Crook County Sheriff Jim Hensley retiring

Crook County Sheriff Jim Hensley announced Monday he will retire at the end of the year, after more than 33 years with law enforcement in the county, the last five as sheriff.


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Redmond Starlight Parade winners announced

The Redmond Chamber of Commerce & CVB released the winning entries of this year’s Starlight Christmas Parade, presented by St. Charles Redmond , which drew thousands of spectators to downtown Redmond Saturday night for the hour-long holiday celebration.

BrightSide has giving tree for shelter support

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Now through Dec. 24, you can visit our Giving Tree at the BrightSide Animal Center Thrift Store and choose an ornament to help support the animals at our shelter.

Pine Tavern to host 25th annual 'Breakfast with Santa'

The Pine Tavern, located at 967 NW Brooks Street in Bend, will host Santa Claus on Sunday, December 6th to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of "Breakfast with Santa."

Holiday giving tree benefits Bethlehem Inn

The Pine Tavern, located at 967 NW Brooks Street in Bend, hosts a giving tree this holiday season benefiting families and individuals served by the Bethlehem Inn.

NeighborImpact seeks board, committee members

NeighborImpact is seeking individuals to serve on the Board of Directors and its committees. NeighborImpact is the region's largest nonprofit social services provider.

'Pet Friday, 'Shop Small Saturday' adoption special

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The Humane Society of Central Oregon is saying “bye-bye Black Friday” and “hello #PetFriday.”

Redmond's Jericho Road needs cold-weather donations

Jericho Road in Redmond is accepting donations of bottled propane, sleeping bags, heavy coats, warm gloves and socks during the present cold weather conditions.

Snow prompts changes in two Bend Thanksgiving Day events

Due to the frigid temps and heavy accumulation of snow, I Like Pie will operate on a very limited basis with only the food drive for NeighborImpact, pie contest, pie feed, and 2k walk/slog loop as options.

Reminder Keep sidewalks clear of snow, ice

As winter arrives in Central Oregon, the Deschutes County Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee reminds property owners to keep sidewalks clear of snow and ice.

Road to Pilot Butte summit closed for season

The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department has closed the gate to the Pilot Butte summit road as of Wednesday.

HSCO offers holiday gathering tips for pet safety

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The holidays will be in full swing in a few days and the Humane Society of Central Oregon is reminding people to keep pets safe during family gatherings and holiday parties.

Bend's Community Center bingo, other events

Bend’s Community Center announces Community Bingo the second Saturday of every month, 1pm at Bend’s Community Center 1036 NE 5th Street. Food and refreshments are sold. Community Bingo is fun time for any community member 18 years or older.

Powder Hound Preview raises $13,000 for area charities

Powder Hound Preview, Pine Mountain Sports' annual "Welcome to Winter" party, brought a full house to the Tower Theater and allowed Pine Mountain Sports to raise $13,455 for Deschutes County Search and Rescue and the Central Oregon Trail Alliance.

Redmond Kiwanis selling See's Candy

For the fourth year, Redmond Kiwanis will be selling See’s Candy as a holiday project to raise funds for its youth projects.

Give something that means something this season

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Every day of the year, the American Red Cross brings help and hope to people in need in Oregon and Southwest Washington, and across the country. This holiday season, the Red Cross urges people to give something that means something by making a donation to support local services throughout the year.

Still time to enter 'I Like Pie' run-walk

Join FootZone for our Thanksgiving Day “I Like Pie” Run/Walk and pie baking contest! Since 2009, participants have donated over 28,000 pounds of food and raised nearly $47000 for NeighborImpact’s Emergency Food Assistance program, a program that serves over 20,000 individuals per month.  I Like Pie participants bring and eat over 160 pies a year!

Bend Parks seeks volunteer youth basketball coaches

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The Bend Park and Recreation District is seeking adult volunteers to coach youth basketball for the 2016 Youth Basketball League.

'Tis the season to cut your own Christmas tree

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year to visit the Deschutes and Ochoco National Forests and find the perfect Christmas tree for your home!

High Desert Museum seeks blankets with stories behind them

The High Desert Museum is collecting donated blankets with personal stories behind them to be used in a new exhibition opening next spring.

Camp Fire Central Oregon joins in Giving Tuesday

Camp Fire Central Oregon, a local organization that provides programs for our youth to find their spark and ensure they gain the skills necessary to thrive throughout their lives, announces the kick off of its year-end giving campaign starting with #GivingTuesdayTM, December 1.

Bend Research Inventerprise winners announced

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Imagine a drone flying into a hurricane zone to drop urgently needed supplies, called in by a swipe on a smart phone, or a series of tethered buoys that can predict a tsunami’s magnitude and send warning to researchers and affected people.

Crook Co. SO reports Free Shred Day, drug take-back results

On Saturday the Crook County Sheriff's Office, in partnership with Data Delete, sponsored a personal papers Shred Day, prescription drug take back day, and can food drive for Holiday Partnership.

'Shop Small,' win big Saturday in downtown Bend

Black Friday is almost here, but don’t forget about Small Business Saturday on November 28th!

NeighborImpact adds energy assistance appointment hours


Across Central Oregon, many people are making difficult choices.  They need to choose which bill to pay first or whether to pay the energy bill, for necessary medication, or to put food on the table. It is difficult for many people, especially for low-income families and the elderly.

FireFree tallies half-price yard debris disposal

Despite the winter weather that has descended on Central Oregon, residents in the Bend area took advantage of the Half Price Yard Debris Sale and delivered 9,115 cubic yards of flammable yard waste to Deschutes Recycling. I

La Pine Fire District offers winter driving safety tips

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With the colder weather and season’s first snowfalls already on the ground, and heavy holiday travel periods coming up The La Pine Fire District would like to remind drivers of the following simple steps to ensure your winter travel is safer.

State Parks waiving $5 day-use parking fee on Black Friday

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Chiming in on one nationwide outdoor retailer's announcement it will encourage people to get outdoors the day after Thanksgiving, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department will suspend day parking fees on Friday, Nov. 27 at all 26 state parks that charge one.

Deschutes Co. Justice Court accepts online payments

The Deschutes County Justice Court is now offering an online payment option.

Senators announce C.O. farm-to-school grant

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Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley announced Tuesday that projects in Bend, Cottage Grove and Eugene have earned federal farm-to-school grants totaling almost $225,000.

OSU-Cascades advisory groups get to work

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As Oregon State University – Cascades creates a long-range development plan for its new campus over the next year and a half, it will consider input of four advisory groups recently formed to build on the work of the Campus Expansion Advisory Committee task forces and provide expertise and insight to campus leaders in the areas of  arts, culture and enrichment; community integration; sustainability; and health and wellness.


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