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Bringing the Nativity scene to life

Bringing the Nativity scene to life

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The Biblical Christmas story comes alive in a memorable way on the campus of the Powell Butte Christian Church.
Country Christmas goes virtual

Country Christmas goes virtual

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The 29th annual Hospice Christmas Auction will be held as an online virtual auction on Dec. 5
COVID freeze hits Prineville, but Small Business Saturday…

COVID freeze hits Prineville, but Small Business Saturday…

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With many local businesses impacted by the pause due to COVID surges, local employers need support from local consumers
Getting meat on the table

Getting meat on the table

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New owners, John and Candace Frantz continue the tradition of offering high quality meats, with the added bonus of a smokehouse
Emphasizing grit and grace

Emphasizing grit and grace

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Kaley Blasdell demonstrates the grit and toughness that comes with being a lifestock contractor, but displays grace and graciousness as first runner…
The 2020 farm season concludes

The 2020 farm season concludes

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The summer drought facing Central Oregon created challenges for Crook County agriculture this season
Kindness in the face of tragedy

Kindness in the face of tragedy

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Mitchell School students took ownership of holding a walkathon to raise money for Mill City students affected by the fire
Nonprofits make their vote count

Nonprofits make their vote count

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Local mortgage company, Mann Mortgage, has presented six nonprofits with proceeds from every loan and transaction their business does each quarter…
Blessings in the form of a quilt

Blessings in the form of a quilt

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A community quilt group that meets at Our Savior's Lutheran Church will keep their yearly donations local
Prineville businesses to offer spooky fun Halloween

Prineville businesses to offer spooky fun Halloween

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The traditional candy crawl will be held at local businesses on Halloween to treat both youngsters and adults
Ochoco Creek Cleanup in need of volunteers

Ochoco Creek Cleanup in need of volunteers

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The annual cleanup will take place Oct. 17, and interested volunteers are encouraged to sign up ahead of time
On a quest for the news

On a quest for the news

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Third and fourth grade students at Steins Pillar Elementary are working on an education model that will result in creating their own newspaper
Serving up wood-smoked BBQ

Serving up wood-smoked BBQ

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Co-Owners David Brown and Jerry Roland have been serving an impressive barbecue menu since opening in May
Neat Repeat opens its doors, Senior Center remodel complete

Neat Repeat opens its doors, Senior Center remodel complete

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Despite the reopening of the Neat Repeat, the Prineville Senior Center remains closed due to state COVID regulations until phase three
1995: Local bowhunter has success

1995: Local bowhunter has success

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The nation watches as voters approve local school district budget proposal 50 years ago
Preserving a family treasure

Preserving a family treasure

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Beaver State Historical Gunmaker's Guild created replica of Kentucky Muzzle Loader from the 1700s and presented it to Ashcraft family last week
EDCO reports busy local spring and summer season

EDCO reports busy local spring and summer season

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Despite COVID-19, local EDCO director reports an uptick in many sectors of local businesses
1017 project reaches donation milestone

1017 project reaches donation milestone

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More than 57 tons of protein has been provided, since 2014 to food banks and shelters covering Deschutes, Jefferson, Crook and Lake counties
1970: Burglar breaks into Thriftwise Drug Store

1970: Burglar breaks into Thriftwise Drug Store

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Voters return to polls to vote for a fifth time on a controversial Crook County School District budget
Prose and Poems

Prose and Poems

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Amidst the current pandemic, Rick Steber releases three new books, with one being a western novel and two volumes of Prose and Poems to his collection
Bringing the business community together during the pandemic

Bringing the business community together during the pandemic

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When COVID-19 hit the community hard, the staff at the Prineville-Crook County Chamber of Commerce partnered with the community to keep bsuiness…
Everyday heros behind the shield

Everyday heros behind the shield

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When Kitsi Bass encountered challenges with face masks in her job during the pandemic, her supervisor and staff got creative
GriefShare support group resumes next month

GriefShare support group resumes next month

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Prineville Community Church will be the location of the series, facilitated by Chris and Shera Cookston and LaVerne Cater
Helping to preserve history

Helping to preserve history

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Sadee Moss has a passion for museum history, and now she is taking that passion to her new position at Bowman Museum
Oregon sees modest job gains in July

Oregon sees modest job gains in July

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Largest gains were in leisure and hospitality as well as government, retail and health care
Giving and sharing a rich life

Giving and sharing a rich life

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Colleen Ferguson will soon retire, and her career legacy will be a rich and fulfilling life in giving back
Retrieving a treasure

Retrieving a treasure

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Sharon Adams thought she would never again see the Mariner 31 ketch, which she used to navigate across the Pacific Ocean in 1969
Telling a tale for kids

Telling a tale for kids

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Powell Butte author Brian O'Connor strives to keep kids interested in reading with his first young readers adventure novel
Following a father's footsteps

Following a father's footsteps

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Steve Housley leaves Cascade Carpet Cleaning business in good hands as he retires after 43 years
Using down time to get things done

Using down time to get things done

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When the Prineville Elks Lodge No. 1814 was temprarily shuttered due to the pandemic, the members used the time to give the building a facelift

Harnessing the wind

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Harnessing the wind
Powell Butte youth Alayna Neville is training a BLM Warm Springs mustang for an upcoming competition called Teens and Oregon Mustangs, which will…

Birdhouse mystery solved

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Birdhouse mystery solved
Many local residents have wondered where the distinct birdhouses originated from that appear on fenceposts around the community

Stepping out on the open road in faith

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Stepping out on the open road in faith
Jacob and Kyla Salmond sold their house and bought an RV, in which they will adventure with their three boys across the U.S., seeking God's will

Local woman wins big

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Local woman wins big
Prineville resident Elizabeth Rollock wins a Ford pick up and a Sooner 3-horse trailer in Purina Sweepstakes

A roadmap to recovery

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A roadmap to recovery
Choices Recovery Services in Prineville offers alcohol and drug counseling and strives to treat the whole person

Meals on Wheels still rolling along

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Meals on Wheels still rolling along
Home delivery prep crew is based in the Eastside Church kitchen during senior center remodel

Relay forced to change plans, again

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Relay forced to change plans, again
The local Relay For Life fundraiser begins at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 25 online and in several Prineville neighborhoods

When the cause becomes personal

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When the cause becomes personal
Two women share their passion and reason for participating each year in Relay for Life.

Sharing what they love

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Sharing what they love
Mother-daughter duo Joni and Olivia Harms will put on a free country-western concert Sunday afternoon, Aug. 2 at Powell Butte Christian Church

Creating a warm and lively atmosphere

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Creating a warm and lively atmosphere
Business owner Xane Olson, building owner John Abell, bought and remodeled Richi's Place, with opening to public on June 26

Fundraiser benefits Humane Society director

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Fundraiser benefits Humane Society director
An online GoFundMe fundraiser is underway to benefit Jerilee Drynan, who formerly worked at the Crook County Humane Society, and who recently had…

Taking a seat while walking the wetlands

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Taking a seat while walking the wetlands
Rotary Club of Crook County and Crook County On The Move team up to add benches at the Crooked River Wetland Complex

Growing a garden of love

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Growing a garden of love
The Prineville Presbyterian Church has provided a community garden for the community's betterment for 15 years

Relay For Life won't stop for COVID-19

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Relay For Life won't stop for COVID-19
The annual American Cancer Society fundraiser is coming to a neighborhood near you Saturday, July 25

Feeding the need

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Feeding the need
More gthan 600 volunteer hours were contributed and 1,061 households worth of food were given away June 11 and 12 at the Crook County Fairgrounds

1920: Former policeman gets prison sentence

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1920: Former policeman gets prison sentence
1945: A longtime local resident is killed by an enraged bull east of Prineville

30 incredible years of serving the schools

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30 incredible years of serving the schools
Jan Martin has served Sisters and Crook County school districts, will retire July 1

Golden career celebration

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Golden career celebration
Woody Puckett pleasantly surprised by a parade celebration by his co-workers and supervisors at Endura Products when he reached his 50-year work…

Learning spiritual lessons from the pandemic

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Learning spiritual lessons from the pandemic
Local pastors reflect upon the lessons learned during the COVID-19 pandemic and share plans for Phase 2 reopening

Against all odds

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Against all odds
Sam Santiago dreamed of becoming a military officer, but he thought the odds were against him

Appreciation cruise

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Appreciation cruise
The Crook County Rodders organized a cruise Thursday to show first responders their appreciation at St. Charles Prineville, Crook County Sheriff's…

More than just coffee

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More than just coffee
Jim Kinsey and business partner Nick Randle opened their new business, Upright Coffee Company, last week, but this is just the beginning for the…

Teaming up for a common cause

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Teaming up for a common cause
A group of complete strangers rally together when a man reaches out on social media in a cry for help

Scrubbing in with the top Navy doctors

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Scrubbing in with the top Navy doctors
Jim Kucera joined the Navy during the cold war, and never expected to be spending his Navy career scrubbing in on the first 13 open heart human…

Beaver battle

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Beaver battle
Though beavers have made portions of Ochoco Creek home in the past, the problem has grown worse this year

Grasshoppers and hornets and such

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Grasshoppers and hornets and such
Whoever truly fears God has no legitimate reason to ever fear anybody or anything else

The current role of the Chamber

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The current role of the Chamber
Our focus is changing to helping plan for business preparedness, sustainability and economic recovery

Bringing hope to Africa amid COVID-19

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Bringing hope to Africa amid COVID-19
Kathy Vaughan of Redeemer Ministries returns to Uganda just before COVID-19 breaks out, and struggles to feed and minister to the people in her scope…

1970: Voters reject second school district budget

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1970: Voters reject second school district budget
1920: City council ordered an ordinance drawn for the care of heavy traffic, which had become a big issue

Local author spreading timely message

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Local author spreading timely message
Author releases his first children's book, which is a colorful picture book that teaches children how to cover their coughs and sneezes

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