Destination Oregon: Grassa Restaurant in Portland

There’s a pasta place in Portland that is so popular, they’re taking their handcrafted dishes across the world. Grassa already has two locations in Portland and the fresh pasta they serve up will soon be served in Japan at a third location.

For this week’s Destination Oregon, sponsored by Robberson Ford, Mackenzie Wilson got behind the line at Grassa with the owner for a hands on lesson in what makes their artisan pasta so special.

New Program Aims to Hire and Train Local Workers

Between the record-low unemployment and the high cost of living in Central Oregon, it’s getting harder for local employers to keep a healthy workforce pipeline flowing for their businesses. On Tuesday, the Bend Chamber is launching a series of E2E (Education to Employment) meetings for business owners and community members in hopes of addressing these growing concerns.

Mackenzie Wilson met with the local business owner of Robberson Ford who is using the apprenticeships as a way to hire and train talent from within Central Oregon instead of recruiting outside the region.

Phone Scam Alert: Tips From a Fraud Examiner

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office has received reports about multiple phone scams currently going on in Central Oregon. The scams involve people impersonating Deschutes County District Attorney John Hummel and other officials, and when the scammers get someone on the line they tell them and they better pay up or they’re going to jail for things like missing jury duty.

As Central Oregon Daily’s Mackenzie Wilson reports, although the scams usually target the elderly and disabled, sometimes scammers find themselves on the other end of the line with somebody who knows exactly what they’re trying to pull.

Dramatic Rescue at Crater Lake Reminds Visitors of Park Dangers

Dramatic video of crews rescuing a 22-year-old at Crater Lake over the weekend is a reminder of just how quickly things can go wrong. The national park is a huge draw for tourists from all over the world, and although it’s a picture perfect setting as we’ve seen in the past, sometimes trying to get the perfect picture at the park can lead to come scary consequences.

Central Oregon Daily’s Mackenzie Wilson catches us up on what happened over the weekend, and why this is nothing new for rescue teams.

School Officials, Law Enforcement and Emergency Services to Bring Youth Suicide Awareness

Bend-La Pine Schools is teaming up with the Bend Police Department and other community groups to raise awareness about suicide after two recent confirmed deaths by suicide among students in Deschutes County.

Central Oregon Daily’s Mackenzie Wilson reports on the efforts of the safe schools alliance to bring more parents and students into the discussion.

Destination Oregon: World of Speed

If you have a need for speed, then the World of Speed will be right up your alley. From drag racing and land speed records to hydroplanes and NASCARthe educational museum has more than 100 artifacts on display in Wilsonville.

In this week’s Destination Oregon, sponsored by Robberson Ford, Central Oregon Daily’s Mackenzie Wilson takes us there to tour the museum and get behind the wheel of a NASCAR.

Taking Guns Out of the Hands of Suicidal Teens

As a parent, you’ll do anything to keep your child safe, but more than 1.7 million children live in homes where there are unsecured and loaded guns. Statistics show there are guns in more than 40% of the homes in Deschutes County alone.

Central Oregon Daily’s Mackenzie Wilson sat down with a local mother who is part of the Moms Demand Action – OR to talk about the relationship between teens, guns and suicide.

Drones Compete with Firefighters for Air Space

Although drones are fun to fly and pilots can capture amazing photos and video with them, they can be deadly if flown near wildfires. Drones can interfere with aerial firefighting missions that occur between ground level and about 200 feet above ground level, the same altitude many drones fly.

Central Oregon Daily’s Mackenzie Wilson takes a deeper look at why drones are a major cause for concern for Deschutes National Forest firefighting crews as we rapidly approach wildfire season.