The Great Outdoors: Keeping Track of Snowpack

It is snow survey season. While most of us are happy to play in the white stuff, a select few are busy measuring it for water content. In this week’s Great Outdoors, Brooke Snavely takes us along on a snow survey to determine how much water will be available for farming, fishing and water sports later this summer.

We appreciate the folks with the Department of Agriculture for taking us along on their surveying trip. It is important work being done in Oregon’s back country and we are proud to cover it.

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.

Snow Removal

City Crews Tackle the First Sustained Snowfall of the Season

City of Bend Streets and Operation crews were out in full force today to combat the first sustained snowfall of the season. Central Oregon Daily’s Cydney McFarland jumped in with one of the truck drivers as he started his shift on the streets today.

The city does have chemicals to melt ice but when temperatures drop below 20 degrees the rely on drivers to plow and lay cinders on the streets of Bend. During major storms, like last year, drivers can spend up to 12 hours driving the city, dropping cinders and plowing.

Body Repair Shops Remain Backlogged

From dings and dents to totally destroyed, cars in Central Oregon are taking a serious beating this winter because of the brutal conditions. Now, body shops across the High Desert are feeling the pinch. Here’s a look at how one shop if dealing with the bittersweet reality of being too busy, and how one car owner is dealing with being told it will be months before the damage done to his car is finally fixed.