See the Heartless Bastards in Bend July 29th. Learn more here.
Like their fellow Ohioans the Black Keys, the Heartless Bastards started out as a fairly spartan throwback rock band. With their sixth album, A Beautiful Life, anchored by the powerful vocals and incisive songwriting of Austin based Erika Wennerstrom, the Heartless Bastards have become a band whose tough, emotionally resonant music incorporates elements of blues, hard rock, garage punk, and country. The Bastards got their break, when Patrick Carney of the Black Keys saw the band at a small club, and passed a copy of their demo to
Fire restrictions now in effect on BLM lands
Fire restrictions are now in effect on BLM lands. Learn more here.
PORTLAND, Ore., KEZI – Bureau of Land Management officials announced on Tuesday that fire restrictions are now in effect for all BLM-managed public lands throughout Oregon and Washington.
The BLM said that the use of fireworks, exploding or metallic targets, steel component ammunition, tracer or incendiary devices, and sky lanterns are prohibited as of May 23 in order to reduce the risk of human-caused fires.
“Although we had a wet winter, we must still be careful with activities that can cause a spark to keep our first responders, local communities, and public lands safe from accidental wildfires,” said Anita Bilbao, BLM Oregon/Washington Associate State Director. “We are…
Storm triggers flash flooding in Powell Butte area; Brasada Ranch sees damage to homes, golf course, roads
Storms brought flash-flooding in the Powell Butte area Monday evening. Learn more here.
POWELL BUTTE, Ore. (KTVZ) – A strong thunderstorm triggered a flash-flooding event in the Powell Butte area Monday evening, causing some damage to Crook County roads and “significant” damage at Brasada Ranch resort to several homes, a golf course and roads, sheriff’s deputies said Tuesday.
The National Weather Service in Pendleton issued a special weather statement around 5:30 p.m. advising of a strong thunderstorm being tracked in the area, one of several such alerts as storms moved across the region.
Around 6 p.m., Crook County 911 dispatchers got a report of flooding in the 10000 block of SW Powell Butte Highway, sheriff’s Lt. Mitch Madden said.…
High temperatures continue in Oregon, with thunderstorms possible in the week ahead
The weather is unseasonably warm in Oregon – some places hitting the mid-90s. Learn more here.
Unseasonable heat continued Sunday in Oregon, with temperatures many places in the western part of the state predicted to hit the mid-90s.
Portland could reach 94 Fahrenheit and Roseburg, 98.
The National Weather Service expected temperatures in the mid- to upper-70s along the coast, and Eastern Oregon is looking at highs in the upper-70s and low 80s.
Many of Saturday’s predicted high temperatures did not come to pass. It only hit 91 in Portland, three degrees lower than weather officials had expected.
Second large sinkhole forms at Cape Kiwanda on Oregon coast; visitors urged to use caution, stay back
A second sinkhole forms at Cape Kiwanda. Learn more here.
PACIFIC CITY, Ore. (KTVZ) — The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department is asking visitors to use caution and to stay away from the area where a second sinkhole has formed at Cape Kiwanda State Natural Area.
The second sinkhole was discovered Monday about 10 inches away from the first, which appeared in January. The new sinkhole measures about 10 feet across and about 30 feet deep and developed within the safety fence of the first sinkhole in the northwest corner of the lower dune, officials said Tuesday.
Park staff learned about the additional sinkhole late Monday evening when a photo was posted on social media. They expanded the safety…
USDA to place a $52 million order for Oregon seafood
The USDA will place a $50 million+ order for Oregon seafood. Find out more here.
Oregon lawmakers lead the way to the approval of $52 million to purchase Oregon seafood products.
Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden led the charge to have the products purchased by the United States Department of Agriculture for distribution to food assistance programs for its commodity purchasing programs.
In a letter sent to the USDA, Merkley and others stated that inclusion in the program would provide a boost to West Coast fishermen and seafood processors while including their products in American food assistance programs.
Abortion, gender-affirming care bill heads to the Oregon SenateA bill regarding abortion and gender-affirming care makes it way to the Oregon Senate. Find out more here. By Sydney Wyatt, Salem Statesman Journal
Legislation to allow minors younger than 15 to get abortions without parental approval, expand state coverage of medical services for transgender individuals and make several other changes to state laws regulating reproductive and gender-affirming care has passed the Oregon House of Representatives, despite Republicans’ repeated attempts to block House Bill 2002.
It now needs approval from the state Senate before going to Gov. Tina Kotek for her consideration.
House members spent nearly 10 hours on the floor Monday, primarily on the 46-page bill’s third reading…
Ethics questions arise as Oregon audit argues for easing regulations on cannabis industry
The Oregon recreational cannabis system may be facing some changes. Learn more about it here.
By Dirk VanderHart (OPB)Oregon Secretary of State Shemia Fagan consulted with cannabis company owners as her agency audited the industry
Oregon’s recreational cannabis system has overly strict regulations that make running a business expensive and hamper people aspiring to join the industry, state auditors found in an audit released Thursday.
The report is likely to be cheered by current and aspiring participants in Oregon’s legal cannabis market. It suggests the state should consider easing up on security requirements and other safeguards that made sense when Oregon first legalized cannabis, but…
$100 Million+ Project Launched Overlooking Deschutes
A parcel off of Century Drive in Bend will be the site of a $100 Million+ project. Learn more here.
BY SIMON MATHER — CBN FEATURE WRITER
Ground has been broken on a spectacular site overlooking the Deschutes River in Bend which will feature luxury condominiums and, in the future, a 4-star and 5-star hotel, complete with a rooftop bar, as part of a 7.6-acre mixed-use development off Century Drive with an estimated price tag north of $100 million.
Ridgeland, Mississippi-based developers Wealth Hospitality Group plan to roll out the project in three stages, starting with The Ridge consisting of 37 high-end condos across five four-story buildings, boasting pristine…
Relentless wintry weather in Oregon and Washington means tragedy for many cattle ranches
Intense winter weather means tragedy for cattle farmers. Find out more here.
By Anna King (Northwest News Network)
In a remote part of southeast Oregon, about the only oasis for a hundred-mile stretch of highway is the Oasis Cafe in Juntura. Travelers come in for hot coffee served in hulking Styrofoam cups, and to gather near the wood stove.
Rancher Glenn Harris, from Drewsy, said this spring’s bitter cold has been devastating for newborn calves.
“We had about two feet of snow at least, on top of five or six inches of ice,” Harris said of a storm last month. “Those calves are…