• 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…

  • Developer of disputed Thornburgh Resort withdraws request to buy 400 acres of state land

    Posted on in category LocaltaggedBuilding , Deschutes , Development , Local , Politics , Resorts , Thornburgh , Trending

    Developer of Thornburgh Resort withdraws request to purchase 400 acres of public land. Find out more here.

    Kameron DeLashmutt says he doesn’t need to buy land, since he already leases it; foes call move a ‘big win’

    REDMOND, Ore. (KTVZ) – The developer of the controversial Thornburgh Resort west of Redmond said Monday he has withdrawn a much-criticized request to buy 400 acres of public land held in trust by the state School Fund – because he doesn’t need to, having already leased the property for 17 years.

    Department of State Lands Communications Officer Liane O’Neil confirmed that “Central Land and Cattle Company has elected to withdraw their application” for the Cline Buttes Tract, so it has been removed…

  • Oregon electric utilities file first state-required wildfire mitigation plans with PUC

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    Electric companies throughout Oregon are filing Wildfire Mitigation Plans. Learn more here.

    SALEM, Ore. (KTVZ) – Electric utilities across Oregon have filed their first state-required Wildfire Mitigation Plans, designed to prevent and mitigate wildfire risk, with the Oregon Public Utility Commission, the agency said Friday.

    The WMPs are the first to be filed since Senate Bill 762 passed during the 2021 legislative session, requiring plans for all electric utilities providing service in Oregon.

    Senate Bill 762 established formal standards for electric utility wildfire mitigation plans, including the information utilities are required to include.

    Plans must identify areas at high-risk for wildfires within the utility’s service territory and actions to minimize those risks, as well as protocols for implementing public safety…

  • Central Oregon’s St. Charles lays off 2 top executives as patients face rationed care

    Posted on in category LocaltaggedCentral Oregon , Health , Hospitals , Local , St. Charles , Trending

    St. Charles lays off two top executives and rations patient care. Learn more here.

    By Joni Auden Land (OPB)

    Medical providers at the region’s only hospital system now must scrutinize patient admissions and move people out of the hospital faster, “sometimes uncomfortably early.”

    St. Charles Health System laid off two of its most highly paid executives this week, the latest departures from the Central Oregon hospital system’s leadership as staff shortages lead to a rationing of care.

    The health system eliminated the positions of Chief Physician Executive Jeff Absalon and Senior Vice President Strategy Rod Marchiando this week. The layoffs were an effort to reduce costs…

  • Redmond Fire & Rescue launches new business inspection software to boost efficiency

    Posted on in category LocaltaggedCentral Oregon , Fire , Fire & Rescue , Redmond

    Redmond Fire & Rescue launched a new fire inspection software. Discover more here.

    Redmond Fire & Rescue’s Fire Marshal’s Office has launched its new cutting-edge fire inspection software from ESO. This new software will allow the Fire Marshal’s Office to improve efficiencies when out conducting fire inspections at businesses.

    Currently, inspectors will complete a fire inspection using a paper form, then return to the office and input the information into an older database, and then reprint the inspection and return to the business to provide them a report.

    With the ESO software, an inspector can complete an inspection on a tablet, and within a matter of a few seconds, the inspection report can be delivered to the business owner’s email…

  • Annual Deschutes River Clean-Up is Saturday, June 30th!

    Posted on in category LocaltaggedConservation , Deschutes , Local , River Cleanup , Trending

    Help clean up the Deschutes River at the annual clean-up event. Learn more here!

    What: Annual Deschutes River Clean-Up

    Who: The Upper Deschutes Watershed Council, Local Partners, and Community Volunteers

    When: 9am to 1pm on Saturday, July 30, 2022

    Where: Volunteers will meet at Farewell Bend Park and other cleanup sites. River clean-up activities will take place in the Deschutes River at six different sites between LaPine State Park and Tumalo State Park. After stewardship activities, there will be a volunteer appreciation event at the new Black Diamond store.

    How: Volunteers will need to pre-register to participate in the Deschutes River Cleanup at www.restorethedeschutes.org

    The Deschutes River Clean-Up is a special day for watershed stewards of all ages to give…

  • In A Landscape brings classical music to beautiful outdoor spaces: Peak Northwest podcast

    Posted on in categories Local , MusictaggedClassical , Local , music , Trending
    In A Landscape and Hunter Noack brings classical music to beautiful places all around the West. Learn more here. By and

    When you think about classical music, the first thing that comes to mind is probably a performance in a beautiful concert hall with perfect acoustics and a large stage.

    Hunter Noack, creator and pianist of In A Landscape, had other plans. Originally from Newport, the Oregon-raise musician has brought his classical performances to mountains, lakes, deserts and the coast, all with a Steinway grand piano in…

  • Why New Jersey and Oregon still don’t let you pump your own gas

    Posted on in category LocaltaggedGas , Local

    Why can’t Oregonians pump their own gas? Neither can New Jersey. Learn more here.

    By Nathaniel Meyersohn, CNN Business

    Most Americans facing record gas prices cringe when they fill up their tanks.

    But not people in New Jersey and Oregon. They’re not allowed to touch the gas nozzle. Seriously.

    In New Jersey, it’s been illegal for drivers to pump their own gas since 1949. A ban on self-service gas has been in place in Oregon since 1951, although the state relaxed restrictions for rural towns a few years ago. Violators can be fined up to $500 for breaking these states’ laws.

    So why don’t New Jersey and Oregon let you pump your own gas? And…

  • As St. Charles Health System faces financial crisis, its doctors want to unionize

    Posted on in category LocaltaggedDoctors , Health , Politics , St. Charles , Unions

    Doctors at St. Charles want to unionize. Learn more here.

    By Joni Auden Land (OPB)

    Following years of financial struggles, providers at Central Oregon’s largest hospital and health care system announced Friday they intend to form a union.

    Speaking outside the St. Charles Medical Center campus in Bend, a group of providers said they plan on holding an election for a union, following years of what they describe as financial mismanagement by the hospital that has led to reductions in staff and services.

    “St. Charles made what we consider very poor decisions before and during the pandemic … that put our health…

  • Forest Service reminder: Central Cascades Wilderness permits for day use to open this weekend

    Posted on in categories Hiking , LocaltaggedDeschutes , Forest Service , Hiking , Local , Permit System , Wilderness , Willamette

    The Central Cascade Wilderness Permit System opens this Sunday. Learn more here.

    BEND, Ore. (KTVZ) — The Deschutes and Willamette National Forests want to remind the public that the reservation system for day use permits for the Central Cascade Wilderness Permit System will open on Sunday.

    Beginning Sunday, June 5 at 7 a.m., the reservation period for 10-day advance day use permits will open on Recreation.gov for the permit system. The Central Cascades Wilderness permit season begins on June 15 and ends on October 15 annually.

    Beginning June 13 at 7 a.m., the reservation period for two-day advance day use permits will open on Recreation.gov for the permit system.

    Day-use permits will continue to be available in 10-day and two-day…