Guest Column

Deschutes County Commissioner Patti Adair’s recent actions have raised concerns about her commitment to the stewardship of our county. Her flip-flopping decision on the Arnold Irrigation District’s water conservation project exposes questionable priorities and political motivations.

As a community member and steward of the land, I have personally witnessed the importance of efficient water delivery for our farms. In 2018, we experienced the loss of our property canal and the installation of irrigation piping — a decision driven by the realization that feeding the farm held far greater value than any appeal the canal might have had, so we paid for it as stewards of the land. With over 50 years of experience, my family understands the significance of cleaner and more reliable water sources for sustaining our agricultural practices.

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Mike Hayes lives in Tumalo.

(3) comments


Good column. She doesn't care, though. I suspect plenty of more rural county residents voted for her and will pay the price with less access to water down the road. She doesn't care.


Would be interesting to see what kind of liberal background the writer has.


No it wouldn't

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