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Re: “Endorsements for State HD 53, U.S. HD 2

Mary - Nope, that was directed at us. Rondo has been in our building a number of times loudly demanding that we hire him as "political editor." We've asked him not to come back.

Posted by Nicole Vulcan on 05/23/2018 at 2:27 PM

Re: “Inside the Opioid Epidemic

Simpson. Did you ever get reimbursement. Is there a law suit out there?

Posted by Scarlett Davis on 05/23/2018 at 12:34 PM

Re: “It's Irrigation Time!

And there is a Billion Dollar a year water tourism industry that's wanting higher river flows too and is putting pressure on everything and every one to put more water back into the river , not to mention the growth in urban development figuring a 40 % increase in the area over the next 10 years , so it not just about the endangered species .... Look up the YouTube Video called " The Importance of Sharing the Water " it pretty much says a water right is a engendered species , and along with what the districts farm efficiency plan suggests that over time they will Force farmers to try and implement Drip Irrigation systems to conserve water for Urban development and water tourism . Watch the farmer in this video , he makes it clear that Drip Irrigation will be the Target .... and besides that the Farmer in this Video is made to look like the Water Waster .
https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continu…

Posted by Tommy Tunes on 05/23/2018 at 6:55 AM

Re: “It's Irrigation Time!

What about the water loss in Wickiup Dam My God that's got to be sitting on a Lava bed and massive acre feet being lost not to mention evaporation ?????? Might as well line that too !!!!!

Posted by Tommy Tunes on 05/23/2018 at 6:43 AM

Re: “50 miles for the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act's 50th Anniversary

What a great adventure and wonderful accomplishment Krystal! I so enjoyed reading your essay. Isnt it a shame that so many rivers in the world arent afforded such complete protection. Xxx Barb

Posted by Barbara Richardson on 05/22/2018 at 11:14 PM

Re: “Putting Back the River

If you want to get to the real problem, go back to the water rights issue. You guys were almost there, then got distracted by piping and leaking canals, which is exactly what COID wants you to be distracted by.

COID is obligated to service water rights owners first and foremost; and currently those owners are diverting a certain amount of water each year from the Deschutes River. After the canals are piped, they will continue to divert the *same* amount of water that they currently do, nothing will change.

COID has environmentalists wringing their hands over water leaking that has ALREADY BEEN DIVERTED from the river...how does that help the Deschutes? COID is saying that it will save X cfs from leaking, but again, that's water already taken out of the river and running through the canal. Why so much emphasis on this point? Because they want that water to flow through pipes to create "head" (pressure) for their hydropower plans. There isn't any other reason they care about.

But they got us all caring about it as if that will save the Deschutes. Read everything COID says: they're not promising to divert *less* water from the Deschutes after piping. They're hoping we forget all that and go through a divisive, angry, expensive, complicated process that pits property owners (yes, private property owners own the canal property, COID just owns easements) against environmentalists on their behalf.

And COID DOES dump water. Check out Reynolds Pond, Mayfield Pond, Little Houson, Big Houston Lake, Zell Pond and see how much water COID is dumping to "use" their water rights. It's Deschutes River water just being dumped into the desert...but hey, the duck hunters appreciate it.

If you've heard the term "useful idiot", that's how COID treats us. This was a good start, but I suggest you go back and do a follow-up article actually looking into the issues I mentioned above.

Posted by jewalden on 05/21/2018 at 3:09 PM

Re: “50 miles for the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act's 50th Anniversary

great story reminding us why we treasure our public lands KM. Thanks for sharing.

Posted by Dave on 05/21/2018 at 9:31 AM

Re: “50 miles for the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act's 50th Anniversary

Thank you for sharing your personal story of the importance of public lands and waters. There are so many attacks on keeping nature available to everyone in politics today, personal stories help us all to speak out in support of nature.

Posted by mcat on 05/21/2018 at 9:16 AM

Re: “What? You've Never Seen a Skink!: an introduction to this sexy, sexy lizard

saw my 1st at the arboretum in jacksonville, fl today. scampered off when we sat nearby but crawled back out to his sunny spot after a minute or 2. i wonder how he gets on with the others. neato site, btw.

Posted by Stacie Disbennett on 05/19/2018 at 5:11 PM

Re: “got permits?

PLEASE READ THIS.
Quick information...
1) The ALL Forest Service are to abide by the Land and Resource Management Plan (LRMP) that they created. This is their "bible" for guidance on how to manage the land.
2) In that novel (LRMP) of a document, under section M6-25 it states "When wilderness use results in impacts which exceed the Wilderness LAC Standards and Guidelines...the following corrective actions or sequence of actions will be taken.
Phase 1 Actions:
*Deemphasize attraction...promote elsewhere. To date the NF has NOT giving Visit Bend any other area to promote.
*Inform public of the type of campsite/characteristics they want to avoid/the types they should seek out. To date, there has been no public outreach educating the public.
*Adjust/remove admin/informational signing....Again, nothing has been done.
*Emphasize "no-trace camping". They don't even promote LNT (Leave Not Trace), let alone no-trace camping.
*Remove/reduce any facilities contributing to concentration of use beyond capacity....Nope, this has not been applied.
* Decrease/reduce accessibility...Again, nothing has been done.
*Restrict commercial outfitter guide use of area... Again, nothing has been done.

That is directly from Deschutes NF very own LRMP. They are to try EVERY action of Phase 1 before they considered looking at Phase 2 actions. Phase 2 actions call for limits of group size, length of stay, types of use, limits number of people, closure to commercial and finally require permits.

The Deschutes NF clearly has not even began implementing any of the Phase 1 actions. The easy answer for them, quota and permit. Permit would be at least $10/person. Only $2 would go to the NF, the other $8 would go to .gov

Is there a problem with the amount of usage in the areas listed in the article? Yep. Would someone go to those areas for a wilderness experience? Hopefully not. But one must keep in mind wilderness "experience" is totally different with each user...it's subjective and can not be specified to the user.
Can something be done? Absolutely!!!! But none of the options listed in the Environmental Assessment (EA) is the answer. They need to follow their own LRMP. There are many viable options and actions that can be done long before quotas and permits are implemented

If you want to have OUR wilderness managed in a proper way, which is NOT any of the options listed in the EA, I highly recommend you voice your concerns by May 21. This is no joke and should be taken VERY seriously. This decision will be precedent setting.

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Posted by k2pooh on 05/18/2018 at 11:49 PM

Re: “Endorsements for State HD 53, U.S. HD 2

I may have misread Rondo's letter, but I thought he was referring to the Bulletin when he made reference to "the local media publication with no political editor" and their endorsement of Jennifer Neahring. I watched the entire video of the Source's interview with Jamie, Jennifer, and Michael and was impressed with their questions and the thoughtfulness of their endorsement of McLeod-Skinner. The Source rocks, in my book!

Posted by Mary McClellan on 05/18/2018 at 4:43 PM

Re: “Remembering Deshaun

Thanks for your comments, Crystal, and we have to agree about Alex's comments. While we could speculate whether the color of Deshuan's skin led to him being targeted by other kids, this was a story about bullying and its effect, which in this case was suicide. Every kid who commits suicide is the "face" of suicide. Did you want us to go seek out a farmer, just to prove your point? Suicide is heartbreaking, no matter who experiences it.

Posted by Nicole Vulcan on 05/18/2018 at 3:48 PM

Re: “Endorsements for State HD 53, U.S. HD 2

Rondo -- We interview all candidates we endorse personally, and we video them for the public's information. And we watch public meetings online and/or we have reps in the room taking notes, so as to be able to scroll past the tedium of the people who choose to exercise their three minutes of public comment every. single. week.

As for the political editor thing-- it's nice that you understand our budget and the workings of a small town newspaper so well that you falsely believe that's actually possible. Share more about your wild fantasy media world, where that type of resource exists!

Posted by Nicole Vulcan on 05/18/2018 at 3:40 PM

Re: “Spare Some Change?

Yeah, I could say that I don't like seeing them around, I work hard to make a meager living, and won't enable or give handouts so someone who is able body and can work for money...Just like the Park Service says not to feed the animals...the more we give...more show up and want more for nothing. I'll bypass a business not to get harassed. Sorry for sounding insensitive, just speaking from my observations and actions....

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Posted by ak73mk on 05/18/2018 at 12:57 PM

Re: “got permits?

Management and enforcement are no easy task in such a widely large area of popularity. Many feel entitled to use, in any way they wish, our National Forest and Wilderness areas. The stories are endless of abuse and misconduct...and it's not just out-of-towners (yes Bendites who let there dogs run wild in wilderness areas). Some of the areas will be difficult to manage, like Green Lakes, which has multiple trials interwoven throughout the area. So what is Smokey the Bear to do?? Perhaps look at popular National Parks for some ideas on management. In Europe public transportation can take you to many hiking areas (soo unAmerican...LOL). For myself, prudent moves are always best...try some simple things...like Alternative Three...Green Lakes and Tam Rim. Find ways to get more seasonal weekend trail monitors funded who are checking permits and Wilderness abuses. Then regroup for the following season and go from there. At some point we are gonna have to face the reality of our popular location. The teen that lit fireworks causing thousands of acres of forest fires last summer in the gorge is now facing $36,000,000 in damages. Whether that is ridiculous or not is mute...does it get your attention. $1000 fines for Wilderness Area abuse might prevent people from spray painting 'keep out' on trees right on the trail that they decided to set up camp. Our Wilderness Areas are a Legacy not only to MaNature, but a testament to our ability to live along side them while honoring their right to exist untrammeled.

Posted by cristafir on 05/18/2018 at 11:54 AM

Re: “Spare Some Change?

So concerned downtown business owners...your task for this summer, before you implement any 'fixing program' for transients...is to actually speak with at least 15 of them. Ask them the basics...where are you from, how long have you been in Bend, are you passing through, are you traveling just for the summer, when was your last job.... you get the picture. Otherwise none of the above is relevant. You are assuming much by appearances. I am not saying you a wrong in your assumptions, but it doesn't sound like you have spoken with many street people. I have lived downtown for 7 years and every year it is a different group of travelers. And it is the travelers that are panhandling for the most part and all of their stories are different. It's like re-posting an article and comment on Facebook without reading the actual article...so go back and read the article.

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Posted by cristafir on 05/18/2018 at 11:26 AM

Re: “50 miles for the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act's 50th Anniversary

Bravo! What a brave move to paddle this section of river solo. I can't imagine. Keep up the great work!

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Posted by Lindsey Clark on 05/17/2018 at 4:04 PM

Re: “A Brick & Mortar for Dump City Dumplings

Although I agree with not_so_gullible for them not being chinese-style and the fact they are not dumplings. (I'm Chinese so yes slightly offended). The bao steamed buns are still tasty, especially when you're stumbling downtown. Having them as a meal may be challenging, but I'll still stop by and give the Brick and Mortar a shot. Congrats Dump city.

@ not_so_gullible don't be so offended for people trying to be creative with food. I'm not a fusion fan myself, but every once in a while it can hit the mark. Pho is an example of the Vietnamese experimenting with pot au feu from the French, and also the bahn mi being served on a french baguette, Japanese curry rice, korean chicken wings, doner kebabs, tacos Al Pastor, deep dish pizza, etc... I look forward to more creative culinary experiences.

Posted by MayTheSchwartzBeWithYou on 05/16/2018 at 2:45 PM

Re: “Registered Republicans Should Support Incumbents for Deschutes County Commission

Tammy and Tony are easy choices for local Republican voters. They are valuable assets and we should keep them employed as long as they offer us their service. Vote early and often.

Posted by Rondo on 05/13/2018 at 10:20 AM

Re: “Endorsements for State HD 53, U.S. HD 2

With all due respect to a local media publication with no political editor, and no presence at local meetings, the Source has found a worthy, and qualified candidate to endorse. YES. Among a field of fine candidates to challenge Walden in November, Jamie stands ahead in the field of her Dem-competitors. Vote early and often.

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Posted by Rondo on 05/13/2018 at 10:13 AM

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