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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?

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'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 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 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 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

Re: “Letters to the Editor

It's campaign season. Remember those in local office who just two years ago denied the extent of our street-management issues.

Posted by Rondo on 05/13/2018 at 9:48 AM

Re: “Letters to the Editor

Pardon our dust works if you're exposed to it for a brief period. Ours is 24/7 and no, pardon our dust just doesn't work. The city says they don't have the budget to fix our road properly, so they do nothing. Kyle Thomas with the city states that he looked at the road and it didn't seem too bad to him. He needs to spend a little time here and actually talk to some of those who are effected.

Posted by Jerry Gilmour on 05/13/2018 at 9:05 AM

Re: “Bend Rugby Headed to Nationals

Well done guys, quite an accomplishment for the Bend team. 1975 was a long time ago, looking forward to seeing some hardware coming back!

Posted by Steve Eberhard on 05/13/2018 at 6:23 AM

Re: “Where Can Your E-Bike Go?

I enjoy mountain biking under my own power, as well as hiking and backpacking. I agree that bikes, motorized or not, should be restricted from wilderness areas, because bikes would take away from the experience of hiking. Bikes are also a greater wildlife disturbance than hikers. Motorized bikes, electric or gas, are a different experience from person-powered. These are all different ways of enjoying the outdoors, and while we can share some of the same areas, keep some separation so the experience of the sport can be enjoyed to it's fullest.

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Posted by mcat on 05/12/2018 at 9:52 AM

Re: “Sharing the road

What cyclists really need to understand, is that tonnage has the right of way, and when you are in super close proximity to vehicles, especially trucks, and in a town where drivers are texting, or uptight about the traffic, you need to not think that the law is going to save your life when competing with 2-4 ton vehicles. the last two people that lost their lives had the law on their side, so ride knowing that you can get smashed any moment by someone can't see you. Most cyclists, and far worse, pedestrians do not get it that crossing in front of you when your westbound into the sun, that they can't be seen ! extremely dangerous, high risk riding in this town. The law will not save your life. Only common sense will. Mike Sullivan

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Posted by MICHAEL SULLIVAN on 05/11/2018 at 9:30 PM

Re: “Bike Skills are Life Skills

I just read about this program and it's so awesome! Absolutely recommending to my fiancee, we just bought two bikes last week and I love the entire idea. You guys need to spread the word!

Posted by Thomas Wilson on 05/11/2018 at 3:23 PM

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

Baney is a boss and credit to our county. Being primaried by the DCRP chair should be a scandal imo.

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Posted by Drunken Citizen on 05/10/2018 at 3:36 PM

Re: “Remembering Deshaun

Deshauns was my nephews cousin on his dads side, I personally only meant this young man a couple times, but his death was and still is very closely felt throughout my whole family, that being said, I am the program director of a new youth ministry here in Central Oregon, our ministry focuses on high risk youth, mostly in the system but I feel God tugging on me to help in this area, we are working on getting a mentoring program up and going and I think kids struggling with depression and/or suicide, would fit well with such a program, if there is any organization out there that can use a Christian presence or might have kids in need of a strong role model in their lives, I would love the opportunity to get together with them and discuss partnering with them to help such youth. We have several churches in the area ready to provide mentors to any kids we can find that would be in need of such.
I look forward to hearing from anyone who might be interested. My name is Jonathan Van Vliet and here is my contact information, email, phone number 5419485592 and our Facebook page is @coyfcjjm I can be reached at any of these.

We are praying for and seeking out lost youth daily and hope to be nothing but a positive influence in their lives through our Lord and savior Jesus Christ.

Posted by Jonathan Van Vliet on 05/09/2018 at 10:22 AM

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