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Tips for year-end car donations

December is the busiest month of the year for car donations,with donors hoping to get rid of an unwanted car and get that tax receipt before the end of the year.

Bend HS graduate nominated to West Point

Rep. Greg Walden (R-Hood River) has announced the nomination of eight Oregon students for acceptance to one of the prestigious United States service academies based on their academic performance, extracurricular involvement, and character.

Forest Service offers Mt. Bachelor snowshoe tours

The Deschutes National Forest, Mt. Bachelor Ski Area, and Discover Your Forest will offer snowshoe tours at Mt. Bachelor.  In addition to the tours, roving rangers will add to visitor’s enjoyment of the area.

OSP seeks trooper recruits; apply online

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If you are looking at a possible career as an Oregon State Police trooper, now is the time to apply. OSP is preparing to hire recruit troopers in 2015 and recruitment has begun.

Bend Fire's 'Santa Express' reports great results

Bend Fire Department and the Salvation Army have completed this year's Santa Express. This year’s Santa Express food drive was a HUGE success for the community. Even with hard economic times fallen upon the region, the citizens of Bend stepped forward to help in anyway they could this holiday season.

Redmond schools honored for financial reports

The Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting has been awarded to Redmond School District by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for its comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR).

OSU-Cascades scholarship applicants sought

Students interested in applying to Oregon State University – Cascades for fall 2015 are encouraged to submit an application by February 1 in order to be considered for scholarships offered by the university.

RPA robotics team wins FIRST Tech Challenge

The Robotics Quasar Alliance, representing the Redmond Proficiency Academy, won the Central Oregon League Championship of the FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) on Sunday, December 14th at Mountain View High School in Bend.

$10,000 donation to Family Access Network

The Family Access Network Foundation (FAN) received a generous $10,000 donation from Crevier Family Foundation, to help connect families with children ages 0-5 to basic-need services in Deschutes County.

Bend Area Habitat seeks new executive director

Bend Area Habitat for Humanity is now recruiting qualified individuals interested in serving as the organization’s executive director.

Redmond Airport offers holiday travel tips

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The Redmond Airport is expecting many travelers over the upcoming holidays.  The following reminders are to help passengers be prepared for their journey.

St. Charles Hospice Christmas auction raises $90,000

The 23rd annual St. Charles Hospice Christmas auction, “Enchanted Winter,” netted a record $90,000. Proceeds provide charity care to St. Charles Hospice and Transitions patients in Central Oregon.

Volunteers sought for MLK Jr. Day of Service

Hundreds of volunteers are needed for the sixth annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service on Monday, Jan. 19, 2015. Already, 20 nonprofits in Bend, La Pine, Prineville and Redmond have developed MLK Day projects — creating a need for over 300 volunteers to paint, build, arrange flowers, craft valentines, make dog beds and more.

Foundations aid High Desert Food & Farm Alliance

The High Desert Food & Farm Alliance received an early Christmas present this year.  The Echo Fund, The Clabough Foundation, and The Crevier Foundation generously contributed to the expansion of educational programs for disadvantaged families, assuring that HDFFA can provide Cooking Matters classes and Seed to Supper programs in Crook, Deschutes and Jefferson counties.

First Day hike at Smith Rock State Park Jan. 1

For the fourth year in a row, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department is partnering with America's State Parks to offer free guided First Day Hikes in state parks across Oregon on New Year's Day.

Forest Service temporary jobs available in NW

The Pacific Northwest Region of the USDA Forest Service announced Tuesday it will be advertising over 600 temporary positions throughout the Region’s national forests in Oregon and Washington starting in January.

Trash haulers detail holiday schedules

Bend Garbage & Recycling, Cascade Disposal and High Country Disposal will be closed on Christmas Day & New Year’s Day.  Their Thursday and Friday customers will be affected by the holiday collection schedule.

State parks offer New Year's guided hikes

The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department invites the public to ring in 2015 by participating in one of 31 guided hikes to take place in state parks on New Year's Day.

AARP Tax Aide seeks volunteers, offers help

The AARP TaxAide program provides free IRS certified tax preparation & electronic filing service to residents in Deschutes County.

Oregonians urged: Write a letter to a stranger

This holiday season, Oregon Humanities invites Oregonians to participate in the third round of Dear Stranger, a letter-writing project the organization kicked off in April 2014.

Bend Post Office adds Saturday holiday hours

The Bend Post Office is offering extended retail hours to help make customers’ shipping tasks a bit more convenient, just in time for the holidays.

Gingerbread Junction raises $5K for Newberry Habitat

Proceeds from the 19th annual Gingerbread Junction at Sunriver Resort, a charity event where members of the community build gingerbread home displays, raised $5,000 to build a real home through Newberry Habitat for Humanity.

CXmas Fund donates $4,000 to junior cyclists

Through its non-profit CXmas Junior Fund, Bowen Sports Performance is awarding $4,000 to more than a dozen junior cyclists from Oregon who are competing in the U.S. Cyclocross Nationals in Austin, Texas, January 7-11, 2015.

C.O. businesses support homeless teens

During this season of giving, a few local businesses have adopted Cascade Youth and Family Center to help homeless and runaway teens.

La Pine firefighters bring holiday cheer to kids

This year, the La Pine Volunteer Firefighters Association is focusing their winter holiday and Christmas efforts by adopting several children and their families and helping them this Holiday and Christmas season.

Blanton receives 'Sheriff of the Year' award

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Larry Blanton, Sheriff of Deschutes County was awarded "Sheriff of the Year" by his peers at the Oregon State Sheriffs' Association annual awards ceremony held at The Riverhouse in Bend.

Bend Spay-Neuter holds doggie coat drive

Bend Spay and Neuter Project’s fifth annual Doggie Coat Drive is in full swing!  This drive is completely volunteer-driven and works to provide coats, sweaters and booties for dogs belonging to people who are homeless or displaced in Central Oregon.

Shepherd's House issues urgent plea

The Shepherd's House, an organization that serves Central Oregon's homeless, urgently needs paper plates, cups, bowls, plastic utensils and napkins. There are over 2,000 homeless and hungry people every night in Central Oregon.

BBB warning: Beware the '12 Schemes of Christmas'

It’s the most wonderful time of the year—and potentially the most profitable for scammers.

Scenic bikeways user survey ends soon

Travel Oregon and the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department are embarking on an economic impact and user study of bicycle recreation and travel for Oregon's Scenic Bikeways.

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