Ericksons Thriftway and Barney Prine's Steakhouse raising funds for Relay for Life

While the sunsets in Crook County have been gorgeous lately, the reason for this is an unwelcome visitor. As you are well aware, we have several fires surrounding our little community. The Waterman Complex fire has affected us the most here in Crook County and in a community as close-knit as Prineville, we all know someone. Whether it be family, friends, or co-workers, during times like this, you get to see people adapt to make things happen for personal reasons and businesses step up to make a bad situation better.

This fire has U.S. Highway 26 closed, shutting us off from the neighbors to the east. My parents made a couple of trips to John Day this past week to visit my grandmother and had to take the longer and scenic route through Seneca to get there and back.

Many families in the area were put on a level three evacuation and had to pack up and leave their homes behind. While Red Cross had set up a shelter at the Crook County High School and in Mitchell, those evacuees who had registered with Red Cross were able to take advantage of the generosity of Facebook. Facebook offered to pay for those families to stay in hotels and in more comfortable surroundings during their displacement from their homes.

Last Friday, Heidi Howard and I were working in my office and the scanner in the front office went off, saying there was a brush fire on Paulina Highway. Heidi has family that live in that area who have animals and were out of town. I grabbed a camera and we headed out to make sure all was OK. When we got to the location the fire was nearly out, thanks to a Western Heavy Haul truck driver, a couple of employees from SMAF Environmental, and several citizens passing by. When I stepped out to take the photo, the ground under my feet was dry and crunched with every step. Thanks to those who were in the right place, at the right time. With equipment they had with them, they were able to get the fire out quickly and quite possibly save our community from another fire that surely would have taken off and spread.

Prineville Perk will be held at the Prepper Up on Friday, July 25, from 8 to 8:30 a.m. Prepper Up is located at 862 N.W. Third St. For more information on Prineville Perk, contact the Chamber of Commerce at 541-447-6304. The Chamber is looking for businesses to host the weekly gathering. If you would like to have active Chamber members come to your business, have coffee, and learn what your business has to offer, give Kandice a call to get assigned a Friday that is convenient for you.

Team Ericksons (Thriftway) invites everyone to dinner at Barney Prine’s Steakhouse and Saloon, where Barney’s will be donating 10% of all food sales on Tuesday, July 22 from 4 p.m. to close. Money raised will benefit this weekend’s American Cancer Society Relay for Life.

The Crook County Foundation’s Picnic in the Park concert series continues this Wednesday, July 23, at the Pioneer Park. This week’s entertainment will be Harper and Midwest Kind, “world fusion featuring Australian didgeridoo and harmonica” will perform from 6–8 p.m.

Ball Janik LLP has announced that Laura Craska Cooper has been elected Chair of the Board of Directors for Central Oregon Community College, effective July 1. Cooper represents Zone 2, which primarily encompasses Crook County. Central Oregon Community College serves the Central Oregon region, providing comprehensive college services to the residents of its 10,000-square-mile district.

“I am honored to serve the college because it fills an important role in the community – offering career and technical education degrees and certificates, developmental courses, continuing education and community learning classes among other things. It is critical to sustaining the vitality of Central Oregon for future generations,” said Cooper.

Lindsey G. McKay, PA-C opened Cascade Direct Care a year ago at 750 N.W. Fourth St. They can be reached at 541-362-8688.

JD Crafton, TRF has been providing tax consulting and preparation for two years at his 396 N.E. Elm St. location. You can reach Crafton at 541-325-3036.

Andy’s Machine and Welding Shop, LLC, located at 4820 S.E. Paulina Hwy, opened two years ago. You can contact them at 541-447-4446.

Solstice Brewing is celebrating their third business anniversary this month. They are located at 234 N. Main St. and can be reached by calling 541-233-0883.

Bryant Brake and Alignment, LLC, located at 1422 N.W. Murphy Ct., is celebrating their fourth business anniversary this month. You can reach them by calling 541-416-5757.

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