Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Bend Weighs in on Homelessness

Posted By and on Wed, Feb 22, 2017 at 1:00 PM

How would you solve the homeless crisis?

Samantha Mooney


“Most of Bend right now does not have a lot of money, so there’s really nothing we can do ourselves. I think we need to approach the government. We can say, ‘Here’s what’s happening in Bend, Oregon’. Depending on the person, if you can mentally have a job and maintain it, then I think you should go for it. But, with that, try and give them a chance and give them a job at some little fast food place and give them some money.”

Timothy Conlon

“I’ve had some experience as a volunteer so I need to know, where’s our baseline right now? Every homeless person is different. They are not homogeneous. I was a reporter in San Francisco years ago during the dot-com boom. If you want to talk about serious homelessness, look at San Francisco. They’ve been working on that problem for thirty years, at a huge expense, at a huge transactional cost. I don’t think it’s any closer to a solution than it was twenty years ago, and there’s a reason for that."

Luke Wayne


“I’m not really sure. I’m in high school right now, just going through, I’m not really sure how to solve it right now. I feel like affordable housing would be nice so that everybody can have a home and not be living on the streets.”

Ragnar Sigurdsson


“Well, I mean, offer them more jobs. Offer them more opportunities in the job market.”

Marcia Gilmore

“Now that is a question that’s humungous. Gosh. There’s so many facets to it. Part of homelessness is that people won’t go into the facilities because there are restrictions, so I don’t know how to solve it. I think we need to work on it. That’s a huge one.”


“I would develop more affordable housing. I think everything has a shot. More money, more affordable housing, more health issues. Not just mental health, they’ve got physical issues I’m sure. But mental health would certainly be it, particularly for the PTSD guys out there.”

Randy Cook


“I’d say put some money towards vocational training. Have them start building out homes and furniture and stuff for themselves and have them build their way up and have the community’s and private funding for it. And send them on their way with some skills and it wouldn’t cost as much liability.”

Dylan Jones


“Let them hunt the geese. Let ‘em eat the geese, they’re all over the place. Two birds one stone. Seriously, though we need more social programs. More grassroots stuff.”

Christian Hopkins


"I guess more areas to put homeless people and job related issues. You have to get on your feet before you get a home.”

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Constituents pack Sen. Wyden's local town halls

The Oregon Senator is holding at least three public events in Central Oregon this week

Posted By on Tue, Feb 21, 2017 at 2:33 PM

As he walked onto the stage at Sisters High School Monday to introduce Oregon Senator Ron Wyden (D), Sisters Mayor Chuck Ryan said the high school's auditorium was the largest space they could obtain for the event.  
City of Sisters Mayor Chuck Ryan introduces Senator Ron Wyden at a town hall in Sisters Monday evening. - NICOLE VULCAN
  • Nicole Vulcan
  • City of Sisters Mayor Chuck Ryan introduces Senator Ron Wyden at a town hall in Sisters Monday evening.

With a large turnout, it was clear that bigger spaces were necessary. Around 700 people attended Monday's event, according to Wyden's staff.

When the Senator asked how many people in the room were attending a town hall meeting for the first time, a large majority raised their hands. With the electorate heavily involved in the political process in the months since the election, the turnout is no surprise. According to Roll Call, at least 27 Democrats and 21 Republicans from the U.S. Congress are holding town halls during this President's Day recess. Since 2010, less than a dozen Democrats have chosen to do so during the same time period, according to Roll Call data.

At Sen. Wyden's Sisters event, the first question from audience members was about Pres. Trump's alleged ties to Russia, and what Sen. Wyden was doing to address it. The Senator replied that he would continue to press the 45th president to release his tax returns, to ensure that the president's financial ties were not "more important than protecting your interests." 
The town hall event in Sisters is one of three in Central Oregon this week. - NICOLE VULCAN
  • Nicole Vulcan
  • The town hall event in Sisters is one of three in Central Oregon this week.

Audience members followed up with questions about immigration and the visa waiver program, campaign finance reform, the Violence Against Women Act, and the future of the Democratic Party. In addition, the question of how constituents can be more engaged and have their voices heard came up numerous times.

As Katie Cavanaugh of Sisters said before the event, "I'd really like to ask the question, what can we really do that is the most effective means in which we can make our voices be known and send a clear message." 
Organizers set up an overflow area for the 700+ who packed Sen. Ron Wyden's town hall in Sisters Monday evening. - NICOLE VULCAN
  • Nicole Vulcan
  • Organizers set up an overflow area for the 700+ who packed Sen. Ron Wyden's town hall in Sisters Monday evening.

In addition to attending town halls, voting and writing letters to their own members of Congress, Sen. Wyden encouraged people to talk to people they know in other states, to ask them to call or write their members of Congress to push for the changes they want to see.

Senator Wyden's local appearances include another town hall held this morning at the Crook County High School in Prineville, and another scheduled for 10 am Wednesday at the Madras Performing Arts Center.
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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Where's Walden? Hundreds picket Rep. Walden's Bend office

Sen. Wyden plans three Central Oregon town halls in February

Posted By on Tue, Feb 14, 2017 at 4:07 PM

In the wake of the presidential election, many have been motivated to be more politically active than they have in the recent past. In Bend, that's translated into a renewed interest into the activities of Oregon politicians including Representative Greg Walden (R), who represents the 2nd District covering the eastern two-thirds of the state. While that's a giant district—the seventh-largest in the nation, in fact—local constituents say they're unhappy with Rep. Walden's lack of presence in the area. 
click image Demonstrators picketed in front of Rep. Greg Walden's Bend office Feb. 14, calling for Rep. Walden to hold an in-person town hall in Bend. - BONNIE WALKER, DEMOCRACY HAPPENS
  • Bonnie Walker, Democracy Happens
  • Demonstrators picketed in front of Rep. Greg Walden's Bend office Feb. 14, calling for Rep. Walden to hold an in-person town hall in Bend.

In coordination with, organizers say about 200 people gathered at Rep. Walden's Bend office today, specifically requesting that Rep. Walden host a town hall in Bend during the upcoming legislative recess.

"We deserve the chance to meet publicly, in Bend, with Representative Walden to discuss vital issues for our democracy," said Bonnie Walker of Democracy Happens in a Tuesday release.

Rep. Walden held a telephone town hall for about 4,000 listeners Feb. 6, but many people reported being left out of the call, even after signing up—including Source reporter Brian Jennings.

Source reporters asked Rep. Walden's representatives about future town halls (stay tuned for "How to Rock a Town Hall" in the 2/16 issue). Rep. Walden's communications director Andrew Malcolm said the Congressman held 27 in-person town halls in the 20 counties he represents in 2016, and plans to hold at least one in Deschutes County this year.

Meanwhile, representatives from Oregon Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley's offices say the Senators hold at least one town hall in each county each year.

Sen. Wyden's upcoming town halls include:

Monday, Feb. 20:
· DESCHUTES COUNTY: 5:30 pm, Sisters High School auditorium, 1700 McKinney Butte Rd., Sisters

Tuesday, Feb. 21:
CROOK COUNTY: 12:30 pm, Crook County High School auditorium, 1100 SE Lynn Blvd, Prineville

Wednesday, Feb. 22
JEFFERSON COUNTY: 10 am, Madras Performing Arts Center, 412 SE Buff St., Madras

“I look forward to continuing the conversation in Deschutes, Crook and Jefferson counties about how to preserve and protect the Oregon way focusing on solutions,”said Sen. Wyden in a Feb. 14 release.

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Friday, February 3, 2017

Show Preview: Israel Vibrations

Posted By on Fri, Feb 3, 2017 at 4:57 PM

Israel Vibration
  • Israel Vibration

Reggae group Israel Vibration stands out as a vibrant success story in a time of hardship and disease. Its members, Lascelle "Wiss" Bulgin, Albert "Apple Gabriel" Craig and Cecil "Skelly" Spence, were victims of Jamaica’s polio outbreak during the 1950s. The trio first met in the hospital, but it would be a few more years before they came together to make music. After pursuing tailoring and wheelchair basketball, the friends got back together in 1970 to start signing on the streets.

When a member of the Twelve Tribes of Israel heard their music, the branch of Rastafari offered them a publishing deal. The success of their first tracks earned them performances alongside Bob Marley and Dennis Brown. Their music became known for its deep spiritual roots and personal touchstones, a combination that brought together a passionate and devoted fanbase. Israel Vibrations continued to perform for several years, but after moving to New York in 1983, they chose to split up. Their separation didn’t last long, though. Wiss, Apple, and Skelly relaunched Israel Vibrations in 1987.

In their five decades working together the group has released more than twenty albums, and Skelly and Wiss continue to tour the globe. Recently, they have performed alongside Roots Radics, a longstanding stage band. In 2015, the duo released their latest album, “Play it Real”.

Israel Vibrations and Roots Radics will be at The Capitol at 8pm on February 14 for an emotional show that classic reggae fans won’t want to miss.

The Capitol
Bend, OR, 97702
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Schools: Lessons Learned from the Winter Storms

School district releases a timeline following the massive snowfall and school roof collapse

Posted By on Fri, Feb 3, 2017 at 12:20 PM

"...Staff also learned the importance of monitoring snow levels regularly roofs when snow begins to accumulate and regular monitoring will become an established 
click image Crews demolished the Kenwood School gym building on Bend's west side the same day the collapse was discovered, Jan 12, 2017. This photo shows the progress on the demolition as of the week of Feb. 1. - KYLE LOW
  • Kyle Low
  • Crews demolished the Kenwood School gym building on Bend's west side the same day the collapse was discovered, Jan 12, 2017. This photo shows the progress on the demolition as of the week of Feb. 1.
practice." - Bend-La Pine Schools' "Lessons Learned, Summary," Feb. 2

That's just one of the lessons learned by the staff and administration at Bend-La Pine Schools following the massive snowfalls—and the collapse of the gym roof at Kenwood School—in January. Through multiple days of school closures and massive efforts to remove snow from school roofs, lots of people have asked whether the school district did enough to protect students, what the processes were to assess risk and damages, and what new protocols will be in place for snow removal moving forward.

On Feb. 2, Bend-La Pine Schools Superintendent Shay Mikalson issued a statement, saying: "It is my hope that our readiness, response and recovery may be used by  Bend-La Pine Schools and other school districts as model lessons for critical self-reflection on appropriate, proactive response to extreme weather events, like the 100-year snow storm our community has just endured."

Along with that statement, the district issued a snow event timeline that gives the community a sense of the efforts that took place during the storms and snow removal process. The district also has a 2017 Snow Storm page with photos and other information, including a FAQs page.
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Thursday, February 2, 2017

BREAKING NEWS — Gov. Kate Brown Signs Executive Order to Safeguard Immigrants

Posted By on Thu, Feb 2, 2017 at 5:32 PM


Citing her alarm by recent anti-immigrant measures that are "contrary to Oregon's longstanding commitment to inclusion of and hospitality toward vulnerable populations," Gov. Kate Brown signed an executive order strengthening policies that instruct state employees "to perform everyday duties mindful of Oregon's welcoming and inclusive position towards all. The order also requires state agencies to not discriminate on the basis of immigration status.

Governor Brown emphasized, "I want to make it clear that here in Oregon, where thousands fought for and demanded more rights for all, we cannot and will not retreat." This order comes on the heels of a probe of a Multnomah County Sheriff's Deputy who allegedly aided federal agents in a courthouse immigration sting of undocumented workers. Brown eased definitions of a law that "prohibits law enforcement agencies from treating undocumented Oregonians as criminals." She also noted that state officials are prohibited from creating a registry based on an individuals religious beliefs.

"Today, I'm taking the first steps in doing what I can as Governor to stand up for what we, as Oregonians, believe in," she said.

In a letter Brown directed the Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum to explore what legal remedies are available to the State in resisting anti-immigrate measures in court., including supporting legal actions made by other state attorneys around the U.S.

She noted that she had "great faith that justice for our valued Oregonian immigrants and refugees and their families can be perserved through court action initiated by the State.

See the official letter to the Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum and press release below:

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