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Adapting to the New Normal

A message from our editor and publisher on how digital coverage will ensure a safe and connected community
Dear Friends of the Source Weekly, These past couple of weeks have proved to be incredibly difficult for everyone as we all try to make sense of the new restrictions on our former way of life.

We Got This. We'll Get Through This.

A note from our editor and publisher on times of crisis
For the past 23 years, Central Oregonians have looked to us to share with them the "good stuff" coming out of our community.

The Republican Walkout RULZ!!!

We've been waiting a long time to do away with that pesky thing we call democracy, haven't we?
You guys, wasn't this latest Republican walkout THE BEST? I mean, we've been waiting a long time to do away with that pesky thing we call democracy, haven't we?

Don't Go to Work When You're Sick. Oregon Law Says You Can Stay Home.

Now is not the time to allow one's bootstrap exceptionalism and overblown sense of perseverance to get in the way of common sense.
Maybe it's our Wild West mentality.

BCD zoning changes were needed. But affordable housing should still be the priority

The Bend Central District, has long been heralded as the area holding the most promise for redevelopment, and for adding more housing and commercial space close to the center of town
The area just east of Bend's downtown, dubbed the Bend Central District, has long been heralded as the area holding the most promise for redevelopment, and for adding more housing and commercial space close to the center of town.

Get It Right with Cap and Invest

Big problems require big moves
Big problems require big moves. We have no doubt that legislative action to help curb Oregon's greenhouse gas emissions is the right thing to do—and that the time is now to take action.

Wilderness Permits: A (tentatively) good compromise?

The new permit system goes into effect in May. Now we know what it really looks like.
For the past several years, officials from the Deschutes and Willamette National Forests have been engaged in a process aimed at managing overuse in the Mt. Jefferson, Mt. Washington, and Three Sisters wilderness areas. We've known since last year that a day-use permit system, with a cap in the number of users per day, was coming for 19 of the wilderness areas' most popular trails, such as Green Lakes, South Sister and Broken Top.

Glass Slipper: A Sea Change in Solving the Housing Crisis

A decade in the making, 2020 appears to be the year for real movement on the housing crisis
Central Oregonians have been painfully aware of the extent of the housing crisis for years. As the community began to emerge from the Great Recession, locals began to understand that the flip side of "bust" is "boom"—and that "boom," for a lot of people, translated into a housing affordability problem and a growing population of people experiencing homelessness.

A Superintendent's Role: Communicator

Right now, the search is underway for the next superintendent for Bend-La Pine Schools.
Right now, the search is underway for the next superintendent for Bend-La Pine Schools. With roughly 18,700 students in three towns in a region that continues to see astronomical population growth, there's no doubt that the next head of our local public schools system should be a dynamic leader, ready to tackle growth, building schools, campus safety, bullying, rigorous instruction and so much more.

Once It Was, "Where's Walden?" Now, It Might Be, "Where's the Dem?"

The May primary is not far away. Will we soon get to meet the Democrats running for Greg Walden's seat?
For the first time in over two decades, voters in the 2nd Congressional District of Oregon can be sure they will elect a new person to represent them in the U.S. House, following Rep. Greg Walden's announcement that he would not seek re-election. Walden, who first won the seat in 1998, has been the target of much scrutiny by some constituents for, among other things, holding precious few town halls and for meeting only with select groups when he does visit his district—prompting some to exclaim "Where's Walden?" on a regular basis.

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