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Cases Spike Right After Reopening

Cases Spike Right After Reopening

After a spike in local coronavirus cases, Deschutes County gets an F from state health authorities
As Central Oregonians braced for an influx of coronavirus-carrying visitors this Memorial Day Weekend, a spike in cases revealed that COVID-19 carriers may live among us. Deschutes County contact tracers found many cases were spread at parties, and the majority were people under 29.

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Bend Women Convicted of Killing Her Own Son

Tashina Jordan pleaded guilty except for insanity to the death of her disabled child
Tashina Jordan, 30, pleaded guilty Monday to killing her 7-year-old son Mason in 2018. The Deschutes County Circuit Court reduced her conviction to first-degree manslaughter because she was enduring emotional disturbance during the time of the murder.

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Rick Steber's Giant Toilet Paper Emporium

Prineville author and shop owner, ready to move on, hosting parties in 'open defiance' of closures
COVID-19 has impacted the majority of Central Oregon businesses, and business owners are reacting in different ways. Some have yet to reopen; some have found themselves sneaking in customers for stealthy haircuts.

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Hundreds Gather, Largely Masked, for a Black Lives Matter Rally in Downtown Bend

Bend's rally remains peaceful, while others nationwide turn violent
The death of George Floyd—who died after a now-former Minneapolis police officer kneeled on his neck for nearly 9 minutes—has been a tipping point in the U.S., causing many to rally, and some to lash out violently across the U.S. over the past several days. In Portland, people broke into the Portland Justice Center and lit fires, among other damage.

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The Spanish Flu in Bend and Beyond 🎧 [with podcast]

What was Bend like back in 1918? How did Americans respond to the Spanish flu?
As Americans desperately seek to forecast the future of the coronavirus pandemic, some look to history, and to the 1918 flu pandemic especially, to make sense of a world which has become unpredictable and chaotic. Two Oregon historians share local and national stories of the “Spanish flu” and how somethings still haven't changed a hundred years later.

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Cell Tower Wars… Continued

A second wave of activists protest 5G cell towers in Bend; cite studies of alarming health risks.
Last fall, a group of parents and kids from Elk Meadow Elementary School stormed Bend City Hall for weeks, demanding the City stop Verizon Wireless from building a cell tower next to the school. Verizon built the tower anyway, and Bend City Council said cell tower infrastructure is under federal jurisdiction, so there’s not much it can do.

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Source Weekly Update Podcast 5/27/20

Deschutes County gets an "F" after a resurgence of cases, OSU researchers head to Bend and more in this week's podcast
In this week's Source Weekly Update podcast: Deschutes County gets an "F" after a resurgence of cases, OSU researchers head to Bend to survey people about COVID prevalence and Bend moves forward with its Core Area project.

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Cycle Pub(lic humiliation)

Wow. We actually kind of miss Cycle Pubs
One of five stories that are part of this week's cover story, "Counting Change: Winners and losers in the rocky restart to the economy." After such an extended hiatus from normalcy, I'm surprised by the things I miss. Children laughing joyfully as they run around playgrounds.

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Winning: Holy Ship!

Postal Connections has seen a 25% increase in revenue during the pandemic
One of five stories that are part of this week's cover story, "Counting Change: Winners and losers in the rocky restart to the economy." Whether it's a letter from family or a treat-yo-self present ordered on a whim, opening up a new package is a pretty great feeling.

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Coronavirus Study Coming to 30 Bend Neighborhoods

Researchers from Oregon State University may knock on your door this weekend and offer a free COVID-19 test
A team of researchers from Oregon State University will descend upon Bend and fan out through 30 neighborhoods to offer confidential coronavirus tests to 650 people through May 30 and 31. TRACE, or Team-based Rapid Assessment of Community-level coronavirus Epidemics, is a study designed to get an overview of how the virus has spread in Bend, especially among asymptomatic carriers who have had little access to testing.

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Old industrial neighborhoods will (eventually) get a facelift

Bend City Council moves forward with plans to revamp the Bend Core Area
The plan to revitalize Bend’s urban core surpassed another hurdle during the May 20 Bend City Council meeting. The Core Area extends about three blocks both east and west from NE Second Street.

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Green on Green on... Green

Quarantine has helped local garden centers boom and bloom
One of five stories that are part of this week's cover feature, "Counting Change: Winners and losers in the rocky restart to the economy." One of the positives that bloomed from widespread stay-at-home orders was the development of healthy new hobbies, including backyard farming and gardening.

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Everyone Needs a New Sign

Delivery options and other COVID-era announcements help buoy sign makers' bottom lines
One of five stories that are part of this week's cover feature, "Counting Change: Winners and losers in the rocky restart to the economy." Go anywhere these days and you're sure to see a few new signs: "We're Open!" or "Now with Delivery!" signs abound—whether hand-drawn with fat Sharpies or ordered special from local sign makers.

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The Glass is Half Empty

Restaurants cannot survive on 50% of previous revenues for long. Demand for food delivery and the challenges of rehiring add insult to injury
One of five stories that are part of this week's cover feature, "Counting Change: Winners and losers in the rocky restart to the economy." Restaurants have faced some of the most devastating challenges since the coronavirus hit: Gov. Kate Brown closed down table service altogether, and now that it's back and in Phase One, restaurants have to adhere to strict regulations.

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Raising the Bar

Serving drinks to thirsty customers is fraught with concerns for bartenders—but customers have a role to play, too. Read what happened during a recent Friday morning at a local greasy spoon.
Serving drinks to thirsty customers is fraught with concerns for bartenders—but customers have a role to play, too. Read what happened during a recent Friday morning at a local greasy spoon.

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Unmasked Questions

Exploring the great divide: to wear masks, or not to wear masks? A local disease ecologist weighs in
With the rise of COVID-19 came the rise of misinformation. Scientific facts became topics of debate.

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