▶️ Lamination may keep your vax card safe, but could prove problematic

Those little vaccination cards could be your ticket into businesses or events without a mask, but what’s the best way to keep it safe and secure?

Some choose to laminate it.

“We do get questions about it pretty much every day,” said Jerry Williams, The UPS Store owner.

Multiple Bend print shops tell Central Oregon Daily News they’ve only had a handful of customers come in, including UPS on Century Drive.

“Maybe one or two a day that are asking about it,” Williams said. “So not very many.”

Renee Mansour, Minuteman Press owner, sees even less on a daily basis.

“I would say ranging from six to ten people have come in,” Mansour said.

For those who want a lamination, Williams recommends you provide or request a copy of the card.

The UPS Store owner doesn’t suggest laminating your original card in case it needs to be written on again for a booster shot.

Technical difficulties on the print shop’s end is also possible.

“There are times when lamination won’t take,” Williams said. “You don’t want to ruin the original.”

Mansour has advised her customers to not to laminate their cards for the same reason Williams says you should make a copy.

Mansour, however, doesn’t even think a duplicate is a good idea.

“I feel that that would be leaving room for them to be used by somebody else,” Mansour said.

Deschutes County Public Health tells Central Oregon Daily News they have not been suggesting laminating vaccination cards.

Public Health has been recommending taking a photo of the card and saving it to the favorites folder on your phone.

▶️ Get Outside: Mountain biking with Grit Clinics

Mountain biking is a sport plenty of Central Oregonians know and love, but it can be intimidating to get started as a beginner.

For self-taught cyclists Meredith Brandt and Lindsey Richter, helping people push past that initial barrier is what gets their wheels spinning.

With them, beginners can find a safe place to make mistakes, build confidence and do things they never thought they could.

In today’s episode of Get Outside, Meghan Glova builds some confidence on two wheels riding with the crew at Grit Clinics.

Dog causes 3-vehicle crash near Prineville

Three vehicles were involved in a crash Saturday afternoon near Prineville when a loose dog ran through the middle of the road, according to the Crook County Sheriff’s Office.

Kimberly Fisher, 58, of Prineville was driving south on SE Juniper Canyon Road around 4:30 P.M. when she spotted the dog and stopped to avoid a collision.

A young woman was driving a 2005 Chevy Suburban close behind, and she stopped behind Fisher’s Ford Focus.

A third vehicle, a 2011 GMC Terrain driven by Patricia Wegener, 78, of Prineville, rear-ended the Chevy Suburban, forcing it to collide with the Ford Focus.

Medics from Crook County Fire & Rescue evaluated the drivers and passengers, and no one needed to go to the hospital.

The area around milepost one on SE Juniper Canyon Road was limited to one lane of traffic for around 40 minutes.

The Crook County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Prineville Police Department, Crook County Fire & Rescue, and STAR Towing.

No citations were issued.

Bend PD: 2 arrested after starting fire at homeless camp over drug debt

Two people were arrested on arson charges Sunday after setting fire to a homeless camp over a drug debt, according to Bend Police.

Bend Police and Bend Fire & Rescue arrived at a vacant lot east of SE 15th Street and SE Lostine Circle in Bend around 6 p.m. after multiple 911 calls reported hearing explosions and seeing smoke.

Three fire engines assisted in extinguishing the flames, limiting it to one-tenth of an acre.

Officers found the victim of the fire, who said suspects Elicia Katz, 37, and Daniel Mendez, 37, had come to the camp due to a drug debt.

Sgt. R.C. Bigelow said the victim told officers Katz poured gasoline around the camp and lit it, causing the fire to spread quickly nearby.

The two suspects left the scene, and officers confronted Mendez near another camp near Brosterhous Road.

He ran from the area and officers chased him on foot, assisted by police K-9 Vegas with Bend Police and K-9 Ronin with the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office.

Officers contained Mendez near SW Hayes Avenue, where he resisted arrest and was subdued by less-lethal OC spray, Bigelow said.

He obeyed officers after being confronted by K-9 Vegas, and was examined by St. Charles Bend and Bend Fire for the OC application.

Officers then found Katz near Brosterhous Road and SE Clay Pigeon, where she was arrested without incident and also given medical care from Bend Fire and St. Charles Bend.

The two were booked at the Deschutes County Jail.

Katz was booked under the following charges: 

Arson I

Reckless Endangering

Reckless Burning

Criminal Mischief I

Mendez was booked under the following charges:  

Conspiracy to commit Arson I

Conspiracy to commit Reckless Endangering

Conspiracy to commit Reckless Burning

Conspiracy to commit Criminal Mischief I

Escape III

Resisting Arrest

Interfering with a Police Officer




▶️ Businesses say policing vaccinations, masks will be ‘incredibly difficult’

A sign outside of Newport Avenue Market that reads “masks still required” makes the store’s current policy clear.

“We as grocery stores are holding and requiring our customers and our employees to continue to wear masks with us until we get further guidance,” Lauren Johnson, CEO and President of Rudy’s Markets, which owns Newport, said.

Newport is just one business in Bend awaiting further direction from the Oregon Health Authority regarding what businesses should require from customers, after Gov. Brown said Thursday fully vaccinated Oregonians no longer need to wear masks or socially distance in public.

Johnson said all customers have worn masks today without complaint. But Johnson is concerned about the possibility of implementing new policies in the future.

State Health Officer and Epidemiologist Dr. Dean Sidelinger said Friday that the OHA is setting up guidance for businesses regarding how to check a customer’s vaccination status.

“It will be incredibly difficult for not just our business but other businesses as well to police our customers,” Johnson said.

▶️Health law expert: HIPAA doesn’t preclude businesses from asking for vax card

General Manager Liz Boisinaeu Odell of Lark in downtown Bend agrees, enforcing mask wearing for those who are unvaccinated may be a challenge.

“It puts my staff in a weird situation that they have to patrol,” Boisinaeu Odell said. “When we had to ask about masks at the beginning, it was kind of scary to go up to somebody and say, ‘hey can you put your mask on?’ We were never sure what the reaction was going to be. I feel like right now that is going to start again.”

Sunriver Rocks, a tour and rental business in Sunriver, is already posting signs in preparation for checking customers’ vaccination status.

“We will require proof of vaccination to enter Sunriver Rocks without a mask,” the sign reads. “Please wear your mask in and bring proof of vaccination to the counter.”

Many other businesses, though, are still scrambling to figure out what to do and what to require after the announcement.

“I have had other business owners here in the Old Mill come in and ask what my position and what our business is adopting as official, and it’s a little confusing,” Tye Krueger, owner of Confluence Fly Shop and Deep Canyon Outfitters Guide Service, said. “No one really knows for sure.”

▶️ Vaccinated locals express mixed reactions over updated mask guidance

From “it’s too soon” to “this could convince others to get their COVID shot,” reactions seem mixed in Bend regarding being fully vaccinated and mostly not having to wear a mask.

Some see the perks.

“If you’re out more in nature, outdoors and stuff where you can be more distanced from people,” Sally Wiedeman, Bend resident said. “It’s a great idea.”

Others see potential harm.

“Definitely, I think it’s too soon,” Angela Doescher, parent said. “We don’t have any really good way of knowing who’s vaccinated and who’s not.”

Many are stuck in the middle.

“I feel that I’m protected,” Doug Reinthal, Bend resident said. “But I believe as far as public health goes, not everybody is playing the same game.”

Brown: Oregon to follow CDC lead; masks no longer required for those vaccinated

Reinthal is fully vaccinated, but says there are still certain places he will continue to wear a mask.

“Whether I was in a nursing home or care facility,” Reinthal said. “I would feel obligated to do what I could to prevent any spread or whatever that I may possibly be carrying.”

Wiedeman, a health care worker, can think of a few situations as well.

“If I’m still going into stores or in a crowded outside venue,” Wiedeman said. “I might have it on.”

Earlier this week, Angela Doescher told Central Oregon Daily News she was excited that her high-risk, 13-year-old son can now be vaccinated.

But even with the shot he got Friday, Doescher still wants to be careful.

“I’ll still be wearing my mask and so will he in crowded places,” Doescher said. “But it’ll be nice to be able to go to very little gatherings or parks and know at least he’ll be protected.”

Regardless, multiple residents told Central Oregon Daily News Friday it’ll be a strange adjustment.

“Kind of watch, and see, and judge if you have your mask on or not too,” Wiedeman said. “That’s kind of the new world we’re in.”

▶️ Little Did I Know: The history of Billy Chinook Pt. 3

For the past few weeks, Central Oregon Daily’s Scott Elnes has been sharing the story of the man Billy Chinook – also known by his native name Guygo.

In this final chapter, Scott takes us to the lake itself for a look at some things you may not know about one of Oregon’s most famous aquatic destinations.

Previous Coverage:

▶️ Little Did I Know: The history of Billy Chinook Pt. 1

▶️ Little Did I Know: The history of Billy Chinook Pt. 2

▶️ Mt. Bachelor community gives back to park-building legend battling cancer

There are professional snowboarders many of us know and love – Shaun White, Chloe Kim, Travis Rice – who perform incredible tricks on half pipes at contests all over the world.

And then there are the people behind the scenes – the people who build those jumps and halfpipes.

A Bend man has spent years working behind the scenes like that, spending a lot of time sculpting the terrain at Mt. Bachelor and beyond.

Pat Malendoski helped make the sport of snowboarding what it is today.

Central Oregon Daily’s Hannah Sievert has Pat’s story and how the snow riding community is now giving back to him in his time of need.



▶️ Something for everyone promised at The Grove, Bend’s first ‘Food Hall’

Bend’s first food hall opens May 28th.

The Grove, located in Northwest Crossing near Summit High School, has at least nine places to eat or drink, all in one place.

“There’s ice cream, there’s coffee, there’s Italian, burgers, smoothie bowls, Thai food,” Packy Deenihan, Bend Brewing Co. president and co-owner said. “There’s a lot of things going on, so I think everybody in the family can find something to eat here.”

You may recognize Thump Coffee, Left Coast Burger Company, or Bend Brewing Company.

Actually, Bend Brewing will be known as Waypoint at The Grove.

New NWX development ‘The Grove’ announces opening date, dining tenants

The new location is still serving beer, but also bringing cocktails and wine into the mix.

“So just a little bit more of an elevated experience, we’re really proud of the cocktail list we’ve curated,” Deenihan said. “It’s going to be eight taps from Bend Brewing and a wine list that’s from Pacific Northwest and Northern California.”

Greenleaf Juicing Company is new to town.

The Portland-based business focuses on healthy, plant-based offerings like juices, smoothies, and salads.

“The Grove, that whole community that’s popped up around there, just looks like a beautiful, very in-line with our product,” Ben Mills, Greenleaf director of operations said. “Healthy, environmental sustainability through food.”

Business owners say the food hall setting does have its perks.

“It’s a little bit more friendly for all four seasons, no matter if it’s snowing outside or 100 degrees,” Deenihan said. “Obviously it’s indoors, but then there’s big sliding glass doors that would be perfect on a summer day as well.”

“Well it allows us to focus on the making of the food and getting it out,” Mills said. “Instead of maintaining the whole area.”

Not every business will open at the same time.

Waypoint opens sometime next week, and Greenleaf opens in July.

▶️ Farm-to-table businesses see bump in sales during COVID as more people eat in

The pandemic has positively affected at least one industry: local farms and farm-to-table businesses.

Farm to Friends in Redmond is one of those businesses. They deliver fresh fruits, vegetables and other items from west-coast farms straight to customers’ homes.

“It’s really nice to know that the produce comes to the field to our distributor or who we buy it from, straight to us and then to the door,” Brinda True, owner of Farm to Friends, said. “There’s no handling. It’s handled very little and it’s fresh.”

While restaurants have suffered through the pandemic, Farm to Friends has seen a major bump in customer growth. They’ve gone from delivering around 150 boxes a week to around 300 in the past year.

“People got used to eating at home,” True said. “Before the pandemic, we were all really busy, we were eating lunch out, we were doing all this stuff. Now we’re all eating at home.”

Many sellers at the Bend Farmers Market, which opened last Wednesday, agree that business is good for those who work in selling locally-grown produce.

Kristi Keller, manager of Brandywine Fisheries out of Springfield, says she’s seen a bump in business similar to Farm to Friends.

“Most people who are homebound don’t want to go to grocery stores, that sort of thing,” Keller said. “Especially with supermarket ocean products. They find us to be refreshingly new and much better for them.”

The owner of Rainshadow Organics, operated north of Sisters, agrees that local produce is doing well.

“Business has been good in COVID,” SarahLee Lawrence, owner of Rainshadow Organics, said. “I would say people have been interested in their food system and getting more local food.”

If you want to get your own fresh produce or look for other local items, Bend Farmers Market is open from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. every Wednesday.