This morning, representatives from Deschutes County, the City of Bend, Bend La Pine School District and Bend Park and Recreation offered their perspectives on local issues at the Bend Chamber of Commerce State of the Community Address.
While the event focused on victories won and challenges faced by the various government bodies (the Urban Growth Boundary and affordable housing were hot topics), it ended on a lighthearted note with Deschutes County Commissioner Tammy Baney presenting the "Top 10 news stories for the upcoming year." Who said politicians don't have a sense of humor?
Here's what the county predicts will be big news:[jump]
City, County and & District officials storm Bulletin office in outrage over exclusion from secret meetings of the editorial board.
Bend voters narrowly approve renaming the city to Beer, OR, opening the door to an economic alliance with Weed, CA.
Deschutes County capitalizes on new natural wedding disaster extreme wedding venue niche.
FBI Cyber Crimes Team infiltrates BLPSD to investigate link between student iPad use & skyrocketing test scores.
Mirror Pond issue resolved... La Pine called, they want their silt back.
Local elections upstaged by Bend Mayor Jim Clinton's bid for a Presidential run on the Clinton-Clinton ticket.
Six Flags & Disney model their profit strategies on the Bend Park & Rec money-making machine.
City's UGB expansion is finally approved after State officials recognize that UGB stands for "Unbelievably Great Biking."
OSU Cascades westside campus site embraced by neighbors after County announces plan to reopen the landfill.
Bend tourism greatly increases after Ale Trail promotional campaign is expanded to include Reefer Road.
Check out the video intro to the State of the Community below.