• Sunriver, Crescent prescribed burns coming Friday

    Posted on in category LocaltaggedCentral Oregon , Local , Prescribed Burn , What’s Trending

    Prescribed burns for Crescent and Sunriver happening today. Learn more here.

    Two prescribed burns are planned in the Deschutes National Forest for Friday. The following is information written by the forest service:

    Crescent prescribed burn

    Firefighters on the Crescent Ranger District plan to conduct a 73-acre prescribed burn approximately seven miles southwest of Crescent, east of Highway 58 and west of Highway 97.

    If conditions remain favorable, firefighters will begin ignitions around 9 a.m. on Friday. Ignitions will last one day. Smoke may be visible to residents in the Two Rivers and Cascade Estates neighborhoods. Signs will be posted along Highways 58 and 97 as needed, and flaggers will be available in the event that smoke impacts the roadways. No…

  • Judge ends Oregon ban on ‘love letters’ from would-be homebuyers

    Posted on in category LocaltaggedJudges , Love Letter , Oregon , Real Estate , What’s Trending
    The ban on “love letters” in real estate has been blocked. Learn more here. By

    Prospective homebuyers in Oregon can continue to send “love letters” to win over sellers in a competitive housing market.

    A federal judge on Wednesday permanently blocked a ban on the personal messages some buyers write to sweeten their offers on homes. The Oregon Legislature had approved the ban last year, saying such letters could aid sellers in illegally choosing buyers based on factors like race, color, religion, sex or sexual orientation, which would violate federal fair housing laws.

    The Pacific Legal Foundation, a conservative public…

  • These Oregon cities had the most growth over the last five years

    Posted on in category LocaltaggedCities , Growth , Oregon , Population , Portland Business Journal , Zoom Town

    Oregon’s “Zoom towns” are continuing to see growth. Find out which cities grew the most here.

    Brandon Sawyer (Portland Business Journal)

    PORTLAND, Ore. — Oregon’s best known and largest city grew 5% between 2016 and 2021, slightly more than the state overall at 4.7%.

    However, Portland’s population declined slightly at the end of that five-year span, falling by 0.9% in 2021 to 658,773, according to certified estimates as of July 1, prepared by Portland State University’s Population Research Center.

    Migration toward the suburbs and so-called “Zoom towns” may have contributed to slowing growth in the urban center recently. Oregon cities with 5,000 or more residents in 2021 that enjoyed the most growth of late…

  • April storms improve 2022 Pacific NW water outlook, but drought remains

    Posted on in category Localtaggedcascades , Deschutes , Drought , Environment , Weather

    The region is technically still in drought, even with this rare April snow. Learn more here.

    SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Climatologists say rare April snow, along with rain sweeping across the Pacific Northwest this week could increase water supplies, slow snowmelt and lengthen the irrigation season.

    Impacts, however, will vary by region, and experts predict drought conditions will persist, the Capital Press reported.

    Washington state climatologist Nick Bond said irrigators will benefit from April storms, but it won’t be enough to end the eastern Washington drought.

    According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, in eastern Washington it would take 159% to 368% of normal precipitation levels over the next two months to end the…

  • Welcome late-season snow has flip side, delays opening some Deschutes NF campgrounds

    Posted on in category LocaltaggedEnvironment , Local , Snow , Winter

    Late-season snow fall will affect the openings of some campgrounds. Learn more here.

    BEND, Ore. (KTVZ) — Recent late-season storms have brought much-needed snow to the Deschutes National Forest’s upper elevations. However, Forest Service officials said Tuesday the heavy snowfall has also affected the ability to conduct annual preseason safety inspections, maintenance and repairs and hazard tree removal in some campgrounds.

    Traditionally, a number of campgrounds in the Crane Prairie and Wickiup Reservoir areas open in time to coincide with the start of the annual fishing season.

    “While fishing season opens Friday, April 22, snow impacts have prevented our campground concessionaire from completing critical hazard tree removal work and maintenance at these facilities,” the statement said.

    Campgrounds in those…

  • Southeast area of Bend could see much more growth

    Posted on in category Localtaggedbend , Development , Growth , Planning , Southeast Bend

    Bend will continue to expand its UGB by more than 600 acres with the Stevens Rd Tract. Discover more here.

    The state has approved plans for Bend to expand its urban growth boundary by more than 600 acres with the Stevens Road Tract, including about 260 acres on the eastern side of the property that advanced at the state level Tuesday.


  • Nearly 30 small, shallow quakes rumble beneath Paulina Lake; seismologists see no cause for alarm

    Posted on in category Localtaggedcascades , Earthquakes , Lakes , Local , Seismic , Trending

    30 small earthquakes occurred beneath the eastern shore of Paulina Lake. Find out more here.

    VANCOUVER, Wash. (KTVZ) — Nearly 30 shallow earthquakes — too small to be felt — have occurred in the past week and a half beneath the eastern shore of Paulina Lake at Newberry Volcano, but U.S. Geological Survey seismologists said Monday they are not a cause for alarm and are “likely the result of fluids moving in the hydrothermal system.”

    In their information statement, the seismologists called it “a slight uptick in seismic activity” and said there were no signs of ground deformation or “other indications of unrest,” so the alert level for the area remains at “normal.”

    It’s been a decade since Cascades…

  • ODFW: No spring Chinook season on Deschutes River this year due to continued poor returns

    Posted on in categories Fishing , LocaltaggedChinook , Deschutes , Fishing , ODFW
    There will no spring Chinook season on the Deschutes River in 2022 due to poor returns. Find out more here.

    By Lynn Ketchum/OSU

    But Hood River will have season due to better return

    THE DALLES, Ore. (KTVZ) — The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife has decided there will be no spring Chinook season on the Deschutes River for 2022 due to expected poor returns, but has set the following regulations for a spring Chinook fishery on the Hood River:

    Open for adult hatchery Chinook from April 15 through June 30 from the mouth to mainstem confluence with the East Fork, and the West Fork from the confluence with the mainstem upstream to the angling deadline 200 feet downstream of…
  • Prineville Reservoir hits lowest level in more than 20 years

    Posted on in categories Fishing , Local , RivertaggedBoating , Local , Prineville , Water

    Prineville Reservoir is seeing its lowest levels in over 20 years. Learn more here.


    PRINEVILLE, Ore. (KTVZ) — The water level at the Prineville Reservoir has slowly been getting lower and lower.

    This year, the reservoir has hit its lowest water level since the 1990s, at 18% of capacity, according to Prineville Reservoir State Park Manager Chris Gerdes.

    While the reservoir’s water level fluctuates through the years, it has stayed low the last few years.

    “It happens periodically,” Gerdes told NewsChannel 21 Tuesday. “Any time that the reservoir gets below 30%, that’s where issues happen.”

    The reservoir is at 26% now, with the only visitors being a dozen or…

  • Prepare your yard for wildfire season by creating a low-flammable landscaping plan, finding fire-resistant plants with new database

    Posted on in category LocaltaggedConservation , Fire Season , Gardening , Planning , Planting

    Explore low-flammable landscapes to protect your land and home from fire risk. Learn more here.


    Ashland residents concerned their home isn’t ready to ward off a fire are inviting wildfire mitigation specialist Charisse Sydoriak to walk their property and show them how they can reduce the likelihood that a blaze will bring destruction.

    One way to adapt to what Sydoriak considers inevitable wildfires: Low-flammable landscapes.

    Careful selection, spacing and maintenance of plants growing safe distances from a structure can be lifesavers, whether in a wildfire-prone zone or not.

    Homeowners who…