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Bend's Beer Boom Puts A Squeeze On Water Infrastructure

OPB | Aug. 1, 2017 6:30 a.m.

An average brewery uses seven gallons of water for every one gallon of beer brewed. All of the waste water from Bend's booming beer industry is straining the city's wastewater treatment system. 

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REBROADCAST: The Lives Of Teachers

OPB | May 18, 2017 noon

We spend the hour learning about the lives of two Oregon teachers.

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Bend-La Pine's $268 Million School Bond Passes

OPB | May 16, 2017 11:12 a.m.

School district leaders say the money is needed for 159 projects that will take four years to complete. That includes a new elementary school and a new high school.

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Across Much Of Oregon, Renters Feel The Brunt Of The Housing Crunch

AP | May 2, 2017 7:37 a.m. | Bend, Oregon

Oregon has become a desirable place to live, with droves of people moving to the state in the Pacific Northwest. But the availability of housing has not kept up.

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Bend-La Pine Voters Weigh $268 Million School Bond

OPB | May 1, 2017 1:30 p.m. | Bend, Oregon

This month, central Oregon voters will decide on a $268 million bond for the Bend-La Pine School District. It’s a record-breaking request from the district.

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Central Oregon Is Among Nation's Fastest Growing Regions

OPB | March 23, 2017 9:23 a.m.

Crook County and the Bend-Redmond metro area make national top ten lists for growth.

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Oregon House Approves Bill That Would Fund OSU-Cascades Expansion

AP | March 15, 2017 9:27 a.m. | Bend, Oregon

A bill to provide money for the expansion of Oregon State University's branch campus in Bend has passed its first legislative test.

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Bend Seeks More Funds To Clear Snowy Roads

AP | Feb. 15, 2017 7:24 a.m. | Bend, Oregon

The central Oregon city of Bend may have to dip into a reserve fund to get its roads cleared in the event of another snowstorm this winter.

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Bend's City Council Picks Its Mayor, And Some Councilors Want To Change That

OPB | Feb. 8, 2017 9 a.m. | Bend, Oregon

Bend has an unusual way of choosing a mayor. City councilors select their leader — not voters. But some councilors, unhappy with the system, want to change it.

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Bend Residents Face Rapidly Rising Rent

AP | Dec. 19, 2016 8:14 a.m. | Bend, Oregon

The Bend Bulletin reports that data released by the bureau in December shows that 55 percent of renters in Deschutes County spent more than 30 percent of their income on housing. In the middle of the Great Recession in 2010, that figure was below 49 percent.

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Home Sales Hit Record In Marion And Polk Counties

OPB | Dec. 17, 2016 1:18 p.m. | Portland

Home sales in the central Willamette Valley saw a remarkable jump in November.

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Fair-Haired Dumbbell | Oregon Symphony Gets Animated | Explode Into Colors | Bob Dylan On Portland's Streets

OPB | Dec. 3, 2016 noon

This week on State of Wonder, creative sugarplums sweet enough to ruin your teeth and delight your ears, featuring crowd-sourced architecture, visual music, and much much more!

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Bend Voters Decide On New City Council

OPB | Nov. 8, 2016 7 p.m. | Bend, Oregon

Bend voters had to decide on a lot on their ballot this November, including four of the seven seats on the City Council.

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OSU-Cascades Gears Up For September Opening

OPB | Aug. 19, 2016 1:50 p.m. | Bend, Oregon

OSU-Cascades faculty are starting to move into the first soon-to-be-finished academic building. They've been operating out of a single building for years.

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Bend Council Approves Sale Of Properties For Affordable Housing

OPB | July 21, 2016 10:28 a.m.

Over the past year, Bend’s leadership has passed new policies to alleviate the city’s affordable housing crisis.

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Bend Will Need 7 New Schools To Keep Up With Population Boom

AP | June 22, 2016 9:33 a.m. | Bend, Oregon

A Bend-La Pine School District committee presented a report on projected enrollment to the school board last week. It does not say when the new schools should open, but predicts the years in which the district will be over capacity and where the demand will be highest.

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Oregon Coast Enjoys Record Heat

AP | April 18, 2016 7:41 a.m.

Thanks to a high pressure system over the coastal area combined with offshore winds and clear skies, Newport reached 86 degrees, shattering the previous record high of 77 set in 1983,

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Bend Overwhelmingly Rejects Gas Tax

AP | March 9, 2016 11:43 a.m. | Bend, Oregon

Bend voters have rejected the city's plan to raise gas tax to pay for road improvements. It would have created a 5-cent-per-gallon tax that was expected to generate about $2.5 million in revenue each year.

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Occupation Supporters Try To Sway Broader Audience In Portland

OPB | March 5, 2016 2 p.m. | Portland

Supporters of the armed occupation of an Oregon wildlife refuge protested in Portland on Saturday, March 5. Organizers tried to sell the so-called patriot movement on other activist groups.

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Bend Voters To Decide On 5 Cent Gas Tax

OPB | March 4, 2016 10:50 a.m.

Residents in Bend will decide Tuesday on a ballot measure for a new five cent per gallon gas tax. If the fuel tax passes, it’s expected to generate $2.5 million each year.