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As the federal government waffles over extending the $600 a week unemployment benefit, Oregon's employment system has finally caught up
On Friday, more than 11,000 unemployed people in Deschutes County lost the additional $600 a week they had been receiving from the federal government since the pandemic began. Meanwhile, some gig workers in Bend still haven't heard back from the Oregon Employment Department since they filed four months ago.

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Source Weekly Update 8/12/20 🎧

A new OSU-Cascades diversity lab, three protestors arrested in Prineville, and a drive for supplies for the tribes at Warm Springs
In this week's Source Weekly update: A new OSU-Cascades diversity lab, three protestors arrested in Prineville, and a drive for supplies for the tribes at Warm Springs. All in this week's Source Weekly Update.

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Q & A With New Bend Police Chief Mike Krantz

Krantz says he wants to continue build on the strengths of the BPD. As a former Portland police leader, he said he has no intention of tear gassing peaceful protesters
Bend Police Chief Mike Krantz had his first day on the job Aug. 10. The Source sat down with Krantz last week to learn more about his background, what drew him to Bend and his vision for running the BPD.

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With So Much Mask Wearing, is the Deaf Community Missing Out?

As masks remain mandated in public spaces, the deaf and hard of hearing community speaks out about the issues they’re encountering
As masks remain mandated in public spaces, the deaf and hard of hearing community speaks out about the issues they’re encountering

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Saying Goodbye to Bend Police Chief Jim Porter 🎧 [with podcast]

Porter brought yoga, mindfulness, mental health and family supports to Bend's police officers and transformed the morale of the department in just six years
For this week’s “Bend Don’t Break” podcast, we talk with to Former Bend Police Chief Jim Porter. After 20 years with the BPD and six years as the head of the agency, Porter retired a few weeks ago.

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It's a Go: Bend City Council Votes for Transportation and Revitalization Projects

Transportation GO Bond, Bend Core Area funding and hotel regulations get "yes" votes Wednesday
The Bend City Council voted Wednesday to move forward with some major transportation and development proposals that could change the face of Bend in the coming decades. Transportation After voting to delay a public vote on the May ballot, the Bend City Council voted Wednesday to put the General Obligation Transportation Bond on the November ballot.

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News Briefs

Man Dies at Bend's New High School, DA Charges Fred Meyer Employee with Harassment After Allegedly Shoving Trump Supporter & Two Bend First Responders Test Positive for COVID-19
Man Dies at Bend's New High School A Bend man died early Tuesday morning following a fall at Bend's new high school, police say.

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Guest Commentary: Communities & School Boards Should Determine When Schools Open

A letter from Culver's superintendent to state leaders
Editor's note: This week, Culver School District Superintendent Stefanie Garber sent this letter to state officials, in response to Gov. Kate Brown's announcement that until the state has a statewide positive coronavirus testing rate at or below 5% for three weeks in a row, the state's students would not be allowed take part in in-person instruction.

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Source Weekly Update 8/5/20 🎧

A Local Death, Harassment Charges, and more COVID cases this week. All In This Week's Source Weekly Update.
In this week's Source Weekly update: A man dies at Bend's new high school, a local Fred Meyer employee charged with harassment after allegedly shoving a Trump supporter, and two Bend first responders test positive for COVID. All in this week's Source Weekly Update.

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Loss and Loneliness at Local Long-Term Care Facilities

A COVID-19 outbreak at a local nursing home was related to six recent deaths. As the pandemic frenzy wears on, are we leaving some of society’s most vulnerable behind?
A COVID-19 outbreak at a local nursing home was related to six recent deaths.

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Our Restaurant Guide Winners Dish on their Fave Dishes ▶ [with video]

The owners of Sunny's Carrello, Zydeco Kitchen & Cocktails and Aina Kauai Style Grill pick their favorite meals
Last week, the Source put out its annual Restaurant Guide, in which we named a Restaurant of the Year and gave a tied Rookie Food Cart of the Year award. After we interviewed each place last week, we still wanted to know more!

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Tourism in the Time of COVID: Kevney Dugan, CEO of Visit Bend 🎧 [with podcast]

Where is the fine line between saving the economy and keeping the community safe?
For this week’s “Bend Don’t Break” podcast, we talk with Kevney Dugan, CEO of Visit Bend, the destination marketing organization for the City. Dugan worked in the fly fishing industry before coming on as the group sales manager for the agency 10 years ago.

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Alleged “Rolling Coal” Incident Leads to Charges

Man uses thick plumes of diesel smoke to disturb rally
Deschutes County District Attorney John Hummel has charged a Bend man with two counts of harassment following an alleged “rolling coal” incident during a Black Lives Matter demonstration in Bend. According to the DA’s office, 20-year-old Dylan Freville drove his truck through a crowd gathered for a Black Lives Matter demonstration May 30.

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What We Lose When We Lose Live Music

Three local event organizers weigh in on the loss of community gatherings, and bringing people safely together again
Reporting on COVID-19 has become a numbers game: How many cases? How many deaths?

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Broken Pipes, Broken Promises

The tribes at Warm Springs deal with both a water shortage and a dramatic spike in COVID-19 cases
As the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs try to manage one of the highest COVID-19 infection rates in the state, thousands of people who live there don't have usable tap water and can't flush their toilets. The situation has been going on for more than a month, but it's not the first time a boil-water notice has hit Warm Springs.

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Reminiscing on Bend's Music Scene

Local artists reminisce on what makes Bend's music scene so unique
If there is a "Bend sound," what is it? How do local music fans play into the scene?

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