Saturday, August 22, 2015

Drought in Prineville Oregon 2015 - Forecast & Consequences

Super El Nino Predicted This Winter

The 2015 drought in Central Oregon is getting worse. Reservoirs are shrinking, wildfire is raging, and the longterm forecast is for a "Super El Nino" this winter - bad news for Crook County. In this 11:30 podcast host Bill Mintiens speaks with Eric Klann, Engineer and Public Works Director with the City of Prineville, about what Governor Kate Brown's "Stage 1 Drought Declaration" means for the residents of Prineville this year - and into the next.
Eric Klann and family in Prineville

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Podcast - Ochoco National Forest Restoration Collaborative - Part 2

Collaborative Tours Bailey Butte Fire Site - June 2015

Part 2 in a series about the Ochoco Forest Restoration Collaborative convened several years ago by Prineville Mayor Betty Roppe and Crook County Commissioner Ken Fahlgren. In this episode the Collaborative takes a tour of the Bailey Butte Fire which burned 8,000 acres of Ochoco National Forest in 2014. Experts in fire behavior and forest restoration discuss, at various stops during the day, how fire affected the forest and how smart restoration practices may diminish the effects of future fires. 9:21 total time.

Pete Caligiuri discusses the history of wild fire.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Podcast: Ochoco National Forest Restoration Collaborative - Part 1

Addressing and Resolving Impassioned Gridlock

The Ochoco National Forest Restoration Collaborative is a group of diverse stakeholders who started meeting in 2012 at the request of co-conveners, Prineville's Mayor Betty Roppe and Crook County Commissioner Ken Fahlgren. The group works on forest and watershed restoration within the Ochoco National Forest in Central Oregon. Listen to this 8-minute podcast to hear how groups, seemingly at odds with each other over forest management issues, are working together for the common good of the forest and surrounding communities.

Collaborative members during a field trip

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

PODCAST - Free Kid's Safety Day at the Prineville Carnival June 25th

Kids playing with Cops, Firemen, AirLife, National Guard....very cool!

The Kid's Free Safety Day at the Prineville Carnival takes place this Thursday June 25th from 11:00 am - 3:00 pm in downtown Prineville Oregon. Kids 12 and under ride FREE during those hours. Listen to this 5 minute podcast and learn how local and regional safety officials will be mingling, riding, teaching, and just having fun with the kids! 

Kid's Safety Day at the Prineville Carnival 2014

Friday, May 29, 2015

Steve Uffelman - Prineville City Council President & Role Model

A Heart for Community Service 

A long time resident of Prineville Oregon, Steve Uffelman retired after many years as a hospital pharmacist. Listening to his "still, small voice" he knew that his passion was community service, he wanted to "give back" after having received so much in life. So he dove headlong into local politics, became an ordained minister and a licensed realtor to insure that his community network would be strong. Listen to this 14-minute podcast to learn about Steve's life and why so many consider him a role model.
Steve Uffelman

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