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

I couldn't be clean (coming up on six months) without pfiefer housing! Joshua Roniger was an awesome "house dad" (house manager) and was also instrumental in my early recovery. Of course I couldn't get into the housing without Gene and Dillon too!
Thank you everyone!

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Posted by Jeremy Hay on 11/23/2017 at 2:15 PM

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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “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

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