City of Bend Closes In-Person Facilities

Based on COVID-19 case increases in Deschutes County and the governor’s directive to move from a High to an Extreme risk category, the City has once again closed its in-person customer services. This means Utility Billing, Municipal Court, Permit Center and the Police Department lobby will be closed for a minimum of three weeks, with our earliest potential reopening on Monday, May 24. Visit: www.bendoregon.gov/covid19

Lava Lands Visitor Center Opens Thursday

Newberry National Volcanic Monument will open many of its sites for limited capacity due to COVID-19 for summer visitors next week. Beginning on Thursday, Lava River Cave will open with daily operations thru Sunday August 22, 2021.  The

Ridgeview High Wins Safety Media Contest

Teams of students at Parkrose, Ridgeview, Pendleton, and Sutherlin high schools have earned top prizes in a media contest designed to increase awareness about workplace safety for young workers. High school students across Oregon were invited to

No Change To St. Charles Mask Guidance

The Centers for Disease Control announced that people who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 can stop wearing masks and physically distancing in certain places, with exceptions that include health care facilities. This means there will be no

Knott Landfill Installs New Web Cams

The Deschutes County Department of Solid Waste has installed new webcams at Knott Landfill that allow customers to view inbound and outbound traffic queues. “Customers can now check online to see how busy we are before they

Crooked River Near Record Low Levels

The Bureau of Reclamation says the public should expect lower than normal water levels in Crooked River this spring and summer. Flows will be lowest near Prineville, Ore., and Smith Rocks State Park, and could potentially impact