2 events to honor veterans in Central Oregon this weekend

This weekend, Central Oregon honors those who have served our country.

Around 30 local veterans will come back from this years Honor Flight.

There will be a welcome home ceremony for those vets at the Deschutes County Fairgrounds around 2:00 p.m. Saturday.

And Sunday is Gold Star Mothers And Family Day to honor the families of service members killed in conflict.

There’s a flag presentation and ceremony at Bend Heroes Memorial in Brooks Park starting at 11:00 a.m.

REALTED: Bend Heroes Foundation observe National POW/MIA Recognition Day

 

▶️ Furnish Hope opens new resale boutique in Bend

Furnish Hope, a Central Oregon nonprofit, has opened a new resale boutique store in Bend.

It’s located at 50 SE Scott Street in the Old Iron Works Art District.

Furnish Hope helps low-income families furnish their homes.

The new boutique will help the nonprofit in a whole new way.

“It’s sort of two-fold. The money that we make from this goes back to support our ministry but it also helps the recipients come in and make them feel like they can select something really beautiful,” said Tammy Rorem, Storefront Manager for Furnish Hope and Home.

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▶️ Central Oregon high school football scores for Week 4

It’s time for more high school football.

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

A reminder that Bend-La Pine Schools have switched to an online ticketing only system this year. Cash will not be accepted at the gate. To purchase tickets you can click this link.
 
You can also find the full 2022 football schedules for Central Oregon High Schools at these links

Bend | Caldera | Crook County | Culver | La Pine | Madras | Mountain ViewRedmond | Ridgeview | Sisters | Summit

 

▶️ VIDEO: Driver crashes into fence after eluding Bend Police; Later captured

A Medford man with a felony conviction who briefly eluded Bend Police early Friday morning was arrested after crashing into a fence, the police department said.

Bend PD says officers got a report around 2:16 a.m. of a vehicle theft in the 400 block of SE 6th Street. The vehicle had been returned when officers arrived, but they learned that the suspect — identified as Jacob Randall Granger, 32, of Medford — had left the area in another vehicle that had firearms inside.

Police found the vehicle and tried to stop it, but Bend PD said Granger didn’t stop and was able to get away. Officers didn’t pursue him, but they found his silver pickup near Jaycee Park on SE Railroad Street where it had crashed into a fence.

Video of the crash seen in the player above is from a neighbor’s Ring camera.

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An emergency alert was sent to neighbors in the area, Bend PD said.

As police were gathering evidence from the truck, Granger was spotted running away from a nearby residence, Bend PD said. He was taken into custody and booked into Deschutes County Jail.

He faces charges of Felon in Possession of a Firearm, Fleeing or Attempting to Elude a Police Officer, Hit and Run Accident with Property Damage, Criminal Trespass I, Criminal Trespass II (2 counts), Burglary I and Theft II (2 counts).

▶️ It’s National Roundabouts Week: Here’s a history of Bend’s RABs relationship

This is National Roundabout Week — something we in Central Oregon know a lot about. In honor of the occasion, we’re re-sharing this story that Central Oregon Daily’s Allen Schauffler and Steve Kaufmann produced almost exactly one year ago about the history of RABs in our region.

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The “Roundabout Revolution” in Bend started with a single intersection on Century Drive and a traffic control concept borrowed from Europe.

It was the city’s first roundabout and Oregon’s first roundabout, built in 1999.

“We were a small enough city at that time, just under 50,000,” says City Traffic Engineer Robin Lewis. “We didn’t have any traffic controls other than stop signs on the West side of Bend.”

Developer Mike Hollern, CEO of Brooks Resources, knew the intersection well and knew change was coming to the West Side.

“Traffic was picking up to the point something needed to be done at this intersection and what the planners from the city were talking about was either a signal or a three-way stop sign; In either event it would have required the removal of those large 150-year old plus Ponderosa Pines,” he said. “I’d spent some time in Europe and had seen how well roundabouts worked there and it seemed like an obvious place for it.”

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But it wasn’t just his love of nature.

Hollern freely admits to other motives as well.

“At the same time, we owned property all around here. And that road (what is now SW Chandler) did not exist. But we also wanted access to that part of the property, the Century/Washington Center.” he said.

So, his company paid for it and built it with permission from the city. It also required a sign-off from ODOT because Century Dr. was a state highway at the time.

Hollern says that first roundabout (or “RAB” in traffic planner shorthand) cost $300,000 to $400,000 dollars.

The price has gone up of course, way up over the years.

A recently installed two-lane RAB at the intersection of 27th, Butler Market and Empire, cost $6.3 million.

“We’re all in now,” Lewis said. “I think we’ve normalized roundabouts for our region and that was really one of our goals.”

Bend now has 42 of them with more in the works.

Study after study shows there are fewer and less severe accidents than at intersections governed by traffic lights.

Cars keep moving rather than sitting, idling and pumping out exhaust.

But is this happening at intersections all over the country? We checked other u.s. cities about the same size as Bend and found none of them with anywhere near 42 roundabouts.

Renton, Washington has one, another on the way.

Spokane Valley, Washington has six.

Vacaville, California has two with a few more in design phase..

Vista, California; five.

San Angelo and Edinburg, Texas, both at zero.

Davenport, Iowa; two.

In Tuscaloosa, Alabama the traffic chief tells us they have two and a half.

And then we come to Carmel, Indiana, the true “Roundabout City USA.”

Mayor Jim Brainard is proud to lay out the numbers.

“We have 138 today and seven more under construction,” he tells us.

Jim has been mayor for 25 years and roundabouts have helped keep residents happy and keep him in office.

“When we first started there was a lot of skepticism. But then people started to drive them. I couldn’t remove one today if I wanted to,” he said. “The fight is over who’s going to get the next one.”

Traffic roundabouts can be a little unnerving if you’re not used to this kind of intersection but Central Oregon drivers have largely accepted them.

Not that there’s much of a choice at this point.

At Bend’s Kittelson & Associates office, where they helped design that first roundabout, Matt Kittelson sees more coming.

“The $190 million transportation bond the city passed includes a number of roundabouts,” he said. ” think depending on the preferred alternatives and how it works out it could be another dozen in Bend.”

According to Principal Engineer Scott Beaird, the firm has now designed about 1,000 RABs in North America and literally written the book on how to build them

“We wrote the initial roundabout design guide for the Federal Highway Administration,” he said. “We wrote the follow-up to that and we’re currently working on the third edition.”

All roundabouts are different, Scott says, but the basic concepts and goals remain the same: make it safe, keep speeds down, keep traffic moving as much as possible.

Make it obvious to drivers they should yield to traffic going in, signal going out and watch for cyclists and pedestrians.

And the advice from Mayor Brainard in Carmel?

“Hang in there and keep building them.”

 

1st responder job fair and community event coming to Bend

The following is a press release from the Bend Police Department:

The City of Bend Police Department will host a First Responder Job Fair and Community Event from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 8 at Riverbend Park in Bend. 

Find out more about careers in law enforcement and public safety and learn about current job openings in local first responder agencies. 

The event is free to attend and open to the public.

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The following agencies will be in attendance: 

    • City of Bend Police Department 
    • City of Bend Fire & Rescue
    • Black Butte Ranch Police Department
    • Redmond Police Department
    • Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office
    • Deschutes County 911 Service District
    • Deschutes County District Attorney’s Office
    • Oregon State Police
    • Adventure Medics

In addition to booths providing information about public safety and first responder careers and job openings, Bend Fire & Rescue will have an interactive ladder truck on site, and Bend Police will set up the Oregon Physical Abilities Test (ORPAT) course. 

▶️ Oregon gas prices spike more than 10 cents Friday. Here’s why.

After 14 weeks of steady declines, gas prices are going back up in Oregon and the West Coast. And they shot up considerably Friday morning.

AAA says the average price for regular unleaded across Oregon is $4.80. That’s a jump of 11 cents in one day.

It’s an even larger increase in Bend. The average is $4.90, up 13 cents since Thursday.

Oregon was not alone. The average price in Washington state jumped five cents. California went up six cents and Idaho went up just under one cent. 

THREE DAYS AGO: Oregon gas prices drop for 14th straight week, but have potential to tick up

Nationally, the rise in price was minimal — 0.5 cents on average.

AAA says refinery issues in California are a large reason for the spike. The agency says the West Coast is unique in that supply and demand is perennially tight, so any disruption can cause an increase.

An AAA spokesperson said they don’t expect this rise to be long term, but said it could be a “bumpy” 2-3 weeks. 

On the flip side, diesel prices in the state and in Central Oregon went down overnight, but by less than one cent.

Here are the full statewide and metropolitan number from AAA for Friday, Sept. 23:

Oregon average gas prices

  Regular Mid-Grade Premium Diesel
Current Avg. $4.802 $4.903 $5.132 $5.457
Yesterday Avg. $4.691 $4.862 $5.080 $5.465
Week Ago Avg. $4.660 $4.869 $5.069 $5.532
Month Ago Avg. $4.824 $5.018 $5.223 $5.654
Year Ago Avg. $3.739 $3.930 $4.111 $3.687

Bend 

  Regular Mid Premium Diesel
Current Avg. $4.904 $4.985 $5.170 $5.438
Yesterday Avg. $4.769 $4.875 $5.139 $5.444
Week Ago Avg. $4.683 $4.912 $5.069 $5.482
Month Ago Avg. $4.853 $5.037 $5.280 $5.627
Year Ago Avg. $3.813 $4.045 $4.210 $3.832
 

Albany 

  Regular Mid Premium Diesel
Current Avg. $4.552 $4.603 $4.926 $5.165
Yesterday Avg. $4.462 $4.571 $4.931 $5.173
Week Ago Avg. $4.436 $4.569 $4.897 $5.260
Month Ago Avg. $4.632 $4.708 $5.010 $5.397
Year Ago Avg. $3.595 $3.764 $4.018 $3.498

Corvallis

Regular Mid Premium Diesel
Current Avg. $4.482 $4.628 $4.763 $5.203
Yesterday Avg. $4.418 $4.566 $4.700 $5.203
Week Ago Avg. $4.418 $4.593 $4.788 $5.228
Month Ago Avg. $4.636 $4.813 $4.893 $5.519
Year Ago Avg. $3.605 $3.786 $3.853 $3.536

Eugene-Springfield

Regular Mid Premium Diesel
Current Avg. $4.678 $4.699 $4.925 $5.371
Yesterday Avg. $4.524 $4.679 $4.869 $5.372
Week Ago Avg. $4.487 $4.679 $4.861 $5.437
Month Ago Avg. $4.721 $4.908 $5.107 $5.633
Year Ago Avg. $3.770 $3.946 $4.104 $3.763

Grants Pass

Regular Mid Premium Diesel
Current Avg. $5.114 $5.115 $5.375 $5.503
Yesterday Avg. $4.889 $4.935 $5.226 $5.535
Week Ago Avg. $4.849 $5.046 $5.233 $5.703
Month Ago Avg. $4.961 $5.125 $5.290 $5.847
Year Ago Avg. $4.076 $4.199 $4.449 $4.013

Medford-Ashland

Regular Mid Premium Diesel
Current Avg. $4.992 $4.960 $5.369 $5.461
Yesterday Avg. $4.792 $4.926 $5.239 $5.428
Week Ago Avg. $4.726 $4.915 $5.158 $5.532
Month Ago Avg. $4.896 $5.052 $5.284 $5.630
Year Ago Avg. $3.881 $4.141 $4.336 $3.896

Pendleton

Regular Mid Premium Diesel
Current Avg. $4.649 $4.859 $5.148 $4.929
Yesterday Avg. $4.602 $4.820 $5.119 $4.901
Week Ago Avg. $4.588 $4.819 $5.094 $4.952
Month Ago Avg. $4.704 $4.986 $5.253 $4.974
Year Ago Avg. $3.600 $3.842 $4.067 $3.523

Portland-Vancouver (Oregon only)

Regular Mid Premium Diesel
Current Avg. $4.883 $5.010 $5.215 $5.691
Yesterday Avg. $4.785 $4.968 $5.154 $5.699
Week Ago Avg. $4.758 $4.979 $5.162 $5.742
Month Ago Avg. $4.894 $5.093 $5.275 $5.855
Year Ago Avg. $3.735 $3.937 $4.103

$3.641

 

 

▶️ Nonprofit providing beds to local kids is losing space, needs new home

Sleep in Heavenly Peace, a nonprofit that provides new beds for children in need to ensure they never have to sleep on the floor, says it’s in desperate need of a new space to work in Deschutes County.

The organization says the company that has provided space for SHP to work for two years is growing and needs the space back.

SHP says it is looking for a company in Bend or Redmond that has 600-to-800 square feet of space they can use, preferably in an industrial park setting. The space is mostly for storing wood, mattresses and tools to make the beds.

RELATED: ‘No child sleeps on the floor’: Free beds available to Central Oregon kids

The actual construction takes place outside on designated “build days” every two months or so. Their next schedule build day is Oct. 29.

“We would be so grateful for a small area that we could use,” says SHP outreach coordinator Joe Myers said in a statement. “We would be at the building one or two days a week for about an hour. We are in the facility just long enough to load up the beds to deliver.”

SHP provides beds, mattresses, sheets, blankets and pillows for children in Central Oregon who don’t have a bed of their own.

The group’s motto is “No child sleeps on the floor in our town!”

For more information or to request a free bed or volunteer, go to  http://shpbeds.org/chapter/or-deschutes-co  

Myers can be reached at joe.myers@shpbeds.org

▶️ Deschutes County discusses rural ADUs to fight housing crisis

As Deschutes County searches for ways to help with the housing crisis, one idea was discussed in a Public Hearing Thursday night. Senate Bill 391, passed in 2021, allows counties to have rural accessory dwelling units (ADUs).

“This is Deschutes County’s attempt to craft that state program into a local program,” said Deschutes County Associate Planner Kyle Collins.

Senate Bill 391 established baseline requirements including things like:

  • The lot must be two (2) acres or larger
  • One single-family dwelling must be sited on the lot
  • The ADU is limited to 900 square feet of usable floor space

RELATED: A guide to developing ADUs –Accessory Dwelling Units–available online

“The senate ultimately left those up individual jurisdictions on how they want to implement those, so that’s a portion of the public hearing process, for decision-makers, in this case, the planning commission to vet those and decide what they think the appropriate interpretations are,” said Collins.

Another portion of the hearing listened to public comments, both for and against.

“They increase sprawl, usually. They are far away from public services and amenities,” said Central Oregon Landwatch attorney Rory Ibell. “They tend to burden their inhabitants with long transportation costs and long car commutes that increase greenhouse gas emissions.”

“They don’t have the money, don’t have a place to leave, and it becomes very difficult and this is something that can help them as well,” said another public commenter.

Rural ADUs can only happen once a state wildfire risk map is complete and released. It was announced Thursday that a new draft of that map will be relased March 1, 2023 and a final version won’t come out until late 2023.

RELATED: New Oregon wildfire risk map is coming

Until then, the rural ADU timeline gets pushed back.

“No one would actually be able to apply and begin constructing an ADU until that map is finalized,” said Collins. “So, we are probably looking at late 2023 based on that timeline that has been presented by the Department of Forestry.”

The planning commissions allowed the continuation of written public comment until September 29 and will hold deliberations on October 13.

After deliberations, the planning commission will recommend proposed amendments for rural ADU’s to county commissioners.

For more information contact

Kyle Collins, Associate Planner

Kyle.Collins@deschutes.org

(541) 383-4427

City of Bend hosting 2 camping code roundtables next week

The City of Bend on Thursday announced it will be holding two roundtables next week to discus the camping code it is developing to regulate homeless camping on city property. The roundtables will be available to view online.

Here is the press release from the city, which includes links to the events.

The City of Bend will bring together a variety of stakeholders in roundtable meetings next week to receive feedback regarding the camping code currently in development.

The City is developing municipal code provisions to regulate camping on City rights-of-way and City-owned property, like public streets, sidewalks and landscape strips in Bend.

A roundtable is a new type of public meeting that is intended to create a space for community discussion between community members and the Bend City Council in a less formal setting.

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There is no public comment at these roundtable discussions, as the conversation is meant to focus on key stakeholders, including non-profit service providers, people with current and former experience living outdoors and the business community.

Two roundtables are currently scheduled:

    • 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 27, at Council Chambers (710 NW Wall St.) or online. Stakeholders at this meeting will be representatives from Council Advisory bodies.Register to view the event online via Zoom
    • 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 29, at the Barnes & Sawyer room at the Deschutes County Administration Building (1300 NW Wall St.) or online. Stakeholders at this meeting will include community members experiencing houselessness, non-profit outreach service providers, community and business groups, and public agencies (including elected officials).Register to view the event online via Zoom

Due to space limitations, the City encourages the public to view the roundtables via a livestream, which is listed above and at www.bendoregon.gov/camping-code.

There will be additional opportunities for the community to provide input on the proposed code before Council votes on adopting a code later this fall.