The Central Oregonian is a twice-weekly newspaper published in Prineville in the U.S. state of Oregon. Established in 1881, the paper covers Central Oregon where it is the newspaper of record for Crook County.[2][3]Elmo Smith owned the paper until his death in 1968, when his son Denny Smith took over ownership of the Central Oregonian and other newspapers that became Eagle Newspapers.[4] Eagle sold the paper to the Pamplin Media Group in June 2013.[4] As of 2014, the paper is published on Tuesdays and Fridays and has a paid circulation of 2,652.[3]