Tag Archives: Central Oregon

Editorial: Growing enrollment shows value of OSU-Cascades

In an otherwise gloomy report on enrollment at Oregon’s public universities, Oregon State, and particularly its Cascades campus, stands out. It’s actually seen enrollment grow at a time when its sister schools are faced with a declining number of students. That’s true both of four-year universities and schools in the state’s community college system. Source: […]
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Facebook could lay fiber broadband along Central Oregon highways

ODOT would give up right of way in exchange for broadband access. Oregon transportation officials will try to negotiate an agreement with Facebook that would allow the company to use highway right of way for a 100-mile fiber broadband line serving its Prineville data center. In exchange for the unprecedented step of allowing a private […]
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Portland State economist forecasts more growth in 2019

Bend Chamber of Commerce event focuses on economic trends. With tariffs hitting a broad array of Chinese imports and interest rates on the rise, business owners might be wondering how long the national and local economies can continue to grow. Oregon economists will offer their views on the situation at the Economic Impact Breakfast presented […]
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Central Oregon employers add jobs in September

Central Oregon continued to add jobs in September, a month that typically sees seasonal job losses, with most of the added jobs being found in Deschutes County, according to data released by the Oregon Employment Department. The growth will slow in 2019 as the lack of available workers affects employers, said Damon Runberg, Central Oregon […]
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El Niño could bring warm, dry winter to Central Oregon

Snowfall varies widely in El Niño years. As winter approaches, the evidence suggesting another low-snow year for Central Oregon and much of the Pacific Northwest is mounting. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Climate Prediction Center’s most recent update to the winter outlook notes a 70 percent to 75 percent chance of a weak El Niño weather […]
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Northwest farmers, ranchers endure intense 2018 fire season

The 2018 wildfire season had a severe impact on Northwestern agriculture, from burned crops and rangeland to health hazards from smoke. The gusty winds of October howled across fire-scarred Gordon Ridge overlooking the Deschutes River, prompting Molly Belshe to shield her face from swirling dirt and debris. It was here last July that the 78,425-acre […]
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A tale of extremes: Central Oregon’s 2018 fire season

Fire season in Sherman, Wasco counties ‘one for the books’. While several wildfires are still burning across Oregon, including the resurgent Klondike Fire in the state’s southwestern corner, Central Oregon’s wildfire season is drawing to a close. In many ways, Central Oregon’s fire season was a tale of extremes. For Bend and much of Deschutes […]
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Dam lawsuit battle moves closer to a conclusion

The yearslong battle over one of Central Oregon’s oldest dam complexes could be nearing a conclusion, after a federal judge’s ruling. Last week, U.S. District Judge Michael Simon denied a motion to revisit a decision earlier this year, in which he ruled in favor of Portland General Electric in its management of the Pelton-Round Butte […]
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Guest column: Oregon’s affordable housing policy is insane

By any reasonable definition, Central Oregon is suffering from an affordable housing crisis. Median prices have repeatedly increased by double digit percentages in Bend and Redmond since the end of the Great Recession. Even with plenty of jobs and rising wages locally, housing is eating up a large and growing share of Central Oregonians’ income. […]
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Central Oregon Program Aims To Help Doctors Combat Burnout

Half of all doctors report at least one symptom of burnout. A new program in Central Oregon aims to help keep them happy and healthy on the job. Lynn McDonald practiced medicine in Bend for 27 years. His wife, Jan, said he excelled in the often-chaotic, fast-moving environment of an emergency room. “The great thing about […]
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