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Fire damages home northwest of Redmond

A report of smoke Monday night led firefighters to a home northwest of Redmond where a fire in an exterior wall and concealed space caused an estimated $72,000 damage, officials said.

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Andrea Pinkston

Storms rake region with lightning; power outage, hunt for fires

A new rash of thunderstorms peppered the High Desert with heavy rain and numerous lightning strikes Monday afternoon, apparently triggering a widespread power outage while  dropping heavy rain in many locations that fire bosses hoped would blunt the threat of new wildfires.

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Larry Davis

Powell Butte Hwy. SUV fire sparks small brushfire

An SUV caught fire Sunday morning on the Powell Butte Highway east of Pronghorn Resort, and while everyone got out unhurt, the blaze that consumed the vehicle also sparked a small brushfire, Deschutes County sheriff’s deputies said.

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Oregon pharmacists will be able to prescribe birth control

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon women will no longer have to visit a health clinic for a birth control prescription starting next year.

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First 'high' weekend on High Desert tallied

It was a festive Fourth of July weekend on the High Desert. It also was the first weekend where recreational marijuana was legalized in the state.

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Escaped La Pine rodeo bull flees again, killed by train

A bull that escaped from the La Pine Rodeo after a ride Fright night was found later that night on a rodeo board member's property. But a crew who went to euthanize him for repeated escapes found he'd fled again and was struck and killed by a train by Highway 97.

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New C. Oregon public lands fire restrictions begin Friday

Given the continued trend of hot and dry conditions, and fire suppression resources already responding to numerous wildfires around Central Oregon, public lands managers are implementing campfire restrictions and further restricting industrial activity, effective later this week.

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Redmond Fourth of July Parade winners named

The Redmond Chamber of Commerce & CVB released the winning entries of this year’s Redmond Fourth of July Parade, presented by St. Charles Health System, which drew thousands of spectators to downtown Redmond for the one and a half hour community spectacle.

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CNG natural gas pipeline replacement in NW Bend

Phase 4 of a Cascade Natural Gas pipeline replacement project began Monday in northwest Bend, officials said.

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Madras teen killed in firewood-cutting accident

A 14-year-old Madras boy on a family firewood-cutting trip northeast of Prineville was struck by a falling tree and fatally injured Saturday morning, Crook County sheriff’s deputies said.

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