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Deschutes Bridge snow gate opened

The Deschutes County Road Department has opened the snow gate near the intersection with FS Road 4270 at Deschutes Bridge on Cascade Lakes Highway.

'Brighter Smiles Campaign' to begin

Kemple Memorial Children’s Dental Clinic announces the kick-off of its 2014 Brighter Smiles Campaign, which runs May 1st through June 30th.

Bend-La Pine kindergarten registration begins

Parents of future Bend-La Pine Schools kindergartners are urged to register their children for the 2014-15 school year beginning Wednesday, April 23.

Bethlehem Inn gets $20,000 challenge grant

The Bethlehem Inn has received a commitment from The Collins Foundation for a $20,000 Challenge Grant. The match funding will help support the Inn’s program providing shelter, meals and support services to over 1,100 homeless adults and children in Central Oregon.

Bend Park & Rec seeks teen summer volunteers

Bend Park & Recreation District has many opportunities for teenage volunteers to help with youth recreation, fitness and swimming programs this summer.

Hildebrandt named Elk Meadow principal

Bend-La Pine Schools Assistant Superintendent of Elementary Programs Lora Nordquist announced Monday that Kelle Hildebrandt will be Elk Meadow Elementary School’s next principal.

Mosaic Medical names two new board members

Mosaic Medical is pleased to welcome two new members, Jana (Sandy) Giardini and Lisa Severa, to our Board of Directors.

Redmond HS JROTC drill team takes NW title

Redmond High School’s JROTC drill team was ranked first place in the 2014 Oregon Washington State Championship for all JROTC units.

Des Chutes Museum seeks historical photos

The Des Chutes Historical Museum invites submissions for the first annual Preservation Month Photograph Contest.

Oregon fishing season coming up soon

For many Oregon anglers, the 2014 trout season officially kicks off on Saturday, April 26 with the opening of hundreds of miles of rivers and streams and many lakes around the state.

National parks free admission this weekend

In honor of National Parks Week, Ron Wyden, D-Ore., encouraged Oregonians to enjoy the state’s natural treasures and take advantage of free admission to national parks this Saturday and Sunday (April 19 and 20).

St. Charles Foundation offers Madras scholarships

St. Charles Madras, in partnership with St. Charles Foundation, is continuing its longstanding tradition of providing scholarships to students who currently reside in Jefferson County or graduated from high school in Jefferson County.

Deschutes County to start paving projects

On Monday, construction crews begin work on the asphalt overlay for the following roads in Deschutes County:

Grants awarded to six C.O. community gardens

The Central Oregon Intergovernmental Council (COIC) has awarded a total of $11,998 to six community gardens in Central Oregon to help them increase their growing capacity and outreach to their communities.

'Big Chainring' award nominees sought

The Deschutes County Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee seeks nomination for deserving individuals, businesses, and agencies to be recipients of the annual Big Chainring award. Since 1996, the award recognizes those that have made a significant contribution towards the following:

Bethlehem Inn awarded $5,000 challenge grant

The Bethlehem Inn, Central and Eastern Oregon’s only emergency shelter for both single adults and families, is proud to announce it has been awarded a $5,000 Challenge Grant from the Bend Foundation.

HSCO urges: Give chocolate bunnies instead

The Humane Society of Central Oregon is reminding people to avoid the impulse purchase of live rabbits, chicks or ducklings as Easter gifts.

ODF urges: Get a jump on wildfire season

The severe 2013 fire season still fresh in their minds, Oregonians are focusing their efforts on protecting against future wildfires.

Smilie new Deschutes Co. health director

Deschutes County has hired Jane Smilie as Health Services Director. Jane begins working at the county on May 7. She fills the position held by Scott Johnson, who is retiring at the end of May. Scott’s retirement will bring to a close a career of over 35 years of public service, including 20 with Deschutes County.

Family Access Network '$5 for Under Five' campaign

FAN has had Early Childhood advocates in Deschutes County for over 10 years. In September, current federal funding for the three advocates will expire.

Jefferson Co. offers boat inspections, boaters ed

The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office Marine Patrol will conduct its annual boat safety examination day Saturday April 19 from 10A-4P in both Madras and Crooked River Ranch.

Harmony4Women welcomes 2 new partners

With unprecedented excitement, the Harmony4Women Leadership Team announces the addition of two new partner-organizations to the Harmony4Women Team.

C.O. national forests offer biz opportunities

The Fremont-Winema, Deschutes and Ochoco National Forests are now soliciting new contractors for Central Oregon Restoration Program Blanket Purchase Agreements on the Federal Business Opportunities Website at https://www.fbo.gov/.

The Center Foundation awards 2014 scholarships

TCF (The Center Foundation) is pleased to announce the winners of its 2014 scholarship program.

Oregon State Police recruiting new troopers

If you are looking at a possible career as an Oregon State Police (OSP) trooper, now is the time to check us out as OSP is preparing to hire recruit troopers in early 2015.

Congressional high school art competition begins

Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.) announced Tuesday that the 2014 Congressional Art Competition, “An Artistic Discovery,” is now open to high school students throughout Oregon’s Second Congressional District, which includes central, southern and eastern Oregon.

Deschutes reminds: File for event permits 90 days prior

With tourism and event season just around the corner, Deschutes County encourages individuals, businesses and organizers planning commercial events and outdoor mass gatherings in unincorporated rural areas, to apply for the necessary permits at least 90 days prior to a scheduled event.

Warm Springs Tribes win Oregon Heritage Award

Individuals, organizations and projects that have made outstanding contributions to preserving Oregon heritage, including the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs, will receive Oregon Heritage Excellence Awards next week in Albany.

Reese named new Bend HS principal

Bend-La Pine Schools Assistant Superintendent of Secondary Programs Vicki Van Buren met with Bend Senior High School staff Friday to announce the name of the school’s next principal, Chris Reese.

Mtn. View senior appointed to West Point

Recently, Braden Bell, a Bend High School Senior won an appointment to the United States Military Academy at West Point. Now, Tim Gorman of Mountain View High is joining Braden.

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