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Re: “Cannabis Collab Seeking New Members

Deschutes Bag County: They Hate Us For Our Freedom.

Sadly being obsequious about it isn't going to change things. sadly CC seems to just want to be a smarmy PR group rather than a real cannabis advocacy organization.

If they can't defend the right for medical patients to grow their own at home, than why would we support their right to be a business.

Act UP! already stop being so pussy footed about it.

Posted by TheyHateUsForOurFreedom on 03/17/2018 at 2:44 PM

Re: “Bridge Ban Dies

Actually I would be OK with a Zip Line or even one of those bridges you see in movies spanning across a chasm that looks like it's about to fall apart. Yeah...that's my vote. Incremental chiseling away of designated scenic waterways...a big fat NO !!!! Convenience ???? Move to Portland or Seattle. And a balanced solution would be more like a 'slack line'....right?

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Posted by Doug Cristafir on 03/15/2018 at 5:59 PM

Re: “Paisley: All you need in Oregon's Outback

Nice article but those sheep are goats

Posted by Lenora James on 03/12/2018 at 1:03 PM

Re: “Updated: Bend Police Asking Eastside Neighbors for Help in Missing Woman Case

Can the police not use the Satellite to Loop back & view the area she was in last? God bless her & her Family!!

Posted by Rae5 on 03/07/2018 at 12:08 PM

Re: “Updated: Bend Police Asking Eastside Neighbors for Help in Missing Woman Case

he needs no sleep no happiness no smile s he needs to come forward where she is.. then if she is found not alive he needs to get leathel injection as soon as he enters prison

Posted by Bethann Smith on 03/04/2018 at 4:54 PM

Re: “April Anxiety

Anxiety is almost the same as stress. The difference is that anxiety is what your body feels, and stress is what your mind experiences. Chronic stress or anxiety is not the sickness or a disorder, but it can and does cause many sicknesses if not taken under control. Treatment for it is - Behavioral therapy, particularly the exposure therapy, Relaxation therapy, Cognitive behavioral therapy, Psychotherapy, Drugs, or consulting a psychic like Voyance Direct( for your help.

Posted by rosemaryschwartz on 02/13/2018 at 4:09 AM

Re: “Single in Bend

People in Bend sure like to over-analyze Bend. When Bend talks or writes about itself in the third person, it's time to tune-out and turn the page.

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Posted by Joe Moon on 02/11/2018 at 5:41 AM

Re: “Got Local?

a well written article. i don't see this where i live.

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Posted by dwpbike on 02/09/2018 at 7:04 PM

Re: “Bridge Battle, Part Deux

The Federal land authority comes from the Congressional Act that created Oregon. There are a few other surprises in there.

The trail plan winds around from the proposed parking area to make it longer than necessary. It is in an extremely unsecure area and if you have to drive to the parking area, you've defeated the purpose of alternative transportation route. It will only be a play toy for the idle rich. An absolutely unnecessary intrusion in a protected space.

The scenic river designation was originally passed in the 1980s in response to a plan to bridge the Deschutes between Meadow Camp picnic area to Baker road on the other side. That's why it has the unique bridge prohibition. It was perceived as a commercial threat that would drain off ski traffic away from the ski shops on Century Drive. It was a viable route that would have expanded transportation interconnections from the Inn and Widgi Creek across Bend. If we're going to have a conversation about a traffic bridge, that location would serve better than Mt Bachelor View. The political-commercial dynamic still remains, however. Traffic bridges are not gonna happen.

I'm sorry I have to pick on Dozer Don. He's saddled with a legacy policy to extend the trail to Sunriver. It was a misguided plan from the 1960s that has become an environmental blunder. The leglislature just made that very clear. His response to state direction is to ignore them and stick to an unrealistic and illegal plan for his department. Credibility be damned, SDCs full speed ahead!

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Posted by TimB on 01/29/2018 at 10:08 AM

Re: “Bridge Battle, Part Deux

An owner of property on Buck Canyon Rd has offered a western portion of their property that adjoins BPRD property for potential parking. It is 2,500 ft from the proposed bridge crossing.

Lying is a serious accusation! Oregon Fish and Wildlife should be consulted for expert opinion based on recent studies of Elk migration. Elk would have to migrate through several miles of streets with homes as well as cross 97 to get to calving areas. When was the last migration pattern study done? I

Interesting that the Federal govt. sold land to a developer that became Widgi Creek development. Something Id like to investigate and learn how it was done.

A future traffic bridge at the crossing would either go across Federal land or up Bachelor View Rd. I suggest it go up Bachelor View Rd. Many properties there are on acerage large enough to get a property tax assessment of $77.07 per acre, 3 acre minimum, because the owners have signed a statement stating that growing trees for commercial sale at maturity is their intent.

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Posted by Tim Lester on 01/28/2018 at 5:11 PM

Re: “Bridge Battle, Part Deux

As long as there's money to be made, BPRD will keep lying. Gene Whisnants bill to prevent the bridge was passed unanimously by the legislature. The Senate version that would have allowed a bridge was not Gene's and it failed miserably. Your fact checking should be done before printing.
Don Horton lies when he claims the elk wintered on the East bank. If the author had asked someone who is not a developer, like Oregon Fish and Wildlife, they will tell you it is critical habitat and the ford provides access to the East bank where they move South to their calving grounds near the lave flows below Lava Butte. But the truth has no place in this article. According to the developers, they only see bulldozers.
Claiming transportation access is a joke as well. There won't be any access the foot bridge from the East for almost a mile from the nearest parking lot and twice that to the nearest neighborhood. It certainly won't be a river trail as it winds through manicured subdivisions. But hey that's where all that sweet SDC money pours into the BPRD coffers. Without the bridge, there no trail and no SDC money.
When Dozer Don threatens that the USFS could put in a bridge, he's right. I shudder to think what the Forest Service may do on the West side of the river. You see, the feds aren't bound by any state laws when it comes to selling land. That's how Widgi Creek came to exist. The feds just plopped out a development without zoning hearings or environmental concerns that it was in an elk migration corridor.
The same could happen on the west side of the Deschutes. Overnight, all that public land could become private and heavily developed without any local oversight. Horton's hint that USFS might build a bridge deepens my suspicions he's holding cards he won't show the public.

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Posted by TimB on 01/28/2018 at 11:29 AM

Re: “Bridge Battle, Part Deux

The "Slippery Slope Argument" (SSA). Wikipedia describes it. Synonymous wit the "Continuum Fallacy". Weak reasoning in this case. There is a substantial amount of good judgment required to choose the best course of action in this case. Unfortunate if and when the decision is influenced by money and politics and special interest over the general public benefit. The environment is certainly to be considered and weighted.

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Posted by Tim Lester on 01/26/2018 at 10:37 AM

Re: “Bridge Battle, Part Deux

Bachelor View Rd. is a private patrolled road in a residential zoned area of the city that has large lots and expensive homes. Many residents on this road are opposed to the pedestrian bridge crossing. Their opposition to the proposed bridge is based solely on environmental impact factors. What other reasons are there to support an opposition agenda?

Might the real issue be more social than environmental protection?

This city residential zoned area was once relatively remote. In exchange for a promise to the county assessor to grow trees on their property for commercial market sale when the trees are mature, 13 property owners holding more than 30 acres of land on this road were granted and continue to enjoy a low property tax assessment advantage of $77.07 per acre. One property owner paid $22.60 in property taxes in the current year on 3.23 acres of bare land with an assessor Real Market Value of $796,430. ( Other owners enjoy the same 77.07 per acre assessment on the portion of their land in excess of 1 acre for their residence.

This is no longer a remote private city zoned residential area even if the owners of property there are growing trees for commercial sale with an unbelievable property tax advantage in a town that no longer has a mill!

Bend is growing. Bob Brell lives on Bachelor View Rd. and has recently seen the impact of growth on his own 5 acre property. The 9.6 acre lot next to his property sold in 2016 for $8,085,000 and there are plans for a 65 home subdivision.

Growth is a social issue with environmental impact. Growth in backyards of the Mt. Bachelor View Rd. area is a fact that the residents probably don't like but can only oppose on an environmental basis. They have the financial and political resources to do that.

In a longer range view of growth there is a likely east/west traffic bridge at the point of the contended pedestrian bridge. Perhaps that is the road block reason for the wording that there be no bridge crossing. When? It is a function of growth and how long the line of cars gets waiting to cross the river. Perhaps the unstated agenda of opposition by a few to the pedestrian crossing is to inhibit a future crossing of a much greater number of river crossers?

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Posted by Tim Lester on 01/26/2018 at 9:07 AM

Re: “The Trump Year

F trump

Posted by Me2 on 01/25/2018 at 10:35 PM

Re: “Bridge Battle, Part Deux

Perhaps the most important argument against the new bridge is that allowing it in a designated scenic area would set a precedent that could weaken such protections across the entire state of Oregon. That's a slippery slope and a bad idea.

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Posted by Rockartster on 01/25/2018 at 6:51 AM

Re: “The Trump Year

Your 2018 return will only give you a partial picture. The tax reform has built in changing rates over 10 years. Corporations continue to win, while low income families will be taxed more in future years.

Posted by mcat on 01/21/2018 at 9:51 AM

Re: “New Year, New Ideas.

Councilor Moseley true to form, once again throws the rest of us under the buses he doesn't think we should have.
-Barb Campbell

Posted by BabsinBend on 01/12/2018 at 9:58 PM

Re: “Snowy Split

THIS IS AWESOME. This will definitely spread awareness about the topic. Really well written. You have a very bright future!

Posted by Dan Man on 01/06/2018 at 7:59 PM

Re: “New Year, New Ideas.

The housing crisis in central Oregon is not only a matter of limited building activity.
The regulatory processes of the state and city restrict the supply of available land.
However, there are also processes that locals can implement to counter this strait jacket.
There are two places that have large residential areas that could stand greater density, but are currently prohibited. Deschutes River Woods and Deschutes junction could vote to become cities .
The change in zoning may allow for ADUs immediately and much higher density when a sewer system is installed. This could stabilize the supply of available land.
Even if this political move proved unsuccessful, it would demonstrate to the state that their regulations are choking the low income residents of Bend and we're serious about doing something about it.

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Posted by TimB on 01/05/2018 at 9:37 PM

Re: “North America's Oldest Evidence of Man?

In Alaska, in 1993,the skeleton of a ancient man was found in a cave on an island in Southeast Alaska. The information from his DNA has been fascinating and further findings point to him coming from a people who came into Alaska following the coast and NOT the Land Bridge. He is dated to have lived around 10,300 years ago. members of tribes living in the area consented to having their DNA compared to his.
Recently, the body of a baby was discovered at another site further north. The DNA from the child has been compared to other DNA to tell if she was the descendant of people who crossed the Land Bridge and they found the child belonged to a hitherto unknown human lineage, a group that split off from other Native Americans just after or perhaps just before they arrived in North America. Her skeleton was dated at 11,500 years old.
Then there is the Kennewick Man found in 1993 and his DNA revelations.
One thing is for sure, the descendants of the bodies found in Alaska are living in Alaska today, proof that they have been part of the Land for thousands of years.

Posted by Gigi Marmon Pilcher on 01/05/2018 at 7:53 AM

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