Can Bend use development fees to ease housing scarcity?

Council interested in lower fees for small houses, raising them in expansion areas

A few weeks after the Bend City Council voted to exempt affordable housing developers from … Read more

Bend pausing truck parking policy, refunding tickets

Vehicles too long for diagonal spots will no longer get tickets

Drivers whose trucks and SUVs are too long for angled parking spaces in downtown Bend … Read more

Bend City Council OKs contract alternatives

Low bidders may not get the nod for city construction jobs

The lowest bidder for upcoming projects on 14th Street and a northeast sewer line may … Read more

Bend charter committee to recommend four council wards

If Bend council approves the proposal, voters will have final say in May

Bend residents would elect one councilor each from four wards and two at large under … Read more

Democrat forum in Bend talks of challenging Walden

Five candidates hope to unseat Rep. Greg Walden in 2018

Five candidates hoping to harness a swell of Democratic energy to defeat longtime Republican Rep. … Read more

Bend seeks to update transportation plan with options

A key question: Should the focus be on cars or alternative solutions?

As Bend begins a major update of its transportation plan, city councilors understand that they’ll … Read more

New fire stations planned in Bend, Tumalo

Fire officials hope to reduce emergency response times

A new fire station planned near Pilot Butte and a replacement station in Tumalo should … Read more

Thousands float through Bend Whitewater Park

Smoke may have kept floaters away in late August

If floating the Deschutes River seemed busier than ever over summer, it probably was. More … Read more

Canal piping, possible housing developments in store for SW Bend

Plans delayed because irrigation district didn’t know an environmental review needed

A project to replace a section of canal in southwest Bend with a 3,000-foot irrigation … Read more

Bend receives $50,000 grant for climate plan

Money can be used to hire contractor, study greenhouse gas emissions

The city of Bend has qualified for a $50,000 matching grant to help implement its … Read more

Bend Fire Department looks toward levy renewal

The department has been surveying voters, plans to approach council Nov. 15

Prior to 2014, only 20 percent of victims of cardiac arrest that the Bend Fire … Read more

Board pondering new library in Bend

Survey findings will be shared next month

Bend’s population has more than doubled since the downtown library opened in 1998, and now, … Read more

Federal court won’t rehear Bridge Creek lawsuit

LandWatch can only appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court

A federal appeals court will not rehear a lawsuit two environmental groups filed against the … Read more

Passenger in fatal crash charged with furnishing alcohol

Former Bend High stand-out athlete Daniel Bazan died in the crash

Jason Soto, injured in a car crash that killed his friend and driver Daniel Bazan, … Read more

Bend horse rescue close to shuttering

Equine Outreach was investigated by Oregon Department of Justice

One of Central Oregon’s highest-profile animal welfare organizations, Equine Outreach, is on the brink of … Read more

Bend council asks state to give more businesses tax breaks

Council wants state blessing for expansion of city’s enterprise zone

Businesses moving into Bend and several areas just outside city limits are a step closer … Read more

Lawsuit: No charges in sex assault case because police lost evidence

Case alleges Bend Police didn’t have blood, urine samples tested

A sexual assault case was not prosecuted because either the Bend Police Department or St. … Read more

Bend ice rink opens for season Tuesday

Adult hockey players can still sign up

Ice skating returns to Bend on Tuesday, with the opening of the Bend Park & … Read more

Visit Bend rainy day fund likely, but who will control it?

A slowdown in the travel industry has some worried about tourism in Bend

Some hotel tax money the city of Bend must spend on tourism marketing may be … Read more

Bend looking at high security deposits, rental fees

A uniform processing system could be one way to help renters cope

When Jackie Smith and her husband moved to Bend from Southern California a year ago, … Read more

Cat bite leads to $257,000 lawsuit

Bend woman claims cat owners failed to inform her of the cat’s aggressive behavior

A Bend woman is suing two Bend residents for $257,317 for failing to protect her … Read more

Mentors to help 24 kids in Bend, Redmond

Portland nonprofit launches Central Oregon site

A Portland-based nonprofit announced Tuesday it will pair 24 Central Oregon kids at risk of … Read more

Neighbors challenge 4 Peaks music festival location

New location southeast of Bend unpopular with some

Organizers of the 4 Peaks Music Festival will have to wait more than a week … Read more

State budget cuts close Deschutes County family court

Lawmakers had trimmed the budget by more than $600,000

Higher-than-expected state budget cuts have caused Deschutes County Circuit Court to end a longstanding family … Read more

Record or not, Bend officials prepare for more snow

More staff, new equipment and a larger budget are expected to help

After enduring Central Oregon’s worst winter in decades, the city of Bend is preparing for … Read more

Bend council approves housing fee exemptions

Council added a five-year sunset period

Affordable housing developers in Bend will pay fewer fees under an ordinance city councilors gave … Read more

Expanding Drake Park into water would be costly

Expanding Drake Park by filling a portion of Mirror Pond would be a costly undertaking, … Read more

Galveston Avenue parking study shows crowding

Blocks by businesses were most crowded

Crowding along Galveston Avenue in Bend leads to parked cars illegally blocking driveways or intersections … Read more

Bend incident ruled a suicide

Incident brought SWAT team to Scott Street

The death that occurred Thursday inside the Bend Oil Co. building on Scott Street has … Read more

How wards could reshape Bend City Council

Five ways Bend could be divided by council wards

As a citizen committee reviewing Bend’s charter nears its December deadline to recommend whether the … Read more

Bait bike program cuts Bend bike thefts in half

Program seen as controversial to some, but undeniably effective

In a town where it’s not uncommon for someone’s mountain bike to be worth more … Read more

Permits lining up to dredge Mirror Pond, but money isn’t

Group behind the $6.7M project would like to start in July

The private group that plans to dredge Mirror Pond almost has the permits it needs … Read more

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