Category Archives: Bend Source

Nominate a river for Wild and Scenic designation

Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden is asking Oregonians to nominate more Oregon rivers for the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System. Do you have a river you love in Oregon? Do you want to see it more protected than it is today? Now’s the time to speak up. Source: Nominate a river for Wild and Scenic […]
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The Journey Back Om

Statistics show that programs such as Deschutes County’s inmate yoga program can reduce the risk of reoffending. Jails and corrections systems throughout the U.S. are referred to as “the new asylums.” A 2018 report conducted by the Oregon Health Authority found that 50% of the state’s prison population had a diagnosable mental illness and was […]
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From Vapegate to LUBA

2019 wasn’t short on marijuana drama. Believe it or not, there was some news in 2019 not totally related to the Oval Office. The U.S. Congress (excluding the do-nothing Senate), the Deschutes County Commission and the Oregon state legislature had a busy 364.5 days when it came to crafting, fighting or violating marijuana policy. Source: From […]
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Historically Underfunded

In a state strapped for school funds, the Student Success Act is expected to lower class sizes and add supports for struggling kids in Bend-La Pine Schools. Starting in 2020, kids at Bend-La Pine Schools will benefit from historic investment in education from the state. Source: Historically Underfunded | Local News | Bend | The […]
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State Laws to Look for in 2020

A run-down of new Oregon laws taking effect Jan. 1 Single-use plastic bag ban HB 2509 Source: State Laws to Look for in 2020 | Local News | Bend | The Source Weekly – Bend, Oregon

Students, Stress and Suicide

A recent City Club forum took a closer look at Oregon’s new ‘Mental Health Days’ law and how it could help students. In February, a group of Central Oregon students proposed a new bill to the Oregon Legislature—one that would allow high school students the opportunity to take five mental health days over a three-month […]
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Decriminalizing Mental Illness

Deschutes County is set to open a stabilization center this spring. With a 17-fold increase in mental health calls over the past decade, it’s a welcome addition. Calls to the Bend Police Department involving people who were “allegedly mentally ill” increased by 172% from 2010 to 2017. People affected by mental illness end up in […]
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Oregonians Can Now Gamble by Phone

New sports betting app allows wagers up to $250K; creates concern for problem gambling experts. A new state-run gambling platform is ready for bets and is expected to garner millions of dollars for the state. Scoreboard, Oregon Lottery’s new sports betting game, went live October 16 and already has 21,155 registered users betting $1.5 Million […]
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A Growing Population

In Redmond, Latino population numbers are rising faster than in other parts of Central Oregon Source: A Growing Population | Local News | Bend | The Source Weekly – Bend, Oregon

Highway 97 Changes Advance

Long-planned efforts to improve US 97 at Bend’s north end have moved a step closer to construction with a $60.4 million federal grant. The project to reroute US 97 on the north side of the city will complete the final segment of the Bend Parkway. Source: Highway 97 Changes Advance | Local News | Bend […]
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