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A chat with Bend's podcast platform "The State of Bend"
In this week's Bend Don't Break: We got to speak with Marcus LeGrand and Anthony Broadman, founders of "The State of Bend" podcast, about being a platform through podcasting and being involved in the city of Bend.

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For the Love of Music

Sisters Folk marks its 25th festival this year. Between the festival, its year-round programming and educational opportunities in schools, its impact on Central Oregon is nothing short of astounding
Those who have attended the Sisters Folk Festival or any of its special programming throughout the year already are in the know, but it bears repeating: the impact of this entity on Sisters, and wider Central Oregon, is immense. What started as a small festival celebrating folk music in the shoulder season in the small town of Sisters has grown to include songwriting and instrument-making classes in local schools, a songwriter's academy connecting experienced and emerging musicians, year-round concerts, fundraisers that are events all in themselves, and now, with the purchase of the Sisters Artworks building in 2020, an outdoor venue that hosts concerts throughout the summer.

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Firefighting in the Era of Megafires

Firefighters have drawn containment lines for 20% of the Cedar Creek Fire, and indirect lines for as much as half of it. How it's fought and how it grew looks different than it did just 10 years ago.
The Cedar Creek Fire was just one of up to 30 spotted after a lightning storm crossed the Cascades on Aug. 1. Rappelers went out in helicopters the next day to respond, but couldn't find a safe access point to the then-5-acre fire.

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La lucha contra incendios en la era de fuertes incendios

El incendio forestal de Cedar Creek fue solo uno de los 30 que se detectaron después de la tormenta de rayos a lo largo de Cascades el 1 de agosto. Personas descendieron en rapel del helicóptero al día siguiente para responder al incendio pero no pudieron encontrar un punto de acceso seguro al incendio, en aquel entonces, de 5 acres.

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Lowered Standards

Oregon standardized test scores dropped by 9%, and Central Oregon wasn’t immune to COVID learning loss
Standardized test scores are down by 9% in Oregon, and both Bend-La Pine Schools and the Redmond School District trended down in all three subjects. The 2021-22 school year was the first time students have taken standardized tests since the 2018-19 school year, after the pandemic disrupted education. 

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Las rentas podrían aumentar

Noticias en EspañolLos habitantes de Oregon podrían ver cómo el costo de la renta aumenta hasta un 14.4% después de un año de fuerte inflación
Las rentas podrían subir hasta un 14.6% para los habitantes de Oregon que renten una propiedad que tenga más de 15 años de antigüedad para el 2023. La renta promedio en Bend es de $1,836 según RentCafe, una compañía de datos con acceso al precio de la renta de todos los apartamentos de Bend que constan con 50 unidades o más, así que el subir el promedio de la renta al máximo aumentaria el costo de la renta a más de los $2,100.

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District Removes Inspirational Murals from Bend School

The Miller Elementary PTO paid a local artist to paint 19 murals inside the school. Less than a year later, the district painted over them, citing a breach of protocol.
For a period of about 10 months, the walls of William E. Miller Elementary School in Bend were adorned with inspirational quotes and the original works of a local artist. In August, the murals were painted over.

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'Cutting Out Everything That's Not a Bear' with Mosquito Bob

A former logger finds a way to keep working with wood after the collapse of the logging industry
On Aug. 15 I received an email from someone only identified as Mosquito Bob in my inbox, hinting about a location. "Hey man, I know a place in the pines that's magical, enchanted, whimsical, creative, entertaining, dangerous, exciting and unique," Mosquito Bob wrote.

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Seeking School Board Member

Bend-La Pine Schools announced it needs a replacement to fill Janet Sarai Llerandi Gonzales on the board
Bend-La Pine Schools is seeking to replace a vacant seat on the school board. Board member Janet Sarai Llerandi Gonzales resigned on Sept. 10 after moving out of the district.

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Rents Could Rise

Oregonians could see their rents hiked up by as much as 14.6% after a year of heavy inflation
Rents could rise as much as 14.6% for Oregonians renting a property that’s over 15 years old in 2023. The average rent in Bend is $1,836, according to RentCafe, a data company with access to pricing on all Bend apartments 50 units or larger — so raising the average by the maximum allowable extent would bring the cost to over $2,100.

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Fall Style: Earthy, Cozy, Retro

Introducing the styles coming at you for autumn
Trends have a tendency to come and go, but some styles permeate so deeply into our culture of fashion that they come back up time and time again. This fall, modern fashion meets classic and retro style; baggy fits, cozy covers, earth tones and plenty of denim.

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Teen Mom: Family ReUnionizing

The crew of a popular reality show started striking outside of Tetherow resort over a lack of benefits, safety concerns and a poor working environment
Workers on the set of "Teen Mom: Family Reunion" Season 2 started striking over Labor Day weekend at Tetherow resort in Bend, with union employees demanding health and pension benefits for the duration of filming. Nonunion production assistants also joined in on the strike, citing unsafe working conditions, dishonesty about pay and taking on expanded duties without compensation or training.

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Incendio Cedar Creek abarca más de las 92,000 hectáreas

El segundo incendio forestal más grande de Oregon ha aumentado cuatro veces más durante la última semana
El incendio de Cedar Creek se cuadruplicó en tamaño durante la última semana, pasó de las 18,000 hectáreas el 6 de septiembre a las 86,000 hectáreas al 12 de septiembre, y a las 92,000 hectáreas al 13 de Septiembre. El incendio fue provocado el 1 de Agosto por una tormenta de rayos y ha probado que ha sido difícil contenerlo debido al terreno empinado e inaccesiible.

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Cedar Creek Fire At 92,000+ Acres

Oregon's second-largest fire quadrupled in size over the past week
The Cedar Creek Fire quadrupled in size over the past week, from 18,000 acres on Sept. 6 to over 92,000 acres on Sept. 13. The fire sparked during a lightning storm on Aug. 1 and has proved difficult to contain due to the steep and inaccessible terrain.

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Teen Shot at a Party West of Bend

Two injured after a suspect pulled a gun at a party off a forest service road
A 17-year-old shot one person and injured another who wrestled his gun away on Tuesday, Sept. 6, according to Deschutes County Sheriff's Office. DSCO is charging the suspect with attempted murder, two counts of second-degree assault, menacing, theft, unlawful entry into a vehicle and altering a firearm's ID.

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