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A plan to help put unemployed forest workers in Oregon back to work isn't accomplishing its goal.  Oregon U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley says only about half of the forest service projects through Recovery Act funding in Central Oregon are going to Oregonians.  Instead they're going to foreign workers here on work visas.

 

Merkley and Don Pollard of GFP Enterprises in Sisters spoke at a press conference.  “We have 5000 workers who want to want jobs to work in the forests, but they hired foreign workers instead on H2B programs.  This is outrageous and unacceptable.  We must change that. What we're finding we lost out to H2B companies who outbid us by 30% to 40%.  When we bid we're just trying to find work for out employees, not trying to make a lot of money.”  Merkley in the Senate and Oregon Congressman Peter DeFazio in the House are introducing legislation to prevent this practice in the future by giving government more oversight in who gets the contracts.

 

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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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