Tag Archives: City of Bend

Bend among Oregon cities most likely to be threatened by wildfire

More than 40,000 homes in, near Bend carry wildfire risk, report says. Bend and its surrounding communities carry the fourth-highest risk of being affected by wildfire in Oregon, according to a recent report commissioned by the U.S. Forest Service. The report evaluated 100 communities in Oregon and Washington that carry the highest risk of wildfire, […]
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Bend wins affordable housing competition; But there may still be a way for Redmond to participate

But there may still be a way for Redmond to participate. Hundreds of new affordable homes will be built on the outskirts of Bend after state regulators selected the city for a pilot program. Some lawmakers and developers have long questioned whether Oregon’s restrictive land use laws, which require cities to go through a lengthy […]
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Affordable housing to be built near Bend under pilot program

State regulators have selected Bend for a pilot program that will build hundreds of affordable housing units on the outskirts of the city by doing away with some of the state’s strict land-use rules. State regulators have selected Bend for a pilot program that will build hundreds of affordable housing units on the outskirts of […]
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Affordable Housing Project To Push Bend’s Growth Boundary

With a booming population and scant affordable housing, Bend is bypassing the usual land use process to push to the East. Source: Affordable Housing Project To Push Bend’s Growth Boundary

Leaky Dam Repairs Will Temporarily Lower Bend, Oregon’s Mirror Pond

Pacific Power says refacing the century-old dam in steel will create a mud flat around Bend’s central pond for two weeks. Crews are set to begin repairs on a leaky dam in Bend, Oregon, this week. In a press release, Pacific Power said the leak does not pose a safety risk, or weaken the structural integrity […]
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Bend’s Economic and Housing Outlook

This morning I am part of the Bend Chamber of Commerce’s Economic Impact Breakfast. Tom Potiowsky, former state economist and current Northwest Economic Research Center director will deliver … Source: Bend’s Economic and Housing Outlook | Oregon Office of Economic Analysis

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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Bend air quality plummets Friday before smoke clears

Health officials initially recommended limiting outdoor activities. The air quality index for Bend reached a level of 213 Friday morning, putting conditions into the “very unhealthy” range for the first time this summer, before returning to good conditions in the evening. Source: Bend air quality plummets Friday before smoke clears; Health officials initially recommended limiting […]
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Editorial: Council should ignore latest loopiness from Portland

The Bend Council knows the community has an affordable housing problem, and it has worked hard to help correct the situation. Sometimes the results have been good, sometimes less so. Put some of the nuttier ideas to come out of the Portland City Council — including the city’s 90-day eviction notice ordinance — fall into […]
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Editorial: Forest Service should renew Bend’s water permit

The Forest Service permit that allows Bend to take water from source springs for Tumalo Creek is up for renewal. It should be renewed. Bend gets about half of its drinking water from an intake on Bridge Creek. It’s a tributary of Tumalo Creek. This permit is really about what happens before that intake. Source: […]
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