutoffs to prevent fires. Treat traffic signals without power like a four-way stop. Trees and vegetation may be on the road. In dry conditions, be careful parking to prevent vehicle-sparked fires,” ODOT said.

RELATED: Red Flag Warnings, air quality advisories on tap for Friday, Saturday

RELATED: Cedar Creek Fire 4 miles from Crane Prairie; Cultus Lake buildings wrapped

The closure is to build a retaining wall, repair damage from landslides and to move and rebuild a section of the road.

The project area is between mileposts 54 and 57. That’s 19 miles west of Santiam Junction. The closure will be between mileposts 55 and 56.

According to ODOT, “During the road closure all campgrounds within 27 miles east of Sweet Home along U.S. 20, including House Rock Campground, will only be accessible from the west side. Seven Mile Horse Camp, Lost Prairie Campground and Iron Mountain trail will only be accessible from the east side.”

Highway 20 closure detour map

Until the full closure, there will be single-lane closures with a pilot car weekdays from 6 a.m. – 6 p.m.  That will resume from the end of the two-week closure through the end of October.

The $4.96 million project is expected to finished by the end of October. 

Here is more from ODOT: 

The recommended repairs for the Double Gate and Upper Sunken Grade slide areas is to regrade and/or realign the road and build a retaining wall. We are ​also conducting further tests at milepost 53.7, but we have no construction planned at this time due to lack of funding.

Road Realignment and Retaining Wall Construction (milepost 56 – 56.2):

We’ll install a retaining wall on U.S. 20 to slow the movement of the landslide. The wall will be located along the inside of the horizontal curve in the roadway and will need a minor roadway realignment slightly toward the uphill side. The wall will isolate the roadway from the landslide mass to prevent further movement of the roadway. As part of the work we will reconstruct 1,000 feet of roadway to establish the new alignment and grade. 

Road Reconstruction (milepost 55.4 – 55.6):

Many horizontal drains were installed in 2019 to help water flow through the area. The current project will regrade and reconstruct the roadway at this site which has seen significant settlement.​

Santiam Pass Highway 20 road work
Work on Highway 20 west of Santiam Junction, August 2022. (Credit: Oregon Department of Transportation)