Local wildfire season very quiet this year

Local wildfire season very quiet this year

Crook County enjoys a mostly smoke-free summer as only 16,000 acres burn in the Central Oregon...

Traditional school enrollment number climbing

Traditional school enrollment number climbing

But drops in alternative school, COIC result in net loss for district Although there are fewer...

School district checks for lead in water

School district checks for lead in water

One sink at Crooked River Elementary had trace amounts of lead — all others in the district...

BLM to charge fees year-round at Lower Crooked River sites

BLM to charge fees year-round at Lower Crooked River sites

Change made due to increase in winter use at the campsites Due primarily to an increase in...

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September 30, 2016

Roppe and Bartlett seeking votes to lead Prineville as mayor

by Jason Chaney
Candidates discuss such city issues as affordable housing, jobs and park safety Whoever serves as Prineville’s mayor for the next two years will face a variety of issues, many of which emerged…
September 30, 2016

Ochoco Irrigation District to close for season Oct. 7

by Jason Chaney
Water more plentiful this year, despite additional demands from irrigators Ochoco Irrigation District has announced that they will shut down for the season next Friday after enjoying a year with…
September 30, 2016

Prineville makes top three in Blue Zone Project selection

by Jason Chaney
Public is encouraged to participate in a site visit next week to help sell the community Prineville was recently named a top-three finalist for designation as a Blue Zone community and is…


September 30, 2016

Not your typical lecture series

by Jason Chaney
The Saunders Memorial Lecture Series will feature music, acting and guest speakers Bowman Museum may call it the Saunders Memorial Lecture Series, but don’t let the name fool you. This…
JASON CHANEY - A photo of the burnt hillside right behind a local home.
September 30, 2016

Brush fire scorches 62 acres near Prineville

by Jason Chaney
Residents scrambled to protect their homes, watering down their property as a wildfire spread across the hillside near Paulina Highway Wednesday afternoon. The fire initially started at a…
September 27, 2016

Prineville leaders ready to launch new City Academy

by Jason Chaney
Intended to give citizens a look inside city government To educate citizens on city government and offer an inside look at municipal operations, the City of Prineville is soon launching its…
September 30, 2016

PGE offering reward for information on vandalism

by Jason Chaney
Portland General Electric is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of people responsible for power line vandalism in Crook County. According to Sgt.…
September 27, 2016

Health officials suggest getting your flu shot during the fall

by Jason Chaney
With emergence of H1N1, flu season starts locally in September or October Summer may have just ended and warm weather is not completely gone, but flu season has already begun in Crook County.…
September 23, 2016

Could the county afford to operate a new jail?

by Jason Chaney
Sheriff's Office cost estimates suggest operating a 76-bed jail will cost less than renting the same number of beds from Jefferson County When local leaders first began work on a new jail, they…
September 23, 2016

Competing to become commissioner

by Jason Chaney
Jason Carr and Jerry Brummer tackle several local issues they hope to address if elected to the Crook County Court After a loaded primary slate for Crook County Commissioner, Jason Carr and…

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Sep 23, 2016

Humane Society of the Ochocos again hosting Golf Event fundraiser

by Jason Chaney
Proceeds from the event will benefit the HSO building fund for replacing the animal shelter The Humane Society of the Ochocos is hoping to build a new shelter to replace an existing structure…
PHOTO COURTESY OF EDDIE BERNARD - The van was destroyed in the Saturday evening fire and melted the gas meter at a nearby church.
Sep 20, 2016

Van fire injures one and damages church

by Jason Chaney
Started when empty boxes fell on an ashtray in a work van full of flammables A fire broke out in a work van Saturday afternoon, destroying the vehicle and damaging a nearby church before…
Sep 20, 2016

How do you move a bridge?

by Jason Chaney
During an Oct. 1-22 road closure, a new bridge, built off to the side, will be slid into place to replace the existing structure Motorists on Combs Flat Road have likely noticed construction…
JASON CHANEY - John Bishop spent the past five and a half years as the CEO of a similar size hospital in the rural community of Ennis, Mont.
Sep 20, 2016

New CEO hired to lead St. Charles Prineville, Madras

by Jason Chaney
John Bishop will focus on the patient experience as he begins leading the local hospitals John Bishop’s interest in health care began with the birth of his first son. Brecken was born at 28…
Sep 20, 2016

'Old' Crooked River campus gets new name

by Holly Scholz
The decades-old campus renamed Pioneer Complex, a nod to the historical site The beloved downtown school campus with two prominent red-roof stone buildings and an ancient gymnasium has a new…
CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Frank Villastrigo Jr.
Sep 19, 2016

Prineville man faces 150 sex abuse charges

by Jason Chaney
A Prineville man is facing 150 sex abuse charges following an arrest early Saturday morning. According to Prineville Police Sgt. James Peterson, at 3:44 a.m., 63-year-old Frank Villastrigo Jr.…
LON AUSTIN - Firefighters work to extinguish a car fire Monday that occurred at a residence on the corner of Combs Flat and Lincoln roads. The cause of the fire is still under investigation by the Crook County Sheriff's Office.
Sep 16, 2016

Car fire leaves few clues

by Jason Chaney
Authorities still investigating cause of the Monday blaze A car caught fire at a Prineville residence on Monday afternoon while work was being done on the vehicle’s fuel tank. The fire, which…
JASON CHANEY - Work on the Combs Flat Road bridge over Ochoco Creek will continue until it is moved into place, prompting closure of the road Oct. 1-22.
Sep 16, 2016

Local leaders meet to discuss Combs Flat closure

by Jason Chaney
Plans include change to traffic at Knowledge and Third Street intersection Community leaders convened a meeting Wednesday afternoon to discuss the upcoming closure to Combs Flat Road for a…
ALLYSE ANSTINE - The above graph shows how Crook County school test scores compare to each other and the rest of Oregon.
Sep 16, 2016

How local schools fared

by Holly Scholz
Smarter Balanced tests reveal that most students, statewide and locally, continue to struggle with math The tests are done. The scores have been tallied. How do Crook County School District…
Sep 16, 2016

Planning the next steps

by Jason Chaney
CCNRP PAC to educate public, resubmit plan to court Late last month, the Crook County Court cast a split vote to reject the Crook County Natural Resources Plan. After a lengthy meeting in late…