Tag Archives: City of Bend

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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Cougar spotted in Awbrey Butte neighborhood

State wildlife officials say tracks were made by a younger cougar. State wildlife officials have confirmed a cougar was seen shortly after midnight Wednesday in Bend’s Awbrey Butte neighborhood. A homeowner on Northwest Hale Street reported seeing the cougar attacking a deer on the homeowner’s property. The homeowner was able to scare off the cougar […]
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Editorial: Oregon’s war on cars aims to make drivers miserable

Get ready for more congestion, fewer parking spaces. In a recent editorial, we mentioned the “war on cars” being waged in Bend, which is working gradually to update its transportation system plan. As if on cue, an anonymous commenter claimed that there “is no  …  ‘war on cars’ going on.” Not only is this untrue, but the […]
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Bend group: Make tourists pay for road improvements

Committee interested in sales tax, gas tax aimed at tourists. A limited local sales tax and a seasonal gas tax would make sure tourists help pay to build new roads and fix existing roads in Bend, according to a city group tasked with figuring out how to pay for the city’s transportation needs. Members of […]
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Bend, Oregon, Stays the Way It Was Despite Transplant Influx–at Least So Far

The small town charm of Bend, Oregon, has made it a huge tourist attraction, behind which has come a huge movement of Californians and seniors looking for just such charm. Source: Bend, Oregon, Stays the Way It Was Despite Transplant Influx–at Least So Far

Editorial: Another argument punctured about Bridge Creek project

A central argument against the $70 million Bridge Creek project to supply water to Bend was that it would be bad for Tumalo Creek. Opponents, including Central Oregon LandWatch, claimed the city planned to double the increase in withdrawals from the creek. It was a deceptive claim and it did not happen. Bend City councilors […]
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Bend smoke largely from fires in southwest Oregon, California

While Bend had plenty of smoke in the air on Monday morning, it was largely coming from fires outside the region. Lisa Clark, spokeswoman for the Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch Center, said much of the smoke in the air in Bend was coming from large fires in southwest Oregon and northern California, rather than smaller […]
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Bend, Oregon, Is Now Home To The Last Blockbuster Video Store In America

At its peak, Blockbuster Video had more than 9,000 stores. But starting next week, there will be only one left in America. Two of the remaining stores are based in Alaska, and they will close on Sunday. That leaves the Blockbuster Video in Bend, Oregon, as the final store. Source: Bend, Oregon, Is Now Home […]
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Editorial: The PERS plight of Bend schools

Superintendent decries Legislature’s ‘pending and compounding’ crisis. Last month, the Bend-La Pine School Board adopted a budget for the 2018-19 fiscal year. In a preface, Superintendent Shay Mikalson sounded an alarm about the state Legislature’s “pending and compounding PERS crisis” and the damage it could do to Oregon’s education system. A similar warning could just […]
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Oregon House Democrats Withdraw Support For Their Nominee in High-Profile Bend Race

Oregon House Democrats have withdrawn their support for their nominee in a key Bend district, making a super-majority harder to attain. Source: Oregon House Democrats Withdraw Support For Their Nominee in High-Profile Bend Race