Supper Club: Future of Prineville

Prineville is now one of the fastest-growing regions in the country, so for this week’s Supper Club, we asked community leaders to join us to talk about how the city recovered from the great recession and how they’re dealing with the rapid growth now happening in their region.

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 every Tuesday night on Central Oregon Daily.

Attorney General Sessions Urges Oregon to Reconsider Sanctuary State Status

US Attorney General Jeff Sessions says Oregon’s status as a sanctuary state is a danger to Oregon residents and federal agents who are trying to enforce the nation’s immigration laws.

Central Oregon Daily’s Lisa Carton has details on the attorney general’s visit to Oregon on Tuesday, when he was met by hundreds of protesters outside the US Citizenship and Immigration Services field office in Portland.

Redmond School’s New Technology Geared Towards Meeting Students in the Middle

Students in Redmond, Oregon are getting a chance to travel around the world without ever leaving their desks. It’s all a part of a new virtual reality program at the Redmond Proficiency Academy.

Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan went there today to try it out.

Bend Police Department Gives Nine-Year-Old Girl Birthday to Remember

When only one child responded to a birthday invitation for her nine-year-old daughter over the weekend, a Bend mom sprang into action on social media asking for the community’s help. A few community members who know a little something about saving the day came to the little girl’s rescue.

Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan has the story with a very happy ending.

War Stories: Eugene Brick

One out of every seven Central Oregonians is a veteran. In our weekly War Stories series, we introduce you to the stories of Central Oregon war veterans some who made it back from their war and some who didn’t. This week we introduce you to the story of World War II Navy veteran and Bend native, Eugene Brick.

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 Crest Trail Closures Force Hikers to Take Alternative Route

This summer’s wildfires are also having an impact on some people who are trying to scratch a trip of a lifetime off their bucket lists and you may have noticed an increase in the number of hikers walking along Highway 97 in recent weeks.

Central Oregon Daily’s Tim Wehde noticed it too, and he went with Chris Biggs to talk to some of those hikers.

Source on the Scene: Nitro Circus

It’s Friday, and that means it’s time for Source on the Scene! Central Oregon Daily’s Allison Roecker visited Vince Genna Stadium where the Nitro Circus is in town tonight.

For all the latest arts and culture listings, pick up the latest issue of The Source Weekly.

And thanks to our Source on the Scene sponsor, Indian Head Casino, for giving us the time and resources to bring the best of Central Oregon’s arts and culture scene to our viewers every Friday night on Central Oregon Daily at 6 p.m. on KOHD and 7 p.m. on KBNZ.

Mountain View High School Fights to Hold Undefeated Title

The Mountain View High School Cougars are the only 5A school left in Central Oregon with an undefeated record, and tonight, they’re facing the Hermiston High School Bulldogs at home.

Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan caught up with the team as they prepared for the big game, and met the largest player on the field who also packs the biggest punch.

***FRIDAY NIGHT UPDATE – Mountain View beats Hermiston 28-7 at home to go 3-0 for the season.***

U.S. Interior Secretary Signs Order to Expand Opportunities on BLM, USFWS and NPS Lands

U.S. Secretary of the Interior, Ryan Zinke, an avid hunter and angler, signed Secretarial Order 3356 on Friday morning to support and expand hunting and fishing opportunities on public lands including areas currently under the jurisdiction of the Bureau of Land Management, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the National Park Service.

Zinke says the goal is to improve wildlife management and conservation, increase access to public lands for hunting, shooting and fishing, and put a new emphasis on recruiting and retaining new sportsmen conservationists with more educational outreach programs.
A recent survey by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service found there are 2.2 million fewer hunters in America than there were in 2011.

Secretarial Order 3356 directs bureaus within the Interior Department to:
—produce a plan to expand access to hunting and fishing on BLM, USFWS and NPS land within 120 days
—amend national monument management plans to ensure the public’s right to hunt, fish and target shoot
—expand educational outreach programs for underrepresented communities such as veterans, minorities, and youth.
—in a manner that respects the rights and privacy of the owners of non-public lands, identify lands within their purview where access to Department lands, particularly access for hunting, fishing, recreational shooting, and other forms of outdoor recreation, is currently limited (including areas of Department land that may be impractical or effectively impossible to access via public roads or trails under current conditions, but where there may be an opportunity to gain access through an easement, right-of-way, or acquisition), and provide a report detailing such lands to the Deputy Secretary.
—within 365 days, cooperate, coordinate, create, make available, and continuously update online a single “one stop” Department site database of available opportunities for hunting, fishing, and recreational shooting on Department lands.
—improve wildlife management through collaboration with state, Tribal,​ territorial, and conservation partners.

Interior Secretary Zinke faced criticism from conservation and environmental groups last month after making recommendations to President Trump on 27 national monuments including the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument, which he wants to reduce in size.

Lawmakers Call for Change to Forest Management on Federal Lands

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office has lowered the evacuation levels in the areas affected by the Nash Fire. The Level Two evacuation levels for residents and campgrounds around Elk and Hosmer Lakes have been dropped to a Level One tonight. The Level One evacuation levels for the areas surrounding Lava Lake have been dropped altogether.

Meanwhile, in the Columbia River Gorge, ODOT crews continue to cut down trees that were damaged by the Eagle Creek Fire in an effort to reopen I-84, which remains closed tonight between Troutdale and Hood River. The 37,000 acre fire is now 17% contained, but the lasting effects on the Columbia River Gorge will be felt for years to come, with many trails expected to remain closed until next Spring.

As Central Oregon Daily’s Curtis Vogel reports, federal lawmakers are pointing to massive wildfires like the Eagle Creek Fire to call for change in the way we manage forests on federal lands.