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Re: “Deputies Kill Young Black Bear Near Sunriver

Without the correct dosage based on weight tranqs are deadly, if you don't have people experienced at doing it it probably would have had a bad outcome too. Also not sure they have the equipment here yet. I do think they should, we have the same problem with them killing non-aggressive young cougars that just get lost in the city. I'm not saying they were right but if people want to help prevent bears chilling in neighborhoods, and possibly getting shot; don't leave out cat and dog food, don't leave out bird seed, and secure your garbage. The sad truth is that, more often than not, a fed bear is a dead bear.

Posted by Melora Hart on 07/15/2019 at 4:49 PM

Re: “Wasted in Bend: Bagging the Bombs

Call 'em out at @poopfairyoregon

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Posted by poopfairyoregon on 07/15/2019 at 1:22 PM

Re: “Wasted in Bend: Bagging the Bombs

Happy you love your dogs, I do also, but they are dangerous on mountain bike trails. I have witnessed many close calls between a dog running off-leash and a rider and witnessed one bad crash last year on Marvins where the owner had 2 dogs running off-leash while she was walking, a rider came through (not exceeding speed) and the dog ran right into his path and caused him to crash. The dog owner simply said "I'm sorry" and kept walking. If you must bring them to MTB Trail, keep them on a leash (but best to leave them home or bring them to the dog park). Also, if you are going to pick up the poop - which you should do - carry the darn bag out with you. Lazy and inconsiderate not to do so. Why should someone else pick up your dog's poop?

8 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Gal Outdoorz on 07/14/2019 at 9:28 AM

Re: “Deputies Kill Young Black Bear Near Sunriver

Lake Tahoe has bears in neighborhoods all the time and they relocate them all the time! Why not here?

2 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Bob Trygg on 07/09/2019 at 1:15 PM

Re: “Deputies Kill Young Black Bear Near Sunriver

The bear is innocent in this. He was acting like a bear! Why didnt the humans use compassion and tranquilize the bear and move it? I blame the humans for being cold-hearted.

2 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Kathleen Ikola Kenna on 07/09/2019 at 12:23 PM

Re: “Deputies Kill Young Black Bear Near Sunriver

Why didn't they shoot the bear with a tranquilizer dart and relocate it far into the mountains?

6 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by dwood92608 on 07/09/2019 at 8:40 AM

Re: “Fireworks Dos and Don'ts

Just wondering, yes it's sad that people can't be safe with fireworks, but it's kind of ironic that the city itself who is enforcing and cracking down on illegal fireworks is actually shooting off illegal fireworks on top of Pilot Butte and sponsoring the event, But how many times have they caught the Butte on fire, hence the name the annual Butte burn, How about a little insight on prep work that the city resources are used as volunteers in managing the safety of the 4th of July display? As a kid growing up here in Bend it is always been fun to watch, I remember when the show was in Drake park many years ago. Thanks for all the great work.

Posted by Chris 2 on 07/03/2019 at 8:31 AM

Re: “Republican Senators AWOL... Again

Senator Tim Knopp's campaign fund paid for the "We Love Tim" and other signs seen at last Tuesday's counter protest in Bend. A total of $4800 went to Portland-based sign company Gateway Communications for this rush print job.

Keep track of this and Knopp's hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of other transactions on the ORESTAR website.

The cash used for these signs came from the beverage industry, pharmaceuticals, telecommunications, insurance, energy, realtors, builders, etc. Those at the demonstration holding "Let Us Vote" signs should know that these were partly paid for by the Koch Brothers, who work nationally to suppress voting rights.

(To his credit, though, Knopp has not accepted money from tobacco and the NRA for the past two years.)

Posted by fosterfell on 07/01/2019 at 5:29 PM

Re: “Republican Senators AWOL... Again

I'm a lifelong Democrat, but Kate Brown and Tina Kotek are anti-democratic zealots and are running roughshod over the Statewide Planning Goal #1 -- Citizen Involvement. Their HB 2001 bill (and others) is a complete power grab that would do away with all single-family neighborhoods in Oregon cities -- except subdivisions protected by CC&Rs.

The measure flies in the face of all the evidence, and would exacerbate, not help with housing affordability and climate change. It's also egregiously inequitable, placing all the burdens on poor and older neighborhoods.

HB 2001 is pure-and-simple a cloaked giveaway to out-of-area developers who covet land in single-family neighborhoods. I hope the Republican Senators stay out until the session ends on Sunday so HB 2001 cannot become law.

Citizens who believe in clean and democratic processes need to vote out both the "Trumpist" Republicans and the "Brown/Kotek" Democrats.

Paul Conte
Sunriver and Eugene

Posted by Raoul Picante on 06/27/2019 at 12:43 PM

Re: “Republican Senators AWOL... Again

Ahhh. Kate Brown leads democrat legislators on a walkout and it's "very appropriate." Republican legislators walk out over a virtue-signaling bill that will have zero effect on global gas emissions (if that's a good thing and certainly won't offset emission increases from China and India), all at the expense of rural Oregon. And Boquist is a radical? Who's really out-of-touch here? Methinks it's Salem and the Source.

5 likes, 6 dislikes
Posted by Bill Pitcher on 06/24/2019 at 4:23 AM

Re: “Camping at Juniper Ridge

To all you people out there who have never been homeless it's not fun I'm 53 I'm homeless now and never been homeless and it wasn't by choice it's hard and yet the government won't help their own people that's what sucks

Posted by mepa66 on 06/23/2019 at 3:01 PM

Re: “Bend Park and Recreation Adopts new Mirror Pond Resolution

A year ago it seemed likely that the "dredging only" forces were in the ascendancy, and that consideration for issues such as river health, fish passage, and meaningful public process was being sidelined. Now, thanks to the work of Bend City Councilors Moseley and Goodman-Campbell, we--as a community--will be able to participate in a genuine process to, perhaps, develop a new vision for our urban stretch of the fabled Deschutes River. Anything is possible.

Posted by fosterfell on 06/22/2019 at 9:16 AM

Re: “Bend Park and Recreation Adopts new Mirror Pond Resolution

Great report, thanks. I'm beginning to believe that this whole affair is just a land grab of the bed and banks of the Deschutes River and no one really has a clue how to save Mirror Pond. The pond is toast and it's just a matter of who owns what land when PacifiCorp bails out of town. They don't even list the Bend Hydro project on their website.

2 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Mark Davis on 06/21/2019 at 7:03 PM

Re: “Bend Park and Recreation Adopts new Mirror Pond Resolution

When will Pacific Power take responsibility for their share of this debacle?

7 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Jeff Swanson on 06/21/2019 at 7:22 AM

Re: “For the Love of Cats

Stabilized. Meanwhile, cats are out there catching and killing Oregons native birds. Trap-Neuter-Release programs go on for years and years because irresponsible people keep dumping reproductively active cats rightfully thinking well-meaning but ultimately harmful individuals will keep on feeding the unwanted cats, making them fat and happy. The cycle continues; the cats never go away but keep on killing wildlife and spreading disease. Good luck avoiding bubonic plague, Deschutes County!

1 like, 5 dislikes
Posted by Tanner Jessel on 06/20/2019 at 6:25 PM

Re: “For the Love of Cats

I'm convinced that TNVR works because I see it first hand. The colonies that I've stabilized (100% spayed/neutered) have fat, happy and healthy cats living in them. It's so rewarding to know that I won't see kittens in these colonies year after year.
When a new cat does show up, they are either put through an adoption program or TNVR'd. This wouldn't be the case if catch and kill was done. Zero tax dollars were spent, lives saved and kittens prevented.

6 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Gina Rosmarino Jennings on 06/20/2019 at 12:33 PM

Re: “For the Love of Cats

Same old, same old. We've been reading these arguments in support of this alien species that is wreaking havoc on our wildlife populations for years now, never mind that the logic does not hold up and the problem exacerbates. Even if this kind of program worked and a local population of cats was reduced over time (it isn't, of course) such programs reach less than about 4% of the feral cat population. Even more important, such programs delay our addressing this serious problem as it gets worse.

2 likes, 8 dislikes
Posted by Gerry Rising on 06/20/2019 at 5:45 AM

Re: “Change Coming to Parking Rules

Property taxes don't pay for roads, gas tax and vehicle registration pay for roads. And those RV's that people don't care for, pay alot more for registrations and at 5 to 10 mpg, they buy more gas... My 34 foot RV was over 500 for 2 year tags. The RV owners are paying more taxes towards roads then a single home owner or renter with a 35mpg SUV. Is this law also going to apply toward home owners who park their kids cars and toys on the public streets? I've seen homes with 6 or 7 cars, boats, RV's,trailers, and work vehicles all parking them on the street. They need to park them all on their property, use the front yard if need be, or rent a storage space. It Better apply to everyone.

5 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by Renotwin on 06/13/2019 at 5:08 PM

Re: “Change Coming to Parking Rules

Seems like since we have food truck lots, why not have the city set aside special parking lots for people living in their vehicles. Unless there is affordable housing, we will always have this problem. So why not find a way to address it so that the "homeless" have a safe and clean place to park and live, and taxpayers can feel safe. This is a small community and while I don't have the answer, there must be a way for our community to have compassion and be willing to help. The big question is going to be where is money coming from. I'm sure many people in the middle income to low income bracket would say we should tax the rich. I would first propose that the city find competent people that will work pro bono to present solutions and costs. The community should vote on it. Then we have a fundraising campaign with a deadline. If the project is funded, we don't need to implement a tax on the rich. This could "inspire" people who have no financial worries to avoid a tax by chipping in. I realize there is no perfect solutions. But if we want to keep Bend a wonderful place to live, we better find ways to get along and help people who need it.

14 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Matt Spangler on 06/13/2019 at 4:05 PM

Re: “Northbound: White River Falls State Park

The iconic falls into the pool is call Celestial Falls, named by Matt Rutledge, the first kayaker to run the falls. This is the official name since 2014 (GNIS ID: 2770703)

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by Mark Davis on 06/13/2019 at 9:19 AM

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