The Great Outdoors: Riddle Brothers Ranch at Steens Mountain

After all these years, Eastern Oregon is still in many ways, Cowboy Country. For this week’s Great Outdoors, Brian Jennings takes us to the Riddle Brothers Ranch, a historic ranch that you can tour near the majestic Steens Mountain Wilderness.

A special thanks to our Great Outdoors sponsor, Parr Lumber, for giving us the time and resources to explore the lakes, rivers and mountains across our beautiful state every Wednesday night on Central Oregon Daily.

 

Mystery at No Name Lake

Elk Carcasses Still Smelling Up the Popular Trail

Wildlife Biologists are still investigating the mystery behind 19 dead elk that were found on Broken Top, after a summer thaw revealed the carcasses that had been preserved in ice for at least a year.

Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan got a chance to talk with the hiker who first reported the dead elk to Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife when he took his family up to No Name Lake and stumbled onto the gruesome scene.

Septic to Sewer

Citizens Share Their Concerns About SW Bend Sewer Project

It’s an issue that’s been bubbling up for decades in Bend as our city’s population grows, but now some residents on the southeast side as well as the city council, are facing some tough and costly decisions… as the state forces homeowners to switch from septic to sewer.

Central Oregon Daily’s Curtis Vogel was live at City Hall, where city councilors got an earful from some of those residents at a listening session this afternoon that was packed to the gills, with people spilling out into the hallway and listening to the meeting from there.

Supper Club: Role of First Elected Bend City Mayor

Four of the candidates for Bend Mayor had their first debate at the Ten Barrel Eastside Pub on Tuesday. For this week’s Supper Club, Central Oregon Daily’s Curtis Vogel sat down with Bend City Councilors, Barb Campbell and Justin Livingston to talk about the role of the new mayor, who will be the first elected mayor in the city’s history.

A special thanks to our Supper Club sponsor Selco Community Credit Union, for giving us the time and resources to talk about the issues that impact our region every Tuesday night on Central Oregon Daily.

Child Care Shortage

Providers Concerned New Laws Could Aggravate the Issue

If you’re the parent of a newborn child or preschooler, you know that wait lists at many of the daycare providers and centers can be as long as two years right now.

Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan looks at the growing childcare shortage and why two local providers believe that a new state law meant to protect children, is also making it harder on parents to find caregivers for them.

Dead Elk at No Name Lake

A Warning to Hikers

A number of hikers were shocked this past week when they spotted a herd of dead elk buried in deep snow near Broken Top at 8,000 feet elevation.

Because the elks’ deaths were a natural occurrence, there are no plans to remove their carcasses from “No Name Lake”, but the wildlife biologists expect that scavengers will do what scavengers do now that the bodies are uncovered.

Central Oregon Daily photographer Tim Wehde can attest that it is smelly up there right now. So if you hike up to No Name Lake, he suggests keeping your distance.

War Stories: Barry Hebert

One out of every seven Central Oregonians is a veteran. In our weekly War Stories series, we introduce you to the stories of Central Oregon war veterans. This week, War Stories producer Warren Shultz introduces us to the story of Vietnam Air Force veteran, Barry Hebert.

special thanks to Gary Gruner Chevrolet Buick GMC for sponsoring War Stories.

Precious Resource: Balancing Agriculture, Conservation and Recreation

Did you know 55 percent of the carrot seeds in the U.S. are grown in Jefferson County and another 10 percent is grown in Crook and Deschutes Counties?

That’s just one of the sectors that drives the agricultural economy in Central Oregon.

In tonight’s cover story, Brian Jennings looks at the growing concerns over the key resource needed to keep that economic engine alive: Water.

Cloverdale Fire

Residents Are Back Home After a Brush Fire Forced Evacuations

Firefighters are still monitoring hot spots along Highway 20 after a 74-acre brush fire destroyed two homes over the weekend.

Central Oregon Daily spoke to some residents who were evacuated with almost no notice on Saturday. Residents in the area were forced to make quick and tough decisions as the fast-moving fire barreled towards their homes.

One resident in the Coverdale area, said Saturday was their third evacuation in less than two years. This hammers home the point of why it’s so important to have a “go-bag” ready for situations like this.

Today is also the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office “Make-a-Kit” Monday, a campaign to help people get a “72-hour-kit” together. You can find more information about that at the sheriff’s website at www.sheriff.deschutes.org.