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C.O. bikers deliver teddy bears

Every year, C. Oregon bikers tough as teddy bears

Bikers packed up and hit the road to five Central Oregon hospitals on Saturday, making their annual Santa-like delivery of dozens of stuffed animals to the emergency rooms for kids who need something soft, plush and furry to hold in troubled times.

Walking hazard

Bend worries: Safe or scary path to school?

No sidewalk, barely a shoulder along a busy road, and a few seconds every day 10-year-old Ella Kanapek holds her breath on the way to school in northeast Bend.

Enterovirus D68

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Enterovirus may have reached Central Oregon

An unusual enterovirus called EV-D68 that has caused severe respiratory illnesses in over 120 children in 22 other states may have arrived in Central Oregon, officials said Friday.

Oregon spotted frog

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Feds, Old Mill owners OK spotted frog plan

BEND, Ore. (AP) — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and landowners have reached a deal to protect Oregon spotted frog habitat near the Old Mill District in Bend while allowing future development.

Toxic algae warning returns at Wickiup Reservoir

Wickiup Reservoir algae health alert issued

The Oregon Health Authority issued a health advisory late Friday due to high levels of blue-green algae in Wickiup Reservoir, west of La Pine and 40 miles southwest of Bend off South Century Drive.

Bowman Dam, Prineville Reservoir on Crooked River

For third time, House passes Bowman Dam bill

The U.S. House on Thursday -- for the third time -- passed the Central Oregon Jobs and Water Security Act, a bill that author Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., says would deliver much needed water to Prineville for job creation and pave the way for clean energy generation at Bowman Dam in Crook County.

Bend debates vacation rentals

Bend residents react to vacation rental debate

The city of Bend has found itself in the middle of a debate between homeowners who want to make money with short-term vacation rentals and neighbors who don't like lots of tourists staying next door.

Sisters schools looking for bond money in November election

Decision 2014: $14 million Sisters school bond

The Sisters School District is taking on leaky roofs, split sidewalks and unusable athletic tracks at their buildings. And this November, they’re taking on an election to try and change that.

Bend trial for super-bug vaccine

Bend clinical trial targets deadly 'super-bug'

C-Diff, or Clostridium Defficile, is now the most common cause of infections associated with health care in the U.S.  Bend Memorial Clinic is part of an effort trying to change that.

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'Kits for Kids' assists 965 homeless students

The Presbyterian Women’s group of First Presbyterian Church and local partners distributed 955 hygiene bags to homeless students in Deschutes County.

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