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.

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.

Septic to Sewer

Citizens Share Their Concerns About SW Bend Sewer Project

It’s an issue that’s been bubbling up for decades in Bend as our city’s population grows, but now some residents on the southeast side as well as the city council, are facing some tough and costly decisions… as the state forces homeowners to switch from septic to sewer.

Central Oregon Daily’s Curtis Vogel was live at City Hall, where city councilors got an earful from some of those residents at a listening session this afternoon that was packed to the gills, with people spilling out into the hallway and listening to the meeting from there.

Child Care Shortage

Providers Concerned New Laws Could Aggravate the Issue

If you’re the parent of a newborn child or preschooler, you know that wait lists at many of the daycare providers and centers can be as long as two years right now.

Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan looks at the growing childcare shortage and why two local providers believe that a new state law meant to protect children, is also making it harder on parents to find caregivers for them.

Dead Elk at No Name Lake

A Warning to Hikers

A number of hikers were shocked this past week when they spotted a herd of dead elk buried in deep snow near Broken Top at 8,000 feet elevation.

Because the elks’ deaths were a natural occurrence, there are no plans to remove their carcasses from “No Name Lake”, but the wildlife biologists expect that scavengers will do what scavengers do now that the bodies are uncovered.

Central Oregon Daily photographer Tim Wehde can attest that it is smelly up there right now. So if you hike up to No Name Lake, he suggests keeping your distance.

Source on the Scene: The Deschutes Brewery Marina

Join Central Oregon Daily’s Allison Roecker stops by the corner of Shevlin Hixon and Columbia which will soon be jam packed with excitement for the grand opening of Bend’s newest food cart lot, the Deschutes Brewery Marina. But if you want to eat lunch here, you’ll need to stop by soon because this new food experience is not here to stay.

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Bethlehem Inn Opens New Facilities

After years of fundraising and months of construction, The Bethlehem Inn celebrated its new family residence and service hub with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday afternoon.

The new building at the Bethlehem Inn has doubled the amount of families the organization can serve with the addition of ten new family-sized units.

In addition to those units, the new building is also outfitted with a brand new commercial kitchen, two dining rooms and a service hub with offices for partner agencies.

Today’s ribbon cutting was the culmination of the “Transforming Lives Together capital campaign, which raised $8 million of the $9 million needed for the expansion.

Fugate in Court

Oregon State Police public information officer Captain William Fugate appeared in court for the first time on Wednesday afternoon. Fugate is facing criminal charges that were made against him in February of this year after an anonymous tip sparked an investigation into allegation of domestic abuse.

Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan was in the courtroom and has more details on the on-going investigation.


Rep. Walden Discusses the Effects of Opioids in Oregon

Representative Greg Walden was in Bend today to participate in a round-table discussion along with a commissioner from the Food and Drug Administration. Local law enforcement was also in attendance. Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan attended the meeting, where the focus was on the nation’s opioid crisis and how this growing national problem has had powerful effects right here in Central Oregon.