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February 13, 2007

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Feb 13,2007
Using dental records, the Oregon State Medical Examiner on Monday positively identified a body found January 26 in the Baldock Rest Area off Interstate-5 and south of Wilsonville as that of Thomas Jean Hunt, 56, of Merced, California.  Oregon State Police (OSP) has released a photograph of the man to assist in the development of information related to the “suspicious death” investigation.       Thomas Jean Hunt. Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to contact lead ... [full story]
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Feb 13,2007
A Harney County man is in custody following his recent arrest related to a 19-count indictment alleging kidnap and unlawful sexual contact with three females under the age of 14, Oregon State Police (OSP) reported. OSP have assigned a detective to investigate the possibility that other children may have been victimized, and have tasked him with gathering information to assist with the ongoing investigation.   Donald William Read, photo provided by Harney County Sheriff’s Office Donald William ... [full story]
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Feb 13,2007
Five Oregon high school students have advanced as state finalists in the 2007 AAA Travel High School Challenge. They will match travel wits and destination knowledge against each other in the state finals next month to win a trip to Orlando, FL, to compete for up to $20,000 in scholarships in the national finals. The Oregon finalists are:Conor C. Teal, grade 11, Pleasant Hill High SchoolAidan T. Beers, grade 12, Beaverton High SchoolSamuel T. Brandt, ... [full story]
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Feb 13,2007
Superintendent Susan Castillo testified this morning in the Senate Education Committee in favor of Senate Bill 213. She was joined in her support by Portland Public School Superintendent Vicki Phillips and several school principals and parents. Castillo's testimony is below:   Susan Castillo, Oregon Superintendent of Public Instruction ”Chair Walker and members of the Committee -– for the record, I am Susan Castillo, Superintendent of Public Instruction, and I appreciate the opportunity to express my support for ... [full story]
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Feb 13,2007
State officials breathe sigh of relief over revisions to EPA rule to limit benzene from oil refineries and automobiles Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Air Quality experts are applauding the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) decision last Friday to institute a nationwide cap on the amount of benzene in gasoline that will reduce benzene levels in the Northwest threefold. The EPA had previously proposed a rule that could have left levels in the Northwest higher ... [full story]
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Feb 13,2007
"Blitz Build" in Palmer's Gardenside Community Will Produce Finished Home in One Week, Raise a Minimum of $70,000 for Cornerstone Campaign(Bend, Oregon)  Palmer Homes' Gardenside neighborhood in southeast Bend has already seen more than its share of construction activity, and this spring will be no different as Palmer Homes teams up with its vendors, suppliers and sub-contractors to complete a "Blitz Build" of one of its homes as a benefit for Bend Area Habitat for ... [full story]
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Feb 13,2007
A driver escaped injury Tuesday morning when his semi-truck pulling two trailers loaded with lumber flipped onto its side, blocking both lanes of Highway 26 about two miles northwest of Madras for three hours, Oregon State Police (OSP) reported.   The driver was not injured when the Freightliner truck and trailers flipped, but both lanes of Highway 26 northwest of Madras were blocked for about three hours. OSP photos.   Preliminary investigation shows that Douglas Alexander O’Lane, 46, ... [full story]
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Feb 13,2007
Public health officials in the Oregon Department of Human Services are encouraging parents to be sure their children's shots are up to date so they won't be sent home from school. Beginning Feb. 21, children won't be able to go to school if their school or child-care records show they are missing immunizations and do not have an appropriate medical or religious exemption.  The immunization requirement is the result of a state law that applies ... [full story]
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Feb 13,2007
An informal kick off for the latest release of the Axe Head Red commemorative ale will be held on Thursday, February 15 at the Bend Brewing Company, beginning at 5 p.m.. The event is being held to raise funds for the Condega Bomberos project. The Bend Fire Department and the Bend Fire Fighter’s Association (BFFA) formed the BFFA/Condega Bomberos Project to help Bend’s sister city, Condega establish a community-wide fire department.For every pint sold during ... [full story]
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Feb 13,2007
Package of Consumer Protection Bills Approved by Oregon House of Representatives The Oregon House of Representatives approved today a package of consumer protection bills championed by House Democrats that strengthen protections against the predatory practices of some high-cost lending and financial services companies.  “Oregon has long needed this kind of legislation to keep many low-income consumers from losing money they desperately need for survival,” said House Consumer Protection Committee Chair, Rep. Paul Holvey (D-Eugene) following ... [full story]
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