Madras Teenager Overcomes Condition to Become Kicker for Football Team

If you watch 17-year-old Kaegan Prevett kick field goals for the Madras High School football team, you would never know that he has been battling a condition called Treacher Collins Syndrome since he was born.

Central Oregon Daily’s Eric Lindstrom spoke with Kaegan, his parents and his coach to hear more of his inspiring story.

Madras Shelter Takes in Animals Seized from Crooked River Ranch

Three Rivers Humane Society has taken in animals that were seized from a Crooked River Ranch property last week by Jefferson County Sheriff‘s deputies. The 6 dogs, 4 kittens, 2 snakes, 4 mice and 38 fish are now all under the care of the Humane Society in Madras. They animals will remain in the care of the Humane Society pending an on-going investigation.
Central Oregon Daily’s Allison Roecker has more.

“Sunblock”: a Documentary on Central Oregon Eclipse

It’s been one year to the day since a total solar eclipse swept across the United States, including right here in Central Oregon.

More than 25,000 people from all over Oregon and 39 different countries gathered in Madras after NASA declared that the Central Oregon city was one of the best places in the U.S. to see a total solar eclipse. However, while most of us were looking toward the sky, one documentary filmmaker was more focused on the human reactions to this once in a lifetime event.

That filmmaker, Grant Bentley, has put that story into a documentary called “Sunblock,” which was entered into the Sundance Film Festival. The 16-minute short got such great feedback that Bentley hopes to enter it in more film festival this year.

Central Oregon Daily’s Allison Roecker got a preview of the film, which features some familiar faces.

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.

Madras’ Lynden Harry Heads to College

It was no surprise when Madras High School basketball star Lynden Harry was named to the All-State first team after her spectacular senior season for the White Buffaloes.

The only question was where she would take her talents on the collegiate level.

Central Oregon Daily’s Eric Lindstrom updates us on Lynden’s journey from her native Warm Springs to her new college home, College of the Siskiyous, in California.

High School Coach Creates His Own Signing Day for Incoming Freshmen

A local high school coach is tearing a page right out of the college playbook to generate excitement in his school’s football program.

Central Oregon Daily’s Eric Lindstrom heads to Madras and Warm Springs K-8 Academy for a new “Signing Day” event designed for middle school football players.

Madras High School football coach Kurt Taylor says his problem is not unique, and that’s because of the overall decline in young boys playing football. Every high school coach has to find new ways to get kids excited about their football programs.

Addiction in Central Oregon

Representative Walden Discusses Drug Issues in Central Oregon

Representative Greg Walden was in Madras today to discuss substance abuse and addiction in Jefferson County and found that opioids are not as big a problem as other drugs in that area. 
Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan was there for the roundtable discussion

You can reach out to Representative Walden’s office with any questions or feedback on any of the upcoming anti-opioid proposals before Congress by contacting Nolan Hern at Nolan.hern@gmail.house.gov or at 202-224-6730.

3-Diculous: Madras White Buffaloes’ New Approach to Basketball

The boys’ basketball team at Madras High School is making a playoff run with the help of an unusual style of play they have dubbed “3-diculous”.


Central Oregon Daily’s Eric Lindstrom looks at how the White Buffaloes have used a fast-paced offense and high-pressure defense to become the top-scoring 4A team in the state.

City of Madras Calls for Very Own Craft Brewery

At last count, Central Oregon has 28 craft breweries from Bend to Prineville, but one community has yet to cash-in on one of the fastest growing industries in the region. Now, city leaders of Madras are trying to change that.

Central Oregon Daily’s Austin Reed looks at the efforts of Madras officials to bring a brewery to their city.