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Three Rivers School Board Votes to Refer $39 Million Bond to Patrons on May 21st Ballot

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The Three Rivers School Board has voted unanimously to move forward with a school bond measure on the May 21st ballot. Three Rivers Communications Coordinator Wendy Giordano said the primary focus of this initiative is to re-roof aging buildings and enhance the safety and security of students and staff, with a specific emphasis on access control measures. In assessing the security needs of Three Rivers schools, the Board's strategy involves strengthening school perimeters to effectively deter and delay potential threats. Implementation methods will be tailored to individual site characteristics and may include the addition of fencing, gates, buzz-in entry systems equipped with cameras or key-card entry systems. A significant portion of the allocated funds will be directed toward essential maintenance projects, notably the re-roofing of 18 buildings across the district. A recent long-range facilities plan identified an urgent need for roofing repair or replacement, given the district-wide average building age of 60 years. If the district can gain approval of the $39 million bond measure, it has secured a matching state grant of $6 million. The projected tax rate associated with this bond is 55 cents per thousand dollars of assessed property value. ...Read more

New Oregon Unemployment Insurance Benefits Online System Goes "Live" Monday Morning

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The Oregon Employment Department is just days away from launching a brand new, easy-to-use online system for Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits. UI benefits go "live" through Frances Online on Monday at 8 a.m.. Frances Online offers features that will provide a better customer service experience for UI claimants. It's also mobile-friendly. Claimants will be able to do a lot more things online through self-serve features instead of waiting for a letter in the mail or calling the UI Contact Center. Oregon Employment Department Director David Gerstenfeld said with Frances Online, they'll be able to serve Oregonians better and get their benefits paid quicker. The system migration began Wednesday night. Some services went offline and the Contact Center was closed on Thursday. All UI systems, phone lines and customer service options are now temporarily unavailable until Monday at 8 a.m.. During the planned service outage, UI customers cannot file initial claims, file weekly claims, restart claims, check the status of claims or make changes to claim information. To learn more about the new system, customer service impacts, new self-serve features and what to expect on Monday, visit "unemployment.oregon.gov/frances." ...Read more

ODOT: Winter Weather Makes for Hazardous Travel Conditions in Many Parts of Oregon

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Crews from the Oregon Department of Transportation are working to make roads safe as a new round of winter storms hit Oregon yesterday. High winds plus heavy snow and rain are making travel hazardous in many corners of the state. ODOT officials said the road surface is just one concern during winter storms. High winds and precipitation often cause debris such as trees and rocks to fall onto roadways. In the mountains and high elevation areas, heavy snow and high winds can create whiteout conditions, severely limiting visibility. Travelers should stay aware and be prepared for delays and closures. Motorists should consult "tripcheck.com" and check weather forecasts on their planned routes. "Tripcheck.com" provides "live" cameras showing road conditions around the state along with other information that can help travel planning including altitude and temperature. If you must travel during a winter storm, be prepared. Pack your vehicle with the essentials like tire chains, blankets, warm clothing, food, water and medications. Make sure your vehicle's fuel tank is full and your phone battery is fully charged. ...Read more

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