Deschutes County approves new pot rules

Cannabis industry says more restrictive rules could fuel black market

After more than a year of meetings, public hearings and more than a little controversy, … Read more

Deschutes County considers clearing the way for homes near Tumalo

The county will vote on a zoning issue that could allow up to 74 homes to the area

Deschutes County appears poised to rezone a nearly 500-acre former pumice mine west of Tumalo, … Read more

911 radios in Bend perform better than expected

Troubled system meets national standard in first round of testing

Preliminary testing of Deschutes County’s troubled new digital radio system shows coverage in Bend to … Read more

Deschutes County mulls building standards for fire-prone areas

New zoning, building rules could be in the works

As more people move to areas of Deschutes County that butt up against the forest, … Read more

Deschutes County Commission candidates offer different views

Patti Adair, James Cook are campaigning for seat held by Baney

When Deschutes County Commissioner Tammy Baney leaves office after 12 years next January, she’ll turn … Read more

Man shot by Deschutes County sheriff’s deputy identified

Brandon Berrett shot twice by sheriff’s deputy Chris Jones

Deschutes County authorities identified the man shot twice by a sheriff’s deputy in north Bend … Read more

Appeals court affirms land use ruling for Sisters church

The Oregon Court of Appeals on Wednesday affirmed a ruling by the state’s land use … Read more

Feature photo: Finding the perfect pumpkin

The pumpkin patch is open Tuesday-Sunday through October, and Smith Rock Ranch features other fall … Read more

Dead woman near road in Tumalo identified

Foul play not suspected

The woman whose body was discovered Tuesday off of O.B. Riley Road in Tumalo was … Read more

Deschutes County mulls zone to allow development between city and national forest

Deschutes County is considering planned zone changes that could allow schools, parks and low-density home … Read more

Ousted county Commissioner Tammy Baney will lead Central Oregon council

Executive director’s job will pay $120,000 a year

Longtime Deschutes County Commissioner Tammy Baney will take over as executive director of the Central … Read more

Deschutes County eyes FEMA grant to clear parcel near Redmond

A magnet for illegal camping, 1,800-acre parcel poses wildfire risk

A year after the Milli Fire, Deschutes County is eligible for a federal grant that … Read more

Troubled 911 radio system now attracting political scrutiny

Deschutes County commissioners attend 911 service district meeting

With the November general election fast approaching, ongoing problems with a new digital emergency radio … Read more

Charges dropped for Redmond man with 50 year prison sentence

Joshua Horner, convicted of sexual abuse, becomes first man exonerated through work of Oregon nonprofit

Joshua Horner, a Redmond man facing five decades in prison after he was convicted of … Read more

Grant to cover domestic violence investigator

Deschutes County has received a $450,000 grant to identify domestic violence and speed its prosecution. … Read more

Deschutes County will hear about new zone near Bend

Deschutes County will hold a public hearing Tuesday on creating a new zoning buffer between … Read more

ODOT seeks input on Highway 97 improvements in Terrebonne

The Oregon Department of Transportation is hosting four workshops in Terrebonne next week to gather … Read more

Church opponents cry foul over county planner’s work on application

Father’s House Church wants to build in rural area east of Bend

A Bend church that wants to relocate to avoid splitting its congregation between two services … Read more

Deschutes County wants to re-evaluate farmland

Changes could make some development easier

Hundreds of thousands of acres in Deschutes County are set aside for farming and forests … Read more

Man falls 150 feet at Smith Rock while climbing without safety equipment

Virginia man suffers life-threatening injuries

A Virginia man suffered life-threatening injuries Sunday afternoon when he fell while climbing at Smith … Read more

Smith Rock State Park wants to limit street parking

Shuttle could start running in spring

Deschutes County could ban parking on two roads near Smith Rock State Park and have … Read more

Man hurt in fall at Smith Rock

A Gresham man was injured Wednesday afternoon while climbing at Smith Rock State Park. At … Read more

Deschutes County could see bond for courtroom, stabilization center

County commission has no plans to ask voters to pay yet

Deschutes County taxpayers who saw small decreases in their county taxes during the past two … Read more

Stranded teen rescued from Deschutes River rapids

13-year-old had become stuck on island

A 13-year-old kayaker was rescued Wednesday afternoon after getting stuck in a section of Deschutes … Read more

South Sister climber suffers medical problem after summiting

Rescue team accompanies Idaho woman to trailhead

A Deschutes County search and rescue team accompanied an Idaho woman down South Sister Friday … Read more

Deschutes deputies’ wild night: Car chases involve public urination, high speeds, stripping driver

Drugs and alcohol likely involved

Deschutes County deputies engaged in simultaneous pursuits in Sisters and Bend Friday evening. One began … Read more

County appears likely to approve ski lake, with conditions

Development northwest of Bend could have cluster of high-end homes

The Deschutes County Commission appears likely to approve a residential development near a former mining … Read more

Broken Top climber injured in fall

Woman evacuated by helicopter near summit

An Oregon City woman was rescued Sunday morning after falling near the summit of Broken … Read more

Deschutes County: Rural church can keep hosting weddings

Shepherdsfield Church at center of religious-liberty controversy

Deschutes County appears likely to allow a limited number of weddings at a rural church … Read more

Woman becomes stuck at Tumalo Falls while hiking off-trail

Jacksonville resident was rescued with minor injuries

A Jacksonville woman who left a marked trail at Tumalo Falls on Saturday afternoon fell … Read more

Sunriver man drowns while trying to swim across Deschutes

Victim identified as Allan Periman; alcohol believed to be a factor in death

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office identified a Sunriver man who drowned Thursday in the Deschutes … Read more

Deschutes County approves $383.7 million budget

The Deschutes County Commission unanimously approved its $383.7 million budget Monday. The approved budget includes … Read more

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