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Hummel launches community safety public survey

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Deschutes County District Attorney John Hummel said Friday he's launched an online community survey in an effort to better understand residents’ perceptions on crime and public safety.

Donation by 100 Women Who Care fills Backpacks in Bend

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100+ Women Who Care Central Oregon recently presented Amy Fraley, co-founder of Backpacks in Bend, with a check for $26,500 to help fund the purchase of non-perishable food items for children who would otherwise go without meals over the weekend.

Mentors sought for kids of incarcerated parents

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Central Oregon Partnerships for Youth (COPY), a program of the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office, is offering a class to prepare volunteers to become mentors for children with an incarcerated parent.

Redmond PD announce DUII enforcement results

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The Redmond Police Department conducted two enhanced DUII enforcement patrols in August. During this effort, Redmond police put two additional officers on the road, funded by DUII grant funds.

Natural gas line work this week in downtown Bend alley

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Cascade Natural Gas crews on a major gas line replacement project will be doing more work in downtown this week, moving into the alley between Northwest Wall and Bond streets.

Deschutes Co. sheriff reviving citizens' advisory panel

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Deschutes County Sheriff Shane Nelson is re-forming the Citizens' Advisory Panel. This committee will provide guidance and insight for the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office and be used as a sounding board for agency programs, procedures and the revamp of our strategic plan, Nelsons aid Friday.

FS plans more trail closures in west Bend next week

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Beginning Monday, the Deschutes National Forest will expand the West Bend Area Closure to include the Voodoo Trail from intersection 11 to intersection 19 and road 4601290 south of its intersection with 4601370.

Deschutes Natl. Forest hosts volunteer info night

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The Deschutes National Forest in partnership with Discover Your Forest is hosting a Volunteer Information Night on Thursday, September 29 to offer information to members of the public interested in assisting with educational programs at Mt. Bachelor and other locations on the Forest.

Bend FD: As fall arrives, time to clean the chimney

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As we move into autumn, people start cranking up their wood heating devices. Burning green or wet wood will result in an excessive buildup of creosote in the chimney, the Bend Fire Department warns.

Bend OLCC office moving to new location

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The Bend field office of the Oregon Liquor Control Commission is moving to a new location.  The current location (2146 NE 4th Street) will close at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, September 23rd.

State plans vocational rehab policy forum in Bend

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The Department of Human Services Vocational Rehabilitation program is hosting a series of Policy Forums around the state in September. There will be a forum Friday, Sept. 23 from 9 a.m. to noon and also from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. at Oregon Occupational Safety and Health division, Suite A-115, 1231 N.E. Third St.

High Desert Museum adds access program for low-income families

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The High Desert Museum announced Tuesday it has joined Museums for All, a signature access program of the Association of Children’s Museums and the Institute of Museum and Library Services to encourage families of all backgrounds to visit museums regularly and build lifelong museum habits.

State plans three C.O. town hall events on health insurance

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The State of Oregon is hosting free town hall events this month to answer questions about health insurance available in central and southern Oregon.

OSU-Cascades offers surplus items to nonprofits before sale

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In conjunction with Oregon State University–Cascades’ move to its new campus, a variety of items of surplus office and classroom equipment and supplies will be available to Central Oregon nonprofit organizations and then to the public at events this week.

Downtown Bend natural gas line work shifting

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Cascade Natural Gas crews continue working downtown on their line replacement project this week, with a crew moving into the northwest corner of the Troy Field parking lot Tuesday.

Students urged to submit Oregon Blue Book essay contest entries

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The deadline for this year’s Oregon Blue Book student essay contest is fast approaching, and Secretary of State Jeanne P. Atkins would like to remind elementary-, middle- and high-school students to submit their entries.

Trail closure extended near Swampy Lakes Trailhead

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The Deschutes National Forest has extended the temporary closure on the Swampy Lakes Loop trail at Swampy Lakes Trailhead west of Bend through September 15.

Oregon students can join in Congressional App Challenge

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As Oregon students head back to school, Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., announced Wednesday an exciting opportunity for students to design an app as part of a nationwide competition.

Fourth-graders, families can visit outdoor sites for free

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It's back to school time! And with the start of the new school year, it’s also time for all fourth-graders and their families to claim their free Every Kid in a Park pass, which allows free entry into all federal parks, forests, and recreation areas for a full year.

Utility work may disrupt Suttle Lake Road traffic

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Over the next four to five weeks, the public may experience brief delays and potential traffic congestion on Suttle Lake Loop Road while a power line is installed along the road, officials said.

Redmond seeks bike-pedestrian count volunteers

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In the continued effort to build a safe network to encourage biking and walking in Redmond, the City of Redmond Bicycle and the Redmond Pedestrian Advisory Committee is looking for volunteers to help conduct the annual bicycle and pedestrian counts.

Volunteer coaches sought for record Bend flag football turnout

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The Bend Park and Recreation District Youth Flag Football program enrollment is at an all-time record high, with more than 470 youth participating on 47 teams. Adult volunteers are needed to coach teams this season.

COCOA seeks firewood, stove pellets donations

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The Council on Aging of Central Oregon is looking to keep local area seniors warm this winter.  The Council will be compiling a firewood resource list to inform seniors in need where to locate free firewood or pellets in Central Oregon communities throughout the Tri-County area.

Deschutes Public Library expands meeting-space access

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As Deschutes County’s population grows, so does the demand for open and accessible meeting and event spaces. In response to this burgeoning need, Deschutes Public Library recently revised its meeting room policy to provide even greater access for both public and private events.

ODOT plans public transportation meeting in Bend

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Public transportation connects many communities in Oregon, provides options for travelers, and often serves as the only way for people to get where they need to go. Public meetings on an updated plan include one Sept. 21 in Bend.

Redmond Habitat, Jericho Road hold successful golf tourney

A hugely successful first effort charity golf tourney was hosted at Eagle Crest Resort course by the Redmond Habitat for Humanity & Jericho Road.

Redmond Police Citizen Academy coming up

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The Redmond Police Department is proud to announce the opening of the 2016 session of the Citizen Police Academy which will begin on Thursday, September 29th.

DCSO taking applications for 2017 Citizen's Academy

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Registration is open for the 2017 Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Citizen's Academy, to be held at the agency's Bend office.

Better Together to take on Volunteer Connect's matching role

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Better Together will be hosting the core of Volunteer Connect’s volunteer-matching service, which connects volunteers with over 140 Central Oregon community organizations.

Stretch of Tetherow Road to close Monday

Starting Monday, a section of Tetherow Road (east of the bridge on the north side of the Deschutes River) will be closed to traffic. The section of road, located northwest of Redmond, is expected to be closed until Sept. 16.


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