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Opportunity Foundation director earns honor

Seth Johnson, executive director of the Opportunity Foundation of Central Oregon, was awarded the “Shaping the Future” Award by the Oregon Resource Association at their quarterly meeting in Klamath Falls on July 14.

Arts Central joins Partners in Care for Camp Courage

Arts Central teaching artists are providing the healing benefits of art this week to kids attending Partners in Care’s annual Camp Courage event.

Baker Road asphalt overlay to delay traffic

Deschutes County sign

Next Wednesday, Deschutes County road crews will begin work to install an asphalt overlay on Baker Road from the Highway 97 overpass to Brookswood Boulevard.

Store's lemonade stand to aid Epilepsy Foundation

Lemonade for Livy

The Epilepsy Foundation’s “Lemonade for Livy” campaign has announced its partnership with the national retail chain, Shopko.

Central Electric Co-Op food drive aids NeighborImpact

NeighborImpact

During the month of July, Central Electric Cooperative is holiding a food drive benefiting NeighborImpact.

Bend youth soccer at record high; volunteer coaches needed

Bend Parks and RecDistrict logo

Soccer fever is alive in Central Oregon! The 2016 Bend Unified Recreation Soccer League enrollment is at an all-time record high with more than 1,800 youth participating on 136 teams. Adult volunteers are needed to coach teams in the joint program between Bend Park and Recreation District and Bend FC Timbers.

Grant to HSCO funds new 'Traveling Tails' van

Humane Society of Central Oregon logo

The Humane Society of Central Oregon has been awarded a $20,000 grant from the Petco Foundation to support its animal transport program, Traveling Tails.

Opportunity Foundation receives major donation

Opportunity Foundation of C. Oregon logo

The Opportunity Foundation of Central Oregon is pleased to announce they recently received a generous donation from the Estate of Horace C. “Bud” and Kathryn J. “June” Nachand in the amount of $32,000.

Dutch Bros donating day's sales to 2 girls' medical expenses

On Wednesday, July 20, Dutch Bros Central Oregon will donate proceeds from the day sales to two local girls to help offset medical expenses.

Oregon VA cuts 20-year home loan rate to 2.5 percent

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MGN graphic

The Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs said Friday it has lowered its competitive home loan rates and is now offering a 20-year fixed rate loan starting at 2.50 percent with a 1.375 percent origination fee (2.685 APR).

'Grow & Give' program donates local produce to C.O. pantries

Food Farm Alliance helps needy

The High Desert Food & Farm Alliance recently received two grants to improve their Grow & Give program with the goal of donating 8,000 pounds of food this summer.

Sparks Lake recreation area reopens

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 Access to the Sparks Lake area is reopened with the completion of a traffic bypass, which had closed access to the area.

St. Charles Foundation seeks North Star Award nominations

St. Charles Foundation logo

St. Charles Foundation and St. Charles Health System invite members of the community to nominate outstanding local physicians for this year’s North Star Award.

Walton Lake Senior Fishing Derby returns next week

Forest Service logo

The Senior Fishing Derby returns to Walton Lake next week on Wednesday, July 20, providing a fun and completely free morning of fishing and prizes for participants 55 years of age and older.

COVO launches mobile community outreach efforts

COVO logo

 Central Oregon Veterans Outreach (COVO) is pleased to announce our newest effort to reach homeless and at-risk community members residing throughout the tri-county area through our new Mobile Community Outreach trailer, made possible through a generous donation by Pacific Source.

Bend's G5 in company-wide Commute Options challenge

Commute Options logo

G5, the digital marketing company headquartered in Bend, is embarking on a company-wide competition to encourage employees to walk, bike, carpool, ride the bus or telework for the entire month of July.

COVO adds staffer, offers housing aid to veterans

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Central Oregon Veterans Outreach (COVO) is pleased to announce our newest staff position, Landlord Outreach and Support Specialist, to help veterans in housing crises not lose their homes.

Civil Air Patrol plans statewide training exercise

Civil Air Patrol Cessna C-182 aircraft

Oregon Civil Air Patrol

The Oregon wing of the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) will be conducting its annual statewide training exercise, evaluated by the U.S. Air Force, on July 15, 16, and 17. The training will have an incident command post at Aurora airport, with aircrews and aircraft flying out of Aurora, Bend, and Medford airports.

Marine Reserve unit to train at Deschutes Natl. Forest HQ

Forest Service logo

The Deschutes National Forest will host an Engineering Services Company of the Marine Forces Reserve, known as “the Oregon Marines,” July 13-26. The battalion members will be working with the forest on numerous local non-combat projects while camping on the Forest Service compound on Deschutes Market Road.

2016 Sustainability Awards nominees sought

Environmental Center logo

The Environmental Center is accepting applications for the 2016 Sustainability Awards, now through September 9.

Solid rock slows Bend gas line replacement work

Cascade Natural Gas

Solid rock will again slow the efforts of Cascade Natural Gas crews this week on their pipeline replacement project on Bend’s west side.

Asphalt overlay planned on Arnold Market, Baker roads

Deschutes County sign

In the coming weeks, construction crews will install asphalt overlay on Arnold Market and Baker roads, Deschutes County officials said Thursday.

Mt. Bachelor Bike Park opens Friday

Mt. Bachelor logo

Mt. Bachelor announced Wednesday the official opening of the Bike Park will take place on Friday, with lift-served riding from the top of Pine Marten lift.

St. Charles Redmond women's facility receives certification

St. Charles Health System logo

The St. Charles Center for Women’s Health in Redmond has received a prestigious certification that recognizes patient safety in outpatient women’s clinics.

Cascade Natural Gas project continues in Bend

Cascade Natural Gas

Cascade Natural Gas crews go back to work Tuesday morning on their pipeline replacement project on Bend’s west side.

Fireworks show closes Pilot Butte summit road

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Kelly Dick

Because of the July 4th Fireworks Display on Pilot Butte, the road to the top will be closed to vehicles from Saturday, July 2 until early afternoon on Tuesday, July 5, to give the crews time to clean up the area.

La Pine RFPD continues wildland interface structural assessments

La Pine Fire District truck

La Pine student firefighters, in uniform and in a fire district vehicle, will be visiting homes and properties within the fire district this summer. The purpose is to pre-plan and collect critical data (from the outside only) for firefighters to use when protecting homes from a wildfire.

Mt. Bachelor to open for July 4th weekend

Mt. Bachelor logo

Mt. Bachelor will open for the summer season on Friday,with scenic lift rides, lunch at Pine Marten Lodge, disc golf and downhill mountain biking off the Sunshine Accelerator Lift. resort officials said Wednesday.

Bank of Cascades creates OSU-Cascades scholarship fund

OSU-Cascades Campus

Bank of the Cascades Foundation has established a needs-based scholarship fund for incoming freshmen at Oregon State University-Cascades. The foundation recently gave $50,000 to OSU’s growing campus in Bend to assist first-year students who might not otherwise be able to afford college.

C.O. Council on Aging seeks public comment on plan

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The Older Americans Act requires each designated Area Agency on Aging to develop an area plan. Currently, active four-year AAA Area Plans and updates expire on 12/31/16.  The local AAA is the Central Oregon Council on Aging, located in Bend.

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