A Central Oregon school administrator was named Principal of the Year in Oregon on Thursday, and the best part is that he didn’t know about it until his staff and students surprised him with the news at a special assembly on Thursday afternoon, and Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan was there for the priceless moment.
Three weeks ago, the city of Bend made some changes to the downtown parking rules to relieve congestion, but now homeowners nearby say those chnages are having unintended consequences on the safety and security of their neighborhoods.
Central Oregon Daily’s Curtis Vogel talked with one of those concerned homeowners on Thursday after eight residents spoke up about the issue at Wednesday night’s city council meeting.
During that city council meeting, councilors promised to schedule a work session to address the issue.
The state of Oregon’s graduation rates are some of the lowest in the country. To try and fix that problem, senator Ron Wyden is working to give schools financial support, if their graduation rates are lower than 70 percent.
Today, he toured Marshall High School in Bend to see how they are taking those much needed funds and turning them into a positive change for their students.
Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan has details.
The board of directors at Bend Park and Rec will get an update at tonight’s meeting about a proposed hike in development fees, which the board believes is needed to account for the growth projected over the next decade in bend.
System Development Charges (SDCs) are the fees that government agencies charge to bring in revenue to provide services for residents.
The Central Oregon Builders Association (COBA) is one of the stakeholder groups that have been involved with the drafting of the proposal and representatives of COBA told us that the original draft included development fees for commercial properties as well, but COBA argued that it would be too much of a deterrent to bringing new businesses to bend.
There will be a public hearing on the SDC rate increase proposal coming up on May 21st at the Bend Park and Rec headquarters.
Over the next month more than 2,000 trees are scheduled for removal to keep the roadway safe. The trees were exposed to an herbicide that was being used to kill weeds along the roadway, but the chemicals also seeped into the trees roots, slowly killing them. Central Oregon Daily’s Curtis Vogel has more.