Radio Silence

Everyone from long-haul truckers to radio hobbyists and media outlets use police scanners to monitor radio communications between dispatchers and law enforcement officers, but some law enforcement agencies have started to encrypt their communications, so the general public can’t listen in anymore.

Central Oregon Daily’s Curtis Vogel sits down with City of Bend Police Department Chief Jim Porter to talk about why his department and other Central Oregon law enforcement agencies decided to make the change without any input from the public.

Source on the Scene: The Steel Wheels

The Steel Wheels have been playing Americana music since 2004, but they first met each other as teenagers in a Mennonite Church in Virginia. Their Southern stew of Gospel, Appalachian roots and down-home, feel-good music gives the Steel Wheels a sound as unique as their upbringing.

Central Oregon Daily’s Curtis Vogel got a chance to talk to the lead singer of one of the bands that will be performing in Bend this weekend at the The Domino Room on Saturday night with opening act, Honey Don’t from Bend.

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Supper Club: The Media Trust Gap

Around the time of the election last year, a Gallup Poll came out that showed Americans’ trust in the mass media had sunk to a new low, with only 32% of respondents saying they had “a great deal” or “fair amount” of trust in the media.

For this week’s Supper Club, we sat down with two journalists, a longtime producer with NBC News and the current editor of the Source Weekly to talk about that growing “trust gap.”

A special thanks to our Supper Club sponsor, Selco Community Credit Union, for giving us the time and resources to talk about the issues that impact our region every Tuesday night and Wednesday afternoon on Central Oregon Daily.


Interior Department Orders Review of Sage Grouse Plan

Two new announcements by the Federal Government have conservation groups worried about the future of the sage grouseIt’s the latest move by the Trump Administration and his Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to reevaluate and rethink how we use our public lands.

As Central Oregon Daily’s Curtis Vogel reports, Interior Department officials say mining and other development can be done without affecting the habitat of the threatened sage grouse, but some conservation groups do not agree with that assessment.

Republican Party Hopes for a Win in 2018 Election

The Republican party hasn’t won a governor’s race in Oregon since 1982. That’s why so much is at stake in the 2018 election between incumbent Kate Brown and the only current opponent from the Republican party, Bend, Oregon’s Knute Buehler.

Central Oregon Daily’s Curtis Vogel looks at the upcoming race and what political analysts are saying about Buehler’s chances of breaking that 35-year-old streak.

U.S. Interior Secretary Signs Order to Expand Opportunities on BLM, USFWS and NPS Lands

U.S. Secretary of the Interior, Ryan Zinke, an avid hunter and angler, signed Secretarial Order 3356 on Friday morning to support and expand hunting and fishing opportunities on public lands including areas currently under the jurisdiction of the Bureau of Land Management, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the National Park Service.

Zinke says the goal is to improve wildlife management and conservation, increase access to public lands for hunting, shooting and fishing, and put a new emphasis on recruiting and retaining new sportsmen conservationists with more educational outreach programs.
A recent survey by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service found there are 2.2 million fewer hunters in America than there were in 2011.

Secretarial Order 3356 directs bureaus within the Interior Department to:
—produce a plan to expand access to hunting and fishing on BLM, USFWS and NPS land within 120 days
—amend national monument management plans to ensure the public’s right to hunt, fish and target shoot
—expand educational outreach programs for underrepresented communities such as veterans, minorities, and youth.
—in a manner that respects the rights and privacy of the owners of non-public lands, identify lands within their purview where access to Department lands, particularly access for hunting, fishing, recreational shooting, and other forms of outdoor recreation, is currently limited (including areas of Department land that may be impractical or effectively impossible to access via public roads or trails under current conditions, but where there may be an opportunity to gain access through an easement, right-of-way, or acquisition), and provide a report detailing such lands to the Deputy Secretary.
—within 365 days, cooperate, coordinate, create, make available, and continuously update online a single “one stop” Department site database of available opportunities for hunting, fishing, and recreational shooting on Department lands.
—improve wildlife management through collaboration with state, Tribal,​ territorial, and conservation partners.

Interior Secretary Zinke faced criticism from conservation and environmental groups last month after making recommendations to President Trump on 27 national monuments including the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument, which he wants to reduce in size.

Lawmakers Call for Change to Forest Management on Federal Lands

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office has lowered the evacuation levels in the areas affected by the Nash Fire. The Level Two evacuation levels for residents and campgrounds around Elk and Hosmer Lakes have been dropped to a Level One tonight. The Level One evacuation levels for the areas surrounding Lava Lake have been dropped altogether.

Meanwhile, in the Columbia River Gorge, ODOT crews continue to cut down trees that were damaged by the Eagle Creek Fire in an effort to reopen I-84, which remains closed tonight between Troutdale and Hood River. The 37,000 acre fire is now 17% contained, but the lasting effects on the Columbia River Gorge will be felt for years to come, with many trails expected to remain closed until next Spring.

As Central Oregon Daily’s Curtis Vogel reports, federal lawmakers are pointing to massive wildfires like the Eagle Creek Fire to call for change in the way we manage forests on federal lands.

Twin Brothers from Bend Make a Combined Five Catches in Final NFL Preseason Game with the Patriots

Jacob and Cody Hollister, twin brothers from Bend and Mountain View High School alums, took advantage of the last opportunities they had to secure a roster spot on the defending champion New England Patriots during the team’s final preseason game versus the New York Giants on Thursday night.

Jacob started the game at tight end and made one catch during the opening drive, and finished the game with four catches for 26 yards and a TD, leaving him with a total of 12 catches in the preseason for the Patriots. He’s fighting for the third TE spot behind Rob Gronkowski and Dwayne Allen, but the other tight end fighting for that same spot, James O’Shaughnessy, had two catches for 38 yards and also saw a lot of action throughout the game.

Cody started the night by catching a nine-yard touchdown pass on the Patriots’ opening drive of the game, and it was a pretty difficult grab with a defender all over him, but he managed to hold on to the ball and keep both feet in-bounds in the end zone. That was his only catch of the game, but it was an impressive one. He ended the preseason with two catches. He’s vying for the fifth and sixth wide receiver spots after a season-ending injury to Julian Edleman last week left another possible receiver spot open at the bottom of the depth chart.

Both Hollisters got on the field throughout the game which ended with a 40-38 victory by the Giants.

Every NFL team must cut its roster from 90 players to 53 by 4 p.m. EST on Sunday, so we will see if the Hollisters’ effort was enough to land them on that final roster. If not, there is a chance they could end up on the 10-man offensive practice squad, which would keep them with the team, and give them a chance to be promoted to the squad in the event of an injury at their positions during the season.

Central Oregon Daily’s Allison Roecker is in Foxborough, Massachusetts tonight and will be talking to Jacob and Cody after the game, and you can see her interview with the Hollisters on Friday on Central Oregon Daily.

Historic Bomber Opens Saturday at Airshow of the Cascades

The smoke and haze cleared enough on Saturday afternoon to give visitors to the Airshow of the Cascades a close-up look at a B-25 Mitchell Bomber in action.

16 of those aircraft took part in the famous Doolittle Raid on April 18,1942. They took off from the deck of the aircraft carrier Hornet to become the first air raid on the Japanese home island in World War Two. The B-25 Mitchell Bomber is part of the collection at the Erickson Aircraft Collection in Madras.

Twin Brothers from Bend Have One More Preseason Game to Make an Impression on the New England Patriots

On a night when the biggest headline was a possible serious injury to their starting wide receiver, Julian Edelman, the New England Patriots also got to see Mountain View High School alum, Cody Hollister (#81), make his first preseason catch.

Edelman went down with a knee injury during the first drive of the Patriots’ 30-28 victory over the Lions in Detroit on Friday night. That paved the way for WR Chris Hogan to have a big night with four catches for 70 yards, and it may have opened the door for Cody Hollister to get more playing time, and he took advantage of the opportunity with his first catch of the preseason for 31 yards. It was the only time he was targeted during the game.

Cody’s brother, Jacob (#48), was the Patriots’ leading receiver in the team’s first game with seven catches and made one catch in the second preseason game as he tries to earn the #3 tight end spot on the roster behind veterans, Rob Gronkowski and Dwayne Allen.

The Hollister brothers graduated from Mountain View High School, and Jacob went on to play tight end at Wyoming while Cody played wide receiver at Arkansas. Neither player was picked during the NFL Draft, but the Patriots immediately signed both brothers as undrafted free agents after the draft ended.

The Hollister brothers get one more chance to make an impression on Patriots’ coaches in the team’s final preseason game on Thursday night in Foxborough versus the New York Giants. After that, the team’s roster will be cut from 90 players to 53 by 4 p.m. EST on Sunday, September 3.