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'NW Farmers Fighting Hunger' drive big success

 Food banks in Washington and Oregon received the equivalent of more than 85,000 pounds of food from the 2nd Annual Northwest Farmers Fighting Hunger Cash/Food Drive - nearly 50 percent more than the 58,000 pounds donated in 2013.

Oregon State Fair homebrewed beer, wine competition set

Calling all DIY beverage makers! Oregon State Fair's Homebrewed Beer and Amateur Wine competitions are officially open. Competition handbooks describing more than 80 total beer and wine categories are available online.

Bend Parks reminder: Keep dogs on leash

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Bend Park & Recreation District reminds citizens that dogs must be on-leash in the city limits except in the seven designated off-leash areas owned and managed by the Bend Park & Recreation District.

Bend Park & Recreation District reminds citizens that dogs must be on-leash in the city limits except in the seven designated off-leash areas owned and managed by the Bend Park & Recreation District.bend

Shredding event Saturday in Sisters

A free residential document shredding event, food drive and drug disposal event will take place at the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Substation in Sisters, 703 N. Larch, Sisters, Oregon, on Saturday, July 26th from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Deschutes County seeks audit panel members

Deschutes County is looking for two residents to serve on the Deschutes County Audit Committee.  Please apply now.   We will keep the search open until the positions are filled.  The County will schedule applicant interviews as needed.

Deschutes planning panel seeks Redmond-area member

Deschutes County seeks a new volunteer Planning Commission member from the Redmond area and is accepting applications until Friday, July 25.  The term for this position is from the date of appointment through June 30, 2018.

HSCO: Half off adoption fee for older pets

Maturity has its rewards, and at the Humane Society of Central Oregon that means all animals six years and older will have the bonus of half off the adoption fee through July 31. The benefits of adopting a mature pet includes a calmer animal that already has good family life manners.

Youth flag football registration open

Local youth are invited to participate in Bend Park and Recreation District’s Youth Flag Football League this fall.

'Mass fatalities' training course offered in Bend

The Rural Domestic Preparedness Consortium (RDPC) is making it easier for emergency responders in the Bend, Oregon area to be prepared for such events by delivering a FREE U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS)-certified course – Planning for Mass Fatality Incidents in Rural Communities.

Smith Rock Way to close for tree removal

NE Smith Rock Way will be closed to thru traffic on Monday, July 28, and Tuesday, July 29, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day to facilitate removal of several Poplar trees adjacent to the roadway.

Update on SE Bend natural gas line replacement work

Cascade Natural Gas Company has begun work on Phase III of the Bend Gas Line Replacement Project.  For the next few weeks, pipeline replacement crews will be working on SE Second Street, between Scott and Wilson.

FORCE Lab seeks subjects for knee brace studies

The FORCE Lab, the biomechanics laboratory led by Oregon State University – Cascades and private partners, is seeking subjects for two research studies examining how knee braces effect individuals with knee joint pain.

No need to pre-register fair produce, flowers entries

 If you haven’t registered any of your vegetables or flowers for the Deschutes County Fair, there’s still time to register them in person on July 29.

Industrial fire precaution level rises Friday

Effective Friday at 12:01 a.m, Industrial Fire Precaution Level III (IFPL) will be implemented on lands administered by the Deschutes National Forest, Ochoco National Forest, Crooked River National Grassland, and the BLM Prineville District Office.

Knopp gets Ore. Senate GOP leadership role

 State Senator Tim Knopp (R-Bend) has been appointed to Deputy Caucus Leader of the Senate Republican caucus. The caucus Deputy Leader assists in caucus tactics, strategy and administration and works to advance the principles, campaigns and legislative priorities of the Senate Republicans.

Bend Parks-Rec seeks youth soccer coaches

Bend Park & Recreation District is seeking adult volunteers to coach youth soccer for the 2014 Bend Unified Recreation Soccer League, a joint program with Bend FC Timbers.

C.O. Dutch Bros. raise $17K for Habitat for Humanity

The totals are in, and Dutch Bros. Coffee locations in Bend, Redmond and Sisters used their 10-Year Anniversary to raise $17,434 to support Habitat For Humanity.

Deschutes County College applicants sought

Have you wondered how your county tax dollars are spent? Do you know what services Deschutes County provides to you? For the fifth-consecutive year, County residents have an opportunity to enroll in Deschutes County College, a free and fun program aimed at educating the community about County government.

United Way of Deschutes Co. distributes funds

The United Way of Deschutes County announced Tuesday a funding plan for 2014-15 that invests $1,025,918 in a range of essential community services provided by local non-profit agencies.

Red Cross issues summer blood donor plea

The American Red Cross encourages all eligible blood donors to make an appointment to donate blood soon to help prevent a shortage.

CRR Fire gets FEMA grant for breathing gear

Crooked River Ranch Fire & Rescue has been awarded a $167,181 grant by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program for full replacement of Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA).

Healthy Beginnings child screening due in Redmond

What parent doesn’t have questions? Is your child's development on track? Will their smile last a lifetime and can they hear and see okay? Health and development from birth through age five is critical to your child’s success.

Natural gas project resumes in SE Bend

Cascade Natural Gas Company has begun work on Phase III of the Bend Gas Line Replacement Project.  For the next few weeks, pipeline replacement crews will be working on SE Second Street, between Scott and Wilson.

Does helping Ore. Marine Board float your boat?

The Oregon State Marine Board is seeking interested boaters to sit on one of four boating advisory teams to provide guidance to the agency on a variety of boating related issues.

C.O. Youth Conservation Corps hires 82

In collaboration with the United States Forest Service and the Central Oregon Intergovernmental Council, Heart of Oregon Corps is pleased to announce the hiring of 82 youth to participate in the Central Oregon Youth Conservation Corps program this summer.

Deschutes Co. plans Cline Falls Hwy. chip seal

The Deschutes County Road Department will chip seal the Cline Falls Highway beginning Monday, July 14, continuing through Wednesday, July 23.

Mannix honored for drug task force leadership

Bend Police Lt. Ken Mannix was honored Tuesday with an award from the Oregon Narcotics Enforcement Association and the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area.

Bank of Cascades donates $42,000 to United Way

Bank of the Cascades recently presented United Way of Deschutes County a $42,000 check in support of the bank’s philanthropic mission to improve the quality of life for all local residents.

Oregon Adaptive Sports receives grant

Oregon Adaptive Sports is the recipient of a $2,500 grant from the MDU Resources Foundation.

New art exhibition at Deschutes Co. building

Deschutes County is pleased to present “Bend’s Illuminations, through the Eyes of Our Children.” The hanging wall pieces, using multiple forms of recycled materials, are on display now through October at the Deschutes County Services Building, 1300 NW Wall St. in Bend, on the second floor.

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