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.

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.