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Aug 18,2006
Oregon Public Broadcasting began transmitting high-definition television programs to viewers in Central Oregon last week with the completion of the installation of a new digital antenna for KOAB-DT/channel 11 in Bend. The new antenna atop Awbrey Butte brings digital television to a rapidly growing Oregon community and completes the upgrade of OPB's five digital transmitters. But the signal offers much more than just a better picture for Central Oregon residents. OPB's new digital capability also ... [full story]
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Aug 18,2006
A 13-year-old boy who allegedly set four small fires with a lighter near Lava Lake on Tuesday evening has been cited for reckless burning.  Fire crews responded and made sure the fires were safely extinguished. About 5 p.m. on August 15, Deschutes County Sheriff’s detectives and deputies responded to investigate the suspicious fires, and found that a 13-year-old male was suspected of starting the fires. According to Lt. Shane Nelson, none of the fires burned ... [full story]
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Aug 13,2006
A 23-year-old Bend resident was killed Saturday night in a single-car accident on O.B. Riley Road, approximately ½ mile west of Highway 20.  The accident that claimed the life of Christopher Russell Anderson occurred about 8:30 p.m. on August 12. Deputies with the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene following a 911 call from a nearby resident who heard the crash.  A second caller arrived on the scene shortly after the accident and ... [full story]
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Aug 13,2006
A 42-year-old Bend man lost his balance while riding in the open bed of a pickup truck, fell out of the truck, and was killed when he was run over by the truck’s tire. The incident occurred Saturday afternoon about 1:15 p.m. August 12 near Parrell Road and Rae Road in southeast Bend According to Lt. Ken Stenkamp of the Bend Police Department, officers received a report of an injured man but when they arrived ... [full story]
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Aug 14,2006
Authorities have positively identified the remains of a body found in a burning vehicle at the scene of a single-car crash July 23rd west of Dawn Road and the Deschutes National Forest boundary.  According to a news release from the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office, forensic investigation via dental records has determined that the victim is Deborah A. Davis, a 55-year-old La Pine resident. The body was found about 3:24 pm July 23rd when the Sheriff’s ... [full story]
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Aug 15,2006
There was significant growth on the Lake George fire to the south and west of Mt. Washington yesterday and last night, and marked increased fire activity in the southeast corner around Dugout Butte.  The fire more than doubled in size from an estimated 2,000 acres to 4,250 acres in less than 12 hours Monday night, and containment is estimated at 5 percent.   Lake George fire activity in southeast area.  Photo by Gary Beal Noticeable dense, heavy ... [full story]
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Aug 11,2006
The Black Crater fire is now 100 percent contained and the Maxwell fire is 95 percent contained.  Meanwhile, more than 100 additional fires have been reported around Central Oregon after the lightning storms on August 6. The 9,400-acre Black Crater fire burning southwest of Sisters that started on July 23 was fully contained as of Wednesday at 6 p.m.     Black Crater Fire is now 100 Percent Contained. Photos by Brent McGregor “Things are looking really good,” ... [full story]
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Aug 15,2006
Fire crews lost ground Monday as the Lake George fire near Sisters grew an additional 400 acres and part of the McKenzie Highway was closed due to heavy smoke. Motorists are advised to take alternate routes as the current road closure for McKenzie Highway #242 from milepost 76 (west end) and milepost 87 (east end, near the Cold Springs cut-off) remains in effect until further notice.   Fire activity as seen from Windy Point, photos courtesy of PNW Team ... [full story]
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Aug 14,2006
The Lake George fire grew by about 600 acres to an estimated 1,600 acres Sunday, pushing deeper into the Mt. Washington Wilderness.  According to a news release from the Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch Center, the lightning-caused fire that began August 7 approximately 13 miles west of Sisters in the Mt. Washington Wilderness is now about 10 percent contained.   A plane drops fire-retardant on the George Lake Fire Sunday, August 13.    Heavy "down and dead" fuel causes heavy concentration ... [full story]
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Aug 11,2006
The 15-year-old boy who drowned in the Deschutes River last Wednesday while playing on a rope swing has been identified as Kyle Riedel of Gresham. Riedel, who would have turned 16 next month, drowned on August 9 about 4:30 p.m.  He and five other teenagers visiting Sunriver, two boys and three girls ages 14-17, had been floating the Deschutes River between Sunriver and Benham Falls when they saw others playing on a rope swing and ... [full story]
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