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It’s the perfect setting for the 2011 Polar Plunge: temperatures in the teens. Tonight hundreds will take the big plunge and jump into the frigid Deschutes River at the Old Mill District. Deschutes County Sheriff Larry Blanton will take the plunge, and says the cold weather and cold water is always a shock no matter how many times you've done it: “Frankly standing in line to get ready to go, we go first, but standing in line is as bad as the jump itself, but you learn things - but it is cold!" The Polar Plunge is a fundraising event for Special Olympics in Oregon and the Bend event is expected to raise more than $80,000. Besides the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office, the Bend Police Department and criminal justice students from COCC are taking the icy jump. If you'd like to watch those crazy fundraisers its free to come down and observe the torture. The plunging starts at 6:30 pm. 

 

 

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King Solomon Lane closed between Ferguson Road and King David. (7/25)

 

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.

 

R.A.B. Construction:

 

Murphy Road and Parrell Road closed with detours. (9/30)

 

Powell Butte Highway at Neff and Alfalfa Market Roads (8/31)

 
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