Deschutes County #17 among Oregon counties in heroin death rates.

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Jul 202017

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Heroin injection materials

The Center for Disease Control has announced that opioid deaths from prescription pain killers, are rapidly rising from coast to coast. In 2015, 33,000 Americans died from these heroin related overdoses – almost as many as were killed that year in traffic crashes nationwide. And the numbers are rising quickly.

The CDC reports that illicit importation of painkillers from Mexico continues to rise year after year and may top the death toll from crack cocaine that killed 94,000 people from 1984 through ’87.

The latest tally shows that painkillers with heroin derivatives is the biggest problem per capita in Tillamook County with 14.2 deaths from overdoses per 100,000 population. Number two is Lincoln County with 11.23 deaths per hundred thousand population. Multnomah County is the third worst in the state with 11.06 deaths per hundred thousand. Coming in fourth statewide was Clatsop County, followed by Linn County rounding out the top five counties. Deschutes County was #17 among Oregon Counties with just over five deaths per 100,000 population. Besides opioids, a synthetic concoction of heroin, called Fentanyl, has been widely distributed and is beginning to rival heroin on the streets of our nation causing many deaths.

A terrible side-effect of the drug overdoses is that moms and dads are dying from overdoses, causing their children to be raised by foster parents. Foster homes are stretched very thin across the country. Again, the vast majority of the heroin coming in to the U.S. is coming from Mexico.

Gas leak at Ashley Manor Senior Living on Rim Rock, near Obsidian

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Jul 202017

Report of a natural gas leak at Ashley Manor Senior Living on Rim Rock near Obsidian. A number of residents were evacuated and were sequestered across the street while Redmond Fire-Rescue assessed the situation. The gas company was called and within a few minutes everybody was back inside.

Raise a Glass to Support Redmond’s Kids – Inaugural Redmond BrewFest

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Jul 192017

The Beer Stop in Redmond would like to announce the Inaugural Redmond BrewFest being held at American Legion Park in Redmond, Oregon on Friday, August 18th and Saturday August 19th from Noon to 10:00 p.m. to benefit four local Redmond organizations that benefit the children in our community.

This beer lover’s festival is serving up more than 300 unique beers, ciders, kombucha and wine from 84 local, regional, and national breweries and beverage producers. Enjoy a family friendly event with vendors and food, free fun and free live music throughout the two day festival.

Redmond BrewFest will feature a VIP tent, headlining bands, special edition brews from selected breweries & cider producers, as well as an Eclipse Themed beer competition. They will be donating a portion of the proceeds to Redmond Area Parks and Recreation District (RAPRD), REACH, Rock of Redmond Wrestling Club, and the Redmond Parks Foundation.

An event like this doesn’t come with its own staff. The Redmond BrewFest staff is recruiting anyone over the age of 21 to volunteer for a 5 hour shift. “We are looking to recruit 600 Beer Heroes, what the brewfest refers to as volunteers, to assist with their goal. “With six scheduled shifts to fill we could use all the help we can get,” stated JT Taylor, Redmond Brewfest Executive Director.

Join us in Redmond, this August 18th & 19th, for a few days to enjoy some deliciously crafted beverages knowing you helped to raise funds to support children-centered organizations in the area. Then spend a beer lover’s weekend with us celebrating the upcoming eclipse event. Don’t forget your glasses!

If you would like further information about the Redmond BrewFest or are interested in signing up to be a “Beer Hero” volunteer please contact Jenni Garner @, or visit

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Jul 182017

HEALTHY BEGINNINGS SCREENING COMING TO Madras, Warm Springs, and Bend in August!

23 Years Providing Healthy Beginnings for Children

(Bend, OR) What parent doesn’t have questions? Is your child’s speech and development on track? Will their smile last a lifetime and can they hear and see okay? Healthy Beginnings can help you answer these questions and more – because health and development from birth through age five is critical to your child’s success.

Healthy Beginnings will be offering THREE of its FREE 12-Point Kid Inspections in August!

– August 11 in Warm Springs

– August 11 in Madras

– August 26 in Bend

All children birth to kindergarten are welcome. At these screening clinics, each child receives nearly $3,000 worth of assessment services at no cost to the family. There are no eligibility requirements and all families are welcome to attend.

Healthy Beginnings screens young children in hearing, speech and language, motor skills, cognitive development, vision, health and safety, dental, behavior and nutrition, information regarding early literacy and car seat safety is also provided. Access to professionals and trained volunteers in all these essential core areas is available at the time of the screening.

Parents and children birth through five meet one-on-one with as many as 12 health and development professionals and families are encouraged to attend regardless of insurance coverage. Referrals are made for any child identified in need of additional services with community resources provided to all families. Healthy Beginnings can even provide information and assistance with Oregon’s health insurance application process. Parents will also learn about Vroom, an interactive app that empowers parents and caregivers to play a proactive role in their children’s early brain development.

According to the Center for Disease Control, nearly eight in every 10 children miss a developmental screening. To receive adequate preventative care, the CDC recommends that all young children have developmental screenings at least 3 times prior to entering kindergarten. Additional screenings are recommended for autism spectrum disorder at 18 months and at either 24 or 30 months. The CDC also recommends hearing screenings as well. A Healthy Beginnings screening covers all this and much more. It serves as an important first step for caring, concerned parents and one stop shopping for community resources for hundreds of families every year.

Healthy Beginnings, a unique program available only in Central Oregon, works to assure parents that their children are developing appropriately or if needed, the program makes referrals for in-depth evaluation and further treatment. Parenting information and community resources are provided free as well. Every family attending a Healthy Beginnings screening receives extensive information on the health and development of their child. In addition, early literacy information and kindergarten readiness as well as parent education are also provided.

Don’t miss this opportunity, appointments are being accepted these screenings. The hours of this screening will be 9 am to 1 pm. Appointments are recommended but walk-ins are welcome. Call 541.383.6357 or visit to schedule your appointment today.

Healthy Beginnings is one of many programs offered in partnership with the High Desert Education Service District. Additional support is provided Deschutes County United Way. Please visit our website at for a full listing of screening dates and cities as well as detailed information about our program, volunteer, and donation opportunities. Community links to additional services can also be found on our website.

These screenings brought to you in part by a generous donation from the Pacific Power Foundation – Healthy Beginnings is grateful for this support!

Lake Billy Chinook shaking off the algae…but an abundance of caution is still recommended

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Jul 182017

Lake Billy Chinook
Algae Watch

Reduced blue-green algae and toxin levels confirmed in areas except Perry South Cove, where continued caution recommended

The Oregon Health Authority has updated the health advisory issued June 30 for Lake Billy Chinook, located about 12 miles west of Madras in Jefferson County.

The update lifts the advisory on those areas of the Deschutes and Crooked River of Lake Billy Chinook arms affected by the advisory, and confines the advisory on the Metolius Arm to Perry South Cove.

Water monitoring has confirmed that the level of blue-green algae toxins are below guideline values for human exposure. However, OHA recommends that people remain cautious when using the lake, particularly with pets because toxins are still well above the very low exposure levels established for dogs.

Oregon health officials advise recreational visitors to always be alert to signs of algae blooms in all Oregon waters, because only a fraction of the many lakes and waterways in Oregon are sampled for blue-green algae by state, federal and local agencies. People and their pets should avoid areas where the water is foamy, scummy, thick like paint, pea-green, blue-green or brownish red in color, if a thick mat of blue-green algae is visible in the water, or bright green cells are suspended in the water column. If you observe these signs in the water you are encouraged to avoid activities that cause you to swallow water or inhale droplets, such as swimming or high-speed water activities.

Oregon’s jobless rate remains under 4% in June

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Jul 182017

Oregon Adds 8,500 Jobs in June – unemployment rate remains near record lows

Oregon’s unemployment rate was little changed at 3.7 percent in June. The rate remained near its all time low of 3.6 percent reached in May. Oregon’s rate was significantly below its year-ago rate of 5.1 percent in June 2016 and well below the U.S. unemployment rate of 4.4 percent in June 2017.

In June, Oregon’s nonfarm payroll employment grew by 8,500 jobs, following a gain of 2,600 in May. The June increase was the largest gain since February 2016 when 9,600 jobs were added. Gains were widespread among the major industries, with 11 of the 14 industries adding jobs. Leisure and hospitality added the most, increasing by 2,100 jobs. In addition, strong hiring occurred in construction (+1,600 jobs) and manufacturing (+1,400). Financial activities was the only major industry to cut substantially, as it shed 800 jobs.

Over the past 12 months, Oregon’s payroll employment rose 47,300, or 2.6 percent. This rapid pace was an acceleration from earlier in the year when over-the-year growth was hovering around 2.0 percent.

Other signs of a tight labor market in Oregon include fewer long-term unemployed and falling measures of labor underutilization. The number of Oregonians who have been unemployed for more than six months dropped to 10,700 in June, the lowest on record dating back to 2002. In contrast, the long term unemployed reached a peak of more than 100,000 in 2010, during the aftermath of the Great Recession.

Meanwhile, U-6–the broadest measure of labor underutilization, which includes the unemployed, those who have stopped looking for work within the last year but still want a job, and those who are working part-time but would prefer to work full-time–dropped to 7.4 percent in June. This was by far Oregon’s lowest U-6 since comparable records began in 2002, and was a continuation of its downward trend since reaching a peak of 21.1 percent in May 2009. In recent months, Oregon’s labor market tightened so rapidly that Oregon’s U-6 dropped below the national U-6 of 8.6 percent in June 2017.

Motorcycle crash Hwy 20 milepost 84

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Jul 172017

Report of a motorcycle crash on Highway 20, milepost 84, just west of Suttle Lake. Rider is said to be about 50 years old, conscious and breathing. Air ambulance is on stand-by, ready to launch if needed.

Life Flight has launched and is enroute to the scene.

Life Flight is not needed. Life Flight is turning around and heading back to its headquarters at Redmond Airport.

House burning southwest of Prineville off Juniper Canyon Road

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Jul 162017

Red sticker points to Akins/Scenic Road – not to the exact house burning.
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10:50pm Sunday
Report of a house fully on fire in the 6300 block of Scenic Drive. It’s the last house on the road. Fully engulfed in flame with ammunition heard popping off inside it. The house will be a complete and total loss.

There was no one at home – said to be owned by an elderly couple. The male is enroute to the scene from Madras.