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Aug 25,2006
Although the Cascades boast more numerous and popular hiking trails, a trip to the Ochocos will often provide more solitude and some spectacular scenery. While hiking the Round Mountain Trail, I usually encounter more deer and elk tracks than those of hikers. Most of my hikes there could be summed up with the following: blue sky, birdsong and beautiful wildflowers.   Round Mountain Trail    Round Mountain offers a challenging bike ride   8.5 mile hiking trail is accessible via ... [full story]
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Aug 25,2006
Expansion of the KIDS Center and renovations on the Boys & Girls Club Teen Center are just a few of the community projects that will receive a much-needed financial infusion from the 16th annual Great Drake Park Duck Race slated for Sunday, September 10, 2006.  This year’s recipients are primarily non-profit organizations that help children, including the Boys and Girls Club, Deschutes Children’s Foundation, Kids Center, Shot’s for Tots, Mountain Star Family Relief Nursery, Volunteers ... [full story]
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Aug 24,2006
Larry Ross' A. Larry Ross Communications brings Christian marketing into the twenty-first century "Moses stood there on top of a cliff, and as long as he held up his arms, the children of Israel won. Well, after a while he got tired, so there were two men that came and held up Moses' arms so they could win the battle. That's my job--to hold up the arms of the man of God, like Billy Graham or Rick Warren, ... [full story]
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Aug 25,2006
The Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs will be recognized as a national "success story" Saturday for a serious effort to combat alcohol and other drugs on the Central Oregon reservation. The tribe will receive an award in Baltimore at the concluding luncheon of the seventh annual leadership conference of the Underage Drinking Enforcement Training Center. It will be the fourth award to Oregon in six years. "Since April, people abusing alcohol or engaging in illegal ... [full story]
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Aug 25,2006
Winners Receive Cash Prize And Featured at November Open Mike Event The Nature of Words, Central Oregon’s premier literary event, announces the Rising Star creative writing competition in association with the annual literary festival November 2 – 5, 2006 in Bend, Oregon. Prizes will be awarded in fiction, literary non-fiction and poetry in two age categories, 15-18 and 19-25. Winning writers will be featured at The Nature of Words Open Mike event on Sunday, November ... [full story]
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Aug 20,2006
A Woodburn man died in a rafting accident on the Deschutes River near Maupin on Saturday afternoon, August 19; the eighth drowning on the Deschutes in the last 13 months. According to Sgt. Brian Helmer with the Wasco County Sheriff’s Office, Jaime Garcie, 55, was rafting with a group of family and friend in the area of Oak Springs Rapids when he fell out of the raft into the river. Witnesses reported that he went ... [full story]
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Aug 24,2006
The American-bred sport utility vehicle is a constant frustration to the import imitators. Those brands -- the Europeans mostly -- tend to take carmaking seriously and want to overthink and overengineer their versions of the SUV. It will have no compromises, drive with the fury of a sport sedan and climb mountains like King Kong.   MERCEDES-BENZ GL450 - The new $56,000 Mercedes GL450 can come with power folding mirrors that automatically fold when locking. Its ... [full story]
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Aug 24,2006
Each year, approximately 5,000 pedestrians and bicyclists are killed along U.S. roads - 2,300 of them occurring at night - and another 70,000 pedestrians are injured in traffic crashes, according to a 2004 National Highway Traffic Safety Administration report.  New automotive lighting technologies, including Xenon and Adaptive Front Lighting Systems, can help improve nighttime pedestrian safety, according to the Motor Vehicle Lighting Council. According to researcher Michael Flannagan of the University of Michigan Transportation Research ... [full story]
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Aug 24,2006
Movie Review of “Invincible” Right before the opening of the 2006 NFL season, Disney has tackled a "Cinderfella" story with enough heart to thrill the most hardened of sports-satiated movie fans•including the two guys sitting to my right in the theater, alternately arguing and cheering for every gripping, gridiron moment.  100-yard story short: In 1976, in bleak economic times, schoolteacher Vince Papale (Mark Wahlberg) finds himself deserted by both the job market and his wife.  Meanwhile, ... [full story]
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Aug 24,2006
Auto racing fans attending the Oregon State Fair in Salem are in for a special treat this year. To commemorate its motorsport sponsorship, AAA Oregon will display the show model of the #6 Ford Fusion driven by popular racer Mark Martin. Although the fair runs from August 25 through September 4, the show car will be featured September 1-4 only.  The display will be set up north of the carnival area and west of the ... [full story]
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