Crestview Cable Communication changed its name to BendBroadband. TDS Broadband Service LLC, a subsidiary of Telephone and Data Systems, Inc. operated by TDS Telecom, bought Crestview in November 2017. Since the acquisition, TDS invested more than $20 million in network upgrades to service more than 21,000 homes in La Pine, Madras, Prineville, Metolius, Crooked River Ranch and Culver. Crestview was founded in Madras in 1955.

Bend Cultural Tourism Commission awarded $205,000 to Bend organizations to leverage marketing resources to attract more tourists during shoulder seasons and winter months. The recipients are: BendFilm Inc. — $33,750; High Desert Museum — 33,750; ScaleHouse Contemporary Creative Center — $20,500; Tower Theatre Foundation — $17,750; Bend Art Center — $15,000; Lay It Out Events — $15,000; Crow’s Feet Commons — $14,250; World Muse — $14,750; Deschutes County Historical Society — $9,500; Sunriver Music Festival — $8,250. The commission awarded two catalyst grant awards, supporting cultural initiatives in the development phase: Oregon State University-Cascades Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing — $12,500 and OUT Central Oregon — $10,000.

The Environmental Center will present its sixth Sustainability Awards, honoring businesses, organizations and individuals leading the way to a sustainable future in Central Oregon. Applications being accepted in four categories: small business, large business, organization (government and nonprofits) and individual. Go to for more information.