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Wasted in Bend: Plastic Bottles

Wasted in Bend: Plastic Bottles

Plastic, aluminum or glass? When it comes to what's better to use, there's one clear winner—and it's none of the above.
What do carpets, tennis balls, and fleece jackets have in common? They all give plastic water and soda bottles a second life.

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Salmon People

A chat with Elizabeth Woody, who brings poetic discourse to the environmental movement
How do ancient teachings—passed down through generations of Native Americans—apply to contemporary perspectives on the environment? Where do spirituality, pragmatism and ecological science intersect?

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Source Weekly Update Podcast 1/23/20

Local reaction to Bend's new Chick-fil-A and a hopeful look at getting a ski train to Mt. Bachelor
In this week's podcast: Local reaction to the opening of Chick-fil-A in Bend, and a (somewhat) serious look at what it would look like to have a ski train to Mt. Bachelor.

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Counting the Unhoused Population

Central Oregon Point-In-Time Count that starts next week helps local agencies provide services to people without homes
On Wednesday, Jan. 29, agencies in Deschutes, Crook and Jefferson counties and the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs will collaborate to get an accurate count of people in the region who do not have a place to live. This is part of a nationwide effort to provide a census of those experiencing homelessness. "The Point-In-Time Count is just a snapshot of the larger issue of homelessness in the region," said Colleen Thomas, co-chair of the Homeless Leadership Coalition.

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Keeping the Home Fires Burning

The City of Bend is changing the rules for cottage clusters, dorm-style group living and quadplexes to address Bend's housing crisis
The chief underlying cause (of the housing shortage) is the ongoing low levels of new construction this decade. On a population growth-adjusted basis, Oregon built fewer new housing units this decade than we have since at least World War II.

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Kids on Climate

Three young activists weigh in on last year's accomplishments and the outlook for 2020
Students around the globe have been inspired into action by the courage of 17-year-old Greta Thunberg, a Swedish climate activist who was named Time's "Person of the Year" in 2019. Two years ago, Thunberg began walking out of school, spending the days in protest outside the Swedish Parliament to demand stronger climate action from political leaders.

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Happy Martin Luther King, Jr. Day! Here's Where to Take Part in the Day of Service

The MLK Day of Service, honoring the Civil Right leader and his legacy, encourages community members to work together and improve the lives of others. With several volunteer opportunities around Bend on Monday, you can embody the vital teachings of Martin Luther King, Jr. by spending your day off giving back.

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Yes, We Are Getting a Lot of Robocalls

Oregon was the third hardest-hit state for spam calls in 2019
Spam calls range from a mild annoyance to criminal scams. And these calls may be getting worse.

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Source Weekly Update Podcast 1/16/20

An advocate for men's mental health, a local hemp documentary and a new space for artists in Bend
A new space for artists in Bend, profiling a men's mental health advocate and the effort to get a Central Oregon-focused hemp documentary off the ground, all in this week's podcast.

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Making Waves

Water polo is increasing in popularity nationwide. The trend continues in Central Oregon, with exponential growth in club participation
"It's the best game in the world." That's how Chris Perret, executive director of the Bend Waves Water Polo Club, describes the game—one he's been actively involved in since playing for the University of California San Diego from 1981 to '85.

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Medicare for Us

Is Oregon ready for single-payer health care?
Oregonians could see universal health care in the coming years, regardless of what happens at the federal level. The state has made significant progress over the last decade ensuring access to health care through Medicaid expansion.

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Treasure Hunting, the Sport

Whatever winter brings, geocaching offers a way to explore new places
The sport of geocaching challenges people with a GPS (or the right app on their smartphones) to get out and explore places they may never go otherwise. Geocachers hide "treasures" or caches at specific coordinates in untracked areas of the woods or in obvious urban locations like the Deschutes Public Library.

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Skinny Skis and Spandex

For ski mountaineers, going up makes going down all the more fun
A large group of men, women and enthusiastic kids stands around in spandex near the base of the Red Chair at Mt. Bachelor. They wear ultralight, oftentimes carbon fiber boots.

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So You Wanna be a Gamer?

Dayne Downey of Portland's Blazer5 Gaming is a different kind of professional athlete
Plenty of kids want to grow up and become professional athletes: to be masters of their craft and at the top of their game. But what if your craft includes a controller and joystick?

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Fundraiser for Bias Crime Victim Takes Off

Fundraiser for Redmond woman attacked on New Years Eve nearly meets its goal—in a single day
A fundraiser aimed at offering support for a Redmond woman allegedly attacked because of her ethnic background nearly met its goal in a single day. The 70-year-old owner of the Hub Motel in Redmond was beaten and strangled on New Year's Eve, according to a press release from Redmond Police.

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City Council Moves Forward with Transportation Bond

Bend City Council to draft a $180 million bond measure for the May Primary Election ballot
The Bend City Council voted unanimously Wednesday to move forward on a transportation bond measure. The Council will finalize the language for the ballot at its Feb. 5 meeting.

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Great Old Broads for Wilderness Annual Meeting

Great Old Broads for Wilderness Annual Meeting - The Environmental Center

Wed., Jan. 29, 4-6 p.m.
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Free Day - High Desert Museum

Sat., Jan. 25, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
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Winter PrideFest: Wigs - An Icebreaker - Seventh Mountain Resort

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