Answering to local constituents

Answering to local constituents

U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden holds a town hall in Crook County on Saturday U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden once again...

Local job growth negates Woodgrain layoffs

Local job growth negates Woodgrain layoffs

Year over year increase in employment exceeds job losses of Prineville plant Prineville was...

Car robbery at gunpoint

Car robbery at gunpoint

CERT team called in to secure northwest Prineville residence, one suspect still at large An...

City hires new police captain

City hires new police captain

Dale Cummins, deputy chief for the Gresham Police Department, will join the Prineville force on...

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February 26, 2015

Motor voter bill passes House

by Kevin Sperl
Legislation that would automatically register voters obtaining driver's licenses from the DMV awaits Senate action Connecting an Oregon driver’s motor vehicle record to voter registration drew a…
February 26, 2015

Oregon taxpayers to receive kicker

by Jason Chaney
Kicker triggered because actual revenue exceeded projections by more than 2 percent It turns out that good news for the State of Oregon will be good news for its taxpayers. Legislators recently…
Photo Credit: COURTESY OF THE OREGON STATE ARCHIVES - The preamble to the Oregon Constitution is part of the historic document that needs vital repairs.
February 25, 2015

Schoolchildren asked to help restore Oregon Constitution document

by Shasta Kearns Moore
A $60,000 campaign would restore and permanently display the 158-year-old document To address a longtime funding shortage, the Oregon secretary of state's office has issued a challenge to…
February 20, 2015

Medical issue to blame for car crash

by Jason Chaney
Sherry Authier was suffering from brain tumors leading up to her Monday vehicle wreck This past Monday, Prineville resident Sherry Authier was involved in a car accident after local authorities…
February 20, 2015

Independent Party given major status

by Jason Chaney
Change is based on party membership reaching 5 percent throughout Oregon Typically in Oregon, major party status has belonged to only the Republicans and Democrats. That recently changed with…
Photo Credit: KEVIN SPERL - Michael Martin, center, co-owner of Bicycle Re-Source of Bend, works with volunteers Chris Goodwin, left, of Redmond, and Debbie Pattison, of Bend, to refurbish bikes at their location in Bend. The nonprofit will host a free bike clinic on Sunday with James Good of Prineville's Good Bike Company at the Crook County Fairgrounds on Sunday.
February 20, 2015

Two-wheeled clinic

by Kevin Sperl
A free bicycle repair event will take place at the Clover Building on the Crook County Fairgrounds This past holiday season Bicycle Re-source of Bend reconditioned and donated over 50 bikes and…
Photo Credit: PHOTO CONTRIBUTED BY MAGGIE CAMPE - Part of the local awareness effort includes photo booth pictures that ask teens what love means to them.
February 20, 2015

Local agencies raising teen dating violence awareness

by Jason Chaney
Saving Grace and Crook County Department of Human Services are teaming up to promote healthy relationships to high school kids February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month and local agencies…
Photo Credit: JASON CHANEY - Outgoing co-manager Susan Mackay (left) poses for a photo in the Second Chance Store with volunteer Jeanne Kreslins.
February 20, 2015

Humane Society thrift store changing leadership

by Jason Chaney
A new manager has been hired to run the Second Chance Store beginning March 1 After opening its doors 15 months ago, the Humane Society of the Ochocos Second Chance Store is undergoing a…
Photo Credit: KEVIN SPERL - Prineville residents, from left, Sam Viles, Karen Close, and Steve Duke work in an open-concept office area replete with monitoring stations, always keeping an eye on the computers that serve up Facebook's users 'walls.'
February 17, 2015

Facebook's fifth

by Kevin Sperl
Five years ago, Facebook came to Prineville and broke ground on its first company-owned data center Facebook is marking the fifth anniversary of its arrival in Prineville, celebrating the…
February 17, 2015

Leaders react to Kitzhaber resignation

by Jason Chaney
Officials from the local level to federal offices expressed sorrow in the resignation of Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber There was no shortage of reaction from government officials following the…

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Photo Credit: KEVIN SPERL - Hampton resident Dave Baker talks with school board Chair Doug Smith, far right, during an open discussion in Brothers about reopening the rural school. Mona Boyd, back left, Crook County School District Director of Special Education, who would take on the role of the school's principal, talks with Prineville resident Arlene Bolin.
Feb 17, 2015

Board discusses reopening of Brothers school

by Kevin Sperl
School district initially decided to leave facility closed, but given changes in state education funding levels, they may reverse course For 8-year-old Hampton resident Lilly Mae Smith, each day…
Feb 17, 2015

Lodging gets boost from construction

by Jason Chaney
Many workers at the Facebook and Apple data centers and the new school and hospital are staying in local motels Recent City of Prineville transient lodging tax revenue suggests that local motels…
Suzanne Bonamici, Ted Wheeler, Mike McLane, Earl Blumenauer
Feb 13, 2015

Leaders react to Kitzhaber's resignation

by Jim Redden
Oregon leaders were quick to react to Gov. John Kitzhaber's announcement that he will resign, effective Feb. 18. Most expressed sadness at the turn of events that will end Kitzhaber's 35-year…
Photo Credit: KEVIN SPERL - ODOT is working with city and county officials to upgrade the Tom McCall/Highway 126 intersection.
Feb 13, 2015

Will Tom McCall get a roundabout or a signal?

by Jason Chaney
Work has begun to determine what upgrades will be made to the intersection Local leaders often proclaim the financial and civic benefits of Facebook and Apple building data centers in…
Photo Credit: JASON CHANEY - Crook County Health Department nurse Susie Fisher, LPN administers a vaccine to Prineville child Lexanii Ruiz. The health department is one of several locations where children can receive immunizations.
Feb 13, 2015

School Exclusion Day nears

by Jason Chaney
Parents whose children are not current on required vaccines have until Feb. 18 to immunize them before they are held out of school Five days a week, hundreds of children fill schools throughout…
Photo Credit: KEVIN SPERL - TAG Team students, from left, Vanya Crumrine, Jacob Mead and Madison Fall prepare a drone for flight during their after-school TAG class in the Ochoco Elementary School gym.
Feb 13, 2015

Ready to take flight

by Kevin Sperl
Ochoco Elementary School students in the Talented and Gifted program build functioning model drones On the stage of the gym at Ochoco Elementary, Steve Prull, instructional technology director…
Photo Credit: LON AUSTIN - The proposed bikeway and byway would follow the scenic Crooked River up toward Bowman Dam.
Feb 13, 2015

Crooked River bikeway and byway designations sought

by Jason Chaney
Local tourism advocates and bicycle enthusiasts pursuing state-based labels To help boost tourism, a group of local leaders are teaming up to designate the Crooked River Highway as a scenic…
Photo Credit: PHOTO COURTESY OF WIKIPEDIA - Because wolves are attracted to livestock bones, Crook County's wolf depridation program is developing a program to remove them from ranches.
Feb 13, 2015

County prepares as state wolf recovery plan moves forward

by Kevin Sperl
Local work continues to develop bone pile removal program to keep wolves out of the Crook County area The State of Oregon has announced it will be moving to phase II of its wolf recovery plan…
Photo Credit: TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO - Oregon Democrats have been calling for the resignation of Gov. John Kitzhaber.
Feb 12, 2015

Political pressure squeezes 'struggling' Kitzhaber

by Peter Wong and Hillary Borrud/Capital Bureau
Both Senate President Peter Courtney and House Speaker Tina Kotek agree that the Governor should resign Gov. John Kitzhaber is under renewed pressure by Democratic legislative leaders to resign…
Secretary of State Kate Brown.
Feb 12, 2015

Brown: Kitz wanted to talk, but meeting was 'bizarre,…

by Peter Wong/Capital Bureau
SALEM — Secretary of State Kate Brown says she is unsure what to make of a meeting between her and Gov. John Kitzhaber, who is under pressure to resign. Democratic legislative leaders and state…




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