▶️ Man killed in Texas air show accident born in Prineville, was Bend HS grad

One of six people killed in a weekend collision of vintage planes during an air show in Texas grew up in Bend.

The fatal collision happened on Saturday during the Wings Over Dallas WWII Air Show. 

Among the deceased is Leonard Root who earned his pilot’s license in Bend and lived here until the early 1980s.

Root was born in Prineville, lived in Madras and attended Bend High School where he graduated in 1974.

He earned his pilot’s license at age 16 and went on to a long career in commercial aviation, including as a pilot for American Airlines.

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He also flew a vintage B-17 Flying Fortress for the Commemorative Air Force.

About 12:30 pm Saturday during an air show, the B-17 and a P-63 fighter collided in mid-air, exploded and crashed to the ground. 

All six occupants on board both planes were killed.

“We began securing the audio recordings from the air traffic control tower,” said Michael Graham, National Transportation Safety Board. “We surveyed the accident site by the NTSB’s drone, as well as photographed the scene from the ground to document the accident site prior to wreckage being removed, or being moved.”

In a Facebook post, Root’s daughters wrote they grew up around the B-17, sold t-shirts, gave tours of the historic plane and cheered their father on during air show performances. 

They say their dad was the coolest guy, who lived for flying and going fast. 

“The families are being taken care of. They are receiving counseling,” said Hank Coats, Commemorative Air Force President. “Not just of those who are participating in the issue but also the CAF folks and any folks who who may have seen it and have issues with what they saw.”

Because of the age of the planes, neither had a flight date recorder — a so-called “black box.”  

The accident will be reconstructed based on radio conversations between the flight crews, support crews and air traffic control, also videos taken by the public and analysis of the wreckage.

Len Root’s family is preparing a statement. 

▶️ Bowman Museum Art Show and Sale this weekend in Prineville

There’s a fundraiser this weekend for a historical museum in Prineville.

The Bowman Museum Art Show and Sale is happening 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

The show features work by 20 artists from galleries around Central Oregon. An artists’ reception is being held Sunday 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

The show itself takes place in the Crook County History Center next to the museum.

Proceeds from the fundraiser will go to help fund the new exhibit building under construction just east of the bright yellow Prineville Railway Caboose on 3rd Street.

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▶️ Most of Central Oregon rejecting magic mushrooms, but one place saying yes

The various Central Oregon votes on psilocybin mushrooms were a bit confusing.

The state said “yes” two years ago when Measure 109 was passed by a 22-point margin in 2020. But it was soundly rejected by Crook and Jefferson county voters.

But on this year’s ballot, a yes vote meant “Yes, BAN mushroom production and therapeutic services related to them.”

A no vote meant don’t ban them — essentially approving their production and use. So, counties and cities had a chance to opt out of the mushroom business.

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Here’s how it shakes out.

If you want to grow them, package and sell them, set up treatment and counseling services using them, then unincorporated areas of Deschutes County are your High Desert haven for everything magic mushroom. Voters approved it there.

But Redmond voters are banning manufacturing and approving a two-year moratorium on psilocybin services. And the opt-out option was not even on the ballot in Bend. 

La Pine is banning all mushroom-related business.

Jefferson County is also a resounding “no.” The county plus the cities of Madras, Culver and Metolius are all banning mushroom-related business.

The same message is coming from Crook County and the city of Prineville —  no business involving them is allowed.

Here is the preview we did a few weeks before the election on the psilocybin measures.

 

▶️ 622 acres of juniper thinning planned this fall near Crooked River Ranch

The following is from the Bureau of Land Management:

Prineville, Ore. — The Prineville District, Bureau of Land Management (BLM) plans to thin a total of 622 acres of juniper within the Steelhead Falls Hazardous Fuels Reduction Project area this fall. The thinning unit is located adjacent to the community of Crooked River Ranch. The purpose of the project is to remove hazardous fuels which will reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfire.  

The project is underway. Fuels specialists are cutting juniper with chainsaws, mowing grasses and shrubs, and piling the cut vegetation by hand to burn in the future. Weather permitting, thinning and hand piling activities will conclude by the end of November or sooner. No road closures or delays are expected.  

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These treatments will help to protect the nearby community and surrounding areas from future wildfires as well as reduce risks associated with wildfire response for firefighters. The project will also help to maintain and restore mule deer habitat. Additionally, the fuels reduction efforts will promote the health and resiliency of the shrub steppe and old-growth juniper ecosystem.  

The piles created this fall will be left to dry for a year or two until they have cured properly, and weather conditions are conducive for burning. Allowing piles time to cure and dry out will result in faster and more complete consumption and less smoke production when they are burned.   

Depending on weather conditions, the BLM may begin burning 367 acres of piles within the project area that were cut last year starting as soon as November 14. Pile burning would continue through December if conditions remain favorable. Additional notifications will be made before pile burning begins.  

Residents and the public are asked to be cautious when traveling near the project area as there will be vehicles and staff actively working in the area over the next couple of months.  

For more information about the Steelhead Falls Hazardous Fuels Reduction project, please contact the Prineville BLM at (541) 416-6700.  

Central Oregon outpacing most of state in returning ballots; 1 day left

With a little more than 24 hours left before ballots are due in Oregon’s election, Central Oregon is outpacing the most of the state in terms of turning in their ballots. Ballots are due by 8:00 p.m. Tuesday in a drop box or postmarked anytime Tuesday.

As of 11:30 a.m., Monday, the Oregon Secretary of State’s Office said that 36% of Oregonians had returned their ballots, according to unofficial numbers. That’s 1,080,052 out of 2,996,644 registered voters.

In Deschutes County, 45% of voters had returned their ballots. Crook County had a 40.7% return rate and Jefferson County was at 38.9%

A handful of counties are reporting higher return rates than Deschutes. But Multnomah County — the most populous in Oregon — has a return rate so far of 32.4%.

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Breaking it down by political party, 48.3% of registered Republicans, 43.7% of registered Democrats, 38.6% of independents and 19.9% of unaffiliated voters statewide had returned their ballots.

However, there are more registered Democrats in the state (1,020,328) than Republicans (736,818). So the number of returned ballots so far shows Democrats outpacing Republicans 446,244 to 355,525.

Here is that percentage breakdown of returned ballots by Central Oregon counties:

Deschutes County

  • Democrats: 55.6%
  • Republicans: 55.3%
  • Independent: 46.8%
  • Unaffiliated: 26.6%

Crook County

  • Democrats: 51.8%
  • Republicans: 48.6%
  • Independent: 44.5%
  • Unaffiliated: 21%

Jefferson County

  • Democrats: 47.9%
  • Republicans: 57.1%
  • Independent: 45.8%
  • Unaffiliated: 18.6%

List of ballot drop boxes in Central Oregon

Deschutes County

Bend

Deschutes County Road Department

  • 61150 SE 27th St

Old Mill

  • 459 SW Bluff Dr
  • Box located on the knoll above Old Mill District in parking lot south of Hilton Garden Inn Hotel
  • 24 Hour Drop Box

Bradbury Park & Ride

  • 1000 SW Bradbury Way
  • Box located across from the Park & Rec Pavilion off of Simpson & Columbia
  • 24 Hour Drop Box

County Clerk’s Office

  • 1300 NW Wall St.
  • Upper floor — Privacy booths provided
  • Monday through Friday, 8 am to 5 pm; Election Day, 7 am to 8 pm

Deschutes Services Center

  • 1300 NW Wall St.
  • Exterior box on west side of building

Pine Nursery Park

  • 3750 NE Purcell Blvd.
  • East end of parking lot
  • During normal park hours

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Redmond

Redmond Public Library

  • 827 SW Deschutes Ave
  • Located on west side of Library
  • 24 Hour Drop Box

Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center

  • 3800 SE Airport Way
  • Roundabout Island – NE Parking Lot

Sunriver

Sunriver Public Library

  • 56855 Venture Ln
  • 24 Hour Drop Box

La Pine

La Pine Public Library

  • 16425 1st St.
  • 24 Hour Drop Box

Sisters

Sisters City Hall

  • 520 E Cascade Ave
  • Located in front of City Hall

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Jefferson County

Madras

Jefferson County Administration Building

  • 66 SE D Street
  • 24 Hour Drop Box

Jefferson County Clerk’s Office

  • 66 SE D Street
  • Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Election Day 7 am – 8 pm

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Culver

Culver City Hall

  • 200 W 1st Street
  • 24 Hour Drop Box

Metolius

Metolius City Hall

  • 636 Jefferson Street
  • 24 Hour Drop Box

Warm Springs

  • 2112 Wasco Street
  • 24 Hour Drop Box

Crooked River Ranch

  • Administration Area near tennis courts
  • 24 Hour Drop Box

Camp Sherman

  • Black Butte School, 25745 SW Suttle-Sherman Rd.

Crook County

Prineville

Crook County Clerk’s Office

  • Courthouse – Room 23
  • 300 NE Third St.
  • Drop box beside office door
  • Open during business hours only

Crook County Courthouse Drive-up

  • Rear Entrance
  • 300 NE Third St.
  • 24 Hour Drop Box

Crook County Library

  • 175 NW Meadow Lakes Dr.
  • Drive up box South end of parking lot
  • 24 Hour Drop Box

Powell Butte

Powell Butte Charter School

  • 13650 SW Highway 126
  • Beside front door
  • 24 Hour Drop Box

Central Oregon ballot dropbox locations for Nov. 8 election

Oregon general election day is Tuesday, Nov. 8, with multiple races on the ballot including picking a new governor, a new congresswoman from Oregon’s 5th District and U.S. senator. There are also multiple local races and measures.

Here is a look at dropbox locations in Deschutes, Jefferson and Crook counties where ballots can be dropped off. The deadline to drop them off is 8:00 p.m. on Nov. 8 or have them postmarked no later than Tuesday.

Deschutes County

Bend

Deschutes County Road Department

  • 61150 SE 27th St

Old Mill

  • 459 SW Bluff Dr
  • Box located on the knoll above Old Mill District in parking lot south of Hilton Garden Inn Hotel
  • 24 Hour Drop Box

Bradbury Park & Ride

  • 1000 SW Bradbury Way
  • Box located across from the Park & Rec Pavilion off of Simpson & Columbia
  • 24 Hour Drop Box

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County Clerk’s Office

  • 1300 NW Wall St.
  • Upper floor — Privacy booths provided
  • Monday through Friday, 8 am to 5 pm; Election Day, 7 am to 8 pm

Deschutes Services Center

  • 1300 NW Wall St.
  • Exterior box on west side of building

Pine Nursery Park

  • 3750 NE Purcell Blvd.
  • East end of parking lot
  • During normal park hours

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Redmond

Redmond Public Library

  • 827 SW Deschutes Ave
  • Located on west side of Library
  • 24 Hour Drop Box

Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center

  • 3800 SE Airport Way
  • Roundabout Island – NE Parking Lot

Sunriver

Sunriver Public Library

  • 56855 Venture Ln
  • 24 Hour Drop Box

La Pine

La Pine Public Library

  • 16425 1st St.
  • 24 Hour Drop Box

Sisters

Sisters City Hall

  • 520 E Cascade Ave
  • Located in front of City Hall

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Jefferson County

Madras

Jefferson County Administration Building

  • 66 SE D Street
  • 24 Hour Drop Box

Jefferson County Clerk’s Office

  • 66 SE D Street
  • Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Election Day 7 am – 8 pm

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Culver

Culver City Hall

  • 200 W 1st Street
  • 24 Hour Drop Box

Metolius

Metolius City Hall

  • 636 Jefferson Street
  • 24 Hour Drop Box

Warm Springs

  • 2112 Wasco Street
  • 24 Hour Drop Box

Crooked River Ranch

  • Administration Area near tennis courts
  • 24 Hour Drop Box

Camp Sherman

  • Black Butte School, 25745 SW Suttle-Sherman Rd.

Crook County

Prineville

Crook County Clerk’s Office

  • Courthouse – Room 23
  • 300 NE Third St.
  • Drop box beside office door
  • Open during business hours only

Crook County Courthouse Drive-up

  • Rear Entrance
  • 300 NE Third St.
  • 24 Hour Drop Box

Crook County Library

  • 175 NW Meadow Lakes Dr.
  • Drive up box South end of parking lot
  • 24 Hour Drop Box

Powell Butte

Powell Butte Charter School

  • 13650 SW Highway 126
  • Beside front door
  • 24 Hour Drop Box

Central Oregon High School sports playoff scores

It’s playoff time for Oregon high school fall sports!

Several Central Oregon teams were and are in action Friday and Saturday.

Volleyball

Bend is heading to the 5A state volleyball championship match.

Bend defeated Silverton 3-0 to advance to Friday night’s 5A semifinals against Wilsonville and defeated Willsonville 3-1.

The Lava Bears play Crescent Valley at Forest Grove High School Saturday at 8:30 p.m.

Crook County fell to Marshfield 3-2 in the 4A quarterfinal.

In 3A action, Sisters defeated St. Marys-Medford 3-0, but lost 3-0 against Valley Catholic in Friday night’s semifinal match.

And in 2A, Culver beat Oakland 3-0 to set up a semifinal match Friday with Salem Academy.

They lost 3-0 to Salem Academy.

The winners of the semifinal matches will play for the title on Saturday.

Soccer

Coming up Saturday, the Summit boys play Wilsonville in the 5A quarterfinals while the girls will play La Salle Prep.

The Caldera girls are also in 5A quarterfinal action against Crescent Valley.

And Sisters faces Amity in the 3A/2A/1A quarterfinals.

Football

Below is a look at the scores from the the first round of football action for Central Oregon, provided by ScoreStream.

 

 

▶️ Prineville named a top 10 dynamic micropolitan city in US

Prineville is put on a top 10 list as one of the most dynamic cities in the country.

The nonprofit Heartland Forward named the city in Crook County as the 9th-most dynamic micropolitan out of 536 in the U.S.

It defines a micropolitan as a town with “10,000 to 50,000 residents and outlying areas with close economic ties to those communities.”

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The report looked at the economy of these towns between 2015 and 2021. 

Not only is it No. 9 overall, Prineville ranked 1st in pay growth in 2019-2020 and No. 2 in employment growth over that same time.

Here’s how Prineville ranked in specific categories:

Prineville, OR    
2021 Population:   25,739
Overall Rank:   9
Young Firm Employment Share:   12.42% (Rank:117)
Young Firm Knowledge Intensity:   15.67% (Rank:216)
2020 Per-Capita Personal Income:   $47,964 (Rank:372)
Medium-Term (2015-2020) Employment Growth:   9.21% (Rank:15)
Short-Term (2019-2020) Employment Growth:   4.17% (Rank:2)
Short-Term Job Momentum (September 2020-September 2021):   6.24% (Rank:43)
Medium-Term (2015-2020) Average Pay Growth:   24.23% (Rank:64)
Short-Term (2019-2020) Average Pay Growth:   17.06% (Rank:1)
Medium-Term (2015-2020) GDP Growth:   28.4% (Rank:17)
Short-Term (2019-2020) GDP Growth:   2.03% (Rank:49)

Prineville is the only Oregon town in the top 25, with The Dalles coming in at No. 31.

You can read the full report at this link.

 

▶️ Your photos: Snowvember in Central Oregon

The calendar has turned to November and with it comes the first snow for the High Desert this season.

The snow started falling over much of Central Oregon and was still going by late morning. Other areas were getting rain.

Here are some of the photos you sent us Tuesday morning. You can submit yours to weather@centraloregondaily.com.

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Central Oregon high school football scores for Week 9

It’s the final week of the regular season for Oregon high school football, with playoff berths on the line.

Below is a look at the scores from the ninth week of action for 2022 in Central Oregon, provided by ScoreStream.

And check out the story from Central Oregon Daily’s Eric Lindstrom showing how local high schools are seeing an increase in kids coming out for football, bucking a national trend of declines.

You can also find the full 2022 football schedules for Central Oregon High Schools at these links

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