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Big Town, Small City

The vision for the Bend Central District may get support through code changes and urban renewal revenues
Today the industrial neighborhoods east of the train tracks, just four or five blocks from downtown Bend, are largely run down and neglected. Few people live there, and most of the buildings were built in the 1970s, '80s and '90s, with function, not aesthetics, in mind.

Corona Cruise

Oregon comedian finds himself onboard an un-dockable cruise ship, port countries fear coronavirus
Editor's note: This story was updated with new information Feb. 20. When Eugene-based comedian Frank King left for his last series of paid performances aboard the MS Westerdam of the Holland America Line, he had no way of predicting the series of events that would soon unfold.

The Artist Behind the Mural

The BCD's Franklin Avenue underpass project serves as a signal of hope; a bridge between two parts of Bend
Kaycee Anseth has worked as an artist in Bend since she moved to the city 15 years ago. In that time, she's contributed her time and talent to the city's growing artistic community: The Franklin Avenue underpass mural, located in the Bend Central District, is just one of many places to see her work.

Solutions to the Housing Crisis

If the market won’t fix this mess, is it time for the state and local governments to step in?
The year 2019 was a successful year for advocates of more affordable and equitable housing policies in Oregon. Oregon legislators passed the first state-wide rent control bill in the nation.

Love Your Neighbor

A series of forums, aimed at creating an open door to get to know people of color in our community
In Central Oregon, conversations around race often start with the phrase,"Bend is so white." While Census figures show that the region is majority-white, thousands of people of color live, work and play here, too.

Homeless Camp Evictions

The City of Bend plans to remove the people who live on Juniper Ridge, but where will they go?
Eviction is sometimes caricatured as a cruel act by fat-cat landlords, pushing low-income families out into the bitter cold in the dead of winter. But what happens when the landlord is the public itself, in the form of the City of Bend, and the people being forced out already live outside?

You Are What You Eat

Proposed changes to the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act sparks concern amongst local parents
The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, a federal statute spearheaded by Michelle Obama and signed into law by President Barack Obama in 2010, set new standards for school meals, ensuring that kids in grades K-12 ate nutritionally-focused food. Changes in menu items included more fruits and vegetables, fat-free milk and whole grains.

Public Transit of the Future?

OSU-Cascades' Mobility Lab is moving Bend's public transit into the 21st Century
Door-to-door, on-demand, shared van rides may be the public transit choice of the next generation. The OSU-Cascades Mobility Lab started Ride Bend in July.

Transportation Bond Heads to the May Ballot

Bendites will vote on the $190 million bond in May
The Bend City Council unanimously passed a resolution Wednesday to put a $190 million general obligation transportation bond on the May 19 primary election ballot. The bond, if approved by voters, would pay for improvements to east-west connections, projects to ease traffic congestion and a network of cross-town bike and pedestrian routes.

New School Boundaries Released Today

Bend-La Pine Schools announces attendance areas for the fall of 2021 school year
Today the Bend-La Pine Schools' Attendance Area Review Committee revealed its recommendations for where kids in different areas of Bend will attend middle and high school, once Bend's new high school is operational. The committee was tasked with taking input from the community, who had three boundary options to choose from, and then make a final recommendation.

Source Weekly Update Podcast 2/6/20

A tiny home village for vets, the Meissner Nordic Luminaria and posing the question: Is Larry and His Flask still a band?
In this week's podcast: A tiny home village for homeless vets, info on the Luminaria this weekend at Meissner Nordic, and we pose the question: Is Larry and His Flask still a band?


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Brunch with Poison Waters & Friends - McMenamins Old St. Francis School

Sat., Feb. 29, 11 a.m.
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Leap into the Stars on the SCP Redmond Rooftop - The Rooftop at SCP Redmond

Fri., Feb. 28, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
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Basics of Solar Workshop - The Environmental Center

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  • Re: The Artist Behind the Mural

    • A friend of mine sent this to me for Kaycee....https://youtu.be/FKx5hw_2rqQ

    • on February 24, 2020
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    • More incredibly is that Ms. Brauns buries the fact that Kaycee has been dying of…

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    • If you only knew what I knew about the connection between Laurel Brauns and Kaycee…

    • on February 24, 2020
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    • In addition to obesity and diabetes, there is also the increase of autoimmune issues and…

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    • Thank you Kaycee....for sharing your light, beauty and art for all of us to enjoy…

    • on February 23, 2020

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