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Central Oregon school officials unfazed by upcoming end of open enrollment

In July, a statewide open school enrollment program created eight years ago is scheduled to end, but some Central Oregon school districts, including Bend-La Pine, say this won’t change current student transfer practices much. The open-enrollment program, enacted by the 2011 Legislature, allows students to transfer into a different school district without getting the permission […]
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Understanding Oregon’s next volcanic eruption

  Oregon State Science Pub to highlight possible eruptions at Mount Hood, Newberry Volcano. Central Oregon is surrounded by several of the most active volcanoes in the country, and a January presentation by an Oregon State University professor could shed light on what an eruption would look like locally. Source: Understanding Oregon’s next volcanic eruption; […]
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Rebooting Computer Science In Central Oregon To Draw More Kids

Sixty Central Oregon students packed a lecture hall at OSU Cascades recently to learn the basics of design. The objective was to create something innovative. As the teacher explained how to program electronics with a tablet, 11-year-old Mieka Myers yawned. But then, her computer science class took a sharp turn, from teaching kids how to […]
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Mapping rent burden in Central Oregon

Many spend more than 30 percent of income on housing. A majority of renters in Deschutes County, and many in Jefferson and Crook counties, spend more than the recommended 30 percent of their income on rent, according to data released this month by the U.S. Census Bureau. As a whole, 52.8 percent of renters in […]
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United to offer direct flights to Chicago from Redmond Airport

Central Oregon visitors officials say this should bring an increase of Midwest tourists. Redmond Airport announced Wednesday that United Airlines will offer direct daily service to Chicago O’Hare International Airport beginning June 6. The new seasonal nonstop flight will depart daily from Redmond at 11:45 p.m., arriving in Chicago at 5:15 a.m. Flights to Redmond […]
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How will climate change affect local rivers?

Changing climate could hurt late-summer flows. In addition to bringing longer wildfire seasons and warmer winters to Central Oregon, climate change stands to fundamentally alter the lifeblood of many of the region’s communities: its rivers. Some river experts predict that a declining snowpack could cause massive declines in river flows throughout the Deschutes basin during […]
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Lessons from Paradise: What can Central Oregon learn from California’s tragedy?

Central Oregon forestry, fire experts weigh in on the Camp Fire. Around dawn on the morning of Nov. 8, the deadliest wildfire in California history sparked to life in the Sierra Nevada foothills. It took 17 days for firefighters to contain the blaze, which would come to be known as the Camp Fire, not before […]
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Central Oregon Business Index shows stable economy

Index rose marginally in third quarter 2018. The Central Oregon Business Index rose less than half of one percentage point in the third quarter, reflecting an era of stability in certain areas of the region’s economy. For the three months that ended Sept. 30, the index was 146.6, up 0.3 points, or 0.2 percent, from […]
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OSU climate change report a mixed bag for Central Oregon forests

A new report produced by Oregon State University paints a surprisingly rosy picture for many Pacific Northwest forests in the face of climate change, but the impact on forests east of the Cascades is much more of a mixed bag. The results of the study, published in the industry publication Global Change Biology earlier in November, […]
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New lawmakers mean a legislative power drop for Central Oregon

Resignations, retirements and elections hit once-veteran group of lawmakers. Central Oregon’s clout in the Legislature has taken a hit over the past two years as retirements, resignations and elections have changed the shape of the region’s delegation. Many veteran leaders are out. Newcomers are in. Source: New lawmakers mean a legislative power drop for Central […]
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