A proposed law, named after Kaylee Sawyer, a Bend-woman murdered in 2016, was signed into law today by Governor Kate Brown.
Sawyer was abducted and murdered by a Central Oregon Community College security guard, and the proposed law aims to restrict the power of campus security guards, distinguish them from local law enforcement, and require mental health and background checks.
The law was proposed and backed by Sawyer’s family and law enforcement officials from Central Oregon and a ceremonial signing with Sawyer’s family is scheduled for the summer.
Highly restrictive abortion bans have been proposed, and in some cases passed, in states across the country, reigniting the debate over abortion in recent weeks. Pro-choice activists across the country have organized protests, including one right here in Bend. Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan spoke with one such activist and also with an anti-abortion activist to hear both sides of the issue.
An $80 million budget that would’ve gone toward nationwide fire prevention programs may be set back to zero after the US Forest Service announced this morning that it was planning to cut the funding.
Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan has more on what those cuts could mean for fire season here in Central Oregon.
In front of a large, and occasionally loud, audience in the gallery, the Oregon House passed HB 3063, a bill that would get rid of all non-medical exemptions for vaccines. Proponents of the bill, including Bend representative Cheri Helt, say this law is critical in order to prevent outbreaks like this year’s measles outbreak. However, opponents feel it takes the freedom of choice away from parents.
Central Oregon Daily’s Curtis Vogel has more.
As state representatives prepare to vote on Monday on a bill to remove all non-medical exemptions when it comes to required vaccinations for school-age children, Central Oregon Daily’s Curtis Vogel sat down with five local parents to hear their concerns about mandated vaccines and why they are opposed to the bill.
Refugees fleeing war and persecution, American politicians debating whether to allow them into our country, it sounds like today’s headlines but it was also the situation more than seventy years ago as Jews fled Europe during the Holocaust.
On the eve of International Holocaust Remembrance Day, Central Oregon Daily’s Curtis Vogel talks to the widow of a longtime Bend resident, who was the lone survivor of a deadly incident that become known as the ‘Holocaust of the Sea.’