Since last year, the Bend-La Pine School District has tried to find someone to purchase Troy Field, a one-acre spread of lawn downtown. Adjacent to McMenamin's Old St. Francis and caddy-corner from City Hall, the space has long been an ad hoc public space, with pickup soccer and baseball games, and serving as an informal dog park.
IN REPLY TO: "ROBBING THE PRINCE TO PAY THE PAUPER" (5/13) While I agree with the editors that it would be great to allocate funds from the Hotel Tax for other purposes, under state law 70 percent of hotel tax revenue must be applied towards tourist related advertising or infrastructure.
In our recent endorsement interview for Bend Park & Recreation District (BPRD) Board Position 1, we spent a good amount of time discussing "system development charges" (SDCs), a fee that housing developers pay toward Park District (and City) projects. Why so much attention to this topic?
LOUD BIKES SUCKLoud bikes suck. If you ride one, you are trash.
TIME FOR OUR FOREST SERVICE TO GO SMOKELESS! The Issue: Our Forest Service seems to be stepping up their number of prescribed burns each season, starting in the spring when the weather is nice and clear, and continuing through the fall...when the weather is nice and clear. Consequently, our purported «300 Days of Sun» are often shrouded in thick, smelly smoke.
A little more than a year ago, voters approved Measure 9-94, which ratcheted up the transient room tax (TRT) in the City of Bend from 9 to 10.4 percent. A portion of the funds generated from that additional tax on tourists was—and is—directed toward a cultural tourism fund for local cultural organizations to spend on marketing campaigns outside the region; namely, to attract more tourists from Eugene, Portland, and Seattle to cultural offering here in Bend.
For last week's Earth Day, we received a press release regarding titled, "America's 10 most polluting mountain towns." It is not a list that Bend wants to see itself on, but there it is: seventh worst polluting "mountain town" in America.
GALVESTON AVENUE After reading the article in the Bulletin last week about potential changes to Galveston Avenue, I decided to ponder the best way for this to happen.
IN REPLY TO "BURSTING AT THE SEAMS" (4/15) Yes, the city did get its UGB plans sent back from the state in 2008.
It is almost getting tiring to say, but kudos to Rep. Knute Buehler. And, at some point, an elected official acting on his best judgment and breaking from traditional political party dogma will not be news.