Category Archives: Bend Bulletin

Central Oregonians remember financial crisis

10-year anniversary of Lehman Brothers bankruptcy is Saturday. A new neighborhood in southeast Bend, The Bridges at Shadow Glen, consisted of eight homes and a $2 million recreation center when the financial crisis of 2008 nearly gutted Pahlisch Homes. “We’re very, very proud of the fact that together we completed a beautiful community with Washington […]
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Editorial: Brown comes to the aid of imprisoned veterans

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown took on her own Department of Corrections recently, and veterans won. In doing so she not only saved a small group of veterans a bit of money but made it clear to DOC that the law means what it says it does. The 2017 Legislature approved, and Brown signed, Senate Bill […]
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Guest column: Steelhead in crisis, time for a management change?

Last year was one of the poorest on record for steelhead in the Deschutes. After some initial optimism for a modest rebound, the forecast for returns this season has been lowered to be even worse. The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife has now closed the entire Columbia River and lower John Day River to […]
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Deschutes County eyes FEMA grant to clear parcel near Redmond

A magnet for illegal camping, 1,800-acre parcel poses wildfire risk. A year after the Milli Fire, Deschutes County is eligible for a federal grant that could help prevent the next wildfire, starting with a troublesome plot of land east of Redmond. Source: Deschutes County eyes FEMA grant to clear parcel near Redmond; A magnet for […]
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Editorial: Gov. Openness should release records

For all the talk from Gov. Kate Brown of supporting government openness and transparency, she seems to hope to be addressed as Gov. Openness. Yet, there’s another example of her failing to live up to her talk. Brown is denying the public access to legislation state agencies plan for the 2019 session until after the […]
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Bend hotel occupancy rates drop in peak season

New hotels and smoky skies contribute to July numbers. Fewer visitors came to Bend in July, but spent more on rooms, compared with the year before, signaling what some hotel operators say is a plateau of the travel and tourism market. Source: Bend hotel occupancy rates drop in peak season; New hotels and smoky skies […]
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Enrollment at Bend-La Pine schools grew slightly for 2018

District’s preliminary data shows increase is smallest since 2009. The number of students enrolled at Bend-La Pine Schools has grown again this school year, but it’s the smallest population increase since 2009, according to preliminary data released by the school district. As of Tuesday, there are 18,428 students enrolled in the Bend-La Pine school district, […]
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Editorial: Health-care taxes for the poor should be broadly based

When Oregon had a $900 million budget hole to fill for medical care for the poor, voters approved new taxes in January. They backed $320 million in taxes on hospitals and health insurers to help preserve Medicaid services for about 400,000 poor Oregonians. But the problem of paying for the coverage has returned. The Oregon […]
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Guest column: Vote no on Measure 105

Oregon’s anti-racial-profiling law was passed in 1987 with near unanimous support from both Republicans and Democrats, and it has worked well for more than three decades. This law provides clear guidance to local police officers and is focused on local communities. As a district attorney, I was elected to keep the residents of Deschutes County […]
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Guest column: Embrace a cooperative spirit to protect Oregon’s future

Although I’ve called Bend home for over 10 years, I grew up in Elmira, Oregon, a small rural community about 15 miles west of Eugene. I was one of only a handful of kids in my graduating class to go on to a four-year university and was fortunate to land a job at Oregon Center […]
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