2nd Oregon News Minute from the AP

Date: 08/06/2012 09:47 AM

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Here is the latest Oregon news from The Associated Press


BEND, Ore. (AP) – Summer thunderstorms have swept through central Oregon, pounding the area with heavy rain and hail and knocking out power to thousands of customers in Jefferson County. Pacific Power says hundreds of customers in Klamath Falls and Medford were in the dark, and that thousands more in Culver, Madras and Metolius remained without power early this morning, down from a peak of almost 17,000.

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) – The National Weather Service has issued a red flag warning for critical wildfire danger in Eastern Oregon, Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho. Dry lighting from scattered thunderstorms today could ignite dry grass and shrubs. Forecasters say strong winds, relatively low humidity and warm temperatures create the potential for explosive fire growth.

THE DALLES, Ore. (AP) – Searchers are looking for a 19-year-old Eugene man who was swept downstream by the current while swimming in the Columbia River near The Dalles. Friends told the Wasco County sheriff’s office he swam to a small island near the base and was trying to swim back yesterday afternoon when the current overpowered him.

SWEET HOME, Ore. (AP) – Oregon State Police have identified the couple who died in a weekend motorcycle crash on Highway 20 east of Sweet Home. Authorities say Edmund Cote from Salem was driving Saturday afternoon with his wife Joan Root Cote when they collided with a guardrail while rounding a curve.


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