Tag Archives: Central Oregon

COVID-19 prompts authorities to delay prescribed fires in Central Oregon

While Central Oregonians struggle with a stay-at-home order and the widespread shutdown of businesses and facilities due to the COVID-19 outbreak, authorities are doing what they can to ensure everyone has clean air to breathe. The Deschutes and Ochoco National Forests and Crooked River National Grassland have postponed all prescribed burns in the area in […]
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CO law enforcement split on governor’s new order

Sheriff Nelson says he won’t arrest violators; other agencies say they will. A day after Gov. Kate Brown ordered Oregonians to stay home “to the maximum extent possible” to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, Central Oregon law enforcement agencies are divided in how they plan to enforce the unprecedented rule. Source: CO law […]
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Police change behavior in response to COVID-19 pandemic

Police calls for service way down; DUI arrests drop by half in Bend. Around Central Oregon, police are trying to provide service while not getting sick, and potentially getting others sick, as the novel coronavirus spreads. And this has meant doing things differently. Source: Police change behavior in response to COVID-19 pandemic | Coronavirus | […]
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Resources available for unemployed Central Oregon workers

As news of layoffs keep rolling in, concern for workers and small-business owners in Central Oregon are snowballing into an economic crisis. McMenamin’s chain of pubs announced late Tuesday that it would lay off 3,000 workers. Theaters, restaurants, gyms, hotels and tour companies are laying off workers as they all try to conform to Gov. […]
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Editorial: Proposed changes could improve child care outlook

As many parents of infants and small children know all too well, Oregon is a child care desert, and Central Oregon is not an oasis within that desert. A child care desert is, according to the policy institute Center for American Progress, a census tract with more than 50 children under the age of 5 […]
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Travel and tourism adjust to new normal

When some Central Oregon travel and tourism businesses hear the phone ring, they know it’s another cancellation. Dozens of guests are canceling reservations daily as government leaders contemplate partial or complete shutdowns of everyday life in an effort to contain the spread of the coronavirus. Source: Travel and tourism adjust to new normal | Business […]
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Coronavirus begins to impact childcare facilities in Central Oregon

Some facilities see drastic drop in attendees. After spending 42 years in the child care industry, there isn’t much Sue Stendahl hasn’t seen. Stendhal, who owns Cottage Day Care Inc. in Bend, said she has operated through everything, from chicken pox outbreaks to economic recessions, and has weathered sharp drops in her attendance. Source: Coronavirus […]
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Central Oregon medical centers gear up for COVID-19

As triage tents went up outside of St. Charles Health System, seriously ill patients were being shifted from Bend and Redmond facilities and visitors’ access was severely restricted at its four hospitals in preparation of an outbreak of COVID-19, the illness caused by the novel coronavirus that has nearly shut down public life in Oregon […]
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COVID-19 closures could devastate Central Oregon economy

Central Oregon companies could potentially experience devastating business losses as more of them lockdown to prevent the spread of COVID-19. With a lion’s share of employees working in limited-service restaurants, the impact could be severe on the whole economy, said Damon Runberg, Oregon Employment Department regional economist. Source: COVID-19 closures could devastate Central Oregon economy […]
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Central Oregon districts to distribute free meals during coronavirus school shutdown

All of Oregon schools will be closed until April 1, at the latest but Central Oregon’s school districts have all created plans to provide free meals to students next week. Source: Central Oregon districts to distribute free meals during coronavirus school shutdown | Coronavirus | bendbulletin.com