Summary The Oregon Department of Administrative Services said Monday that Sharon Sweet got $310,000. Flaherty fired Sweet in October 2011, saying the investigator's work was not "consistently above expectations" and she violated personnel rules by not disclosing her involvement in a romantic relationship with another investigator. The Bend Bulletin reports that since 2005 the department has paid about $1.7 million in claims on employment-related lawsuits filed against all Oregon district attorneys.
Summary These are the fourth and fifth employment-related lawsuits involving Flaherty, and the final outstanding suit to be settled by the state on Flaherty's behalf. The terms of the settlement release the county and Flaherty without admission of liability.
Summary But the fine probably won't take effect until this summer. The county had hoped to speed up the implementation, setting the fine in county code in time for the spring growing season. But the county forester, who tracks the weeds, doesn't have the authority to impose fines.
Summary Republican voters in Deschutes County must choose between Tony DeBone and Richard Esterman as their nominee for County Commission in May. Other issues facing the county in the coming years include the increasing number of requests for non-farm use of farm property for such things as weddings.
Summary With an estimated population increase of 2.51 percent from July 1, 2012, to July 1, 2013, Deschutes County ranked 97th out of nearly 3,200 counties for which the Census Bureau released annual population estimates. The county's natural increase -- a calculation of births over deaths -- increased by 21 from 2012 to 2013, increasing from 392 to 413, according to the estimates.
Summary The county's Road Department hopes a major redevelopment project will lower the crash rate there by installing a roundabout or taking some other step. The county's share for the work on the two bridges totals $370,000, according to the Road Department capital improvement documents.
Summary "You elected me back in 2010 because you wanted politics removed from the District Attorney's Office,' he said. "You wanted your DA focused on the constitutional function of the District Attorney's Office. The questions asked in the debate, which was held at the Highland Baptist Church in Redmond, drew several gasps from audience members.
Summary A long-running dispute between Deschutes County and a Sisters-area landowner over weddings on his property took a new, strange twist last week, after the county sent him a code violation warning for holding church services in his home.
Summary Steven Kurzer has withdrawn from the race. The county circuit court could be down a judge for months. If one of the remaining two candidates running for her position -- Randy Miller or Thomas "T.J" Spear -- doesn't get more than 50 percent of the vote in the May election and automatically win the position, there will be a runoff in November.
Summary A former Bulletin employee accused of sexually abusing at least one underage girl and soliciting a prostitute pleaded guilty to lesser charges and was sentenced this week, according to Deschutes County Circuit Court records. A negotiated settlement was reached on Tuesday and O'Connell pleaded guilty to contributing to the sexual delinquency of a minor, a misdemeanor, according to Deschutes County Chief Deputy District Attorney Mary Anderson.
Summary More than 800 employees work across 22 Deschutes County government departments and service districts, collecting more than $80 million in annual salaries and benefits. Yet the additional payments seem to be on the rise, albeit slightly. County officials will track the personnel figures as county leaders start mapping out the next fiscal year's budget in April, Anderson said.
Summary "Baldwin County, more than any place, supported our honor flight program," Booth, a Vietnam Veteran whose efforts have often been credited with giving 950 veterans an opportunity to visit Washington, D.C., aboard one of the nine flights.
Summary PSG stays one point ahead of Barcelona in Group F before they meet at the Nou Camp in two weeks' time. With Ajax gaining in confidence, PSG weathered a spell of pressure before Ibrahimovic soothed the nerves with an expertly-taken goal in the 78th.
Summary Mayor Lee launched a website, shopdine49.com to help people find local businesses in time for Small Business Saturday, a spin off of Black Friday. . Mayor Lee said, "we're working with our local merchant associations to light up, to incentivize, to attract, to promote. These are the things that we want to do together to make the city successful for everyone."
Summary The plan released Monday would require that 15 units at eight coal-fired plants be retrofitted with controls to help clear the air near national parks and other federally protected land in Texas and Oklahoma. Brad Watson, spokesman for Luminant, the largest power generator in Texas, says the company is "reviewing and analyzing" the effect the 260-page ruling would have on its plants.