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They spent 400 days serving overseas away from home. Here in Central Oregon friends and family waited for their return.  And today (Wednesday), the suspense was finally over.  16 local National Guard soldiers came back home today. The air as filled with excitement and expectation, and the troops opened the terminal doors and walked in to a huge cheering crowd. Taylor Salmons of Redmond was greeting by his fiancée, Elizableth: “I’m happy to get back. I’m ready to get my life back on line, after taking a year off.” Taylor wants to start building a car and then he will report back to military training in December. And the homecoming triggered memories for Ron Clemons of Madras: “Just welcoming home the troops. We weren’t afforded that opportunity when we came home.” Patrick Johnstead has planned a special surprise for his mother: “They don’t know I’m here. I’m going to surprise them, show up in a police car, to see they’re reaction. “ 16 soldiers are from the 3rd battalion, 116th Cavalry Brigade. The National Guard soldiers were in Iraq for 400 days to help stabilize the country. They served as "convoy security" for products that needed to be safely transported throughout the country.

 

 

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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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