The Search for Sara Continues

Friends and family of missing Bend woman are continuing the search despite the death of the only suspect in her disappearance.

Fundraisers and calls for volunteers to help search for 24-year-old Sara Gomez are on-going and a search is planned again for this weekend. Gomez has been missing since February 19 and her ex-boyfriend Bryan Penner was arrested for violating a restraining order Gomez had filed against him in December.

Penner died Monday after hanging himself in the Deschutes County Jail, an incident that is currently being investigated, but according to Deschutes County District Attorney John Hummel, his death does make the search for Gomez more difficult.

March Madness

In Oregon March Madness is all about with women with University of Oregon and Oregon State University women’s basketball teams both still in the running. Central Oregon Daily’s Eric Lindstrom tells us what to expect from the Lady Ducks and Lady Beavers.

School Walk Outs

Wednesday was declared “National Walkout Day” by students across the country who want to pay tribute to the 17 victims of the Parkland, Florida High School shootings by walking out of their classrooms for 17 minutes on the one-month anniversary of the tragedy.

Students across the county walked out of classrooms and schools on Wednesday morning, all finding their own ways of honoring those students and teachers killed just a month ago.

In Bend walk outs were seen across town and students from all age groups participated. While Bend students say they felt supported by their school’s faculty that wasn’t the case for other students across the country.

Bend students did see their fair share of backlash on social media where they say people misunderstood their message.

Bend Students Plan to Walkout

Bend Teenagers Organizing a Wednesday Walkout to Pay Tribute to Parkland High School Shooting Victims

Wednesday has been declared “National Walkout Day” by students across the country who want to pay tribute to the 17 victims of the Parkland, Florida High School shootings by walking out of their classrooms for 17 minutes on the one-month anniversary of the tragedy.

Surviving a Tree Well

A Central Oregonian Shares His Story of Escaping a Harrowing Fall Into a Tree Well

Since the death of two Oregonians at Mt. Bachelor last week, officials there have put a priority on warning visitors about the dangers of tree wells. That’s why La Pine resident and longtime skier Jack Reynolds wanted to share his story with Central Oregon Daily’s Brian Jennings about the time he almost died in a tree well, because he hopes to help prevent future tragedies.

Ready to Rumble

Bend Fighter Makes His Professional Boxing Debut

Chris Johnson got a late start to his boxing career, making his first Golden Gloves appearance as a 22-year-old, but late last year, the 25-year-old Bend fighter became a father for the first time, and he decided that is was now or never, if he was ever going to take his shot at becoming a professional boxer.

Central Oregon Daily’s Eric Lindstrom followed Chris “The Truth” Johnson, all the way from the opening days of training camp in Bend to the final bell of his first professional fight in Medford.

Wyden and Walden in Bend

U.S. Senator Ron Wyden hosted a town hall in Madras while Representative Greg Walden visited Humm Kombucha to chat about the Kombucha Bill.

U.S. Senator Ron Wyden hosted the first of two Central Oregon town halls on Friday with an early morning town hall in the City of Madras at the Performing Arts Center. Wyden hosted his second town hall of the day at Pilot Butte Middle School

About 200 people attended Wyden’s town hall at Pilot Butte Middle School on Friday night.

The topics at Pilot Butte Middle School ranged from public lands to women’s health and the safety of our schools including gun issues.


On the same day Representative Greg Walden (R-OR) visited Humm Kombucha’s production facility in Bend today to discuss HR 1089, known as the Kombucha Act. The Bill would raise the alcohol limit for “non-alcoholic” beverages from 0.5 percent to roughly 2.5 percent to allow for beverages like kombucha to avoid the tax on alcoholic beverages.

Central Oregon Daily also got Walden’s reaction to businesses raising the minimum age to purchase a firearm in the wake of the school shooting in Parkland, FL. He also talked about what is happening on the national level to protect schools.

Saxon’s Season for Love Winners

Bailey & Matthew’s Love Story Stole Your Heart

The lucky couple won the Grand Prize Romance Package including diamond jewelry from Saxon’s Fine Jewelers, a two-night romance stay with spa package and dinner at Pronghorn Resort and roses from Donner Flower Shop.

Bailey and Matthew met through a chance encounter, when Matthew walked Bailey to her car one night, but Matthew instantly felt a connection. Bailey was working as a nurse and Matthew, who was working as a security guard, pursued that connection and brought her coffee every day.