DUII crash leaves multiple people injured in east Bend

A DUII crash in Bend early Sunday morning left several people injured and ended with an arrest. 

Bend Police and Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office were called to a serious motor vehicle crash at the intersection of NE 8th St. and NE Greenwood Ave. at 1:35 a.m. 

They found that 31-year-old Bend man Kenneth Stewart had been driving east on Greenwood in his 2002 Toyota Tacoma when he failed to stop for a red light. 

He hit a 2003 Chevrolet Silverado that had been driving north through a green light. 

Two people were in the bed of the Silverado, and one of them was ejected when the crash happened. 

Several people in the truck were significantly injured, with one person sustaining possibly life-threatening injuries. 

Stewart was uninjured, and he was taken into custody without incident. 

He was booked at the Deschutes County Jail on the following charges: 

  • Assault 3 (B-Felony for DUII enhancement) (4 counts)
  • DUII
  • Reckless Driving
  • Reckless Endangering (6 counts)

Officers are working to notify the families of those injured, and more information may be released later. 

Hwy 20/Greenwood Ave. and 8th St. were closed for more than four hours but reopened close to 6:30 a.m. 

Members of the Bend Police crash reconstruction team responded to investigate and process the scene.  

Bend PD wants to thank the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office, Bend Fire and Rescue, the Oregon Department of Transportation Incident Response team and the City of Bend Streets Department for their assistance. 

▶️ Mobile showcase allows community to test drive electric cars, e-bikes

Start your engines…but keep the planet in mind. 

That was the goal of the Forth Mobile Showcase on Saturday, run by the Environmental Center in Bend and the nonprofit Forth, which seeks to provide equal opportunity for people to avail of electric transportation. 

Folks were welcome to come out and test drive electric vehicles and bikes for free to learn about more eco-friendly ways to get around.

Forth’s program manager JR Anderson said it was the most well-attended event they’d had this summer. Around 100 people had visited by noon. 

“I think the thing that surprised me the most was the interest in e-bikes,” he said. “We don’t all need cars. We’re learning that as we get older that climate change is happening, traffic is crazy in a lot of cities, so let’s figure out a better way to do this, let’s work together and try to save the planet.” 

They had a Chevy Bolt and a Volkswagen ID.4 available to test drive, as well as a few bikes. 

“I think what people are starting to realize is that an organization like Forth which is brand agnostic, you can learn about the car, you can sit in the car and drive the car but you don’t have any sales pressure,” Anderson added.

The event was part of the Green Tour, a broader-scale event in Bend and Redmond that shared solutions to reduce energy use and increase solar production in homes and commercial buildings. 

The last time the Green Tour happened in Central Oregon was 2019. 

“I hope that the green tour inspires folks to realize that there’s a lot of different ways they can make their buildings or their homes more energy-efficient and just really consider contributing to a sustainable community through their living situations,” said the Environmental Center’s Associate Director, Lauren Williams. “Whether you’re a renter or an owner, there’s a lot of things from small to large that you can do to make a difference. Our buildings in Bend use a lot of energy so we’re hoping this event motivates people to make a change in their home.”

For more information about the Environmental Center, you can visit their website at envirocenter.org

▶️ Community gathers for Worrell Park’s 25th birthday amid uncertain future

It was a birthday they didn’t want to forget. 

A group of community members gathered at Worrell Park in Bend on Saturday for its 25th birthday, another chance for them to speak out against a plan to flatten the park and turn it into a parking lot. 

The plan has the vote of two of three Deschutes County Commissioners. Patti Adair, the lone commissioner against the plan, spoke at the birthday event.

“I know once it’s flattened, we can never re-create it,” Adair said. “It has a lot of boulders, a lot of trees, it’s really something incredibly unique in Downtown Bend. Please, can we keep it?” 

She called the park a ‘little piece of heaven’, saying she hoped they could get just one more vote from another commissioner to save the park. 

Folks also heard from geologist Derek Loeb, who gave background on how the little hill in the center of town came to be. 

He said it was important to save the park “not just because it’s a unique geologic feature, but because it’s an important reminder that we live in a volcanically active area.”

Historian Vanessa Ivey also spoke about the park’s history and how the piece of earth has “withstood more than 100 years of community growth and development.”

“Today, Deschutes County and Bend continue to be places people want to be a part of,” Ivey said. “We are a destination for recreation, quality of life and opportunities. Development is ongoing. But like the people of Bend in 1920, and the officials of Deschutes County in 1997, we can choose what that development looks like. What we grow is a reflection of what we value. This rough-cut gem created from a force of nature is not just a reminder of what the landscape looked like over a thousand years ago. This pocket of park is also a reflection of the people who live here. What they assess as important for their community, for this moment, as we plan for the future. Examples left for those who follow.”

Teen leaders of the Green Leadership Coalition also took the microphone. The group’s co-leader, Olive Nye, shared part of a testimony that she plans to read before Deschutes County Commissioners. 

“Worrell’s natural high desert portrait contrasts that of other parks with manicured landscapes,” Nye said. “For this reason, Worrell is an important educational resource for people to learn about the natural Central Oregon ecosystem.”

“This decision affects not only our generation, but those to come,” she continued. “We want our children to find joy in the same places we did when we grew up, and flattening this park will take away another sacred place where kids can see marmots, watch butterflies pollinate, and learn about native tree species.”

Small groups of students from the coalition will take turns sharing testimonies about the park during upcoming commissioner’s meetings. 

A number of events have taken place at Worrell Park over the past several months, in an effort from supporters to prove its value to the community. 

Bend woman stabbed by stepdaughter, sustains serious injuries

A Bend woman was left with serious injuries after she was stabbed by her stepdaughter on Friday evening, according to Bend Police. 

Bend Police heard were told about a dispute on the 2000 block of NE Redbay Ln. in Bend at around 7:30 p.m. 

They discovered that the 52-year-old victim had been stabbed by her stepdaughter, 27-year-old Jaelene Lyman, and was on the way to the St. Charles emergency room. 

Lyman was arrested by police at the scene, according to Patrol Lieutenant Mike Landolt.

Police found out that the victim and Lyman had both been staying at the home on Redbay Ln. when they got into a fight, which led to the stabbing. 

The victim was stabbed multiple times in the chest area during the incident and she sustained serious injuries which do not appear to be fatal, police say. 

Lyman was booked at Deschutes County Jail and was charged with Assault 1- Aggravated and Unlawful Use of a Weapon. 

▶️ ‘I want my kids to enjoy the land’: Junked China Hat Road cars cleared out

Saturday is National Public Lands Day, celebrating the connection between people and the green space we’re surrounded by.

One way to celebrate is by helping restore public lands, which is happening with a clean up on China Hat Road.

Work was already happening Friday to clear the cars that have broken down or been abandoned along the road.

Central Oregon Daily News videographer Jarod Gatley, a new member of our team, went out to China Hat to learn more and to talk to the people working hard on the clean-up.

FROM JUNE: ‘Nowhere else for us to go’: China Hat Road campers told to vacate



▶️ Bend Roots Festival returns with 120+ local musicians, nine stages

As the weather gets a little warmer this weekend, it’s a good time to get outside for some live music.

A massive free music festival in Bend seeks to fill that need and shine a light on local artists. 

The Bend Roots Festival kicked off Friday night on nine different stages in or around the Box Factory. 

It was originally started in 2006 with just 12 acts, playing at the Parilla Grill in the Victorian Cafe for just one Saturday. 

“We were talking about what could we do instead of glorifying those that have already gone out into the world and made it, what if we could focus on the local community and give our local artists an opportunity to celebrate them, to celebrate their music,” said Mark Ransom, who founded the festival along with Brent Allen. 

RELATED: High Desert Chamber Music Announces Auditions for Spotlight Chamber Players

RELATED: R’Oktoberfest returns to Wild Ride Brewing for 14th year

It’s now grown to 120 mostly-local music groups performing across the nine stages. It’s the first year hosting the event in the central Box Factory location. 

“This year we’re coming back after COVID to one location, the Box Factory area and some surrounding venues,” Ransom said. “That feels really good too, because we spread it out for COVID, east side, midtown and now we’re coming back over here.”

The three-day, family-friendly festival runs through Sunday evening. 

“Performing at the Roots Festival is kind of a unique spot, because you have a lot of people who might not normally go out to concerts or to music venues,” said Matthew Fletcher, the sound engineer for the Spoken Moto stages and a performer himself. “Super family-friendly, so you get ages a couple months up to people in their 90’s.”

Jeshua Marshall and his band, Jeshua Marshall and the Flood, have been performing at the Roots Festival for seven years in a row. 

He now runs the Fuzz Phonic stage located in The Podski, with his nonprofit record label which encourages independent artists to release music. 

“It’s just such a beautiful community gathering of musicians and people and artists,” Marshall said. “The energy and the vibe keeps me coming back and being involved.”

Donations from attendees will go toward the Bend Roots fund, connecting local musicians with mentorship programs in schools. 

A grant from Visit Bend required them to advertise in areas outside of Central Oregon, which they hope will draw a larger crowd than normal. 

Ransom said the most people they have seen over a weekend in the past has been 3,500, and they expect to double that number this weekend. 

“We’re trying to inspire people to dive into the arts and to really look at what music can do in the community and for individuals. It’s a great way of approaching the world,” he said. 

“I hope people come away with a really deep rooted sense of community,” Fletcher added. “It’s all about the community really, bringing it back, and that they feel part of it, part of our Roots family.”

You can find more information about artists and venues on their website at bendroots.net

Bend Weekly Road and Traffic Report: September 26 – October 2

For the Week of September 26 – October 2:

  • Pacific Power infrastructure upgrades – Work along NW Portland Avenue with single lane closures and flagging (expect delays). The work will begin 9/26/22. 
  • SW Bluff Drive between SW Wilson Avenue and SW Bond Street for sewer main installation, full road closure, 9/26/22 – 9/30/22
  • NW Newport Avenue between NW Juniper Street and NW 15th Street for a natural gas service installation, single lane closure with flagging, 9/27/22
  • NW McKay Avenue between NW Riverfront Street and NW Riverside Boulevard for a sewer lateral installation, full road closure with local access, 9/26/22
  • 2022 Bend Fall Festival – This special event will close multiple streets within the downtown Bend area with detours around the closures (street closures listed below). Special event to take place 9/30/22 – 10/2/22
    • NW Wall Street between NW Franklin Avenue and NW Newport Avenue
    • NW Minnesota Avenue between NW Wall Street and NW Lava Road
    • NW Oregon Avenue between NW Brooks Street and NW Bond Street

Ongoing Closures:

  • Brosterhous Road at the BNSF railroad undercrossing will have the northbound lane closure to accommodate pedestrian and bike traffic, alternating 2-way traffic in the southbound lane using a temporary traffic signal, begins 9/6/22
  • NW Crosby Drive between Skyliners Road and NW Elwood Lane for infrastructure installation, Southbound Lane closure with northbound open to access school, 9/6/22 – 10/7/22
  • Deschutes Market Road between Yeoman Road and Monticello Drive for Frontage improvements for Solis at Petrosa, northbound lane closure with detour, 8/29/22 – late October 2022
  • Wilson Corridor Improvements Project – Street improvements on Wilson from 2nd street to 15th street. For more information visit the Wilson Project website. This is a multiphase project with various intersections and road closures throughout its entirety.
    • SE Wilson Avenue between SE 9th Street and SE 15th street, Eastbound Lane closure with detour, 7/25/22 – Fall 2022.
  • ODOT 3rd Street Improvements – Infrastructure improvements along 3rd street from Butler Market Road to Greenwood Avenue. Various types of traffic control will be implemented during construction. Expected to be completed at the end of summer 2023. Street sections affected listed below.
    • single-lane closures in the Northbound and Southbound lanes on 3rd St. Between Greenwood Avenue and NE Olney Avenue
    • Butler Market to Mervin Sampels southbound slow lane closure
    • Intersection of Greenwood Avenue and 3rd Street, lane closures in place Sunday – Thursday Night 7pm – 7am. Expect Delays.
  • Sewer Extension Program – The yearly project includes installing gravity sewer mains and sewer laterals in order to allow properties to decommission their septic systems and connect to the public sewer system. Full road closures with local access in SE Bend related to this project (closures listed below). For more information, visit bendoregon.gov/admiral-king-jehu.
    • Admiral Way between Reed Market Road and Greenmont Drive, 6/14/22 – Fall 2022
  • Newport Corridor Improvements Project – Various intersections along Newport Avenue to be closed due to removal and replacement of underground utilities. Road closures related to the project listed below. For more information, visit Newport Corridor Improvements Project webpage. Various closures through Spring 2023.
    • NW Newport Avenue between NW 12th Street and NW 14th Street, 7/5/2022 – Fall 2022
    • NW 13th Street between NW Milwaukee and NW Newport Avenue, full road closure, 7/5/2022 – Fall 2022
    • North bound exit of the NW 14th Street Roundabout 7/5/2022 – Fall 2022

Test drive an electric vehicle in Bend Saturday, without the sales pitch

It’s a chance to test drive an electric vehicle — without the sales pitch.

The Forth Mobile Showcase comes to Bend Saturday, giving the public a chance to test a variety of electric cars and bikes. It’s called the Green Tour Ride and Drive.

“It’s an education center on wheels that brings electric transportation opportunities directly to rural and traditional undeserved communities,” said Brandon Zero from Pacific Power.

RELATED: Electric vehicle tax credit: Before you buy, know which vehicles are eligible

The event is at the Environmental Center at 16 NW Kansas Avenue in Bend, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Saturday.

The State of Oregon recently received approval for $7.7 million in federal funding to build out its electric vehicle infrastructure.

2 events to honor veterans in Central Oregon this weekend

This weekend, Central Oregon honors those who have served our country.

Around 30 local veterans will come back from this years Honor Flight.

There will be a welcome home ceremony for those vets at the Deschutes County Fairgrounds around 2:00 p.m. Saturday.

And Sunday is Gold Star Mothers And Family Day to honor the families of service members killed in conflict.

There’s a flag presentation and ceremony at Bend Heroes Memorial in Brooks Park starting at 11:00 a.m.

REALTED: Bend Heroes Foundation observe National POW/MIA Recognition Day


▶️ Furnish Hope opens new resale boutique in Bend

Furnish Hope, a Central Oregon nonprofit, has opened a new resale boutique store in Bend.

It’s located at 50 SE Scott Street in the Old Iron Works Art District.

Furnish Hope helps low-income families furnish their homes.

The new boutique will help the nonprofit in a whole new way.

“It’s sort of two-fold. The money that we make from this goes back to support our ministry but it also helps the recipients come in and make them feel like they can select something really beautiful,” said Tammy Rorem, Storefront Manager for Furnish Hope and Home.

RELATED: Nonprofit providing beds to Central Oregon kids is losing space, needs new home

RELATED: 2,000 Central Oregon kids in need are getting school shopping spree