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Thursday, September 29, 2016

This is what infill can look like

...or perhaps gentrification, depending on who you ask

Posted By on Thu, Sep 29, 2016 at 2:29 PM

If you're a regular Source Weekly reader, you may remember the story we ran in August 2015 titled "Historic Hazard: Why the City is preserving a squatter's shack." The structure at the corner of NW Georgia and Bond is directly across from the Source Weekly's offices, where we've been witness to its transformation from shack to chateau. 
The garage at NW Georgia and Bond, August 2015
  • The garage at NW Georgia and Bond, August 2015
Back then, the tumbledown garage was the scene of numerous arrests of squatters sleeping and/or recreating inside. In 2013, the property's then-owner submitted a request to tear down the building — but due to the location in Bend's historic district, that process became difficult.

Eventually, the property landed in the hands of developer Dutchland Properties, which restored it from that ramshackle garage to a 1350 square foot, two-bedroom, two-bath home. (With no garage, due to historic preservation regulations...)

The home at NW Georgia and Bond, September 2016
  • The home at NW Georgia and Bond, September 2016
Realtor David Quiros, the property's listing agent, gives the Source Weekly a peek inside our new neighbor's home, staged for sale.
  • Realtor David Quiros, the property's listing agent, gives the Source Weekly a peek inside our new neighbor's home, staged for sale.
As has long been the case among Oregon cities, the new Bend Urban Growth Boundary proposal aims to focus on infill instead of sprawl — and this is certainly an example of how it can be done creatively. 

On the flip side, however, that doesn't mean all that infill is going to be affordably-priced. On Realtor.com, this newly-renovated building is listed at $594,900. 


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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Bend-La Pine Scores High on the SAT

Posted By on Wed, Sep 28, 2016 at 1:30 PM

When it comes to measures of school success, it's not all about graduation rates. Markers such as SAT scores can also be an indication of students' achievement — and in the case of the students in the Bend-La Pine school district, SAT scores are trending high. 

According to information released by the Bend-La Pine School District September 27, the district's students are outpacing state and national averages on the SAT exam. Students scored an average of 548 in critical reading, 545 in mathematics and 521 in writing on the 2015 exam, according to the district. Combined, that's a total average score of 1614 — higher than the composite score national average of 1484, and the Oregon average of 1545. 
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  • Wikipedia

Statistics about Oregon's graduation rate have been widely published. According to the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics, Oregon's graduation rate in the 2013-14 school year graduation rate was 72 percent (more recent data from NCES is not yet available). The state of Georgia, meanwhile, had a similar graduation rate of 72.5 percent during that same year — but its SAT scores for 2015 were much lower than Oregon's or Bend-La Pine's, at 1450, according to data compiled by the Washington Post

Another worthwhile comparison is looking at the number of students who took the test in each state, and the percentage of the total student body that represents.

In Oregon, between 41 and 50 percent of the 2015 graduating class was tested — or about 17,405 total students. 

Roughly the same number of students took the SAT in Idaho in 2015 (17,695) — but that represented 91 to 100 percent of the graduating class in the state. In that state, the average combined SAT score was 1372. 

The takeaway: Students in Bend-La Pine districts are doing quite well on the SAT — though teachers might say there's always room for improvement... 


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Monday, September 26, 2016

Tonight 9/26! Local Presidential Debate Watch Parties

Where to watch the presidential debates in Central Oregon

Posted By on Mon, Sep 26, 2016 at 11:16 AM

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  • Courtesy DonkeyHotey
Are you ready to see Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump go head to head? We are!

If you want to watch surrounded by others, here's where you can see the presidential debates tonight, starting at 6 pm Monday September 26: 

Deschutes County Republican Party viewing party:

Aspen Lakes Clubhouse, Sisters
Come as early as 5 pm; no host bar & appetizers

Democratic Party of Oregon viewing party: 

1183 NW Wall St., Bend
Come as early as 5 pm



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Thursday, September 22, 2016

Bend City Council Gives Final Approval to Urban Growth Boundary

Posted By on Thu, Sep 22, 2016 at 9:29 AM

It's been a long time coming, but on September 21, the Bend city council inked the final approval for the city's Urban Growth Boundary plan. City teams spent two years studying data and gathering input from the public to revamp the original plan, rejected by state officials in 2010. 
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  • Image courtesy Seier&Seier

The approved new version includes 2,300 acres, with pieces in all quadrants of the city. The plan includes putting four- to six-story mixed-use buildings near the city core, as well as focusing on multi-family housing to ease Bend's affordable housing crisis. 

"This is a big step forward for Bend,” says city councilor Victor Chudowsky. “The UGB plan outlines how the City will grow, and it will grow in a good direction - one that preserves open space, creates walkable communities, and provides for extensive redevelopment in nine key opportunity areas within the current boundary. The City staff as well as many volunteers in the community deserve massive praise for making this all happen."

Next up, Deschutes County commissioners will work through land use planning before sending the final UGB proposal to the state's Department of Land Conservation and Development for review. 
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Monday, September 19, 2016

Sign Up for Wilderness First Responder Course by September 24

BTI course covers essential outdoor emergency skills

Posted By on Mon, Sep 19, 2016 at 3:55 PM

Exploring the great outdoors can present many unexpected challenges and emergencies, so it's always best to be prepared. To get you there, Baker Technical Institute is offering a five-day wilderness first responder course from Oct. 3-7, teaching the essentials of emergency and medical care in isolated and extreme environments. Instructors include physicians with specialized field experience in wilderness medical emergencies. The course is ideal for outdoor guides, educators and search and rescue members. While the course doesn't start until next month, the deadline to register is Friday, Sept. 23. It costs $700 (includes course materials) and pre-coursework is required. There are only 21 spots, so register soon at bakerti.org/wilderness-first-responder-course-bend-oregon. Baker Technical Institute is located at 2500 E St., Baker City. For more information, call 541-403-1900.

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Thursday, September 15, 2016

One Pumpkin Spice Latte Please!

Posted By on Thu, Sep 15, 2016 at 11:47 AM

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With the 1st of September pumpkin spice season officially arrived, and Starbucks began to serve its infamous pumpkin spice latte (PSL). This fall-inspired drink has inspired a movement over the years that has infiltrated nearly every major food company from Cheerios to Pringles—with even a tumblr devoted to the "real" PSL. Side note, drinkers may be interested in knowing that the 16 oz. PSL from Starbucks has 50 g of sugar... 

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Everything from your yogurt to breath fresheners to your tampons and condoms are getting a fall makeover! If you are already exhausted (and we are!) with the trend we suggest checking out Little Bites this week for some fun fall drink alternatives. 


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This week we put pumpkin spice front and center with a cover shot and now we ask since everyone has done it can we please move on?! Please? Hello!?

#PumpkinSpice4ever

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Tuesday, September 13, 2016

The Armature Gallery and Studio Set to Close October 31st

Increase in lease rate marks end of local artist collective

Posted By on Tue, Sep 13, 2016 at 2:57 PM

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September 13th, 2016 (Bend, Oregon) - The Armature, one of Bend's most beloved small event venues and  home to local artisans, will permanently close its doors at the end of October. Manager Tambi Lane cited the increase in the building's lease rate as the reason for the closure.

"It's heartbreaking to close after the amazing support we've received from the community these past three and half years. But we can't absorb this kind of increase as a business, " says Lane. "I don't know how artists are going to find affordable studios in Bend. It doesn't look like this market is going to get any easier."

Located on Scott Street in the Old Ironworks district next to the Workhouse, The Armature is best known for hosting Bend's popular Last Saturday events as well as gallery openings, public talks, yoga classes, trunk shows, private receptions, and studio photography. The business draws a consistent flow of out of town tourists and local visitors alike.

"It's a huge loss for Bend," said Jennifer Houston of The Red Balloon Project. "The Armature brings a unique urban vibe to the city that will be missed. If artists keep losing their studios it will have a long term impact on Bend's cultural diversity. As a community, we need to find a solution."

Both The Armature and the neighboring Workhouse have given local artisans and makers an affordable place to create their work and share it with the public. Many recognize the similarity between the Old Ironworks and areas of Portland's Pearl District, where an influx of artists began transforming warehouses and industrial spaces into studios and galleries in the early 1990s. Bend's former industrial areas continue to experience a similar transformation, though the transition often results in higher lease rates that ultimately drive some businesses out.

The Armature will host a closing reception on October 29th from 6-9 pm in recognition of its artists and contributing community members. The event is free and open to the public.

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Thursday, September 1, 2016

Lululemon Athletica to Open in the Old Mill

Posted By on Thu, Sep 1, 2016 at 12:07 PM

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The Bend ‘Local’ lululemon athletica concept store will be opening its doors on Friday, September 16 at 655 SW Powerhouse Drive, Suite 100 at Old Mill District to provide a community hub + retail space for lululemon’s technical athletic clothes for yoga, running + working out. The Bend Local space will hold relevant, vibrant events + programming that will be authentic to Bend.

The Bend Local guests can expect:
  • unique interior design elements with modern fixtures from concrete floors to natural wood furniture, inspired by Bend’s “nature lover’s paradise”
  • community space with custom wood high top tables by local artist Chris Murray from Acme Lumber
  • exciting technical product assortment specific to Bend locals
  • and, inspiring events + community-driven activations/partnerships that focus on sweat, personal development + relationships 
  • The Bend Local is the second of four locals to open across the United States this year, including: Fort Collins CO (opened on August 20th); Sun Valley, ID + Fishtown, PA. 

Grand Opening Weekend:

Friday, September 16 | 10am-8pm

Fri-Sat: local juice to be served + live music pumping all day long for guests

Sun: outdoor yoga at the square in Old Mill District, followed by complimentary cocktails in the store

Local Hours: Mon-Sat | 10am-8pm | Sun - 11am-6pm

Facebook: @lululemonBendOr

Hashtag: #inbend

Email: bend-local@lululemon.com

Phone: 877.263.9300
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