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Central Oregon job market soaks up newcomers

Deschutes County unemployment rate 4.2 percent in October

In the last two years, Bend software company LeadMethod has hired four people who followed their spouses here from big cities but didn’t have jobs of their own, founder Justin Johnson said. 20 more words

Bend Bulletin

Central Oregon job picture holds steady in October

Job losses across the High Desert have been largely consistent with the typical seasonal pattern for the fall, resulting in no significant changes to the broad employment situation, the state Employment Department reported Tuesday. 9 more words


Capitol Roundup: State gets new legislator as Congress debates taxes

The Central Oregon delegation to the Legislature added a new member Monday. Republican businessman Daniel Bonham, of The Dalles, was chosen by a special panel of commissioners representing counties in the 59th House District, which includes northern Deschutes County and all of Jefferson County, as well as Wheeler and part of Wasco counties. 11 more words

Oregon Legislature

Deer and elk disease comes to Central Oregon

Oregon saw its first confirmed case of a fatal and easily spread disease that affects deer and elk earlier this month, thanks to a Madras hunter. 52 more words

Bend Bulletin

Credits bring health insurance premiums under $1 for some

Central Oregonians should check eligibility, Bend agents urge.

Open enrollment for health insurance is in full swing, and some Bend agents say bumped up tax credits are pushing a few clients’ premiums below $1 per month.“It’s incredible,” Ron Gallinat, an agent who owns Central Oregon Employee Benefits, said of the fact that he’s enrolled people in bronze policies that cost 8 cents per month, thanks to monthly tax credits of around $800. 9 more words

Bend Bulletin

Editorial: Salem’s excuse factory aims at OSU-Cascades

Central Oregonians should not forget what the Legislature did this year to deny funding to OSU-Cascades. Especially because the Legislature could be about to do it again. 43 more words

Oregon Legislature