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Immigration Issues are not Limited to Washington, D.C.

Immigration Issues are not Limited to Washington, D.C.

This past weekend, the president and his administration made plain their intent to round up undocumented individuals, stoking extra fear in communities already ravaged by it.
For some people in the community, this past weekend was like any other—filled with lawn mowing, summer music, hanging by the shore of a Cascade lake. But for others, it was a weekend filled with fear and anxiety—heightened beyond the levels of uncertainty and dread that have been in place since the president and his administration began its campaign against undocumented Americans in 2017.

The Slipper for the World Cup Champions

U.S. Women's Soccer Team scores victories that highlight a number of issues still in play for women, for LGBTQ+ people and for athletes worldwide
Years ago, the Source used the "Boot" and "Slipper" terminology on its Opinion page, calling out the "bad" and "good" actors who deserved some type of recognition. While we've sunsetted using that format on a regular basis, we reserve the right to bring it back—like when the U.S. wins the FIFA Women's World Cup, for the second time in a row.

A short window of notice on amending marijuana rules in Deschutes County

The County issued an official notice of public hearing to The Bulletin a week before that, but gave the rest of the media two days' notice about Wednesday's public meeting.
On Wednesday morning, as this issue begins to hit stands around Central Oregon, the Deschutes County Board of Commissioners was scheduled to hold a public meeting allowing people to weigh in on amendments to the County's marijuana regulations, which the board voted on back in October. The County issued an official notice of public hearing to The Bulletin a week before that, but gave the rest of the media two days' notice about Wednesday's public meeting.

Legislators who flee are the epitome of government waste

Oregon Senate Republicans are still on the lam
If you're concerned about the state of representative democracy, it should concern you that the Republican senators of the Oregon State Legislature are opting to stay away from the Capitol in the name of opposing a bill aimed at curbing greenhouse gas emissions and combating climate change. The 11 senators—which include Sen. Tim Knopp, who represents Bend and the surrounding area, say the Cap and Invest legislation, already passed in the Oregon House, will do damage to manufacturing and timber jobs.

Don't Let Vocal Minorities Erode Alternative Transportation Options

Transportation and housing: two hot topics in Bend
Few topics bring up as much passion in Bendites as transportation and housing. On the first topic, the City of Bend is continually charged with balancing the needs of the greater whole—drivers, walkers, cyclists and disabled people alike—with the cries of the sometimes-outsized vocal minority.

Cannabis: The Good, the Bad, the Uncertain

Since Oregon voters approved recreational marijuana and it became legal in 2015, the industry has seen a lot of changes. What started as a grassroots, largely local industry has begun its corporatization.

A Growing County Needs More Services, Not Fewer

It's no secret that Deschutes County is growing—moving from 157,733 people counted in the 2010 U.S. Census to a population estimate of 191,988 people as of July 2018. The Bend-Redmond metropolitan area landed at #9 on the U.S. Census Bureau's list of Top 10 Metropolitan Areas in Percentage Growth for between 2017 and 2018, and #8 on the Census Bureau's Top 10 Metropolitan Areas in Percentage Growth for between 2010 to 2018.

Mirror Pond: Instead of another groundhog day, let the people vote

It's political groundhog day, as the issue surrounding Mirror Pond resurfaces in the news. In this month's version of the story, the Bend City Council has stated that they believe it is Bend Park and Recreation's responsibility to manage Mirror Pond.

Wilderness areas protect wildness. If limiting their access achieves that, so be it.

This month, officials from the Deschutes and Willamette National Forests announced their Final Decision in the Cascade Wilderness Strategies Project, aimed at addressing overuse around some of the most well-used trails in the area. Under the new plan, people will be required to obtain day-use permits at 19 of the busiest trailheads in the Mount Jefferson, Mount Washington and Three Sisters wilderness areas—including Tam McArthur Rim, Green Lakes, Todd Lake and Devils Lake/South Sister.

Ariel Méndez for Bend Metro Park & Recreation District Director, Pos. 1

Two Bend Park and Recreation board spots are open this election, with Brady Fuller vacating Position 1 and Ellen Grover vacating Position 2. In a city with so many changes and so many needs happening all at once, it's unfortunate that the Position 2 race is unopposed.

Shimiko Montgomery for Administrative School District No. 1 Director, Zone 3 (Bend-La Pine Schools)

It's a high bar to unseat an incumbent in any race. In this one, however, Shimiko Montgomery simply has more knowledge and on-the-ground experience in schools, making her a candidate who can rise to the bar.

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Friends of Bend Libraries Summer Book Sale

Friends of Bend Libraries Summer Book Sale - Ponderosa Elementary School

Sat., July 20, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sun., July 21, 1-4 p.m.
Big Lawn Music: Loch Lomond

Big Lawn Music: Loch Lomond - The Suttle Lodge & Boathouse

Fri., July 19, 6-8 p.m.
Munch and Music - Brett Dennen

Munch and Music - Brett Dennen - Drake Park

Thu., July 18, 5:30-9 p.m.
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