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U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley is agreeing with Ron Wyden in efforts to allocate more funding for air tankers for fighting wildfires.  On Sunday, two of the 11 air tankers ear-marked for use this fire season crashed.  One was a very rough landing; the other a fatal crash the killed two men from Boise.  That plane was 50 years old.

Senator Ron Wyden says this makes a bad situation even worse.  And Senator Merkley spoke this morning with our news department about the problem:  KBND: Funding is tight in so many areas, is this a tough sell on Capitol Hill?”  Wyden:  “I don't think many Senators would start out understanding it very well; especially if they don't live in a forest fire state.  But it’s our job to education them.  I think we have enough Senators in wildfire states.”  Senator Wyden says in 2006, the forest service had 44 large air tankers in their fleet.  Today, it has just 11 under contracts many of which are old.  After the two crashes this past Sunday the company that contracts with the forest service grounded the nine remaining tankers.

 

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Jones Road, full road closure between Bennington Lane and NE Butler Market Road. May 18 – August 18, local access only.
 

Oregon State University off-site improvements for intersection reconstruction, July 11 – August 3,    7 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., at intersection of Chandler Avenue and Yates Drive.

 

Orion Drive closed in two locations for sewer work; at the intersection with Avery Lane and between Desert Woods Drive and King Hezekiah Way.  From July 11 to Sept. 6. Detours marked.

 

Valhalla Sewer Relocation Project, Mt. Washington Drive at Shevlin Park Road intersection and North to Regency Street. Nighttime closures with detours marked during roundabout construction. Daytime closures for construction towards Regency Street.    7 p.m. – 7 a.m., July 11 – November.

 

R.A.B. Construction:

Powell Butte Highway at Neff and Alfalfa Market Roads (8/31)

 
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