Pacific Power Grants to Fund New Bend EV Charging Stations

Bend will get eight new electric vehicle charging stations thanks to a grant from Pacific Power.

Westside Yard – the mixed-use development under construction at the old Ray’s Food Place location – will get six ports while 7th Mountain Resort will receive two. The Bend additions are part of a grant program adding 27 ports in nine locations across the state.

Launched in late 2018, the electric charging station grant program has awarded over $700,000 to 25 recipients in Oregon. 

“We are thrilled by the high level of interest the electric vehicle charging station grant program has received,” said Cory Scott, director of customer solutions. “Charging stations are a key piece of infrastructure that is becoming increasingly in-demand as more people switch to electric-based vehicles. This is one of the many ways Pacific Power is helping make the transition to electric-powered vehicles easier with more charging options for commuters.”

Recent Grant Recipients:

  • City of Pendleton – Pendleton, Ore. (3 ports)
  • City of Myrtle Creek – Myrtle Creek, Ore. (2 ports)
  • Mt. Ashland Ski Area – Ashland, Ore. (2 ports)
  • Softstar Shoes – Philomath, Ore. ( 2 ports)
  • JAB, LLC – Medford, Ore. (8 ports)
  • Fort George Brewery – Astoria, Ore. (1 port)
  • 7th Mountain Resort – Bend, Ore. (2 ports)
  • Westside Yard – Bend, Ore. (6 ports)
  • CHI Hospitality – Grants Pass, Ore. (1 port)

Bend currently has 43 charging stations according to

Pacific Power is providing grant funding to help non-residential customers develop community-driven electric transportation infrastructure projects. This round of grant funding will award nearly $300,000 to Oregon-based workplace charging and publicly accessible charging station projects that advance transportation electrification.

Funding awards will cover up to 100 percent of the project cost. All non-residential Pacific Power customers in California, Oregon, and Washington are eligible to apply with preference given to community-focused organizations, such as 501(c)(3) and city, county and regional governments.

Applications will be accepted up to August 15, 2019 at 5:00 PM. Recipients will be announced October 2019.

In addition to the electric vehicle charging station grant program, Pacific Power also offers a free electric charging station technical assistance program. The program supports non-residential customers with evaluating charging station installation options and costs. The technical assistance program is available at no cost and includes a site visit, analysis of electric vehicle technology options, costs, rates, and best practices for siting, configuring, installing and managing equipment.

For detailed eligibility requirements, charging station project qualifications, additional technical assistance program details, application forms and more information about the benefits of electric vehicles, please visit

Materials may be submitted to


Origin Story: The Vegetable Man

In this week’s Origin Story, Central Oregon Daily’s Allison Roecker introduces us to the family behind The Vegetable Man, a local produce stand, dedicated to providing Central Oregon with fruits and veggies that are not only fresh, but also as local as possible.

The Vegetable Man is located in Bend and La Pine and open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. For more information, visit

Thanks to BendBroadband Business for giving us the time and resources to tell the stories of Central Oregonians who have turned their passion into a  profession with a new edition of Origin Story every Monday on Central Oregon Daily News at 5 p.m.

Ralph Lawler – Extended Interview with a Living Legend

His name is Ralph Lawler, and for folks who may not know, Lawler has been the beloved broadcast voice of the Los Angeles Clippers on both radio and television for more than 40 years. Central Oregon Daily’s Eric Lindstrom sat down with Lawler to chat about his career in broadcasting, his recent retirement and the incredible off season the Clippers are having acquiring both Paul George and Kawhi Leonard.

Taste This! – The Jerk Kings

In this week’s culinary adventure, Donna Britt heads to Redmond to visit with the owner of a local food truck and enjoy a delicious island lunch.

Find The Jerk Kings Monday through Saturday in Redmond at Wild Ride Brewing and in Bend at River’s Place and also online at the

A special thanks to Newport Avenue Market. They give us the resources to take these weekly culinary adventures. Life is short!! Eat good food! And have fun doing it!

Central Oregon Welcomes Two New Fire Stations

There are two new fire stations under construction in Central Oregon right now. Station 302 in Tumalo is being replaced with a larger, updated facility right next door to the current station. Bend is welcoming a new addition located on Northeast 15th Street, next door to the Bend Police Headquarters. Central Oregon Daily’s Dalton Roth spoke with officals on the project and has more.

Lessons Learned

With conditions being almost perfect for a wildfire to start, we’re reminded of fires like the one that swept through Northern California and devastated the town of Paradise. Several local agencies spoke with county commissioners this afternoon about how to help prevent what happened in Paradise from affecting Central Oregon. Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan was at the meeting and tells us what lessons were discussed.

Sisters Rodeo Clown Shares Message of Inclusion

J.J. Harrison, the Sisters Rodeo Clown, brought smiles and laughter to the students of Sisters Elementary on Friday. His act was full of goofs alongside the Sisters Rodeo Queen and the One-Armed Bandit, but he also conveyed a message about inclusion and the importance of helping your friends.

The Sisters Rodeo will be in town through Sunday and ticket information can be found here.