▶️ Deschutes County seeks public feedback on updated Transportation System Plan

Deschutes County has launched a virtual open house asking for community feedback on its updated Transportation System Plan (TSP). 

There are currently 17 proposed projects that are scheduled to be completed by 2040. 

“It kind of guides our investment,” Director of the Deschutes County Road Department Chris Doty said. “Where we are going to make improvements with the limited resources we have on the county’s transportation system, which is all the county roads outside of the cities here in Deschutes County.” 

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Some projects are more pressing than others.

“Where we do have problems are intersections that need safety improvements,” Doty said. “In a lot of projects, for example, we’re adding rural roundabouts to improve safety.”

The projects vary in size and cost. But size doesn’t necessarily correlate to priority. A $50 million project proposing an interchange that connects 19th Street just south of the fairgrounds to the highway likely wont see any groundbreaking for years to come.

Smaller projects such as replacing the intersection along Bend Municipal Airport with a roundabout are higher on the list. 

The road department says funding comes from a variety of resources. The county, funds from the state gas tax, DMV fees and other registration and license fees that come through the state all contribute. State and federal grants will also be used, especially for the largest projects.

Beavers may face QB who hasn’t thrown a pass all year in Las Vegas Bowl

When the No. 14 Oregon State Beavers take on the Florida Gators in the Las Vegas Bowl on Dec. 17, they may be going up against a quarterback who hasn’t thrown a pass all season — possibly even a walk-on.

The Gators have quite the conundrum. Starting quarterback Anthony Richardson, a dual-threat that was the talk of the early SEC season, announced he’s skipping the bowl to prepare for the NFL Draft.

So what about the backup? That’s Jalen Kitna. But he was just dismissed from the team after he was arrested on child pornography charges.

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That leaves the Gators two options — neither of whom has thrown a pass in 2022.

Jack Miller is a redshirt freshman from Ohio state. He had surgery in the summer and hasn’t appeared in a game this season. With the Buckeyes in 2021, he went 7-of-14 for 101 yards and no touchdowns or interceptions.

The other is redshirt sophomore Kyle Engel, a walk-on who also hasn’t thrown a pass.

Kickoff for the Las Vegas Bowl is 4:30 p.m. on Dec. 17. You can watch on KOHD/ABC in Central Oregon.

▶️ 5 things to know Monday: Judge could rule on Measure 114

Bend Park and Rec winter registration starts Monday with changes

After experiencing technical difficulties in recent seasons including a website crash during fall registration, the Bend Park and Recreation District hopes this time around the winter registration process will be as smooth this week,

The most noticeable change will be a three-day registration, breaking up the different programs so not everyone will try logging on at the same time.

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

  • 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.

Judge may rule on Oregon Measure 114 Monday

Measure 114, the Oregon gun restriction measure which was narrowly passed by a statewide vote, is set to go into effect on Thursday. But a judge’s ruling could put that on hold.

A hearing was being held in federal court in Portland Friday which could block at least part of the measure from taking effect. We are told a decision could come on Monday or Tuesday at the latest.

In another development late Sunday, the Oregon Department of Justice sent a letter to Judge Karin Immergut asking for the Permit-to-Purchase requirement be delayed for two months so that law enforcement can have more time to implement it. Read more

Thousands watch as the Christmas spirit rolls through Bend at annual parade

The annual Christmas Parade wound its way through the streets of Downtown Bend Saturday. Here are some of the sights and sounds of this holiday tradition.

Injured hiker rescued at Smith Rock State Park

An injured hiker was rescued at Smith Rock State Park Saturday.

The hiker had slipped and fallen on the Misery Ridge Trail and injured her ankle.

Deschutes County Search and Rescue volunteers and Redmond Fire and Rescue responded to help the hiker back down so she could be taken to St. Charles by ambulance. Read more

Hiker rescued at Smith Rock
SAR rescues injured hiker at Smith Rock

Beavers, Ducks learn bowl destinations

The Oregon State Beavers and Oregon Ducks learned where they will be bowling this holiday season Sunday.

The Beavers (9-3), ranked No. 14 in the College Football Playoff poll, will be headed to Sin City to face the Florida Gators (6-6) from the SEC in the SRS Distribution Las Vegas Bowl. The game is Saturday, Dec. 17, at 4:30 p.m. It can be seen on KOHD/ABC in Central Oregon.

The Ducks (9-3) and ranked No. 15 in the CFP poll, are headed to San Diego for a date with the North Carolina Tar Heels (9-4) of the ACC in the San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl. The game will be played in a baseball stadium — Petco Park, home of the San Diego Padres. It will be Wednesday, Dec. 28 at 5:00 p.m. on FOX.

Supreme Court weighs ‘most important case’ on democracy

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is about to confront a new elections case that could dramatically alter voting in 2024 and beyond.

A Republican-led challenge is asking the justices for a novel ruling that could significantly increase the power of state lawmakers over elections for Congress and the presidency.

The court is hearing arguments Wednesday in a case from highly competitive North Carolina, where Republican efforts to draw congressional districts heavily in their favor were blocked by a Democratic majority on the state Supreme Court.

The question for the justices is whether the U.S. Constitution’s provision giving state legislatures the power to make the rules about the “times, places and manner” of congressional elections cuts state courts out of the process.

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.

▶️ Resumen Semanal del Noticiero Central Oregon Daily News 12-02

Cada semana, Central Oregon Daily News le traerá un breve resumen de las noticias principales de la semana, completamente en español.

Sandi Garcia and Gustavo Bautista presentarán la transmisión corta aquí mismo en Facebook, todos los viernes por la tarde.

Nos encantaría escuchar sus comentarios para mejor incluir a los miembros de nuestra comunidad de habla hispana en las historias que son importantes para el Centro de Oregón.

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.

▶️ Madras woman, son convicted of abusing foster children

(WARNING: This story includes some details of child abuse that may be considered graphic and disturbing and may be difficult to read.)

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.

The Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office says the case laid out that Pineda-Garcia took the boy to the emergency room at St. Charles in Madras in May of 2008. He had a “significant” laceration to the right side of his face that required several stitches. The hospital reported this to law enforcement because Pineda-Garcia’s explanation for how it happened didn’t match up with the injury, the DA’s Office said.

But the child didn’t express they had been abused, so they were allowed to return home with Pineda-Garcia.

In June 2018, both children were dropped off at the Department of Human Services office with multiple injuries to their bodies including cuts, bruises and abrasions. The girl was reported to have “significant hair loss,” injuries to her face, forehead, upper body and abdomen.

The children were interviewed at the KIDS Center in Bend where they disclosed they had been abused, the DA’s Office said. The boy allegedly said that, at one time, he had been kicked in the face and was held face-up under running water in the bathtub by Macias until he couldn’t breathe.

The boy also allegedly said the cut he suffered that sent him to the ER was due to being hit in the face by Pineda-Garcia with a glass mason jar that shattered.

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After serving a search warrant, law enforcement found a set of seven mason jar-type glasses at the home. Sheriff Jason Pollock, who was a detective at the time, moved the refrigerator in the home and found a glass fragment that appeared to match the seven jars, the DA’s Office said.

The person who treated the boy at the hospital testified that the injuries the boy received were consistent with being hit with a mason jar.

Chief Deputy District Attorney Brentley Foster, who prosecuted the case, commended all the agencies involved — saying that their actions may have saved these children’s lives.

“Foster further noted that the real heroes in this case were the kids who were brave enough to tell what was happening to them and face their abusers in court,” the DA’s Office said.

Pineda-Garcia was convicted of 2nd-, 3rd- and 4th-degree assault, 1st-degree criminal mistreatment, unlawful use of a weapon and harassment.

Macias was convicted of 2nd- and 3rd-degree assault, 1st-degree criminal mistreatment and strangulation.

Sentencing is set for January 3.

“These cases serve as a reminder that child abuse can be occurring in an household, and if you see children that are possibly neglected or abused, please say something about it,” District Attorney Steven Leriche said in a statement.

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