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Efforts to bring more aviation jobs to Central Oregon are seeing some encouraging signs. Economic Development of Central Oregon and Oregon State University are announcing a partnership that will allow them to do research and development projects involving unmanned aerial systems. Collins Hemmingway is the chair of the EDCO Aviation Recruitment Committee. He is encouraged by the development of this collaborative drone program.  “Our whole goal is to try and bring back the 800 jobs that were lost when we had two bankruptcies at the Bend Airport. The technology is very similar, we're talking small unmanned vehicles, instead of manned vehicles. Unmanned area is the only area in aviation that's growing right now.” Central Oregon is still waiting on a final decision by the FAA on six test areas for these drones.

 

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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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