Supper Club: Preparing for the Oregon Solarfest

The latest estimates are predicting more than 150,000 people to descend on Central Oregon for the total solar eclipse in August and more than a million statewide. For this week’s Supper Club, Central Oregon Daily’s Curtis Vogel sat down with the organizers of the Oregon Solarfest being held in Madras to talk about the logistics of handling one of the biggest events in our region’s history.

Supper Club is sponsored by Selco Community Credit Union and Pine Tavern Restaurant.

Local Canine Stars on New ABC Show

The star of a new ABC primetime show lives right here in Central Oregon.

The main character of “Downward Dog” is Martin, and not too long ago, the dog who plays Martin was looking for his forever home in a shelter in Chicago.

Now, Ned flies all over the country for big Hollywood shoots, but he still found time for the little guys and an interview with Central Oregon Daily’s Mackenzie Wilson.

Authorities and Experts Ask Public to Leave Baby Animals in the Wild

It’s a message that wildlife experts try to repeat as often as they can: when it comes to wild animals, it’s best to keep your hands off.

But as Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan reports, local wildlife rehabilitation centers like Turtle Ridge and Wildside Rehabilitation are seeing an uptick in animals being delivered to their door and the animals’ stories don’t always have a happy ending.

War Stories: Paul Lesher

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’s War Stories segment highlights Paul Lesher, a World War II veteran who now calls Bend home.

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

Local Teen to Compete in National Singing Competition

One of the highest rated television series for nearly a decade is returning in 2018, and the auditions for American Idol are kicking off this August.

Portland is scheduled to be one of the first locations for auditions. For one Bend teenager, the return of Idol means a chance at his dream, just a quick drive over the mountains.

We introduce you to Austin Brown, a talented singer who’s a regular at open mic nights around Central Oregon, and someone you could see on a much bigger stage in the near future.

Instagram: @austin_brown5

Oregon Leads in Providing Homeless Students with an Education

A new report from the Institute for Children, Poverty and Homelessness looked at all 50 states to see how they effectively identify homeless children and enroll them in school. Oregon ranked as the best in the nation.

Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan looks at how Bend-La Pine and Redmond school districts make sure homeless children are given an equal chance at a good education.

 

OSU-Cascades Commencement Speaker Chris Van Dyke Gives Preview of Graduation Speech

OSU-Cascades 16th commencement ceremony Saturday will honor the first class to graduate from the newly opened Bend campus. With 334 students, this will be the second largest graduating class in OSU-Cascades history.

Prominent Oregon attorney and outdoor products industry leader Chris Van Dyke will be giving the commencement address. Central Oregon Daily’s Donna Britt sat down with Van Dyke to discuss his speech and his passion for the outdoors, and how he jumped at the chance to come to Oregon in the 1970’s.

High School Class Prepares Students for Flight

At 15 years old most high schoolers are just starting to learn how to drive a car, but in Sisters, Oregon there’s a class full of teenagers who are taking that up a notch.

The Flight Science class at Sisters High School is putting kids in the pilot’s seat, and as Mackenzie Wilson shows, the program isn’t just helping them spread their wings for fun, many of the students plan to go on to careers in aviation.