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Re: “From Homeless to Housed: Transitional housing project offers shelter, transformation and most importantly: Hope.

Gene Gammond is an amazing person, I was coming back to Central Oregon from my fourth prison stay and he fed me my first real meal in several years, helped get me into clean and sober housing, and I have never been back to prison going on 8 years now! I have a job a family, and a new way to live. Gene Gammond is a huge part of my success, if you know who I am and see that Im a completely different person now. All it takes some times is someone who cares about you to make all the difference in the world. Gene is now one of my best friends, my children call him uncle, and I call him a savior. This is a good idea for Central Oregon, all it takes is for someone to care! Congratulations Gene on helping others and giving back to others that could not have done this for themselves. You as well Sally!

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Posted by Chuck Millsap on 11/16/2017 at 3:54 AM

Re: “From Homeless to Housed: Transitional housing project offers shelter, transformation and most importantly: Hope.

Thank you so much Sally Pfeiffer, and crew for everything you do! I am so greatful

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Posted by Shaela England on 11/15/2017 at 10:17 PM

Re: “Tower Tussle

Verizon Wireless withdrew their application for this project on October 31, 2017. They installed some new antennas a few blocks to the north, on the roof at City Hall instead.

Posted by Aaron Henson on 10/31/2017 at 4:38 PM

Re: “American Carnival

The OWS movement was disrupted by paid infiltrators. Those infiltrators stoked racial and gender pride to divide us. The most watched media outlets online and on cable are paid-for propaganda mouthpieces. During the election, they all reported what they wanted people to believe, NOT what was happening.

Learning about and taking pride in 'liberal', enlightened, Socratic, Western civilization is something new to me and I like it. Defending our country, while trying to fix it's flaws, is infinitely worthwhile. You should try it.

Nationalism is NOT adverse to higher taxes for the 1% and distributing it to LEGAL citizens, of all races and genders. Etc etc etc.Rubbish article, though.

Police are not free to shoot black people, and saying as much is cheap pandering to garbage thinking. Try again.

Posted by Reuptake Inhibitor on 10/04/2017 at 3:59 PM

Re: “Inside the Opioid Epidemic

We have had almost word for word the same experience as Atticus as well. We filed a complaint with the Oregon Board of Dentistry and may be able to get compensation through them.

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Posted by Simpson on 09/28/2017 at 9:12 PM

Re: “Inside the Opioid Epidemic

Atticus, I am in the same situation as your family and I am sure there are many others as well. It will cost me almost as much as I already paid Dr. O to continue treatment with Dr. Sullivan - and I pre-paid Dr. O in full. I can't really afford to pay for ortho twice. I'm wondering what recourse us patients have. How do we recoup what we paid Dr. O for unfinished ortho?

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Posted by Elizabeth on 09/26/2017 at 2:49 PM

Re: “Tiny Homes

Mr. Russell would the community you live in be receptive to tiny houses with no garage and clustered parking? Why would you want to bring the property values of the Shire community down? Street parking is already an issue in Bend so you want to add to it for your financial gain. As a retired LE when you have street parking you are inviting a bad element of society into your neighborhood, it's like shopping at Amazon without the shipping fees.

With the UGB I hope the city has planned and considered increases in crime along with all the other issues.


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Posted by Hadenough on 09/23/2017 at 11:33 AM

Re: “Inside the Opioid Epidemic

As much as I am sorry to hear Dr. O's story I don't see much concern for patients like my son. He has received 2 years of poor care (broken brackets, "pookey wires", etc.) and now needs to have his braces removed and start all over with a new orthodontist. Dr. O did not even put brackets on several of his teeth. The new orthodontist will need another year to correct some issues that Dr. O did not address. Dr. O's health problem will end up costing me several thousand of dollars more than the several thousands I have already paid. Dr. O sent out a heart felt letter to his patients but I think he should have also returned the money we paid him. In the end we spent a lot of time, money, and discomfort over the last 2 years. All we have to show for it is another year of braces and expenses. Another year in braces for a 13 year old is a big deal. It also bothers me that my time and hard earned money feed another's drug addiction. I also think the board of dentistry deserves some heat for placing Dr. O's confidentiality a higher priority then the health of the pediatric patients in his practice. And the above article mentioned he was clean and sober at work for several months...B.S. We saw him tired and haggard. He was late. He cancelled appointments. He no showed us. We all felt bad for him because his kids were not good sleepers and keeping him up all night...In hindsight there is no way he was sober. I hate to say it but Dr. O's problem went way beyond just him and his poor family... We all got screwed too.

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Posted by Atticus on 09/22/2017 at 5:52 PM

Re: “Inside the Opioid Epidemic

basically the o'neill family insinuates they, in retrospect, would have had no problem reflecting
on the fact they had been sending their kids to a practitioner addicted to narcotics.

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Posted by Ias Peeyen on 09/22/2017 at 5:15 PM

Re: “Monumental Recommendations

I support keeping the monument, and have no opinion of Zinke, but your caption under the picture of Zinke in his hunting outfit is misguided. I am not a hunter, and instead spend my time hiking and biking in our public lands. However, the hunting population supports public land conservation just like the hikers, and the bikers do. I just went to the Oregon Hunters Association website and the top news item is a celebration of some land remaining public:

We need all user groups to support each other as we fight the current threat to our public lands. There's room for everyone to enjoy these special places. The author should do more research before excluding particular user groups who may actually support the cause in question.

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Posted by Jeff_Jeff_Jeff on 09/14/2017 at 10:57 AM

Re: “Whose Autocracy Is It Anyway?

Nice. A lawyer is someone who has a highly detailed knowledge of the law and who has experience and skill in representing client in court and speaking in front of a judge and jury. For more info visit:-

Posted by Nancy Smith on 09/14/2017 at 12:20 AM

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

Where is the survey?

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Posted by Batmouse on 08/18/2017 at 8:16 PM

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

The question isn't "what to do with mirror pond." The pond is dead, remove the dam, and let the river flow.

The question is how to make that happen.

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Posted by LeafyLief on 08/18/2017 at 6:28 PM

Re: “Bend's Growth Rate: Scary or Sustainable?

"Can we give the community a breather, time to catch up on infrastructure, widen a few roads, put in more sidewalks, and kick out a Californian or two?"

Sheesh, maybe I won't move here if that's the attitude. Good luck when Bend becomes the new Portland and you're not welcome in Boise.

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Posted by A Californian on 07/19/2017 at 12:35 PM

Re: “Unsolicited Accolades

As far as the loss of Solitude in the outdoors, I blame publications and websites such as Backyardbend that are available to anyone and everyone. It's unfortunate that so many local people feel the need to brag about their lives with the entire world. What's wrong with having a secret spot that no one knows about, or is shared by word of mouth within a tight knit group? Posting detailed information, photos and directions of our adventures to resources such as these provide a very easy "how to" guide for tourists and newcomers. So, we have to search further, expand and keep our mouths shut about our new favorite honey holes. Forget about the Cascade lakes highway.....that's Disney Land. Believe me, there are plenty of places out there which provide similar amazing outdoor experiences if you research and explore. Where, you ask?.....I'm not telling

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Posted by Matt Yates on 07/11/2017 at 3:12 PM

Re: “Putting Back the River

Heres the real reason that the water is wanted for higher river flows Follow the money people always !!!!!!

According to numbers from Dean Runyan Associates, a tourism and travel research firm based in Portland, visitors to Deschutes County directly spent more than $660 million in 2015.

Posted by Tommy Tunes on 07/09/2017 at 10:43 PM

Re: “Unsolicited Accolades

I noticed this online version of the story corrects the claim in the print version that "Bend Parks & Recreation built 150 miles of trails in the DNF".

That was a pretty serious gaffe, I hope that correction is noted in next weeks print version.

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Posted by Doh! on 07/08/2017 at 10:35 AM

Re: “Unsolicited Accolades

I wonder how much this "unsolicited" list cost VisitBend...

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Posted by bendlistola on 07/07/2017 at 4:52 PM

Re: “Unsolicited Accolades

Bend has been on the decline for a number of years now. The things that made Bend great and put it on the map are long forgotten. Bend is now finds itself somewhere between SoCal and a frat party. The recent transplants(anyone who's been here less than 10 years are recent in my book) all think it is the greatest thing because it's still far better than whatever metro hell hole they came from. When the next downturn comes, this place will shrink back to a reasonable size but it'll never go back to 20K or less. I get why people move here. It's just the idea that it needs to be a little bit more like where they came from that bugs. I don't wish anything hateful on anyone but when the next RE implosion hits, everyone that's #pimpingthebendlife will move on. I look forward to the elbow room regardless of what it does to my property value. I witnessed a tantrum in the downtown post office that solidified it for me. A big part of me is rooting for those dark clouds on the horizon and please please please, more harsh winters. Our roots are deep. We'll be here when the dust settles.

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Posted by ElbowRoomIndeed on 07/07/2017 at 4:44 PM

Re: “Unsolicited Accolades

Our community created a Frankenstein with the misguided belief during the Great Recession that tourism was going somehow "save" the town. It turned around and killed our brothers, desiccated our close-in neighborhoods, and yet still insisted we love it, and create a female version of it in the form of cultural and shoulder season tourism marketing.

As with any great allegory there are winners and losers, and maybe the proclaimed "300 days of sunshine" is going to our heads, because the media and the city government tends to favor the positive tales, this "runner to riches" story about Picky Bars co-founder Jesse Thomas is no exception.

We needed only to turn back the pages of history and read about the fate of dozens of other western mountain towns hollowed out by tourism to grasp the direction we were headed, but drunk on money and power, we plowed forward, dumbstruck and silent as the real estate and building industries reaped the biggest rewards, while those interested in maintaining some semblance of sustainability and community in Bend were touted as anti-growth and isolationist.

We are not powerless, and we dont have to let this Frankenstein haunt our remaining days. Ecotourism is a beautiful movement that insists that tourism benefit the local people and the environment, instead of allowing the place to fall victim to the forces of capitalism. The problem is, this requires a lot more work and intentional planning and decision-making than our egregiously underpaid City Council has time for.

In a YouTube video published on June 5 of this year, Bill Valentine, the guy who "famously" predicted the real estate crash a decade ago, cockily proclaims to a room full of titillated real estate agents that there will never be affordable housing in Bend, and that prices are headed towards Aspen-levels during the course of the next decade due to the portability of jobs, and the financial choices available to the newly retired. And he's right, there wont be affordable or sustainable housing, if we let people like him and the real estate vultures that he addresses, dictate our community's future as an inevitability.

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Posted by Laurel Brauns on 07/07/2017 at 8:05 AM

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