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Monday, November 18, 2013

Central Oregon Growing Fast!

Posted By on Mon, Nov 18, 2013 at 10:02 AM

According to Portland State University’s newest population estimates, Central Oregon is once again one of the fastest growing regions in the state.

Via cityofbend.or.us
  • Via cityofbend.or.us

In the ‘90s, the city of Bend grew from population 32,569 in 1990 to 52,029 in 2000, more than doubling in size during the decade. That average growth rate was more than three times the state average. A study conducted by the city in 2005 estimated that by 2025, the UGB population would increase to 109,389.

Here are the most recent numbers from PSU’s study:

Oregon—+.9%=3.91 million

Deschutes County—+2,385 up 1.5%=162,525

Crook County—+40 up .2%
Jefferson County—+100 up .5%

Bend—+825 up 1%=78,280
Redmond—+245 up just under 1%=26,590
Sisters—+35 up 1.6%=2,115


Lapine—±0 still at 1,670
Metolius—±0 still at 705
Culver—±0 still at 1,370

Madras— -5=6,255

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Monday, August 5, 2013

Remembering Firefighter John Hammack

Posted By on Mon, Aug 5, 2013 at 6:12 PM

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We're deeply saddened by the recent passing of John Hammack, (58 as reported by The Oregonian and 60 as reported by The Washington Post), of Madras, a firefighter who lost his life while working a recent fire in the Mt. Washington Wilderness near Dugout Lake. Hammack, a longtime logger, and his crew partner, Norman Crawford, both sustained injuries from a snag as it dropped to the ground. Hammack died at the scene, Crawford was transported St. Charles Medical Center and later released. Hammack and Crawford were working for R&K Water Services of Bonney Lake, Wash.

In Central Oregon, where wildfires are abundant, we are infinitely grateful for all the brave men and women who choose to battle such blazes. Hammack will not be forgotten. And to those who continue to fight fires in Central Oregon and beyond, we salute you.

Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch Center officials couldn’t immediately recall the last time a Central Oregon firefighter's life was lost, but say it was likely in 1994 when 14 Prineville Hot Shots were killed while fighting a fire in Glenwood Springs, Colo.

The Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch Center has responded to roughly 70 fires in the last week. Most continue to be staffed, though the majority of the fires have been suppressed, COIDC officials say. The largest remaining fire is the Green Ridge blaze, 13 miles northwest of Sisters, which has consumed 420 acres. It is now 30 percent contained.

As wildfires continue to burn, we will remember John Hammack—rodeo star, father, grandfather, brother, logger and firefighter.

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Friday, March 29, 2013

Give Us Your Molly Ringwald Moments—We'll Give You Tickets!

Posted By on Fri, Mar 29, 2013 at 4:40 PM

Our lady of perpetual teen angst.
  • Our lady of perpetual teen angst.

Remember that moment in Pretty In Pink when Molly Ringwald's sitting there in her social studies class and those Barbie-like popular girls ask where she got her clothes?

And then Molly tries to get the Barbie girls out of their punishment, but they say they would actually be happy to take it.

God. Bitches. High school was full of them.

We know you can call up at least one moment from one of Molly's brat pack films (Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club, Pretty in Pink) that just so perfectly sums up your own high school experience.

We want to know about that moment. And we're willing to give you tickets for an intimate night with Molly at the Tower on April 13 for your answers!

Go to our Facebook page or the comments section below and tell us your stories.

Free tickets to see Molly Ringwald! So awesome!

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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Bend Teen with Down Syndrome Makes it to Everest Base Camp

Posted By on Wed, Mar 27, 2013 at 9:44 AM

Eli Reimer, 15, from Bend, is back in the states after being the first teen with Down syndrome to reach Everest Base Camp.

The Elisha Foundation
  • The Elisha Foundation

Eli, his dad, Justin, and six other climbers made the journey to raise money for The Elisha Foundation and children with disabilities. The Reimers trained in the Cascades for a year before making the 70-mile hike in the Himalayan mountains. The trek to the South Base Camp in Nepaul, which sits at 17,600, took 19 days to complete.

Read more about Eli's journey here.

Congratulations on your awesome accomplishment Eli and family! Nice work and welcome home.

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Thursday, March 21, 2013

Obama's Shape-shifting Alien Secret Service Agent

Posted By on Thu, Mar 21, 2013 at 10:47 AM

I'm a sucker for conspiracy theories, especially the super crazy ones.

So when I read the video title "OBAMA ALIEN demon UFO ghost 666 devil SECRET SERVICE" I was intrigued, to say the least.

Is Obama being controlled by alien overlords? I guess well never really know. OR WILL WE?
  • Is Obama being controlled by alien overlords? I guess we'll never really know. OR WILL WE?

Turns out it's a video that has been circulating the internet that claims that one of Obama's secret service agents is a shape-shifting extra terrestrial and possible amphibian humanoid.

When did Voldemort start working for the Secret Service and why haven't the muggles caught on yet?! Enjoy the speculation.

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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Girl Fight!

Posted By on Tue, Mar 12, 2013 at 2:48 PM

Check out this week's culture section for a story about Bend's lady boxers.

We didn't have room to run them in the paper, but here are some rad old pictures we found of early 1900's female boxers. More history on women's boxing here.

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Friday, February 22, 2013

Memorial Service for Virginia Reddick Tomorrow

Posted By on Fri, Feb 22, 2013 at 4:23 PM

For the past twelve years, the United Senior Citizens of Bend were led by a tough-as-nails gal named Virginia Reddick. In a major blow to the group and a deep loss to the community, Reddick passed away on Valentine's Day last week of a major stroke, according to family members.

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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Dalai Lama Coming to U of O

Posted By on Wed, Feb 20, 2013 at 1:39 PM

His Holiness, and generally rad old guy with a great sense of humor, the Dalai Lama is coming to Eugene.

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And for 20 bucks, which seems a little cheap when you think about it, you can go see him!

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Saturday, February 9, 2013

George Bush Paints (Himself in a Shower)

Posted By on Sat, Feb 9, 2013 at 7:30 AM

So, let's assume for a moment that these photos of some paintings were actually painted by George W. Bush, former president of the United States.

Yes, in that case... Um. How do we say this? We're gonna go with—These are fucking weird.

Just why?
  • Just why?

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George Bush Paints (Himself in a Shower)

Posted By on Sat, Feb 9, 2013 at 7:30 AM

So, let's assume for a moment that these photos of some paintings were actually painted by George W. Bush, former president of the United States.

Yes, in that case... Um. How do we say this? We're gonna go with—These are fucking weird.

Just why?
  • Just why?

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Friday, February 8, 2013

Retro Pics of Bob Mathews and the Nordic Center (Super Fun!)

Posted By on Fri, Feb 8, 2013 at 5:09 PM

Bob Mathews just after finishing the cross-country ski leg of the May 1976 Pole Pedal Paddle.
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  • Bob Mathews just after finishing the cross-country ski leg of the May 1976 Pole Pedal Paddle.

Bob Mathews teaches a nordic lesson to Scott McLagan, Joanne Coburn, Ken Klecker and Bill Coburn in the spring of 1975. This area at Mt. Bachelor is now a parking lot.
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  • Bob Mathews teaches a nordic lesson to Scott McLagan, Joanne Coburn, Ken Klecker and Bill Coburn in the spring of 1975. This area at Mt. Bachelor is now a parking lot.

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Saturday, January 12, 2013

Max King Racks Up Another Title

Posted By on Sat, Jan 12, 2013 at 3:00 PM

This time, Trail Runner Magazine has named Bend local Max King, 32, the 2012 Trail Runner of the Year.

The magazine's panel unanimously decided on King for the honor noting his "off the hook" successes in 2012.

Read Trail Runner's summary about their decision here. And check out more about King here.

Congrats, Max!

Can't get enough? Here's an introspective little video of Mr. King.

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