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FireFree has a successful opening weekend

The warm summer-like weather across central Oregon served as a timely reminder that residents can take simple steps to create defensible space and prepare their homes for wildfire.

Mt. Bachelor Rotary gives $28K in race proceeds to KIDS Center

The Mt. Bachelor Rotary Club of Bend has awarded $28,912.51 from its 5th annual St. Patrick’s Day Dash event to KIDS Center.  

Central Oregon has a 'Giant' promotion in SF

Focusing on a key target audience in the Bay Area, the Central Oregon Visitors Association launched a unique and innovative marketing campaign – with some help from the 2014 World Champion San Francisco Giants and a “larger than life” character.

Crook County HS gets new baseball scoreboard

Robberson Ford, in conjunction with the Crook County School District and Crook County Booster Club, announced Monday a brand-new scoreboard will be erected on the high school baseball field.

Redmond police report DUII enforcement results

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The Redmond Police Department conducted enhanced DUII patrols throughout the month of April and reported the results Monday.

Bend HS senior wins national DAR award

The Bend Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution recognized Bend High School senior James Siemens on Saturday.

Forest Road 41 travelers face delays Sunday

Arsenault Structural Moving Systems will be moving three houses over Forest Road 41 (also known as Conklin Road) on Sunday morning, Deschutes National Forest officials say.

FireFree free yard debris recycling begins

Friday marks the beginning of Wildfire Awareness Month in Oregon and Saturday marks Wildfire Community Preparedness Day in Deschutes County.

Olszewski named Sky View Middle School principal

Bend-La Pine Schools Superintendent Ron Wilkinson announced Thursday that Scott Olszewski has been selected to become the next principal at Sky View Middle School. Olszewski is currently a vice principal at Mountain View High School, a position he has served in for three years.

Road to Newberry caldera set to open Friday

The road to Newberry National Volcanic Monument’s Newberry Caldera will open to motorized travel on Friday, as will other facilities, officials said.

Tower Foundaton's shows for students have big impact

The nonprofit Tower Theatre Foundation’s award-winning educational programs connected with a record number of students, teachers and parents across Central Oregon during the just-completed 2014-15 season.

La Pine Outdoor Adventure Day to be held

In early June, the Deschutes National Forest, Klamath County and Bend-La Pine School Districts, High Desert Museum, Children’s Forest of Central Oregon, Discover Your Forest, Oregon State Parks and Recreation, and the Deschutes and Klamath County Sheriff’s Offices will host “Outdoor Adventure Day” for local grade school children.

Bethlehem Inn awarded two challenge grants

The Bethlehem Inn is proud to announce it has been awarded two challenge grants in support of its upcoming annual fundraiser, Spotlight on Homelessness, scheduled for Tuesday, May 12 at The Riverhouse Convention Center.

Reminder: Outdoor burning season closes Friday

Due to low snowpack, lack of rainfall and early season warming, all debris, commercial and agricultural burning in areas protected by Deschutes County Rural Fire Protection District #2 will be banned effective for the duration of fire season.

USFS flight training planned near Gray Butte

The Regional Aviation Group of the US Forest Service is planning to conduct a flight operations training exercise north of Gray Butte on the Crooked River National Grassland this Thursday, with the possibility of more flights on Friday.

Bat education takes wing in Central Oregon

Bat conservation just got a big lift. The Forest Service will now host the award winning “Project EduBat: Education Taking Flight!”—a traveling education trunk designed to teach people of all ages about bat ecology, conservation and white-nose syndrome.

Auto group giving scholarships, new car

Kendall Auto Group announced Tuesday that its scholarship contest, Drive For Education, has received over 100 applications from Central Oregon students. Kendall Auto Group will be giving away 10 $1,000 scholarships to qualified high school seniors, with one student winning the Grand Prize of a scholarship and a brand new Toyota Corolla.

NeighborImpact fanning out Friday to fill Head Start slots

About 300 new students are needed to fill NeighborImpact’s Head Start classrooms next fall. To highlight the free preschool and get information out to families, Head Start staff will visit local communities this Friday as part of the annual Application Station Day event.

Repairs to limit SW Redmond intersection

The City of Redmond Transportation Division and Oregon Department of Transportation will be repairing deteriorated pavement at the intersection of  Highland (Hwy 126) and SW Rimrock Avenues on Thursday from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. 

Free document shredding Saturday in La Pine

A personal document shredding, food drive and drug disposal event will take place at the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Substation in La Pine, 51340 Highway 97, La Pine, Oregon, on Saturday May 2nd from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Bend Senior Center remodeling set to begin

Preparations got underway Monday for "modest" remodeling work at the Bend Senior Center, Bend Parks and Rec reported.

Soroptimist 'Community Baby Shower' results tallied

The kindness of others helped raise over 1,400 donated baby items with an estimated value of the new and used articles to over $10,000 to the 2015 Soroptimist of Bend “Community Baby Shower” project.

Grants for C.O. woodland owners can cut fire risk

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The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) announced Monday up to $100,000 in funding available for woodland owners in Deschutes, Jefferson and Crook counties to improve the health of their woods and reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfire.

Bend's March for Babies raises $38,000

It was the best feel-good moment of the week in Bend, when about 250 residents joined together in support of the smallest members of the community -- babies -- by participating in Saturday's 2015 March for Babies to benefit March of Dimes.

Whychus Creek overlook project closing area

The Sisters Ranger District will be closing an area off of Forest Road 16 while construction takes place on a new Whychus Overlook and associated trail system.

Slash burning planned next week near Ochoco Viewpoint

The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department and the Oregon Department of Forestry will be burning slash piles on the Ochoco Scenic Viewpoint property during daylight hours Monday through Thursday of next week.

U.S. Bank Pole Pedal Paddle packet pickup moves

The U.S. Bank Pole Pedal Paddle Packet Pickup location has changed from the former Orvis Building in the Old Mill District to 1441 SW Chandler Ave., Suite 101 in Bend (right next door to Cascade Lakes Brewery).

Bend Boys & Girls Club, 4-H get donations

U.S. Cellular announced Wednesday a $10,000 donation to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Bend and a $2,500 donation to the Deschutes County 4-H Club to support their science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programming.

'Big Chainring Awards' nominees sought

The Deschutes County Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee seeks public nominations of deserving individuals, businesses and agencies to receive the annual Big Chainring award.

Road closures, detours, delays for Bend Marathon

The Bend Marathon takes place Sunday, April 26.  The race begins at 7:30 a.m. in downtown Bend and finishes in the Mirror Pond parking lot.

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