Bend: High speed head-on crash on So. 3rd in front of McDonalds

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Apr 082015
 

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7:58pm- High speed head-on crash on So. 3rd in front of McDonalds. Watch for emergency vehicles.

7:59pm- Doesn’t appear to be any injuries. 3 year old in one of the cars is going to be checked out by medics due to the severity and speed of the accident. Air bags in both vehicles deployed.

Oregon Court of Appeals: Incest baby can’t go home with parents

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Apr 082015
 
Court of Appeals says no to incest parents.

Court of Appeals says no to incest parents.

The Oregon Court of Appeals has told the parents of a newborn boy in Klamath Falls that they will not retain custody of the baby because it was the product of a sexual union of the father and his adult daughter – in effect the infant’s father is also his grandfather.

In removing the child from the home the State Health Department said this is the second child born to this “couple” – the first boy suffering from birth defects triggered by the genetic dysfunction which can occur when two directly related humans produce offspring.

The story is in The Oregonian. Click here.

Prineville: Pickup into concrete divider at 126 & 26.

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Apr 082015
 

3:10pm- Emergency responders on scene of a traffic crash at the junction of Highways 126 and 26 – Silver pickup into a concrete barrier. Airbags deployed. No word on extent of injuries.

Forest Service needs help in capturing a pyro near La Pine

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Apr 082015
 

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Investigators are asking for help in solving a series of at least nine wildfires that were set on or about March 9th near Forest Road 21 near La Pine.

A series of nine suspicious fires was set on March 8th or 9th and law enforcement from the U.S. Forest Service Law Enforcement has been investigating, trying to track down the cause for over a month.

Investigators have determined that the fires were human caused.

The investigation team is interested in any information members of the public can provide to help with the investigation. Please call with any information about activity, individuals, or vehicles seen on or near Forest Road 21 on March 8th or 9th.
Anyone with information that could help identify the suspects is asked to contact Patrol Captain Dan Smith at 541-383-5798, or the Crime Stoppers Tip Line at 1-877-876-TIPS.

You can remain anonymous, and you could be eligible for a cash reward.

Will the last container ship leaving Terminal 6 please turn out the lights…

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Apr 072015
 
Now TWO major container shippers have called it quits at Port of Portland

Now TWO major container shippers have called it quits at Port of Portland

Although there are ten other Portland shipping terminals that remain quite busy handling cargo for overseas as well as domestic ports in the U.S., Terminal 6 has run out of shippers. A shipping service serving European ports has now backed out due to what was termed bad labor conditions with the longshoreman’s union. The union blamed the go-between shipping broker for the mess – the broker blamed the union.

Either way it’s made Terminal 6 a very quiet spot on the Portland waterfront, this latest development coming right after the biggest shipping line bailed out for the same stated reason. And that’s a bad sound for Oregon’s agri-business that now must scramble to get their products overseas.

Here’s more from The Oregonian. Click here.

State Senate sends Gov. Brown $7.25 Billion Education funding bill

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Apr 062015
 

Senate President Peter Courtney explains why a $7.25 education allocation is optimal - at the moment.

Senate President Peter Courtney explains why a $7.25 education allocation is optimal – at the moment.

Bend Republican Senator Tim Knopp contends the education bill doesn't go far enough- Democrats say to increase education bill more would hurt law enforcement and human services.

Bend Republican Senator Tim Knopp contends the education bill doesn’t go far enough- Democrats say to increase education bill more would hurt law enforcement and human services.

The Oregon Senate Monday sent a $7.25 billion dollar education budget that pays for full time all day kindergarten – said to be the boost that all children need so they can get more out of their first three grades of schooling. Those who are ready to read and to perform basic arithmetic by first grade simply do better in later years than students who aren’t.

Republicans opposed the largely democratic schools funding plan claiming it didn’t go far enough. Democrats agreed but reminded the Republicans that the state doesn’t have unlimited money and that even higher funding for education would strip budget funds for law enforcement, prisons and human services. Democrats reminded Republicans that if there’s more money left at the end of the legislative session, 40% would go to pumping up the education budget even higher.

Here’s more from The Oregonian. Click here.

Covered bridge on Bowery Lane closed – Vehicle damaged severely

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Apr 062015
 

Bowery Covered Bridge just north of Cooley and cemetery

Bowery Covered Bridge just north of Cooley and cemetery

Covered bridge at Bowery had most of its trusses ripped right out of the ceiling.

Covered bridge at Bowery had most of its trusses ripped right out of the ceiling.

Vehicle was heading for Hwy 97

Vehicle was heading for Hwy 97

Some object protruding upward from a truck bed

Some object protruding upward from a truck bed

View from west to east - Highway 97 visible

View from west to east – Highway 97 visible

From Deschutes County Road Department

Somebody driving a large truck with a very stiff piece of metal sticking up in the air in the back ripped the guts out of an old covered bridge off Highway 97, just north of Cooley Road and the cemetery.

Whoever did it ripped the entire truss system out of the 52 year old Bowery Road Covered Bridge now standing with very little support. Whether on purpose or by accident, it may prove the end to the venerable old covered symbol of days gone by. The Bowery Covered Bridge is listed on the National Registry of Historic Landmarks.

With the neighborhood’s main access to Highway 97 now cut off, the only other access is via Rogers Road and the Old Bend-Redmond Highway.

Rock of the Range Neighborhood Association President Michel Bayard says a quick estimate of the damage starts at around $25,000 – an amount that would be tough to raise among just 15 neighborhood members.

There is a federally offered and ODOT administered covered bridge preservation grant program that routinely puts a heavy investment in Oregon’s 50+ covered bridges. The fact that the Bowery Road Covered Bridge is on a county road and is listed as a federally recognized National Historic Landmark might work in favor of anyone who applies for grant funding, assuming they can keep the structure from falling.

For additional information, or if the community would like to help preserve the Bowery Road Covered Bridge please contact Mr. Michel Bayard, Rock of the Range Neighborhood Association at (541) 977-2433 or v2alternate@ykwc.net.

Deschutes Co. SO – Needs volunteers to mentor children of jail/prison inmates

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Apr 062015
 
"Gimmie 10" mentoring Commons photo

“Gimmie 10” mentoring
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Whether it’s a father or a mother that is sentenced to extended jail or prison time, the effect on their children is crushing. Suddenly the only people they call mom or dad is taken away from them. And research has shown that the psychological and emotional effects can be very painful.

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office has teamed up with Central Oregon Partnerships for Youth to offer training for citizens who would like to volunteer and step in to these childrens’ lives to keep them grounded and feel assured that nothing that’s happened is their fault. Also, that there is still a big world “out there” to engage through sports, doing thei homework, attending special community events, attending art programs or just simply “hangin’ out” and talking about anything they’d like to talk about.

After initial training and background checks, volunteers are matched with a child in Bend, Redmond, Sisters or LaPine that share similar interests and activities and agree to spend a few hours a week together for at least a year.

On Saturday, April 18, COPY will offer a six hour orientation and training class. The class covers program rules, how to establish a mentor relationship, how incarceration affects families, and communication skills.

There is no cost to attend, but advanced registration is required. For further details please call (541) 388-6651 or email COPY@deschutes.org

Additional program information is available at the Sheriff’s Office web site at www.deschutes.org/copy. Or just click here.

Governor Kate Brown Declares Drought Emergencies in Crook, Harney, and Klamath Counties

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Apr 062015
 
Gov. Kate Brown Declares drought emergency in Central and Eastern Oregon

Gov. Kate Brown
Declares drought emergency in Central and Eastern Oregon

(Salem, OR) — Governor Kate Brown today declared drought emergencies in Crook, Harney, and Klamath counties due to low water levels and record low snowpack.

The drought continues to have significant impact on agriculture, livestock, and natural resources in each of the jurisdictions. The counties requested the state to take action, and the Oregon Drought Council considered the counties’ requests by weighing current water conditions, future climatic forecasts, and agricultural impacts.

“Oregon’s unusually warm and dry winter has potentially dire consequences,” Governor Brown said. “By enlisting the support of our state and federal partners, we will be best able to ensure the safety of the residents of Crook, Harney, and Klamath counties, as well as their livelihoods and property.”

The Oregon Drought Council, chaired by the Oregon Office of Emergency Management, meets as necessary to assess water conditions around the state. Governor Brown declared a drought emergency in Malheur and Lake counties on March 17, 2015.

The Governor’s drought declaration allows increased flexibility in how water is managed to ensure that limited supplies are used as efficiently as possible. In addition, the Governor is working with Oregon’s federal delegation, state agencies, local governments, and other partners to coordinate efforts and mobilize actions to address drought-related issues.

Many of these authorities expedite water management tools to which users would not otherwise have access.

Oil Tanker Trains: What do our first responders need to know about them?

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Apr 062015
 
Typical oil tanker cars The Oregonian photo

Typical oil tanker cars
The Oregonian photo

WHAT local first responders need to know and WHEN they need to know it

ODOT is accepting public comments on the proposed changes to the rules governing the transportation of hazardous materials by railroads. Several public hearings are scheduled around the state, and anyone can review the materials online and submit comments. Click here to review that information.

The proposed rules and the public hearings do not address whether crude oil or other commodities should be transported across Oregon – instead, they address required communications around the transport of the material – letting first responders know where and when oil tankers are moving through an area and the nature of the cargo they’re transporting. So if something happens, firefighters will know what tools or devices to use in dealing with an emergency.

To update the rules, ODOT’s Rail Division worked with a rulemaking advisory committee made up of representatives from local jurisdictions, the environmental community, railroads, state and federal agencies, tribal organizations and other stakeholder groups. This rulemaking modernizes existing rules, establishes the roles and responsibilities for communications and notifications of hazardous materials transport by rail, and aligns Oregon’s rules with federal regulations.

Public comments are due May 12, and the final proposed rules are set to go before the Oregon Transportation Commission at its June 18 meeting.

ODOT PUBLIC HEARING DATES, TIMES AND LOCATIONS (In Central and Eastern Oregon)

Blue Mountain Community College, Room ST200
2411 NW Carden Avenue, Pendleton OR
Tuesday, May 5, 2015
3:00 p.m. or 6:00 p.m.
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Deschutes Public Library, Brooks Room
601 Wall Street, Bend OR
Wednesday, May 6, 2015
3:00 p.m. or 6:00 p.m.
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Klamath Community College, Room H138
7390 S Sixth Street, Klamath Falls OR
Thursday, May 7, 2015
3:00 p.m. or 6:00 p.m.