Destination Oregon: Marble Caves Distillery

A distillery in Southern Oregon is bringing the all-natural, locally-sourced trend to the liquor business with their own handcrafted spirits made in small batches near Cave Junction.

For this week’s Destination Oregon, sponsored by Robberson Ford, Mackenzie Wilson takes us to the Marble Caves Distillery.

Destination Oregon: Oregon Caves National Monument & Preserve

If you want to step back in time for an up-close look at Oregon’s history, all you have to go is go several stories underground. For this week’s Destination Oregon, sponsored by Robberson Ford, Mackenzie Wilson takes us to the Oregon Caves National Monument & Preserve in Josephine County.

 

Forest Service to Clear Damaged Trees at Lake Campground

Families and outdoor enthusiasts across Central Oregon were disappointed when the U.S. Forest Service first announced the closure of the Cultus Lake Campground for the summer. Scores of dead and diseased trees posed a safety hazard for campers, and initially, the Forest Service said crews had to wait until the end of the Northern Spotted Owl’s breeding season to start the removal operation.

As Central Oregon Daily’s Mackenzie Wilson reports, the Forest Service heard the complaints and came up with a new plan to “clear the way” for a possible re-opening of the campground this summer.

University May Struggle to Hold Students in the Future

Currently, OSU-Cascades has 1,200 students, but that number could grow to as many as 5,000 by 2025. To keep up with that projected growth, university officials requested $69 million in bonds from the state to expand the campus, including a second academic building.

As Central Oregon Daily’s Mackenzie Wilson reports, those plans may be delayed after state lawmakers revealed their latest funding plan for higher education.

Bend Company at Forefront of New State-Sponsored Retirement Savings Program

Employers in Oregon now have a new option to provide a retirement savings solution to their employees, and a Bend company is leading the way as part of a pilot program for a state-sponsored plan called “Oregon Saves.”

It gives smaller companies a chance to enroll their employees in a plan without taking on the expensive administrative costs that it takes to run those plans.
Central Oregon Daily’s Mackenzie Wilson caught up with the owners and employees of Statehood Media in Bend to see how the pilot program has been working for them.

 

Destination Oregon: Taylor’s Sausage in Cave Junction

The Taylor family has been serving their own special sausage recipes since 1924, when great grandpa Taylor opened a shop in Canada, before settling in the world famous Farmer’s Market  in Hollywood in the 1930’s.

The third generation of Taylors moved the family sausage business, Taylor’s Sausage, to Josephine County in Southern Oregon in the 1970’s, and that’s where Central Oregon Daily’s Mackenzie Wilson caught up with the fourth generation of Taylors for this week’s Destination Oregon, sponsored by Robberson Ford.

School Budget Passes in Oregon Legislature

A record $8.2 billion package to fund Oregon’s K-12 public school system passed in the legislature, but many school officials across the state aren’t happy about the results.

Central Oregon Daily’s Mackenzie Wilson speaks with Redmond School District Superintendent Mike McIntosh about why the highest school fund in Oregon’s history still isn’t enough.

Chinese Herbs Offer Alternative Relief for Pain Sufferers

Health officials recorded the largest-ever annual jump in drug overdose deaths in 2016 and the opioid epidemic is at the heart of this public health crisis. More than 2 million Americans are estimated to be dependent on opioids and an additional 95 million have used prescription painkillers in the past year.

Central Oregon Daily’s Mackenzie Wilson talks with the owner of Pacific Herbs, a local company that provides a natural form of pain relief, and possibly a solution to the crisis.