Category Archives: Bend Bulletin

Plan for local control of transit funds alive

The bill would shift authority from Salem to Bend area A plan that would allow Bend-area officials to set transportation spending priorities for some state money has been safely parked in the House Revenue Committee. While no action is pending on the bill, its approval by the House Transportation Policy Committee on March 27 beat […]
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Apple drives solar-array construction

Computer giant to buy enough power to run a small city Apple is the customer behind a 56-megawatt solar array — the largest so far in Oregon — that is under construction in Crook County, according to Apple’s latest environmental sustainability report. Source: Apple drives solar-array construction; Computer giant to buy enough power to run […]
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Eclipse lures tens of thousands to Oregon’s smallest county

Mitchell deals with challenges, embraces international attention from eclipse There are many hotels in Oregon, but only one Oregon Hotel: a two-story building with a powder-blue roof and a lighted sign that flickers even in the sunlight, near the edge of the main business loop in the Wheeler County town of Mitchell. Source: Eclipse lures […]
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Student teachers succeed in Warm Springs program

Students learn on the job in George Fox University program A program at Jefferson County School District is allowing staffers who want to become teachers to go to school and student-teach — all while working full time with benefits. The partnership between the school district and George Fox University, called Grow Your Own, has allowed […]
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Erik Lukens column: Buehler made himself an easy ethics target

Democrats’ complaint may be baseless, but it was well-aimed The Oregon Democratic Party this month tossed a hand grenade at Rep. Knute Buehler, alleging that the Bend Republican has failed to report a significant amount of income in recent years as required by law. Time will tell whether the assault on Buehler’s credibility was well-aimed, […]
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Editorial: Oregon should welcome new Washington interest in bridge

In 2014, Oregon was ready for a new Columbia River bridge, but Washington state couldn’t get its act together. The effort died after years of effort and millions of dollars spent. Now, Washington is ready, but Oregon is saying: Not now. Source: Editorial: Oregon should welcome new Washington interest in bridge;

Legislature can’t move without solving $1.6B shortfall

Finding more money, cutting costs are necessary Halfway through the 2017 session, the Oregon Legislature is obsessed with one, very big number: $1,600,000,000.00. It’s the difference between what the state plans to spend and what it believes it will take in during the 2017-19 budget cycle. The sum is so huge that it casts an […]
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Oregon AG open to home inspection complaints

The Oregon Department of Justice has received no complaints about a Bend man fined recently for inspecting homes without a license, but it will accept complaints on the Attorney General’s consumer hotline. Gregory Mason Miller used a fraudulent home inspector’s license number, the general license number of a legitimate Coos Bay contractor with the same […]
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Bend real estate sector warned of affordable housing backlash

Panelists predict growth will continue Bend’s inevitable growth and how the city and real estate industry should respond to it dominated the Bend Chamber of Commerce’s annual Real Estate Forecast Thursday. Source: Bend real estate sector warned of affordable housing backlash; Panelists predict growth will continue

False home inspector facing $80,000 in fines; Fine total likely to rise, CCB states

  Fine total likely to rise, CCB states The Oregon Construction Contractors Board has fined an unlicensed home inspector more than $80,000 — with more fines coming — for performing dozens of illegal home inspections in Central and Eastern Oregon, the board announced Wednesday. Gregory Mason Miller, of Bend, used the CCB license number of […]
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