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Mar 23,2007
Board member releases teacher’s powerpoint presentation; says it was a “calculated decision on his part to bend young minds” Kris Helphinstine, a part-time biology teacher at Sisters High School was fired by the school board Monday night for deviating from the curriculum on the theory of evolution after only eight days on the job, four of which were spent teaching his own theories of evolution through a PowerPoint presentation that referenced Nazi Germany and Planned ... [full story]
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Nov 10,2006
Despite the huge partisan shift in Washington, the Republicans in Deschutes County remain in power after setting a record high 70 percent voter turnout, a much higher percentage than surrounding counties. Republican Greg Walden, a strong advocate for farmers and ranchers, won the 2nd District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives with a hefty 66 percent vote over Democrat Carol Voisin. In the State House, Republican Gene Whisnant beat out Democrat Bill A. Smith ... [full story]
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Jan 27,2006
This morning the investigators of the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office confirmed the death of a white male found in a sleeping bag in the parking lot of Mt. Bachelor.  Deputies believe it is possible the man may have been hit by snow removal equipment, and an investigation is underway. The identity of the victim has not yet been released. [full story]
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Jan 31,2006
18-year-old Lane Community College student Cameron Joseph Sharp, of Myrtle Creek has been positively identified as the man who died in Mt. Bachelor's West Village parking lot early Friday morning (Jan. 27, 2006). According to Sgt. Kevin Dizney of the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office, it is unknown if Sharp was killed by snow removal equipment or if he died before being struck about 4 am while in a sleeping bag. A news release from The Deschutes County ... [full story]
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Mar 06,2006
In the second week of February of this year, the Central Oregon Drug Enforcement Team intensified it's focus on interdicting methamphetamine shipments on Highway 97, that were destined for delivery to Deschutes County.  Over the past two weeks three separate seizures, during three separate vehicle stops have netted the seizure of just over one pound of methamphetamine with a street value of over $45,000. On February 13th at approximately 3:30 pm at the intersection of NE ... [full story]
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Jan 09,2007
Police have released the identity of the pedestrian killed Monday night when he was struck by a vehicle as he attempted to cross S. Third Street near Powers Road in Bend.  It is likely that the victim’s dark clothing and alcohol impairment were contributing factors in the incident, said Sgt. Dan Ritchie, although the investigation is ongoing. Ben James Bjork, 48, was found lying in the middle of the street when officers responded to the ... [full story]
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Mar 06,2006
The Deschutes County Health Department’s Downtown Health Center opened it's doors, Wednesday, March 1. Located in downtown Bend behind the Courthouse, the Center was created to support young adults in their effort to stay healthy and make responsible life decisions. The Center provides educational information and counseling, exams, testing and supplies for those young adults up to the age of 25. The Downtown Health Center is located at 1128 NW Harriman in the old Juvenile Detention ... [full story]
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Dec 08,2006
The sixth annual Make-A-Wish Radiothon exceeded its goal and raised $35,645 and 266,414 frequent flier miles that will help grant 8 wishes to children living with life-threatening medical conditions in Central Oregon.  The Make-A-Wish Radiothon aired on 105.7 KQAK-FM, THE PEAK 104.1 and LITE 95.1.    The Peak 104.1’s Larry Wilson (left) and Bryon Mengle (right) with Wish Kid Aaron at the sixth annual Make-A-Wish Radiothon.  The two-day event raised $35,645 and 266,414 air miles to ... [full story]
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Sep 15,2006
Central Oregonians for Responsible Education (CORE) invite the public to an ice cream social to celebrate the pay-off of millions in school bonds and to kick-off the 2006 Bend-La Pine Schools construction bond campaign. The event will take place Tuesday, September 19 from 5:00--6:00 p.m. on the lawn at the Bend-La Pine Schools Education Center located at 520 NW Wall Street. Former Bend Mayor Oran Teater will address attendees at 5:30 pm. Organizers say community ... [full story]
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Sep 15,2006
The KIDS Center and Darkness to Light community partners have trained over 800 professionals and community members to assist in the effort to prevent child abuse.  The three-hour Darkness to Light training is based on a national program that shows adults how to prevent, recognize and react responsibly to child sexual abuse. The training is for all adults: parents, people who work with children, anyone that has children in their life. A child’s safety is ... [full story]
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Sep 15,2006
A small fire that caused only $50 in damage to the Bend Shilo Inn Wednesday was caused by the spontaneous combustion of grease and oily rags, said Battalion Chief Bill Boos of the Bend Fire Department. More than a dozen fire personnel responded to the motel at 3105 O.B. Riley Road just before 9 p.m. September 13th to find light smoke coming from the housekeeping area.  Firefighters entered the structure and found a small fire ... [full story]
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Sep 15,2006
Oregon public health officials have joined those in at least eight other states in investigating an outbreak of E. coli O157, a foodborne illness that has been identified in at least five people across Oregon. Epidemiologists in the Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS) and in Wisconsin have traced the illness to packaged, washed spinach, although they so far have been unable to identify whether the contamination is confined to a single brand. "We have ... [full story]
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Sep 15,2006
A double-wide manufactured home was completely destroyed by fire late Thursday night, but the occupants were awakened by the hissing of a medical oxygen tube near the bed and were able to escape safely, officials said. According to Deputy Fire Marshal Susie Lovisco with Bend Fire, more than two dozen fire personnel responded to space # 114 at 1001 SE 15th Street about 11:15 p.m. to find the home fully involved with smoke and flames. ... [full story]
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