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Big Town, Small City

Big Town, Small City

The vision for the Bend Central District may get support through code changes and urban renewal revenues
Today the industrial neighborhoods east of the train tracks, just four or five blocks from downtown Bend, are largely run down and neglected. Few people live there, and most of the buildings were built in the 1970s, '80s and '90s, with function, not aesthetics, in mind.

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Corona Cruise

Oregon comedian finds himself onboard an un-dockable cruise ship, port countries fear coronavirus
Editor's note: This story was updated with new information Feb. 20. When Eugene-based comedian Frank King left for his last series of paid performances aboard the MS Westerdam of the Holland America Line, he had no way of predicting the series of events that would soon unfold.

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The Artist Behind the Mural

The BCD's Franklin Avenue underpass project serves as a signal of hope; a bridge between two parts of Bend
Kaycee Anseth has worked as an artist in Bend since she moved to the city 15 years ago. In that time, she's contributed her time and talent to the city's growing artistic community: The Franklin Avenue underpass mural, located in the Bend Central District, is just one of many places to see her work.

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Solutions to the Housing Crisis

If the market won’t fix this mess, is it time for the state and local governments to step in?
The year 2019 was a successful year for advocates of more affordable and equitable housing policies in Oregon. Oregon legislators passed the first state-wide rent control bill in the nation.

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Love Your Neighbor

A series of forums, aimed at creating an open door to get to know people of color in our community
In Central Oregon, conversations around race often start with the phrase,"Bend is so white." While Census figures show that the region is majority-white, thousands of people of color live, work and play here, too.

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Homeless Camp Evictions

The City of Bend plans to remove the people who live on Juniper Ridge, but where will they go?
Eviction is sometimes caricatured as a cruel act by fat-cat landlords, pushing low-income families out into the bitter cold in the dead of winter. But what happens when the landlord is the public itself, in the form of the City of Bend, and the people being forced out already live outside?

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You Are What You Eat

Proposed changes to the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act sparks concern amongst local parents
The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, a federal statute spearheaded by Michelle Obama and signed into law by President Barack Obama in 2010, set new standards for school meals, ensuring that kids in grades K-12 ate nutritionally-focused food. Changes in menu items included more fruits and vegetables, fat-free milk and whole grains.

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Public Transit of the Future?

OSU-Cascades' Mobility Lab is moving Bend's public transit into the 21st Century
Door-to-door, on-demand, shared van rides may be the public transit choice of the next generation. The OSU-Cascades Mobility Lab started Ride Bend in July.

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Transportation Bond Heads to the May Ballot

Bendites will vote on the $190 million bond in May
The Bend City Council unanimously passed a resolution Wednesday to put a $190 million general obligation transportation bond on the May 19 primary election ballot. The bond, if approved by voters, would pay for improvements to east-west connections, projects to ease traffic congestion and a network of cross-town bike and pedestrian routes.

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New School Boundaries Released Today

Bend-La Pine Schools announces attendance areas for the fall of 2021 school year
Today the Bend-La Pine Schools' Attendance Area Review Committee revealed its recommendations for where kids in different areas of Bend will attend middle and high school, once Bend's new high school is operational. The committee was tasked with taking input from the community, who had three boundary options to choose from, and then make a final recommendation.

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Source Weekly Update Podcast 2/6/20

A tiny home village for vets, the Meissner Nordic Luminaria and posing the question: Is Larry and His Flask still a band?
In this week's podcast: A tiny home village for homeless vets, info on the Luminaria this weekend at Meissner Nordic, and we pose the question: Is Larry and His Flask still a band?

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The Impeachment Trial is Over

Here's what Oregon's delegation in Washington, D.C. had to say about it
On Wednesday, the U.S. Senate voted to acquit President Donald Trump on both articles of impeachment. Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) was the lone Republican to cast a "guilty" vote in the Senate proceedings, voting "guilty" on the first article, involving Abuse of Power.

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Wildfire Warriors

City leaders and Bend Fire & Rescue work to protect the forests we love
In Central Oregon, the threat of wildfires looms on the horizon for most of the summer. Whether it's the impending doom of apocalyptic smoke clouds or nightmares of complete annihilation (like Paradise, California), locals definitely worry about wildfires.

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Tiny Homes for Vets

A project offering transitional shelters for veterans gets off the ground
Central Oregon Veterans Outreach estimates that there are between 80 and 100 veterans living in the region without homes. But the exact number is hard to find.

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Water is Life

...for people, fish, farms and other creatures of the High Desert
Our Creek in WinterTodd Creek, Oregon By Katrina Hays

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A Koala-ty Cause

Local teen raises awareness and money, hoping to help save endangered Kangaroo Island wildlife
Adler Bartlett, a 13-year-old student at High Desert Middle School, was devastated to hear the extent of the damage caused by the recent Australian wildfires. A longtime animal lover who moved to Bend from Anchorage, Alaska, a little over a year ago, Bartlett realized she couldn't just stand idly by as helpless Australian wildlife suffered.

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