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Prosecuting Pot

Deschutes DA: Recreational pot legal soon - but with rules

Last fall, Oregonians voted to legalize marijuana for recreational use. But with the July 1 change to state law just over a month away, Deschutes County District Attorney John Hummel made it clear Wednesday: There are still rules to follow -- and enforce.

Agents raid $50 million marijuana grow in Ochocos

C.O. forest visitors warned: Beware of pot grows

For the past several years, Central Oregon has been identified by drug trafficking organizations as an ideal location for outdoor marijuana grows, both on public and private lands adjacent to public lands.

Bethlehem Inn cuts include executive director

Bethlehem Inn to house newly released offenders

Deschutes County Adult Parole & Probation announced Wednesday it is entering into a new partnership with the Bethlehem Inn emergency shelter in Bend to take in a small number of offenders released from prison who need transitional housing.

Bend river floaters warned: Safe passage soon - but not yet

With warm weather upon us, the Bend Park and Recreation District reminded river users Wednesday that floating the Deschutes River between Riverbend and Drake parks still requires portage around the Colorado Avenue dam, until the new sage passage project is done later this summer.

OSU-Cascades Campus

OSU-Cascades picks dining-housing development firm

Oregon State University – Cascades said Wednesday it has selected a partner to develop and construct the first student residence and dining/academic facilities that will sit on its proposed site in Bend, representing the four-year university long sought by the Central Oregon region.

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CDC

Live anthrax inadvertently sent by military

Four Defense Department workers have been put in post-exposure treatment, a defense official said, following the revelation the U.S. military inadvertently shipped live anthrax samples in the last several days.

Senate panel OKs extending statute of limitations for rape

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A Senate committee has approved a measure extending Oregon's statute of limitations on certain sexual assault crimes to 12 years. It's now six.

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Greg Mason/KTVZ

Man who leaked Kitzhaber emails goes public

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The man who leaked thousands of emails from the personal account of former Gov. John Kitzhaber to a Portland newspaper is coming forward publicly.

Oregon Legislature

Oregon Senate backs Newberry geothermal lab

State Sen. Tim Knopp (R-Bend) successfully carried memorial legislation Wednesday on the Senate floor in support of bringing a federal geothermal research facility to the Newberry Geothermal Project in Deschutes County.

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Oregon Cattlemen's Association

Cattlemen: Trade deal good for Oregon agriculture

TPP and TPA have caused quite a stir lately. Don't mistake their impact by the size of their abbreviations. Each set of three letters represents huge possibilities for Oregon ranchers and agriculture, according to the Oregon Cattlemen's Association.

Cormorants

ODFW

US shoots Columbia river birds to stop their salmon meals

Government hunters have started shooting seabirds on an island at the mouth of the Columbia River, hoping to reduce their consumption of juvenile salmon migrating to the ocean.

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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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