Promoting health while on the run

Promoting health while on the run

Brothers Jeremiah and Isaiah Godby are running across Oregon to encourage people to exercise If...

Behind the scenes

Behind the scenes

Crook County teens have been helping out at the Bridge 99 Complex Incident Command Center While...

Closing up shop

Closing up shop

Food and friendship was the hallmark of the local eatery for over 40 years. As with most...

Thunder in the Ochocos

Thunder in the Ochocos

Horseback shooting enthusiasts spent three days competing at John Sharp Corral northwest of...

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August 22, 2014

Bush won't face criminal charges

by Jason Chaney
DOJ rules there is insufficient evidence to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that misconduct alleged by city was criminal Allegations of misconduct may have cost Eric Bush his job as Prineville…
Photo Credit: SCOTT STAATS - A view of the Ochoco National Forest
August 22, 2014

This land is their land

by Tony Ahern
Local leaders have faced financial issues due to the fact that much of Crook County is federally owned Nearly half of all land in Crook County is owned by the federal government. In some states,…
August 22, 2014

Protecting ranchers from fire or drought

by Kevin Sperl
The new Livestock Forage Disaster Program provides compensation to livestock producers who have suffered losses from qualifying disasters The 2014 Farm Bill has identified the Livestock Forage…
August 22, 2014

Student safety the focus of new CCHS traffic plan

by Kevin Sperl
Changes are in response to four traffic accidents near the high school in the past five years According to Crook County High School Principal Michelle Jonas, there have been four traffic…
August 22, 2014

McKay Creek project awarded grant funding

by Jason Chaney
Money will pay for restoration work prompted by introduction of steelhead into creek As work continues on a project to rehabilitate the McKay Creek watershed, Ochoco National Forest personnel…
Photo Credit: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - This 2014 Subaru Crosstrack became fully engulfed in flames after hitting a Nissan that was blocking the road, leaving the highway and striking a juniper tree.
August 19, 2014

Two-car accident results in inferno

by Kevin Sperl
Speed and alcohol are believed to be factors in the Sunday morning crash A multi-car accident on Davis Loop resulted in a Prineville man being transported to St. Charles Family Care with…
August 19, 2014

Police Captain Boyd is retiring

by Jason Chaney
Leadership changes continue at the Prineville Police Department as Capt. Michael Boyd has announced plans to retire. City Manager Steve Forrester confirmed the decision on Monday after rumors of…
Photo Credit: KEVIN SPERL - Sharon Allured (far left), Val Grubbe, Bill Grubbe, Gerry Grubbe, Lucy Woodward, Bill Quant, and Merle Williams reminisce about their school years in front of the recently relocated Howard School building.
August 19, 2014

Going Old School

by Kevin Sperl
Local alumni of the Howard School hope to restore the historical structure When Craig Woodward was asked to consider moving the old Howard School in order to save it, he wasn’t particularly…
August 19, 2014

OHV trail system plan undergoing some new revisions

by Jason Chaney
Ochoco National Forest staff will compile a supplemental EIS After facing two dozen objections to its Ochoco Summit Trail System, local forest staff members decided to revise the proposal to…
Photo Credit: BILL MINTIENS - The steel skeleton of the new St. Charles Prineville Campus being erected.
August 19, 2014

St. Charles Prineville campus building on track

by Bill Mintiens
Despite an initial delay, plan remains to open during September 2015 Jeanie Gentry, the chief executive officer of Pioneer Memorial Hospital and St. Charles Madras, is happy about the…

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Aug 19, 2014

DOJ responds to Bush inquiry

by Jason Chaney
Investigation was done by Criminal Justice Division after request from Crook County DA As it turns out, another investigation was taking place over the past few months regarding alleged…
Aug 15, 2014

2014 county fair gets rave reviews

by Kevin Sperl
Attendance up; Battle of the Bands, carnival, Solstice big draws The Powell Butte-based band SIFTED won the inaugural Battle of the Bands at the 2014 Crook County Fair this past weekend.…
Aug 15, 2014

Filing deadline for county, city offices approaching

by Jason Chaney
Aug. 26 is the last day for local voters to file for several local offices The 2014 general election is less than three months away and the deadline to file for local races is soon approaching.…
Photo Credit: CENTRAL OREGONIAN FILE PHOTO - Lower-elevation open and rocky habitats are more favorable to rattlesnakes.
Aug 15, 2014

Once Bitten, Now Shy

by Kevin Sperl
Ten-year-old visitor to Prineville Reservoir recovering from rattlesnake bite Ten-year-old Eithen Hamilton was visiting the Prineville Reservoir last weekend with his mom Aimie and other family…
Photo Credit: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - Eduardo Lopez reached to adjust the radio resulting in his vehicle leaving the roadway on Northwest O'Neil Highway.
Aug 15, 2014

Carelessness results in automobile accident

by Kevin Sperl
Driver reached to adjust radio causing car to leave the road, plow through fence On Wednesday, at approximately 4:47 p.m., the driver of a 2007 Dodge Caliber lost control of his vehicle on…
Photo Credit: PHOTO CONTRIBUTED BY OREGON STATE POLICE - The accident occurred on Highway 126 east of Powell Butte on Tuesday morning.
Aug 15, 2014

Bicycle-car crash results in serious injuries

by Kevin Sperl
A 53-year-old man from Ontario, Canada, was struck from behind while riding his bicycle on Highway 126 east of Powell Butte on Tuesday afternoon. Oregon State Police said that at approximately…
Photo Credit: KEVIN SPERL - At 105 years of age, the Crook County Courthouse is past its prime, leaving county leaders looking for a new venue to hosue courtrooms and county criminal justice offices. The historic building would still be used for other county office purposes even if a new courthouse is built.
Aug 15, 2014

Seeking a new courthouse

by Jason Chaney
Crook County leaders are hoping to build a new facility to house its circuit court, jury courtrooms and district attorney's office The iconic Crook County Courthouse has stood for the past 105…
Photo Credit: CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Les Stiles
Aug 12, 2014

Interim chief hired

by Jason Chaney
Former Deschutes County Sheriff Les Stiles was brought in to fill the role and review the police department The City of Prineville will move forward with a new interim police chief as former…
Aug 12, 2014

Timber harvests return to 2006 level

by Jason Chaney
Oregon harvest exceeded 4 billion board feet for the first time since the recession Since the recession, Crook County economic development leaders have tried to diversify local industries and…
Photo Credit: KEVIN SPERL - Aubrie Murray (left) and her mom Tammy Verdusco-Adams are getting ready for the fall opening of their new preschool at the Powell Butte Christian Church.
Aug 12, 2014

New preschool to open in Powell Butte this school year

by Kevin Sperl
The school will be housed in a collection of rooms in Powell Butte Community Church Aubrie Murray and Tammy Verdusco-Adams are bringing pre-school education to Powell Butte. This fall, the…




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