Review 2013’s top local stories with these timelines


Published Dec 19, 2013 at 11:52AM / Updated Dec 30, 2013 at 03:50PM

The water level of a local icon ebbed and flowed, as did discussion about its future. Sentences were handed down in a couple of high-profile cases, while police still hunt for suspects in another. As the year wound down, Cover Oregon’s website continued to flail, forcing a shift to paper applications. Read on for these stories and the rest of The Bulletin’s top news items for 2013 ...

Cover Oregon’s troubled launch


Published Dec 19, 2013 at 10:30AM / Updated Dec 30, 2013 at 04:33PM

Oregon’s health insurance exchange, Cover Oregon, fails to launch in time for the end-of-year deadline, leaving many Oregonians wondering if they’ll have insurance on Jan. 1.

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Community debates fate of Mirror Pond


Published Dec 16, 2013 at 03:44PM / Updated Dec 30, 2013 at 04:34PM

Mirror Pond, an iconic 100-year-old body of water created by a dam near Newport Avenue, is filling with silt. In addition, the future of the dam is in question, and with it the future of Mirror Pond. Officials and citizens have been working in earnest to shape the pond’s future throughout 2013.

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Flaherty settles with former Deschutes County DAs


Published Dec 19, 2013 at 10:31AM / Updated Dec 30, 2013 at 04:33PM

Deschutes County District Attorney Patrick Flaherty fired several deputy district attorneys when he took office. The fired deputies sued, and in 2013 they settled, splitting $710,000.

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Bret Biedscheid sentenced to 90 days in 2011 hit and run

Published Dec 30, 2013 at 05:51PM

On the night of Jan. 26, 2011, Anthony “Tony” Martin was killed by a hit-and-run. Bret Lee Biedscheid, director of accounting for Les Schwab Tire Centers at the time, is indicted, but his trial is eventually delayed until January 2013. Biedscheid is sentenced to 90 days in jail and released early.

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Bend church arson remains unsolved


Published Dec 17, 2013 at 11:13AM / Updated Dec 30, 2013 at 04:32PM

Seven fires were started in a neighborhood in downtown Bend by an unknown arsonist. A historic church was damaged, and the investigation continues.

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Bend road bond projects underway


Published Dec 19, 2013 at 10:30AM / Updated Dec 30, 2013 at 04:34PM

In May 2011, Bend voters passed a General Obligation (G.O.) Bond measure for street improvements throught the city. Several projects funded by the bond were started or completed in 2013.

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Bend water project runs into hurdles


Published Dec 19, 2013 at 10:30AM / Updated Dec 30, 2013 at 04:35PM

The city’s $67 million Bridge Creek water supply project continues to face opposition from environmental groups. A majority of city councilors support the plan to build a new water intake facility and pipeline to bring water from creeks in the Cascades, down to the city. The city also plans to build a membrane filtration plant, to comply with the federal Safe Drinking Water Act.

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Bingham family’s heart troubles


Published Dec 19, 2013 at 10:30AM / Updated Dec 30, 2013 at 02:57PM

Lindsey Bingham, 9, of North Powder, had been waiting for a heart transplant and received one on Valentine’s Day this year. She is currently well and recovering at home.

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