National Weather Service Christmas gift to the Northwest

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Dec 052014
 
Real time road conditions anywhere in the Northwest, courtesy National Weather Service.

Real time road conditions anywhere in the Northwest, courtesy National Weather Service.

The National Weather Service is debuting a new service aimed at those who want to know what the roads are like before they set out on a short or long journey. The service is available by clicking here. Then just bookmark the page for future use.

All you have to do is click on the road(s) you’re about to drive and write down the information. It appears it lays it out in six hour forecasts so you’ll know about any minor or major changes in driving conditions coming up in areas you’ll be driving through.

Bend Police Sergeant John Lawrence of Bend Police dies – Natural Causes

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Dec 052014
 

BPD Sgt. John Lawrence and his family

BPD Sgt. John Lawrence and his family


Sergeant John Lawrence Bend Police Dept.

Sergeant John Lawrence
Bend Police Dept.

On, Thursday, December 4th, at 9:46 pm, Bend Police and Fire Department personnel responded to the residence of Sgt. John Lawrence, of the Bend Police Department, regarding a medical emergency.

Lifesaving efforts were administered to Sgt. John Lawrence, by both police and fire personnel. Sgt. Lawrence was transported to the Saint Charles Medical Center Emergency Room, where he received additional lifesaving efforts. Those efforts were unsuccessful, and his death was determined to be of natural causes.

John Lawrence began his career in law enforcement with the Deschutes County Sherriff’s Office, where he worked for 4 ½ years. He then worked for the Bend Police Department for 10 years, and promoted to Sgt. in January 2014.

John is survived by his wife, Jennifer, and his children, Alyssa and Ryker.

If you would like to make a donation to the “John Lawrence Memorial Fund”, please reference account number 78088 at any Mid-Oregon Federal Credit Union.

150 miles of westbound I-84 shutdown from Ontario to Pendleton – Eastbound getting through

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Dec 052014
 

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I-84 Westbound is closed between Exit 371 (near Ontario) and Exit 216 (7 miles east of Pendleton) due to hazardous conditions and crashes between La Grande and Pendleton. Backed up traffic has filled truck stops and highway shoulders in La Grande and Baker City. Use alternate routes if available. The Eastbound freeway is open at this time.

For THE very latest road conditions, got to www.TripCheck.com.

I-84 remains a skating rink east of Pendleton and around La Grande

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Dec 052014
 

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I-84 Westbound is closed at MP 224 (15 miles east of Pendleton) due icy conditions and several vehicle slide-offs. Westbound freeway will likely close in La Grande if conditions do not improve. Use alternate routes if available. Check TripCheck.com or call 511 / 800-977-6368 for update conditions.

Bend launches near horizon strategy for sewer services

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Dec 042014
 
Bend City Hall Making water flow and bowls flushing affordably

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Taking the “spikes” out of sewer bills

The Bend City Council Wednesday evening finished a long, if not sometimes torturous journey of providing reliable sewer service to Bend’s fast growing community – at the same time adding sewer capacity in a way that is the least costly to ratepayers – not over growing or under growing the proliferation of pipes, pump stations and other costly infrastructure.

The council approved the plan after many public meetings and workshops aimed at smoothing out rate increases over the next twenty years – giving close attention to low income residents and high strength contributors to the sewage mix flowing into the sewer plants. But it was observed by several city councilors that the business community is a bit nervous about just how much higher their sewer bills might go under the new plan.

City staff admitted that they spent more time educating residents about the new rate schedule, but that the business community should have a pretty good idea what’s in store due to their involvement in discussions surrounding the new rate structure. However, staff will be doing increased outreach to business customers as the new plan is put into effect.

Staff said that while sewer rates are going up by an average of 5%, water rates will be coming down for several categories of residents and commercial users. They predict that savings on water will actually bring down the overall costs for many ratepayers when you average both utilities together.

The plan also encourages those living inside the city that are on septic tanks to hook up to city sewer. The city has a number of strategies to get them to do that, including for new developments contemplating septic systems.

Bend: Auto crash at Wall and Georgia

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Dec 042014
 

9:33am
A vehicle has slid off Wall at Georgia Street, off the pavement and into a tree. Female driver is trapped inside the vehicle. Bend Fire Rescue is enroute. Watch for emergency vehicles and flaggers.

Rollover accident on Highway 97 at milepost 128

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Dec 032014
 

6:30pm
A black Jeep Cherokee heading northbound on Highway 97 has rolled at milepost 128, between 61st and the Bel-Air Motel – about half-way between Bend and Redmond. The female driver has pulled herself out of the wreckage. Redmond Fire Rescue units are also enroute.

Watch for emergency vehicles and possible flaggers.

Bend: Death at NE Olney and NE 5th

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Dec 032014
 

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From Bend Police

Bend Police on Wednesday responded to 468 NE Olney Ave regarding a deceased person. The victim had been discovered by family members deceased in the residence when they came to check on her after she did not show up for work.



Officers and detectives began an investigation to determine the cause and manner of her death. After consultation with the Medical Examiner it was determined the death did not involve foul play and that the death was not a criminal matter.