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Business: Historically, farming in Deschutes County has mostly resulted in the growth of rural mansions and lots of rocks. First marijuana and now its cousin hemp may be changing that. Deschutes County is the third-biggest producer of hemp in Oregon. And this fact really shocked me: according to the story linked above, hemp is expected to soon overtake cattle as the second most valuable agricultural commodity produced in Oregon.
Law: It wouldn’t surprise me if lawyers were invented in order to handle legal disputes between neighbors. Those disputes can be pretty nasty, in part because the parties can’t really completely avoid each other, and there are lots of ways for them to mess with each other. Including, allegedly in the case of two feuding Terrebonne neighbors, piling 20 feet of snow to block the driveway of one of the neighbors.
Politics: The current session of the Oregon legislature is nothing if not entertaining, if your idea of entertainment is watching B-level horror movies, you know the ones that are more scary-bad than scary-scary. Oregon is hoovering in its highest revenue ever, yet will have to make deep cuts to some services, and the Governor wants a $2 billion increase in business taxes and maybe confiscate personal income tax refunds (called the “kicker”) to pay down the state’s pension obligations. How can we make this dire fiscal situation better? Oh yeah, give state lawmakers a 63% raise. Scary bad.
Et cetera: I have a confession. I’ve never been to a Chick-Fil-A or eaten its food. Not for any reason other than I mostly haven’t lived places where they are. But that is – God willing – about to change. Construction should begin on Bend’s first Chick-Fil-A this summer. Based on the media coverage, this might be the most anticipated event in Bend’s history since at least the eclipse or maybe even since C-Span came to town to commemorate Socialist presidential candidate Frank T. John perishing while trying unsuccessfully to save a boy from drowning in Mirror Pond in 1928.
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