Central Oregon

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Two places in Oregon are expected to be major areas of economic growth, according to the Oregon Employment Department.

Bend Asking Residents For Urban Growth Boundary Input

Sep 24, 2015

The City of Bend grew 47 percent between 2000 and 2010. In order to accommodate this boom, the city is asking for community feedback on how to expand. KLCC’s Corinne Boyer has more.

Bend is offering an online survey as an alternative to attending the upcoming Urban Growth Boundary planning meeting.

Anne Aurand (Or-and) with the city says the online survey is also an educational tool designed to help people understand more about growth scenarios.

Wildfires Continue To Burn In Oregon

Jul 7, 2015

The hot and dry weather in Oregon continues to fuel wildfires. A new fire was reported over the 4th of July weekend.

The Niagara Fire is burning on 70 acres near Detroit. Roads are open and the cause of the fire is currently under investigation.

There are four other large fires burning in the state. Anything over 300 acres is considered large. Emily Veale is with the Umpqua National Forest. She says Bunker Hill is 388 acres and is 90 percent contained.

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A new agreement between Deschutes County’s Criminal Justice Department and The Bethlehem Inn emergency shelter has designated additional beds for recently released prisoners. It’s the only shelter that serves men, women and families in Central Oregon.

Deschutes County’s Adult Parole and Probation division and the shelter made the agreement after seeing a gap in the housing market for released offenders. Executive Director Gwenn Wysling says the Bethlehem Inn has provided transitional housing to people who have completed their sentences. It’s now part of an early release program.

Bend Issues Water Curtailment Alert

May 26, 2015

The city of Bend has implemented a stage 1 water curtailment alert after Governor Kate Brown declared Deschutes County to be in a state of drought.

Bend’s curtailment is a voluntary alert and reminds citizens to use their water wisely. The city has two water sources which come from Bridge Creek and the Deschutes Regional Aquifer. Bend water conservation program manager Mike Buettner says citizens should focus on efficiency.

Extreme Fire Danger Status In Central Oregon

Jul 12, 2014

The Fire status for bend, rural Deschutes county, crook and Jefferson counties have now entered Extreme Fire Danger Status. This weekend is calling for another round of significant lightning. The Oregon Department of Forestry is under regulated closure restrictions and those will remain in place for the duration of fire season. Currently, no backyard, commercial or agricultural burning is allowed within city limits of bend, and rural Deschutes County. Central Oregon residents are asked to contact local, state or federal fire agencies for specific requirements and closures.