Player Safety

Death of College Football Player Brings Safety Concerns to Forefront

A University of Maine football player died after collapsing on the field during the first practice of his freshman year. The incident has put the spotlight back on safety for players across the sport.

Central Oregon Daily’s Eric Lindstrom got a chance to talk to a local high school coach about how this tragedy and this summer’s heat and haze are affecting his football team.

So far this summer the Madras High School football team has had six days of full practices and at least three of those days, including today, have been spent inside because of the air quality.

Repairs Wrap Up on Historic Gym

It’s been a year-and-a-half since snow collapsed the roof of the historic gym at the Highland School at Kenwood Elementary. However tonight construction crews are putting the finishing touches on the new gym, which put some modern elements on the inside while keeping the look and charm of the old gym on the outside.

While there are new upgrades and the building is taller due to the new slanted roof, the total facility is the same square footage.

Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan got a sneak peak at the new gym earlier today.

Source on the Scene: Bend Brewfest

In a town full of summer beer festivals, the annual Bend Brewfest stands out because of the sheer number of regional craft brewers who come to Bend to show off some of their specialty brews.
Central Oregon Daily’s Allison Roecker heads down to the @Les Schwab Amphitheater to get a taste of this year’s offerings.

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Origin Story: Become a Confident Female Rock Climber

In our Origin Story series, we introduce you to Central Oregonians who turn their passions into a profession.

Rock climbing is an integral part of the Central Oregon lifestyle, but in a male dominated sport, a group of women, led by Lizzy VanPatten have started a revolution to get more women climbing with She Moves Mountains.

If you would like to learn more about She Moves Mountains or to sign up for a clinic, visit

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.


Flagger Safety

In recent weeks the Oregon Department of Transportation has had two separate incidents in two different parts of the state involving flaggers who were struck by vehicles while working in construction zones.

Road construction zone flagger Tyresa Monaghan was killed Tuesday night after a vehicle struck her on Highway 11 near Athena. On Wednesday another flagger in a construction zone eight miles south of Monmouth was injured when he was struck by a vehicle.

Construction in both areas has restarted but with added signs to remind drivers to look out for flaggers.

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.