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Inside chopperMIDDLE SISTER: Benjamin Newkirk, a 39-year-old climber from Bend, was found deceased late Sunday morning after a multi-day search that was complicated by extreme weather.
Newkirk was climbing the 10,047 foot Middle Sister with another climber when he fell off the west side of the south-east ridge of the mountain on Wednesday, November 12th, at approximately 10 p.m.
On Thursday, searchers were able to hike in seven miles from the Obsidian Trailhead but had to turn back around 2 p.m. when they were at the 6,200 foot level due to heavy snowfall and poor visibility. On Friday a fixed wing aircraft patrolled the area, reporting they could not see the mountain due to a low cloud ceiling.
The search team that found Newkirk included 15 volunteers - from Eugene Mountain Rescue and Corvallis Mountain Rescue, two Incident Command staff in Bend assisting with communications, and Command staff managing the mission from Eugene.

 

Search & Rescue teamMIDDLE SISTER: Benjamin Newkirk, the 39-year-old climber from Bend, Oregon, was found deceased late this morning (11/16) after a multi-day search that was complicated by extreme weather.
Newkirk was climbing the Middle Sister with another climber when he fell off the west side of the south-east ridge of the mountain on Wednesday, November 12th, at approximately 10:00 pm.

VIDA: Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into an early Sunday morning single vehicle traffic crash that resulted in the death of a 40-year old woman along Highway 126 about four miles east of Vida.

Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into the cause of Saturday afternoon's motorcycle-involved fatal traffic crash that occurred on Highway 126E at Mill Creek Road west of McKenzie Bridge. The victim's name will be released Sunday to allow family additional time for next of kin notifications. OSP is seeking witnesses who reportedly were at the intersection when the crash occurred but left before they could be interviewed.

One killed, eight injured in wreck

Santiam accidentSANTIAM PASS: A traffic crash Sunday afternoon took the life of one man and injured eight others.

OSP press releaseOregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into a Sunday afternoon fatal traffic crash on Highway 20 just east of the Santiam Summit. One lane of the highway was open at 5 pm. on 5/18, but traffic was delayed.

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