Cascade Swim Center reopens in Redmond

Just in time for summer, pools are preparing to open under Phase 2 guidelines.

Redmond’s Cascade Swim Center opened Monday, by reservation only.

“We’ve been closed for about 80 days and we’ve been developing plans for reopening that entire time,” said Jessica Rowan, aquatics director at Cascade Swim Center. “We didn’t have solid directives until last week so it’s been a game of choose your own adventure.”

The center is open for lap swim or water walking by reservation only, one person per lane.

“Wencourage you to come to the facility prepared to get into the water as only one shower per locker room will be open,” according to a post on its Facebook page.

The hot tub is closed. Face coverings are encouraged while you are not in the water.

The Madras Aquatic Center is working on a reopen plan for its pool, which they expect to announce later this week.

And in Bend, the Juniper Swim and Fitness Center says it plans on bringing back swimming and aquatic activities in the near future, but a firm date hasn’t been set.


Origin Story: Motherhood Survival Box

For this Week’s Origin Story, Samantha O’Connor introduces us to one Redmond mom who never expected self care to be her passion. After having two kids under two and a teen in the house, she realized the importance of taking time for herself and she knew other mommas needed it to, which is why she started the Motherhood Survival Box.

Melissa plans to add a new postpartum box soon, which will focus on healing for mom and baby. You can find out more or order your own box at

A special thanks to BendBroadband Business for giving us the time and resources to tell the stories of Central Oregonians who turn their passions into a profession, every Monday night on Central Oregon Daily at 5 p.m.

Good Samaritan Helps Redmond Cop Restrain Suspect

Just before nine a.m. Thursday morning, the Redmond Police Department received a call about a disruption at Proust Coffee in downtown Redmond. A man had threatened to assault one of the coffee shop customers, but had left before police could arrive.

Officer Allen Speck, the responding officer, searched the area for the suspect and found 22-year-old Redmond Resident Trenton Yates making his way back toward the coffee shop. Officer Speck identified himself as a police officer and tried to talk to Yates, but things turned physical. Thankfully, a passerby stepped in to help the officer.

Central Oregon Daily spoke to good samaritan Travis Wilson, and Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan has more on this story.

Flights Touch Down in Redmond After Two-Day Closure

After winter weather and damaged equipment closed Redmond Airport the first flights in two days touched down and took off from Redmond this morning. While more delays and cancelations are expected as winter storms continue, the airport is up and running.

Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan checked in with some travelers who were able to get back to Central Oregon this morning.

Damaged Equipment Keeps Redmond Airport Closed Tuesday

The Redmond Airport remained closed on Tuesday after the latest round of a winter storm damaged vital equipment used to help pilots land when there are no visual references for them to use on approach.
Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan looks at the problem and why airport officials are hoping to reopen by Wednesday morning.

More Hotels Coming to Redmond

Redmond could soon see an 50 percent increase in hotel rooms in the city thanks to a number of national chains planning expansions into Central Oregon. This means more revenue for the city as well as more access for visitors.

Central Oregon Daily’s Lisa Carton sat down with Redmond Mayor George Endicott to find out more about how these new hotels could affect the growing city.

Safety Concerns for Highway 97

A fatal crash last week left one woman dead after succumbing to her injuries, and caused extensive delays since the highway was shut down as crews investigated and cleared the scene. Crashes like this aren’t uncommon on this stretch of highway, an issue that has prompted the Oregon Department of Transportation to push for some safety improvements for the corridor between Redmond and Bend, but budget restrictions are proving an issue for the sweeping changes that are likely needed.

Central Oregon Daily’s Allison Roecker spoke with ODOT officials and residents to see what kind of changes could be in store for Highway 97.

Redmond Marching Band Needs New Uniforms

The Redmond High School marching band has been a part of the community since it was started in 1927 and in those 90 years the band has only had three uniforms. Each set of new uniforms has been expected to last over 20 years, but these most recent uniforms have lasted almost a generation. That age shows with some uniforms missing buttons, zippers are broken, some just don’t fit many of the students and students and teachers alike describe the uniforms as “outdated.”

Central Oregon Daily’s resident band kid, and reporter, Anyssa Bohanan has more on how the band hopes to raise $55,000 for new uniforms.

Redmond Students Deliver Meals for Those in Need

Students in Redmond have embraced the holiday spirit and have been creating food gift baskets for the Family Access Network, or FAN, which supplies meals for those in need. Central Oregon Daily’s Allison Roecker went up to Redmond to ride along as the students delivered those meals in style.

Not All Heroes Wear Capes, This One Drives for FedEx

A random act of kindness by a 10-year-old Redmond girl has forged a friendship between her and the local FedEx driver who delivers her medication. Central Oregon Daily’s Eric Lindstrom brings us this heartwarming story, just in time for the holidays.