Tag Archives: Deschutes County

Only a matter of time before wolves settle in Central Oregon

Wolf packs have established themselves in all points of the compass from Central Oregon, and it’s probably only a matter of time before one settles in the Deschutes National Forest, according to wildlife biologists. With packs as close as Warm Springs Indian Reservation to the north and the Umpqua National Forest to the west, the […]
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Deschutes commission backs habitat conservation plan

A controversial water use plan that will guide how water in the Deschutes basin is allocated to irrigators over the next 30 years has been supported by the Deschutes County Commission. Commissioners described the draft habitat conservation plan as “reasonable” when evaluating the other alternatives’ effect on agricultural economics, according to a letter submitted by […]
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Decriminalizing Mental Illness

Deschutes County is set to open a stabilization center this spring. With a 17-fold increase in mental health calls over the past decade, it’s a welcome addition. Calls to the Bend Police Department involving people who were “allegedly mentally ill” increased by 172% from 2010 to 2017. People affected by mental illness end up in […]
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Public meeting scheduled for Terrebonne highway project

The Oregon Department of Transportation is hosting a public meeting from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the Terrebonne Community School gym to address concerns and update the public on the next steps of a proposed highway safety project that was stalled by the Deschutes County Commission. Source: Public meeting scheduled for Terrebonne highway project;

Editorial: Chalk one up for openness

Open government advocates won a victory last week right here in Deschutes County. Thanks largely to efforts by Bulletin reporter Garrett Andrews, probable cause affidavits will be available to reporters in the county courthouse file-viewing room. You may not know what a probable cause affidavit is. Source: Editorial: Chalk one up for openness;

Editorial: Deschutes court system steps up on foster cases

If Oregon is going to improve the way it cares for children in its foster system, it’s going to take commitment and leadership. That’s why residents of Deschutes County should be proud of the judges and staff of the Deschutes County Circuit Court. They have made the state’s most vulnerable children a priority, giving them […]
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Editorial: Step up and report suspected abuse

The Oregon Department of Human Services reported 362 child neglect cases in Deschutes County in 2018. That was 362 too many. It keeps occurring in the county and the state. In 2016 one neglect case was Maliyha Hope Garcia of Redmond, the 5-year-old who was starved to death by her parents. A series of stories […]
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State officials alarmed by rise in child neglect cases

Neglect comprised 79.2% of Deschutes County child welfare cases in 2018. Signs of a child in trouble are not always as obvious as bruises, casts and black eyes. A change in behavior, poor hygiene or not wearing a winter coat can be subtle but important signals of child neglect. Each of them trigger concern from […]
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Guest column: We call all help reduce traffic congestion

Survey after survey shows that traffic congestion as our community’s No. 1 concern. And folks here clearly have a right to be worried, because there’s no doubt it’s going to get worse. Bend was just named the third- fastest-growing city in America, according to the personal finance website WalletHub. We’re on “best” lists for all […]
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Proposed subdivision on former mine could set precedent

Neighbors, environmental advocates fear increased development along Deschutes River. Denser development along the Deschutes River could be the new norm if the Deschutes County Commission allows a subdivision to move forward on the site of a former mine in Terrebonne, opponents of the project fear. Source: Proposed subdivision on former mine could set precedent; Neighbors, […]
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