Local News

ODOT Closes Romaine Village Way Exit

BEND, OR — State Department of Transportation crews closed the Highway 97 Romaine Village Way exit south of Bend Monday morning.  ODOT officials said the closure is needed as the new 3rd St. on-ramp to southbound Highway 97 conflicts with the existing roadway. Read More

Lightning Strikes Hit Central Oregon

BEND, OR — According to fire officials, Central Oregon received approximately 1,200 lightning strikes this over the weekend prior to Sunday evening’s storm.  Several new smoke reports were spotted along the crest of the Cascades approximately four miles east Read More

Minimal Growth Reported At Muskrat Fire

BEND, OR — Crews continue to battle the Muskrat Fire, which has burned 50 acres of rugged Central Oregon terrain near Cultus Lake.  Two helicopters, four smokejumpers, ten rappellers and helitack were all used over the weekend to fight the Muskrat Fire.  Although Read More

Rowena Fire 65% Contained

THE DALLES, OR — Crews have the Rowena Fire burning near the Columbia River 65% contained.  The fire has burned 3,673 acres of timber between Rowena and The Dalles.  Firefighters reported steady progress over the weekend to extinguish remaining hotspots and smokes Read More

Bend Park Opens Fall Registration Monday

BEND, OR — Bend Park & Recreation District will open registration for fall recreation programs Monday.  These programs will run from September 1st through the end of December, and include youth and adult activities, fitness, swimming, sports and outdoor Read More

Water Taskforce To Meet Friday

SALEM, OR — Governor John Kitzhaber announced the progression of his water initiative designed to improve year-round water management, state-wide.  Two task forces charged with developing program guidelines will meet to discuss the initiative on Friday.  Governor Read More

Logging Plans Attract Bids and Law Suit

MEDFORD, OR — The federal government plans salvage logging on Southern Oregon forests swept by wildfire last year.  The timber would come from land near Glendale in southern Douglas County. The 75-square-mile area burned after it was ignited by a dry lightning Read More