Kitzhaber looks ahead: Tax reform, the kicker, education funding, rural funding problems, and Cylvia…

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Nov 102014
 
Governor Kitzhaber launches his 4th term...

Governor Kitzhaber launches his 4th term…

Governor John Kitzhaber is launching his fourth term as governor with some definite challenges ahead of him. The big one is trying to find money to make good on his promise for all day kindergarten for kids starting in the fall of next year. Kitzhaber will also have to figure something out to restore law enforcement in southwestern Oregon counties. A plan to cut more O & C timber for county revenue enhancements has yet to be worked out by sponsor Senator Ron Wyden. Kitzhaber will also have to contend with an impending tax kicker which will cause a reverse flow of revenue to the state. And there’s ethics issues with First Lady Cylvia Hayes who got torpedoed hard during the campaign.

Lots for Mr. Kitzhaber to wade through over the next four years. More from the Oregonian. Click here.

Police interrupt burglary in progress in Redmond

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Nov 082014
 
Alsonso Mendez Burglary

Alsonso Mendez
Burglary

Shortly after midnight Friday Bend Police Officers, Deschutes County Sheriff’s Officers, and a Redmond Police Officer responded to 21027 Carl St. #1 regarding a burglary and theft in progress.

The investigation revealed property was removed from inside the residence at 21027 Carl St. #1 while the residence was occupied. The suspect also had entered two different vehicles at the location and was in one of the vehicles when a resident returned home. When this burglary occurred there were family members in the residence sleeping.

The suspect fled on foot from the residence. Redmond K-9 “Breck” was deployed to the last known area where the suspect was seen. The suspect was located by “Breck” about a half mile from the residence in an undeveloped rocky area.

Property from inside the residence was recovered near one of the vehicles in front 21027 Carl St. #1. A set of keys to one of the vehicles was removed from inside the residence and they were in the ignition of one of the victims parked vehicles. Property from 21027 Carl St. #1 was recovered in the area where Mendez was located.

The suspect was identified as Alonso Mendez. He was transported to the Deschutes County Jail and lodged on charges of Burglary I, Theft II, Unlawful Entry Into a Motor Vehicle X2, Attempted Unlawful Use of a Motor Vehicle, Criminal Trespass I.

SE Bend: Lots of smoke in the Greenmont Drive area

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Nov 082014
 

5:20pm
Firefighters are enroute to the Greenmont Drive area of southeast Bend on a report of a lot of smoke in the area.

There have been a rash of calls about smoke in various areas of Bend – all of them turning out to be permitted control burns. This could be another one of those false alarms.

Furnace Fire: 20434 Ahha Lane – fire in furnace of large home

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Nov 082014
 

11:02am
Firefighters are enroute to 20434 Ahha Lane on a report of a furnace fire that is filling a large home with smoke. Occupants used a fire extinguisher on the furnace and then evacuated the home. It is a rood structure, with a shake roof. Occupants say they saw no other flames than the ones inside the furnace.

11:06am
Fire units on scene. No flames. No fire engine water needed. One fire unit remaining on scene. All others returning to base.

11:19am
Fire investigator is being called to the scene.

11:28am
House is cleared.

Founder of Evergreen International has died

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Nov 082014
 
Evergreen Founder Del Smith has died at age 84

Evergreen Founder Del Smith has died at age 84
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Founder of Evergreen International Del Smith has died at the age of 84. Smith was in the middle of a large bankruptcy of his firm in McMinnvilee that was in the process of liquidating much of Smith’s assets. More from the Oregonian.

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Prineville pilot runs low on gas – lands plane on Highway 20 east of Bend

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Nov 072014
 

Aircraft with three aboard made emergency landing on Highway 20 10 miles east of Bend Friday evening.

Aircraft with three aboard made emergency landing on Highway 20 10 miles east of Bend Friday evening.

Three aboard - all are OK.

Three aboard – all are OK.


Pilot  William Espinoza (R) talks with Deschutes County Deputy after the landing.

Pilot William Espinoza (R) talks with Deschutes County Deputy after the landing.


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A Prineville pilot, on a flight from the Sacramento area to Prineville, started running low on gas east of Bend Friday evening. At first he thought he could make the Bend Airport but he wasn’t sure he could make it even that far. So he looked for a familiar straight stretch of Highway 20 east of Bend and then set it down. There was no wind at all, so he was able to land right down the middle of the highway, picture perfect.

Pilot William Espinoza, his sister-in-law and her daughter all came to stop just as if they’d arrived at an airport. They maneuvered the plane off the roadway as far as they could and waited for law enforcement to arrive. When sheriff’s deputies pulled up they turned on their overhead emergency flashers on each side of the aircraft and began flagging traffic through using the northbound lane.

Change of plans. Espinoza was allowed by the FAA to simply refuel and continue on to Prineville. Next week he’ll be hearing from the FAA about running out of gas and creating conditions that could have endangered himself, his passengers and the motoring public. The FAA does not take such incidents lightly.

Private aircraft lands on Highway 20, 11 miles east of Bend

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Nov 072014
 

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Oregon State Police (OSP) and the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) are on the scene of an aircraft landing on US Highway 20E near Milepost 11 – East of Bend. One lane of travel is currently blocked. The involved aircraft is a Piper Cherokee which landed safety on the highway for unknown reasons. No occupants were injured during the landing.

Recreational Marijuana becomes legal July 1, 2015 – OLCC preparing to regulate it.

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Nov 072014
 

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The Oregon Liquor Control Commission’s executive director on Wednesday outlined the agency’s plans and goals in regulating recreational marijuana following voter approval of Measure 91.

Here’s the statement from OLCC Executive Director Steven Marks:

“The Oregon Liquor Control Commission will work with other state agencies to implement Measure 91 with a great amount of accountability through a transparent and public process. Implementation of recreational marijuana in Oregon will have an emphasis on bringing Oregon’s marijuana industry into a regulated and licensed marketplace.

“From now until January 2016, OLCC will be exploring many policy questions that will require extensive public and stakeholder input. As we move forward, we will focus on preventing marijuana sales to minors, protecting consumers through establishing standards and providing education, as well as supporting law enforcement in their efforts to prevent unlicensed sale and production of marijuana.

“It is a great responsibility to implement this measure. Although we have learned much already, we will continue to look to our Washington and Colorado neighbors for best practices and opportunities for improvement.

“We have been preparing for what lies ahead. We will work with our stakeholders, legislators and the public to create a safe and secure program that will meet the terms of the law and satisfy the wishes of Oregonians.”

When the measure goes into effect on July 1, 2015, an individual can possess up to eight (8) oz of marijuana per residence and can home grow of up to four (4) plants per residence in Oregon. Measure 91 requires OLCC to begin accepting license applications no later than Jan. 4, 2016.

The most current information on Measure 91 can be found on OLCC’s website, www.oregon.gov/olcc/marijuana

After checking frequently asked questions on the website, the public can email additional questions to marijuana@oregon.g