• A close look at Bend’s Mirror Pond dam

    The committee looking into what should be done with Mirror Pond got an up-close look at the leaking dam there Wednesday, joining representatives of Pacifi­Corp on a tour of the more than 100-year-old facility. The ad hoc committee, formed last fall, includes representatives from the city of Bend, the Bend Park & Recreation District and […]

  • Mirror Pond dropping again Monday

    The water behind the Newport Avenue Dam should start dropping Monday, allowing crews from PacifiCorp to inspect the leak that’s turned much of Mirror Pond into a mudflat. The company that owns and operates the downtown Bend dam discovered the leak Oct. 2. Water levels in Mirror Pond dropped by roughly 2 feet in the […]

  • Inspection of Newport dam at least a week away

    The corporation that owns Newport Avenue Dam does not expect to begin its inspection of a recently discovered leak for at least another week, a PacifiCorp spokesman said Thursday. Spokesman Bob Gravely said the company is still working its way through regulatory matters and developing a plan for safely lowering water levels to allow inspectors […]

  • Dam leak adds twist to pond debate

    Water levels in Mirror Pond are expected to drop in the coming days, as PacifiCorp inspects a leak discovered in the Newport Avenue Dam. Bob Gravely, spokesman for the utility company, said the leak is in one the 13 wooden “bays” visible from the Newport Avenue bridge. The company has previously repaired leaks in two […]

  • Mirror Pond survey closed

    Bend Park and Recreation officials expect to share on Tuesday the results of an online survey aimed at gauging public opinion on the future of Mirror Pond. Access to the online questionnaire closed Friday. The results are expected to be aired publicly at a joint meeting of the Bend City Council and the Bend Park […]

  • Overseer is named for Colorado dam project

    The first major project funded under last year’s Bend Park & Recreation District bond measure took a step forward Tuesday, with the district’s board of directors hiring a contractor to oversee the construction of the Colorado Avenue Dam safe passage through completion. Hamilton Construction of Springfield was awarded a construction manager/general contractor contract, an arrangement […]

  • Mirror Pond future down to 4 options

    The group responsible for finding a solution to silt buildup in Mirror Pond has settled on four options, and is expected to be ready to present the public with a look at the possibilities early next month. Tuesday, the Mirror Pond Management Board picked its four options from a list of eight developed by GreenWorks, […]

  • Future hazy for dam below Mirror Pond

    The Newport Avenue Dam could be one significant repair bill away from being shut down for good, according to a spokesman for the utility that operates the dam. Now 100 years old, the dam brought Central Oregon its first electricity, creating Mirror Pond along the way. The dam’s future has been placed in the spotlight […]

  • Mirror Pond options in the works

    Members of the Mirror Pond Management Board got a preview Wednesday of the next phase in the effort to find a solution for the silt accumulating in Mirror Pond. Wednesday’s meeting came on the heels of a questionnaire examining what local residents believe to be important in terms of Mirror Pond’s future. Nearly 1,900 people […]

  • Opinions expressed on future of pond

    Results are in for a Mirror Pond questionnaire Bend residents appear to be split down the middle on whether Mirror Pond should remain a pond or be transformed into a free-flowing river, according to the results of a questionnaire released Friday. Nearly 1,900 people completed the online questionnaire created by the Mirror Pond Steering Committee, […]