Tag Archives: Central Oregon

Central Oregon reservoirs a cause for concern

Barely 18 months after Central Oregon’s first above-average snowpack in years, its large reservoirs are once again running drier than normal as the heart of irrigation season approaches. With stream flows largely below-average across the region and more hot, dry weather in the forecast, there could be problems on the horizon for some of Central […]
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Crowds in the Backcountry

As national forest leaders consider quotas for local wilderness areas, some local wilderness advocates weigh in. Source: Crowds in the Backcountry

Central Oregon a hot spot for Colorado tick fever

Viral disease is unpleasant, but not fatal. In just over a month, Central Oregon has seen at least four confirmed cases and one suspected case of Colorado tick fever, a sometimes painful but rarely fatal tick-borne virus usually diagnosed in only one or two Oregonians per year. According to the Oregon Health Authority, eight of […]
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Central Oregonians play where predators prey

That Bend is home to more than 90,000 people may instill a sense of civilized tranquility. Don’t be fooled. Healthy populations of cougars, bears, coyotes and a few wolves stalk the area, too. Overhead, birds of prey are capable of swooping on your outdoor cat or small dog and carrying it away. Source: Central Oregonians […]
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Officials: Central Oregon a hot spot for Colorado tick fever

Central Oregon has seen at least four confirmed cases and one suspected case of Colorado tick fever in just more than a month. The Bend Bulletin reports the Oregon Health Authority says eight of the 11 confirmed cases of the viral disease statewide since 2011 have been Deschutes County residents. Source: Officials: Central Oregon a […]
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Wildfires run rampant in unusually active June

More than 120,000 acres have burned in Central Oregon already. June typically offers a reprieve before Central Oregon’s fire season begins, but a low snowpack and lots of lightning have ensured that this year is different. As of Thursday, 151 wildfires had burned more than 120,000 acres in Central Oregon last month, more than the […]
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Central Oregon leads state in projected job growth

Region expected to add 15,000 new jobs by 2027. In Oregon’s latest 10-year employment projections, Central Oregon leads the state with a 15 percent growth rate. The Oregon Employment Department said Tuesday the region is expected to add close to 15,000 jobs by 2027. Central Oregon and the Portland metro area are the only two […]
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Evacuees Allowed to Return Near Graham Fire in Central Oregon

Forestry officials say that crews are swiftly beginning to contain the fire that now rages on an estimated 2,175 acres. A wildfire in Central Oregon that last week earned “conflagration” status from the Governor is nearing containment, according to the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF). Source: Evacuees Allowed to Return Near Graham Fire in Central […]
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Graham Fire mostly contained; fires near Maupin grew

Jefferson County residents who were warned to evacuate for the Graham Fire can breathe easier as firefighters continue working to contain it. The fire near Lake Billy Chinook had burned about 2,175 acres, and fire officials estimated it was 65 percent contained by Monday morning. After two days with no significant fire growth, Jefferson County […]
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Wolves in Oregon: The inside story

Return of wolves likely to spread to central Cascades, experts say. Southwest of the heart of Oregon’s nascent wolf population — miles from the dead calves, the helicopter chases, the decade-plus of vitriolic local politics swirling around wolves — is a small creek that illustrates why they’re worth the trouble. That’s where you’ll find Suzanne […]
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