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It's Time to Give!

It's Time to Give!

A note from our publisher on a special program
Here at the Source Weekly, we've been publishing our Central Oregon Give Guide, in its current form, for the past six years. It's been a helpful compendium of local nonprofits, with a description of their services and their year-end needs.

As Walden Preps to Exit the 2nd District Spot, Let's Stop Calling it "GOP Country"

We can't say we're sad to see him go
On Monday, Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR2) announced that after serving as a member of Congress in Oregon's 2nd Congressional District for over 20 years, he will not be running for re-election in 2020, and will not run for any other office. It seems that for Oregonians on the eastern side of the state, the fury of national politicking just came home to roost.

With a Transportation Survey, a Chance to Weigh in on Forward-Thinking Options

The City of Bend is asking people to take part in a short survey about transportation issues
Transportation issues are a major concern for people in Bend. Right now, the City of Bend is asking people to take part in a short survey about transportation issues.

Don't Shoot the Preservationist

Permit fees and limited access follow growth
On Oct. 8, the Deschutes and Willamette National Forests shared their plans for implementing the new special recreation permit fees and a limited entry system at a number of trails in the two forests—which include areas around the Three Sisters, Mt. Washington and other locations in the Central Cascades Wilderness. This is the next step in a process that began in 2017, when forest supervisors saw that increased use was degrading resources.

A Temporary Ban on Flavored Vapes was the Right Move. But a permanent one? Not so fast.

Gov. Kate Brown's Oct. 4 decision to temporarily ban all flavored vaporizer products was likely the right move
Temporary ban on all flavored vaporizer products may turn into a permanent ban, despite a lack of knowledge regarding risks.

Citizen Involvement is the Oregon way. Local officials should remember that when voting on plans

Citizen committees are a vital part of local government—and not everyone has to be an "expert."
For the past 16 months, members of the Deschutes County Solid Waste Advisory Committee have been meeting with the goal of making recommendations for a waste plan that would serve the region into the future. With Knott Landfill set to be full within 10 years, the committee has worked to develop recommendations that would help the community reduce the amount of waste it puts in the landfill.

Two Threats and a Copycat: A week of school threats at Bend-La Pine Schools

Three prospective threats, inside a week
We were quite literally on the phone with officials from Bend Police and Bend-La Pine Schools on Monday, discussing two recent threats toward local schools, when a School Resource Deputy with the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office began an investigation at a third school in the district. Three prospective threats, inside a week.

For a statewide youth crisis line, inserting a local rep made all the difference for young people

As Suicide Prevention Month continues throughout September, here's a bright spot
The topic of suicide in Deschutes County can conjure any number of unpleasant images. The county had the fifth-highest rate of suicide in the state in 2018, according to county officials, while being only the seventh-most-populous county that same year.

E-Bikes on Trails: Expect Confusion Ahead

A rule change at Interior means differing rules between BLM, Forest Service lands
The last time you hiked or biked on a trail you didn't know so well, did you take note of the land management agency in charge of it? If you're like a lot of people, you probably didn't.

It's Time to Tip the Scales for the Bend Central District

The potential of re-developing an area close to downtown Bend
For the past several years, we have followed the advent of the Bend Central District with interest and enthusiasm. The potential of re-developing an area close to downtown Bend to make it an attractive, walkable place for people to live and work is something we can get behind.

In a society rife with school shootings, communication is key

A new school-related item is entering the scene: bulletproof backpacks
This school year, amid the lunch boxes and pencils and notebooks, a new school-related item is entering the scene: bulletproof backpacks. Yes, you read that right—and if you've already seen them, then you've likely already contemplated the gravity and absurdity of this being an item marketed to parents and kids.


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