Category Archives: Bend Bulletin

Editorial: Needed progress made on surprise medical billing reform

If you can get past most of the contentious debates about health care, you can find reforms that Democrats and Republicans can agree on. Surprise medical billing is one. Congress has made important bipartisan — yes bipartisan in the middle of the impeachment proceedings — progress on how to reform it. It’s one of the […]
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Boomers have outgrown real Christmas trees

A trade group representing Christmas tree growers is making headlines this month by noting that tree production is down in 2019. The proximate cause of the slump, according to the National Christmas Tree Association, traces back to the Great Recession, when farmers cut back on plantings amid sluggish sales. But the industry as a whole […]
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State accepts Bend smoke plan

A plan on how authorities in Bend should manage smoke from prescribed fires has been approved by state regulators. The plan, created jointly by the city of Bend and Deschutes County, guides how and when officials will inform the public before prescribed burns occur. Source: State accepts Bend smoke plan | Local&State | bendbulletin.com

Editorial: State won’t use stereotypes in custody cases

It’s doubtful that Eric Ziegler and Amy Fabbrini, of Redmond, set out to improve services for Oregon parents with intellectual disabilities when they sought to regain custody of their two sons in 2016. They just wanted their kids back. But their fight, which was successful, was the trigger that led to a settlement reached in […]
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Editorial: Police have problem telling hemp from marijuana

Law enforcement agencies in Oregon are key to keeping marijuana off the black market. That, in turn, is critically important in a state that’s made weed legal despite a federal ban on the drug. Now, thanks to the federal legalization of hemp, law enforcement’s job is harder than it used to be. Source: Editorial: Police […]
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Editorial: Robocall bill just shy of becoming law

It could be a matter of days before federal legislation that cracks down on robocalls becomes law. The Palllone-Thune TRACED Act sailed through the U.S. House of Representatives Thursday by a 417-3 vote margin. It had previously passed the Senate with 97 votes. Source: Editorial: Robocall bill just shy of becoming law | Opinion | […]
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Oregonians invited to hike on New Year’s Day

Central Oregonians looking to start off 2020 with a healthy and fun New Year’s Day hike can participate in one of several guided walks organized by the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. Source: Oregonians invited to hike on New Year’s Day

Janet Stevens column: Permanent supportive housing plans are promising

Permanent supportive housing may not be the complete solution to chronic homelessness in Central Oregon, but it’s certainly likely to become a big part of the mix. Now, thanks to Central Oregon FUSE (Frequent Users System Engagement) it’s beginning to become a reality. The idea behind permanent supportive housing, one of two housing-first models, sounds […]
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High speed internet to come to John Day

Nearly 650 customers in John Day will benefit from a $6 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development’s ReConnect Pilot Program. The Oregon Telephone Corp. will use the program to deploy 89 miles of fiber optics to service the remote area of John Day and other places in the United States, according […]
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Editorial: Oregon needs an open primary

The Independent Party of Oregon, all 124,777 of them, is giving nonaffiliated voters in the state something the two majors refuse to do. It will allow the 948,697 (as of October) nonaffiliated registered voters a chance to have a say in its primary election. More power to them. Source: Editorial: Oregon needs an open primary […]
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