Day 41: Refuge takeover ends as last, reluctant holdout surrenders

The 41-day armed occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge ended Thursday as three of the four last holdouts south of Burns surrendered somewhat easily -- but it took over an hour on a live-streamed phone call and talk with an FBI negotiator for the last man to be coaxed and convinced to come out.


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Bend plans Feb. 29 fuels tax open house

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The city of Bend invites the community to a fuels tax informational Open House from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday, February 29, at Council Chambers in City Hall, 710 NW Wall Street.

Redmond seeks members for parks, Juniper golf committees

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Redmond Chamber of Commerce/CVB

The City of Redmond is seeking applications to fill current vacancies on city committees.

Bend Parks youth lacrosse registration deadline approaching

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Local youth are invited to participate in the Bend Park and Recreation District’s Youth Lacrosse League held April 4 to June 3. The league is open to boys and girls in first thru eighth grade and the deadline to register is Friday, March 4.

Forest Service waives fees on Presidents' Day

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The U.S. Forest Service will waive fees at day-use recreation sites in Oregon and Washington on Monday, Feb. 15 in honor of Presidents’ Day.

Time to register (or update) to vote in March, May elections

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It's time to register (or change your registration) to vote in the March 8 Bend special election on the 5-cent gas tax, and also a good time to do so for the May 17th primary election.

OAS to hold day snow camp for teens who are deaf, hard of hearing

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A young boy fell off his couch after jumping up and down with joy from finding out he would get to go to this weekend's Oregon Adaptive Sports Snow Camp for teenagers who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Prineville PD, Crook Co. SO join seat belt, car seat 'safety blitz'

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The Crook County Sheriff’s Office is joining other law enforcement agencies across the state in a statewide safety belt and child car seat traffic enforcement “blitz’ from February 8- 21.

U.S. Bank Kids' Mini Pole Pedal Paddle registration online

The U.S. Bank Mini PPP is now open for online registration.  To register go to,, click on Events and then click on U.S. Bank Kid’s Mini PPP.

Deschutes County Planning Commission members sought

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Deschutes County seeks two volunteer Planning Commission members and is accepting applications until Friday, March 4, at 5 p.m.

Deschutes SO deputy honored at police graduation ceremony

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Deschutes County sheriff's Deputy Michael Mangin was recognized at the Basic Police graduation ceremony at DPSST in Salem on Jan. 22 with the Outstanding Health & Fitness Award for Class BP353.

City of Bend offers free tools, tips to save water, energy

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Let the City of Bend help you conserve water and energy this winter. In
collaboration with the Bend Energy Challenge, the City is offering several tools to
make the job easier.

Six. C.O. high schools receive Nike Innovation Fund grants

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NIKE, Inc. and the Nike School Innovation Fund announced the newest round of grant recipients for the 2016-17 school year, including six schools in Central Oregon.

Bend hires new business advocate

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The city of Bend recently hired Ben Hemson as its new business advocate.

EDCO hires new Bend manager

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Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO) is pleased to announce the hiring of Tom Rowley as its Bend Manager, replacing Robyn Sharp in the role, effective January 25.

Online registration underway for 2016 Pole Pedal Paddle

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The 40th annual U.S. Bank Pole Pedal Paddle online registration is now open.

BrightSide offers February cat adoption discounts

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February is historically a month full of hearts, chocolate and CATS!  Yes, BrightSide Animal Center has a shelter full of beautiful, furry friends, six months and older, waiting for a second chance at love in a forever homes.

Prineville receives budget award for 10th year

The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) announced recently that the City of Prineville has received the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for its budget.

Two puppies flying from Maui to Bend, seeking new families

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Two lucky puppies from Maui will be greeted Thursday night at the airport in Portland by Humane Society of Central Oregon staff.

Four Bend-La Pine students' artwork receive top honors

Four Bend-La Pine Schools art students have earned the top honors in the local Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, a national competition that showcases the best work from young artists and writers.

Volunteers in Medicine Clinic receives grants

Volunteers in Medicine (VIM) is pleased to announce the recent award of more than $43,000 in grant funding to help sponsor the medical care and prescriptions for 57 patients for a year.

Feb. 1 deadline for OSU-Cascades scholarship application

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Students who are considering attending Oregon State University – Cascades this fall are encouraged to apply for admission by Feb. 1 to be fully considered for scholarship and financial aid opportunities.

Deschutes County Fair & Rodeo names grand marshal, queen

The Deschutes County Fair Association is proud to announce Nancy Cole of Redmond as the new Fair & Rodeo Grand Marshal, and Emylia Breckel of Bend as this year’s Fair & Rodeo Queen.

Fifth annual 'Pup Crawl' helps animals in need

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Have a howling good time at a local brew pub during the Pup Crawl and help raise money for homeless animals. Join us for the Humane Society of Central Oregon’s 5th Annual Pup Crawl on February 2, 4, 5, 9, 11, 12, 16, 18 and 19 from 4-7 p.m. each night.

C.O. groups among arts grants recipients

Art as a means to address community need is reflected in 30 Oregon projects awarded $190,000 in 2016 Arts Build Communities grants from the Oregon Arts Commission.

Bloom Project receives Cow Creek Umpqua grant

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The Bloom Project, a volunteer-driven nonprofit that provides fresh floral bouquets to hospice and palliative care patients, has been awarded a grant from the Cow Creek Umpqua Indian Foundation).

Bend-La Pine magnet schools host tours for parents

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Families interested in exploring Bend-La Pine Schools’ Choice Options should consider taking advantage of upcoming tours and information sessions.

Children's Forest of C.O., Discover Your Forest get field trip grant

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The Deschutes National Forest is one of 186 federal sites selected to receive a 2015 field trip grant from the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America’s national parks. Funds from this grant will connect Central Oregon 4th graders to Volcanoes, Lava Caves, and Winter Ecology on the Deschutes National Forest.

Deschutes County seeks audit committee members

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Deschutes County has reopened its search for Audit Committee members. Citizens with financial or local government experience are encouraged to apply.

Oregon bike-pedestrian committee seeks youth member

The Oregon Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee is seeking to fill a recently vacated position that represents the youth community.

The Center partners with Bend FC Timbers

The Center Orthopedic & Neurosurgical Care & Research is teaming up with the Bend FC Timbers as their official sports medicine provider.


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