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Once It Was, "Where's Walden?" Now, It Might Be, "Where's the Dem?"

Once It Was, "Where's Walden?" Now, It Might Be, "Where's the Dem?"

The May primary is not far away. Will we soon get to meet the Democrats running for Greg Walden's seat?
For the first time in over two decades, voters in the 2nd Congressional District of Oregon can be sure they will elect a new person to represent them in the U.S. House, following Rep. Greg Walden's announcement that he would not seek re-election. Walden, who first won the seat in 1998, has been the target of much scrutiny by some constituents for, among other things, holding precious few town halls and for meeting only with select groups when he does visit his district—prompting some to exclaim "Where's Walden?" on a regular basis.

Look Up and Beyond

Growth and access cost money
Last week, the Bend City Council initially voted in favor of putting the smaller of two proposed transportation bond packages before voters during the May election, aiming to tackle some of the most pressing and overdue transportation-related problems in Bend. While the Council still has another vote before them before voters would see that bond package on the ballot, all signs point toward it moving forward.

Data is King, but Cash Works, Too

Personal and public lessons from the City of Bend's data breach
Editor Nicole Vulcan is penning this week's editorial under her name, rather than being a work of our editorial board, due to her personal tie to the subject matter. This week, we're putting out our first Money Issue aimed at giving people some food for thought about handling finances in the new decade.

In a housing crisis, easing cost barriers for developers is just the start. Residents need cost barriers lifted, too.

Lowering barriers for developers is just the start of making housing affordable for people in Bend
On Jan. 8, the Bend City Council will do its second reading of proposed changes to the Bend Development Code, aimed at making it easier for developers to move projects through the system. The City Council voted 7-0 to approve the changes during the first reading of those changes in December.

Mirror, Mirror on the City Wall

Will 2020 be the year we finally learn the fate of Mirror Pond?
As 2020 approaches, people have plenty of predictions about the next decade, and inclinations about what's ahead. The Senate impeachment trial looms.

Reporting on Suicide has an Impact. In One Case Involving a Black Teen, a Lawsuit May Have a Bigger One.

It was with heavy hearts that we learned this week of the pending lawsuit filed by the family of Deshaun Adderley against Bend-La Pine Schools. As parents ourselves, the story of Deshaun's suicide in December 2017 hit us hard.

Being a City Councilor is a Full-Time Job

Pay them for it.
This season, Bend city councilors have been busy tackling a number of important community issues. They just passed the Community Climate Action Plan—a series of actions aimed at reducing fossil fuel use in the city—after much debate about mandating the inclusion of a Home Energy Score program.

Portland is Finalizing a Deal to Use Tourism Dollars to Battle Homelessness.

It's a Precedent Central Oregon Should Follow.
Just about one year ago, this editorial page highlighted the efforts underway in Portland to direct some of the money collected through tourism-related taxes to a fund supporting people on the verge of homelessness. It was a novel idea that caught our attention then—and now that the arrangement, as reported by the Portland Tribune last month, is becoming reality, it's catching our attention once again.

Covered Wagons and Historical Water Rights: Both Out of Date

It's time to agree that irrigation systems put in place during the covered-wagon days need to go
Here's a thing that's just as antiquated as a covered wagon: The way Central Oregon treats its relationship with one of its most coveted resources, its water. The system that allocates water resources from the precious Deschutes River has largely been in place since those covered wagon days—and if the local irrigation districts get their way, it's largely going to stay that way.

A Home Energy Score is a Win for Bend

The Bend City Council is expected to vote on the Community Climate Action Plan Dec. 4
In early December, the Bend City Council will consider whether to approve the Community Climate Action Plan—a series of recommendations aimed at reducing fossil fuel consumption in the city by as much as 70%, from current levels, by the year 2050. It's an ambitious plan; one that comes with a set of voluntary recommendations and just one proposed mandate: require all homes sold in Bend to come with a Home Energy Score.

LUBA Got It Right. Now What?

With a remand of a marijuana farm application, Deschutes County may have to actually define "youth activity center." Or will it?
We guess, in some strange way, we have to thank the denial-happy Deschutes County Board of Commissioners for being so creative in the way it has—without any defining language to support it—interpreted the term "Youth Activity Center" within the Deschutes County Code. With the state Land Use Board of Appeals recently telling the Commission to "try again" in its denial of a marijuana farm in rural Deschutes County, county officials are now tasked with going back and amending the code to better define what a Youth Activity Center actually is. And that's not a bad thing.

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“So You Want to Talk About Race” Book Conversations - Central Oregon Community College

Mon., Jan. 27, 12-1 p.m. and Wed., Jan. 29, 12-1 p.m.
Friends of the Bend Libraries Half-Price Book Sale

Friends of the Bend Libraries Half-Price Book Sale - Friends of the Bend Libraries

Sun., Jan. 26, 1-4 p.m.
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Comedian Marc Yaffee - Double J Saloon

Sat., Jan. 25, 8-10 p.m.
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