BEND, OR -- Deschutes County Commissioners again gave the green light to a zoning change that would allow a basalt rock mine near Millican, about 25 miles southeast of Bend.
Commissioners have been dealing with this issue for ten years. They've approved it three times, but that decision has been appealed by neighbors, and the State Land Use Board of Appeals had sent it back to the county for changes. The latest issues deal with the half mile impact area near the proposed mine and how the mine would affect the sage grouse and grazing cattle. County Commissioner Alan Unger supports the changes. "As I look at the zone, it's large and the mine is small and it requires it to be a half mile away. So I'm ready to decide."
The three commissioners approved the zoning change on Monday. A final written decision will be drawn up in January.