El Niño could bring warm, dry winter to Central Oregon

Snowfall varies widely in El Niño years

As winter approaches, the evidence suggesting another low-snow year for Central Oregon and much of … Read more

A tale of extremes: Central Oregon’s 2018 fire season

Fire season in Sherman, Wasco counties ‘one for the books’

While several wildfires are still burning across Oregon, including the resurgent Klondike Fire in the … Read more

Dam leak turns Bend’s Mirror Pond into mudflat

Repairs to begin in early November

Bend residents visiting Mirror Pond recently saw exposed berms and portions of the bank normally … Read more

Federal money flows into Deschutes Basin piping projects

USDA-backed project gets going near Tumalo, others planned

With the summer irrigation season winding down and the winter snowfall still on the horizon, … Read more

Changing climate could bring larger fires to Oregon

Climate report portends global changes sooner than anticipated

A report on climate change from a United Nations environmental panel suggests serious impacts could … Read more

Metolius preserve will now be managed by Central Oregon environmentalists

Land contains unique habitat, plants from Eastern, Western Oregon

CAMP SHERMAN — Along the banks of a far-flung stretch of the Metolius River, where … Read more

Dam lawsuit battle moves closer to a conclusion

Federal judge upholds prior decision for Pelton-Round Butte Dam complex

The yearslong battle over one of Central Oregon’s oldest dam complexes could be nearing a … Read more

Dropping water reveals decades of trash at Wickiup

“Wickiup Pickiup” to take advantage of low water levels at reservoir

Declining water levels at Wickiup Reservoir have shattered records and prompted concerns from irrigation districts … Read more

Ponderosa pines coming down outside Sisters

ODOT crews start cutting down hazardous trees

Work crews with the Oregon Department of Transportation began cutting down standing dead and dying … Read more

Environmental groups push to ban ‘cyanide bombs’ in Oregon

Cyanide capsules also harm pets, humans, groups tell state, federal agencies

Nearly 100 private citizens and environmental groups in Oregon and beyond are pushing back against … Read more

Study: Climate change could more than halve Mt. Bachelor ski season

What climate change means for snow sports

Within the next 70 years, snow melt triggered by climate change could devastate snow sports … Read more

Drought marks one of Central Oregon’s warmest summers

Summer months are the fifth-driest in Bend history

Saturday marked the formal transition to fall, officially ending one of the hottest and driest … Read more

Building dams to help beavers return

Volunteers build dams that encourage beavers to return to historic habitat

Beavers play an important role in salvaging Central and Eastern Oregon watersheds that have been … Read more

Smoke keeps visitors away from Crater Lake

Visits to national park down almost 9 percent through August

Smoke from wildfires has caused problems across Oregon this summer, canceling events and forcing residents … Read more

Fewer fires started by people in August, state agency says

10 percent fewer fires started by people on ODF-managed land in August

It’s been an up-and-down summer for Oregon fire managers trying to limit the number of … Read more

Wickiup Reservoir at lowest level since early 1990s

Reservoir levels prompt concern from farmers, irrigation districts

Water levels at Central Oregon’s largest reservoir are lower than they’ve been in 27 years. … Read more

Forest Service finds rotting timbers on Wildcat Camp Bridge

Bridge is closed to vehicles over 5 tons

The only route into one of the most popular campgrounds in the Ochoco National Forest … Read more

East Lake Campground closing for tree removal

East Lake campground and boat launch will close on Thursday in preparation for a U.S. … Read more

Magistrate recommends rejection of plan for Ochoco trails

A U.S. District Court judge must still rule on the plan, however

A controversial proposal to establish a network of trails for off-highway motorized vehicles in the … Read more

Wolf pups spotted in north Central Oregon

Pups could help form region’s first pack in decades

Central Oregon’s first resident gray wolf pair in decades was spotted earlier this month with … Read more

Increased use brings trash, fire risk to Phil’s Trailhead

Concerns about problems near popular trails west of Bend

About 100 yards from the road leading to Phil’s Trailhead, a large pile of 2-year-old … Read more

Smoky conditions to linger for at least one more day

State environmental agency extends smoke advisories for Central, Eastern Oregon

The wildfire smoke in Bend and across Central and Eastern Oregon is likely to linger … Read more

Oregonians could see more smoke in spring and fall

State proposes looser restrictions on controlled burns

More smoke from prescribed fires could be on the way to Central Oregon and other … Read more

New rules would allow slacklining, drones in parks

New rules proposed at Bend parks would come with restrictions

Slackliners, drone-hobbyists and other groups may soon have more clarity about what they can and … Read more

Fires to the north bring smoke back to Central Oregon

Smoke in Bend mostly from fires in Washington, British Columbia

Central Oregonians awoke Monday morning to a new round of wildfire smoke blanketing the area. … Read more

Pilot Butte faces years of rehabilitation after Fourth of July fire

State plans demonstration habitat in burned area

About six weeks after a fire on the Fourth of July ravaged the base of … Read more

Rebuilding a creek where redband trout can thrive

Deep Creek restoration to make river less ‘monotonous’

After decades of ranching and logging left a creek deep in the Ochoco National Forest … Read more

Wildhaven Preserve land transfer hits snag

Nature Conservancy still waiting to transfer land to Forest Service

Nine months after The Nature Conservancy announced plans to donate Wildhaven Preserve to the U.S. … Read more

Collaboration, not litigation, for environmental groups, irrigation districts

Memo touts shared vision of Upper Deschutes

Environmental organizations and irrigation districts hope a new agreement could help discussions about managing flows … Read more

What happens to material that was once recyclable?

Recycling meeting highlights effects of concurrence program

The problem at Madras Sanitary Service isn’t the 210-ton stash of cardboard, plastic and other … Read more

Concerns raised about weedkiller near Sisters prior to use

Public documents show Forest Service knew Perspective could impact ponderosas

Documents from the U.S. Forest Service and other public agencies show that many of them … Read more

Evacuating homeless campers provided extra challenge to those fighting Bessie Butte Fire

Tents, trailers a common sight along China Hat Road

At the very edge of the black scar created by the Bessie Butte Fire, southeast … Read more

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