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Aug 18,2006
Steins Pillar looms over the upper Mill Creek valley bottom like a protective guardian. Although there are great views of the pillar from the road, hikers can get a close up and personal experience by hiking the 1.8-mile trail. Starting in a forest of large ponderosa pine, the trail quickly opens up to a ridge walk with views of the Cascades. Here I met the Johnson family who were out enjoying a weekend hike in ... [full story]
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Aug 18,2006
In many cases you can save yourself strokes from your score by simply making better decisions on the golf course.  One situation many players don’t put enough thought into is when they are in between clubs.  Remember some key points when you find yourself in between clubs and your smarter decision-making will be rewarded. Take the longer club if: You have an uphill lie.  The lie will add loft, creating the need for the less ... [full story]
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Aug 18,2006
Q: If you believe the seller lied on the home sale disclosure form, how long after you buy a house do you have to pursue legal options? And, if I turned around now and sold the home -- but disclosed the problem -- could I still go after the original seller?A: Most states have disclosure laws requiring a seller to disclose to buyers any known material defects in a home. The language might vary from state to ... [full story]
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Aug 18,2006
Many factors have converged to make 2006 a great time for home remodeling. Projects completed this fall will increase a home's curb appeal, make it more energy efficient and reduce the homeowner's tax burden. Escalating natural gas and fuel oil prices mean that energy-conscious home updates can result in worthwhile savings. Residential heating oil costs increased 32.7 percent in 2004 and 8.3 percent in 2005. Natural gas costs nearly doubled from 1995 to 2005, according ... [full story]
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Aug 18,2006
BEND CITY POLICE BLOTTER During the week, there were 3 reports of vehicle break-ins, with an estimated value of stolen items at $620.  Of the 3 reports, all 3 vehicles were unlocked.  There were a total of 6 bicycle thefts, with an estimated value of $5,635.  Of the 6 reports, 4 bicycles were unlocked.  DUII arrests totaled 5, and there were 13 warrant arrests made.  Five vehicles were impounded when the drivers were found to have ... [full story]
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Aug 18,2006
Although the Air Force Research Laboratory million dollar grant given to Jeffrey Addicott, a professor at St. Mary's University School of Law in San Antonio, to devise new ways to limit making information available to the public via the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is not likely to destroy the act completely, if adopted it could further weaken the forty year-old act. According to an early-July report in USA Today, Addicott said he will use ... [full story]
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Aug 18,2006
In a five-two vote, the Bend City council voted Wednesday in favor of moving forward with the much debated, 1,500-acre Juniper Ridge mixed-use site with a key amendment. Recently, area business leaders had been stepping up asking the city to slow down, stating concerns that if the city moves too fast they could potentially lose profits and waste tax payer’s money. “We were asking them to rethink the MOU (memorandum of understanding),” said Mike Schmidt, ... [full story]
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Aug 18,2006
Bend may be booming, but like many parts of the country the housing market seems to have hit a soft spot.  It is something Aaron Callahan and his family have discovered in recent weeks. They put their new 3,400 square-foot home at 99 NE Telma Ln. on the market using Craigslist.org over two weeks ago and they have yet to have any interest.  “It is a dream house at a good price,” Callahan said.  For ... [full story]
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Aug 18,2006
More than two-dozen gypsy moths have been trapped in a northwest residential area of Bend, Oregon, indicating the likelihood of a breeding population of the moths in the area. Additional traps are being placed and will be checked regularly over the next several weeks. The 26 detections in Bend mark the highest number of gypsy moths trapped in one location in Oregon east of the Cascades.  The Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) is now checking ... [full story]
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Aug 18,2006
Open the door, throw open the windows and air out the Bend City Council meetings. Councilors finally agreed on July 19 to release the 13-page Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Juniper Ridge Partners LLC, revealing the preliminary agreement on the proposed Juniper Ridge 1500 acre development. Ears are pricking up all around Bend as local radio stations air ads urging taxpayers to take note, warning “Juniper Ridge, the future of Bend, is going sideways!” Sideways ... [full story]
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