• Company scraps lithium project in Oregon’s Alvord Desert

    A lithium mining project in the Alvord Desert has been called quits. Learn more here.

    An Australian company is calling it quits on a lithium project in southeast Oregon’s Alvord Desert.

    The Reedy Lagoon Corporation, a mineral explorer based outside Melbourne, announced Friday that it would stop work on its project near the town of Fields, Oregon, after finding out the land was off limits to new mining.

    It’s the second lithium project to flop in Harney County this summer as companies look to cash in on the United States’ hunger for the mineral known as “white gold.” Lithium is the main ingredient in batteries for…

  • National Guard Arrives at St. Charles to Support COVID Care

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    The St. Charles Medical System is under stress from COVID. The resurgence of the Delta Variant has led to the highest number of COVID cases in Deschutes County since the start of the pandemic. It’s time to start dialing back our risk levels again and staying out of emergency rooms. This story comes from our friends at Central Oregon Daily.

    The Oregon Army National Guard is responding to St. Charles Medical System’s call for help during the COVID crisis.

    Citizen soldiers of the National Guard will be assigned support roles in the hospitals so doctors and nurses can focus on patient care.

    To the best of anyone’s knowledge, this is the first time the Oregon National Guard has been called…

  • KSJJ Summer Concert Series presents Granger Smith featuring Earl Dibbles JR.

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    Live music is returning to Central Oregon and this show will sell out fast.

    Today’s Country KSJJ 102.9’s Summer Concert Series brings you Granger Smith featuring Earl Dibbles JR. August 26th outdoors at the Oregon Spirit Distillers! Tickets are ONLY $30 and are available WITHOUT ticket fees at the Growler Guys East & West or online at BendTicket.com! Presented by T-Mobile, Ninkasi Brewing, Avid Cider, Washington Trust Bank, & Flip Flop Sounds. For everything country music, visit More
  • Bend Pollinator Pathway and Deschutes Land Trust Partner to Distribute Free Native Pollinator Plants to Community Members

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    Monarch butterflies and other native pollinators need our help! That’s why the Bend Pollinator Pathway and Deschutes Land Trust have teamed up and are giving away free milkweed and native pollinator-friendly plants to community members to plant in Central Oregon.

    This project began last fall when volunteers collected native pollinator seed from gardens and habitats around Bend. In December of 2020, more than one thousand seeds were planted and set outside to overwinter. This spring, more volunteers joined the foster-growing effort and added hundreds more plants to the tally. And last month, a Deschutes County Discretionary Grant was awarded to the Bend Pollinator Pathway to fund…

  • City Ask Customers to Make a Voluntary Reduction in Water Usage

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    Starting yesterday June 25th, the City of Bend has instituted outdoor water hours and is asking customers to reduce their use due to a choloring shortage.  Watering schedules are on the city’s website HERE.

    Last week the City became aware of a critical chlorine supply issue creating a shortage throughout the west that may affect Bend and other utilities throughout the PNW. The chlorine shortage was caused by an equipment failure at a chlorine manufacturing facility that supplies the West Coast.

    Our drinking water coming out of your tap remains safe to drink and use, protection of public health is the City of Bend Utility Department’s number one priority.

    In response, the City of Bend is asking all of…

  • Western States Workgroup Approves Vaccinations for Individuals 12 and Older

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    All Oregonians age 12 and older are now eligible to get vaccinated against COVID-19. Individuals meeting these criteria can use the following resources to get linked to vaccine information in their communities:

    On May 12, The Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup convened to review the federal government’s Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) that extended COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to individuals ages 12 and older.

    In their official statement, the workgroup concluded that the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is “safe and effective in this age group and supports its use.” The workgroup added that expanding vaccination to this new group would “contribute to control of the COVID-19 pandemic in our states.”

    The workgroup, composed of nationally acclaimed scientists with expertise in immunizations and…

  • 2021 Local Food Superstars

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    The High Desert Food & Farm Alliance (HDFFA) is proud to recognize food businesses going above and beyond through local food sourcing and contributions to our Central Oregon community. HDFFA considers local food to be food grown, raised and crafted in the Central Oregon’s tri-county region of Crook, Deschutes and Jefferson County. HDFFA Farm and Ranch Partners voted for food businesses that purchase products regularly from them and the result is this award. Please join us in congratulating their top picks and our 2021 Local Food Champions – the winners are:

    Grocer: Central Oregon Locavore

    Restaurant: El Sancho

    Food Truck: The People’s Pies

    Specialty Food Items: Root Cellar Staples

    Our goal is to encourage local consumers to thoughtfully consider…

  • $1,000 Mother's Day Shopping Spree in The Old Mill District

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    Are you getting to the Share & Win page to see all the different GIVEAWAYS we have going on? It’s changing all the time so be sure to stay up to date for your chance to WIN great stuff. The Mother’s Day Shopping Spree will make Mom happy. CLICK HERE TO ENTER. 

    We want to hook you up with a $1,000 Shopping Spree in the Old Mill District just in time for Mother’s Day Sunday May 10!

    Listen all week to any of the 4 streaming radio stations on our stream/cast page for your chance to get entered…just for getting entered we will hook you up with a $15 Old Mill District Gift Card to help you get started with your Mother’s…

  • Deschutes and Crook Counties Move to 'Extreme Risk' for COVID Starting Friday April 30

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    Deschutes and Crook counties will join Jefferson county in the COVID Extreme Risk category starting Friday April 30th. State metrics for case counts were reached this week and with the change the counties will see new restrictions. The new classifications come with revised outdoor capacity limits for bars and restaurants in the state, which will be increased in “Extreme Risk” counties from 50 to 120 patrons.

    Guidance on activities can be found HERE.

    Below is specific guidelines for Bars, Restaurants, Breweries & Wineries. Indoor dining allowed Takeout highly recommended Indoor capacity: not to exceed 25% maximum occupancy or 50 people, whichever is smaller Outdoor dining allowed Outdoor capacity: 120 people maximum, including individual dining pods. Individual dining pods allowed…
  • HDFFA’s Brunch Box Fundraiser is May 21st!

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    The High Desert Food & Farm Alliance (HDFFA) is transforming their Fresh Harvest Kits into delicious take home meals with specially procured local ingredients from regional farmers, ranchers and food businesses. You can choose from a ready-to-make meal kit for either two or four people with a special brunch recipe developed with help from Thor Erickson from the Cascade Culinary Institute –  both available now for pre-order. This mostly virtual fundraiser highlights deliciously grown, raised and crafted foods available from area producers and food businesses!

    Each mealkit is specially designed by HDFFA and includes ingredients for a delicious Shakshuka Brunch, spring greens salad, bread or tortillas and beverage or your choice. Kits are available with vegetarian, dairy and…