Prineville bridge projects move forward

By Rachael Scarborough King / The Bulletin
Published: June 29. 2007 5:00AM PST

After more than a year of construction, work to replace the Crooked River Bridge at the entrance to downtown Prineville should wrap up in August, according to the Oregon Department of Transportation.

The $3.1 million project is in its “very final stages,” ODOT Region 4 Bridge Inspector Michael Pulzone said. He added that the main structure is completed and open to traffic.

At the same time, ODOT is turning its attention to a second bridge project in Prineville, replacing the Knowledge Street Bridge that spans Ochoco Creek in front of Crook County Middle School. Pulzone said that work is in the early design stages, and construction is scheduled to begin in February.

The bridge originally was built in 1920 and expanded twice, once in 1935 and again in the 1960s or 1970s, Pulzone said. The original middle section was not designed to meet current traffic levels and has developed some cracks.

“They’re managing, but they’re not up to today’s standards,” Pulzone said. “This is a freight route, (so) this is a candidate for replacement.”

Rex Holloway, the community liaison representative for ODOT, said that crews were working on a core sampling at the bridge a few weeks ago to get more information about the geology at that spot.

The bridge sits in front of Crook County Middle School, which could create problems for parents dropping off and picking up their children, Prineville City Manager Robb Corbett said.

“They’re going to have to consolidate lanes, and any time you do that and you move traffic through a construction zone, it’s going to slow things down,” Corbett said. “My understanding is they’re going to do everything they can to construct the bridge when school is out, but that’s going to be a tall order, and I’m sure it will impact traffic for people getting their kids to school.”

Pulzone said he does not think construction could be completed during the summer months, which is why the start date for construction is currently set for early next year. The bridge is fairly wide, he added, so traffic will not be detoured; rather, lanes will be shifted to one side or the other.

The contract with the bridge will be bundled with two others in Mitchell, Pulzone said, so he is not sure how much the Knowledge Street Bridge will cost. Corbett said that ODOT will fund the project.

“They’re just starting the replacement process,” Holloway said. “What happens sometimes (is) if a bridge is to a point where it can’t carry the load, then we have to put load restrictions on them, so the idea is to replace them before you get to that point.”

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Latest census shows whopping growth – in Bend and beyond

By Rachael Scarborough King / The Bulletin
Published: June 28. 2007 5:00AM PST

Central Oregon cities continue to grow at a breakneck pace compared to the rest of the state — no matter who’s doing the counting.

Population estimates made public today by the U.S. Census Bureau estimate Bend’s population at 71,892.

But that’s low compared to estimates released in March by the Population Research Center at Portland State University. The agency pegged Bend’s population at 75,290. Different methods of counting lead to the different figures.

Both agencies agree, however, that Central Oregon’s growing, and the fastest growth in the region since 2000 has not been in Bend.

Sisters and Redmond both grew at faster rates, figures from both agencies show.

All together, five Central Oregon cities — Sisters, Redmond, Bend, Culver and Prineville — were among the top 15 fastest-growing cities in the state out of about 240 incorporated areas.

Between July 2000 and July 2006, the state’s fastest-growing incorporated city was Happy Valley, near Portland, according to PSU. In the last year alone, Happy Valley grew by about 27 percent, and its population more than doubled between 2000 and 2006.

But close behind Happy Valley were Sisters and Redmond, which grew by 82 percent and 74.3 percent, respectively, in the last six years.

Brian Rankin, the planning and community development director in Sisters, said he’s not surprised by the data.

“I haven’t seen the figures yet — I’m too busy doing development permits,” Rankin said. “We’re feeling it. It’s kind of interesting because I think sometimes we forget that this rate of growth is really extraordinary and not the norm.”

He added that he thinks the city’s growth in the last five or six years has a lot to do with the installation of a municipal wastewater treatment plant in 1999, which allowed denser development to occur.

“We’ve had the land base and the capacity within our urban growth boundary and within our city, and the sewer has unleashed the potential within that area, and so that’s different than the cities of Redmond and Bend, for example,” he said. “There’s been this pent-up demand for a certain kind of housing in Sisters. We’re able to provide that housing now, where six years ago we couldn’t.”

But Rankin added that he does not expect Sisters’ growth to continue at such an accelerated rate.

“I think it’ll slow down, and it really has slowed down. If you look at the level of building permits that we’re issuing this year versus five years ago, it’s fewer,” he said. “It’s been tapering off slightly — I want to emphasize slightly.”

That analysis seems to be reflected in PSU’s numbers, which show that Sisters grew about 5 percent in the last year.

By comparison, Redmond continues to grow at a rapid year-over-year rate, increasing its population by more than 17 percent between July 2005 and July 2006.

Bend, which ranked seventh in the state in terms of population change for the last six years, grew by about 45 percent in that time period. The city’s growth rate between 2005 and 2006 was about 7 percent, behind Redmond, Culver, Prineville and Madras.

Trying to avoid credit pitfalls

Area schools consider teaching personal finance class to teens
By Rachael Scarborough King The Bulletin
Published: June 27. 2007 5:00AM PST

Recent high school graduates across Central Oregon are still celebrating their newfound independence a few weeks after local graduation ceremonies. But along with their mortarboards, the teenagers may have tossed their financial security up in the air.

Students as young as 16 are seeing multiple credit card applications coming in the mailbox, and some high schoolers now have their own cards before graduation. At the same time, teachers, administrators and credit counselors say they do not think there is enough personal finance instruction at the high school level.

Some schools in the region are introducing curricula to help students with the post-high school transition from living with the parents to living on one’s own.

School officials in Crook County are planning to introduce a personal finance class as a graduation requirement for the coming school year. Crook County High School Principal Jim Golden said the class will replace the current economics requirement.

“We felt that it was a way for us to help teach our students who already are involved in using credit or will be to understand how credit works, what it means to be fiscally responsible and how to run your own personal finances in an efficient and prosperous way so that you don’t end up with massive credit card debt,” Golden said. “We felt like it was more pressing for all of our students to have a solid understanding of personal finance issues because they directly relate to their lives and affect directly the quality of their lives.”

He added that students will take the class for one trimester during either their junior or senior year.

“We’re hoping (that) when kids leave, they have information about buying a house, buying a car, running your bills in the black on a monthly basis, staying away from bad credit — which is consumer credit — and understanding the good credit,” he said.

On his own

Although he never took a personal finance class in school, Andrew McClain, who will be a senior at Mountain View High School in the fall, has already learned what it’s like to manage his own finances. Andrew, 16, said he moved out on his own about four months ago because of family problems.

“I decided to move out and start my own life,” he said. “It’s difficult — it takes a lot of perseverance.”

Andrew said he lives with roommates and works as a courtesy clerk at Albertsons to support himself. During the school year, he said, he worked about 35 hours per week, and now that school is out for the summer, he is working full time.

He has a checking account and a debit card, he said, but he isn’t old enough to get a credit card on his own. Once he is 18, he plans to get a card “just to establish credit.”

“I sort of just set aside what I make. It wasn’t very hard to figure out what I had to do — as long as I kept money coming in, I’d be fine,” Andrew said, describing how he handles his money now. “It feels good, being able to support myself in my own house — it’s kind of awesome.”

The difficulties, he added, come from not having the “safety blanket” of parents to rely on. After high school, he plans to move to California, where he has a friend who owns a construction company, and put himself through college.

Jon Wetzler, a counselor at Mountain View, said he knows of a handful of students in situations similar to Andrew’s. Mountain View has a required careers class, which Andrew took, that includes some financial information, but Wetzler said it mostly focuses on interviewing for jobs and preparing a resume.

Summit High School plans to implement a careers class next year and has an elective class called “Living on Your Own,” counselor Debbie McKeown said, but those classes are not focused solely on personal finance.

“It’s a pretty big responsibility to still be a high school student and be living on your own in an apartment or be living in a house with other people and trying to get your high school education, but with practice and the more you do it, it works out,” Wetzler said.

He added that most of the conversations he has with students about finances have to do with paying for college.

“Most of the time, they come to see us as far as financial aid (and) scholarship applications — I guess that would be the way we have conversations with them about money,” he said. “The question of paying rent and utility bills and monthly credit card minimum payments, I think that’s kind of like a secondary responsibility or additional cost of transition into young adulthood that maybe comes a little bit later. They get so fixated on getting admitted to a college, doing all the things that they need to do to get accepted and get a financial aid award, and they do all that and then some of these other things start to get onto the plate and then they get a pretty big eyeful.”

Handling credit cards

Wetzler said he knows of some students at Mountain View who have credit cards, but hasn’t heard about any of them getting into trouble with credit card debt while still in high school.

Bob Mullins, a certified money management volunteer with Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Mid-Oregon, said that some credit card companies will give cards to people even before they turn 18, but the credit lines are so low that it would be difficult for students to build up serious debt.

But Mullins added that his organization, which provides counseling and classes on money management, advises many people who have recently started life on their own.

“We see plenty of people already in their early 20s having problems,” he said. “We don’t tend to see them before then; before then, they haven’t quite gotten there, even if they’re moving down that road.”

To start out, Mullins advised that students open checking and savings accounts to start learning how to budget money. Then they could move on to credit cards, if necessary.

“If they are getting a credit card before they leave home, the ones who are in general are learning a little bit more about credit and budgeting and that sort of thing than others, just by having it and having to deal with it before they get out on their own — when they still have a backup plan called Mom and Dad,” he said.

Chad Howard, 18, who recently graduated from Crook County High School, said he took out a credit card after a representative came to speak to his economics class this year. He plans to attend Oregon State University in the fall, where he thinks he will use the card to pay for books and cover stretches between paychecks.

“I’m not worried about getting into debt because it has a maximum of $500,” Chad said.

He has a full-time summer job right now and already pays for his own cell phone. He discussed finances with his parents, he said, but mostly concerning finding scholarships and loans to pay for college.

Sharon Rexford, a math teacher at Mountain View whose youngest daughter, Becky, graduated this year, said they have talked about many different aspects of the financial responsibilities that start after high school. Rexford said that credit card applications for her daughters, who are 18 and 23, started arriving in the mail when they were 16.

“I don’t know that there’s any real information out there about taking out a loan and the consequences of paying it back or a credit card or that kind of thing,” she said. “There aren’t too many classes at any school anywhere that really emphasizes that. I think a lot of it has to come from parents and, hopefully, if the parents are responsible financially, the kids will pick up on that.”

Golden, the principal at Crook County, said Chad’s credit card came in handy during this year’s senior trip to Kah-Nee-Ta, when the students realized they had not brought a check from the school for the golf course.

“The kid calls me up and I said, ‘Do you have a credit card?’” Golden said. “He said, ‘Yeah, I’ll just put it on my credit card and you can reimburse me.’”

Crook to send dead animals to Washington

By Rachael Scarborough King / The Bulletin
Published: June 26. 2007 5:00AM PST

Crook County officials say they have come up with a solution for disposing of the 90,000 pounds of animal carcasses and byproducts being dropped off at the county landfill each month.

The County Court has approved a plan to begin trucking the waste to a rendering plant in Tacoma, Wash., in October. That’s when the county’s one-year permit from the state Department of Environmental Quality allowing the landfill to bury dead animals expires.

The problem of what to do with all the material stems from the shutdown in October of Redmond Tallow, Oregon’s last meat rendering plant in operation. Seeing a need for local butchers, farmers and hunters, the county landfill obtained the temporary permit from DEQ to accept animals.

But Crook County Court Judge Scott Cooper said the county never expected to receive as much waste as it has so far — the equivalent of about 90 cows a month.

He added that DEQ has told officials an extension of the one-year permit “would not be looked upon favorably.”

“We didn’t really want to do the extension if we could find another alternative,” Cooper said. “Burying dead animals in the ground wasn’t the most pleasant task ever, and we just don’t like it. We’re taking up a lot more space than what we had originally thought because we were getting so many.”

Starting in the fall, the county will be contracting with Irving, Texas-based company Darling International, which operates a rendering plant in Tacoma, to haul away the animal products that people can still drop off at the landfill. Cooper estimated that a refrigerated truck and other items for storing the waste at the landfill in between the truck’s weekly pickups will cost between $15,000 and $17,000.

Increased costs

The cost of taking dead animals to the landfill will also increase after October, Cooper said. Right now, the charge is $5 per animal plus the regular weight fee of $25 per ton. Trucking the materials to Tacoma will cost users 7 cents per pound, or $70 for an average-sized cow of 1,000 pounds.

Lanny Berman, co-owner of the custom meat cutting shop Butcher Boys in Prineville, said his costs have already escalated since Redmond Tallow closed, and he expects the business will take more of a hit after October. Previously, the shop sent all its waste to Redmond Tallow, which charged a flat fee of $60 a month, he said.

“We go up (to the landfill) anywhere from two to four times a week, just depending on how much we’re producing,” Berman said. “When we were really busy last fall, after Redmond Tallow shut down, it would be anywhere from 20,000 to 30,000 pounds a week.”

The Crook County Landfill accepts out-of-county drop-offs, Cooper said. Since Redmond Tallow closed, the Deschutes County Solid Waste Department has taken animal remains on a case-by-case basis, Accounting Tech Debbie Parret said. But she estimated that the department gets only four or five inquiries a month about disposing carcasses.

Cooper said that with the county’s small farms, there is a local need for the landfill’s service.

“It’s just one that we thought should be dealt with as a continuing service to our community,” he said. “We were a bit astonished when we did a call around to the other counties and said, ‘What are you doing?’ and most of them said, ‘We’re waiting for you to do something.’”

An ad hoc committee, which recommended last week that the County Court approve the trucking option, also examined other methods for disposing of the material, including composting or a machine that would sterilize the waste through chemical reduction. But Barbi Riggs, the Central Oregon livestock agent with Oregon State University’s Crook County Extension Service, said those methods would have required an upfront investment of at least $1 million.

What’s next

At the state level, a task force is also working on finding ways to dispose of animal byproducts without shipping them out of state, said Jerry Gardner, business development manager for the Oregon Department of Agriculture. Gardner, who started working on putting the task force together last year, said the group estimates that Oregon produces about 41,000 tons of animal byproducts every year, and right now the main option businesses have is to ship that to rendering plants in Chico, Calif., Tacoma or Seattle.

Gardner said that the group has hired consultants to analyze the different technologies available for handling the waste, a report that should be completed by the end of August.

“Then when we get that we hope that that information will help bring businesses to town that will use that information to process some of this material more locally and reduce operating costs for some of the people in this business,” he said.

Rendering option

Riggs of the Crook County Extension Service and Berman of Butcher Boys in Prineville also said that a new private rendering facility would be the best option.

“Rendering facilities are kind of like our garbage disposal —they’re taking all of the material from butcher shops, any kind of mortality, and then they’re taking that waste and they’re making a usable product out of it,” Riggs said. “Those products go into feed, they go into tallow for cosmetics. It takes a wasteful product and makes it a marketable item.”

But she added there are significant hurdles for private facilities, including environmental regulations and start-up costs.

“If you look at it nationwide, it’s really not a very large amount compared to other places,” she said, pointing out that areas with large animal feedlots produce much more waste. “That’s why we’re having trouble in getting people interested in setting up another rendering facility in the state, because statewide we really don’t produce that much.”

Cooper also expressed skepticism about another rendering plant opening. He said he has talked with some companies to see if they would be interested in expanding to Central Oregon, but hasn’t seen much interest.

“(Trucking to Tacoma) is our interim solution for the next few years while the state team works on a bigger, longer-term solution,” he said.

Pressure builds for Prineville city manager to step down

By Rachael Scarborough King / The Bulletin
Published: June 24. 2007 5:00AM PST

PRINEVILLE — A petition calling for Prineville City Manager Robb Corbett to resign has garnered hundreds of signatures, and the document’s authors have formally presented it to the Prineville City Council.

The petition stems from a controversy several months ago surrounding the elimination of former Public Works Director Jim Mole’s job. Corbett oversaw a restructuring of city government that consolidated the Public Works Department under then-Assistant City Manager Jerry Gillham, who told Mole he no longer had a job on Jan. 18.

Gillham resigned in February after hundreds of residents protested the decision at City Council meetings.

The text of the petition, which was addressed to the City Council, states that Gillham acted “with the blessing of the City Manager” in dismissing Mole.

It goes on to say that Corbett’s “ill-advised, precipitous actions” have led to a “diminution in the citizenry’s confidence in the City Manager and City Hall,” and asks the City Council to seek his resignation.

The petition also asks the council to reinstate Mole, who has said in the past he would be happy to have the job back.

Reached in his office Friday, Corbett said he did not want to comment on the petition. He said he is not planning any action in response.

“That’s up to the City Council to decide (how well I’m doing my job),” Corbett said.

Corbett has been city manager in Prineville for almost three years and makes about $88,500 a year. He previously served as the city manager in Burns before moving to Prineville.

Mayor Mike Wendel said that he did not want to discuss his reaction to the petition. He added that the City Council has not met with Corbett to discuss it and he is “not planning on doing anything with it.”

“It’s America, it’s a free country,” Wendel said. “They have the right to do that, and that’s fine.”

A similar petition asking Wendel to resign circulated in Prineville several months ago.

Wendel said at the time that he does not intend to resign; a recall effort could not begin until July 1 since his last term in office began on Jan. 1, according to state elections regulations.

Jim Puckett, the Corbett petition’s author, presented it to the City Council at its last regular meeting June 12. Corbett said the document had also been distributed to the council two weeks earlier. Puckett said that he has been collecting signatures since early March, and the petition was available at several Prineville businesses.

The copy Puckett gave to the City Council earlier this month includes about 400 signatures.

“I just feel that (Robb Corbett) is totally unqualified,” Puckett said. “It’s a personal feeling, and I suppose that most of the people that signed the petition feel the same way, and I’m sure that we could get more.”

Hoofin’ it in for Prineville’s big weekend

By Rachael Scarborough King / The Bulletin
Published: June 21. 2007 5:00AM PST

PRINEVILLE — Throngs of onlookers lined the streets of downtown Prineville on Wednesday afternoon hoping to catch a glimpse of the town’s cowboy past.

At about 5:30 p.m., the drone of traffic on Third and Main streets briefly gave way to the rumble of cattle and whistles from their horse-mounted handlers.

The Prineville cattle drive, the kick-off event for this weekend’s Crooked River Roundup, returned this year after city officials stepped in to help organize it. The Crook County High School Rodeo Team ran the cattle, and the City Council chipped in $2,000 of its discretionary funds.

The traditional cattle drive through downtown Prineville has been up in the air for the last few years.

Two years ago, the drive didn’t happen because of complaints from residents along the route and liability issues for the roundup, said Hank Simmons, president of the roundup’s board of directors.

Last year, the cattle drive came together at the last minute, Simmons said, but this year the board of directors decided not to hold the event.

“But the city has really opened their arms to doing that, so we tried to figure out if there was another organization that could put this on,” he said.

That organization was the high school rodeo team, which drove 21 head of cattle through downtown Wednesday. Team adviser Clint Corey said the cattle came from three different ranches in the Prineville area, and 13 students participated in the drive.

The herd of cattle, which ran from Third Street to Main Street before continuing south to the Crook County Fairgrounds, included one large longhorn. During their southward trip on Main Street, the cows tried to make an unauthorized left turn, but the riders quickly guided them back onto the route.

City Councilor Dean Noyes, who is also involved with the roundup, said he spoke to other city officials after learning that the board of directors was not planning on a cattle drive this year.

“This is a tradition in Prineville that’s been around longer than most of the people living on that street (along the route),” Noyes said. If the cows caused any damage, he added, “the city will come back and we’ll work with folks to make all the repairs necessary.”

Olivia Stafford, who lives on Main Street and watched the drive from her front yard, said she wasn’t concerned about the cows getting on her property. Stafford, 30, said she has lived on Main Street for about 1 1/2 years but has been a Prineville resident “almost my whole life.”

“It’s kind of a tradition,” Stafford said. “Usually when they come by, they’ve got enough people on horses that keep them, and if they do get in the yard it’s no big deal.”

This is the roundup’s 62nd year, and Simmons estimated that about 8,000 people will attend the three days of rodeos and races that start Friday. He added that he thinks the cattle drive has been happening “on and off” for the last 10 years.

But Gordon Gillespie, the director of Prineville’s Bowman Museum, said the event has taken place since he has lived in the city, about 15 years. And Stacey Horton, 27, who watched the drive with her two children from a lawn chair set up on Third Street, said the event has been held “as long as I can remember.”

“It’s neat,” Horton said. “The kids enjoy it, and it’s a way to get the community together, I guess — it keeps this small town a small town.”

Simmons said the drive, which was held at the same time as a chili feed in the parking lot of Community First Bank, is a good way to get “people thinking about the roundup being this weekend.”

“The Crooked River Roundup and the horse race meet is the premier event for Crook County,” he said. “It has been for many years and it continues to be the biggest event that we have here all year long.”

This year, Simmons said, he is looking forward to “Tough Enough to Wear Pink” day on Saturday, which will benefit local breast cancer awareness, treatment and diagnosis programs. All of the roundup’s directors will wear pink and the arena’s crew will have on pink chaps and shirts.

Roundup officials and volunteers also did about $60,000 worth of improvements to the fairgrounds this year to prepare for the weekend. Events at the fairgrounds start Friday morning and continue through Sunday.

Many of those watching the cattle drive Wednesday said they are planning to attend the parade and other activities this weekend. Local businesses — which, according to a history page on the roundup’s Web site, used to shut down for the weekend — were also getting into the spirit. As visitors left town Wednesday, the sign on the local Dairy Queen reminded them, “Enjoy the rodeo.”

Two magazines find a home in Prineville

By Rachael Scarborough King / The Bulletin
Published: June 18. 2007 5:00AM PST

The city of Prineville has acquired another signifier of a growing population, as two new publications have set up shop in town.

Prineville, a glossy magazine from Cascades East publishers, and Oregon en español, a Spanish-language monthly owned by a different group, are both in the works. Oregon en español, which is based in Prineville, published its first issue in February, and the first edition of Prineville is expected to appear June 22.

Pamela Hulse Andrews, managing partner and co-publisher for Cascades East, said that Prineville magazine grew out of a Crook County supplement that ran in Cascades East last summer.

“I think that people for the first time are seeing that Prineville really isn’t in another state — it’s part of Central Oregon. It’s really not that far from here,” Andrews said. “It’s kind of a fit for what we do at Cascades East, too, because Cascades East is centered around recreation and adventure, and Prineville is a really good fit for that.”

The magazine’s publishers are planning an initial run of 31,000 copies of Prineville, with 15,000 stand-alone magazines and another 16,000 that will be inserted into the summer issue of Cascades East. Right now, the magazine will be published annually, but Executive Editor Kyla Merwin Cheney said she is hoping to go to a semi-annual or quarterly format within one year.

“It serves as a tourist guide, but it’s more — it’s Prineville’s own lifestyle magazine,” Cheney said. She added that the magazine’s articles will focus on outdoor activities in Crook County, as well as the Crooked River Roundup and local restaurants and other businesses.

Diane Bohle, executive director of the Prineville-Crook County Chamber of Commerce, said that the chamber has endorsed Prineville.

“We looked at it as a high-profile, high-quality lifestyle magazine that would kind of be a cultural ambassador for our community, and we really expect it to do well not only in our community, but in the region and outside the region,” Bohle said. “We see it as piece that would interest our neighbors, visitors and newcomers to the area.”

Prineville will be free and distributed throughout Central Oregon and the rest of the state to local visitor’s centers, Chambers of Commerce, parks and recreation departments, hotels, doctors’ offices and coffee shops.

Similarly, Oregon en español is free of charge — “gratis,” as advertised on the cover — and is placed in local Mexican restaurants and stores, said Efrain Muñoz, the magazine’s co-owner. Muñoz, who lives in Prineville, said he thought there was a need for a Spanish-language publication to serve Central Oregon.

“Right here in Central Oregon, it’s a lot of Hispanic people, and we didn’t find anything in Spanish,” he said. “One of our goals is to help our community here because, you know, everything is in English and a lot of people, Latinos, they can’t understand English.”

The first issue of Oregon en español came out in February, and Muñoz said he and the magazine’s other owner have been working on the project for almost a year. Right now, he said, the magazine is publishing every other month, but the plan is to have a monthly format. So far, the owners have put out 3,000 copies per edition.

Muñoz, who also works in construction, is originally from Mexico and moved to Prineville from Salem a few years ago. He added that the magazine’s other owner is from Uruguay and one of their columnists lives in Argentina.

Although the magazine is published out of Prineville, because that’s where the owners are located, Muñoz said it is intended to serve all of Central Oregon. Articles touch on broad topics such as immigration, finances and technology.

“For the first one everyone was impacted … like, wow, they can’t believe this is free, but by the next one we had an advertising on the radio station, and we explained everything to the people — it’s free, take it,” he said. “In a lot of places they call us and say, ‘Hey, the magazine’s gone in one week,’ so I think it’s going very good.”

Despite the appearance of both magazines at roughly the same time, members of the team behind Prineville said they don’t think there is a big enough market for more glossy publications in the area.

Sales Director Jeff Martin said that he thinks the publishers are “pushing the envelope for Prineville.” The city also has its own bi-weekly newspaper, the Central Oregonian.

“That’s a question you would ask about the entire region or the entire state — how many magazines or how many publications can it handle?” Andrews said. “I know a lot of people from Bend in the last decade that have moved to Prineville because, you know, more open space, quieter town — there’s a lot of appeal out there.”