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2021 Redmond Issue

2021 Redmond Issue

New Ideas At Senior Center  - The Redmond Senior Center is returning after the pandemic with a new staff, a new direction and the same mission

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Source Weekly Update 07/21/2021 ūüéß

Highlights from our Redmond issue and news on three local fires in this Source Weekly Update Podcast. Source Weekly - Bend, Oregon · Source Weekly Update 07/21/2021

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From Vaccine Headquarters to Monster Trucks

Post-pandemic activities and events are ramping up at Redmond's fairgrounds
The Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center located in Redmond is much, much more than "just a fairground." In addition to events, the fairground has served as an evacuation center for residents and their animals displaced by wildfires.

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New Ideas At Senior Center

The Redmond Senior Center is returning after the pandemic with a new staff, a new direction and the same mission
A ticker on Redmond Senior Center's website is counting the days until Aug. 3, when programs return after a year of pandemic-induced inactivity. What returns won't be quite the same senior center that the staff found when they came back to the building.

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Deschutes County Fair & Rodeo is Back in the Saddle Again

After a year of closures, the Fairgrounds welcomes back the community for the 101st annual event
Fairgoers and rodeo fans look forward to the return of the Deschutes County Fair and Rodeo this year, July 28 ‚Äď Aug. 1. This year's theme is "Back in the Saddle Again," taken from the lyrics of Gene Autrey's hit song, "I'm back in the saddle again, out where a friend is a friend..."

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Los incendios de Grandview, Darlene y Swap Wells han quemado miles de acres durante la temporada temprana de incendios
Incendio Grandview El incendio localizado a 10 millas del norte de Sisters quemó 6,032 acres, a poco menos de 10 millas cuadradas, desde que se reportó por primera vez el 11 de julio.

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New School Board, Same Problems

The two issues that dominated the 2021 school board election rear their heads at the Bend-La Pine district's first in-person meeting in over a year
The four recently elected members for the Bend-La Pine Schools Board of Directors were sworn in at the board's regular meeting on July 13, opposite a large and vocal crowd mostly opposed to mandating children to wear masks and the belief that critical race theory is being taught within the district. The issues of masks and later CRT were central to the losing campaigns for candidates who competed against new members Marcus LeGrand, Janet Sarai Llerandi and Shirley Olson and incumbent Carrie McPherson-Douglass.

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Three Fires

The Grandview, Darlene and Swamp Wells Trail Fires have burned thousands of acres during the early fire season
Grandview Fire The fire 10 miles north of Sisters torched 6,032 acres, just under 10 square miles, since it was first reported on July 11.

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River Democracy

How 4,700 miles of Oregon waterways got nominated for Wild and Scenic River designation
Rivers are a big economic engine that float our entire state. During the last session of Congress, more of Oregon's rivers were given Wild and Scenic designation‚ÄĒmeaning more protection for these precious waterways.

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La ciudad prolongó la prohibición del uso de cohetes debido al continuo riesgo de incendios en la zona
La ciudad de Bend está prolongando el estado de emergencia que prohibió el uso privado de cohetes y ofreció servicios a comunidades sin hogar hasta el 31 de agosto. La orden de emergencia entró en vigencia el 28 de junio y en un principio vencía el 9 de julio, pero se prolongó debido al riesgo de incendio continuo.

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Need A Ride

The labor shortage has made it harder than ever to hail a ride in Bend
Before the pandemic, when Bendites needed a ride, be it to the airport to avoid parking fees, home after a few too many at the bar or ‚Äď for those without a car ‚Äď to simply avoid the walk or bike ride to their destination, they could usually find it on a ridesharing app or one of several cab companies. Now as nearly every industry is seeking employees, the cars dotting the map on Uber and Lyft look barren compared to what it did before March 2020.

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Turnkey Funding Awarded In Bend

After the purchase of the Old Mill & Suites was rescinded, Bend finds a new shelter for the unhoused
Bend Value Inn will be converted into a transitional shelter for the homeless thanks to a $2.9 million grant through Project Turnkey, a state program that funds the purchase and renovation of motels into shelters for people who are experiencing houselessness or at risk of becoming unhoused. The City of Bend originally sought to acquire the Old Mill & Suites for the facility in February, but it was abandoned after a feasibility study showed the building was unsuitable for the project.

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Grandview Fire Nears Sisters

The fire was first reported on Sunday before spreading to over 4,500 acres
The Grandview Fire was first reported on Sunday afternoon and by Tuesday was raging over 4,500 acres of private land protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry and the Crooked River National Grassland which is managed by the U.S. Forest Service. It was visible from Sisters and Redmond on Sunday evening, but it didn’t enter Deschutes County until Tuesday.

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Fireworks Banned Through August

The City extended the ban due to continued fire risk in the area
The City of Bend is extending the state of emergency that banned non-professional firework use and provided services to unhoused communities until August 31. The emergency order went into effect on June 28 and was originally set to expire on July 9, but was extended due to continued fire risk.

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Guest Homes Get Greenlit

Senate Bill 391 allows rural residential areas a right afforded to cities for years
Oregon Gov. Kate Brown signed Senate Bill 391 to law June 23, granting rural residential areas the right to build accessory dwelling units. "In 2017 the legislature passed a bill to do ADUs for farm workers, and then it also allowed cities to do the ADUs, but it left out the rural areas for property owners to develop that ADU," said Jack Zika (R-OR 54), Redmond's representative in the Oregon legislature.

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Noticias en Español

¿Por qué a las empresas les cuesta trabajo cubrir los puestos vacantes?
Cuando comenzó la pandemia y las empresas no indispensables cerraron, los trabajadores esenciales fueron aplaudidos como héroes a lo largo del país. Hoy en día, algunos afirman que nadie quiere trabajar y que el seguro de desempleo retiene a la gente en sus sillones. Los comercios se sienten frustrados ya que los puestos que antes eran fáciles de cubrir son más peleados que antes.

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