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Forest restoration work continues west of Bend

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Beginning next Monday, the Deschutes National Forest is planning two restoration projects west of Bend in the “Good Dog” and Tumalo Ridge areas.

Free skin cancer screenings in Bend April 25th

As part of a campaign to encourage early detection and prevention of skin cancer, Bend Dermatology Clinic, Bend Memorial Clinic and St. Charles Cancer Center are teaming up to offer free screenings Saturday, April 25, from 8:30 a.m. to noon.

Sisters Rodeo Parade entries sought

Entry forms for the 2015 Sisters Rodeo Parade are available at The parade will be held on Saturday, June 13, starting at 9:30 AM in downtown Sisters as part of the 75th Sisters PRCA Rodeo.

Redmond schools to host 'Kindergarten Round Up'

Redmond School District is set to host Kindergarten Round Up for all incoming 2015-16 kindergarten students beginning April 2.

Fed grant to get local produce to Oregonians in need

Farmers Market Fund, an independent 501(c)3 charitable companion organization to Portland Farmers Market dedicated to providing increased access to healthy, locally grown food for low-income, elderly and underserved populations, has been awarded a $500,000 grant from the USDA’s Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive Program for an Oregon SNAP incentive program called Double Up Food Bucks.

CEC picks three great C.O. teens for D.C. youth tour

This year’s three Central Electric Cooperative Washington Youth Tour winners represent the best and brightest Central Oregon has to offer.

Youth Conservation Corps accepting summer applications

Youth 16 to 18 years old can now apply for eight weeks of summer employment with the Central Oregon Youth Conservation Corps.

USFS offers trail volunteer training

Registration is currently open for volunteers interested in an annual training weekend focused on developing skills to perform trail maintenance on the Deschutes and Willamette National Forests.

Bend teen gets $5K scholarship from Wells Fargo, Blazers

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Six hard-working, smart, community-minded high school seniors in Oregon each received a $5,000 college scholarship in a program sponsored by Wells Fargo, the Trail Blazers and Portland guard Wesley Matthews. The honorees include Abby Stevens of Bend, a 17-year-old student at Redmond Proficiency Academy.

Financier sentenced to prison for defrauding Oregon widow

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A man who provided investment services to the wealthy has been sentenced to almost six years in prison for defrauding an Oregon widow of more than $1 million during the 2008 recession.

C.O. fire chiefs set May 1 close to debris burning season

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The Central Oregon Fire Chiefs Association announced Tuesday the date of closing for residential and private lands open debris burning across the tri-county region in Deschutes, Crook and Jefferson counties.

Chainbreaker mtn. bike race returns despite Two Bulls

The Chainbreaker mountain bike race is back again for its 19th year with a new course for 2015.

OAS has three adaptive teams in this year's PPP

Oregon Adaptive Sports (OAS) is hosting three adaptive teams to race in the 2015 U.S. Bank Pole Pedal Paddlet.

HSCO plea: Avoid impulse buy of Easter pets

The Humane Society of Central Oregon is reminding people to avoid the impulse purchase of live rabbits, chicks or ducklings as Easter gifts.

NeighborImpact seeking Head Start students

Recruitment efforts for Head Start are already underway for next school year, as NeighborImpact celebrates the 50th anniversary of Head Start and the 20th anniversary of the Oregon Head Start Association.

City of Bend offers experts, tips to save water, money

This spring, the city of Bend is encouraging all residents to use water efficiently as they begin to start up their irrigation systems in preparation for the growing season. The city is offering several resources to help residents reduce or eliminate water waste that often results from overwatering, broken or misaligned sprinklers, and persistent leaks.

Old Sam Johnson Park play structure up for auction

The City of Redmond is in the process of fully renovating the playground at Sam Johnson Park.  The improved park will host a 25,000 square foot all-accessible playground.

Aging and Disability Resource Connection online

In their fourth annual consumer satisfaction survey, the Aging and Disability Resource Connection (ADRC) of Oregon has once again ranked favorably among its consumers.

Walden, in Bend, urges use of free tax-prep programs

With the April 15th tax filing deadline quickly approaching, Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., on Monday urged eligible Oregonians to use the IRS and Oregon Free File programs to save money at tax time. The briefing also highlighted free tax services provided by AARP Tax-Aide and CASH Oregon.

Redmond Proficiency Academy has limited openings

The Redmond Proficiency Academy announced it will accept a limited number of applications for students in grades sixth through twelve for the 2015-16 school year. Interested students will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis with a waiting list formed after spots are filled.

Elk Meadow Elementary honored for wellness efforts

Robert Gray Middle School (Portland Public Schools), Lent Elementary (Portland Public Schools), and Elk Meadow Elementary (Bend-La Pine Schools) have been awarded the 2015 Oregon School Wellness Awards.

Tree City communities honored as Arbor Week approaches

Oregon's Arbor Week - as designated by the Oregon Legislature - is the first full week of April.

OLCC issues sanctions on 2 Bend businesses

At its monthly meeting on Friday, the Oregon Liquor Control Commission ratified fines and/or liquor license suspensions based on stipulated settlements, including two involving Bend businesses

Prineville air quality meeting on March 31

The city of Prineville, Crook County and the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality invite everyone to a public meeting on Tuesday, March 31, at 6:30 pm, at the Meadow Lakes Golf Course’s Conference Room, 300 SW Meadow Lakes Drive, Prineville.

Mid Oregon Credit Union offers free document shredding

With the end of tax season just around the corner, Mid Oregon Credit Union has teamed up with Secure Shred, a division of Bend Garbage & Recycling, to help Central Oregonians stay protected from fraud and identity theft. They are offering a safe disposal of sensitive documents on Free Shred Day, Saturday, April 18, at four Mid Oregon Credit Union locations:

Prineville Police Dept. CSO promoted to officer

Interim Police Chief Les Stiles announced recently that, effective March 24th, Community Service Officer James Young has been promoted to the position of Police Officer with the Prineville Police Department.

Volunteers sought to help restore Steelhead Falls

Steelhead Falls on the Middle Deschutes River is one of the crown jewels of Central
Oregon. Thousands of people visit to camp, hike, fish, kayak and birdwatch.  Steelhead Falls, and the trail that accesses it, are in Steelhead Fall Wilderness Study Area, managed by the Prineville District of the Bureau of Land Management.

Natural Resource Career Fair for high school youth

The Deschutes National Forest and  Discover Your Forest, a non-profit organization that supports stewardship and volunteer opportunities on the Deschutes and Ochoco National Forests, are hosting a Natural Resource Career Fair for high school youth called,  “Finding Your Niche in Natural Resources.”

KPOV High Desert Community Radio marks 10 years

This is KPOV 88.9 High Desert Community Radio 10th year on the air and they are holding their 10th Anniversary Spring Membership Drive April 17-24.

USFS NW Region launches job outreach Website

The Pacific Northwest Region of the USDA Forest Service has launched the Forest Service Employment Outreach Website.


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