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It’s a busy week in Central Oregon for those training to become wildland firefighters.  40 men and women are training in Redmond and Sisters to be qualified as entry level firefighters. Lisa Clark with Central Oregon Fire Management says once they have their training they will join more than 300 other federal and state wildland firefighters this summer. “During this week they'll have a variety of classes: fire behavior, maps, GPS, units, navigating, as well as learning out to operate some of the equipment life engines and pumps."   Clark says they receive hundreds of applications for this work, but have to whittle those down to about 40. She says it’s hard work but those chosen enjoy being in the outdoors and having a good paying summer job, especially in this economy.

 

 

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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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