Going far beyond the map

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Geography studies in COCC geography classes explore cultures, climates and connections.

Culver PTO gets playground grant

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A Northwest Farm Credit Services Rural Community Grant will help support a new playground structure

Diabetes prevention program offered in C.O.

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Group setting provides social support in the free program, with a lifestyle coach.

Scholarship help days at COCC

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The Bend and Redmond campuses are hosting 'Scholarship Day,'on Wednesday, Jan. 23.

Waterproofing business opens

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Owner has experience and is also a licensed general contractor and does remodeling.

Fair court coronation scheduled

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The public is invited to celebrate the coronation of the Jefferson County Fair and Rodeo Court.

Blood drive in Madras on Jan. 16

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The American Red Cross and MountainStar Family Relief Nursery are co-hosting a blood drive.

Culver FBLA pitches-in

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Throughout October and November, Culver FBLA raised money for the March of Dimes.

Birth announcements

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Birth announcements from St. Charles Madras hospital for the week of Jan. 4 are listed.

Watershed council to meet

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The Middle Deschutes Watershed Council will hold a public meeting on Jan. 22, at 4:30 p.m.

VFW recognizes Voice of Democracy participants

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Madras High School students recive certificates for participation in the Voice of Democracy program.

J.C. Farm Bureau receives state OFB award

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The Jefferson County Farm Bureau recently received the highest level of Agro Award attainable.

Housing Works opens up voucher waiting list

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Will only open Monday, Jan. 14, at 8 a.m. and remain open through Jan. 18, at 5 p.m.

Community website launched for J.C.

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The website promotes events, activities, awareness, and opportunities for community members.

Memorial event for Cora

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Participate in a crossfit program that the girl helped write at a memorial event on Jan. 12.

Central Oregon Farm Fair and Trade Show scheduled for the…

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What visitors can expect at the 39th annual Central Oregon Farm Fair and Trade Show.

Births

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Birth announcements for babies born at St. Charles Madras hospital between Dec. 31 and Jan. 3.

Hikers visit Otter Bench

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Desert Trail Association member Dan Chamness led a New Year's Eve hike on Otter Bench Trail.

Annual livestock association banquet to be held Jan. 19

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The Jefferson County Livestock Association will hold their annual banquet on Saturday, Jan. 19.

'Miracle' donation goes to LINC

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The LINC organization, which helps low-income people in the community, received a $900 donation.

LINC volunteers bring gifts to W.S.

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Volunteers from LINC brought some Christmas cheer to students in Warm Springs in December.

Rural advocates help Healthy Beginnings

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Healthy Beginnings, a Central Oreogn nonprofit, is launching its Rural Advocate Program.

Epiphany event celebrates coming of wise men

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Local residents are invited to come celebrate Epiphany, the 12th day of Christmas.

KJIV Radio offers the unexpected

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There's a low-power radio station emitting music from the top of Grizzly Butte.

Kings cake celebrates wise men

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Epiphany, or the arrival of the three wise men, is celebrated with a 'Ring of kings' cake.

Jobs for Life grads tell about goals

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The latest graduating students reside at the Deer Ridge Correctional Facility in Madras.

Class reveals mechanics of the mind

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Central Oregon Community College psychology program takes students to next level

New 'Mamma Mia' film at library

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The Jefferson County Library Film Center will be featuring the new 'Mama Mia' film in January.

Births

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Birth announcements from St. Charles Madras hospital from Nov. 23 through Dec. 21.

Be a master food preserver

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Applications are being accepted for 'Master Food Preserver' volunteer training.

FFA does community service

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The Madras FFA chapter, and students in the Agricultural Leadership class recently did a community service project.

Deputies grow beards for a cause

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The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office joined the No Shave November effort.

Life coach helps people reach goals

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Local counselor Dan Crowley is now offering services as a life coach to help people reach their goals.

Whale watch time on the coast

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You can view gray whales on the move south again this December off the coast of Oregon.

W.S. healing conference helps ride out the storm

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Pastor Upham shared, 'Healing the Orphan's Heart,' a message of hope, healing and restoration.

Christian School offers preschool story time

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The Madras Christian School is offering 'Your Story Hour,' a free program for preschoolers.

Culver grad helps build house of the future

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Kellian Moore was recently in Dubai as part of Virginia Tech's first-place winning FutureHAUS team.

Warming shelter welcomes local homeless people

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In November, the first full month, we had 205 guest overnight stays and served 450 meals.

Car crashes into yard

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The circumstances of an accident at Seventh and E streets, is still being investigated.

Freeze Your Fanny run coming

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The Freeze Your Fanny event on Dec. 29, is a benefit for MountainStar Relief Nursery.

Kids do crafts at LINC party

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Some 50 kids and parents attended the LINC Christmas Party on Dec. 8, at the library annex.

Join First Day Hikes at state parks

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For the Smith Rock State Park hike, meet at 10 a.m., at the park's welcome center.

Scouts to pick up Christmas trees

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Cub Scout Pack 58 will be holding two Christmas tree pickup events, Dec. 29 and Jan. 5.

Elks host party, deliver food baskets

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The Madras Elks Lodge held its Children's Christmas Party on Dec. 15, with the Grinch, Santa.

Operation Rudolph wraps up season

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This year's Kiwanis project, Operation Rudolph was extremely successful on several fronts,

Freeze Your Fanny run coming

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The Freeze Your Fanny event on Dec. 29, is a benefit for MountainStar Relief Nursery.

New CASAs sworn in

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Jefferson County has six CASA advocates, who live in the county, but is in need of more for 61 kids.

Cub Scout pack makes plans

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Cub Scout Pack 58 held its first meeting Nov. 30, jointly with Boy Scout Pack 65.

Tribal member art show opens

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The show is open through Feb. 2, with around 60 pieces, at the Museum at Warm Springs.

Metolius students shop for others

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Students sorted through tables of donated items for gifts to buy at the Metolius Christmas Store.

Lady of Guadalupe walkers make journey

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Each year, on Dec. 12, walkers mark the anniversary of the appearance of the Lady of Guadalupe,

YouthBuild home dedicated in Madras

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The sixth and final home in Madras built by the YouthBuild Corps was dedicated last week.

Madras collection delivered to fire victims

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Watkins family makes two-day trip with loaded trailer to Oroville, California.

Web-based food preservation course to be offered

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Oregon State University extension is offering an online food safety and preservation course.

Scouts to pick up Christmas trees

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Cub Scout Pack 58 will be holding two Christmas tree pickup events, for a suggested tax-deductible donation of $5.

Retirement party for Comissioner Ahern

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A celebration for outgoing commissioner Mike Ahern will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 19.

Operation Rudolph going strong

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Opperation Rudolph has gotten a wonderful response from the community this year.

Cardio Challenge winners announced

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A total of 74 people completed the entire cardio challenge and collected cash prizes.

Farm Bureau gets updates, gives awards

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Members hear report from Ambros Calcagno on marketing fresh produce to large stores.

Holiday Gala gives sold-out performance

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Crowd enjoys seasonal music, from opera to folk, and Tchaikovsky's 'Dance of the Flutes' ballet.

Gallery opens holiday show

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Art Adventure Gallery held its December exhibit opening during the First Thursday event in Madras.

Bingham releases holiday audio book

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Ashwood author Bing Bingham has released a new audio book 'Holiday Grace' to download.

Births

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Birth announcements from St. Charles Madras hospital for the week of Dec. 3 through 5.

State parks parking permits on sale

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This holiday season, give the gift of unlimited access to Oregon's state parks.

Santa to visit Plateau Travel Plaza

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Kids are invited to come meet Santa Claus at the Plateau Travel Plaza on Dec. 16.

Legal services for seniors

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Legal aid services are being offered for free in Madras to adults 60 years and older.

Tips to avoid the flu

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It's flu season, and people are being urged to stay home from work if they get sick.

Strutz wins football contest

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After weeks of predicting the winning teams in football games across the nation, the contest ends.

Creatures Pet Shop expands

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Now offering dog grooming, and U-Wash services. Has doubled the size of the shop.

Miracle on Fifth Street coming

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The Madras Downtown Association is sponsoring a 'Miracle on Fifth Street' holiday event, Thursday, Dec. 6.

Food drive, fire board, gift wrapping events slated

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Culver 4-H group sets food drive, Kiwanis need help wrapping toys, Fire board will meet.

Holiday Gala on Saturday

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Biggest show yet, with opera singers, dancers, mountain dulcimer music and choirs.

Fund set up for Foster Kalama

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Longtime school -tribes liaison and youth advocate, Kalama is In need of a liver transplant.

Sharp buys Prince's Towing

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Prince's Towing LLC, in Madras, was purchased Oct. 1, by Ron Sharp and is located near Airport Plaza

Library hosts holiday film party

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Jimmy Stewart movie 'Shop Around the Corner,' holiday treats will be part of the fun.

Kiss guitar delivered to Madras

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Madras bidders receive Kiss Band guitar won at the 'Hairless Nation' benefit for Patterson.

Santa's Workshop in Metolius

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Parents are invited to bring their children to enjoy treats, make gifts at the Metolius Train Depot.

Students selected for Sister City trip

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The students will be undertaking fundraising efforts to finance their trip costs.

Supply drive for California fire victims

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Tim and Amy Watkins, of Madras, are seeking donations of clothing and other basic items.

Credit union 'adopts' FFA member

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Madras FFA member Zoya Henson-Dietz has been 'adopted' by the Northwest Farm Credit Services.

Season of Sharing ideas

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Several groups around the community are holding drives for residents in need of food and gifts.

O'Brien's last performance in 'Nutcracker'

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'The Nutcracker' will be performed at Bend Senior High School Auditorium Dec. 1 and 2.

Deadline for Cherry Tree partner

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Up to $10,000 is raised each year to benefit the group partnering with Rotary for a local project.

Miracle on Fifth Street coming

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The Madras Downtown Association is sponsoring a 'Miracle on Fifth Street' holiday event.

Off-the-grid living in Three Rivers

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From mansions to trailers, homes all solar or wind powered in U.S.'s largest off-grid community.

MHS stages 'A Christmas Carol'

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Play opens Nov. 29, with a Charles Dickens' classic to get viewers in the holiday spirit.

Metolius Friends Church fills shoeboxes

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Part of 'Operation Christmas Child' to spread the gospel to children around the world.

Cub Scout Pack 58 reactivated

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Cub Scout Pack 65 and the new Pack 58 will hold a joint meeting from 6-7 p.m., Friday, Nov. 30.

The learning journey of massage

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Combining science and ancient traditions, the licensed massage therapy class explores ideas.

Children's author visit helps local Humane Society

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Author Jean Russell Nave will be at the Three Rivers Humane Society booth, Dec. 8.

'Birding Without Borders' is featured book

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Author Noah Strycker's book 'Birding Without Borders' has been selected for Community Read.

Downtown Madras plans miracle

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The Madras Downtown Association is sponsoring a 'Miracle on Fifth Street' holiday event.

Madras provides Redmond Christmas tree

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Barb and Jack Skidgel's seedling from Madras grew 30 feet, and became town holiday tree.

Patterson party a blast from the past

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'Fun'draising event raises an estimated $17,000-$20,000 to help with medical expenses.

509-J learning center offers after-school electives

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Program working as a partner with the Kids Club, not trying to conflict with their program.

CASA donations doubled on Tuesday

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Court Appointed Special Advocates of Central Oregon has a 'Giving Tuesday' challenge.

Cub Scout Pack 58 reactivated

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Cub Scout Pack 65 and the new Pack 58 will hold a joint meeting from 6-7 p.m., Friday, Nov. 30.

FFA collects for food pantry

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Since 2008 the Oregon Food Bank has seen the demand for emergency food boxes increase.

Holiday Gala coming

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A Hallelujah Chorus is now forming, and many singers are still needed. Rehearsal is Nov. 27.

Farm Bureau slates annual meeting

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The Jefferson County Farm Bureau will hold its annual meeting from 6-9 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 17.

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