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A major hurdle in getting more water and jobs into Crook County is achieved as the U.S. House passes Representative Greg Walden's Central Oregon Jobs and Water Security Act.  Walden says the legislation will allow more water into Prineville, a key in developing new business in the area.  "So this bill will allow Prineville to access roughly 6% of that water, or 5,100 acre feet, and the city would pay a fair market value for the water.  Now that extra water would allow the city to tell perspective companies 'hey, you can bring your businesses and jobs to Prineville, we now have the water you need.' That’s certainty in the job market. It would also allow the city to provide water to an additional 500 homes within the city, which currently, the City of Prineville it can't do because it's maxed out it's mitigation credits."  Walden says the legislation will also allow small scale hydro-power; that will improve the release of water and improve fish and wildlife habitat, by correcting the boundary line of the Crooked River Wild and Scenic Area.

 

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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.

 
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