Bidding a fond farewell to an old hospital

Bidding a fond farewell to an old hospital

Pioneer Memorial Hospital staff join local dignitaries and citizens at a sometimes emotional...

Turning weeds into a vegetable garden

Turning weeds into a vegetable garden

The Crook County High School FFA donates some of its product to food banks For years, customers...

Sgt. O'Daniel honored with Purple Heart

Sgt. O'Daniel honored with Purple Heart

While responding to a jewelry store break-in, he was seriously injured after the suspect attacked...

Reflections: final days of PMH

Reflections: final days of PMH

Doctor, nurse fondly recall times at 65-year-old Pioneer Memorial In May, 1950, Prineville held...


Prineville's Latest News

August 25, 2015

County bans pot operations

by Jason Chaney
Commissioners choose to opt out of allowing six different marijuana businesses; medical facilities still allowed within the Prineville city limits Recently passed state legislation gave Crook…
August 25, 2015

Facebook adding on in Prineville?

by Jason Chaney
The social network giant is seeking a new tax abatement agreement from Crook County and the City of Prineville Facebook has yet to make any announcements or disclose any plans for the near…
August 21, 2015

Gravel pit hearing gets heated

by Lon Austin
Many residents living near the site protest the proposed facility; decision delayed Wednesday night, a packed house at an emotional and sometimes heated planning commission meeting heard a dozen…
August 21, 2015

City sets its grind and inlay plans

by Jason Chaney
Reconstruction work planned for Northwest Ninth Street and Northwest Harwood Street during first half of September During the past few summers, City of Prineville public works staff has set…
August 21, 2015

Celebrating the summer season one last time

by Jason Chaney
The 2015 Pioneer Summer Fest and Highland Games just around the corner When Bret and Jenny Agee first launched the Pioneer Summer Fest in 2013, they weren’t sure how it would turn out. Their…
August 18, 2015

Final Prineville Reservoir boat ramp to close Friday

by Central Oregonian
Due to low water levels, Prineville Reservoir is closing its final developed boat ramp for the season this coming Friday. The ramp will be closed to trailered boat launching as it is unsafe to…
August 18, 2015

Hustling to beat the first bells of the school year

by Lexie Tombleson
On track: Busy summer of school construction Throughout the summer, Crook County residents have been able to witness the results of the bond measure they passed in 2013 to improve their schools.…
LON AUSTIN/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - The up and coming country band Parmlaee plays the fair on Friday night, performing their own hits and country classics.
August 11, 2015

2015 fair attendance dwarfs last year's total

by Tony Ahern
Expanded carnival earns rave reviews; auction tops $400,000 One of the most highly anticipated, and most successful, Crook County Fairs in recent memory wrapped up Saturday. "We don't have final…
August 11, 2015

McKay Creek Road blaze destroys barn

by Tony Ahern
A barn fire north of Prineville Sunday off McKay Creek Road led to the complete loss of the structure. At approximately 1 p.m., Crook County Fire and Rescue was dispatched to the blaze. When…
August 11, 2015

Drug Court: an inspired process

by Steve Kadel
Court model so successful that every state now has the program Chris Gernert and William Worthington graduated Friday from Drug Court after enduring a challenging road back from addiction. “Both…

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CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - The Crook County 4-H Horse Fair gives members a chance to showcase their horses.
Aug 11, 2015

Now it's the horse fair's turn

by Jason Chaney
Visitors welcome to watch the event; about 20 youth expected to compete As far as most people are concerned, the local fair has come and gone. However, for a small group of individuals, fair…
Aug 11, 2015

Weatherization grants arranged

by Jason Chaney
Grants to help low-income keep homes warmer, improve air quality The City of Prineville and Crook County air quality committee has begun enacting its recently approved plan and some provisions…
Aug 07, 2015

Fair '15: bigger, better

by Jason Chaney
The Crook County Fair begins Wednesday evening and features new and improved attractions The Crook County Fair kicks off tomorrow and event organizers have added some new and upgraded…
Aug 11, 2015

The public meeting regarding the 99-acre gravel quarry will be…

by Steve Kadel
Gravel mining sought near Prineville Planning Commission sets public hearing Aug. 12 The public meeting regarding the 99-acre gravel quarry will be held at the Crook County meeting room, 320…
Aug 07, 2015

Governor OKs recreational pot sales in dispensaries

by Steve Kadel
Change is effective Oct. 1; impact on Crook County remains uncertain Oregon’s medical marijuana dispensaries may begin selling recreational pot on a temporary basis beginning Oct. 1, although…
PHOTO COURTESY OF BETTY ROPPE - A group of family and colleagues made a surprise trip to celebrate with Betty Roppe (center) as she learned of her Mayors Leadership Award. Pictured with Roppe left to right are Prineville City Manager Steve Forrester, Roppe's daughter Kathy Holeman, Roppe's husband, Jim, and City Engineer Eric Klann.
Aug 11, 2015

Prineville mayor honored with leadership award

by Jason Chaney
The Oregon Mayors Association gave Betty Roppe the small city Mayors Leadership Award Prineville Mayor Betty Roppe sat at the Oregon Mayors Association Summer Conference banquet, listening as…
Aug 11, 2015

Community college students get tuition help

by Steve Kadel
About $10 million is earmarked to supplement other college loan programs Some community college students in Oregon may get a big financial boost from a bill the Legislature passed during the…
Aug 11, 2015

Cecil Sly Elementary named top recycler

by Jason Chaney
The school's students and parents recycle more than 3,000 beauty product containers as part of a TerraCycle-sponsored program When it comes to recycling, one organization believes Cecil Sly…
LON AUSTIN - Crook County High School NJROTC cadet staff members Chad Lawrence, left, and Bryan Dominguez display the banner for their Distinguished Unit designation.
Aug 07, 2015

High school NJROTC honored as Distinguished Unit

by Jason Chaney
The recognition was given for excellence in a variety of categories including community service and military proficiency One of the focuses of the Crook County High School NJROTC is to serve the…
CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - Parmalee, comprised of four musicians who grew up in North Carolina, will perform their country hits at the Crook County Fair on Friday.
Aug 07, 2015

Parmalee taking the stage in Prineville

by Jason Chaney
The journey to country stardom includes an attempted robbery that nearly claimed the life of a band member The history of hit country band Parmalee in many respects is similar to other artists…



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