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Re: “Bill Moseley is Running for Mayor

That's not a reasonable answer. How do you slow the "pace"? Limiting tourism funding won't stop people from moving here. People are escaping the big cities to their quaint mountain town that is quickly becoming a congested mess by overpriced homes and developers building at a record rate. Why not stop the building and developing? Building expensive new homes and hotels is only increasing the population with the wealthy. This will take a great deal of vision. Someone with experience with adapting an archaic infrastructure into something that is livable for a town this size. We're stacking homes and businesses on every plot of land they can find. Home developers are buying up all the land and stacking homes, condos, and apartments on as many tiny lots as they can. How are you going to stop that?

Posted by Derek Sitter on 06/15/2018 at 9:57 AM

Re: “Bill Moseley is Running for Mayor

We will build a wall and we will make California pay for it.

Posted by Wyatt Gaines on 06/15/2018 at 9:54 AM

Re: “Bill Moseley is Running for Mayor

I'm merely a proponent for reasonable growth. What's reasonable? Growth thats at a pace that allows us to balance the supply and demand of housing supporting affordability and livability. I've actually very strongly and successfully advocated for the city to implement the approved UGB ASAP. I've encouraged and obtained council support for the roads and sewers we need to do that. I've supported the Bend Central District. All those things add supply.
What about demand? Well, tourism promotion needs a hard look. When I was the BEDAB chair, we found that people who moved here started as tourists first. I did successfully get Visit Bend to set aside a small amount of tourism promotion money into a rainy day fund for when we hit a downturn, instead of using it on promotion in the middle of a peak economy. Its not enough. Will less tourism promotion stop all tourists? Thankfully no, as part of our economy depends on tourism. But, it will lower the extreme growth rate to a slower growth rate we are more likely to handle.
That will not stop growth. I don't propose that we stop all growth. It will simply bend the demand curve down a bit so that housing supply and neighborhoods can catch up. I want some common sense attempts to shape our beautiful city. Is their another option than trying? I hear people being fatalistic about growth all the time. I'm not that kind of person. I will try as hard as I can, even if the challenges are great.
--Bill Moseley, Bend City Councilor

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Posted by Bill Moseley on 06/14/2018 at 6:51 PM

Re: “Bill Moseley is Running for Mayor

So, what's he gonna do to stop people from moving to Bend? Build a Trumpian wall? Seriously, Bill, you cannot stop people from moving wherever they want to move in this country. What is your solution? --Michael Funke

Posted by Mickey Finn on 06/14/2018 at 5:36 PM

Re: “Bend Hacks 101

hmm....

I'd say here's my personal list.
No car, bike only.
Garden for food.
Craigslist, thrift stores, and hand me downs for gear and gear upgrades.
4 people living in a 3 bedroom
Roommate dinners
rideshares and carpools
Volunteer for recreational passes
Never buy new
Musician for free booz at shows

Of course, living cheap in my experience is also more ethical and environmental with a higher quality of life overall.

Posted by LeafyLief on 06/13/2018 at 9:12 PM

Re: “The Storm Behind Stormy

Meh ... this is much ado about nothing. The DA is a busy guy and lets hope he moves on like Ms Daniels has. Hummel involving OLCC is kinda lame in this circumstance.

Posted by Mr Magic on 06/07/2018 at 9:03 PM

Re: “Revitalization in Bend? One step closer

They should make business 97 nicer in that area as well.

Posted by Lucian Spampinato on 06/05/2018 at 3:50 PM

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

Bend does need to fill in infrastructure and widen roads including making a ring road around bend. There part of one on the west side but it doesn't connect to business 97. We also need to expand to the east, north and south and a little bit west. Annexing Deschutes River Woods would be good and filling it in would also be good. Turning the parkway into a fully limited access highway and extending it to lapine which is going to happen and widening the road all the way to madras would be awesome as well.

Posted by Lucian Spampinato on 06/05/2018 at 3:43 PM

Re: “Flying the Wild West

I saw a flight from Seattle had first class seats. I thought how the heck do you put first class seats in the turbo props Horizon runs there? Turns out they are offering a 737 service once a day. That's a big difference in planes...

Posted by brad on 05/31/2018 at 7:11 PM

Re: “Inside the Opioid Epidemic

Simpson. Did you ever get reimbursement. Is there a law suit out there?

Posted by Scarlett Davis on 05/23/2018 at 12:34 PM

Re: “50 miles for the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act's 50th Anniversary

What a great adventure and wonderful accomplishment Krystal! I so enjoyed reading your essay. Isnt it a shame that so many rivers in the world arent afforded such complete protection. Xxx Barb

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Posted by Barbara Richardson on 05/22/2018 at 11:14 PM

Re: “Putting Back the River

If you want to get to the real problem, go back to the water rights issue. You guys were almost there, then got distracted by piping and leaking canals, which is exactly what COID wants you to be distracted by.

COID is obligated to service water rights owners first and foremost; and currently those owners are diverting a certain amount of water each year from the Deschutes River. After the canals are piped, they will continue to divert the *same* amount of water that they currently do, nothing will change.

COID has environmentalists wringing their hands over water leaking that has ALREADY BEEN DIVERTED from the river...how does that help the Deschutes? COID is saying that it will save X cfs from leaking, but again, that's water already taken out of the river and running through the canal. Why so much emphasis on this point? Because they want that water to flow through pipes to create "head" (pressure) for their hydropower plans. There isn't any other reason they care about.

But they got us all caring about it as if that will save the Deschutes. Read everything COID says: they're not promising to divert *less* water from the Deschutes after piping. They're hoping we forget all that and go through a divisive, angry, expensive, complicated process that pits property owners (yes, private property owners own the canal property, COID just owns easements) against environmentalists on their behalf.

And COID DOES dump water. Check out Reynolds Pond, Mayfield Pond, Little Houson, Big Houston Lake, Zell Pond and see how much water COID is dumping to "use" their water rights. It's Deschutes River water just being dumped into the desert...but hey, the duck hunters appreciate it.

If you've heard the term "useful idiot", that's how COID treats us. This was a good start, but I suggest you go back and do a follow-up article actually looking into the issues I mentioned above.

Posted by jewalden on 05/21/2018 at 3:09 PM

Re: “50 miles for the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act's 50th Anniversary

great story reminding us why we treasure our public lands KM. Thanks for sharing.

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Posted by Dave on 05/21/2018 at 9:31 AM

Re: “50 miles for the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act's 50th Anniversary

Thank you for sharing your personal story of the importance of public lands and waters. There are so many attacks on keeping nature available to everyone in politics today, personal stories help us all to speak out in support of nature.

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Posted by mcat on 05/21/2018 at 9:16 AM

Re: “got permits?

PLEASE READ THIS.
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 user...it'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: “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 things...like 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 transients...is 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 article...so 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: “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

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