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Stouts Fire smoke column from I-5

InciWeb

New SW Ore. wildfire explodes to 6,000 acres, forces evacuations

While firefighters worked in extreme heat to tackle a 2-day-old southwest Oregon wildfire, another one to the south exploded across about 6,000 acres in a matter of hours east of Canyonville, prompting evacuations.

Bend transient charged with arson

Bend transient accused of burglary, arson in $265,000 office blaze

A 47-year-old transient faces arson, burglary and other charges, accused of breaking into a southwest Bend office building early Thursday and setting a fire that caused  $265,000 in damages, police and fire officials said.

Motorcycle, Tyler Harp

OSP; Deschutes County Jail

Speeding motorcycle chase ends in Hwy. 97 crash, arrest

A 27-year-old Tigard motorcyclist accompanied by a Portland woman led Oregon State Police on an off-and-on pursuit at speeds of up to 149 mph until he crashed at slower speed on Highway 97 near Lava Butte late Wednesday afternoon, then ran and was captured nearby, troopers said Thursday.

Shell icebreaker Fennica leaves Portland

KGW

Arctic-bound ship leaves Portland after oil drilling protest

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A Royal Dutch Shell icebreaker that was the target of environmental protesters is leaving Portland, bound for an Arctic drilling operation.

Jesus Deniz Mendoza

Park County Sheriff's Office

Good Samaritan family gunned down in Montana

Trying to be good Samaritans cost two members of a Montana family their lives and left their daughter wounded.

The triple shooting happened in the town of Pryor, Montana, about 30 miles south of Billings.

The suspect, 18-year-old Jesus Deniz Mendoza, i...

Gov signs Whisnant bill to boost low-income housing

Governor Kate Brown on Tuesday signed HB 2690, a bill championed by state Reps. David Gomberg (D-Lincoln City) and Gene Whisnant (R-Sunriver)  that provides a property tax exemption for proven non-profit housing developers that acquire land for the purpose of building low-income housing.

Deschutes County Sheriff's Office car

'Warrant' scammers using DCSO captains' names

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office said it received several reports Wednesday and Thursday from citizens saying they got calls from scammer claiming to be captains Scott Beard or Erik Utter and seeking payments for supposed arrest warrants.

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Hwy. 20 bridge repairs to begin east of Sweet Home

A contractor has been selected and work will begin in August on a project to address landslide activity and damage to the Sheep Creek Bridge on US 20 (Santiam Hwy.), about 25 miles east of Sweet Home (MP 56.6).

Earthquake

USGS awards $4M to boost West Coast quake early warning systems

SEATTLE (AP) — The U.S. Geological Survey has awarded $4 million to four universities in the Pacific Northwest and California to boost the development of earthquake early warning systems.

Possible MH370 debris found

CNN

Confidence growing that debris is from MH370

Officials are expressing growing confidence that the piece of wreckage found on the shores of a remote Indian Ocean island this week is part of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.

Martin Dolan, the head of the Australian agency coordinating the und...

Chuck Todd

Kris Connor/Getty Images

MSNBC cuts three shows to make way for news coverage

MSNBC began clearing the decks for news coverage Thursday, jettisoning three afternoon shows and announcing that Chuck Todd will host an hour-long political show each afternoon.

"Change can be hard," MSNBC President Phil Griffin wrote in an email to t...

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