Tag Archives: Deschutes County

Voter registration trends troubling for Republicans

The 54th House District has swelled with Democrats and nonaffiliated voters. Deschutes County has a strong claim as the linchpin of future political control of state government. Democrats are one vote away from a supermajority in the House and Senate. That would allow Democrats to pass financial legislation, including taxes, without seeking Republican support. In […]
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Woman in Deschutes County dies from rare, incurable rodent-spread virus

A woman in Deschutes County died recently of a rare, untreatable virus that is passed to humans through contact with rodent droppings. Only 23 people have contracted hantavirus pulmonary syndrome in Oregon since 1993, or less than one a year, according to the Oregon Health Authority. Source: Woman in Deschutes County dies from rare, incurable […]
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Hantavirus kills Deschutes County woman

In the wake of a Redmond woman’s death, learn how to protect yourself from this untreatable virus. Deschutes County Health Department officials confirmed a local woman died Wednesday from hantavirus pulmonary syndrome, a disease transmitted through rodent droppings. Source: Hantavirus kills Deschutes County woman

Deschutes County likely to retain Bend family planning clinics

Commission set to grant additional funds for STD investigations. Deschutes County health officials have found a way to retain reproductive health services in Bend and Redmond without an increase in county funding. Source: Deschutes County likely to retain Bend family planning clinics; Commission set to grant additional funds for STD investigations

Deschutes County has fourth-highest vaccine exemption rate

Statewide, vaccination exemptions creep up. Four years ago, Oregon passed a new law intended to reduce nonmedical vaccine exemption rates, requiring parents who wanted to opt out of vaccinations for their children to watch a 10-minute educational video. The statewide exemption rate dropped that year from 7 percent of kindergartners in 2014 to 5.8 percent […]
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Deschutes County tries again to rezone farm land

Property near Tumalo could become storage site. Deschutes County leaders have made it a priority to re-evaluate state and local laws that prohibit development on land designated for farming but that can’t realistically be used for agriculture. But as the ongoing saga of one property near Tumalo illustrates, developing rural land is far from easy. […]
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New DCSO deputy to focus on marijuana grow complaints

Agency seeing rise in DUIIs involving pot, minors. Deschutes County Sheriff Shane Nelson is looking at adding a deputy to help crack down on the black market when it comes to marijuana production. Nelson spoke to NewsChannel 21 on Friday about how his agency is proposing to create a new deputy position that would focus […]
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State board: Deschutes County must revisit rural church decision

County plans to appeal ruling, attorney says. Deschutes County needs to rethink its decision to allow churches in a rural part of the county zoned to preserve wildlife, the state’s Land Use Board of Appeals has ruled. The county has been embroiled for about four years in a conflict between Shepherdsfield Church, a nondenominational church […]
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Deschutes County marijuana review brushes up against state agencies

Letters to state agencies as for more information on medical marijuana impacts. Deschutes County’s effort to revisit and refine its regulations for growing marijuana could put it at odds with a couple state agencies. Source: Deschutes County marijuana review brushes up against state agencies

Editorial: County should say no again to ‘historic’ canal

Proponents of tacking a historic designation onto a section of a Central Oregon Irrigation District canal are back. They’re taking another stab at having a section of canal between Gosney and Ward roads southeast of Bend preserved. Having had their initial proposal rejected by the state in January, they’ve made changes to the application and […]
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