Pig unharmed in CRR fire: An outbuilding that served as a shelter for a pig in Crooked River Ranch was destroyed in a Feb. 7 fire, but the pig survived, according to a news release from Crooked River Ranch Fire and Rescue. Firefighters arrived at the fire after it was reported at 2:29 a.m. to find the building engulfed in flames, officials said. After the owners of the property in the 8600 block of SW Sisters View Place told them the building was used as a shelter for the pig, firefighters found the animal unharmed in a pen outside the shelter, officials said. The owner helped move the pig to safety and the fire was extinguished by 3:45 a.m. with help from two career firefighters and four volunteers, officials said. A heat lamp lighting combustible material is listed as the probable cause of the fire, officials said.

Road closures: NW Elm Avenue will be closed between NW 28th and NW 30th streets from Feb. 19-May 31 while crews install utility improvements. Residents of the area may use NW Cedar Avenue for local access. Northwest Way will be closed at Spruce Avenue from Feb.18-April 26 while crews construct a 30-inch sewer interceptor for the Dry Canyon Project. They will re-align and pipe the irrigation canal, construct a new 12-inch water main and widen a section of the road. Local traffic will be detoured around the work zone. Northbound traffic will detour onto NW Maple Avenue then west to NW 35th Street, north to NW Upas Avenue and east to Northwest Way. Southbound traffic will detour onto NW Upas Avenue, west to NW 35th Street, south to NW Maple Avenue and east to Northwest Way.

NeighborImpact receives $17,892 grant: NeighborImpact received $17,892 in funding from the Housing and Urban Development’s Continuum of Care grants as part of nearly $3 million in grants distributed across Oregon and $202 million nationally to help provide housing and supportive services to homeless individuals and families, according to a press release from the office of Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Oregon. “NeighborImpact greatly appreciates the continued investment by Housing and Urban Development in the Continuum of Care programs,” said Molly Heiss, Director of Housing Stabilization for Neighborhood Impact Community Services, in the press release. “This infusion of funds bolsters our efforts to end homelessness across Central Oregon.”


Red Cross Blood Drive: A blood drive will take place 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Feb. 15 at the Opportunity Foundation, 835 Hwy 126. For more information or to schedule an appointment, visit or contact 1-800-733-2767.

Ranch and Farm Succession Workshop: Rogue Farm Corps is putting on a free workshop 1-5 p.m. Feb. 20 at the Deschutes County fairgrounds Ochoco Room in North Hall, 3800 Southwest Airport Way, to address issues around farm and ranch estate planning. The workshop will include a performance of “Map of My Kingdom,” a play commissioned by Practical Farmers of Iowa and a presentation by an attorney with a question and answer time. Coffee and snacks will be provided. To register for the workshop or for more information, contact Nellie McAdams at 971-409-6806 or email .


Selco Scholarship Opportunity: SELCO Community Credit Union’s annual scholarship program is open for applications. This year, SELCO plans to award $2,500 scholarships to 20 qualifying high school seniors planning to attend an accredited two- or four-year college or university. Applicants must be SELCO members or immediate family members of a SELCO member and be graduating from a four-year accredited high school with a GPA of 3.5 or higher. The scholarship essay question is: “What advice would you give your future self on your college graduation day?” Applications are available at and the deadline to apply is April 1 and recipients will be notified by May 8.