Founder of Evergreen International has died

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Nov 082014
 
Evergreen Founder Del Smith has died at age 84

Evergreen Founder Del Smith has died at age 84
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Founder of Evergreen International Del Smith has died at the age of 84. Smith was in the middle of a large bankruptcy of his firm in McMinnvilee that was in the process of liquidating much of Smith’s assets. More from the Oregonian.

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Prineville pilot runs low on gas – lands plane on Highway 20 east of Bend

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Nov 072014
 

Aircraft with three aboard made emergency landing on Highway 20 10 miles east of Bend Friday evening.

Aircraft with three aboard made emergency landing on Highway 20 10 miles east of Bend Friday evening.

Three aboard - all are OK.

Three aboard – all are OK.


Pilot  William Espinoza (R) talks with Deschutes County Deputy after the landing.

Pilot William Espinoza (R) talks with Deschutes County Deputy after the landing.


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A Prineville pilot, on a flight from the Sacramento area to Prineville, started running low on gas east of Bend Friday evening. At first he thought he could make the Bend Airport but he wasn’t sure he could make it even that far. So he looked for a familiar straight stretch of Highway 20 east of Bend and then set it down. There was no wind at all, so he was able to land right down the middle of the highway, picture perfect.

Pilot William Espinoza, his sister-in-law and her daughter all came to stop just as if they’d arrived at an airport. They maneuvered the plane off the roadway as far as they could and waited for law enforcement to arrive. When sheriff’s deputies pulled up they turned on their overhead emergency flashers on each side of the aircraft and began flagging traffic through using the northbound lane.

Change of plans. Espinoza was allowed by the FAA to simply refuel and continue on to Prineville. Next week he’ll be hearing from the FAA about running out of gas and creating conditions that could have endangered himself, his passengers and the motoring public. The FAA does not take such incidents lightly.

Private aircraft lands on Highway 20, 11 miles east of Bend

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Nov 072014
 

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Oregon State Police (OSP) and the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) are on the scene of an aircraft landing on US Highway 20E near Milepost 11 – East of Bend. One lane of travel is currently blocked. The involved aircraft is a Piper Cherokee which landed safety on the highway for unknown reasons. No occupants were injured during the landing.

Recreational Marijuana becomes legal July 1, 2015 – OLCC preparing to regulate it.

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Nov 072014
 

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Marijuana
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The Oregon Liquor Control Commission’s executive director on Wednesday outlined the agency’s plans and goals in regulating recreational marijuana following voter approval of Measure 91.

Here’s the statement from OLCC Executive Director Steven Marks:

“The Oregon Liquor Control Commission will work with other state agencies to implement Measure 91 with a great amount of accountability through a transparent and public process. Implementation of recreational marijuana in Oregon will have an emphasis on bringing Oregon’s marijuana industry into a regulated and licensed marketplace.

“From now until January 2016, OLCC will be exploring many policy questions that will require extensive public and stakeholder input. As we move forward, we will focus on preventing marijuana sales to minors, protecting consumers through establishing standards and providing education, as well as supporting law enforcement in their efforts to prevent unlicensed sale and production of marijuana.

“It is a great responsibility to implement this measure. Although we have learned much already, we will continue to look to our Washington and Colorado neighbors for best practices and opportunities for improvement.

“We have been preparing for what lies ahead. We will work with our stakeholders, legislators and the public to create a safe and secure program that will meet the terms of the law and satisfy the wishes of Oregonians.”

When the measure goes into effect on July 1, 2015, an individual can possess up to eight (8) oz of marijuana per residence and can home grow of up to four (4) plants per residence in Oregon. Measure 91 requires OLCC to begin accepting license applications no later than Jan. 4, 2016.

The most current information on Measure 91 can be found on OLCC’s website, www.oregon.gov/olcc/marijuana

After checking frequently asked questions on the website, the public can email additional questions to marijuana@oregon.g

Helpin’ out down at City Hall

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Nov 072014
 
Bend City Hall

Bend City Hall

Bend seeks Fire Civil Service Commission applicants
Posted Date: 11/7

The City of Bend is seeking applicants for one vacant position on the Civil Service Commission for Fire Personnel. The Commission ensures that appointment and promotion of employees, compensation practices and discipline are conducted based on merit, efficiency and fitness.

The Commission normally meets quarterly. The appointee will complete a former commissioner’s term and will serve until February 2017.

Applicants must reside within the City of Bend and be Deschutes County registered voters. Applications will be accepted until 5 p.m. on Friday, December 19, 2014.

For applications or questions, please contact:

City of Bend
710 NW Wall Street
Bend, OR 97701
541-388-5505
or visit the web site at www.bendoregon.gov/committees

Beaver Moon

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Nov 072014
 
Beaver Moon Ken Gagne

Beaver Moon
Ken Gagne

Mr. Gagne says November’s full Moon was called the Beaver Moon because it was the time to set traps before the waters froze over. This Moon was also called the Full Frost Moon.

More affordable multi-family apartments on the way on N. Purcell

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Nov 062014
 

Full Moon  at Daggett Near St. Charles RMC

Full Moon at Daggett
Near St. Charles RMC


Immediately north of already existing housing authority rentals.

Immediately north of already existing housing authority rentals.


1.3 acres sold by Bend to the housing authority.  City to spend the proceeds for sidewalk and other improvements.

1.3 acres sold by Bend to the housing authority. City to spend the proceeds for sidewalk and other improvements.

An additional 28 low income apartment units are expected to come on line at the end of next year thanks to a deal between the city of Bend and the Central Oregon Regional Housing Authority.

It’s happening because the city had some surplus land immediately adjacent to an already existing subsidized housing development at Daggett and Full Moon Drive, near St. Charles Medical Center.

The city sold the 1.3 acres to the authority for $125,000 with the city promising to use that $125,000 for sidewalk improvements as the apartment complex is built.

Housing Authority chief Kennie LaPoint says his agency is shopping for tax credits or federal housing funds to get the project going. He told Bend News Today that one way or another they’ll have everything nailed down shortly after the first of the year. He said construction will be at the first sign of Spring with completion sometime in late Fall, early Winter.

The city of Bend is under tremendous pressure to produce more multi-family housing so that working class families can afford to live in Bend, and not have to drive so far to work from far flung communities 10, 20, 30 miles or more from Bend.

Bend City Council re-ups with Visit Bend – BEDAB and city staff have oversight

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Nov 062014
 
Bend City Hall

Bend City Hall

Bend City Council “getting it right” with Visit Bend

The Bend City Council Wednesday night did a little catching up on how to fine tune Bend’s efforts to more effectively coordinate tourism promotion efforts, especially since voters recently approved a couple of substantial increases in the room tax rate. It means more money to spend promoting Bend as a year-round vacation destination region.

Up to this point, the contractor, Visit Bend, provided newspaper, radio, TV, specialty promotion videos and other outreach to pump-up tourism for the Bend area. And so far, the Bend City Council says it’s been very pleased with the results.

But with the added revenue, and a re-examination of the city’s relationship with Visit Bend, the council decided to re-arrange things a bit. The city worked with Visit Bend officials to revise their by-laws which creates a clearer, cleaner link between the city and Visit Bend. City Manager Eric King said the changes produce a relationship that more closely resembles the legal structure the city has with other businesses that provides the city with contract services.

Added to the mix is the Bend Economic Development Advisory Board, BEDAB, which will provide oversight of Visit Bend with the assistance of city finance and business advocacy staff. The city contract with BEDAB will be for three years. BEDAB had asked for five. City Councilors said five years is a bit too long – too many things can happen over a five year period. They said three years is generally more manageable.

The new longer arms-length relationship between the city council and Visit Bend, as moderated through BEDAB, was approved by a majority of the council.

Lowest rate of first time home buyers in 30 years…

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Nov 032014
 

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Economists say that mountains of college debt, stagnant wages and rising prices are causing a nearly 30% reduction in first home buyers…even with mortgage rates falling to 4% and staying there for months on end. Unemployment is falling but many of the jobs that are being snatched up aren’t paying enough to qualify for a mortgage for young people that are carrying big debt – most of it from college loans. And so, the best spark plug for a recovering economy – home building – sits barely running on fumes at the curb.

Another real estate factor at work is that families are having to double up or take on room-renters just to make ends meet. Here’s a couple of stories in the Oregonian that describe these trends…some of which are in full bloom here in Bend.

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