• New baby otter debuts Wednesday at High Desert Museum’s Autzen Otter Exhibit

    A new, baby North American river otter will make its debut Wednesday at the High Desert Museum. Find out more here.

    BEND, Ore. (KTVZ) — High Desert Museum visitors will have their first official opportunity to see the new, baby North American river otter on Wednesday, when he joins two other otters full-time in the Autzen Otter Exhibit.

    The museum will celebrate the addition of the male pup, now approximately 5 1/2 months old, at 2:30 pm. Visitors will be able to view the pup, who is yet to be named, as well as the other two male otters in the museum’s care, Brook and Pitch. Naturalists will be at an Otter Fodder Interpretation Station to share interesting scientific facts about…

  • Wolf family establishes home in northern Oregon Cascades

    “Area of known wolf activity” has been established in the Northern Cascades. Learn more here.

    The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife has designated a new area in the northern Oregon Cascades as an “area of known wolf activity” where a family of wolves has established itself.

    The agency made the announcement Monday in a news release.

    Biologists with the Confederated Tribe of the Warm Springs found two wolves in the new area in December 2021 on the tribe’s reservation in Jefferson and Waco counties.

    No one saw any wolf pups until August of this year, when a trail camera captured them.

    ODFW said that proved the wolves had established themselves in the area and…

  • Founder of Patagonia Has Given Away His $3 Billion Company

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    The founder of Patagonia is giving away the company to help combat climate change and protect lands around the world. Learn more here.

    Yvon Chouinard, the founder of Patagonia, has announced that his family is giving away the wildly profitable apparel company. In lieu of selling the  $3 Billion company, the family is donating it to a specially designed set of trusts and nonprofit organizations.

    The trust and nonprofits will ensure that the company’s profits of around $100 million a year will be used to combat climate change and protect undeveloped lands around the world.

    Patagonia will continue to operate as a private, for-profit corporation from its headquarters in Ventura, CA.

    You can read all about how Yvon built…

  • Oregon 1st to get US funds for mobile mental health units

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    Oregon is the first state to receive aid for mobile mental-health units. Learn more here.

    SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has announced financial support for expansion of mobile mental-health crisis intervention units in Oregon, the first state to receive the aid.

    HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra said prioritizing behavioral health treatment by putting crisis care in reach for more Americans is critical, in Oregon and beyond.

    He encouraged all states to take advantage of this opportunity.

    The new Medicaid-supported plan will allow Oregon to provide community-based stabilization services to individuals experiencing mental health…

  • Bend Safeway to reopen Wednesday with a new look

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    Eastside Safeway in Bend will reopen this Wednesday with a new look. Find out more here.

    The Safeway on Bend’s eastside has been closed for more than two weeks following the shooting that left an employee and customer dead. It’s set to reopen this week — and it will look a lot different inside.

    A sign posted on the side of the building in The Forum reads “Re-opening soon. Stronger Together.”

    Workers at the site tell Central Oregon Daily News the store is set to open on Wednesday. They also say they’ve been busy remodeling the interior, so shoppers and workers can expect a different look.

    Employee Donald Surrett, 66, and customer Glenn Bennett, 84, were killed in…

  • The youngest women’s World Elk Calling Champ is a 12-year-old from La Grande

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    A 12-year-old girl from La Grande is the World Elk Calling Champion! Learn more here.

    Elk sounds vary from grunts, screams and coos to something like an excited chimpanzee – a sound human elk callers refer to as “chuckling.” None of it sounds like something that would emanate from a 12-year-old girl. But the new, youngest ever Women’s World Elk Calling Champion is Ella Lees, a middle schooler from La Grande.

    She won the title in July at the Utah competition put on by the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, a conservation and hunting organization.

    The annual event brings together the best callers from around the globe, though most…

  • Apparel giant learns from small Bend company how to repair gear, help Earth

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    Burton is taking gear repair tips from local Bend company Rugged Threads. Find out more here.

    Shredding it on the slopes is a beloved pastime in Central Oregon. If you’re a skier or snowboarder, you likely have a favorite coat along for the ride. It also means you probably wear down that coat and have to replace it.

    One big corporation decided to do something about that and has turned to a small Bend company to help customers preserve that gear while also helping the environment.

    An eight team members from Burton, a mega snowboard and apparel company, visited Bend earlier this month to learn from alterations company Rugged Thread.

    “We were looking at all…

  • Local woman builds new apartment building for parents, longtime friends

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    Local Portland woman builds apartment building for close friends and family. Learn more here.

    PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — If you’ve been in inner Southeast Portland lately, you may have noticed a 34,000-square-foot building that was recently finished.

    Living inside that building is a large group of longtime friends who wanted to grow old together. The brainchild of a local woman, the building looks like a place you’d want to stay for vacation — complete with a heated pool, workout room and even an extensive game room.

    “We were all sitting around talking about how we were going to age together,” resident Debbie McCabe explained. “But Molly is the one who took it and ran with it.”

  • 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

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    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…