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Hummel discusses marijuana law

'Ain't the wild West': Hummel still prosecuting pot laws

As recreational marijuana became legal Wednesday, Deschutes County District Attorney John Hummel's office prosecuted a pot delivery and manufacture case before a grand jury and he later issued a news release making the point: "It ain't the wild West in Deschutes County."

July 1 arrives pot given away

As big day arrives, pot giveaway trips up Bend dispensary

Bend medical marijuana dispensaries and residents alike celebrated legal recreational cannabis Wednesday with private parties, informational booths and free joints that were, at one celebration, apparently gifted out of compliance with state rules.

Moccasin Hill Fire

Dennis Lee, Oregon Dept. of Forestry

Oregon House OKs McLane bill to aid wildfire victims

The Oregon House on Wednesday unanimously passed House Bill 3148-A, legislation that seeks to provide critical relief to low-income wildfire victims through the creation of the Wildfire Damage Housing Relief Account.

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Arson fire burns La Pine Middle School gym roof

A fire early Wednesday morning that heavily damaged the roof of the La Pine Middle School gym was "malicious and an arson event," Fire Chief Mike Supkis said.

OSU-Cascades Campus

OSU-Cascades researcher awarded school's largest grant

The U.S. Department of Education has awarded Oregon State University-Cascades researcher Shannon Lipscomb a $1.5 million grant to develop and test a program to help teachers improve the school readiness of preschoolers who have been exposed to trauma.

Corner Creek Fire

Wolf Mountain Lookout

Fire south of Dayville kicks up; campground, trailhead closed

A still-growing army of about 350 firefighters working in hot conditions have brought the Sugarloaf Fire north of Dayville to 40 percent containment, but a newer fire south of the small community was surging Wednesday, prompting an area closure, including a campsite and trailhead.

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Planned solar farms east of Bend spark debate

A California company, Cypress Creek Renewables, wants to shed light on renewable energy east of Bend. Using two solar farms, they plan to provide enough energy for 3,000 homes, but first they have to gain approval from a Deschutes County hearings officer.

Madras Army Air Field North Hangar

Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept.

Madras World War II hangar named to National Register

The Madras Army Air Field North Hangar, built to boost the nation's efforts during World War II, is among Oregon's latest entries in the National Register of Historic Places.

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Richard Bozarth

State lifts algae health alert for Lake Billy Chinook

The Oregon Health Authority said Wednesday it has lifted a health advisory issued June 25 for Lake Billy Chinook, 26 miles southwest of Madras in Jefferson County.

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Dana Moody

Saturday's Bend Pet Parade is on, despite the heat

The Bend Park and Rec District has received some calls from those concerned about proceeding with Saturday's traditional Fourth of July Pet Parade due to the region's hot spell, but officials said Wednesday that with proper precautions, all should have a fun, safe time for all.

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