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Side Notes 10/7-10/14



President Barack Obama will travel to Roseburg on Friday, Oct. 9 to meet privately with the families of the victims who were killed at Umpqua Community College, according to NPR. Obama delivered a speech after the shooting calling for action and stating thoughts and prayers aren't enough. More details about the President's visit will be available soon.

The Colorado Avenue Bridge closed on October 5 and will remain closed through November 17. The undercrossing project includes safety improvements for trail users by constructing a 14-foot wide pedestrian tunnel as part of the extension of the Deschutes River Trail System. Improvements include an additional 2,200 feet of the trail from the Old Mill to Miller's Landing Park. The Bend Park and Recreation District began construction on the trail system in September and is expected to be complete by mid-December.

The City of Bend is accepting applications to fill three at-large positions for the Downtown Parking Stakeholder Group. The committee is charged with reviewing the City's downtown parking management district and program, and recommending changes, which may include possible changes to the City's comprehensive plan and codes. Additionally, the committee might make parking-related capital improvement project recommendations. The committee is expected to meet for a period of 18 months, possibly longer. Applications are available online at or at Bend City Hall, 710 NW Wall St. and must be submitted before Friday, October 16 at 5pm.

As the irrigation season draws to a close in Central Oregon, the releases from Wickiup Reservoir into the Upper Deschutes are tapering off for the year, and scheduled to be just above 23 cfs, by early next week (baring a lawsuit by WaterWatch). In an effort to avoid a fish kill like the one that occurred in 2013, ODFW is planning a fish recue event, scheduled to take place some time between October 9 and 14. As water levels drop, various species of fish will likely be stranded in shallow, isolated pools near Lava Island. Rescuers will carry four-to-five gallon buckets of water and fish, and release fish in the main channel. If you're interested in volunteering for this effort, please contact Jen Luke

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