Nonprofit Highlights Speaking Openly About Suicide Awareness

State lawmakers and community leaders have held events in Central Oregon and in Salem over the past week to raise awareness about suicide, a topic that is hitting close to home, as Central Oregon Daily learned of two suicides in the past two weeks, one a high school student and another, a middle school student.

Central Oregon Daily’s Diane Dean sat down with Melissa Trombetta, a member of the nonprofit organization Lines for Life, to try and speak openly about this growing epidemic in Oregon.

Living with Bipolar Disorder

As a successful inventor, longtime Bend resident Brian Walker has been all over the world and seen and done things most of us would love to have on our bucket lists. But the “highs” of Walker’s life have also come with a lot of “lows”, and only recently, he received a diagnosis that explained why the man once dubbed “The Rocket Guy” came crashing down to Earth.

Walker sat down with Central Oregon Daily’s Diane Dean to share his journey with bipolar disorder to help others who might be going through the same ordeal.

Parking at a Premium at Redmond Airport

One of the most convenient things about the Redmond Airport is the ability to drive, and park and be at your gate within minutes of arriving. That could change this year as the airport becomes the latest Central Oregon facility to deal with rapid growth in our region.

Central Oregon Daily’s Diane Dean looks at what airport officials are doing to plan for the influx of passengers.

Therapy Dog Volunteers Needed at St. Charles

The use of therapy dogs was started by a registered nurse named Elaine Smith, who in 1976 noticed how well patients were responding to visits by a chaplain and his golden retriever. After observing these benefits in her own patients, Smith started Therapy Dogs International, a program for training dogs to visit institutions and the demand for therapy dogs grew from there.

Central Oregon Daily’s Diane Dean takes a look at how therapy dogs are making an impact on the lives of patients and employees at St. Charles Medical Center.

Life-Saving Swim Lessons for Infants

Drowning is the number 1 preventable cause of death in young children. Over 70% of child drownings have life guard or adult supervision, and most of the time there is no warning cry or splashing. When all the layers of supervision and protection fail, Infant Self Rescue training can be the difference between life and death. ISR’s mission is “Not On More Child Drowns.”

Redmond City Hall: Before and After

The old Evergreen Elementary School in Redmond has new life as Redmond’s new city hall. The iconic building that had been through many changes lay dormant for 10 years and was on the market for seven. There was talk about tearing it down, but the nearly 100-year-old building was so important to the residents, and City Hall was busting at the seams with some employees using closets as an office. So, saving the building became a labor of love to turn the old school into a state of the art facility.

Jason Neff is the project manager, and he took us on a tour during the finishing touches to show us how they kept so much of the character of the building, while also giving it a major upgrade.