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A Rehabilitative Dude Ranch

A Rehabilitative Dude Ranch

J Bar J, offering a path away from crime for youth in Central Oregon for over 50 years, is now nationally accredited
In 1968, Deschutes County was seeking a different solution for troubled youth who had committed a crime, besides jail. Rather than strictly punitive measures the county opted to fund J Bar J Ranch, which sought to not only house the teenagers but to teach them skills to succeed as an adult.

Listen: Source Weekly Update 4/15 ūüéß

Bill to fund mental health crisis teams and Luke Wirkkala is acquitted
A new bill being introduced would provide funds to create mobile mental health crisis intervention teams, and Luke Wirkkala walks free after being acquitted of murder charges. More details in this week’s podcast.

Bill Would Provide Funds for Mobile Mental Health Crisis Assessment Teams

For 17 years, Deschutes County has operated a program similar to the one proposed by the Oregon legislature
It's a Tuesday evening and Nicole Von Laven, a behavioral health specialist with Deschutes County's Mobile Crisis Assessment Team, answers a phone call from Bend Police Sgt. Elizabeth Lawrence that the veteran officer placed to the county's mental health crisis hotline. Lawrence tells Von Laven she's at the home of a family whose adult son is experiencing a mental break that, as far as they know, is happening for the first time.

Noticias en Español

Proyecto de ley proporcionaría fondos para equipos móviles para la evaluación de crisis de salud mental Por Daniel Pearson Traducido por Jéssica Sánchez-Millar

Parking Hits a Crux

Law enforcement cracks down on illegal parking at Smith Rock State Park
Finding a parking spot isn't just a city problem nowadays. The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office is cracking down on illegal parking at Smith Rock State Park as crowds surge to unprecedented numbers.

Luke Wirkkala Acquitted of Murder Charges

Wirkkala, found guilty of murder in 2014, walked free after arguing he acted in self-defense
Luke Wirkkala, who was found guilty of murder in 2014, walked free on April 5 after arguing he acted in self-defense.

Listen: Source Weekly Update 4/8 ūüéß

Expanding county eligibility, pushing for vaccination equity, and a state that's behind in percentage vaccinated
While eligibility for the COVID-19 vaccine is expanding in Deschutes County, the state itself is behind in percentage of the population that has received at least one shot. There has also been a push for equity in vaccinating Latino Oregonians.

The Foilies 2021

Recognizing the year's worst in government transparency
The day after the 2021 inauguration, Sen. Chris Murphy of Connecticut took to Twitter to declare: "Biden is making transparency cool again." This was a head-scratcher for many journalists and transparency advocates.

Opening the Vaccine Floodgates

Deschutes County expands eligibility requirements and speeds ahead with vaccinations, while Oregon still lags behind other states
On April 5, frontline workers and their families, people over 16 with underlying health conditions and people living in multigenerational homes become eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccine in Oregon. Deschutes County was one of 23 counties, including Crook and Jefferson, that expanded eligible groups ahead of the state.

Noticias en Español

El Condado de Deschutes amplía los requisitos de elegibilidad y apresura las vacunaciones mientras que Oregon todavía se encuentra por detrás de otros estados
El 5 de abril, los trabajadores de primera l√≠nea y sus familias, personas mayores de 16 a√Īos con condiciones de salud preexistentes y personas que viven en hogares multigeneracionales ser√°n elegibles para recibir la vacuna contra la COVID-19 en Oregon. El Condado de Deschutes fue uno de 23 condados, incluyendo los condados de Crook y Jefferson que ampliaron la elegibilidad de grupos con antelaci√≥n del estado.

Listen: Source Weekly Update 4/1 ūüéß

A local coffee shop has been fined $27,470 for violating COVID-19 standards, preregistration for the COVID vaccine is available via a new website, and Central Cascades Wilderness day use and overnight permits are allowed to be reserved beginning April 6th.



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