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Re: “Heath Care in Turmoil: St. Charles Lays Off Workers

Wow. It looks like the Source guzzled down the kool-aid offered up by Sluka. Did you even talk to anyone in the ONA? That'd be the Oregon Nurses Association, btw, not "Nursing" association. If readers want to hear what the union has to say, check out KPOV's Wednesday Point on archives at This so-called $35 million shortfall is a reduction in what would be called the profit margin or rate of return in the corporate world. SCMC won't be in the red, just less in the black. All caregivers at SCMC and patients will suffer from these cuts. --Michael Funke

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Posted by Mickey Finn on 10/26/2017 at 10:40 PM

Re: “Heath Care in Turmoil: St. Charles Lays Off Workers

Another idea -- Lawmakers and hospital administrators alike could read Joe Flower's work on the future of health care. His website is . I haven't read all his books but I've seen videos of his talks, and he's interesting, has good ideas that aren't aligned with any particular political party.

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Posted by tiffysquid on 10/20/2017 at 9:11 AM

Re: “Heath Care in Turmoil: St. Charles Lays Off Workers

Could we see a more thorough analysis of this issue, and not just take the hospital's word for everything? How does this relate to just two years ago, Oregon hospitals including St Charles making record bank $$ under Obamacare/ACA? (see… ).

According to that article, "St. Charles Bend reported net income of $62.5 million and a profit margin of 12 percent in 2015. It was the hospitals second straight year of double-digit profits, after seven years of margins ranging from 3.5 percent to 7.5 percent." Did they honestly not save a few ducats for a rainy day? Is this article and St Charles's PR spin just putting pressure on the legislature?

I have no horse in this race---I need quality medical care in Central Oregon, but beyond that, I don't really care if there's a hospital tax or not... but to me, this reads like a flimsy PR piece from a huge medical organization, one that also happens to have a monopoly on our region. The article doesn't mention the effect of hospital monopolies on local health care costs. It doesn't mention the havoc that the Trump and Republican threats to pull the ACA might be wreaking. Surely we deserve better coverage, rather than just parroting what St. Charles says?

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Posted by tiffysquid on 10/20/2017 at 9:09 AM

Re: “Clearing Up Mirror Pond

What's it going to take to pressure PacifiCorp to, at the very least, restore fish passage at its dam site? Nonpayment of electric bills? Warren Buffett is chairman of the board of the holding company (Berkshire Hathaway) that owns PacifiCorp; he is quoted as saying, "Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago." Perhaps HE can be reached.

Posted by fosterfell on 10/17/2017 at 8:53 AM

Re: “Clearing Up Mirror Pond

Appropriately named 'Mirror Pond' ...perhaps an accurate MIRROR on how things get done or not in Bend Oregon....

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Posted by Doug Cristafir on 10/14/2017 at 3:26 PM

Re: “Clearing Up Mirror Pond

Spending public funds to accomplish the dredging of Mirror Pond is inappropriate given the difficulty of complying with ODSL regulations, the fact that Pacific Power is responsible for the silt and has profited from the power for many years and that dredging is an ongoing requirement which will become more difficult and expensive in 25 years due to growth in Bend.
Perhaps a compromise is possible :
1) Pacific Power pay to remove the dam
2) replace the dam with "natural" rapids that will drop the level of the pond to where the resulting flows will scour the silt on an ongoing basis.
3) replant the resulting exposed riverbanks with native species.

If this could be accomplished with similar funds to the dredging estimate or even higher expense it could be a 1 time solution that may be appropriate to be funded publicly.
HOWEVER.....BEWARE.......Original estimates for the Colorado Dam project were around $3 Million and became around $13 Million!!

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Posted by Jim Sterling on 10/13/2017 at 4:33 PM

Re: “Walking the Line: Court rulings and increasing tolerance have opened new avenues into area schools for religious groups

We just received a flyer last week that was in our 5 year old sons school folder. My other son is a 3rd grader and we never received anything for him in the past 4 years. As others have said parents must give permission for their children to attend. Needless to say I quickly began to educate myself with this group and their teachings. As same sex parents my concern is that CEF is permitted to teach these kids that its their belief that homosexuality and same sex marriage is wrong. They have the right to their belief but by teaching kids this at such an early age flows over into the classroom. My kids do not need to have these kids tell them their dads are going to hell. We have experienced that already from a classmate that had obviously been taught by their parents. Kindergarten kids cant even grasp the full consent of same sex families and all the dynamics of those families. I plan on going to meet with the principal to see what other groups are permitted use of school after hours as I have never seen any fliers. Who knows maybe I will start a same sex group and send out a flyer throughout the elementary school. I wonder if anyone would bat an eye?

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Posted by Dan Ort-Patrick on 10/06/2017 at 5:50 PM

Re: “Displacing the Displaced

Unfortunately there is no one size fits all solution. It would appear that these folk will be pushed further out if they have vehicles that will get them to another spot. The others will have to hopefully try to take advantage of services that are available for the homeless. It would be interesting to see if the county could track these people to see where these folks end up or at the very least provide transportation to services in town that could provide shelter and hopefully additional help.

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Posted by Budman on 09/28/2017 at 1:58 PM

Re: “Sisters Folk Festival Offers Partial Refunds

How about the ability to attend for free next year, with a confirmed purchase of the 2017 event ticket.

Posted by Chuck Malley on 09/21/2017 at 8:17 PM

Re: “Sisters Folk Festival Offers Partial Refunds

When a thunderstorm prevented Rodrigo y Gabriela from performing at non-profit venue Britt Festivals last month, a full refund was an option. While I understand SFF incurred costs, the consumers purchased a product and didn't receive it so I think a full refund is in order.

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Posted by Severenz on 09/21/2017 at 8:02 AM

Re: “Bringin' Down the Noise

I live a block and a half from the Century Center and am 100% in support of this music venue. The neighbors I have spoken with who also live in earshot support the music there as well. I often see neighbors at the shows and it feels like a great place to connect and enjoy our community. Smaller venues like these provide a wider variety of music in our town. Outdoor shows at the amphitheater aren't an affordable option for many people in our town and The Volcanic, GoodLife and the Century Center provide alternatives to this. Live music truly adds to the quality of life here and makes Bend an amazing place to live, and access to the arts helps make our community a more vibrant place. I know many of my neighbors feel the same way. In fact, none of the neighbors I have spoken with were even aware that a mediation process had been occurring until this week.

Posted by dkm15 on 09/07/2017 at 7:51 PM

Re: “Bringin' Down the Noise

It's pretty simple, people want the advantages of living next to a commercial area without the inconvenience.
People complained about vacation rentals so we limited them. Then we spend millions every year telling people to come here and drink beer and now we are talking about making it illegal to sleep in your vehicle (so they will risk driving drunk instead?). And people move next to a commercial district (that used to be a noisy wood mill) and then complain about occasional loud noise.
Bend is an awesome place, but it isn't perfect for everyone- and never was. I'm all for people trying to figure out solutions that work, but if we keep regulating out all the potential issues that come from being a growing and popular destination Bend will become Pleasantville - the most boring place on earth.

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Posted by jk4015 on 09/06/2017 at 2:22 PM

Re: “Bringin' Down the Noise

I live in one of the closest houses directly facing the Century Center as an older family who don't go out much at all. My family couldn't find a thing to complain about if we tried (except maybe the quality of the music that is booked). 3 days of shows that end before 10pm per year that cannot be heard inside your home and barely outside is NOT an issue worth this attention.
There are just some well known, crotchety neighbors who live to complain about ANYTHING! Instead of starting another pointless negative battle, MOVE away from the commercial/entertainment adjacent area that you chose to live next to. An area that was much louder as a balsa factory and was here before you!
P.S. the 16,000+ cars daily on 14th Street produces a much higher decibel level but somehow these same (anonymous) people who are so miserable about a few hours of music per year have learned to live with that!?! Miserable people sometimes just love wrecking other peoples joy, SAD. To the few complainers, you are welcome to my backyard for one of the bbq's that you regularly spy on (so you'll know when) and try to find a valid complaint about music. I'd love to introduce myself and try to help you relax. If not, we can look at real estate for you in, say Paisley. Super quiet there.

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Posted by Bill More on 09/01/2017 at 4:05 PM

Re: “Bringin' Down the Noise

It also dose not help that the Westside houses have sky rocketed in price brining in a different group of home owners then in the past. Many of the smaller older homes that where occupied by students and younger crowd as renters are now redone homes that people have paid high prices for and probably expect different living conditions. I mean back before century center was there Players bar had tons of loud punk rock and metal shows. There was not places like 10 barrel that attracts people late night. You would think people moving into the Westside would understand what they are getting them selves into when moving there. One of the best parts of bend is the live music and great outdoor events that are downtown , Westside or old mill. I hope that never goes away because that's what I like about the Westside , I lived down there as a renter for my entire 20s and had a blast. I own a home on the west hills now and don't have to worry about the noise but I'm still close enough to ride my bike down to attend shows and events.

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Posted by TVic on 09/01/2017 at 1:12 PM

Re: “Bringin' Down the Noise

Some Bend neighbors want to use the music capital of the world as a model to follow for noise. However, the below article reveals complaints have risen 470%. Is that really the direction we want to go?…

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Posted by Derek Sitter on 08/31/2017 at 2:55 PM

Re: “The Missing Jigsaw Piece

I understand this committee did not coin the phrase missing middle but to use it unquestioningly in this article, and in an economic context in Bend is complete bullshit. It implies there is a bottom to the housing market spectrum, which there is not the graphic you used in the printed version to depict this concept is plain old propaganda. Welcome to Bend where upper-middle class housing gets 500 hours of in-kind man hours courtesy of the Central Oregon Association of Realtors and the Central Oregon Builders Association, and actual, honest-to-goodness affordable housing gets a few million bucks a year, and a City-appointed committee stacked with the very same hobnobbing development interests.

It is beyond tragic to me that 2030, originally a grass roots, community-minded organization, has been so thoroughly and blatantly corrupted by the building and real estate interests of this town. COAR and COBA basically fund the whole thing, and you can bet they made sure they were well represented in these recommendations.

I concede, about half of the ideas are awesome, and to those who benevolently donated their time in the name of making Bend a better place, Namaste. Lets definitely change System Development Charges to encourage small dwellings. Lets encourage density with a tax exemption on vertical housing. Nice work.

What I dont understand is why this committee took it upon themselves to rewrite the UGB Plan that was so painstakingly hashed last year. In regards to Tool 1: Align Comprehensive Plan and Zoning Map, yes it would seem logical to get everything all up to date, but this recommendation is really just a way for developers to completely ram through the public process required for these changes to be made, and redirect the city staffs attention almost entirely on their developments. Bunk.

Allowing for a bunch of four-plexes in standard residential neighborhoods sounds cute and ecological and all, but it is absolutely laughable that this committee is even pretending that they are going to be affordable or an option for the middle class. They are going to cost a fortune and get bought up by a bunch of city slickers looking for an investment condo in a place where they can feel like a local. Meanwhile theyll probably wreck whole neighborhoods just like vacation rentals did. And we wont even know what hit us, because like lemmings, well all ra ra ra ra, get behind this bullshit thinly disguised as an attempt at serving the people who actually live here.

Id like to see some guarantees that these changes are really going to benefit middle and low-income residents. Otherwise, a lot of this just feels like and extremely confusing, muddled charade that is going to result in some very significant benefits for builders and brokers.

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Posted by Laurel Brauns on 07/27/2017 at 6:19 PM

Re: “Eclipse Encounters

The solar eclipse and trafficking are not mutually exclusive. What you fail to realise is that every commodity bought or sold will increase...this includes water, food, clothing, electricity, drugs, alcohol and sex. Not sure what the "nature of the visitors" Is exactly...but thinking the eclipse is going to attract a certain demographic is what is stupid and ridiculous. If you think prostitution is low in Central Oregon, it's because you can't see it.

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Posted by nannah87 on 07/24/2017 at 9:33 AM

Re: “Eclipse Encounters

Not stupid at all. Historically, there has always been a surge in human trafficking and related issues surrounding major events like the Super Bowl. Do some research before making ignorant comments.

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Posted by Victor Johnson on 07/24/2017 at 9:22 AM

Re: “Eclipse Encounters

This is absolutely stupid and ridiculous. There is no relationship between total solar eclipses and prostitution. Trafficking of minors for sex is a problem to be sure, but it has nothing to do with the solar eclipse. Because of the nature of the visitors, local prostitution will most probably be lower than usual.

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Posted by atthisaddress on 07/23/2017 at 11:02 AM

Re: “Blowing Things Up

To the greedy profiteers: when is enough enough? Give it a pause.
Judy Collins, circa 1960-70: "they paved paradise and put up a parking don't know what you've lost 'til it's gone..."

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Posted by Lahaina on 07/13/2017 at 7:18 PM

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