City Council votes 5-2 to expand downtown exclusion zone
As the weather heats up, so too does crime. And this summer, the Bend Police Department is hoping to nip bad behavior in the bud with an expansion of the city's civil exclusion zone.
Bend City Council appoints subcommittee to research local marijuana regulation
With the clocking ticking down to the July 1 launcn date, Bend City Council has created a three member subcommittee to research ways Bend might prepare for the legalization of recreational marijuana. Councilors Victor Chudowsky, Casey Roats, and Nathan Boddie are considering the options the City has for regulating the time, place, and manner in which retail and other pot-related establishments do business.
Gov. Kate Brown declares drought emergency in Deschutes County
Deschutes County joins a growing list of Oregon counties—now 15 deep—designated by Gov. Kate Brown as drought emergencies following Friday's announcement. In addition to Deschutes, Grant, Jackson, Josephine, Lane, Morrow, Umatilla, and Wasco counties have been added.
Downtown Association's Chuck Arnold leaves a legacy
Walking down Franklin Avenue toward Drake Park, Chuck Arnold stops mid-stroll to pick up a scrap of paper littering the sidewalk. Affable, with an easy smile and a good-naturedly goofy sense of humor, Arnold has spent much of his nine years as executive director of the Downtown Bend Business Association tending to these easily forgotten details.
Fire season is about to start again, and it is only more threatening
It is still unknown whether the two fires that sparked a massive forest fire just west of Bend were set intentionally or accidentally, but a year ago, fueled by dry wood, those two small fires quickly spread and eventually combined as the Two Bulls Fire. For a week, flames raced over 7,000 acres—a space equivalent to the zone encompassing the Old Mill District over to The Lot, throughout downtown and across to Pilot Butte—and reaching nearly 100 feet tall, a height taller than the Franklin Crossing Building downtown.
Bend Police Dogs
The legalization of recreational weed in Oregon brings about many changes, at least one of which is hard to celebrate. Police dogs are losing their jobs in states where pot is now legal, in large part because their ability to sniff out weed can now invalidate any arrest made where marijuana is present among other illegal narcotics.
In the growing trend of big water users giving back to water-related causes, Deschutes Brewery and Columbia Distributing recently donated $16,600 from last month’s Beer Machines Party in Portland to Salmon-Safe, a nonprofit focused on restoring salmon watersheds in the Pacific Northwest. But it’s not the first time Deschutes has shown up for salmon.
Our Park & Rec endorsement: Dan Fishkin
Bend is in the middle of two major capital projects—a whitewater park and the Simpson Pavilion ice rink. Moreover, there are also several issues swirling around Bend Park & Recreation District (BPRD) regarding what role the agency should play in creating and preserving "livability" in the region.
Perhaps a numerologist would have something to say about the lineup of anniversaries this year in the small town of Sisters—it is the 75th anniversary for the rodeo, the 40th for the quilt festival, and the 20th for the folk festival. But for us, what we see is a testament to the enduring cultural offerings for and from the small town.
Spring Cleanup: Whychus Canyon Preserve VOLUNTEER—Roll up your sleeves and help the Deschutes Land Trust with a spring clean up at Whychus Canyon Preserve.
Medical and recreational pot businesses have been facing an ongoing struggle with the banking system, often being forced to deal only in cash. Many banks in states like Oregon and Washington have been hesitant to do business with marijuana operations for fear of being federally prosecuted.