Category Archives: Bend Bulletin

Oregon public records council focuses on plan to ensure independence

League of Oregon Cities’ amendments could curtail some of the council’s and public records advocates’ authority to seek legislation. Oregon’s Public Records Advisory Council met Wednesday to discuss a legislative proposal to carve out its place as an independent agency and office under the governor. A lobbyist for the League of Oregon Cities has proposed […]
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Editorial: Homeless focus overlooks important piece of the puzzle

Oregon Speaker of the House Tina Kotek hopes to persuade the state Legislature to commit at least $40 million to help finance new shelters for the homeless this year. If she’s successful, the money will be a good step in efforts to provide relief for Oregon’s least fortunate residents, though it’s a long way from […]
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Editorial: Reporters Committee bringing needed help to Oregon

Oregon media organizations are going to get some much needed help in getting public records. The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press announced Tuesday Oregon was one of five states selected to have an attorney to help journalists gain access to public records and hold government accountable. Oregon’s public records law is a farce […]
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Local high schools have mixed graduation rate results in a historic year for Oregon

Oregon had its highest overall high school graduation rate in a decade in 2019, a year in which Central Oregon’s 10 high schools saw varied results. Only half of the region’s high schools posted a higher graduation rate for the class of 2019 than the year before. Still, all but two local high schools surpassed […]
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Point In-Time Count for Central Oregon homeless starts next week

Count attempts to capture the larger picture of sheltered and unsheltered people experiencing homelessness. The Homeless Leadership Coalition will be kicking off the annual Point In-Time Count, where volunteers count the number of homeless people in Central Oregon for three days. The count is part of a state and national effort to identify the number […]
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Swalley Irrigation District to pipe entire canal network

For more than a century, Swalley Irrigation District has tapped the Deschutes River with a series of antiquated canals and ditches, technologies that by themselves cause water loss due to seepage. Now the district says it will fully reverse this trend and pipe its entire canal network. Source: Swalley Irrigation District to pipe entire canal […]
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Commentary: The rent crisis won’t go away without more housing

San Francisco, an archetype of the urban housing affordability crisis, appears to have decided that enough is enough. Proposition E, a ballot measure that will be voted on in March and is widely predicted to pass, will tie construction of new office space in the city to building subsidized, affordable housing. Source: Commentary: The rent […]
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Is a supermarket discount coupon worth giving away your privacy?

Most large companies doing business in California are required by the state’s new privacy law to disclose what they know about customers and how that information is used. This resulted in fairly straightforward announcements by many businesses. Source: Is a supermarket discount coupon worth giving away your privacy? | Business | bendbulletin.com

Editorial: State fire plan’s a good first step

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown wants the state to get serious about dealing with and preventing wildfire, and what she has in mind is a first step down a long road. Lawmakers will take up her proposed legislation when the short, even-year session begins Feb. 3. It’s a good beginning. Source: Editorial: State fire plan’s a […]
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Editorial: Companies don’t get to hide spending of public money

The sports betting contractor with the Oregon lottery is insisting Oregonians can’t know what and how the state is paying them. Can that company be serious? Yes, it is. The company, SBTech, based in Malta, is suing to keep the financial details of its contract with the state lottery a secret. It claims releasing the […]
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