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.

End of An Era

Former Prineville Headquarters of Les Schwab Being Demolished

Since the Les Schwab Tire Centers headquarters moved from Prineville to Bend in 2008, the former home of the company has sat empty along the Madras-Prineville Highway. 
Now, the company has decided to demolish the buildings to prepare for a possible sale of the property, signaling the end of an era. Central Oregon Daily’s Curtis Vogel looks at the history and importance of Les Schwab and his company to the community of Prineville.

The original store that Les Schwab opened in Downtown Prineville in 1952 has been gone for years, but, for now, the company’s training bays and retread plants will remain in their current location on the Madras-Prineville Highway.

Prineville PD’s Random Acts of Kindness

Prineville residents who were stopped by their local police this week were in for a surprise. Instead of citations, residents were handed gift cards to places like the Prineville Coffee Company and Starbucks.

Prineville Police handed out gift cards instead of tickets for minor traffic violation but also handed out gift cards to residents who were just out walking their dogs, shoveling snow or doing errands.

It was part of the department’s Random Acts of Kindness program, which is meant to help build a positive relationship between the department and the community.

“Just generally the perception that we’re not just out there to give them a ticket or to take them to jail, but we’re normal people and we’re out there just to share some kindness and spread of holiday cheer,” said Prineville Sgt. James Peterson.

While the gift card giveaways are over for the year, Prineville police hope that spirit of community and paying it forward sticks around all year.

Central Oregon Daily’s Warren Shultz has more.

Supper Club: Future of Prineville

Prineville is now one of the fastest-growing regions in the country, so for this week’s Supper Club, we asked community leaders to join us to talk about how the city recovered from the great recession and how they’re dealing with the rapid growth now happening in their region.

Thanks to our Supper Club sponsor, Selco Community Credit Union for giving us the time and resources to talk about the issues that impact our region every Tuesday night on Central Oregon Daily.

The Great Outdoors: Washington Family Ranch

For nearly a century, folks in Wasco and Jefferson counties knew the muddy ranch for the sheep and cattle that were raised on it for the Prineville Land and Livestock Company. However, in the 1980’s everything changed when a cult took over the property and embroiled the ranch and the nearby town of Antelope in four years of controversy.

For this week’s Great Outdoors, Brian Jennings takes us to Wasco County where that same ranch is now being used to inspire children.

A special thanks to our Great Outdoors sponsor, Camp Abbot Trading Company in Sunriver, 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: Crooked River Roundup

It’s the only chance that Central Oregonians gave to bet on live horse races every year, and it happens at the Crooked River Roundup in Prineville. Central Oregon Daily’s Allison Roecker went out to the track and caught up with a first-time bettor who picked a winner right out of the gate.

For more information on events taking place around Central Oregon, pick up a copy of The Source Weekly or visit their website at www.bendsource.com.

Source on the Scene is sponsored by Indian Head Casino.

Wildlife Biologists Fear for Fish

Initial testing of the fish in the Crooked River is confirming the worst fears of Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife biologists about the impact of the release of thousands of cubic feet of water per second at Bowman Dam in Prineville, Oregon. As Brian Jennings reports, the water is good news for most residents and farmers, but is detrimental for the fish trying to live downstream.

Senator Merkley Holds Three Consecutive Town Halls in Central Oregon

The new health care plan being debated in Congress was the hottest topic at three town halls hosted by Senator Jeff Merkley in Central Oregon over the weekend.

Central Oregon Daily’s Curtis Vogel went to Madras, Prineville and Redmond, where constituents expressed their concerns about the proposed American Health Care Act.