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  • Bend backs off on downtown parking tickets - kgw.comBend backs off on downtown parking tickets - kgw.com

    kgw.comBend backs off on downtown parking ticketskgw.comBEND, Ore. (AP) — Officials in the central Oregon town of Bend say they'll refund money to drivers fined for parking vehicles deemed too long for downtown angled parking spaces. The Bulletin reports in a story on Friday that city officials are ...and more »

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  • Man stole college students' coats for 'sexual gratification'Man stole college students' coats for 'sexual gratification'

    According a report obtained by the Smoking Gun , Mark Mahoney fessed up to the garment grabbing when officers with the Bend Police Department arrived at his house, where they found several women's jackets that had been reported missing. The investigation into the series of stolen jackets began Nov. 7, when a student contacted police to report someone had taken her coat from the library at Central Oregon Community College.

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  • Attempted murder charges for man accused of firing at policeAttempted murder charges for man accused of firing at police

    The Sunriver man shot and wounded by police after a chase from south of Bend to Madras on Nov. 2 was arraigned Friday in Jefferson County Circuit Court on charges, including attempted aggravated murder, reckless driving and resisting arrest. Police say Christopher James Thomas Sweeney, 18, fired a handgun at a sheriff's deputy after he lost control and stopped in Madras at the end of the chase.

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  • Perry Withdraws from District 59 RacePerry Withdraws from District 59 Race

    REDMOND, OR -- On Monday, Commissioners from the four counties that make up House District 59 will appoint a candidate to finish out the remainder of Representative John Huffman's term.   Robert 'Bob' Perry of Redmond, who is known for being the founder of the Redmond Patriots and active in the Deschutes County Republican Party, explained the replacement process, now that Huffman has resigned. "Precinct committee folks of the Republican Party, from everyone in District 59, which is the northern part of Deschutes, Wasco, Wheeler, and Jefferson Counties, they got together on November 11 and they selected three people who could be considered by County Commissioners from the four counties, and the County Commissioners are actually the ones who are doing the voting or selecting one person from the three applicants."   Perry withdrew his name from consideration yesterday and expressed his hope that the Commissioners will appoint Daniel Bonham of the Dalles, who along with Mae Huston of Jefferson County, remains in the running to represent District 59. "I've decided to support Daniel Bonham of The Dalles. I believe that Daniel will provide a fresh voice for this District in the legislature, I'm very impressed with his moral compass and his ability to communicate. Now, Daniel is 40 years young and I see that as a real benefit for the Republican Party and the legislature needs some youth and vigor to more effectively communicate our common sense conservative message."   According to Perry, the Commissioners who are tasked with naming the alternate will be making their decision soon. "On Monday, the County Commissioners from the four counties that are involved in District 59 will sit down at 11:00 in the Jefferson County Courthouse and they will make the final selection of who will fill out the rest of John Huffman's term."   He says making the decision on Monday is paramount. "If they don't come up with a decision, what happens is, Kate Brown, our Governor, will make the decision for us, which I don't think anybody wants to have happen."   Whomever is chosen to take over Huffman's term, will serve until November of 2018 when they will be eligible for election to the post.  

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  • Talks Continue For Redmond Public Safety FeeTalks Continue For Redmond Public Safety Fee

    REDMOND, OR -- Redmond officials continue to discuss the possibility of imposing a six dollar monthly public safety fee, "To bring on board six officers," says Mayor George Endicott, "So, some would go on patrol duty, some would be specialized into things like some of our task forces."   Endicott believes adding the additional charge to monthly utility bills, the Redmond Police Department could help an understaffed police department. He tells KBND News, "Our crime rates are not the best in Oregon, and a lot of that is drug driven. So, some of these folks that are the new officers that will come on board will be dealing with that project in particular. We also don’t have enough officers on duty during the day for traffic and those sorts of things, so we’ll add an officer to each of the shifts if Council goes ahead and approves it."   The first of a series of public meetings took place this week, which drew about 40 people. Mayor Endicott says there was, "A lot of input, a lot of interest – as you’re always going to get, a couple of people want no fee- no tax. Overall, I think that staff did an excellent job – and Lt. Chambers from the police department – in talking about the need and why it’s a fee instead of property tax, that sort of thing." So far, the fee is still just a proposal, "That’s what we’re trying to decide. I’m not sure we really have the answer yet. I mean, I don’t want to pay it either. We just have to keep watching and, is it so necessary that Council is willing to vote in the fee?"   Two more community feedback open  house sessions are scheduled: Tuesday, December 5 at 5:30 p.m. Monday, January 22 at 5:30 p.m. Both take place at Redmond's City Hall and include a presentation and question/answer session. Mayor Endicott expects Council will vote on the proposal by spring. 

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  • Bend Considers Fire Levy ExtensionBend Considers Fire Levy Extension

    BEND, OR -- Bend voters could be asked in May to renew an operating levy for the fire department. Deputy Fire Chief Bill Boos told City Councilors this week a recent survey of 600 residents showed broad support for the department, "60% of those people said, ‘yes, we do excellent service;’ 21% just below excellent. The one piece I think we were kind of shocked about, only 1% said we did a poor job. If you think about government, we thought it was going to be higher than that."   Voters approved a five-year levy in 2014, imposing a property tax of 20 cents per $1,000 of assessed value. City Manager Eric King says a approval of a new ballot measure would extend the levy another five years, "What’s being proposed is to keep that levy at the same rate it is currently. So, there’s not an increase in taxes or anything; it’s just to continue to maintain it." He believes there is community support throughout the fire district, "So, as part of that survey, we asked the very question that we would ask of voters, and the result was over 70% in the rural district and over 80% approval in the city." He tells KBND News, "Voters approved that levy to provide additional staffing and that additional staffing helped to improve response times and ultimately resulted in a major improvement in cardiac survivability. So, we went from 20% chance of surviving cardiac arrest, to 70% chance."   King acknowledges the current levy doesn’t expire until 2019; but, he says it’s important an extension request be sent to voters a year early, "In case it doesn’t pass, we want to have a year to plan through that." He expects City Councilors will decide on a ballot resolution in mid-December.     To listen to our full conversation with City Manager Eric King, click HERE or visit our Podcast Page. 

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  • Meet HS Principal Candidates At ForumMeet HS Principal Candidates At Forum

    BEND, OR -- Four candidates vying for the top job at one of Bend’s new small high schools will take part in a community forum Friday afternoon. The educators applying for the principal job at the school slated to open next fall are:   Michael Franklin, assistant principal at Bend's Mountain View High School, Brad Linn, principal at Clackamas Web Academy, Linda O’Shea, former principal at an arts and tech school in Eugene and Dr. Phillip Pearson, principal of Corbett High   Friday's forum starts at 4:15 p.m.  at the Bend-La Pine Schools Education Center at 520 NW Wall Street. Attendees will see presentations from and interact with each candidate.

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  • D.A. Hummel Launches Goldilocks Pilot ProgramD.A. Hummel Launches Goldilocks Pilot Program

    BEND, OR -- Deschutes County District Attorney John Hummel launched a new countywide initiative Thursday, designed to help low-level drug offenders get addiction treatment instead of jail time. Hummel calls it Goldilocks, "We're going to find the intervention that's just right for each suspect. We're not going to be too hot or too cold."   Hummel says trying something new can be risky, but he feels the county has nowhere to go but up because the current system isn't working. "Somebody who's suffering from addiction, how do we get them into treatment? With 15 court hearings over a year's time; it took too long to get that person into treatment. Now with a drug dealer, at the end of a case when they only get 30 days in jail, we say, 'that wasn't tough enough.'" He says Goldilocks does away with the typical criminal justice response that treats all suspects the same. "Anyone who wants to defend the status quo needs to look at those recidivism rates. Because, with some exceptions - the family drug court being a notable exception - we need to do better. And, I'm confident that the medical system know how to improve people's health better than the criminal justice system."   He says eligible offenders are given the option participate in a diversion program and in some cases could receive addiction treatment at a local community health center. Law enforcement will help identify eligible suspects who will be offered a chance to attend an orientation for the "Clean Slate" level of the program. "If they show up, their court hearing is removed from the docket and at that point, the person is in the medical system; they're out of the criminal justice system. When they're in the medical system, they have to participate in their care and not get arrested for a new crime. If they participate and don't get arrested, at the end of a year, the case is gone for good. If they pick up a new charge, that person has indicated that they need a little more incentive to get the help they need. So, we will then prosecute." That traditional prosecution model is the second level of Goldilocks. For the third level, Hummel says he will seek the maximum sentence for those charged with a commercial drug offense or for selling to a minor.   Goldilocks is a collaborative effort between the D.A., local law enforcement agencies, drug treatment centers and community health clinics in Bend and La Pine. Hummel says for now, it's just a trial program, "If we see a significant reduction in recidivism rates, meaning people who go through this program re-offend at a significantly lower rate than people who go through the criminal justice system, than it's a success; then we're going to keep doing it, then we're going to look to expand it, then we're going to hope other communities also adopt it. If it doesn't work, then we're not going to keep doing it." Deschutes County received a grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation's Safety & Justice Challenge, as well as funding from the Bureau of Justice Assistance and the Association for Prosecuting Attorneys. Grants are for six months, but Hummel would like to try Goldilocks for at least two years before determining whether it's successful.    Photos: (top) Deschutes County D.A. John Hummel explains the Goldilocks program, with Sheriff Shane Nelson (right) Eligible offenders are given a "Clean Slate" card explaining the program. 

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  • Prineville Man Arrested For LuringPrineville Man Arrested For Luring

    PRINEVILLE, OR -- A Prineville man faces charges of Luring a Minor and Online Sexual Corruption of a Child, following a month-long investigation. Prineville Police received information in October that 31-year-old Patrick James Adams was sending explicit photos and trying to lure girls from the Prineville area, through social media.   Officers executed a search warrant on his home this week and found items linking Adams to the crimes. Investigators believe he may have had multiple online interactions with underage girls. Juveniles who have had contact with Adams are encouraged to contact police at 541-447-4168. 

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  • Restaurant review: Longboard Louie'sRestaurant review: Longboard Louie's

    The main dining area of Longboard Louie's east side location on Galveston Avenue in Bend. - Bulletin The main dining area of Longboard Louie's east side location on Galveston Avenue in Bend.

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  • SE Bend tiny home development causing controversy - KTVZSE Bend tiny home development causing controversy - KTVZ

    KTVZSE Bend tiny home development causing controversyKTVZBEND, Ore. - A tiny home development off Benham Road in southeast Bend is slated to go on a 3.1-acre parcel that wraps around an already-existing neighborhood. A total of 22 tiny homes and three "common houses," along with a new access road, are set to ...

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  • Meissner Nordic club suffers third break-in in six monthsMeissner Nordic club suffers third break-in in six months

    Matt Tipton uses a forklift to move the Meissner Nordic club's snowmobile inside Pro Caliber Motorsports for service on Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017, in Bend. - Bulletin Matt Tipton uses a forklift to move the Meissner Nordic club's snowmobile inside Pro Caliber Motorsports for service on Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017, in Bend.

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  • Bend man charged with stealing women's jackets for sexual use - KTVZBend man charged with stealing women's jackets for sexual use - KTVZ

    KTVZBend man charged with stealing women's jackets for sexual useKTVZBEND, Ore. - A 51-year-old Bend man faces theft and criminal mischief charges, accused of stealing nearly a dozen women's jackets at Central Oregon Community College and OSU-Cascades over the past two years for sexual gratification. Police received a ...Police: Bend coat thief had carnal motiveBend BulletinCops: Man admits stealing coats for 'sexual gratification'KOIN.comall 6 news articles »

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  • Timeline moved up on irrigation pipeline projectTimeline moved up on irrigation pipeline project

    Central Oregon Irrigation District is planning to start piping a section of canal west of Brookswood Boulevard in southwest Bend. - Bulletin Central Oregon Irrigation District is planning to start piping a section of canal west of Brookswood Boulevard in southwest Bend.

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  • COID Planning to Pipe Part of Bend CanalCOID Planning to Pipe Part of Bend Canal

    BEND, OR -- Central Oregon Irrigation District plans to begin piping 3,000 feet of its main canal west from the Brookswood Bridge, in southwest Bend.    COID's ShanRae Hawkins says this move will not only benefit the ecology of the Deschutes River, but also the residents of the area. "Piping canals is a really important part of the irrigation system. When we have open canal systems, we lose about 50% of the water that's coming in off the Deschutes River to evaporation and leakage. And so, by piping the canals, we're able to conserve a significant amount of water and all of these conservation efforts directly benefit the wildlife." But, conserving five cubic feet of water per second won't be the only benefit of the piping project, according to Hawkins. "The pipe is going to be buried, and we're going to build trails over the top of it, we're working with Bend Parks and Rec, and so people won't even realize that they're walking over the top of a piped canal. And so, aesthetically, it's going to be very appealing, and it's a great partnership between Bend Parks and Rec and Central Oregon Irrigation District and we're excited to have a great new trail system that really hasn't existed in the past."   Hawkins tells KBND News, "The projected start date is December to January. The process of getting the contractor lined up and getting the pipe in will really dictate when we start the process. Certainly, if we have a really heavy snowfall this winter like we had last year, it could slow the process down, but the project will be completed by the end of March of 2018 because we have to have the system back up and running in time for irrigation season which starts in April." During construcition, stock runs will not take place, and COID is working with local agriculturalists to ensure they still get the monthly water they require.   Piping this portion of the canal will cost approximately $5 million, with funding provided by a grant from the Bureau of Reclamation, a loan from the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, and in-kind services and cash contributions from COID.  

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  • RDM Airport Preparing for Holiday Parking ShortageRDM Airport Preparing for Holiday Parking Shortage

    REDMOND, OR -- As the holiday season approaches, more people will be using the Redmond Airport to travel, and parking their cars for long periods could lead to a parking shortage.   The Redmond Airport Director, Zach Bass, says while they await the completion of their expansion plans, they have a solution to assist travelers with their parking needs. "On the FlyRDM website, every thirty minutes, we're going to be posting how many parking spots are currently available in the parking lot. We'll be doing that for 24 hours a day during the holiday season. And so basically, you click on it, you see that there's 150 spots open, you probably should feel pretty good about having a parking spot, but if you see 20 or 30, depending on the time of day, you may want to make alternate ways to get to the airport."   There will also be a priority line to help those who are Pre-TSA and some other members to move more quickly through the screening line.   Bass says more people travel during the holidays, which can make for longer wait times and some frustration. "What we're seeing, and what we have seen for the last few years, is pretty exponential growth each year and when we built the terminal and we built the parking lot about ten years ago, we built for growth, but we're starting to see that we're meeting that capacity. We are expecting or anticipating to run out of parking spots."   Bass is also suggesting travelers arrive at the Redmond Airport two hours before their scheduled flight during the holiday season, instead of the more typical hour and an half.  

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  • Fastest 20 Spotlights Central Oregon Rising StarsFastest 20 Spotlights Central Oregon Rising Stars

    Inaugural Awards Recognize Local Companies Topping Growth Charts View the 2017 Winners and their Profiles here The first annual Central Oregon Fastest 20 Awards, presented by Cascade Business News (CBN), celebrated the most rapidly rising stars of the increasingly diverse local business scene. CBN joined forces with fellow major sponsors Columbia Bank and SGA Certified Public Accountants & Consultants to launch the new accolade in an effort to value and recognize the fastest-growing companies located in the High Desert region, with the top performers spotlighted in the following pages. The qualifying criteria for this inaugural list included companies established and operating on or before January 1, 2014, with gross annual revenues of at least $100,000 in the last fiscal year, reporting consistent year-over-year growth in earnings through 2016. The top 20 featured a wide array of business types and industry sectors, from tech leaders to gourmet food and beverage producers, engineering, manufacturing and trades representatives — reflective of a broadening platform for the local economy, with a heavy emphasis on the entrepreneurial spirit for which Central Oregon is increasingly noted. Impressive gains were reported from many quarters, with the eventual winner — a software and services company pioneering an innovative disruptive crowdfunding approach to commercial real estate investing – achieving a dizzying 2,275 percent growth rate between 2014 and 2016. Latest economic indicators show Central Oregon’s economy growing faster than the national average again this year, and Columbia Bank Senior Vice President and Commercial Banking Team Leader for Columbia Bank Cory Allen said, “This is the perfect time to begin recognizing the companies who are sustaining and expanding job growth in our region.” Amber L. Yates, a CPA with SGA, added, “Our rapidly growing business clients are having a major impact on both job and wage growth in Central Oregon. SGA is excited to recognize these emerging companies and their contribution to the continued growth of the local economy.” The Fastest 20 companies were announced and honored at a recent celebratory event, and a profile of each company together with the full rankings of the top performers is featured in this issue and in associated CBN online media. Cascade Business News is consistently presenting in-depth news about the numerous growing and emerging companies in Central Oregon and we are excited to have joined forces with Columbia Bank and SGA in honoring these local businesses. The post Fastest 20 Spotlights Central Oregon Rising Stars appeared first on Cascade Business News.

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  • EDCO and Boys & Girls Clubs Raise $190,000 at Third-Annual Civil War Rally & AuctionEDCO and Boys & Girls Clubs Raise $190,000 at Third-Annual Civil War Rally & Auction

    (Photo courtesy of EDCO) Funds Will Support Kids, Families and Economic Opportunities for All Last week Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO) and Boys & Girls Clubs of Bend (BGCB) teamed up to host the Third Annual Civil War Rally & Auction, raising more than $190,000 to support our kids, our families and economic opportunities for all. The event, held at The Riverhouse on the Deschutes, brought business leaders, parents, community members, coaches, players, and alumni together for a night of spirited rivalry and fundraising in support of the two non-profits. EDCO and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Bend believe that successful economic development begins with healthy families and kids. The foundation of healthy families is gainful employment. Together, they form a strong partnership that fulfills the promise of a thriving community. BGCB’s youth development programs ensure that the economic opportunities EDCO creates today will be met by the emerging workforce of tomorrow. With the help of sponsors, volunteers, staff, partners, talent, donors, and 450 attendees, The Riverhouse on the Deschutes was transformed into a football stadium, complete with the energy and excitement of the Civil War game. Event highlights included over 200 live and silent auction items, gourmet tailgating food, referee auctioneers, on-field announcers and sportscasters, field turf and sponsor box seats, Summit High School Pep Band, emcees Meg Sinclair and Evan Dickens, on-field Reporter Shanan Kelley, former University of Oregon Running Backs Coach Gary Campbell, and so much more. “As we reflect on the Civil War Rally’s third year, we are blown away by the community’s support. There is a level of dedication and energy around this event we rarely see elsewhere,” said Roger Lee, Executive Director for EDCO. “A huge thanks to everyone involved. This is truly a collaborative venture.” “Boys & Girls Clubs of Bend are thankful for the generosity of our community and sponsors during the Civil War Rally,” noted Amanda Gow, Executive Director for Boys & Girls Clubs of Bend. “We are proud to offer safe, supportive, outcome-driven programs to the youth in our community which we would not be able to provide without this incredible event!” About the Partnership Successful economic development creates a strong base of middle class jobs and a diverse, stable economy. It also begins with healthy families and kids who have the support they need to secure careers and pursue their education. Together, Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO) and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Bend (BGCB) form a natural partnership that fulfills this promise of a thriving community. The BGCB provides parents with quality, affordable youth development programs after school and all summer long so they can go to work confident their kids are in a safe positive and caring environment where they can learn and grow. Boys & Girls Clubs’ academic success and career readiness programs are preparing the next generation for higher education as well as the nation’s workforce. It is a long-term investment and one that ensures the economic opportunities EDCO creates today will be met by the emerging workforce of tomorrow. About the Boys & Girls Clubs of Bend The Boys & Girls Clubs of Bend (BGCB) seeks to enable and inspire all young people, especially those who need it most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. At their two locations, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Bend offers youth ages 5-18 life-changing programs, focusing on Academic Success, Healthy Lifestyles and Character & Citizenship. For more information, visit www.bgcbend.org. About Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO) EDCO is a non-profit corporation supported by private and public members and stakeholders, whose mission is to create middle-class jobs in Central Oregon by: recruiting new employers to move to the region; helping entrepreneurs start new, scalable businesses; and working with businesses that are already here to grow their operations. For more information, visit www.edcoinfo.com. The post EDCO and Boys & Girls Clubs Raise $190,000 at Third-Annual Civil War Rally & Auction appeared first on Cascade Business News.

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  • Home Instead Senior Care Foundation Offers $5,000 Donor Match Opportunity for Council on Aging of Central OregonHome Instead Senior Care Foundation Offers $5,000 Donor Match Opportunity for Council on Aging of Central Oregon

    Donations Made on Giving Tuesday, November 28, 2017, Can Double In Value With Sponsored Match from National Caregiver Provider The Council on Aging of Central Oregon will participate in the #GivingTuesday Movement, a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide. Occurring this year on November 28, #GivingTuesday is held annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving and after the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Giving Tuesday acts as a focused day of contribution at the beginning of the holiday season and inspires people to collaborate in improving their local communities by giving back in impactful ways to the charities and causes they support. Council on Aging supporters have an opportunity to make a huge impact on #GivingTuesday because, as part of their Give 65 program, Home Instead Senior Care Foundation will match donations up to $5,000 made to the Council on Aging through their Give 65 platform. Supporters can double their support by donating online at https://www.give65.org/COcouncilonaging. The Council on Aging’s Executive Director Susan Rotella said, “We at the Council on Aging of Central Oregon are excited to participate on Giving Tuesday. Much of the work we do to serve vulnerable seniors in our area is funded in great part through charitable donations from private citizens and businesses in our community. The $5,000 additional match can do so much, such as provide over 700 Meals on Wheels wellness visits and nutritious meals to homebound seniors. We are grateful to the Home Instead Senior Care Foundation and all the donors who support our programs to help improve the quality of the lives of seniors here.” jmcpherson@councilonaging.org The post Home Instead Senior Care Foundation Offers $5,000 Donor Match Opportunity for Council on Aging of Central Oregon appeared first on Cascade Business News.

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  • Mid Oregon Celebrating 60th AnniversaryMid Oregon Celebrating 60th Anniversary

    Mid Oregon Credit Union, headquartered in Bend, is celebrating the 60th anniversary of its founding in 1957. “Eight educators, forty dollars, and a shoebox—that’s how our credit union got its start back in 1957,” says Mid Oregon CEO Bill Anderson. “Since then, we’ve grown to be the only member-owned financial institution headquartered here in Central Oregon. And given the changing landscape in financial services, it’s looking like our 60th could be our best year yet.” Since its inception, the credit union has traded in its shoebox for a network of branches across Central Oregon, offering a range of services including checking and savings accounts, ATMs, debit cards, auto and home equity loans, and VISA® credit cards, in addition to convenient and secure Online Banking and Bill Payment, Mobile Deposit, and the CardNavsm debit card security feature. On top of celebrating 60 years of exclusively serving Central Oregon members and their families, Mid Oregon has experienced steady growth in recent years, reaching $275,000,000 million in assets earlier in 2017, while expanding its services with a newly opened seventh branch location in Sisters. It continues to see steady growth as the only local financial institution offering a free checking account option for both consumers and businesses. According to Anderson, “Mid Oregon was formed as a cooperative in 1957 to provide financial services for teachers who were underserved by mainstream financial institutions. That vision and spirit of that small group is still alive today.” Mid Oregon welcomes new members who live, worship, work in, or go to school in Deschutes, Crook, Jefferson, Wheeler, Lake, and North Klamath Counties. Mid Oregon Credit Union is a full-service, member-owned financial cooperative exclusively serving Central Oregonians since 1957. With nearly 29,000 members in Deschutes, Jefferson, Crook, Wheeler, Lake, and North Klamath Counties, Mid Oregon Credit Union partners to help our members achieve their financial needs and dreams. For more information about our services and branch locations in Bend, Redmond, Madras, Prineville, La Pine and Sisters, please visit www.midoregon.com. The post Mid Oregon Celebrating 60th Anniversary appeared first on Cascade Business News.

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  • Oregon Ranks 10th on Tax CompetitivenessOregon Ranks 10th on Tax Competitiveness

    Oregon has the tenth most competitive tax code in the nation, according to the Tax Foundation’s newly-released 2018 State Business Tax Climate Index. This annual report measures how well each state’s tax code is structured, analyzing over 100 tax variables in five different tax categories: corporate, individual income, sales, property and unemployment insurance. The breakdown of Oregon’s 2018 ranking is as follows (first is best, 50th worst): • Overall Tax Climate: 10 • Corporate Tax Structure: 34 • Individual Income Tax Structure: 32 • Sales Tax Structure: 4 • Unemployment Insurance Tax Structure: 31 • Property Tax Structure: 18 The Index ranks states based on their tax structure, not their tax burden. States with complex tax codes that distort business decisions do poorly, while states with transparent, neutral, fair tax codes score well. “While the amount of revenue a state raises gets a lot of attention, it doesn’t tell the whole story about a state’s tax system,” said lead-report author Jared Walczak, a senior policy analyst at the Tax Foundation. “The goal of the Index is to start a conversation between taxpayers and legislators about how their tax system compares with other states, and provide a roadmap for improvement.” The Index also serves as a tool for identifying state tax trends. In recent years, North Carolina, Indiana, Washington, D.C. and others have instituted reforms that have improved aspects of their tax code and boosted their Index scores. These state-level efforts provide useful lessons for the ongoing federal tax reform debate. “Our Index shows how thoughtful reforms can improve taxes in a way that benefits all taxpayers,” said Tax Foundation Director of State Projects Scott Drenkard. “As federal lawmakers look to simplify the tax code and remove barriers to business investment, several states have already shown how tax reform could make the U.S. more competitive.” statetaxindex.org The post Oregon Ranks 10th on Tax Competitiveness appeared first on Cascade Business News.

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  • Bend Awarded Grant for Energy Planning ProjectBend Awarded Grant for Energy Planning Project

    The City of Bend has qualified for a matching grant from Partners for Places, a national matching grant program that invests in local projects to promote a healthy environment, a strong economy and the well-being of all residents. Funding will support the City working with the Bend community to increase energy efficiency and reduce fossil fuel consumption. The City of Bend, in partnership with The Environmental Center (TEC) and The Oregon Community Foundation (OCF), submitted a proposal to Partners for Places in July 2017 for a project to engage diverse voices in creating a community climate action plan that balances equity, efficiency, economic development and meaningful climate benefits. This project stems from a September 2016 Bend City Council Climate Action Resolution that established goals to reduce community-wide fossil fuel use by 40 percent by 2030 and 70 percent by 2050. Partners for Places will provide a $50,000 grant, pending success in raising a matching $50,000 from OCF Advised Funds, a program that allows OCF donors to identify causes that matter to them and recommend OCF grant support in collaboration with other donors. This project is planned to unfold over a two year period at a cost of $175,000 per year. Project funding for the first year will come from Partners for Places, OCF Advised Funds, funds raised by TEC from the community and the City’s budget. The funds will allow the City to hire a new staff person to manage the project, conduct baseline studies including a community-scale greenhouse gas emissions inventory, form a Council-appointed volunteer Climate Action Steering Committee, and contract outside support for a community planning process that will identify how to achieve fossil fuel reduction goals in the 2016 Bend City Council Climate Action Resolution. The City plans to apply for additional funding for the second year to support community prioritization of climate actions, to develop targets and metrics for measuring progress and to develop an implementation plan. In addition to Bend, Partners for Places has committed to matching grant awards to teams from Cary, NC; Cincinnati, OH; Grand Rapids, MI; Lancaster, PA; Las Cruces, NM; Los Angeles, CA; New Orleans, LA; Philadelphia, PA, Salt Lake City, UT; and St. Louis, MO. Deschutes County • When Deschutes County enacted marijuana land use regulations, the commissioners committed to the public and the legislature to review their effectiveness after a one year period. That review begins this week, as the County’s Community Development Department launches an online survey that gives residents the opportunity to submit their feedback on the regulations’ effectiveness in addressing the impacts of marijuana land uses in unincorporated areas of the county. The County’s Community Development Department will also be conducting stakeholder interviews and focus groups with marijuana industry representatives and neighbors who live near marijuana businesses. Community Development Department staff will present the findings of the evaluation to the Board of County Commissioners in December. The County’s online survey closes on Thursday, Nov. 30, www.deschutes.org/cd/webform/marijuana-land-use-regulation-evaluation-form-0. For more information, or to track project updates, visit www.deschutes.org/marijuana or contact Deschutes County Senior Planner Matthew Martin at 541-330-4620. • Deschutes County is looking for a resident to serve on the Deschutes County Audit Committee. Please apply now. We will keep the search open until the position is filled and will schedule applicant interviews as needed. The Audit Committee is an advisory committee to the Board of County Commissioners that: -Provides oversight and coordination to auditing (external and internal) for the County -Reviews and comments on the work plan for internal audits to be performed -Discusses whether further recommendations are needed to the Board -Reviews provided audit reports and information on their own time to prepare for meetings The specific appointment will fill a term that ends June 30, 2019 and can be reappointed for subsequent two-year terms. The Audit Committee is comprised of seven to nine members. Four to six members are public members and three are from County management. Public committee members are asked to serve a two-year volunteer term and will not be reimbursed for their time. The Committee meets approximately four times a year, usually on the second Thursday of March, June, September, and November from noon to 3 p.m. If necessary, additional meetings may be scheduled. Citizens with financial and/or local government experience are encouraged to apply. Additional audit committee information is available on the County’s website. To Apply: Please submit a letter of interest (including qualifications and experience valuable to the Committee) and complete a Deschutes County Volunteer application. The volunteer application packet is available on Deschutes County’s website or may be picked up from Deschutes County Human Resources at 1300 NW Wall Street, 2nd Floor, in Bend. If you would like an application packet to be mailed to you, please call (541) 617-4722. Applications are required and will be accepted until the positions are filled. Applications should be addressed to: Deschutes County Human Resources, P.O. Box 6005, Bend, OR 97708-6005. Jefferson County Mike Shirtcliff (R-Redmond), CEO of Advantage Dental, announced he will be seeking an appointment to fill House District 59, a legislative seat recently occupied by John Huffman of The Dalles. Huffman is leaving to seek an appointment to the Department of Agriculture through the Trump administration. Shirtcliff, 73, helped found one of the most successful rural dental networks in the nation here in Oregon focusing on serving people who lacked access to quality dental care. Shirtcliff has extensive local government experience having served on the Deschutes County Planning Commission, Douglas County Budget Committee and the City Council of Myrtle Creek. His volunteer record is equally impressive, having volunteered with Northwest Medical Teams, Community Dental Clinic, and Central Oregon Community College. Salem Activist Marc Koller announced his candidacy for the U.S. Congress in Oregon’s 3rd Congressional District as an Independent with a wide array of endorsements. Koller has received the endorsement of the Oregon Progressive Party and will seek its nomination in 2018, along with the nominations of the Independent Party of Oregon and the Pacific Green Party. His campaign is working with over 50 organizations, both national and local, to address crucial healthcare needs with the Medicare-for-All program, vast wage inequality, environmental threats, humane immigration changes, and social justice. • The Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS) has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for a two-year contract to develop and provide training for the Employment First Initiative. The targeted audience of the training and technical assistance is community employment and residential providers, families, and case management entities. The DHS Employment First initiative is committed to improving community job outcomes for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). Part of the initiative’s strategy is to provide robust and accessible training to employment providers and case management entities (Brokerages and Community Developmental Disabilities Programs) that serve people with I/DD. The contract resulting from the RFP funds a training and technical assistance entity to develop sustainable training materials that will educate community providers and case management entities on the Employment First Initiative. More information on Employment First is at: http://iworkwesucceed.org The training curriculum and modules should include entry and advanced levels, with discreet modules focused on Job Coaching and Discovery. The contractor will design and create a competency-based training curriculum for employment professionals and build upon the current training modules for case management entities. The contract period is January 1, 2018 through December 31, 2019, with the possibility of an extension. Training and technical assistance agencies who may want to apply for this Request for Proposal can apply at: http://orpin.oregon.gov or questions about this RFP may be directed to: Lesley Erickson, Lesley.g.erickson@dhsoha.state.or.us; 503-945-6698. Washington D.C. • Oregon Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today urged Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke to extend the comment period by 45 days for changes to the Greater Sage-grouse conservation plans. The letter from Wyden and Merkley as well as five other Western senators responds to the Trump administration publishing a Notice of Intent earlier this month to amend Greater Sage-grouse conservation plans with only a 45-day comment period closing on November 27, 2017. The existing conservation plans were developed over many years through a robust process with public comments and meetings, and the seven senators urged an extension of the Nov. 27 deadline by 45 days. “Given the importance and complexity of the proposed rule, and the intersection with BLM’s resource management plans, it is essential that all stakeholders have sufficient opportunity to prepare and provide feedback,” the senators wrote In the letter, the senators noted that any change to the land use plans will affect stakeholders across 11 Western states. They emphasized that in addition to keeping the Greater Sage-grouse off of the Endangered Species list, the original plans protected habitat for other species and provided certainty for landowners and producers. “Westerners spent years working on state and federal plans to improve the management of public lands, to address the threat of wildland fire to sagebrush habitat, and to provide incentives for landowner and livestock producers to conserve sage grouse habitat,” the senators wrote. “Western governors continue to stress that a complete overhaul of the sage grouse conservation plans are not needed and have requested to be involved in any proposed changes.” Also signing the letter were Senators Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., Patty Murray, D-Wash., Michael Bennet, D-Colo., Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., and Catherine Cortez-Masto, D-Nev. • U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley urged U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to find solutions to the high veteran suicide rate across the Western United States. The Oregon senators’ letter with nine of their Senate colleagues to VA Secretary David J. Shulkin, M.D. notes that the veteran suicide rate throughout the West is 7 percent higher than the rest of the country. A lack of doctors in remote areas, increased isolation by veterans suffering from PTSD, and limited access to mental health care are believed to be some of the primary factors contributing to Western veterans’ heightened suicide rate. “We are supportive of the services the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) already provides in Western states,” the senators wrote. “The Vet Centers that offer mental health services to combat veterans are critical to ending veteran suicides. Additionally, the information available on the Department of Veterans Affairs website and the expansion of the Veterans Crisis Line are important steps toward ensuring access to resources for veterans in need. The increases in mental health services for women, including telehealth medicine, are also commendable. While these are steps in the right direction, there is still more work to be done, and we want to work with you and all concerned stakeholders to do more to address this public health crisis.” Also signing the bipartisan letter were U.S. Sens. Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), Dean Heller (R-Nev.) Jon Tester (D-Mont.), Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Steve Daines (R-Mont.), Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii), and Orrin Hatch (R-Utah). • Rep. Greg Walden (R-Hood River), along with Rep. Peter DeFazio and Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley sent a letter urging the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to maintain security infrastructure at Crater Lake-Klamath Regional Airport in Klamath Falls as the airport recruits another carrier to resume commercial air service. In their letter, the lawmakers state that keeping screening equipment in place will allow the airport to continue its recruitment efforts unhindered by logistical and administrative burdens. “PenAir’s bankruptcy and abrupt decision to pull out of several small, regional airports in the Northwest — including Klamath Falls — forced the community to begin recruiting another carrier,” the lawmakers wrote. “Removal of the existing TSA equipment would present a burden to those recruitment efforts. Given the lack of notification ahead of PenAir’s cancellation of service, the airport and local community should be allowed time to conduct recruitment unhindered by such logistical and administrative burdens.” “The local community understands well the diverse benefits that air service provides. That’s why they are working to find a replacement,” the lawmakers continued. “As they do that, we respectfully request that you allow TSA screening equipment to temporarily remain at the airport until such time that a robust recruitment of potential replacement carriers has been completed.” Walden and his colleagues are working closely with airport officials and the Department of Transportation to bring air service back to Klamath Falls. All four lawmakers led a bipartisan effort to craft the Treating Small Airports with Fairness Act of 2016, which passed the House of Representatives last year and helped restore commercial air service to Klamath Falls after the departure of SkyWest in June 2014. • Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., called for the International Trade Commission to forcefully respond to illegally subsidized Chinese hardwood plywood, which is flooding the U.S. market and crushing U.S. mills and jobs. Wyden, the ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee, which oversees trade issues, said the United States needs to respond now, before this illegal Chinese trade wipes out U.S. and Oregon producers. “I can tell you with absolute confidence that American hardwood plywood manufacturers are some of the most efficient and competitive in the world. But they play by the rules of a competitive global economy. Their Chinese competitors don’t. So American businesses and workers have been forced to compete head-to-head against Chinese products sold well below market value,” Wyden testified. “The buck must stop here. Allowing China’s unfair trade practices with respect to hardwood plywood to continue unfettered will not only undermine American manufacturing, but will also encourage more countries to play by their own rules — and not with the fair competition and innovation that allowed us to become the world’s biggest and most vibrant economy,” he continued. Wyden also led a letter with Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.V., and 13 other senators, who urged the International Trade Commission to stand up to these subsidized and dumped hardwood plywood imports. • Oregon Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley introduced legislation that would improve the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) ability to serve America’s veterans by removing roadblocks to construction of some VA projects. The bill would expedite the process for more routine construction at VA facilities, including clinics, by raising the cap on such projects from $10 million to $20 million. Currently, Congress must individually approve VA construction projects that cost more than $10 million, which can result in delays of months or even years. The VA asked for the increase as part of its 2018 budget request to allow the department to better serve veterans. “Our veterans shouldn’t have to wait for Congress to approve routine construction and maintenance projects in order to get the care they need,” Wyden said. “This bill will ensure more timely completion of the high-quality, up-to-date facilities our veterans deserve.” “Congressional red tape shouldn’t stand in the way of projects that are essential to getting our veterans the care they’ve earned,” Merkley said. “The VA should be able to provide veterans with updated, modern facilities without being delayed by unnecessary bureaucratic hoops.” Last year, the Portland VA requested bids to expand its emergency room and received only bids in excess of the $10 million cap. Since Congress last raised that cap in 2007, inflation and construction costs have eaten away at the VA’s ability to conduct routine construction and maintenance without a separate congressional authorization. The Wyden-Merkley bill would also raise the cap for minor medical facility leases from $1 million to $1.5 million, the amount used by General Services Administration for leasing space in other government buildings. The bill now goes to the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee for consideration. The post Bend Awarded Grant for Energy Planning Project appeared first on Cascade Business News.

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  • The Importance of Maintaining Your Business PremisesThe Importance of Maintaining Your Business Premises

    As any small business owner knows, you must constantly promote yourself; such is the entrepreneurial spirit. However, a large part of that self-promotion is reliant on the image presented not solely by owner and employees, but (if you are an office- or store-based company visited by your clients) reliant also on the appearance of your premises itself. This is never truer than at the year’s ending; the inclement weather of fall and winter highlighting the damp and the dirt, the cracks and the draughts that have been building up over the year. To this end, it is advisable to see to and address any aesthetic maintenance as soon as possible, before the issues become even worse. A Management Mindset Aside from crucial repairs (the fixing of a blocked drain; calling in the engineer when the HVAC decides to act up, yet again), many small businesses either don’t seem to appreciate the importance of property management, maintaining the literal façade of their premises and closely observing the finer details of their building; or they are already so stretched with focusing on staying afloat that they can’t sacrifice the time and energy to repairing issues. Yet, the time really should be taken to fix up your premises. Are there stains on the carpet from one spilled coffee too many over time? Are the office blinds not quite as white as they used to be when the company first began? When customers visit, do they struggle with the door each and every time? After a while these details, which might seem insubstantial to the owner or employee, portray to your clients a sense that you overlook details, and they may cease to bring you their business. Therefore, act: hire a professional, and have the door fixed. Stand outside, in front of your building. What is your impression? Have the birds messed up the paintwork, or scratched at the window frames? Are the gutters leaking slightly and rainwater damage ruining the exterior? Invest in some bird repellent products from Hotfoot.com and hire a contractor. Care for your premises similar to how you would the family home. Office Ambience and Legalities Furthermore, reassess the layout of your office or store: does it suit your company as it is today, or is it tired and in need of a mini makeover? Think especially in this circumstance of employee satisfaction: would you want to work there every day? The more mature your business, the more likely it is that working relationships and routines will have evolved, but have your premises? Assess whether the furniture and equipment are placed in strategic positions to maximize both comfort and workflow. The ambience of your office can be dramatically improved by keeping up with maintenance issues, and as you invest in the upkeep of your workplace, you will notice that your employees are more motivated, and productivity improved upon. Lastly, remember to check the parameters of your lease (if applicable) before undertaking any repair works. The post The Importance of Maintaining Your Business Premises appeared first on Cascade Business News.

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  • Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Search & Rescue Seeking Additional VolunteersDeschutes County Sheriff’s Office Search & Rescue Seeking Additional Volunteers

    (Photo courtesy of Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office) The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office is accepting applications from members of our community who are interested in becoming a Search and Rescue Volunteer. Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue (DCSO SAR) is one of the busiest search and rescue units in the state of Oregon. In 2016, DCSO SAR completed over 400 missions and training’s. Our Volunteers are highly skilled and range from general searchers to those capable of highly technical missions such as Mountain Rescue, Swift Water Rescue, Diving operations and more. Applicants must be at least 21 years of age, and if selected, are required to complete the DCSO SAR Academy, which consists of approximately 100 hours of training. This year’s academy will begin on April 2nd, with Volunteers graduating on May 10th. Generally, training occurs on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 6pm-9:30pm, which consist of classroom exercises and is followed up with a day of training on Saturday for outdoor practical exercises. Academy attendees will receive instruction in several areas including, but not limited to: navigation, tracking, wilderness survival, search tactics, first aid/CPR and how DCSO SAR operates. Included in the academy, is a “pack test”, which consists of a five mile hike (2 1/2 miles uphill and 2 1/2 miles downhill) carrying a 25 lb. back pack. The time limit for this test is 100 minutes. Each academy attendee will be assigned a mentor to assist with the successful completion of the academy. Applications can be found online at www.deschutes.org/jobs and must be submitted by January 19th, 2018 at 5 PM. Once applications are reviewed, applicants that meet minimum qualifications will be contacted and required to attend an informational session. Applicants will also be required to attend an oral board interview. A background investigation will be completed for all applicants who are selected after the oral board interview. Some qualities necessary include a flexible schedule allowing for SAR training and missions, the ability to fit in with our current volunteers, a good attitude and the ability to function as a team player. There is a $100 entry fee for those selected, which covers initial Search and Rescue Volunteer clothing issued upon graduation from the academy. Additional questions can be answered by telephoning the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Special Services Unit at 541-388-6501, as well as going online to http://sheriff.deschutes.org/Special-Services/sar/ and www.deschutessearchandrescue.org. The post Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Search & Rescue Seeking Additional Volunteers appeared first on Cascade Business News.

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  • 5 Things You Will Need Before Bringing a Dog Home5 Things You Will Need Before Bringing a Dog Home

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  • Annual Physical Therapy Checkups Essential for Active Adults, Healthy AgingAnnual Physical Therapy Checkups Essential for Active Adults, Healthy Aging

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  • Suspect May Have Stolen Coats For Illicit PurposeSuspect May Have Stolen Coats For Illicit Purpose

    BEND, OR -- A Bend man is accused of stealing at least 10 coats since 2015; police say 51-year-old Mark Mahoney admitted to taking the coats for sexual gratification.   Bend Police began investigating the thefts after receiving a theft report from a Central Oregon Community College student, November 7. She said someone stole her coat from inside the Barber Library. Police contacted COCC Public Safety, which reported thefts from the library had been taking place since November 2015. Some cases were reported to BPD, some to COCC, and some were reported to both agencies.   Campus Public Safety identified Mahoney as a suspect in all of the thefts. He was contacted at his southeast Bend home on November 8, where Bend Police recovered several stolen coats, including the one reported taken November 7. Another coat was reported stolen from OSU-Cascades in April. Officers also say Mahoney stole two coats from the same victim, on two separate occasions, while she was inside Barber Library.   Mahoney was arrested and charged with Theft II, and Criminal Mischief II. Bend PD asks other potential victims or anyone else with information in the case to call 541-693-6911.   

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  • Alleged Scammers IndictedAlleged Scammers Indicted

    BEND, OR -- An inmate in a Georgia prison is accused of posing as law enforcement in a scam targeting Deschutes County residents. Since late 2015, The Sheriff’s Office has investigated reports of calls threatening victims with arrest, saying they failed to appear for jury duty or had an outstanding warrant.    Investigators say 42-year-old Jay Baron Wright, and possibly other inmates, used a contraband cell phone inside Jimmy Autry State Prison. They allegedly accessed websites to identify contact information for potential fraud victims, then called them, posing as a Deschutes County Deputy.    The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office says several residents fell for the scam and provided account information for pre-paid cash cards to pay "fines." Wright then allegedly turned the information over to two South Carolina women, who laundered the money and transferred it back to Wright and possibly other inmates. Jay Baron Wright (pictured, left) who is now at Georgia's Calhoun State Prison, 24-year-old Christine Wright (center) and 43-year-old Barbara Lynn Clayton (right) were indicted Wednesday for Conspiracy to Commit Wire Fraud.    During the investigation, Detectives found additional victims in Colorado, Kentucky and Virginia. Local investigators from DCSO and State Police worked with law enforcement in South Carolina, Georgia, Virginia, Kentucky and Colorado, due to the complexity of the case. The investigation is ongoing and more indictments and arrests are expected. Victims of the "warrant" scam who have not yet reported a loss are urged to call Sgt. Kent VanderKamp at 541-693-6911. 

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  • Bend Implements Snow Parking RestrictionsBend Implements Snow Parking Restrictions

    T he City of Bend has launched a new program to help ensure roads are kept as clear as possible in case of heavy snowfall.…

    The Source Weekly / 3 d. 0 h. 12 min. ago
  • Spend the Holiday Season in Bend Oregon's Old Mill DistrictSpend the Holiday Season in Bend Oregon's Old Mill District

    BEND, OR, UNITED STATES, November 15, 2017 / EINPresswire.com / -- The holiday traditions that locals and visitors have come to love are back at the Old Mill District starting the day after Thanksgiving, when Santa arrives with flair - by AirLink helicopter at the Les Schwab Amphitheater. Other events during the season include visits with jolly old St. Nick, horse-drawn carriage rides, carolers and more.

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  • The Role of Immigrants in Central OregonThe Role of Immigrants in Central Oregon

    BEND, OR -- A lawyer, an economist, and a businessman will take on the topic of immigration in Central Oregon, Thursday.   COCC Economics Professor Jon Wolf believes that America and Central Oregon benefit from having immigrants as part of the community. "Interestingly enough, in Central Oregon, our total immigrant population is less than 10% of our community, and yet, from a policy perspective, we have jobs to fill, and jobs that aren't being filled by our local community. Then one perspective is, we'd be better off having an influx of a large number of individuals from any location."   Wolf joins attorney Micaela Guthrie of the Bend Immigration Group and JELD-WEN Vice President Wallace Dale Corwin at Thursday's City Club of Central Oregon forum.   Wolf says that from an economic standpoint, having immigrants in the workforce gives all residents more choices. "If you can choose to do one job or another, and that leaves a job vacant, then I think that the business industry has to understand that they have to look for alternatives. If the job that's available is beneath somebody's skill set, it may not be beneath somebody else's skill set, so we find the labor necessary to do the work."   Thursday's City Club luncheon takes place at the Riverhouse on the Deschutes Convention Center from 11:15am to 1pm.   

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  • Healthcare Experts Discuss Future of InsuranceHealthcare Experts Discuss Future of Insurance

    BEND, OR -- Three healthcare experts answered questions at a forum Tuesday evening about the current medical system, possible changes, and the importance of dialogue.   Joe Sluka, President and CEO of St. Charles Health System, Dr. Stephen Mann, President of High Lakes Health Care, and Lindsey Hopper, VP of Medicaid Programs for Pacific Source, made up the panel.   After brief introductions, the panelists answered questions submitted by the audience that ranged in topic from increasing costs and appropriate allocation to the current chaos of repeal and replace. When asked to explain one of healthcare's main problems, St. Charles' Joe Sluka said, "So, healthcare is too expensive. It's 28% of the federal budget. Now, to put it in another perspective, the highest cost raw material of a car made in Japan is steel, but the highest cost raw material of a car made in America is health care."   The evening's moderator was long-time Bend resident and health care expert, Jim Lussier, who likened the need to reform healthcare to growing up in the sixties and America's success at being first to reach the goal of walking on the moon. "When we have a focus on something, we're able to pull it off, in America. We're not that focused on healthcare, and it's going to take a lot of small steps, but it's going to take some big ones, as well."   Dr. Mann, a Primary Care Physician, made a case for a long-term relationship between doctors and patients. "The areas in multiple studies find that the more money that is put in primary care, in any health system, the better the access, the higher the satisfaction for the patient, and the higher the satisfaction for the professionals who are caring for them."   He says In Central Oregon, only 8% of overall medical funding is spent on primary care, as opposed to up to 30% in other nearby markets.   Medicaid expert, Lindsey Hopper, says that without conversation and attempting to find solutions together, no one will be adequately served by the healthcare system. "We also need to talk about how we get to be where we are in life, and how that changes how we use the healthcare system and what we expect from it. So, when it's highly expensive and it's really personal and it's really polarizing, it's hard to have a dialogue that gets us to a place of compromise."   Tuesday night's event was hosted by the Bend Chamber of Commerce as part of their "What's Brewing?" series.    

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  • Location Unveiled For New Bend Elementary SchoolLocation Unveiled For New Bend Elementary School

    The Bend-La Pine School board got an early look at the proposed location for the district's new elementary school at Tuesday night's board meeting. The new 600-seat school could be built near the intersection of O.B. Riley Road and Cooley Road on the north end of Bend.

    Bend News / 3 d. 7 h. 43 min. ago
  • Weird Waves; BEND, OREGON - Surfer MagazineWeird Waves; BEND, OREGON - Surfer Magazine

    Surfer MagazineWeird Waves; BEND, OREGONSurfer MagazineNow, after a short break, Graves is releasing the third episode, which features Graves, the Gudauskas brothers, Gerry Lopez(!) and Hoonie Scott getting funky on the Deschutes River in Bend, Oregon. Press play and enjoy some landlocked shredding.

    Google News / 3 d. 10 h. 23 min. ago
  • New Crook Co. Tobacco Ordinance Effective Thurs.New Crook Co. Tobacco Ordinance Effective Thurs.

    PRINEVILLE, OR -- The Great American Smokeout is Thursday, to encourage smokers to kick the habit. It's also the day a new rule takes effect in Crook County, requiring tobacco retailers to post the contact information for the state’s quit line. County Tobacco Prevention and Education Coordinator Kris Williams says the timing is purely coincidental, "The County Court passed the ordinance in August – August 16th, actually." Unless deemed an emergency, ordinances take effect 90 days after approval, which puts it on November 16.   Williams tells KBND News the new rule is in response to public feedback, "We had done in our community a couple of surveys, recently, and one of them was of adult tobacco users. And, 50% of those smokers indicated that they were interested in quitting." She says most businesses reported they would to voluntarily post the information. However, "We found that there were a few retailers who were parts of chain stores that were not able to post anything in their stores unless it was a law."   There are about two dozen tobacco retailers in Crook County. The cessation help information will be posted with new state issued signs at the point of sale. "Currently, the state of Oregon requires tobacco retailers to post a sign that says, ‘the sale of tobacco products, smoking instruments and inhalant delivery systems to person under 21 years of age is prohibited by law.’ Just as part of that posting, we also put on there the Oregon Tobacco Quit Line information." Oregon's "Tobacco 21 Law" limiting sales to those over 21, goes into effect January first.   More than 60 Crook County residents die each year as a direct result of tobacco use.   

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  • Bend-La Pine says new elementary school will be in north BendBend-La Pine says new elementary school will be in north Bend

    Bend-La Pine Schools announced it will build its new $33 million elementary school in north Bend at a board meeting Tuesday evening. The site of the school, located at the intersection of O.B. Riley and Cooley roads, meets the district's need for more elementary space in northwest and northeast Bend.

    Bend News / 3 d. 17 h. 13 min. ago
  • Source Spotlight: Helping Vulnerable Vets - The Source Weekly (press release) (blog)Source Spotlight: Helping Vulnerable Vets - The Source Weekly (press release) (blog)

    The Source Weekly (press release) (blog)Source Spotlight: Helping Vulnerable VetsThe Source Weekly (press release) (blog)he words on the marquee outside Central Oregon Veterans Outreach pretty much say it all: NEED CANNED FOOD TENTS TARPS PROPANE COLD WEATHER GEAR. COVO is ramping up for its busiest time of year—the winter months—when veterans and ...

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  • Bend Weather Emergency Declaration Allows for More Temporary Shelter SpaceBend Weather Emergency Declaration Allows for More Temporary Shelter Space

    Bend City Manager Eric King signed a weather emergency declaration Oct. 30, effective Nov. 3.…

    The Source Weekly / 10 d. 1 h. 12 min. ago
  • OSU-Cascades Moves Forward with Expansion, Seeks Public InputOSU-Cascades Moves Forward with Expansion, Seeks Public Input

    How much does an ol' demolition landfill go for these days? $1. O n Oct. 23, the Deschutes County Board of Commissioners voted to sell the demolition landfill on Bend's Century Drive to Oregon State University-Cascades, for a cost of $1.…

    The Source Weekly / 10 d. 1 h. 12 min. ago
  • Ch-Ch-Chaaaaaanging the City CharterCh-Ch-Chaaaaaanging the City Charter

    Bend's city charter hasn't been changed in 22 years. Now on the table: the possibility of an elected mayor, plus dividing the city into wards T he quintessential elements of Bend's governance—mayors, city council members and pay— are ruled by the City of Bend Charter, last reviewed more than 22 years ago when the City had around 30,000 residents.…

    The Source Weekly / 17 d. 1 h. 42 min. ago more
  • #MeToo#MeToo

    Central Oregon Residents Contemplate #WhatNow So here we are, raising awareness about something that feels as familiar as ordering coffee.…

    The Source Weekly / 24 d. 1 h. 42 min. ago
  • Separation Anxiety: Pacific Power Warns of ScammersSeparation Anxiety: Pacific Power Warns of Scammers

    G et a weird call from Pacific Power recently?…

    The Source Weekly / 31 d. 1 h. 42 min. ago
  • Heath Care in Turmoil: St. Charles Lays Off WorkersHeath Care in Turmoil: St. Charles Lays Off Workers

    Oregon Referendum on Hospital Tax Set for January F…

    The Source Weekly / 31 d. 1 h. 42 min. ago
  • Filling In Inner BendFilling In Inner Bend

    Local groups encourage the community to weigh in on what could be Bend's next vibrant district Looking for the next great investment for a new business, or a mixed-use residential development?…

    The Source Weekly / 31 d. 1 h. 42 min. ago
  • State Park Campground Fees Going UpState Park Campground Fees Going Up

    T he Oregon Parks and Recreation Department is raising fees at state park camp sites.…

    The Source Weekly / 38 d. 1 h. 42 min. ago
  • Oregon Delegation Works Toward More Wildfire SupportOregon Delegation Works Toward More Wildfire Support

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    The Source Weekly / 38 d. 1 h. 42 min. ago
  • Prineville Wins Award for Crooked River Wetlands ProjectPrineville Wins Award for Crooked River Wetlands Project

    T he City of Prineville has earned the League of Oregon Cities' Award of Excellence for 2017, for its innovative wastewater project and wetlands project.…

    The Source Weekly / 38 d. 1 h. 42 min. ago
  • Clearing Up Mirror PondClearing Up Mirror Pond

    The latest on the proposed plan for dredging Bend's most contentious body of water—which thus far, isn't funded, permitted or approved by local governing bodies. T his week, the Bend Chamber of Commerce published an article in its "Bend Business Edition," stating permits and funding were in the "final stages" for the proposed $6.7 million dredging project at Mirror Pond—information the Chamber later discovered was erroneous.…

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