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In Local Races, a Huge Jump in Voting from the Last Midterm Election

In Local Races, a Huge Jump in Voting from the Last Midterm Election

Whether due to 'Motor Voter' registrations or an influx of newcomers, numbers went way up
Midterm elections—the elections that take place in between presidential election years—traditionally see lower voter turnout rates than presidential election years. That holds true for the 2018 election cycle, compared to 2016, but in terms of sheer numbers, voters in Deschutes County turned out in far bigger numbers this year than they did in 2014.

Poetry Contest

Results of our 2018 contest
The winning poems from the 2018 Source poetry contest—and a word about why they won, from the judges.

California's Still Battling Its Worst Wildfire Ever. Here's How to Help

Oregon fire crews now working on the blaze near Chico
At last estimate, the three wildfires burning in California had killed 42 people, with 200 still missing. Fires have burned nearly 200,000 acres and displaced hundreds of thousands of people in Paradise, Calif. and Chico, and also around Malibu.

Riverbend Brewing Closing its Brewpub

Health concerns force closure of pub, but brewery will remain open
Bend's Riverbend Brewing is closing its original brewpub this month. Its leaders say they're closing due to personal health concerns, but say they'll continue to brew beer for distribution as they look for another location.

At OSU-Cascades, an Increasing Rate of Diversity

Among transfer and first-year students, a rate of 23 percent students of color
Oregon State University-Cascades just released its enrollment numbers for the start of the 2018-2019 school year. One of the most striking stats: A higher rate of enrollment for students of color.

McLeod-Skinner's Feat in Deschutes County

Greg Walden lost Deschutes County for the first time. A political science expert theorizes why.
Although Jamie McLeod-Skinner didn’t win the election in Oregon's 2nd Congressional District, she did accomplish something that no Democrat has ever done before—getting more votes than Greg Walden in Deschutes County. According to unofficial county elections results from the Deschutes County Elections, Democrat McLeod-Skinner garnered 45,020 votes in Deschutes County, to Republican Walden’s 44,392.

What's Next for the Council?

A new, directly elected mayor, and a council appointee bring changes to Bend's City Council
Bend City Councilor Sally Russell won the election Tuesday to become Bend's first directly elected mayor. It was a crowded race, with six candidates in the running.

School Start Time Changes: The Domino Effect

Another component of changing school start and end times: Changing times for before and after school programs
Bend-La Pine Schools announced new school start times last month—a change the district’s been considering for years. The new times have less to do with convenience, and more to do with studies showing that adolescents learn better when they start their days later.

A Love of Space and Music

Drummer and astronaut Jim Wetherbee shares his love of music for a local fundraiser
Bend is home to actors, musicians, artists, entrepreneurs and plenty of other talented people from all over the world. Jim Wetherbee is one of them, having moved to Bend after retiring.

Think FAST

Local campaign is aimed at increasing awareness for the signs of a stroke
November 5 to the 9 is the week dedicated to Stroke Awareness Oregon’s F.A.S.T. awareness campaign, aimed at increasing stroke awareness and decreasing the devastating effects of stroke through rapid medical attention and supporting the recovery of stroke survivors and their caregivers. F.A.S.T. is the acronym for the signs of a stroke.

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