Central Oregon Daily Receives Six Emmy Nominations

The Northwest Regional Chapter of National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) Recognizes Broadcast Excellence in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington State

Known for their unique way of telling news through “Storytelling of all That Matters to Central Oregonians,” Central Oregon Daily News received six Emmy nominations for their news programming featuring the leadership of news and sports reporter, Eric Lindstrom. The nominations come from the Northwest chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. The awards will be held in Seattle, Washington on June 8, 2019. These stories were written and produced by Lindstrom along with videographers Forest Smith, Allison Roecker, Warren Shultz and Tim Wehde. Specific categories include:

Health/Science – Story/Series – No Time Limit
Countering Concussions
This was a story about Summit High School’s football team adopting new helmets in conjunction with The Center Foundation to try to monitor and prevent concussions.

Sports – News Story/Series
Against All Odds
This was a story about a Madras High School student named Kaegan Prevett who overcame a condition that made him deaf to become a kicker on the football team.

Sports – Program – One Time Special
Road to Redemption
This was a Central Oregon Daily original documentary about the La Pine High School football team, led by Coach Bo De Forest, who fell short in their quest for a state championship in the Fall of 2017, but then many of the same players and coaches came back in the Spring of 2018 to win a state championship in baseball.

Documentary – Topical
100 Miles to Build a Bridge
This was a Central Oregon Daily original documentary on professional ultra-runner and Bend resident, Mario Mendoza, who challenges himself to run 100 miles to build bridges between communities and cultures.

This award is for overall excellence in writing for news stories.

This award is for overall excellence in photography for news programming.

Central Oregon Daily News Director Curtis Vogel shared the good news with the Central Oregon Daily Team saying, “this is the kind of work that is setting a whole new direction for local news programming,” adding, “I’m so proud of Eric and the entire news team for consistently focus on telling stories that are important to our viewers, in a quality manner that captures the moments while sharing the feelings of those who stories deserve to be told.”

General Manager Shawn Wilcox weighed in stating that “we often hear from our viewers about the importance of our unique direction of news,” adding, “the entire company is proud of The Central Oregon Daily News team, and we will remain true to our vision of telling stories that matter to Central Oregonians, and we invite the community to see what happens next.”

House Bill 3063 Moves Forward

On Wednesday morning in Salem, there was a line out the door of the Joint Ways and Means Subcommittee during the public hearing on HB 3063, the bill that would remove all non-medical exemptions for vaccines for school-aged children. Most of those who spoke at he hearing were opposed to the bill, but in an afternoon session, the subcommittee decided to move the bill forward to the full Ways and Means Committee, where it is expected to be considered on Friday at 9 a.m.

Vaccine For That

Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanen sat down with Doctor Guyn, a population health expert, to discuss House Bill 30-63 which will remove all non-medical exemptions when it comes to deciding whether to vaccinate your school-age children.  The St. Charles Healthcare System has launched a new campaign in an attempt to spread information about the importance of getting vaccinated. That campaign can be seen at vaxforthat.com.

Taste This! – New Basin Distilling Company

He went from school superintendent to whiskey distiller. In this week’s culinary adventure, Donna Britt introduces us to one of the founders of new basin distilling company in Madras to find out exactly what goes in to their small-batch craft spirits.

Move over Kentucky! Rick Molitor is making some delicious whiskey along with their first cut vodka and stagger gin, all now available in Central Oregon liquor stores. Donna also tried their Madras mule made with their strong whiskey and fresh Madras mint.

You can stop by New Basin Distilling Tuesday through Saturday for tours and tastings and also find them online at newbasin.com

A special thanks to Newport Avenue Market, who gives us the resources to take these weekly culinary adventures. Life is short. Eat good food. And have fun doing it.

War Stories: Vietnam War Veteran Richard White

In our weekly War Stories series, we introduce you to the stories of Central Oregon war veterans, some who made it back from their war and some who didn’t. In this week’s War Stories, producer Cody Rheault introduces us to Richard White, a Army veteran who served during the Vietnam War.

A special thanks to Gary Gruner Chevrolet Buick GMC for sponsoring War Stories and giving us the time and resources to tell the stories of Central Oregon’s war veterans every Monday night on Central Oregon Daily.

Lawmakers Debate Vaccine Exemptions after Measles Outbreak

As measles cases approach numbers that the United States hasn’t seen in 20 years, state lawmakers in Oregon are preparing to discuss a bill that would remove all non-medical exemptions for vaccinations.
Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan looks at what doctors, and lawmakers, are doing to try and stop the spread of the virus.

Mirror Pond Dredging

It’s been 35 years since the last dredging of Bend’s iconic Mirror Pond, and at that time it cost $312,000, almost half of which came from federal government funds through a clean water grant.

This time dredging the proposed cost is $6.7 million and there is no indication that the federal government will provide any funding. That leaves the burden of the costs to various stakeholders, like the private company that owns the land under the river, Pacific Power, the City of Bend, and Bend Parks and Rec.

Central Oregon Daily’s Curtis Vogel was live tonight from the Deschutes County Services Building where citizens were voicing their opinions on the proposed project.

Destination Oregon: Remembering the Columbia Gorge from the ’50s

For those of you who have been around a while, you might remember what the Columbia Gorge was like back in the 1950s. If that doesn’t apply to you, we have got the next best thing. For this week’s Destination Oregon report, Dave Jones takes us to a miniature version of the Gorge in the ’50s, with model trains being the star attraction.

Join us every Thursday for another new edition of Destination Oregon, where Dave Jones takes you to some of the most interesting and beautiful places across our state.

Ridgeview High School Principal Receives State Honor

A Central Oregon school administrator was named Principal of the Year in Oregon on Thursday, and the best part is that he didn’t know about it until his staff and students surprised him with the news at a special assembly on Thursday afternoon, and Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan was there for the priceless moment.