Despite the cost and complexities, Mirror Pond ad hoc committee
says "you betcha"
After dancing around the issue for nearly two hours—and for years before Monday evening's meeting inside the Bend Park & Recreation District office building—the Mirror Pond ad hoc committee casually called a vote: Should we keep Mirror Pond or not? Suddenly, at least a few of the roughly 50 community members in attendance sat up straighter.
Denial of taxi permit for ex-offender highlights re-entry challenges
In the last 8 months, Suzette Delancey says she has applied for 43 jobs and received 42 rejections. When she's had the opportunity to interview, employers have said that her felony convictions—for delivery and attempted delivery of a controlled substance, methamphetamine, in 2009 and 2011—are too recent.
Pacific Power says it's done with the dam. Meanwhile, two businessmen try to dive
into the pond's future
For the past several years, public debate has seesawed between keeping the Newport Avenue Dam and, with it, Bend's iconic Mirror Pond, or removing the structure and letting the Deschutes River run free. The city and park district have formed committees, conducted surveys, and spent hundreds of thousands of dollars as well as countless hours assessing potential solutions.
Another pipe permit, another lawsuit
Two weeks ago, the U.S. Forest Service issued a permit for the City of Bend to lay new pipe. The decision was, in golfing terms, a "mulligan."
A brief breakdown of the three freshly appointed citizen members
It was the best choice, really. After an internal vote, which was followed by a tie-breaking vote and jokes about Jeopardy theme music, the Mirror Pond Ad Hoc Committee settled on three citizen members (from a pool of 11 applicants) at last Wednesday's Mirror Pond Committee meeting inside the Bend Park and Recreation District office.
Local schools adopt iPads into the classroom in tech pilot program
The Future in 140 Characters (or Less) Angie Huber, a lanky 16-year-old sophomore, sheepishly admits that she has texted during school.
Bend Bikes advocates for more
At last Wednesday's City Council meeting, more than a dozen cyclists crowded into the chambers to say something elected officials may not hear often enough: Thanks. Organized by Bend Bikes, a recently formed group advocating for urban cyclists, the contingent spilled into the hallway outside the council chambers and sent nine people up to the podium during the visitor's section to show appreciation for the recently completed Riverside/Franklin bicycle infrastructure project.
OSU-Cascades task force has much to discuss for transportation options
Jeff Monson, Executive Director for Commute Options, has a vision for Oregon State University's soon to be expanded Cascades Campus: A student approaches campus from a winding trail, hops off her bicycle and locks it up at a covered rack. She is joined by classmates who have walked from their dorms or neighborhood apartments, and by friends who have sauntered over from the nearby transit terminal, and even others who pour out of a car share.
Inspectors say leaky dam is showing its age, neighbors get a glimpse of a river
Early last week, in order to get a good look at the leaking Newport Avenue Dam, Pacific Power, the utility company that owns the structure, drew down the already-low water levels of Mirror Pond (or, do we now call the water adjacent to Drake Park the Deschutes River?). The reason for lowering water levels even further, said officials for Pacific Power, is they want to get a good look at the 103-year-old structure and figure out whether it is even worth repairing.
We don't seem to know the word "no"
There are no exciting bare-knuckle battles between candidates, or highly contested moral questions about ganja, gays or guns, but there are four important funding measures on this week's ballot that will determine the flow of tens of thousands of dollars—and, if the measures pass, help communities in Central Oregon grow. Measure 16-69: Rural fire protection district renewal levy
Slow but steady progress for last year's park bond
A year ago, Bend voters narrowly approved a $29 million bond measure to fund parks projects across the city. While some of these projects—which include an $11 million ice rink and recreation center, a whitewater park and various improvements to the Deschutes River Trail System—are not due to be completed until 2016, excitement is already building about how this money will make Bend more, well, Bend, bumping up the level of the city's recreational offerings, both in the splash time of summer and the snow globe winter months.