School repairs and remodels keep summer crews busy

School repairs and remodels keep summer crews busy

Open house and ribbon cutting for the new Crooked River Elementary School set for 6 p.m....

Where will the data center workers live?

Where will the data center workers live?

County and city officials as well as private companies have pursued ways to solve temporary...

An economic benefit you can bet on

An economic benefit you can bet on

All local motels were full during the four-day horse race meet, and restaurants were very busy ...

County RV Park remodel work done

County RV Park remodel work done

Two-year project includes tree removal, sewer and electrical system repair and ADA-related...

Bike park to host grand opening on Saturday

Bike park to host grand opening on Saturday

Event includes raffle and bike-related prizes as park is finally opened to the public ...

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July 29, 2016

New jail plans taking shape

by Jason Chaney
County plans to file a referral for a tax bond for upcoming November election Work toward developing a jail construction bond is progressing quickly, and more concrete plans on a facility were…
July 29, 2016

Outdoor school ballot measure approved

by Jason Chaney
Would provide permanent, dedicated state funding for long-standing program for fifth- and sixth-grade students Efforts to secure permanent funding statewide for outdoor school recently cleared a…
PHOTO COURTESY OF CROOK COUNTY PLANNING DEPARTMENT - The above map shows the location and layout of the festival Symbiotic Experiences is planning on Big Summit Prairie in August 2017.
July 29, 2016

Community preparing early for solar eclipse

by Jason Chaney
Rare event is still a year away, but a local major festival is already scheduled A rare solar eclipse that will be visible in Crook County and other portions of Central Oregon is still more than…


July 26, 2016

Initiative seeks to prevent school dropouts

by Paris Achen/Capital Bureau
Would provide CCSD nearly $1 million for the 2017-18 school year if passed by Oregon voters An initiative to dedicate more state funding to high school dropout prevention and career and…
July 26, 2016

Deadlines near for general election

by Jason Chaney
People have until Aug. 30 to file for a city government office; cutoff for ballot measures Aug. 19 November may still be a few months away, but the local election deadlines to add measures or…
PARIS ACHEN - Bud Pierce appears alone Friday, July 22, 2016, at the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association gubernatorial debate in Silverton. Gov. Kate Brown declined to participate in any debates until September.
July 23, 2016

Pierce relying on GOP donors to fund gubernatorial campaign

by Paris Achen/Capital Bureau
Salem oncologist contributed nearly $1.4 million to his own campaign for governor SILVERTON — GOP gubernatorial nominee Bud Pierce said Friday that he is unlikely to invest any more of his own…
JASON CHANEY - A crowd fills the Crook County Court Annex as the Natural Resource Plan is discussed.
July 22, 2016

Natural Resource Plan tabled

by Jason Chaney
Document developers to meet with county officials and refine plan for future adoption Two weeks ago, the Crook County Natural Resource Plan seemed poised for adoption by the Crook County Court.…
July 22, 2016

Housing Works granted conditional use permit

by Holly Scholz
The vacant Ochoco Elementary School building is one step closer to becoming a multifamily complex The local housing authority got a green light from the City of Prineville Planning Commission on…
July 22, 2016

Skate park barbecue, pump track demo fundraiser scheduled

by Holly Scholz
Chamber will donate $3,000 to resurfacing the skate park if necessary The Crook County Leadership Cohort 3 invites community members to celebrate its progress as it nears the financial goal for…
FILE PHOTO - The deposit Oregonians will receive from returning used bottles and cans is going up to 10 cents per container starting in April, 2017 the OLCC announced this week.
July 22, 2016

Oregon bottle deposit to rise to 10 cents starting Spring 2017

by Geoff Pursinger
The refund Oregonians will get from returning used soda cans and water bottles is about to go up. This week the Oregon Liquor Control Commission announced that it was doubling the redemption…

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Jul 19, 2016

Hooper sentenced to 90 months in prison

by Jason Chaney
Received enhanced sentence for aggravated harassment due to extensive criminal history Prineville man Curtis Hooper was sentenced Monday morning to 90 months in prison on two counts of…
Jul 19, 2016

Local law enforcement facing impact of legalized pot

by Jason Chaney
One year since Measure 91 took effect, primary issues revolve around youth use and overdose on marijuana edibles On July 1, 2015, Measure 91 took effect, legalizing the recreational use of…
Jul 19, 2016

School board considers proposed day treatment program

by Holly Scholz
Program would serve Deschutes and Crook county elementary students with extreme social, emotional and behavioral issues For the past two years, Central Oregon school districts and mental health…
JASON CHANEY - Curtis Hooper, at his trial early Tuesday, July 5, writes messages on a notepad for his defense attorney, Valerie Wright, to relay to Judge Daniel Ahern.
Jul 15, 2016

Jury finds Hooper guilty of aggravated harassment

by Jason Chaney
After four-day trial, jury quick on decision; sentencing scheduled for Monday morning Prineville man Curtis Hooper was found guilty by a 12-member Crook County jury of multiple offenses,…
Jul 15, 2016

Volunteer Connect ceasing operations

by Jason Chaney
Regional nonprofit that connects homeless support organizations with volunteers cite financial difficulties After 12 years serving as the regional volunteer center for Central Oregon, Volunteer…
HOLLY SCHOLZ - Mike Lee, the technical program manager of Big Sur, shows a server that uses deep learning to perform tasks such as facial recognition and language translation. Housed in Building 2 of the Prineville Facebook data center, Big Sur is twice as fast at processing data as the previous generation server.
Jul 15, 2016

Prineville's Facebook data center unveils new technology

by Holly Scholz
Tour of Prineville data center includes mobile device lab and Big Sur Facebook is like a blank cassette tape. Yep — that’s right, at least according to Facebook Director of Western Data Center…
Jul 12, 2016

County approves natural resource document

by Jason Chaney
Concerns raised about vetting and public discussion The Crook County Court approved a recently developed natural resource plan, but the decision was not made as swiftly as initially anticipated.…
PHOTO COURTESY OF JACOB CRAWFORD - A photo taken during a prior Crawfest event. Held on Jacob Crawford's Powell Butte-area ranch, people are invited to tent camp, swim and enjoy games as bands play on two stages.
Jul 12, 2016

Three days of live music!

by Jason Chaney
It's Crawfest weekend in Powell Butte, featuring nearly 30 live acts Three days, two stages and one Powell Butte ranch. Crawfest, a growing musical festival, will once again returns this weekend…
Jul 12, 2016

Fair entry deadlines near

by Holly Scholz
Crook County Fair open class entry forms available at multiple places around town The deadline is fast approaching to enter animals and goods in the 2016 Crook County Fair. “I always have people…
Jul 08, 2016

Pool committee launching fundraising campaign

by Jason Chaney
Kick-off event for pledge challenge planned for this evening at Pioneer Park Pool fundraising efforts will officially launch today as the Citizens for a New Prineville Pool committee invites…