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Prineville man arrested and jailed for driving under the influence

The head-on crash occurred on Saturday afternoon at the intersection of Northwest Terrace Lane and North Main StreetA Prineville man was arrested and jailed for driving under the influence following a head-on crash in northern Prineville Saturday afternoon. Crook County deputies and Prineville police officers responded to the crash at intersection of Northwest Terrace Lane and North Main Street shortly before 1:30 p.m. A subsequent investigation determined that 45-year-old Rodrigo Ortiz Gonzalez was driving north on North Main Street in a 2014 GMC truck when he crossed over the center line prior to making a left turn and collided head-on with a small Dodge SUV traveling south on North Main Street. Ortiz Gonzalez was arrested for DUII, third-degree assault, reckless driving and multiple counts of recklessly endangering another person. He was transported to St. Charles in Prineville to be evaluated before being lodged at the Crook County Jail. Five other individuals were transported by Crook County Fire and Rescue to St. Charles in Prineville to be evaluated and treated. {loadposition sub-article-01}
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BACK IN TIME - 1947: Howard School still needing a teacher

1997: For the first time, the High Desert Celtic Festival was held in Prineville 110 years ago August 8, 1912 Baker -- Four persons are believed to have perished seven miles west of Huntington, when a waterspout swept away the home of John Powell. Mrs. Powell and her three children, ranging from four to 11 years, are believed to have perished. The storm caused damage amounting to thousands of dollars. 75 years ago August 7, 1947 A nearly complete school staff for Crook County, as of Wednesday and subject to the usual last-minute upsets, was announced today by Superintendent Cecil...
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Dirt Day This Weekend In Central Oregon

There’s a celebration of all things dirt, this weekend, in central Oregon's Crook County. Sun-Life Farm and Ranch will host their first official “Dirt Day Soilebration” on Saturday, August 13th, through a partnership with NRCS. Grass, Lavender and Bee farmer Jeff Fox said it’s important to know where our food comes from, and how.

Restoring fish and wildlife habitat on the Ochoco Preserve in Crook County

The 185-acre farmland, including McKay and Ochoco Creeks, was purchased by Deschutes Land Trust, and will create floodplains and wetlands so these waterways can store, and then release, cooler water back into the system. Bulldozers, backhoes and water trucks are visible from Madras Highway, just east of Ochoco Creek. Residents have been curious what is taking place less than two miles out on the highway, just off of the fields that were recently farmland. A recent tour shed light on the project, where the Ochoco Preserve, recently purchased by Deschutes Land Trust, encompasses 185 acres one mile north of Prineville...

Crook County Rancher Creates Celebration Of Dirt

PRINEVILLE, OR -- A Central Oregon farm is partnering with the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service for a celebration of dirt, this weekend. Crook County rancher Jeff Fox grows grass, lavender and bees at SunLife Farm, but he also wants it to be a destination for learning. "Soil is such an important part to framing that I just had a hair-brained idea to do something called Dirt Day." It's a "soilebration," if you will.

Prineville and Crook County leaders to refer psilocybin ban to voters

Measure 109 allows local governments to opt out of state psilocybin program with voter approvalCity and county officials will ask voters to decide if psilocybin businesses and production should be allowed in Prineville and Crook County. Measure 109, which passed in the 2020 general election, authorizes the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) to create a program to permit licensed service providers to administer psilocybin-producing mushroom and fungi products to individuals 21 years of age or older. The measure garnered 55.75% voter approval statewide, but it was rejected by 64.53% of Crook County voters. The measure includes a provision that allows local...

Local psilocybin votes warrant good research

We strongly suggest that local voters do their homework on psilocybin ballot measureThe city of Prineville, Crook County and other local governments statewide find themselves in a unique spot. They all have a window where they can exercise local control over a program approved statewide by Oregon voters. Measure 109 will likely go down in history, not only in Oregon but nationwide, as the ballot measure that first legalized "shrooms" -- but proponents would probably tell you that's a bit of an oversimplification. Officially speaking, the measure has legalized use of psilocybin for therapeutic purposes by licensed facilitators for qualified...

Crook County unemployment rate still low and steady

Levels of unemployment were unchanged from May but remain at near record low levels.Hiring in Central Oregon was largely consistent with seasonal patterns in June. Levels of unemployment were unchanged from May but remain at near record low levels. Crook County: The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 4.7% in June, largely unchanged from 4.8% in May. The unemployment rate is fast approaching the record low set before the pandemic in February 2020, when it was 4.4%. Crook County added 140 jobs in June, 40 fewer jobs than typically added this time of year. Despite marginally slower growth, employment levels...

▶️ 5 people taken to hospital after Prineville head-on collision

A car crash on Saturday afternoon resulted in the arrest of a Prineville man on multiple charges. The Crook County Sheriff’s Office said Prineville Police were called to the intersection of N Main St. and NW Terrace Lane at around 1:30 p.m. after receiving reports about a vehicle crash with injuries.

Prineville man jailed on drunken, reckless driving charges in head-on crash that sent 6 people to hospital

A 45-year-old Prineville man was arrested on drunken and reckless driving and other charges Saturday after a head-on crash that sent six people to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, Crook County sheriff’s deputies said Sunday. The post Prineville man jailed on drunken, reckless driving charges in head-on crash that sent 6 people to hospital appeared first on KTVZ.

Registration is open for Crook County High School sports programs

Are you ready for another year of high school sports? Make sure you are up to date on what is required to take the field! It's that time again. Many athletes have spent the summer participating in open gyms and/or doing strength and conditioning work. After all of the effort put into getting ready for the season, the official start of the OSAA fall sports season is nearly here. All fall sports teams may begin practice on Monday, August 15. There are several things that an athlete and their parents must do before the athlete is allowed to practice at...

2022 Pioneer Queen Eloise Brummer has a passion for history

Crook County's 2022 Pioneer Queen, Eloise (Bushnell) Brummer, has a passion for history, and her enthusiasm for family history is tangible in her everyday life Eloise (Bushnell) Brummer, the 2022 Crook County Pioneer Queen, is a fourth generation Crook Countian, and her husband, Jerry, is a fifth generation. Eloise and Jerry have two children, Colin, and Kitsi, seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Colin and his wife, Fara, live in Paisley, Oregon with their two daughters, Grace, and Faith. Kitsi and her husband, Michael Bass, live in Prineville, and they have five children, Lyndi, Capri, Catherine and twins, James and Jacob....

Crook County Fair is 'Country Fun for Everyone'

The Crook County Fair returns Aug. 10-13, offering loads of activities, exhibits and entertainment The Crook County Fair returns to Prineville next week, focusing on a theme of "Country Fun for Everyone." The fair kicks off Wednesday evening, Aug. 10 at Crook County Fairgrounds and continues through Saturday, Aug. 13. The four-day event will feature a variety of live music shows, rides and other family friendly attractions and numerous livestock and static exhibits. "We are very excited to do fair again," said Fairgrounds Manager Casey Daly. The fair opens with the Greg Merritt Community Scholarship Fund Barbecue, which has raised...

Crook County Planning Commission hearing results in push back from residents on Crossing Trails resort in Powell Butte

A crowd of Powell Butte residents voice opposition to proposed destination resort Powell Butte residents took their first opportunity to voice opposition to a proposed destination resort at a Crook County Planning Commission hearing last Tuesday evening. The hearing was held at Carey Foster Hall, a departure from the typical planning commission meeting venue, in order to accommodate a large crowd. About 200 people attended, all of whom appeared to oppose the proposed resort. The original application for the Crossing Trails destination resort, which was filed in 2008, proposed a resort on a 580-acre piece of land northeast of the...

Make some time to check out the fair

A lot of hard work has gone into planning the fair and providing entertainment, attractions and features for people to enjoyIt is often said that many things come in threes. That seems to apply when it comes to summer events in Prineville. We all know about the biggest event, the Crooked River Roundup rodeo, and the horse race meet is a worthy inclusion as it draws massive crowds to the community every summer. The event rounding out the top three has to be the Crook County Fair. It was stated in a guest column last week that county fairs are...

2012: Ochoco Creek Park hosts Half-fast Triathlon

Swimmers from Prineville Swim Team crush it in John Day and win invitational in July 2007 7/24/97 With Tuesday's games canceled, the baseball season came to a close this week for the Crook County American Legion team. The Cowboys finished at 2-5 in district play, 4-20 overall. Three district games went unplayed, including the two games against LaPine that had been scheduled for Tuesday in Prineville. The season concluded with Monday's 12-8 league loss to Grant Union and the darkness shortened a nonleague loss immediately afterward. 7/23/02 The Oregon Bicycle Ride, Oregon's oldest cross state ride, has planned...