Category Archives: Bend Bulletin

What’s behind flooding on the Upper Deschutes?

Warm weather, water management, plant life all named as culprits. Water levels along the Upper Deschutes River have slowly receded over the first couple weeks of September, which means life is finally returning to normal for Nancy Capell and her garden. Source: What’s behind flooding on the Upper Deschutes?; Warm weather, water management, plant life […]
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Carbon-cap effort to highlight legislative ‘committee days’

Health care scandal and fires also on the agenda. A cap on carbon emissions, a health care scandal and fights over firefighting will pump political adrenaline into the Capitol this week. Lawmakers will return Monday for three “interim committee days,” or “Comm Days” for short. It’s a time for legislative housekeeping left over from the […]
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State considers controversial carbon cap

GOP not sold on market pollution fix. Oregon would join an air pollution “market” stretching from California to Quebec under a plan unveiled Monday at the Capitol. The Senate and House environment committees held a joint meeting where Democrats touted a carbon “cap-and-invest” program they plan to introduce next year. “We are not on track […]
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Editorial: Measure would rightly clarify what is a new tax

Oregonians may get the chance to vote next year on a pair of ballot measures that would have a significant impact on just about everyone in the state. Lawmakers will get what they deserve if the measure currently being called “A Tax Is a Tax” makes it to the ballot and is approved. It would […]
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Editorial: Oregon should change its smoke plan

Perhaps nothing has been more irritating this summer in Central Oregon than the persistent wildfire smoke. Almost every summer activity — those that weren’t canceled, anyway — came with an unwelcome lungful. Oregon’s Democratic Sens. Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden and Rep. Greg Walden, R-Hood River, have called for changes in the way the federal […]
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Editorial: Two good changes to public unions

Public employee unions, among the most powerful political groups in the state of Oregon, are the target of a pair of initiative petitions. If the measures make it to the November 2018 ballot and are approved, the unions are likely to find at least some of their power gone. Source: Editorial: Two good changes to […]
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Commentary: Yes: Lowering corporate taxes will send worker wages soaring

Editor’s note: The writer is addressing the question, “Will lowering the corporate tax rate jump-start the economy?” Labor Day is behind us. And as we look beyond its traditions of barbecues, beaches and vague political promises to help American workers, we can clearly see one concrete action Congress could take to actually increase wages and […]
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Commentary: No: Corporate taxes should be reformed, not cut

Editor’s note: The writer is addressing the question, “Will lowering the corporate tax rate jump-start the economy?” The marginal tax rate on corporate profits in the United States is 35 percent. As President Donald Trump and other proponents of tax reform continually say, this is the highest rate in the world. This is true — […]
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A Central Oregon paramedic minus the ambulance

Seeing patients at home may improve care, save money. Bob Oakden is effectively housebound most days. He might be able to walk up the hill outside his house, but the 88-year-old’s tremors make his legs so weak, he can’t go far — and never without his cane. Lately, he’s found it tough to juggle the […]
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Charges expected for Summer Lake wildfire

Another wildfire, this one nearby, is suspected of being human-caused. Oregon State Police are investigating a group of partygoers who shot at exploding targets on private property in July and possibly sparked the Ana Fire, which burned 6,200 acres in the Summer Lake area. “This is an ongoing investigation and OSP is the lead investigator,” […]
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