Terrebonne Women Plead No Contest to Animal Neglect Charges

67-year-old Linda Stream and 41-year-old Christina J. Hart both pleaded no contest on Thursday to 10 counts of animal neglect in the second degree, charges that carry a maximum penalty of 50 years in jail and a fine of over a million dollars.

The two women are accused of neglecting more than 80 horses on their ranch last March and appeared in a Deschutes County courtroom on Thursday to enter their pleas.

Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan has more on how the surviving horses are doing now that they have been signed over to the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Oregon.

Redmond Man Freed After a Year in Jail

42-year-old Redmond resident Joshua Horner was convicted in March of 2017 for sexually abusing his daughter and sentenced to 50 years in prison. However, after an investigation by the Oregon Innocence Project revealed some inaccuracies in his daughter’s testimony, the conviction was overturned and Horner was released today after a year behind bars. Central Oregon Daily’s Curtis Vogel has more on how Horner came to be a free man again.

Writing the West: Meet Author Rick Steber

Initially inspired by western writers like Zane Grey and others when he was a young man, a Prineville, Oregon writer has now become an iconic western writer in his own right, telling stories with deep western roots here in Central Oregon. Central Oregon Daily’s Brian Jennings has more on the life and writings of Rick Steber.

Backpacks for Bend

Local Group Helps Fight Child Hunger

As kids prepare to go back to school the sad fact is that some will start their day hungry. However the local organization Backpacks for Bend is hoping to help. With help from volunteers the organization backs hundreds of bags with non-perishable meals to help kids in need get the nutrition they need when school isn’t in session. Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan has more.

Source on the Scene: Melody Youngblood

The Sisters Folk Festival is more than an annual event in Sisters, Oregon. It also raises money for the Americana Project, a series of classes and workshops that help budding singers and songwriters find their voice. One of those budding musicians was Melody Youngblood, who turned that initial education into a music career. She will be back in Sisters this weekend playing at the festival that helped make it happen and Central Oregon Daily’s Allison Roecker was able to chat with her about how she made her dreams a reality.

For all the latest arts and cultural listings pick up the latest issue of the Source Weekly, or go to their website at bendsource.com.

Also 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.

Match Up: Madras vs. La Pine

An old football rivalry is being renewed tonight. The Madras High School White Buffaloes are in La Pine to play the Hawks in a 3A match up. Both teams started their season in spectacular fashion and both hope to keep the early season momentum alive. Central Oregon Daily’s Eric Lindstrom joins us from the field at La Pine High School with more on tonight’s match up.

Local Businesses Celebrate the Return of the Sisters Folk Festival

After smoke filled skies forced the cancellation of the Sisters Folk Festival last year, fans, community members and businesses are celebrating the festivals return to Sisters. The festival will likely be sold out by the time the music starts on Friday night, which means 4,500 people are expected to flock to Sisters over the weekend. With roughly half of those in attendance coming from outside of Central Oregon, local businesses are looking forward to their last big weekend of the summer.

Avryn Strong: Bend Boy Gets Police Escort to School After Surviving Car Wreck

Five months ago, the parents of 10-year-old Avryn Hayes were worried about him surviving a near-fatal accident on the parkway on his way to school, but today, the City of Bend Police Department, including the officer who helped save Avryn’s life after the accident, celebrated Hayes’ recovery with a police escort to Avryn’s school at Silver Rail Elementary.

Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan was there to capture Hayes’ first day of 5th grade.

COCC President Announces Retirement

Shirley Metcalf Plans to Leave After This School Year

Doctor Shirley Metcalf is a 46-year veteran of the higher education community who worked in her native Hawaii and in Washington before coming to COCC in 2011.

She has served as the school’s president since 2014 and is only the 5th president in the school’s nearly 70-year history. Metcalf is the first woman and the first person of color to serve as presdient.

Central Oregon Daily’s Curtis Vogel has more.

Calming Back to School Jitters

Local School Helps Parents and Students Deal With First Day Nerves

Back to school is a time of tears and celebration for students and parents alike, but for first time students and parents the first day of school can be particularly nerveracking.

However, one local school organized an event to help with those nerves. Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan went down to Buckingham Elementary School to see how parents and students were coping.