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.

Destination Oregon: Touring Bend on an Electric Bike

Bend has a rich history, but it it is hard to take it in from behind the wheel of your car. It is much easier is to view that history from a bike, especially when it’s an electric one. For this week’s Destination Oregon, Dave Jones hops on an e-bike from Pedego Electric Bikes for a trip down memory lane.

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.

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.

Robberson Lincoln Hole in One Challenge

Lisa Carton sat down with Tetherow’s Head Golf Professional, Jake Edwards, and Robberson Ford’s General Sales Manager, Steve Sheppard, to talk about the Hole in One Challenge, happening on September 9th from 2-5 p.m. at Tetherow Golf Resort. Seventy-five entries will be drawn September 6th to compete in the Hole in One Challenge.

With one chance each, the first contestant to make a hole in one, 180-yard shot, will win a 2018 Lincoln SUV.

Enter for a chance to participate at

Precious Resource: Balancing Agriculture, Conservation and Recreation

Did you know 55 percent of the carrot seeds in the U.S. are grown in Jefferson County and another 10 percent is grown in Crook and Deschutes Counties?

That’s just one of the sectors that drives the agricultural economy in Central Oregon.

In tonight’s cover story, Brian Jennings looks at the growing concerns over the key resource needed to keep that economic engine alive: Water.