Bend transient accused of setting office building fire

A 47-year-old transient faces arson, burglary and other charges, accused of breaking into a southwest Bend office building early Thursday and setting a fire that caused extensive damage, police and fire officials said.

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La Pine Hwy 97 road project to prompt delays, detour

Motorists can expect congestion and short delays Wednesday night at the intersection of US 97 and 1st Street/Reed Road in La Pine as crews will be restriping the intersection to facilitate construction.  Striping should begin early evening.  Traffic will be controlled by flaggers.

Redmond BMC Urgent Care closing on Aug., Sept. weekends

Bend Memorial Clinic’s (BMC) Redmond Urgent Care will be closed on the weekends in August and September.

Oregon Dept. of Revenue conducting survey

The Oregon Department of Revenue is conducting a survey to find ways to improve the customer service experience for Oregon taxpayers.

Knott Landfill open Sundays again until fall

Beginning August 1,  Deschutes County’s Knott Landfill Recycling & Transfer Facility located at 61050 SE 27th Street, Bend will be open more days, and longer hours on a seasonal basis.

Cascade Lakes Relay charity team aids Ronald McDonald House

Since its inception in 2008, demand for teams in the Cascade Lakes Relay has grown so much that the race has chosen to offer a special Charity Team entry, offering the team the opportunity to fundraise for a non-profit organization in a race route community in exchange for an entry in the Cascade Lakes Relay.

Cottonwood, S. Century chip-sealing planned

The Deschutes County Road Department will be chip sealing in the Sunriver area on Cottonwood Road from the railroad overpass to Highway 97 on the afternoon of Monday, July 27th and morning of Tuesday, July 28th.

Tumalo State Park offers guided overnight camping trip

Tumalo State Park welcomes beginning or out-of practice campers to join in an overnight guided camping excursion August 7-9, part of the statewide "Let's Go Camping" program hosted by Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD).

Artists sought for 'Stars Over Newberry' live auction

Discover Your Forest would like to invite Central Oregon artists to submit their artistic representations of iconic Deschutes and Ochoco National Forest landscapes and Newberry National Volcanic Monument to be featured and auctioned off at a fundraising event in September.

City of Bend offering free sprinkler inspections

The City of Bend is launching a free sprinkler inspection pilot program for Bend water customers this summer in an effort to increase irrigation efficiency and conserve our most precious natural resource, water.

Governor's Volunteer Awards nominations sought

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2015 Governor's Volunteer Awards, conducted by the Oregon Volunteers Commission for Voluntary Action and Service.

NEA grant to extend Oregon folklife arts survey

Through its grant-making to thousands of nonprofits each year, the National Endowment for the Arts promotes opportunities for people in communities across America to experience the arts and exercise their creativity.

Bend seeks Landmarks Commission member

The city of Bend is seeking applicants for one position on the Bend Landmarks Commission. The commission serves as the land use hearings body for all matters concerning historical and cultural resources and historic districts.

Deschutes SO deputy receives outstanding student award

The Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training has awarded Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Deputy Shadoe Majetich the Victor G. Atiyeh Outstanding Student award.

'SMART at the Library' events coming up

SMART, Start Making A Reader Today is gearing up for the 4th annual SMART Art:  Show, Sale, Social on October 22, 2015 at 5:15pm at Kendall Toyota in Bend.

COBA announces 'Chefs on Tour' winners

Central Oregon Builders Association is proud to announce the winners of the third-year partnership for the AmeriTitle Chefs on Tour.

Center Foundation hires new exec. director

The Center Foundation has selected Sonja Donohue as its new executive director. Donohue will oversee the non-profit organization that is solely dedicated to providing sports medicine as a means to ensure that Central Oregon youth are safe, healthy and protected in an active lifestyle.

Free document shredding, drug disposal in Sisters

A free document shredding and drug disposal event will take place from 10 a.m. to noon next Saturday at the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Substation in Sisters, 703 N. Larch Avenue.

Cascade Cycling Classic traffic advisories, patrols

ODOT and Bend police are advising travelers to be ready for delays on the routes for the upcoming Cascade Cycling Classic, including:

Local artists picked for Bend storm draining painting

The City of Bend and its Arts Beautification and Culture Commission have selected three local artists who have volunteered to paint around four different storm drains as part of the City’s “Clean Water Works” campaign.

Community health discussions in Bend, La Pine, Redmond

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Deschutes County Health Services invites you to take part in building a healthy community. We want to hear from you! All Deschutes County residents are encouraged to attend.

Kitten season still purring along at BrightSide

As we approach the final summer months, it’s important to remember that kitten season is still purring along.  BrightSide Animal Center in Redmond has a new variety of healthy, vaccinated and neutered kittens available for adoption daily.

La Pine firefighters get help training for water rescues

La Pine Rural Fire Protection District firefighters on Wednesday completed several training sessions preparing for the water recreation season near La Pine State Park.

Vases needed by The Bloom Project

The public is being asked to donate vases to The Bloom Project this Saturday during the NorthWest Crossing Farmers Market.

St. Charles Madras offering college scholarships

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

New scholarships available for OSU-Cascades freshmen

A new Leading Edge scholarship fund at Oregon State University – Cascades is available to students entering the campus’s first freshman class this fall.

Lake Billy Chinook getting new floating restrooms

New floating restrooms for Lake Billy Chinook are one of the projects approved by the Oregon State Marine Board recently.

St. Charles receives stroke treatment achievement award

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St. Charles Health System said Wednesday it has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Silver Plus Quality Achievement Award.

Car dealer's peanut butter drive a big success

Robberson Ford, in conjunction with Ford Focus on Child Hunger, held a Peanut Butter Drive at Newport Avenue Market in Bend and Erickson’s Thriftway in Prineville during a week long campaign in June - and it was a big success.

OSU-Cascades invites adults to 'Transfer Tuesdays'

In preparation for the fall term application deadline, Oregon State University - Cascades invites adults with some college experience to meet with admissions specialists each Tuesday from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. in Cascades Hall on College Way in Bend.   No appointment is necessary.

The Bloom Project hires volunteer coordinator

The Bloom Project, nonprofit providing fresh floral bouquets to hospice and palliative care patients, announces it has hired Julie McClay as volunteer coordinator for the Central Oregon project.

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