Your weekly(ish) update on business, law and politics from Bend, Oregon.
Business: The town of Lakeview, Oregon has a lot going for it. It is home to the coolest Safeway sign on the planet, and I had my bachelor party there (in Lakeview, not Safeway). In spite of these advantages, the economy, like that of many parts of eastern Oregon, could be more vibrant. Local leaders hope a new biofuels plant, which turns dead and dying trees into diesel and jet fuel, helps to turn things around.
Law: If you watch cable news, you’ve heard about President Trump banning CNN’s White House correspondent Jim Acosta from White House press briefings. CNN sued and this morning won a court order requiring the White House to allow Acosta into press briefings again. If you don’t watch cable news, enjoy the resulting surplus of mental health.
Politics: Nearly 30% more votes were cast in last week’s election in Deschutes County than in the last midterm election, in 2014. We’ll have more analysis of this in coming BBRs as more granular data is available from the clerk’s office, but rest assured that increase is not all and likely not even mostly due to population increase. Something else was definitely going on in Deschutes County last week.
Et cetera: From the Keeping Portland Weird file, two dudes wove a bunch of string across a bike path near I-205. A woman on a bike ran into the string, getting injured in the process. Pretty awful behavior, right? Here’s the weird part: apparently one of the dudes “was wearing a kangaroo onesie and had leftover string in his pouch” and I guess decided he needed to use the string in this criminal manner. By the way, this was not Halloween, but it was Portland!
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