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Nov 17,2006
One of the many beauties of the American democratic system is that when we cast our vote on Nov. 7, we chose individuals, candidates who had his or her own line on the ballot. It wasn’t a vote for an institution or a political party (even if we voted a straight party line), our votes were for individuals. Whether we were voting for one person or against another doesn’t matter, only that we voted for ... [full story]
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Nov 17,2006
This Saturday from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. November 18, NW Franklin Avenue between Broadway and Wall Streets will be receiving some much needed road paving. According to Kevin Ramsey, Bend Assistant Streets Supervisor, Broadway will be closed at Franklin Avenue, and the parking lot at Mirror Pond will be closed for equipment staging. One lane of traffic will remain open at all times, he added. [full story]
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Nov 17,2006
Literary Event Grows 30 Percent From Inaugural Year With full workshops and wait lists, enthusiastic audiences and a sold-out dinner and panel discussion, The Nature of Words drew participants from throughout Oregon, in addition to its loyal Central Oregon following, boosting overall attendance by 30 percent over the previous year. The annual literary event was held in Bend November 2 - 5. Central Oregon’s premier literary celebration is co-sponsored by the High Desert Museum and ... [full story]
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Nov 17,2006
Bend-La Pine Schools (BLS) strives to prepare each student with the knowledge, skills, confidence and personal integrity to be a thriving citizen in our ever-changing global society. In addition to rigorous academic programs, BLS encourages students to participate in the many elective offering at each school -- including band, choir, orchestra and drama.  The following is a sampling of the many concerts and plays taking place in our schools this winter: Nov. 30, 7:15 p.m.High Desert ... [full story]
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Nov 17,2006
Bankrate.com has released the results of their Fall 2006 Checking survey, finding that it’s the “punitive fees that are taking the biggest bites out of consumers’ wallets.” The average bounced-check, or nonsufficient-funds (NSF), fee is now at a record high of $27.40. Critics of the payday lending industry hype the “triple-digit APRs” as a reason to limit or prohibit payday loans, but the Bankrate survey results underscore what the payday lending industry has always said, ... [full story]
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Nov 17,2006
Homebuyers in Deschutes County to Benefit from 6.4 percent increase More homebuyers in Deschutes, Jackson, Josephine, Lane, Lincoln and Tillamook Counties may be eligible for FHA insurance on their mortgages and home improvement loans under new mortgage limits effective this month announced by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. FHA mortgage limits have been increased to better meet the need in the markets of several Oregon counties. For the first time in an ... [full story]
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Nov 17,2006
Voters See Afterschool Programs as Necessity for their Communities Voters want the new Congress and their newly elected state and local officials to increase funding for afterschool programs, according to a public opinion survey conducted on election eve and election day.  Developed by Lake, Snell, Perry & Associates, Inc. for the Afterschool Alliance, the poll found that 72 percent of voters agree that “our newly elected public officials in Congress should increase funding for afterschool ... [full story]
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Nov 17,2006
Hundreds of Sky View Middle School Students stepped out of their usual comfort zone and sat down with a new circle of friends during the lunch hour this Tuesday in an effort to “fight hate and promote tolerance”.Sky View Middle School Principal Melissa Goff says Mix-it-Up Day is important to middle school students because it gives them an opportunity to widen their circle of friends, promotes tolerance and fights hate. “This event models for them how ... [full story]
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Nov 17,2006
A small state program aimed at helping keep Medicaid-eligible Oregonians with severe psychiatric disabilities from needing expensive institutional care has passed the 600 mark. The program, begun in 1999, provides a personal-care assistant for up to 20 hours a month to help with chores such as doing laundry, light housekeeping, grocery shopping, planning meals, arranging medical appointments and managing medications. It reached 604 Oregonians in the most recent reporting period. Oregon is believed to be ... [full story]
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Nov 17,2006
More than 50 Cascade Middle School students challenged peers from across the country to a mathematical showdown Tuesday, said Bend-La Pine School officials. “This is a unique opportunity to get kids excited about math and to see how their math skills compare to kids living all over our country,” says Cascade Middle School instructor Pete Horsch. Horsch and his team competed in the American Mathematics Contest 8 (AMC8) at Cascade Middle School November 14. They took ... [full story]
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