Newest Kombucha Facility Opens in Bend

Senator Ron Wyden working on a federal law to help the booming kombucha industry in Central Oregon. Kombucha has become a $600 million segment of the beverage industry. However, because it’s a fermented tea that results in some alcohol content, it is taxed the same as craft beer and other alcoholic beverages.

Central Oregon Daily’s Mackenzie Wilson visited Humm Kombucha’s new warehouse in Bend for a firsthand look at how the makers of this bubbly beverage could soon be in a “league of their own.”

Destination Oregon: Cycling Along the Crooked River

For a community that prides itself on access to nature, it can be hard to find a secluded spot that you can have all to yourself. For this week’s Destination Oregon, sponsored by Robberson Ford, Mackenzie Wilson takes us to a bike trail along the Crooked River that could be just the thing for cyclists looking to get away from it all.

OSU Movement Technology to Improve Healthier Lifestyle

Technology is making our everyday lives easier in more ways than most of us could have ever imagine. Apps on smartphones can tell us how many steps we’ve taken in a day, and now, researchers in Bend are using movement analysis technology to help people move in healthier ways.

Central Oregon Daily’s Mackenzie Wilson visited the Oregon State University Force Lab to see how the technology can improve our lives firsthand.

Dog’s Second Chance at Life

When the Humane Society of Central Oregon first laid eyes on her, Florence had severely deformed legs, she was malnourished and destined to be killed and served as food.

The Humane Society International rescued Florence and hundreds of other dogs from a meat farm in South Korea early last year. When 28 of them came to Central Oregon, many of them were immediately adopted, but Florence needed a lot more time and care.

Central Oregon Daily’s Mackenzie Wilson has been following Florence’s transformation for the past year and now, just in time for Valentine’s Day, Florence found her forever home.

Destination Oregon: Mt. Bachelor Living

On any given day, you can usually find Austin Smith shredding on a mountain somewhere in the world. But this winter, the professional snowboarder spent some time on Mt. Bachelor to raise awareness of a new trend known as the tiny house movement by turning an antique fire truck into his home.

Central Oregon Daily’s Mackenzie Wilson has his story for Destination Oregon, sponsored by Robberson Ford.

Representative Walden Plays Key Role in Obamacare Repeal

As the Chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Representative Walden will play a central role in the proposed repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act.

As Central Oregon Daily’s Mackenzie Wilson reports, some of Walden’s constituents are concerned about the coming changes in health care and how it could affect their families.

The New Stars Of The Sky

Lady Gaga and her dancers weren’t the only performers at Super Bowl LI halftime, 300 drones danced with her across the Houston sky. Many people might not have even realized the lights shining above Gaga during the beginning of her halftime performance were drones flying in their own formation.

Central Oregon Daily’s Mackenzie Wilson talked with a local drone expert on why the airborne light show could signal the next big thing in unmanned aerial vehicle technology.

Preventing Public Lands from Becoming Private Institutions

A brewing debate over public lands is creating an unusual coalition between hunting and fishing groups, and environmentalists. They are concerned about a growing movement at the state and federal level to transfer public lands to private interests, and their concerns were validated when a Utah Congressman proposed legislation to do exactly that.

Central Oregon Daily’s Mackenzie Wilson looks at the impact that a plan like that could have on public lands in Oregon.