From Barley to Beef

Local Ranchers and Local Brewers Team Up

We hear a lot about sustainability when it comes to using natural resources but what does it mean when it comes to the food that we eat? Central Oregon Daily’s Brian Jennings takes us to a Bend ranch where beer and beef go hand-in-hand.

War Stories: George Lee

In our weekly War Stories series we tell the stories of Central Oregon’s war veterans, some who made it back from their war and some who didn’t. In this War Stories segment, producer Warren Shultz introduces us to the story of U.S. Army veteran, George Lee.

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.

Ridin’ For a Title

Central Oregon Teenage Rodeo Athletes in Wyoming for National Finals

The NHSRA National High School Rodeo Finals are in Rock Springs, Wyoming this week and at least five Central Oregon teenagers are there, vying for a national title in their events.

Central Oregon Daily’s Eric Lindstrom met two of them, Kennedy Buckner from Powell Butte and Hope Luttrell from Prineville, as they prepared for the biggest competition of their young careers.

Superfood Company Opens in Sisters

Superfood Company Headed By Surfer Laird Hamilton Opens in Sisters

When you’re a world-class athlete you look for every edge you can find to push yourself to the next level.

Legendary surfer Laird Hamilton found one of his edges with a homemade creamer that he added to his daily diet, for an added natural boost of energy during the day.

Paul Hodge, CEO of Laird Superfood, had recently moved to Sisters and once he sold Hamilton on the idea that the creamer was the foundation for a new health food company, he also pitched the Central Oregon community as the place to locate the headquarters of the new venture.

For business leaders in Sisters, the question wasn’t if Laird Superfood was a good fit for the community, but how fast could they make it happen.

Sisters officials are hoping that Laird Superfood is the first wave of a rising tide of new businesses in their community.

Suspect Arrested After Threatening Police

Police Are Investigating Monday’s Incident at the Bend Police Department

21-year-old Bend resident Samuel Wyatt Dennis was arrested this afternoon around 12:20 p.m. after a bizarre incident that occurred early this morning at the Bend Police Department.

Bend Police said an officer leaving their shift heard a commotion near the gate of the secured parking lot of the Bend Police Department around 2:15 a.m. and saw Dennis hitting the parking lot’s security key pad which was damaged beyond use. Though officers did attempt to contact Dennis, he sped away in his 1998 Dodge pickup.

Security footage also showed Dennis throwing an object into the secured lot, damaging a police vehicle. Footage also showed Dennis placing a board through the front door handles of the police department and leaning a heavy metal object against the door. Dennis also etched letters into the front glass door and on the concrete in front of the entry doors.

Later Dennis was identified as the subject after he also made calls to Bend Fire and Rescue threatening to “burn the community to the ground.”

Around 10:20 a.m. officers located Dennis’ vehicle at his residence. As officers and detectives attempted to contact Dennis in his driveway, he drove away leading them on a short pursuit before being stopped by spike strips.

Dennis was taken into custody just after 12:15 p.m.

Dennis is facing charges of criminal mischief in the first degree, reckless driving, attempt to elude and disorderly conduct. The investigation is ongoing.

Origin Story: Project Bike

It’s not often that a person’s childhood hobby becomes their adult career, but John Frey could not ignore his lifelong passion for cycling. But in a place like Central Oregon, where cycling is a big part of the outdoor community, John is changing up the bike retail game and offering bike people like himself a personalized bike shop experience.

Project Bike is located at the corner of Bond and Colorado, right across the street from Palate Coffee. Stop in, grab a beer from the 10 Barrel vending machine … they’ll provide the nickel … and say hi to John and the bike guys.

New Bike Patrols in Sisters

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office wanted to increase their patrols in Sisters but thought patrol cars weren’t the right fit for the small, intimate downtown area, so they traded four wheels for two.

As Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan reports, you will see deputies proudly pedaling on duty in Sisters this weekend at the Quilt Show.

Destination Oregon: Rafting on the Deschutes River

People come from all over the world to enjoy Central Oregon’s great outdoors. In this week’s Destination Oregon, Dave Jones takes us just down the road to enjoy one of the region’s most scenic, exciting and wet experiences, whitewater rafting on the Deschutes River with the Seventh Mountain River Company.

A special thanks to our Destination Oregon sponsor, Bi-Mart, for giving us the time and resources to take you to some of the most interesting and beautiful places across our state, with a new edition of Destination Oregon every Thursday night on Central Oregon Daily.


Yoga Behind Bars

When you think of yoga you probably think of a peaceful, tranquil, place. However this yoga class takes place behind bars.

Welcome to the Deschutes County Jail yoga program.

Inmates already have access to other programs with a focus on drug and alcohol treatment and religion but jail officials identified anxiety as one of the top stressors for inmates. They thought yoga could be part of the solution.

Today was only the program’s second class but it seems to already be making an impact on those who are taking it, according to some inmates.

Due to safety concerns and the fact that both yoga instructors are female the class is currently only currently offered to female inmates. However there are plans to bring in male instructors in order to expand the program.

The program is completely free. Local yoga instructor, including instructor Nancy Lumpkin who normally teaches at Namaspa volunteer one morning a week to teach a practice to inmates.