The last of this season's Picnic in the Park concert series will be held this Wednesday

The Central Oregonian will be closed this coming Monday, Sept. 1 in recognition of Labor Day. This will affect the deadlines for submissions and delivery of the Central Oregonian to your home and to local outlets.

To submit a press release, event, or to schedule an advertisement; the deadline for the Tuesday, Sept. 2 publication will be Thursday, Aug. 28 at noon.

The Tuesday, Sept. 2 Central Oregonian will be available at local outlets after 1 p.m. on Tuesday and will be delivered to subscribers in their mailboxes on Wednesday, Sept. 3.

Tuesday, Sept. 2 also marks the first day back to school for Crook County students and I want to remind everyone that there will be more kids using the crosswalks and those 16 and older will more than likely be driving to and from school as well as to after-school activities.

With that in mind, it is a good time to remind everyone to double-check those crosswalks and intersections. You never know when someone may appear out of nowhere and dart across the street in front of you.

The Crook County High School has implemented new traffic pattern changes to better separate student and parent drop-off traffic that will affect the parking lots and street entrances and exits. Check the Aug. 22 Central Oregonian for full details.

All school zone areas are posted at 20 mph during the school hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., but be aware that you are required to obey the speed limit posted any time that students are present.

So be patient, considerate, and have a little tolerance of the other drivers and school bus drivers, and let’s keep our kids safe this school year.

I hope that everyone has a safe and enjoyable Labor Day weekend and are ready for the first day of school this coming Tuesday.

Prineville Perk will be held at Grocery Bandit on Friday, Aug. 29, from 8-8:30 a.m. The store is located at 1023 N.W. Madras Hwy. For more information on Prineville Perk, contact the Chamber of Commerce at 541-447-6304. The Chamber is looking for businesses to host the weekly gathering. If you would like to have active Chamber members come to your business, have coffee, and learn what your business has to offer, give Kandice a call to get assigned a Friday that is convenient for you.

The Crook County Foundation’s Picnic in the Park will wrap up their summer concert series this Wednesday, Aug. 27, at the Pioneer Park. The final performance of the year will feature Polecat (pop, rock, and country) and they will perform from 6–8 p.m.

Crook County Rotary is starting their annual Rotary Rose Sale. This fundraiser is used to benefit various projects and groups in Crook County. Roses can be ordered now through Sept. 22 and will be delivered on Oct. 1. To place an order, or for more information, please contact Mandy Cordiner at 541-362-5606.

Ochoco Vision Source, located at 340 N.W. Beaver St., will be holding a Kid’s Day on Aug. 28, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. They will have a photo booth, snacks, gift certificates for school supplies, and a raffle for a back pack full of school supplies. For more information contact them at 541-416-2020.

The Neat Repeat has announced their fall/winter hours starting Sept. 2, which will be Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

High Desert Dance Arts is now enrolling for dance classes and space is limited. For more information contact 541-447-6826.

Hanes Chiropractic Wellness Center will be holding a workshop on “The Truth about Diabesity” on Thursday, Sept. 11 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. For more information or to register for the workshop, you can contact Dr. Coby Hanes at 541-447-7230.

After recent reports of callers fraudulently identifying themselves as collection agents, the Oregon Department of Revenue is reminding taxpayers to take measures to protect their personal identifying information.

Taxpayers have reported receiving phone calls from individuals identifying themselves as Revenue representatives or IRS agents. The caller says the victim has a tax debt and demands payment by wire transfer or credit card. The caller may threaten legal action in an effort to coerce taxpayers to disclose personal identifying information such as Social Security or credit card numbers.

“Revenue employees may ask you to verify some personal information, but they won’t threaten you or demand personal or financial information,” explained Ken Ross, Revenue’s Personal Tax program manager. “If you think you’re being scammed, end the call and contact us directly. We encourage the public to protect themselves by verifying they’re speaking with legitimately authorized representatives of the Department of Revenue.” Direct contact information for Revenue and its field offices is available online or in government directories.

Taxpayers can report incidences where the caller identifies themselves as an agent of the state to Revenue’s Tax Services at 1-800-356-4222. Fraudulent calls where the IRS is mentioned can be reported to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at 1-800-366-4484. For more information on scams and fraud being tracked by the IRS, visit

Tips against fraud

Revenue offers a few tips to help taxpayers protect themselves from becoming victims of fraud.

* Taxpayers may contact the IRS directly at 1-800-356-4222 to check the validity of any tax-related phone calls.

* Taxpayers will always receive a billing notice by mail prior to receiving any calls from the IRS.

* The IRS will never ask a taxpayer to wire money.

* Electronic payments to the IRS don’t have to be made over the phone. If you’re more comfortable paying online, visit

* The IRS maintains a list of official mailing addresses for all offices in the Contact Us section of We will not ask taxpayers to send information or payments to any addresses that aren’t on this list.

This column was written by the Central Oregonian’s general manager Teresa Tooley. If you have something that you would like to have included in the Central Oregonian’s business briefs, e-mail it to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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