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Comment Archives: stories: News: Local News

Re: “Deschutes County wouldn’t enforce gun laws under proposed ballot measure

its either anti constitutional or it isn't... the final say shouldn't be in the hands of any one individual. Its quite simple to tell whether or not a new restrictive law infringes upon the 2nd amendment. A system where one individual, sheriff or not, has the final say so in whether or not a law is to be enforced is a system destined for corruption. We need less corruption. not more..

Posted by Concerned Citizen on 04/19/2018 at 7:29 AM

Re: “Deschutes County wouldn’t enforce gun laws under proposed ballot measure

The existing laws cover the problems if the people in charge would enforce them and do their job and leave the law abiding citizens alone.

Posted by grampa on 04/18/2018 at 11:39 PM

Re: “Deschutes County wouldn’t enforce gun laws under proposed ballot measure

Tom, that doesn't really address the point. A sheriff is neither qualified nor equipped to judge whether a law is constitutional. Separation of powers reserves this responsibility to a different branch of government. If you don't like it when a Governor does it (and an example would be nice), you shouldn't like it when another elected official does it.

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Posted by Chas Jo on 04/18/2018 at 9:14 PM

Re: “Deschutes County wouldn’t enforce gun laws under proposed ballot measure

Why not Chas.. Brown does it all day long and twice on Sunday.

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Posted by Tom Walton on 04/18/2018 at 9:08 PM

Re: “Deschutes County wouldn’t enforce gun laws under proposed ballot measure

"if the sheriff thinks a law is unconstitutional ..."

Are sheriffs somehow now lawyers or constitutional scholars? Instead of this kind of silly guesswork, why not simply challenge a law in court and find out for real, for everyone? That way, either every follows the law, or the law is withdrawn.

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Posted by Chas Jo on 04/18/2018 at 6:35 PM

Re: “Deschutes County wouldn’t enforce gun laws under proposed ballot measure

It's amazing that we even have to do things like this. So sad.

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Posted by Heythere45 on 04/18/2018 at 5:05 PM

Re: “Nuisance Trapping?

Beavers migrate and more will just move in if some are removed. This is a really bad idea. The City needs to treat for Cryptosporidium, not drown beavers. This is an archaic response.

Posted by Diane Holmes on 04/15/2018 at 6:47 PM

Re: “Mirror Pond: To Dredge or Not to Dredge?

Monkeys seducing a football

Posted by Spring Creek on 04/15/2018 at 4:16 PM

Re: “Nuisance Trapping?

Really, if Mingus thinks beaver waste is the only waste of concern in that section of river, he ignores dogs and frogs and birds and mice, and lots more. Apparently, even kids swim in that water! Let's hope that water treatment can handle all of that, or let's question the purity of Bend's water!

Death traps of any kind are cruel. Live trapping and relocating is more humane. Beavers are good for the environment, even though they are not desired in this area of water intake. There are several good books about the benefits of beavers at the library that prove they are more than nuisance animals.

Posted by mcat on 04/15/2018 at 9:45 AM

Re: “Urban Renewal for Central Bend?

Hear, Hear! Cristafir has it correct. (I would like the source of your expense numbers so I can use it in the future.) Using land for parking is a great waste of land. Put up parking structures and leave the land for walking or if necessary, more building. And if you put a roof of solar panels on your parking structure, you profit even more and benefit the planet to boot!

Downtown constantly struggles with parking. A parking structure on the vacant lot on Franklin (behind McMenamins) would be ideal.

People prefer to park close to stores, and many even cruise for a time to find a close spot. Proper design of parking structures and the walking path to stores will make it easier for people to choose to park in the structure. Even include a section of the structure reserved for the monster trucks that don't fit standard parking slots (and endanger traffic on Wall and Bond).

Posted by mcat on 04/15/2018 at 7:43 AM

Re: “Total Recall: Losing an election was just the beginning for the embattled Lake County D.A.

OMG!!! This is pure bullshit! I knew Bonnie and Orlando and their 2 sons when I was a kid! She was my corriscorrespondence teacher! They're great people! This Schutt guy is a piece of shit!!!

Posted by Monica Doherty on 04/14/2018 at 11:27 AM

Re: “Urban Renewal for Central Bend?

Thank you for a well written article Chris. It would be enlightening to hear what the different scenarios would look like in the Korpine/Old Mill area. Since this old Korpine Mill area off Arizona Ave. is flagged as being the next "Epicenter" of Bend, it would be nice to know what the vision is for this enormous chunk of land.

Posted by Bendite2 on 04/12/2018 at 11:50 AM

Re: “Nuisance Trapping?

Oh, that's great, the city's "water operations supervisor" thinks he has to eliminate wetland wildlife in order to keep the drinking water safe.

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Posted by Scott Slocum on 04/12/2018 at 11:03 AM

Re: “Urban Renewal for Central Bend?

Tax Increment Financing is a way for business to use taxes only for itself - part of taxes paid are used only in the TIF district. This has the effect of short changing everyone else in that infrastructure costs that result from development but extend outside the TIF district are not funded from these taxes.

A more equitable solution is to collect taxes into the general fund where they can be allocated for everyone's benefit, and all can have a say.

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Posted by Geoff Reynolds on 04/08/2018 at 10:41 AM

Re: “Urban Renewal for Central Bend?

Urban Renewal is simply Gentrification with a more appealing name. If you want real urban renewal use that land to put in affordable housing, fix the roads in the older neighborhoods so people will drive through there again, and use local labor to do it. Bend should NOT trade its public lands for more unaffordable condominiums.

The Urban Renewal this article is touting is just another way for mega rich land developers to squeeze a few more bucks out of Bend at the expense of the people and small businesses that consider Bend their home and not just another short term investment opportunity.

Growing Bends tax base sustainably is done by providing the people flocking to Bend with good jobs so they can afford to participate in the local economy. Taking away public lands that Bend is known for and giving it to outside developers for quick exploitation does nothing to grow our annual tax base and at best provides a quick shot of tax revenue to whatever politician is in power at that moment.

This is simply a land grab and a power grab and dont think it will stop with the limited proposed areas. Urban Renewal will include moving out working class Bend residents and pushing them from what has grown into the center of Bend, where some families have lived for generations, to the outskirts where they can afford to live.

By pushing out Bends local residences and businesses in favor of another Starbucks or yet another Carrera Motors expansion, spilling their inventory all over the other businesses around them, you are sabotaging Bends future and selling out its citizens for a quick buck. Bends leaders are supposed to be better than that. Arent they?

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Posted by Bend Resident on 04/05/2018 at 10:39 PM

Re: “Never ridden an asphalt pump track before?

Gonna be awesome. Can't wait!

Posted by bmxer on 04/05/2018 at 6:24 PM

Re: “Urban Renewal for Central Bend?

One of the things that really needs to be addressed in all of these areas is the dominance of 'parking lots' across the board. Just go to google maps and notice that most of the land in these areas goes to parking...check out the ill conceived Old Mill parking situation. NOT ONE parking garage. Someone argued that it's more expensive to go to multi level parking...at which point I looked it up and indeed they were wrong. I consider multi level parking to be a major component in this puzzle. Density would imply density for parking, but apparently in Bend it does not. All and all this is an exciting position to be in as a city...the question remains will we throw our creativity together and find unique solutions or remain status quo and throw a building in among acres of parking spots.

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Posted by Doug Cristafir on 04/05/2018 at 3:29 PM

Re: “Urban Renewal for Central Bend?

In the Korpine area off Industrial Way - Killian Pacific, Hooker Creek, and Bill Smith will first have to solve their access problem to Arizona Avenue, as it is my understanding that a different company or group owns a rather expansive portion of the frontage along Arizona Ave., opposite Market of Choice and Colorado Crossing. Maybe these adjoining developers/land owners requiring access to Arizona Ave. for their large projects will be treated in the same reciprocating manner they have treated CRUX, when CRUX had their access from Industrial Way recently denied?

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Posted by LocalMojo on 04/05/2018 at 9:21 AM

Re: “The Doctor Is In

Outstanding direction to take for all of our super first responder men and women, we so appreciate and need them. Too long they have waited for the kind of integrity support your teams are now developing. Thank you for a great and informative article.

Posted by Rann on 03/30/2018 at 3:35 AM

Re: “Light My Fire

Not only are the Light My Fire ladies furthering beauty, they are adding wonderful scents to homes with their floral bouquets. The wild foliage and wood combine to give buyers double enjoyment. First with woodsy aroma and beauty as decor then the same as intended - fire starters. Lovely!

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Posted by Terrilady on 03/28/2018 at 8:05 PM

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