▶️ 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. 

No. 15 Ducks come from behind in wild one against WSU, 44-41

The Oregon Ducks played from behind for most of the afternoon against a determined Washington State Cougars team. After taking the lead late in the fourth quarter, an interception return for a touchdown sealed the deal for No. 15 Oregon, 44-41.

Oregon quarterback Bo Nix was 33-of-44 for 428 yards and three touchdowns. He threw one interception in the first half that was returned for a score.

Cam Ward was nearly as impressive for WSU, going 37-of-48 for 375 yards and two touchdowns plus a number of Houdini moves to get out of trouble. But he also threw two interceptions including the one with just over a minute left in the game that put Oregon up by 10.

Oregon didn’t lead until 1:21 left in the fourth when Nix found Troy Franklin for a 50-yard touchdown.

Ward’s pick-six came two plays into the next series.

WSU was able to score again with two seconds left, but the ensuing onside kick went out of bounds.

Oregon improves to 3-1 while WSU takes its first loss of the season and is also 3-1.

The Ducks face Stanford next week while the Cougs get Cal.

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. 

Oregon gas prices up more than a dime for 2nd straight day; above $5 in Bend

For the second consecutive day, gas prices in Oregon have spiked more than 10 cents. The average price for regular unleaded is back above $5 per gallon in Bend.

AAA reports the average price of gas statewide is $4.91. That’s up 11 cents since Friday and 22 cents since Thursday.

In Bend, it’s also up more than 11 cents Saturday after going up 13 cents Friday. The average is now $5.02 a gallon. 

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AAA told Central Oregon Daily News on Friday that the West Coast has perennially tight supply and that some refinery issues in California are a big reason about the sudden spike.

A spokesperson for the agency also warned that the next 2-3 weeks could be “bumpy.”

Diesel prices stayed steady at $5.46 in Oregon and $5.44 in Bend.

Washington is also feeling the pain with regular unleaded up nine cents Saturday. California is up 10 cents.

Here is a look at a breakdown of Saturday’s National and Oregon average gas prices.


  Regular Mid Premium Diesel E85
Current Avg. $3.700 $4.139 $4.453 $4.906 $3.036
Yesterday Avg. $3.689 $4.129 $4.436 $4.911 $3.029
Week Ago Avg. $3.682 $4.131 $4.442 $4.965 $3.021
Month Ago Avg. $3.883 $4.320 $4.625 $4.977 $3.170
Year Ago Avg. $3.189 $3.544 $3.814 $3.307 $2.686


  Regular Mid Premium Diesel
Current Avg. $4.910 $4.981 $5.213 $5.461
Yesterday Avg. $4.802 $4.903 $5.132 $5.457
Week Ago Avg. $4.653 $4.852 $5.064 $5.517
Month Ago Avg. $4.815 $5.017 $5.221 $5.649
Year Ago Avg. $3.737 $3.923 $4.108 $3.685


  Regular Mid Premium Diesel
Current Avg. $5.016 $5.054 $5.374 $5.439
Yesterday Avg. $4.904 $4.985 $5.170 $5.438
Week Ago Avg. $4.686 $4.896 $5.107 $5.463
Month Ago Avg. $4.860 $5.035 $5.216 $5.623
Year Ago Avg. $3.815 $4.043 $4.207 $3.820


  Regular Mid Premium
Current Avg. $4.714 $4.670 $5.032 $5.168
Yesterday Avg. $4.552 $4.603 $4.926 $5.165
Week Ago Avg. $4.434 $4.494 $4.917 $5.253
Month Ago Avg. $4.607 $4.749 $5.009 $5.425
Year Ago Avg. $3.602 $3.792 $4.036



  Regular Mid Premium Diesel
Current Avg. $4.553 $4.673 $4.781 $5.185
Yesterday Avg. $4.482 $4.628 $4.763 $5.203
Week Ago Avg. $4.382 $4.549 $4.645 $5.228
Month Ago Avg. $4.600 $4.798 $4.886 $5.489
Year Ago Avg. $3.611 $3.760 $3.853 $3.536


  Regular Mid Premium Diesel
Current Avg. $4.805 $4.815 $4.999 $5.371
Yesterday Avg. $4.678 $4.699 $4.925 $5.371
Week Ago Avg. $4.481 $4.672 $4.863 $5.426
Month Ago Avg. $4.720 $4.903 $5.106 $5.625
Year Ago Avg. $3.764 $3.938 $4.085 $3.757

Grants Pass

  Regular Mid Premium
Current Avg. $5.223 $5.185 $5.459 $5.550
Yesterday Avg. $5.114 $5.115 $5.375 $5.503
Week Ago Avg. $4.832 $5.012 $5.224 $5.724
Month Ago Avg. $4.962 $5.118 $5.307 $5.824
Year Ago Avg. $4.077 $4.188 $4.443 $4.040


  Regular Mid Premium
Current Avg. $5.111 $5.080 $5.463 $5.421
Yesterday Avg. $4.992 $4.960 $5.369 $5.461
Week Ago Avg. $4.718 $4.903 $5.142 $5.539
Month Ago Avg. $4.878 $5.058 $5.264 $5.648
Year Ago Avg. $3.888 $4.115 $4.339 $3.887


  Regular Mid Premium
Current Avg. $4.684 $4.911 $5.153 $4.915
Yesterday Avg. $4.649 $4.859 $5.148 $4.929
Week Ago Avg. $4.589 $4.816 $5.105 $4.945
Month Ago Avg. $4.696 $4.955 $5.271 $4.971
Year Ago Avg. $3.590 $3.833 $4.083 $3.542


  Regular Mid Premium
Current Avg. $4.973 $5.072 $5.284 $5.702
Yesterday Avg. $4.883 $5.010 $5.215 $5.691
Week Ago Avg. $4.752 $4.960 $5.156 $5.729
Month Ago Avg. $4.887 $5.096 $5.277 $5.851
Year Ago Avg. $3.740 $3.927 $4.101 $3.645


  Regular Mid Premium
Current Avg. $4.691 $4.713 $4.934 $5.421
Yesterday Avg. $4.549 $4.628 $4.868 $5.400
Week Ago Avg. $4.377 $4.612 $4.776 $5.489
Month Ago Avg. $4.588 $4.838 $5.019 $5.639
Year Ago Avg. $3.562 $3.778 $3.969 $3.548

▶️ ‘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.

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▶️ 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. 

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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

Coast Guard: 1 dead in plane crash near Mount Jefferson

A person has been killed in a plane crash near Mount Jefferson.

The U.S. Coast Guard Pacific Northwest tweeted that a helicopter crew found the plane Friday.

USCG posted earlier Friday morning it was responding to a report of an overdue plane with one person on board, last known to be near Mount Jefferson. 

The Coast Guard said hikers in the area reported hearing sounds similar to a plane crash. A USCG air crew began its search Thursday and continued Friday.

“Our sincerest condolences go out to the friends and family of the individual during this difficult time,” the Coast Guard tweeted.

The identity of the person on board has not been released. There was no indication given about a possible cause for the crash.

It’s also not immediately clear why a Coast Guard crew was brought in for a mountain search.

▶️ Don’t post campaign signs on Oregon highway rights-of-way, ODOT says

The Oregon Department of Transportation is reminding people that political signs are not allowed on state highway rights-of-way. The department says they will be removed if spotted.

“Every election season, we receive complaints from the public and from candidates regarding the improper placement of political signs on the state highway rights-of-way, where only official traffic control devices are allowed. Improperly placed signs can distract drivers and block road safety messages,” ODOT said in a statement.

Signs that are taken down will be held at ODOT district maintenance offices for 30 days. People can go here to find the nearest ODOT maintenance office.

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Here is more from ODOT about the rules regarding political signs:

The width of the state right of way varies depending on location and it’s up to the campaigns to make sure their signs are not on public property. If unsure about a specific location, campaigns should ask their nearest ODOT maintenance office. If you live on a highway, you can use ormap.net to find property lines and ensure your signs stay off the state right of way. 

Signs are prohibited on trees, utility poles, fence posts and natural features within highway right-of-ways. They also are prohibited within view of a designated scenic area.

Local municipalities may also regulate the placement of political signs.

Political signs are allowed on private property within view of state highways with the following restrictions:

    • Signs are limited to 12 square feet but can be up to 32 square feet with a variance from our Oregon Advertising Sign
    • Signs cannot have flashing or intermittent lights, or animated or moving parts.
    • Signs must not imitate official highway signs or devices.
    • Signs are not allowed in scenic corridors.
    • No payment or compensation of any kind can be exchanged for either the placement of or the message on temporary signs, including political signs, which are visible to a state highway.

More information about ODOT’s Outdoor Advertising Sign Program can be found at cms.oregon.gov/odot/hwy/signprogram.

Oregon State Police spots driver using phone with both hands on I-84

You already know it’s against the law to drive with one hand on your cell phone. That doesn’t mean it’s legal to drive with both hands on the device.

That’s what Oregon State Police said they spotted recently on Interstate 84. They tweeted a photo showing a driver of a Kia Soul with a hand on the steering wheel while holding the phone with the very same hand.

OSP said at one point, the driver had both hands on the phone, although you can’t tell that in the photo.

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Oregon State Police distracted driver cell phone
Oregon State Police said it pulled over a driver who, at one point, had both hands on their cell phone while driving on Interstate 84. (Credit: Oregon State Police)

OSP didn’t say if the driver was cited or how much the ticket was.

Here is how much a distracted driving ticket can cost, according to the Oregon Department of Transportation:

A first offense that doesn’t contribute to a crash is a Class B violation with a maximum fine of $1,000. A second offense, or if the first offense contributes to a crash, is Class A violation with a maximum fine of $2,000. A third offense in ten years is a Class B misdemeanor and could result in a maximum fine of $2,500 fine and could be 6 months in jail.

For a first offense that does not contribute to a crash, the court may suspend the fine* if the driver completes an approved distracted driving avoidance class, and shows proof to the court, within four months. *Only the fine is suspended – the violation will still be recorded on the offender’s driving record.