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Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Breaking: La Pine Student Arrested After Alleged School Threat

15 year old in custody after alleged threats involving a firearm

Posted By on Wed, Feb 28, 2018 at 2:44 PM

The Deschutes County Sheriff's office says they've arrested a La Pine High School student today after an alleged threat to the "safety of students at the school."

According to a release issued this afternoon, a student at the school approached the School Resource Officer this morning to tell the officer about the alleged threat. Cops say they interviewed students throughout the morning, eventually identifying a 15-year-old male student who had allegedly been making threats "to the safety of students and staff on three occasions over the past two months."

Cops say the most recent threat happened two days ago and involved a "threat of violence at the school involving the use of firearms."
Extra officers arrived on scene at La Pine High School this morning as a precaution, following the alleged threat. - DESCHUTES COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE
  • Deschutes County Sheriff's Office
  • Extra officers arrived on scene at La Pine High School this morning as a precaution, following the alleged threat.
DCSO says the student did not have a firearm on him or on school grounds, though they say he did have access to unsecured firearms at home.

Cops say they took the student into custody and took him to the Deschutes County Juvenile Justice Facility on three counts of Disorderly Conduct 1.

On Monday, Superintendent of Bend-La Pine Schools, Shay Mikalson, sent a letter to Oregon legislators, urging, among other things, for legislators to change the maximum detention time from 36 hours to 10 days when youth are arrested on misdeameanor charges related to weapons offenses, or when they're arrested for alleged threats against others.

That call to action came after a Bend Senior High School student was arrested for allegedly making threats at that school last week.
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Where the Source is Headed this Weekend

Muse Conference draws musicians, artists & social change makers—and this emerging musician

Posted By on Wed, Feb 28, 2018 at 12:09 PM

Portland-based musician Haley Heynderickx is playing a sold out show at Mississippi Studios in the Rose City Thursday night, after releasing her much-anticipated debut album.

After that, she's headed to Bend to perform at the World Muse conference on Saturday. We'll be there to chat live onstage with Heynderickx after her performance at the Tower Theatre at 2 pm Saturday.


ALESSANDRA LEIMER
  • Alessandra Leimer

Check out her recent performance, thanks to the rad people at KEXP.



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Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Proposed Apartment Building Draws Ire

Residents in the River West neighborhood are worried about parking and congestion

Posted By on Tue, Feb 27, 2018 at 5:56 PM

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A proposed housing project near the Bend Park & Recreation Pavilion has neighbors in Bend's River West neighborhood concerned about parking and congestion—especially in the summer when the Les Schwab Amphitheater concerts pack the area with extra cars.

This Thursday, March 1, representatives of the Seattle-based Evergreen Housing Development Group are hosting a meeting for public input on the proposed 170 to 180-unit building that would house apartments, managerial office space and resident amenities, like a gym. The proposed location is the intersection of SW Shevlin Hixon Dr. and SW Bradbury Way. It would border Colorado Ave. and the Pavilion.

Linda May and Tracy Wright, both homeowners in River West, oppose the apartment building on the grounds of added cars on the roads and public safety. In a phone call with the Source, both said they believe the added residents would put more than 300 cars on the road, but the development company is only planning for 155 parking spaces. They both said while they understand Bend is growing—and people need places to live—cramming a few hundred people—in addition to the proposed apartment building at the old Ray’s Food Place—is too many, too soon. They would like to see a multi-use building, with shops, restaurants and some multi-family living spaces.
Evergreen is the same company that’s running the Outlook at Pilot Butte project on the eastside.

The meeting is scheduled for 5:30 to 6:30 pm in the Pavilion’s Party Room at 1001 SW Bradbury Way.

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Friday, February 23, 2018

TCOs get knock out punch

Bend City Council voted to limit the number of event permits to three

Posted By on Fri, Feb 23, 2018 at 3:45 PM

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This Wednesday, the Bend City Council—even after hearing from numerous people in a packed meeting against the ordinance change—decided to limit the number of temporary change of occupancy permits any one location could have to three per year.


The resolution passed by a single vote, with Mayor Casey Roats casting the deciding one. Councilors Sally Russell, Nathan Boddie and Barb Campbell all opposed the resolution.

The Source has opined against the resolution and have covered the TCO story and the noise ordinance one as well.
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Thursday, February 22, 2018

Breaking: Cops Arrest Teen Suspect After School Shooting Threat

16 year old Bend High student arrested

Posted By on Thu, Feb 22, 2018 at 6:04 PM

Bend Police say they've arrested a teenager in connection with alleged threats made toward Bend High School.



According  to a release from Bend PD today, officers arrested 16-year-old Zachariah James Mello Johnson Wednesday, after an investigation in which officers say Johnson had been contemplating a shooting at Bend High. 
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During the investigation, officers say they found "the means to complete the shooting" during a search of Johnson's home—though cops say Johnson did not have access to those items. Officers say Johnson made threats over a "popular social media platform." After a mental health evaluation at St. Charles Medical Center, cops say Johnson was taken to the Deschutes County Juvenile Department on charges of Disorderly Conduct.

Of the three threats Bend PD has investigated regarding schools in Bend in the past nine days, officers say this is the first they've deemed credible. This one was separate from another alleged threat this past weekend against Bend High, police say.

Since the investigation is ongoing, Bend PD encourage anyone with information to call Bend PD at 541-693-6911.

In response to the arrest, Superintendent of Bend-La Pine Schools Shay Mikalson had this to say today: "To say that I am concerned and deeply troubled by this youth's alleged behavior would be an incredible understatement. However, I am incredibly grateful for the efforts of the Bend-La Pine Schools' staff, our proactive safety measures, Bend Police, and most for our culture of safety that emphasizes to all, 'When you see something, say something.'"

As a reminder, students and the wider community can report tips via safeoregon.com —a tool Mikalson said was critical over the past nine days.


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News Update: New Speed Zones

Speed limits lowered in Bend.

Posted By on Thu, Feb 22, 2018 at 3:01 PM

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Pay attention to new reduced speeds this month.


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regon’s roads are on average slower than most states, but not the slowest.

Speed limits travel a wide spectrum. As the saying goes, “everything’s bigger in Texas,” and this extends to speed limits which cap at 85 mph. Alaska has the slowest, with a top speed of 55 mph, according to USA Today.

This month be cautious of the new reduced speeds in Bend put in place by the Oregon Department of Transportation. Following a community input analysis this last summer, speed limits have been lowered in these areas:

• Second Street between Wilson Avenue and the northbound parkway—from 35 to 30 mph

• Colorado Avenue from the northbound Parkway ramp to Industrial Way—from 35 to 25 mph

• Arizona Avenue from Industrial Way to Colorado Avenue—from 35 to 25 mph

• Reed Market Road between 15th Street and 27th Street—from 40 to 35 mph



With the arrival or winter (finally), it is especially important to pay attention to speed. The reduced speed zones will be clearly marked with orange warning flags on top to call attention to the changes. So, take an extra moment to look for the warning signs, while singing to the radio.



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Fire Safety Grants Available

Visit bendruralfire.com to find out what the DRFPD No.2 can do for your rural neighborhood

Posted By on Thu, Feb 22, 2018 at 2:57 PM

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If last fire season caused rural residents of Bend any anxiety, the Deschutes Rural Fire Protection District No. 2 is trying to help.
Residents in DRFPD 2 can apply for grants aimed at improving the fire safety of neighborhoods and homes. Although the grant cycle is ongoing, the fire department said now is a good time for residents to consider how they can mitigate fuels and make their properties less vulnerable to fire.
The grants are available at bendruralfire.com. Click on the Public Info & Programs tab, then Grant Application. Download the PDF file to fill out. Directions for where to mail the grant are on the form.
Examples of what the grants can be used for are: Disposal and hauling fees and dumpsters; volunteer expenses such as food and drinks, transportation and food; fuels modification and mailing or advertising expenses to "get the word out."
District 2 consists of approximately 220 square miles of suburban and forested land surrounding Bend, and represents approximately 20,000 residents.


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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Deschutes County Republican Party to Host Anti-Muslim Speaker

Disgraced ex-FBI agent coming to Bend Feb. 20

Posted By on Wed, Feb 21, 2018 at 5:24 PM

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On Tuesday, Feb. 20, the Deschutes County Republican Party is hosting an event called, “Understanding the Threat” at the Bend Senior Center designed to help put global and domestic terrorist attacks into perspective and will “identify specific jihadi threats in the United States.”
The keynote speaker is John Guandolo, an ex-FBI agent who resigned from the bureau after a number of ethical breaches and bizarre conduct, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center.
According to the DCRP’s invitation, Guandolo was recruited by the Department of Defense out of the FBI to conduct strategic analysis of the Islamic threat. His presentation is supposed to be presented for law enforcement officials, but according to the SPLC, Guandolo punched Hennepin County Sheriff Richard Stanek at the National Sheriff Association convention in June of 2017. The altercation got Guandolo arrested and he subsequently lost his NSA endorsement and has resorted to doing presentations for anti-Muslim groups instead of law enforcement.
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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

A New Principal for Summit High

New principal will take the reins after this school year

Posted By on Wed, Feb 14, 2018 at 2:30 PM

Michael McDonald, currently assistant principal at Summit High School, will officially become principal July 1. - BEND-LA PINE SCHOOLS
  • Bend-La Pine Schools
  • Michael McDonald, currently assistant principal at Summit High School, will officially become principal July 1.
Summit High School will officially have a new principal starting July 1. Superintendent of Bend-La Pine Schools, Shay Mikalson, announced Wednesday that Michael McDonald, currently assistant principal at Summit, will take on the new role. 

Summit's current principal, Alice De Wittie, announced in October that she would be leaving the district at the end of the current school year. According to media reports, at least one parent complained to the district after De Wittie wrote an email including references to structuring our public education system around God's "basic design for how people and systems work in relationship," among other references to a religious mission within the public education system. Summit has had three principals since 2001, with McDonald being the fourth. 

McDonald has been involved in education in Oregon for more than 25 years, and has served as assistant principal at Summit since 2004.

“I think of the dedicated staff at Summit High School as a resource of wisdom, experience and guidance. They are experts in their respective disciplines and duties and incredibly dedicated to serving the needs of students,” McDonald stated in a press release from BLPS. “Our parents and students are also key contributors to our success and offer a unique lens into high school life. I plan to continue building on the strong collaborative foundation we currently enjoy and to learn more about their vision for the future.”


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Monday, February 12, 2018

Two Drivers; Two Crashes into Local Buildings

Two drivers arrested and charged with DUII in Redmond

Posted By on Mon, Feb 12, 2018 at 5:08 PM

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  • Redmond Police Department
Look out while driving in Redmond after midnight. On Sunday, two—yes two—people were arrested for DUII after allegedly crashing their cars into buildings.
The first incident was just after midnight, when Redmond Police officers responded to reports of a truck crashed into an occupied duplex at the 1900 block of NW Larch Spur Court. When the officers responded to the address they say they found the vehicle had left the scene, but not before leaving a hole in the rear of the duplex and nearly hitting a 10-year-old child who was sleeping a few feet from where the truck crashed through.

Evidence at the scene led officers to a suspect, Jory Markiss, who they arrested for several crimes, including DUII.

About an hour later, the officers were again dispatched to a vehicle hitting a building, this time at the Double J Saloon on SW 6th street in Redmond. Police say the driver, Emma Walker, left the car behind, but was arrested about 30 minutes later and charged with DUII and other crimes. Due to call load and staffing levels, Walker was given a a criminal citation to appear and released to a sober adult.

Let’s be real, in today’s day and age—think the numerous rideshare apps—there’s no excuse for DUIIs. And especially, there’s no excuse to damn near run over a kid sleeping in their bed.

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Sunday, February 11, 2018

School District Given $1.1 Million Grant

Money earmarked for engineering evaluations and snow removal reimbursement

Posted By on Sun, Feb 11, 2018 at 2:10 PM

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After last year’s snowpocalypse caved in roofs and caused area schools to close for snow removal, Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley went to bat for the Bend-La Pine school district.

The school district will receive more than $1 million in Federal Emergency Management Agency money to reimburse costs of last January’s snow removal, and for engineering evaluations.
Crews demolished the Kenwood School gym building on Bend's west side the same day the collapse was discovered, Jan 12, 2017. This photo shows the progress on the demolition as of the week of Feb. 1, 2017 - KYLE LOW
  • Kyle Low
  • Crews demolished the Kenwood School gym building on Bend's west side the same day the collapse was discovered, Jan 12, 2017. This photo shows the progress on the demolition as of the week of Feb. 1, 2017

“These much-needed funds will help the Bnd-La Pine School District recover from serious damage caused by last winter’s snowstorms,” Merkley said in a press release.

“Ensuring students, teachers and staff are in a safe setting always is a top priority,” Wyden said in the same release.

Update: Redmond School District also received a $464,648 FEMA grant for reimbursement costs from last year's snow removal.

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Saturday, February 10, 2018

Where do people rideshare #inBend?

Just in time for V-Day, Lyft's new top 10 reveals the top restaurant destinations

Posted By on Sat, Feb 10, 2018 at 4:15 PM

Use it to get home from the bars.

Use it to shuttle your errant relatives to and fro while you're at work—or on the mountain.

Or, use a ridesharing service to take you and your bae out to dinner.
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Since ridesharing apps began to be allowed in Central Oregon in 2017, plenty of people have hopped in a Lyft or Uber car to get where they need to go. This week, Lyft revealed the top 10 destinations among its riders in Bend.

The top restaurant destinations for Lyft riders:

1.     McMenamins Old St. Francis School
2.     The Capitol
3.     Zydeco Kitchen & Cocktails
4.     Greg’s Grill
5.     Pine Tavern Restaurant
6.     Barrio
7.     5 Fusion & Sushi Bar
8.     Spork
9.     Drake
10.  Ariana Restaurant

Oh, and since that big holiday called V-DAY is coming up, Lyft is also offering a sweet, sweet discount for riders on Valentine's Day. Use the code VDAYBEND for 14 percent off one ride on Valentine’s Day.

Happy ridesharing, C.O.!
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