Category Archives: Bend Bulletin

Pilot Butte faces years of rehabilitation after Fourth of July fire

State plans demonstration habitat in burned area. About six weeks after a fire on the Fourth of July ravaged the base of Pilot Butte, mitigating the damage to the burned areas remains an uphill battle. “It’s going to be a long process, so we appreciate everyone’s patience,” said Susan Bethers, park manager for the Tumalo […]
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Fires to the north bring smoke back to Central Oregon

Smoke in Bend mostly from fires in Washington, British Columbia. Central Oregonians awoke Monday morning to a new round of wildfire smoke blanketing the area. However, the smoke is largely unrelated to the spate of new fires in the region, according to fire experts. Source: Fires to the north bring smoke back to Central Oregon; […]
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Guest column: Judge was right to dismiss the Pelton Project lawsuit

My Indian name is Mustalik. I am a member of the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon and am privileged to serve as chairman of the Tribal Council. I come from the Wasco and Warm Springs people on the Columbia River, and I write to address issues raised in The Bulletin’s recent […]
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Several Newberry caldera campgrounds to close early for season

Several campgrounds within the Newberry National Volcanic Monument will close early for the season, because of a project designed to remove diseased trees. The U.S. Forest Service announced Thursday that it will begin the “Shield” forest management project, where staffers will remove trees that show signs of future failure from disease and insect infestation within […]
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Editorial: PERS is no ordinary 401(k)

You may have heard the talk: The state’s Public Employees Retirement System’s benefits for its newest members are not much more than a 401(k), the defined-contribution plan that’s become common in private business. It isn’t. Yes, new PERS members have a 401(k), but that isn’t all. Not only will public employees in the newest tier, […]
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Editorial: Forest Service should renew Bend’s water permit

The Forest Service permit that allows Bend to take water from source springs for Tumalo Creek is up for renewal. It should be renewed. Bend gets about half of its drinking water from an intake on Bridge Creek. It’s a tributary of Tumalo Creek. This permit is really about what happens before that intake. Source: […]
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Cougar shot and killed after killing sheep, turkey near Bend

A farmer 2.5 miles east of Bend shot and killed a cougar earlier this week after it killed two Shetland sheep and a turkey on his 20-acre property off Bear Creek Road. It was the third Central Oregon cougar encounter in the past week. Source: Cougar shot and killed after killing sheep, turkey near Bend

Cougar shot and killed after killing sheep, turkey near Bend

Farmer killed the 3-year-old male cougar. A farmer 2.5 miles east of Bend shot and killed a cougar earlier this week after it killed two Shetland sheep and a turkey on his 20-acre property off Bear Creek Road. It was the third Central Oregon cougar encounter in the past week. Source: Cougar shot and killed […]
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Central Oregon school leaders discuss challenges, successes

Achievement gap, graduation rates and student trauma among topics. Three local education leaders opened up Thursday about the challenges facing Central Oregon schools, striking an optimistic tone about student achievement, graduation rates and collaborations between schools and local organizations. Source: Central Oregon school leaders discuss challenges, successes; Achievement gap, graduation rates and student trauma among […]
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Guest column: Forest Service must do more to protect Tumalo Creek

The headwater springs of Tumalo Creek, Tumalo Falls and the creek as it flows through Shevlin Park are among the most popular recreation sites in Central Oregon. A picture of Tumalo Falls is on the cover of the Deschutes National Forest Recreation Map. Protecting flows in Tumalo Creek is important. Source: Guest column: Forest Service […]
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