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Source Weekly Update podcast 7/29/21

Source Weekly Update podcast 7/29/21

School board responds to a highly engaged public; more funds for housing
In this week's podcast, details on how the Bend-La Pine Schools Board of Directors is responding to increased feedback, and more money coming in to address Bend's housing crisis.

Bend's Trees

Past, Present and Future
“This is not our world with trees in it. It's a world of trees, where humans have just arrived.” 

Survivors of Hiroshima in Bend and Redmond

Two "Peace Trees" were quietly planted in Central Oregon at the start of the pandemic
If you don't get the good kind of chills from the story of these trees, better check your pulse. In April and May 2020, with the quiet anti-climactic-ness that met everything we pressed on with doing at the start of the pandemic, two trees were planted in Bend and Redmond—trees grown from seeds of trees that survived the nuclear bombing of Hiroshima in 1945.

Listen and Learn

Board members at Bend La-Pine Schools to meet with community members after hearing dissenting voices at its first meeting
After a return to in-person meetings, school board directors from Bend-La Pine Schools will host listening sessions to meet with the community members in a less formal setting than a typical board meeting, where public comment must be directly related to an agenda item. The first will take place on Thursday, July 29 from 5:30-7:30 pm in the Silver Rail Elementary School gymnasium, and will be hosted by Board Chair Melissa Barnes Dholakia and Vice-Chair Marcus LeGrand.

Noticias en Español

El Plan de Ley de Rescate Estadounidense ofrece fondos que Bend utilizara para cumplir los objetivos de vivienda
La ciudad de Bend está adaptando su presupuesto para cumplir los objetivos del ayuntamiento después que se le otorgo $7 millones en fondos del Plan de Ley de Rescate Estadounidense (ARPA por sus siglas en inglés). El presupuesto adicional presentado durante la junta del ayuntamiento el 21 de julio destaco un ajuste presupuestario de $13.1 millones en total, con muchos de los fondos dirigidos a proyectos de vivienda.

Timber!

A day in the life of a local arborist—who loves trees with a professional passion
Every day arborists perform impressive acts of acrobatics, precise calculations of physics and medical diagnoses of trees as they're maintaining or removing trees. Central Oregon Tree Experts co-owner Brett Miller said after 27 years in the business there haven't been two days that were completely alike.

Protecting Pines in the Ochocos

Logging areas in sensitive habitats were blocked after an appeal from conservationist groups
A settlement between conservationist groups Oregon Wild and Central Oregon LandWatch and the Ochoco National Forest halted logging in sensitive areas that could have put fisheries and Rocky Mountain Elk in danger. The settlement was reached on June 14, over a year after it was filed.

Protect Bend Trees

One local woman is fighting to make sure the rush for missing middle housing doesn't come at the cost of Bend's trees
Bendite Karon Johnson and her program, Protect Bend Trees, are seeking to change the developer code for more strict arboreal protection in a town once mainly associated with the lumber industry. Johnson argues that high-density housing alone won't solve Bend's housing crisis, and that it shouldn't come at the cost of its trees.

Rescue Plan B

The American Rescue Plan Act provides funding that Bend will use to achieve housing goals
The City of Bend is adjusting its budget to meet City Council goals after it were awarded $7 million in American Rescue Plan Act funds. The supplemental budget presented at the city council meeting on July 21 outlined a $13.1 million budget adjustment in total, with a lot of the funds going toward housing projects.  

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