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COCC gets $200,000 grant for hybrid-electric car classes

Central Oregon Community College announced Monday it has received a $200,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to support the development of curriculum and the purchase of equipment to teach specific classes in the new concept of hybrid vehicle proactive repair.

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Cove Palisades Park manager speaks on destructive fire

The manager of Cove Palisades State Park provided more details and defended his staff Monday in the wake of a 280-acre fire traced to an accidental disposal of unburned charcoal that destroyed two homes and several outbuildings and prompted evacuations on Saturday.

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Bend transient arrested after string of crimes

A southeast Bend resident who awoke to find a stranger standing over his bed early Sunday chased him out of the house, but he stole the man’s car keys on the way, and then his car, police said.

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Cove Palisades park boss defends staff in wildfire's wake

The 280-acre Cove Fire that broke out Saturday at Cove Palisades State Park, destroyed two homes and prompted evacuations neared full containment Monday. Meanwhile, a park official defended his staff after investigators determined the blaze began from improperly disposed of barbecue charcoal briquettes.

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Bend police arrest two amid rising tide of bike thefts

Bend has seen a rising tide of bicycle thefts this year – up 15 percent from last year – but active investigations have led to the arrests of two suspects in recent days, one caught twice with stolen bikes in the past two weeks, police said Monday.

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COCC Madras Campus closed for maintenance

The Central Oregon Community College’s Madras Campus will be closed Aug. 28 through Sept. 7 for maintenance. For assistance, call or visit the COCC campuses in Redmond, Bend or Prineville.

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Gas outdoor grill left on sparks NW Bend house fire

A woman awoke to the smell of smoke, and she and her two sons escaped their burning home in northwest Bend early Sunday, a blaze that investigators said was caused by a gas barbecue on the back porch that had been accidentally left on.

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Daimler Trucks set to build $18 million Madras test track

Daimler Trucks North America announced Friday night its commitment to bring more jobs to Oregon with an $18 million investment to upgrade its current research and development facility in Madras.

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Terrifying flight: Cove campers flee racing wildfire

Marla Melius and her family were on a camping vacation at Lake Billy Chinook Saturday morning when daughter Brittany realized something wasn't right.

NW Bend pot shop raises concern

NW Bend marijuana shop location draws concern

A home off Galveston Avenue in northwest Bend is being transformed into a new recreational marijuana shop. It's located just a few feet from a pre-school and day care, sparking concern and even outrage from some area neighbors and businesses.

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