News Stories for Wed., Oct. 4, 2017

At upcoming meetings, the public will be able to offer input on the future management of Smith Rock State Park. Public meetings will be held October 24 at the Bend Parks & Recreation District and Oct. 25th at Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center in Redmond. The state park is updating its master plan for the first time since 1991 and is collecting public comment about issues such as more parking, restrooms and trail maintenance. Those unable to attend the meetings can submit comments online at

Madras High School Sports: Boys’ Soccer – The Class 4A No. 8-ranked White Buffaloes defeated Crook County in Prineville Tuesday 9-1. Girls’ Soccer – The White Buffaloes cruised to a 4-0 win over Crook County in the Tri-Valley Conference match at MHS. 

Oregon State University and Corvallis community members came together on campus to talk about race and reconciliation. The discussions, which took place Monday, are part of a process to evaluate the names of four buildings on the Corvallis campus, whose namesakes may have held racist views, and determine if the buildings should be renamed.  Organizers say it isn’t about revising history or hiding history or taking something away, but rather revealing history. The university next will hold four meetings, one for each of the building names being reconsidered. The buildings being considered are Arnold Dining Center, Avery Lodge, Benton Hall and Gill Coliseum.