The Great Outdoors – Passion Drives Design of Outdoor Gear

Much of Central Oregon’s economic base is comprised of small businesses that provide unique services, including those that serve the thriving outdoor industry. In this week’s Great Outdoors, Brian Jennings profiles Kim Brannock of Sy Design, a Bend woman who designs outdoor clothing for major brands across the world.

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.

Sisters Community Honors Slain Local Woman

Jenny Cashwell, 37, was found dead in an apartment in northeast Bend over the weekend after a first date went horribly wrong. Deschutes County District Attorney John Hummel confirmed today that Cashwell was allegedly shot by Alan Porciello, 36, who she met in person for the first time on Saturday after meeting on the dating website Plenty Of Fish. 
According to Hummel, Porciello called 911 to report the shooting on Saturday afternoon and confessed to shooting Cashwell. Porciello was taken in to custody and charged with first-degree manslaughter and unlawful use of a weapon.
Porciello was known to law enforcement due to a history of anger issues, possibly related to a traumatic brain injury, according to Hummel.
Cashwell leaves behind two daughters, ages 8 and 11, and now the community of Sisters is rallying around the Cashwell family. Cashwell was an avid weightlifter and friends from her gym have decided to honor and remember how she lived rather than how she died.
Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan has more on how the community of Sisters is rallying to help Cashwell’s family, including a GoFundMe page and a weightlifting competition. 

Destination Oregon: Bible Club Pdx

Back in the prohibition days, speakeasies had ironic names like “The Office” or “The Library,” and so it is with a new bar in southeast Portland today.

In this week’s Destination Oregon, Dave Jones takes us to the prohibition-style bar, the Bible Club Pdx.

Thanks to everyone at the Bible Club for showing us around and a special thanks to our Destination Oregon sponsor, Bi-Mart, for giving us the time and resources to take you to some of our state’s most beautiful and interesting locations every Thursday night on Central Oregon Daily.

Taste This! – Oregon Spirit Distillers

Oregon Spirit Distillers is a local distiller that’s been making spirits since 2009. For this week’s Taste This! culinary adventure, Donna Britt discovers how local, organic Oregon products are turned into fine whiskeys, gins, vodkas and absinthe.

Thanks to Newport Avenue Market for giving us the resources to take weekly culinary adventures. Life is short. Eat good food!

War Stories: Charles Cole

He’s a highly decorated Naval soldier, who served his country in both the Korean and Vietnam Wars. In this week’s War Stories, producer Cody Rheault introduces us to U.S. Navy veteran, Charles Cole.

A special thanks to Gary Gruner Chevrolet Buick GMC for sponsoring War Stories and giving us the time and resources to tell the stories of Central Oregon’s war veterans every Monday night on Central Oregon Daily.

Pacific Power Customers to Pay for Mirror Pond Dredging

Stakeholders in the Mirror Pond dredging met Friday morning to discuss how to fund the project to preserve the iconic landmark. Bend City Council and Bend Parks and Recreation both agreed to pay $300,000 each but that leaves $5.8 million needed to fully fund the project. The current proposal is to raise that $5.8 million by raising the franchise rate for Pacific Power from 5 percent to 6.25 percent for nine years to raise the $5.8 million from Pacific Power customers. That is still less than the 7 percent fee paid by Redmond customers, however after the nine years the rate will drop down to 5.2 percent for Bend customers.

Supper Club: Bend’s Mayor-Elect Sally Russell

When she won 51 percent of the vote on election day, Sally Russell became the first woman ever to be publicly elected as mayor of BendFor this week’s Supper Club, Central Oregon Daily’s Curtis Vogel sat down with Russell to talk about the campaign and her vision for the future of the city.

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 with a new edition of Supper Club every Tuesday night on Central Oregon Daily.