|Hillary Clinton slams Trump admin. over private emails: 'Height of hypocrisy'MyCentralOregon.com / 2 h. 11 min. ago more|
ABC News(NEW YORK) — Hillary Clinton hit back at Donald Trump’s White House after The New York Times reported that at least six administration officials communicated about government business through private emails. “It’s just the height of hypocrisy,” Clinton said in an interview with SiriusXM’s Zerlina Maxwell after being asked to respond to the news on Monday. As for the repeated attacks by Trump during the 2016 election over Clinton’s use of a private email server during her time as secretary of state, “They didn’t mean any of it,” she said. “If they were sincere about it, I think you’d have Republican members of Congress calling for an investigation. I haven’t heard that yet.” Clinton called her use of private emails “a dumb mistake but a dumber scandal,” and said she regrets that the country “had to go through it.” During the 2016 campaign, Trump repeatedly called for an investigation of Clinton’s use of the emails and said in a debate that Clinton would “be in jail” if he was in charge of the law in the U.S. A White House official who spoke with ABC News did not dispute the Monday evening New York Times report that at least six administration officials occasionally used private email to communicate about official business since President Trump took office. The Times’ report names the following current and former officials as those who communicated at times with a personal account: White House Senior Advisor Jared Kushner, former chief strategist Stephen Bannon, Chief Economic Advisor Gary Cohn, Advisor Ivanka Trump, former chief of staff Reince Priebus and Senior Advisor for Policy Stephen Miller. While it is not illegal for White House staffers to use their personal email accounts, they must forward all work-related communications to their official White House email accounts. White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders confirmed this to ABC News Monday. “All White House personnel have been instructed to use official email to conduct all government related work,” she said. “They are further instructed that if they receive work-related communication on personal accounts, they should be forwarded to official email accounts.” Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
|White House not disputing report that at least 6 Trump advisers used personal emailMyCentralOregon.com / 2 h. 17 min. ago more|
ABC News(WASHINGTON) — A White House official who spoke with ABC News did not dispute a report Monday evening in the New York Times that at least six administration officials occasionally used private email to communicate about official business since President Trump took office. The Times’ report names the following current and former officials as those who communicated at times with a personal account: White House Senior Advisor Jared Kushner, former chief strategist Stephen Bannon, Chief Economic Advisor Gary Cohn, Advisor Ivanka Trump, former chief of staff Reince Priebus and Senior Advisor for Policy Stephen Miller. While it is not illegal for White House staffers to use their personal email accounts, they must forward all work-related communications to their official White House email accounts. White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders confirmed this to ABC News Monday. “All White House personnel have been instructed to use official email to conduct all government related work,” she said. “They are further instructed that if they receive work-related communication on personal accounts, they should be forwarded to official email accounts.” On Sunday it was confirmed by Kushner’s attorney that he used a private email account to communicate with White House staffers. “Mr. Kushner uses his White House email address to conduct White House business. Fewer than a hundred emails from January through August were either sent to or returned by Mr. Kushner to colleagues in the White House from his personal email account,” attorney Abbe Lowell said in a statement. Lowell said the emails were “usually forwarded news articles or political commentary” and “most often occurred” when someone “initiated the exchange by sending an email to his personal” account. The news of Kushner’s personal email use was first reported by Politico. The statement makes no mention of classified information but says that copies of the emails were sent to his official account for recording. “All non-personal emails were forwarded to his official address, and all have been preserved in any event,” Lowell said. A White House official conducting business on a personal email account is not unprecedented. Before and even after the presidential election, Trump criticized his opponent Hillary Clinton for handling classified information on a private email server during her tenure as secretary of state. Clinton’s use of that server became a major talking point throughout her presidential campaign; the FBI soon initiated an investigation into her use of the server. Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
|LA police investigate possible kidnapping caught on videoMyCentralOregon.com / 2 h. 21 min. ago more|
ABC News(LOS ANGELES) — Authorities are investigating an apparent kidnapping that was captured on video last week, the Los Angeles Police Department said Monday. Surveillance video captured late Sunday night appears to show a woman being snatched up and forced into a vehicle as she kicks frantically. Witnesses told police that they heard someone yell for help around the time that the incident took place. The sedan appears to drive off as the woman fights to escape, according to surveillance footage. Witnesses believe there may have been a second suspect in the vehicle, which was described as a as a light gray four-door sedan, possibly a Chrysler 200 or a Bentley. Police said the car appeared to have Texas license plates, possibly with the first three numbers 763. The LAPD described one suspect as “a male Hispanic in his 20s, 6 feet tall, about 200 pounds,” according to a statement. A description of the second suspect was not available. LAPD Officer Mike Lopez told ABC’s Los Angeles station KABC that someone called 911 to report that they heard a woman scream, which is how the department located the surveillance video. Police urge anyone with information to call detectives at (323)786-5447 or 1-877-LAPD-24-7. Anonymous calls can be made to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS. Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
|At least 1,000 Calif. residents evacuated due to fast-growing wildfireMyCentralOregon.com / 2 h. 24 min. ago more|
ABCNews.com(LOS ANGELES) — At least 1,000 California residents were forced to evacuate on Monday evening due to a 2,000-acre wildfire that had already destroyed one structure, officials said. California fire officials issued a mandatory evacuation for some residents in Corona, Calif., located about 45 minutes southeast of Los Angeles, as the wildfire threatened to burn multiple homes, according to fire officials. The wildfire, dubbed the Canyon Fire by authorities, ignited on just after 1 p.m. on Monday. It was 5 percent contained as of early Tuesday morning, according to fire officials, who said the cause of the fire was unknown. An estimated 300 homes in west Corona were under a mandatory evacuation, with between 1,000 and 1,200 residents affected, Anaheim Fire & Rescue officials said. More than 300 fire personnel from multiple agencies were dispatched to fight the fast-growing fire via air and ground, but the battle was complicated by severe winds, fire officials said. The cause of the blaze is under investigation. Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
|Alec Baldwin, Michael Keaton and other celebrities read Mean Tweets on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”MyCentralOregon.com / 2 h. 55 min. ago more|
ABC/Randy Holmes (LOS ANGELES) — On Monday night’s Jimmy Kimmel Live!, host Jimmy Kimmel discussed the President’s active weekend spent tweeting before unveiling a new batch of celebrity Mean Tweets. “Donald Trump this weekend got in a Twitter feud with NFL, North Korea, and Steph Curry. Not a single word about the 3.5 million citizens in Puerto Rico who are currently without power right now. Although in fairness to him, he probably doesn’t know Puerto Rico’s part of the United States. He is tweeting — it’s unbelievable. When it comes to mean tweets, no one touches our President, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t those to try. From time to time, we like to shine the light on the trolls asking the celebrities to read the tweets. Here it is, a brand-new edition of Mean Tweets.” After the introduction, actors from film and television read upsetting and offensive tweets about themselves. Stars including Gal Godot, Emma Watson, Jake Gyllenhaal, Elisabeth Moss, John Lithgow, Dave Chappell, Jeffrey Tambor, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Aniston, Kristin Bell, Nicolai Coster-Waldau, Kristin Bell, Jennifer Lawrence, Bob Odenkirk, Michael Keaton and Alec Baldwin. Among the highlights, Alec Baldwin read one of Donald Trump’s tweets about him, Jim Parsons read that he looks like a ventriloquist’s dummy and Elisabeth Moss read a tweet that started out as a compliment but ended up insulting her. Michael Keaton was amused by a man who said he was told his smile was like the actor’s. “Someone just told me I smiled like Michael Keaton and I don’t know if I should take one million selfies or put a gun in my mouth,” Keaton read, laughing. He then responded, “I’d put a gun in your mouth.” Jimmy Kimmel Live! airs weeknights at 11:35 on ABC. Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
|“Dancing with the Stars 25” recap: Barbara Corcoran tanksMyCentralOregon.com / 2 h. 55 min. ago more|
ABC/Craig Sjodin(LOS ANGELES) — On Monday night, Dancing with the Stars returned for the second week of the competition and the first evening of a two-night television event. Monday’s theme was classic ballroom dances — waltzes, tangos, quicksteps and foxtrots. It also was the first night of elimination and Shark Tank star Barbara Corcoran was the first to go. Debbie Gibson started the night with a quickstep to “This is My Time” by Amy Stroup and received good reviews from the judges, with Bruno Tonioli saying, “Your chemistry was sizzling. You’re having a good time, we’re having a good time. That’s the key. Shoulders better. Footwork, you should never look like you’re racing it. Just more exactitude.” Her exactitude earned her a 20 out of 30. Nikki Bella said she wanted to prove she’s more than muscles and headlocks, and dedicated her waltz to her Nana. She earned high praise from the judges, Carrie Ann Inaba called her performance “stunning.” Nikki earned a 21. Lindsey Stirling and Mark Ballas did a quickstep that earned them 21. Barbara Corcoran tangoed to “Whatever Lola Wants” and while Len Goodman said she improved from last week, she only scored 17 points, which put her in jeopardy. Nick Lachey and Peta Murgatroyd danced a foxtrot to Barry Manilow’s “Mandy,” and were critiqued by Carrie Ann for not being loose enough. Nick got a 19. After their foxtrot, Nick’s wife, Vanessa Lachey and partner Maks Chmerkovskiy earned strong praise from the judges, with Carrie Ann saying Vanessa was like “liquid gold,” earning her a high score of 24. After taking a spill in rehearsal, Drew Scott did a quickstep. While Carrie Ann was positive, Len Goodman said, “If you were a property, I would have a job getting a mortgage. It’s too loose, and gangly.” Bruno disagreed and called their performance “a fantastic luxury performance.” They earned 20 points. Frankie Muniz and Witney Carson wowed in red for their tango to Imagine Dragons’ “Whatever It Takes” and while Carrie Ann and Bruno raved, Len was booed for saying he thought “it was a little overaggressive.” Nevertheless, in spite of having broken his back in 2009, he impressed them enough to bring in a 23. Terrell Owens wowed the crowd with his sizzling foxtrot with Cheryl Burke and improved greatly from last week with a score of 20, although Len said their performance was too raunchy for ballroom night and got booed again. Bruno was enthralled and called it a “sextrot.” Terrell still made the biggest improvement of anyone since last week and earned a very respectable 20. Sasha Pieterse and Gleb Savchenko worked on her “ballroom face” and danced a Viennese waltz that earned the Pretty Little Liars star a 23. Paralympian Victoria Arlen and Val Chmerkovskiy tangoed into the judges’ hearts for a score of 24, tying her with Vanessa Lachey. Five-time NBA champ Derek Fisher danced a foxtrot and took some criticism for his technique but still managed a 19. His mother was in the balcony and told Erin Andrews that she agreed with the judges, saying, “I thought they were spot-on. It’s difficult when in his profession for almost 20 years, you’ve used that booty for defense. Now you have to learn to tuck and stand. But he’ll get it.” For the last dance of the night, Hamilton star Jordan Fisher returned with Lindsay Arnold for a Viennese waltz and said he hoped to top last week’s high score and have the best dance of the night. Len got booed again for saying he thought their dance was, “a little bit sharp in the movements.” He earned a 24, tying with Vanessa Lachey and Victoria Arlen. In jeopardy at the end of the show were Terrell and Cheryl, which drew boos, and Barbara and Keo Motsepe Both were in the bottom of last week’s scores, but the first couple to be eliminated was Barbara and Keo. The scores: Vanessa Lachey and Maks Chmerkovskiy: 24Victoria Arlen and Val Chmerkovskiy: 24Jordan Fisher and Lindsay Arnold: 24Frankie Muniz and Witney: 23Sasha Pieterse and Gleb Savchenko: 23Nikki Bella and Artem Chigvintsev: 21Lindsey Stirling and Mark Ballas: 21.Debbie Gibson and Alan Bersten: 20Drew Scott and Emma Slater: 20Terrell Owens and Cheryl Burke: 20Derek Fisher and Sharna Burgess: 19Nick Lachey and Peta Murgatroyd: 19Barbara Corcoran and Keo Motsepe: 17 Dancing with the Stars returns Tuesday for Latin night at 9 p.m. on ABC. Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
|Collins to vote 'no' on Graham-Cassidy bill, likely dooming itMyCentralOregon.com / 11 h. 28 min. ago more|
Melina Mara/The Washington Post via Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, announced this evening that she will vote “no” on the Graham-Cassidy health care bill, becoming the third Republican to do so and likely dooming the GOP’s latest effort to repeal and replace Obamacare. “Today, we find out that there is now a fourth version of the Graham-Cassidy proposal, which is as deeply flawed as the previous iterations,” Collins said in a statement. “The fact that a new version of this bill was released the very week we are supposed to vote compounds the problem.” Collins joined Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Rand Paul, R-Ky. Collins said she had three “major concerns” with the proposed legislation from Sens. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., Bill Cassidy, R-La., Dean Heller, R-Nev., and Ron Johnson, R-Wis. Among them were what she called the “sweeping changes and cuts” in the Medicaid program. “The CBO’s analysis on the earlier version of the bill, incomplete though it is due to time constraints, confirms that this bill will have a substantially negative impact on the number of people covered by insurance,” Collins quipped. Off the floor, Collins told reporters President Donald Trump called her in an attempt to sway her vote. She said she told him she’s a likely “no” but would take another look at the revised bill. Vice President Mike Pence also called the senator at her home in Maine over the weekend, she said. “It would be a shorter list to ask me who didn’t call me,” Collins joked. Just minutes before Collins announced her vote, the Congressional Budget Office released a preliminary analysis of the latest version of the Graham-Cassidy estimating that “millions” would lose health care. “The number of people with comprehensive health insurance that covers high-cost medical events would be reduced by millions compared with the baseline projections for each year during the decade, CBO and JCT estimate,” the analysis released Monday states. “That number could vary widely depending on how states implemented the legislation, although the direction of the effect is clear.” Collins’ “no” vote may well be the final nail in the coffin for the Graham-Cassidy bill. The bill needs 52 votes to pass before the Sept. 30 deadline, and with three Republican senators standing in opposition, the bill is essentially dead on arrival. Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
|How Trump's revised ban impacts travel and immigration to the USMyCentralOregon.com / 11 h. 49 min. ago more|
iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — On Sunday, President Trump issued a presidential proclamation banning or restricting travel from eight countries — adding Chad, Venezuela and North Korea to the original list of Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria, and Yemen. In March, Trump ordered a worldwide review the government’s vetting and screening procedures for people seeking entry into the United States. The original 90-day ban, which impacted six counties and went into effect in June after a U.S. Supreme Court ruling, expired Sunday. In July, new requirements on information sharing and security were sent to foreign governments. Any country that did not meet the new standards was given 50 days to make improvements, according to senior government officials. At first, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) found that 16 countries did not meet the new requirements, but after extensive engagement and new information sharing agreements, that number was reduced to eight, according to a senior U.S. official. The new travel restrictions went into effect immediately for those subject to the two earlier travel bans, and take effect October 18 for those added into Sunday’s proclamation. The restrictions are indefinite and subject to change. What’s different? The March executive order temporarily barred entry into the U.S. of citizens of six Muslim-majority nations — Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. That was challenged in the courts and went into partial effect in June after a prolonged legal battle. The March executive order itself, revoked and replaced a similar order issued in late January. In June, the court ruled that the March ban had to include an exception for people who have what the court called “any bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States.” The new proclamation doesn’t specifically include an exception for bona fide relationships. The previous order was a temporary, 90-day ban. The new restrictions are “conditions-based, not time-based,” according to officials. The proclamation kept some level of restrictions on five of the original six countries, which include Iran, Libya, Syria, Yemen and Somalia. The U.S. government removed restrictions on Sudan, which was one of the original six countries. Who is impacted? The ban applies to citizens of the eight countries — Chad, Iran, Venezuela, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, and Yemen — but the restrictions vary from country to country. In addition, although nationals of Iraq will not be banned, they will be subject to additional scrutiny to ensure threatening actors do not enter the U.S., according to senior officials. Restrictions or additional vetting were added for four new countries found not to meet the new standards, including Chad, North Korea and Venezuela and Iraq — which is a special case, according to a senior government official. Chad: Entry into the U.S. by nationals of Chad as immigrants and as non-immigrants on business, tourist, and business-tourist visas is suspended. Although Chad is an important partner, especially in the fight against terrorists, the government of Chad does not adequately share public safety and terrorism-related information, according to a senior government official. Iran: Entry into the U.S. of nationals of Iran as immigrants and as non-immigrants is suspended, except under valid student or exchange visitor visa — although, those visas applicants will be subject to enhanced screening and vetting requirements. According to U.S. government officials, Iran was included because it’s government regularly fails to cooperate with the U.S. in identifying security risks, is the source of significant terrorists threats and is a state-sponsor of terrorism. Venezuela: Only entry into the U.S. of certain Venezuelan government officials and their immediate family members as non-immigrants on business, tourist and business-tourist visas is suspended. According to U.S. officials, the government of Venezuela is uncooperative in verifying whether its citizens pose national security or public safety threats. Libya: Entry into the United States of nationals of Libya as immigrants and as non-immigrants on business, tourist, and business-tourist visas is suspended. Government officials also called Libya an “important partner” in the fight against terrorism, but said the country faces significant challenges in sharing information and does not fully cooperate when it comes to taking back deported nationals. North Korea: The entry into the United States of nationals of North Korea as immigrants and non-immigrants is suspended. It was concluded that the government in North Korea does not cooperate with the U.S. government in any respect and fails to satisfy all information-sharing requirements. Somalia: Entry into the U.S. of nationals of Somalia as immigrants is suspended, and non-immigrants traveling to the United States will be subject to enhanced screening and vetting requirements. Despite the fact that U.S. officials believe Somalia to be an important partner in the fight against terror, and satisfies the bare minimum of U.S. information-sharing requirements, the government in Somalia still has significant identity management deficiencies and is recognized as a terrorist safe haven, among other concerns. Syria: Entry into the U.S. of nationals of Syria as immigrants and non-immigrants is suspended. The government in Syria regularly fails to cooperate with the U.S. government in identifying security risks, is the source of significant terrorist threats, has been designated as a state sponsor of terrorism, has significant inadequacies in identity management protocols and fails to share public safety and terrorism information, according to U.S. officials. Yemen: Entry into the United States of nationals of Yemen as immigrants and non-immigrants on business, tourist and business-tourist visas is suspended, although U.S. officials believe that Yemen is also an important partner. The ban does not apply to lawful permanent residents, those already in the U.S. on the effective date, those with valid visas on the effective date, dual citizens who are traveling on passports of a non-banned country, or those already granted asylum. After Oct. 18, anyone seeking an exception will have to apply for a waiver or qualify through an exception in the actual text of the proclamation, which is not as broad as the Supreme Court exceptions to the previous order, according to a senior U.S. official. What’s next? Since this proclamation is not time-based, countries can be removed from the list, while other countries can be added, based on changes in conditions. Acting Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Sec. Elaine Duke, in coordination with other cabinet officials, can recommend changes to the president on a rolling basis. DHS must also submit reports to the president every 180 days providing an update on the current status of each country. On Monday, the Supreme Court removed cases related to the previous travel ban from its calendar. Arguments in the case were scheduled to be heard on October 10, but, the court instead instructed the parties in the cases, Trump v. International Refugee Assistance and Trump v. Hawaii, to file briefs addressing “whether, or to what extent” the latest proclamation renders the issue moot. Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
|Dallas Cowboys, including owner Jerry Jones, link arms, kneel ahead of national anthemMyCentralOregon.com / 12 h. 6 min. ago more|
Christian Petersen/Getty Images(DALLAS) — Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones linked arms and kneeled with the team’s players ahead of the national anthem this evening. On Sunday, NFL players, teams and owners across the league participated in a peaceful protest by kneeling, locking arms, or skipping the playing of the national anthem all together in response to President Donald Trump’s criticism of players who “disrespect” the U.S. The Cowboys, who are in Arizona to face off against the Cardinals, stood and joined arms while the national anthem played, as did the Cardinals. A photo tweeted by the Cowboys’ account showed Jones kneeling alongside the players, with the caption “#FootballIsFamily.” #FootballIsFamily pic.twitter.com/otMlQjqnnr — Dallas Cowboys (@dallascowboys) September 26, 2017 Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
|“OItNB” Emmy winner Uzo Aduba, Lee Daniels, and Diddy show support for #taketheknee protestMyCentralOregon.com / 13 h. 55 min. ago more|
FilmMagic/Roy Rochlin(NEW YORK) — After Donald Trump’s comments over the weekend about how NFL players — or any pro athletes — who decide to protest the national anthem by taking a knee should be fired, many celebrities are speaking out against the president and “taking the knee” in support. “It’s that easy. #takeaknee,” Orange Is the New Black actress Uzo Aduba tweeted, sharing an image of herself taking the knee in front an African-inspired painting. Empire creator Lee Daniels showed his solidarity over the weekend by taking a knee and asking fans to do the same. “#TAKEAKNEE – Take a photo – Post It!” he wrote on Instagram. Rosie Perez also shared her thoughts on the #taketheknee protest, tweeting, “Wow… Even #Jaguars owner #Khan #TakeAKneeNFL. @NFL. Diddy offered his thoughts on video in an Instagram message to NFL players over the weekend. “I just wanna send some blessings and also, you know, some support to all the players in the NFL,” the music mogul said in part. “If you all do whatever you do in unity, you can’t be stopped.” Diddy continued: “Just do the math, man…stick together, stand up for each other, ride with each other because believe me, we’re all we got and it has nothing to do with football or business. Y’all are our stars, y’all represent us, y’all are our strong heroes. So show that strength, please.” Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
|How Insurance Best Protects Your Contractor BusinessCascade Business News / 17 h. 17 min. ago more|
(Image above attributed to Pixabay.com) Construction and professions that involve contracting are often said to be one of the trickiest and at the same time most rewarding fields of human endeavor, because it involves planning and executing with many safety issues and many unknown variables – there are constant challenges. These fields are also unique in that they carry with them inherent risks in various areas. Insurance is a necessity. Because construction and contracting is a unique field, it often requires insurance that protects against unique threats. It’s important to ask: ‘Am I properly covered?’ Here’s how insurance such as general liability insurance for contractors online best protects your contractor business. Physical injury When you are in an industry that is physically labor-intensive, personal and physical injuries are bound to happen, no matter how much you try to prevent them. Good safety measures may reduce the frequency and the seriousness, but they can never eliminate them. Insurance against physical injury is a good step forward. Immediate medical expenses Immediate medical expenses – especially in cases of emergencies – can be quite costly, and it could be a hassle to cover all the needs in a short period of time. Insurance can step in right away and help you cover this. Property damage Damage to property of third persons or public property is something that unfortunately occurs too often, and it’s usually caused by simple accidents, miscalculations, or negligence. In these cases (in this day and age) a lawsuit is just waiting to happen, so it’s important to protect yourself in this regard. Note: third party damage doesn’t cover any damage to property of the client you are currently working with or for. Completed projects When projects are completed, they should be done well – but make no mistake, there are instances in which a project is not completed to the satisfaction of the client, or causes accidents that aren’t foreseen. For example, the shelves you installed may have had a loose screw, resulting in the injury of a child. Your legal and damage expenses can be minimized with the proper coverage. Faulty workmanship It’s always a hassle when someone claims your work is flawed or faulty in some way (and perhaps it’s not the case, depending on the contract). Nevertheless, you’ll have to deal with it and be properly covered. Life, and especially the construction and contracting business, is loaded with various kinds of risks, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try to minimize risks and get a safety net to fall back on when things go wrong. You can’t leave it all up to chance. The contractor with the right kind of insurance can be certain that all will not be lost if (or rather, when) unfortunate events happen; they are also able to confidently focus on what every business should: growth and expansion. The post How Insurance Best Protects Your Contractor Business appeared first on Cascade Business News.
|3 Common Manufacturing Challenges and How to Overcome ThemCascade Business News / 17 h. 21 min. ago more|
The manufacturing sector has a more optimistic outlook in 2017, but the industry continues to face challenges. In August, manufacturers added workers at a higher rate than any month in the past four years, according to Labor Department data released at the beginning of September. Meanwhile, manufacturing activity reached a six-year high, with the Institute for Supply Management reporting a manufacturing index of 58.8 percent in August, up from 56.3 percent in July and the highest level since April 2011. Eighty percent of manufacturers are more optimistic about the general U.S. economy than last year, and 66 percent are more optimistic about the manufacturing sector, according to a Sikich LLC report. But Sikich also found that manufacturers continue to face a number of challenges in 2017. Here’s a look at three of the biggest challenges manufacturers are experiencing, along with some tips on how to overcome them. Closing the Skills Gap A shortage of skilled workers is the biggest obstacle facing manufacturers in 2017. Sixty percent of manufacturers say a lack of qualified workers is their biggest barrier to business growth. Nearly half of manufacturers say addressing workforce challenges is one of their top three priorities in 2017, making this the most common answer. To close the skills gap, one strategy manufacturers should adopt is cultivating relationships with educational institutions as early as the high school level, says Sikich. Educational institutions provide employers with opportunities to educate young workers about the benefits of manufacturing careers and to recruit talent through job fairs, on-the-job training courses and internships. Sikich also recommends that manufacturers diversify their outreach to include more groups, including immigrants, suggesting that employers hire translators to facilitate this strategy. Cutting Operational Costs Lowering operational expenses was the second top priority cited by respondents to Sikich’s survey. Unit labor costs rose in 64 of 86 manufacturing sectors in 2016, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics data. Unit labor costs fell 0.3 percent in the second quarter of 2017, but this still represented a 0.1 percent increase compared to the same quarter last year. One strategy manufacturers can use to cut costs is by making better use of automation to reduce expenses for labor and production. Companies such as GE, IBM and Siemens AG have developed smart factory sensors that can monitor production variables and analyze the resulting data in order to optimize efficiency, delivering savings of as much as 30 percent, says Rueters. Manufacturers can also reduce materials costs by using suppliers who employ 3D printing technology. For instance, o-ring manufacturer Apple Rubber uses 3-D printing to offer custom products in over 8,000 sizes made out of materials such as fluorocarbon. Using 3-D printing services can significantly lower the cost of prototyping, as well as production in some cases. Opening New Markets Expanding into new markets represents another major challenge for manufacturers. Finding new markets for products and services was nearly as high a priority as cutting operational costs for manufacturers responding to Sikich’s survey. Ranking just behind this was the need to develop new products and services to meet changing demand. An important tool manufacturers are underutilizing that can help address this issue is tax credits for research and development. Manufacturers can typically receive tax credits representing 5 to 7 percent of their R&D expenses. But Sikich found that only about half of businesses are taking advantage of this tax credit opportunity. Sikich CPA Tom Perez recommends that manufacturers hire R&D tax study firms to determine whether they qualify for a tax credit and to ensure that they meet auditing requirements. Manufacturers have three years to apply for the credit, so you can amend prior returns if you qualify. Taking advantage of R&D tax credits can allow you to invest more of your revenue into research, better empowering you to develop new products for new markets. The post 3 Common Manufacturing Challenges and How to Overcome Them appeared first on Cascade Business News.
|River surfing catching on with the help of wave legends like Gerry Lopez - OCRegisterGoogle News / 17 h. 24 min. ago more|
OCRegisterRiver surfing catching on with the help of wave legends like Gerry LopezOCRegisterMy right thumb was still swollen and tender after being bent backwards the previous day on my first attempt at Bend, Oregon's “Green Wave,” an injury caused as I gripped onto the board before I, along with it, was tossed like a battered rag doll into ...
|Pickleballers Give to Those Affected by HurricanesKBND / 17 h. 51 min. ago more|
SISTERS, OR -- The founders of Grand Peaks are partnering with Saint Luke Church in Chicago to help those affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, as well as the fires in both Central Oregon and Montana. Grand Peaks Partner, Neil Amondson, says we're all one emergency or natural disaster away from needing assistance ourselves, so this is the best way he knows to help out. "We established the fund through Saint Luke in Chicago that gives 100% directly to the need and we don't necessarily know people directly, but we have a fraternity established through pickleball, and thought, this is a great way to help, and possibly give back." So far, the fund has raised $10,700. If you would like to give, please follow this link: http://grandpeaksatsisters.com/ Amondson says, "There's a need for everybody and not just pickleball players, but we have a connection with pickleball there, so we're reaching out to other pickleball players across the country and saying, 'why don't you join us in helping those in need?' there's just so many things happening, that we thought this is a small way we could help." Saint Luke Church will absorb any processing fees from PayPal, should you choose to donate through Grand Peaks at Sisters. The developer of Grand Peaks, Hunter Renaissance Development, has also started campaigns to honor and support military veterans and soldiers, as well as assist with affordable housing programs. There are currently 2.5 million pickleballers in the nation, and Amondson says there could be as many as 8 million by next year.
|27th Street to Fully ReopenKBND / 18 h. 5 min. ago more|
BEND, OR -- 27th Street has been under construction since July of 2016, and the end of the road work is finally in sight. Eric Forster, with the City of Bend says the project is only about two weeks from finishing. "Specifically, 27th and Reed Market will be open no later than October 6th, so we're looking to maybe beat that, but we're on schedule to make that date." He says there's some detail work to complete on Bear Creek and 27th, and some night work to finish at the intersection of 27th with Neff Rd. "We are just doing the last little bits. We're going to have some punch list items and then we are going to have all of 27th reopened." The Sewer Line Project has stretched along 27th Street from Neff Rd. to Reed Market, causing closures, detours, and rerouting, but Eric Forster says there's a final leg of 27th that needs some attention before the City can call the project finished. "The City has another project where they're going to do some grinding and some paving and it's going to go from Reed Market down to Ferguson. So, essentially, from Ferguson to Neff is going to be all new pavement. Now, a lot of that paving is complete. A lot of what you see out there is the final surface." He adds that he knows it's been a long time getting to this point. "I just appreciate everybody's patience on the job. We do have a little bit of touchup work here, and please keep your speeds down, we do have people working alongside the road, and we don't want anybody to get hurt, so just be safe out there." The section of 27th Street stretching from Reed Market south to Ferguson closed this morning for the grinding and repaving portion of the project.
|Bend-Area Trooper Honored After 2016 ShootingKBND / 22 h. 35 min. ago more|
BEND, OR -- The state trooper heralded as a hero following a deadly confrontation at the High Desert Museum in May of 2016, was honored for his actions, this weekend. Senior Trooper Richard Brannin was the first officer on scene, a man suffering mental problems took an employee at knifepoint inside the crowded museum. After the suspect was hit twice with a taser and continued to advance with the knife in hand, he was shot and killed by the trooper. Investigators release video of museum shooting Brannin was honored with the Holly V. Holcomb award, which is given to OSP Troopers who distinguish themselves during a deadly confrontation with an armed and dangerous suspect. The agency said in a statement, "Sr. Trooper Brannin’s conduct and actions, represent the highest standards of an Oregon State Trooper. The courage he displayed in his response to the situation is a testament to the measure and strength of his character and exemplifies the qualities of an Oregon State Trooper."
|Prescribed Burn Scheduled For OchocosKBND / 23 h. 38 min. ago more|
PAULINA, OR -- Fire managers plan to take advantage of last week’s rain and conduct a 3,800-acre prescribed burn in the Ochocos, this week. "The Forest Service recognizes that ‘boy, we just got out of this really big fire season,’ and people are really tired of dealing smoke; they’re really tired of hearing about fire," says Patrick Lair, with the Ochoco National Forest. "But, this little window of opportunity is probably the last one we’re going to have this year." He points to this fire season as an example of the importance of fuels reduction work. Lair says Crews burned the boundary of the unit last fall, but a big rain event forced them to push the rest of the project to this year. "We have very narrow windows of opportunity to complete prescribed burning, where the fuels are wet enough that they won’t really take off running if they catch on fire, but they’re dry enough so they will burn." And, he tells KBND News, it's also the perfect time to have the least amount of impact on hunters. "Fall hunting is a really big deal in the Ochocos; people come from all over for the deer and elk hunt, here. This is the week that falls in between archery and rifle deer season, and it also happens to line up with expected weather and fuel conditions that could be just right for getting this burn done." Weather permitting, crews will start ignitions around 11 a.m. Tuesday, south of Black Canon Wilderness. Smoke could linger near Paulina through the end of the week.
|Missing Psych Patient Caught In Warm SpringsKBND / 1 d. 0 h. 12 min. ago more|
WARM SPRINGS, OR -- A missing psychiatric patient was re-apprehend over the weekend, in Warm Springs. According to Oregon State Police, 22-year-old Rodrick Edminston escaped the custody of a secure transport company Friday, at the Cow Canyon rest area on Highway 97, south of Maupin. They say he was not restrained during the transport and was not armed, although he is classified as schizophrenic and “dangerous.” OSP immediately began a search of the area but couldn’t find the man. Warm Springs Police located Edminston in a restroom near the Kahneeta Resort, Sunday morning.
|Old McKenzie Hwy Remains Closed IndefinitelyKBND / 1 d. 1 h. 14 min. ago more|
SISTERS, OR -- Old McKenzie Highway, also known as Oregon 242, will remain closed to cars and bicycles until all hazardous trees can be removed and repairs can be made. The road closed in August, in response to the Milli and Separation fires, which destroyed large sections of forestland along the scenic route. The Forest Service is working to identify and remove dead and dying trees that could pose a hazard to the road in the next three to five years. Some of those trees will be made available to the public for firewood. Depending on the weather, officials say the route may be open in time for over-snow travel this winter. Peter Murphy, with the Oregon Department of Transportation, talks about the damage in the Your Town Podcast. Click HERE to listen to the full interview. Stock Photo
|Hands-free only way for drivers to use phone starting SundayBend News / 1 d. 2 h. 9 min. ago more|
A driver talks on his cellphone while trying to navigate the roundabout at SW Reed Market and Mt. Bachelor Drive in Bend on Friday, Sept.
|World Champion BMX rider from Bend, Ore. eyes 2020 Olympics - KVALGoogle News / 1 d. 5 h. 48 min. ago more|
World Champion BMX rider from Bend, Ore. eyes 2020 OlympicsKVALOriginally from Bend Oregon, Armstrong is a proud Oregonian. "I really didn't think standard sports, because she loved it. But I never thought she would get to the level she is at,” said Jill Armstrong, Olivia's mother. A dedicated 17 year-old who has ...and more »
|Bend businessman seeks to withdraw guilty plea to filing false tax returnBend News / 1 d. 10 h. 58 min. ago more|
Prosecutors say Stephen Munson falsely claimed that he donated 200,000 shares of stock from his Bend company Vulcan Power Company to University of Oregon and Stanford University when he signed his tax return in 2008. But Munson's new defense lawyer Ronald Hoevet argues that a judge who accepted Munson's guilty plea failed to confirm Munson's understanding of the charge and the basis for his plea.
|Miller Elementary teacher new union presidentBend News / 1 d. 13 h. 14 min. ago more|
Janelle Rebick is the new president of the Bend Teachers Association. One of her art quilts, a depiction of her son in the forest near Waldo Lake, can be seen in the background.
|Bend businessman seeks to withdraw guilty plea to filing false tax return - OregonLive.comGoogle News / 1 d. 13 h. 33 min. ago more|
OregonLive.comBend businessman seeks to withdraw guilty plea to filing false tax returnOregonLive.comProsecutors say Stephen Munson falsely claimed that he donated 200,000 shares of stock from his Bend company Vulcan Power Company to University of Oregon and Stanford University when he signed his tax return in 2008. But Munson's new defense ...
|Oregon Field GuideBend News / 1 d. 19 h. 58 min. ago more|
Sandhill crane specialist Gary Ivey with the International Crane Foundation based in Bend, Oregon, attaches satellite transmitters to the migrating birds and discovers an unexpected migration route.
|Private house on public land causes problemsBend News / 2 d. 0 h. 19 min. ago more|
Chuck McGrath and Jennipher Grudzien, of Grace Bio-labs, are pictured in this Aug. 26, 2008, photo at their facility in Bend. - Bulletin Chuck McGrath and Jennipher Grudzien, of Grace Bio-labs, are pictured in this Aug. 26, 2008, photo at their facility in Bend.
|Various cultures on display at annual festivalBend News / 2 d. 10 h. 54 min. ago more|
Jaspreet Arora watches as Luis Anguiano, 11, center, and his brother Aaron Anguiano, 10, try on some traditional clothing from Punjab, a state in northern India, during the Festival of Cultures in Redmond on Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017.
|As Bend considers ward elections, a look at other citiesBend News / 2 d. 13 h. 9 min. ago more|
Those are two of the big questions a citizen committee reviewing Bend's charter will try to answer Tuesday, before city councilors and Bend voters make a final decision next year on instituting a ward system and directly electing a mayor. Excluding Bend and Portland, which has a rare commission form of government in which the mayor and elected commissioners administrate city departments along with passing laws and hearing land-use appeals, most of Oregon's 10 largest cities elect their councils from wards.
|'Dangerous' psychiatric patient escapes in transit near MaupinBend News / 2 d. 15 h. 27 min. ago more|
Police are asking for the public's help locating a 22-year-old man who escaped from custody at a rest area near Maupin on Friday. According to Oregon State Police, Rodrick Edminston escaped at the Cow Canyon rest stop, about 20 miles south of Maupin, near the Warm Springs Reservation.
|Kyle and Kim Richards look to be on good termsBend News / 2 d. 22 h. 5 min. ago more|
Back to being best friends! Kyle and Kim Richards on good terms after sibling rivalry on Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills as they hit Skydog Sanctuary But over the weekend the two looked like best friends as they stopped by the Skydog Sanctuary , the ranch and rescue home for wild mustangs. The event was held at a Malibu ranch with locals and VIP's to come and meet the mustangs and learn about the organization.
|Planning to begin on trail from Bend to Lava LandsBend News / 3 d. 2 h. 33 min. ago more|
Robin DeRegt, left, and Mark DeRegt make their way along a section of the Sun-Lava Path while visiting Central Oregon from Seattle on Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017.
|Joe Nichols: Get Well SoonBend News / 3 d. 11 h. 6 min. ago more|
In a Facebook post on Thursday, September 21st, East Texan Joe Nichols announced a pneumonia diagonisis and cancelled his Thursday night performance in Bend, Oregon.
|The Real Value of Workplace Culture In Today’s EconomyCascade Business News / 3 d. 17 h. 15 min. ago more|
(Image Above | Pixabay) A great workplace culture is imperative in today’s business world, where everyone from investors to end consumers value corporate transparency. How you run your business behind closed doors can have a tremendous impact on your overall success. Howard H. Stevenson, the Chair of the Harvard Business Publishing Company board once said, “Maintaining an effective culture is so important that it, in fact, trumps even strategy.” For culture to play such a big role, it’s unfortunate that many CEOs and small business owners don’t take it seriously enough. For starters, many people simply don’t understand what workplace culture consists of. Culture is everything that happens among your staff when upper management isn’t watching. It’s how comfortable the staff is, how valuable they are and how valuable they feel, as well as what motivates them to continue working for you. It’s about their environment — and how appealing or ineffective it is. And believe it or not, small changes in day-to-day operations can have a huge impact on workplace culture. Why You Need To Care About Workplace Culture As a business owner, you should want your employees to be happy to work for you. There’s no reason they should be dreading going to work each day. Sometimes, the work is difficult and long hours and creative thinking is necessary — but working under you shouldn’t add stress. When the workplace culture is positive, your employees are happier, and happiness has been proven to increase productivity. Culture can also help you recruit great talent. It’s not uncommon for potential candidates to check company reviews on sites like Glassdoor or Indeed. And for major companies, workplace culture is a huge topic among the public and news outlets (enough to affect stock prices). Money isn’t enough to keep the best employees on your team and encourage them to do great work for you. Improving The Workplace Culture There are plenty of horrible work culture experiences to forewarn you of the effects of a bad environment. Uber’s terrible workplace culture resulted in the CEO having to leave the company, and several key players being fired. You don’t want this to be you. Sometimes, you might not even realize that you’ve cultivated a bad workplace culture. When you’re in charge, it can be difficult to view operations from the eyes of an employee. This is why you should have methods in place of gathering feedback and making your staff feel comfortable with providing it. For example, Quirk created a flow chart that allows employees to suggest, vote, and implement ideas, rather than anonymously suggest changes. This encourages ownership and free thought. Often, improving the workplace culture takes just a little extra effort each day. This could include being sincere in thanking your employees for jobs well done (a little appreciation goes a long way). Let them know why you’re grateful to have them working for you, and what you liked most about their work. You can also buy in-office treats, such as snacks for the kitchen or grab bagels on Friday morning. Get your employees in on helping build the culture, too. Assign one or a few people the responsibility of handling a monthly team building exercise or work outing. This involves them in the process and gives them creative freedom and responsibility. It’s important that you set aside a budget — however small or large — to let your employees have fun with one another without focusing on deadlines, paperwork, or conference calls. Examples of Great Workplace Culture Sometimes it’s best to take a look at how other companies are keeping their employees happy to give you inspirational ideas on what to do in your own office. Google Google is one of the most popular examples of a great workplace culture. Google does a wonderful job of keeping employees happy; one look at their offices, and you’ll see why. In fact, they’re known for their playful, fun office environments. Their New York City office is dog-friendly and there’s 3,000 scooters on-site for navigating the building. Their California office has a bowling alley, climbing wall, a slide, and weekly celebrations. Everything about their culture is calculated. The company offers free meals and snacks, and ensures that the wait in line is just three to four minutes — short enough to not waste time, but long enough to chat with other people. Infor Workplace culture also comprises what goes on beyond business hours for people that aren’t a part of your team. How businesses give back to their communities affects employee and public perception, and speaks volumes for company values. Charles Phillips of Infor aims to give back to local communities through a series of assistance programs. They’ve partnered with educational institutions to increase diversity in the tech industry and diminish STEM skills shortages in the workforce. And to close the gender gap, Women Infor Network (WIN) supporting, recruiting, and mentoring women in tech. Snag A Job You don’t have to have a Google budget to incorporate fun into the workplace. Snag A Job, a job listing service for hourly work, does their best to make work feel less like — well, work. Part of Snag a Job’s workplace culture involves chilli-cookoffs, office olympics, and more. They were ranked first on the 2012 list of Great Places To Work. They maintain a Culture Squad with a revolving team that consists of one employee from each department. It’s up to them to decide on the events for the month and keep the working environment enjoyable for everyone. The post The Real Value of Workplace Culture In Today’s Economy appeared first on Cascade Business News.
|Nathan Boddie Launches District 54 CampaignKBND / 3 d. 19 h. 45 min. ago more|
BEND, OR -- Political hopefuls are starting to make known their intentions and Dr. Nathan Boddie recently joined the fray, announcing his intent to run for Knute Buehler's vacating Representative seat. Boddie, a Georgia native who has lived in Central Oregon for over a decade, and became a member of the Bend City Council in November of 2014, will be running on the Democrat ticket, but he doesn't like labels. "You know, I don't think it has to be so much about what letter is after your name, I think the residents of Bend can decide who a good candidate is, and hopefully they like what I've been doing. You know, they overwhelmingly sent me to Council to represent their interests and that's what I've done. And I want to certainly continue to do my best and that's what I would plan to do in Salem, as well." Boddie says he'd be happy to work with Buehler, as the two have always shared a civil professional relationship, but he believes Kate Brown should continue as Oregon's Governor. Due to Oregon's particular style of governing, Boddie says while some changes will be made to his office should he win, he's confident that he can do both. "Oregon has a, an essentially, a part-time citizen's government, so it's not intended as a full-time position and it's not built that way. And medicine is really the other half, the other side of the coin of how I can best help the community, so I'll continue to help my patients, and I'll continue to help the residents of Bend that aren't my patients in the local government." Boddie, a Bend City Council member since 2014, is running as a pro-choice, pro-second-amendment Democrat but points out that he's represented all the citizens of Bend on the council and plans to continue that practice in Salem. He says, in representing his constituents on the local level, he's learned that his policies are aligned with theirs. "Some of our local representation from Oregon has opposed what's been going on at the State level, I would argue that that's one of the big reasons I want to take this position, because I think that that voice has been out of step with what most people in Bend believe." Boddie will be seeking the Democrat nomination for Knute Buehler's representative seat.
|Don’t Want to Go to College? Here Are Viable AlternativesCascade Business News / 3 d. 20 h. 7 min. ago more|
There is a well-known sentiment in the business world, and it goes something like this: It’s important for everyone to write their own book rather than read someone else’s. Put otherwise, it’s best to carve your own path in the world, even if that path veers from tradition. For many people, this means an alternative to four-year college. Whether you’re a recent high school graduate, a retiree looking to supplement income or anyone in between, there are many alternative education pathways to professional success. Here are just a few of them: Become an Entrepreneur Peter Theil once challenged students not to go to college and embark on entrepreneurship instead. To be sure, many famous entrepreneurs don’t have a college degree: Bill Gates, Richard Branson and Coco Chanel among them. If you have ideas and motivation, there’s a solid chance you may succeed as an entrepreneur. One of the most viable options is to join ranks with a company that is already established, such as Amway. In the past six decades, Amway has paid out nearly $60 billion in bonuses and incentives to its distributors worldwide, a number that surpasses all other direct sales company throughout history. They help job-seekers gain in-demand skills through non-degree learning opportunities, and then provide ongoing training for success. Enlist in the Military When it comes to job security, benefits, education and promotional opportunities, the military is second to none. As of 2010, a Congressional Budget Report indicates that the average active duty soldier earns $99,000 annually, including pay and benefits, with approximately 60 percent of that being non-cash compensation. Plus, anyone who lusts for adventure is apt to relish the opportunities available through the military. Attend Vocational or Trade School Becoming a tradesman or enrolling in vocational school can be an excellent option for people who aren’t going to a traditional college, particularly for those who enjoy working with their hands. Doing so allows you to earn money while enrolled in training or learning a trade as an apprentice. Job security is nearly assured and pay is often impressive. People who choose a vocational school often do so for the following reasons: • They need to establish a career in a hurry • They know what they want to do • They want hands-on experience • They need flexibility • They want a high-demand career Volunteer Volunteering isn’t just a way to give back to the community; it’s also a viable option for people looking to gain job skills in a hands-on environment, gain access to experiences unlikely to happen in daily life, and build character. In 2014, a federal study showed that 1 in 4 Americans volunteered through an organization and two-thirds helped their neighbors during the previous year. The estimated value of this volunteer service is nearly $173 billion, an amount surmised from the Independent Sector’s estimate of the average value of a volunteer hour. There are countless organizations to volunteer with depending on interests, skills and desire for relocation. The Corporation for National and Community Service is an option for high school graduates looking to stay within the United States. The agency aims to strengthen America’s nonprofit sector while addressing the nation’s challenges through volunteering. AmeriCorps and the Peace Corps are well-known options that provide experiences within and outside of the United States. Although there is an endless push for high school students to attend college immediately after graduation, this isn’t the only option available. Likewise, adults who have already started other careers can turn to these options for a meaningful alternative to university courses. The post Don’t Want to Go to College? Here Are Viable Alternatives appeared first on Cascade Business News.
|Wyden To Talk Healthcare, Wildfires In La PineKBND / 3 d. 20 h. 24 min. ago more|
LA PINE, OR -- A new effort to repeal and replace Obamacare could get a vote in the Senate as early as next week. Oregon Senator Ron Wyden is a ranking Democrat on the Senate Finance Committee, which is expected to hold a hearing on the new GOP bill Monday. Senator Wyden tells KBND news, "This is extraordinarily important to our state. The independent analyst showed that Oregon would actually be the hardest hit state in the nation, losing about $13 billion in funding, if this legislation becomes law. We are pulling out all the stops to derail this bill." He believes rural Oregon would be most impacted by the Graham-Cassidy Healthcare bill, which would slash Medicaid funding. "I always tell people, ‘Listen to the rural hospitals, listen to the rural doctors, listen to the rural older people for whom this legislation has been a lifeline.’ I had a listening tour just in rural facilities. And, overwhelmingly they said this bill was enormously important." He tells KBND News he's heard from rural hospitals, "They say, ‘because of this bill we were able to hire a staff person and now the waiting lines are not as long for rural seniors'." This latest healthcare bill would reduce federal subsidies for insurers and Medicaid; instead it would provide block grants to states until the year 2027. Only 50 votes are needed to pass the bill until September 30. If it doesn’t go before the full Senate until after October first, Republicans would need 60 votes. Senator Wyden expects healthcare and wildfire funding will be big topics at a Saturday afternoon's town hall meeting in La Pine. It begins at 3 p.m. at the La Pine Community Center (16405 First St.) and is his fourth Deschutes County town hall this year. To hear our full conversation with Wyden, click HERE or visit our Podcast Page.
|Mt. Bachelor Closed Due To SnowKBND / 3 d. 21 h. 22 min. ago more|
BEND, OR -- Mt Bachelor Resort closed Friday due to extensive snow covering trails and mountain biking is suspended for the weekend. But, the hill will open Saturday and Sunday for what the resort is calling "Snowseeing." Visitors can take a scenic chairlift ride up to mid-mountain while it's snow covered. The Pine Marten lift will be open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Season ticket holders ride for free, others can purchase tickets. Crews are also working on a few features in a designated area for tubing. The free, walk-up tubing park will be available Saturday. Mt. Bachelor's parking lot is open, but only partially plowed. General Manager John McLeod says, "Although only temporary, the snow is exciting and a spectacular departure from our hazy, smoke filled days of late. Come up, take a chair ride, hit some jibs or even make a snowman, but most importantly enjoy your mountain this weekend." He believes the snow will melt as temperatures warm next week, and downhill trails will reopen for the final two weeks of the planned biking season.
|Charter Review Committee Narrows FocusKBND / 3 d. 22 h. 17 min. ago more|
BEND, OR -- Bend’s Charter Review Committee is moving full-speed ahead toward creating recommendations for a 2018 ballot measure. City Manager Eric King says they appear to agree on the need for a directly elected mayor, but there remains a lot of discussion around how voters would select City Councilors in the future. "I think the committee seems to narrow in on either four or six wards. Those could take a variety of forms: they could be four quadrants of the city based on the directional indicators, or it could be this idea of a Super ward – where you might have the four wards and then an overlay of maybe one councilor representing the south side of Bend and then then north side. You could also, perhaps, two elected officials per ward so you don’t have complete turnover when you have an election." Committee members are working to narrow down all those options, "Right now, what the committee is doing is interviewing cities, mainly here in Oregon, that have a ward system; or maybe they had a ward system and they don’t have one anymore," says King. "There are other local entities that this committee is interviewing, including the school district and COCC. Both of those entities have elected officials by district." Those regional districts are very similar to "wards." He says there's no talk of changing the total number of Councilors. Voters would get the final say on any revisions to the city’s charter, which could happen as soon as the May 2018 election. However, there are still questions as to when those changes would take effect. "We also have to look at the election cycles," King tells KBND News. "We have three positions that are up in 2018. So, how you would implement a system based on three folks, and if one of them is a directly elected mayor, do the other two become two that represent wards. Or, do we move in 2020 to elect all? If we’re doing four wards, the most logical time to do that would be 2020." The committee is expected to update Councilors on their progress October fourth. Click HERE to listen to our full conversation with Bend City Manager Eric King, or visit our Podcast Page.
|Press On Cancer Survivorship Event Back in Bend for Third YearCascade Business News / 4 d. 12 h. 35 min. ago more|
Cider will be enjoyed, live music will play, a 5K will be run, and funds will be raised for Central Oregon cancer survivorship programs during the third annual Press On: Moving Lives Through Cancer event on Saturday, September 23, 3 to 7pm at Atlas Cider Company (550 SW Industrial Way) in Bend. In addition, physical therapists, health care professions, exercise and rehab specialists, and recreational advocates will be on-hand to share the benefits an active lifestyle can have on those affected by cancer. During this free, all-ages event, funds raised through beverage sales, 5K entries and event sponsorships will be donated to Tour des Chutes, a Central Oregon nonprofit organization supporting cancer care and survivorship for children and adults in Central Oregon. Tour des Chutes will work with Press On organizers to use these funds to create a new physical rehabilitation program serving local cancer survivors. Over its first two years, Press On has raised a combined $20,000 for local cancer survivorship programs. “Physical therapy and exercise play critical roles in improving a person’s quality of life during and after cancer diagnosis and treatment,” said Meredith Wampler-Kuhn, PT, DPTSc, a Bend-based physical therapist who specializes in oncology rehabilitation and lead organizer of the Press On event. “In our third year, we plan to continue celebrating this in a meaningful way through this partnership with Tour des Chutes.” Here are some highlights of this year’s Press On event: Drinks for Charity: Atlas Cider Company will again serve as the host sponsor for this Press On event, donating proceeds from cider sales and the sale of specially labeled “Press On 2017″ commemorative cider bottles to the cause. Other local brewers will also donate drink options to be on hand leading up to and during the year’s Press On event, including Humm Kombucha, Immersion Brewing, and Volcano Vineyards. Recharge 5K Run Run: Recharge in Bend will be hosting and sponsoring the second-annual 5K Press On Fun Run, a 5K run/walk around the Old Mill District that will begin and end at Atlas Cider Company, beginning at 4 p.m. Registration forms for the timed run are available at Atlas Cider Company and Recharge (both located in the Bend Box Factory), and online at pressonbend.com/5k-register. Cost for the run is $25, and participants will receive a T-shirt and drink ticket. Live Music: Two Central Oregon bands will rock the Press On stage this year: Weez-It and Streetlight Moon. Both popular bands boast a solid local following and will bring energy to this annual celebration. Founded in 2015 by Wampler-Kuhn, fellow physical therapist and Bend business owner Tannus Quatre, and local marketing professional Ben Montgomery, Press On: Moving Lives Through Cancer exists to educate and engage the community about the healing power of phsyical activities in the lives of those with cancer. Multiple medical studies have supported this idea. Along with helping cancer patients maintain strength, decrease fatigue, minimize pain and maximize function and mobility, physical therapists play a critical role in identifying possible complications during and after treatment. But there’s more, says Wampler-Kuhn. “Beyond the physical benefits, physical therapy is a great way for people to feel in control of restoring their bodies during and after cancer treatment through exercise and good health practices,” she said. Press On was made possible thanks to the generosity of a number of local sponsors and contributors, including Atlas Cider Company, PT Pub Night, St. Charles Health System, Wells Fargo, Therapeutic Associates, Vantage Clinical Solutions, Recharge, Humm Kombucha, Immersion Brewing, G5, Alpine Physical Therapy, Southside Physical Therapy, High Lakes Health Care, Peak Performance Physical Therapy, Linyee Chang M.D., Russ Omizo, M.D., Healing Bridge Physical Therapy, Step & Spine Physical Therapy, Focus Physical Therapy, BuildPT, Volcano Vineyards, Blackwell Development LLC, Bangers & Brews, Cascade Business News and Strictly Organic. www.pressonbend.com The post Press On Cancer Survivorship Event Back in Bend for Third Year appeared first on Cascade Business News.
|How to Improve Your Employees’ WellbeingCascade Business News / 4 d. 14 h. 44 min. ago more|
Your employees’ wellbeing should be a business priority, as happy staff can increase productivity, creativity and, as a result, profitability. Treating your staff mean will not keep them keen, which is why it’s vital to create a positive working environment for every team member. Unsure where to start? Read how to improve your employees’ wellbeing. Create a Collaborative Space Collaboration can be the cornerstone of business success, as it allows great minds to come together to develop creative ideas. It’s therefore beneficial to create a collaborative space that allows employees to get their creative juices flowing, which will make them feel happier in the workplace whilst boosting business productivity. Revise the Workspace Speak to your team to discuss the different ways you can improve the workspace. Providing an improved workspace will not only boost employee morale, but it will allow staff to improve their individual performance. Consider a room’s size, team location, chair to desk ratio and office technologies to create a more efficient office space. Reduce Noise Pollution Nothing can be more annoying or distracting than a ringing telephone or the background hum of conversation. Improve concentration levels and employee satisfaction by integrating the right furniture solutions into the office. For instance, invest in furniture that can reduce noise, and install surfaces that absorb acoustics. Also, keep the general office phone away from an open-plan office to eliminate noise. Up-to-Date Software and Technology Keeping employee morale isn’t difficult, and ensuring they have the most up-to-date software and technology could be enough to make them happy and more productive. Frustrations always arise when old computers run slowly, or software crashes because it’s no longer compatible and needs updating, so ensuring your employees are offered the best will make their workload easier to complete, and make them feel valued. Many employers may think this expensive, however, companies such as Bytes (http://www.bytes.co.uk/) will ensure to offer you the software and updates your company only truly needs. Therefore, you can help your employees happy without breaking the budget. Add Some Colour Improve employees’ happiness and wellbeing in the workplace and add a splash of colour throughout the office. Green is a great colour to reduce workplace stress, whilst blue will help to create a calming atmosphere whilst improving focus. Add colour by painting the walls in a bold shade or hanging eye-catching artwork. Encourage Physical Activity Regular exercise will not only make a person feel happier, but it can also significantly improve a team member’s health, as it can prevent obesity, heart disease and high blood pressure. Encourage employees to ride a bike or walk to work, and install cycle racks, a shower and changing rooms so that they can freshen up before their working day. A Flexible Workplace Improve employee morale by providing a more flexible workplace, which allows team members to enjoy different working hours to suit their home-life. New technologies have also made it easier for people to spend less time in the office and work in the comfort of their own home. Telecommuting will also allow staff to spend less time commuting to work, which may improve their concentration and productivity levels. The post How to Improve Your Employees’ Wellbeing appeared first on Cascade Business News.
|Autumn Has Arrived, But It's Still Wildfire SeasonKBND / 4 d. 15 h. 34 min. ago more|
BEND, OR -- Humidity is the firefighter's best friend, but Central Oregon's arid summer conditions aren't over yet. Dave Howe, Bend Fire Battalion Chief, says the weather is supposed to get warmer again, which means the humidity levels will go down. He says there are different kinds of fuel, classified by the number of hours in windy and dry conditions that it takes them to be ready to catch flame once they're entirely saturated with water....thin grasses are considered 'one hour fuels' up to giant logs, or 'thousand hour' fuels. "If we have wet weather, like we do now, and then all of a sudden it gets warmer and it gets windy, it's going to dry those thin fuels out and they'll be nice and dry and ready to burn and our thousand hour fuels, those big logs and the big stuff, will still be available to burn, because the fuel moisture will still be down, it hasn't responded to the moisture yet and we'll be right back into the burning conditions." Howe says that even though the danger classification has gone down from Extreme to High, exercising caution around any controlled fire is the best form of wildfire prevention, and the worst thing that can happen is for people to get complacent with fire just because there's a little rain in the forecast. "What's going to happen with us again next week is the humidity levels are going to drop again, the moisture content of the air is going to drop, and so the moisture content of the fuels will also drop and that will make those fuels more available for ignition." Howe says it takes a surprising amount of moisture in the air for an extended period of time for the threat of wildfire to truly be passed and he stresses continued caution as people light camp and other fires, because as the wind really dries out all the fuel, it puts us in a position where one spark is all it takes to start a new wildfire. "I would say the main thing is basically just to realize that the wildland is still quite flammable and take the necessary precautions, the same precautions you've taken all summer, because the dropping humidity and the dropping fuel moisture can unpleasantly surprise you." As always, if you see smoke, report it.
|Local Leaders Push For Revised Smoke Mgmt PlanKBND / 4 d. 15 h. 35 min. ago more|
BEND, OR -- As Central Oregon recovers from wildfire season and persistent smoky conditions, local leaders work toward improving how the area manages public lands in an effort to reduce the risk of massive fires. Deschutes County Commissioner Tony DeBone says the State Department of Forestry has a smoke management plan in place that dictates when prescribed burns can be conducted. Those scheduled burns are designed to reduce underbrush and other fuels that can feed wildfires. "So, the big picture here is, we, the Central Oregon Collaborative Forest folks, we would like to advocate for more aggressive prescribed burns in the Spring and in the Fall, which makes us more safe when these uncontrolled fires happen in the Summertime." DeBone tells KBND News that, along with additional off-season burns, proper forest management is essential to reducing the number of wildfires, and by extension, the amount of smoke that blows into the region. "The Deschutes County Collaborative Forest Project really has done a good job figuring out what a prescription might be for the forest, and then a sustainable yield; and then when is it appropriate to bring in people to do some of that fire reduction forest management, pull out some wood, and clean it up so it's fire resilient." Wildfire season isn't over yet, and DeBone says the amount of smoke we endured this season proves that what we're currently doing to manage our forests isn't working. "What does it mean to be in trouble when there's smoke that comes from a prescribed burn in the Spring? And, can we relax those requirements so we can allow some more controlled smoke for a day or two in the Spring and it would really help reduce the threat of wildfire in the Summertime when it gets real dry?" Bend City Councilors and Deschutes County Commissioners are writing letters of support to bolster the Deschutes Collaborative Forest Project's recommendations recently sent to the Oregon Smoke Management Review Committee.
|5 Tips for Creating a Buzz Around Your BusinessCascade Business News / 4 d. 20 h. 49 min. ago more|
In the fast-paced world of business, it’s vital that you’re always acting with energy and passion. The moment that you take your eye off the ball, it’s likely that one of your competitors will step in. In order to avoid this happening, you need to constantly be on the lookout for creative ways to ensure that your business thrives. Instead of relying on the same old approach to secure your clients, you need to surprise and excite them. This isn’t as complicated as it sounds. If you’re looking for some inspiration, you’ll need to read on. Below are five tips for creating a buzz around your business. Have a Season Sale Even if your company provides a service, instead of products, you can still have a season sale. This is a great opportunity to make full use of your contact list. You could send mass texts and promotional emails that let your clients know about your upcoming offers. Not only will this remind them of your company, it may also lead to an increased number of sales. For instance, say you’re a plumbing company and your client was already considering getting more work done. If you’re providing impressive discounts, for a select number of days, it will make sense for them to take the plunge and secure your services immediately. Introduce Loyalty Cards You can also peak your client’s interest by offering loyalty cards. People will always be interested in saving money and securing amazing deals. Loyalty cards are a great way to protect the relationship that you have with your clients. Not only this, but if you introduce a point system, your customers will have an incentive to spend even more money. Focus on Your Branding In order to create a buzz around your business, you’ll need to invest in your branding. Even if you’re incredibly proud of your current branding, there is always room for improvement. You could introduce a branding scheme for each season. Alternatively, you could hold a competition that encourages your clients to get involved in the branding of your business. This is a fantastic way to increase public interest and get free ideas at the same time. Embrace the Power of Prizes You would be surprised by what people would do for a really amazing prize. Why not set up a lottery system that all of your clients are immediately entered into? Then, at the end of each month, you could draw out a winner. At ticket sales, you can find amazing tickets at a wholesale price. This is a simple way to set up a tempting incentive for your clients to give you their business. Use Social Media to Your Advantage In this digital age, one of the best ways to create a buzz is by using social media. This would be a great platform for you to share information about all of your new initiatives. It’s also a great way for you to directly engage with your clients. The post 5 Tips for Creating a Buzz Around Your Business appeared first on Cascade Business News.
|Crook County Head Start Pgm ExpandsKBND / 4 d. 21 h. 47 min. ago more|
PRINEVILLE, OR -- The first phase of Ochoco Elementary’s transition is underway, as the former school in Prineville converts to an affordable housing apartment complex and community services hub. On Monday, NeighborImpact welcomes students to two Head Start classrooms in what used to be the cafeteria. "It’s the first full-day four-year-old classroom that NeighborImpact Head Start has implemented in our region," Director Kim Snow tells KBND News. "All Head Start programs are expected to transition into a full-day program 100% by the year 2021. We’re trying to make that transition and we just started that this year with two classrooms." The new classes will keep kids 8-3:30 every Monday through Thursday and will have an adjusted calendar, "It’s the first classrooms that we have set up to really align with the Crook County School District schedule; so, when they have days off in Crook County, we’ll have days off at Head Start." Snow says, "It just gives them more one-on-one time with the teachers and staff to be able to support the focus on the different developmental areas." And, while it should make it easier for working parents and families with school-age kids, she recognizes it’ll be a long day for those young students. "They will be having an opportunity to take a rest time, but they don’t have to take a rest time. If they’re not asleep within a specific amount of time, then they can get up and do other activities that might be geared toward their individual goals." Snow says the classroom at their old site near Cecil Sly elementary will remain a half-day program, for now. The new classrooms are in what used to be the cafeteria of Ochoco Elementary. Snow says it’s exciting to be the first to move in to what is now known as Ochoco School Crossing. "How wonderful. The [former] classrooms are just amazing and they’re transitioning those classrooms into low income housing apartments. So, the end result would be for, maybe some of our children and families would have to walk a few feet to come to school because that’s their community." Ochoco School Crossing will also eventually be home to several Crook County Parks and Rec programs.
|Councilor Boddie To Run For State HouseKBND / 4 d. 22 h. 8 min. ago more|
BEND, OR -- Bend City Councilor Nathan Boddie announced Wednesday he plans to run for Bend State Representative Knute Buehler’s House seat. Buehler (R-Bend) was elected to the post in 2014, but said earlier this summer he would not seek re-election to District 54 so he can run against Governor Kate Brown in 2018. Boddie, like Buehler, is a physician. He’s served on the City Council since 2014.
|Newport Expands to Sisters - The Source Weekly (press release) (registration) (blog)Google News / 5 d. 13 h. 48 min. ago more|
The Source Weekly (press release) (registration) (blog)Newport Expands to SistersThe Source Weekly (press release) (registration) (blog)Patrons of Melvin's can expect to see the same level of hometown service with a few changes, including new registers and expanded offerings that will include more seafood, gift baskets, Oregon Country beef and a broader selection of specialty items.
|A Burst Bubble, or a "Correction?" - The Source Weekly (press release) (registration) (blog)Google News / 5 d. 13 h. 54 min. ago more|
The Source Weekly (press release) (registration) (blog)A Burst Bubble, or a "Correction?"The Source Weekly (press release) (registration) (blog)he closing of one brewery's taproom in Bend last week perhaps didn't come as a great surprise for beer fans in the city. The upcoming shuttering of a much more renowned one in Portland, meanwhile, ... either of these announcements are of full-on ...
|Wild Roots, Berries & Booze - The Source Weekly (press release) (registration) (blog)Google News / 5 d. 13 h. 54 min. ago more|
The Source Weekly (press release) (registration) (blog)Wild Roots, Berries & BoozeThe Source Weekly (press release) (registration) (blog)The grain-based vodka is made with Central Oregon water filtered five times through lava rock from the Cascade Mountain range. To make the infusion they take berries or fruit from farms in Oregon and Washington and create a mash to add to the vodka.
|Triple Flare RecyclingCascade Business News / 5 d. 18 h. 48 min. ago more|
(Photo courtesy of Triple Flare Recycling) Helping Wildland Firefighting Camps Reduce Landfill Waste Supporting wildland firefighters means supplying bottled water and Gatorade by the pallet load. Making sure all that waste is recycled has been a low priority for crews tackling miles of wildfire, but that’s changing in the Willamette National Forest. The U.S. Forest Service hired Triple Flare Recycling, based in Bend, to manage waste at fire camps this season and is already seeing results. Triple Flare is collecting 10,000 plastic water bottles each week and seven yards of cardboard a day, company founder Phil Torchio said. Forest Service managers began talking with Torchio, who also owns the event cleanup and recycling firm The Broomsmen, in 2016 about waste management services. Torchio said the need for a Broomsmen-style system at fire camp was obvious. “The amount of trash they were producing was insane,” Torchio said. “We are a Bend- based startup company exploring innovative community driven resource management solutions. We specialize in sustainability consulting and next generation landfill diversion systems for cities, businesses, organizations, special events, festivals and Les Schwab Amphitheater. This includes zero waste management, resource collection & recycling, litter controls, sustainable power sources and water refill stations. “We firmly believe that eliminating single use plastics from our events and festivals will help the Bend community move towards a more sustainable future. Our mission is to explore, evaluate, and implement emerging green technologies to solve complex environmental issues.” Triple Flare, which Torchio created to service government contracts, conducted waste audits and determined that 70 percent of fire camp trash could be recycled or composted. With approval to run only a recycling program, Triple Flare is diverting 44 percent of the waste generated by crews fighting the Whitewater Fire, which covers 15 square miles and employs hundreds of personnel. Triple Flare’s base of operations is the incident command post at Hoodoo Ski Resort. A crew makes rounds each day to collect recyclable material from three different camps. Water bottles are being redeemed for Oregon’s 10-cent deposit on bottles and cans. Office paper, cardboard, aluminum food cans and motor oil bottles also are frequently recycled. Torchio said forest service and bureau of land management managers deserve credit for taking a proactive approach to waste management. Now that Triple Flare is quantifying the recyclable material, the next step might be eliminating disposable bottles in the first place, Torchio said. Phil Torchio 541-213-1131 firstname.lastname@example.org The post Triple Flare Recycling appeared first on Cascade Business News.
|Sisters Motor Lodge 1938 Legacy for SaleCascade Business News / 5 d. 18 h. 52 min. ago more|
(Photo courtesy of Fratzke Commercial Real Estate) Operational since 1938, the Sisters Motor Lodge has been a haven for travelers worldwide seeking to soak in all that the City of Sisters and the Cascade Mountain range has to offer. With eleven boutique rooms, an outdoor gathering area, fountain, hammocks and a spa — the 1950’s style lodge is a favorite for guests to book year after year, especially for special events like the Sisters Rodeo, Quilt Show and Folk Festival, which can sell out up to a year in advance. The lodge has plenty of parking and visitors have an easy walk into town for shopping and dining. There’s close access to hiking, biking and skiing trails and incredible views of the Three Sisters Mountains that, according to current owner Mary Fowler, used to be called Faith, Hope and Charity. Fowler, who moved to Central Oregon in 1993 from Vermont, grew up vacationing in the Black Butte area with her family. Like a lot of Central Oregon transplants, she knew for a long time that someday she would end up here. She purchased the lodge shortly after relocating and has owned and operated the property for over two decades. Fowler and business partner made several exterior upgrades such as modern landscaping and irrigation. The interiors of each room were also redone and were given the look that it has today – kitschy, cozy and welcoming. Sisters Motor Lodge also has a full service website with pictures, pricing, city information and reservations functions. After 23 years, Fowler is now at the point in her life where it is time to sell the lodge to a buyer who will continue creating an affordable and comfortable atmosphere where they can come to enjoy the Sisters and beyond. Fowler plans to retire and move to the southwest. Brian Fratzke, the main realtor for the sale of the Sisters Motor Lodge says, “What was of most interest to myself and Dan Steelhammer is that when we met with Mary, we thought her clientele would have been a [mostly]older group of people.” “Much to the contrary,” Fowler told Brian and Dan, “…the millennials and the overland generation that likes to load everything up in the truck, Subaru or Land Cruiser are my primary client base. They love the mid-century modern look. It reminds them of the 1950s with modern conveniences.” Over the years, Fowler has had guests from all over the world. Being a world traveler herself, it’s been a huge delight to meet so many people from so many different places. Fowler says, “My best memories of owning the lodge will be the beauty of the area, the guests, the sunshine and of course, the amazing community.” Both Fratzke and Fowler are eager to pass on the lodge to passionate business owners who are committed to a tight knit community like Sisters. There is [currently]no sign on the property and interested buyers must sign a non-disclosure agreement prior to obtaining the financials for the motel. www.sistersmotorlodge.com/ www.fratzkecommercial.com/listings/511-w-cascade-avenue-sisters The post Sisters Motor Lodge 1938 Legacy for Sale appeared first on Cascade Business News.
|An Evening for Ethiopia presented by ReachAnother FoundationCascade Business News / 5 d. 18 h. 55 min. ago more|
(Photo courtesy of ReachAnother Foundation) Experience the sights, sounds and tastes of Ethiopia in your own community. ReachAnother Foundation presents its gala fundraiser, Evening for Ethiopia on Saturday, October 21 at 5pm at the Tetherow Event Pavilion. More than 200 guests enjoy a variety of Ethiopian inspired fare prepared by the executive chef at Tetherow paired with wines from Oregon. An auction filled with interesting travel experiences, culinary adventures and specialty items highlights the evening. We are honored to have amidst our guests two neurosurgeons from Ethiopia, who will add, with their presence, an additional note to this gala! All funds raised provide life-saving surgeries for babies in Ethiopia born with neural tube defects such as hydrocephalus or spina bifida, conditions which, until recently were not treated. ReachAnother Foundation provides consultation and funding to a collaborative neurosurgeon training program that graduates new neurosurgeons and has provided financial support for nearly 3000 surgeries for a cost of $150 per child. This life-saving surgery allows each child to grow into a contributing member of his/her community. “Since joining the Board three years ago, I have been impressed by the unbelievable work of the Foundation,” said Hans van den Houten. “Dick Koning has guided the Board and made enormous progress, now also engaging the Ethiopian authorities to introduce folic acid into the food chain and making it available to women. Folic acid is a vital ingredient to protect women from the potential to bring children in the world with hydrocephalus, or spina bifida. The ReachAnother Foundation is an all-volunteer organization. These volunteers are crucial to the success of the ReachAnother Foundation both here in Bend, as well as during the yearly visits to Ethiopia. We are grateful for the support of our Bend friends both individually, as well as corporate. Last year, we saw a substantial increase of participation at our Gala and we certainly hope to see a further increase of support at this year’s Gala.” To streamline the process for everyone, the ReachAnother Foundation Website is live and ready to allow people to purchase tickets for the gala at $100 each: http://reachanother.org/purchase-tickets/attend-the-gala Additionally a winner’s choice travel raffle presents options for a Golf Staycation: Links at Spanish Bay; Sonoma Wine, Dine and Stay, or Mexico beach and golf resort getaway. Raffle Tickets can be purchased for $50 each online at http://reachanother.org/purchase-tickets/raffle. ReachAnother Foundation (RAF) is a non-profit humanitarian organization committed to promoting better healthcare and special education services for medically underserved communities in Ethiopia. The organization reaches out to families who fall through the cracks of government programs, public assistance and multi-national relief efforts. Guided by a strong belief that healthcare is a fundamental human right for all peoples of the world, Drs. Marinus and his twin Jan Koning started RAF in 2009. www.reachanother.org. Drs. Marinus Koning (left) and Mark Sternfield at the 2016 Gala D Guests and Friends of ReachAnother serve beverages at the 2016 Gala The post An Evening for Ethiopia presented by ReachAnother Foundation appeared first on Cascade Business News.
|How Five Days In Bend, Oregon Will Transform Anyone Into An Outdoorsy-Type - UPROXXGoogle News / 6 d. 18 h. 21 min. ago more|
UPROXXHow Five Days In Bend, Oregon Will Transform Anyone Into An Outdoorsy-TypeUPROXXPoint being: When I was offered the chance for a five day stay in Bend, OR for the eclipse, I jumped at the opportunity to get out of my borderline Hoarders apartment and into a new locale. Despite living just over the Oregon/Washington border, I have ...and more »
|Bend, Oregon's Tenth Month: The Convergence of Culture, Innovation, and Creativity Throughout October - GlobeNewswire (press release)Google News / 11 d. 14 h. 33 min. ago more|
GlobeNewswire (press release)Bend, Oregon's Tenth Month: The Convergence of Culture, Innovation, and Creativity Throughout OctoberGlobeNewswire (press release)Attendees come to be inspired by, engage with, and learn from experts, investors, and creatives for Tenth Month's four cornerstone events: Swivel Digital + Creative Marketing Conference; BendFilm Festival; Bend Venture Conference; and Bend Design ...and more »
|Jim Long - The Source Weekly (press release) (registration) (blog)Google News / 12 d. 11 h. 37 min. ago more|
The Source Weekly (press release) (registration) (blog)Jim LongThe Source Weekly (press release) (registration) (blog)You might not know it, but Jim Long, the City of Bend's Affordable Housing Manager of 12 years, looks at the housing crisis with an infinite supply of hopefulness, passion and belief in the decency of community. “You gotta be to do this job,” he ...
|Pop-Up Creative Feast - The Source Weekly (press release) (registration) (blog)Google News / 26 d. 14 h. 40 min. ago more|
The Source Weekly (press release) (registration) (blog)Pop-Up Creative FeastThe Source Weekly (press release) (registration) (blog)There are plenty of ways to have a memorable dining experience, but this unique one takes place in a very unlikely space: Bend Art Center. The gallery and studio, located in the Box Factory, hosts an evening filled with art, music, poetry, and of ...
|Displacing the DisplacedThe Source Weekly / 26 d. 14 h. 55 min. ago more|
Redmond's homeless find blockades to encampments. Deschutes County says it's a "and-use issue; COID plans to sell parcel for a reported $8 million. E stimates vary, but soon 200 to 400 people will be finding a new place to call "home," packing up their motorhomes, tents and tarps and hitting the road to find unoccupied land on which to settle.…
|Bringin' Down the NoiseThe Source Weekly / 26 d. 14 h. 55 min. ago more|
Finding a solution to noise complaints in Bend Residents of the River West neighborhood and business owners at the Century Center meet with mediators to find a solution to noise complaints in Bend.…
|Court Denies Appeal from PGE in Deschutes River Alliance LawsuitThe Source Weekly / 33 d. 13 h. 55 min. ago more|
T he Deschutes River Alliance scored a victory in court last week in its lawsuit against Portland General Electric.…
|Nena Springs Fire and Evacuation Notices LiftedThe Source Weekly / 33 d. 13 h. 55 min. ago more|
|Milli Fire ExpandsThe Source Weekly / 33 d. 13 h. 55 min. ago more|
|Smooth and SeamlessThe Source Weekly / 33 d. 13 h. 55 min. ago more|
Heavy eclipse planning pays off Warnings of severe traffic, calamity, fuel and food shortages never really materialized in Central Oregon during the Great American Eclipse on Aug. 21 — but sometimes it's better to over-hype than be unprepared.…
|Eclipse Road Closures in the Deschutes National ForestThe Source Weekly / 47 d. 13 h. 55 min. ago more|
Officials from the Deschutes National Forest have announced a number of road closures for eclipse week, including:…
|It Ain't All Sunny When Prepping for the EclipseThe Source Weekly / 47 d. 13 h. 55 min. ago more|
Local businesses are stocking up to be ready for the influx O n a normal day, about 200,000 folks call Deschutes, Crook and Jefferson counties home.…
|The Missing Jigsaw PieceThe Source Weekly / 61 d. 13 h. 55 min. ago more|
Bend 2030 offers up 12 solutions to the Bend City Council to foster currently-elusive middle market housing The Housing Reality…
|Eclipse EncountersThe Source Weekly / 68 d. 13 h. 55 min. ago more|
With an increase in population numbers for the Great American Eclipse, local advocates warn about an increase in human trafficking cases, too. At a conference room at Bend's St. Charles Medical Center, the room goes silent as a mother relates a story about her young daughter.…
|Blowing Things UpThe Source Weekly / 75 d. 13 h. 25 min. ago more|
We ask Bendites: Is 4th of July out of control? Following the Fourth, we asked people:…
|That's a WrapThe Source Weekly / 75 d. 13 h. 25 min. ago more|
The Oregon Legislature ends its regular session—without passing a revenue-creating bill that would have changed the rules for taxation on some Oregon businesses The 2017 Oregon Legislative Session came to an end on July 7.…
|Real I.D. Moving ForwardThe Source Weekly / 82 d. 12 h. 55 min. ago more|
TSA may soon prohibit Oregon ID With the adjournment of the state legislature scheduled for July 10, lawmakers are in a flurry to finish up the work of the session.…
|Eyes on the MoneyThe Source Weekly / 89 d. 13 h. 55 min. ago more|
Newly approved $695 million city budget focuses heavily on transportation — without long term solutions for increased revenue Addressing Bend's rapid, projected growth, City Councilors finalized the proposed $695 million biennium budget on June 21, focusing heavily on the transport, public safety and infrastructure sectors.…