Category Archives: Bend Bulletin

Editorial: Stop cheating Oregon on testing;

Oregon has been cheating students and parents on testing. The recent announcement that Oregon high schoolers will continue to take state Smarter Balanced tests, instead of switching to college board tests, doesn’t make things any better. Gov. Kate Brown has already torpedoed statewide testing. Source: Editorial: Stop cheating Oregon on testing;

Santiam ski lodge revival progressing with state grant

Salem couple receives $20,000 to start restoration of historic lodge. A nonprofit working to restore the dilapidated Santiam Pass Ski Lodge west of Sisters was recently awarded a $20,000 state grant to launch the restoration effort. Source: Santiam ski lodge revival progressing with state grant; Salem couple receives $20,000 to start restoration of historic lodge

Cuts to funds that help people find insurance shouldn’t affect Oregon

Federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will cut funds by 70 percent. The Trump administration’s move to cut funding for people who help consumers buy individual health insurance plans should not affect Oregon, state officials said, as the state funds its own enrollment assistant program. The Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace provides grants to community […]
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A slingshot, a bus shelter and a court opinion worth reading; Oregon Appeals Court ruling dispenses common sense with a smile

For pure reading enjoyment, Oregon Court of Appeals opinions aren’t in the same league as Harry Potter novels. Occasionally, though, the court produces something like last week’s very brief (six pages) decision in State of Oregon vs. Rachael Dawn Wakefield, which accomplishes two things. It applies common sense — and, it turns out, justice — […]
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Editorial: A slingshot, a bus shelter and a court opinion worth reading

Oregon Appeals Court ruling dispenses common sense with a smile. For pure reading enjoyment, Oregon Court of Appeals opinions aren’t in the same league as Harry Potter novels. Occasionally, though, the court produces something like last week’s very brief (six pages) decision in State of Oregon vs. Rachael Dawn Wakefield, which accomplishes two things. It […]
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With no access to work crews, yoga may help female inmates stay calm

There are too few female inmates in Deschutes County jail to staff work crews. With a panic button a feet away and constant video surveillance, yoga instructor Nancy Lumpkin walked amid seven barefoot women, all of them Deschutes County jail inmates, and led them through a range of positions. “We call this ‘warrior pose,’” she […]
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Portland VA gets cancer research support; Funding will help enroll veterans in clinical trials

Funding will help enroll veterans in clinical trials. The Portland VA Medical Center is one of 12 sites chosen to receive additional funding to enroll more veterans with cancer into research studies, offering Oregon veterans better access to cutting-edge medications and treatments. The program will be jointly managed by the Department of Veterans Affairs and […]
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Editorial: End no-poaching employment practice

Ellen Rosenblum, Oregon’s attorney general, has joined her counterparts in nine other states and the District of Columbia in their effort to investigate the hiring practices of fast-food franchises. The AGs are looking into no-poaching agreements that generally prevent one Burger King, for example, from hiring workers at another Burger King. That kind of agreement, […]
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Trout numbers recovering in the Crooked River near Prineville

ODFW biologists estimate about 3,500 trout per mile in the section below Bowman Dam. Of all the premium fishing spots on Central Oregon rivers, the Crooked River near Prineville might provide the best chance for fly anglers to land rainbow trout. Source: Trout numbers recovering in the Crooked River near Prineville; ODFW biologists estimate about […]
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Editorial: Texting slips through public records loophole

When a city councilor, school official or state worker sends a text message relating to the public’s business, it is a public record in Oregon. That’s a potential problem. State laws and policies haven’t caught up to the technology. Most public bodies in Oregon don’t automatically retain an archive of text messages, as they do […]
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