Tag Archives: Deschutes County

New Deschutes drug program prioritizes treatment, not prison

Low-level drug offenders will be offered help instead of prison time. The Deschutes County District Attorney’s Office is starting a program Friday that puts those arrested for small amounts of illegal drugs in treatment rather than behind bars, but seeks maximum prison time for drug dealers. District Attorney John Hummel said the Goldilocks program will […]
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What’s next for cannabis in Deschutes County?

Matt Toepfer has been growing marijuana, primarily for medical patients, in Deschutes County for 15 years. But when the county approved recreational marijuana production operations in rural portions of the county, Toepfer — who operates a 3,000-square-foot greenhouse about 3 miles west of La Pine — was unable to convert to recreational growing due to […]
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As judge steps down, her policies leave lasting impact

Alta Brady will retire at the end of the year. After more than 24 years, Judge Alta Brady has decided she would rather spend time traveling, reading and talking with family and friends than donning a black robe and presiding over Deschutes County’s court system. Source: As judge steps down, her policies leave lasting impact

Editorial: Deschutes County will miss Judge Alta Brady

Alta Brady, the presiding judge of the state’s 11th Judicial District — Deschutes County — will step down at the end of the year. She’s been a circuit court judge since mid-1994, and she’s decided that it’s time to move on. In the 23 years she has been on the bench, the courts have moved to create […]
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OSU-Cascades will buy landfill for $1

County votes 2-1 to approve land deal. With a 2-to-1 vote of approval by the Deschutes County Commission on Monday, Oregon State University-Cascades will buy the county’s old demolition landfill in Bend for $1. OSU-Cascades’ existing 10-acre campus and the old pumice mine it owns sit adjacent to the 72-acre landfill property. The university plans […]
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Editorial: OSU-Cascades landfill deal is a win-win

Instead of eventually paying more than $40 million to clean up its west Bend demolition landfill, Deschutes County is now on the hook for at most $1.5 million. And that’s only if unauthorized material is found. Instead of being limited to a 46-acre campus, OSU-Cascades now has 128 acres in which to grow. That’s a […]
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Local emergency scanner transmissions could become off limits to public

Deschutes County already uses encryption for scanner traffic. Police and fire scanner transmissions in Umatilla and Morrow counties could soon be silent. Shawn Halsey is the director of the Umatilla Morrow Radio & Data District, the local governing body with the task of providing public safety communications for emergency agencies in the two counties. He […]
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Central Oregon’s housing crunch forced people to camp in high desert

By Tuesday, Dave Stryffeler and his wife must leave the home they’ve made amid scrub brush and junipers in the high desert outside Redmond. An emissary from the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office visited their trailer recently to deliver the message to Stryffeler and the other 150 or more campers living on rural property just outside […]
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Deschutes County balances religious freedom, deer populations

In 2014, John Shepherd received some surprising news. Shepherdsfield, his nonprofit church that hosts weddings and other events, was in violation of a Deschutes County provision designed to protect mule deer and other wildlife. Three years later, however, that provision has trapped Deschutes County between a rock and a hard place. County planners are pursuing […]
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Editorial: Encryption of police radio traffic should be debated

Elected officials in Deschutes County failed the public by allowing law enforcement to encrypt police radio traffic without a public debate. Deschutes County commissioners did express some concern about the switch to encryption but deferred to the 911 user board and the strong opinions of law enforcement. The issue never even came up before the […]
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