Sunriver-area residents struggle with Deschutes flooding

Possible causes range from changing river channel to downstream weeds

The Deschutes River is running inside Phill McCage’s backyard, and it isn’t supposed to be … Read more

How does Central Oregon’s fire season compare?

Central Oregon in the midst of a bad, but not unprecedented, fire season

For many of Central Oregon’s residents and visitors, the 2017 fire season has been particularly … Read more

Fee, service changes coming to Deschutes National Forest

Fee-dependent campsites and trailheads providing services later in the year

Certain high-traffic areas of the Deschutes National Forest that would typically close Oct. 1 will … Read more

Smoke break not likely to last

Major cycle event canceled due to wildfires

Central Oregon residents got a break Thursday from some of the worst wildfire smoke to … Read more

Workshop to drill down on Newberry’s energy potential

55 scientists travel to Bend for geothermal workshop

Most Central Oregonians know Newberry Volcano for its scenic views and location within the Newberry … Read more

Smoke is worst Bendites have seen in years

Around Central Oregon, poor air quality continues

Even when Cecilia Secor’s roof on her home in Bend’s Sundance subdivision had been singed … Read more

Smoke effects span Bend, Sisters

Air quality may temporarily improve

Smoke from wildfires blanketed the Bend and Sisters landscapes on Tuesday, a visible reminder of … Read more

Behind the lines of a Sisters fire camp

How firefighters eat, sleep and live as they battle the Milli Fire

SISTERS — As the pink sun set on Thursday evening, a shift of firefighters began … Read more

Milli Fire near Sisters up to 12,809 acres

Firefighters continued burnout efforts on the Milli Fire west of Sisters on Thursday morning. The … Read more

Remodeling project for Prineville BLM

Beginning next week, the Bureau of Land Management will be remodeling its district office in … Read more

Skies are empty, highways are full and Bend is … quiet?

Eclipse predictions mostly on point

Clouds and crowds. Predictions on those two things have been front and center in Central … Read more

Governor says Oregon “ready” for eclipse

Traffic, fire, medical teams prepare for crush of viewers

SALEM — Oregon is ready for its moment not in the sun, with Central and … Read more

Deschutes conservation planning picks up this week

Public meetings slated for Madras, Bend this week

The next phase of the nearly decadelong process of creating a habitat conservation plan for … Read more

Warm Springs fire grows significantly

Lightning started more fires around Central Oregon

The Nena Springs Fire burning through the Warm Springs Indian Reservation grew more than 10,000 … Read more

Forest Service closures during eclipse

Some roads, areas on public lands will be off limits

The U.S. Forest Service plans to close roads and limit access to certain areas in … Read more

Feds to shift approach on sage grouse

Federal report suggests population targets, more flexibility for state governments

A federal report may change the way Oregon and other Western states manage populations of … Read more

Butterflies carpet Central Oregon in orange

California tortoiseshell butterflies appear in the ‘millions,’ researchers say

Pandora moths have hogged the spotlight in Bend, literally and figuratively, but they weren’t the … Read more

Fire prompts closures near Hampton

A fire to the southeast of Bend prompted a road closure and delays on U.S. … Read more

Dam removal underway near Redmond

107-year-old Cline Falls Dam served war effort, a nonexistent town

REDMOND — A 107-year-old dam to the west of Redmond, one that provided hydroelectric power … Read more

Warming to worsen dead zones, algae blooms choking U.S. water

WASHINGTON — Projected increases in rain from global warming could further choke U.S. waterways with … Read more

No. 1 eclipse tip: Protect your eyes

Experts remind people it’s never OK to look into the sun

If there’s only one thing you remember about the solar eclipse coming Aug. 21, it … Read more

Forest Service trail now slated to be paved this fall

Woodpecker nesting, ODOT underpass help delay trail

A trail designed to connect the new welcome center in the Deschutes National Forest to … Read more

Oregon sees big jump in outdoor recreation spending

Outdoor activities generate more than $16 billion in state, according to study

Outdoor activities generate more than $16 billion annually in Oregon, according to an industry study … Read more

Blue-green algae advisory for Odell Lake

Toxins from blue-green algae have appeared in Odell Lake, the Oregon Health Authority announced Monday. … Read more

Long winter causes problems on Pacific Crest Trail

Hikers jumped to Oregon to avoid Sierras, encountered more snow

A winter that was colder and wetter than usual up and down the West Coast … Read more

Campfire restrictions coming on Friday

Fires to be limited to staffed campgrounds

Public lands managers around Central Oregon are implementing new restrictions on campfires in light of … Read more

Algae causes problems in popular Central Oregon lake

Lake Billy Chinook deals with blue-green algae outbreak

A familiar sludge-like, neon-green cloud returned this summer to cause problems at one of Oregon’s … Read more

Cultus Lake boat ramp, day use area to reopen

The boat ramp and day use area at Cultus Lake will reopen at noon Friday, … Read more

Nearby towns ambivalent about Rainbow Family gathering

Residents of Harney, Baker Counties weigh in on unpermitted gatherings

JOHN DAY — For the approximately 13,000 people who attended the Rainbow Family of Living … Read more

Rainbow Family, federal government clash on national forest land

Killing of pet adds to deep tensions

JOHN DAY — At around 8 p.m. Thursday, a green and white U.S. Forest Service … Read more

Rainbow Family, federal officials disagree on gathering’s impacts

Forest Service points to vegetation compaction; attendees predict recovery

JOHN DAY — If you spend enough time at prayer circles organized by the Rainbow … Read more

Tree removal at Cultus starts Wednesday

Officials say they misunderstood spotted-owl requirements

Crews plan to start removing hundreds of dead and diseased trees near the Cultus Lake … Read more

Motorized vehicle trails in the Ochoco National Forest draw criticism

Approval of new trails concern environmental groups

After years of preparation, the Ochoco National Forest approved a controversial plan to implement nearly … Read more

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