Friday, June 30, 2017

Last Minute Plans? Head to the 17th Annual Wheeler County Bluegrass Festival This Weekend

Posted By on Fri, Jun 30, 2017 at 3:52 PM


If you’re one of the lucky ones who get both the 3rd and 4th off next week, that means you’ve got a four-day weekend to look forward to, but what are your plans? With Pink Martini and Ween filling up the Les Schwab Amphitheater this weekend (Friday, June 30 and Saturday, July 1, respectively), there’s no shortage of nationally touring music to sooth your soul. If you haven’t made plans yet for the long weekend and want to check out some free live music, we have the perfect suggestion for you — the 17th Annual Wheeler County Bluegrass Festival in Fossil, OR.

The annual festival features three family-friendly, fun-filled days of music on the historic Courthouse lawn in Fossil. The event includes great live music, workshops, a song contest, jamming, local food vendors and small town hospitality. The lineup features:

  • True North
  • Grass Station
  • Misty River
  • Down Range
  • Buffalo Kin
  • Honey Don’t
  • Grand Young Opry
  • Bluegrass Regulators
  • Pitchfork Revolution
  • Wheeler County Ramblers

Can you believe all of this is free?! You’ll also find dry camping, RV parking at the Fairgrounds and the High School, which are both about a 5-minute walk from the Courthouse and nearby parks. Located about three hours from Bend, bring your instruments, your dancing clothes and stay for a weekend of bluegrass.

Wheeler County Bluegrass Festival
Friday, June 30 - Sunday, July 2
Wheeler County Courthouse Park
401 Fourth Street, Fossil.
No cover.

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Explosive Device "Likely Authentic": Found on Greenwood Ave

Posted By on Fri, Jun 30, 2017 at 3:50 PM

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City of Bend Police neutralized a potentially hazardous and explosive device today, found on NE Greenwood Ave and NE 12th Street. A citizen reported the suspicious looking six inch long galvanized pipe — similar to a pipe bomb — complete with a cap on both ends.

Officers cordoned off the area with sandbags as the Oregon State Police Explosive Unit was called in from Salem. As traffic was closed on both sides, the device was "rendered safe" according to OSP.

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The Bend Police Department is actively investigating the incident and a preliminary search has concluded the device was "likely authentic," according to Bend PD.

NE Greenwood has now been reopened. If anyone has any information regarding the incident, please contact 541-693-6911.

As a reminder to the public, please contact your local law enforcement agency if you locate a suspicious device. Do not attempt to move the item or disturb it in any way. Extreme care and handling of such devices is required along with specific knowledge and equipment to ensure a safe resolution to incidents of this nature.

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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Next up in Bend ridesharing: Lyft launches today

Rideshare service available in Bend, Sisters, Redmond

Posted By on Wed, Jun 28, 2017 at 1:07 PM

Following changes to city ordinances this spring, Bend has opened the doors for ridesharing services to operate in the area.

Starting today, that includes Lyft, touted as the fastest-growing rideshare service in the United States.
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While we don't yet know the number of drivers available in Bend, Lyft Communications Manager Darcy Nenni told the Source Weekly today: "We've had a tremendous response from people who want to drive and we've been working hard to build our supply in order to get passengers a reliable and safe ride."

Like other ridesharing services, the first step is to download the Lyft app from an app store. Riders can then request a ride from their current location, and then pay and rate the driver at the end of the ride. Lyft's service is available in Bend, Redmond, Terrebonne and Sisters, as well as some other surrounding communities. Check the coverage map to see if the service is available in your area. Uber, another ridesharing service, launched in Central Oregon in May. 

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Monday, June 26, 2017

"On This Train" by Victor Johnson Honors Victims of Portland Train Attacks

Posted By on Mon, Jun 26, 2017 at 5:07 PM

Local musician Victor Johnson heard about the May 26, 2017, Portland MAX train attack and felt moved by the last words of one of the men. Two men, Taliesin Namkai-Meche and Rick Best lost their lives and a third, Michah Fletcher, was injured but survived. Namkai-Meche’s last words, which he spoke to Rachel Macy were, “Tell everyone on this train, I love them.”

For Johnson, he couldn’t get these words out of his head. The following week, he wrote the song, “On This Train,” which was inspired by and dedicated to the memory of Namkai-Meche and Best. Johnson raised money through a Kickstarter to record the song at Soundsmith Studios in Bend. Johnson wanted to record the song in an effort to cultivate healing and love.

Johnson released the track last Friday. He sees it as an independent effort to cultivate love and healing through music and empathy and to honor the victims of the Portland train attack. Listen to the full song and remember, a little bit of love can go a long way. Thanks to Johnson for the reminder that it’s important to respond to hate with love and creativity rather than more hate and violence.

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Friday, June 23, 2017

So Much Music, So Little Time - Your Weekend Roundup of Jams for June 23-25

Posted By on Fri, Jun 23, 2017 at 4:13 PM


Now that it’s officially summer, it’s time for weekends jam-packed with events throughout Central Oregon. There’s no shortage of live music this weekend, so if you’re ready to dance, you’ve come to the right place. Here are a few music-related events to get down at this weekend.

Bite of Bend Music

We wrote about headliner Shooter Jennings in this week’s paper, but he’s not the only musician serenading diners at Bend’s biggest food party. Here’s the lineup for all of the music at The Bite:

Friday 23

5:30pm - Jones Road
7pm - Corner Gospel Explosion
8:30pm - New Orleans Suspects

Saturday 24

12pm - Notables Swing Band
1:30pm - Appaloosa Trio
3:15pm - Honey Don’t
5pm - Victory Swig
6:45pm - Woebegone
8:30pm - Shooter Jennings

Sunday 25

12pm - Bill Keale
1:30pm - Chiringa
3pm - Natty Red Band
4:30pm - Trailer 31

Don’t miss the “supple rock” of Woebegone, local favorites who play right before Shooter Jennings on Saturday night. If you can’t make it to the Chiringa CD release show happening tonight at The Old Stone, catch them downtown at The Bite at 1:30pm on Sunday.

Pride Events

In addition to Bite of Bend, this weekend features a variety of Pride events to celebrate LGBTQ equality. Check out these events in addition to the main festivities!

Hey Honey! Pride Edition - Friday 23 - Domino Room - 9:30pm - Bring your beautiful queer selves out and get down for an all-out dance party in celebration of Pride. Featuring DJs Bridge Club pdx. $7.

Central Oregon Pride - Saturday 24 - Drake Park - 12-6pm - Featuring Dykes on Bikes, live music from Mosley Wotta and more, a fashion show, aerial silk performances, booths, food and it's family friendly! No cover.

Pride Afterparty - Saturday 24 - The Capitol - 9pm-2am - DJs Mark Brody and Sinsay throw down all the best dance grooves in celebration of Central Oregon Pride!

Unofficial Pride Party 2017 - Saturday 24 - Astro Lounge - 10pm - Local resident DJs RRLTIME and FLIPFLOPS spin all of the latest and greatest dance hits. Have a great time supporting a cause near and dear to our community. Theme of the evening is the Majestic Unicorn, all colors and fantasy creatures welcome.

Free Summer Sunday - Elektrapod

Who doesn’t love free music? Head down to the Les Schwab Amphitheater for free funky jams from Bend’s very own Elektrapod.

And So Much More!

Looking for more? There’s Cruxapalooza on Saturday featuring the likes of Precious Byrd and may more, Caravan of Glam at Volcanic Theatre Pub on Saturday, Paul Simon on Saturday if you were lucky enough to get a ticket and so much more. It seems like wherever you turn this weekend, you’ll find plenty of live music, good eats and good times.

Have fun and stay safe out there this weekend!

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Friday, June 16, 2017

No federal charges for former Gov. Kitzhaber

Posted By on Fri, Jun 16, 2017 at 1:35 PM

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More than two years after Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber resigned, the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Oregon says the case is closed, and that the former governor won't face charges in connection to its investigation.  
Kitzhaber stepped down from his position of Governor in February 2015 amid a scandal alleging that his girlfriend, Cylvia Hayes, had received over $200,000 in consulting contracts through her connection to Kitzhaber.

The U.S. Attorney's office issued this release today: 
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"The investigation by the United States Attorney’s Office for the  District of Oregon, the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, the  Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigation into the alleged misuse of former Governor Kitzhaber’s and Ms. Hayes’s positions for their personal benefit has concluded and no federal criminal charges will be sought. The United States will not comment further on this matter."  

Hayes is the owner of 3EStrategies, a consulting firm that lists the City of Bend, Deschutes County and a number of local resorts as clientele.
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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Ron Wyden grills Jeff Sessions

Posted By on Tue, Jun 13, 2017 at 4:40 PM

"Were you aware of any concerns at the FBI or elsewhere about your contacts with the Russians, or any other matters relevant to whether you should step aside from the Russian investigation?"

Attorney General Jeff Sessions testified today as the Russia & 2016 Election Investigations continue in the U.S. Senate. The above quote is from Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR), member of the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. Tensions were high today, as seen in this video.

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Friday, June 9, 2017

Bonus Interview with Fortune’s Folly — Alt-Rock for Your Friday Night at Volcanic

Posted By on Fri, Jun 9, 2017 at 10:57 AM


Last week, I caught up with Eugene-based alternative rockers Fortune’s Folly. The band caught my eye, as I have an affliction for indie rock and female lead singers. Fortune’s Folly reminds me of pre-”Return of Saturn”, ‘90s era No Doubt, also known as the biggest influence on my love of music (yep, “Tragic Kingdom” was my first CD, I got it for my 11th birthday).

Get to know how Fortune’s Folly came to be, why they prefer making EPs and what’s next for the quartet of energetic indie rockers who share the bill with Jive Coulis at Volcanic Theatre Pub tonight.

The Source Weekly: Where does the name Fortune’s Folly come from?

Calysta Cheyenne: I prefer to keep our name ambiguous. My hope is that it means something different to everyone.

Alex Koleber: We went through literally hundreds of name options and ideas before we landed on Fortune's Folly. To me, the name represents how the band came to be. All of the pieces seemed to be in the right place at the right time, but we could have missed the opportunity so easily.

I happened to run into a friend of Ira's that prompted me to call him while Jesse and I were at a show that we almost decided not to attend. Ira just happened to be recently without a band and Jesse and I happened to be searching for his exact style, having recently left a band we were unhappy with. Calysta happened to be moving back to Eugene just as we were shopping for a singer and she responded to the Craigslist ad that we almost didn't post for lack of hope finding who we wanted. Lots of pieces fell together just at the right times to make the whole thing go but we all had to have been transitioning from previous situations that were perhaps not ideal. The whole thing feels a bit like fate, or the folly of fortune.

TSW: What draws each of you to the stage and to creating music? Could each of you tell me a little about your background in music leading up to the creation of Fortune’s Folly?

Ira Mazie: The connection and palpable feeling of energy between the performers and the audience. One of the most amazing and enjoyable feelings I’ve ever felt in life. History: usual cliche story of outkast high schooler from a divorced home and usual nuclear family struggles. Learning and playing music was my outlet and escape to express myself. Been in countless projects over the years and a few very promising and inspiring bands that have gotten me to where I am now. Fortune’s Folly’ing!

AK: I have been big into music since I was a kid, playing different instruments as I grew up but only found my love for drums about seven years ago. I had been in bands in high school as a guitarist, but nothing serious. I began playing drums with my roommates (one of whom was Jesse and all of whom were musicians) because their band needed a drummer. That band led to another and another and eventually to Fortune's Folly. Though all of my previous bands were essentially commercial failures, I think the experience and knowledge I gained was crucial in leading me to where I am now. The most valuable thing for me during a performance is the exchange of energy with the audience. When you give everything you have on stage and people give it right back, that's a pretty incredible space to be in; there's nothing really quite like it.

Jesse Sanchez: When I play with my band mates in a closed off practice room and we create a song out of nothing, to me that is magical. It’s a representation of hard work and dedication resulting in joy and amazement. And to see that joy and amazement shared by our friends and fans doubles the magic. I have played music in various bands and setting for the last decade, growing with each step and learning from each failed attempt. I received my music minor from the University of Oregon in 2013, but have never stopped studying it.

CC: I’ve been singing for as long as I can remember. I played in multiple bands and studied at the Berklee College of Music. I was sort of taking a break from music when I moved to Eugene and suddenly realized that I couldn’t live without singing! So I checked out the musician portion of Craigslist and found Alex’s post looking for a singer. A little while later I met up with the guys and the rest is history!

TSW: What’s next for Fortune’s Folly? This upcoming EP will be your fourth, do you plan on release a full-length album? How do you see the band growing into the future?

JS: New music, new outlets. I see the band exploring new avenues of online exposure. I see growth and development musically, socially and financially.We live in a new and different era for musicians, which can be intimidating, but ultimately is very exciting. With our continual effort and the love and support from our current and future fans the sky's the limit for us.

AK: We are constantly bouncing around ideas. For now, we are enjoying self-producing EPs and releasing music videos. The way media is consumed these days, full-lengths seem somewhat obsolete with such short attention spans; the shorter releases allow us to be flexible and keep a steady stream of music flowing to our fans. We have the next EP already planned and will be working on that in late 2017. We would like to continue growing organically and push our reach regionally. Doing everything ourselves is an incredible amount of work, but there are also a lot of perks to DIY and we don't have to answer to anyone except our fans and each other. We like to stay busy.

TSW: FF is often compared to ‘90s-esque bands like No Doubt and The Breeders. What do you guys think about these comparisons? What do you like about this era of music and bringing it back into the rotation?

JS: I think being compared to those bands is great for us right now. If we could find their level of success I know that each of us would be excited. That era of music holds a certain nostalgia for each of us and representing that nostalgia in a new way brings about a level of satisfaction.

AK: Our music is a reflection of our influences and our individual styles. We all grew up with ‘90s music and it comes out a lot in our songs. Since the beginning, we have been working to create and maintain a unique sound that also has a broad appeal. We all want to bring back the excitement and passion that we felt from music we grew up with. The music we write is what we would enjoy hearing, what we enjoy playing and what we genuinely want to express to the listener.

CC: I love being compared to these badass ladies! I grew up listening to what my mom played while she drove me to school and cleaned up the house. Lots of No Doubt, Alanis Morissette, Fiona Apple, Erykah Badu and Tracy Chapman. To this day those are my “go-to” artists.

IM: As an alt-rock guitarist, the 90’s heavily inspired and built the guitar player that I am now and how I hear music. When I get compared to band’s like that, that consumed my development I feel great and full of gratitude and inspired to progress from that and form my own voice/sound that grows from that time period with a modern flavor.

TSW: What is your collaboration process like? What goes into writing and recording a Fortune’s Folly EP?

CC: The guys create the jams and I create the vocal melody and lyrics. It’s always fun and exciting bringing our ideas together into something none of us could have imagined on our own.

JS: There is no single songwriter for the band. In fact, no single song has been written by a single person. Each of us contributes in some major way to each song that is written. A true collaborative group effort. An EP is not so much “written” as it is “selected.” We have a long list of completed songs and when it is time to record an EP we go through that list of songs and choose the five that we think fit the context. The context is a combination of where the EP is being recorded, what songs have been released already, what songs we want to save for future releases, which songs “go together” on an EP, etc. Once the selection is made we begin practicing each of those songs on a whole new level so that when we enter the studio we are confident, able and efficient.

AK: Each song has a unique beginning in that one of the four of us will bring an idea to the group and it evolves naturally into the final product. We all give each other space to be creative and trust each other's' experience and knowledge on the instruments to create something we'll be happy with. Sometimes the creation process is messy and it can get heated now and then; we are all passionate about our art and I'm sure any musician reading this knows what I'm talking about. The EPs are carefully crafted to have a specific vibe and flow. We've spent weeks on end deciding which songs should go on a release and how we want to go about creating the EP. Months are spent in preparation before we ever step foot in the studio, but when you hear the whole thing back at the end, it's all worth it.

Fortune’s Folly and Jive Coulis
Friday, June 9, 9pm.
Volcanic Theatre Pub
70 SW Century Dr.
$8/adv at, $10/door.

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Thursday, June 8, 2017

Pick’s Picks: The Cave Singers Play Living Room Show in Bend This Sunday!

Posted By on Thu, Jun 8, 2017 at 5:11 PM


You guys! The Cave Singers are playing a small acoustic show in Bend on Sunday! News of the show came across my desk this morning and I couldn’t be more excited to share the news with you all.

One of my best friends introduced me to The Cave Singers before we saw them at Mississippi Studios in Portland a couple of years ago. The band comprises several former members of now-disbanded Seattle band Pretty Girls Make Graves. The band blends indie folk and rock to create emotive and hypnotic songs as well as upbeat and danceable jams with stunning lyrics. This summer, The Cave Singers open for The Lumineers and Andrew Byrd, but stop in Bend for an acoustic set.

Don’t miss this chance to see this awesome band acoustic in a living room setting. At last glance, there were only 16 tickets left!

The Cave Singers
Living Room Show
Sunday, June 11, 8pm.
Tickets Available Online Only

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ALERT: Missing Person: Chase Hove, 27, Bend PD Appeals for Public Help

Posted By on Thu, Jun 8, 2017 at 4:15 PM


UPDATE: Bend Police have said they found Hove's car in the southwest area of Bend, prompting officers and detectives to actively search that area for him. The vehicle is no longer of interest.

The Bend Police Department are appealing to the public for help in finding Chase Hove, 27, a Bend resident. Chase left his resident off NE Providence in his vehicle, a 2014 white Chevy Cruze and has not be heard from since Monday, June 5. His family and friends have concerns that Hove may be of danger to himself.

Bend PD say initial investigation points to Hove potentially traveling to the Cascade Lakes Highway. Officers, including the Sunriver Police Department and the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office spent several hours yesterday, June 7, searching for Hove and his vehicle.

Please keep a lookout for Hove and the vehicle, license play #121HED with a possible blue COCC sticker in the back window.

Contact the Bend Police Department Detectives at 541-693-6911 if you have any information regarding the case.

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Friday, June 2, 2017

Enjoy the Sunshine and Live Music in Bend Tonight and Tomorrow

Posted By on Fri, Jun 2, 2017 at 3:44 PM

Celebrate summer, or sunshine, or just Saturday night with Dirty Revival at Volcanic Theatre Pub.
  • Celebrate summer, or sunshine, or just Saturday night with Dirty Revival at Volcanic Theatre Pub.

With the sun shining, this Friday evening offers the ideal conditions for enjoying live music and roaming the streets of downtown Bend for First Friday. Here are our suggestions for a weekend filled with music, brews and sunshine.


Head down to Crux Fermentation Project and enjoy the soul/pop vibes of local favorite Meekoh. I interview Meeko back in my freelance days when his debut album “Evolve” hit the streets. If you’ve been in Bend a long time, you may remember when Meekoh, aka Michael Lewis Martinez, busked in the breezeway. Since then, he was voted Hottest Musician in The Source’s Lust List in 2015 and recently released his new album “Fire & Diamonds.” Catch him tonight at Crux from 4:30-7:30pm. He’ll also be performing at the Atlas Cider 4th Anniversary Carnival in the Box Factory at 8pm both tonight and Saturday night. // Friday, June 2, 4:30-7:30pm. Crux Fermentation Project, 50 SW Division St., Bend.

Atlas Cider 4th Anniversary Carnival

Speaking of Atlas Cider, check out their 4th anniversary carnival tonight and tomorrow. The carnival features an 80-foot ferris wheel, the Zipper, High Flying Swings, bounce houses, live music, food carts, ice cream, their new Pineapple-Mango Cider, local beer and more. Rides run you $4. Noon to 11pm today and all day Saturday. // Friday and Saturday June 2-3, 12-11pm. Atlas Cider 550 SW Industrial Way, Bend. No cover, $4/rides.

Dirty Revival

Don’t forget that Portland’s Dirty Revival brings their soul/funk jams to the Volcanic Theatre Pub on Saturday with opener Haley Johnsen. I profiled the band in this week’s SOUND feature. Not only do they love each other, they also love performing and are sure to put on a memorable performance. // Saturday, June 3, 9pm. Volcanic Theatre Pub, 70 SW Century Dr., Bend. $10/door.

Scott Pemberton Band

After the Bend Beer Chase, head down to Crow’s Feet Commons for an evening with the Scott Pemberton Band. The band has a wild approach to the guitar and has emerged as a funky and original force in the national festival and club circuit. // Saturday, June 3, 6:30-10pm. Crow’s Feet Commons, 875 NW Brooks St., Bend. No cover.

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Thursday, June 1, 2017

Oregon Delegation Reacts to U.S. Pulling out of Paris Agreement

Posted By on Thu, Jun 1, 2017 at 1:58 PM

The president announced today that the United States will be withdrawing from participation in the Paris Agreement, aimed at combating global climate change.

According to the United Nations, 195 countries, including the United States, signed onto the Paris Agreement, which"requires all Parties to put forward their best efforts through “nationally determined contributions” (NDCs) and to strengthen these efforts in the years ahead. This includes requirements that all Parties report regularly on their emissions and on their implementation efforts."

Speaking on the withdrawal from Paris, Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR) released a statement today saying: “This decision may be a win for Steve Bannon and Scott Pruitt and those who share their extremist views, but it’s a loss for everyone else… Climate disruption is a planetary crisis, and we need every nation on the front lines of this battle. For America to retreat is a massive failure of leadership at a critical moment.”

Representative Greg Walden (R-OR) today issued this statement after the president's announcement:

“The United States leads the world in energy innovation, driven by a robust and competitive free market that is producing more affordable, reliable, and efficient energy than ever before. Technological developments in all forms of energy generation, combined with new information and communication technologies have the ability to produce even better outcomes for consumers and the environment. These innovations and increased domestic energy production are among the reasons that our CO2 emissions are in steady decline and lower today than they were in 1994. 

“The technologies creating these benefits will continue to be driven by consumer demand and market forces, and the Energy and Commerce Committee will seek to ensure that states and regulators utilize their proper authorities to deliver energy that is affordable, reliable, secure, and efficient. We remain committed to modernizing our energy infrastructure, updating energy programs of the past, and putting consumer interests first. Doing this, we can develop solid, sustainable public policy that supports both a strong economy and clean environment.”

In a statement released today, Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) said: "Trump's decision to backtrack on America's commitment to fight climate change will further damage our environment and leave American's sicker and poorer... The United States must be part of the solution and keep its seat at the global decision-making table."

Governor Kate Brown said today: "Climate change poses the greatest threat to Oregon's environment, economy, and way of life. Oregon has a strong tradition of fighting climate change, and we will not back down."

Withdrawing from the Paris Accord will take several years, meaning the final decision could be up to U.S. voters in the 2020 presidential election.

President Trump regularly attacked and mocked the Accord during his 2016 presidential campaign, citing financial harm to the US economy. Pulling out of the Paris Accord comes just four days after German Chancellor Angela Merkel was quoted as saying, “Europe can no longer rely on its American and British Allies,” after meeting with other world leaders at a G7 Summit in Italy.

Are you in opposition of the United States withdrawing from the Paris Agreement?

The World Wide Fund for Nature sent out a statement to supporters today, urging citizens to contact their Senators and tell them to support the Paris Agreement.

Contact information for your Oregon delegation:

Congressman Greg Walden's Bend Office: (541) 389-4408

Senator Ron Wyden’s Bend Office: (541) 330-9142

Senator Jeff Merkley’s Bend Office: (541) 318-1298
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