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Powering the Dredge

Powering the Dredge

The latest proposal to fund Mirror Pond dredging includes increasing franchise fees for Pacific Power
Leaders in Bend are looking at a new way to fund the dredging of Mirror Pond: Increasing franchise fees for the utility that owns Newport Dam. The proposal, which became more of a reality following last week’s meetings with PacifiCorp—which owns Pacific Power—would see the City of Bend contributing $300,000 to dredging, with Bend Park and Recreation District and PacificCorp Foundation contributing equal amounts.

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Park Board to Vote Tuesday on Funding Mirror Pond Dredging

BPRD would commit $300K in public funds if resolution passes
The Board of Directors of Bend Park and Recreation District will vote Tuesday on a resolution that would see the District contributing $300,000 toward dredging Mirror Pond. The pond has not been dredged since 1984, and advocates for dredging say it's necessary to preserve the pond's iconic nature.

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An Expanded Vision for Deschutes Public Libraries

Library releases a capital plan outlining renovations, expansions
It's no secret that Bend is growing big—fast. As businesses, contractors, and schools are rushing to keep up, the Deschutes Public Library is no exception, launching its new expansion plan for the libraries in Bend, Redmond, Sisters and La Pine.

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A New Report Highlights a Vision For Wildfire Planning

1000 Friends of Oregon releases a report on land use and wildfires
California just witnessed the worst fire in the state’s recorded history: 86 confirmed deaths and nearly 14,000 homes destroyed in the Camp Fire in November. Last year in Oregon, the Columbia River Gorge burned as the result of a careless firework.

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2018 Gift Guide Part 2

Gifts for the Characters in Your Life
Take a look at the calendar. Or maybe don't—because it's going to reveal that the days until Christmas are few.

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The Weekend Warrior Everyman Gifts

2018 Gift Guide, Pt. 2
He's the one who holds it all together—the busy career, the next-level holiday decorations... and the big dreams of big gifts for the rest of the family. With all of that on his plate, doesn't this guy deserve some big gifts of his own this holiday season?

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Stylish Mom Gifts

2018 Gift Guide, Pt. 2
With so much on her plate, this stylish lady deserves a little extra appreciation at the holidays. While raising the kids, being supportive of her husband and all of his wacky ideas, and acting as the level-headed voice of reason when things (inevitably) go astray, she handles it all with grace and patience.

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The Thrifty Cousin Gifts

2018 Gift Guide, Pt. 2
He's the type who shows up unannounced to any (and all) family gatherings—invited or not. Sure, you love his devilishly endearing antics—but that doesn't mean you're necessarily prepared with something for him under the tree.

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Sophisticated Couple Gifts

2018 Gift Guide, Pt. 2
You know the couple. The busy, upwardly mobile professionals with impeccable style and an air of savoir faire.

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City Survey

The City of Bend is looking for input from residents
The City of Bend said it wants to gather feedback about the City and City services, and is asking Bend residents to take 10 minutes to participate in an online community survey. Community participation will help the City set priorities, the City said.

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Online Burden

A call to delay a rule that requires online retailers to collect sales taxes—even sellers in states without sales tax
Online retailers may soon need to collect sales taxes when they sell items to people who live in states with a sales tax.

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Bag Ban Clears its First Hurdle

City Councilors voted 4-2 to preliminarily approve amendment that bans carryout plastic bags
During the Bend City Council meeting on Dec.5, councilors voted 4-2 to preliminarily approve an amendment to the City Code to encourage the use of reusable bags and limit the use of carryout plastic bags. The ordinance bans single-use plastic carryout bag use by retail businesses—like grocery stores—through a “phased implementation approach to enable businesses to use up their reserve stock of single-use plastic carryout bags and to minimize impacts on citizens and businesses through education and engagement.”

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Bend City Council Announces Appointee Process

The Council seeks to fill newly elected mayor Sally Russell’s remaining two years as a councilor
After Sally Russell takes her newly elected position as Bend's mayor, it will leave the City Council absent one councilor. That spot will soon be filled by a Council appointee. 

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Seeking Asylum

One family's story of surrendering at the Texas border and making their way to Oregon
Violence touched Carlos's life at age 5 when unknown assailants murdered his father.

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Girlfriend Gifts

2018 Gift Guide, Pt. 1
She's a modern-day girl living in a wintery world. Help her stay jovial this holiday season with these gifts that can be purchased from local retailers.

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Grumpy Dad Gifts

2018 Gift Guide, Pt. 1
Of all the people on your list, this person may be the hardest to buy for. Nostalgic, maybe not entirely stoked on the holidays and happiest hanging out at home with a hot cup of cocoa; group adventures or extreme outdoor experiences are probably not his thing.

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