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Madras schools declare contract impasse By Rachael Scarborough King / The BulletinPublished: July 17. 2007 5:00AM PSTAfter almost 15 months of bargaining over a new contract for teachers, the Madras Education Association and the Jefferson County School District have declared an official impasse in negotiations.The parties are now in the middle of a 30-day “cooling-off” period and have submitted their final proposals to a mediator from the state...

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Park board looks at adaptive recreation Meeting details ideas for people with disabilities By Rachael Scarborough King / The Bulletin Published: July 16. 2007 5:00AM PST Beth Brown just moved to Central Oregon two weeks ago, but she was the only community member to show up at a Bend Metro Park and Recreation District meeting Sunday to discuss adaptive recreation, or programs for people with disabilities. Despite the...

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Sunriver to aid toads’ annual pilgrimage across the street By Rachael Scarborough King / The BulletinPublished: July 14. 2007 5:00AM PSTSUNRIVER — The rock on the western bank of Sunriver’s Aspen Lake was disintegrating. In every direction, little brown blobs flew into the air and landed in the grass at the water’s edge.But the brown mass on the shore wasn’t a rock. It was a pile of 3-month-old...

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Ex-Prineville workers sue city over layoffs By Rachael Scarborough King / The BulletinPublished: July 13. 2007 5:00AM PSTPRINEVILLE — The former Prineville public works director and another employee who lost their jobs six months ago are suing the city, charging that they were fired for complaining about possibly unlawful practices like avoiding the public bidding process for million-dollar projects.Former Public Works Director Jim Mole and former Public Works...

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Museum president moves on Rodgers sees challenges ahead, says it's time for some new blood By Rachael Scarborough King / The BulletinPublished: July 13. 2007 5:00AM PSTHigh Desert Museum President Forrest Rodgers announced his resignation Thursday after six years on the job.Rodgers will continue in the position until Oct. 1, according to a news release from the High Desert Museum. He could leave earlier if the museum chooses...

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Train fatality leaves unanswered questions Salem man struck and killed in Redmond By Rachael Scarborough King / The BulletinPublished: July 12. 2007 5:00AM PSTREDMOND — A Salem man was killed early Wednesday morning after being hit by a train near Evergreen Avenue in downtown Redmond, according to a news release from the Redmond Police Department.The incident occurred at about 2 a.m. Wednesday, when a southbound Burlington Northern Santa...

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Crook County group discusses ways to improve health care By Rachael Scarborough King / The BulletinPublished: July 11. 2007 5:00AM PSTPRINEVILLE — The people around a table in the cafeteria at Crook County Middle School on Tuesday night sat thinking about how to describe what they like about health care in Crook County.Tapping their pencils and furrowing their brows, they slowly filled up index cards with items such...

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Residents watch, wait as fire nears containment By Rachael Scarborough King / The BulletinPublished: July 10. 2007 5:00AM PSTJUNIPER ACRES — As the Millican East Fire south of Prineville continued to burn Monday in another day of scorching High Desert heat, residents of the nearby Juniper Acres neighborhood kept a wary and watchful eye on the blaze.The nearly horizontal line of fire was visible from most areas of...

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Jefferson subdivision project stirs M37 debate By Rachael Scarborough King / The BulletinPublished: July 07. 2007 5:00AM PSTMADRAS — A new, 60-unit subdivision is in the works northeast of Madras through one of the first Measure 37 claims filed in Jefferson County.William and Darlene Hoffman filed their claim in April 2005 for the 190-acre farm that they bought in 1972. More than two years later, the county and...

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Family seeking to erect billboards on U.S. 97 By Rachael Scarborough King / The BulletinPublished: July 05. 2007 5:00AM PSTMADRAS — In addition to mountain vistas, drivers on U.S. Highway 97 between Redmond and Madras might start seeing commercial billboards in farmland as part of one family’s Measure 37 claim.Roger and Patricia Cunningham, who live on a farm near Crooked River Ranch in Jefferson County, and Marie Cunningham,...

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