Canal Street renovation crews hit gas service line to a home near Yew roundabout…

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Apr 202018

Redmond Fire called to scene of a construction caused natural gas leak on Canal, just north of the Yew Avenue Roundabout

Crews immediately went to work digging out the leak and patching it. No evacuations since it was just a service line to a home.

The “ding” from the excavator’s blade was soon fixed. Old utility maps from old neighborhoods are sometimes unclear as to depth of utilities and different equipment “aim margins” can be tricky. It’s an occupational hazard. It’s common with these kinds of projects – widening and improving pathways, sidewalks and bike lanes.

Still plenty out there with no conscience

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Apr 202018

McNary BPA Substation

Bonneville Power Administration security officials report that a recent break-in at the McNary Substation in Umatilla resulted in the theft of 29 copper ground wires. The substation is McNary Dam’s first point of integration to the region’s power grid and a malfunction could have been very serioius had the theft not been discovered quickly.

A BPA employee discovered the theft Monday morning during a routine inspection. Officials say the crime likely occurred over the weekend, between April 13 and 16.

“This is a serious concern on several levels,” said Doug Dailey, BPA physical security specialist. “The number of copper grounds stolen creates a safety issue for our transmission employees and could have caused significant damage to equipment had it not been discovered.”

Officials say there was no interruption of power transmission and that they are evaluating the damage to determine what resources are needed to make necessary repairs.

The BPA Security Office is taking additional steps to further secure property, equipment and materials to minimize and prevent theft at other BPA facilities.

“We learned that this break-in is one of four similar incidents at utility substations in the area over the past couple of months,” said Dailey. “We are coordinating closely with local, state and federal law enforcement agencies. Additionally, our people have been checking other BPA substations near McNary to determine if any of those locations have been affected.”

Anyone with information about the theft is encouraged to contact the Umatilla County Sheriff’s office at 541-966-3600.

Small brush fire burning just north of Crooked River Bridge

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Apr 202018

Report of a small brush fire growing on the east side of Hwy 97 a mile and a half north of the Crooked River Bridge. Jefferson County firefighters are enroute to the scene. Reporting party indicated it may have been ignited by a passing motorist throwing a lit cigarette out the window.

It’s a ditch fire – unattended.

You know Spring is Springing Up when….

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Apr 192018

Crooked River Canyon
Marilynne Keyser photo
Click to enlarge

Free guided hikes in the next 30 days:

All FANs of the Deschutes Canyon Area guided hikes are free. To help reduce damage to the trail, minimize social impacts on other visitors, and protect wildlife habitat, group size is limited to 8 hikers, and dogs are not allowed. Registration opens one month before each hike. If the hike is full, sign up on the wait list, and you will be sent an invitation via e-mail if a space opens. If you have to cancel, send us an email at This will open up the space for another hiker.

Steelhead Falls Native Plant Hike (choose one of two opportunities)
Sunday, April 22 and Wednesday, May 9 at 9:00 a.m.
Hike Rating: Moderate, 2.0 miles
Guide: Marilynne Keyser (; 541-923-0558)

This three-hour hike will focus on native plants, including spring wildflowers. Of course the incredible cascade views from the rim, the geological marvels and Steelhead Falls itself will be highlights.

CLICK HERE to sign up for hike on April 22.
CLICK HERE to sign up for hike on May 9.

Juniper Butte Hike
Wednesday, May 2 at 9:00 a.m.
Hike Rating: Moderate, 5.4 miles
Guide: Jeff Scheetz (; 503-277-9110)

This spring hike climbs to the summit of Juniper Butte, a familiar landmark for those in the Madras-Terrebonne area. Nature presents wide scenic views for much of the trail, with panoramic rewards at the summit.

CLICK HERE to learn more and sign up for this hike.

Landscape Photography Hike
Saturday, May 12 at 7:30 a.m.
Hike Rating: Moderate, 3.0 miles
Guide: Tom Iraci (; 503-341-7749)

This hike will focus on landscape photography on the Deschutes Canyon rim, and the morning shadows and colors in the canyon. Professional photographer and avid hiker Tom Iraci will be giving tips for producing high quality photographs and give some expert advice on subject composition.
CLICK HERE to learn more and sign up for this hike.

Crooked River Canyon Hike
Saturday, May 19 at 8:00 a.m.
Hike Rating: Moderate, 1.75 miles
Guide: Eric Hanson (

Most of this hike is located on property acquired by The Trust for Public Lands. Along with checking out plants and wildlife we encounter, group will chat about humans’ prehistoric and historic uses of the area. We will be stopping near the walk’s midpoint to get a binocular view of something truly special.

CLICK HERE to learn more and sign up for this hike.

Upcoming Deadlines for May Primary Election

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Apr 192018

Upcoming Deadlines for May Primary Election

► Tuesday, April 24

Counting the ballots
Last year

The Deschutes County Clerk reminds voters that Tuesday, April 24 is the voter registration deadline for the May 15 Primary Election. Eligible voters have until 11:59 p.m. to register to vote online ( and Voter Registration Cards must have a USPS postmark of April 24.

April 24 is also the party choice deadline. Voters who want to vote in a major party’s closed primary election need to be registered as a member of that party (Democratic or Republican) by the deadline. Voters can choose their party affiliation online at

The Independent Party of Oregon has opened its primary election to voters who are not members of any party. To request a ballot for the Independent Party of Oregon, voters need to complete and return the Voters Not Registered with a Political Party form to the Clerk’s Office by 5 p.m. on April 24.

► Wednesday, April 25:

Ballots for the May 15 Primary Election will be mailed to voters April 25.

► Thursday, May 3:

The Clerk’s Office will test the County’s vote counting system at 8 a.m. on Thursday, May 3. The certification is conducted before each election, and occurs at the County Clerk’s office, 1300 NW Wall Street, Bend, Oregon, upper level.

As a reminder, measures and candidate information are available online at and

For questions, please contact the County Elections Office at (541) 388-6547.

Major traffic crash in Bend on southbound 97 at Hawthorne exit

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Apr 192018

A major multiple vehicle traffic crash is being reported on southbound Highway 97 in Bend. The crash occurred on 97, near the Hawthorne exit. No immediate reports of injuries.

Obviously, avoid the area. Find a detour.

Young motorist loses control – Nearly plows into the Redmond Post Office

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Apr 182018

Car leaves the pavement at 6th and Hemlock – shears off a fire plug.

Car veers across sidewalk, taking out a no parking sign and wounds a tree.

Sign sheared off at the base. Man in brown is not the driver.

Car heads toward post office front doors, then veers sharply to the right, barely missing the building.

Big gash on the right front was damage caused by fire plug which was carried through the whole distance.

A young man driving a black muscle car was headed southbound on Business 97/6th Street Wednesday afternoon. For some reason, the driver lost control at 6th and Hemlock, veered off the pavement, went up and over the sidewalk, de-capitated a fire hydrant which became embedded in his grill. Still out of control, the car kept going…hit a tree and a sign. Quickly the driver regained control…steered sharply to the right…barely missing the front doors of the post office. The vehicle came to rest in the parking lot.

Redmond Police say it was very fortunate that no one was hurt. What looked like the young driver’s parents showed up and gave him a hug. The young man all but collapsed in grief at what had just happened.

Redmond Police are investigating the chain of events that caused the accident.

Highway 97 closed 8 miles north of K-Falls

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Apr 182018

US97 8 miles north of Klamath Falls scene of crash, milepost 266. Both lanes closed. Detour established via Algoma Road. Extended investigation possible. Motorists should avoid the area or make other travel plans.

Full Speed Ahead for Dry Canyon Village at north end of Redmond – 504 dwelling units

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Apr 182018

Over 75 acres abutting SW 22nd and Northwest Way. 504 housing units.

504 units including single family, duplexes, town homes and accessory dwelling units.

The Redmond City Council Tuesday night approved bringing in over 75 acres of land outside the city limits to INSIDE the city limits of Redmond just west of NW 22nd, abutting up against Northwest Way to the west. The land is owned by Vollertson Living Trust which will soon get final approval to move ahead with its 504 housing unit subdivision. Not only single family homes but also apartments, town homes, duplexes and multi-family units with lots of park space. The lower half of the development will be devoted to senior living.

As mentioned above, in the upper east area of the development there are envisioned the addition of small mini-homes, accessory dweling units on single family lots of 5,500 square feet or greater. Again, because the senior resident portion to the south will not have any ADU’s, the ADU’s will be limited to the northeast section of the subdivision where the lots are substantially larger.

City officials say the developer is expected to break ground on all this next year. And as is typical, the rate of construction will reflect the housing demands of the market place.