Local news in brief

KIDS Center hosts fundraising event

The KIDS Center’s Blue Ribbon Campaign, which raises awareness about child abuse, begins April 1, according to a news release from Kim Bohme.

April is Child Abuse Prevention month, and during the campaign nearly 50,000 blue ribbons and educational materials will be distributed in the community.

For more information about the Blue Ribbon Campaign, child abuse prevention and other events in April, visit www.kidscenter.org or call 541-383-5958.

The KIDS Center has also scheduled its annual fundraising luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 1 at The Riverhouse Convention Center, 2850 N.W. Rippling River Court, Bend. Those interested in attending are asked to RSVP by Friday, said Robin Antonson, director of development and prevention. The luncheon is free, but those attending are asked to make a donation. To reserve a seat, call Joni Gullixson at 541-306-6063.

Bend DMV to end CDL skills tests

The DMV announced Monday that it plans to end skills testing for commercial driver’s licenses at its offices in Bend, Southeast Portland, Roseburg and Coos Bay after March 31.

Private companies, such as the International Institute of Transportation Resource trucking school, which has a campus in Redmond, will continue to offer the tests, according to the DMV.

While private companies offer more flexible schedules and test locations than the DMV, the cost of the test will likely be higher, according to David House, DMV spokesman.

Those operating vehicles weighing more than 26,000 pounds or carrying 16 or more passengers, are required to have commercial driver’s licenses, according to the DMV. For more information about commercial driver’s licenses and where to find testing, visit to http://j.mp/OwB1mi.

Forest Road south of Sisters closed

A portion of Forest Road 16 south of Sisters will likely be closed for a month due to a culvert being damaged in a storm last week.

Crews are waiting for more favorable weather to repair the damaged road, which is close to the Upper Three Creek Sno-park, according to the Sisters Ranger District of the Deschutes National Forest. In the meantime, there will a detour to the sno-park, which is 11 miles south of Sisters.

—Bulletin staff reports