Tag Archives: Deschutes County

Editorial: Police don’t have radio system they need

Here we go again. Government implements new technology. Technology doesn’t work as expected. This time, it’s Deschutes County. And it’s so bad that law enforcement in Deschutes County say it’s endangering police and the public because police sometimes can’t communicate when they need to. Source: Editorial: Police don’t have radio system they need;

Police: Faulty new radio system risks lives

$3M system puts lives at risk, unions say. Central Oregon law enforcement agencies say a new radio system is performing so poorly it puts lives at risk. Seven police unions, including officers with Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office and Bend Police Department, signed on to a December letter to Oregon OSHA regarding the county’s new $3 […]
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In the shadow of marijuana, hemp industry is starting to develop

Hemp growing quickly in Deschutes County, Oregon. Even by the standards of Oregon’s comparatively lax cannabis laws, Yon Olsen’s farm stands out. About 20 acres of farmland used to grow cannabis sits uncovered, in 825-foot rows where a nursery used to sit. Approximately 20 tons of freshly picked bushels of the plant sat in giant […]
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Feds OK SW Bend COID canal-piping project

3,000-foot project due for completion by April. In an effort provide for more reliable flows on the Deschutes River, the federal Bureau of Reclamation said Friday it has entered into an agreement on a southwest Bend canal-piping project with the Oregon State Historic Preservation Office, the Central Oregon Irrigation District and other entities. Source: Feds OK […]
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Programs seek to help pregnant women with addictions

As the Deschutes County jail transport van crested the Cascades and descended toward Redmond, Michelle Winter felt heartbroken. Her son was nearly 5 years old, her daughter 2. They barely knew her. She had used drugs throughout their lives. She got high through both of her pregnancies. Her mother had cared for the children since […]
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Central Oregon Zoning Pits Mule Deer Against Churches

A rural central Oregon county is wading into a long-running zoning debate that pits mule deer against churches. A portion of Deschutes County is zoned to protect the county’s shrinking mule deer population during the lean winter months. The zoning currently prohibits churches as a use on those lands, The Bulletin reported Thursday. Source: Central […]
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Deschutes County looks to resolve wildlife zone issue

County mulls code change in battle of religious freedom vs. conservation. Deschutes County moved a step closer to resolving a long-running dispute that has pitted religious freedom advocates against wildlife conservationists. On Wednesday morning, the Deschutes County Commission deliberated on a potential amendment to the county’s code that would affect whether churches are allowed in […]
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Second quarter wage gains put Deschutes in top 20

The average employee in Deschutes County in June earned about $50 more per week, an increase of nearly 6 percent over the same period in 2016, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Workers at about 8,300 businesses in the county earned an average of $844 a week in the second quarter, according to […]
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Deschutes, Crook counties are fastest-growing in state

Population estimates show 3,265 newcomers in Bend from 2016 to 2017 Deschutes and Crook counties had the highest rates of population growth in Oregon from July 2016 to July 2017, according to a preliminary report released from Portland State University’s Population Research Center. Deschutes County’s population is estimated to have grown from 176,635 to 182,930, […]
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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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