Tag Archives: Central Oregon

For Central Oregon, Cascadia planning a work in progress

Recent California quakes put earthquake planning to the forefront. When Curtis Peetz, a Red Cross disaster officer for Oregon, first heard about the earthquakes that shook Southern California last week, his first thought was of worry for the people affected. But that thought was followed closely by a second: An earthquake widely expected to be […]
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Central Oregon unemployment rates stay steady

Unemployment rates in Central Oregon stayed steady in May, and employers added jobs at a slower pace, the Oregon Employment Department reported. Deschutes County’s unemployment rate was essentially unchanged at 4.3%, compared to 4.2% last year. Source: Central Oregon unemployment rates stay steady;

Guest column: Collaboration on water is harder than picking a fight

Farmers and ranchers are often targeted by well-meaning individuals and groups who don’t quite appreciate or understand the hard work and collaboration required to drive local agricultural and water management endeavors. Case in point: Tod Heisler’s recent commentary (’Tis the season to waste water, May 19). Water connects us all — farms, cities and the […]
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The 50 Oregon towns most threatened by wildfire

A small number of Oregon cities and towns have an outsize danger of being impacted by wildfire, according to a study that identifies the state’s 50 communities most at risk to forest fires. Communities around the Rogue Valley in Southwest Oregon and towns near Bend in Central Oregon have a disproportionally high chance of seeing home destruction from […]
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Central Oregon fire suppression, drought increasing mortality among trees

Without wildfire, forest density rises and competition for water increases. Dry winters and long periods of drought, combined with fire suppression, are affecting the health of Central Oregon trees, particularly the junipers of the High Desert, according to an Oregon State University forester. Nicole Strong, a forestry and natural resources extension agent for OSU, described […]
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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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