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Motorcycle rider hurt in head-on crash SE of Bend

An Oregon City motorcyclist was flown to a Bend hospital for treatment Friday after two dirt bikes collided head-on in an off-road riding area southeast of Bend, authorities said.

Campus decision delayed again

Could another OSU-Cascades delay postpone opening?

A decision on whether OSU-Cascades can build their new campus at a disputed site in northwest Bend is going to be delayed by another three to four weeks.

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State eyes 2 options to take wolves off endangered list

The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission, meeting Friday in Bend, directed ODFW staff to develop two options for taking wolves off the state Endangered Species Act -- one for Eastern Oregon and another statewide. But it also kept open the possibility of leaving wolves on the list instead.

Three Sisters Irrigation District

Drought order sought for Sisters-area rrigation district

Full reservoirs should help keep much of Deschutes County from experiencing severe drought conditions this summer – but county officials want to help one Sisters-area irrigation district that depends solely on Whychus Creek for its water.

Hwy 31 crash La Pine

La Pine Rural Fire District

La Pine man recovering from Hwy. 31 crash

A La Pine man whose pickup truck left state Highway 31, crashed through a fence and into a tree Thursday morning said he’d been eating a corndog when he choked on it and passed out behind the wheel, Oregon State Police reported.

Oregon 1 prescription drug abuse

Special report: Painkiller abuse can pave path to heroin

Painkillers like Oxycodone and Vicodin are highly addictive, and as Wanda Moore reports in this NewsChannel 21 special report, officials are worried that they could lead to another heroin epidemic in Central Oregon. 

New twist for Mirror Pond

Tumalo Irrigation District joins Mirror Pond saga

A Bend city councilor called Tumalo Irrigation District's apparent surprise expression of interest to purchase the Pacific Power dam a "fantastic idea," while the director of Bend Park and Rec initially called the news "frustrating" at a Mirror Pond committee meeting Thursday.

C.O. firewood cutting season set to begin

Personal use firewood collection in designated woodcutting areas of the Deschutes National Forest will open Monday, officials said, and on the Ochoco National Forest and Prineville BLM next Friday.

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'Bend Follies' set for two-night comedy show

The Tower Theatre is hosting the "Bend Follies" show in its third year. Friday and Saturday night, familiar faces from around Central Oregon will take the stage to "laugh at ourselves."

Options aired for Galveston Avenue

Options aired for Galveston streetscape

Business owners and residents weighed in at a Bend open house Thursday night on proposed designs for a renovated Galveston Avenue corridor.

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