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Low-Snow Skiing

Low-Snow Skiing

What's the correlation between good snow and winter tourism?
It's been five years since Mt. Bachelor reported above-average annual snowfall, according to the website On The Snow. Most climate change models predict that winters will be shorter and more unpredictable in the future, which has the potential to lead to a shorter, more unpredictable tourism season in Central Oregon.

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Listen: Jeff Eager of the Bend Humanity Coalition 🎧

Talking issues and solutions with houseless individuals
The Bend Don't Break podcast returns with a chat with Jeff Eager of the Bend Humanity Coalition, a new organization that describes itself as "a group of caring Bend citizens working to make our city safe and humane for the unhoused and housed Bendites." The organization advocates for more enforcement of laws around accumulating trash and other concerns at houseless camps, stating on its website, "City Councilors have at their disposal the legal methods to remove camps that pose a danger to those living in them and those who find themselves near them.

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Source Weekly Update Podcast 10/14/21 🎧

An outcry over Mt. Bachelor's "Fast Tracks," plus openings and closings in the restaurant scene
An outcry over the new "Fast Tracks" program at Mt. Bachelor, the closure of a beloved Mediterranean restaurant and a new beginning for the old Sparrow Bakery location, all in this week's podcast.

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Rich Pass?

Sen. Ron Wyden called out POWDR Corp. for its controversial “Fast Tracks" pass
Oregon Senator Ron Wyden echoed many Central Oregonians' criticisms of Mt. Bachelor’s “Fast Tracks,” which would allow people to skip regular lines at all but three of the resort’s ski lifts. Passes start at $49 a day, but price will vary based on mountain conditions, day of the week and holidays.

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Los Departamentos de Salud dan asesoramiento después de presentarse 16 sobredosis en menos de un mes
El Departamento de Salud del Condado de Crook reportó que han sucedido 15 sobredosis sin resultados fatales, desde el 15 de septiembre una con resultado mortal, en el tri condado del Centro de Oregon, incluidos los condados de Deschutes, Crook y Jefferson. El Grupo de Trabajo en Respuesta a las Crisis por Sobredosis (COOCRT por sus siglas en inglés) en el Centro de Oregon, dijo que las sobredosis implicaron el uso de heroína, metanfetaminas, pastillas falsificadas y otras sustancias que posiblemente contengan fentanilo, un opioide sintético que es 100 veces más fuerte que la morfina.

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Overdoses Spike

Health Departments give recommendations after 16 local overdoses in under a month
The Crook County Health Department reported there have been 15 non-fatal overdoses—and one fatal— since Sept. 15 in the tri-county area of Central Oregon including Deschutes, Crook and Jefferson counties. The Central Oregon Overdose Crisis Response Taskforce said the overdoses involved heroin, methamphetamines, counterfeit pills and other substances likely to contain fentanyl, a synthetic opioid that's 100 times stronger than morphine.

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Changes at Mt. Bachelor

No parking reservations needed; a "jump the line" program draws the ire of locals
Ski and snowboard time is nearly upon us, and preparations for the winter riding season are well underway at Mt. Bachelor. On Monday, the ski area announced its winter operating plan for the 2021-22 season, including its plans for parking, lift operations and more.

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Zoning In

Proposed zoning change could affect where the City can place shelters and managed camps
Sounding Board to House Our Neighbors, a city-manager-appointed committee, recommended that Bend allow shelters in managed camps in all zoning designations except for heavy industrial. In a press release on Monday, the committee laid out four shelter types, all currently zone restricted.

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Get Hype for Figure Skating

Winter recreation that's freezing up The Pavilion
As the winter season approaches, The Pavilion on the west side of Bend is preparing its facilities for more cold-weather-orientated activities like figure skating, ice hockey and curling. Since 2015, groups including the Bend Ice Figure Skating Club have been calling the ice rink at The Pavilion home.

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Progress at Juniper Ridge

The City’s approval of a public works campus at Juniper Ridge signals more opportunities for the property
The 1,500-acre area of Juniper Ridge was sold to the City of Bend for $1 by Deschutes County in 1990, and has since been considered for a number of different purposes. The land was given under the pretense that it would be “employment land,” zoned commercial, industrial or mixed use.

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Winter Sports On A Warmer Earth

Protect Our Winters seeks systemic solutions to protect the environment, and their favorite winter sport
Editors note: The Source team imagines what outdoor communities can do—and are doing—to make them more responsive to climate change Before Bend became known as an outdoor Disneyland for all types of activities, it was primarily known for lumber and skiing.

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Car-Free Recreation

COVID and the climate are the perfect storm for increasing interest in bike touring
Editors note: This week, the Source team imagines what outdoor communities can do—and are doing—to make them more responsive to climate change "The bicycle is a simple solution to some of the most complicated problems in the world."

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Nuevos mapas políticos para el Centro de Oregon
Horas antes de la fecha límite, la noche del 27 de septiembre, Oregon se convirtió en el primer estado en rediseñar sus mapas del congreso para la siguiente década, después del boicot de parte de los republicanos de la Cámara de Representantes y de las últimas negociaciones. El proceso fue especialmente polémico cuando Oregon obtuvo su primer puesto adicional en el congreso en 40 años y con el rápido incremento de la población de Bend, el Centro de Oregon fue el centro de la odisea para indicar dónde ubicar esa nueva sede.

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Climate Proofing Recreational Gear

Keeping goods out of landfills
Editors note: The Source team imagines what outdoor communities can do—and are doing—to make them more responsive to climate change According to the Environmental Protection Agency, about 146 million tons of waste material were placed into landfills in 2018.

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Power Pond

Pacific Power is maintaining the 100-year-old Newport Dam after its lowest power output in decades
A 90-foot crane pulled a 20,000-pound generating unit at the Newport Avenue Dam on Mirror Pond last week. Data from the Energy Infrastructure Council show power output at the dam reached its lowest point in decades in 2020, producing just 315 megawatt hours compared to an average of 2,390 MWh over the past 20 years.

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New Political Maps for Central Oregon

With Bend’s population boom, Central Oregon was in the center of the drama over where to put the state’s new congressional seat
Hours before a deadline on the night of Sept. 27, Oregon became the first state to redraw its congressional maps for the next decade, following a boycott by House Republicans and last-minute negotiations. The process was especially contentious as Oregon gained its first additional congressional seat in 40 years—and with Bend’s population boom, Central Oregon was at the center of the drama about where to put that new seat.

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