Registration for fall recreation programs at Bend Park and Recreation District opens Tuesday morning.
Fall programs run from September through December. BPRD said programs “include youth and adult activities, no-school day programs, arts, outdoors, swimming, sports and ice season favorites including skating, hockey and curling.” The full schedule can be found in the Fall 2022 Online Playbook.
Registration opens Tuesday at 6:00 a.m. and spots are expected to fill up quickly.
Those interested are encouraged to register online or in person at the Juniper Swim & Fitness Center, Larkspur Community Center or the District Office during regular business hours.
But note that if you don’t already have a household account, setting one up can take up to 24 hours. Everyone is encouraged to verify their account details before registration opens.
For those who have been waitlisted in the past, BPRD has hired more instructors than they did for their summer session and have looked into beefing up their servers to speed up their computers and the registration process.
New bus riders, kindergarten students and their families are invited to learn about bus safety and take a spin on a school bus during the Winnie the Pooh School Bus Safety programs at Bend Transportation Department’s Bus Center August 16 and 17. During the events, families will watch a short movie featuring Winnie the Pooh, learn about the rules of bus riding and ride a bus together.
“The Winnie the Pooh Bus Safety events are a great opportunity for us to meet new bus riders and make sure they understand bus safety and how to ride our buses,” said Kim Crabtree, Director of Transportation. “These events give us time before the start of the year to answer questions and demonstrate the safety features of buses, so come September, both riders and families feel confident about students riding the bus.”
The popular, one-hour sessions are scheduled to take place at 501 SE Second St., Bend (at the corner of Second and Wilson avenues in Bend).
Tuesday, Aug. 16, 9 a.m. and 6 p.m.
Wednesday, Aug. 17, 9 a.m. and 6 p.m.
At the events, students learn how to cross the street safely, line up to wait for the bus and about behavior expectations while riding the bus. A Spanish-speaking staff member will be available during all sessions. Refreshments will be provided.
For more information on the Winnie the Pooh School Bus Safety Program, contact 541-355-5702.
With the stress of planning summer vacations and the start of the school year around the corner, it’s more important than ever to take care of your mental health.
An event in Drake Park on Sunday looked to spread that message.
The first ever Balanced Bend Mental Health Festival gave visitors a chance to learn about healing and the resources available in Deschutes County.
24 vendors offered various services, including the Deschutes County Stabilization Center, Blissful Heart Wellness Center, Deschutes Wilderness Therapy and Wildflower Wellness Massage.
It was organized by Savanna DeLuca, the founder of Wild Heart Therapy and Consulting, who viewed the event as her ‘gift to Bend’, and a way of introducing herself and her company.
“It’s not a fair, it’s not an expo, it’s a mental health festival,” she said. “Which I think is unique, and I chose festival because it’s a really playful and joyful experience. I didn’t want people to think they were going to come and be sold a lot of products. I want people to really come and benefit from today if nothing else, and hopefully build relationships with practitioners so hopefully moving forward they can continue to have healing in their lives.”
The event also saw classes for things like yoga, dance, and trauma-releasing exercises.
Four different local bands took to the stage to provide a calming background to the event.
“I hope that people come today and have a little bit of fun and a little bit of healing, and I hope they learn about a resource in our community they didn’t know existed, or they learn that there’s a way to heal outside of traditional therapy that they might not have considered before,” DeLuca added.
All of the proceeds from the festival are going toward providing family therapy scholarships for local families.
From their location at Round Mountain Lookout, they get on the horn.
“Hey Lava, this is Round. You’ve got both of us here. We think we see a real smoke near Sugar Pine,” says Shannon.
“Small blue-gray column,” says Joey.
“Burlington Northern has a crew on scene. They’ve extinguished the fire at this time,” says a voice back over the radio.
“I just want to let you know it’s still visible from here,” says Joey.
A studio apartment at 5,900 feet
“They call us eyes in the sky,” says Shannon.
Complete with a tiny office and a fold out bed.
It’s overlooking the Deschutes National Forest — one of eight lookouts on the front lines of detection.
This husband and wife team has 26 seasons under their belts. Fifteen of those are on the Deschutes.
“We’re really fast and we want to be good at our job because we love this forest,” says Joey.
Sure, this is a story about wildlife detection. But it’s also a love story about a couple married 28 years.
The Hodgsons were staying at Warner Mountain Lookout in the winter of 1996. They went snowshoeing and got stranded. They dug a snow cave and awaited rescue.
That epic outing put them on a new path toward becoming fire lookouts.
Joey splits his workweek between Round Mountain and Lava Butte.
Shannon, whose uncle was a lookout for one season, pitches in even on her day off.
“You can’t help but jump in,” said Shannon.
The job is not without its downsides.
“You end up with eyestrain, says Shannon.
There’s lighting storms
“Scare ya, it will scare ya,” she adds.
And paychecks that are smaller than the views.
‘It’s a lifestyle,” says Joey.
But it’s a critical gig during fire season.
In addition to spotting fires, they’ll also send back pictures and give real-time information to crews on the ground. It’s a critical job where minutes matter because where there’s smoke, there’s a fire.
Three people robbed a Sunglass Hut in the Old Mill District on Sunday morning, Bend Police said, getting away with multiple pairs of high-end sunglasses. And it appears that someone matching their description may have been involved in a theft at mall in Springfield hours later.
Bend Police were sent to the store at 450 SW Powerhouse Drive at around 11 a.m.
Police said an investigation revealed that three people — one man and two women — had come in to the store and started taking sunglasses off the shelves and putting them in bags.
They continued to take the items even after being confronted by a store employee. Police say they left with around $20,000 in stolen merchandise.
Police obtained security camera photos of the suspects and the car they used to escape.
The car was a gray Hyundai, possibly a Sonata, with tinted windows and no license plates. There was damage on the driver’s side of the car.
They ask that if you see the people in the photos, that you call the non-emergency dispatch center at 541-693-6911.
The suspects face charges of Aggravated Theft I and Burglary II if they are found.
Some Bend residents told us they were shocked, while at least one didn’t seem as surprised.
“I’m shocked. That just seems excessive especially for that amount of merchandise in that store, and that’s terrible to hear,” said Bend resident Julie Taylor.
“It’s definitely surprising. I am kind of shocked that someone would think they could get away with stealing that much in Bend and in such a populated area too,” said Bend resident Micah Cash.
“I expect anything to happen here,” said Lou Crooks of Bend. “I mean, you get a lot of people coming in, you get a lot of people going through the pandemic. They’re getting desperate. It could have just been kids messing around. Maybe it was a bet or a dare, but for the most part I think Bend is a really safe community.”
As Bend’s population grows, police say they are not seeing more calls.
“We don’t have any indication that crime is increasing in Bend,” said Bend Police Communications Manager Sheila Miller.
A few hours after the Sunglass Hut was hit, there was a reported theft at the Shoppes at Gateway, a shopping mall in Springfield. While police and mall security couldn’t provide specifics to Central Oregon Daily News, Bend Police say it does appear those involve match the description of the Sunglass Hut suspects.
Communication, not control. It’s a horse-gentling method that’s been working for Anna Twinney for 25 years, and she’s bringing it to Redmond this week.
This week, Twinney, founder of organization Reach Out to Horses, is running a horse gentling clinic at Safe Acres Ranch.
Over the course of seven days, the 10 students will work with young, wild mustang foals only a few months old who were rescued off of the Warm Springs Reservation by the Warm Springs Horse Network.
“A good way to think of it would be that they’ve lost their home,” Twinney said. “They’ve lost their family, their future, perhaps their identity. So here’s a chance for a kind hand to come in, instead of being forceful…we’re bringing in the language of the horse.”
Twinney’s methods are based on mutual trust and communication between a person and a horse, and using body language and emotion as a mode of connection.
“All of our movements say something to these little beings, and through that we’re building the trust, we’re building the respect, but also we’re building that relationship and that connection so they have a smooth start into domestication,” she said.
At the end of the week, the young foals will have learned enough skills to be ready for adoption through the Warm Springs Horse Network.
Vicki Bennett, co-owner of Safe Acres Ranch, has been passionate about Twinney’s methods for the past couple of years. They inspired her to open the rescue ranch in the first place.
“They allow the horse to have a voice,” she said. “It’s teaching me to recognize their behavior. So many behaviors are thought of as ‘bad’ or ‘naughty’, as opposed to they’re scared or confused. If you don’t understand the difference perhaps you’re short-changing them, you’re not giving them the best version of yourself.”
“Anna teaches you to understand an ear movement, a shift in the weight, and it’s wonderful to have the confidence to communicate and understand with just my body, no talking no noises, and they understand it,” Bennett added.
She said Safe Acres definitely wants to host future clinics like this in the future.
Reach Out to Horses has assisted 10,000 horses around the world through their gentling methods.
“I want to get as gentle as I can get,” Twinney said. “I don’t believe we have to be firm, I don’t believe we have to do force, and I don’t think you need to get a result in a way of putting individuals in chutes or roping them, there’s another way. It’s gentle and kind and compassionate, and it’s through a dialogue and a communication. We as human beings can get what we need without forcing it.”
A car crash on Saturday afternoon resulted in the arrest of a Prineville man on multiple charges.
The Crook County Sheriff’s Office said Prineville Police were called to the intersection of N Main St. and NW Terrace Lane at around 1:30 p.m. after receiving reports about a vehicle crash with injuries.
The sheriff’s office said police found that Rodrigo Ortiz Gonzalez, 45, of Prineville had been driving his 2014 GMC truck north on Main St. when he crossed over the center lane before making a left turn.
This caused him to collide head-on with a small Dodge SUV traveling south.
Firefighters reported forward progress on the Fly Creek Fire, which forced campground evacuations near Lake Billy Chinook, had been stopped Monday afternoon.
The fire is at 280 acres and is 5% contained. A dozer line has been constructed around 80% of the fire, according to Central Oregon Fire Information.
Firefighters are battling to keep it from reaching nearby homes.
“It will probably grow as it moves down toward the lake,” said Fly Creek Fire Public Information Officer Stacey Lacey. “We have engines, hand crews, lots of air resources. We have fire bosses scooping up water putting fire on the edges so crews can get in there. We have retardant planes here. Things are progressing really well here today.”
The fire is located on Balancing Rock along the Metolius arm of Lake Billy Chinook.
Six engines and a dozer worked through the night Sunday. Two hand crews, one Hotshot crew, six engines, one dozer and one tender were set to be “actively engaged” in working to increase containment.
The Deschutes National Forest said resources have been dropping retardant around the perimeter of the Fly Creek Fire to help control spotting and to allow crews time to build direct line along the fire’s edge.
Two nearby Forest Service campgrounds — Perry South and Monty — were evacuated Sunday night. Hundreds of residents of the Three Rivers Recreation Area, just a couple of miles downwind of the fire, are on Level 2 — get set to leave — evacuation notice.
Jerry Cummins from Redmond came to check his boat that is moored at the Three Rivers Marina.
“We are a little concerned with our boat, with the ash and the embers. With the fire being so close, we try to keep an eye on that. We came out to check that and hopefully not get in the way of firefighters and emergency crews,” said Cummins.