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Congressional District 2 is a Huge Geographic Area. Break It Up, Already.

Congressional District 2 is a Huge Geographic Area. Break It Up, Already.

Leaders in Salem have promised a series of public meetings to present those plans, and each of us should care to attend
It's been expected for quite some time, but last week, it became official: Oregon is picking up a new seat in the U.S. House. Oregon narrowly missed adding a seat following the 2010 U.S. Census, so it comes as little surprise that we'd add one now, with our state continuing to be a place with significant in-migration.

In a Housing Crisis, Put the Focus Back on Locals

With prices rising astronomically and no end in sight, it's time for local governments to increase their efforts to help provide housing for those who live right here
By now most Bendites have either experienced the crunch of housing first-hand—or if not, they know someone who has struggled to find rental housing or to buy a home at a reasonable price, or who has otherwise noted how elevated prices and spiking demand are impacting the quality of life here. While a city such as Bend, with its relatively clean air, relatively low traffic, good schools, beautiful parks and amazing views is not likely to stop attracting droves of people to visit or to take up residence here, the housing crisis we have all experienced over the past decade or more has hit a new high—or low—during this pandemic, and we need new tools to address it.

As Bend Transitions to a City, Be Ready to Talk More about the "Big P"

For those not yet in the know, we'll supply a quick rundown of some of the parking considerations currently on the table in Bend
P is for Parking—and with Bend's explosive growth, Bendites should be prepared to spend a lot more time talking about it in the months and years to come. The conversations that are already emerging about this topic include ones covering whether we should have to pay for it, how to pay for it, where it exists, where it doesn't and also how much of it should be included when building new homes and businesses in the city—because as much as some of us wished that Bend could remain a tiny burg with some great views and quaint customs, the most recent U.S. Census is putting us at the size of a full-fledged city, complete with all the rights, responsibilities and headaches that come with it.

We've All Sacrificed. Now's the Time to Set a Course for Oregon's Live-Event Industry.

During an isolating year when many of us have described ourselves as being lanky saplings in need of a good dose of water, it is the memory of better days ahead that have kept us going
When people think of Oregon, among the first things that come to mind—along with our mountains, waters and trees—is the cultural wealth our state provides. From festivals such as Oregon Shakespeare in Ashland, to Pickathon near Portland, to concert venues such as McMenamins' Edgefield in Troutdale, or the Les Schwab Amphitheater in Bend, chances are, as an Oregonian, you've traveled to one of these landmark venues and have made lasting memories.

With Oregon's Prospective Public-Building Gun Ban, Two More Steps are Still Ahead

This hot-button, urban-rural-divide issue is one worth taking up in our very purple region
Last week, the Oregon Senate voted in favor of Senate Bill 554, a bill that would, if passed, allow state and local governments to ban firearms in public buildings for those with a concealed carry permit. The bill was set to go before the Oregon House on March 29—but due to more cases of COVID-19 in the state legislature, that and other business in the Capitol was on hold as of press time.

The Tourists Are Coming. Let's Plan Accordingly

We all now realize, even without promotion of Bend this year, the tourists will come, as they did last summer, as well.
With spring upon us and COVID-19 vaccines promised to be available to all people in Oregon within a handful of weeks, we here in Central Oregon are beginning to look to the summer and beyond—when tourism will return with full force to the region. Tour operators and guide services we have talked to say they're already booking so many guests that at least some of them are forgoing their own summer-fun plans to focus on their businesses, so ravaged by the past year.

A Welcome Change for Public Lands, and for Native Representation

Glass slipper for the confirmation of Rep. Deb Haaland, a Laguna Pueblo woman, as Secretary of the Interior
It's been easy over this past year to be laser focused on the calamities presenting themselves most urgently: the coronavirus pandemic and the push for racial equality, to name just the top two. But lurking in the backs of our minds throughout this time of crisis has been the issue that is not just ours, but that of our children and grandchildren.

Why Redistricting Matters and How You Can Take Part

The lines defining districts for state House and Senate, along with U.S. Congressional Districts, have an opportunity to be redrawn based on shifts in population
Just when you thought we'd put aside politics for a while—so soon after an emotional and contentious 2020 presidential election—more intrigue is ahead. Every 10 years, following the U.S. Census, the lines defining districts for state House and Senate, along with U.S. Congressional Districts, have an opportunity to be redrawn based on shifts in population.

Between Supporting Working Mothers and Passing the Equality Act, the Work Toward Gender Parity Continues

Whether in the home or the workplace, the battles for gender parity continue
Every year, the Source Weekly puts out its Women's Issue, typically coinciding with International Women's Day on March 8—a day that celebrates "the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity," as described on the International Women's Day website.

In Pandemic Response, Embrace the Gray

We're starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel
With cases falling sharply across the country and our own county having moved from the most extreme risk category into a lower one that allows for more interaction among people, it's obvious that we're moving into a "middle territory" as it pertains to the pandemic. While public health experts warn that it's too soon to set aside all manner of precaution around the COVID-19 pandemic, we're starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel.

Preserve Habitat, But Don't Close Down Existing Locals' River Access at Columbia Park

Certainly there are barriers erected on other bridges that we can model something after, without completely shutting down access to the river
The Deschutes River has long been a focal point for the people of Bend. In years past, the sawmills positioned on and adjacent to the river were the centers of attention; today, those have been replaced by shopping and river recreation.


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