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  • ODF tests nighttime aerial firefighting in Grant County
    The Oregon Department of Forestry is working with CO Fire Aviation, an aerial resource vendor, to test in Grant County the effectiveness and safety of nighttime use of single-engine air tankers (SEATs) to fight wildfires in Oregon.Exploratory testing started Monday night at the John Day Airport and continued Tuesday night.... Read more »
  • BBB issues warning of 'Expedia' imposters
    A network of scammers is using Expedia Group's name to take consumers for thousands of dollars. Better Business Bureau serving the Northwest and Pacific said Wednesday it has received several reports in just the past several days from consumers who have lost as much as $3,700.Expedia is a BBB Accredited... Read more »
  • Laser Oasis owner offers explanation for imminent closure
    Laser Oasis in La Quinta will be closing its doors at the end of this month, owners announced earlier this month. Reached via email, owner Patrick Cavanaugh added "There is not much else to say. The rent is just too high (plus) the debt the owner incurred building the business does... Read more »
  • City of Bend begins converting to LED street lights
    Starting next week, the city of Bend will begin converting over 2,000 existing public street lights to 3,000 Kelvin energy efficient, light-emitting diode (LED) fixtures, a move aimed at reducing energy costs, maintenance costs and greenhouse gas emissions. The project replaces existing high-pressure sodium street light fixtures on... Read more »
  • City of Prineville receives national budgeting award
    For the 13th year, the City of Prineville has been recognized as outstanding for its commitment to meeting the highest standards of government budgeting.Earlier this spring, Prineville was awarded the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award by the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) for excellence in preparation of the city's 2018-2019 fiscal... Read more »
  • Fire breaks out in Oasis resort in Palm Springs
    A fire has broken out at a building located in the Oasis Resort in Palm Springs. The blaze was reported at 12:10 p.m. The structure is reportedly located on the 4100 block of East Palm Canyon Drive, located near the Parker resort. There is no information on how the blaze... Read more »
  • UTEP researchers using virtual reality to conduct stress tests
    A new research program at the University of Texas at El Paso is using virtual-reality (VR) technology to understand how natural environments affect health and well-being. Those involved in the program are currently conducting a pilot study on the effects these environments have on stress in men. Since June, 80... Read more »
  • BPRD sets job fair for afterschool program positions
    Bend Park and Recreation District is hosting a job fair and invites potential candidates to learn more about job opportunities available for the district's KIDS Inc. afterschool program. The job fair is from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday, July 25, at the district's office at Riverbend Park, 799... Read more »
  • Boy toddler is now 4th confirmed measles case in El Paso
    Public health officials said a boy toddler tested positive Wednesday for measles, making it the fourth confirmed case of the virus in El Paso in less than two weeks.Two other toddlers and a woman in her late 40s are the other EL Paso measles victims, officials said previously.Before this current... Read more »
  • Summit Medical, E. Cascade Women's Group partner
    Summit Medical Group Oregon, the largest independent multi-specialty physician group in Central Oregon, and East Cascade Women's Group, the largest women's health care practice east of the Cascades, announced Wednesday they are forming a strategic relationship to create a coordinated suite of medical services for Central Oregon women. ... Read more »
  • Oregon liquor stores to start carrying liter bottles
    Oregon is unique for many wonderful reasons – like awesome natural beauty and a great, temperate climate, for starters. But did you know Oregon is also unique in that it is one of only two control states where you cannot buy all brands of liquor in liter-sized bottles at retail?... Read more »
  • Mecca wildfire contained after 5 days of burning
    A wildfire in Mecca that has blackened 80 acres was completely contained Wednesday morning The non-injury blaze broke out for unknown reasons about 10:50 Friday morning near Lincoln Street and Avenue 66, according to the Riverside County Fire Department, initially prompting firefighters to request that power lines be... Read more »
  • El Paso, Juarez mayors unveil Border Perception Index survey; immigration & trade are key issues
    El Paso Mayor Dee Margo and Ciudad Juarez Mayor Armando Cabada were the special guests Wednesday of a presentation of the Border Perception Index, a survey that examines how the two cities perceive one another.The goal of the survey was to strengthen the connections of the two communities. The survey... Read more »
  • 5.4 earthquake recorded off Oregon coast
    BANDON, Ore. (AP) — A 5.4-magnitude earthquake was recorded Wednesday morning about 150 miles off the Oregon coast.The U.S. Geological Survey says the quake occurred around 8 a.m. about 152 miles west of Bandon. It had a depth of about 6 miles.Authorities say the temblor was likely too far offshore... Read more »
  • Man arrested after police pursuit from Coachella to Indian Wells
    A Palm Springs man was arrested Wednesday morning after leading law enforcement on a lengthy pursuit that spanned several desert cities and ended in Indian Wells. The suspect, who has not been identified, began to lead California Highway Patrol officers on a chase on Interstate 10 westbound in Coachella at around... Read more »
  • Bend teen cyclist crossing 27th St. hit by car
    A Bend teen trying to ride her bike across Northeast 27th Street on Tuesday night was struck by a turning vehicle and taken to the hospital, police said.Police and fire medics were dispatched around 8:15 p.m. to the area of Highway 20 East and 27th Street on the reported vehicle-vs.-bicyclist... Read more »
  • 2 arrested, 22 cited in Portland street racing crackdown
    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Two people were arrested and 22 others were cited in Portland in a police operation targeting people who gather and participate in street racing. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports Raymond Grant was arrested Sunday after fleeing an area where street racers had gathered. Another person was arrested on an... Read more »
  • ONLY ON ABC-7: Veteran El Paso police officer under scrutiny for posting anti-Muslim content online
    Apparent racist, violent and bigoted social media posts from law enforcement officers have been called to the attention of the public in at least five police departments across the country, including El Paso — where a police internal affairs review is underway. A concerned ABC-7 viewer sent several screenshots of... Read more »
  • Man who allegedly stabbed sister in the face back in court
    A Desert Hot Springs man who allegedly stabbed his sister in the face is due back in court Wednesday. Juan Angel Lopez, 38, is scheduled to appear this morning for a trial-readiness conference. He's accused of attacking his sister on Dec. 7, 2017 at a transient camp in... Read more »
  • Oregon state workers could get up to 15% raises
    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Public employee unions representing Oregon state workers have negotiated new contracts that would provide pay increases of up to 15% over the next two-year budget period.The proposed contracts include both step increases and cost of living increases in each of the next two years.Union officials say... Read more »
  • Firefighters stomp out small brush fire in Gaviota
    Firefighters quickly stomped out a brush fire that burned near Highway 101 in Gaviota Wednesday morning.According to the Santa Barbara County Fire Department, the fire burned a quarter acre of dry brush off the northbound side of Highway 101 south of Highway 1. As of 8:35 a.m., forward progress was... Read more »
  • Former Executive Director of Humane Society of El Paso set to appear in Ohio court
    Former Humane Society of El Paso executive director Luke Westerman is due in court in Ohio on Wednesday. Westerman is facing 19 counts of theft and unlawful securities practices. Westerman was in charge of a venture capital firm that he founded in Columbus prior to coming to El Paso to... Read more »
  • Two Ventura County gas stations held up by suspects with gun, machete
    Authorities in Ventura County are investigating after two gas stations were robbed overnight. According to the Ventura Police Department, the first robbery occurred at the Chevron gas station in the 7700 block of Telegraph Road just after 10:00 p.m. Tuesday. During the investigation, officers learned the suspects entered the business, approached... Read more »
  • Oxnard man arrested following stabbing
    An Oxnard man was arrested following a stabbing Tuesday evening.According to the Oxnard Police Department, police responded to a reported stabbing in the 200 block of Riverpark Boulevard just before 6:00 p.m. Once on scene, officers found a victim who had been stabbed in the torso. Officers were able to... Read more »