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Sep 29, 2012 at 12:12 PM
Americans are growing more optimistic about the economy and President Barack Obama's leadership, creating a significant obstacle for Republican rival Mitt Romney five weeks to Election Day.
Jul 18, 2012 at 10:00 AM
Two men flying matching lawn chairs suspended by helium-filled party balloons over Central Oregon last weekend said Tuesday they were floating along peacefully at 14,000 feet when thunderstorms grabbed control of their homemade craft like a giant hand.
Jul 17, 2012 at 2:17 PM
Two men flying matching lawn chairs suspended by helium-filled party balloons over Central Oregon last weekend were floating along peacefully at 14,000 feet when thunderstorms grabbed control of their homemade craft like a giant hand.
Jul 14, 2012 at 12:34 PM
An Oregon gas station owner and an Iraqi adventurer trying to fly from Central Oregon to Montana have been forced to abort their flight to Montana due to thunderstorms.
Jun 16, 2012 at 1:12 PM
Four years ago, Kent Couch made headlines by floating through the clouds in a lawn chair hoisted by party balloons from Oregon to Idaho. He's going to fly again, this time with a buddy sitting on a second lawn chair at his side.
Jun 15, 2012 at 12:56 PM
Four years ago Kent Couch made headlines by floating from Oregon to Idaho on a lawn chair hoisted into the clouds by party balloons. Now he's at it again.
Nov 14, 2011 at 2:38 PM
Kent Couch of Bend had planned another balloon flight Tuesday in Baghdad along with Iraqi daredevil Fareed Lafta
Nov 3, 2011 at 4:14 PM
Lawn-chair balloonist Kent Couch boarded a plane Thursday for the start of a journey that he hopes will end in Iraq with a safe launch and landing beneath a huge cluster of party balloons.
Nov 3, 2011 at 12:13 PM
Lawn-chair balloonist Kent Couch has boarded a plane for the start of a journey that he hopes will end in Iraq with a safe launch and landing beneath a huge cluster of party balloons.
Dec 28, 2010 at 1:31 PM
Fuel sales have steadily risen at the Stop and Go Shell station on Bend's east side — something owner Kent Couch attributes to what he calls the "wow factor" of old-fashioned service.
Jan 1, 2010 at 3:16 PM
It’s 1 a.m. at the Joint Visitor Bureau Hotel in Baghdad, Iraq. "I was bored, we could take the Humvee out tonight," says gunner Spc.  Kent Patterson, 27, Tualatin, Ore., "There’s no alcohol, so football is the next best thing."
Sep 25, 2009 at 12:18 PM
It's a bird! It's a plane! It's ... Superman! And Spiderman. And Batman. And Wonder Woman. And the Human Torch ... wait a minute, is this the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art or the Justice League meets the X-Men?
Jul 30, 2008 at 9:05 AM
Hollywood has envisioned jet packs as upside-down fire extinguishers strapped to people's backs. But Glenn Martin's invention is far more unwieldy - a 250-pound piano-sized contraption that people settle into rather than strap on.
Jul 5, 2008 at 5:20 PM
Using his trusty BB gun to help him return to Earth, 48-year-old gas station owner Kent Couch realized his boyhood dream Saturday of flying a lawn chair rigged with helium-filled party balloons more than 200 miles across the Oregon high desert to...
Jul 3, 2008 at 5:47 PM
While the rest of the country is sleeping off Fourth of July revels on Saturday, Kent Couch and a host of volunteers will be up before the sun to blow up 150 giant latex party balloons and tie them with clothesline to his lawn chair for his third try at flying to Idaho.