Revitalization efforts and plans for business corridor to be topic at this week's 'What's Brewing?'

The Homeless Leadership Coalition (HLC) will be kicking off the annual Point-in-Time Count in Central Oregon on Jan. 24. This event is a count of people who are homeless or in transitional housing in Deschutes, Crook and Jefferson counties. The count is part of a state and national effort to identify the number of people struggling to find appropriate and adequate housing.

Individuals and families counted through this effort include people living in: shelters, transitional housing, "doubled up" with other families/friends, camping or sleeping in cars, and other places not designed for human habitation.

Counts will be taking place at the Prineville Presbyterian Church in Prineville on Jan. 24, 25 and 26 located at 1771 NW Madras Highway. Updated locations can be found on the HLC website's Community Calendar page at

The Crook County Foundation "What's Brewing?" will be held Wednesday, Jan. 17 at Meadow Lakes Restaurant, 300 SW Meadow Lakes Drive, from 7 to 8 a.m. The presentation will be "What is the plan for downtown Prineville?" Join City Planning Director Phil Stenbeck as he discusses the downtown revitalization efforts and what plans are in store for the Third Street corridor that will be good for businesses and our community.

For more information about the Crook County Foundation and its programs, visit or contact the foundation at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 541-460-2393.

This week, Prineville Perk will be hosted by Carriage Place, 150 SE Williamson Drive, on Friday, Jan. 19 from 8 to 8:30 a.m. For more information on Prineville Perk, contact the Chamber of Commerce at 541-447-6304.

The Central Oregonian will be publishing a Fire Service Appreciation section honoring our local Crook County Fire and Rescue first responders on Friday, Jan. 26. The special section is to honor those who keep our communities safe from the ravages of fire through prevention, suppression and determining how they start. Businesses as well as individual community members can sponsor this publication. If you would like to be a sponsor and show your support of our first responders, you can do so by contacting Priscilla Smith at 541-447-6205.

On Dec. 22, 2017, changes to the tax code were passed into law that will lower federal taxes on corporations. Pacific Power will pass the benefit of this tax cut on to customers.

"We strive to provide our customers reliable service while keeping rates low," said Stefan Bird, president and CEO of Pacific Power. "The benefit of this tax cut should be passed on to our customers — and we will work with our regulators and stakeholders on the best way to do that."

The full impact of this tax change will take several months to calculate. Also, any proposed changes to benefit customers, such as rate reductions, will then require the approval of the state public utility commission. As such, it will take some months before the company will be able to offer proposals on how best to pass these benefits to customers.

Healthy Beginnings has received a $5,500 grant from the Les Schwab Contribution Committee.

The Central Oregon nonprofit organization provides free health screenings and referrals for young children with the goal of ensuring they enter kindergarten ready to succeed.

This grant will help Healthy Beginnings provide free health and developmental screenings to children in rural Central Oregon communities and will help sponsor the 2018 Grin and Bear it Run on March 3 in Bend.

This column was written by the Central Oregonian's general manager Teresa Tooley. If you have something that you would like to have included in the Central Oregonian's business briefs, e-mail it to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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