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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Celebrate 4/20 By Watching Out for Grow Operations, Authorities Say

Keep an eye out for pot farms on your next hike.

Posted By on Wed, Apr 20, 2011 at 11:51 PM

Outdoor Marijuana Grows Bend Oregon
  • Outdoor Marijuana Grows Bend Oregon
While some of Central Oregon's population is for some reason celebrating today (with it being April 20 and all), our area's drug enforcement officials are taking a different tact for this year's de facto pot holiday.

The Central Oregon Drug Enforcement released a statement late yesterday -- 4/20 Eve, as it's known to some -- asking the regions' residents to keep a vigilant eye out for marijuana grow operations on public lands, which the multi-agency group says has been a problem in recent years.

"The Central Oregon Drug Enforcement team believes that the drug trafficking organizations involved in the illegal growing of outdoor marijuana will start their plantations early this spring," said the statement.

In the past, the agency has found evidence of trafficking cartels using our nearby public lands to grow pot.

CODE is asking people to be aware of "large amounts of plastic irrigation pipe, large quantities of fertilizer in bags, propane tanks and anything else that looks out of place in the outdoors" when they head out onto public lands. They don't, however, want you to go all Johnny Justice on them while trying to gather information and put yourself in danger. It's always important to stay safe when pot farm hunting.

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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Indictment Made in Fatal Third Street Hit and Run

Brett Lee Biedscheid has been indicted for the hit-and-run death in Bend.

Posted By on Tue, Apr 12, 2011 at 11:54 PM

Deschutes County District Attorney Patrick Flaherty announced today that Brett Lee Biedscheid has been indicted for the hit-and-run death of pedestrian Anthony Martin back in late January.

Biedscheid has long been referenced as a person of interest in the case, but was officially indicted by a grand jury today on suspicion of criminal negligent homicide and "failure to perform the duties of a driver when a person is killed," according to a press release from Flaherty's office.

Martin was killed on January 26 when he was struck by a vehicle while reportedly walking his bicycle across Third Street in Bend.

Flaherty said the grand jury made the decision after reviewing video tapes and documents and hearing testimony from law enforcement agents and witnesses.

Biedscheid is set to be arraigned at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday morning.


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Trooper Stops to Help Motorist, Ends up Delivering Baby

A fish and wildlife trooper gets more than he bargained for on the side of the road.

Posted By on Tue, Apr 12, 2011 at 7:24 PM

An Oregon fish and wildlife trooper got a little more than he planned for on Monday morning when he stopped on Highway 199 near Selma to help what he thought was a motorist having car trouble.

Instead, the trooper, Dan Stinnett, found two women in the car -- one frantically trying to call 911 to tell them that the other woman was ready to deliver a baby.

Stinnett found the baby girl's head already half way out and within three minutes had helped deliver the baby.

"When the baby took her first breath, I took my first breath too," said Stinnett.

An ambulance soon arrived and took the new mother, a 32-year-old woman from Brookings who asked not to have her name released, and her baby to a hospital.

Talk about roadside assistance, eh?

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Thursday, February 3, 2011

Mike West, owner of Bend Fish Co., Dies of Heart Attack

Posted By on Thu, Feb 3, 2011 at 12:06 AM

Last week, the owner Bend Fish Co., Mike West, died at age 51 from a heart attack. West was also a restaurateur in the Eugene area. Bend Fish Co. has since closed its doors and the building is up for sale.

West’s memorial service was this past weekend and we hear it was standing room only, with friends flying and driving in from around the country. Natalie Hathaway, a former employee and family friend, described West as “somebody that you wanted to know – he always made everyone feel welcome. Anyone who knew him described him as a generous, loving man who changed their life.”

Our condolences go out to his friends and family.

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Thursday, January 27, 2011

One Night Homeless Count Today

Posted By on Thu, Jan 27, 2011 at 7:10 PM

The Homeless Leadership Coalition's One Night Homeless Count started today at 10 a.m. The count, which began in 2006, aims to count each homeless person in Central Oregon, from those at homeless camps to those staying temporarily in motels.

We're spending the day at the count, at locations including the Family Kitchen, the Bethlehem Inn, and the United Methodist Church downtown on Bond Street. Homeless can come to each of these locations to pick up blankets, water bottles, pet food, propane, food, and goodie bags like this:


If you're homeless, here are the locations to go to be counted and score donated food and provisions: 

Bend- Trinity Episcopal Church/Family Kitchen- 231 NW Idaho

Light snacks starting at 10:00am and dinner served from 5:00pm to 6:30pm.

Bend- COCC Campus Center– Office of Student Life– 11:00am to 12:00am and 3:00pm to 4:30pm.

Lapine- Lapine Community Kitchen- 16480 Finley Butte Road –Lunch served noon to 2:00pm.

Redmond- Senior Center- 325 NW Dogwood– Soup served from noon to 5:00pm and Jericho’s Table dinner served from 5:00pm to 6:00pm.

Sisters- Kiwanis Food Bank- 225 N Oak Street– 9:00am to 2:00pm.

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Monday, December 27, 2010

Allyson's Kitchen Closing December 31

Posted By on Mon, Dec 27, 2010 at 10:14 PM


It's a hard knock life out there for retailers. We've just heard the sad news - Allyson's Kitchen, one of our favorite kitchen stores (and the best place to buy wine for Les Schwab summer concerts) is closing its Bend location this Friday. The original Allyson's Kitchen, in Ashland, will remain open.

According to KTVZ, the financial burdens became too much for the owners. We'll miss the wine club, wine tastings, wine tastings with our dogs, great selection of kitchen products and friendly staff. It's a tough pill to swallow to see a specialty kitchen store unable to cut it in the Old Mill, and we hope a local shop will fill the space instead of another big box chain store. Join Allyson's kitchen for their last wine tasting on Dec. 31. If there's a better reason to start boozing early on NYE, we can't think of one.

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Thursday, December 9, 2010

Help the Children Wtih Operation Elf Box

Help out area kids by dropping off a gift for Operation Elf Box.

Posted By on Thu, Dec 9, 2010 at 9:48 PM

Maybe it's the Christmas tunes from last night's Bela Fleck and the Flecktones show still running through my system, but I thought I'd share some addition holiday spirit today (which is rare for a less-than-enthusiastic Christmas celebrant like myself) and let you know about Operation Elf Box.

The local charitable organization has placed boxes throughout Bend at which you can drop off a gift that will be given to children in need throughout the area. At the Elf Store in downtown Bend, parents can pick out a gift for their child.

If you have items you'd like to drop off, click here for a list of stores that have drop-off boxes on hand.


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Monday, December 6, 2010

Help Senior Citizens Enjoy the Holidays

Posted By on Mon, Dec 6, 2010 at 11:06 PM

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