Strictly Organic: Sky Hunters at the High Desert Museum

Heidi Hagemeier from the High Desert Museum stopped by the studio to tell us about a special spring program — Sky Hunters. From 11:00 – 1:30 every day this week, join the wildlife specialists at the High Desert Museum to experience the power and grace of the raptors. More information this special event can be found here

Cranking for Colby

Staff at Deschutes Brewery have rallied around a fellow employee who was recently diagnosed with cancer and other breweries have jumped on board. On Monday, October 15, at 17 locations across Bend, locals have gather for the Cranking for Colby – Community Pint Night where $1 from each beer purchased will go towards Colby’s medical expenses.
Central Oregon Daily’s Allison Roecker has details from Deschutes Brewery in downtown Bend. 

Airshow of the Cascades is Up and Flying

The Airshow of the Cascades is an annual event at the Madras Municipal Airport, and has over one hundred different aircraft on display.

Joe Krenowicz of the Madras Chamber of Commerce and 20-year-old acrobatic pilot Ben Rose join us to talk about the two day event.

Several different family-friendly activities are available throughout the entire weekend such as the Les Schwab Car Show, glider and helicopter rides, antique airplane displays, aerobatic performances and meet-and-greets, Metal Mulisha motorcycle show, fireworks, great food, live music, and much more.

The Airshow of the Cascades will be on Friday, August 24th and Saturday, August 25th. For more information and tickets, go to


The Great Outdoors: Kokanee Karnival

There are three sure signs of spring every year in Central Oregon: the re-opening of the Cascade Lakes Highway, the Pole Pedal Paddle event and the annual Kokanee Karnival at Shevlin Pond.

For this week’s Great Outdoors, Brian Jennings spent some time at the event where fourth and fifth graders had the chance to learn about local waterways and the trout that inhabit them.

Thanks Brian for that report.

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.

Source on the Scene: Pole Pedal Paddle Preview

It seemed like such a fun idea to field a Central Oregon Daily team for this year’s SELCO Pole Pedal Paddle until we realized we had to find somebody to perform in six different challenging events. For this week’s Source on the Scene, Allison Roecker looks at how we built our squad for Central Oregon’s largest multi-sport event.

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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.

Source on the Scene: Bend Camerata

It’s a good weekend for music. The Bend Camerata, a group founded by local music educators, will be performing their musical journey called “This Is Us” at Wille Hall on the COCC campus Saturday at 7 pm and Sunday at 3 pm on Sunday.

For all the latest arts and culture listings, pickup the latest issue of The Source Weekly, or go to their website at 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.

Thousands March Against Gun Violence in Bend

Nearly 4,000 community members, led by local high school students, gathered in Drake Park on Saturday to participate in the March for Our Lives – a national movement against gun violence sparked by the school shooting in Parkland, Florida that killed 17 people in February.

Demonstrators began gathering in Drake Park around 11 a.m. on Saturday morning. As the crowd grew local high school students gave speeches asking for politicians to do more to keep them safe in schools. One student sang “Imagine” by John Lennon as Bend Mayor Casey Roats and city council member Nathan Boddie stood on stage behind him.

At noon students, carrying a blue ‘March for Our Lives,’ banner led a march through downtown Bend. The march was so large that the students leading the march came back around to Drake Park before many protestors had even left.

Demonstrators said they were marching specifically for common sense gun control measures including banning bump stocks, semi-automatic weapons and assault rifles; and implementing comprehensive background checks and funding mental health care.

This echoed the messages of the roughly 800 marches that took place across the country on Saturday.

Hundreds of thousands of people marched in Washington D.C., which was led by survivors of the Parkland shooting, but was meant to raise awareness for all victims of gun violence.

The Parkland students shared the stage with other young people from across the country including Edna Chavez from Los Angles who lost her brother to gun violence; 11-year-old Naomi Wadler who spoke to raise awareness about African-American women and girls who were victims of gun violence; and Yolanda King, granddaughter of Martin Luther King Jr.

While millions marched across the U.S., the movement did see plenty of criticism.

The NRA out out a video responding to the march, saying that the students leading the march were part of, and funded by, a “liberal agenda.” The video also said that the answer to school safety would be providing funding for armed guards in schools and arming teachers.

Here in Bend, Central Oregon Daily saw plenty of comments against the march on our Facebook page. Many community members expressed that they felt it was ridiculous for people to march against their Second Amendment Rights. Others said they should march against cars, since annually more young people die in car accidents then due to gun violence, and some echoed the NRA’s message that the march was part of a political agenda.