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Forty Years of Service

Deschutes National Forest Supervisor John Allen is retiring. We sat down with him during his last week to talk fires, permits and more
After 40 years of serving the public through the National Forest Service, John Allen, Deschutes National Forest supervisor since 2007, retired June 21. Allen said he started as a summer seasonal employee when he was in college at the University of California, Berkeley.

A Community Thread

Erika Spaet, coordinator of Storydwelling
Joshua Langlais is a local photographer and the creator of A Community Thread, a project for which he interviews folks on the subject of community, its importance, and how we function as individuals within it. This is an excerpt from his interview with Erika Spaet, a Lutheran pastor coordinating and curating Storydwelling (bendstorydwelling.org), an emerging spiritual community.

Shining a Light on Accessibility

As Central Oregon grows, ASL interpreter services are stretched thin
Bend is growing exponentially in population, and while Deschutes County may be more urban than surrounding areas, Central Oregon is still predominantly rural—and lacking in some of the services afforded to bigger metro areas. While some may lament the lack of dependable public transit, or lack of affordable housing in relation to the job market, another service is sorely lacking in Central Oregon, and directly affecting the deaf community: qualified and certified American Sign Language interpreters.

A Community Thread: Dan McGarigle, Pine Mountain Sports

Pine Mountain Sports
A Community Thread: What does community mean to you?  Dan McGarigle: Long story short, where we—especially these days—we follow headlines, we turn on the news, we're bombarded by media from all over the world.

A Community Thread: Jesse Locke

How making a film in Palestine broadened his perspective
A Community Thread: What concerns you or gives you pause? What gives you a heavy heart?

A Community Thread: Shimiko Montgomery

Valuing family; fostering relationships
Joshua Langlais is a local photographer and the creator of A Community Thread, a project for which he interviews folks on the subject of community, its importance and how we function as individuals within it. This is an excerpt from his interview with Shimiko Montgomery from March of 2018.

River Warrior

Fighting to keep our waterways flowing
Tod Heisler might as well have river water running through his veins. He was recently hired as the director of the Rivers Conservation Program within Central Oregon LandWatch, and before that he led the Deschutes River Conservancy for 15 years.

A Community Thread: Shanan Kelley

Building community, one interview at a time
Editor's note: Joshua Langlais is a local photographer and the creator of "A Community Thread," a project for which he interviews folks on the subject of community, its importance, and how we function as individuals within it. We featured Langlais' journey to this project in the Dec. 20 issue—quickly realizing the project would be great fodder for a Source Spotlight.

What If We Could?

New organization aims to make volunteering more accessible
Volunteering or giving back to the community can feel good—but involves enough barriers that for a lot of people, it doesn't happen very often.

Chop Local

Longtime Bendite lives for firewood and the Blazers
When setting up an appointment to talk with 92-year-old Virgil Brunson, he made two things clear: One, our meeting cannot interfere with his firewood gathering, and two, it absolutely cannot be during a Portland Trail Blazers game. If he and his partners are delivering a cord of firewood, they make sure to be done and home in time for tipoff.

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