Oregon Transportation Commission Officially Ends Wickiup Junction Overpass Project

It was supposed to be the last highway crossing of railroad tracks in Central Oregon along U-S 97, but sinking ramps exposed a flaw in the plans, and now the Oregon Department of Transportation has officially canceled the building of an overpass at Wickiup Junction near La Pine.

Central Oregon Daily’s Austin Reed reports on the Transportation Commission’s final decision to scrap the project, and what happens now.

The Great Outdoors: Ryan Ranch Restoration Project

Before there was ever a Deschutes County or City of Bend, there was a 70-acre ranch established in the 1890’s near Dillon Falls that was primarily used for cattle. Today, the U.S. Forest Service owns that land and crews are restoring it back to the wildlife sanctuary that it once was.

Brian Jennings takes us to Deschutes National Forest‘s Ryan Ranch Restoration Project for this week’s Great Outdoors, sponsored by Camp Abbot Trading Company in Sunriver.

Northwest Bend Parking Improvement Proposal

The City of Bend is hosted an open house on Wednesday to address the ongoing parking problems along Galveston Avenue.

Central Oregon Daily’s Austin Reed reported from Westside Village Elementary, where neighbors and business owners heard about the latest proposal to improve the parking situation along Galveston between Columbia and 17th Street.

Bend Firefighters Battling Wildfires in Wine Country

City of Bend firefighters are back on the front line of the wildfires burning in California’s wine country.

A Bend Fire and Rescue engine and crew of 6 joined ten other Strike Teams from Oregon to head to California on Wednesday morning and worked a 24-hour shift before taking a day off, and they are back at it today. Here is one of the latest photos of their efforts, courtesy of the Bend Fire Department.

Top-Ranked Teams in 5A and 3A Win Big on Friday Night

Mountain View High School and La Pine High School showed why they are ranked number one in the state in their respective classes with impressive wins on Friday night.

The Cougars scored 48 unanswered points to kickoff the first half of their Homecoming Night on their way to a 62-6 victory over the Ridgeview Ravens to prove their record to 7-0 on the season in 5A play. Meanwhile, the Hawks went on the road to Harrisburg and beat the Eagles 34-15 to improve their record to 7-0 in 3A play.

When Monday’s OSAA state rankings came out, both Mountain View and La Pine were ranked #1 in their respective classes.

In other Central Oregon high school football action, Summit High School kept their playoff hopes alive with a 31-17 Homecoming victory over Redmond. Bend lost a close one on the road in Hermiston 35-32. In 4A play, the Sisters Outlaws beat Elmira 28-7.