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School Board Recall: The Dire Consequences of a Low-Turnout Election

School Board Recall: The Dire Consequences of a Low-Turnout Election

This ongoing saga is engrossing enough to have captured the attentions of many people around the U.S.
Today in Newberg, Oregon, political gamesmanship has been elevated to Shakespeare-level stagecraft. What was once a form of national political drama that we watched unfold from far-away Washington, D.C. now firmly resides even in the tiny corners of Oregon's political field.

Bend's Cost of Living: 4th-Fastest Increase in the Nation

According to the analysis, Bend's cost of living went up 22.5% from the years 2010 to 2020
By this stage, Bend is used to being on top-10 lists, top-five lists and much more when it comes to analyses of the fastest-growing cities in the nation. Less frequently, however, do we get to quantify how that growth is impacting quality of life.

So Far, 2022 is Testing Us

Toss out an inquiry to nearly anyone you know about how their testing experience has been and you're sure to get a host of responses.
By now, the vast majority of us know the basic protocols: Stay home if you're sick. Wash your hands a lot.

Housing, Politics, CRT: Learning from 2021 editorials

If you thought 2021 was a year filled with mere petty partisan infighting, you'd be wrong. Bigger, badder problems are afoot
We had hoped, at the start of 2021, that the year would bring a return to some semblance of stability, if not what we sometimes call "normality." But if we've learned anything over the course of this pandemic, it's that "normal" as we knew it before is not coming back—nor is it entirely welcome.

Plowing Streets: Who Ya Gonna Blame?

During winter events, Mother Nature is in charge—so go ahead and shake your fists at the skies if it helps.
Snow fell on Bend this past week, and for a brief window of time—based on the frenzy of commentary on social media—you would have thought we were entering a fuzzy white version of the apocalypse. A video captured from a porch on Bend's west side caught a Prius careening down a hill, with the driver inside eventually exiting her vehicle and falling onto the icy street, nearly getting hit by another careening Volvo.

Short-Term Rentals: Let's See the Data

Cities, popular ones especially, seem to fare the worst
Over the past year or so, Central Oregon, like many places in the U.S., has seen its median home prices skyrocket. In November 2020, Bend's median sale price for a single-family home sat at $538,500.

The "Shoes" Protest Was About Something Not Happening in Bend. Is It a Frontload to a Bigger Fight?

The recent protest at the BLPS building could be labeled as simply annoying or embarrassing if it didn't have other issues attached to it.
Editor's note: Updated with information from the Oregon Health Authority regarding current and proposed rules regarding COVID-19 in schools. See the addition at the bottom of this editorial.

With the Vets Village Open, an Opportunity to Learn

The collaborative project is thus far a success story about how communities, local governments and willing individuals can come together to meet a need
On Veterans Day, the first of what could one day be a number of villages for houseless individuals in Central Oregon opened on the Deschutes County public safety campus. The 15 armed services veterans who will live there will not only have a place to live, but will have access to social services and other supports right on site.

With Districts Official, Here's to Clean Campaigns

While the November 2022 election is still a year away, the primaries that precede the general election are coming in the spring.
This week, with a decision by the Oregon Supreme Court, the lines drawn during 2021's redistricting process essentially became official. Those lines were redrawn due to population changes revealed during the 2020 U.S. Census, creating a geographically smaller Oregon House District 54 in Bend and dividing Redmond between House districts 53 and 59, which includes Madras and Prineville.

This Time, California Really is to Blame

We know what you're thinking: That morning sun is great and all, but getting home from work in the dark is the pits. We also know what you're asking: Didn't we vote to get rid of this madness of changing the clocks forward and back two times a year?

Roads, Bridges, Water and Broadband Were on the Line. Bentz Voted No. But Why?

Rep. Bentz's office did not respond to our request for comment on the infrastructure bill vote by press time
Whether it's out of genuine interest or just for optics, politicians in Oregon sure do like to talk about "rural issues." Every election season, political hopefuls will trot out the talk about rural Oregon's shortage of quality rural jobs, sub-par or inequitable education, the lack of investment in basic services and more.



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