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School district to sell vacated Ochoco Elementary building

School district to sell vacated Ochoco Elementary building

Businesses are expected to find the high traffic location of the school attractive What was a...

Enjoy roundup week

Enjoy roundup week

The Crooked River Roundup is the main event, but there will be plenty of ways to have fun in town...

Is Prineville really Oregon's poorest town?

Is Prineville really Oregon's poorest town?

Local leaders dispute the findings of a national report released by 24/7 Wall St. A recent...

Running for the Wall

Running for the Wall

Local veteran John Ferguson recently completed a motorcycle trek across the U.S. in honor of POWs...

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PHOTO COURTESY OF CROOK COUNTY JAIL - Ryan Babcock
June 26, 2015

Prineville man faces child porn charges

by Steve Kadel
Ryan Babcock arrested last week and faces 12 counts of possessing materials depicting explicit conduct of children A Prineville man has been arrested on multiple charges of child pornography,…
June 26, 2015

City leaders pleased with new budget

by Jason Chaney
Finance director calls 2015-16 document best yet, but room for improvement still remains When a municipality has won several consecutive awards for its budget, improving upon the document might…
June 26, 2015

Oregon Legislature approves mandatory sick leave bill

by Steve Kadel
The legislation will require employers of 10 or more to provide workers up to 40 hours of paid sick leave per year Backers of a legislative bill mandating sick pay for many Oregon employees call…
LON AUSTIN - This home, located on the corner of First and Deer streets, includes a cargo container (far right) accessory building.
June 26, 2015

County creating cargo home rules

by Jason Chaney
Planning commission working on rules that will govern how residents utilize the structures People can often spot cargo containers on train cars rolling along the tracks or on the back of a semi…
PHOTO COURTESY OF CCSO - Jonathan Mead
June 23, 2015

Local man facing sex abuse charges

by Jason Chaney
Jonathan Levi Mead is accused of multiple offenses stemming from an incident last summer in Columbia County A Prineville man is facing sex abuse charges following an incident last summer in…
June 23, 2015

Ochoco staff seeks input on Walton Lake project

by Tony Ahern
Work is meant to improve forest health and visitor safety at lake The Ochoco National Forest is looking to improve forest health and visitor safety in one of its most popular areas — around…
June 23, 2015

No Rainbow gatherings expected on Ochoco forestland this summer

by Jason Chaney
Forest personnel have not seen any interest thus far From one summer to the next, one of the unknowns that Ochoco National Forest personnel face is whether a Rainbow family gathering will occur…
June 22, 2015

Rollover wreck claims one life

by Steve Kadel
Ione man killed in crash; alcohol and excessive speed believed to be factors in the accident Editor's note: The print version of the following story incorrectly identified the victim of the car…
June 19, 2015

County assessor appraising businesses

by Jason Chaney
Some bristle at including mounts and decorations as taxable business assets A recent change in determining the value of personal property for local businesses has generated concern among at…
June 19, 2015

Residents weigh in on new city pot laws

by Jason Chaney
Two people speak in favor of legalized marijuana at a Prineville City Council meeting held last week Prineville City Councilors held a second discussion and public hearing on recreational…

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PHOTO COURTESY OF BOWMAN MUSEUM - The following photo was taken in an empty Ochoco Elementary School classroom in 1947. The school had been open just two years when the picture was taken.
Jun 19, 2015

Bidding a fond farewell to Ochoco Elementary

by Jason Chaney
Students and staff at Ochoco Elementary saddened by the closure of the 70-year-old school The shirts sported by Ochoco Elementary students and staff this past Thursday proudly proclaimed the…
Jun 16, 2015

Fire damages residence

by Jason Chaney
Estimated loss from blaze is about $5,000 A discarded cigarette was blamed for a fire early Tuesday morning that damaged a local residence. Crook County Fire & Rescue responded to the small…
CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - Rider Kiesner will bring his and trick-roping, gun-spinning to the Crooked River Roundup.
Jun 16, 2015

Ropes & revolvers

by Jason Chaney
Rider Kiesner, who has earned world champion accolades for his roping and gun-spinning skills, will be the Specialty Act for the Roundup Rider Kiesner cannot remember a time when he and his…
Jun 16, 2015

Where can local youth work?

by Jane Stelle
Jobs have been taken by some, but others still remain for kids to consider for the summer With the school year at its end, the summer employment outlook for high school students is mixed. Many…
JASON CHANEY - Zach Lampert, head golf professional at Meadow Lakes, poses with the outgoing fleet. New, blue Yamaha brand carts should arrive in July.
Jun 16, 2015

New carts for Meadow Lakes

by Jason Chaney
Meadow Lakes Golf Course is replacing its aging golf cart fleet with a 54 new Yamaha brand vehicles Golfers at Meadow Lakes will soon enjoy a smoother and more comfortable ride thanks to the…
Jun 11, 2015

Shooting victim's name released

by Jason Chaney
Frankie Holliday still in critical condition at St. Charles in Bend Crook County authorities have disclosed the name of a man who was shot on Sunday evening in the area of Elliot Lane in…
Jun 11, 2015

Local marijuana facility approved

by Jason Chaney
Bend couple hope to open medical marijuana dispensary in Baldwin Industrial Park next month Less than a month after the City of Prineville passed medical marijuana land use regulations, a…
Jun 11, 2015

Two young girls hurt in ATV wreck

by Jason Chaney
Crash head-on into Suburban on blind corner in the Ochocos Two juvenile girls were hospitalized Saturday evening for injuries sustained during an ATV crash on Ochoco National Forest. At about…
RAMONA MCCALLISTER - Prineville residents Harley Hess (left) and Fred Hosillos share a moment of friendship after the recital.
Jun 11, 2015

Sharing the bond of a world war

by Ramona McCallister
Prineville residents Harley Hess and Fred Hosillos, who shared contrasting circumstances inWorld War II, participated in a musical recital in memory of their experiences Among its many…
PHOTO COURTESY OF GREG CRASS - Cyclists and Lower 66 Trail volunteers gather for ribbon cutting on Thursday.
Jun 11, 2015

Lower 66 trail ready for use

by Jason Chaney
Local 2.3-mile trail is designed for mountain bike riders, but is suitable for other uses Last spring, work began on a new local bike trail that was intended to provide Crook County residents…




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