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Bend
9:17 am
Sat June 21, 2014

Bend Officially Appoints New Police Chief

Police Chief Jim Porter
Credit Bend Bulliten

Bend has a new Police Chief, and it's a familiar face. Jim Porter has been serving as the interim Police Chief since January. Now, after 23 years on the force, Porter officially accepted the job as Bends Police Chief, Friday. City Manager Eric King felt it was best for the department to continue the momentum Porter built during his 6 months on the job.

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Outdoor Recreation
4:10 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Boaters Encouraged To Give Feedback To Oregon Marine Board

Do you kayak, canoe or paddle? The Oregon State Marine Board is looking for input from non-motorized boaters. They’ve been on the road since early June and are in Eugene today (Tuesday) and in Bend Thursday.

Scott Brewen is a director with the Oregon State Marine Board. He says for the first time in the state’s history, non-motorized boating is more popular than motor-boating:

Brewwen: “In all different types of boating from flat water to white water, kayaking, canoes, stand up paddleboard, we’re seeing growth in all areas so it’s pretty exciting.”

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Wildfire
6:42 am
Mon June 9, 2014

Fire Crews Brace For Windy Conditions In Central Oregon

Credit Central Oregon Fire Info

Fire crews are bracing for more warm, windy weather as they battle a 68-hundred acre blaze in Central Oregon. The Two Bulls Fire west of Bend prompted evacuations over the weekend. About 50 people are still not able to return home. Crews have built a preliminary line around the blaze. Fire Information Officer Lisa Clark says winds up to 20 miles per hour may cause flare-ups. She says weather conditions are more like mid-summer.

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Population
2:32 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Salem Still Tops Eugene as Oregon's "Second City"

According to census estimates released last week for cities of 50 thousand or more,  Salem has once again nosed out Eugene as the state’s second largest city.  As of July 2013,  Eugene’ s population was about 159 thousand, while Salem topped  160, 000.

Portland remains Oregon’s largest city by a factor of four.  Bend was the clear state leader in percent of population growth last year at two-point-nine.  Eugene, Springfield, Salem and Corvallis all saw small population gains, with none registering as much as one percent.

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Infrastructure
1:46 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Three Major Upgrades Needed For Bend's Sewer System

Three major upgrades are needed for Bend's sewer system, and they need to happen soon. That's according to results from two private engineering firms hired to provide modeling solutions.

Bend's Sewer Infrastructure Advisory Group was presented the results Thursday. The upgrades include a large gravity pipeline, a sewage pumping facility, and several pipe capacity upgrades in the northern part of the city. Assistant City Manager Jon Skidmore says in some areas, existing sewer pipes routinely approach overflow levels.

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Bend-La Pine Disctrict
10:24 am
Mon February 17, 2014

Former Principal Accused Bend-La Pine District Of Discrimination, Denial Of Due Process

Former Bear Creek Elementary Principal Matt Montoya is suing the Bend-La Pine School District.

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Economy
6:00 am
Fri December 20, 2013

Bend Refinancing Saves Tax Payer Dollars

Bend is taking advantage of lower interest rates to refinance a public works loan and save tax payers dollars. The $10 million loan was originally taken out for two different projects.

The Transportation Improvement and Urban Renewal projects were originally funded by a loan from Bank of the Cascades. With this refinancing, the city expects to save approximately $817,000 over the life of the loan.

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Politics & Government
10:35 am
Mon November 18, 2013

Bend Sewer System To Get Overhauled

The city of Bend is currently in the planning stages for a new sewer system. This new infrastructure is being set up with help from the community.

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