Prescription Burn in Shevlin Park

It’s that sinking feeling you get when you’re driving through town and you see a giant plume of smoke in the distance. It happens a lot around this time of year, and so far, prescribed burns have been the source of that smoke.

On Thursday, the Deschutes National Forest teamed up with the Bend Park & Recreation District for a prescribed burn of 48 acres in Shevlin Park, and Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan was there for the story.

Local Business Owner Posts Plea to Bend Community

Business has been slow for the owner of Bouncing Off The Wall this month, so the owner took the unusual step of posting a plea for help on social media. The video quickly went viral on local blogs and Facebook pages.

As Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan reports, the owner is hoping the video will help her business bounce back from difficult times.

Experts Talk Suicide Prevention for Teens and Young Adults

Experts say “silence is death” when it comes to trying to prevent suicides, especially where teenagers are concerned.

Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan takes a look at some of the resources available in the community for residents who many be troubled or having suicidal thoughts.

If you, or someone you know, is having suicidal thoughts, visit:, or call any of the following:

The Deschutes County Mental Health Hotline:

Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-TALK (8255)

Mobile Crisis Team: 541-322-7500 ext. 9

Juniper Swim and Fitness Center 50 Meter Pool Uncovered

After months of wondering whether we’d ever see the sun again, it’s starting to look a lot like summer outside! With the warmer temperatures and more people headed outside, the Bend Park & Recreation District is also celebrating summer’s return with their annual uncovering of the panels at Juniper Swim & Fitness Center.

Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan was there as they removed the last of the panels to let the sunshine in.

On the Road to Recovery

Local actress Kimmie Neff took a break from the stage when she was unexpectedly diagnosed with thyroid cancer in January. After weeks of treatment and a surgery that removed her entire thyroid, Kimmie is on the road to recovery.

Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan sat down with Kimmie to see how she is recuperating so she can return to do what she loves.

Early Results Show Voters Approving $268 Million School Bond

The Deschutes County Clerk’s office released the early results for Tuesday’s special election, and it appears voters have voted in favor of Measure 9-114 – a $268 million school bond requested by Bend-La Pine Schools, so far by a 55% to 45% margin.
In some other hotly-contested races, Carrie Douglass took the Bend-La Pine School Board Zone 7 At-Large race with 54% of the vote over 32% for Troy Reinhart and 13% for Ricardo Olegario.

Erica Skatvold won the Central Oregon Community College Board seat in Zone 4 (Bend) with 69% of the vote over 31% for Kyle Frick.

Ted Schoenborn retains his Position 4 seat on the Bend Park and Recreation District Board, and Lauren Sprang is leading the race for BPRD Position 5 with 33% of the early vote versus 29% for Adam Bledsoe and 23% for Jason Kropf.

Central Oregon Agencies Form Information Network

With more than 100,000 people expected to descend on Central Oregon for the total solar eclipse this August, emergency service officials knew they needed to coordinate their efforts in the event of a wildfire or any other disaster. Fortunately, they had already been working on a plan since the last major wildfire that threatened in Bend three years ago, and now, they are ready to unveil Central Oregon Emergency Information Network.

Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan has the story.

Redmond Early Learning Center Kicks Off New Student Registration

It was the first of its kind in Central Oregon, a school that would house all of one city’s kindergartners under one roof to get them off to a good start in their secondary education. Eight months later, the Redmond School District’s Redmond Early Learning Center in Redmond, Oregon is thriving and opening its doors to the next generation of kindergartners.

Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan was there today during registration.

Violin Prodigy to Speak at TEDxBend

CJ Neary’s family and friends say he was born to play music. Although the 11-year-old can already play many different instruments, the violin is the one that has some people using the prodigy word when talking about his abilities. That is one of the reasons why CJ caught the eye of the organizers of TEDxBend where the young musician will be speaking this weekend.

Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan talked to CJ ahead of his big presentation.