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'Raft n' Brew' trips raise $5,800 for non-profits

Sun Country Tours raised almost $6,000 with its popular Raft n’ Brew whitewater rafting trips this season. The award-winning river outfitter partnered with local breweries to provide the weekly trips throughout the summer, which featured a Big Eddy Thriller whitewater rafting excursion, followed by a complimentary beer tasting, and donated half of all proceeds to various local non-profits.

Juniper Swim-Fitness Center pool closure, special hours

Juniper Swim & Fitness Center will undergo fall maintenance and improvements September 5th through 20th, affecting facility programs and operations. In addition, the Labor Day holiday is September 7th, so patrons can expect special hours and some limited closures over the next three weeks.

Fourth-graders can visit Crater Lake Park for free

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Crater Lake National Park invites all fourth grade students to visit the park for free as part of the White House’s new Every Kid in a Park program.

Free appliance recycling Sept. 19 at Knott Landfill

The annual appliance recycling event will be held Saturday, September 19 from 7:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Knott Landfill Recycling & Transfer Facility, 61050 SE 27th St. in Bend.

Healthy Beginnings child screenings Sept. 11 in Redmond

On Friday, September 11th   Healthy Beginnings will bring its 12-Point Kid Inspection to Redmond. At these screening clinics, each child receives nearly $3,000 worth of assessment services at no cost to the family. There are no eligibility requirements and all families are welcome to attend.

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

Local business, public sector and community leaders are joining together for the 2015-2016 United Way of Deschutes County fundraising campaign to improve lives and create a healthier, more prosperous community. This year’s campaign chair, United Way board member Eli Ashley, will lead the efforts in raising $1.5 million.

Volunteers in Medicine seeks Spanish-speaking volunteers

Volunteers in Medicine Clinic of the Cascades is looking for Spanish-speaking volunteers who are interested in donating their time in our Bend clinic. Volunteer opportunities include working as a clinical interpreter, front desk scheduler or as an eligibility screener.

Nature Conservancy seeks volunteers at Juniper Hills Preserve

The Nature Conservancy invites anyone interested in maintaining Juniper Hills Preserve to participate in an overnight volunteer work party on the weekend of Saturday & Sunday, September 19th & 20th.

Family Access Network receives $7,500 grant

The Family Access Network announced Monday that it received a $7,500 Community Impact Grant from New York Life in support of their FAN advocate services in local schools, which will enable advocates to connect children in need to basic services while keeping them healthy and in school.

COCC Madras Campus closed for maintenance

The Central Oregon Community College’s Madras Campus will be closed Aug. 28 through Sept. 7 for maintenance. For assistance, call or visit the COCC campuses in Redmond, Bend or Prineville.

Bend forum Monday on changes to state in-home services

Beginning Monday in Bend and ending October 1, the Department of Human Services (DHS) and the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) are hosting educational forums throughout the state.

Health officials urge back-to-school immunizations

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With the start of the school year fast approaching, Deschutes County Health Services is reminding parents to make sure their children have all the immunizations they need to go to school and stay healthy.

Public invited to suicide prevention awareness events

September 7 through 13 is National Suicide Awareness Week. To build awareness and work toward preventing suicide, and suicide attempts, the Deschutes County Suicide Prevention Alliance and community partners are coordinating several activities throughout September.

Prineville BLM welcomes new field manager

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Prineville District Office recently welcomed Jeff Kitchens as the new Deschutes Resource Area Field Manager. The position oversees the management of public lands from northern Klamath County to the BLM lands near The Dalles.

Community invited to 2 new Bend school dedications

With hundreds more students enrolling each year, Bend-La Pine Schools now have some room to grow. The district’s two newest schools, built using bond funds approved by voters in 2013, will open this fall.

Sisters Rodeo 2016 queen applicants sought

Applications are being accepted for the 2016 PRCA Sisters Rodeo Queen, according to John Leavitt, queen selection committee chair. Applications will be accepted until September 16.  Tryouts are scheduled for Sunday, September 20, 1 p.m. at the Sisters Rodeo Arena.

Tower Theatre Foundation receives arts grant

The Tower Theatre Foundation has received $3,500 in support from the Oregon Arts Commission, a state-run agency funded by the State of Oregon and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Sisters-Camp Sherman FD hosting UK firefighters

Sisters Camp Sherman Fire District is hosting five firefighters from the United Kingdom for two weeks as part of an international firefighter exchange program.

Man accused of killing man at racetrack turns himself in

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A 50-year-old Washington man accused of killing another man at a motocross event with one punch has pleaded not guilty to criminal charges.

The Bloom Project receives $5,000 grant

The Bloom Project, a volunteer-driven nonprofit providing fresh floral bouquets to hospice and palliative care patients, has received a $5,500 grant award from The Hoover Family Foundation.

Bend Veteran's Day Parade entries sought

The Bend Chamber is seeking entries for the 16th annual Veteran’s Day Parade.

Family Access Network receives $10,000 grant

The Family Access Network  is the recipient of a $10,000 grant from The Clabough Foundation to support early childhood FAN advocate services.

Wilt Road asphalt overlay project to begin

On Monday, construction crews will begin work on the asphalt overlay on Wilt Road from Camp Polk Road to Buffalo Drive in Deschutes County.  Work will consist of the following:

Redmond roadwork to limit traffic this week

The City of Redmond Transportation Division will be restricting traffic in three separate locations this week:

Deschutes SO plans seat belt, DUII traffic campaigns

The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office will take part in an Oregon safety belt overtime campaign Aug. 24-Sept. 6 and a DUII traffic safety campaign during Labor Day weekend.

Bank of Cascades donates $50,000 to COCC Foundation

The Central Oregon Community College Foundation has received a $50,000 donation from Bank of the Cascades to establish a new endowment fund to directly support student scholarships.

Immunization Awareness Month: Pregnancy and vaccines

National Immunization Awareness Month is a reminder that we all need vaccines throughout our lives.

Redmond to unveil 'Art Around the Clock' sculptures

A new season of Redmond’s Art Around the Clock rotating outdoor gallery will be unveiled Friday at 8:30 a.m. in Centennial Park. 

City of Bend offers short-term rental program help

The City of Bend is hosting three open houses for individuals seeking assistance in completing short term rental operating license applications.

Three in C.O. receive state Cultural Trust grants

Statewide cultural organizations will receive a record $2.6 million in grants from the Oregon Cultural Trust in fiscal year 2015-16, up a full 30 percent over last year and surpassing $2 million for the first time. Three of the latest recipients are in Central Oregon.


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