Destination Oregon – Oregon State Hospital

The Oregon State Hospital in Salem has been treating people with mental health issues since the 1880’s. The original building is still in use, not for treatment, but to house offices and a museum. The Museum of Mental Health at the Oregon State Hospital is a look back at how we have treated the mentally ill in Oregon.

Some of you might recall that the iconic and controversial feature film, “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” was filmed at the Oregon State Hospital.

In this week’s “Destination Oregon” report, sponsored by Bi-Mart, Dave Jones takes us the place where McMurphy, “Chief” and Nurse Rachet came to life.

The Great Outdoors: Mistake Results in Loss of Hundreds of Ponderosa Pines

Both the Oregon Department of Transportation and the Deschutes National Forest admit a mistake was made that has led to the death of hundreds of ponderosa pine trees on Highway 20, west of Sisters.

For this week’s Great Outdoors, sponsored by Parr Lumber, Brian Jennings takes a closer look at what happened and what’s being done to prevent another mistake in the future.

Parents in Bend Dealing with Long Waitlists at Certified Child Care Centers

Some of Bend’s most pressing issues were brought up during Tuesday’s State of the City address, but one issue that was raised during the question and answer session after the speech caught our attention – the long waitlists at the city’s certified child care centers.

Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan looks at what one Bend woman is doing to try to find a solution for parents who have run out of options. Kara Tachikawa with Inspire Early Learning Centers is running a task force in conjunction with the Bend Chamber to try to get feedback from the community and find a solution to this issue.

If you are a parent and would like to weigh in on the topic, go to, and you can find a link to the survey on their home page.

First Five Debates Set for Oregon Gubernatorial Race

The first five debates for Oregon’s Gubernatorial race have been tentatively scheduled, beginning with the first one in Central Oregon. Governor Kate Brown and her Republican challenger, Knute Buehler, have accepted the following joint appearances.
A debate will be hosted by the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association on July 20th in Central Oregon.
Children First for Oregon will host a debate in Portland in either late September or early October.
KOBI-NBC TVwill host an October 4th debate in Medford.
KGW-NBC TV will host a debate in Portland during the week of October 8th.
KATU-ABC and Portland State University will host a debate in Portland on October 15th.

Supper Club: Preview of Bend’s State of the City, Part 2

Bend’s Mayor, Casey Roats, and City Manager, Eric King are delivering the State of the City on Tuesday evening at Ten Barrel Eastside. Before that, they sat down with Central Oregon Daily’s Donna Britt for a look at some of the challenges facing the city.

Supper Club is sponsored by Selco Community Credit Union.

Charges Dropped in Alleged Road Rage Incident

An alleged road rage incident in Bend last week, that made national headlines, took a surprising turn on Monday, when Deschutes County District Attorney John Hummel announced that he is dropping the charges against the man originally accused of attacking two women during an altercation in southwest Bend, following a traffic dispute in downtown Bend.

War Stories: Bob Shotwell’s Memorial

Friends and family of longtime La Pine resident and world war two veteran, Bob Shotwell, gathered on Saturday to remember his life. Shotwell was 94 when he passed away in April and Central Oregon Daily’s Warren Shultz was at La Pine High School when a memorial service was held with full military honors, in this week’s War Stories.

We offer a special thanks to Bob for everything he did for his community, fellow veterans and local journalism throughout his life.

War Stories is sponsored by Gary Gruner Chevrolet Buick GMC.