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Kudos to the journalist who wrote this article. It unbiasly educates people about fire and the proper management of the land. These ladies are inspirational. They work hard and care about the land. They got an education and are now applying it to make a difference in the world. Working hard on the front lines—they are heroes and warriors. Great job ladies—you make me proud!!!!


Very proud of her, [she] beat all odds and succeeded. Yvette is an amazing woman. All who know her should be very proud of her. Great job.

—Don T


Mankind has been building roads since about 3,000 BC, and Bend has been building roads since 1905, but somehow our City Fathers missed the memo that roads also need to be maintained. I don't deny our roads need attention, but I can't believe that The City Council has had no plan in place for funding the repair that roads obviously require and has seemingly been caught so unprepared that their only solution is to raise taxes. If Bend is really that short of money, then they obviously can't afford to buy crumbling obsolete dams, and should focus more on taking care of the crumbling obsolete infrastructure they've already got.

—Dave Neil


Hey, did you see Nashville's Great Peacock at "The Annex" on Monday night? Probably not. Unless you were among the 10-12 paying customers. Well you missed an incredible group of musicians. I mean, really!

Let's face it, Bend is not exactly Music City West, but if we are going to attract these folks to Bend, let's look at our business model. A solo artist started things up at 9:30 (30 minutes after advertised), followed by an interesting blooming local band, Sagebrush something, with the real headliner coming on stage at 10:30. As we all know, that's about 2 and a half hours after Bend rolls up its streets, literally. This is not San Francisco!

Earth to Annex owners/promoters: Bad business model. Happy hour starts at 3 pm here. Most folks are crashing about 8 pm and our classic youthful Bend slackers won't pay $8 to get into anything. Does anyone here know how to make money making music and selling alcohol? This band will sell out in Portland, or elsewhere, and any semi-smart promoter would have made thousands of dollars on cover charges (well worth the price) and beer sales. Locals: Wake up, smell the money!

Meanwhile, thank you Great Peacock for giving your all.

—Music Lover

IN REPLY TO "BEST OF CENTRAL OREGON 2015" I liked the staples.



Dear Mr. Busse,

Sorry to hear you are leaving. Hope your replacement keeps up the improvements most notable when you took the Source's helm. Good luck in your next endeavor.

As to the rather rude dismissal of Ms. Heather Valentine's concern about the continuing deterioration of Bend's "ambiance," shall we say someone there was more than a little unfairly harsh.

She told it like she sees it. Is that not what journalism is all about?

Ok. Maybe she doesn't care for coffee anymore than myself. (That Deschutes, Cascade Lakes, and other, beer is mighty tasty, though.) No harm done to her, [but] plenty to your credibility as unbiased.

—A loyal Redmondite



Who does these "studies"?! A new elementary school set to open between Brosterhous Road and American Lane (plus an eventual 200-plus housing units) apparently won't cause traffic problems, according to the people who seem to "rubber stamp" these projects. A new college is being squeezed in (rammed down our throats) on the westside, when better/more accessible spots are available. These apartments? Yes we need housing, and traffic may be a concern. But your view of Pilot Butte being ruined...get over it or move. I guess that's the new City of Bend Mantra! We're imploding folks! (Look it up.)

—Chuck Malley


Since WaterWatch of Oregon announced our intention to challenge the Central Oregon Irrigation District, North Unit Irrigation District, Tumalo Irrigation District, and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation over harm caused by their water use operations in the Upper Deschutes River, representatives of the various irrigation districts have made statements about purported solutions for this stretch of river emerging from a Deschutes Basin Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP) working group. WaterWatch has been a participant in the HCP working group for approximately six years, during which time there has been little to no change in the management of the Upper Deschutes River or impacts to fish and wildlife. Just two years ago, water management in the Upper Deschutes resulted in a large fish kill below Wickiup Dam. Last fall, the irrigation districts finally released their draft HCP conservation measures for the Deschutes Basin, including the Upper Deschutes River. These were woefully inadequate across the board and roundly criticized by state and federal agencies as well as WaterWatch. In December, the districts told the HCP working group that we would be meeting monthly to address the concerns of WaterWatch, and state and federal fish and wildlife agencies. We put the meetings on our calendars. Over the eight months since that commitment, every meeting to discuss the HCP conservation measures, including those for the Upper Deschutes, has been cancelled. WaterWatch has been extremely patient, but the time for the politics of postponement is over. Solutions for the Upper Deschutes River are needed now, not years from now, and this is why WaterWatch was moved to act.

—Jim McCarthy


No denying the garage is a potential hazard. But not sure that the problem is in its "historic" designation, as in an out of area owner. As Bend wrestles with growing problems with in-fill Vacation rentals, affordable housing, and more second home properties filling neighborhoods really we need to focus on making the property owners have an interest and personal investment in our community.

— Cl McMullen

Need to go back to school—it's AN historic hazard, not "a."


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