Ballots Get Mailed this Week. Don't Wait to Mail Them Back.

Ballots Get Mailed this Week. Don't Wait to Mail Them Back.

Depending on where you live, your ballot could take up to a week to get to the county clerk
The buzz of election season is evident in the office of Deschutes County Clerk Nancy Blankenship, who says the season is both thrilling and high-pressure.

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Rule Changes Ahead?

County Commissioners look at marijuana growing rules, but have made no changes just yet
The Deschutes County Commission is looking at proposed rule changes for marijuana growing in unincorporated areas of the county, which focus mainly on sound, noise and smell. The Commission looked at those proposed changes on Oct. 17, but has yet to vote on them.

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City Council Votes to Censure Boddie

Five members vote on reprimand for controversial councilor and House 54 candidate
The Bend City Council has made a move to publicly reprimand one of its own. During Wednesday’s City Council meeting, Councilor Barb Campbell read a motion to censure Councilor Nathan Boddie, whose term ends in January and is running for Oregon House District 54.

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Newport Avenue Dam Has Sprung a Leak

If you've noticed low water levels in Mirror Pond, that's what it's about
Pacific Power announced Monday it’s planning to repair a small leak in the Newport Avenue Dam some time in early November. On Oct. 10, a plant operator discovered more water than normal passing through an outlet that was once used to regulate river flow, according to a press release from Pacific Power.

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Election 2018

Waves of Red and Blue... and White? Before you vote this election, think beyond party lines
Talk to any candidate about their confidence in any given race, and chances are—even in the races that seem the surest wins—they'll tell you they're not holding their breath about winning.

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Endorsement: Bend Mayor

Vote Sally Russell
UPDATED: This version has been edited as of Oct. 19. Six people are in the race for Bend's directly elected mayor.

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Measure 102: Vote Yes

Removes restriction for govt. affordable housing projects
It's no secret that many Oregonians are struggling with being able to afford housing.

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Endorsement: Oregon State Governor

Vote Kate Brown
Central Oregon voters have a tough choice in a surprisingly competitive race for governor.

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Millennials in action

A new generation of community leaders on the rise
As another election approaches, reports of the elusive millennial voter and what effect they could have on the 2018 midterms have started to crop up again.

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Measure 103: Vote No

Bans taxes on groceries
Oregon has no statewide sales tax, and Oregonians, by and large, have tended to be fairly steadfast in not wanting to enact one.

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Measure 104: Vote No

Requires supermajority for all revenue-raising initiatives
When state legislators want to raise revenue in the form of new taxes, they're required to obtain a three-fifths supermajority vote.

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Measure 105: Vote No

Repeals Oregon's sanctuary law
Oregon doesn't have the most admirable history when it comes to systemic racism, but now, and never, is it time to engage in even more of it.

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Measure 106: Vote No

Prohibits using public funds for abortions
Right now, Oregon is one of three states requiring almost all insurance plans to cover the cost of an abortion, including people covered by the Oregon Health Plan.

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Bend Scores Low in LGBTQ Equality

Human Rights Campaign rates eight cities in Oregon
The Human Rights Campaign Foundation—the educational arm of the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer civil rights organization—has released its seventh-annual Municipal Quality Index, assessing LGBTQ equality in 506 cities across the U.S., including eight cities in Oregon. Bend didn't fare so well.

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Measure 104: Some Things to Know

Measure would require a supermajority for raising fees and other revenue-raising initiatives
When legislators want to raise revenue in the form of new taxes, they have to have a supermajority vote in the legislature. Now, the backers behind Measure 104 want to extend that requirement to anything that would in any way raise revenue—including the raising of fees.

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Recent Comments

  • Re: Endorsement: Oregon State Governor

    • Brown has down a great job giving the time she's been in office. Buehler expected…

    • on October 20, 2018
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    • Russell has my vote. Moseley's villification of tourism is so short-sighted it's not even funny…

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    • Clearly not looking beyond party lines here - with the exception of Cheri Helt, who…

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