Saturday, May 9, 2015

Prineville Airport - Ready For Take Off

The Right Location at the Right Time

The Prineville Airport is perfectly situated. The Facebook and Apple data centers are right next door. So is the massive Les Schwab warehousing complex and a growing number of manufacturing and light industrial businesses. And then there are the innovators like the Switchblade "flying car" company right at the airport!

It's pretty clear that Prineville is getting "discovered" and, as a result, the airport is benefiting from increased business activity.

Listen to this 16-minute podcast with Kelly Coffelt, Prineville Airport Manager, and hear why it won't be surprising to see more corporate jets landing in Prineville soon.

(left to right) Kelly Coffelt, Brian Way, and pilot at Prineville Airport

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Prineville Railroad & Freight Depot - 100 years and still going strong!

Nostalgia Mixed With An Economic Engine

The Prineville Railroad is almost 100 years old! There aren't many short line railroads operating in the black these days - but the Prineville Railroad has found a way to survive and thrive. And with the Port of Portland suffering from the withdrawal of Hanjin and others, "inland ports" like Prineville may just become the beneficiaries. And the nostalgia around the Mount Emily Shay, one of the few steam locomotives still in operation, is attracting railroad buffs from all over the country.  Listen to this podcast recorded with Matt Wiederholt and Caroline Ervin at the Prineville Freight Depot recently. Total running time: 11:35 

Matt Wiederholt and Caroline Ervin (with EDCO)

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Dale Cummins - Prineville's New Police Captain

A Wealth of Experience and a Desire to Serve

Dale Cummins is the new Police Captain with the City of Prineville. A long time law enforcement officer, Cummins brings a wealth of experience to his new position. And Dale's family is excited to be relocating to Central Oregon from Gresham. (Total time 5 minutes)

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Two Friends, Two Wars, Emotional Connections

Harley Hess and Sam Morris

In December of 2014 I had the honor of recording a conversation between two friends. Harley Hess is a veteran of WWII currently living at Carriage Place, an assisted living facility in Prineville. Harley’s friend, Sam Morris, is a veteran of the Vietnam War, also lives in Prineville, and serves as Harley’s guardian angel. While the bulk of their conversation centers on Harley’s incredible life, both men share a common bond – they both flew airplanes during their service days…and continued to fly in their post-war years. Their obvious friendship tugged on my heart strings…as I’m sure it will yours. So let’s listen to their conversation. Total running time: 30:50

(l to r) Jenny Sexton, Harley Hess, Sam Morris, Bill Sexton (seated)
at the Korean War Memorial in Washington DC September 2012

Friday, December 26, 2014

What You Love About Central Oregon Could Be Killing You

Skin Cancer (Melanoma) in Central Oregon

Skin cancer (melanoma) is a growing problem on the high desert of Central Oregon. Learn what OHSU's Knight Cancer Institute is doing to reach out and educate the citizens of Deschutes, Jefferson, and Crook Counties. Total podcast time 8:45. 

OHSU's Knight Cancer Institute's $1B Challenge
Your gift will be doubled when we reach our goal of raising $500 million, thanks to a matching gift from Nike co-founder Phil Knight and his wife, Penny.

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