COCC, OSU-Cascades’ apps help make college more convenient

Apps allow students and faculty to check grades, email, campus maps and more

Alexa Tawzer, who studied at Central Oregon Community College last year, said she used the … Read more

Even after snow, Central Oregon still mired in drought

Much of Deschutes County mired in ‘extreme drought,’ among nation’s worst.

Cold, snowy storms pounded much of the Pacific Northwest, Central Oregon included, for a week, … Read more

Mayor defends choice of Piper, says she’s been bullied for it

Sally Russell put on the defensive by an occasionally hostile crowd

Bend Mayor Sally ­Russell, saying she had “never been more attacked or bullied” after choosing … Read more

COCC president candidate Chesley sees more online courses, better link to OSU-Cascades

The candidate has spent 18 years in higher education in Michigan and Pennsylvania

Laurie Chesley, one of three candidates running to become Central Oregon Community College’s next president, … Read more

Most Central Oregon kids enter kindergarten with state-average levels of literacy, math skills

Young kids’ literacy and math skills entering elementary school depends on socioeconomic status, says Bend-La Pine administrator

Central Oregon kindergartners start school with about the same level of literacy and math skills … Read more

Snow tours beginning again after government shutdown

After being put on hold during the federal government shutdown, interpretive snow tours are returning … Read more

Bend will reduce speeds on Penn, Neff

Bend will reduce speeds on Penn Avenue and Neff Road this month. Penn Avenue turns … Read more

Prineville selected a finalist for new playground

The city of Prineville is a finalist to receive funding for a new playground through … Read more

Around the state

Official: Texts show police-extremist collusion — A member of Portland’s City Council said she is … Read more

Redmond museum may reopen in historic depot

Historic items being stored around Central Oregon until a location becomes available

Pieces of Redmond’s history are being kept in storage at different places around Central Oregon, … Read more

Bend cougar sighting part of larger trend

Pressure from humans, changes to deer population driving uptick in sightings

Wildlife officials say cougars like the one shot and killed in southwest Bend last weekend … Read more

Bend affordable housing committee has plans for $1M in loans

Plan includes 50 new affordable homes and additional homeless shelter beds

Bend’s affordable housing advisory committee wants to use $1 million in low-interest city loans to … Read more

Deschutes County commissioners choose legislative priorities

Bill on system development fees for marijuana growers, more judges top their list

Deschutes County’s top legislative priorities include getting the county another judge and killing a bill … Read more

Report: Deschutes, Crook counties are ‘child care deserts’

Just 20 percent of young kids in Deschutes County have available child care

Almost every county in Oregon, including Deschutes and Crook counties, is a “child care desert,” … Read more

FDA clears U.S. medical isotopes supply

Domestic production could end delays in nuclear medicine scans

For decades, U.S. health providers have relied on a fragile international supply of the medical … Read more

Madras woman pleads guilty to stealing from disabled adults

Tayva Tucker stole nearly $40K while a case manager at Best Care

A Madras woman pleaded guilty to a federal charge of stealing Social Security payments from … Read more

Redmond woman dies after being injured in crash

A Redmond woman seriously injured Thursday in a crash on U.S. Highway 97 in Bend … Read more

Man dies in crash on Old Bend Redmond Highway

An 84-year-old man died Tuesday after crashing his SUV through a fence and into a … Read more

Applicants sought for Jefferson/Crook judgeship

Deadline to apply to governor’s office is March 6

Gov. Kate Brown said Wednesday she is seeking applicants for a vacancy on the Jefferson/Crook … Read more

Around the state

Flooding and stranded travelers — Rain, snow and flooding continued to cause problems in parts … Read more

Man found dead left hospital after suspected DUII

John Love, retired Bend firefighter, left St. Charles in a cab

Shortly before he was last seen alive, the retired Bend firefighter whose snow-covered body was … Read more

Oregon Senate approves statewide rent control

First-in-nation bill expected to win approval in the House

SALEM — Statewide rent control took its first big jump toward becoming law Tuesday, winning … Read more

More pines than expected coming down by Sisters

Plan calls for 2,100 trees to be felled following encounter with Perspective

Many more trees than previously thought — about 2,100 — are slated for removal near … Read more

Bend’s new elementary finally has a name: North Star

Bend-La Pine School Board votes 5-1 to approve the new name

After a brief discussion and some dissent, the Bend-La Pine School Board voted 5-1 Tuesday … Read more

Oregon lawmakers debate multiple gun bills this session

SALEM — For the Oregon Legislature, it’s not a question of whether any firearms legislation … Read more

Central Oregon clears incubation period for measles exposure

Health officials urge vigilance with outbreak nearby

Central Oregon has seen no cases of measles since a resident from Clark County, Washington, … Read more

Oregon beer pioneer to close in March

PORTLAND — BridgePort Brewery, one of Oregon’s oldest craft breweries and a pioneer in the … Read more

Carbon cap hearing coming to Bend

Legislative panel coming on March 2

The Joint Committee on Carbon Reduction will hold a hearing March 2 in Bend to … Read more

Education nonprofit gets $1.5M for trauma-informed training for teachers

Funding will train 3,000 educators and hire three-trauma informed coaches

Better Together, a local nonprofit education organization, received a $1.5 million grant Tuesday to help … Read more

Married couple, frequent school volunteer among first to file for Bend-La Pine, COCC board seats

Filing for the May 21 election began Monday; four Bend-La Pine seats and three COCC seats up for grabs

Candidates for local school boards and the Central Oregon Community College board of directors began … Read more

Redmond housing plan gets warm reception in Salem

No opposition to including city in pilot project along with Bend

SALEM — Redmond would get a second shot at a state affordable housing pilot project … Read more

Fifth-graders learn science, food safety in pop-up restaurant project

Bend students’ Harry Potter-themed evening offers lessons on properties of matter, graphic design

Juniper Elementary fifth-graders in Jaime Speed’s class spent part of Monday afternoon divided into groups … Read more

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