Category Archives: Bend Bulletin

Editorial: Change in pot testing law isn’t ready

Among the 20 bills before the Oregon Legislature that deal with marijuana are a pair that should be given short shrift, at least for now. Senate Bill 379 and House Bill 2655 are identical and identically flawed. They would forbid employers from denying jobs to or firing anyone found to have a legal substance in […]
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Helt and Zika split on Medicaid vote

Helt votes yes, Zika votes no on bipartisan package. The Bend area’s two first-term Republican House members went separate ways on Tuesday’s vote on a bipartisan bill to partially fund Medicaid in Oregon. Source: Helt and Zika split on Medicaid vote; Helt votes yes, Zika votes no on bipartisan package

Medicaid patients wait for rides with loss of contractor

Ride Center scrambling to replace terminated cab company. One of the region’s largest medical ride transportation services has been terminated by the call center coordinating rides, creating havoc for local patients and clinics. Bend-based GreenCab had been providing an estimated 2,500 rides per month to Oregon Health Plan members, which the company’s owner estimated accounted […]
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Police negotiators fill unique, critical role

Central Oregon emergency response isn’t all SWAT. Once a month, an elite police force meets on the bottom floor of the Bend Police Department headquarters. They have a particular set of skills — skills many of them have acquired over long careers. “Tell me more about that,” Bend officer Chris Stoaks asks a fellow officer […]
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Editorial: Redistricting suggestion offers good start

Sen. Tim Knopp, R-Bend, and Rep. Jack Zika, R-Redmond, have teamed up to create a plan that would change the way the state redraws its electoral boundaries every 10 years. Senate Joint Resolution 11 would create an independent redistricting commission. It isn’t perfect, but with tinkering it could be a dramatic improvement to what happens now. […]
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Editorial: Good reasons for killing cougar

Bend police and officials from the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife killed a 135-pound cougar Feb. 9 in southwest Bend. They’ve been criticized since, particularly by those who argue the animal should have been sedated and moved elsewhere. A cougar is not a bothersome deer, however, and there were good reasons for killing the […]
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Editorial: There’s a lesson for voters

Under Oregon law, every vote counts. It counts, that is, unless a ballot is not turned in by 8 p.m. on Election Day. Late ballots are not counted, no matter what voters’ intent. During the 2018 general election, nearly 100 Multnomah County voters learned that lesson the hard way. They learned something else, as well […]
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Editorial: Find a solution for Juniper Canyon

To get to homes in Crook County’s Juniper Canyon, there’s only one way in or out. County officials and residents have been worried for years that the single access road could be a safety problem in the event of a wildfire or other emergency. Creating a second access road needs to be a priority for […]
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Bills would block workers from being fired for using pot on off hours

Business groups oppose laws they say will clash with federal prohibitions. ou can buy it, sell it, grow it, smoke it, eat it, rub it on as a cream. Storefronts and billboards advertise it, doctors prescribe it, the state taxes and regulates it, and business groups promote it. But if your employer finds out you’ve […]
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Most Central Oregon kids enter kindergarten with state-average levels of literacy, math skills

Young kids’ literacy and math skills entering elementary school depends on socioeconomic status, says Bend-La Pine administrator. Central Oregon kindergartners start school with about the same level of literacy and math skills as their peers around the state, according to an assessment from the Oregon Department of Education. Source: Most Central Oregon kids enter kindergarten […]
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