Central Oregon and the Space Race

50 years ago today three American astronauts made history by becoming the first humans to land on the moon. However, before that historic day those astronauts were right here in Central Oregon, training to do something that had never been done before.

Central Oregon Daily’s Dalton Roth has more on how Central Oregon played a critical role in getting a man on the moon.

Bend Police Academy Trains the Next Generation of Law Enforcement

This week was the Bend Police Department’s fifth annual Junior Police Academy where local kids get to learn more about local law enforcement works from real local officers. The new trainees learned how to collect fingerprints, traffic safety and even tested out their fitness on an obstacle course.

Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan stopped by the camp today to learn more.

Boys and Girls Club Plans to Expand Programs for 2019-20 School Year

The Boys and Girls Club of Bend is making some changes for the upcoming school year. The organization is expanding their program and staff in order to help with the growing community need for affordable childcare, especially with Bend-La Pine School District’s new school schedules.

Central Oregon Daily’s Meghan Glova has more.

Guns and Jewelry Stolen from Redmond Home

A Redmond home was ransacked last Wednesday, leaving a local family terrified. The Graves family say whoever broke into their home had to be watching the house, as they knew they were gone at the time of the incident. Redmond Police are investigating and they say no detail is too small in catching the burglars.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call non-emergency dispatch at 541-693-6911.

Suspect in Madras Shooting in Court

Details are still unclear on what happened leading up to Sunday morning’s shooting, but Madras Police report that the incident took place on SE 16th Street and that two victims were shot with a twenty-two rifle.

The victims are being treated for their injuries, but further details on their condition are unknown at this time.

The suspected shooter, Juan Francisco Hernandez-Medina, appeared in court today facing two counts of attempt to commit murder, assault in the first degree, and unlawful use of a weapon. Hernandez-Medina’s arraignment is set before the grand jury on Thursday at 2 p.m. and due to the serious violent nature of the crimes, Oregon’s measure eleven mandates a minimum sentence of seven and a half years for each count of attempt to commit murder and assault in the first degree. Hernandez-Medina is facing a minimum of 30 years without the chance for parole.

Man Walking on Tracks Struck by Train

Bend Police and Fire were dispatched to the tracks just east of the BNSF train depot Sunday after reports that a Bend resident had been struck by a passing train

Kyle Houser, 23, had been walking along the tracks and listening to music that was too loud for him to hear the trains approach. The conductor continuously blew the horn to warn Houser and even hit the brakes but the train continued to roll for roughly a mile. Houser was struck on the shoulder and thrown from the tracks.

The train eventually came to a stop and traffic in the area was shut down for two hours while law enforcement investigated. Though Houser miraculously survived the incident, police warn that it’s not only dangerous to walk along the tracks, it’s also *illegal*.

Houser was transported to St. Charles hospital in bend with non-life threatening injuries and was cited with criminal trespass charges.

War Stories: Vietnam 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 local veteran Richard White who flew helicopters in Vietnam.

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.

Origin Story: The Vegetable Man

In this week’s Origin Story, Central Oregon Daily’s Allison Roecker introduces us to the family behind The Vegetable Man, a local produce stand, dedicated to providing Central Oregon with fruits and veggies that are not only fresh, but also as local as possible.

The Vegetable Man is located in Bend and La Pine and open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. For more information, visit vegetablemanproduce.com.

Thanks to BendBroadband Business for 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.

Ralph Lawler – Extended Interview with a Living Legend

His name is Ralph Lawler, and for folks who may not know, Lawler has been the beloved broadcast voice of the Los Angeles Clippers on both radio and television for more than 40 years. Central Oregon Daily’s Eric Lindstrom sat down with Lawler to chat about his career in broadcasting, his recent retirement and the incredible off season the Clippers are having acquiring both Paul George and Kawhi Leonard.

Source on the Scene: Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show

It’s Friday and that means it’s time for “Source on the Scene” sponsored by Indian Head Casino. Central Oregon Daily’s Meghan Glova gives us a preview of a popular outdoor quilt show taking place this weekend in Sisters.