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The Deschutes County Sheriffs Office will get help from the Department of Homeland Security in a regional communications overhaul. The help comes in the form of a $205,000 grant. $50,000 will buy 37 radios and the rest will help fund a study to help determine what kind of regional communication system is needed.   Improved inter-agency communications is part of a nationwide mandate from the Federal Communications Commission to better prepare the country for regional events including terrorists’ attacks. Local officials say reliable communication is critical: “It is huge. In fact yesterday was a perfect example, the 911 system went down for about an hour and a half. We had no body to tell us where to go. It is a huge critical piece of public safety is our ability to be able to communicate.” Deschutes County Sheriffs Captain Tim Edwards says it is getting more difficult to find replacement parts for the current radio system. He says this study will give local planners input on exactly what kind of replacement system should be purchased. He says this large of a purchase would be phased in over several years.

 

 

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Jones Road, full road closure between Bennington Lane and NE Butler Market Road. May 18 – August 18, local access only.
 

 

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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