Net Zero, the Energy Saving Hero

Net Zero, the Energy Saving Hero

Sunlight-powered homes generating all they need
According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, buildings in the residential and commercial sectors account for 40% of the total energy consumption in the U.S. Green homes and buildings are helping immensely with reducing energy requirements, but homeowners can do even more to help offset dependence on fossil fuels. The solution is to build or retrofit homes to be Net Zero or Zero Energy.

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Opt Out Afoot

Deschutes County plans to add a measure to the 2020 ballot, asking residents to weigh in on future marijuana growing operations
In making a decision during their Aug. 8 Deschutes County Board meeting to "opt out" of allowing further marijuana business applications, commissioners have ensured that the country mouse/city mouse fight over cannabis farms will go through the 2020 election. And perhaps beyond.

Smoke Signals

A Community Thread: Christy Walker

A passion for education; an equity champion
Joshua Langlais is a local photographer and the creator of A Community Thread, a project for which he interviews folks on the subject of community, its importance, and how we function as individuals within it. This is an excerpt from his interview with Christy Walker in July.

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Assertiveness Draining & Hunk Bonds

Being in a relationship can have some costs, but ideally, they don't include hiring a private detective with a team of tracking dogs
Assertiveness Draining I met a guy, and he was very enthusiastic, calling and texting multiple times every day, almost obsessively.

Advice & Fun

Closing Reception for Bend Art Center

Event offers locals a chance to see exhibit, collaborate on BAC's future
On Aug. 17, Bend Art Center will host a closing reception for its final show, "A Sense of Order." Curated by Julie Winter, the exhibition features artists Sarah Helen More, Shin Yeon Jeon and Susan Porteous.

Art Watch

This Modern World—week of August 15

Gun Talk with your host, The Glib Sociopath

Advice & Fun

'Newsies' kicks up some musical fun

Disney's energized take on the 1899 carrier strike opens Friday
"Extra! Extra!

Culture Features

Free Will Astrology—Week of August 15

I want to suggest that you be very dynamic and enterprising as you go after what you want and need
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Moray eels have two sets of jaws.

Advice & Fun

Many people seem to view government as a shopaholic of sorts

Families are cutting back. Why can't the guv'mint?

Advice & Fun

Battle Buddies

Local nonprofit sponsors emotional support dog training for veterans
Not all heroes wear capes—in fact, in the real world, they often don't. Often incognito without their uniform, veterans can struggle with post-traumatic stress disorder, isolation and other challenges after returning home from service in the military.

Culture Features

The Feud Pyramid

The desire for revenge is basically the urge to punish people who’ve harmed us
The Feud Pyramid Two weeks ago, I finally dumped my totally abusive jerk of a boyfriend.

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New Gallery Opens in Prineville

Rimrock Gallery showcases fine art reflective of the West
The doors of a new gallery opened up this past weekend in Prineville, and the community came out to celebrate. Pamela Claflin—who started Bend's Mockingbird Gallery in 1989 and sold it in 2007—is behind the new venture.

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Love Stories

The Sunriver Music Festival enters its 42nd year, with a focus on the power of love
Since 1978, the Sunriver Music Festival has been bringing an eclectic mix of music to Central Oregon, supplying many talented musicians with a platform to perform. It might seem silly, but the festival was all sparked by Ray Fabrizio—former principal flute player at the festival—telling his wife and friends that there were "pretty good acoustics in here" as they walked through Sunriver's Great Hall.

Culture Features

Free Will Astrology—Week of August 8

Freaks like me appreciate creative egotists like you
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): I am overjoyed that you're not competing for easy rewards or comparing yourself to the mediocre crowd.

Advice & Fun

H2 Woes

Cannabis increasingly scapegoated over water usage
Let's talk about water. One of the most common complaints from appellants who object to new marijuana production facilities in the outlying areas of town is water usage.

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Be Prepared for the Unexpected Delay

What can delay closing of escrow?
The dream property is in escrow, the home inspection contingency has been removed and it looks like it's smooth sailing to close the transaction. What could go wrong?

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