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Slow Building Permit Process in Deschutes County

BEND,OR --Deschutes County is the fastest growing county in Oregon. Brian Fratzke with Fratzke Commercial says time slows down when it comes to getting a permit, “So we had a client that applied for permit, so he submitted his permits on July 22nd, on September 14th he was contacted by the entity that said the first review we will get to on your permits will be April of 2023. Nine months before they get back to him on his permits”.  

Fratzke says taking a year or a year and a half for a permit will change the economy differently than inflation or interest rates, “The highest the ten-year treasury ever hit was 15.81% in September of 1981. The lowest it has hit this year was 1.69% in March so when people say, ‘Hey it is really rough’, it can get a lot worse. “
Average long-term U-S mortgage rates have been climbing. The traditional thirty-year home loan is at about six or six and half percent, according to Fratzke. 

OSP Fentanyl Bust In Jefferson County

MADRAS, OR -- An Oregon State Police Trooper stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation in Madras on Wednesday, September 28th. During the course of the stop, reasonable suspicion was developed for drug trafficking. The drug dog alerted to the presence of narcotics. A search of the vehicle revealed 6 bundles concealed within the vehicle, with a gross weight of approximately 14.48 pounds. A preliminary test of the narcotics showed it was fentanyl powder.

The driver and a passenger, both from Arizona, were lodged in the Jefferson County Jail for various drug crimes.

This is an ongoing investigation.

Get There Challenge Kicks Off

BEND, OR -- For the next two weeks, The Get There Challenge and Oregon Department of Transportation are asking you to drive less and use transportation options more.

The aim is to reduce traffic and emissions across the state, making Oregon a better place to live, work. and play. Kim Curley, Community Engagement Coordinator for Commute Options, says there a variety of ways to participate, “Any trip you make by walk, bike, carpool, ride your horse, throw your kayak in the river, get in your electric car with somebody, not by yourself, anything that takes you out of a single occupancy trip - any trip - any of those trips will count.”

Participants can log their trips at GetThereOregon.org. The Get There Challenge is offering different transportation achievements and awards for weekly winners and a grand prize drawing. 

Get There Oregon, launched by the Oregon Department of Transportation and local partners across the state, helps commuters and employers shift commute habits and work practices one trip at a time.

Bend Police Investigate Saturday Shooting

BEND, OR -- Bend Police responded to a call of a gunshot wound at a residence in the 1900 block of NE Otelah Place on Saturday night, October 1st.  Upon arrival, officers found two men with gunshot wounds related to a dispute. The two men, a 27-year-old Bend resident and a 53-year-old Bend resident, were transported to St. Charles Medical Center where they are both in stable condition. This remains an active investigation and no charges have yet been filed. 

Fatal Crash North Of Redmond

REDMOND, OR -- Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel from Redmond Fire and Rescue, Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office, and ODOT responded to a two-vehicle crash on Hwy 97 near milepost 117, north of Redmond Thursday night.

Preliminary investigation revealed a southbound gray Honda Accord, operated by 23 year-old Micah Borden of Madras, crossed into the northbound lane and collided head-on with a red Ford F150, operated by 37 year-old Jon Moore of Redmond. 

Borden sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased. Moore was injured and transported to an area hospital. 


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