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Hwy. 20 pickup school bus crash

Oregon State Police

Wilsonville woman dies in Hwy. 20 collision with HS team bus

A Wilsonville woman was killed Thursday afternoon when her pickup crossed the center line of Hwy. 20 near Santiam Pass and collided with a school bus carrying the Sheldon High School boys soccer team and coaches, Oregon State Police reported.

Lemur-like primate Christopher Herndon

Christopher Herndon/Oregon BLM

New John Day Fossil Beds find: Last non-human primates

Recently discovered fossils at Oregon’s John Day Fossil Beds National Monument reveal a new species that scientists believe was the last non-human primate in North America, officials said Thursday.

Bend 12-year-old Joyce Lopez

Dairy Farmers of Oregon

Bend girl, 12, represents Oregon at national summit

This time of year, most 12-year-olds are focused on getting their new school clothes and supplies together before going back to school. Not Joyce Lopez of Bend. She's already doing her homework and thinking about how she can make High Desert Middle School in Bend a healthier place.

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Many Bend sewer and water bills jump as flat fees end

Bend water and sewer rates rose for many residents late this summer, and that has many upset residents wondering why.

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Prineville man arrested in fatal shooting of Christmas Valley man

A 25-year-old Prineville man has been arrested on murder and other charges in the fatal early-morning shooting of a Christmas Valley man, whose body was found in a car in the Juniper Canyon area southeast of Prineville, Crook County sheriff’s deputies said.

Smith Rock State Park

Smith Rock climber from New Zealand injured in 15-foot fall

A climber from New Zealand fell 12 to 15 feet at Smith Rock State Park and injured his ankle Thursday afternoon, prompting a search and rescue effort, officials said.

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New brew helps Bend Whitewater Park happen

The highly anticipated Bend Whitewater Park on the Deschutes River is nearing completion. While much of the project was funded by voters, some of the last pieces of the money puzzle will come from a familiar Bend product -- beer -- in this case, a special Paddle Trail Ale Session IPA

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Crash into La Pine fire hydrant brings boil-water advisory

An unreported car crash Thursday hit a fire hydrant near the city of La Pine's water source, breaking the main and causing a leak that prompted an advisory for residents to conserve water and boil it before drinking. Officials said it's likely to last at least a couple days.

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Soroptomist Intl. of Bend begins holiday wreath, evergreen sale

Fresh from the Pacific Northwest, the fragrance of evergreens will soon be here.  It is holiday time in Bend as the local service club Soroptimist International of Bend (SI Bend) beings its 34th annual fundraising wreath and evergreen sales.

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Bend's Brookswood Blvd./Murphy Rd. roundabout opens early

Bend City Manager Eric King told city councilors late Wednesday night that the Brookswood Boulevard-Murphy Road roundabout is set to open Friday. But ODOT said it actually opened Thursday afternoon

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