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Forest service chief visits High Desert

Forest Service chief visits High Desert

U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell came to the High Desert on Saturday to meet with firefighting crews and others  due to the lightning-caused fires that broke out over the past several days.


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Plea deal due in ex-Madras HS coach abuse case

As one former Madras High School coach accused of abuse pleaded not guilty Friday, word came that another, similar case is about to end in a plea agreement and sentencing next month.

Deschutes County Sheriff's Office car

Cyclist hits pickup, injured in SW Bend

A 20-year-old Bend cyclist was hospitalized in fair condition Friday after colliding with the rear of a pickup truck parked along Brookswood Boulevard in southwest Bend, authorities said

Dog that killed pigs spared

Dog back with owners after fatal pig attack

Three pigs died this week after a dog snuck into their pen and attacked in Deschutes River Woods - and later a 2-1 vote by a Deschutes County citizen panel had the dog returned to its owners.

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Madras man struck, killed walking on Hwy. 26

A 52-year-old Madras man walking in the travel lane of Highway 26 north of Madras was struck and killed Thursday night, Oregon State Police reported.

Ky. crew working on Lava Fire


C.O. wildfires: Mopping up - waiting for more

Nearly two weeks after lightning sparked dozens of major wildfires across Central Oregon and the state, several of the largest on the High Desert are contained or nearly so and are being transitioned back to local management for mop-up and rehabilitation, officials said Saturday.

Construction workers killed on job

ODOT reviews safety after 2 hwy. worker deaths

The Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Division is investigating the Oregon Department of Transportation following two separate incidents in which construction workers were killed on the job this week on northeast Oregon highway projects.

Oregon vote Legal pot or not

High time for legal pot? Oregonians to vote

At The Medication Station in Bend, Ryan Garcia has been selling cannabis to Oregon Medical Marijuana Program patients for about a year, but he's hoping to soon get the green light on a new market.

Feds curb oversight

Reaction as feds curb Bend ADA oversight

The city of Bend received word Wednesday from the U.S. Department of Justice that it has closed its files on enforcing a 10-year-old settlement agreement over violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act. We talked Thursday with the city's accessibility manager and a disabled resident.

Bridge 99 tractor working fire line

Steve Ziel

Bridge 99 Fire evacuation levels lowered

The evacuation levels have been reduced for the Bridge 99 Complex, officials said Friday.  All evacuation Level II areas have been reduced to a Level I.  All evacuation Level I areas have been eliminated.  The Pacific Crest Trail is now open.


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