• Senate Passes Historic Climate Bill—Here’s What Comes Next

    A historic climate bill just passed in the Senate. Learn more here.

    CLIMATEWIRE | Three decades after ratifying the world’s first climate treaty, the Senate passed a sweeping budget bill Sunday that pours hundreds of billions of dollars into the clean energy projects needed to decarbonize the economy.

    The vote represents a breakthrough for U.S. climate policy. In clearing the Senate, Democrats overcame a hurdle that has tripped up past climate bills. And with $369 billion in climate and energy spending, the legislation has the potential to turbocharge U.S. decarbonization efforts.

    Even so, the so-called Inflation Reduction Act doesn’t look like the climate bill that many lawmakers and advocates had long imagined. It is not Waxman-Markey, the doomed cap-and-trade bill…

  • Average Oregon gas prices drop another 11.3 cents in past week; up $1.34 from a year ago

    Posted on in category Positive NewstaggedEconomy , Gas , Oregon , Prices , Travel

    Average gas prices fall 11.3 cents per gallon. Learn more here.

    CHICAGO (KTVZ) — Average gasoline prices in Oregon have fallen 11.3 cents per gallon in the last week, averaging $5.05/gallon Monday, according to GasBuddy’s survey of 1,307 stations in Oregon.

    Prices in Oregon are 42.1 cents per gallon lower than a month ago and stand $1.34/g higher than a year ago. The national average price of diesel has declined 14.8 cents in the last week and stands at $5.27 per gallon.

    According to GasBuddy price reports, the cheapest station in Oregon was priced at $4.35/g Sunday while the most expensive was $5.81/g, a difference of $1.46/g.

    The national average price of gasoline has fallen 15.9 cents per gallon…

  • Oregon gets USDA OK to operate its own meat inspection program

    Posted on in category Positive NewstaggedMeat , ODA , Oregon , Politics , USDA

    Oregon is the first state on the West Coast to be approved for a state meat inspection program. Learn more here.

    SALEM, Ore. (KTVZ) — Oregon on Thursday became the first state on the West Coast approved to operate a state meat inspection program.

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) just finalized a cooperative agreement with the Oregon Department of Agriculture to launch the program, aimed at providing economic opportunity and resilience for Oregon’s livestock producers.

    The agreement grants ODA the authority to inspect meat products produced for shipment within the state. Under the agreement, Oregon’s program must develop, administer, and enforce requirements “at least equal to” those imposed under the Federal Meat…

  • Seven proposed sculptures for two Bend roundabouts going on display for a week

    Posted on in category Positive NewstaggedArt , bend , Deschutes , Roundabout , Sculpture , Street

    New roundabout art is being proposed for two Bend intersections. Find out more here.

    BEND, Ore. (KTVZ) – Design renderings of seven proposed sculptures for the Powers Road & Brookswood Boulevard roundabout in SW Bend and Empire Avenue/Butler Market Road/27th Street roundabout in NE Bend will be on view from July 25-August 9, Art in Public Places said Thursday.

    Each sculpture design will be on display for one week at both the downtown Bend Deschutes Public Library and at the Larkspur Community Center.

    Powers & Brookswood Roundabout                                                       Empire/Butler Market/27th Roundabout

    Downtown Library, July 25 to August 1                                                    Larkspur Center, July 25- August 1

    Larkspur Center, August 2-9                                                                        Downtown Library, August 2-9

    Community members of all ages are invited…

  • Oregon’s average gas price falls 7 cents a gallon in past week, but still up $1.74 from a year ago

    Posted on in category Positive NewstaggedGas , Oregon , Transportation , Travel

    The average gas price has fallen 7 cents a gallon. Learn more here.

    CHICAGO (KTVZ) — The average gasoline price in Oregon has fallen 7 cents per gallon in the last week, averaging $5.39 a gallon Monday, according to GasBuddy’s survey of 1,307 stations in Oregon. Prices in Oregon are 11.7 cents per gallon lower than a month ago, but still stand $1.74/g higher than a year ago.

    The national average price of diesel has declined 8.5 cents in the last week and stands at $5.65 per gallon.

    According to GasBuddy price reports, the cheapest station in Oregon was priced at $4.69/g Sunday while the most expensive was $6.69/g, a difference of $2.00/g.

    The national average price of gasoline has fallen 12.8…

  • Prineville man who walked 33 miles to work gifted car from total stranger

    Posted on in category Positive NewstaggedCentral Oregon , Kindness , Local , Positive News , Prineville

    A local man who’s been walking over 30 miles to work was gifted a car from a complete stranger. Discover more here!

    After Central Oregon Daily News told the story of Eric Akers, the Prineville man who walked 33 miles to work in Bend after his car broke down, the emails started pouring in from people who wanted to give him a hand.

    Or a car.

    We told the story Wednesday of how Eric’s car broke down. Rather than call in sick, Eric got up and started walking. In about 6 1/2 hours, he made it to his job in Bend to start his night shift.

    Chris Arsenault and his wife were inspired and reached out to us. Sitting…

  • Deschutes County begins Skyliners Road chip-sealing, assures cyclists the bike lanes get smoother treatment

    Posted on in category Positive NewstaggedCycling , Deschutes , ODOT , Roads

    Chip-sealing will take place on eight miles of Skyliners Road. Read more here.

    BEND, Ore. (KTVZ) – Deschutes County began a chip-sealing project on about eight miles of Skyliners Road west of Bend on Wednesday, and an official assured concerned cyclists that the bike lane is getting a different treatment that won’t leave it too rough for safe cycling.

    Some cyclists and others expressed their concerns on a comment thread on Reddit’s Bend subreddit on Wednesday (warning: some graphic language) upon learning of the project, one of several chip-sealing projects the county is undertaking this summer.

    But Chuck Schutte, operations manager for the Deschutes County Road Department, said chip-sealing only will be…

  • Bend’s Street Dog Hero honored by Mexican government for spay and neuter campaign

    Posted on in category Positive NewstaggedActivism , Local , Mexico , Pets , Positive News , Street Dog Hero

    Bend’s Street Dog Hero has been honored by the Mexican government for their efforts in spaying and neutering. Learn more here.

    BEND, Ore. (KTVZ) — Together with the help of local rescue partner Planned Pethood International, Street Dog Hero organized a free spay and neuter clinic in Puerto Morelos, Mexico. Over two days, they performed 265 free sterilization surgeries for owned and street dogs and cats.

    For this work, Street Dog Hero was recognized by the local municipality and was awarded a certificate from the Puerto Morelos Department of Health and the Department of Animal Welfare and Protection.

    Puerto Morelos is a small Mexican port town on the Caribbean coast of the Yucatán Peninsula, with a population of less than…

  • Detroit Lake has reached 'full' levels for the first time in two years

    Posted on in category Positive NewstaggedDetroit Lake , Positive News , Snow Pack , Water , Weather

    Detroit Lake has hit full capacity for the first time in two years. Discover more here.

    DETROIT, Ore — It has been extremely challenging the last couple of years for residents of Detroit, Oregon. Wildfires destroyed the small town over Labor Day Weekend of 2020, and businesses who rely on the lake have been struggling because of low water levels the last two years.

    The good news is that with the unofficial start to Memorial Day weekend just days away, Detroit Lake is the fullest it’s been in two years.

    Lucas Lunski is the marina manager at Detroit Lake Marina. He’s been open for the last two weeks, and he said that they have been busy…

  • Dangerous intersections on US 97 near Metolius closing for good

    Posted on in category Positive NewstaggedHWY 97 , Intersections , Metolius , ODOT , Positive News , Travel
    Dangerous intersections near Metolius will be closing permanently Wednesday. Learn more here.

    Three intersections on Highway 97 near Metolius in Jefferson County that have a history of serious and deadly crashes is being permanently closed Wednesday.

    The Oregon Department of Transportation is shutting down SW Bear Drive and Eureka Lane at US 97. ODOT said poor visibility and the fact the intersections are at the end of a passing lane have made the intersections especially dangerous.

    A concrete barrier will be installed where Bear Drive meets the highway.

    SEE ALSO: 3 trail segments near Phil’s Trailhead closing to remove vegetation

    SEE ALSO: 22 Deschutes Nat’l Forest campgrounds closed for snow

    The closure will mean changes for…

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