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Re: “May Election Results

Doubtless, Nicole. These were compelling candidates with genuine love for our community, who, as well, campaigned as reformers. Out with the retreads / In with a fresh approach. May it ever be so. Thanks for publishing.

Posted by fosterfell on 05/25/2019 at 11:16 AM

Re: “City Says Mirror Pond Should be a Parks Project

Oh wait-- Sally wants to apply the discretionary portion of the Room Tax, that which might otherwise be used to fund infrastructure repair and improvements. Our Mayor can always be assured to step up when fiduciary duty is calling. /s

Posted by John Mundy on 05/24/2019 at 5:46 PM

Re: “City Says Mirror Pond Should be a Parks Project

"Russell said she felt using the discretionary portion of the Transient Room Tax the City receives from hotel and short-term rental taxes could be used to fund the project."

Oh dear-- is our Mayor trying to get the city sued AGAIN over misappropriation of the hotel tax?

Posted by John Mundy on 05/24/2019 at 5:05 PM

Re: “City Says Mirror Pond Should be a Parks Project

Wow, the city not pay? That means the city believes it receives no benefit at all from Mirror Pond?! What about the taxes from those million- or multi-million-dollar houses that line the west side of the pond? What about all the tourism dollars brought by the festivals in the park...? Sounds short-sighted to me.

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Posted by Barbara Rich on 05/24/2019 at 7:44 AM

Re: “City Says Mirror Pond Should be a Parks Project

The reporter doesn't walk along Mirror Pond very often. If he did, he'd know that the water level is NOT lower in summer. The only time I've seen silt exposed above the water level is when the dam owners have intentionally lowered the water level to do dam repair. Or when the dam has sprung yet another leak.

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Posted by ohgeez on 05/23/2019 at 3:38 PM

Re: “City Says Mirror Pond Should be a Parks Project

Here's a clip from the 2013 dam inspection done by Roger Raeburn, P.E - Chief Dam Safety Engineer of PacifiCorp.

"The observations provide better knowledge than previously available regarding the mode of the severe leakage events experienced in 2008, 2009 and most recently in October 2013. The needle bay sections of the timber crib are the most vulnerable to deterioration, in particular the ceiling boards. As the internal components of the needle bays age and deteriorate, their ability to provide adequate support/restraint for the rockfill material is gradually lost. The loss or failure of a needle bays side facing board does not appear to be as critical as the ceiling boards. A ceiling facing board failure results in a release of the rockfill into the bay. The associated loss of support to the upstream facing boards due to the release of the rockfill results in greater stress loads in those upstream facing boards. As individual upstream facing boards fail, the loads are shifted to adjacent boards, increasing the stress level in them, causing them to deform further, and eventually fail. As this cycle of aging and deterioration continues, larger pathways for leakage are created leading to the loss of more rockfill (and its associated support), resulting in an increased number of upstream facing board failures."

The full facing of sheet-pile is only masking this deterioration to keep the dam's condition out of the news. Shallow water and the MPS land grab are the least of the problems in saving the Iconic Mirror Pond (IMP). The only thing dredging will achieve, besides polluting the river and wasting public funds, will be the reduction of expenses for PacifiCorp when they decommission the project.

Crossing your fingers and covering your eyes is not public safety.

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Posted by Mark Davis on 05/23/2019 at 9:10 AM

Re: “May Election Results

Foster: Perhaps another interesting element here: None of the races this election were partisan, so I'd like to think people weren't colored by any party affiliation, and voted for the candidates most qualified. Thanks for reading!

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Posted by Nicole Vulcan on 05/22/2019 at 2:27 PM

Re: “May Election Results

In the past in Bend, the candidates who prevailed in low turnout May elections were those supported by wealthy special interests and their associated voting bloc. This time quite the opposite. A reason to take comfort in the knowledge that local democracy, at least, is alive and well.

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Posted by fosterfell on 05/22/2019 at 9:02 AM

Re: “#StoptheBans Rallies Ahead

Oregon is politically capable of passing the same abortion laws that New York passed. Of course, then there would be no need to march or wear stupid hats. Call Salem and you can stop the bans before they start.

One would hope people everywhere could agree that all people control their bodies. That's the simple, virtually inarguable issue. The bigger issue is, how do we save more lives? The real abomination is how we lose our humanity while losing sight of that bigger issue.

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Posted by Bill Pitcher on 05/20/2019 at 5:45 PM

Re: “Calls to Action on Race

Nicole: It is ironic that the Deschutes Public Library could only schedule its Young Adult Books event on the day when the OBOB State Finals were being held. Though there were huge crowds gathering at Summit High School to see authors whose books were among those read for the competition, Summit has failed to sponsor an OBOB team for some time now. This harkens back to your article about the need to support success for all students. Certain activities keep students engaged in continuing their education. As a retired teacher, I am offended when I hear people say that there are so many activities available for students at the high school level that it is hard to generate interest in something like OBOB. If students were all that engaged, our graduation rates would be much higher than they are for all groups of students. I believe if schools were to incentivize activities by paying teachers a stipend to provide these at their schools, teachers might be more willing to take on challenges that, otherwise, would increase their workload without offering proper remuneration.

Posted by GreggHeacock on 05/20/2019 at 3:11 PM

Re: “Calls to Action on Race

Gregg: Thanks for the commentary. I'm a big fan of Battle of the Books myself, for the very reasons you've mentioned; the books open up students' worlds to perspectives and literature that they may not get in the required reading of their English classes. Bravo to the OBOB team for continuing to push the envelope!

Posted by Nicole Vulcan on 05/20/2019 at 11:39 AM

Re: “Calls to Action on Race

As a retired high school English teacher fortunate enough to work with "minority" populations from many different backgrounds in the schools of Los Angeles County, I find the issues mentioned in this article constant with those I faced over my 30 years of teaching. Sometimes conflicts became so explosive that whole days were dedicated to discussing what teachers, students, and administrators could do to reduce such incidents. Now that I have retired to Bend and have been working with the Oregon Battle of the Books on the High School Title Selection Committee, I see a better way to deal with such problems.

While I believe the history of discrimination based on race, ethnicity, gender, and sexual identificationfreshly documented in THESE TRUTHS, Jill Lepore's well-documented history of the United Statescalls for a revision of our social studies curriculum, with a whole section dedicated to the history of Oregon, I think it would be just as useful to assign independent reading (and in-class reading) of Young Adult books, both fiction and non-fiction, that would allow students to explore these manners in a context less likely than public discussions to encourage confrontation and self-defense and more likely to encourage an objective and empathetic exploration of these issues.

This past year's high school selection included THE HATE U GIVE about a black girl enrolled in a white school who has witnessed the killing of a close friend by a cop who stopped them both after a party, PIECING ME TOGETHER about a black girl in a Portland neighborhood who must accept mentored by a black businesswoman whose problems of her own are greater than her own, and BURN BABY BURN recounting the year 1979 when "Son of Sam" murdered young lovers in New York City, as it is experienced by a daughter of divorced Cuban parents and wonders whether to turn in her brother who sets fires and helps local drug dealers by stealing out-of-date drugs thrown out by a local pharmacy. The year before that, the OBOB list included JUST MERCY on how our justice system has perpetuated inequality up to the present day, OUTRUN THE MOON, set in 1906 San Francisco, where a Japanese girl, struggling for acceptance in a private school finds all their lives disrupted by an earthquake, SPARE PARTS, the true story of undocumented Latino students who beat MIT in an underwater robotics competition only to find themselves threatened with deportation, and THE STEEP AND THORNY WAY, a Hamlet-like tale set in 1920s Oregon where the a girl's black father dies following an encounter with the Klan's town leaders who might have been abetted by the white doctor her mother has recently married. Next year's list includes AUDACITY, a true account of a Jewish immigrant in the textile industry who became a labor leader fighting for women's suffrage, GIRL CODE, where two young women share their story of creating the viral-video game "Tampon Run" that turned their lives and the coding-world around, Jason Reynold's LONG WAY DOWN, following a brother's elevator descent after his brother is killed in which he is visited by ghosts who put his situation in a larger, deadly context, THE LOVE LETTERS OF ABELARD AND LILY, an exchange of letters between a girl with ADHD and the boy with Asperger's who wins her heart, A NORTHERN LIGHT that recounts a famous 1905 drowning-murder of a young woman, a hotel guest meeting her lover in Upstate New York, and her connection with a maid in that hotel who she entrusts with her diary, and THE SUN IS ALSO A STAR, newly released as a film, which is a string-theory romance between science and poetry, embodied by a Jamaican-born pragmatist soon-to-be exiled and a son of Korean immigrants who are pushing conventional plans for his future.

Needless to say, these are complex books. I am not proposing that all students be assigned the full list of OBOB books as part of their curriculum. However, I believe most students would derive more pleasure and gain more personal insights from reading Young Adult books like these than they would out of reading Spark-Notes on MOBY-DICK or THE HEART OF DARKNESS or THE GREAT GATSBY to prove their worth on end-of-the-year exams. I believe students would do better to read books that help them relate their own lives to the complex history that governs how the world operates and leads them to question where they might find a place for themselves in such a world.

Posted by GreggHeacock on 05/19/2019 at 2:26 AM

Re: “Making River Stewardship Habit

ALL the tubes should have a net bag. It's really gross to be surfing and see candy wrappers and beer cans float by.

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Posted by Mark Davis on 05/18/2019 at 11:00 AM

Re: “'Student Success Act' on its way to Gov. Brown's Desk

If this is really about the size of classes in Oregon public schools, then Oregon's education administrators would be concerned about the effect of allowing undocumented immigrants into Oregon's public schools and colleges.

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Posted by Bill Pitcher on 05/16/2019 at 8:35 AM

Re: “Transit Station Rankles Neighbors

NIMBY. Same NIMBY story all over Bend. Let's make everything someone else's problem. COIC, DMV relocation, Transit center, etc. The real issue is lack of affordable housing, poor wages (unless you have one of the scarce living wage jobs or brought in a lot of money from outside the area) and a high cost of living in general.

Posted by Bendifornia on 05/15/2019 at 4:16 PM

Re: “Transit Station Rankles Neighbors

This article is troubling by what appears to be a lack of effort by the COIC to address valid issues raised by concerns neighbors. For example, if the location has been in place for 12 years, why is COIC just now applying for grant to upgrade station. Additionally, it is a bit disconcerting that the Executive Director did not specifically when a major external partner (ODOT) finally gave input into the COIC Master Plan. Hopefully, this is not an indicator of future dysfunctionality as the citizens of Bend are asked to vote on the transportation bond in the near future. Mass transit is needed in Bend, but also is good governance.

Posted by MickVonAltenburg on 05/13/2019 at 8:03 AM

Re: “Hobby Farms Under Scrutiny

People need to get their mortgages and land use together. Stop letting people use farmers to dodge taxes.

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Posted by Hiker2 on 05/04/2019 at 9:28 AM

Re: “Hobby Farms Under Scrutiny

Consider also the water rights used by hobby farms and the consequences to local rivers. The Oregon Land and Conservation Commission has a set a standard of $40,000/year of gross income to define a commercial farm for state land use purposes. This standard was set 20 years ago, so it is a very minimal threshold to meet. It is doubtful that many farms meet this minimal standard. In many cases, irrigation is used primarily for landscape purposes.

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Posted by Geoff Reynolds on 05/04/2019 at 7:52 AM

Re: “Hobby Farms Under Scrutiny

Yon Olson has been peddling this crackpot theory for a long time, and now that Ed Barbeau is on board, presuambly along with everyone who voted for Ed for CC they'll have nearly enough believers to fill a phone booth.

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Posted by Clancey Bonner on 05/01/2019 at 11:05 PM

Re: “A Ballot Measure on Mirror Pond?

Is this the same Spencer that works/worked for GL Solutions? The company owned by Bill Moseley? Isn't that a conflict?

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Posted by Barbara Rich on 04/27/2019 at 7:20 AM

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