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Speed Limit Changes Coming to Neff/Penn in Bend

BEND, OR -- Speed limits are being reduced this month, on a portion of Penn Avenue and Neff Road. Bend officials say the changes are in response to community input and new engineering analysis, given changing traffic and development in the area.


Oregon woman killed in Pennsylvania by man she met online, police say

GRESHAM, OR (KPTV) - Police in Pennsylvania say a 24-year-old Gresham woman was brutally murdered by a man she met online. Now, investigators are searching for her body. “This is something no family should ever have to go through,” said Traci Dominguez, the victim’s aunt.


Bend Lawmaker Opposes Rent Control Bill

SALEM, OR -- A controversial rent control bill that passed the Oregon Senate this week would hurt rental tenants, according to one local lawmaker. State Senator Tim Knopp (R-Bend) says SB 608 will not improve the affordable housing crisis, "This bill, I don't think actually solves the problem. I thi


Another free Saturday at High Desert Museum on Feb. 23

BEND, Ore. - Mid Oregon Credit Union invites the community to enjoy free admission to the High Desert Museum on Feb. 23. The “Free Family Saturday” complimentary admission program supports the community with the opportunity to explore art, wildlife and living history right in Central Oregon’s backya


Officials expect more cougars sightings in Northwest

BEND, Ore. (AP) -- Officials say cougar sightings are becoming more common in the Northwest as populations of people and the big cats continue to grow. The Bend Bulletin reports a 135-pound (61-kilogram) cougar was killed in southwest Bend, Oregon, last week after authorities determined it posed a d


Sunriver couple's dream home turns into nightmare

BEND, Ore. - A Sunriver couple was excited to finally discover and put some money toward their dream home. But that dream quickly turned into a nightmare. Laurie and Whitney Jayne are among dozens of families in Canada and the U.S. who say they were scammed out of thousands of dollars by Green Terra


Bend Council Sets Goals for City Budget

BEND, OR -- Bend City staff are narrowing down on the City Council’s priorities for the next two years, in advance of this spring’s budget discussions. Councilors took part in two days of goal setting, last week. Mayor Sally Russell says they focused several main themes, "Clearly, housing, transport


St. Charles Bend nurses, colleagues donate food

BEND, Ore. - Local nurses, hospital workers and administrators at St. Charles Bend partnered to collect and donate more than 300 pounds of food and needed toiletries to Central Oregon nonprofit The Giving Plate this week, the Oregon Nurses Association reported.


Chain requirements in effect on I-5 in SW Oregon

Various chain requirements are in effect Friday morning on all southwest Oregon I-5 mountain passes and on U.S. 199 in the Illinois Valley, Oregon DOT reports. Drivers should expect delays and changing winter driving conditions Friday and through the weekend.


Driver injured in crash on Old Bend-Redmond Highway

BEND, Ore. - A male driver was taken to the hospital Wednesday morning after his SUV left the Old Bend-Redmond Highway at a curve, went through a fence and struck a juniper tree, Deschutes County sheriff's deputies said.


'We're not alone': Two men spot UFOs in Bend

BEND, Ore. (KOIN) -- From stunning snow-capped mountains to wide open skies -- Central Oregon is home to some incredible views -- including some that are seemingly out of this world.


Forestry Snow Tours Restart After Shutdown

BEND, OR -- The Deschutes National Forest, along with Discover Your Forest, has restarted Interpretive Snow Tours at Mount Bachelor. Jean Nelson Dean, with the Forest Service, says they weren't sure they'd get to offer the educational tours this year. "During the government shutdown, because they ar


Farm Bureau fights new Deschutes County marijuana rules

BEND, Ore. - More than five months after expressing "grave concerns" about Deschutes County's plans to toughen its 2-year-old marijuana rules and three months after they were adopted, the Deschutes County Farm Bureau and several cannabis businesses have appealed the regulations to the state Land Use


Wasted in Bend: Clothing in the Landfill

Last month I resolved to clean out my closet—hitting a snag when I pulled out a well-worn puffy coat with a broken zipper. Was it too shabby to donate? What were my options beyond tossing it in the trash?


Horse trainer's criminal history sparks controversy

BEND, Ore. - A horse trainer's criminal history and an organization’s alleged lack of transparency has led to the cancellation of a popular summer horse adoption event. The Oregon Rescue Challenge is a competition that's been held at a riding facility in Powell Butte, featuring rescued horses in hop


San Diego man, 60, convicted of flying to Oregon to have sex with 13-year-old girl

A San Diego man was found guilty Wednesday of federal charges after his 2017 arrest for traveling to Oregon to have sex with a person he believed was a 13-year-old girl. David George Hopkins, 60, was convicted of attempting to use a minor to produce a visual depiction of sexually explicit conduct, a


Deschutes Co. Homicides Hit Record Level

BEND, OR -- Deschutes County prosecutors are currently working 10 open homicide cases, "It’s the highest number of pending homicide cases in Deschutes County’s history," says District Attorney John Hummel, "It’s too much; it’s far too much. We’re at a crisis point [and] my office is struggling to ke


Elderly Driver Dies After Serious Crash

BEND, OR -- It's been a deadly week on Central Oregon highways. An 84-year-old man was killed Tuesday morning when his SUV drove off Old Bend Redmond Highway. The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office says Frank Farey was northbound just before 10:30 a.m., when he failed to negotiate a curve, drove off


Redmond, Deschutes County OK 950-acre city expansion plan

REDMOND, Ore. - The future path for a large area on Redmond's south end was agreed upon Tuesday as the city council and Deschutes County commissioners approved plans to develop 949 acres near the Deschutes County Fair and Expo Center for fairgrounds expansion, a military readiness center and large-l


Landlords seek to evict Oregon Senate’s new rental bill

A vote to make Oregon the first state in the nation to adopt statewide rent control and make it more difficult for landlords to evict tenants without a reason has evoked swift and stern local reaction.