Tag Archives: Deschutes County

Census: Deschutes, Crook county growth among nation’s fastest

Deschutes and Crook counties are among the fastest-growing communities in the nation, according to new population estimates released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau. The Bend-Redmond metropolitan area, consisting of Deschutes County, is listed as the third-fastest-growing Metropolitan Statistical Area from July 1, 2015, to July 1, 2016. The local area’s population grew from an […]
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Are all suicides preventable?

New approach: zero suicide deaths The Henry Ford Health System set out to radically transform its mental health delivery system in 2001, asking its behavioral health staff to design a model for ideal depression care. As part of those discussions, the team created various measurable goals including one for reducing suicide among its patients. As […]
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Deschutes County looks at options as landfill nears capacity

Bend landfill expected to be full by 2029 Sitting on 135 acres just outside the southeastern edge of Bend, Knott Landfill has received Deschutes County’s garbage for 45 years. However, the landfill is inching toward the end of its useful life, leaving county officials to determine what comes next. Source: Deschutes County looks at options […]
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Wait times down for Deschutes County vets

Veterans Service Office cuts turnaround times below 10 days last quarter Once plagued by delays that left veterans waiting three months, the Deschutes County Veterans’ Services Office announced wait times dropped to fewer than 10 days from October through December. The solution was simple: an additional hire. Source: Wait times down for Deschutes County vets; […]
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Shepherds of the criminal justice system

County program helps victims through the adjudication process Sometimes, ending years of abuse can be as simple as an arrest. But for many victims of violent crimes, an arrest signals a new type of chaos — a drawn-out adjudication process full of court hearings and testimony that can often last more than a year. To […]
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Oregon judges propose pay raises

Another bill would add judge to Deschutes Circuit Court Oregon judges, among the lowest paid for their positions in the nation, could see consistent pay raises over the next few years. Two bills introduced this Legislative session — House Bill 2636 and Senate Bill 11 — propose to increase the salary of Oregon judges this […]
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Vaccines required by next week, or kids could miss school

Opt-out rate in Deschutes County is high On Wednesday, students won’t be able to attend school if their records show missing immunizations. As so-called exclusion day approaches, officials are curious what this year’s nonmedical exemption rates will look like after an uptick in exemptions last year despite statewide efforts to reduce them. Because nonmedical exemption […]
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Deschutes County’s support for transportation stalls

Commissioner expresses concern about open-ended support Deschutes County put the brakes on supporting a transportation proposal that is expected to come out of the Oregon Legislature. During a work session for the Deschutes County Commission on Monday, Commissioner Phil Henderson objected to language in a draft of a letter of support for the creation of […]
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Deschutes County sees spike in concealed handgun licenses

Compared to the state as a whole, Central Oregon has higher rate of license holders A spike in applications for concealed handgun licenses in 2016 pushed the number of people allowed to carry a concealed weapon to a record high in Deschutes County. According to data compiled by Oregon State Police, 13,202 people — 7.5 […]
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Flu cases declining after December spike

Season picked up earlier than usual When flu diagnoses began climbing rapidly in Deschutes County in December — a full month before they usually do — health department officials grew worried. Did this herald a disastrous season? “We were concerned,” said Heather Kaisner, communicable disease supervisor for Deschutes County Health Services. Source: Flu cases declining […]
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