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.

Bend City Council Approves Transportation Licensing Program

After years of residents asking for it and months of negotiations with the city, the ride-sharing service Uber is ready to launch in Bend, but before they can hit the streets, the Bend City Council has more regulations in place to make sure the transition goes smoothly.

Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan has the latest on how city councilors are trying to even the playing field with the local taxi companies.

Destination Oregon: Crescent Moon Ranch

Right off the side of highway 97 is an alpaca haven known as Crescent Moon Ranch. You’ve probably driven by the 42-acre property on the way from Redmond to Terrebonne, but if you haven’t stopped, you’re missing out!

When Mackenzie Wilson was asked if she wanted to tour the ranch for tonight’s Destination Oregon, sponsored by Robberson Ford, she said, alpaca my bags!

Parks and Recreation District Working on Widespread Upgrades

Bend Parks & Recreation District manages more than 80 parks around Bend, including 2,600 acres of outdoor space that ranges from trails, to playgrounds and off-leash areas for dogs. While more new parks are in the works, there are dozens of parks that are currently being upgraded.

Central Oregon Daily’s Mackenzie Wilson takes us on a tour of some of the improvements coming soon to a park near you.

Supper Club: Future of Housing in Central Oregon

Home prices have reached their prerecession levels in Bend and they’re increasing across Central Oregon. For longtime residents it might feel a little like déjà vu and the way things were right before the crash.

For this week’s edition of Supper Club we talk with real estate experts Brian Fratzke of Fratzke Commercial and Kim Gammond of COAR, and Jon Skidmore, assistant city manager of the City of Bend about the future of housing and whether we could be heading for another bubble.

Supper Club is sponsored by Pine Tavern Restaurant and Great American Furniture Warehouse.

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.

War Stories: George McCart

One out of every seven Central Oregonians is a veteran. In our weekly War Stories series, we introduce you to the story of Central Oregon war veterans, some who made it back from their war, and some who didn’t.

This week we introduce you to the story of George McCart, a Vietnam War Navy veteran from Prineville.

Special thanks to Gary Gruner Chevrolet Buick GMC in Madras for sponsoring our War Stories segment.