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Re: “Bend or Bust

Don't do whitewater with a leash. You may think you can release it, but you underestimate the crushing power of moving water. Learn the clean principle. https://www.raftingmag.com/rafting-magazin…

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Posted by Mark Davis on 10/11/2019 at 5:20 PM

Re: “Hunting Near Homes Rattles Residents

The obvious problem is the inadequate distance of 150 yards from private property or occupied public property that shooting is not allowed by federal law. This distance should be increased to one mile in order to provide for the safe use of firearms. One mile is the distance that the NRA stated that a .22 could be dangerous, back when the NRA cared about gun safety. 36 CFR 261.10 (d) (1) - Occupancy and use, needs to be changed to one mile. This has been an obvious flaw in public safety for decades and is the basis of the problems stated in this article. All other jurisdictions would automatically change to respect federal supremacy.

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Posted by Mark Davis on 09/12/2019 at 7:35 AM

Re: “Bend Park and Recreation Adopts new Mirror Pond Resolution

Great report, thanks. I'm beginning to believe that this whole affair is just a land grab of the bed and banks of the Deschutes River and no one really has a clue how to save Mirror Pond. The pond is toast and it's just a matter of who owns what land when PacifiCorp bails out of town. They don't even list the Bend Hydro project on their website.

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Posted by Mark Davis on 06/21/2019 at 7:03 PM

Re: “Northbound: White River Falls State Park

The iconic falls into the pool is call Celestial Falls, named by Matt Rutledge, the first kayaker to run the falls. This is the official name since 2014 (GNIS ID: 2770703)

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Posted by Mark Davis on 06/13/2019 at 9:19 AM

Re: “City Says Mirror Pond Should be a Parks Project

Here's a clip from the 2013 dam inspection done by Roger Raeburn, P.E - Chief Dam Safety Engineer of PacifiCorp.

"The observations provide better knowledge than previously available regarding the mode of the severe leakage events experienced in 2008, 2009 and most recently in October 2013. The needle bay sections of the timber crib are the most vulnerable to deterioration, in particular the ceiling boards. As the internal components of the needle bays age and deteriorate, their ability to provide adequate support/restraint for the rockfill material is gradually lost. The loss or failure of a needle bays side facing board does not appear to be as critical as the ceiling boards. A ceiling facing board failure results in a release of the rockfill into the bay. The associated loss of support to the upstream facing boards due to the release of the rockfill results in greater stress loads in those upstream facing boards. As individual upstream facing boards fail, the loads are shifted to adjacent boards, increasing the stress level in them, causing them to deform further, and eventually fail. As this cycle of aging and deterioration continues, larger pathways for leakage are created leading to the loss of more rockfill (and its associated support), resulting in an increased number of upstream facing board failures."

The full facing of sheet-pile is only masking this deterioration to keep the dam's condition out of the news. Shallow water and the MPS land grab are the least of the problems in saving the Iconic Mirror Pond (IMP). The only thing dredging will achieve, besides polluting the river and wasting public funds, will be the reduction of expenses for PacifiCorp when they decommission the project.

Crossing your fingers and covering your eyes is not public safety.

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Posted by Mark Davis on 05/23/2019 at 9:10 AM

Re: “The Food Cart Guy

Good for you and your family to recover. Be strong, that's what private enterprise is all about. You can become more than just your own success, you can be an inspiration for others. That will be your greatest achievement.

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Posted by Mark Davis on 05/22/2019 at 10:12 PM

Re: “Making River Stewardship Habit

ALL the tubes should have a net bag. It's really gross to be surfing and see candy wrappers and beer cans float by.

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Posted by Mark Davis on 05/18/2019 at 11:00 AM

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