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Re: “A Ballot Measure on Mirror Pond?

The discussion about dredging Mirror Pond is a distraction from saving Mirror Pond. Mirror Pond is dependent on a dam and the deposits that have accumulated have little effect on the looks or function of the pond. The MPS proposal of dredging has derailed the important funding, planning and collaboration that is needed to save the dam that creates Mirror Pond. Without a strong determined effort to replace the failing timber-crib section of the Bend Hydro Dam, it is likely that Mirror Pond will resort back to a natural river along with the decommissioning of the Bend Hydro Project.

The Bend Hydro Dam is governed by the authority of the Oregon Water Resources Department. The OWRD is now reviewing the hazard rating to consider the increased housing and recreation that has occurred below the dam in the last decade. This review could change the hazard rating from significant to high to address the probable loss of life in the event of a dam failure. The hazard rating is the basis of all dam safety and a high rating will increase inspection and safety standards, including the creation of an emergency action plan.

There could also be addition analysis of the structural stability of the dam due to the increased occurrences of needle bay failures and the use of sheet-pile to control these failures as stated in the recommendations of the 2015 OWRD inspection. These single skin sheet-pile repairs disregard the recommendations of Gannett Fleming Engineering who performed a condition assessment of the dam in 2014 for the Bend Metro Parks and Recreation District. This report stated that dam failure could happen at anytime and recommended that the timber-crib section be replaced with a new concrete dam.

At this time, HB 2085 dam safety bill, is working its way though the Oregon legislature on its way to becoming law. This law will give the OWRD the authority to obtain an injunction to lower the water level behind dams that are a threat to lives and property. This could leave Mirror Pond without water and expose the dreaded mudflats.

Its time for the City of Bend to realize that PacifiCorp is acting in the best interest of their stockholders to rid themselves of this deadbeat dam that has no financial prospects, and understand that the community's emotional attachment to the pond is being used as a bargaining chip.

Posted by Mark Davis on 04/25/2019 at 10:04 PM

Re: “A Ballot Measure on Mirror Pond?

As many of the people said at the Council listening session, Mirror Pond is an iconic asset of Bend.

Pacific Power reported they are keeping and investing in the Newport Dam. It is time for the Bend community to protect, preserve and improve on one of our communities' greatest assets. The anti Mirror Pond groups will do anything to delay the protection of this great community assets - on-going delays is a principle tactic. Do not let this tactic continue.

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Posted by Joe Reinhart on 04/25/2019 at 11:06 AM

Re: “A Ballot Measure on Mirror Pond?

The Deschutes River is a...RIVER! Let it BE a river. Remove the dam and let her flow. The only folks who want it to be an unnatural "pond" are those that live adjacent to it. A river will NEVER need dredging and takes care of itself.

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Posted by jhpaul54416 on 04/25/2019 at 9:54 AM

Re: “A Ballot Measure on Mirror Pond?

Nice reporting, Chris.

Just a few caveats: The Mirror Pond Steering Committee did not "form into" the Ad Hoc Committee, but was disbanded and replaced by the Ad Hoc Committee. The reason: The Steering Committee consisted of too many environmentalists who could not be trusted to toe the pro-pond line.

Only one scientifically accurate survey has ever been done on Mirror Pond--a 2015 City of Bend survey that clearly indicates significantly more Bendites prefer habitat and stream bank restoration at Mirror Pond over preservation of "historic" views. (See this survey on

Judging by this 4 year old survey, the community is not split 50/50. If you keep perpetuating this myth, then you can get away with anything, including spending 6.75 million dollars of precious public funds on an ultimately unnecessary, useless, and habitat destroying dredging project.

This is why Spencer Dahl's initiative is so important: It will bring about what the Bend Power Brokers have long feared--an actual vote.

More information can be found at

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Posted by fosterfell on 04/25/2019 at 8:45 AM

Re: “Plug it in, plug it in

As Henry correctly points out, going south or east is currently impossible with many EVs. VW/ODOT should look into filling those gaps to make the Hwy 20/Hwy97 corridors EV friendly.

Posted by RDMflyer on 04/24/2019 at 8:54 PM

Re: “Who's Ready for the Bag Ban #inBend?

having lived in another city with a bag ban. they are terrible legislation. All they do is make impromptu shopping more difficult, which means shopping online vs local just got another win. If Bend wants more recycling they should offer weekly home service instead of bi-weekly.

Posted by Michael Dunn on 04/23/2019 at 9:33 AM

Re: “Rent Control

rent control... or trying to artificially lower prices in any scenario has never worked anywhere. If you artificially try and beat the supply and demand curve you just pay for it in a different way... like wasting half your day in a bread line like in Russia. Capitalism is the only efficient way to take care of everyone, might not be equal distribution of money, but who cares what other people have. Plus our poor still have HD tv's the internet and a car.

Posted by Michael Dunn on 04/23/2019 at 9:26 AM

Re: “City Not Ready for E-Scooters Yet

Scooters could easily replace a large percentage of car traffic in this town because of its size. But it looks like Bend's progress phobia strikes again.

Posted by LeafyLief on 04/23/2019 at 2:49 AM

Re: “Who's Ready for the Bag Ban #inBend?

Christomart: This was supposed to be a fun, first-person account of what it looks like to be a shopper at various stores, not a comprehensive investigation of every store in Bend, nor even a news article. The stores selected are where our team shopped during the past week. Thanks for reading.
LeafyLief- I trust you read all the way to the end, where we mention that not taking a bag at all is the best option.

Posted by Nicole Vulcan on 04/22/2019 at 11:12 AM

Re: “Who's Ready for the Bag Ban #inBend?

This article is fine, as far as it goes. But it could have been more thorough. What about Market of Choice? Newport Market? An actual Safeway store (the one on Century is fine with our re-usable bags, not one occurrence of side-eye in the past year)? And the store that will probably struggle the most with the bag ban: Wal-Mart!

And rather than just describe your reporters' experience, let's solicit a comment from store management.

Let's not forget other retailers, either, like Home Depot, Lowe's, Office Depot and Staples. Hope you find these suggestions worthy of a follow-up article!

Posted by christomart on 04/22/2019 at 10:58 AM

Re: “Klondike Kate: "Our Destitute Prostitute" or "Aunt Kate"

Hi my name is Brad. about 25 years ago I met a man named Ralph Pabst. He was author and publisher of the Augary Press in a small town in Oregon. We became friends. He wrote a book called my aunt Kate. Refering to Klondike Kate. He was her sole heir and over time I acquired many personal items of Kate Rockwell. aka Klondike Kate. These included many miniatures made of copper, Fine jewelry, a chicken feather fan with wooden handle and other misc. Most of the fine jewelry, I sold to collectors and also most of the miniatures. I still have the fan and verification from Ralph Pabst. possibly some other small items. And of course a copy of the book that Ralph wrote to honor his Aunt Kate. Any history buffs out there who might wish to own the remaining items may contact me by email.

Posted by bradb on 04/20/2019 at 12:07 PM

Re: “Bend Beats Out Redmond For Affordable Housing Program

I'm 71 and I'm on social security and i don't get very much money i would like a house please help us out if you can

Posted by Wilma Daugherty on 04/20/2019 at 1:44 AM

Re: “Bend Beats Out Redmond For Affordable Housing Program

Insterd in housing for my husband we are living in a 5th wheel

Posted by Wilma Daugherty on 04/20/2019 at 1:39 AM

Re: “Who's Ready for the Bag Ban #inBend?

Paper bags actually have a larger environmental footprint.

We need to move entirely away from a disposable society. It's sick really.

Using canvass bags, srsly

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Posted by LeafyLief on 04/19/2019 at 12:26 AM

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