BiMart Show Barn Breaks Ground

The Jefferson County Fair Complex is excited to be breaking ground on the new BiMart Show Barn this month. A groundbreaking ceremony will take place at the fairgrounds on
September 15 at 9:00 AM in the southeast field. Several dignitaries, including Senator Lynn Finley, County and City officials will be present.

At 14,000 square feet, this structure will be the biggest building constructed at the property in over 70 years. It will feature state-of-the-art LED lighting, lots of electrical outlets, water spigots, a sound system, WiFi, and an ADA viewing area.

“In 2020, we had to take down the old Livestock Barn, which was in very poor shape and became unsafe to occupy. At the same time, we began dreaming about what we could do to replace that lost structure. It is a true partnership with the community to make this $375,000 structure come to fruition”, says Brian Crow, Fairgrounds Event Coordinator. “The Fair Board, County Commissioners, 4H, FFA, the Jefferson County Livestock Association and the generosity of the
business community”

A total of $375,000 has been raised from community partners for the project. “Our community sponsors are BiMart, Bright Wood Corporation, Plateau Travel Plaza, The City of Madras, Jefferson County Livestock Association, The Law Offices of Jered Reid, Signet Realty, Abbas Well Drilling, Madras FFA Alumni and Wilbur Ellis”, says Crow. “This community continues to impress me by showing up and supporting our kids.”

Living Well With Chronic Conditions

The Crook, Deschutes and Jefferson County health departments are offering a six-week, online class to support people living with chronic health conditions. Learn from trained volunteer leaders with their own health conditions about how to: * manage

Medicare Open Enrollment Underway

Open enrollment begins today for Medicare Advantage and Part D prescription drug plans. Open enrollment for the 2022 Medicare plan year is from Oct. 15 to Dec. 7, 2021. Medicare plans and coverage for prescription drugs change each

Gas Prices Inch Up

“Skyrocketing crude prices are the major driver for the continued rise in gas prices this fall. Crude oil prices typically account for between 50% and 60% of the price at the pump,” says Marie Dodds, public affairs

Prescribed Burn Continues Near Fort Rock

If conditions remain favorable, fuels specialists on the Bend-Fort Rock Ranger District plan to conduct an 875-acre prescribed burn approximately 7 miles northwest of the Fort Rock community on National Forest lands on Thursday. Ignitions may last

Historical Haunts Returns To Downtown Bend

The Deschutes Historical Museum’s Historical Haunts of Downtown Bend walking tours return to in-person for two nights, October 15 & 16. Event organizers remind you to bring your flashlights, comfortable shoes, and plenty of nerve! Each night