Bend Development

The Next Big Step for Bend

The city of Bend is looking for public imput before they move forward on the next big development in the wake of the UGB expansion plan. Central Oregon Daily’s Curtis Vogel has details on where the city is targeting the next areas.

The city council meeting will be held on April 4th and then counselors will vote on the priorities on April 18th.

Dick’s Sporting Goods New Gun Policy

A Ban on the Sale of Assault Rifles

DICK’S Sporting Goods, one of the largest retailers of it’s kind in the United States, is taking new steps to curtail the sale of firearms. Dick’s CEO said on Wednesday that the company was immediately ending sales of all assault-style rifles in its stores. 
The CEO also also said the company would no longer sell high-capacity magazines or sell any firearm to anyone under 21 years of age.
Meanwhile, today Walmart officials also announced changes to their gun policies, saying they’ll no longer sell guns or ammunition to anyone under 21.

Origin Story: From Tragedy to Triumph

Jason Lepore inherited a good work ethic, impeccable craftsmanship and an extensive toolkit from his father. And with those three things, he was able to turn the hardest week of his life into a thriving business, SamSon’s RV Restoration.

Origin Story: A Passion for Pillows

Creativity courses through the veins of Katie Lipson. She’s always loved creating and is now channeling her gift into home décor, by using textiles with stories. Some are historical, some are cultural, but Katie gives them all new life. In this week’s Origin Story, Allison Roecker hangs out with the ladies of Bryar Wolf

Every Sunday on Central Oregon Daily’s newest feature, Origin Story, Allison Roecker introduces us to a passionate person who is making their dreams come true. 

New Business in Bend

New Shopping and Dining Options in Bend

Bend’s shopping and dining options are expanding with the opening of some new stores, and a changing of the guard among downtown eateries.
Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan looks at the changing face of retail and restaurants in Bend.

Some of the other stores going into the Robal Road Shopping Center are MOD Pizza, Black Rock Coffee & Bar, Chick-fil-A and Cracker Barrel Old Country Store.

Construction on the Chick-Fil-A is expected to begin in April, and the Cracker Barrel will start going up around June.Both are expected to open sometime this Fall.

Ulta Beauty‘s Grand Opening is Friday between 11am and 7pm.

House Bill Could Block Deschutes Bridge

Residents and official from Bend testified in Salem on Thursday morning on House Bill 4029, which would forever ban a proposed bridge over the Deschutes River.

Members from Bend Parks and Rec, Bend City Council and community members all spoke against the bill during Thursday’s hearing.

Bend’s Mayor Pro Tem Sally Russell echoed concerns raised by the Bend Parks and Rec Department, saying the bill would “derail the local participation process,” and put a local decision in the hands of the state.

The proposed bridge has been hotly contested. Proponents believe connecting the Deschutes River Trail from Tumalo to Sunriver would provide necessary transportation and recreation benefits.

Opponents say it could disrupt the designated protected area along the south Deschutes and could lead to a slippery slope of lost protections for other scenic areas.

Some of those opponents also spoke on Thursday. Members from the Coalition for the Deschutes spoke in favor of the bill, saying there was a reason the state protected that stretch of waterway in the first place.

“This is not a local issue,” said Michael Eisele, of the Coalition for the Deschutes. “This is a wild and scenic river that serves all of Oregon citizens, all its visitors and the future generations and we benefit today from the foresight of those who put these rules in place, way before Bend Parks and Rec started planning their bridge.”

The bridge was part of a bond measure approved by Bend voters in 2012, and has been discussed since 2004, but the construction of the foot and bike bridge has been halted since it requires an exemption from the state.

A law passed in 1996 established that segment of the Deschutes River south of Bend as a scenic waterway and bans construction, like the bridge, in that area.

On Friday it will be decided wether or not the bill will move forward.