Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Voices of Woodgrain Millwork

Company Abruptly Closes - 200 Jobs Gone

Woodgrain Millwork in Prineville Oregon recently closed it's mill after a roof collapsed under the weight of heavy ice and snow. The company has no plans to reopen the facility meaning that upwards of 200 people are losing their jobs. This in a county with over 10.2% unemployment, high poverty and homelessness. Listen to this podcast and here the voices of affected workers. Total time: 8:02

Prineville's Woodgrain Millwork facility prior to roof collapse
Photo Credit: Kevin Sperl, Central Oregonian

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

E-Cigarette Growth in Crook County Oregon

Smoking Cessation Devices or Simply Brilliant Marketing?

The growth of e cigarettes in Crook County Oregon has been huge. Listen to this podcast recorded on Nov. 4th, 2014 with two experts from the Crook County Oregon Health Department. You'll learn what e cigs actually are, who's using them, and what the health outcomes are. Total running time: 18:40

Muriel De La Vergne-Brown and Kris Williams

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Homeless in Crook County

Ever Wonder What It's Like?

Somehow the message that the economy was improving never made it to the homeless population in Crook County. Numbers are increasing and services can't keep up with the need. Bill talks with two people in Prineville Oregon about how they came to be homeless, what it's like to live on the street, what challenges they have on a daily basis, and what resources they have tapped to help them get out of the cycle of homelessness, drug addiction, and jail. Listen to this podcast now (8:41 total time) and learn what it's like to be homeless.

Matt at Redemption House Ministries

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Jack Marsicano - WWII Vet and Pearl Harbor Survivor

"I Just Did What I Was Told"

Jack Marsicano just turned 97. He's a WWII vet and survivor of the attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7th, 1941. Listen to this podcast (6:43 total time) and hear what one American hero thought about his time in the service - and how he survived Pearl Harbor.

Margaret & Jack Marsicano proudly displaying their Honor Flight memorabilia

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Chad Carpenter - The Landing Youth & Tutoring Center

Paying it Forward

Chad Carpenter is the co-founder of The Landing Youth and Tutoring Center, a non-profit in Prineville which provides a safe and warm place for middle & high school students to receive free homework help, enjoy a free meal, and take part in healthy activities with other teens outside of school hours. Listen to this podcast (total running time 9:41) and learn how a 5th generation Prinevillian is "paying it forward."

Chad Carpenter in his office at the First Baptist Church

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Darcy Bedortha - Heart of Oregon Corps Rural Program Coordinator

A Heart for Disadvantaged Rural Youth

Darcy Bedortha
Darcy Bedortha has a heart as big as Crook County. She’s the Rural Program Coordinator at Heart of Oregon Corps AmeriCorps program in Prineville. The program engages economically disadvantaged young people ages 18-24 in environmental stewardship projects on public lands while helping them prepare for future careers. Listen to this 9-minute podcast and learn more about Darcy's heart - and the mission of the Heart of Oregon Corps in Central Oregon.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Billie Johnson - Windy Acres Dairy Farm

It's Always Been About the Journey

Billie Johnson is a dairy farmer on a journey. Raised on a cattle ranch near Monument Oregon, Johnson has always known that farming was in her blood. But her journey through farming has not been an easy one. And, as one of the leaders in the raw milk movement, she's had to fight for the right to supply healthy, organic products using the “herd share” business model -  legally allowing her members to obtain raw milk products right from the farm. Listen to this podcast and be inspired! Total running time - 8:37.

Billie Johnson at Windy Acres Dairy Farm