Martial Arts “Star” Eben Kaneshiro leaves childhood debris field in his wake

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Apr 302015
 

Eben Kaneshiro, 35 Suicide at Deschutes County Jail

Eben Kaneshiro, 35
Suicide at Deschutes County Jail


When Portland-based martial arts “star” Eben Kaneshiro rolled off his jail cell bunk with a sheet tied around his neck, he left behind a debris field of emotionally scarred children and their families – some of whom will suffer a lifetime of mental and emotional problems they can’t “kick-box” their way out of.

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

Some yo-yoing on marijuana in the legislature – but generally forward

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Apr 302015
 
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Marijuana
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Bills in the state legislature are getting a little bumpy for medical marijuana but Democrats are trying to smooth it out. But those same Democrats are moving decidedly to prevent some counties and cities from banning marijuana altogether.

The story is in The Oregonian. Click here.

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La Pine man “scissored” severely by a neighbor

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Apr 292015
 
Jesse Jones, 45 La Pine Accused of stabbing neighbor repeatedly with scissors

Jesse Jones, 45
La Pine
Accused of stabbing neighbor repeatedly with scissors

A La Pine man, arguing with a neighbor in the street was stabbed repeatedly by the neighbor, according to Deschutes County Sheriff’s investigators.

Deputies say Donnie Hardwick, 44, stumbled back toward his house at 16699 Wyatt Drive, bleeding from several locations on his body. He was taken to the main La Pine Fire Station where paramedics quickly rushed him to St. Charles Medical Center in Bend. He was expected to survive.

Meanwhile deputies returned to the scene of the stabbing and tried to get suspect Jesse Jones, 45, to come out and talk with them. He refused. At that point the Sheriff’s Office Special Operations Team was called in, showing up in their ominous looking military armored vehicle.

Jones came out and surrendered.

Jones was booked into the Deschutes County Jail on charges of Assault, Unlawful Use of a Weapon and violating his probation.

Bend: School bus full of kids hits car that pulled out in front of them

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Apr 292015
 

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A car driven by a Bend woman pulled out from Clay Street onto SE 3rd, right into the path of a school bus at around 8:20 Wednesday morning. Bus Driver Michael Barnett hit his brakes but the bus still hit the car.

The impact jostled the 50 students aboard. One young male suffered a minor injury and was released to his parents.

Police and school administrators helped to evacuate the children – all of them making it to their respective schools. Some parents came and picked them up, giving their kids the day off. None were injured.

Police say driver of the car, Escamilla Amee of Bend, failed to stop for a stop sign at Clay and SE 3rd and proceeded into the path of the bus. She was cited for failure to obey a traffic control device.

Hey Bend! Sound familiar?

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Apr 292015
 
PDX housing shortage...the units just don't get built.

PDX housing shortage…the units just don’t get built.

One wonders how some goals around American cities get achieved rather quickly while others are not even kept track of – later to find they were never really acted on.

Affordable housing is one of them – housing needed desperately for who we call “working class families,” (as if the rest don’t work) is not being built at a rate anywhere near what’s needed. Yet the neglect goes on year after year. The Oregonian just challenged Portland City Hall to explain why, but also what might be done about a hurry-up offense to meet at least some of that need.

It also begs the question in the city of Bend whose affordable housing crisis looks to be far worse than Portland’s. A bill in the legislature would allow cities and counties to force developers to include affordable housing within their regular developments. But to be fair, those cities also will have to offer developers breaks on fees, other city charges and offering density bonuses to soften the reduced rate of return on the investment. The bill has yet to be passed. Only Oregon and Texas don’t allow these mandatory powers. Just 2 out of 48 states that don’t give that power to cities.

Here’s more from the Oregonian. Click here.

It’s a little early but there’s no reason to keep ’em closed

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Apr 292015
 

Elk Lake - South Sister  Matt Kern photo

Elk Lake – South Sister
Matt Kern photo


Paulina Lake Archive photo (USFS)

Paulina Lake
Archive photo (USFS)

Two major scenic and recreational mountain byways are being re-opened a little ahead of schedule – obviously because we didn’t get much snow up there this winter.

The county road department has announced that the main route between Mount Bachelor and Elk Lake – aka Cascade Lakes Highway – will be opened for the season Friday morning at 10am.

The other favorite haunt of sightseers and boaters is the Forest Service Road into Newberry National Volcanic Monument. That stretch of road will also open Friday – but a little earlier – 8am. The Forest Service also reports that docks on Paulina and East Lakes will already be in the water ready for another sunny season of outdoor fun. The snow’s all gone at both lakes.

Favorite camping areas for transients shut down by state lands

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Apr 292015
 
Typical transient camp debris

Typical transient camp debris

The Division of State Lands (DSL) has apparently had enough of the trashing, fire danger and the scaring off of the public from recreating on state lands near Bend, Redmond and Prineville.

DSL officials report that transient camps have become more like permanent settlements which are producing health and safety problems not only for the transients but also for the public – especially fire danger, presence of guns and widespread alcohol and drug abuse. DSL also cites degradation of wildlife habitat.

Bend: East of SE 27th and South of Stevens Road

Bend: East of SE 27th and South of Stevens Road


Redmond:  SE of Expo and Juniper Golf Club

Redmond: SE of Expo and Juniper Golf Club


Prineville:  SW of town, West Juniper Canyon

Prineville: SW of town, West Juniper Canyon

So DSL has closed three favorite transient camp areas from 10pm through 5am. No motor vehicles and no camping by anyone. The areas are:

* Bend – Area east of SE 27th and south of Stevens Road.
* Redmond – Area southeast of the county expo grounds and Juniper Golf Club.
* Prineville – Juniper Canyon West, southeast of Prineville.

Prineville area: Brush fire off Gerke Road near Country Loop

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Apr 292015
 

7:55am- Report of a growing brush fire off Gerke Road near NW Country Loop, north of Prineville.

Reporting party says there of flames and smoke.

8:05am- Crook County Sheriff’s Deputy arriving on scene says it’s a campfire. Fire now just smoldering.

Summer starts Friday – no more outdoor burning

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Apr 282015
 
No outdoor burning immediately outside of Bend City Limits starting Friday.  Getting too dangerous out there.  Summer dry right now.

No outdoor burning immediately outside of Bend City Limits starting Friday. Getting too dangerous out there. It’s summer dry right now.

If you’ve got outdoor debris burning yet to do you better hurry up and get it done because effective Friday, there will be no more outdoor burning in the fire district that surrounds Bend – Deschutes County Rural Fire Protection District No. 2. And that’s for the rest of the Summer!

Debris burning is, and has been, illegal within the Bend City Limits for a long time. However, warming fires and campfires are allowed.

If residents living right outside of Bend can’t get their burning done between now and Friday, they can drop off their yard debris, free of charge at the Knott Landfill off SE 27th this Friday through May 9th. The Knott Landfill will accept all yard debris during that time, except for Sunday. The Westside Transfer Station at 19755 SW Simpson Ave. will be open this Friday and Saturday and again May 8 and 9.

Air Force One paying a visit to Portland May 7th…

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Apr 282015
 
President Barack Obama In Portland May 7 for a Democratic Fundraiser

President Barack Obama
In Portland May 7 for a Democratic Fundraiser

President Barack Obama will be walking down the exit stairs from Air Force One Thursday, May 7th in Portland. It’s been nearly three years since his last visit in late July of 2012 during his re-election campaign.

This time he’s the keynote speaker at a big campaign fundraiser for Oregon’s Democratic Party, being held at the Oregon Convention Center in downtown Portland.

Here’s more from The Oregonian. Click here.