Council will reconsider building heights along the river
How tall should buildings be along the river in downtown Bend? The public will get another chance to say after the Bend City Council reversed course last week on an earlier decision.
Memorial Day event brings attention to soldiers
In pictures on Facebook, Aaron Prescott appears like many 24-year-old men—healthy, tanned and smiling. On April 16, he posted a picture of a gleaming electric guitar in a plush case with the title, "my new girlfriend."
Legacy of Juniper Utility has residents stewing
Last Friday, a collection of men and women sat in Marion Palmateer's plush Southeast Bend living room and told a story of frustration, talking over one another and becoming increasingly angry about their understanding of the legacy of Juniper Utility and what it means to them. These folks who gathered on Palmateer's soft white couch and chairs consider themselves the modern-day victims in the more- than-a-decade-old saga of Juniper Utility Co., a water service provider formerly owned by housing developer Jan Ward in Southeast Bend.
Council fine-tunes noise ordinance
After a bumper sticker and social media campaign, advocates for live music in Bend finally got scored a victory at a City Council meeting last Wednesday. For the past several months, musicians and live music venue owners have petitioned the council to change several key pieces of a new noise ordinance passed last July.
May 21 election asks voters to put their money where their mouths are
On it's face, it's a pretty quiet little election. Not many candidates (see our Boot on the opposite page), and no hot button measures.
Housing Frenzy, Part Deux
In late March, I stepped into the Editor position at the Source and, in preparation, began looking for a house in Bend. I have owned homes in Portland, know what I like and also know the business end of a hammer.
Could pot be legal by summer?
The first time Crohn's Disease landed Jeff (not his real name) in the hospital, he was a freshman in high school. The next two days were a churn of vomiting and intense stomach cramping; eventually doctors and nurses inserted a flexible straw through his nose to purge stomach acids.
Music at the Century Center is back. For now.
Last August Dave Hill called off the Bend Roots Revival, a local music festival scheduled for September. It had been a difficult summer for Hill, the owner of the Century Center. The gray-haired, goatee-sporting businessman had listened to complaints from residential neighbors and, in August, had a run-in with Nosler, a neighboring bullet manufacturer.
The Legislative session turns the corner in Bend
For a town hall Ways and Means Committee meeting, last Friday's event at the National Guard Armory was pretty tame. Responsible for hammering out the finer points—the pennies, nickels and dollars—of the biannual budget, the House and Senate committee is traveling the state to hear from constituents.
The Newport Avenue dam is going away; it's just a matter of when
The Newport Avenue dam is at the end of its life cycle. Everyone knows it—even PacifiCorp, the utility company that owns the 102-year-old dam, which creates the pond at Drake Park near downtown Bend.
Molly Ringwald Speaks For Us!
Toward the end of The Breakfast Club, Dick Vernon, the no-nonsense assistant principal, is in one of the high school's back rooms powwowing with the very Zen janitor, Carl. It is one of the few scenes in the Breakfast Club that doesn't include the collection of iconic misfits who have been "sentenced" to a legendary Saturday in detention, yet it is a pivotal scene.