Tag Archives: Central Oregon

Deschutes County unemployment rate level at 4.4%

Crook County job growth among state’s fastest. Employers in Deschutes and Jefferson counties have slowed the pace at which they’re adding jobs, while Crook County’s job growth is among the fastest in the state, the Oregon Employment Department reported Tuesday. Source: Deschutes County unemployment rate level at 4.4%; Crook County job growth among state’s fastest

St. Charles is region’s top employer (again)

Top 50 employers in Central Oregon employ 21% of workforce. Central Oregon’s largest employer, with nearly 4,500 employees, is again St. Charles Health System, a ranking it has held for the past 17 years, according to new data released by Economic Development for Central Oregon. St. Charles was followed by milling company Bright Wood Corp. […]
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Guest column: Lack of child care is hurting families and businesses

Central Oregon’s child care shortage means lost opportunities for families, employers and our economy. Employers are scrambling for talent and thousands of employees have limited availability, or out of the market because they can’t find quality child care. This is a real problem with a complicated resolution that requires commitment and investment from employers, landowners […]
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Editorial: Central Oregon wilderness-access plan riddled with flaws

The U.S. Forest Service has decided to build a wall of permits and fees to dramatically reduce public access to wilderness trailheads in the Deschutes and Willamette national forests. It will issue a limited number of permits at 19 trailheads for day use and 79 trailheads for overnight use. And it will start charging a […]
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Homelessness increases in Central Oregon

More unaccompanied children, people considered ‘chronically’ homeless. The homeless population in Central Oregon increased 12% from last year — ­including jumps in the number of unaccompanied children and people considered “chronically” homeless, according to a regional group that tracks one-night homelessness for the federal government. Source: Homelessness increases in Central Oregon; More unaccompanied children, people […]
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International travel agents visit Central Oregon

Tour features Blockbuster video store, Fort Rock State Park. A group of 38 international travel operators toured Central Oregon this week to learn what the area has to offer visitors. The group — from Germany, The Netherlands, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Korea, China and France — took selfies in front of the last Blockbuster video […]
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Oregon’s visitor numbers grow

Central Oregon places 5th statewide in visitor spending. For the ninth year in a row, Oregon saw another bump in visitor spending, according to a new economic impact report from the Oregon Tourism Commission. Source: Oregon’s visitor numbers grow; Central Oregon places 5th statewide in visitor spending

Fishing season in full swing in Central Oregon

Many high Cascade lakes are now accessible and fishing well. Significant late-winter snowfall and early-spring rain should make for a promising trout fishing season this year on Central Oregon lakes and rivers. “I think it’s going to benefit fish, and it’s going to help out water supply,” said Brett Hodgson, a Bend-based fisheries biologist for […]
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Guest column: Protect Central Oregon’s historic canal system

Within the city limits of Bend, we are blessed to have inherited the iconic Deschutes River, which snakes gracefully through our town. In addition, canal water is diverted from the Deschutes River for irrigation, creating more scenic waterways, wildlife habitats and serene hiking trails. Visitors marvel at our abundant water resources and are surprised by […]
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Unemployment rates rise slightly in March

Unemployment rates across Central Oregon rose slightly in March, the Oregon Employment Department reported Tuesday. Here are the seasonally adjusted rates in each county: Crook, 6.5%, up from 6.3% in February and 6.0% in March 2018. Source: Unemployment rates rise slightly in March;