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Midtown Rising ▶ [With Video]

Midtown Rising ▶ [With Video]

With Bend's "Zoom Town" status and its ongoing population boom, its scene needed room to grow. Enter Midtown, rising slowly but surely—and with a vision
Some call it The Moat. Others, The Tracks.

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Listen: Source Weekly Update 3/4 🎧

March 4 St. Charles strike and body cam plans for the local sheriff's office
In this week’s podcast, technical employees at St. Charles Medical Center plan to strike on March 4 in hopes of resolving a contract dispute with their employer, and deputies with the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office choose body cams to begin wearing in early May.

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'Take What You Need, Give What You Can'

Bend Community Fridge aims to fight food insecurity and food waste one fridge at a time
Amid rising food insecurity due to the pandemic, one grassroots effort has gained momentum: free food refrigerators, or "freedges." In public spaces from New York to Los Angeles to Portland, these community fridges have sprung up, and soon Bend will join the club.

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La oficina del alguacil del Condado Deschutes (DCSO por sus siglas en inglés) elige las cámaras corporales y
Después de varios meses de probar varias opciones tecnológicas, los agentes de la oficina del alguacil del Condado Deschutes comenzarán a usar cámaras corporales a principios de mayo. DCSO comenzó a probar los sistemas de cámaras corporales y el vehiculares en noviembre, durante 30 días, cada agente probó dos marcas de sistemas de cámaras a la vez, comentó el departamento en un comunicado.

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El refrigerador comunitario en Bend tiene como fin combatir el desperdicio e inseguridad de alimentos
Con la creciente inseguridad de alimentos debido a la pandemia, un esfuerzo común ha cobrado impulso: refrigeradores de alimentos gratuitos o "freedges." En espacios públicos desde Nueva York a Los Ángeles y a Portland, estos refrigeradores comunitarios han surgido y pronto la ciudad de Bend se unirá al club.

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Strike Moves Forward For St. Charles Medical Techs

Technical employees have been negotiating with their employer for over a year
Around 150 technical employees at St. Charles Medical Center plan to walk off the job on March 4, hoping to settle an ongoing contract dispute with their employer. Representatives from the Oregon Federation of Nurses and Health Professionals, along with attorneys for St. Charles met in federal court March 2, after St. Charles filed a suit against the union in an effort to keep workers from striking.

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Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Selects Body Cams

After several months of testing various options, Deschutes County Deputies will begin wearing body cams this spring.
Deputies with the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office will begin wearing body cams starting in early May, after several months of testing various options for the technology. DCSO began testing body-worn and in-car camera systems in November, with each deputy testing the two brands of camera systems for 30 days at a time, the department stated in a release.

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Listen: Source Weekly Update 2/25 🎧

Here's what you can do to help keep our local butterflies from extinction
The western monarch butterfly population has seen a steep decline in recent years due to loss of habitats. Here are some tips on how to help them this spring.

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Climate Change Takes a Toll on Oregon

According to the fifth Oregon Climate Assessment by the Oregon Climate Change Research Institute, climate change will continue to impact daily life in Oregon
Download the hi-res Climate Change Infographic pdf here:

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Las mariposas monarcas necesitan su talento natural para crecer plantas
Nota del editor: Esta semana, nos estamos enfocando menos en las noticias de última hora y más en las cosas que hacen que la zona centro de Oregon sea maravillosa. Al decir esto, aquí esta un está un elemento útil para ayudar a los polinizadores de la naturaleza a prosperar.

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Listen: Kate Fitzpatrick of the Deschutes River Conservancy on Collaborative Stewardship 🎧

The DRC was created to bring a wide range of voices to the table to address the impacts irrigation on the Deschutes River
For this week’s episode of “Bend Don’t Break” we talk with Kate Fitzpatrick, the executive director of the Deschutes River Conservancy. While there are quite a few environmental organizations in Central Oregon at least partially dedicated to restoring the Deschutes, the DRC is unique in both its mission and structure.

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Listen: Source Weekly Update 2/18 🎧

Bend's newest neighborhood, taproom conversion, and a new location to eat in Prineville
A housing project for veterans that could be used as a model for other homeless programs, a taproom that’s handing over the keys to a wine bar, and a new food cart pod opening in Prineville — all in this week’s podcast.

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Forging the West

Celebrating Oregon's Black pioneers and modern trail blazers
Though often omitted from history books, African American people had feet on the ground side by side with early explorers of the Oregon Territory—from Markus Lopius, a "servant" on the Lady Washington in 1788 with Robert Gray, to York, a slave on the Lewis and Clark expedition, to Moses Harris, a free black mountain man and legend in the fur trade and later a sought-after wagon train guide. There's also James Douglas, chief factor at Fort Vancouver in the 1840s and concurrent governor on Vancouver Island and British Columbia. 

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A Place to Call Home ▶ [With Video]

Communal living project for veterans could serve as a model for solving the homeless crisis
Bend's newest neighborhood won't have a homeowners' association or a lengthy list of bylaws. There won't be any open houses or bidding wars among prospective homebuyers.

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El proyecto de vivienda común para veteranos podría servir como modelo para resolver la crisis de las personas sin hogar
Veteras's Village de la zona centro de Oregon, que está ahora en construcción, es una oportunidad para los veteranos sin hogar para que comiencen de nuevo mientras viven en una comunidad de personas que están enfrentando problemas similares. Localizado cerca del plantel de seguridad pública del condado Deschutes, que incluye las oficinas del alguacil y la cárcel del condado, Veteran's Village contará con 15 casas de una recamara, similares a las casitas que se han construido en la zona noroeste.

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Cliff Goes to Washington

A conversation with Cliff Bentz, Oregon’s newest representative in the U.S. House
The Source sits down with newly elected Rep. Cliff Bentz to talk about life in Washington, D.C.—and of course, his vote against certifying Pennsylvania’s electoral college votes.

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