Bend City Hall declares a temporary housing emergency

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Nov 112014
 
Bend City Hall

Bend City Hall

Emergency declared for additional shelter capacity

Posted Date: 11/10/2014

Based on a recommendation from Bend Fire and Rescue, City Manager Eric King has declared an emergency beginning on November 10, 2014. Severe weather conditions may result in capacity being reached at local shelters, threatening life and/or property, and creating a need for temporary housing facilities within the City.

The declaration is valid when overnight temperatures are expected to be 25 degrees Fahrenheit or below and area shelters have reached capacity. The declaration expires on February 28, 2015.

Wickiup Reservoir safe to swim/ski in again…

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Nov 102014
 
Wickiup Reservoir Now safe to swim in again

Wickiup Reservoir
Now safe to swim in again

Health advisory lifted November 10 for Wickiup Reservoir

Reduced blue-green algae levels confirmed

The Oregon Health Authority has lifted a health advisory issued September 19 for Wickiup Reservoir, located off South Century Drive in Deschutes County, about 40 miles southwest of the city of Bend.
Water monitoring has confirmed reduced levels of blue-green algae and their toxins. These reduced levels are not likely to be harmful to humans and animals.

Oregon health officials advise people who use Oregon water bodies for recreation to always be alert to signs of harmful algae blooms. People and their pets should avoid contact if the water is foamy, scummy, thick like paint, pea-green, blue-green or brownish-red in color, or if the water has a thick mat of algae with an unpleasant odor.

For local information about water quality or blue-green algae sampling, contact the U.S. Forest Service Bend-Fort Rock Ranger District at 541-383-4000. For drinking water information, contact your local drinking water treatment facility.

For health information, to report human or pet illnesses due to blooms, or to ask questions about a news release, contact the Oregon Health Authority at 971-673-0400.

For information about advisories issued or lifted for the season, call the Oregon Public Health toll-free information line at 1-877-290-6767 or visit the Harmful Algae Bloom website at www.healthoregon.org/hab and select “Algae Bloom Advisories.”

Kitzhaber looks ahead: Tax reform, the kicker, education funding, rural funding problems, and Cylvia…

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Nov 102014
 
Governor Kitzhaber launches his 4th term...

Governor Kitzhaber launches his 4th term…

Governor John Kitzhaber is launching his fourth term as governor with some definite challenges ahead of him. The big one is trying to find money to make good on his promise for all day kindergarten for kids starting in the fall of next year. Kitzhaber will also have to figure something out to restore law enforcement in southwestern Oregon counties. A plan to cut more O & C timber for county revenue enhancements has yet to be worked out by sponsor Senator Ron Wyden. Kitzhaber will also have to contend with an impending tax kicker which will cause a reverse flow of revenue to the state. And there’s ethics issues with First Lady Cylvia Hayes who got torpedoed hard during the campaign.

Lots for Mr. Kitzhaber to wade through over the next four years. More from the Oregonian. Click here.

Police interrupt burglary in progress in Redmond

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Nov 082014
 
Alsonso Mendez Burglary

Alsonso Mendez
Burglary

Shortly after midnight Friday Bend Police Officers, Deschutes County Sheriff’s Officers, and a Redmond Police Officer responded to 21027 Carl St. #1 regarding a burglary and theft in progress.

The investigation revealed property was removed from inside the residence at 21027 Carl St. #1 while the residence was occupied. The suspect also had entered two different vehicles at the location and was in one of the vehicles when a resident returned home. When this burglary occurred there were family members in the residence sleeping.

The suspect fled on foot from the residence. Redmond K-9 “Breck” was deployed to the last known area where the suspect was seen. The suspect was located by “Breck” about a half mile from the residence in an undeveloped rocky area.

Property from inside the residence was recovered near one of the vehicles in front 21027 Carl St. #1. A set of keys to one of the vehicles was removed from inside the residence and they were in the ignition of one of the victims parked vehicles. Property from 21027 Carl St. #1 was recovered in the area where Mendez was located.

The suspect was identified as Alonso Mendez. He was transported to the Deschutes County Jail and lodged on charges of Burglary I, Theft II, Unlawful Entry Into a Motor Vehicle X2, Attempted Unlawful Use of a Motor Vehicle, Criminal Trespass I.

SE Bend: Lots of smoke in the Greenmont Drive area

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Nov 082014
 

5:20pm
Firefighters are enroute to the Greenmont Drive area of southeast Bend on a report of a lot of smoke in the area.

There have been a rash of calls about smoke in various areas of Bend – all of them turning out to be permitted control burns. This could be another one of those false alarms.

Furnace Fire: 20434 Ahha Lane – fire in furnace of large home

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Nov 082014
 

11:02am
Firefighters are enroute to 20434 Ahha Lane on a report of a furnace fire that is filling a large home with smoke. Occupants used a fire extinguisher on the furnace and then evacuated the home. It is a rood structure, with a shake roof. Occupants say they saw no other flames than the ones inside the furnace.

11:06am
Fire units on scene. No flames. No fire engine water needed. One fire unit remaining on scene. All others returning to base.

11:19am
Fire investigator is being called to the scene.

11:28am
House is cleared.

Founder of Evergreen International has died

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Nov 082014
 
Evergreen Founder Del Smith has died at age 84

Evergreen Founder Del Smith has died at age 84
Oregonian photo

Founder of Evergreen International Del Smith has died at the age of 84. Smith was in the middle of a large bankruptcy of his firm in McMinnvilee that was in the process of liquidating much of Smith’s assets. More from the Oregonian.

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Prineville pilot runs low on gas – lands plane on Highway 20 east of Bend

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Nov 072014
 

Aircraft with three aboard made emergency landing on Highway 20 10 miles east of Bend Friday evening.

Aircraft with three aboard made emergency landing on Highway 20 10 miles east of Bend Friday evening.

Three aboard - all are OK.

Three aboard – all are OK.


Pilot  William Espinoza (R) talks with Deschutes County Deputy after the landing.

Pilot William Espinoza (R) talks with Deschutes County Deputy after the landing.


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A Prineville pilot, on a flight from the Sacramento area to Prineville, started running low on gas east of Bend Friday evening. At first he thought he could make the Bend Airport but he wasn’t sure he could make it even that far. So he looked for a familiar straight stretch of Highway 20 east of Bend and then set it down. There was no wind at all, so he was able to land right down the middle of the highway, picture perfect.

Pilot William Espinoza, his sister-in-law and her daughter all came to stop just as if they’d arrived at an airport. They maneuvered the plane off the roadway as far as they could and waited for law enforcement to arrive. When sheriff’s deputies pulled up they turned on their overhead emergency flashers on each side of the aircraft and began flagging traffic through using the northbound lane.

Change of plans. Espinoza was allowed by the FAA to simply refuel and continue on to Prineville. Next week he’ll be hearing from the FAA about running out of gas and creating conditions that could have endangered himself, his passengers and the motoring public. The FAA does not take such incidents lightly.