• Park district to survey dam

    Bend Paddle Trail Alliance pitches alternative plan By Hillary Borrud | The Bulletin The Bend Park & Recreation District plans to commission an independent engineering survey of Mirror Pond dam, executive director Don Horton said during a meeting of the Mirror Pond ad hoc committee on Friday. “Basically, what we’re looking at is an engineer’s […]

  • Legislation to save Mirror Pond?

    By Lauren Dake / The Bulletin Being a former state senator, Bend-based attorney Neil Bryant understands lawmakers’ tendency to bristle at the thought of crafting a carve-out law aimed at narrowly helping an individual or entity. But when it comes to the century-old iconic Mirror Pond in Bend, he’s betting the Legislature would be receptive. […]

  • Bend City Council votes to pursue Mirror Pond preservation

    By Hillary Borrud / The Bulletin The Bend City Council voted unanimously Wednesday night to pursue the preservation of Mirror Pond. That means the city and the Bend Park & Recreation District both support the goal of keeping the pond. On Tuesday night, the park district board voted to adopt a nearly identical resolution. And […]

  • Keep Mirror Pond says Bend panel

    By Hillary Borrud / The Bulletin Public opinion might be split on the future of Mirror Pond, but the vote of committee members tasked with selecting a plan for the pond was unanimous on Monday: They want to keep the pond. The Mirror Pond ad hoc committee voted Monday afternoon to continue negotiating with PacifiCorp […]

  • Businessmen pick up option to buy land under Mirror Pond

    By Hillary Borrud / The Bulletin Over the last year, two powerful local businessmen discussed privately their frustration with the slow pace of planning for the future of Mirror Pond. Earlier this month, they took action. Bill Smith, developer of the Old Mill District, and Todd Taylor, president and CEO of the construction company Taylor […]

  • PacifiCorp: Inspection tied to leak, not debate

    By Hillary Borrud / The Bulletin PacificCorp’s decision to inspect the Mirror Pond dam is independent of the discussion about the future of the pond, a spokesman said Monday. At the same time, PacifiCorp spokesman Bob Gravely said a thorough inspection of the dam could produce some of the information necessary to make a decision […]

  • Bend lists Mirror Pond applicants

    By Hillary Borrud / The Bulletin The Mirror Pond ad hoc committee will wait until at least mid-October to select a couple of citizen members from among 11 applicants for the openings. In the meantime, two members of the committee and an attorney for the Bend Park & Recreation District will meet privately with Pacific […]

  • Dam owner to talk privately about Mirror Pond

    The Mirror Pond ad hoc committee met Tuesday to select which of its three members will meet privately with Pacific Power to discuss the future of Mirror Pond. The utility owns the Newport Avenue dam that created Mirror Pond and operates a hydroelectric facility at the site. A Pacific Power representative has said publicly that […]

  • Mirror Pond committee sessions to be open

    The Mirror Pond ad hoc committee is a governing body under state law and its Aug. 13 closed-door meeting should have been public, Bend City Attorney Mary Winters said Wednesday. “We do want to clarify that that meeting that was held last week will be held again, noticed and held Tuesday,” Winters said. “This is […]

  • Mirror Pond meetings to be public

    The Mirror Pond committee authorized to recommend a final plan for the iconic body of water will hold its meetings in public, city councilor and committee member Mark Capell said Wednesday. The committee held its first meeting behind closed doors and without notice Tuesday, in a potential violation of Oregon public meetings law. “I’m not […]