New Program Aims to Hire and Train Local Workers

Between the record-low unemployment and the high cost of living in Central Oregon, it’s getting harder for local employers to keep a healthy workforce pipeline flowing for their businesses. On Tuesday, the Bend Chamber is launching a series of E2E (Education to Employment) meetings for business owners and community members in hopes of addressing these growing concerns.

Mackenzie Wilson met with the local business owner of Robberson Ford who is using the apprenticeships as a way to hire and train talent from within Central Oregon instead of recruiting outside the region.

Local Business Owner Posts Plea to Bend Community

Business has been slow for the owner of Bouncing Off The Wall this month, so the owner took the unusual step of posting a plea for help on social media. The video quickly went viral on local blogs and Facebook pages.

As Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan reports, the owner is hoping the video will help her business bounce back from difficult times.

The Bend Connection to the NFL Draft

It’s the dream of every young player who first puts on a football helmet to someday play in the NFL. For two former players from Mountain View High School, that dream could become a reality this weekend.

Central Oregon Daily’s Eric Lindstrom looks at the personal connections of some in Bend families and talks to Kevin Boss of Boss Sports Performance, a trainer to the NFL Draft.

Smile Makeover Winner Announced

Congratulations to Fonda Pease, the winner of Bend Family Dentistry’s Just Your Smile makeover contest. Dr. Brad Hester explains why Bend Family Dentistry wanted to give away this free dental treatment. Karen Ludwig nominated Fonda for the makeover and she tells us why Fonda is so very deserving. A big shout-out to all the nominees, who will all receive something special from Bend Family Dentistry.

Bend Your Ear: Meet Strictly Organic’s Barista/Dancer

In our weekly trek to Strictly Organic Coffee at Bond and Arizona in Bend, we visit with one of our favorite baristas, Stuart Poindexter. Stuart loves his Central Oregon home and while he expects to continue his coffee career, he also talks about his other passion – dance. Reminder:  Strictly Organic Open Mic Night is every Thursday night at their main location.

Central Oregon Maker: The Water Kefir People

Co-founder Jacinda Swan visits Central Oregon Daily to talk about the health benefits of drinking dairy-free cultured probiotic water infused with fruits and fruit juices. The Water Kefir People handcraft their water in small batches using local and organically sourced ingredients. You can find their water kefir locally at Newport Avenue Market and on tap in several locations.  You can also shop online at