▶️ Rural Reward: Brothers residents excited for their tiny school to reopen this fall

Earlier this week the Oregon Department of Education released new guidelines for the reopening of small schools in rural counties.

Schools with fewer than 250 students in a county with a population below 30,000 could open.

Paulina and Brothers schools qualify. Both are part of the Crook County School District and both have an enrollment of fewer than 20 students.

Central Oregon Daily’s Eric Lindstrom visited Brothers to see what a one-room, K-8 school looks like and how the staff is preparing for the return of students.

Remembering Deputy Chris Jones

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office and other local law enforcement are remembering one of their own during a celebration of life.

Sheriff’s Deputy Chris Jones was killed in a motorcycle accident on Highway 207, north of Mitchell on Monday but today a procession of law enforcement escorted Jones’ body to the Christian Life Center for the celebration of life that started at 4 p.m.

The procession went from the Sheriffs Office to Empire Avenue, to Brinson, to Butler Market and then on to Hamby Road, before arriving at the Christian Life Center.

Law enforcement from multiple agencies, friends and family gathered to remember and pay their respects to deputy Jones, who leaves behind a wife and two sons.

Remembering Big Davey

David Taylor Junior, affectionately known as Big Davey to his friends and family, died in a tragic car accident three and half years ago. This weekend, La Pine will once again honor Davey and continue his legacy with the third annual David Taylor Junior memorial baseball and softball tournament.

Central Oregon Daily’s Eric Lindstrom has the story.

Uncertain Future for the Pacific Crest Sports Festival

The Pacific Crest Sports Festival got under way down in Sunriver today and runs through the weekend. The festival is the largest endurance event in Central Oregon with more than 4,000 competitors. However concerns over the size of the race, and its affect on the small community of Sunriver, means there could be changes on the way.

Eric Lindstrom went down to Sunriver today to check out the festivities and catch up with the race director.

Madras Hosts the District Five Little League Tournament

The District Five Little League Tournament was taking place all week in Madras. The big Little League tournament featured all-star baseball and softball teams from all across the region.

Teams competed to advance out to the state tournament and the winner of each division moves on. If you keep winning you could eventually end up at the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pennsylvania in August.

Central Oregon was well represented in the tournament with teams from Warm Springs all the way down to La Pine and everywhere in between competing at the weeklong tournament and enjoying the kick off to their summer.

New Management Plan for Oregon Wolves

The Oregon Fish and Wildlife commission met in Salem today to continue discussing the states wolf conservation and management plan. The plan establishes a deadline for when wolves can be killed for preying on livestock, with the overarching goal being to protect wolves while also protecting social and economic interests.

County commissioners, ranchers, and wild life experts testified and debated throughout the day and the new wolf management plan has now been approved with a six to one vote coming down right before 6 pm.

The Comeback Kids – La Pine Baseball Heads to State

The La Pine Hawks were up against the number one team in the state in the 3A Baseball semi-finals…and one that had beaten them several times before. While the game started great the Hawks soon found themselves behind, but they quickly turned that around.
Central Oregon Daily’s resident La Pine fan Eric Lindstrom was at that semi-final game and has the story of La Pine’s epic comeback.

La Pine Baseball Defends Their State Title

Just a year ago the La Pine High School baseball team won the state title in Salem, and today they took to the field for the 3A High School Baseball Playoffs to defend that title. Since last year the team lost seven senior players but Central Oregon Daily’s Eric Lindstrom was in La Pine just before the game to see how the very young team was feeling.