Wilderness Area Permits Planned for 2020

Day permit systems will go into effect during the summer of 2020 at seven trail heads at Mount Jefferson, two trail heads at Mount Washington and 10 trail heads at Three Sisters. More information about how to purchase these passes will be available in the near future.

Source on the Scene: High Desert Stampede

It’s Friday, and that means it’s time for “Source on the Scene,” sponsored by Indian Head Casino. This week Central Oregon Daily’s Allison Roecker takes us to the Redmond Fair Grounds where the High Desert Stampede is underway. 
For all the latest arts and cultural listings, pick up the most recent issue of The Source Weekly or go to their website at www.bendsource.com
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.

Safety in the Back Country

First responders have been called out to three snowmobile rescues in just over a week here in Central Oregon. Oregon’s back country has a ton to offer this time of year, but there’s also things you can do before you head out that could save your life should something go wrong.
 
Central Oregon Daily’s Eric Lindstrom spoke to some experts on how to safely enjoy your back country adventures.

Mt. Bachelor Gets its First Powder Day of the Season

If you found more coworkers than usual calling out sick today, it might be because Mt Bachelor got almost a foot of snow overnight. Central Oregon Daily’s Eric Lindstrom was at the bottom of the slopes checking in with the lucky skiers and snowboarders who hit the mountain today.

Danger on the Deschutes

After Canoe Accident First Responders Urge Caution in the Outdoors

A canoe trip on the Deschutes River above Dillon Falls turned tragic Thursday afternoon when it overturned, and both occupants were swept over the falls.

Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan talked to swift-water rescue experts today about precautions you can take when you decide to spend time on the Deschutes River.

First responders are urging those who want to venture into the great outdoors to prepare for the worst, that means packing extra clothing, food and water, ways to keep out of the sun such as hats, a map or GPS device, and other survival tools to not only potentially help yourself, but others as well.

Mystery at No Name Lake

Elk Carcasses Still Smelling Up the Popular Trail

Wildlife Biologists are still investigating the mystery behind 19 dead elk that were found on Broken Top, after a summer thaw revealed the carcasses that had been preserved in ice for at least a year.

Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan got a chance to talk with the hiker who first reported the dead elk to Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife when he took his family up to No Name Lake and stumbled onto the gruesome scene.

Dead Elk at No Name Lake

A Warning to Hikers

A number of hikers were shocked this past week when they spotted a herd of dead elk buried in deep snow near Broken Top at 8,000 feet elevation.

Because the elks’ deaths were a natural occurrence, there are no plans to remove their carcasses from “No Name Lake”, but the wildlife biologists expect that scavengers will do what scavengers do now that the bodies are uncovered.

Central Oregon Daily photographer Tim Wehde can attest that it is smelly up there right now. So if you hike up to No Name Lake, he suggests keeping your distance.

Running for a Cause

Redmond Runner Plans 200 Mile Run to Raise Awareness for His Wife

The annual two-day Cascade Lakes Relay gets underway officially tomorrow, but two runners are already on the course. They’re planning to run more than 200 miles solo, instead of with a team.

Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan meets one of those runners, a Redmond man who is taking on the challenge to raise awareness of his wife’s chronic debilitating illness.