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Keeping the Home Fires Burning

Keeping the Home Fires Burning

The City of Bend is changing the rules for cottage clusters, dorm-style group living and quadplexes to address Bend's housing crisis
The chief underlying cause (of the housing shortage) is the ongoing low levels of new construction this decade. On a population growth-adjusted basis, Oregon built fewer new housing units this decade than we have since at least World War II.

Salmon People

A chat with Elizabeth Woody, who brings poetic discourse to the environmental movement
How do ancient teachings—passed down through generations of Native Americans—apply to contemporary perspectives on the environment? Where do spirituality, pragmatism and ecological science intersect?

Source Weekly Update Podcast 1/23/20

Local reaction to Bend's new Chick-fil-A and a hopeful look at getting a ski train to Mt. Bachelor
In this week's podcast: Local reaction to the opening of Chick-fil-A in Bend, and a (somewhat) serious look at what it would look like to have a ski train to Mt. Bachelor.

Counting the Unhoused Population

Central Oregon Point-In-Time Count that starts next week helps local agencies provide services to people without homes
On Wednesday, Jan. 29, agencies in Deschutes, Crook and Jefferson counties and the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs will collaborate to get an accurate count of people in the region who do not have a place to live. This is part of a nationwide effort to provide a census of those experiencing homelessness. "The Point-In-Time Count is just a snapshot of the larger issue of homelessness in the region," said Colleen Thomas, co-chair of the Homeless Leadership Coalition.

Wasted in Bend: Plastic Bottles

Plastic, aluminum or glass? When it comes to what's better to use, there's one clear winner—and it's none of the above.
What do carpets, tennis balls, and fleece jackets have in common? They all give plastic water and soda bottles a second life.

Kids on Climate

Three young activists weigh in on last year's accomplishments and the outlook for 2020
Students around the globe have been inspired into action by the courage of 17-year-old Greta Thunberg, a Swedish climate activist who was named Time's "Person of the Year" in 2019. Two years ago, Thunberg began walking out of school, spending the days in protest outside the Swedish Parliament to demand stronger climate action from political leaders.

Happy Martin Luther King, Jr. Day! Here's Where to Take Part in the Day of Service

The MLK Day of Service, honoring the Civil Right leader and his legacy, encourages community members to work together and improve the lives of others. With several volunteer opportunities around Bend on Monday, you can embody the vital teachings of Martin Luther King, Jr. by spending your day off giving back.

Yes, We Are Getting a Lot of Robocalls

Oregon was the third hardest-hit state for spam calls in 2019
Spam calls range from a mild annoyance to criminal scams. And these calls may be getting worse.

Source Weekly Update Podcast 1/16/20

An advocate for men's mental health, a local hemp documentary and a new space for artists in Bend
A new space for artists in Bend, profiling a men's mental health advocate and the effort to get a Central Oregon-focused hemp documentary off the ground, all in this week's podcast.

Making Waves

Water polo is increasing in popularity nationwide. The trend continues in Central Oregon, with exponential growth in club participation
"It's the best game in the world." That's how Chris Perret, executive director of the Bend Waves Water Polo Club, describes the game—one he's been actively involved in since playing for the University of California San Diego from 1981 to '85.

Medicare for Us

Is Oregon ready for single-payer health care?
Oregonians could see universal health care in the coming years, regardless of what happens at the federal level. The state has made significant progress over the last decade ensuring access to health care through Medicaid expansion.


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Great Old Broads for Wilderness Annual Meeting

Great Old Broads for Wilderness Annual Meeting - The Environmental Center

Wed., Jan. 29, 4-6 p.m.
Winter PrideFest: LGBTQ+ Inclusion in Sports Panel Discussion

Winter PrideFest: LGBTQ+ Inclusion in Sports Panel Discussion - Immersion Brewing

Thu., Jan. 30, 5:30-7 p.m.
Winter PrideFest: Wigs - An Icebreaker

Winter PrideFest: Wigs - An Icebreaker - Seventh Mountain Resort

Fri., Jan. 31, 7-9 p.m.
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