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Home Visiting Program Sends $8.4M to Oregon

The federal Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) will be providing approximately $8.4 million in funding to Oregon for the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program. The Federal Home Visiting Program involves voluntary, home visiting services to women during pregnancy, and to parents with young children.

Home visiting is a voluntary prevention strategy with a mission to support pregnant mothers and new parents to promote infant and child health, prevent child abuse and neglect, and improve school readiness. Most services are delivered by trained nurses, social workers or child development specialists.

The Federal Home Visiting Program serves nearly 40 percent of U.S. counties and more than 2.3 million home visits have been conducted, serving parents and children in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and five territories. Close to 80 percent of families participating have household incomes at or below federal poverty levels.

Hearing for Tumalo Irrigation District

A hearing will be held later in April regarding a new code enforcement complaint against Tumalo Irrigation District (TID). This is regarding large scale, unpermitted excavation and removal of material conducted for several weeks during this winter deer migration season. Previously, similar activities were shut down by regulatory authorities. 

A 1988 deed restriction requires the land be managed for the benefit of wildlife.

The Community Development Department is tasked to review whether this activity, in the Winter Deer Range, was illegal and what amount of penalty, if any, to assess against TID. 

This comes on the heels of a written decision earlier this year against TID by Deschutes County Hearings Officer Karen Green. That decision was regarding unpermitted development of recreational use of a reservoir for water skiing and wakeboarding on subject property zoned Rural Residential and within the Wildlife Area Combining Zone.

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