Pilot Dead After Plane Crashes into Deschutes River

The plane crash occurred on Saturday near Sunriver, but Sunriver Fire and Rescue were only able save one of the plane’s two passengers.

69-year-old Johannes Noordwijk escaped from the aircraft and was transported to Saint Charles Medical Center in Bend with non-life threatening injuries.

Multiple bystanders swam out onto the river when the crash occurred but were unable to recover the pilot of the plane, 63-year-old Kevin Padrick. Sunriver Fire and Rescue and Deschutes County Search and Rescue assisted on the scene but were also unable to recover Padrick, who died at the scene.

The cause of the crash is still unknown and is currently being investigated by the National Transportation Safety Board. Investigators encourage any witnesses or anyone in possession of video from the incident to contact the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office.

Destination Oregon: Historic Town of Jacksonville, Oregon

What has 2,800 residents, 30 independently-owned shops, 13 restaurants and looks just like it did in the 1970s? In this week’s Destination Oregon, Dave Jones takes us to the historic southern Oregon town of Jacksonville.

Thanks to the folks in Jacksonville for welcoming us with open arms. 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.

The Great Outdoors: Places to Practice Shooting in Central Oregon

In the spring and summer, hobbyists and marksmen mix with hunters on shooting ranges around Central Oregon. For this week’s Great Outdoors, Gary Lewis shows you some of the options where people can shoot their firearms on public land and private ranges.

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.

Cap and Trade Bill Passes in Salem

State representatives passed a controversial ‘Cap and Trade’ bill in Salem last night.

House bill 2020 would require companies in the utility, transportation and industrial sectors to buy emission allowances to cover each metric ton of pollution that their operations emit. The Oregon House debated the bill for six hours, as members of the trucking and logging industries sat in the gallery.

They have been the most vocal critics of the ‘cap and trade’ plan, saying it will cost thousands of jobs in their industries and pass the costs of the carbon fees onto consumers. One of the opponents of the bill, Bend’s Cheri Helt, said she believes in man-made climate change but disagrees with the steps being taken to curb emissions in this bill.

The House passed the bill by a vote of 36 to 24 and it now goes to the Senate for consideration.

If it is passed and becomes law, Oregon would become the second state in the nation, after California, to pass ‘cap and trade’ legislation.