Airshow of the Cascades is Up and Flying

The Airshow of the Cascades is an annual event at the Madras Municipal Airport, and has over one hundred different aircraft on display.

Joe Krenowicz of the Madras Chamber of Commerce and 20-year-old acrobatic pilot Ben Rose join us to talk about the two day event.

Several different family-friendly activities are available throughout the entire weekend such as the Les Schwab Car Show, glider and helicopter rides, antique airplane displays, aerobatic performances and meet-and-greets, Metal Mulisha motorcycle show, fireworks, great food, live music, and much more.

The Airshow of the Cascades will be on Friday, August 24th and Saturday, August 25th. For more information and tickets, go to cascadeairshow.com.

 

The Great Outdoors: Kokanee Karnival

There are three sure signs of spring every year in Central Oregon: the re-opening of the Cascade Lakes Highway, the Pole Pedal Paddle event and the annual Kokanee Karnival at Shevlin Pond.

For this week’s Great Outdoors, Brian Jennings spent some time at the event where fourth and fifth graders had the chance to learn about local waterways and the trout that inhabit them.

Thanks Brian for that report.

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.

Source on the Scene: Pole Pedal Paddle Preview

It seemed like such a fun idea to field a Central Oregon Daily team for this year’s SELCO Pole Pedal Paddle until we realized we had to find somebody to perform in six different challenging events. For this week’s Source on the Scene, Allison Roecker looks at how we built our squad for Central Oregon’s largest multi-sport event.

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Thanks to our Source on the Scene sponsor, Indian Head Casino, for giving us the time and resources to show you some of the best events and entertainment that our region has to offer, every Friday night on Central Oregon Daily.

Source on the Scene: Bend Camerata

It’s a good weekend for music. The Bend Camerata, a group founded by local music educators, will be performing their musical journey called “This Is Us” at Wille Hall on the COCC campus Saturday at 7 pm and Sunday at 3 pm on Sunday.

For all the latest arts and culture listings, pickup the latest issue of The Source Weekly, or go to their website at bendsource.com. Thanks to our Source on the Scene sponsor, Indian Head Casino, for giving us the time and resources to show you some of the best events and entertainment that our region has to offer, every Friday night on Central Oregon Daily.

Thousands March Against Gun Violence in Bend

Nearly 4,000 community members, led by local high school students, gathered in Drake Park on Saturday to participate in the March for Our Lives – a national movement against gun violence sparked by the school shooting in Parkland, Florida that killed 17 people in February.

Demonstrators began gathering in Drake Park around 11 a.m. on Saturday morning. As the crowd grew local high school students gave speeches asking for politicians to do more to keep them safe in schools. One student sang “Imagine” by John Lennon as Bend Mayor Casey Roats and city council member Nathan Boddie stood on stage behind him.

At noon students, carrying a blue ‘March for Our Lives,’ banner led a march through downtown Bend. The march was so large that the students leading the march came back around to Drake Park before many protestors had even left.

Demonstrators said they were marching specifically for common sense gun control measures including banning bump stocks, semi-automatic weapons and assault rifles; and implementing comprehensive background checks and funding mental health care.

This echoed the messages of the roughly 800 marches that took place across the country on Saturday.

Hundreds of thousands of people marched in Washington D.C., which was led by survivors of the Parkland shooting, but was meant to raise awareness for all victims of gun violence.

The Parkland students shared the stage with other young people from across the country including Edna Chavez from Los Angles who lost her brother to gun violence; 11-year-old Naomi Wadler who spoke to raise awareness about African-American women and girls who were victims of gun violence; and Yolanda King, granddaughter of Martin Luther King Jr.

While millions marched across the U.S., the movement did see plenty of criticism.

The NRA out out a video responding to the march, saying that the students leading the march were part of, and funded by, a “liberal agenda.” The video also said that the answer to school safety would be providing funding for armed guards in schools and arming teachers.

Here in Bend, Central Oregon Daily saw plenty of comments against the march on our Facebook page. Many community members expressed that they felt it was ridiculous for people to march against their Second Amendment Rights. Others said they should march against cars, since annually more young people die in car accidents then due to gun violence, and some echoed the NRA’s message that the march was part of a political agenda.

Source on the Scene: Sunriver March Mudness

Central Oregon Daily’s Allison Roecker has a preview of the Sunriver March Mudness race.

This Sunday marks the 6th Annual Sunriver March Mudness run, and if your idea of fun is wet and muddy, you’re going to want to check this out.

Although online registration is closed, if you are interested in taking a mud bath, there is still time to register at the start line on Sunday.

For all of the latest arts and culture listings, pick up the latest issue of The Source Weekly or go to their website at bendsource.com. Thanks to our Source on the Scene sponsor, Indian Head Casino, for giving us the time and resources to show you some of the best events and entertainment that our region has to offer, every Friday night on Central Oregon Daily.

School Walk Outs

Wednesday was declared “National Walkout Day” by students across the country who want to pay tribute to the 17 victims of the Parkland, Florida High School shootings by walking out of their classrooms for 17 minutes on the one-month anniversary of the tragedy.

Students across the county walked out of classrooms and schools on Wednesday morning, all finding their own ways of honoring those students and teachers killed just a month ago.

In Bend walk outs were seen across town and students from all age groups participated. While Bend students say they felt supported by their school’s faculty that wasn’t the case for other students across the country.

Bend students did see their fair share of backlash on social media where they say people misunderstood their message.

Raising Money for Puerto Rico

Bend Teenager Raises Money for Victims of Hurricane Maria

Makaih Cook has been playing musical instruments since he was four years old, so when he found out that the devastation of Hurricane Maria had affected his relatives in Puerto Rico, he decided to use his musical talents for a good cause.
Central Oregon Daily’s Allison Roecker has a preview of a special performance planned for Friday.

All proceeds from his benefit show will go to save the Children Hurricane Maria Relief.
The show starts at 5:45 on Friday and is at Cosa Cura Rescue Collective Consignment Store downtown at 910 Northwest Harriman Street across the Blacksmith.

If you are unable to attend the show, but will still like to donate, go to http://www.kintera.org/faf/donorReg/donorPledge.asp…

Sex Trafficking Awareness Month

January is national human sex trafficking awareness month, but the Guardian Group is determined to take on this issue year round. Central Oregon Daily’s Austin Reed sits down with members of Guardian Group who organize self defense classes and educate women on how to fight and avoid sex trafficking.

Andrea Benson, a Portland native and a victim of human sex trafficking, spoke this month at a Guardian Group’s weekly self defense class at Clarks Martial Arts in Bend. Benson met her trafficker through the online dating site Plenty Of Fish when she was 22.

Benson had what many would consider a normal life with a loving family and would not be what most would consider “high risk” for sex trafficking.

Benson eventually escaped her trafficker, who plead out in court and was sent to jail.

Benson said she plans to go back to school, this time to study law, to help more women and girls like her seek justice for their traffickers. She also hopes to speak to more women and girls to raise awareness with group like Guardian Group.

Guardian Group is a non-profit started in 2010 by Jeff Tiegs of Bend. The group is made up for former law enforcement and special ops officers and works year round to tackle the problem of sex trafficking here in the Pacific Northwest.

Tiegs said Guardian Group has a variety of program but the weekly self defense classes are meant to help women and build confidence, self esteem and skills to ensure that they aren’t an easy target for trafficking.

Interstate 5, that runs through California, Oregon and Washington, was spotlighted as a hot spot for human trafficking on the west coast in a 2010 report to Congress. Both Portland and Seattle have struggled with the issue in recent years and legislators in both states have worked to strengthen sex trafficking laws.

To find out the signs and report human sex trafficking, visit the Oregon Hotline.

 

Students Give Back on MLK Day

On Monday Oregon State University – Cascades students used their day off to give back to the community during their third annual Martine Luther King Jr. Day of Service.

Dozens of OSU-Cascades students spent their holiday volunteering for various non-profit organizations in Bend. Throughout the day student volunteers showed up to help at places like Healing Reins Therapeutic Riding Center and the The Environmental Center.

Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan caught up with the volunteers at two other locations Monday morning.