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Tumalo toward Sisters lightning

Gene Starr

Campground near Lake Billy Chinook evacuated

Friday was another busy day of new blazes breaking out across Central Oregon, including one on the Sisters Ranger district that prompted evacuation of a campground near Lake Billy Chinook and an alert to campers at a second to be ready to leave should the fire draw closer.

Shannon Jackman, Kendall and OSP Trooper Travis Ring


Bend OSP trooper honored for heroism in fiery crash

A Bend-area Oregon State Police Fish & Wildlife Division trooper received an ward from the agency on Friday for his heroic, lifesaving action responding to a fiery injury traffic crash east of Bend. Also on hand: The mother and daughter he rescued.

Tragic crash in Bend canal

Bend woman dies in crash into canal

A 21-year old Bend woman was killed Friday when she lost control of her pickup truck east of town and it overturned, coming to rest on its top in a narrow irrigation canal, Deschutes County sheriff’s deputies said.

Family remembers Culver man one year later

Hammack family reflects, one year after tragic loss

A year ago, John Hammack of Culver died after part of a burning tree fell on him in the Mt. Washington Wilderness while he helped fight a wildfire. On Friday, his sister tearfully reflected on the impact of the loss on their family

Jefferson County Treasurer Deena Goss

Jefferson County treasurer indicted on 36 fraud counts

Jefferson County Treasurer Deena Goss has been indicted on 36 counts of fraud following a state Department of Justice investigation into apparent check-altering and discrepancies in the county’s books, the agency confirmed Friday.


Reinke named Deschutes 911 director

Steve Reinke has been hired as the Deschutes 9-1-1 Director and will start work Tuesday, September 2, the county announced Friday,


Second overnight closure of Third St. underpass

The City of Bend and contractor Jack Robinson and Sons, Inc. will close the Third Street underpass for approximately 12 hours one night, Wednesday, July 30, or Thursday, July 31, subject to weather conditions and subcontractor availability.


Three Crook Co. Jail; Bryant (lower R) DMV

Two more arrests in Prineville-area home burglaries

A wanted man called possibly armed and dangerous had a knife on him when he was arrested Thursday in a high-risk traffic stop in the Redmond area, while his girlfriend also was arrested. Five have been jailed in connection with a recent string of Prineville-area home burglaries.

Bend woman turns trash into hope

Bend woman traveling to turn trash into hope

What looks like trash to many is plastic waiting to become art for Sara Wiener of Bend.  She has been making bags and dresses out of trash for five years. Now she has the opportunity to help women in Guatemala.

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Bend's second small-dog off-leash area opens

As part of renovations of Ponderosa Park in southeast Bend, a new off-leash area designated specifically for small dogs is now open, the Bend Park and Rec District said Thursday.


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