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Crook County schools getting summer face lift

Crook County schools getting summer face lift

New paint, upgraded mechanical systems, and asbestos removal under way across the district While...

Enjoy a fun, 'old-fashioned' Fourth

Enjoy a fun, 'old-fashioned' Fourth

Highlights include a pancake breakfast, a parade, a train ride and, yes, fireworks Independence...

Barnes Butte cleanup extended another week

Barnes Butte cleanup extended another week

About 320 cubic yards of contaminant will be removed and hauled to disposal facility The Barnes...

School district offering free meals program

School district offering free meals program

Will be available to children age 1-18 at multiple Prineville locations Naomi Piehl took her...

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Prineville's Latest News

July 02, 2015

Time to conserve city water

by Jason Chaney
The health of the City of Prineville water supply will depend on the conservation efforts of citizens So far, the drought facing Crook County has had little to no impact on the City of…
July 02, 2015

Some landlords say no to pot, legal or not

by Steve Kadel
Viking Property Management will not allow growth or use of marijuana on its properties At least one property management firm in Prineville has adopted a policy regarding recreational marijuana…
July 01, 2015

Prineville woman charged with manslaughter in fatal crash

by Jason Chaney
Crook County authorities arrested a Prineville woman Tuesday in connection with a fatal crash that occurred south of Prineville June 20. Jamie Sue McCormack was taken into custody on an arrest…
STEVE KADEL - First responders help Julie Alderman, 54, on Monday afternoon after the motorcycle she was riding with husband Alan Alderman crashed on Juniper Canyon Road.
June 30, 2015

Motorcycle crash injures Prineville resident

by steve kadel
The driver was unharmed in the crash, but the passenger sustained serious injuries A Prineville woman sustained serious injuries Monday afternoon in a single-vehicle motorcycle crash on Juniper…
June 30, 2015

Citizens form public safety committee

by Jason Chaney
Local leaders still await results of latest study on possible jail at PMH For more than a year, local leaders have worked to determine whether the Pioneer Memorial Hospital building could house…
STEVE KADEL - Angie Gilley, treasurer of the Ochoco Thunder chapter of the Oregon Veterans Motorcycle Association, says new members are always welcome to join the Prineville group.
June 30, 2015

Local veterans riding for a worthwhile cause

by steve kadel
The Ochoco Thunder motorcycle club includes about 30 veterans The Ochoco Thunder, Prineville’s chapter of the Oregon Veterans Motorcycle Association, will be on the road again Saturday to…
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…
JASON CHANEY - The Ochoco Elementary School building is now for sale after closing less than two weeks ago.
June 26, 2015

School district to sell vacated Ochoco Elementary building

by Steve Kadel
Businesses are expected to find the high traffic location of the school attractive What was a liability when children attended Ochoco Elementary School has become a positive attribute now that…
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…

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LON AUSTIN - This home, located on the corner of First and Deer streets, includes a cargo container (far right) accessory building.
Jun 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
Jun 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…
CENTRAL OREGONIAN FILE PHOTO - The cattle drive, held Wednesday evening, has long been one of the popular attractions leading up to the rodeo.
Jun 23, 2015

Enjoy roundup week

by Jason Chaney
The Crooked River Roundup is the main event, but there will be plenty of ways to have fun in town next week Grab your boots and cowboy hats and get ready for the annual community-wide party…
JASON CHANEY - Despite struggles brought on by the recession, the citizens of Prineville still approved a bond to pay for the new Barnes Butte Elementary School. Local officials contend the 24/7 Wall St. report is not a true depiction of the local economy.
Jun 23, 2015

Is Prineville really Oregon's poorest town?

by Jason Chaney
Local leaders dispute the findings of a national report released by 24/7 Wall St. A recent national report has determined that Prineville is the poorest city in Oregon, but local and regional…
Jun 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…
Jun 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…
Jun 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…
Jun 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…
Jun 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…
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…




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