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Dec 21,2007
The Deschutes County Board of Commissioners has selected 13 residents to serve on the South County Groundwater Advisory Committee. Deschutes County has identified about $35 million to apply towards drinking water protection in the south county. This committee will develop recommendations for the Board of County Commissioners on how this financial assistance can best be utilized. Each property owner in the focus area received an application form. The County received 65 applicants from whom the ... [full story]
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Dec 21,2007
--Seven Tips You Can Use Now To Secure Financial Future For Your Children-- In an age when foreclosures are at a record pace, credit card debt is hitting new highs and personal savings are at an all time low, millions of American families are worried about their children’s future. While they’d like to teach their kids about finances, the sad truth is many parents are not skilled enough with their own money to offer solid ... [full story]
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Dec 21,2007
Same-sex couples will soon be able to register as legally recognized domestic partners, following passage of the Oregon Family Fairness Act by the 2007 Legislature. The law goes into effect Jan. 1, 2008, and couples can file forms with county clerks starting Jan. 2, said Jennifer Woodward, State Registrar in the Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS) Public Health Division. Declaration of Domestic Partnership forms and information will be available beginning New Year's Day on ... [full story]
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Dec 21,2007
EUGENE, Ore. - Edward Jay Silva, 30, of Medford, Oregon, pled guilty in federal court Tuesday to the September 7, 2005 armed robbery of the Washington Mutual Bank in Gold Hill, Oregon. Armed with a pistol and wearing a wig and mask disguise, Silva was one of three who committed the mid-day bank robbery. During the hearing before U.S. District Judge Michael Hogan, Silva admitted he put the lives of people in jeopardy by using ... [full story]
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Dec 21,2007
Fixed mortgage rates moved higher for the second consecutive week, with the average conforming 30-year fixed mortgage rate now at 6.21 percent. According to Bankrate.com's weekly national survey of large lenders, the average 30-year fixed mortgage has an average of 0.35 discount and origination points. The average 15-year fixed rate mortgage popular for refinancing inched higher to 5.9 percent, and the average jumbo 30-year fixed rate to 7.26 percent. Adjustable mortgage rates were mixed, with ... [full story]
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Dec 21,2007
Nine Tips to help Hillary Clinton win the Presidency … For the first time in American history a woman is in prime position to become the nation's next president. Roxanne Rivera says Hillary should resist the urge to become one of the boys and should embrace the femininity that helps her stand out from the pack. England has done it. So have Ireland, India, Liberia, and more. The United States, however, has never done what ... [full story]
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Dec 21,2007
Many Northwest households plan to give or receive electronic gadgets, jewelry or gift cards this year.  But most of us don't fully understand if and how those items are covered by insurance. "So many of us are giving gift cards, or gadgets such as iPods and gaming systems.  But only a fraction of us think about contacting our insurance agents with questions on coverage," says Bob Sadler, Director of Insurance Agency Services for AAA Oregon.  ... [full story]
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Dec 21,2007
All three counties in Central Oregon saw their unemployment rates increase from October to November, while only Deschutes County’s rate increase was more than expected. Deschutes County had the lowest rate at 5.5 percent, while Jefferson County had the highest at 7.3 percent. Deschutes County (Bend MSA): The county’s unemployment rate jumped by 0.7 percentage points to 5.5 percent in November, up from 4.8 in October. This was a slightly larger than expected move for the ... [full story]
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Dec 21,2007
A new assessment of the nation's ability to respond to a public health emergency ranks Oregon as having achieved 9 out of 10 key preparedness indicators. Oregon was one of 22 states to score nine or above, higher than all other Western states. Since 2003 the Trust for America's Health (TFAH) has issued its "Ready or Not? Protecting the Public's Health from Diseases, Disasters, and Bioterrorism" report that examines the country's readiness to respond to ... [full story]
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Dec 20,2007
A 20-year-old Bend man who was arrested earlier this year in connection with torching a car driven during the hit-and-run death of bicyclist Kimberly Ann Potter has been arrested again – this time on drug charges for the alleged sale of OxyContin, police said.   Robert Jennings Battles - DCJ photoDetectives working with the Central Oregon Drug Enforcement (CODE) team assisted by Bend Police officers took Robert Jennings Battles, 20, into custody during a traffic stop ... [full story]
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