Open school board spot: It's nice to see so much engagement in a local race
Last Wednesday, the Bend City Council voted five-to-two to admit Jeff Payne, owner of Panterra Homes and the president of the Central Oregon Builder's Association, to the city planning commission.
As of Jan. 26, roughly 60 inches of snow had dropped on Central Oregon this winter.
It's time for the Bend Police Department to bite the bullet and require officers use cameras in their contact with the public. While grainy amateur videos taken by eyewitnesses have surfaced, the December 23 downtown shooting death of 31-year old Michael Tyler Jacques presents a clear need for the use of cameras by Bend cops.
"History will have to record the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the vitriolic words and other violent actions of the bad people but the appalling silence and indifference of the good people. Our generation will have to repent not only the words and acts of the children of darkness but also for the fears and apathy of the children of light."
In terms of water, it's going to be a good year. Just look outside.
The Owyhee Canyonlands region in Southeast Oregon remains the one iconic area of the state that is largely unprotected. It's not because of a lack of effort – led by the Oregon Natural Desert Association in Bend and a coalition of supporters including Keen Footwear of Portland, the Wilderness Society, the Sierra Club, The Pew Charitable Trusts, and several others.
Here's a review of some of the issues our editorial board tackled this year—which we also expect to see pop back up next year. "This is Not Your Land" Jan 7, 2016 and "Malheur Verdict: A Slap in the Face to Law and Order" Nov 2, 2106
In November, voters turned down Measure 97, an admittedly-vague measure that would have added billions to state coffers, and ostensibly more money to Oregon schools. Voters approved Measure 98 to fund career and technical education and college prep in all Oregon high schools.
Governor’s budget works to protect seniors and students, but it can only go so far
Early this month, Gov. Kate Brown released her recommended budget for the 2017-19 biennium. The budget's title: "Strategic Investments for Challenging Times."