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

Deschutes County Commission considers courthouse expansion

Commission still awaits new judge to meet growing court docket

Deschutes County commissioners are mulling over a possible expansion of the county courthouse even as … Read more

Fire near McKay Butte south of Bend 20% contained

(UPDATED) A fire northeast of McKay Butte in the Deschutes National Forest remains at 190 … Read more

Former employee sues Deschutes County over alleged retaliation

Employee alleges county harassed her over medical leave

A former employee is suing Deschutes County for $410,000 over retaliation and harassment she claims … Read more

Two recreational boaters help rescue horseback rider at Cultus Lake

Boaters helped injured woman and sheriff’s deputies after marine patrol boat stalled

A Bend woman was rescued by the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office after falling off her … Read more

Human remains found in burning truck east of Bend

Burning pickup discovered near Mahogany Butte

State and local authorities are working to identify a person whose remains were found in … Read more

Bend-area driver dies in head-on crash on Highway 97 (updated)

Police release name of driver in fatal accident

A 19-year-old Bend-area woman was killed Thursday night in a crash on U.S. Highway 97 … Read more

Marijuana production proposal derails after business partners arrested

Father and son involved with the project were each arrested for weed-related crimes

A proposed marijuana production and processing facility in Alfalfa won’t move forward after the Deschutes … Read more

Controversial development on former mine back on the table

Housing development challenged by neighbors, environmental groups

A controversial proposal to build a housing development on a former mine in Terrebonne is … Read more

Deschutes County residents want a new landfill, according to survey

Knott Landfill expected to fill up in next 10 years

Deschutes County residents want a new landfill, according to a recent survey. During a Monday … Read more

Deschutes planning commission moves new zone rules forward

Decision will be reviewed by county commission at a later date

The Deschutes County Planning Commission said Thursday the board of commissioners should create a new … Read more

Body of Bend man who drowned in Wickiup last month recovered

Michael Mead fell from a canoe on June 13

The body of a Bend man who disappeared in June when his canoe overturned in … Read more

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