“Slide the City” appeals Bend’s “NO” on slide event on College Way

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May 192015
 
Slide the City comes to Bend to plead their case to hold event Sept. 5th on College Way

Slide the City comes to Bend to plead their case to hold event Sept. 5th on College Way

Salt Lake City-based “Slide the City” will appear before the Bend City Council June 3rd to try to change the city’s denial of a permit for a “Slide the City” event that the company has scheduled for September 5th in Bend. They want to lay down 1,000 feet of luxury ‘slip n’ slide’ on College Way, just uphill from Newport Avenue. Thousands of slip n’ sliders are eagerly anticipating splashing, twirling and rolling their way down to a frothy finish just up from the roundabout at Newport and Shevlin Park.

An earlier application was denied by the city over concerns of shutting down such an important arterial linking major neighborhoods and two college campuses. Staff was also concerned about the amount of water that could be expected to run off into storm drains as well as delay emergency vehicles in the event of an emergency – either at the event or in surrounding areas that would experience delayed response times.

But “Slide the City” officials say they can accommodate the city’s concerns and will appear before the Bend City Council during a regularly scheduled council meeting June 3rd. City officials say it will be a conversation between the council and “Slide the City” representatives over the reasons for denial and to discuss the issue further. The council will NOT be taking any public testimony. It’s strictly a discussion about complying with city rules on how special events will be conducted in the city.

“Slide the City,” which holds these kinds of events all over the country, has already committed to their website, and to its small ocean of followers, that they are going to hold an event on Saturday, September 5th in Bend.

We’ll see how it plays out.

Wyden & others decry closure of Bend/Eugene mail sorting facilities

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May 192015
 

Sen. Wyden and others call on U.S. Postal Service to not close mail sorting centers in Bend and Eugene.

Sen. Wyden and others call on U.S. Postal Service to not close mail sorting centers in Bend and Eugene.

Washington, D.C. – In a joint letter today to Postmaster General Megan J. Brennan, Oregon’s congressional delegation expressed serious reservations about proposals to close mail processing centers in Bend and Eugene.

“Oregon has already lost mail processing plants in Salem, Klamath Falls, and Pendleton, with two more locations in Eugene and Bend set to be consolidated this year. If these mail processing plants close, mail will have to flow through either Portland or Medford, even when their destination is in the same town it originated in,” said the letter, which was signed by U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley as well as by Reps. Suzanne Bonamici, Greg Walden, Earl Blumenauer, Peter DeFazio, and Kurt Schrader.

“This causes delays in mail delivery, increases the amount of mail the Portland location must process, and forces mail carriers to cover larger distances and work longer hours. These plant closures not only put stress on the existing processing locations but also put rural jobs at risk,” the letter said.

The letter was written in response to a meeting on May 13 in which six members of Oregon’s congressional delegation – Sens. Wyden and Merkley and Reps. Bonamici, Blumenauer, DeFazio and Schrader – met with Deputy Postmaster General Ronald Stroman to discuss the latest plans for reducing the Postal Service’s chronic budget deficit and specifically to learn what the impact will be in Oregon.

“The proposal offered by the Postal Service is troubling in several ways,” Sen. Wyden said. “It would be felt across our state and Oregonians would endure these closures through degraded service and force them to wait longer for the delivery of crucial items ranging from mail-order prescriptions to Social Security checks. It will affect small businesses and Oregon’s vote-by-mail system. There is too much at stake and the Postal Service must consider other means of controlling costs.”

“Oregonians not only rely on the postal service for jobs, connectivity, and prescription drugs, but for the mail-in ballot and voting,” Rep. Blumenauer said. “The Postal Service should reconsider closing the Eugene and Bend facilities and work with myself and my colleagues to strengthen and improve their long-term viability without resorting to damaging a critical piece of our state and national infrastructure.”

“Mail delivery is a critical service, especially for Oregonians living in rural areas in my district,” Rep. DeFazio said. “Small businesses distribute their goods and order supplies, seniors get their medications delivered, weekly newspapers are distributed by mail. Closing more processing centers will have huge and devastating impact on Oregon communities, significantly delaying mail delivery. I hope the new Postmaster General will overturn these shortsighted decisions to close facilities and find more innovative ways to save money and increase efficiency.”

“Oregonians are already paying too high a price for USPS’s consolidation plans with longer delivery times already being felt in the Mid-Willamette Valley following the closure of the Salem Processing Facility,” Rep. Schrader said. “Closing the Bend and Eugene mail processing facilities would be devastating to already deteriorating service standards in our rural communities and would put too much stress on the two remaining processing plants. My colleagues and I need answers before any further plant consolidation should proceed.”

As noted in the letter, without mail processing plants in Eugene, Bend or Pendleton, mail will have to flow through the city of Portland causing delivery delays, increases the amount of mail the Portland location must process and force mail carriers to cover larger distances and work longer hours. The closures would also put additional stress on the Portland facility and on others the rest of the state and the negative effect hit especially hard in rural areas.

The letter also asked USPS to outline “the comparative impact to the reduction in mail processing and thereby service standards in Oregon” compared to the effect that could be faced by other states.

The letter requested as well that USPS clearly and thoroughly explain the steps it has taken to constrain costs and what innovations it has used – or is considering – to raise additional revenue.

Another day…another detour…but they’re getting there.

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May 192015
 
On May 18 and 19, Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad (BNSF) is removing and replacing the existing railroad tracks at the China Hat Road railroad crossing east of Highway 97. The City of Bend will coordinate with the railroad to improve the road at the tracks during this time. Please use the detour

On May 18, 19 and 20, Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad (BNSF) is removing and replacing the existing railroad tracks at the China Hat Road railroad crossing east of Highway 97. The City of Bend will coordinate with the railroad to improve the road at the tracks during this time. Please use the detour.
The additional day of the detour is due to broken equipment.

Looking for work – Here’s where to dig…

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May 192015
 
Go to college!  Upgrade your brain...find a way.

Go to college! Upgrade your brain…find a way.

 

OREGON’S PAYROLL EMPLOYMENT GROWS RAPIDLY, ADDING 7,600 JOBS IN APRIL

Big gainers: Health Care, Electronic Manufacturing and Computer System Designs.
Oregon Statewide Employment April 2015
Oregon’s unemployment rate declined to 5.2 percent in April from 5.4 percent in March, reaching Oregon’s lowest rate since July 2007 when the rate was also 5.2 percent. The rate is now back to where it was during 2006 through early 2008 when Oregon’s rate held steady between 5.0 and 5.5 percent.

Oregon’s payroll employment grew rapidly, adding 7,600 in April, following revised gains of 2,600 in February and 2,700 in March. April’s gain was on track with the rapid growth seen during September 2014 through January 2015 when growth averaged 6,200 jobs per month.

The recent, rapid job growth is consistent with Oregon’s performance prior to the recession. Jobs expanded by 3.2 percent between April 2014 and April 2015, a similar pace as seen during mid 2004 through 2006 when Oregon’s annual gains averaged 3.0 percent.

In April, four major industries grew rapidly over the month and over the year, with each adding between 1,000 and 2,900 jobs in April, and each growing by close to 5 percent since April 2014.

* Health care and social assistance (+11,200 over the year) was boosted by all four of its component industries, but its social assistance component grew at the fastest rate by adding 3,000.

* Manufacturing (+9,800 jobs over the year) was led by semiconductor and electronic component manufacturing, transportation equipment manufacturing, and food manufacturing, which each added close to 1,500.

* Professional and business services (+9,700 over the year) was led by computer systems design, management of companies, and administrative and waste services, which each added about 1,600.

* Leisure and hospitality (+9,100 over the year) was boosted by rising demand at restaurants, which led to food service and drinking places adding 6,900 jobs.

Railroad Crossing work @ Vandevert

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May 192015
 

Vandevert Road Railroad Crossing Replacement Project

The Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad (BNSF) will replace the railroad crossing of Vandevert Road from May 27 through May 29. The Deschutes County Road Department will close Vandevert Road at 6:30 a.m. on May 27 to begin the work and to repave the road approaches.

Vandevert will be closed between US 97 and Blue Eagle Road. All Blue Eagle Road traffic will be detoured onto South Century Drive for the duration of the project.

The Vandevert road closure will begin at 6:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 27, and will re-open at approximately 5:00 p.m. on May 29, weather permitting

“Rock o’ the Range” Covered Bridge just north of Bend back to better than new!

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May 182015
 

Bowery Lane Covered Bridge just north of Cooley and cemetery

Bowery Lane Covered Bridge just north of Cooley and cemetery last April

Trusses all ripped out as something sticking up from a truck ripped them all out.

Trusses all damaged as something sticking up from a truck ripped them all out.


This was how the National Register of Historical Places Rock o’ the Range Covered Bridge looked after someone in a truck either deliberately or accidentally ripped out all the overhead trusses as he drove his truck across the small span back on April 5th.

The Rock o the Range Property Owners Association woke up to find their only really safe passage from their neighborhood to the outside world was mortally wounded and was immediately closed down by the county as a safety hazard.

The Association is responsible to maintain the bridge which dates back to 1963 when nearby landowner William Bowen built it to allow vehicles to cross Swalley Canal which delivered water to his farmland.

Just re-opened Rock o the Range Covered Bridge on Bowery Lane, 2 miles north of Bend today - rebuilt.

Just re-opened Rock o the Range Covered Bridge on Bowery Lane, 2 miles north of Bend today – rebuilt.

bowery lane wooden bridge restored looking east trusses
Steel re-inforced protection for the historic bridge.

Steel re-inforced protection for the historic bridge.

When the damage was assessed, it didn’t look good. The association at one point contemplated applying for covered bridge restoration funds from the federal and state governments but the timeline to get the money was extremely long.

That’s when two local businesses stepped in. Homeowners say Kirby Nagelhout Construction and Miller Lumber donated labor and supplies to fix the bridge – but then went one step further. Notice the big steel pipe and huge steel supports that keep oversized vehicles from even accidentally trying to cross the narrow and low overhead structure. There are barrier at both ends.

A big community thank you to both Nagelhout Construction and Miller Lumber for stepping up and saving not only a local landmark, but an official National U.S. Registered Historical Landmark – and the only Oregon Covered Bridge east of the Cascades.

Watch for repaving crews on NE 27th in Bend June 1-5

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May 182015
 
Repaving NE 27th from Maryrose to Butler Market Road to the north.  June 1-5

Repaving NE 27th from Maryrose to Butler Market Road to the north. June 1-5

Street preservation work on NE 27th Street

The City of Bend’s Street Preservation Program for 2015 includes repaving NE 27th Street between Rosemary Drive and Butler Market Road during the week of June 1-June 5. Please use caution in the area and expect delays.

The City is performing seasonal road improvements to help maintain smooth roads.

The City will be maintaining two way traffic at all times on 27th except for a short period of time when the work is adjacent to Mountain View High School, in the area of a pedestrian refuge. For that section, the City will use flaggers to manage traffic, and drivers will experience delays.

Signs will be posted to alert drivers prior to the construction.

For more information about the project visit www.bendoregon.gov/bendprojects and www.bendoregon.gov/streets

Vehicle vs. Bicyclist at NW College Way and Saginaw

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May 182015
 

5:11pm – Report of a vehicle versus a bicyclist at Northwest College Way and Saginaw. Emergency responders enroute. Ambulance enroute.

5:12pm – Bicyclist has remounted his bike and has ridden off. Unknown if injured.

Redemond: Serial burglary suspect in custody

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May 182015
 
Jacob Schunke, 37 Serial Burglaries, Redmond

Jacob Schunke, 37
Serial Burglaries, Redmond

ARREST MADE IN STRING OF VEHICLE BREAK-INS –

RPD Patrol Officers executed a search warrant on a residence in Redmond over the weekened which resulted in the arrest of Jacob Schunke, 36, as the prime suspect in a series of vehicle burglaries around Redmond.

Tips received from citizens resulted in the identification of the suspect.

Schunke was also linked to another string of UEMVs which occurred on or about May 9th which involved a theft of a motorcycle. The motorcycle was recovered and has been returned to the owner. Schunke was arrested on: 13 counts of Theft, 29 counts of Unlawful Entering a Motor Vehicle, Burglary I, Vechicle Theft and Criminal Mischief II. He was taken to the DCSO Jail.

RPD reminds everyone, no matter where you live or how safe your neighborhood is, to lock your vehicles and take inside or hide from view any valuables. RPD recognizes how important it is to work with community members and wishes to thank our media partners for their help with this investigation and those who provided information to us.