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Tree City communities honored as Arbor Week approaches

Oregon's Arbor Week - as designated by the Oregon Legislature - is the first full week of April.

OLCC issues sanctions on 2 Bend businesses

At its monthly meeting on Friday, the Oregon Liquor Control Commission ratified fines and/or liquor license suspensions based on stipulated settlements, including two involving Bend businesses

Prineville air quality meeting on March 31

The city of Prineville, Crook County and the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality invite everyone to a public meeting on Tuesday, March 31, at 6:30 pm, at the Meadow Lakes Golf Course’s Conference Room, 300 SW Meadow Lakes Drive, Prineville.

Mid Oregon Credit Union offers free document shredding

With the end of tax season just around the corner, Mid Oregon Credit Union has teamed up with Secure Shred, a division of Bend Garbage & Recycling, to help Central Oregonians stay protected from fraud and identity theft. They are offering a safe disposal of sensitive documents on Free Shred Day, Saturday, April 18, at four Mid Oregon Credit Union locations:

Prineville Police Dept. CSO promoted to officer

Interim Police Chief Les Stiles announced recently that, effective March 24th, Community Service Officer James Young has been promoted to the position of Police Officer with the Prineville Police Department.

Volunteers sought to help restore Steelhead Falls

Steelhead Falls on the Middle Deschutes River is one of the crown jewels of Central
Oregon. Thousands of people visit to camp, hike, fish, kayak and birdwatch.  Steelhead Falls, and the trail that accesses it, are in Steelhead Fall Wilderness Study Area, managed by the Prineville District of the Bureau of Land Management.

Natural Resource Career Fair for high school youth

The Deschutes National Forest and  Discover Your Forest, a non-profit organization that supports stewardship and volunteer opportunities on the Deschutes and Ochoco National Forests, are hosting a Natural Resource Career Fair for high school youth called,  “Finding Your Niche in Natural Resources.”

KPOV High Desert Community Radio marks 10 years

This is KPOV 88.9 High Desert Community Radio 10th year on the air and they are holding their 10th Anniversary Spring Membership Drive April 17-24.

USFS NW Region launches job outreach Website

The Pacific Northwest Region of the USDA Forest Service has launched the Forest Service Employment Outreach Website.

COCC picks new Madras Campus administrator

Central Oregon Community College’s Board of Directors has hired Jeremy Green as the next administrator of the Madras Campus.

Deschutes Natl. Forest recruiting volunteers

The Deschutes National Forest in partnership with the non-profit stewardship organization, Discover Your Forest, is hosting a Volunteer Recruitment Event in early April to find volunteers interested in supporting educational and interpretive programs at Newberry National Volcanic Monument and Mt Bachelor.

Saving Grace's 'Take Back the Night' coming up

Join us on Tuesday, April 7th for a Take Back the Night event at the Old Mill District. We will be supporting survivors while learning more about sexual assault and how you can help!

Central Oregon Assn. of Realtors gave back in 2014

In 2014, the Central Oregon Association of Realtors® was able to donate directly to 10 area non-profits and organized members for several volunteer activities.

'Oregon Prepared' workshop coming to Sunriver

The Oregon Office of Em ergency Management is hosting the 2nd annual Oregon Prepared Emergency Preparedness Workshop in Sunriver, March 31 to Apr. 2. The event will include more than 250 city, county, tribal, state, private and non-profit, and federal emergency management leaders.

Deadline approaching for property tax deferrals

New applicants and those who need to recertify their eligibility for the disabled or senior citizen property tax deferral programs have three weeks left to file their paperwork.

New senior execs named for Bend drones nonprofit

SOAR Oregon, a nonprofit funded by the state of Oregon, has made two significant hires as it begins its second year focused on developing the civilian Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS or commercial drone) industry in Oregon.

Family Kitchen welcomes new board member

Margi Robberson joined the Board of Trustees for Family Kitchen at their meeting in January.

Oregonians urged to write letters to strangers

Oregon Humanities invites Oregonians to write a personal letter to someone they’ve never met as part of Dear Stranger, a letter-exchange project now in its second year.

'Living Well with Chronic Conditions' workshops set

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Do you or someone you know, live with a health condition that affects daily life? Workshops to achieve a healthier way of living for people living with ongoing health conditions begin as early Thursday, April 16.

Bend seeks input on central westside future

Bend’s central westside is rapidly changing with new residential development, schools, parks and an expanded Oregon State University - Cascades campus on the horizon.

High Desert Chamber Music receives $10,000 grant

High Desert Chamber Music has been awarded a grant from the Meyer Memorial Trust, in the amount of $10,000.

R.L. Garrigus named 70th Sisters Rodeo grand marshal

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For 35 years, R.L. Garrigus has stood on the sidelines announcing the Sisters Rodeo Parade.  This year, the celebrated radio broadcaster will ride at the head of the parade as the rodeo's Grand Marshal.

Deschutes Co. seeks input on natural hazards plan update

Deschutes County is  the process of updating its Natural Hazards Mitigation Plan, and a draft is being made available for public review and comment.

Edmondson new Jewell Elementary principal

Bend-La Pine Schools Superintendent Ron Wilkinson announced that he has selected Scott Edmondson to become R.E. Jewell Elementary School's next principal. Edmondson is currently principal at Sky View Middle School, a position he has held for eight years.

St. Charles Foundation welcomes new board members

St. Charles Foundation has welcomed five new members to its board, including St. Charles Health System CEO Joe Sluka, Dr. Norwyn Newby, Evie Lerner, Connie Newport and ex-officio board member Jennifer Welander, the health system’s new CFO.

Knopp, Whisnant set Redmond, Sunriver town halls

State Senator Tim Knopp (R- Bend) and Representative Gene Whisnant (R- Sunriver) announced a joint town hall schedule Friday, March 27th and Saturday, March 28th in Redmond and Sunriver.

Deschutes Co., state plan south-county sewer open houses

The Department of Environmental Quality, Department of Land Conservation and Development, and Deschutes County will hold open houses in April regarding an exception to Statewide Planning Goal 11 to allow sewers in unincorporated portions of southern Deschutes County.

Spring safety reminder: Look up and live

Spring is just around the corner and warm weather is already drawing Northwesterners outdoors for fun as well as home and yard maintenance projects. Before you reach for that ladder, extended pruner or fielder's glove, be conscious of overhead power line locations.

La Pine HS student safety video finalist in state contest

High school students across the state created videos that are full of drama, humor, and interesting characters to increase awareness about workplace safety with the message, "Speak up. Work safe."

C.O. high schools chosen for Nike grant program

 House Republican Leader Mike McLane (R-Powell Butte) on Tuesday congratulated the schools of House District 55 that were selected to participate in the Nike School Innovation Fund  College and Career Readiness Program.

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