• Dam leak turns Bend’s Mirror Pond into mudflat

    Repairs to begin in early November Stephen Hamway | The Bulletin @Shamway1 View stories and bio Bend residents visiting Mirror Pond recently saw exposed berms and portions of the bank normally covered by water, after a small leak in the wooden paneling on Newport Avenue Dam caused water levels at Mirror Pond to drop by […]

  • Bend Park district mulls funding for dredging Mirror Pond

    District board supports franchise fee, rejects fee for rivergoers Stephen Hamway | The Bulletin Funding a plan to remove silt from Bend’s iconic Mirror Pond may be getting less murky. During a meeting Tuesday evening, the Bend Park & Recreation District’s board of directors discussed options for funding the removal of sediment from the pond, […]

  • Mirror Pond dredging could cost Pacific Power customers, river floaters

    Subcommittee will discuss options for raising $6.7 million Julia Shumway @jmshumway | The Bulletin A new City Council subcommittee will consider ways to pay for dredging Mirror Pond that could mean higher utility bills for Bend residents or fees for people floating the Deschutes River. Six of Bend’s seven city councilors voted Wednesday to form a […]

  • Another Mirror Pond ballot measure is in the works

    Measure would require city of Bend to get permits before acquiring dam By Scott Hammers | The Bulletin A measure that would limit the city of Bend’s ability to acquire the Mirror Pond dam could be headed for the November ballot. Spencer Dahl, who’s been active in the various committees and public meetings surrounding the […]

  • Editorial: Mirror Pond debate does not need another ballot measure

    Deciding Mirror Pond’s future has been corked by secrecy and polls with no scientific basis. It hasn’t helped that there are already two ballot measures that seek to compel removal of the dam before many of the questions about the dam’s future are answered. But this week, we learned a third ballot measure may be […]

  • Editorial: Mirror Pond dam report shouldn’t be secret

    The audacity is stunning: Taxpayers spent $23,500 for an independent study of the Mirror Pond dam, but they can’t see the results without permission from PacifiCorp, the private company that owns the dam. That’s because Bend Park & Recreation District Executive Director Don Horton and Mirror Pond Project Manager Jim Figurski signed a nondisclosure agreement […]

  • Dam inspection report under wraps

    Bend park officials say PacifiCorp to decide on disclosure By Hillary Borrud | The Bulletin Bend Park & Recreation District officials say they will let the utility company that owns Mirror Pond dam decide whether the public gets to see a taxpayer-funded inspection report on the structure . At least on the surface, that decision […]

  • Repairs to Bend’s Mirror Pond dam complete

    Repairs to Bend’s Mirror Pond dam complete By Scott Hammers | The Bulletin PacifiCorp has completed repairs to the Mirror Pond dam, a spokesman said Wednesday, and believes water levels in the pond should return to normal this summer. The recent repairs were prompted by a leak in the dam that emerged in early October. […]

  • Central Oregon City Club hears Mirror Pond options

    Repairs to leaking Bend dam underway By Scott Hammers | The Bulletin Three alternative solutions for the future of Mirror Pond were presented Thursday at a meeting of the City Club of Central Oregon. The City Club invited a panel to make the case for the three possibilities under consideration by the Mirror Pond Ad […]

  • Utility to fix Bend’s Mirror Pond dam

    PacifiCorp announced on Tuesday that it will repair the leak in Mirror Pond dam in April, in time for people to enjoy higher water levels on the Deschutes River this summer. One of the wooden panels in the dam began leaking in October, and since then, the water level has sunk, leaving visible the mud […]