Injured hiker rescued at Smith Rock State Park

On Saturday at about 1:35 PM, Deschutes County 911 received a 911 call from an injured hiker at Smith Rock State Park.

The hiker had slipped and fallen on the Misery Ridge Trail.  The hiker had injured her ankle and could not get back to the parking lot without assistance.  

A Deputy in the Special Services Division sent out a page for Search and Rescue volunteers to respond for the rescue.  

Ten volunteers responded to the page and were headed to Smith Rock State Park by 2:05 PM.  

The Redmond Fire Department arrived on scene and sent two personnel up to the hiker’s location.  Redmond Fire stayed with the hiker and provided medical care.  

When Search and Rescue volunteers reached the hiker, they placed the hiker in a warming bag with a heat blanket, and prepared her for transport down the trail on a wheeled litter.  

Search and Rescue volunteers wheeled the hiker back down the trail, and to an awaiting ambulance, which transported the hiker to the St. Charles Medical Center in Bend for further medical treatment.  

▶️Fresh powder returns to the mountains and the streets of Central Oregon.

While it was enough snow to get out the shovel for many, the snowfall Sunday didn’t seem to slow down a lot of Central Oregonians.

Many people still making out for a quick round of Christmas shopping or a crisp December walk, to those who were more adventurous by busting out the two wheels and letting their pedals do the walking.

And while those heading to the mountains were given a treat of fresh powder, sunny skies return to start the week before another found of fresh powder returns as early as Thursday and follows us into next weekend.

For Central Oregon Daily News, I’m Meteorologist Scott Elnes.

Festive fundraiser helps Hospice of Redmond

Twenty nine uniquely decorated trees turned the Middle Sister Building at the Deschutes County Fairgrounds into a holiday wonderland.

The 39th annual Festival of Trees kicked off Saturday morning with a free family fun tree preview.

The trees, along with their extravagant decorations and gifts, are donated by businesses and community members, placed on display, then auctioned off at a gala Saturday night. The proceeds from the event stay in Central Oregon to help those needing hospice services.

“Not only does it help with patients that come on that don’t have access to insurance or funding to help pay for their care, it helps provide for them, but it also helps provide for our programs,” said executive director Jane McGuire.

Trees can go for several hundred to several thousand dollars, making this the biggest fundraiser of the year for the organization.

“They can go for a lot of money. And it’s just exciting, and we just feel so honored to to be the recipients of this,” said McGuire.

The gala and live tree auction start at 5 p.m. and you can purchase tickets at the door.

OLCC recalls marijuana extract products, could contain pesticides

The Oregon Liquor and Cannabis Commission (OLCC) issued mandatory recalls on some marijuana products due to the potential presence of pesticides.
In a release issued Friday night, the Commission said the contamination resulted from a failure to follow OLCC and Oregon Health Authority rules for tracking and isolating products where pesticides had been detected.

The products, trade named Bobsled and Quantum Alchemy, were made by OLCC licensees.

The agency said in a release that it has not identified any fault by the laboratory that conducted the pesticide analysis.

Here is the OLCC press release, with details on which products have been recalled.

 

December 2, 2022

OLCC issues mandatory recall for marijuana extract products

Products potentially contaminated due to improper pesticide testing

OLCC continuing to investigate to determine cause

PORTLAND, Ore. – The Oregon Liquor and Cannabis Commission (OLCC) has issued a mandatory recall for several marijuana products due to the potential presence of pesticides. The possible marijuana product contamination is a result of failure to follow OLCC and Oregon Health Authority (OHA) rules for tracking and isolating marijuana products where the presence of pesticides has been detected.

This recall has been issued for 9,300 units that were still on the market and affects 13,600 units that were sold to consumers. The recall is being issued to ensure that licensees do not sell, and customers do not consume the effected products, because OLCC investigators cannot determine if the potential contamination is isolated or is widespread through the product lines.

The recalled products are concentrated forms of psychoactive THC; they range from inhalable items including jars of THC extract and THC vape cartridges to an ingestible form of THC known as Rick Simpson Oil (RSO).

The recall is for the marijuana products identified below. These products were manufactured by OLCC licensees under the trade names Bobsled and Quantum Alchemy.

Bobsled products

  • Product Name: Bobsled – Dolato Cured Resin Vape Cartridge | Manufacture Date: 9/12/2022 (Label Id 5368) | Sold starting 10/4/22
  • Product Name: Bobsled – Larry OG Cured Resin | Manufacture Date: 8/29/2022 (Label Id 5326) | Sold starting 9/15/2022
  • Product Name: Bobsled – Larry OG – Dabs Sugar Sauce | Manufacture Date: 8/29/2022 (Label Id 5326) | Sold starting 9/26/2022
  • Product Name: Bobsled – Stardawg Cured Resin | Manufacture Date: 9/12/2022 (Label Id 5326) | Sold starting 10/10/2022
  • Product Name: Bobsled – Frostbite Cured Resin| Manufacture Date: 6/13/2022 (Label Id 5326) | Sold starting 9/21/2022
  • Product Name: Bobsled – Sunburn Cured Resin| Manufacture Date: 6/13/2022 (Label Id 5326) | Sold starting 9/22/2022
  • Product Name: Bobsled – Sunburn Sugar Sauce Extract| Manufacture Date: 6/13/2022 (Label Id 5326) | Sold starting 11/23/2022

Quantum Alchemy products

  • Product Name: RSO Raspberry GMO | Manufacture Date: 11/29/21 (Label Id 5764) | Sold starting 11/28/22
  • Product Name: HTE Distillate R#ntz | Manufacture Date 11/30/21 (Generic Label) | Sold between 12/10/21 and 1/6/22
  • Product Name: HTE Distillate McR#ntz | Manufacture Date 2/21/22 (Generic Label) | Sold starting 9/23/22
  • Product Name: Cart 1g HTE Distillate Milo | Manufacture Date 2/21/22 (Generic Label) | Sold starting 9/23/22

Photos of many of the recalled products and packaging are contained in the press release found here on the OLCC website product recall page.

The OLCC has notified cannabis retailers about the recall, advising that these products are under a mandatory recall with instructions on how the products must be destroyed or returned to a licensed supplier for destruction. The OLCC utilized the state’s Cannabis Tracking System (CTS) to detect the potentially tainted products, contact the licensees that produced the impacted brands and locate all the questionable items distributed and sold through Oregon’s regulated market.

OLCC inspectors will follow up with licensees in possession of the affected products to ensure they are removed from sale, isolated from other inventory, and then ultimately destroyed according to OLCC rules. Customers who have purchased this product can either return it to the OLCC-licensed retailer they purchased it from or destroy the product.

The OLCC has not identified any fault by the laboratory that conducted the pesticide analysis. The items identified as subject to the mandatory recall are related to batches that originally failed testing for pesticides.

Under OHA rules, manufacturers must follow certain procedures to retest any failed batches, and may only remediate the suspect product under certain circumstances. The manufacturers of the products identified did not follow proper procedures in tracking, retesting, and isolating the affected marijuana products. 

The OLCC started its investigation on November 29, 2022. The companies that produce Bobsled products (Bobsled, LLC) and Quantum Alchemy products (Happy Hollow Farms, Inc.) are cooperating with OLCC in the isolation and destruction of the affected items. Although the discovery of these incidents occurred simultaneously, OLCC is investigating them as separate incidents.

Consumers with health-related concerns about a recalled product should contact the Oregon Poison Center at 800-222-1222, or their medical provider.

If consumers have other product related complaints related to this recall, they should notify the OLCC at olcc.recalls@oregon.gov and include any information they have, including the consumer’s name and phone number, or alternative means of contact.

Deschutes County Search and Rescue assist stranded backcountry skiers

According to Deschutes County 911 Dispatch, on Friday, at about 5:27 PM, they received a 911 call from a backcountry skier near Todd Lake. 

The caller reported that his ski companion was having a ski malfunction that they could not repair in the field, and they were unable to make it back out of the location unassisted.  

With the assistance of a Garmin In-Reach that the skiers had with them, the caller was able to provide accurate GPS coordinates of their location. 

The skiers were reported to have food, water, appropriate winter clothing, and gear to remain in place.  The subjects were advised to remain at the location together and stay warm until assistance arrived.   

At approximately 10:03 PM, the SAR volunteers made contact with the stranded skiers. 

The two skiers were in good health, and they were assisted back down the mountain and to the awaiting snowmobiles. 

The skiers were then transported by snowmobiles out of the location and back to Mt. Bachelor to their vehicle.

GOP’s Joe Kent contests results of Washington state race

VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) — Republican Joe Kent’s campaign says it intends to request a machine ballot recount of all counties within southwest Washington state’s 3rd Congressional District.

The Columbian reports a statement from Kent’s campaign Friday says they believe a second tabulation is in order because of the close margin between the two campaigns, technical issues with the signature verifications software, and the obligation they have to supporters to ensure certainty about the outcome.

The Kent campaign didn’t respond to the newspaper’s request to clarify its signature verification software concern.

Democrat Marie Gluesenkamp Perez pulled off a victory against Kent, a far-right “America First” ex-Green Beret who was endorsed by former President Donald Trump.

Bend man tears through property after dispute, faces multiple charges

A Bend man was arrested after an assault and a wild ride through a property east of Bend.

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office responded to the call in the 62600 block of Erickson Road around 10:30 p.m. Thursday night.

Accord to Sergeant Jason Wall, deputies were dispatched to the area on a report of a man in a vehicle crashing into parked cars and outbuildings.

When deputies arrived they found the man, later identified as 32-year-old Brandon Hoff of Bend, standing near a vehicle with heavy front end damage. He was taken into custody without incident.

An investigation determined Hoff assaulted another man on the property and then drove his Ford Escape into parked vehicles, through a fence, and the bay door of a shed.

One of the cars he hit crashed into an attached garage causing damage to a home.

A number of horses escaped when Hoff tore through fencing around their pasture.

The property damage was estimated to be in excess of $50,000.

Hoff was charged with Assault 4th Degree, Criminal Mischief 1st Degree, menacing, Reckless Endangering Another Person.

▶️ 5 things to know Saturday: Bend Christmas Parade

Bend Christmas Parade

The Bend Christmas Parade hits the streets of downtown Saturday.

This year’s theme is “A High Desert Christmas” and the grand marshal is Bend resident James Lussier.

The parade kicks off at noon with about 100 entrants this year. It should go about an hour. Learn about other events happening Saturday in Redmond and near Prineville

Oregon gun transactions ‘unprecedented’ ahead of Measure 114

The Oregon State Police Firearms Instant Check System (FICS) unit has seen “unprecedented volumes of firearms transactions” since the passage of Measure 114, Oregon’s new gun control measure. And OSP warns there is less than a week left to get an approval number before the new Permit-to-Purchase rule takes effect.

OSP says one common reason applications are held up is incorrect or incomplete information by the person applying.

Measure 114 is set to take effect December 8. A federal judge in Portland is expected to decide by Tuesday whether to put the measure on hold due to several legal challenges. Read more

Bend taking applications for city council vacancy as Kebler becomes mayor

Current Bend City Councilor and Mayor-elect Melanie Kebler takes her new role on Jan. 4, creating a vacancy on the council. The city is now taking applications to fill that vacancy.

The city charter says a vacancy on the council has to be filled within 30 days of declaration. 

Applications are due by January 6. Read more and learn how to apply

Madras woman, son convicted of abusing foster children

A Madras mother and son have been convicted after what prosecutors say was the abuse of two foster children that included “significant” injuries.

Ogilvia Pineda-Garcia, 50, and her son Kyle Edgar Macias, 27, were convicted after a three-day bench trial. It involved a 4-year-old girl and 7-year-old boy in their care.

Jefferson County prosecutors praised the many agencies that were involved in helping solve the case, and praised the children themselves for standing up to the defendants in court. Read more

Oregon Real ID deadline now 5 months away

Oregonians will need more than a standard Oregon driver’s license or ID card at airport security checkpoints to board a flight within the U.S starting May 3, 2023.  Residents will need a Real ID-compliant driver license or ID card, or a passport or other federally acceptable ID.

Saturday marks five months to that deadline.

The big key here is do not wait until the last minute, because thousands of other people may also wait until the last minute. DMV offices in Oregon and across the country are busy, and the U.S. Department of State has a backlog for passport applications and renewals. As the Real ID deadline approaches, DMVs and the State Department will get busier. Read more

▶️ Bend Park and Rec winter registration starts Monday with changes

After experiencing technical difficulties in recent seasons, the Bend Park and Recreation District hopes this time around the winter registration process will be as smooth as skating on ice.

After the website crashed during fall registration, and after receiving more than 1,200 responses from a survey asking what they can do to improve, BPRD went to work on making changes.

“The big change this year is that we’re gonna have three days of opening registrations,” Communications and Community Relations Manager for BPRD Julie Brown said. “So Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday are all going to be opening days with different recreational programs that will be offered.”

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In past seasons, there was only one designated day to register for all of the different programs, which led to servers overloads and webpage crashes. 

“When they open up everything all at the same time, it tends to crash in the morning,” BPRD Lunch League hockey player Chris Campbell said. “When you sign up for pickup games and things like that, you don’t have a problem with it.” 

Another change is the use of online waiting rooms, a method used often for concert ticket sales.

“It really is going to allow for a patron to be able to see how many people are in front of them in the line,” Brown said. “On our side of things we’re going to be able to manage the flow of people who are registering at any given time.”

Registration opens at 6 a.m. on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Each day is for different programs:

  • Monday, Dec. 5 at 6:00 a.m.: Recreation/enrichment programs
  • Tuesday, Dec. 6 at 6:00 a.m.: Swim lessons/programs
  • Wednesday, Dec. 7 at 6:00 a.m.: Sports, ice sports and winter/spring sports leagues including adult curling, adult/youth hockey, youth indoor soccer, youth lacrosse and youth softball leagues.

You can register here.