The Great Outdoors: Whychus Creek Fish Release

It’s that time of the year when fish are being released into some of your favorite fishing areas in Central Oregon. For this week’s Great Outdoors, Central Oregon Daily’s Brian Jennings was there for the fish release at Whychus Creek.

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.

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.

The Great Outdoors: Huntington Wagon Road

Some signs of the original settlers of Central Oregon are still around, if you know where to look. For this week’s Great Outdoors, Brian Jennings takes you along the Huntington Wagon Road.

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.

The Great Outdoors: The Oregon Desert Trail

Even for an avid hiker, the Oregon Desert Trail is no joke. It stretches all the way from Bend to Steens Mountain. This week, Brian Jennings introduces us to local women who have hiked the entire trail.

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.

The Great Outdoors: Snowmobile Safety

Last week in our Great Outdoors segment, Brian Jennings took you snowmobiling around Paulina Lake to show you the fun part of the activity. However, there is also an inherent danger in snowmobiling this time of year.

For this week’s Great Outdoors, Brian looks at a device that could save your life in the event of an avalanche.

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.

The Great Outdoors: Snowmobile Adventures

Snowmobiling has long been one of the favorite sports for outdoor enthusiasts in Central Oregon, but one longtime advocate says you can’t take the sport for granted because it all depends on the availability of public spaces.

For this week’s Great Outdoors, Brian Jennings takes us snowmobiling around Paulina Lake.

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.

The Great Outdoors: The Oregon Trail of Dreams Sled Dogs

In this week’s Great Outdoors, Brian Jennings takes us on a special ride through the woods with some help from four-legged friends.

Thank you Rachael and Nick at Oregon Trail of Dreams. The organization also has an adoption program for their dogs. When a dog reaches eight years of age, they become eligible for adoption and you can contact the Oregon Trail of Dreams for further information.

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.

House Bill Could Block Deschutes Bridge

Residents and official from Bend testified in Salem on Thursday morning on House Bill 4029, which would forever ban a proposed bridge over the Deschutes River.

Members from Bend Parks and Rec, Bend City Council and community members all spoke against the bill during Thursday’s hearing.

Bend’s Mayor Pro Tem Sally Russell echoed concerns raised by the Bend Parks and Rec Department, saying the bill would “derail the local participation process,” and put a local decision in the hands of the state.

The proposed bridge has been hotly contested. Proponents believe connecting the Deschutes River Trail from Tumalo to Sunriver would provide necessary transportation and recreation benefits.

Opponents say it could disrupt the designated protected area along the south Deschutes and could lead to a slippery slope of lost protections for other scenic areas.

Some of those opponents also spoke on Thursday. Members from the Coalition for the Deschutes spoke in favor of the bill, saying there was a reason the state protected that stretch of waterway in the first place.

“This is not a local issue,” said Michael Eisele, of the Coalition for the Deschutes. “This is a wild and scenic river that serves all of Oregon citizens, all its visitors and the future generations and we benefit today from the foresight of those who put these rules in place, way before Bend Parks and Rec started planning their bridge.”

The bridge was part of a bond measure approved by Bend voters in 2012, and has been discussed since 2004, but the construction of the foot and bike bridge has been halted since it requires an exemption from the state.

A law passed in 1996 established that segment of the Deschutes River south of Bend as a scenic waterway and bans construction, like the bridge, in that area.

On Friday it will be decided wether or not the bill will move forward.

The Great Outdoors: Boyd Cave Tour

You don’t have to drive far to enter another world in Central Oregon underground.

For this week’s Great Outdoors, Brian Jennings takes us on a tour of Boyd Cave.

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.