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This is Bike-Rack Town USA. New Efforts Might Make it a Real Bike Town.

This is Bike-Rack Town USA. New Efforts Might Make it a Real Bike Town.

Bendites love to tout their cycling prowess. With more planning, we may see those bike enthusiasts actually commute on bikes, too.
The information is all there: Bend, along with most other American cities—is car-centric. Our streets, like those in many towns and cities around the United States, were designed to make car travel king.

Bend's Loss in Court Shouldn't Stop It From Trying Again to Use Tourism Promotion Dollars Creatively

We're encouraged to see city leaders are not shying away from trying another interpretation
Last month, the Oregon Court of Appeals sided with local hoteliers and the Oregon Restaurant and Lodging Association, who argued that the City of Bend violated state law when it tried to get creative with the way it spends room tax dollars. Under a state law established in 2003, the City of Bend is obligated to allocate no less than 35.4% of the money it collects from hotels and other short-term rentals on tourism promotion or tourism-related facilities.

Water Use: It's Time to Think Differently About How Central Oregon Grows and Develops

With water resources evaporating, individuals or small-group wants cannot be prioritized over the collective good
One doesn't need to look far to see the effects the extreme drought is having on our region. With irrigation water scarce, farmers around Madras have this year let their fields go unplanted.

Housing, Hospitals and Health: It's All Connected

The resurgence of COVID-19 and the Delta variant has hit Oregon once again
As much as we all wanted 2021 to look better than 2020, the resurgence of COVID-19 and the Delta variant has hit Oregon once again. It has not required entire sectors of our economy to be shut down, but our local hospital now has National Guard soldiers doing the work that hospital staffers might otherwise do.

Like a Phoenix, We Can Return to a Better, More Selfless Version of Ourselves

The tales of persistence and creativity in this challenging time remind us of what it means to see a community at its best
Every year, as we put out our Best of Central Oregon issue, we are reminded once again of the energy and enthusiasm that this community invests in itself. From the new business owners who have taken the leap and opened their version of the American dream, the tried-and-trues who continue to improve, and the many nonprofits that renew their commitment to their causes year after year, it's a marvel to hear their stories.

Extremists are Winning at Local School Board Meetings. There's One Way to Push Back.

Right now, the throngs packing these meetings nationwide are winning
As this issue goes to press, the board of directors for Bend-La Pine Schools is gathering for yet another school board meeting—this one located at Bend Senior High School, a larger venue for yet another raucous showing from local conservatives chasing a series of boogeymen they believe have infected local schools. School board meetings in this region were once benign affairs that drew little controversy or concern—and even while big issues of comprehensive sex education (or the lack thereof in BLPS), for example, were decided upon in those meetings, they registered barely a blip on most people's radar.

DA's office, Bend PD need to be on the same page

Politics have hit a fever pitch, and that temperature extends across numerous branches of government
At this point in the year, it's safe to say the weather is not the only thing that's boiling hot. Politics have hit a fever pitch, and that temperature extends across numerous branches of government.

For some, new middle housing is an inconvenience. For others, not having it is devastating. Get ready for change.

Under Oregon House Bill 2001, duplexes, triplexes and other multi-family homes must be allowed on any lot that is currently zoned for those single-family homes
Over the past several years, the discussion and then eventual passage of Oregon House Bill 2001 has had NIMBYs on hyperdrive. While each city now has the ability to shape some of the particular policies it implements, the basics of the bill mean that cities in Oregon can no longer allow neighborhoods to be built that allow only single-family homes.

Water Wars are Here. Let's Work Together.

It's no longer a doomsday proposition to say that water is going to be the reason for many conflicts in the future
One year ago, the Source Weekly published an article titled "The Virus and Bend's Sewage" that explored whether Bend's wastewater posed a risk as it related to COVID-19. As that piece outlined, the water that drains from Bend's toilets and sinks and showers goes through a three-step process to be cleaned... and then, it's dumped into ponds to let it evaporate or seep into the ground.

Parking Pains are Only Beginning. Survey All Residents About How to Proceed with Old Bend Program

A reminder of the power of human connection and the pleasure that can be found in seeing musicians play live on a gorgeous summer night
This past week, the City of Bend's new Old Bend Parking District program got its first big test when the annual Munch and Music free event debuted once again in Drake Park. To the average person who biked or walked to the event, it was a grand success—a reminder of the power of human connection and the pleasure that can be found in seeing musicians play live on a gorgeous summer night.

Redmond's Growing Pains Shouldn't Include Honoring Traitors and Slavery

In a parade where no political flags were supposed to fly, a "Civil War re-enacter" brought perhaps one of the most political flags Americans know
Over the past week, the drought and the danger of fire saw most locals complying with the repeated pleas to avoid personal fireworks on the 4th of July. That part of the 4th went relatively smoothly, with no major fires reported in the area.

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