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Source Spotlight: Deb Schoen

Source Spotlight: Deb Schoen

Meet the newest member of the Bend Park and Recreation District Board of Directors
Deb Schoen was sworn in as the newest member of the Bend Park and Recreation District Board of Directors on Tuesday. Schoen had a 40-year career working for the Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District and has lived in Bend for around six years.

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I Have A Gleam... & Spurner Phone

Charisma is human magnetism.
"I Have A Gleam..." I'm a straight woman, and at my recent birthday party, several people remarked about this other woman, also straight, "Whoa, is she infatuated with you, or what?"

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Two Grants Ask for Big Ideas

Oregon Community Foundation and Bend Cultural Tourism Fund grants now open for applications
For local artists looking for opportunities to support their creative endeavors, check out these two.

Art Watch

The Unbelievable Trump

Listen up, puny clucks! Trump need to discuss urgent matter!

Advice & Fun

Free Will Astrology—Week of January 23

"First thought, best thought."
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): I'm a big fan of self-editing. For example, every horoscope I write evolves over the course of at least three drafts.

Advice & Fun

Chick-fil-A Set to Open, Minus Major Protests

For some LGBTQ+ community members, boycotting new restaurant is an individual choice, but not a public display
Chick-fil-A slated to open a restaurant in Bend, though not all community members will be willing to offer the fast food chain their support.

Culture Features

OLCC's drawn out application process a burden to the industry

If you're intent upon breaking into the Oregon cannabis industry right now, you'll find the regulatory sledding to be somewhere between tough and impossible.
Upon the passage of Oregon Senate Bill 218, signed into law by Gov. Kate Brown on June 17, 2019, the Oregon Liquor Control Commission instituted a moratorium on all new marijuana producer (farming) applications that will last until at least Jan. 2, 2022. As such, those who submitted a new producer application anytime within the past six months, are guaranteed to be waiting for at least two years, and likely much longer.

Smoke Signals

Managing Expectations when Buying Rental Property

With luxury market rentals, a different set of "rules"
When purchasing rental property, buyers should consider several factors, including capitalization rates, rental comparisons, neighborhoods, the target demographic for said rental property and vacancy rates. It's no secret that Central Oregon has experienced a tight rental market for several years.

Take Me Home

School Lunches of the Future

The Trump administration has proposed undoing Michelle Obama's Healthy School Lunch Program.

Advice & Fun

Finding the Will to Live

For one Eugene-based comedian, speaking out about suicide led to a book dedicated to men's mental health
In the U.S., one person dies by suicide every 11 minutes, reports the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  Frank King, "The Mental Health Comedian," has been familiar with suicide from an early age, having found his great-aunt after she killed herself when he was just four years old.

Culture Features

Life in the Stupidverse Special Sort-of War Edition

The deep state is good, actually

Advice & Fun

Free Will Astrology—Week of January 16

Set aside as many of your dogmas and expectations as possible, so that you can be abundantly receptive to things you've never thought of.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): "I love to be surprised by something I have never thought of," declares Capricorn actor Ralph Fiennes. According to my analysis of the astrological aspects, you'll be wise to make that one of your top mottoes in 2020.

Advice & Fun

A Central Oregon Hemp Documentary

Local filmmaker launches Kickstarter to fund hemp-focused film
With so many changes happening in the hemp industry in the U.S. these days, it can be tough for even industry players to keep up. And with Central Oregon forging a solid reputation as an ideal location to grow it, there's plenty of drama, intrigue and policy questions about hemp to cover right here in our backyard.

Smoke Signals

Preparing to Sell

The basics of getting a home market-ready
The only thing consistent in life is change, and this winter, the Central Oregon real estate market is proving this. In previous years sales start to decrease in late fall and then gain momentum again once spring and summer approach.

Take Me Home

Charmin School & To The Better End

The human mind seems to have a built-in bookkeeping department
Charmin School Yesterday, my roommate picked up some household supplies (toilet paper, sponges, etc.) and asked me to split the cost.

Advice & Fun

New Artists' Space Opening

Outrage Art Collective seeks artists to join new collective on Bend's east side
With so many art spaces closing in Bend in the last year, a little silver lining has emerged. A new space, Outrage Art Collective, is opening for artists to share workspace.

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