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Walden hears: ‘Do your job!’

BEND — Lu Cavenaugh said she had never been inspired to speak out in public.

But Thursday, her question about health care for U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., turned into a rallying cry that inspired a chant. “You have forgotten the people you are supposed to represent,” the 72-year-old Redmond woman told Walden at a town hall event. “We need you to do your damn job.” Full story

I helped provide a Facebook Live video from the event while also reporting it. See the video below. The action starts about eight minutes into it.

Pole Creek Fire erupts after quiet season

A routine run for a pair of ultrarunners from Bend turned into a race for survival Sunday morning as they fled from the flames of the Pole Creek Fire.

First spotted around 10:30 a.m. Sunday, the fire had burned at least 1,500 acres by nightfall, said Katie Lighthall, spokeswoman for the team managing the fire. During the day, the fire cast a massive smoke column that was visible from Bend and dominated the skyline in Sisters. The blaze was the first major wildfire to burn close to Bend this summer.

Burning completely uncontained, the fire prompted warnings of possible evacuations for homes near Sisters, and Deschutes County Search and Rescue headed into the backcountry to usher people out of the fire’s way. The teams cleared people from about a 100-square-mile section of woods around the fire, between Sisters and North Sister.

“There (were) people up there hiking and camping,” Lighthall said. Full Story

Bend fire investigation under way

A string of early morning fires shattered the quiet of downtown Bend on Wednesday, with one of the blazes causing significant damage to a historic church.

Authorities declined to characterize the fires, all within a three-block area, as suspicious. But a contingent of local, state and federal investigators converged throughout Wednesday on what authorities treated as seven individual crime scenes.

At the outset, the Bend Fire Department, quickly overwhelmed by the amount of fire, put out a call for help from around Central Oregon. Full story