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Officials say every business in Bend is affected by tourism; and if this summer is any indication, there are a lot of very happy people.

 

Doug LaPlaca with Visit Bend says they are hoping to keep the momentum of a busy summer going in to the fall,  or "shoulder season" for tourism, when tourism tends to drop off a bit.

 

"Visit Bend's strategy is to extend the summer tourism season through the month of September.  So most of our group and event focus is concentrated on that September through December timeframe with September representing the peak. We’ll have a number of large scale events that we've concentrated to bring to the city in the month of September."

 

LaPlaca says the early information shows that bend started out very strong in juke with high Transient Room Tax (TRT) numbers and he expects the final tally to show that we've had the best summer since before the economic downturn.

 

He adds that September's events include several very high profile cycling events and the inaugural "Leadman Triathlon" which should draws in the tens of thousands to Bend.

Help Puerto Rico

Most organizations are asking for cash, rather than supplies, so they can route help to where it’s needed most more quickly. Here are some of the largest groups with campaigns underway:

 

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  • Click on the link for the latest conditions on the mountain passes.

 

  • 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.