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People are so generous to panhandlers in the Bend area, that we're getting a reputation among transients that we're a great place to visit to get money. That's according to the head of the Downtown Bend Business Association. “This is really going to hock some people, but there is actually a texting network amongst some transients around the northwest and the west.”   Chuck Arnold says people are very generous here and the word is getting out: “I actually spoke to someone from northern California, that were here a couple of months ago and luckily, they’re gone now. But some transients that were performing some bad behavior downtown and they said they actually got a text from someone in Medford, and it said Bend was a good place to go, because you can get a god handout there.” He says social workers report that about 90% of the cash given to panhandlers goes to drugs and alcohol.  The downtown area can get more panhandlers during the warmer months.

 

 

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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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