Private defense contractor charged with child sex abuse

Zachary Critchett says he oversaw operations in Afghanistan for Reed Inc.

A La Pine resident who worked as a manager for a major U.S. defense contractor … Read more

Registration for OSU-Cascades’ adult learning workshops is open

Registration is now open for Oregon State University-Cascades’ adult community learning workshops, which run throughout … Read more

Deschutes courthouse shut down, police respond after defendant refuses to leave

Defendant: ‘I am a Christian man who speaks the truth’

The Deschutes County Courthouse was closed briefly Thursday morning when a man caused a scene … Read more

Free guided hike of Newberry National Monument

An end-of-summer guided hiking tour of Newberry National Volcanic Monument on Aug.30 is being sponsored … Read more

Forest program seeks funds to continue thinning efforts

Deschutes Collaborative Forest Project hopes to tap federal farm bill

The collaborative group behind a forest restoration program that helped Deschutes County firefighters corral wildfire … Read more

Bend City Council looks at removing homeless camps at Juniper Ridge

The threat of wildfire, sparked by a recent RV fire, is causing concern

Fears over wildfire threats are forcing the Bend City Council to consider removing homeless campers … Read more

BLM completes 11,000 acre acquisition around John Day River

Former ranchland will now be open for public use and recreation

Campers, boaters, bikers and others who love the adventure of Oregon’s wild eastern half had … Read more

Columbia Sportswear to expand

Apparel company buys 3 buildings west of Portland

Columbia Sportswear has purchased three buildings for $33 million to expand its campus just west … Read more

School start times, back-to-school events for Central Oregon

All six Central Oregon school districts will start classes after Labor Day

Although summer still has a hold on Central Oregon, school will start for nearly every … Read more

Huge juniper-cutting project may help sage grouse

MURPHY, Idaho — The largest-ever project in the U.S. to remove thousands of juniper trees … Read more

Victims identified in Redmond triple-fatal crash

Parents and adult daughter die on Highway 126

The victims of a fatal single-vehicle crash west of Redmond on Tuesday have been identified … Read more

Around the state

National Guard tuition assistance — Gov. Kate Brown has signed into law a measure allowing … Read more

Universities’ classified staff move toward strike

PORTLAND — The bargaining team representing thousands of classified staff at Oregon’s seven public universities … Read more

Former Madras Aquatic Center director sentenced to 30 days

Joseph McHaney pleaded no contest to theft and other charges

The former Madras Aquatic Center Recreation District executive director, who was indicted in March on … Read more

Drawing messages of hope

Brightly colored messages of hope and support adorned the sidewalks Tuesday at St. Charles Cancer … Read more

Oregon license plates to feature mule deer

Oregon wildlife lovers may soon be able to show their support for woodland creatures with … Read more

Chimps Inc. apes will remain in Tumalo

New Bend group, Freedom for Great Apes, will now care for the 7 apes

Seven chimpanzees at a Tumalo sanctuary will be staying together under new management instead of … Read more

Earthquake warning system gets funding boost

SEATTLE — The U.S. Geological Survey is greatly increasing funding for the region’s seismic network, … Read more

Around the state

Crater Lake drowning victim identified — The man who drowned after jumping off a cliff … Read more

Lawsuit: Creamery group falsely advertises milk source

SALEM — A class-action lawsuit states that an Oregon creamery association falsely advertises the source … 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

Three dead in 1-vehicle crash outside Redmond

Three people were killed following a single-vehicle crash west of Redmond on Tuesday. “It was … Read more

Oregon newspaper may face investigation over making phone calls, sending emails

State Rep. Greg Smith, who also works for the county, complained about calls, emails

The Malheur Enterprise, a small newspaper in Eastern Oregon, spent months investigating a state lawmaker’s … Read more

Fire destroys house in southwest Bend

A house in southwest Bend was destroyed in a fire Tuesday morning. Bend Fire Department … Read more

Capitol roundup: Who’s in, who’s out, and who’s asking for money in 2020

Knopp says no to statewide bid, while others jockey for offices and fundraising

SALEM — Circle Sept. 12 on the Oregon political calendar — that’s the day candidates … 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 Brewery brews up gold at pilsner competition

8 Northwest breweries put their best pilsners head-to-head

In a pilsner competition featuring some of the most respected lager brewers in the Northwest, … Read more

Culver to add new school board member in September

Lindsay Cloud will a half-term, is up for re-election in 2021

The Culver School Board will be adding a new member in September: Lindsay Cloud, owner … Read more

Next editor of The Bulletin named

Gerard O’Brien will oversee The Bulletin and Redmond Spokesman

The new editor of The Bulletin and Redmond Spokesman will be Gerard O’Brien, who is … Read more

Around the state

4-alarm blaze at Salem pallet facility — Crews battled a four-alarm blaze at a wooden … Read more

Post-rally, praise for Portland Police

PORTLAND — After previous political rallies that ended in violence, police in Portland earned praise … Read more

Struggling orcas could get a boat-free zone

SEATTLE — A federal lawsuit filed Monday seeks to establish a whale protection zone for … Read more

Family of Redmond man gored to death by yak sues Deschutes 911

Rancher’s family alleges a failure to dispatch help in 2017

The estate of a Redmond rancher gored to death by one of his yaks in … Read more

Redmond moving forward with legalizing hemp production

Move could spur industrial hemp economy

REDMOND — Processing industrial hemp will likely be legal in Redmond’s city limits by mid-October, … Read more

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