▶️ Beloved Bend Little League leader remembered for passion, kindness

Sam Palermo, a former president and umpire for Bend North Little League, an avid San Francisco Giants fan, and friend, left behind a legacy of hard work and kindness.

“I loved what he stood for. I loved how he made me feel like family, how he encouraged us all to treat each other like a family,” said Shelley Scarborough the Fundraising Chair for Bend North Little League.

“He was just like a grandfather amongst 12 or 13 grandchildren,” said Steve Mora a Former Coach for Bend North Little League.

Palermo passed almost two weeks ago, leaving an impact on those he spent time with enjoying the game of baseball.

Whether he was keeping score, helping beautify the fields, or taking kids on rides in his golf cart, Palermo did his best to do whatever Bend North Little League needed to succeed.

“Sam never shied away from taking on responsibility and he was really great at encouraging others to help out,” Scarborough said.

After volunteering for the league while his grandson played, Palermo quickly became the BNLL’s president.

Palermo was a pillar of support for when the League’s 12-year-old team reached the Little League World Series in 2016.

Steve Mora was one of the coaches for that team and said Palermo would do just about anything for the team without hesitation.

He shared a story about Palermo securing a cage for batting practice and getting the kids pizza during the tournament.

Palermo even approved of the bronze plaque memorializing the Little League World Series team, which you see when you enter BNLL’s field.

“And he was always about doing whatever he could to make sure that the players and the team had success,” Mora said.

Even after his grandson grew out of the league, Palermo continued to serve as an umpire and volunteer.

“We’re all so thankful for the time we were able to spend with Sam. We’re so thankful for what he brought Bend North Little League, and I think, from here on out, we’re all just trying to do better and be better just like Sam encouraged us to do,” Scarborough said.

In a message from the league about Palermo’s passing, Sam’s lively personality and passion for the game were praised. 

“Thank you, Sam, you have been an inspiration for so many of us.  We wish you Godspeed on your new journey and know you are smiling down on us from the great diamond in the sky.”

Smiling down on the league and all the hard work that will never be forgotten.

In lieu of flowers, Sam’s family encourages people to donate to Little League International and Bend North Little League to continue his legacy of giving back and encouraging kids to get out there and play some ball.

Bend City Council extends Old Bend Neighborhood parking program

The Bend City Council voted to continue the Old Bend Neighborhood Parking District Wednesday night.

Residents living in the neighborhood pay $25 per year to keep parking available on the streets and to prevent potential campers from staying overnight.

The original one-year pilot program is set to expire at the end of the year.

After discussions about the program earlier in the month .. city council decided to continue with the program

Four councilors and mayor Sally Russell votes yes, while council Barb Campbell was the lone opposer.

This was only the first reading to change city code and continue the parking program.

▶️ Health officials expect continued surge in COVID vaccination numbers

Between a new variant and kids becoming eligible, various local vaccination clinics are seeing the same kind of interest and pressure.

The Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center had hundreds come through its drive-thru vaccine clinic Tuesday, the first day of operation, and many more on Wednesday.

“Four hundred fifty four doses were provided to the community and that included primarily booster doses,” Morgan Emerson, Deschutes County Public Health said. “About 375 booster doses were given out, and the rest were of mix of first doses, second doses, and pediatric vaccines.”

That is not the only bustling location.

▶️ Long lines, eager participants welcome new vaccine clinic at fairgrounds


Five hundred more people showed up to a clinic at Larkspur Community Center Tuesday, and the Deschutes Public Library in downtown Bend has been consistently busy giving booster doses.

“Here at the Bend Library we’ve given up to 400 doses,” Crystal Sully, Deschutes County Public Health COVID-19 vaccine operations supervisor said. “That’s a lot of vaccinations over the course of four hours.”

Sully says each new week tends to be the biggest week yet at pop-up clinics and crowds will likely continue.

“Because of the numbers we have in Deschutes County of people who want that boost dose and the lack of a true mass vaccination site,” Sully said. “I’m expecting the crowds through December and into January.”

The drive-thru clinic at the Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center in Redmond is open Monday through Sunday from noon to 7 p.m.

The clinic at Larkspur Community Center in Bend is open every Tuesday from 4 to 7 p.m.

The clinic at the Deschutes Public Library in downtown Bend is open every Wednesday from 1 to 5 p.m.

▶️ Local doctor and former nurse battling HIV reflect on World AIDS Day

Wednesday marked World AIDS Day across the globe – 40 years since the CDC officially reported the first cases.

The theme for this year’s anniversary: End inequalities. End AIDS.

Today, nearly 38 million people worldwide have HIV and nearly a quarter of them don’t have access to care.

Closer to home, there are about 8,000 people in Oregon that have been diagnosed with HIV.

Tonight we hear from a local doctor fighting the virus and a former nurse who was treating AIDS in the 80s, and contracted HIV himself in 1985.



▶️ Ballet shoes to wings: Bend teen takes final bow before joining military

From the ballet studio to laughter-silvered wings.

Certainly the road less traveled for a 19-year-old.

But Kaelin Frick from Bend has learned that when it comes to discipline, character and passion, dance has prepared her for a bold new chapter.

We sat down with her to hear about why she’s making the leap from arabesques to the Air Force.

▶️ Bend man raffling rare, signed copy of Dune to raise money for 2 groups

When Ariel Mendez rediscovered his first edition paperback copy of Dune about twenty-five years after it was gifted by his high school English teacher, he decided someone else should have the joy of coveting the collectible.

“I really enjoyed having this book for as long as I have because it’s a special piece of history. The first paperback edition of Dune, what some people say is one of the greatest science fiction works ever written, and it’s signed by the author himself,” Mendez said.

That’s right, Mendez’s paperback copy of Dune has a signature from author Frank Herbert just inside the detached cover.

“It’s clearly well-loved, it’s not going to fetch a price for being in pristine condition, but for someone who loves Dune, and would love to own a piece of history that has a connection to the author like this I think it would be fantastic,” Mendez said.

So Mendez decided to raffle off the book online, with all proceeds going to Bend Bikes, a group advocating for bike safety, and the Warm Springs Community Action Team, a organization providing services for the Warm Springs Reservation.

Each $5 donation gets you one chance to win the book, and by the second day, donations already surpassed $500.

The winner will be selected at random on Sunday December 5th.

Mendez hasn’t found another version of his copy anywhere online, and is unsure of the value the book would have due to its uniqueness and wear.

“Dune was published as a serial in the beginning because nobody wanted to publish the book and it started to get serialized in, I think, an auto magazine. And then it became published later as a full book and so it’s actually pretty rare to have a first edition or early edition of Dune,” said Cassie Clemans the owner of Roundabout Books.

With the new movie recently released in theaters, the craze around Dune is bigger than ever.

‘It has always been a regular seller in our science fiction section like we always keep it stocked. But since the movie has been promoted, we cannot keep it in stock,” said Clemans.

The book has several ties to Oregon, not just in the desert landscape mimicking the sandy shores of Florence, but also in its themes of equity and treatment of indigenous folks.

Mendez thinks the newfound buzz around the book, along with the novel’s themes matching the charities benefiting, leaves the Oregon connection as the cherry on top.

“I think anyone who loves this book and this story will find a natural affinity to both of these organizations,” Mendez said.

▶️ Long lines, eager participants welcome new vaccine clinic at fairgrounds

A free, drive-thru COVID-19 vaccination clinic is now available at the Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center for anyone 5 and older.

Deschutes County Health Services, in partnership with the Oregon Health Authority, is offering Pfizer, Pfizer pediatric, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson vaccines, as well as third and booster doses for those eligible.

“With the new variant, as well as more people becoming eligible for boosters, and families trying to get their kids vaccinated,” Morgan Emerson, Deschutes County Public Health said. “There’s increased demand and this provides an opportunity for the whole family to get vaccinated together.”

Wait-time proved to be longer than anticipated during the first day of operation, with many drivers spending between one and over two hours in line to get their jab.

For those who did not get the chance to stop by Tuesday, the clinic will be open Monday through Sunday from noon to 7 p.m. and is expected to run through at least December.

No appointment or insurance is needed, but you will need to provide vaccination records if you have already received a COVID-19 vaccine.

Most Idaho abortions banned if Roe v. Wade is overturned

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — An Idaho law banning nearly all abortions would take effect if the U.S. Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 ruling that declared a nationwide right to abortion.

The court with a 6-3 conservative majority on Wednesday starts hearing arguments over a Mississippi law that bans abortions after 15 weeks.

Mississippi wants the court to overturn Roe v. Wade. If the court does that, an Idaho law passed in 2020 would be triggered in 30 days, banning all abortions except in cases of rape, incest or to protect the life of the mother.

Under the law, criminal punishment would be a felony and apply to the person performing the abortion, not the woman.

▶️ Playing Through: Delayed ski season keeps local golf courses busy

Unseasonal temperatures and lack of snow has caused Mt. Bachelor to push back its opening day – twice.

But depending on your preferred activity, the warm weather these days might not be all bad news.

The slow start to the winter season is causing some to mourn and others to rejoice, even if it’s just for a little while longer.