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The head of the Central Oregon Visitors Association (COVA) says if the current trend continues, the year 2011 could be pretty good for the local tourism industry. Alana Audette says the City of Bend saw a 16% increase in December and the unincorporated area was up 6% percent compared to December 2009. "December ended up being a strong month; both for leisure and for group and commercial business.  And its a really encouraging sign as we move into 2011. The holiday period is very important over the Christmas and New Years season and the early reports for January look as if the trend is going to continue to be up over the prior year. So we're feeling really encouraged for a stronger travel and tourism season this year." She expects February to be strong as well, because of President’s weekend and Winterfest.

 

 

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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.