Bend Activists Join National Abortion Ban Protests

Highly restrictive abortion bans have been proposed, and in some cases passed, in states across the country, reigniting the debate over abortion in recent weeks. Pro-choice activists across the country have organized protests, including one right here in Bend. Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan spoke with one such activist and also with an anti-abortion activist to hear both sides of the issue.

Deschutes River Gets “Stamp” of Approval

The rivers we know and love here in Central Oregon just got the stamp of approval by the United States Postal Service. The Deschutes River and Steelhead Falls will now be featured in the forever stamps collection. They are part of a set of 12 stamps in the “wild and scenic rivers” collection, which were unveiled today at a ceremony in Tumalo, with the Deschutes River running in the background.

Central Oregon Daily’s Dalton Roth was at this morning’s ceremony and has more about the new stamps.

Origin Story: Bend Pet Adventures

Would you call yourself a dog person? What about an adventurer? Well if you consider yourself either of those, then this is for you. Allison Roecker took a walk with Lauren of Bend Pet Adventures to learn about her love of woman’s best friend and the outdoors. If you have a dog that likes to adventure, you can find Lauren on Instagram at Bend Pet Adventures or learn more at

A special thanks to BendBroadband Business giving us the time and resources to tell the stories of Central Oregonians who have turned their passion into a profession, with a new edition of Origin Story every Monday on Central Oregon Daily news at 5 p.m.

War Stories: Roger Heegard

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 a longtime Bend resident and Army veteran, Roger Heegard.

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.

Source on the Scene: Central Oregon Beer Week

This week Central Oregon Daily’s Allison Roecker takes us Worthy Brewing for the kick off of Central Oregon Beer Week.

For all the latest arts and cultural listings, pick up the most recent issue of The Source Weekly or go to their website at

And thanks to our “Source on the Scene” sponsor, Indian Head Casino, for giving us the time and resources to show you some of the best events and entertainment that our region has to offer every Friday night on Central Oregon Daily.

OSU-Cascades Honors Former University President

OSU-Cascades unveiled a memorial to honor former Oregon State University president Paul Risser today.

Risser served as president of OSU from 1996 to 2002 and was instrumental in bringing the four-year university to Central Oregon

He passed in 2014, two years before OSU-Cascades relocated to its own campus, but his wife Les Risser was in Bend today to celebrate the success of his dream. 

The university hopes that the memorial will serve as an informal gathering area where people can collaborate and problem-solve in honor of Risser.

Four Cases of Pertussis Reported in Deschutes County

Deschutes County Public Health reported today that a new case of pertussis, or whooping cough, was reported at Bend High School. The case brings the total number of cases in Deschutes County to four.

The three other cases were reported at Summit High School earlier this week.

While pertussis is usually not serious in adults and teenagers, Deschutes County Public warns that young children, infants and other vulnerable populations should be vaccinated and protected.