Tag Archives: Deschutes County

Editorial: Whisnant makes a mockery of the legislative process

State Rep. Gene Whisnant, R-Sunriver, has shown contempt for anyone who would like to see the Deschutes River trail completed from Tumalo to Sunriver. He has set out to block the Bend Park & Recreation District from building a pedestrian and bicycle bridge near the south end of Bend. Whisnant executed what is called a […]
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County, DA clash on juvenile cases; Juvenile department won’t meet when juveniles are charged as adults

Juvenile department won’t meet when juveniles are charged as adults The Deschutes County District Attorney’s Office and Deschutes County found themselves facing off in court this week, after the DA’s office asked a judge to force a meeting between the district attorney and the county’s juvenile justice department, which handles juvenile crimes. Source: County, DA […]
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Drinking is a drag on local health ranking

Deschutes still ranks high, but Jefferson rounds out bottom Deschutes County continues to outshine its neighbors on almost every health measure ranked by an annual report. There is one area, though, where the county — home to dozens of breweries — struggles: excessive drinking. Source: Drinking is a drag on local health ranking; Deschutes still […]
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Record jobless rate still falling

Health care, construction strong in Deschutes County Deschutes County reached a new low in February, when the unemployment rate fell to 4 percent, the lowest it’s been since 1990, according to the Oregon Employment Department. Source: Record jobless rate still falling; Health care, construction strong in 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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