When you say "2016 sucked," what I think you're really trying to say is, "November and beyond sucked." In case you need a reminder about how the rest of the year only mildly sucked, and then only sometimes, here's a look back at the Source's biggest news story for each month of the year.
"A group of armed men occupying the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge outside of Burns, Oregon, bears testimony to long-running anti-government sentiment held by its members." In the story, occupier Ammon Bundy vowed to stay for "years" if need be, to see Harney County residents Dwight and Steve Hammond released from prison for arson on federal lands. Ultimately though, Bundy and his team were acquitted for their role in the standoff.
"Lawsuits filed by environmental groups against the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and multiple Central Oregon water districts, including the Central Oregon Irrigation District (COID), demand changes to the way the Deschutes River's water is managed," Jennings' story detailed. Questions raised included the accountability of senior water rights holders, improvements in antiquated water rights systems and more...all issues that continue today...even after the settlement of the Oregon spotted frog lawsuit.
"The biggest direct impact we're seeing here and across the West is reduction of snowpack, and that's only going to get worse as time goes on," said Nobel Laureate David Peterson, who shares the 2007 Nobel Prize for his contributions on climate change.
The Klamath Hydroelectric Settlement Agreement made history April 6, with diverse groups and some former enemies signing an accord for the removal of four dams on the Klamath River.
In a quickly gentrifying neighborhood in northwest Bend, just a few blocks from Newport Avenue Market, the 44 people who called the Fireside Lodge Condominiums home found themselves with eviction notices. Bend's affordable housing crisis was no longer a threat; it was a reality.
Trash. Garbage. Refuse. Waste. Litter goes by many names and comes in many forms, but whatever you call it, during the summer season in Bend, it's becoming more and more prevalent. As sun-seeking tourists and residents alike flood the river with inflatable fiestas, garbage accumulated in their wake.
Last year, Bicycle Re-Source of Bend (BRoB) refurbished and donated 463 bicycles to people who needed them in Deschutes, Crook, and Jefferson counties. This year, they may be able to increase that number, thanks to a $2,000 grant from Cow Creek Umpqua Indian Foundation (CCUIF).
As friends and family of 23-year old Kaylee Sawyer try to make sense of her death, allegedly by 31-year-old Central Oregon Community College security guard Edwin Lara, a forensic psychologist said many questions may never be fully answered.
Some have lamented the change, but with the opening of the new buildings at Bend's Century Drive and Chandler, an academic dream that began 30 years ago is becoming a reality. September marked the grand opening of the four-year OSU-Cascades campus—an expansion that represents one of the most significant and historic changes in the city of Bend.
A local investor group, Mirror Pond Solutions, called for the City of Bend to take more action to address the problem of sediment buildup in Mirror Pond. The City of Bend, meanwhile, called into question the methods by which that group is basing its claims.
In Bend's Old Farm District, owners of some older established homes got some harsh news from the City of Bend. For many of them, it could cost tens of thousands of dollars per household as they are forced to connect to the city's sewer system.
According to Bend Police, drug dealers routinely prey upon the homeless population in downtown's Mirror Pond plaza.While optimistic about short-term solutions underway, many feel a longer-term vision for the economic health of downtown Bend is sorely needed—and the only ultimate answer to the behavior of loitering transients in the area.