Here's a review of some of the issues our editorial board tackled this year—which we also expect to see pop back up next year.
January brought the occupiers; November brought their stunning acquittal. With the incoming administration, expect to see more showdowns over federal lands.
Bend-La Pine Schools put the property just south of McMenamins Old St. Francis School in downtown Bend up for sale in 2014 and accepted an offer from a developer in 2015, but the deal fell through this summer.
The proposed project would transform a current downtown parking lot into a green space. Some current city councilors indicate mixed feelings about the square concept, with budgetary concerns being the main detractor.
Deschutes County has a higher rate of underage drinking than any other county in Oregon. Beer Town USA, indeed...
With the President-elect's nominee for head of the EPA being a climate change skeptic, this is going to be an "interesting" four years to say the least.
It seems there's never enough in the bank for Oregon's schools, and we'll be following as the Oregon legislature looks to tackle this issue.
More tourists pack into Bend every year, and so far, the various agencies involved have yet to come up with a plan for who's gonna clean it all up.
Free the river? Dredge the pond? Without a consensus about what to do with Mirror Pond, we'll continue to be stuck in the muck.
Expect lots more on this issue in the year to come.
Bend's City Charter offers city councilors $200 a month and leaves it to fellow councilors to decide who becomes mayor. That needs to change, for the benefit of us all.
Homeowners are facing serious losses in the wake of the new sewer lines going into SE Bend, which state law mandates homeowners to connect to if they're within 300 feet. Dec 21, the Bend City Council voted to create the SE Bend Septic to Sewer Advisory Committee to tackle the issue.