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Listen: EDCO’s Roger Lee on the Ups and Downs of the Bend Business Scene 🎧

Listen: EDCO’s Roger Lee on the Ups and Downs of the Bend Business Scene 🎧

How has the pandemic affected the local economy? New businesses relocate here every year and the Zoomtown migration continues...
For this week’s “Bend Don’t Break” podcast we spoke with Roger, CEO of Economic Development of Central Oregon. EDCO is a nonprofit dedicated to creating a diversified economy and it helps recruit businesses from outside the area which will ideally provide middle-class jobs for the region’s workforce.

Source Weekly Update 1/14

The plan for hybrid learning and new Bend City councilors on current events and future goals
In this week’s podcast, we discuss the plan for returning to school as the hybrid learning program starts up and take a look at the swearing-in of new Bend City councilors.

Noticias en Español

Un regreso al aprendizaje en persona... en su mayoría y Toma de posesión del nuevo Consejo Municipal
Un regreso al aprendizaje en persona... en su mayoría Por Nicole Vulcan Traducido por Jéssica Sánchez-Millar

A Penny for Her Thoughts

Local financial advisor shares nearly 25 years of investing insights to explain 2020 volatility and help Bendites maximize 2021 futures 
Did 2020 take you to the cleaners? Don't go it alone recovering in 2021.

Got Investing Questions? We've Got Ethical Answers

Socially responsible investing lets people live their values
How average people can think about socially responsible investing, even during these difficult financial times.

Department of Corrections Faces Legal Challenges as Employees Receive COVID-19 Vaccine

Inmates claiming inadequate protection from COVID-19 receive favorable judgement in on-going case against DOC, as staff receives first vaccines
As of Jan. 10, statewide 27 adults in custody incarcerated by the Department of Corrections have died after testing positive for COVID-19, according to the DOC's Response to the Novel Coronavirus in Oregon website. There are 604 active cases among AICs statewide—including 25 at the Deer Ridge Correctional Institute in Madras. Cases among DOC staff are self-reported due to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, but there have been 43 such reported cases at DRCI to date, 705 statewide.

Listen: Ascending Together - Twin Sisters Fiona and Isabel Max on Running Through COVID 🎧

The Max sisters talk about expanding their talents beyond athletics, dealing with running injuries and their freshman year at Princeton
For this week’s “Bend Don’t Break” podcast we spoke with Isabel and Fiona Max. These fraternal twins are record-breaking runners from Bend who started their Freshman year at Princeton University this fall… remotely.

New City Council Takes Office

New councilors take their oaths remotely, with family, laughs and serious moments reflecting on the news at the Capitol
New Bend City Councilors Anthony Broadman, Melanie Kebler, Megan Perkins and Rita Schenkelberg took their oaths of office at Wednesday’s City Council meeting, and Councilor Gena Goodman-Campbell was unanimously voted the new mayor pro-tem. The person in the mayor pro-tem role can serve as the presiding officer any time the mayor isn’t available.

A Return to In-Person Instruction... Mostly

Bend-La Pine Schools announces a return for K-3 Jan. 25; all students will head back at least part-time by Feb. 8
1/13/20, 4PM: This story has been updated with information on Redmond schools, and a push by some Bend teachers to allow teachers the opportunity to get vaccinated before returning to school buildings. "This made me cry—I'm so happy and so are the kids!"

Source Weekly Update 1/7

Mental health during isolation and an organization dedicated to supporting BIPOC
This week, we talk about a campaign launched by OHA to help the effects social distancing has been having on mental health, and take a look at a nonprofit organization run by women and queer people of color.

"Assault at the Citadel of Liberty"

Senators Merkley, Wyden evacuate safely; give updates on what's happening at the U.S. Capitol
This is a developing story. We'll update as more information becomes available.

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