‘Green New Deal’ splits Central Oregon’s representatives

Walden acknowledges need for climate action, champions alternative approach

Central Oregon’s congressional representatives, Republican and Democrat alike, have been vocal in their support for … Read more

Government shutdown could have long-lasting impact on Central Oregon forests

Deschutes and Ochoco officials say they’re ready for fire season but are behind

While the longest government shutdown in American history came to an end more than a … Read more

State rule would limit use of chemical that killed trees near Sisters

Rule would prevent use near roads and wildlife, and prevent exposed trees from being milled

A proposed statewide rule would curb the use of a controversial weedkiller linked to the … Read more

Tree deaths near Sisters spawn state investigation

Sampling shows tree-killing compound lasts longer, travels farther than previously realized

More than a thousand dead and dying trees near Sisters have become a catalyst for … Read more

State bottle redemption rate reaches 90 percent

Amid challenges in Asia, more Oregonians recycling bottles and cans than ever

During a year clouded by disruption to Oregon’s overseas markets for its recyclables, some good … Read more

Lucky weather has led to strong snowpack despite climate change

Study co-authored by Oregon State assistant professor notes strong snowpack tied to luck

The annual snowpack in the Oregon Cascades has been remarkably resilient in the face of … Read more

Bridging the gap for Central Oregon wildlife

Advocacy groups, state agencies try to expand Oregon’s wildlife crossing program

The groups behind a Central Oregon solution for keeping drivers from hitting deer and other … Read more

Environmental groups blast ODFW over wolf plan

After stepping away from talks, conservation groups vow to continue the fight

When the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife brought in a third-party facilitator over the … Read more

Tumalo piping project takes another step forward

Piping all the irrigation canals would return more water to Tumalo and Crescent creeks

Tumalo Irrigation District is moving forward on an ambitious project to pipe its entire network … Read more

Federal ruling another setback for proposed Ochoco trail system

District Court judge affirms key provisions of ruling against 137-mile trail network

Environmental groups are celebrating after a new court ruling cemented a prior decision striking down … Read more

Imported Christmas trees bring new pest to Oregon

State forestry officials warn of invasive insects

As Oregonians begin to get rid of their Christmas trees, state officials are warning some … Read more

Understanding Oregon’s next volcanic eruption

Oregon State Science Pub to highlight possible eruptions at Mount Hood, Newberry Volcano

Central Oregon is surrounded by several of the most active volcanoes in the country, and … Read more

Why does Deschutes County recycle less than other counties?

DEQ report shows Deschutes County recycled more in 2017, but disposed even more

Despite recycling more material than ever, Deschutes County still has work to do to catch … Read more

How will climate change affect local rivers?

Changing climate could hurt late-summer flows

In addition to bringing longer wildfire seasons and warmer winters to Central Oregon, climate change … Read more

Deschutes River to appear on postage stamp in 2019

Commemorative stamps celebrate Deschutes, other scenic rivers

The Deschutes River has appeared on postcards, in coffee table books and everywhere in between. … Read more

Federal government moves forward on sage grouse plans friendly to grazing

Proposal would open up nearly 22,000 acres in Oregon for grazing

Federal plans to allow grazing on nearly 22,000 acres of protected sage grouse habitat in … Read more

Forest Service removing berm along Deschutes River Trail to restore floodplain

Ryan Ranch project to provide habitat for spotted frog, other species

Workers began removing a troublesome berm along the banks of the Deschutes River on Thursday, … Read more

OSU climate change report a mixed bag for Central Oregon forests

Report predicts more drought, wildfire than average in parts of Central, Eastern Oregon

A new report produced by Oregon State University paints a surprisingly rosy picture for many … Read more

Bend among Oregon cities most likely to be threatened by wildfire

More than 40,000 homes in, near Bend carry wildfire risk, report says

Bend and its surrounding communities carry the fourth-highest risk of being affected by wildfire in … Read more

How many wild horses should the Ochocos hold?

Advocates clash with Forest Service over unique horses

Even in the dappled light of a November morning in the Ochoco National Forest, the … Read more

Restrictions coming to wilderness trailheads

Forest Service draft decision calls for day-use quotas at 30 popular trailheads

New rules and restrictions are coming to some of the most sensitive areas of the … Read more

Low flows, dry winter could spell trouble for Crooked River fish

Managers must balance water storage for irrigation against the needs of fish

It could be a tough winter for redband trout and other fish living in the … Read more

‘Very high threat’ volcanoes loom over Central Oregon

Government report states 4 of 18 highest-threat volcanoes are in Oregon

Four of the 18 volcanoes U.S. geologists consider the nation’s most threatening are in Oregon, … Read more

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

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