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Prescribed burn west of Bend

Prescribed burn west of Bend puts up familiar plume

A smoke column at times eerily similar to the Two Bulls Fire that hit west of Bend this time last year could be seen from Pilot Butte and across much of the area Thursday. The column however, was a prescribed burn, not a wildfire.  However, it did burn in the same area as last year's flames.

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'Wild' effect? Welfare check on PCT hikers proves fruitless

A group of three hikers left a call for help on voice mail at the Pacific Crest Trail Association, prompting a search by Deschutes and Lane County searchers Thursday in the Lilly Lake area, but they could not be found or reached, officials said.

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Father of Deschutes Jail inmate who died suing for $10.7 million

The father of an inmate who died last December at the Deschutes County Jail, prompting a local and now state investigation, has filed a federal wrongful death lawsuit against Deschutes County, seeking $10.7 million in damages..

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Pacific Power tackles small outage in SW Bend

A wind-related problem knocked out power for about 2,400 Madras-area Pacific Power customers for about a half-hour Thursday afternoon, officials said -- and the utility later dealt with a smaller but longer outage affecting about 175 southwest Bend residents.

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Buehler: Kitzhaber whistleblower hero, not criminal

State Rep. Knute Buehler, R-Bend, spoke on the Oregon House floor Thursday in support of Michael Rodgers, the whistleblower who leaked the emails at the center of the Kitzhaber and Cylvia Hayes scandal.

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National Hamburger Day celebrated in downtown Bend

Thursday was National Hamurger Day, and Deschutes Brewery celebrated with a menu to salute the American sandwich.

Feds: Sage grouse listing warranted, but must wait

New rules aim to protect sage grouse habitat in 10 states

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Interior Secretary Sally Jewell has revealed plans to preserve habitat in 10 Western states for an imperiled ground-dwelling bird, the federal government's biggest land-planning effort to date for conservation of a single species.

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Senate backs bill allowing Oregon workers to talk about pay

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Senate has endorsed a bill that would allow people to sue if they're sanctioned by an employer for discussing pay.

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Two tie as winners of National Spelling Bee

Until last year, it hadn't happened for more than five decades.

Now, they've done it for the second year in a row: Two competitors tied to win the Scripps National Spelling Bee on Thursday.

Vanya Shivashankar, 13, of Olathe, Kansas, and Gokul Venkatach...

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Agency reports killing 109 cormorants so far to help salmon

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says 109 adult double-crested cormorants have been killed and more than 1,700 eggs killed so far as part of a program to reduce the size of North America's biggest cormorant nesting colony so the birds eat fewer juvenile salmon migrating down the Columbia River.

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$5,000 offered for info in string of sea lion shootings

ASTORIA, Ore. (AP) — Federal wildlife officials are investigating a string of sea lion shootings on the Oregon coast.

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A slowdown in the fourth quarter did not boot Deschutes County (the Bend-Redmond metro area) out of the nation’s top 10 for…

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