Crooked River Ranch, OR

▶️ Target shooting sparks weekend fire east of Sisters amid dry conditions

With conditions growing increasingly dry, the first target shooting-caused fire of the season sparked in the Deschutes National Forest over the weekend. On Saturday, firefighters on the Sisters Ranger District responded to a wildfire reported at Zimmerman Butte, just east of Sisters, where some people were target shooting. “The folks...
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Passing train sparks fire in northern Bend on hot, windy afternoon, prompting reminder to property owners

A wet spring followed by hot summer temperatures can make a fire like one that broke out Monday afternoon near the BNSF Railway tracks in northern Bend spread fast, even if the tall grass is green. The post Passing train sparks fire in northern Bend on hot, windy afternoon, prompting reminder to property owners appeared first on KTVZ.
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Central Oregon Pride draws crowd to Bend’s Drake Park

Pride was in the air at Drake Park on Saturday as people from around Central Oregon and beyond gathered to celebrate Central Oregon Pride 2022. Prior to the annual festival that celebrates the LGBTQ community, OUT Central Oregon hosted a morning Bend Pride 5K Run/Walk. The 5K was followed by the Drag Dash, where drag queens and kings competed in a short race for the title of Drag Dash Darling.

▶️ Grant awarded to NeighborImpact helps nonprofit toward goal of new warehouse

A large grant has helped a local nonprofit move closer to upgrading its food warehouse. The M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust awarded $32 million in grants to nonprofits across the Pacific Northwest. NeighborImpact in Redmond received $600,000, which will be used to upgrade its refrigeration. “We’ve doubled the amount of individuals...

KWSO Calendar for Tue., Jun. 28, 2022

Funeral Arrangements for Pat Tanewasha – Last Meal is Tuesday morning at 6am with burial at the Agency Cemetery at 9am. There are still quite a few pairs of shoes that need to be picked up from the big shoe giveaway last month. Email Dot Thurby to arrange to pick up your shoes.

BPRD opens Alpenglow Community Park in Southeast Bend

The Bend Park and Recreation District announced the opening of the Alpenglow Community Park in Southeast Bend. Located at 61049 SE 15th Street, a half mile north of Knott Road, the 37-acre park will serve as a “hub” for recreation activities, community gatherings, opportunities to enjoy nature and connections to trails, according to BPRD.

LISTEN: Jenner Fox, “Baby Names”

In Their Words: “‘Baby Names’ is a portrait of a lost 25-year-old in search of motherhood, a cat, or at least a motorcycle — ‘something to love.’ I got the idea for the song when I learned that some of my friends have had running lists of baby names from when they were in elementary school. Shortly after learning this fact, a roommate and dear friend of mine called a house meeting about the prospect of adopting a kitten. Unfortunately, due to allergies, the verdict was no. She was crestfallen, and ended the house meeting saying, ‘I just want something to love.'” — Jenner Fox.

▶️ Wilson and 9th roundabout opens Thursday

The long-awaited roundabout at Wilson Avenue and SE 9th Street in Bend is set to open this week. The city said this week that traffic will be able to access the roundabout after 5:00 p.m. Thursday. But some work will be continuing into July including landscaping and irrigation work. Devices...

Wild Ride Brewing Opens Tap Room in Prineville

(Photo | Courtesy of Wild Ride Brewing) Fans of Wild Ride Brewing now have not one, but two places in Central Oregon to enjoy a pint of beer. On May 25, Wild Ride Brewing opened its second Tap Room and Brewery in Prineville. Wild Ride’s first Tap Room and Brewery welcomed beer enthusiasts in 2014.

Hot Weather Brings Safety Reminders At Bend's Whitewater Park

BEND, OR-- Warm weather brings renewed calls for safety at Bend’s Whitewater Park. Julie Brown, with Bend Parks and Rec, says recent rule changes caught some users by surprise, "We’re not allowing leashes of any kind. And, that is an adjustment for surfers in particular. The large majority of surfers previously had been using a leash attached to their surfboard." She tells KBND News, "Anything that has the ability to hold you underwater can be a real hazard. So, we have a new rule where we’re not allowing leashes."

Prineville Grocery Outlet providing locals Independence from Hunger

Prineville's Grocery Outlet will join other stores throughout the chain in its annual fundraiser, which this year will benefit the local Family Access NetworkPrineville's Grocery Outlet will be taking donations during a monthlong campaign to fight hunger that is slated to start this week. "Every Grocery Outlet in the business does Independence from Hunger fundraisers," explained Rhonda Bourgo, who owns the local store with her husband, Lambert. "We pick a partner in our community, and we raise funds to then turn around and give to that partner." This year, the Prineville Grocery Outlet store selected the local Family Access Network...

Prineville Police Chief To Retire

PRINEVILLE, OR -- Prineville Police Chief Dale Cummins plans to retire this Friday and Captain Larry Seymour will take over. Cummins has served 38 years in law enforcement, working in San Diego and Gresham before coming to Prineville in 2015. While the shift seems sudden to some, City Manager Steve...

Crooked River Roundup '22: big crowds and top talent

There weren't just lots of cowboys and cowgirls - there were some of the top-ranked rodeo athletes in the world, including several past world champions.The 76th Crooked River Roundup is in the books, and it was one of the most memorable roundups ever. The Roundup opened Thursday, June 23, to a full crowd, but that was just the beginning. Friday night's crowd was even larger, while Saturday's crowd was so large that people were lined up five or six deep in the aisle between the main grandstands and the arena fence. "It can be a little overwhelming," Roundup president Jason...