Rep. Greg Walden getting heat from his own party…

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Oct 312014
Rep. Greg Walden R-Eastern Oregon

Rep. Greg Walden
R-Eastern Oregon
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Sometimes when those who win, or in this case believe they’re going to win, they turn away from the other side they’re fighting to start throwing punches at their own team.

Such might be the case with Oregon Representative Greg Walden who is being criticized by some of his fellow Republican members of the House.

The story is in the Oregonian. Click here.

As you reset your clocks this weekend – Replace your smoke alarm batteries!!

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Oct 302014
Check the battery this weekend!

Check the battery this weekend!

From the Oregon State Fire Marshall

Sunday, November 2nd marks the end of Daylight Saving Time and serves as a good reminder for Oregonians to test their smoke alarms. The Office of State Fire Marshal is urging residents to test their smoke alarms before automatically changing the batteries.

“Smoke alarm technology has advanced and many now come with 10-year batteries and some are tamper-resistant,” said State Fire Marshal Jim Walker. “So, I encourage residents to test their alarms before changing the battery.”

Oregon law requires ionization-only smoke alarms that are solely battery powered to come equipped with a hush feature and a 10-year battery. Because of this technology, the national slogan “Change your clock, Change your battery” may not apply to Oregon residents who have these ionization-only smoke alarms.

Other types of alarms are also being sold with either a 10-year battery or a standard-life battery.

“Ensuring you have working smoke alarms in your home is the single most important step you can take to increase your family’s safety from a home fire,” adds Walker. “Also, be sure to replace any smoke alarm that is 10 years old or older.”

To test your alarm properly we recommend you:
1) Push the test button to be sure the battery is working.
2) When replacing batteries, follow the manufacturer’s instructions for the correct battery to use.
3) Always retest alarms after installing new batteries
4) Replace any alarm that fails to operate after installing a new battery.
5) Inspect your alarms to determine if they are 10 years old or older, and replace any smoke alarm 10 years old or older. Look for a date on the back of the alarm. If there is no date, your alarm is more than 10 years old and should be replaced.
6) Follow the manufacturer’s instructions on regularly cleaning your alarms of dust and cobwebs.

Working smoke alarms provide a critical early warning to a fire, allowing you vital minutes to escape, which increase your chances of survival. Additional safety tips:
* Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, in each bedroom, and outside each sleeping area.
* Never disconnect or remove batteries from smoke alarms for other uses.
* Use the smoke alarm’s hush feature to silence nuisance alarms.
* Make a home fire escape plan and practice it with family members.

For more smoke alarm and fire safety information, contact your local fire department or visit

Those ballots are already pouring in across Oregon…

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Oct 292014
Ballots are coming in strong and steady... Oregonian photo

Ballots are coming in strong and steady…
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Interest in the current off-year general election is running at about the same as it was in 2010, even though races for Governor and U.S. Senator have turned into shoe-ins for the two incumbents. But there are a number of other issues that are also prompting more Oregonians to vote.

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

Sloppy driving is always a dead giveaway for sharp-eyed OSP Troopers

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Oct 272014

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A Bend man was arrested Monday morning on drug charges during a traffic stop north of Terrebonne.

An OSP trooper stopped a Volkswagen Jetta on Highway 97 near SW Norris Lane north of Terrebonne for failure to drive within a single a lane. During the traffic stop the trooper identified the driver as THOMAS VAN HOOSE, age 39, from Bend, and learned he was driving on a suspended license and was wanted on a warrant for failing to obey conditions of his parole on an earlier conviction.

VAN HOOSE was arrested for misdemeanor Driving While Suspended and on the warrant. A drug detection canine from Warm Springs Police Department responded to the scene. A search found approximately 3/4 of an ounce of crystal methamphetamine on VAN HOOSE which was concealed inside the vehicle.

VAN HOOSE was lodged in the Jefferson County Jail for the felony warrant, misdemeanor Driving While Suspended, and Unlawful Possession, Delivery and Manufacture of a Controlled Substance – Methamphetamine.

Old McKenzie Highway BACK OPEN 6 miles west of Sisters gate

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Oct 272014

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12:54pm Monday
OR 242, aka Old McKenzie Highway is back open – normal traffic restored following a traffic crash between a semi and a passenger vehicle six miles west of Sister’s Gate at roughly mile post 78. No injuries.


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Oct 272014
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Ebola Virus

The Oregon Health Authority is holding a big news conference in Portland this morning starting at 11:40 discussing the way Oregon is preparing itself to deal with any local Ebola threat.

It will be the top story on Portland news channels 2,6,8 and 12 at Noon. Check it out.

Missing 14 year old Bend girl is spotted by retired Bend Police Officer

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Oct 252014
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Bend Police

Bend Police had been searching for an endangered 14 year old female runaway for the past couple of days – those at her southeast Bend residence reporting she went missing at around 1pm on Thursday. They told police that the girl suffers severe mental health issues that are moderated only by her medications – which for over two days she hadn’t taken.

But she was finally found. An alert retired Bend Police Officer and his wife were driving Saturday near SE 15 and Lostine Circle when they spotted a female lying in a field near the intersection. It had been windy and rainy off-and-on and so they were immediately concerned for the girl’s welfare. So they stopped. Within moments the retired officer was on the phone to dispatch telling them that they had found a distressed young girl and asked that an ambulance be sent and to notify police.

Bend Fire & Rescue arrived and quickly transported her to St. Charles Medical Center for a medical evaluation.

Bend Police would like to thank the public for their assistance in the case.