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Oregon State University buys lots of growing room in Bend

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Oct 202017
 

OSU Cascades photo


The Oregon State University Board of Trustees Friday authorized OSU President Ed Ray to complete negotiations with Deschutes County to purchase 72 acres of land that will expand the footprint of the OSU-Cascades campus in Bend.

The land is a Deschutes County landfill and is located adjacent to the university campus. The landfill site, when combined with the current 10-acre campus and an adjacent 46-acre site owned by OSU will create a 128-acre campus. The 46-acre parcel was a former pumice mine.

OSU-Cascades Vice President Becky Johnson told OSU trustees that acquiring the landfill will enable students to learn “in a natural living laboratory” in subjects such as natural resources and energy systems engineering. She said reclaimed and remediated soil from the landfill will be used to help fill the adjoining pumice mine that OSU purchased to expand the OSU-Cascades’ campus. She said utilizing remediated landfill material will eliminate an estimated 30,000 truckloads of material from being transported on local streets to fill the pumice mine.

“The landfill will enable public-private research and partnerships between OSU-Cascades and industry to occur within a planned innovation district that ECONorthwest estimates at buildout will produce $282 million annually in economic impact,” Johnson said.

“Acquiring the landfill will enable us to have expanded partnerships with local schools, provide sports and recreational fields on campus, offer surface parking versus building a more expensive parking garage, and accommodate student- and faculty-related uses, such as workforce housing and retail service amenities.

“This will benefit Central Oregon, the community, the economy and students thanks to the collaboration of Deschutes County commissioners and staff.”

The 128-acre campus will allow OSU-Cascades to grow to an enrollment of 3,000 to 5,000 students.

Trustee Kirk Schueler of Bend said: “If OSU does not buy this land, someone else will, and they will develop it. I am very excited about what it will mean for our campus. It will put OSU-Cascades on the forefront of what is happening in all of Oregon.”

Bill introduced to reduce severity of wild fires

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Oct 192017
 

Eagle Creek Fire this summer
The Oregonian photo


A bill has been introduced in the Congress to begin better management of our national forests by preventing small forest fires from becoming horrific conflagrations.

Oregon Senator Ron Wyden has long called for such legislation but has been unsuccessful. But now Wyden has a large group of lawmakers finally nodding their heads and are eager to begin a new era of forestry management that prevents the wasteful loss of millions of acres of trees that are home to wildlife, provide timber wood products for the nation and recreation for its people.

Wyden says the problem has been an outright ban on any forest fires, of any size, anywhere in the country. Smokey the Bear said it all – NO FIRES. But without occasional fires (mostly from lightning) that used to burn close to the ground, eliminating competing brush and younger trees, the undergrowth grows like a jungle. And when it catches fire, flames rise high in the air and ignite the lower branches of trees and then the fire spreads tree to tree and soon the whole forest is ablaze.

Here’s more on the story from ‘The Hill.’ Click here.

Teen formally charged with causing Eagle Creek Fire along Columbia River

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Oct 192017
 

Eagle Creek Fire
Big Tree Images photo


News Release from the Hood River County River District Attorney’s Office:

When the Eagle Creek fire erupted a criminal investigation was immediately begun by the Oregon State Police. US Forest Service investigators have been assisting the State Police in this ongoing investigation. As a result of the investigation legal proceedings have been commenced in the Hood River County Circuit Court. A fifteen year old boy recently appeared in court and was arraigned on a variety of charges in connection with the Eagle Creek Fire.

Allegations in the Juvenile Court Petition against the boy include acts of Reckless Burning, Depositing Burning Materials on Forest Lands, Unlawful Possession of Fireworks, Criminal Mischief and Recklessly Endangering Other Persons. The charging petition was filed by the Hood River County Juvenile Department at the direction of the Hood River County District Attorney John Sewell. The Hood River County District Attorney’s office has been acting in cooperation with the Multnomah County District Attorney’s office.

The District Attorney’s office, the Oregon State Police and the Hood River County Juvenile Department will have no further comment until the case has been resolved.”

Redmond: Gas Leak at Franklin and Evergreen

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Oct 192017
 

Backhoe operator accidentally hit a gas line at Evergreen and Franklin, east of 97.


Gas soft white cloud to the right of the dirt mound is leaking gas.


Cascade Natural Gas worker pointing to the broken line. Evergreen (Hwy 126 from 97 to NE Lake) to be closed through approximately 4pm while repairs are made.


10:14am
Gas leak at Franklin and Hwy 126. Redmond Fire-Rescue on scene.

11:20am
A heavy equipment operator accidentally snagged a 1″ gas line at Franklin and Evergreen (126) causing a substantial natural gas leak. The area has been cordoned off. Evergreen (126) is completely shut down from just east of Hwy 97 to NE Lake until around 4pm due to the complexity of the repair. A moderate breeze is keeping the gas well dispersed.

Construction crews are in the process of installing new sewer and water lines in that northeast part of town.

Redmond School District – They need another bond levy to repair/maintain school facilities

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Oct 192017
 


The Redmond School District has announced a series of public meetings to discuss the need to float another school bond to pay for much needed school maintenance across the district. Back in 2008 a bond measure passed to spend $100 million to build a new high school, new elementary school and do some renovating of Redmond High.

This time, the proposal is about maintenance. To find out what maintenance and/or renovation is contemplated plan to attend one of four public meetings during which school officials will lay out what work needs to be done and an estimate of what it will cost.

The four meetings will be held at 6pm and last no later than 7:30pm. The meeting dates and sites are:

* October 23 at Terrebonne Community School, 1199 B Avenue, Terrebonne
* October 30 at Lynch Elementary, 1314 SW Kalama, Redmond
* November 1 at Redmond High, 675 Rimrock Way, Redmond
* November 6 at Tumalo Community School, 19835 2nd Street, Tumalo

Redmond Airport looks to the future – and for the money to get it there…

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Oct 192017
 

Redmond Airport Tarmac


Members of the public and those who make their living in the aviation industry gathered at Redmond City Hall Wednesday to give their opinion of what they’d like the Redmond Airport to look like and operate through the year 2036.

Among the public there was a frequent request for parking closer to the terminal – especially if somebody’s flying out and back in a day. Others longed for getting on and off a plane in a protected elevated walkway like in bigger airports. Others said they like the non-stop flights to Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, LA (Orange Co.) and Denver, but added they’d like some non-stops to the mid-west – even the east coast. But airport officials said it may take a while for the major airlines to start flying larger aircraft in and out of Redmond to make those flights possible. Right now, they say, the passenger demand is not great enough.

But Redmond Airport will grow considerably over the next twenty years and with that growth will come a longer runway for the bigger jets, a lot more parking, a greatly expanded air terminal, a flight school possibly and a rather large crop of industrial development – some of it flight-related like private aircraft design and construction, but also high tech manufacturing.

Airport officials say that the Redmond-Bend area will continue to see very rapid growth, if we don’t get whacked with another recession. They say the big trick will be finding the money for the longer runway, the bigger terminal and all the rest. Fortunately the Federal Aviation Administration is the primary funding source for airport improvements around the country – so it’ll be as much a matter of time as it is money. But Airport Director Zack Bass says the funds will be there eventually with some match money required from airport revenues and possibly a little help from the city.

In the meantime, Mr. Bass says the already rapid growth in the number of passengers using Redmond Airport will continue to literally skyrocket – rising from today’s 200,000 passengers a year to nearly 700,000 in 2036. The only slacker in the mix is air cargo. It’s dropped dramatically in the last ten years and will continue to fall and eventually level out – the rapid decrease due to electronic delivery of business and personal documents and freight. After the destruction of the New York World Trade Center towers in 2011, airline security has become critically important so most freight these days is by truck. But even then, Redmond Airport predicts 1,000 tons of air cargo will likely become the annual average, down from 1,600 tons not too long ago.

As for airline service expansion, airport officials say that in the near future Redmond will see growth in passenger miles force the airlines to switch to larger aircraft to fly in and out of Redmond – bigger Boeing 737s and Airbus A320s with nearly double the seats. But they’ll have to ‘hit up’ the FAA again for the vast majority of the money for extending the main runway (NE/SW) to accommodate the bigger jets. The main northeast-southwest runway can be lengthened at one end or at both ends. There’s enough room to give the bigger jets what they need. But again that’s a bit into the future.

So all-in-all the future looks bright for Redmond Airport and for the community it serves. Whether it’s a bigger terminal, more parking, additional air-carriers like Allegiant (to Las Vegas) or longer runways, it’s all blue skies and sunshine thanks to the Redmond-Bend area’s growing economy and population. And the best part about it, the expansions will be done in large part with federal money. Can’t beat it.

Come celebrate and participate with United Way of Deschutes County!

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Oct 182017
 


UNITED WAY CELEBRATES TRANFORMATION
October 25th Event is open to the Public

United Way of Deschutes County is hosting a Transformation Celebration to mark changes in focus, approach, and community investment strategy that the local nonprofit has undergone as it turns 65 years old.

The event will take place on Wednesday, October 25th from 7 – 9 pm in the Deschutes Brewery Mountain Room, located on the 3rd floor of 901 SW Simpson Avenue in Bend. The event will feature hors d’oeuvres, a no-host bar, a short program, and live acoustic pop music by the local band “Popcorn.” There is a $10 suggested donation to attend. Guests can find more information and RSVP by calling 541.389.6507 or by going to www.deschutesunitedway.org/transformation-celebration.

United Way of Deschutes County has recently launched its community fundraising campaign. The goal? Raise $1.5 million to be spent benefiting Central Oregonians. The organization has shifted focus and is creating change and improving lives by taking on community conditions that cause and contribute to critical problems.

Education, health, and financial stability are the foundation of opportunity and success, along with basic needs like food, safety, and shelter. The nonprofit will continue to serve our community’s most vulnerable populations and continue their ongoing traditional investments in basic needs, which make up our community’s safety net, and prevention and development, which strengthen our community. Some funds raised in this campaign will support these investments. In addition, because childhood trauma is the root cause of so many health, education, and financial stability issues faced by members of our community, the organization has also adopted reducing childhood trauma and improving resilience as top priorities. Some funds raised in this year’s campaign will be directed towards this social change work. According to Diana Fischetti, director of development and marketing, “by focusing on trauma and resilience, we are moving upstream to prevent those challenges in education, health, and financial stability to which we have been, and will continue to be, so dedicated.”

United Way of Deschutes County is a Central Oregon-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Established in 1952, we have been building stronger individuals, families, and communities for 65 years by investing in the most needed programs and services while simultaneously strengthening our community. To learn more visit www.deschutesunitedway.org or call us at 541.389.6507.

Semi Crash in Jefferson County northeast of Madras

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Oct 182017
 

3:56pm
A semi has crashed on Highway 97 about six miles northeast of Madras. People are trying to get the driver out of the truck which is on its side. Northbound lane is blocked.

4:06pm
Confirmed semi on its side. No fuel leak so far.

4:09pm
Law enforcement says the truck is full of Campbell’s Soup for Walmart.

Watch for emergency vehicles.