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DCSO taking applications for 2017 Citizen's Academy

Deschutes County Sheriff's Office car

Registration is open for the 2017 Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Citizen's Academy, to be held at the agency's Bend office.

Better Together to take on Volunteer Connect's matching role

Better Together logo

Better Together will be hosting the core of Volunteer Connect’s volunteer-matching service, which connects volunteers with over 140 Central Oregon community organizations.

Stretch of Tetherow Road to close Monday

Starting Monday, a section of Tetherow Road (east of the bridge on the north side of the Deschutes River) will be closed to traffic. The section of road, located northwest of Redmond, is expected to be closed until Sept. 16.

Prineville PD joins statewide seat belt, car seat blitz

Prineville police car

The Prineville Police Department is joining other Oregon Law Enforcement agencies in a statewide safety belt and child car seat traffic enforcement “blitz’ from August 22nd through September 4th.

The Shepherd's House needs extra-large men's clothing

Shepherd's House

The Shepherd's House shelter in Bend said this week that need is outpacing the demand for clothing for homeless men in extra-large sizes, including blue jeans, shirts and underwear.

Ochoco NF: Whitetail Pit access to close for weed spraying

Forest Service logo

The Ochoco National Forest plans to temporarily close access to Whitetail Pit and a short spur road that accesses it during this fall and winter while crews treat a Medusahead rye infestation with herbicide.

OSU-Cascades adds night classes for 2 undergrad degrees

OSU-Cascades Campus

Beginning this fall, Oregon State University–Cascades will launch night classes towards degrees in social science, and human development and family sciences.

The Shepherd's House receives grant for new bunk beds

Shepherd's House

The Maybelle Clark Macdonald Fund has awarded $32,386.50 to The Shepherd's House to provide 15 new bunks (30 beds), mattresses and storage drawers for the homeless.

Great opportunities to learn at Mt. Bachelor ongoing

Discover Your Forest, the Deschutes National Forest’s non-profit partner, wants to remind the public that they are invited to enjoy Volunteer Ranger patio talks every day and Hike with a Ranger programs four days a week at Mt. Bachelor through early September.

Grant to support Family Access Network advocate at Redmond school

Bend nonprofit announces 10 000 grant

The Family Access Network is the recipient of a $3,000 grant from the Pacific Power Foundation to help support a FAN advocate at John Tuck Elementary School; a high needs school in the Redmond community. 

St. Charles construction bonds get high marks from credit agencies

St. Charles Health System logo

St. Charles Health System is planning to issue up to $115 million in bonds to finance upcoming projects and refinance existing debt, and this week two credit rating agencies—S&P Global Ratings and Moody’s Investors Services—gave those bonds A+ and A2 ratings, respectively.

Redmond PD announce July DUII enforcement results

Redmond police car

The Redmond Police Department conducted three enhanced DUII enforcement patrols in July.  During this effort, Redmond police put three additional officers on the road, funded by DUII grant funds.

Short-term trail closure near Swampy Lakes Trailhead

Forest Service logo

The Deschutes National Forest will temporarily close the Swampy Lakes Loop trail at Swampy Lakes Trailhead in West Bend.

New adventure-based rehab group receives grant

New Bend group takes rehab outdoors

Destination Rehab provides adventure-based rehab for individuals with neurologic conditions. Their mission is to provide skills training to promote improved community participation, independence and quality of life.

Bend-La Pine sets Winnie the Pooh school bus events

School bus safety lessons given

New Bend-La PIne Schools bus riders, kindergarten students and their families are invited to learn about bus safety and take a spin on a school bus during Winnie the Pooh School Bus Safety programs at the Bend Transportation Department’s Bus Center.

Crook County SO reports Free Shred Day results

Crook County sheriff's office car

On Saturday, August 6, the Crook County Sheriff’s Office partnered with Data Delete of Oregon, LLC. hosted a free shred day and prescription drug take back at the Sheriff’s Office.

13th Tour des Chutes raises over $200,000

12th annual Tour des Chutes

Tour des Chutes, an annual fundraising event for local cancer survivorship programs, was held July 9th. Tour des Chutes again raised over $200,000, with 1,450 registered cyclists and 350 registered walkers and runners.

Free pre-season sports physicals offered

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The Center Foundation, in partnership with The Center, Therapeutic Associates, Inc., Horizon Broadcasting, and local physicians is once again providing no-cost pre-participation sport physicals to 6th through 12th grade Central Oregon students planning to play school sports or intramurals during the 2015-16 school year.

Bend natural gas pipeline project in new phase

Cascade Natural Gas

Cascade Natural Gas crews working on the Bend Westside Replacement Project have completed the heavy work on the stretch of Northwest Broadway Street between Tumalo and Colorado avenues. Now, they will begin tying in residential gas services to the new replaced gas lines. 

Bend Parks and Rec fall registration set to begin

Bend Parks and RecDistrict logo

It’s still summer, but Bend Park and Recreation District is thinking about the cooler days of fall. Registration for fall recreation programs begins Monday.

Credit union seeking donations of school supplies

Mid Oregon Credit Union logo

Mid Oregon Credit Union is collecting needed school supplies for students in Deschutes, Jefferson and Crook counties. The Supplies 4 Schools drive will run through the month of August.

Foundation assists Bethlehem Inn

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Bethlehem Inn announced Thursday that it is has received grant support from the Arthur R. Dubs Foundation in the amount of $4,000.

Grant helps Crook County schools buy instruments

Crook County Schools

Crook County School District is the recipient of a $6,875 grant award from the U.S. Bank Foundation. Funds will be used to purchase new musical equipment, which will include xylophones, ukuleles and drums for Barnes Butte and Crooked River Elementary students.

Two Bend Civil Air Patrol cadets attend academy

Civil Air Patrol Cessna C-182 aircraft

Oregon Civil Air Patrol

Two cadets from the Civil Air Patrol's High Desert Squadron in Bend just returned from the Desert Eagle Flight Academy in Ephrata, Washington.

C. Oregon has state's 100th Firewise Community

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In the heat of summer, the threat of wildfire is on the minds of many Oregonians. On Tuesday the Oregon Department of Forestry celebrated milestone in Oregon's fire prevention and preparedness program by recognizing over 100 communities that have taken steps to become Firewise!

Deschutes County sets hazardous waste collection events

Deschutes County sign

Don’t know what to do with that old paint, brake fluid, or garden fertilizer in your garage? Residents in Sisters, La Pine and Redmond will have the chance to dispose of household hazardous waste safely at no cost.

Free Deschutes Co. Fair concert passes available

Fair sunset Jamie O'Donnell

Jamie O'Donnell

Free passes for Deschutes County Fair concerts are now available every day at all Central Oregon McDonald’s restaurants. No purchase is necessary.

Youth tackle football program seeks volunteer coaches

Bend Parks and RecDistrict logo

Fall means football, and the Bend Park and Recreation District has immediate need for adult volunteers as coaches for youth tackle football teams. Several teams are filled with students ready to play but do not have a coach at this time.

Deschutes Children's Foundation director resigns

Deschutes Children s Foundation celebrates 25 years

On Wednesday, with gratitude and sadness, the Board of Directors for Deschutes Children’s Foundation announced the resignation of Executive Director Kim McNamer.

FS road to close for Indian Ford Creek culvert work

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In mid-August, the Forest Service will be installing a new culvert under Forest Service Road 2058 on the Sisters Ranger District, which will require the road to be closed during construction.

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