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A deadly and fast moving virus has horse owners in Central Oregon on alert. Several horse shows and rodeo's around the country have been cancelled due to concerns over the equine herpes virus that originated with a Canadian horse attending a National Cutting Horse Championship event in Utah recently. Local veterinarian Dr. Wayne Schmotzer says there are no cases in Central Oregon and Vets are in communication with one another to try to make sure it doesn't come here and spread. He says the virus is very aggressive: "They develop a fever, they become very depressed inappetant [no appetite] and the fevers are very high,105 degrees, 106 degrees. And in the worse case scenarios, the horses could be dead in as short as four days.” He also says there is no vaccine available to prevent this, so it's important that owners monitor their horses and isolate them if they become ill. The virus is not transmittable to humans.

 

 

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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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