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Central Oregon gets a bigger voice in Salem.  Wednesday, Republican Representative Mike McLane of Powell Butte was picked as the new House Republican Deputy Leader. That puts him in the leadership pipeline and brings clout to Central Oregon.  The move came after a closed-door meeting that lasted all afternoon and also produced an unexpected shakeup of House Republican leadership.   Representative Andy Olson, R-Albany, was chosen to lead the party’s caucus, replacing Kevin Cameron of Salem.

 

McLane’s new post as Deputy Leader will put him in a position to help shape the state’s legislative agenda. McLane, 47, was the only freshman on the powerful budget-writing Ways and Means Committee.  He becomes the only lawmaker east of the Cascades to hold a leadership position in the caucus. McLane has also played a key role in supporting the expansion of OAU/Cascades.

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  • Intersection of NW Broadway Street and NW Delaware for waterline replacement project, road closures with detours clearly marked for thru traffic, 7 a.m. – 4 p.m. daily with roads opened nightly. Motorists are encouraged to avoid this area and use Bond Street and Wall Street.

 

  • Nels Anderson Road between Nels Anderson Place and Brandis Court, single northbound shoulder closure will be in effect, two-way traffic to be maintained. Project completion expected December 2017.