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Q & A With COCC's New President

Q & A With COCC's New President

Dr. Laurie Chesley talks democracy, technology and 18th century British lit
Dr. Laurie Chesley started this summer as Central Oregon Community College's sixth president. She's a first-generation college graduate from Michigan and has held a range of leadership positions in diverse educational settings, from community colleges to four-year liberal arts institutions.

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Bend Park and Recreation District Looks to Fill Board Vacancy

Board member Lauren Sprang announced her resignation this week
Effective November 19, Bend Park and Recreation District announced the resignation of board member Lauren Sprang. Sprang was originally elected to the board in in May of 2017—which means BPRD is looking for someone to fill the vacancy for her term, ending on June 30, 2021.

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Source Weekly Update Podcast 11/21/19

A rad new series of skate murals, and the economic projections for Bend (including housing)
In this week's podcast: Two local economists report on Bend's economic forecast (what's up with housing?!) and a local skate school gets some new murals from a world-traveling muralist.

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2019 Poetry Contest

Out of 400+ poems entered in the contest, these are the 2019 winners!
People entered over 400 poems into the 2019 Source Poetry Contest—a grand representation of the breadth of creativity in our community!

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Recession Proof?

Local economists report on Bend's growing tech sector, low unemployment and a strong housing market
As whispers of the next economic downturn grow to a roar in the national news, two regional economic experts believe Central Oregon will not be "bulldozed" this time around.

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If You Build It, They Will Come

Bend Park and Recreation District partners with volleyball club to build new courts
Back in September, the Source reported that the sand volleyball courts in the Old Mill District would be closing. Now we've confirmed the new plan to bring courts back to Bend.

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Concerned Parents Press On Against Verizon Tower

The fight against a cell phone tower near Elk Meadow Elementary continues
A group of parents continues to push forward to convince Verizon to move a 4G cell phone tower the company built 90 feet from the property line of Elk Meadow Elementary School on Brookswood Blvd. in southwest Bend. The group recently sent a letter to Verizon's lawyer, and included in their letter 36 scientific studies about the dangers of radio frequency radiation from cell towers.

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Source Weekly Update Podcast 11/14/19

The City of Bend's climate action plan, Brown's Basics closes and a new meal delivery service in Bend
An update on the City of Bend's climate action plan, the closure of a local bakery-cart and a new meal delivery service, all featured in this week's Source Weekly Update Podcast.

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Helping Young Kids Succeed

Healthy Beginnings, named the Bend Chamber's nonprofit of the year, offers free screenings that can identify barriers to learning
Healthy Beginnings has had a "diamond" year, according to Executive Director Diane Murray-Fleck. The BendFilm Festival chose the nonprofit as the subject of a 7-minute documentary shown throughout the event, and the Bend Chamber of Commerce recognized HB as nonprofit of the year.

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Bend's Drinking (and Driving) Trend

DUII arrests in Deschutes County continue to rise. The coming holidays can sometimes be a trigger, says one local attorney
While drunk driving can be a serious and devastating issue, some locals actually consider DUIIs a "rite of passage," as suggested by Bend-born Kevin B. In a small community, home to 22 breweries, countless bars and even growler-filling gas stations, the prevalence of drinking and driving seems to make sense.

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War Vet Turns to Comedy for Healing

"Corina's Playhouse" benefits OUT Central Oregon and raises awareness about suicide prevention
It's tough to imagine the traumatizing horrors of being on the frontlines of war—unless, of course, you've experienced them firsthand. For Nicolas Aaron Mezzanatto, an Iraq combat veteran who fought with the 101st Airborne's 502nd Infantry and deployed to the "Triangle of Death," active combat is very much real.

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A Climate Action Plan Moves Forward

City Council will vote Dec. 4 whether to support the plan's progressive actions and goals
Imagine a forest 50 times the size of the City of Bend—about 1 million acres. This is what would be required to offset the amount of greenhouse gas emissions the city releases into the atmosphere every year from vehicles, homes and businesses, according to scientists who contributed to the Bend Community Climate Action Plan.

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Beer Giving Back

Silver Moon's F* Cancer initiative continues to grow, setting a new standard for what breweries can do
It's no secret that craft breweries are a high-profile component of the Central Oregon economy—and they're often a big draw for the hundreds of thousands of tourists who visit the area each year. Brewpubs are gathering places for many different generations, and they can also be the touchpoints for some high-impact fundraising.

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Life is a Social Network

This Veteran's Day, local vet Josh Rizzo explains the life-changing benefits of making connections
Even in kindergarten, Josh Rizzo would finish his assignments and then head over to his classmates to help them finish their work. That’s just the way he is. Now 39, Rizzo, a Brooklyn, New York native turned Bend local—has made it his life’s plan to help others.

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Source Weekly Update Podcast 11/07/19

Mt. Bachelor for beginners, new studio replaces Cindercone Clay Center, Church of Neil at Worthy Brewing
Mt. Bachelor for beginners, new studio replaces Cindercone Clay Center and Church of Neil at Worthy Brewing in this week's podcast!

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A Push for a Warming Shelter in Bend

Local leaders work on solutions for the unhoused population, still left out in the cold
Temperatures dropped below freezing the night of October 29—while people without homes braved the life-threatening temperatures out of doors, huddling in their vehicles or cuddling with their animals for warmth, many hidden from sight on Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service land on the outskirts of town. That morning, city and county officials, homeless advocates, law enforcement and firefighters met at the Deschutes County Health Services building in response to the state of emergency announced by Bend City Manager Eric King, effective Oct. 26.

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