Jefferson County Newswire

Jefferson County Newswire

Comprehensive Real-Time News Feed for Jefferson County, OR.

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  1. Cove Fire Near Culver Grows to 200 AcresRead the original story w/Photo

    2 hrs ago | KBND-AM Bend

    The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office has evacuated 60 people in a small subdivision west of Culver, after two homes and several outbuildings were destroyed in Central Oregon's newest wildfire. The Red Cross has established a shelter at Culver High School.


  2. Culver-area brushfire burns at least 3 homes, nears controlRead the original story w/Photo

    6 hrs ago | Local TV Station KTVZ

    A wind-fueled brushfire exploded near Lake Billy Chinook in Cove Palisades State Park Saturday morning and raced east across at least 50 acres into the Culver area, burning at least three homes as residents were evacuated and crews battled on the ground and from the air to stop the flames. The Cove Fire, as it was labeled, was first reported around 1:40 a.m. and apparently began from a campfire in or near the Cove, Jefferson County Sheriff Jim Adkins told Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch Center in Prineville.


  3. Cove Palisades brushfire explodes; two homes lostRead the original story w/Photo

    9 hrs ago | Local TV Station KTVZ

    A wind-fueled brushfire exploded near Lake Billy Chinook in Cove Palisades State Park Saturday and quickly spread east in the Culver area, burning at least two homes as residents were evacuated and crews battled to stop the flames. The fire was initially reported at 10 acres and growing, with a joint response by Jefferson County Fire and the Oregon Department of Forestry, said Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch spokeswoman Lisa Clark.


  4. Daimler Trucks set to build $18 million Madras test trackRead the original story w/Photo

    Yesterday | Local TV Station KTVZ

    ... Royce Embanks. ""I'd also like to thank my colleagues on the City Council, Business Oregon and EDCO in Jefferson County. "ODOT and Jefferson County have and will continue to play key roles," Embanks said. "We have all worked as a team to apply for ...


  5. Quarterback returns to Madras to give backRead the original story w/Photo

    Thursday | Local TV Station KTVZ

    Former Madras High School quarterback Josh Farrester is back in Madras to help out the community that helped him so much in the past. Farrester immediately took advantage of Apex Physical Therapy's free athletic injury clinic for Jefferson County student-athletes.


  6. C. Oregon jobless rates up, despite strong job growthRead the original story w/Photo

    Wednesday Aug 26 | Local TV Station KTVZ

    ... 7.2 percent from 6.7 percent in June. However, the rate was down significantly from 9.0 percent last July. Jefferson County continues to be one of the highest0performing rural counties. It added 400 jobs from last July, a growth rate of 6.5 percent. ...


  7. Central Oregon Counties See Jobless RiseRead the original story w/Photo

    Tuesday Aug 25 | KBND-AM Bend

    ... labor force looking for work." Deschutes County's jobless rate increased from 6.2% in June to 6.6% in July. Jefferson County is one of the highest performing rural counties in the state, although unemployment rose from 6.7% to 7.2% last month. And, ...


  8. Girl, 2, recovers from bite of rattlerRead the original story w/Photo

    Monday Aug 24 | Portland Tribune

    ... Mitchell corraled the snake with a broom, and then killed it with a pair of clippers. Phillips praised Jefferson County Emergency Medical Services, which arrived within five minutes, around noon, identified the snake, and quickly transported Mila to ...


  9. Boat ready to make The Great Escape from Lake Billy ChinookRead the original story

    Tuesday Aug 11 | The Navajo Times

    ... been anchored in a small cove just north of Cove Palisades Resort and Marina at Lake Billy Chinook, said Jefferson County Sheriff Jim Adkins. There it has drawn the ire of the Oregon State Parks official who manages viewpoints above, along Mountain ...


  10. Police: Hard to enforce new gun background checksRead the original story w/Photo

    Friday Aug 7 | Local TV Station KTVZ

    ... nt also said it will enforce the law, but it will be difficult to find out about those cases. The Crook and Jefferson County sheriff's offices, Prineville Police Department and Redmond Police Department did not return calls by our deadline.


  11. Culver wheat field fire burns bale wagon, 20 acresRead the original story w/Photo

    Thursday Aug 6 | Local TV Station KTVZ

    A hay bale wagon caught fire and was destroyed Thursday afternoon in a Culver wheat field blaze that also burned 45 bales of straw and spread to 20 acres of stubble, a Jefferson County Fire District official said. Assistant Fire Chief Tom Jaca said crews were called out about 3:15 p.m. to the fire on a wheat field at Southwest Iris Lane and Highway 361.


  12. Jefferson Bridge closed after tractor and truck crashRead the original story w/Photo

    Tuesday Aug 4 |

    ... Fire District. It is advised commuters take Talbot Road exit off Interstate 5/Oregon 99E to get into Jefferson County, Robbins said. Hazard material teams are cleaning up the diesel spill from the tractor. Oregon Department of Transportation bridge ...


  13. Billy Chinook Increases Drunk Boating PatrolsRead the original story w/Photo

    Tuesday Aug 4 | KBND-AM Bend

    ... across the state will patrol the lake Friday and Saturday in an effort to crack down on drunk boating. Jefferson County Sheriff's Captain Marc Heckathorn says drought conditions are bringing more people to Lake Billy Chinook this summer. "Lake Billy ...


  14. BUI saturation patrols set at Lake Billy ChinookRead the original story w/Photo

    Monday Aug 3 | Local TV Station KTVZ

    Sheriff's deputies and Oregon State Police troopers from across the state will converge on Lake Billy Chinook this weekend in an effort to detect and arrest suspected drunken boaters. The enforcement event this Friday and Saturday is a coordinated effort between the Oregon State Police, the Oregon State Marine Board and sheriff's offices throughout the state, said Jefferson County sheriff's Patrol Capt.


  15. Veterans Choice Program Discussed in RedmondRead the original story w/Photo

    Monday Aug 3 | KBND-AM Bend

    ... even if the clinic doesn't offer the services they need. Tom Weiss is the Veterans Services officer for Jefferson County. For 10 years he has helped vets navigate the system and get services. "I think here in the state we'll make progress. I think ...


  16. Fearing bankruptcy, Washington counties get creative with criminal justice costsRead the original story w/Photo

    Jul 26, 2015 |

    ... cases definitely present a hardship for a small county such as ours," said Stacie Prada, treasurer for Jefferson County, which asked the state for $217,914 in 2010 for a double-murder case and $246,000 in 2014 to retry the defendant after an appeals ...


  17. Vandalism Leads to Cattle DeathsRead the original story w/Photo

    Jul 22, 2015 | KBND-AM Bend

    A Jefferson County rancher suffered thousands of dollars in losses when water was shut off to his cattle, last week. According to Jefferson County deputies, someone turned off the water that feeds a number of cattle troughs near Alma Lane and Elbe Drive, west of Metolius.


  18. Melissa Bowerman sex abuse case awaits trial, a year laterRead the original story w/Photo

    Jul 21, 2015 |

    A year ago Tuesday, Melissa Bowerman was arrested at her home in Fossil and lodged in the Jefferson County Jail on felony charges of second-degree sexual abuse, second-degree online sexual corruption, contributing to the sexual delinquency of a minor and attempting to lure a minor. The basic facts of the case were sensational enough in a small central Oregon community : Bowerman, 44, was the Madras High School head track coach and the alleged victim, then 17, was one of her athletes.


  19. Crooked River Grassland gets homestead sites on National RegisterRead the original story w/Photo

    Jul 17, 2015 |

    Two abandoned homesteads that are now part of the Crooked River National Grassland in Jefferson County are among Oregon's latest entries in the National Register of Historic Places. The two places are the Julius and Sarah McCoin homestead and the Enoch and Mary Cyrus homestead sites.


  20. Crook County Eases Jail OvercrowdingRead the original story w/Photo

    Jul 15, 2015 | KBND-AM Bend

    The Crook County Sheriff's Office now has more available jail space, thanks to increased funding for the fiscal year that began July first. Sheriff Jim Hensley says the county is now renting 25 beds at the Jefferson County Jail, taking Crook County's total inmate capacity to 41. "The District Attorney's office said they were quite amazed to have people to arraign on a Monday after the weekend's arrests.