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

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

Monday, June 2, 2014

Turning a Passion into a Family Business

Greg Miller's I'll Fly Away Balloon Adventures

Greg Miller (waving) with friends Jarod & Ann Roth 

Greg Miller is a guy who turned a passion into a family business. In 1989, at age 37 with a wife and two young boys, Miller fell in love with ballooning. Within a few short years, and with the backing of his family, he turned his new-found passion into a thriving (and soaring) business. Listen to this 7-minute podcast and see how one man is living by the credo "Do what you love and the money will follow."

Friday, May 2, 2014

Fighting Homelessness and Hunger in Crook County

Nazarene Church Expands Redemption House Ministries

When the Prineville Nazarene Church decides to address problems in the community they jump right in, create a plan, and move full-steam ahead. The Church has a big vision for tackling the multi-faceted issues of homelessness and hunger problems in Crook County.

Greg Sanders and Karla Wiseman, both with the Nazarene Church, at the
site of the new 22-bed emergency shelter under construction in Prineville

Listen to this 11-minute emotion-packed podcast to learn more about the Ministry's big plans to help the homeless and hungry in Crook County !

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

St. Charles Health System Breaks Ground on Prineville Campus

Cascade Business News podcast & article 4/15/2014

by Bill Mintiens

Expected to stimulate development in Crook County community leaders, St. Charles Health System personnel and residents of Prineville broke ground on the new St. Charles Prineville Campus on April 9. Under bright sunny skies twelve shovels ceremonially marked the start of construction on the $30 million hospital being built on the growing east side of the city. 
Replacing the aging Pioneer Memorial Hospital north of downtown, the new facility is expected to take 16 months to build, opening during the summer of 2015.
The new hospital’s location, along with its new philosophy on healthcare, is expected to be a much-needed economic development shot in the arm for Prineville. 
Steve Forrester, Prineville’s city manager, understands the impact of the new hospital. “It’s been a lot of years of hard work and dedication to bring it to the point where we are now. If you look at the scope of development in Prineville, we have the data centers up on the hill next to the airport. But the intersection of Hwy 126 and Combs Flat road (site of the new hospital) is the busiest intersection in our community.”
Large and growing residential developments both south and north of the new hospital make the site very desirable for future commercial development. Add to this the 2015 opening of a new $18 million elementary school north of the hospital and the east side of Prineville is clearly primed for growth.
“Making this new hospital happen here brings city infrastructure out this way. We have a number of homes here that aren’t on city water or sewer, and this development is going to bridge that gap and make a big difference on this end of town,” added Forrester. 
Josh Smith, senior planner with City of Prineville, understands what it takes to develop a large-scale commercial project. “It (St. Charles Health System) was really the only large commercial developer capable of building the infrastructure that was needed for the eventual build-out of the rest of this site. There’s plenty of acreage here to expand in the future.”
Jeanie Gentry, the new CEO of Pioneer Memorial Hospital & St. Charles Madras, also understands the importance of the hospital to the local economy, which suffers from both high unemployment and poor health statistics. 
“We’re excited that this is the start of a new development here on the former Ochoco Lumber site, it has tremendous economic development opportunities and we’re proud to be able to lead-out on that for the community.”
The Prineville Campus’ philosophy on healthcare is going to be different, focusing on preventative care versus in-patient care.
“Healthcare is changing all the time and we we’ve got to change with it so that we can serve the people of Crook County. This new hospital is going to allow us to change our focus from in-patient sick care to out-patient well care, keeping people healthy,” added Gentry.
The new facility’s design will reflect a focus on wellness and prevention. 
“It’s (the hospital’s design) focused on primary care. It’s about how to create space in a team environment with practitioners, behavioralists, with nutritionists; to really be thinking consciously about how to keep people well and how to give them the tools and mindset to keep themselves well. This reflects the whole change that’s going on in healthcare and I think it’s very special that one of our smaller communities is taking this on and pioneering this effort,” said Michael Curtis, vice president healthcare of The Neenan Company, the design and build firm for the project.
The new hospital will encompass 62,000 square feet and will offer a wide range of patient, family and visitor services. Primary and specialty care clinics, an emergency department, lab, radiology, imaging and rehabilitation services are all part of the new facility.

stcharlesprineville1Dr. Laura Gratton, DO, medical director with the Mosaic Medical Prineville Clinic, is thrilled that the new hospital will be a huge upgrade from the present facility. “I feel we provide state-of-the-art medical care so now we’ll have a state-of-the-art facility to go along with it.”
In order to be more patient-focused individual physician’s offices have been eliminated in favor of central work and lounge spaces for the entire patient-care team. And there will actually be less in-patient space than in the existing Pioneer Memorial Hospital.
“Because our focus is going to be on preventative care the in-patient space is actually less than in the old hospital,” said Gentry.
Additional amenities will include a concierge-style patient greeting desk and a public area with a café, which may also be used for community events and gatherings.
Community leaders believe that the new hospital could be just “what the doctor ordered” in terms of new companies considering a move to Prineville.
“One of the things that we find is, when we have potential businesses coming to town, the first thing they ask about is healthcare and schools. We’re so excited about this project, it’s going to be a real boost to our economy!” said Prineville Mayor Betty Roppe. 
Crook County Judge Mike McCabe agrees. “We’ve looked into a number of businesses coming here and, of course, they always ask about schools, and then they want to know what kind of healthcare you have. With this new facility, and its emphasis on preventative care, I think we’re headed in the right direction for the community. It will certainly help us attract new businesses.”

Bob Gomes, former CEO of the Pioneer Memorial Hospital and now CEO with St. Charles Bend & Redmond, summed up the excitement of the groundbreaking event, “Healthcare is a big part of the Prineville community and for us to be able to break ground on this today and bring a new facility to Prineville – for me, personally, it means a lot – but for the community and patients that we serve it’s an exciting day.”

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Tana Osborn

Until Heaven Then My Friend; Life's Journey For Your Beloved Dog

Tana Osborn, a Powell Butte Oregon resident, is a retired nurse and new author of a book called "Until Heaven Then My Friend: Life's Journey For Your Beloved Dog." Host Bill Mintiens talks with Osborn about why she wrote the book, how she dealt with her own grief about the loss of her dogs, and why she believes that all dogs go to heaven. Total running time: 7:30

Tana Osborn with Boots and Socks

Monday, February 17, 2014

Chris Gannon

Helping Native Fish Return After 100 Years

Chris Gannon is the Director of the Crooked River Watershed Council. This past fall Chris and his team helped Chinook salmon and Middle Columbia steelhead get closer to their native spawning grounds on the upper Crooked River by removing the 100+ year old Stearns Dam. An impressive collaboration among government agencies, the landowner, and environmental groups over a ten year period, the Watershed Council shepherded this project to it's completion this past December.

Chris Gannon in his Crooked River Watershed Council office

Listen to this four minute radio interview with Chris and you'll hear the passion and commitment that all the partners had for this project.

And, after listening to the radio piece, if you'd like to view the 17-minute video documentary that the Watershed Council had filmed about the dam removal (by Jakie Spring Media LLC, Prineville) simply click on the link below. You'll open the Crooked River Watershed Council's web site where you can click on the link "Stearns Dam Removal Project." Crooked River Watershed Council

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Karisa Merrill

Crook County Hero - Students Making a Difference in their Schools & Community

Karisa Merrill is a senior at Crook County High School in Prineville Oregon - and this month's Crook County Hero. Listen to this 8-minute podcast and you'll hear why Karisa is such an inspiration at school and in the community.

Karisa Merrill

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Sunday, January 26, 2014

Mariah Cannon

Crook County Heroes - Students Making a Difference in their Schools & Community

Mariah Cannon is a 6th grade home-schooled student in Prineville Oregon. Mariah decided to help children across the U.S. (and her community) this past holiday season - and now her passion is fueling a desire to help people worldwide. Listen to this 5-minute podcast (recorded at Eastside Foursquare Church) and see if Mariah inspires you to reach out in some special way.
Mariah Cannon in the nursery at Eastside Foursquare Church
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Monday, January 20, 2014

John Allen

Family Man and Mentor

John Allen is a long time resident of Prineville, Production Manager at Contact Industries, and the Youth Pastor at Eastside Foursquare Church. Listen to this 9-minute podcast and learn how Contact Industries survived the housing crash; and how John's faith and passion for youth guides his journey.

John Allen in his office at Eastside Foursquare Church