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Sunriver Nature Center & Observatory has new leader

Inspiring young people to cherish and understand our natural world is the mission of the Sunriver Nature Center & Observatory. Now that mission is in the capable hands of James "Jamie" Little, the new executive director of the community-supported nonprofit.

Bend Cultural Tourism grants available

The Bend Cultural Tourism Commission has launched its online grant application for Cultural Tourism grants.

SE Bend sewer project open house planned

The city of Bend is hosting an open house for the public to provide information about the next phase of the Southeast Interceptor sewer project. City staff will be available to share maps and plans and to answer questions.

Wizard Falls Fish Hatchery closing for construction

The Wizard Falls Hatchery on the Metolius River near Camp Sherman will be closed to public access from Oct. 1-10 due to construction.

Painter-essayist wins High Desert Museum award

The High Desert Museum's Chiles Award Committee has selected Sophie Sheppard, a third-generation Great Basin painter, essayist, farmer and environmental activist, as the 30th annual Earle A. Chiles Award winner.

Bike/Walk to School Day, Drive Less Challenge due

The Redmond Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC) would like to announce two events coming up in October – October 8th is International Bike/Walk to School Day and October 6-19th is the Oregon Drive Less Challenge.

Redmond planners seek citizen involvement in efforts

The City of Redmond is committed to active public involvement in all of its planning initiatives, and as such is seeking volunteers for two significant planning efforts that will soon underway: 1) Updating the Parks Master Plan; and 2) Implementing the Housing and Community Development Plans.

Half-price yard debris recycling dates set

From October 27th through November 8th (closed Sunday November 2nd) local residents are encouraged to define their defensible space by taking advantage of the half price yard debris days. Residents can recycle their yard debris at Deschutes Recycling for HALF PRICE – only $2.00 per cubic yard.

Deschutes bike-pedestrian panel seeks members

The Deschutes County Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC) seeks applicants to fill two at-large positions.

Bend Memorial Clinic offering flu shots

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 Bend Memorial Clinic will be holding flu shot clinics in both Bend and Redmond for the upcoming flu season.

OSU-Cascades computer science program leader named

The recently approved computer science degree at Oregon State University - Cascades has gained its first full-time faculty member, computer scientist Marc Rubin.

Bend Veterans Day Parade seeks entries

The Veterans Day Parade of Bend is seeking veterans, schools, bands, businesses and individuals for the Tuesday, Nov. 11 parade, which will be at 11 a.m. in downtown Bend.

'100+ Women Who Care of C.O.' off to big start

Last Wednesday night, 160 women flooded into the Oxford Hotel in downtown Bend to make history as the charter members of 100+ Women Who Care of Central Oregon. In just under an hour, the group raised $14,200 for the Bethlehem Inn, a homeless shelter in Bend.

Cascade Natural Gas project continues in Bend

Cascade Natural Gas construction crews will continue replacing gas lines to Bend's Westside residents this week, officials said.

Candlelighters holds Facebook Scavenger Hunt

In honor of September, Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, a local non-profit organization, Candlelighters For Children With Cancer of Central Oregon, has taken social media to a new level to raise awareness for local families affected by childhood cancer.  A Facebook Scavenger Hunt.  That’s right! A Scavenger Hunt that requires a ‘Selfie’ uploaded to Facebook  to be entered to win.

Meyer Memorial Trust makes four C.O. grants

At its September program meeting, Meyer Memorial Trust's board of trustees awarded 33 grants plus a program-related investment, totaling $4.5 million for organizations and initiatives across Oregon and Southwest Washington.

Bend AAUW awards student scholarships

Two young women head to college this fall with scholarships from Bend's AAUW, the American Association of University Women.

Road work planned Monday in La Pine

On Monday, construction crews will begin work on the installation of a storm sewer system on 3rd Street in La Pine.

COCC resumes search for new president

Central Oregon Community College has actively resumed the search for the next president of the college. The search has been extended and the new target date for applications is Monday, November 3.

Crook Co., Brasada Ranch hail Visit Bend partnership

In an effort to bring more tourism to Crook County, Commissioner Seth Crawford and representatives of Brasada Ranch recently obtained the support of all county transient room tax recipients and the County Court to renew the county’s inclusion in Visit Bend’s marketing programs.

Tumalo State Park campground to close for work

The Tumalo State Park campground is closing next Monday for the next several months for a construction project, including new restrooms, Oregon State Parks said.

You can help name Bend's new middle school

Bend-La Pine Schools Superintendent Ron Wilkinson and members of the district’s middle school naming committee are inviting the community to help name Bend-La Pine Schools’ next middle school.

KPOV sets fall membership drive

KPOV 88.9 High Desert Community Radio is holding its fall membership drive October 1-11. KPOV is the only non-profit public radio station originating from Bend, broadcasting throughout Deschutes County and the Prineville area. It is supported by listeners and local businesses and powered by volunteers.

Sisters Folk Festival doing economic impact study

Sisters Folk Festival Inc. has been producing events, providing arts education in the public schools and providing scholarships for almost two decades. In that time, staff and board members have wondered just how much of an economic impact the non-profit was having on the local community.

Overnight Third St. underpass closure set

The city of Bend and contractor Jack Robinson and Sons, Inc. will close the Third Street underpass for approximately 12 hours to perform pavement repair work starting at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 30 and reopening at 7 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 1.

'Powerful Tools for Caregivers' offered

 Powerful Tools for Caregivers will be offered in Bend through a partnership between Bend Memorial Clinic (BMC) and Central Oregon Council On Aging (COCOA).

C.O. hunter information booths to open

Hunter information booths will be open across central Oregon in early October to provide the public with current fire restriction information on open fires, driving off road, chainsaw use, smoking in the forest, and more.

BOLI plans Bend housing law-Section 8 seminar

Oregon Labor Commissioner Avakian announced Thursday that a series of 15 upcoming civil rights seminars on housing law will help landlords understand Oregon’s new Section 8 rules and provide an overview of disability protections and other frequent areas of landlord/tenant disputes.

Stage Right Productions receives grant

Stage Right Productions, the nonprofit organization that operates 2nd Street Theater, has received a $10,000 grant from the Kevin J. Mossier Foundation in support of their ongoing efforts to stage innovative, unique theater productions. 

Redmond Fire and Rescue receives budget award

Redmond Fire and Rescue once again has received the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award.

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