In Search of a Town Square

In Search of a Town Square

Neighbors advocate for preservation of Troy Field
At a recent public meeting, about 30 community members and a handful of children shared their dismay at the anticipated loss of de facto downtown park Troy Field. They urged representatives from the Bend-La Pine School District—who recently accepted a $1.9 million offer from an out-of-area developer—not to seek a removal of the existing public facilities designation.

Out to Dry

WaterWatch puts irrigation districts on notice over frog deaths
WaterWatch of Oregon says that agencies responsible for management of the Crane Prairie, Wickiup, and Crescent Lake dams and reservoirs are causing harm to the threatened Oregon spotted frog. And if they don't take action to comply with federal law, the conservation organization intends to sue.

A Historic Hazard

Why the City is preserving a squatter's shack
From the outside, the plain rectangular building is unremarkable. Chipped white wood siding frames three carriage doors, askew from years of squatter traffic.

Destination Downtown

Albany's Rod Porsche replaces Chuck Arnold at Downtown Bend
In many ways, Chuck Arnold was as much a fixture in downtown Bend as the silver statue of a man sitting on the bench in front of Starbucks. And now, Rod Porsche, who is taking over Arnold's position as executive director of the Downtown Bend Business Association (DBBA), knows he has big shoes to fill.

Running on Empty?

Opponents: Council vote threatens to stall transportation funding
"We have a historical funding problem with street maintenance," explained Mayor Jim Clinton at the City Council meeting on August 5. "The only solution I see is to ask voters if they want to use a fuel tax to solve that structural problem."

Donald Trump Tops Polls Following First Debate

Local Rep. Knute Buehler calls the polarizing candidate "out of touch"
Thursday's Republican debate, hosted by FOX News, could have just as easily been a stand-up comedy routine headlined by Donald Trump, and featuring a long list of opening acts. Trump got the majority of the airtime, and many seemed to tune in just to hear what might come out of the gaffe-prone candidate's mouth.

Near and (Mule) Deer

Experts to discuss the balance between recreation & conservation
Mule deer can be found in Bend's backyard gardens and along the highways connecting the city to other Central Oregon towns. In fact, seeing one is so unremarkable that the risks facing them are easy to miss. But wildlife biologists say the species is suffering, and humans are to blame.

Pounding the Pavement

City considers a gas tax to fund transportation improvements
Driving across Bend is a little like playing Minesweeper, only the potholes don't explode. So it's not surprising that, in a recent survey by DHM Research, 61 percent of respondents described road conditions in Bend as "poor" or "very poor."

Session's Out for Summer

Rep. Knute Buehler reflects on his first legislative session
Freshman Rep. Knute Buehler (R-Bend) just wrapped up an ambitious first session in the Oregon House. He sponsored a bevy of bills, resulting in some bold, bipartisan legislation.

The Not-So Wild West

The slow burn of legal weed in Bend
When the clock struck midnight on July 1, a large pro-pot contingent gathered on Portland's Burnside Bridge under a cloud of smoke, celebrating the historic occasion with free cannabis, freely smoked. But in Bend, the celebration was more subdued.

In Hot Water

Dead salmon discovered in warming lower Deschutes
Over the Fourth of July weekend, Steve Pribyl was hiking along the lower Deschutes River between Rattlesnake Rapid and Moody when a distressing sight caught his eye. The retired Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife fisheries biologist and Deschutes River Alliance board member found about 13 dead or distressed sockeye salmon in shallow waters, says DRA Board President Greg McMillan.

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  • Re: Running on Empty?

    • exactly dave- lets pay for the roads before we pay for that stupid dam!

    • on September 2, 2015
  • Re: In Search of a Town Square

    • The Bend-La Pine School District Mission statement, taken from their website, reads in entirety: "Bend-La…

    • on September 2, 2015
  • Re: A Historic Hazard

    • While it's fair to say "riff-raff" isn't a complimentary term, "squatter" simply refers to the…

    • on August 27, 2015
  • Re: Running on Empty?

    • Mankind has been building roads since about 3000 BC, and Bend has been building roads…

    • on August 26, 2015
  • Re: A Historic Hazard

    • I feel that this article really misses the mark. The terms "riff-raff" and "squatter" are…

    • on August 26, 2015
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