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Congress is trying to come up with a way to come up with a better way for rural counties to deal with a cut in timber payments. 60% of the forests in Oregon are owned by the federal government, but only produces 12% of the timber harvest. U.S. Congressman Greg Walden of Oregon testified at the House subcommittee looking at solutions. “But let's get real. These are federal forest counties, the government controls more than half the land and nearly 80% in some counties and the notion that they have the ability to recreate their economies in a decade’s time is absurd. The federal government owns most of the land, but has all but stopped productive forestry on it, is shutting down public access to it, fails largely to produce economic value or renewable energy from it and all too often stands idly by and lets it go up in smoke every year.” According to the forest service, timber harvest from our federal lands nationwide has fallen nearly 80% from 1990.

 

 

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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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