Category Archives: Bend Bulletin

Annual report spotlights child welfare in Oregon

Deschutes County graduation ranking improved, child abuse ranking dropped. The annual Oregon County Data Book, which offers detailed statistics on issues facing children and families across the state, was released last week and shows mixed results. The book is produced each year by the state child advocacy organization, Children First for Oregon. It compiles data […]
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Editorial: Lawmakers should end elected officials’ sweet deal

Elected officials in Oregon have, by and large, a sweet deal when it comes to Oregon’s public records law. It’s time the Legislature closed the loophole that comes close to guaranteeing elected officials have nothing to fear from the law. Ginger McCall, the state’s former Public Records Advocate, made the case for the change in […]
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Editorial: Ballot security will be the issue

More than 400 Oregonians, all of them living overseas, will have the opportunity to take part in a voting experiment this November. They’re legal residents of Jackson and Umatilla counties, and they’ll be able to use their smartphones to vote back home. Source: Editorial: Ballot security will be the issue;

Guest column: Plan now to protect the Ochocos

Love it or hate it, the wilderness permit system for parts of the Central Cascades is coming next year. Charging for permits to access our shared public lands is not ideal, but having overused backcountry areas covered in human feces … also not ideal. Source: Guest column: Plan now to protect the Ochocos;

Editorial: State retirement system still a worry

You don’t have to be an accountant to know Oregon’s Public Employees Retirement System is in trouble. School teachers, police officers and other government employees deserve good retirement plans. But it has to be a plan the state can afford. Oregon’s PERS moved from no liability in 2007 to $17 billion in unfunded liability in […]
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Editorial: Hass right on records advocate

The Oregon Legislature created the office of Public Records Advocate and the Public Records Advisory Council in 2017. Now, in the wake of the resignation of the first advocate, Ginger McCall, state Sen. Mark Hass, D-Beaverton, hopes to persuade lawmakers to give the council the right to appoint McCall’s successor. Gov. Kate Brown agrees. There’s […]
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Rare blue northern leopard frog is found

In the arid land west of Spokane in eastern Washington — punctuated by channels and basins carved by ancient hydraulic cataclysm — state biologists discovered a rare and beautiful genetic mutation in late August: A northern leopard frog with blue spots. “I thought I was just seeing things,” said Sean Dougherty, a Washington Department of […]
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U.S. ‘green economy’ generates $1.3 trillion

If the U.S. wants to extend economic growth, it should double down on cleaning up the environment and fighting climate change, which are fueling both jobs and revenue, according to a new analysis by University College London researchers. Source: U.S. ‘green economy’ generates $1.3 trillion;

Editorial: Voters, save recall for important matters

Gov. Kate Brown, a Democrat, won’t have to defend herself against a recall vote next month, and that’s a good thing. While the governor may not be the best top executive the state has ever had, a pair of recall efforts seem to have been sparked more by things that happened in the Legislature than […]
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Bend-La Pine’s 2019 graduating class mostly remains in Western U.S. for college

Central Oregon Community College remains most popular choice. For another year, the majority of college-bound graduates from Bend-La Pine Schools chose to attend schools in Oregon. More than 450 graduating Bend-La Pine seniors in the class of 2019 enrolled in colleges and universities throughout Oregon, including all seven of the state’s public universities and many […]
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