Category Archives: Bend Bulletin

Capitol roundup: No state dog for Oregon

The statehouse air conditioning is off, while votes from 2019 session still raise steam. With the Legislature gone until next year, lawmakers can’t be blamed for the hot air filling the Capitol this month. Ramped-up renovation of the 80-year-old statehouse is the culprit: The air conditioning is off until July 29, and the whole place […]
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Editorial: Any new carbon bill should return money to Oregonians

The 2019 session of the Oregon Legislature was a doozy. With supermajorities in each house, Democrats didn’t have to worry about passing most tax bills, which they did with abandon. Republicans stewed until those in the Senate found a way to force their Democratic counterparts to the bargaining table. They picked up their papers and […]
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Deschutes County residents want a new landfill, according to survey

Knott Landfill expected to fill up in next 10 years. Deschutes County residents want a new landfill, according to a recent survey. During a Monday work session, county commissioners reviewed a survey that asked about 500 county residents where their future trash should go. They were given two options: transport trash to an existing landfill […]
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Oregon fossil found to be rare bone-crushing mammal

Fossil sat misidentified on a shelf for nearly 50 years. An ancient Oregon fossil that was misidentified for about 50 years was recently revealed to be a jaw bone of a rare prehistoric bone-crushing hoofed mammal. It is the first fossil of that mammal to be found in the Northwest. Source: Oregon fossil found to […]
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Baby trumpeter swans may make 2019 breeding season the best in recent years

So far, 17 eggs have hatched in Oregon, with four nesting pairs still waiting. The four baby trumpeter swans at the Sunriver Nature Center are not the only ones to hatch this year in Oregon. Across the state, biologists count 17 baby swans this breeding season, the same number as last year. But there are […]
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OSU-Cascades starts new arts and technology degree

Students learn art skills alongside marketing and graphic design knowledge. A new program introduced to Oregon State University-Cascades in June combines multiple classic studies — arts, graphic design, communications — into a new degree: Arts, Media and Technology. The program’s leading professor says it will serve a need among Central Oregon companies for workers skilled […]
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Madras expands urban growth boundary to include airport

Expansion allows city to better control plans for the airport. The city of Madras is expanding its urban growth boundary by 1,089 acres to include the entire Madras Municipal Airport. The Madras City Council approved the move in June. Nick Snead, the city’s community development director, said it has been a long time coming to […]
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Oregon grocery workers point out gender pay gap

Fred Meyer supplied data for union’s wage analysis. In 1969, the “head girl” in bakery sales and snack bar at an Albertson’s grocery store in Oregon would be paid an extra $5 per week, according to a contract negotiated by the former Retail Clerks Union. Source: Oregon grocery workers point out gender pay gap; Fred […]
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Analysis: Job reports showing low unemployment draw an incomplete picture

These should be the best of times for working people. After all, the unemployment rate is just 3.7%, near its lowest level in almost 50 years. If that were our only guide, then we might conclude that virtually every adult in the United States who wants to work is either doing so or is diligently […]
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Editorial: Don’t use state health care program as an ATM

Does your job not pay enough? Rent too expensive? Need a college degree? Where do you go for help? If your answer was, “I will talk to my doctor.” Congratulations! You’re thinking just like the state of Oregon. Under the 289-page proposed contracts with coordinated care organizations — the state’s method of delivering Medicaid — […]
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