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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 | Environment | Health | News

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.

local | News

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.

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Broken Water Main Poses Serious Health, Safety Risk To Warm Springs

Thousands of people living and working on Oregon’s largest tribal reservation won’t have running water and flushing toilets, again.

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Bend Bulletin Owners Plan To Sell Everything And Dissolve The Company

Western Communications will sell newspapers where competing outlets are scarce to non-existent.

Nation | Health | local | News

Bend Hospital Expands After Years Of Overcrowding

A new tower promises to relieve pressure on Central Oregon’s health care system.

local | Environment | Fish & Wildlife | Animals | News

BLM Revives Proposal To Sterilize Oregon's Wild Horses

One difference under a revised plan is veterinarians would not operate on pregnant mares.

local | Communities | Environment | News

Environmentalists Sue Over Grazing Rights For Ranchers Convicted Of Arson

Environmentalists have sued to prevent Dwight and Steven Hammond from getting their grazing rights back. 

local | Flora and Fauna | News

Oregon Becomes 1st State To Sharply Restrict Herbicide Linked To Tree Deaths

Oregon effectively bans a chemical it once sprayed along roads, as the EPA signals potential opposition to more state control. 

local | Politics | News

Years Of Bad Accounting Threaten Harney County Health Programs

A budget snafu will shrink government services in this rural Oregon county. Picking which ones need to go is a bitter debate. 

Communities | Politics | local | News

A Leadership Shake-Up In Warm Springs Following A Tumultuous Year

Most of the previous Warm Springs Tribal Council was ousted, with six of eight seats changing hands.

local | Arts | Music | News

A Symphony In Burns Seeks Healing, 3 Years After Occupation

The Malheur National Wildlife Refuge became a household name in 2016, not for its beautiful scenery or because 300 bird species flock there, but because a militant, anti-government group had taken over headquarters for 41 days, leading to a fatal shooting. Three years later, an Oregon symphony offers music as healing.

local | Politics | News

Former Prosecutor Brings Message Of DA Changes To Bend

“Is there a plan in their office to deal with mass incarceration?” asked former prosecutor Adam Foss.  

Economy | Water | Land | Environment | News | local

Oregon Emergency Director To Visit Flooded Counties After Declining To Declare A Disaster

Local and tribal officials in eastern Oregon are pushing for Gov. Kate Brown to declare a state of emergency to help pay for the aftermath of extensive flooding. 

local | Environment | Health | Water | News

The Cost Of Clean Water In Warm Springs

A drinking water system puts people’s health at risk, but the alternatives are hugely expensive, and how to pay hits a nerve on the reservation.

local | Education | News

Elevated Lead Levels In Warm Springs Childcare Building

After lead testing in 2018, people at the Boys and Girls Club of Warm Springs have had to avoid the water in a building that was an elementary school for decades.

Land | Forestry | Business | Science | News | local | Agriculture

Oregon Herbicide Ban Slowed By Chemical Company Appeal

Dead pines nears Sisters set off a state investigation and a proposed ban, but chemical giant Bayer claims this unfairly singles out its product. 

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Bend Bulletin Owner Eyes Sale Of Sister Newspapers

An attorney for Western Communications says the goal is to sell all but two of the company's seven newspapers serving rural Oregon and California.

Economy | Environment | local | News

Conflict To Collaboration: Central Oregon Irrigators Celebrate With Diverse Group

Delivering water in a pipe isn’t a radical idea. Unless you’re talking about modernizing irrigation in Central Oregon.

Economy | Communities | Land use | local | News

Oregon Lawmakers Introduce Bill To Nullify Warm Springs Treaty Of 1865

Federal lawmakers say the U.S. defrauded the Tribes 154 years ago, illegally revoking hunting and fishing rights off-reservation.

Water | Sustainability | Education | Environment | Science | Energy | News | local

OSU-Cascades Racks Up Water Research Grants

The Bend campus announced a $2.97 million grant through the U.S. Department of Energy to develop technology for treating the wastewater from fracking.