Redmond's Bob Perry was one of three candidates being considered to replace State Representative John Huffman, but just days before Commissioners were set to make a decision.
If the proposal is approved by City Council, it would place a $6 fee on utility bills, likely starting in the summer. Two more open house meetings are scheduled to get feedback.
A recent survey of residents inside the Fire Protection District revealed broad support for Bend Fire and a possible levy, which could go before voters in May.
Bend-La Pine Schools invites the public to meet the four candidates for a new "small high school" slated to open in Bend, in the fall.
The Deschutes County District Attorney hopes the pilot program will get low-level drug offenders treatment instead of jail time, while reducing their rate of re-offending.