Bend man arrested on suspicion of drugging and sexually assaulting 2 women

One woman was allegedly responding to a Craigslist ad for renting a room

A Bend man was arrested by Deschutes County sheriff’s deputies Thursday night on suspicion of … Read more

Delayed garbage collection for Christmas, New Year’s Day

Bend-area garbage providers will not pick up garbage or items for recycling on Christmas Day … Read more

Proposed marijuana growing site sparks debate on ‘youth activity centers’

County commissioners rule 4-H doesn’t qualify for exemption

A proposed marijuana growing facility east of Bend looks to be headed for approval, after … Read more

Two years after Kaylee Sawyer’s murder, her family wants campus cops to change

Bend Police chief says COCC security endangers city, denies victims their rights

When Kaylee Sawyer’s father spoke at her killer’s sentencing in January, he promised he wouldn’t … Read more

Massive new public library envisioned for Bend

Deschutes County library system unveils plan for expansion at all branches

Deschutes County’s public library system recently unveiled a new facilities plan that features major improvements, … Read more

Redmond School Board approves new elementary science curriculum

The district has tested the curriculum in pilot classrooms since 2016

After two and a half years of testing the Amplify Science K-5 curriculum in classrooms, … Read more

Oregon Youth Challenge graduates largest class ever

Oregon Youth Challenge alternative high school graduates its largest class ever

The Oregon Youth Challenge Program graduated its largest-ever class Wednesday, with 139 students. The tuition-free, … Read more

Holocaust survivor is killed in Portland

PORTLAND — A 92-year-old man who survived Nazi concentration camps during the Holocaust was struck … Read more

Oregon’s public defense system fails defendants and their lawyers, report says

A Boston-based nonprofit says Oregon’s public defense system has serious deficiencies and is in need … Read more

Redmond school officials want to send failed bond measure back to voters

Board, administrators consider trying again in 2019 or early 2020

REDMOND — A month after its $70 million bond suffered a narrow defeat at the … Read more

Bend group hears suggestions to lower rents

Build small, build dense, limit tourism, speakers say

Encouraging the building of smaller homes, removing barriers for new construction and discouraging tourism are … Read more

Around the state

Mt. Hood evacuates skiers from chairlift — Mt. Hood Meadows ski resort staff evacuated people … Read more

Straw ban, plastic bag tax, gun bill take shape in Salem

SALEM — The Legislature will consider a statewide tax on plastic bags and a ban … Read more

Bend science writer fights ‘felon’ label

Podcast host Brian Dunning says if you’ve done something wrong, ‘You need to get in front of it’

Leading science educator. Respected author. Celebrated podcaster. But Bend’s Brian Dunning has another label, one … Read more

Motorcyclist killed in Third Street crash identified

Davis Franco hit a pickup turning onto Third Street in Bend

The motorcyclist who died in an crash on SE Third Street in Bend on Tuesday … Read more

Bend man arrested for allegedly growing, selling hallucinogenic mushrooms

A 26-year-old Bend man was arrested Wednesday for allegedly growing and selling hallucinogenic psilocybin mushrooms. … Read more

Parkway overpasses, extending Wilson Avenue among transportation recommendations

Bend transportation advisory committee also wants a study of another bridge over the Deschutes

New Bend Parkway overpasses for cars, bicycles and pedestrians, a citywide bike network and extending … Read more

Top public choice snubbed as Bend-La Pine reveals short list of names for new elementary school

Public favored former teacher Arlie Seems

Rejecting public suggestions that honored a former teacher - as well as dictators, a TV … Read more

Federal Farm Bill contains provisions for Oregon’s forests, hemp farmers

Senate passes $867 billion bill, which now goes to the House later this month

A massive federal farming and agriculture bill that’s nearing final approval could provide additional funding … Read more

Sheriff: Former jail deputy, accused of rape, was fired for lying

Jorge Ulises Serrano allegedly assaulted unconscious woman, posted video online

A former Jefferson County Sheriff’s deputy charged with rape was fired for lying to get … Read more

State audit finds holes in prescription drug monitoring program

SALEM — Standing behind a photograph of her nephew, a state official on Tuesday described … Read more

Woman injured, cited in Terrebonne crash

A 58-year-old woman from Crooked River Ranch was seriously injured and cited for failing to … Read more

Oregon State Police funding has rare bipartisan support

Brown calls for more troopers, and GOP agrees

SALEM — Republicans say they will back Gov. Kate Brown’s effort to start rebuilding the … Read more

Fatal crash closes Third St. in Bend

‘Serious’ collision shuts road

A fatal traffic collision involving a motorcycle and another vehicle closed down a section of … Read more

Bend mulls requiring more parking at restaurants

The city of Bend could require new restaurants to add more parking spaces, following a … Read more

Free guided hikes across Central Oregon on New Year’s Day

Three popular Central Oregon state parks will be open for free, guided day hikes on … Read more

Woman charged in cyclist death argues to suppress evidence

Alleged impaired driver calls blood sample taken without a warrant illegal

Shantel Lynn Witt was back in a Deschutes County Circuit courtroom Monday, nearly a year … Read more

Oregon gets a new playbook for responding to massive earthquake

SALEM — Oregon has a new playbook for preparing and responding to a major earthquake … Read more

Mt. Ashland snowboarder missing on first weekend

A Medford man who went snowboarding on Mount Ashland on Sunday morning has not been … Read more

Family gets stuck in snow during Christmas tree hunt, requires rescue

A Deschutes County search and rescue deputy helped a Bend family that got stuck in … Read more

Robbery report turns out to be false

Claim had circulated on social media

A bizarre alleged robbery reported in November turned out to be a fabrication, according to … Read more

Around the state

Suspected suicide on school grounds — A 17-year-old boy is believed to have killed himself … Read more

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