Authorities: “On her cellphone…”

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Jun 212018

SUV headed westbound on Hwy 126. Driver loses control and rolls the vehicle just west of Helmholtz.

Miraculously the lady driver emerged unscathed. Seat belts work. Reportedly on her cellphone at the time.

A driver headed west on Highway 126 lost control of her SUV Thursday afternoon just west of Helmholtz. Her car began rolling down the pavement utterly demolishing the vehicle.

As bad as it looks, the driver emerged from the wreck practically unscathed. Seat belts work. Authorities said she admitted that she was on her cellphone at the time.

Governor Brown to Nat’l Assn. of Attorneys General: Washington DC is abandoning its own people while brutalizing those seeking asylum

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Jun 212018

Governor Brown decries U.S. treatment of those fleeing persecution and violence – and the decline health care for American citizens.

Governor Kate Brown Speaks Out Against Federal Government on Health Care, Immigration

Standing before Attorneys General from across the country, Governor Kate Brown today spoke out against the Trump Administration’s refusal to protect vulnerable Americans’ healthcare and immigrants’ rights.

In an address at the annual gathering of the National Association of Attorneys General, Brown underscored the importance of states’ action and leadership in standing up for their people:

“Recently, we’ve seen drastic and unprecedented policy changes from the White House that have taken our nation down a path that no one thought we would see in our lifetimes.

“This week, we have seen immigrant children taken from their families, and kept in warehouses, cages, and tents along the border. It’s appalling that these children are being used as political pawns by the White House. It’s abhorrent the President should then promote his executive order ending the practice of family separations as some sort of victory.

“In April, I made it clear that the Oregon National Guard would not be used for political purposes along the border, or to distract from the chaos and confusion of the Trump Administration.

“Today, Oregon stands along with 15 other states and the District of Columbia to defend the Affordable Care Act’s guarantee of health coverage for Americans with pre-existing conditions.

“The dismaying decision by the Trump administration to abandon key elements of the law is a rejection of American voters’ voices. It destabilizes our states’ insurance markets while putting the health of tens of millions of Americans with pre-existing conditions — including as many as 17 million children — at risk.

“Here in Oregon, we are dedicated to expanding access to affordable care. We will not remain silent as Jeff Sessions and the Trump Administration threaten to rip away healthcare from those who need it most. Now, it is up to the states to fill the void of federal leadership on this issue and fighting to ensure these critical protections remain intact.”

Wildland fire season has been officially launched…

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Jun 212018

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ODOT: Central Ore.: US197 6 miles south of Maupin closed due to wildfire and firefighting activities. Updates as they become available. Motorists urged to use alternative routes.

Deputy involved shooting southwest of Bend

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Jun 202018

DCSO deputy involved shooting southwest of Bend on a Forest Service Road.

A deputy-involved shooting has occurred involving a Deschutes County Deputy Sheriff while on patrol off Century Drive, at a camp off the USFS 4610 Road. The Major Incident Team has been called out to the scene. The adult subject in this incident is deceased. The deputy was not injured. Any future information will be released by the DA’s Office and Major Incident Team.

In accordance with our office’s standard practice, the two deputies at the scene will be placed on administrative leave pending the conclusion of the investigation.

Wednesday’s downpour was a hum-dinger!

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Jun 202018

Storm drains got caught off-guard. This was quite a “rain dump” for this time of year!

For about two hours Redmond could have been called “Land o’ Lakes!

It was raining very hard up in the higher elevations west of Sisters too. This came from ODOT warning motorists to not try to use the Old Mackenzie Highway for a day or two:

OR242 (Old McKenzie Highway) is closed at gates on east and west due to mud over roadway following thunderstorms. ODOT on scene aiding motorists to exit. Highway expected to be closed on Thursday as cleanup continues.

Multiple Vehicle Traffic Crash on Highway 97 at 61st/Gift Road. No serious injuries.

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Jun 192018

Northbound lanes of Highway 97 are closed because “there are cars hitting each other” (quote over the radio) in the northbound lanes at Highway 97 at 61st/Gift Road intersection. Initial reports from the scene indicate no serious injuries. But the situation is high dangerous due to fast traffic coming up on the crash.

Recommend Old Bend-Redmond Highway to ensure you get through.

Another homeless encampment fire north of Redmond Airport in the junipers

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Jun 192018

Homeless camp fire spread from foreground to background (separate) camp.
Smoldering trees chopped and doused with water

Redmond Firefighters chain saw and spray through more smoldering trees.

One tree being taken down to the dirt to douse burning inner core.

It’s looking to be a long hot and fiery summer just east of Redmond off Hwy 126

Another fire has erupted north of the Redmond Airport in a popular camping area for the homeless. Redmond Fire-Rescue and Police are enroute to the scene. The fire was reported by control tower personnel at the airport.

Redmond Police units report they cannot see any smoke. Fire Department sent back to quarters. Fire reconnaissance unit continue to look.

Reconnaissance unit finds the remains of a pretty good-sized homeless camp blaze that took down another camp right next to it. Two firefighters grab hose and chain saw. They saw and spray their way through a lot of smoldering trees. They gave the initial fire site, and an adjoining campsite, a thorough disassembly and flooding with water.