The Oregon Fish and Wildlife commission met in Salem today to continue discussing the states wolf conservation and management plan. The plan establishes a deadline for when wolves can be killed for preying on livestock, with the overarching goal being to protect wolves while also protecting social and economic interests.
County commissioners, ranchers, and wild life experts testified and debated throughout the day and the new wolf management plan has now been approved with a six to one vote coming down right before 6 pm.
The Deschutes County Budget Committee has agreed to give more money to the Deschutes County District Attorney’s Office, but only enough for half the amount of staff that was originally asked for.
The six positions District Attorney John Hummel hopes to have filled by the end of the summer include two new attorney positions, administrative support positions, a victim’s rights advocate and an office manager.
However, three DA Office programs will be impacted by the new cuts, as well as a victim’s impact panel will end after the august session. Two of the biggest prosecution changes coming in July will be probation violations, which will now primarily be handled by probation officers rather than the DA’s Office, and misdemeanor driving while suspended charges, which will be handled primarily by law enforcement in traffic court.
Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan sat down with Hummel this afternoon and has more.
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.