Review 2013’s top local stories with these timelines


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


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


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


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

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


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


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


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


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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