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Local vet takes advantage of education benefits

G.I. Bill helps veterans get free flight school

Veterans from across the nation are coming to Central Oregon to enroll in flight training. Central Oregon Community College offers a professional pilot program that gives students training and skills -- and thanks to the G.I. Bill, veterans who qualify get their schooling paid for through the VA.

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Fred Meyer staying the path on second Bend store

City infrastructure hurdles have slowed Fred Meyer’s plans to open a store at the northern end of Bend. But as the retailer and planners met with area residents Thursday night, it was clear that patience and optimism by developers are keeping the plans alive.

SE Bend captured, tranquilized cougar

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Big cat, big fright: Cougar caught behind SE Bend home

A cougar lounging in a tree high above a southeast Bend home was tranquilized and captured by wildlife officials and law enforcement Friday afternoon as shocked neighbors watched and snapped photos; ODFW biologist said it would be euthanized as relocations don't resolve issues.

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Error affects Crook County graduation rates

Oregon's graduation rates are the worst in the nation, at 72 percent, and Crook County School District ranked even worse than that. Just 30 percent of students in the district received a high school diploma in the latest school year. But officials point to many problems with that number.

Blasting shakes NE Bend homes

Bend neighbors blast contractor's demolition work

A new housing development in northeast Bend is not only preparing for dozens of new homes near the Sandalwood neighborhood, but also leaving some nearby neighbors wondering if their homes will survive the project's blasting.

New program could change road taxes

ODOT to try out per-mile road charges

Oregon Department of Transportation officials say funding for road maintenance and other transportation needs is declining. More and more vehicles are becoming more fuel-efficient, lessening the number of trips to the pump.

Crook County Fire Rescue

Attic fire hits Prineville-area home

The Red Cross was called to help three people whose home was hit by a destructive attic fire northwest of Prineville on Thursday morning, causing an estimated $30,000 damage.

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Leave your body to the dogs -- and save lives

Search and rescue canines train for the worst. They were developed to be used during catastrophic events like 9/11, the Joplin, Missouri. tornadoes and more recently the Oso, Washington mudslide. They bring people home, dead or alive. But something they need to do so is hard to come by -- and a bit unnerving.

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Bend Police Citizen's Academy coming up

The Bend Police Department Citizen’s Academy has received recognition as a national and regional model and continues to be a highly popular program in the Bend community.

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Two Bend legal fights - water and Roats - revived in '15

Two lawsuits over city of Bend controversies that were dismissed in late 2014 are being revived in the new years, promising more debate over the Bend Surface Water Improvement Project and the residency qualifications of new City Councilor Casey Roats.

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