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Locals Hold Republican Leadership Positions

Locals now hold both major Republican leadership roles in the Oregon Legislature. Prineville Representative Vikki Breese-Iverson is the new caucus leader in the House, replacing Representative Christine Drazan, who stepped down on Tuesday. This comes just after Bend Representative Tim Knopp took over as the Senate’s GOP leader in October.

 


Drive-thru COVID-19 Vaccine: Ages 5+

Deschutes County Health Services is partnering with Oregon Health Authority to offer free drive-thru COVID-19 vaccines for anyone 5 or older at the Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center in Redmond. 

 

The vaccine clinic will be open Monday through Sunday from noon to 7 p.m. When entering the Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center, take the first left onto Central Oregon Dr. and follow signs for the vaccine clinic.

 

Pfizer, Pfizer pediatric, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines will be available. Third and booster doses will also be available to eligible individuals. No appointment or insurance is needed.

 

Booster doses are available for anyone 18 or older who has received a Pfizer or Moderna series at least six months ago or a Johnson & Johnson vaccine at least two months ago. 

 

Children between the ages of 5 to 14 years old must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Residents should plan to bring vaccination records to the clinic if they have already received a COVID-19 vaccination. 

 

To learn more about other vaccination clinics in Deschutes County, please visit www.deschutes.org/covid19vaccine or call (541) 699-5109 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.


Careless smoking near an oxygen tank is likely the cause of a fire that killed a Prineville woman Saturday night. Crook County Fire and Rescue arrived at a mobile home in the Juniper Canyon neighborhood just before 10 p.m. Two men who lived on the property had already put out the fire with garden hoses, but the woman was still inside. When crews got inside, they discovered the woman deceased in the living room, where she’d reportedly been sleeping. Investigators say the woman had a history of smoking in bed and was on oxygen.


Senators Recommend Finalists for U.S. Attorney

Deschutes County District Attorney John Hummel is not among the finalists for U.S. Attorney for Oregon. Following public input and interviews with the seven applicants, a committee ranked the candidates, including Hummel. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley submitted three other names for the President to choose from.

 

 


Redmond Councilor Applications Due Monday

The City of Redmond is looking to fill several vacancies--a City Council seat and a handful of committee positions. Councilor John Bullock resigned and most committee positions turnover annually. Mayor George Endicott tells KBND News City Coucil members act as the policy members and encourages anyone who wants to figure out how local government works and wants to make a time contribution to apply. Mayor Endicott hopes to appoint someone by the end of the calendar year. Redmond residents can download the online application. Anyone interested in the vacant councilor seat needs to submit the paperwork by Monday, November 29th. Whoever is selected will finish the term, which runs through December 31, 2022. Redmond residents interested in committee work need to complete a separate application. For more information, go to https://www.redmondoregon.gov/government/commissions-committees.


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