Structure fire north of Terrebone on 97 – near Opal Lane

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Nov 182014
 

7pm
Firefighters are enroute to a report of a structure fire just west of Highway 97, a quarter mile south of Opal Lane. Passing motorist on 97 said fire and smoke was visible to the west just south of Opal Lane.

7:08pm
Fire command is enroute but he also indicates that there is a hay pile fire authorized for that area of the county and that’s possibly what is burning. Dispatch has received only one call on the blaze – from a passing motorist. Typically if a house or barn is going up in flame there will be many cell phone calls made to 9-1-1 dispatch. And there hasn’t been any such call rush. So fire units are getting to the scene without using lights and sirens.

7:18pm
Arriving firefighters arrive – confirm control hay bale fire. All units can return to base.

Vehicle rollover on Highway 126 at Powell Butte

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Nov 182014
 

5:10pm
A single vehicle rollover is reported on Highway 126 near the Powell Butte post office. A lady driver is said to be out of the vehicle and has a head wound. She has thus far declined medical attention. Arriving emergency responders are evaluating her to determine whether she should be urged to take a ride in an ambulance to be checked out at a hospital.

5:22pm
Victim is refusing medical attention. Ambulance flagged off.

Sen. Merkley: 80% of world’s fossil fuels must remain in the ground – not burned.

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Nov 182014
 
Sen. Merkley says 80% of world's fossil fuels must remain in the ground...

Sen. Merkley says 80% of world’s fossil fuels must remain in the ground…

Senator Merkley told the Senate today that 80% of known fossil fuel reserves must remain in the ground until some other use for them can be found other than burning them for fuel or power. Merkley cited scientific studies that reveal that the Earth’s atmosphere is filling with greenhouse gases at such a rate that the very existence of the human race can reasonably called into question if nothing is done about it.

More from the Oregonian. Click here.

Vehicle crash on Highway 126, milepost 101, near Blue River

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Nov 182014
 

3:45pm
Vehicle crash on Highway 126 milepost 101 near Blue River. Hazmat Team called out to clean up sizeable gasoline spill. No injuries. Everyone is out and walking around. Watch for emergency vehicles. Again, no injuries reported.

Nearly ten thousand new hires in Oregon – yet unemployment rate stuck at 7% statewide

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Nov 182014
 
Looks like more people entering the labor market now that things are loosening up.

Looks like more people entering the labor market now that things are loosening up.

Oregon added nearly 10,000 new jobs during the month of October. But despite it being the most jobs filled in a month since 1995, the state’s jobless rate remains stuck at 7%.
The cause? More people are taking heart in the rise in available jobs and are once again re-entering the job market. So again, there are lots more people seeking work than jobs available.

The story is in The Oregonian. Click here.

Central Oregon Congressman Greg Walden in for another two years as GOP money man…

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Nov 172014
 
Rep. Greg Walden R-Central Oregon

Rep. Greg Walden
R-Central Oregon

With one of the biggest GOP winning sweeps since the late 1920s, Central Oregon Congressman and GOP Campaign Chair Greg Walden got a unanimous win in being selected for another two years at his Republican post by his colleagues. Going in to the general election Walden had been under fire from critics who complained his performance as chair of a committee charged with getting more “Rs” on the board was somehow lacking. But the evening of the 4th of November quieted those criticisms.

Here’s more from The Oregonian. Click here.

ODOT Construction Update (While they clear snow…)

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Nov 142014
 

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CROOK COUNTY

OR 380 (Prineville)
On Monday Nov. 17, OR 380 between 3rd Street and Lynn Boulevard in Prineville will close for two weeks for sewer line improvements. A detour is in place.
The highway is scheduled to re-open by Friday Nov. 28.

DESCHUTES COUNTY

Camp Sherman Road
This is a preservation project which will retrofit the existing bridge to accommodate scour at the bents/supports.

From October 15, 2014 to December 31, 2014 the Camp Sherman Road will be closed in both directions at the bridge over the Metolius River, with a detour route in place. The bridge will remain closed on nights and weekends for the protection of pedestrians.

No work is planned the week of November 17.

US97/Murphy Road Project (Bend)
On US97 between Pinebrook and Ponderosa, road construction in the median and shoulders with single lane closures is expected, weather dependent. Motorists can expect increased congestion.

Exit 141 to 3rd Street from US97 is currently closed and schedule to be reopened by mid-December.

Business access remains open for all businesses on 3rd Street and signs are posted to mark accesses.

http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/HWY/REGION4/pages/us97-murphyrd/us97-murphyrd.aspx

US20: Cascade Improvements (Sisters)
Finish work on site furnishings along sidewalks throughout project continues. No delays expected on US 20.

http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/HWY/REGION4/pages/us20_cascade_improvements_sisters/us20_cascade_improvements_sisters.aspx

JEFFERSON COUNTY
US 97 at Cherry Lane and US 26 at Dover Lane (Madras area)
Both locations are safety projects which include realignment of Dover Lane intersection at US26, widening of US97 to create left turn lanes onto Cherry Lane and Cora Drive, realignment of Cora Drive approach to US97, closing the Clark Drive approach to US97 and slope flattening and removal of guardrail on US97 from Meadowlark Lane to Brown Drive.

No work is planned for the week of November 17.

http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/HWY/REGION4/pages/us97-cherry-lane/us97-cherry-lane.aspx
http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/HWY/REGION4/Pages/US26-at-DoverLane.aspx

KLAMATH COUNTY

OR 140: Ritter Rd. – Deer Run Rd. (Bly Mtn.)
Excavation, pipe work, and installation of temporary delineators are planned for the week of November 10-16. Traffic controlled by flaggers and a pilot car Monday-Thursday during daylight hours. Expect intermittent delays up to 20 minutes.

http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/HWY/REGION4/pages/or140_ritter_rd_deer_run_rd/or140_ritter_rd_deer_run_rd.aspx

SHERMAN COUNTY

I-84 @ US97 INTERCHANGE – BIGGS JUNCTION
MP 104.5 and MP 0 to 2
KERR Contractors is building a modernization project at the Biggs Junction Interchange. The project will significantly widen US97 and all of the interchange ramps. The project also includes new retaining walls, bridges and signals. The work will take place in stages to minimize any traffic delays. The first stage will take place this summer, and it will include constructing the West half of the new US97 bridges over I-84 and UPRR. The project will be completed in the summer of 2015.

Weather permitting the contractor will start paving again next Monday, November 17th. The contractor will be paving the Interstate 84 median, Interstate 84 shoulders in the vicinity of the Interchange, US30, US97, and portions of the Interchange Ramps. During the daytime paving operation traffic will be controlled by flaggers. Delays can be expected between 10 and 20 minutes.

In addition to work in the interchange area, work on Interstate 84 median barrier replacement is progressing.

I-84 is reduced to one lane in both EB and WB direction between Rufus and Biggs. Speeds on I-84 through the work zone have been reduced to 50 MPH.

I-84 back open at Milepost 224, 15 miles east of Pendleton

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Nov 132014
 

2:27pm
ODOT: East. Ore.: I-84 Westbound is now open at MP 224, 15 miles east of Pendleton. The WB lanes were closed earlier due to a crash. For updated conditions visit TripCheck.com or call 511 or 800-977-6368.

FATAL crash east of Prineville

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Nov 132014
 

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From OSP

Fatal Traffic Crash – US HWY 26 at milepost 25 – Crook County east of Prineville – single vehicle, single fatality, NOT blocking. Emergency crews working in the area – plan and drive accordingly.

ODOT closes McKenzie Pass Highway

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Nov 132014
 
McKenzie Highway done for the year.  Closed 'til next June.

McKenzie Highway done for the year. Closed ’til next June.

McKENZIE BRIDGE – With 6 inches of snow already accumulated on McKenzie Pass Highway and another 8-10 inches expected through Friday, the Oregon Department of Transportation will close Oregon 242 for the season as of 9 a.m. Thursday, Nov 13.

Even during its tenure as the main route between the southern Willamette Valley and central Oregon, the narrow, twisting roadway and high elevation made the highway too difficult and expensive to maintain and keep clear during the winter months.

ODOT’s records indicate that the earliest closure of the Old McKenzie Pass Highway occurred on October 18, 1996. The latest closure happened on January 10, 1939.

The highway is currently scheduled to reopen the third Monday in June (June 15, 2015), weather permitting. During the summer, about 300 cars a day travel the highway.