• Warmup so far not fueling big growth on 114,000-acre Cedar Creek Fire, now 20% contained

    The current warming trend hasn’t yet spurred any major growth of the Cedar Creek Fire. Learn more here.

    OAKRIDGE, Ore. (KTVZ) — So far, a warming and drying trend has not made for any major growth of the Cedar Creek Fire, which has topped 114,000 acres but has reached 20% containment, officials said Sunday.

    Here’s Sunday’s update:

    Cedar Creek Fire
    September 25, 2022
    Daily Update at 8:30 AM

    Cedar Creek Fire Quick Facts

    Size: 114,104 acres

    Contained: 20%

    Start Date: August 1, 2022

    Origin: 15 miles east of Oakridge, Oregon

    Cause: Lightning

    Total personnel: 1,817

    Resources: 44 engines, 28 crews, 68 heavy equipment, 9 helicopters

    West Zone Operations: Overnight, the ridgelines and higher elevations areas (above 4,000 ft) experienced lower humidity and…

  • Mt. Bachelor explains higher season pass prices to avoid liability waiver

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    Mt. Bachelor will offer two different season pass pricing levels based on the signing of a liability waiver. Learn more here.

    It might be bright and sunny outside, but ski season is just a few months away. 

    Mt. Bachelor announced its taking a new approach to season passes this year in an effort to avoid lawsuits. 

    This year, Mt. Bachelor season passes will have two pricing options with varied protection offered to guests. Those willing to sign a liability waiver will get a cheaper option, while those who want to skip the signature will have to pay extra, up to $250 for an adult season pass.

    The options will be present for all activities including a ‘normal amount of…

  • Bend to host two roundtable discussions with key stakeholders on camping code

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    The City of Bend will have meetings regarding camping regulations on city-owned property. Learn more here.

    BEND, Ore. (KTVZ) — The City of Bend will bring together a variety of stakeholders at two roundtable meetings next week to receive feedback regarding the camping code currently in development.

    The city is developing municipal code provisions to regulate camping on City rights-of-way and City-owned property, like public streets, sidewalks and landscape strips in Bend.

    A roundtable is a new type of public meeting that is intended to create a space for community discussion between community members and the Bend City Council in a less formal setting.

    There is no public comment at these roundtable discussions, as the conversation is meant to…

  • New baby otter debuts Wednesday at High Desert Museum’s Autzen Otter Exhibit

    A new, baby North American river otter will make its debut Wednesday at the High Desert Museum. Find out more here.

    BEND, Ore. (KTVZ) — High Desert Museum visitors will have their first official opportunity to see the new, baby North American river otter on Wednesday, when he joins two other otters full-time in the Autzen Otter Exhibit.

    The museum will celebrate the addition of the male pup, now approximately 5 1/2 months old, at 2:30 pm. Visitors will be able to view the pup, who is yet to be named, as well as the other two male otters in the museum’s care, Brook and Pitch. Naturalists will be at an Otter Fodder Interpretation Station to share interesting scientific facts about…

  • Kendall Toyota Wham Bam Country Jam with KSJJ 102.9

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    See LANCO, Chayce Beckham, Saddle Bronc Rodeo Athlete Chancey Williams, and more at the Deschutes Country Family Festival on October 1st! Find out more here.

    Get ready for a Country Family Festival featuring performances from Multi-Platinum Selling Band, LANCO, American Idol Winner, Chayce Beckham, and Saddle Bronc Rodeo Athlete, Chancey Williams. In between performances, there will be shows from J.D. Platt and his K9 Kings, Axe Throwing, Mechanical Bull Rides, Pumpkin Drop Splatter Competitions, Country Craft Village of Vendors, Line Dancing, Games & Activities, and so much more! Bring your lawn chairs, grab a bite from your favorite food truck, check out all the awesome vendors, and Bring the Fam To the Jam! Enjoy the first ever Deschutes Country Family…

  • OSU-Cascades research, sponsored activities attract over $5.7 million in past year

    OSU Cascades received more than $5.7 million for research and other grant funding this past fiscal year. Find out more here!

    BEND, Ore. (KTVZ) — Research and other grant funding at Oregon State University – Cascades reached more than $5.7 million during the past fiscal year ended June 30, a record for the Bend campus.

    “OSU-Cascades researchers and experts increasingly fulfill our commitment to Central Oregon, the state and nation, advancing regional economic development priorities and contributing to a growing and innovative branch campus of OSU,” said Andrew Ketsdever, interim vice president of OSU-Cascades.

    Research at OSU-Cascades contributes to Oregon State’s leadership as the state’s top comprehensive public research university. This past fiscal year research funding…

  • Wolf family establishes home in northern Oregon Cascades

    “Area of known wolf activity” has been established in the Northern Cascades. Learn more here.

    The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife has designated a new area in the northern Oregon Cascades as an “area of known wolf activity” where a family of wolves has established itself.

    The agency made the announcement Monday in a news release.

    Biologists with the Confederated Tribe of the Warm Springs found two wolves in the new area in December 2021 on the tribe’s reservation in Jefferson and Waco counties.

    No one saw any wolf pups until August of this year, when a trail camera captured them.

    ODFW said that proved the wolves had established themselves in the area and…

  • Central Oregon real estate market in a period of transition

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    Central Oregon is seeing a “more balanced real estate market.” Learn more here.

    Central Oregon sellers may find that they’re not getting multiple offers within days of listing their homes for sale, but that doesn’t mean the market is turning in favor of buyers.

    It does indicate, however, that a transition is building from a seller’s market to a more balanced real estate market for Central Oregon, said Donnie Montagner, owner of Beacon Appraisal Group in Redmond. Real estate professionals say that more homes are up for sale and taking longer to sell. When those two home-sales components change, it creates a more balanced market for buyers and sellers, Montagner said.

    Prior to the pandemic, in 2020, a single-family home…

  • Founder of Patagonia Has Given Away His $3 Billion Company

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    The founder of Patagonia is giving away the company to help combat climate change and protect lands around the world. Learn more here.

    Yvon Chouinard, the founder of Patagonia, has announced that his family is giving away the wildly profitable apparel company. In lieu of selling the  $3 Billion company, the family is donating it to a specially designed set of trusts and nonprofit organizations.

    The trust and nonprofits will ensure that the company’s profits of around $100 million a year will be used to combat climate change and protect undeveloped lands around the world.

    Patagonia will continue to operate as a private, for-profit corporation from its headquarters in Ventura, CA.

    You can read all about how Yvon built…

  • Rent hikes capped at 14.6% for most Oregonians next year, the highest since limits passed

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    Landlords in Oregon may legally increase rents by up to 14.6% at the start of the new year. Learn more here.

    In a state with one of the most challenging housing crunches in the country, Oregon renters could face the highest possible maximum increase since the Legislature enacted limits on rent hikes three years ago.

    Starting Jan. 1, 2023, landlords in Oregon may legally increase rents by up to 14.6%. This year, the cap is 9.9% – marking a 4.7 percentage point jump from one year to the next.

    According to apartment rental company Zumper, the average rent as of Tuesday for a 1-bedroom residence in…