Category Archives: Bend Bulletin

Editorial: BOLI botches pay equity implementation

As of Jan. 1, Oregon will have one of the most comprehensive pay equity laws in the country. But state labor regulators just finalized the rules and have done an inadequate job of explaining them to employers. Source: Editorial: BOLI botches pay equity implementation

Two years after Kaylee Sawyer’s murder, her family wants campus cops to change

-Bend Police chief says COCC security endangers city, denies victims their rights- When Kaylee Sawyer’s father spoke at her killer’s sentencing in January, he promised he wouldn’t let his daughter’s name be forgotten. In Salem on Friday, Jamie Sawyer, along with leaders from Central Oregon, will address legislators in support of a proposed bill — […]
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Editorial: Gun lock proposal misses the mark

Though the final bill hasn’t been made public, it’s clear the 2019 Oregon Legislature will be asked to approve a measure requiring people to keep their guns under lock and key, or else. Some of what is being proposed makes sense, but there are serious flaws, as well. Source: Editorial: Gun lock proposal misses the […]
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Oregon State Police funding has rare bipartisan support

Brown calls for more troopers, and GOP agrees. Republicans say they will back Gov. Kate Brown’s effort to start rebuilding the Oregon State Police, which today is staffed at the same levels as in 1969, when the state had half the number of residents as today. Many in the GOP oppose portions of Brown’s new […]
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How will climate change affect local rivers?

Changing climate could hurt late-summer flows. In addition to bringing longer wildfire seasons and warmer winters to Central Oregon, climate change stands to fundamentally alter the lifeblood of many of the region’s communities: its rivers. Some river experts predict that a declining snowpack could cause massive declines in river flows throughout the Deschutes basin during […]
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Straw ban, plastic bag tax, gun bill take shape in Salem

The Legislature will consider a statewide tax on plastic bags and a ban on plastic straws. Democrats also plan to introduce a bill that would require gun owners to securely store their weapons using locks. The 2019 legislative session begins in January. Source: Straw ban, plastic bag tax, gun bill take shape in Salem;

Editorial: The WSPA campaign against fuel-program transparency

Oil industry group’s campaign against Clean Fuels Program undermines its insistence upon secrecy. “The Oregon Department of Justice (the “DOJ”) has a short memory.” Such is the opening sentence of a recent legal filing by the Western States Petroleum Association, which has joined Chevron and an Iowa biofuel giant in suing to keep records related […]
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Guest column: $30M funding for irrigation modernization benefits Oregon’s farmers and rivers

For farmers in the Tumalo Irrigation District, 2018 started a new era for modernizing their infrastructure. Thanks to Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., a vocal advocate for irrigation modernization in Washington, and the vision of area farmers to collaboratively transform their water delivery system to benefit agriculture and the environment, TID has been awarded nearly $30 […]
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Editorial: Wyden should lead on Crooked River Ranch safety

It would be a miserable failure for Congress not to pass Rep. Greg Walden’s fire protection bill for Crooked River Ranch before the next fire season. A key obstacle is Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and other Democratic senators. Wyden’s office says he wants Walden’s bill bundled together as part of a package of more than […]
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Editorial: Stop the kicker heist

The re-election of Gov. Kate Brown and Democratic control of the Legislature means a special kind of progress for the state — progress in the amount Oregonians pay in taxes. Brown is aiming for a $2 billion increase in a state that will already be bringing in record revenues. And just as bad, her allies […]
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