Local wildfire season very quiet this year

Local wildfire season very quiet this year

Crook County enjoys a mostly smoke-free summer as only 16,000 acres burn in the Central Oregon...

Traditional school enrollment number climbing

Traditional school enrollment number climbing

But drops in alternative school, COIC result in net loss for district Although there are fewer...

School district checks for lead in water

School district checks for lead in water

One sink at Crooked River Elementary had trace amounts of lead — all others in the district...

Van fire injures one and damages church

Van fire injures one and damages church

Started when empty boxes fell on an ashtray in a work van full of flammables A fire broke out in...

New CEO hired to lead St. Charles Prineville, Madras

New CEO hired to lead St. Charles Prineville, Madras

John Bishop will focus on the patient experience as he begins leading the local hospitals John...

BLM to charge fees year-round at Lower Crooked River sites

BLM to charge fees year-round at Lower Crooked River sites

Change made due to increase in winter use at the campsites Due primarily to an increase in...

Car fire leaves few clues

Car fire leaves few clues

Authorities still investigating cause of the Monday blaze A car caught fire at a Prineville...

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September 27, 2016

Prineville leaders ready to launch new City Academy

by Jason Chaney
Intended to give citizens a look inside city government To educate citizens on city government and offer an inside look at municipal operations, the City of Prineville is soon launching its…
September 27, 2016

Health officials suggest getting your flu shot during the fall

by Jason Chaney
With emergence of H1N1, flu season starts locally in September or October Summer may have just ended and warm weather is not completely gone, but flu season has already begun in Crook County.…
September 23, 2016

Could the county afford to operate a new jail?

by Jason Chaney
Sheriff's Office cost estimates suggest operating a 76-bed jail will cost less than renting the same number of beds from Jefferson County When local leaders first began work on a new jail, they…


September 23, 2016

Competing to become commissioner

by Jason Chaney
Jason Carr and Jerry Brummer tackle several local issues they hope to address if elected to the Crook County Court After a loaded primary slate for Crook County Commissioner, Jason Carr and…
September 23, 2016

Humane Society of the Ochocos again hosting Golf Event fundraiser

by Jason Chaney
Proceeds from the event will benefit the HSO building fund for replacing the animal shelter The Humane Society of the Ochocos is hoping to build a new shelter to replace an existing structure…
September 20, 2016

How do you move a bridge?

by Jason Chaney
During an Oct. 1-22 road closure, a new bridge, built off to the side, will be slid into place to replace the existing structure Motorists on Combs Flat Road have likely noticed construction…
September 20, 2016

'Old' Crooked River campus gets new name

by Holly Scholz
The decades-old campus renamed Pioneer Complex, a nod to the historical site The beloved downtown school campus with two prominent red-roof stone buildings and an ancient gymnasium has a new…
CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Frank Villastrigo Jr.
September 19, 2016

Prineville man faces 150 sex abuse charges

by Jason Chaney
A Prineville man is facing 150 sex abuse charges following an arrest early Saturday morning. According to Prineville Police Sgt. James Peterson, at 3:44 a.m., 63-year-old Frank Villastrigo Jr.…
JASON CHANEY - Work on the Combs Flat Road bridge over Ochoco Creek will continue until it is moved into place, prompting closure of the road Oct. 1-22.
September 16, 2016

Local leaders meet to discuss Combs Flat closure

by Jason Chaney
Plans include change to traffic at Knowledge and Third Street intersection Community leaders convened a meeting Wednesday afternoon to discuss the upcoming closure to Combs Flat Road for a…
ALLYSE ANSTINE - The above graph shows how Crook County school test scores compare to each other and the rest of Oregon.
September 16, 2016

How local schools fared

by Holly Scholz
Smarter Balanced tests reveal that most students, statewide and locally, continue to struggle with math The tests are done. The scores have been tallied. How do Crook County School District…

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Sep 16, 2016

Planning the next steps

by Jason Chaney
CCNRP PAC to educate public, resubmit plan to court Late last month, the Crook County Court cast a split vote to reject the Crook County Natural Resources Plan. After a lengthy meeting in late…
Sep 14, 2016

Shooting death in Ochocos is ruled to be self-inflicted

by Jason Chaney
Female victim died from gunshot wound in vehicle Local law enforcement ruled a shooting death Tuesday in Ochoco National Forest as self-inflicted. Authorities began investigating the death after…
COURTESY: SECRETARY OF STATE AUDIT REPORT - Audit of Smarter Balanced Assessments shows tests are nearly twice as expensive as the last standardized test that Oregon used.
Sep 14, 2016

Audit: Oregon needs to get more out of expensive Smarter…

by Shasta Kearns Moore
Statewide school tests through the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium are nearly twice as expensive as the old tests, confusing to educators and time-consuming. That’s according to a new…
CENTRAL OREGONIAN - James Borcher
Sep 16, 2016

Prineville teen recants kidnap, rape allegations

by Jason Chaney
Two men arrested for kidnapping and raping two Prineville teens nearly a year ago have had the allegations against them dismissed after one of the victims claimed the attack never happened.…
Sep 13, 2016

Housing Works granted land-use permit

by Jason Chaney
Housing Works recently cleared another hurdle in its effort to convert the vacated Ochoco Elementary School building into a low-income housing complex. According to Josh Smith, senior planner…
Sep 13, 2016

Just who will be on local ballot?

by Jason Chaney
Crook County voters will help decide many races, from the city and county to federal level, this November The candidate slate is now set for the 2016 general election, and Crook County voters…
Sep 13, 2016

CCFR employees petition to form new firefighters union

by Jason Chaney
Employees of Crook County Fire and Rescue have recently petitioned the State of Oregon to form a new labor union within the department. According to a Petition for Representation or Unit Changes…
Sep 13, 2016

COTA hoping to expand Lower 66 trails

by Jason Chaney
The popularity of the Lower 66 bicycle trail in southwest Prineville has prompted plans to double the miles of trail and construct the Upper 66. “We are hoping to be able to expand the trail up…
PRINEVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT - Timothy J. Gassner
Sep 09, 2016

Local man arrested for sexual assault

by Holly Scholz
Timothy J. Gassner arrested Thursday for sexual assault involving a young female victim The Prineville Police Department arrested a 33-year-old Prineville man Thursday for multiple sex abuse…
JASON CHANEY - Steve Forrester was extremely grateful to return to Prineville after becoming stranded in Brazil after the 9/11 attacks.
Sep 09, 2016

Stranded in Brazil

by Jason Chaney
Local residents Steve Forrester and Steve Puckett recall where they were during the 9/11 attacks As the 15th anniversary of 9/11 approaches, people have likely taken time to reflect on the…