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McLeod named BMC chief operatng officer

Christy McLeod has been promoted to Chief Operating Officer for Bend Memorial Clinic.

First 'Central Oregon Arts Summit' planned

The Arts & Culture Alliance of Central Oregon is partnering with the Oregon Arts Commission to produce the first Central Oregon Arts Summit on Monday, Oct. 6, at the Riverhouse Convention Center in Bend.

'Kits for Kids' assists 965 homeless students

The Presbyterian Women’s group of First Presbyterian Church and local partners distributed 955 hygiene bags to homeless students in Deschutes County.

United Way of Deschutes Co. sets $1.5 million campaign goal

More than 100 United Way of Deschutes County supporters gathered at the Bend Golf & Country to Club on Wednesday to help kick-off the 2014/15 fundraising campaign with a “KAPOW” and a “BANG”!

Riverside Blvd. to close for striping Sun. night

On the night of Sunday, Sept. 21, Riverside Boulevard will close between Broadway and Riverfront overnight, the city of Bend said Wednesday.

Bend water on tap at Oktoberfest

Come fill your water bottles with Bend’s award-winning drinking water at the City of Bend’s water tap booth at Oktoberfest this weekend, from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, Sept. 19 and noon to 10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20.

Statewide Trails Plan workshop set in Bend

The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department invites comments on the development of a statewide comprehensive trails plan at 14 workshops scheduled throughout the state in October, including Bend. on Oct 23.

Cascade Youth-Family Center receives funding

Cascade Youth & Family Center is the recipient of $13,000 in funding from the Deschutes County Health Services Department, Early Learning Division for this year.

Tour des Chutes has record participation, giving

Tour des Chutes, an annual fundraising event for local cancer survivorship programs, was held July 12th, with record level participation by riders and sponsors and raised over 10% more than the previous year.

Becca's Closet opens for fall dances, functions

Becca’s Closet, the volunteer-run organization operated through Bend’s Community Center, is the only organization of its kind in Central Oregon to provide formal attire to young adults and men and women who otherwise could not afford to attend special events, dances and homecomings and proms.       

Bend community garden ribbon-cutting set

Members of the public are invited to attend the Franklin’s Corner Community Garden ribbon-cutting celebration at 5:15 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 23rd.

'Every Kid Fund' benefits from golf tourney

The Riverhouse presented a $4,000 check to The Every Kid Fund on Monday, raised from the 30th Annual Riverhouse Invitational Golf  Tournament held at River’s Edge Golf Course.

Road work to slow Forest Road 42 traffic

Motorists can expect short delays during the week of October 6 along a seven-mile stretch of Forest Road 42, connecting the Ochoco Ranger Station to Big Summit Prairie.

St. Charles Health System names two new board members

Two out-of-area physician executives have joined St. Charles Health System’s board of directors.

BendFilm tickets, passes go on sale

BendFilm Festival tickets and passes are now available for the public to purchase. Full Film Passes are $150, Full Festival Passes are $250 and tickets for individual films and screenings are $11.

Bend natural gas line work shifts west

Phase 3 of the Cascade Natural Gas Pipeline Replacement Project in Bend moves west this week: a crew will be working in the alley between NW Broadway St. & NW Congress St., at the intersection with NW Louisiana Ave.

Bend Spay-Neuter Project at Project Connect

On Saturday, Bend Spay and Neuter Project participated in the annual Project Connect Central Oregon event.  A total of 47 cats and dogs were spayed or neutered and vaccinated for free on site at the event.

City of Bend hosts UGB online discussion

The city of Bend has created a venue to have an online discussion about the Urban Growth Boundary at

Bend Soroptimists offer educational awards

Back to school begins with an application to one of the two Soroptimist International of Bend (SI Bend) educational awards  -- “Live Your Dream” an award for $1,500 and the community service and volunteerism “Violet Richardson” award of $500.

Redmond planning panel reviews development code

The City of Redmond is holding a work session with its Planning Commission to review livability goals and policies; design standards for single family homes; and, changes to the signage section of the Development Code to consider greater restrictions on digital signage on Monday at 6:00 pm.

Saving Grace offers volunteer training

Saving Grace will hold its semi-annual volunteer training over the course of three weeks starting Saturday, October 4, through Thursday, October 23.

Applications accepted for Sustainability Awards

The Environmental Center is accepting applications for the 2014 Sustainability Awards, now through October 1st.  Awards will be given to a citizen, small business, large business, and organization (agency or nonprofit) that are leading the way to a sustainable future in Central Oregon.

Bethlehem Inn elects new board member

The Bethlehem Inn Board of Directors announced Wednesday that the Rev. Jenny Warner has been elected to its board.

Bend-La Pine Schools forming boundary review panel

Bend-La Pine Schools seeks volunteers to join a committee of local stakeholders and staff members who will be tasked with analyzing current school attendance areas, reviewing population forecasts and making recommendations for attendance area adjustments to the superintendent in preparation for the opening of two new schools in 2015.

Bend Area Habitat for Humanity leader leaving

The Bend Area Habitat for Humanity Executive Director, Mark Quinlan, is leaving his post to accept a position at the University of Oregon School of Law in Eugene. Quinlan will administer a program that oversees Community Dispute Resolution Centers throughout the state.

CEC plans 'community solar project' meetings

To educate its members about national and regional growth in utility-developed community solar projects and the possibility of establishing one of its own, Central Electric Cooperative today announced a slate of October informational meetings.

Sisters recreational shooting area to close this fall

A temporary recreational shooting closure for the Zimmerman Cinder Pit on the Sisters Ranger District will begin on September 14 and end on December 1, 2014.

Bend Veterans Day Parade entries sought

The Veterans Day Parade of Bend is seeking veterans, community organizations, schools, bands, businesses and individuals for the 2014 Veterans Day Parade on November 11, which will be at 11 a.m. in downtown Bend.

Youth concussions focus of upcoming Bend conference

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Central Oregon educators and medical providers are teaming up to raise awareness about youth concussions with three days of conferences in Bend, Oregon, from September 25 through 27.

Make giving blood easier? Red Cross has new app for that

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The American Red Cross is launching a first-of-its kind Blood Donor App Tuesday that puts the power to save lives in the palm of your hand.


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