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Efforts to ensure Prineville has enough water to attract news jobs made some headway on Capitol Hill on Thursday. U.S. Representative Greg Walden of Oregon held a legislative hearing today for his Central Oregon Water and Jobs Security Act. Changing a boundary line at the Bowman Dam will help clear the way for clean hydropower at the dam. “Crook County's unemployment is the highest in the state, 15% to 20% the last couple years. And this is a no cost, job creating clean energy bill; this is it and we do more than that.” Construction of the hydropower project would employ 50 construction workers and would provide approximately $140,000 in annual property tax revenue to Crook County.

 

 

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  • I-84,Troutdale MP 17 - 62, in the Coumbia Gorge remains closed. The highway is closed EB at Exit 17 in Troutdale. Trucks use US-26 to OR-35 as an alternate route.

 

  • Construction at 27th Street . Northbound Lane Closed from Ferguson to Bear Creek.  Detour in place.

 

  • 27th and Bear Creek Rd intersection varying traffic control changes

 

  • O.B. Riley Road South-bound lane closed south of Mervin Samples Rd (12/17)