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Central Oregon Bureau Chief

Emily Cureton

Emily Cureton is OPB’s Central Oregon Bureau Chief. She formerly contributed award-winning programming to Georgia Public Broadcasting and Jefferson Public Radio, and reporting to community newspapers like the Del Norte Triplicate in Crescent City, California, and the Big Bend Sentinel in Marfa, Texas.

Emily graduated from the University of Texas in Austin with degrees in history, studio art and Russian. Among other adventures, she’s driven a van from Oregon to Costa Rica and hiked from the California coast to the Pacific Crest in Ashland. Send her feedback and story ideas at

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Recent Articles

local | News | Environment

Deschutes River Conservation Plan Seeks Slow Change

Irrigators want protection from lawsuits under the Endangered Species Act. Conservationists want more water for spotted frogs and other wildlife.

News | local | Education | Parents | Family

Lake County Schools Prepare To Reopen After Threats

Classes and activities for Lake County School District #7 were canceled for three days in a row.

Politics | Nation | News | local

Anti-Immigration Group Sends Oregon Sheriffs To DC

An anti-immigration group is paying for two Eastern Oregon sheriffs to attend political events in Washington, D.C., this week. 

News | local

Grant County Sheriff's Deputy Charged With Child Neglect

Arrested in September on suspicion of attempted rape, assault and child neglect, Tyler Smith has been on paid leave from the Grant County Sheriff's Office since Aug. 9. 

News | local

Grant County Sheriff's Office Deputy Arrested By Oregon State Police

Oregon State Police arrested a Grant County Sheriff’s Office deputy Monday on suspicion of attempted rape, child neglect and assault.

Recreation | Fish & Wildlife | News | local | Environment

Trails Close In Central Oregon To Keep From Startling Elk To Death

A coalition of bikers, hikers and hunters in central Oregon spread the word to keep recreationalists off closed trails to protect baby elk. It might be working.


Oregon Sheriff Resigning Over Jail Conditions Faces Inmate Complaint

The allegations include a lack of access to medical care, and they come after the Harney County sheriff publicly disavowed conditions at the jail. 

Politics | Nation | News | local

Harney County Residents Question Rep. Walden On Political Flashpoints

Fear about gun laws, immigration and tariffs surfaced at a town hall in Burns on Thursday. 

News | local

Grant County Sheriff Facing Ethics Complaint Rescinds Resignation

Grant County Sheriff Glenn Palmer denies allegations of corruption and says he will run for a sixth term.

Business | News | local | Agriculture

Hail Hits Oregon Hemp Growers Hard, But Barely Dents Booming Market

Central Oregon hemp fields took a beating from hail storms this summer, but that barely put a dent in a booming industry.

Health | News | local

Water Crisis In Warm Springs Drags Into 3rd Month

People improvise for survival, as funding is slow to come, and a federal agency threatens the Tribal government with huge fines.

News | Education | local

OSU-Cascades To Expand On Old Mine, Landfill Sites

Oregon State University-Cascades is breaking ground on an expansion of its Bend campus.

Business | News | local

East Oregonian Publishers Win Federal Auction For Bend, Redmond Newspapers

East Oregonian publisher EO Media agreed to buy the only daily newspaper in Central Oregon, The Bulletin, and the weekly Redmond Spokesman.

local | News | Environment

'Complicated' Milepost 97 Fire Draws Hundreds To Community Meeting

The quarter-acre blaze firefighters first reached Wednesday grew to 11,000 acres in under four days. Hundreds of local residents met at Glendale High School to find out how bad it might get. 

local | News | Environment

Proposed Surgery To Sterilize Oregon Wild Horses Raises Hackles

Wild horses walk a fine line between icon and unwanted. The Bureau of Land Management is eyeing an Oregon experiment to spay wild mares as a potential model for the West.

Business | News | local

East Oregonian Publisher Surfaces As High Bidder For Bend's Bulletin Newspaper

A Central Oregon institution is about to change hands, after a decade of shrinking coverage and cutting staff. And now two new companies have emerged as potential new owners.

NW Life | Business | News | Communities | local

Rhode Island Company Bids On Bend Bulletin

The proposed $2.25 million sale price includes the Bend Bulletin and the Redmond Spokesman. 

NW Life | local

Chasing Horses

A boy and his horse prepare for the 50th annual Pi-Ume-Sha Treaty Days in Warm Springs. But even with years of training, everything can change in a single stride.

Health | local | News | Environment

After Long-Awaited Repairs, Even More Water Problems Arise In Warm Springs

As soon as crews replaced a critical stretch of pipe Wednesday, things got worse, prolonging the outages and warnings to boil water for thousands of people on the largest tribal reservation in Oregon.

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Oregon Buyers Bid On Sister Papers, Not Bend Bulletin

Western Communications revealed two Oregon-centric bidders for part of its string of Pacific Northwest newspapers Tuesday, but not a potential buyer for its largest and most prominent paper, the Bend Bulletin.