Tag Archives: Deschutes County

Plan will displace hundreds of homeless near Redmond

Management plan begins with road closures east of city. Hundreds of homeless people could be displaced as the result of a cleanup effort on 2,000 acres of agricultural land east of Redmond. Deschutes County officials are working with the Central Oregon Irrigation District, the Redmond School District and members of the Homeless Leadership Coalition and […]
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Wage gap leads to unequal representation in criminal cases

Prosecutors make 33 percent more than public defenders. If you get charged with a felony in Deschutes County, the deputy district attorney prosecuting your case will likely be a veteran in the field. That deputy could easily have enough experience — 10 years or more — to deftly apply techniques at trial that were honed […]
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Editorial: Deschutes County does need more judges

It may not have come as a surprise, but the news that Deschutes County will not get an additional circuit court judge in the coming biennium was disappointing. The Legislature’s Joint Ways and Means Committee took the advice of the Legislative Fiscal Office and agreed to fund only two new judges in the state, one […]
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Minimum wage rises to $10.25 per hour in Deschutes County

Oregon’s wage hikes set to continue through 2022. Russ Kremer, owner of the Ponderosa Pizza Parlor in La Pine, spends more time mopping floors and prepping ingredients these days, and he says it’s because of the recent increases in Oregon’s minimum wage. Source: Minimum wage rises to $10.25 per hour in Deschutes County; Oregon’s wage […]
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Deschutes denied new judge

A bill that would have provided judicial support was amended. Despite claims by local legal officials that they need help, state lawmakers are unlikely to give the Deschutes County Circuit Court an additional judge this year. House Bill 2605 sought to bolster the state’s judicial circuits by adding 10 judges throughout eight counties based on need […]
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Editorial: Deschutes County takes good steps to help residents

For nearly a year now, some Deschutes County residents have been faced with unexpected delays and bills when selling homes or putting up buildings on property they already own. Now county commissioners and the Community Development Department are working together to make the process easier and, for some, less expensive. Problems arose in September 2016 […]
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Deschutes County tackles state land use ruling

Commission considers adding new staffer, reducing fees. Faced with a state land use decision that changed how Oregon counties determine legal lots, Deschutes County staff and officials are closing in on a series of workarounds to save landowners time, money and aggravation. Source: Deschutes County tackles state land use ruling; Commission considers adding new staffer, […]
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Out of Reach 2017 Report for Oregon

The National Low Income Housing Coalition’s “Out of Reach” Report for 2017 shows that the median rental household in most Oregon counties cannot comfortably afford a two-bedroom apartment. As expected, Deschutes County is one of those counties. The Source has reported on this multiple times in our ongoing Housing Crisis series. Source: Out of Reach […]
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Sheriff’s office deals with short staffing

Nelson calls it biggest hiring in 10 years Over the past year, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office has lost so many employees that to maintain minimum staffing levels in its jail, Sheriff Shane Nelson has had to move deputies from other divisions and increase overtime. Source: Sheriff’s office deals with short staffing; Nelson calls it […]
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Guest column: Water use by pot growers may impact neighbors

The county struggles with decisions whether to grant conditional use permits for growing and manufacture of marijuana. This is a highly charged political and legal issue, pitting rural Deschutes County against the city of Bend. While there has been significant discourse on odor, crime, bucolic ambiance, there has been little consideration of a critical factor. […]
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