Family Kitchen serves up Thanksgiving meal

The Family Kitchen in Bend expected to serve about 200 free meals for Thanksgiving to anyone who comes in. The Family Kitchen dining hall on Idaho Avenue in downtown Bend serves 8 meals a week, but on Thursday they made the extra effort to serve up a traditional Thanksgiving dinner.

Former Sunriver firefighter Steve Nase volunteers as a cook at the Family Kitchen because he likes to give back. He says he enjoys seeing people from all walks of life who come in for the free food.

“Elderly who just need an extra hot meal, to young families and then there’s some groups of kids,” Nase said. “It depends on different times of year. Ninety-nine percent of them are awesome people.”

The Family Kitchen serves nearly 60,000 meals annually. It receives support from local churches and sizable donations from individuals.

SOT Donna Burklo, Family Kitchen Program Director

“We really do encourage not only our regular diners to come but also people from the community so it’s not so much an ‘us and them’ thing,” said Donna Burklo, director of the Family Kitchen Program. “It’s really a mix of everybody. I see that happening when we are all here. The volunteers will sit and eat with folks too, and really kind of blurs all the categories. What a perfect day to do that on Thanksgiving.”

A small staff and an army of volunteers help the Family Kitchen serve 60,000 meals a year. Family Kitchen is open 7 days a week and is always looking for donations and volunteers.


▶️ Redmond HS band gets new uniforms


When you think of items a high school band might need, you might think of music, music stands, instruments. But the Redmond High School Band spent months raising money for another integral part of their band program. And this year, they got them.

Since its inception in 1921, the Redmond High School band has played in various community and school events, including parades. While much has changed in the nearly 100 years the school has been open, before this year, the band’s uniforms had not.

As of last year, the band had only gone through three news sets of uniforms for its members since the school’s founding, with each uniform expected to last for roughly 20 years. But on Veteran’s Day last year, the band launched a campaign to raise money for new uniforms.

In the following months, donations from more than 100 individual donors poured in from the Redmond community, and by March, they were able to order the school’s first new uniforms in 25 years.

Band Director bend Lawson said, “It feels fantastic that it was a success, it was definitely a big stress wondering just, are we going to be able to raise the money?, Is it going to happen?, Will they arrive on time?”

Initially, Lawson had hoped the new uniforms would arrive by this year’s Veteran’s Day Parade, and was happily surprised when they arrived in August.

As of today the band has raised $51,800 of the 55-thousand they needed to pay for the 125 new uniforms, and donations continue to come in.

Lawson said the program couldn’t have done it without the public’s help.

“The uniforms are here because of the support from the community, and by the end of this I hope that I can show my appreciation back to the community.” 

You can see these brand new uniforms debut at the Veteran’s Day Parade on November 11th.

Body Found in Sunriver Identified as Adult White Male

Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office detectives suspect foul play is involved after finding human remains Sunday about six miles west of Sunriver.

An autopsy performed Tuesday morning identified the body as that of a white man between the ages of 18 and 40.

According to Sgt. William Bailey, deputies were dispatched to Deschutes National Forest land just before noon Sunday after a camper reported finding a possible decomposed body alongside a forest service road near Wake Butte.

Upon arrival, deputies confirmed it was human remains. Bailey told Central Oregon Daily the body was badly decomposed and had been there for “months.”

The Oregon State Police crime lab was called to the scene to help with the investigation and an autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday, Bailey said.

Sheriff’s detectives are working with the state Medical Examiner’s Office to determine the identity and cause of death. No further information was provided by the sheriff’s office.

Crews Work to Contain McKay Butte Fire

Fire officials are still investigating what started a wildfire near McKay Butte, which has now burned more than 190 acres.

Currently the fire isn’t posing much of a threat and nothing is officially closed in that area. However, there are level one evacuation notices in place for McKay, Ogden and Prairie campgrounds, which means campers should be prepared to leave the area quickly. Fire officials are asking that people in that area stay tuned into the radio, social media, and news should anything change.

The fire was spotted from the Lava Butte fire lookout on Sunday around 3 p.m. Firefighters were on the scene within an hour.

According to fire officials firefighters worked through Sunday night to get the fire partially contained. However, by Monday they were still working to achieve full containment. Ground crews are using everything from hand shovels to dozers to create a fire line, and are being assisted from the air by three air tankers and a helicopter.

Remembering Deputy Chris Jones

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office and other local law enforcement are remembering one of their own during a celebration of life.

Sheriff’s Deputy Chris Jones was killed in a motorcycle accident on Highway 207, north of Mitchell on Monday but today a procession of law enforcement escorted Jones’ body to the Christian Life Center for the celebration of life that started at 4 p.m.

The procession went from the Sheriffs Office to Empire Avenue, to Brinson, to Butler Market and then on to Hamby Road, before arriving at the Christian Life Center.

Law enforcement from multiple agencies, friends and family gathered to remember and pay their respects to deputy Jones, who leaves behind a wife and two sons.

Source on the Scene: Balloons Over Bend

This week Central Oregon Daily’s Meghan Glova takes to the skies to give us a look at this weekends Balloons Over Bend.

For all the latest arts and cultural listings, pick up the most recent issue of The Source Weekly or go to their website at

And thanks to our “Source on the Scene” sponsor, Indian Head Casino, for giving us the time and resources to show you some of the best events and entertainment that our region has to offer every Friday night on Central Oregon Daily.

Redmond Welcomes New High School Principal

After a year without a principal the Redmond School District is welcoming a new face. Redmond high schools new principal brings with her a list of credentials that should fill the void the school has been missing and then some

Audrey Haugan spent more than three decades as an educator in the suburbs of Chicago before moving to Redmond for this opportunity.

Central Oregon Daily’s Dalton Roth has more.

Trump Administration Proposes Changes to Food Stamps

The food stamp program, known as the supplemental nutrition assistance program or SNAP, is set up so that most states automatically make people eligible for food stamps if they meet the requirements. That could change under proposed legislation by the Trump Administration, which would tighten automatic eligibility requirements and make receiving food stamps more difficult.

Central Oregon Daily’s Meghan Glova has more on how those changes could affect us here in Oregon.

Crews Ready and Waiting for Fire Season

While wildfires in Alaska have now burned more than two million acres, and a fire in Arizona is threatening homes, Oregon has only seen three wild land fires so far this year, the latest being the Mile 97 Fire currently burning southeast of Canyonville.

While things are quiet now, wild land firefighters with the Redmond based Pat-Rick Environmental are staying busy. Should a fire break out anytime soon those same firefighters will need to be ready at a moments notice.

Even with fires being few and far between in Oregon, local forest officials aren’t taking any chances and have implemented restrictions in several national forests across the state, including the Deschutes.

But with temperatures expected to rise in the coming days, officials are saying we’re not out of the woods just yet. Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan has more.

City of Bend Looks to Reduce Energy and Improve Lighting

This week about 2,300 streetlights in Bend will be converted to energy efficient LEDs as part of Bend City Council’s strategic energy management program. The new lights will reduce energy consumption by about fifty percent. LED bulbs in the streetlights will also last two to three times longer than the current high pressure sodium bulbs, meaning less maintenance and improved safety for workers.

The city hopes to convert about 30 streetlights per day, taking 20 to 30 minutes to install at each location. The entire project is expected to continue until December but residents can track the city’s progress online.