Neighbors Speak Out Against Park Expansion

Bend Parks and Recreation is looking  to expand Big Sky Park in east Bend, but neighbors who bought their once rural land long before the park was built are pushing back against the planned expansion. Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan has more on the story.

New Convent in Bend Welcomes Three New Sisters to Community

Construction has begun on a new 3,200-square-foot convent for St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Bend.
The parish community and numerous partners have come together to build the new convent, which is the first new one in Central Oregon in 58 years.
Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan got a chance to meet two of the nuns who will call the convent their home.

Terrebonne Women Plead No Contest to Animal Neglect Charges

67-year-old Linda Stream and 41-year-old Christina J. Hart both pleaded no contest on Thursday to 10 counts of animal neglect in the second degree, charges that carry a maximum penalty of 50 years in jail and a fine of over a million dollars.

The two women are accused of neglecting more than 80 horses on their ranch last March and appeared in a Deschutes County courtroom on Thursday to enter their pleas.

Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan has more on how the surviving horses are doing now that they have been signed over to the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Oregon.

Lava Bears Look to Defend State Titles

The Bend Lava Bears volleyball team is coming off back-to-back state championships at the 5A level. However they, and the other Bend high schools have jumped up to 6A, and the Lava Bears are out to prove that those state titles were no fluke.

Central Oregon Daily’s Eric Lindstrom joined us live from Bend Senior High School tonight, where the Lava Bears were hosting the Mountain View High School Cougars.

Rip City Rally

Portland Trailblazers Visit Bend

The Portland TrailBlazers, partnered with Moda Health, are in Central Oregon for the next few days, trying to inspire kids to get more active with the annual Rip City Rally. Trailblazers’ players, coaches and staff finished up their visit in Bend today with a free Rip City Fair in downtown. If you missed them in Bend it’s not too late, the team will continue its tour of Central Oregon – heading to Prineville and then to Madras.
On Wednesday, opening ceremonies in Prineville, Oregon will begin at 4pm on Elm Street between Second and Third streets next to Pioneer Park.
On Thursday, opening ceremonies in City of Madras will begin at 4pm at City Hall.

Fatal Cougar Attack Near Mt. Hood

If Confirmed This Would Be First-Ever Fatal Attack in Oregon

Clackamas County Sheriff’s Department confirmed on Tuesday that a body found on Monday near Mt. Hood was Diana Bober, a Gresham resident and an avid hiker who had been missing since August 29th.
Her car was found at the Zig-Zag Ranger station and her body was found several miles away with injures that officials say are consistent with a cougar attack. 

DNA samples are being flown by the Oregon State Police to U.S. Fish and Wildlife to confirm what could be Oregon’s first-ever fatal cougar attack.

Redmond Man Freed After a Year in Jail

42-year-old Redmond resident Joshua Horner was convicted in March of 2017 for sexually abusing his daughter and sentenced to 50 years in prison. However, after an investigation by the Oregon Innocence Project revealed some inaccuracies in his daughter’s testimony, the conviction was overturned and Horner was released today after a year behind bars. Central Oregon Daily’s Curtis Vogel has more on how Horner came to be a free man again.

Writing the West: Meet Author Rick Steber

Initially inspired by western writers like Zane Grey and others when he was a young man, a Prineville, Oregon writer has now become an iconic western writer in his own right, telling stories with deep western roots here in Central Oregon. Central Oregon Daily’s Brian Jennings has more on the life and writings of Rick Steber.

Backpacks for Bend

Local Group Helps Fight Child Hunger

As kids prepare to go back to school the sad fact is that some will start their day hungry. However the local organization Backpacks for Bend is hoping to help. With help from volunteers the organization backs hundreds of bags with non-perishable meals to help kids in need get the nutrition they need when school isn’t in session. Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan has more.