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One of Central Oregon's favorite hiking trails that affects fire lookout efforts has now been re-routed. The change on the Black Butte Trail hopes to make things easier for hikers and those in charge of fire lookout. Deschutes National Forest spokesperson Jean Nelson-Dean says the new defined trail system on top of the Butte provides clear direction to scenic viewpoints and moves hikers away from the facility. “We often had confused hikers wanting to do the right thing. But getting a little lost over by the lookout on top of Black Butte and creating a lot of trails that were impacting the vegetation. So we wanted to help the hikers and also we wanted to reduce the impact on those fire detection activities that were happening at the lookout." Besides completing the trail project; the youth crew that worked on the new trail also found a dehydrated Golden Eagle eaglet in the Black Butte parking lot. A wildlife biologist was contacted and now the eaglet is doing fine.

 

 

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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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