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If the Deschutes County Commissioner Tony DeBone gets his way, District Attorney Patrick Flahertys' salary will be cut by about 20%. The Bulletin reports that DeBone believes Flaherty has “run amok and is wasting taxpayer money.” The plan is to offset the cost of the current Grand Jury investigation Flaherty began last month with the savings from Flaherty's salary reduction. DeBone says the County just doesn't have the budget for a court battle: “And the other part of this is: out legal counsel, the one we pay fulltime staff, is the target of this investigation. So now, to cover ourselves we have to go to outside legal counsel. So this is lawyer challenging a lawyer, so we needed to hire another lawyer. And it’s a real shame at this point.” DeBone says County staff is sending a lot of time with Flaherty's public records request, and that is becoming quite expensive, along with the attorney's fees. Flaherty charges that the County intentionally released personal information about his employees. The State says most of Flaherty's salary, about $104,000, is paid by the State and the County supplements it with another $26,000.

 

 

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

 
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