▶️ Redmond High School hosts ‘Poetry Out Loud’ competition


Poems were brought to life through performance Wednesday night at Redmond High School’s Poetry Out Loud competition.

More than twenty nominated students presented two memorized poems of their choice to an audience and a panel of judges.

Some students chose poems based on admiration for the authors, while other chose poems they can relate to. Presenters were judged on expression in delivery and memorization.

“I practiced a lot to memorize my lines,” senior Ariel Aylsworth said. “I tried to really feel the poem, embrace the poem for what it is.”

The first-place winner of the competition, sophomore Alacia Arnold, will go on to the state competition in the spring.

The Oregon state champion will go on to Poetry Out Loud nationals in Washington D.C. to compete for $50,000 in awards and scholarships.

▶️ Redmond non-profit receives award from White House Office of National Drug Control Policy


The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy has given the Redmond-based CLEAR Alliance an award for Outstanding Public Safety/Public Health Collaborative Effort.

The award was recognition for the progress the organization has made in educating students about the risks of drug use.

“Often what we hear the most in class is, I didn’t know that, I had no idea, why don’t we hear about this?” said CLEAR Alliance Executive Director Mandi Puckett.

Four years ago, CLEAR Alliance tested out a marijuana education program at Redmond High School, with the help of Health Teacher Angela Capps.

“This is my 25th year of teaching, and this is the first time we’ve had any kind of marijuana education curriculum,” Capps said. “We usually get stuck with health textbooks that have a paragraph that mentions anything about it. Things have changed so much that it’s impossible to stay updated with a health textbook.”

Since then, the nonprofit has expanded their three-hour program to include education about tobacco, e-cigarettes and driving under the influence.

They’ve trained more than 170 instructors to teach the course in 32 counties across Oregon.

“I have given shout-outs to everyone I know in the health world about this curriculum because if we could get this program into every health classroom across Oregon, it would be tremendous,” Capps said.

The program teaches students fact-based risks of using drugs — which is education Capps says is badly needed, especially with the legalization of marijuana and recent the vaping boom.

Puckett hopes get the program into other states and keep the education relevant as the way drugs are consumed continues to evolve.

“I think listening to the youth voice, listening to teacher’s voices, has made this program really strong,” Puckett said.


War Stories: Army Veteran George Lee

He was the third of ten kids who fell in love with the idea of becoming a police officer. In this segment of War Stories, we hear from George Lee about his time with the military police and beyond.

Thanks to Gary Gruner Chevrolet Buick GMC for sponsoring War Stories and giving us the time and resources to tell the stories of Central Oregon’s war veterans every Monday night on Central Oregon Daily.

▶️ Murphy Road intersection to close for construction until May


Next Monday, the City of Bend will close the Murphy Road and Brosterhous Road intersection until May for phase two of the Murphy Corridor Improvements Project.

At an open house Wednesday night, city officials shared detour options for those who live in the area.

“We’re trying to share information with the community about our construction schedules as we proceed through the corridor so people can plan their daily route,” Garrett Sabourin, project engineer for the City of Bend, said.

The project includes reconstructing parts of Murphy Road to be three lanes, upgrading roundabouts and adding train track over-crossing.

“There’s several focuses here as well as we know there’s a lot of growth, there’s a lot of pressure in the southeast part of town and we’re trying to stay ahead of that,” Sabourin said.

The project began in January 2019 and will affect different stretches of Murphy Road in phases until the summer of 2021.

“The council identified it as a priority project and we’ve been really fast-tracking it since then to try to get these improvements in place for all of the development pressures we’re seeing in this part of the city,” Sabourin said.

The City of Bend will hold another open house in May for changes coming to Country Club Drive. More information on the project is available online at BendOregon.gov/MurphyProject.

Bend PD Community Academy applications now being accepted

Now’s your chance to get some insights on how Bend Police does its job and become a volunteer in the department.

Applications are now being accepted for the Bend PD Community Academy (formerly known as the Citizen’s Academy,) which has received recognition as a national and regional model and continues to be a highly popular program in the Bend community.

This class is held in the spring and meets once a week for nine weeks. The goal of the program is to inform and educate participants about the Bend Police Department and the various ways we carry out our mission.

nstruction includes Narcotics, Traffic, SWAT, K9’s, Officer Survival and more. The classes are taught by officers chosen according to their specific area of expertise in law enforcement.

When students graduate, they are eligible to become Bend Police Department Volunteers. Volunteers work at various assignments such as Abandoned Vehicles, Couriers, Disabled Parking and Special Events.

Held each spring, the Academy can accommodate 40 students per session, and will be held March 31st-May 26th this year. Classes are held Tuesday nights from 6:00-9:00 pm. There is no charge for the Academy.

Please complete a Citizens Academy Application (http://bit.ly/2mpGGOZ) if you would like to participate in our next class.

Applications can also be obtained at the Police Department’s Reception desk, 555 NE 15th Street, Bend Oregon. Please return completed applications to our Community Liaison, Misha Knea, via email CommunityLiaison@bendoregon.gov, via mail to PO Box 118, Bend Oregon 97701, or drop them off in person at the Department.

If you have any questions or require further information, please contact Misha Knea at (541) 322-2976.

War Stories: Richard Harley

War has driven major technological changes since nearly the beginning of the human race, but one technological change stands apart from the rest. Nuclear weapons changed war forever and in tonight’s War Stories, producer Cody Rheault brings us the story of one veteran who saw this change first hand, from test sites in the Pacific.

Thanks to Gary Gruner Chevrolet Buick GMC for sponsoring War Stories and giving us the time and resources to tell the stories of Central Oregon’s war veterans every Monday night on Central Oregon Daily.

The Great Outdoors: Grooming Virginia Meissner Sno Park

Cross country and skate skiing are enormously popular in Central Oregon partly due to miles of expertly groomed trails just a few minutes from town. In this week’s Great Outdoors, we take you on a pre-dawn ride in a grooming machine at the Virginia Meissner Sno Park.

A special thanks to our Great Outdoors sponsor, Parr Lumber, for giving us the time and resources to explore the lakes, rivers and mountains across our beautiful state every Wednesday night on Central Oregon Daily.