The Great Outdoors: The Oregon Trail

It’s the route that hundreds of thousands of people took to migrate to the American West in the middle of the 19th Century and today there is still evidence of the historic Oregon Trail.

For this week’s Great Outdoors, Brian Jennings takes us on a hike along the path that brought many pioneers to Oregon, and Bend.

Thanks Brian for that report and 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.

53 Dogs Seized from La Pine Home

The Deschutes County Sheriffs office has opened a criminal investigation after more than 50 dogs were seized in La Pine Saturday evening before being transported to the Central Oregon Humane Society in Bend.

On March 16 Deschutes County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the 51000 Block of Ash Road in La Pine to perform a welfare check on multiple dogs.

Deputies were permitted to perform a visual inspection of the dogs on the property and observed that minimum care standards for the animals were not being met. Additionally, deputies found one adult female dog and two puppies in distress and in need of urgent care. The adult female dog was taken to a veterinary clinic for treatment and has since been euthanized. The two puppies located with the adult female dog are being cared for at the Humane Society of Central Oregon, but their prognosis is uncertain.

According to the Sheriff’s Office, the owner of the dogs is cooperating with investigators. During the initial stages of the investigation, she released ownership in the 53 dogs to the Humane Society of Central Oregon. Medical assessments have been ongoing throughout the weekend and the health of each dog varies. The breeds of the dogs removed from the property include Labradors, German Shorthairs and Dachshunds.

Since the Humane Society of Central Oregon did not have enough space to accommodate all 53 dogs rescued, 22 of them were picked up by the Oregon Humane Society and transported to Portland for continued treatment.

Even with those 22 dogs heading to Portland, the Humane Society of Central Oregon is at capacity and is asking for donations of soft blankets, food and toys for the new arrivals. Donation’s can be made online at WWW.HSCO.ORG/DONATE. The Humane Society will also provide more information about when and which dog will be available for adoption.

Chinese Herbs Offer Alternative Relief for Pain Sufferers

Health officials recorded the largest-ever annual jump in drug overdose deaths in 2016 and the opioid epidemic is at the heart of this public health crisis. More than 2 million Americans are estimated to be dependent on opioids and an additional 95 million have used prescription painkillers in the past year.

Central Oregon Daily’s Mackenzie Wilson talks with the owner of Pacific Herbs, a local company that provides a natural form of pain relief, and possibly a solution to the crisis.

Redmond Restaurant Celebrates Fourth Anniversary by Giving Back

A restaurant in Redmond wants to celebrate its fourth anniversary in business in a couple of weeks by giving back to the community. Toni

Toni rich joins us to talk about a fundraising campaign called “Hope For Bri and Katie.” This all started when the owners of Oishi Japanese Restaurant in Redmond found out about two little girls who lost their mother in a fatal car accident last December.

Couple Aims To Change Opinion On Least Popular Day Of The Week

Every Monday Matters. It’s easy to say TGIF, but how often do you say TGIM? Monday doesn’t always inspire excitement, but that’s exactly what a young couple hopes to change. You may have seen their RV#inBend over the last few weeks and Central Oregon Daily’s Mackenzie Wilson saw it so often, she had to ask what they were doing. The back story behind why they’re traveling and spreading the message of “Every Monday Matters” will make you take another look at the least liked day of the week.

New Study Reveals Dogs Understand Their Owners’ “Tone” and “Words”


Dog lovers have always suspected that their furry friends understand what they’re saying. Now, some researchers are proving that there is some truth to that. Using an MRI scan, scientists recorded the brain activity of 13 dogs as they listened to their trainer’s voices through headphones and found that the dogs comprehend not only how you say something, but also the actual word you are saying. Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan takes a closer look at the results of a study that may explain why dogs have become known as man’s best friend.


World War II Veteran Who Survived D-Day: Bob Shotwell

One out of every seven Central Oregonians is a veteran. In our weekly “War Stories” series, we introduce you to the story 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 a World War II veteran from LaPine named Bob Shotwell