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A healthy credit option? Ride the Rainbow Bachelor’s hidden gem Medical credit cards carry benefits ... and risks • HEALTH, F1 OUTING, E1 WEATHER TODAY THURSDAY Snow showers, chilly High 32, Low 6 Page C6 • February 24, 2011 50¢ Serving Central Oregon since 1903 Deschutes led state in population growth Governor, Redmond almost doubled since 2000, census data show By Tim Doran The Bulletin Despite the economic crisis at the end of the decade, Deschutes County grew faster between 2000 and 2010 than any other Oregon county, according to data released Wednesday by the U.S. Census Bureau. Sisters and Redmond led the way, with some of the highest growth rates among Oregon cities, according to the data. Tim Doran / The Bulletin This sign on South Century Drive was likely an estimate, but the 2010 Census lists Bend’s population at 76,639. Among the state’s most populated cities, Redmond’s 94 percent growth rate ranked it No. 1. The near doubling of the Red- mond’s population stretched the city’s infrastructure, said Deschutes County Commissioner Alan Unger, who served as Redmond mayor from 20012008, but the city also collected development charges to add road and sewer capacity, which will help in the future. “The challenge with growth like that is the impact it has on services, especially schools,” he said. Bend also reported strong growth during the decade, but its 2010 population, 76,639, surprised city officials. A sign on South Century Drive lists the population at 80,995. See Census / A4 Oregon’s fastest-growing counties 2000 2010 PERCENT POPULATION POPULATION CHANGE COUNTY 1. Deschutes County 2. Polk County 115,367 62,380 3. Washington County 445,342 4. Yamhill County 84,992 5. Jefferson County 19,009 6. Columbia County 43,560 7. Linn County 103,069 8. Jackson County 181,269 9. Multnomah County 660,486 10. Clackamas County 338,391 14. Crook County 19,182 Source: U.S. Census Bureau 157,733 75,403 529,710 99,193 21,720 49,351 116,672 203,206 735,334 375,992 36.72 20.88 18.94 16.71 14.26 13.29 13.20 12.10 11.33 11.11 20,978 9.36 Greg Cross / The Bulletin workers far apart on union contract Proposals differ on PERS, raises By Lauren Dake The Bulletin By diverting sewer line, Bend will fix a smelly situation SNOW STRAIGHT AHEAD By Nick Grube The Bulletin If it wasn’t for the smell, summertime on northwest Marken Street in Bend’s Valhalla Heights neighborhood would be a lot more pleasant. Two to six times every day, large amounts of sewage roils below the quiet residential area, which is located across Mt. Washington Drive from Central Oregon Community College’s forested campus. When it’s hot out, this sewage carries an abusive — some would say nauseating — odor that seeps through manhole covers and sometimes percolates through home plumbing vents. Ken Roadman, who lives on Marken Street, said he can actually hear the odor coming. When the sewage flows underneath the road, he said, it sounds like a rushing stream. “Frankly, it smells like you-know-what around here,” he said. “It’s really offensive.” The problem, which the city is trying to fix, begins at a sewer pump station a few miles away from Vahalla Heights off Putnam Road near the Awbrey Glen golf course. See Sewer / A4 Moving a sewer .W ashi ng Sk yline Ra nch Rd . Dr. ton mm Su it D Valhalla Heights Source: City of Bend r. W College She vlin ice skating Tuesday afternoon at Seventh Mountain Resort. A winter storm warning remains in effect until Friday evening, with up to 2 feet of snow possible in the Cascades. In Bend, lows in the single digits are forecast. For today’s weather, see Page C6. House’s money men face Commemorating freeing of serfs, identity crisis on earmarks Russia also venerates Lincoln A N A LY S I S The Washington Post Pump station Mt M cKenzie Burkard, 9, of Seattle, stretches out her arms to keep her balance while By David A. Fahrenthold and Philip Rucker The city of Bend plans to move a sewage pipe from under the Valhalla Heights neighborhood to under Mt. Washington Drive. Existing sewer line Ryan Brennecke / The Bulletin ay Par k Rd . BEND SALEM — An initial contract proposal from Gov. John Kitzhaber to the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Council 75 calls for an end to the state’s 6 percent pickup practice and has state workers taking seven furlough days per year, which equates to a pay cut of roughly 3 percent. Don Loving, with AFSCME, said this is just the beginning of the contract negotiation dance. “We tell our members, don’t overreact to our state’s proposal,” he said. “They have to throw everything out there, the same with us. Whatever gets settled on is not going to look like the state’s initial proposal or ours.” AFSCME represents about 6,000 state, county and city employees, according to Loving. The bargaining process that began Tuesday affects about 3,000 employees, including those who work for the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development and the Oregon Liquor Control Commission. Corrections officers, who make up about half of the union’s membership, have a separate bargaining process. The state’s initial contract also proposes to cap government employers’ health insurance contributions at 2010 levels, requiring employees to pay for increases in the cost of coverage. The state now pays the full cost of employee health coverage. The state’s proposal also call for the elimination of step pay increases until June 30, 2013. Curtis Robinhold, the governor’s chief of staff, said in a statement that “I want to reiterate that Governor Kitzhaber is a strong believer in the right of workers to organize and bargain collectively.” Under the union’s initial proposal, meanwhile, public employees would receive a salary increase in line with the Consumer Price Index, plus 2 percent, on July 1 of this year and another such increase on July 2, 2012. Step increases would continue. Employers would keep covering employees’ health insurance premiums in full. The 6 percent pickup would be left alone. The day after Thanksgiving would become an additional holiday. See Contract / A5 WILLIAMSBURG, Ky. — Is Rep. Harold Rogers the right man to break Congress’ addiction to spending? One might ponder that question at the water park here, part of the Hal Rogers Family Entertainment Center. Or during a drive on Hal Rogers Boulevard. Or Hal Rogers Drive. Or Hal Rogers Parkway. Rogers, who chairs the House Appropriations Committee, is the point man for GOP budget slashing. But he didn’t get a water park for cutting budgets: It was a reward for directing federal spending to Kentucky. One of Rogers’ top committee deputies is Rep. Bill Young. In Florida, his name adorns a drawbridge, a marine science complex and a military depot. By Will Englund would eventually use to bring American slavery to an end. Here’s Abraham Lincoln on “We are here to celebrate two Bolshaya Pirogovskaya Street, remarkable men and their time,” larger than life, shaking hands said James Symington, the 83with Czar Alexander II. They year-old former congressman are the Emancipator and the after he had sung, in Russian, the Liberator, joined together in a line from an Alexander Pushkin new work by sculptor Alexan- An 1864 poem that goes, “I remember a der Burganov. They’re look- portrait of wonderful moment ...” ing jolly, these men who, half a Abraham Symington, whose greatworld apart, presided over the Lincoln. grandfather was John Hay, freeing of serfs and slaves. Lincoln’s personal secretary Behind them, in the build(and later secretary of state ing of the Russian federal archives, an under Theodore Roosevelt), said he first exhibit opened Tuesday that looks at came to Moscow in 1958 and picked up Lincoln’s life, and Alexander’s. In this songs while strumming his guitar in the season of sesquicentennials, Russia is park. He called the president from Illimarking the liberation of 20 million serfs nois and the emperor of all the Russians back on March 3, 1861. That was one “two friends who never personally met day before Lincoln was sworn in as the but were together in spirit.” 16th president, assuming powers that he See Lincoln / A4 The Washington Post Their stories reveal the larger struggle behind the current spending debate in Washington. It’s not just about money. It’s about Congress’ DNA — and changing the definition of what a member of Congress is. Lawmakers have long seen themselves in part as human funnels whose primary job is to bring home federal money. Now, the GOP wants its members to define themselves by what they can reduce, defund or terminate. Thus, Rogers and Young, masters of the old culture, are key indicators of whether the new model will work. If they can turn against the system that built their monuments, anyone can. See Earmarks / A6 IN CONGRESS Andy Zeigert / The Bulletin MON-SAT We use recycled newsprint U|xaIICGHy02329lz[ An Independent Newspaper Vol. 108, No. 55, 38 pages, 7 sections TOP NEWS INSIDE INDEX The Bulletin Abby Health F1-6 Obituaries Business B1-4 E2 Comics Crossword E5, G2 E4-5 Local C1-6 Outing E1-6 TV listings E2 Classified G1-6 Editorial Movies E3 Sports D1-4 Weather C6 C4 C5 Stocks B2-3 LIBYA: Gadhafi calls on mercenaries to defend grip on Tripoli, Page A3 GAY RIGHTS: Marriage act is unconstitutional, Obama says, Page A3

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