State Marine Board Considers a Lifejacket Requirement

House Bill 2320 would require adults to wear lifejackets, even on non-motorized watercraft

Lifejacket sales will get a big boost this summer if the Oregon Marine Board gets its way.

Children as Clickbait

The arrest of a Central Oregon man highlights the dangers of teen dating and online stranger danger
A like, a click, a few messages back and forth, and then an invitation.

Weed Cash

As marijuana tax receipts roll in, city leaders look to direct dollars toward street maintenance and police
Marijuana tax receipts statewide have been steadily declining since November—but still, recent reports from the Oregon Department of Revenue indicate the state has already brought in $65.4 million in tax dollars from legal marijuana.

Democrats in the Afterlife

Only by renouncing the desire for power can Dems regain it
As Democrats choose the new chair of the Democratic National Committee this weekend, the worst thing they could do is claim credit for the resignation of former general Michael T. Flynn as national security advisor and the withdrawal of Hardee's honcho Andy Puzder as Secretary of Labor nominee.

Run Dammit!

Ready to tackle local politics? Here's advice on how to run from women in the know
In this polarizing political climate, there's been a steep increase in feelings of hopelessness and helplessness. Feelings of anxiety, conflict between friends and family and even depression, anger and violence leave many at a loss.

Charter Review

What you should know about changing Bend's City Charter
Ever wonder why we're the largest Oregon city without an elected mayor, or speculated on why there are only two council members representing the east side compared to the five from the west side? Thought about running for council but economic factors barred you from considering it, since it's essentially a volunteer position?

Connecting the Disconnect, Homeless Voices

Stories from the Central Oregon Homeless Population
Last week, the Homeless Leadership Coalition (HLC) held a Point-In-Time Count throughout Oregon to survey those who are homeless. A complex issue, the definition of homelessness encompasses those who have no permanent housing, whether sheltered or unsheltered—sleeping on streets, living out of cars, motels and campsites.

Rider's Luck

The strengths, pitfalls and future of Central Oregon Public Transit
Central Oregonians are familiar with this reoccurring scene: accumulated snowfall, slippery ice, wet slush and water wreaking havoc on our streets. Many gripe, shovel and then get on with their day, navigating to their office or classroom via car or on foot.

Shooting Investigation

On Dec. 23, Michael Jacques was shot and killed during a traffic stop by Bend police. Here's what's happening in the aftermath.
It was a Friday night around 10:30 when a Bend police officer stopped Michael Jacques in his Dodge Caravan near Franklin and Bond, after 911 reports of a van being driven erratically on Third street, allegedly nearly hitting a bicyclist. According to Oregon State Police, the officers on the scene first used a Taser on Jacques, eventually shooting him.

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