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

Bottle redemption centers report spike in use in Bend and beyond

Bottle, can redemption especially key with recycling changes overseas

The percentage of bottles and cans going to Bend’s redemption center has skyrocketed in the … Read more

Central Oregon reservoirs a cause for concern

Wickiup, Prineville reservoirs below average, following dry winter, spring

Barely 18 months after Central Oregon’s first above-average snowpack in years, its large reservoirs are … Read more

Crooked River Ranch residents fear wildfire in nearby wilderness area

Walden bill would allow thinning trees with chain saws on 800 acres

A Congressional bill could help protect a Central Oregon community at high risk for wildfire, … Read more

Bend conference spotlights brewpubs that cut plastic waste

China’s rejection of recyclables spurs businesses to use less

With the specter of massive changes to recycling looming on the horizon, a couple of … Read more

More dead ponderosa pines linked to weed-killer

Dead trees near Sunriver prompt questions about widespread use of Perspective

A weed-killer responsible for killing thousands of trees outside Sisters has also been linked to … Read more

Wolves in Oregon: The inside story

Return of wolves likely to spread to central Cascades, experts say

BAKER CITY — Southwest of the heart of Oregon’s nascent wolf population — miles … Read more

Environmental groups blast ODOT, Forest Service over pesticide error

Weedkiller that killed trees near Sisters should never have been applied, they say

After an improperly applied herbicide killed hundreds of ponderosa pine trees near Sisters, a number … Read more

Blue-green algae to become more prevalent, experts say

Toxins affecting Salem’s drinking water part of a trend

Scientists say the toxins causing Salem’s ongoing water crisis are becoming more common and longer-lasting … Read more

OSU researcher talking wolves and more at Worthy

Bill Ripple to speak about predators and their role in ecosystems

One of Oregon’s largest native carnivores, the controversial gray wolf, can have far-reaching impacts on … Read more

Controlled burns in Central Oregon: By the numbers

Warm spring meant more burns than usual in Deschutes, Ochoco national forests

The start of June in Central Oregon not only signals the beginning of summer, but … Read more

Federal timber bill could help rural Oregon

Oregon senators pushing to add mass timber bill to farm bill

Oregon’s senators have thrown their weight behind a bill that could change the industry in … Read more

House built on public land in Crook County has path forward

BLM provides options for home, draws ire from homeowner

More than 10 years after two Bend business leaders purchased a house mistakenly built on … Read more

What have China’s recycling changes meant in Central Oregon?

Minor effect in Bend so far, but the cost of transporting recyclables is rising

A policy change in China at the beginning of 2018 has made it more difficult … Read more

Cougar sightings in Central Oregon spark unease

After killing in Washington, local and federal agencies warn residents

Around the same time a cougar attacked cyclists in Western Washington, cougars were spotted in … Read more

Museum uses prescribed burn as educational opportunity

Guided tours, talks planned during burn at High Desert Museum

A unique partnership could turn a prescribed burn slated for Bend’s southern edge into a … Read more

Dam lawsuit moves toward trial date

Portland-based utility, conservation group clash over Pelton Round Butte dam complex

A lawsuit regarding one of Central Oregon’s oldest dam complexes has been working its way … Read more

Could a volcano erupt in Central Oregon?

Region surrounded by several high priority volcanoes, but no eruption imminent

Kilauea volcano has drawn national attention in the last week, destroying structures and cracking open … Read more

Oregon sage grouse changes milder than in other states

Proposed change from BLM to open up habitat to livestock grazing

A draft of a long-awaited federal plan would roll back protections for Oregon’s sage grouse … Read more

Forest Service to cut hundreds of ponderosa pines near Sisters killed by herbicide

ODOT, Forest Service planning dead tree removal near U.S. Highway 20

A weed killer used to manage plants along U.S. Highway 20 left the Deschutes National … Read more

Partnership moves forward to restore Deschutes River parks

Park district, watershed council could address riparian damage

With parks along the banks of the Deschutes River at risk of being trampled, the … Read more

More controlled burns scheduled near Bend

Shevlin Park burn planned for Wednesday

Another sunny morning brought more smoke from prescribed fires to Bend on Tuesday, and Bendites … Read more

Controlled burn shrouds Bend in smoke Monday morning

Forest Service plans smaller burn Tuesday

Nearly four months before the heart of wildfire season, thousands of Bend residents woke up … Read more

Quota system could be coming to Central Oregon wilderness areas

Forest Service holding meetings on proposed actions in Bend, Sisters

The U.S. Forest Service took another step this week toward addressing overuse in some of … Read more

Park district oils goose eggs for population control

Bend parks benefit from lower Canada goose populations

For the 10th spring in a row, Bend Park & Recreation District staff is working … Read more

Horse adoption in southeast Oregon addresses overpopulation

10 trained wild horses slated for auction on Saturday in Adel

A weekend event in a far-flung southeast Oregon town could help solve problems around one … Read more

Caretakers fight transfer of Sisters nature preserve

Nature Conservancy seeks to shift control to Forest Service, welcoming public

SISTERS — The first time he drove up the road leading into Wildhaven Preserve, up … Read more

Lack of snow keeps forecasters concerned

Late-winter snow keeps Bend from setting snowless record

Long-awaited snow finally arrived in Bend in February, but it was too late, and far … Read more

Federal spending bill to tackle “fire borrowing”

Bill allows wildfires to be funded like other natural disasters, proponents say

A federal spending bill has a chance to solve one of wildland firefighting’s longstanding problems. … Read more

Shift in fire protection boundary could affect thousands of Bend properties

State charges modest fee for forestland firefighting

The Oregon Department of Forestry is contemplating a boundary shift that would affect which lots … Read more

Eastern Oregon river could provide framework for water sharing

Speaker coming to Bend carries lessons from the Lostine River

A 31-mile tributary in a remote part of Eastern Oregon could carry lessons about managing … Read more

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