Tag Archives: Central Oregon

Janet Stevens column: Permanent supportive housing plans are promising

Permanent supportive housing may not be the complete solution to chronic homelessness in Central Oregon, but it’s certainly likely to become a big part of the mix. Now, thanks to Central Oregon FUSE (Frequent Users System Engagement) it’s beginning to become a reality. The idea behind permanent supportive housing, one of two housing-first models, sounds […]
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Air quality advisory issued for Central Oregon

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has issued an air quality advisory in Central Oregon due to air stagnation and trapped pollutants from woodsmoke near the ground, according to a release on Wednesday. The department expects the air quality advisory to last through Friday, according to the release. Source: Air quality advisory issued for Central […]
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Only a matter of time before wolves settle in Central Oregon

Wolf packs have established themselves in all points of the compass from Central Oregon, and it’s probably only a matter of time before one settles in the Deschutes National Forest, according to wildlife biologists. With packs as close as Warm Springs Indian Reservation to the north and the Umpqua National Forest to the west, the […]
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Economic Development for Central Oregon closes Madras office

The Economic Development for Central Oregon has closed its regional office in Madras but will continue its efforts to garner businesses in Jefferson County. “If anything, we will be doubling down on our energies and resources in Jefferson County in the year ahead from our regional office to determine, with stakeholders in Jefferson County, how […]
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Central Oregon job growth is strong

Revised estimates show strength. If Mike Guegien could he’d be ramping up his business, but he can’t find the right kind of employees for Bend Custom Decks. He’s posted jobs on various employment websites, but many of the applicants don’t have experience and ask for $25 an hour. Source: Central Oregon job growth is strong; […]
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Too early to worry about low precipitation in Central Oregon

A few good storms could help fill reservoirs, bring Central Oregon back to par. Precipitation in the Upper Deschutes and Crooked river area since Oct. 1, the start of the water year, is not quite half of the average, according to recent data from the Natural Resources Conservation Service. According to the conservation service’s Oregon […]
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State, federal government support local schools marked as needing ‘targeted support’

Eleven Central Oregon schools were marked as needing support in 2018-19. In the recent past, when schools in Oregon failed to produce high standardized test scores or didn’t meet expectations in other ways, schools were “shamed and blamed,” said Tim Boyd, an Oregon statewide education administrator. But since former President Barack Obama signed the Every […]
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Bull Springs Skyline Forest is back on the market

33,000-acre former tree farm priced at $127 million. Bull Springs Skyline Forest, a 33,000-acre privately held timberland and recreational wilderness area west of Bend, is on the market. The property, which borders the Deschutes National Forest, was part of 197,000 acres purchased by Whitefish Cascade Forest Resources in 2014 for $63 million. The Singapore-based investment […]
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Despite lack of snow, Central Oregon tourism looking robust

Tax revenues on the rise as tourism increases. If early reservations are a sign that Bend is on the minds of visitors, then this winter season could be a busy one despite hardly any snow on Mt. Bachelor. At Wanderlust Tours, which recently celebrated its 26th anniversary, customers have already signed up for winter events […]
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Central Oregon not among communities where power could be cut to prevent wildfire

Bend may be one of the highest-risk areas for wildfire in Oregon, but it hasn’t made Pacific Power’s list of places where power could be cut during extreme weather events to prevent wildfires. Parts of Southern Oregon, Hood River and Northeast Oregon are the only places in Oregon where weather-­related power shut-offs could occur. Pacific […]
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