Students Give Back on MLK Day

On Monday Oregon State University – Cascades students used their day off to give back to the community during their third annual Martine Luther King Jr. Day of Service.

Dozens of OSU-Cascades students spent their holiday volunteering for various non-profit organizations in Bend. Throughout the day student volunteers showed up to help at places like Healing Reins Therapeutic Riding Center and the The Environmental Center.

Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan caught up with the volunteers at two other locations Monday morning.

Recognition for Inclusion

On Thursday Bend High School received national recognition from the Special Olympics for the schools efforts in providing inclusive sports and activities for its students with and without disabilities.

Bend Senior High School is one of just 52 schools nationwide to be named a Special Olympics Unified Champion School this year and one of roughly 80 school across the county that have received this award ever.

Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan was at the school as they unveiled a new banner congratulating their efforts and got a special message from a famous Oregon athlete.

Don’t Feed the Deer

Feeding local wildlife could be leading to their domestication and can attract predators like coyotes and cougars into more residential areas. Central Oregon Daily’s Brian Jennings sits down with local wildlife experts to discuss the issues that arise when humans start feeing local deer.

Olympic Bound: Kent Callister

Kent Callister, a local snowboarder who grew up riding Mt Bachelor will be representing his home country of Australia for the second time in this year’s winter Olympics. Before he heads to South Korea, Kent got a send off from the community that raised him.

Dakine Grindz in Bend partnered with the Mt Bachelor Sport Education Foundation to host an Olympic send off for Callister on Saturday.

Callister started snowboarding with the Mt Bachelor Sports Education Foundation and moved up with that program, began competing and is now heading to the second winter Olympics.

Callister said he is grateful for the support he gets from the Bend community and loves coming back to Mt Bachelor. The 22 – year -old will be in bend for most of January but will then head off to compete in the winter Olympics, which start in February. Callister is hoping to better his 9th place finish in the Sochi Olympics in 2014.

Source on the Scene: Larry and His Flask

Larry and His Flask have been bringing their high-energy live performances to Central Oregon and the entire nation for over a decade and for one night only, New Years Eve, they’re bringing it to their hometown fans right here in Bend. Here’s a preview of their upcoming show at volcanic theater and a look at the history of the band.

For all the latest arts and cultural listings pick up the latest issue of the Source Weekly or go to their website at bendsource.com.

Cloud Chaser Opens for Second Season

Mt Bachelor‘s Cloud Chaser lift opened Thursday for its second season and local skiers and snowboarders are enjoying the new terrain the lift allows them to access.

The lift opened for the first time last year but, according to Drew Jackson, director of sales and marketing for Mt Bachelor Ski Resort, there have been some changes made based off of feedback from last season, including widening some of the runs to accommodate more skiers and snowboarders.

Jackson said they’re hoping for more snow to lay down a better base layer and allow them to open terrain off of the Summit lift but Central Oregon Daily’s Cydney McFarland didn’t hear too many complaints from people who hit the slopes on Thursday.

Was ‘Star Wars’ worth it?

The latest Star Wars saw mixed review from fan in its opening days. Despite the long lines and sold-out showings across the country, some fans are walking away with more questions than answers, while other are excited for the franchises new direction

Central Oregon Daily’s resident Star Wars fan Anyssa Bohanan went to the Regal Old Mill Stadium 16 & IMAX in Bend to watch the movie and get reactions from local fans.

Backstage and onstage with Make a Band at the Tower Theatre finale

What do you get when you take seven producers with six hand picked band mates that have never worked together and come from different genres of music? Find out here….

To find out what prizes were awarded go to: www.make-a-band.com or check out their facebook page www.facebook.com/makeabandmusic.