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ARPA Is a Stopgap. What Happens When Those Funds Run Out?

ARPA Is a Stopgap. What Happens When Those Funds Run Out?

If locals truly want to stop seeing homeless camps pop up, we need to wrap our heads around the fact that someone will need to pay for it
This week, property owners in Deschutes County and elsewhere in the state are receiving that oft-dreaded document: the property tax bill that shows, for most in this booming community, how much more they'll be paying this year. Due to Oregon Measure 50, passed in the 1990s, property taxes can't go up more than 3% from either the maximum assessed value or real market value, whichever is lower.



Letters to the Editor 10/28/21

Unvaxxed and Off the Job, Bend’s Representation in Congress, Confusing Cause and Effect and more
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Letters to the Editor 10/21/21

Ending the filibuster, Price or Policy, The homeless and how to help them and more
Editor's note: Lots of ink gets spilled in this region talking about how resources such as land or water are used.

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An Independent Governor May Be Just What Oregon Needs

Uniting Oregon under a banner of moderation messaging may help turn down the current temperature
It's still a year away, but the buzz around Oregon's gubernatorial race is already heating up. With Gov. Kate Brown termed out, a handful of candidates on each side of the political aisle have come forward, including House Speaker Tina Kotek, former Republican gubernatorial candidate Bud Pierce and even part-time Yamhill County resident Nick Kristof of The New York Times, who's signaled he's planning to run in the Democratic primary.


Bend's Representation in Congress Has Long Been Shunted. Now It's Gotten Worse.

It's highly likely that urban-area candidates will receive more attention for the new seat than anyone from Bend could hope to get
Ask most Bendites about the identity of their city, and one way they may define it? "Not Portland."


Letters to the Editor 10/14/21

Guest Opinion: Fast Tracks and the Degradation of Ski Culture
Editor's note: The first few freezing nights this past week brought the point home: Ski and snowboard season is right around the corner.

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Letters to the Editor 10/07/21

New Code Changes, Old Mill Amphitheater “improvements,” Delicious BLT and more
Editor's note: Many have posited that one of the benefits to seeing increased access and interest in public lands is that it translates into more care and concern for those lands.

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A Statute Banning Concealed-Carry Permit Holders from Consuming While Carrying Could Have Spared Barry Washington, Jr's Life.

It won't bring Washington back, but it may bring a measure of justice so desired by friends, family and community members during this moment in Bend's history
This past month, officials say Ian Cranston gunned down Barry Washington, Jr. on the streets of Bend. Washington's death has caused many to call for all manner of retribution and justice, including upgrading Cranston's charges from second-degree manslaughter to murder charges.


Letters to the Editor 9/30/21

Barry Washington, Jr., Biden Must Do More to End the Filibuster, New Code Changes and more
Editor's note: The first few days of October are bringing plenty of fall cheer to the streets of both Bend and Sisters, with both Bend's Fall Festival and the Sisters Folk Festival back on the docket this year.

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Slipper: Campus Child Care Options for OSU-Cascades, COCC

This program is exactly the type of collaboration and action that employers (and educational institutions) should be moving toward
As journalists, one of the things we get asked most often these days is, "Where are the workers?" While we'd like to offer a definitive answer that wraps all the current challenges into one tidy bow, the situation is a combination of factors; not exactly what those who are asking us about it were hoping to hear, but this is not a simple problem.


Letters to the Editor 09/23/21

COVID Health and Safety, Managing Camps and Public Opinion, Infinite Resources and more
Editor's note: This week's cover image is what is commonly referred to as a "ghost bike."

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New Code Changes: Some Will be Welcome. Others Will Require a Change of Mindset.

While changes to city codes don't often register on regular people's radars, these code changes will be felt, slowly, by everyone in the city
This past week, the Bend City Council did its first reading—essentially one of two rounds of voting—on the changes to city code prompted by Oregon House Bill 2001. Under that 2019 bill, cities can no longer allow single-family zoning; so duplexes, triplexes, quadplexes and cottage clusters can no longer be excluded from neighborhoods zoned as residential.


Letters to the Editor 09/16/21

Managing Camps and Public Opinion, The Grand Ol’ Provocateurs and Thank You Mister Rasic
Editor's note: When times are tough and the days are long, our precious pets are always there for us.

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This is Bike-Rack Town USA. New Efforts Might Make it a Real Bike Town.

Bendites love to tout their cycling prowess. With more planning, we may see those bike enthusiasts actually commute on bikes, too.
The information is all there: Bend, along with most other American cities—is car-centric. Our streets, like those in many towns and cities around the United States, were designed to make car travel king.



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