▶️ 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 TSA.gov.

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 Oregon.gov/Realid.
  2. You must apply for Real ID in person. You can visit a DMV office or make an appointment at DMV2U.Oregon.gov.
  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.

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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.”

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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.

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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)

▶️ Queen Elizabeth II wasn’t supposed to become queen. Here’s how it happened.

Queen Elizabeth II sat on the British throne for 70 years before her death on Thursday at the age of 96. But had it not been for a decision by her uncle, she might never have become Britain’s longest-reigning monarch for 70 years.

When King George V died in 1936, the mantle passed to his eldest son, Edward VIII. If Edward went on to have children, those children would precede Edward’s younger brother Prince Albert and Albert’s children in the line of succession.

But Edward was in love with an American woman, Wallis Warfield Simpson. That turned into a major issue for the church because Simpson was twice-divorced and both her husbands were still alive.

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Edward wanted to marry Simpson, but Simpson’s marital status was an arrangement the Church of England would not accept. The prime minister wasn’t happy, either, according to an account by Biography, and there was concern the British people would also be displeased.

Edward chose Simpson. He not only abdicated his right to the throne but signed away the rights for any of his offspring to wear the crown. 

That allowed his younger brother to ascend to the throne. Albert took the name George VI as he became king. George’s eldest child was Elizabeth. When her father died in 1952 and Elizabeth was just 27, she would begin her record-long reign as the British monarch. 

The other thing that allowed Elizabeth to succeed her father is that George VI had two daughters but no sons. Prior to the Succession of the Crown Act in 2013, male offspring would go ahead of their female siblings in the order of succession regardless of who was born first. 

The royal order of succession now follows Elizabeth II with her son, Charles, her grandson, William, and great-grandson, George.

The abdication by Edward VIII was dramatized in the Oscar-winning drama “The King’s Speech.”

▶️ Oregon Real ID deadline now 8 months away; Don’t wait like everyone else

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.

Saturday marks eight months to that deadline.

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

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 eight 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 Oregon.gov/Realid.
  2. You must apply for Real ID in person. You can visit a DMV office or make an appointment at DMV2U.Oregon.gov.
  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.”

Man who kidnapped woman sentenced to 10 years in prison

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon man who at knifepoint kidnapped a Washington woman with whom he had previously been in a relationship has been sentenced to 10 years in federal prison.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office — District of Oregon says 61-year-old James Cooley of Rainier was sentenced Monday after previously pleading guilty to kidnapping.

Court documents say on May 18, 2020, Cooley traveled from his home to the woman’s home in Ilwaco, Washington, approached her, tied her hands with zip ties and dragged her to his vehicle.

Documents say he shoved her into the backseat and drove to Rainier while threatening to kill her. His sister saw them in Rainier and called police, who arrested him.

▶️ ‘Slept with my cell phone’: Bend North coach says World Series spot denied

Bend North Little League Coach Brett Hartlaub was holding onto a smidgen of hope that his team will be added to the Little League World Series following last week’s controversial end to their season. 

“I slept last night with my cell phone on my nightstand, knowing that East Coast time was earlier,” Hartlaub said. “When I woke up (Monday) morning and there was no call, hope kind of went away at that point.”

Hartlaub admits that with the tournament starting on Wednesday, it would be a herculean effort to get his team to Williamsport, Pennsylvania in time should that phone ring.

Hartlaub said Monday that Little League Baseball has basically cut off communication despite his effort to have Bend North added as an 11th team to the World Series. He says he’s been told the tournament field will not be expanded.

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“Little League is no longer responding to my phone calls or my emails at this point,” Hartlaub said. “They, I think, feel they have ruled on this issue.”

Hartlaub said the team pushed a social media campaign over the weekend to get Bend North added.

“The call to action was incredible and the amount of people who participated in that was surprisingly high and really fun to see,” he said.

Little League Baseball, in a text message, tells Central Oregon Daily News it has nothing more to say on the matter.

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What happened?

The team from Bonney Lake and Sumner, Washington, defeated Bend North 3-2 in extra innings last Thursday in the Northwest Regional Final. The controversy came on a ball hit down line and hit the ground just past third base.

The third base umpire called it foul. The home plate umpire called it fair.

The Washington player who was on first at the time rounded the bases and scored the winning run.

Hartlaub, who says the foul call should have ended the play then and there, called for a replay. After the umpires conferred, they let the fair call by the home plate umpire stand.

Hartlaub: We’re supportive of Team Washington, umpires

Hartlaub remains complimentary of the Washington team. He says Bend North doesn’t want to take Washington’s place in the World Series.

But he says his team should be invited as well and that the tournament could be adjusted to include Bend North.

Hartlaub also wants to be very clear. He is supportive of the umpires. 

“Those players, those coaches, those umpires were under more pressure than any other game, I would assume, in their lives,” Hartlaub said. “One guy saw it one way. One guy saw it another way. The rulebook is clear.”

Hartlaub cites this line from page 34 of the Little League rulebook, which states “If a batted ball is inadvertently called ‘foul’, and it touches the ground in live ball territory it is irrevocably foul and the ball is dead.”

Little League Baseball released a statement Friday:

“In the final play of the 2022 Little League Baseball Northwest Region Championship Game, despite the on-field conclusion, the official call on the field was a far ball by the home plate umpire. Ultimately, upon video review, there was not clear and concise evidence to determine whether the ball was fair or foul, and the fair ball call was sustained. While we regret any confusion at the end of the game, we remain supportive of all the volunteers who were involved in this matter.”

Hartlaub says his issue is with the process. He expressed disappointment that the statement never addressed the foul call.

“It does not. That was our biggest frustration,” Hartlaub said. 

To make his point clear, Hartlaub refers to an analogy that he tells his players. Regardless of what they think something should be called — ball or strike, fair or foul — it’s ultimately whatever the umpire calls it. 

“The definition of a foul ball is whatever the umpire calls. And the umpire called that foul.” he said.

Little League Baseball has nothing to add

Central Oregon Daily News reached out to Little League Baseball Monday to ask if the organization was formally denying the request to add Bend North to the World Series and if it would address the rule that Hartlaub cites.

The response was “We have no further comment outside of our official statement. Thank you.”

Hartlaub thankful for the home support

Hartlaub also expressed his thanks to the Central Oregon community for its “overwhelming” support over the past few days.

“Thank you to this community for supporting these players and this team,” said Hartlaub. “Hundreds of text messages have come to me in support and in emails and instant messages and all that stuff. It’s been incredible. Bend loves baseball and Bend loves those kids so it’s really cool. I want a big thank you out there for that.”

Hartlaub also says that with the season ending, players are into transition mode.

“It’s time to go swimming. It’s time to hit the lakes. It’s time to get ready for football and soccer seasons,” Hartlaub said. “Most of those kids, obviously, there’s a propensity of athletes to play other sports. That transition’s beginning.”

Oregon in AP Top 25 preseason college football poll

Alabama is No. 1 in the preseason AP Top 25 for the second straight season. That is also the ninth time overall, second most in poll history.

The Oregon Ducks enter the season at No. 11, one of three Pac-12 teams in the poll. The others are Utah at No. 7 and USC at No. 14.

The Crimson Tide received 54 of 63 first-place votes.

Ohio State is No. 2 with six first-place votes.

Defending national champion Georgia is third with three first-place votes.

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Clemson is No. 4 and Notre Dame rounds out the top five.

The Tide’s preseason No. 1 ranking is the seventh in 15 years.

Since the preseason rankings started in 1950, only Oklahoma has been No. 1 in the initial poll more than Alabama.

Here is the full Top 25:

  1. Alabama
  2. Ohio State
  3. Georgia
  4. Clemson
  5. Notre Dame
  6. Texas A&M
  7. Utah
  8. Michigan
  9. Oklahoma
  10. Baylor
  11. Oregon
  12. Oklahoma State
  13. North Carolina State
  14. USC
  15. Michigan State
  16. Miami (FL)
  17. Pittsburgh
  18. Wisconsin
  19. Arkansas
  20. Kentucky
  21. Ole Miss
  22. Wake Forest
  23. Cincinnati
  24. Houston
  25. BYU

Travis Pittman contributed to this report.

▶️ Inflation still high: Here’s how to get more money in your paycheck now

Consumer prices jumped 8.5% in July compared with a year earlier, the government said Wednesday, down from a 9.1% year-over-year jump in June.

Average paychecks are rising faster than they have in decades — but not fast enough to keep up with accelerating costs. More people are trying to figure out ways to find every penny possible.

You may be someone who has as much money withheld from your paycheck as possible in hopes of a big refund at tax time. The Internal Revenue Service has a tool it says can help you take more money home now and get close to zero in terms of what you owe, or get back next spring.

It’s called the tax withholding estimator.

“So come tax time,  you don’t have a big swing refund one way or owe a bunch another way,” said IRS spokesman Raphael Tulino. “It gives you a chance to really get it as close as possible to zero, which can keep money in your pocket throughout the whole year and give you a chance to pay only what you owe based on your taxes when it comes to tax time.”

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Tulino said the estimator will ask a lot of questions including any credits or deductions you are expecting to help you get that number as close to zero as possible.

He does have this caveat.

“It’s not going to be exact. Few people get it to zero,” Tulino said. “But it does take into account, and will give you the chance to take into account, everything you have financially based taxes to give you something in the arena that you want in the end.”

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IRS tax withholding estimator
Screen shot of the tax withholding estimator at IRS.gov.

The process takes about 20 minutes. Tulino said you will need certain documents at the ready such as pay stubs in order to accurately fill out the estimator. 

It will also ask you common questions you might normally answer on a tax return including your filing status, if you have a claimed dependent, 401k and HSA information and more.

It will not ask for personal information such as your name, your social security number or bank account numbers.

Tulino says that the earlier in the year you use the estimator, the better. That’s because the closer you get to the end of the year, the harder it is to make a difference in your take-home pay that will also get you to zero at tax time.

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