Category Archives: Bend Bulletin

State: Sisters airport misused nearly $400,000 in grants

ODOT demanding airport repay money by April 6 Sisters Eagle Airport must repay close to $400,000 in grant money that the Oregon Department of Transportation says the airport misused. Benny Benson, owner of Sisters Eagle Airport, misused some of the money he received in transportation grant funds for runway and airport improvements, according to a […]
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Despite Trump, pot industry expected to grow

America’s cannabis industry will continue growing at double-digit rates over the next four years — even with ambiguity emanating from the White House — as the drug gains in popularity, according to a leading marijuana-research firm. Legalized pot in North America will continue to grow at a compound annual rate of 27 percent through 2021, […]
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Census: Deschutes, Crook county growth among nation’s fastest

Deschutes and Crook counties are among the fastest-growing communities in the nation, according to new population estimates released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau. The Bend-Redmond metropolitan area, consisting of Deschutes County, is listed as the third-fastest-growing Metropolitan Statistical Area from July 1, 2015, to July 1, 2016. The local area’s population grew from an […]
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Editorial: Gov. Brown’s Elliott forest plan is a new way to lose

The case to sell the Elliott State Forest is about money for schools. Gov. Kate Brown’s case to keep some of the state forest in public hands has some admirable elements, but it’s not a smart way to use state resources. Source: Editorial: Gov. Brown’s Elliott forest plan is a new way to lose;

Editorial: Ban dogs from drivers’ laps? We need evidence

Most of the talk about distracted driving in recent years has focused on cellphones. Data clearly show the ubiquitous devices can be blamed in many accidents and deaths on the roadways. But Oregon Sen. Bill Hansell, R-Athena, thinks the Legislature needs a separate focus on dogs sitting in drivers’ laps. Hansell is chief sponsor of […]
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Central Oregon antler-shed hunting season postponed by snow

Hunters are giving deer, elk, space Lisa Husaby was jogging with her dog, a French Brittany, when it ducked into a snowy juniper forest north of Bend. Moments later, the dog popped out, cradling a 7-pound, three-point deer-antler shed between its teeth. Nelli, who finds about three or four sheds a year, trotted the rest […]
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Editorial: Oregon should comply with REAL ID

Oregon lawmakers voted in 2009 not to comply with the federal REAL ID Act. Now, there’s just over a year until noncompliance becomes a real problem for travelers, who would be barred from airplanes if they lacked acceptable identification. The state would be better served if lawmakers adopted the changes required by REAL ID and […]
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Editorial: Don’t conceal names of alleged victims and witnesses

“No court shall be secret, but justice shall be administered, openly and without purchase, completely and without delay… ”That’s from the Oregon Constitution. Legislators should remember that when they consider Senate Bill 248. It sets out to wrap Oregon’s grand jury process in even greater secrecy. The bill, co-sponsored by Rep. John Huffman, R-The Dalles, […]
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Washington state study: Legalization not affecting teen pot use

A state-run survey of 37,000 middle and high school students in Washington state finds marijuana legalization there has had no effect on youngsters’ propensity to use the drug. The Washington State Healthy Youth Survey found that the 2016 rate of marijuana use was basically unchanged since 2012, when the state voted to legalize marijuana for […]
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Bend day care owner may have neglected kids for years

Daycare provider’s former roommates allege pattern of neglect January Neatherlin, the owner of an illegal Bend daycare who is now in jail for allegedly abandoning children in her care, had been neglecting children for years before her arrest, according to former roommates, and had been reported to Bend Police as early as 2015. Source: Bend […]
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