Deschutes County housing crisis creates growing segment of homeless population: RV dwellers

Homelessness up 12% over 2018 point-in-time count

Paul Alex Rudy would love to have a job working with technology. The 26-year-old loves … Read more

ODOT seeks compromise from Deschutes County, Terrebonne residents

Plan to reroute U.S. Highway 97 stalled last month over community concerns

The Oregon Department of Transportation hopes to find common ground with Terrebonne residents and the … Read more

Sisters man arrested in hemp theft

Unclear whether the suspect thought it was marijuana

Sisters man arrested in hemp theft A Sisters man was arrested after allegedly stealing hemp … Read more

One dead, another seriously injured in Highway 20 collision

Cause of the accident is unknown

A two-vehicle collision left one woman dead and another man seriously injured on U.S. Highway … Read more

China Hat Road hate crime found to be a hoax

Authorities have concluded a hate crime near China Hat Road did not occur and the … Read more

Central Oregon bus ridership nearly doubles since 2014

New routes and services are cause of growth in Bend and surrounding areas

Ridership on buses in Central Oregon has nearly doubled since 2014 thanks to new services … Read more

Deschutes County inventory that protects animals, habitat may be reviewed

Wildlife inventory used in development decisions hasn’t been updated in 25 years

The list of animals and habitat protected from development in Deschutes County may soon be … Read more

Spike in code complaints prompts officer hire

Number of complaints in Deschutes County up 44% from last year

A 44% increase in complaints has prompted Deschutes County commissioners to add another code enforcement … Read more

1 killed in semitruck collision on Highway 97 south of La Pine

A La Pine man died in a head-on collision that closed U.S. Highway 97 Thursday … Read more

New Deschutes County landfill decision stalls

Commission chair raises concern over other aspects of waste management plan

A plan to move forward with a new Deschutes County landfill stalled after a county … Read more

Proposed campground north of Bend stirs neighbors

Longtime developer and neighbor concerned about fire hazard, other concerns from site

A California real estate agent hopes to build a campground north of Bend but is … Read more

Deschutes planning panel mulls proposal to protect church rights

Proposal would allow religious institutions in areas protected for wildlife

Religious institutions could be allowed on land zoned to protect wildlife if the Deschutes County … Read more

Events focus on help and hope for suicide prevention

Art exhibit, panel discussion, forum and candlelight vigil scheduled in Bend; stress-reduction event set for Redmond

Bend artist Nicola Carpinelli is exhibiting a painting series called “The Dead Poets” starting at … Read more

Paving project to close section of Ward Road starting Monday

The road will be closed between U.S. Highway 20 and Bear Creek Road

Ward Road will be closed between U.S. Highway 20 and Bear Creek Road in Bend … Read more

Suicide prevention trainings scheduled at Downtown Bend Library

Training seeks to teach people how to identify signs

Shepherd’s House Ministries will offer two free public training sessions this month aimed at preventing … Read more

Health officials report 2 more serious opioid overdoses

Emergency responders in Bend are now carrying extra doses of anti-overdose drug

Two more people suffered serious opioid overdoses since Deschutes County health officials warned last week … Read more

Thornburgh Resort comes back before Deschutes County

Controversial development tries to move forward after land use appeal

A Land Use Board of Appeals decision has sent the fate of a controversial proposal … Read more

Septic system woes spur lawsuit against Redmond homeowner

Deschutes County seeks to remove residents for public health hazard

LaRue Kasey can’t recall how long it has smelled like sewage at her house, but … Read more

Deschutes County tables proposal to rezone farm, forestland

Questions raised about whether the new zone would survive legal challenges

Deschutes County commissioners tabled an attempt to rezone farm- and forestland for residential use after … Read more

System used to measure wildfire risk called into question

Bend Fire official believes more factors should be considered

A Bend deputy fire chief says the standards Deschutes County is using to create a … Read more

Hiker slips off trail, dies at Smith Rock State Park

A hiker died Saturday after slipping and falling about 100 feet off a trail at … Read more

Deschutes County marijuana ban raises questions

Local industry concerned about ban’s impact to tax revenue

In 2016, when Deschutes County legalized marijuana about a year after the state did, commissioners … Read more

Fix in the future for dangerous Deschutes County intersection

23 accidents reported at U.S. Highway 20 and Hamby Road since 2012

One of Deschutes County’s most dangerous intersections is one step closer to getting a fix. … Read more

Farm gleaning brings fresh produce to Central Oregon food pantries

High Desert Food & Farm Alliance volunteers collect food for the pantries

To get fresh produce for local food pantries, High Desert Food & Farm Alliance volunteers … Read more

Deschutes County imposes marijuana moratorium

No new applications for recreational marijuana growers and processors will be processed

Deschutes County commissioners voted Monday to send the question of whether recreational marijuana growing and … Read more

Deschutes County plan to rezone farmland thrown into question

A Deschutes County proposal to rezone certain farm and forest lands could be upended in … Read more

Bend man dies in paragliding accident near Pine Mountain

Cause is under investigation

A Bend man fell to his death in a paragliding accident near Pine Mountain Thursday … Read more

Infected trees near Walton Lake pulled from chopping block

No thinning now planned of infected fir trees while Forest Service examines options

A 40-acre stand of disease-infected trees located near Walton Lake in the Ochoco National Forest … Read more

Arizona hiker hurt near Broken Top

Woman fell while descending trail at No Name Lake

An Arizona woman was injured Sunday while hiking near No Name Lake west of Bend. … Read more

Deschutes County moves toward opting out of marijuana

Voters would decide the issue in November 2020 election

Deschutes County is one step closer to asking voters to decide if future recreational marijuana … Read more

Deschutes County Commission may ask voters to prohibit marijuana businesses

Existing businesses would not be affected, county counsel says

Deschutes County commissioners are considering a prohibition on marijuana that would go before for voters … Read more

Deschutes County seeking members of new wildfire mitigation committee

Applications accepted until Aug. 26

Residents are invited to join a new committee charged with recommending to Deschutes County how … Read more

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