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Are people moving in or out of Central Oregon?   The answer right now seems to be mixed. Economic Analyst Bill Watkins told a group of 300 in Bend that he is very concerned about the first significant out migration in the last couple of decades.   Nancy Lynche owns Bend Storage and Transfer and says more people are leaving town: “Probably 90% moving out. And it’s mainly, if they’re in the workforce, they’re going to where they can, first of all get a job.” Lynch says working families are heading to Texas and North Dakota because that is where the jobs are. But Sheryl Mayfield of U-Haul says their biggest challenge right now is too many trucks in Bend because of all the people coming to the area: “U-Haul pricing wise it was $59 if you went from Bend to Klamath Falls, but coming from Klamath to Bend is was $200; just because we don’t need the trucks. There’s too many here now.” Mayfield says several of the people she talks to are moving to Bend because of the quality of life and they are coming here hoping to find a job. Some say they will work out of their home or have other plans. 

 

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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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