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Friday, December 31, 2010

New John Day Rafting Restrictions Released

Posted By on Fri, Dec 31, 2010 at 12:39 AM

The BLM has issued new summer time boating rules for the John Day that will greatly restrict the number of boats allowed on the most popular stretches from late May to early July. Under the rules released on Thursday afternoon, which go into effect for the 2011 boating season, the BLM will allow a total of just nine boat trips to launch in the popular Clarno to Cottonwood section of the lower John Day between May 20 and July 1. Upstream, the BLM will limit access to 19 boat trips per day between May 20 and July 10, on the so called Segment 3 between Service Creek and Clarno.

Using some back of the napkin math that would amount to about 1140 total possible trips during the peak season next summer on Segment 3. By way of contrast, the BLM recorded almost 10,000 boater launches last year on Seg. 3 during the peak season.

The new rules which have been in the works for several years are an attempt by the BLM to enhance the wilderness experience for users on the popular John Day River, which has been designated by Congress as Wild and Scenic waterway, allowing the BLM special management authority. Under the proposed rules, the BLM estimates that boaters will see fewer other groups during their floats, reducing competition for campsites as well as degradation of the natural environment that accompanies over-use. To help enforce the rules, the BLM will require all boaters to register and obtain a pass before launching.

The pass may be available next year at no cost, but boaters should check with the BLM and make their boating plans early if they want to get on the river this summer.

 


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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Redmond to Residents: Wait to Skate

Posted By on Wed, Dec 15, 2010 at 9:33 PM

Ambitious plans to get an outdoor community ice rink up and running in Redmond’s Centennial Plaza this winter were scrapped earlier this week. According to a press release from the city of Redmond, the city’s plans hit a roadblock when arrangements to bring a compressor over from Portland fell through recently. Rather than keep searching around the city has decided to temporarily shelve the project until next year, allowing the city to complete some of the accompanying site work over the summer when it will be more cost effective. Redmond’s ice sheet would have been the third seasonal skating rink in Central Oregon and the first in Redmond (The other rinks are located at Seventh Mountain Resort and Sunriver). It was pitched as a desirable and relatively inexpensive winter amenity to the city’s downtown area and city leaders had hoped to have it up and running before the end of the year.

“The Council, Staff and I were really hoping that we could provide the residents of Redmond with an ice skating experience for the rest of the winter.  Unfortunately, due to circumstances we cannot overcome, we cannot make it happen this year,” Mayor George Endicott, said in the press release.

The city now hopes to have the rink up and running after next Thanksgiving for a three-month season. (EF)


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Wednesday, December 8, 2010

DMV Decides Not to Pursue New Office Location in Bend

Posted By on Wed, Dec 8, 2010 at 7:52 PM

After months of protests by residents in neighbors off of Brookswood Blvd. on the southwest side of Bend, the Oregon Department of Transportation announced today that it would no longer pursue a DMV location in a shopping center in that area.

In the letter to the owner of the space, W. Scott Lovejoy III, the DMV says that the lease is void because the space could not be prepared in time for the planned January move in.

The current Bend DMV will continue at its current location on the north end of Bend.


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Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Arnold Concedes Bend City Council Seat to Ramsay

Scott Ramsay wins the hotly contested Bend City Council race after a recount.

Posted By on Wed, Dec 1, 2010 at 10:52 PM

Just off the phone with council candidate Chuck Arnold who informed that he has conceded the final council seat from last month's election to his opponent Scott Ramsay, following a hand recount that determined Ramsay edged Arnold by a razor-thin three vote margin. An upbeat Arnold said that he felt very positive about the recount process and confident that the hand recount was accurate. Arnold, who also serves as the executive director of the Downtown Bend Business Association, said he looks forward to working with the council and Ramsay.

"I'm still going to be around," said Arnold, who when asked about the possibility of a future campaign, said he had not ruled it out.

"A lot change in 24 months. I feel really good. It was a great campaign. I have no regrets about how any of this went."

Got to run, but I'll try to get a comment from Ramsay before the end of the day.


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