Central Oregon Community College Update

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Feb 242017

COCC Redmond Campus
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Central Oregon Community College (COCC) is holding its monthly Nursing Orientation sessions at the Redmond campus, Wednesday, March 8, 9-10 a.m., Building 3, Room 306, and at the Bend campus, Friday, March 17, 9-10 a.m., Boyle Education Center, Room 155.

Nursing Orientations are information sessions designed for students interested in COCC’s associate degree in nursing. Sessions cover minimum requirements to apply to the program, how applicants are selected, deadlines and more. The formal presentation usually runs 45 minutes with plenty of time for questions during and after. Prospective nursing students are strongly encouraged. Reservations are not required.

Central Oregon Community College (COCC) is offering “Getting Started” presentations in Bend and Redmond for prospective students, the first at the Redmond campus, Monday, March 6, 4:30 p.m., Technology Center, Room 218, and the second at the Bend campus, Friday, March 10, 11 a.m., Boyle Education Center, Room 156.

This is an opportunity for prospective students—seeking a degree or to just take a few classes—to meet with a COCC admissions representative for guidance through time-sensitive steps for enrollment, federal funding, choosing appropriate courses and the use of academic support services. Bend RSVP: 541-383-7500; Redmond RSVP: 541-504-2900.

Central Oregon Community College (COCC) is offering an information session about its Allied Health programs Monday, March 6, 9-10 a.m., in Building 3, Room 306, on the COCC Redmond campus. The health programs covered will include dental assisting, massage therapy, medical assistant, pharmacy technician and veterinary technician. The session will include a description of each occupation, the typical clinical and administrative duties, as well as the certification or licensing required. There will also be a review of the structure, length and cost of each of the programs.

It is not necessary to be enrolled at COCC to attend this session. Reservations are not required. For information, call 541-383-7420.

Rep. Whisnant and Sen. Knopp co-sponsor bill to restrict abortions in Oregon

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Feb 232017

Rep. Gene Whisnant
Co-sponsors anti-abortion bill

Sen. Tim Knopp
Co-sponsors anti-abortion bill

Two Central Oregon state lawmakers have joined 23 other Republicans in the Legislature to restrict a woman’s right to an abortion in Oregon. State Senator Tim Knopp (R) of Bend and State Representative Gene Whisnant (R) of Sunriver are co-sponsors of House Bill 3017.

The bill requires that a woman seeking an abortion must first consult with a physician and for the physician to determine the age of the fetus. If the physician determines that the fetus is 20 weeks or older, the woman shall not have an abortion unless there is a genuine medical emergency.

Here is the full text of House Bill 3017 which has been sent to the House Judiciary Committee for it’s first hearing.

Meanwhile Oregon’s Attorney General has teamed up with other AG’s around the country to fight an attempt to turn the clock back on abortions. Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum says she is conferring with her fellow AG’s as to the legal grounds for a challenge should the Trump Administration mount an attempt to shut down Planned Parenthood offices nationwide that offer birth control and other womens’ health services. Here’s more in the Washington Post.

Trump Administration takes aim at Recreational Marijuana

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Feb 232017

Trump puts states with recreational marijuana on notice….

The Trump Administration made it official today that although they have no problem with medical marijuana sales, it’s a different story on recreational marijuana. That’s illegal, they say.

Here’s the story in The Oregonian. Click here.

Here come the lawsuits – Suit to force EPA to add river water temps to list of “must haves” for healthy fish habitat

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Feb 232017

Coho Salmon
Commons photo

A number of northwest environmental groups and fishing organizations have filed suit in Federal Court against the Environmental Protection Agency demanding that river water temperatures be added to the list of “must haves” when evaluating minimum habitat conditions for northwest U.S. fishery habitats.

The story is in The Oregonian. Click here.

Oregon Health Authority on Implications of Possible Changes to the Affordable Care Act

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Feb 232017

As the U.S. Congress continues to ponder whether to repeal the Affordable Care Act, many state health organizations, including some here in Oregon, are trying to get information out to the public to let citizens know what is at stake.

The Oregon Health Authority has issued an information sheet that boils it all down to understandable information that all citizens need to help them come to grips with what is about to happen “to them” or “for them.” Click here.

Report of House fire turns in to an outdoor sofa fire at 65338 Old Bend Redmond Highway

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Feb 222017

A report of a mobile home fire has been downgraded to a sofa on fire outside the mobile home at 65338 Old Bend-Redmond Highway, between Swalley and 94th. Neighbor says someone is outside the residence and the sofa is burning but somebody has a hose and they’re spraying water on it.

Door to door cab service in Redmond-Bend area is getting faster and easier…

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Feb 222017

Coming up in May, two internationally known “dial-a-ride” taxi services will set up shop in Redmond and Bend, joining cities far larger than either Bend or Redmond in the evolution of getting around town, from anywhere to anywhere, with very little wait times and often at substantially lower fares than standard cab service.

The Redmond City Council coordinated closely with their fellow councilors in Bend in setting up a joint service area with two companies – Lyft and Uber. Both operate all hours of the day and night and both have the blessings of local governments which will license and regulate them just like regular cab companies.

Using Lyft and Uber is similar to hailing or scheduling a cab except with these new upstart companies you download an app onto your cellphone and type in where you want to go. Your current location and desired destination is sent to the nearest Lyft or Uber independent contractor in their own private vehicle. Wait times are usually just a few minutes. Your driver heads over, scoops you up and takes you to your destination. Simple as that.

Redmond City Councilors were told that both Uber and Lyft have very good track records.

Redmond’s and Bend’s regulations on Lyft and Uber are identical and were hammered out between the two cities. What they agreed on closely resembles similar regulatory requirements world-wide. All drivers must have thorough criminal background checks (and at regular intervals), be at least 21 years of age, have a valid driver’s license and have current vehicle registration and insurance. All transactions are made via cellphone and credit card. No money changes hands so driver’s don’t carry large amounts of cash.

Again, Uber and Lyft taxi services join regular cab services in Redmond and Bend in May. For more information on both Lyft and Uber –

Uber: Uber.com

Lyft: Lyft.com


Bullet ricochets into Redmond home, bounces off woman’s head and falls to the floor!

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Feb 222017

Ryan Pine, 24
Fired gun while drinking
Bullet ricochets around the area until bouncing off a neighbor’s head.

On Monday evening, at approximately 9:45 pm, Deschutes County 911 Dispatch received a call from the 2400 block of SW Wickiup Court, Redmond, where it was reported a bullet had come into a house, and “bounced” off the head of one of the residents inside, while seated watching television. Arriving Redmond Police Officers confirmed there were no injuries and that they located a bullet on the floor, where it came to rest after “bouncing” off the head of the resident. An initial investigation confirmed the bullet entered the house from the outside.

Other Officers were searching the area and located an apparent bullet hole on the exterior of a nearby house at 2486 SW Wickiup Ave, directly to the south of the victim residence. Officers retraced the path of the bullet as leaving the house, going through a fence, an exterior wall of the neighboring house, and a picture frame, before hitting the resident in the head. Officers contacted the adult resident that had discharged the gun and detained him. During the investigation, a 9mm firearm was found inside a bedroom, along with a spent 9mm casing.

Redmond Police arrested Ryan Pine, 24 years of age of Redmond for several crimes (listed below). The exact circumstances of where the gun was aimed and how it was fired have not been released. However, Redmond Police believe the discharge of the firearm was not intended to harm anyone. Drug and alcohol impairment appear to be contributing factors in the incident.

Ryan Pine was charged with:

Assault in the Third Degree
Reckless Endangering Another Person x 5
Child Neglect in the Second Degree x 2
Criminal Mischief in the Second Degree
Outstanding in-state arrest warrant

The walls and fences of our homes provide a false sense of protection when comes to high-velocity projectiles, such as a bullet from a firearm. The Redmond Police Department reminds all citizens that it is a crime to discharge any firearm within the city limits of Redmond. Cities have a high population density. Therefore there is an increased risk of unintentional injuries aor property damage when a firearm is discharged within the urban environment.

We would also like to remind everyone of the four cardinal rules of firearm safety:

1. Always treat all firearms as if they were loaded.
2. Never allow the muzzle of any firearm to point at anything you are not willing to destroy.
3. Never put your finger near the trigger until you are ready to fire.
4. Always be sure of your target, and what is behind and in front of it.