U.S. 20 is closed, both directions at milepost 174 (beyond Burns)

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Dec 012014
 

US 20 is closed both directions at MP 174, approximately 16 miles west of Juntura, (beyond Burns) due to crash and icy conditions. Use alternate routes if available.

Check TripCheck.com or call 511 / 800-977-6368 for update conditions. Outside Oregon, call 503-588-2941.

Casey Roats gets 5-2 nod from the Bend City Council – He’s the winner and he’ll serve.

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Dec 012014
 

Casey Roats faces the Bend City Council and wins a seat on the council on 5-2 vote.

Casey Roats faces the Bend City Council and wins a seat on the council on 5-2 vote.


Casey Roats, confirmed by city council 5-2 to serve on the council despite the challenge of his legal right to serve.

Casey Roats, confirmed by city council 5-2 to serve on the council despite the challenge of his legal right to serve.

By a five to two vote the Bend City Council ruled that voter approved city council candidate Casey Roats was qualified to run and will be qualified to be sworn in after the first of the year to assume a seat on the city council. Challengers had claimed that by virtue of selling his old home inside the city in 2013 and not moving in to his new home also inside the city until 2014, and having spent the total “in between” time living at his parents house which was outside the city, he did not meet the residency requirements laid down in the city charter. Challengers pointed out that the city charter states that a city councilor candidate shall have resided inside the city limits at least one year prior to the election. Therefore Coats doesn’t qualify for being sworn in as a city councilor. Mayor Jim Clinton and City Councilor Doug Knight agreed with that conclusion. The rest did not.

The other councilors said that “residency” and “residing” are very closely tied in their meaning, and that the term “residency” is highly variable – for instance you can claim residency in Bend even if you are away from Bend for a length of time. Councilor Jodi Berram reasoned that people on long vacations, academic sabbaticals and military service can be gone for months but still claim they “intend” to return to Bend and to continue their residency when they get back. But Mayor Jim Clinton raised the issue of what is residency if you sell your home and move in to your parents home which is outside the city limits? Mayor Clinton reasoned that Roats stayed in his parents home outside of Bend with no permanent Bend address to be away from. But Berram echoed the sentiments of the majority of the council by saying that when he sold his home in 2013 with intent to build his new home by 2014, his permanent address became his new, not yet built house. Mayor Clinton chimed in saying “only if he pitched a tent on the property. Otherwise he resided at his parents home outside the city limits.”

Throughout the discussions it became clear that the five councilor majority thought that Roats was qualified to be a city councilor and were willing to stretch the definition of residency to politically overpower a more strict definition of the word “reside” found in the city charter. The charter states a council candidate “shall reside within the Bend City limits for a year prior to the day of election.” Only Mayor Clinton and Councilor Doug Knight stuck with that strict definition of “reside.” Mayor Clinton remarked that it may be time for the new city council convening in January to modify the city charter to reflect a more flexible definition of who is qualified to be a city councilor with respect to residency requirements.

City Attorney Mary Winters told the council she will draw up a legal finding that Casey Coats is qualified to be a city councilor, quoting strategic remarks from city councilors that led them to that majority conclusion. She said she’ll work feverishly to get that report back to the council for their review and concurrence at this week’s city council meeting. County Clerks among all Oregon counties will be issuing election certifications on December 5th based on the official vote tally from the November election.

Major Vehicle Crash on Highway 20, just west of the summit

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Dec 012014
 

1:57pm
Fire Rescue and Air Ambulance crews are enroute to a report of a major vehicle crash on Highway 20 just west of the summit.

Check Trip Check before heading up that way. It may get really backed up for a long time if initial reports hold true.

Bend-Redmond: Motor vehicle crash at 97 at Tomahawk – gas spilling into southbound lane

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Dec 012014
 

10:03am
A motor vehicle crash at Highway 97 and Tomahawk at Green Acres Mobile Home Park. Red Jeep Cherokee – leaking gasoline, some getting onto Highway 97 southbound lane. Female driver complaining of headache following the crash.

Major traffic back up on 97.

11:33am
Crash removed, but residual traffic build up on 97, southbound five miles south of Redmond, is considerable. Allow more time than normal to commute between Redmond and Bend.

Two Vehicle accident: Admiral Way and Reed Market – ICE ON PAVEMENT!!

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Dec 012014
 

8:45am
Report of a two vehicle crash at Admiral Way and Reed Market. Emergency responders on their way. Female in car suffering shoulder pain. Male in 50s in car has bleeding from the head – in and out of consciousness.

Motorists might want to find another route through the area.

Roads are icy. Slow down – give lots of room to stop.

Two women die in high speed accident at Murphy and Brosterhous Sunday morning

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Nov 302014
 

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Two women died Sunday morning when their two cars collided at Murphy and Brosterhous Roads, in southeast Bend.

Bend Police report that Erica Blackwell, 41, of Bend was headed eastbound in a Mercedes sedan at a high rate of speed on Murphy Road. As Blackwell approached Murphy’s intersection with Brosterhous she kept right on going through the intersection – not stopping for the stop sign. Unfortunately a Nissan SUV, headed northbound on Brosterhous, that did not have a stop sign, entered the intersection at the same split second and was T-boned by the Mercedes. Blackwell was killed as was the driver of the Nissan SUV identified as Carla Jean Conners, 55, also from Bend.

Bend Police are asking for the public’s help in finding out any other information that might pertain to this terrible accident. If anyone observed either vehicle prior to the crash, please call the Deschutes County Dispatch Center at 541-693-6911 and ask to speak with a Bend Police Officer.

Another case of: No “lockie” they “takie!”

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Nov 302014
 

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Several Bend homes on the west side of town were burglarized during the wee hours of Saturday. And the homeowners could not have made it easier for the thieves who pulled it off.

Bend Police got the first call at 4:30am that there was a burglary in progress in the area of NW Pickett Court. When police arrived they discovered thieves had entered a rather large garage and rummaged through several vehicles inside.

Presumably the same thieves struck again a little to the west on NW Goodwillie Court. Another garage – another unlocked door. Once inside the garage they proceeded through another unlocked door to the home’s kitchen. There they discovered a purse and took it.

Meanwhile the phones at 9-1-1 dispatch started ringing from others in the same area – other victims reporting that their unlocked vehicles had been gone through and property taken.

Police called out one of their police dogs hoping to trace the path of the thieves and perhaps nab them.

No luck.

It comes down to this. Every time you leave your car or your home, look around and figure out what you’re willing to lose to people you don’t know. Then leave your doors unlocked with your valuables in plain view.