• Octopuses, Squid, And Lobsters Recognized As Sentient Beings In UK

    Posted on in category Positive NewstaggedEnvironment , Positive News

    Cheers to the UK for their recent move to recognize some of our favorite sea creatures as “sentient beings”. Enjoy this quick read!

    Lobsters, octopuses, and squid, welcome to the sentient beings club (if you’re in the UK, at least).

    The UK government has officially included decapod crustaceans — including crabs, lobsters, and crayfish — and cephalopod mollusks — including octopuses, squid, and cuttlefish — in its Animal Welfare (Sentience) Bill. This means they are now recognized as “sentient beings” in the UK.

    The move comes off the back of an independent review carried out by a team led by Dr Jonathan Birch, an associate professor in the London School of Economic’s Department of Philosophy, Logic, and Scientific…

  • Oregon State Parks to spend $50 million on new campsites, park improvements

    Posted on in category Positive NewstaggedPositive News , State parks , The Oregonian

    Start your Monday off with a little positive news; Oregon State Parks received a funding boost to improve parks and campsites, one of which is in our Backyard! Enjoy this article.


    New campsites at Silver Falls, riverside cabins at Champoeg and a visitor center at Kam Wah Chung are all on tap, as the Oregon’s state parks are set for a $50 million upgrade over the next two years.

    The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department on Thursday released a list of upcoming projects that are slated to begin in May 2022 and March 2023, utilizing money from a bond that…

  • First Whale Sanctuary in North America to Open in 2023

    Posted on in category Positive NewstaggedConservation , Positive News , Wildlife

    New efforts to create a safe haven for whales are being made in Nova Scotia. Enjoy this read!

    Original article by Paige Bennett of EcoWatch

    A new sanctuary for whales is coming to North America. In Nova Scotia, The Whale Sanctuary Project recently celebrated opening day for the Operations Centre for the nonprofit’s upcoming whale sanctuary, which will be the first of its kind in North America.

    The sanctuary is planned for Port Hilford Bay in Nova Scotia and will include 110 acres of habitat for the whales. This amount of space will be ideal for about eight whales. The organization wanted to find a spot that would offer plenty of interesting and enriching surroundings for the whales and…

  • ODOT to get $1 billion in new funding from federal infrastructure package

    Posted on in category Positive NewstaggedODOT , Portland , Transit

    If you ever drive up in Portland, you’re likely acquainted with it’s traffic. A federal infrastructure package will make improvements to various aspects of transit. Keep reading to discover where planning currently stands.


    A new surge of federal transportation funding could soon jump-start large and long-planned freeway and transit projects in the Portland metro area.

    The Oregon Department of Transportation is poised to receive $1.2 billion in new funding from the federal infrastructure package approved by Congresson Friday. The money will go toward a variety of highway, public transit and clean energy projects.

    Travis Brouwer, ODOT’s assistant…

  • Key ODOT project east of Bend will add roundabout at Hwy. 20 and Ward/Hamby roads

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    A historically dangerous intersection east of Bend will be getting improvements. Find out more!

    Original article by KTVZ

    Nearly 80 crashes at busy intersection since 2013; 2 dead, 77 injured

    BEND, Ore. (KTVZ) – A dangerous intersection east of Bend is changing, in an effort to save lives. The Oregon Department of Transportation will begin work Monday on a new roundabout at the intersection of U.S. Highway 20 and Ward and Hamby roads.

    “This intersection has been high on our priority list,” ODOT Region 4 spokesman Peter Murphy said Friday.

    The single-lane roundabout is due for completion by next June.

    At the intersection with Highway 20, travelers experience long delays on the side streets, coupled with congestion that…

  • Owl habitat, former clear-cuts near Sisters targeted for restoration

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    A new forest project aims to restore and protect a fire-prone area outside of Sisters. Find out more.

    Original article by Bradley Parks of OPB

    The U.S. Forest Service wants a face lift for a 25,000-acre chunk of forest land north of a popular Central Oregon destination.

    Green Ridge is a forested escarpment that lies north of Camp Sherman and directly east of the Metolius River. It offers a shared-use hiking and biking trail with views of mountain peaks. Parts of the forest provide habitat for the federally protected northern spotted owl, which is somewhat of a rarity east of the Cascades.

    But the Forest Service says…

  • Mt. Bachelor launches new app ahead of opening day

    Posted on in categories Positive News , Skiing & Snowboardingtaggedbend , mt bachelor , Snow Sports

    Mt. Bachelor announced Monday their new app for iOS and Android is now available for download.

    The app provides real-time alerts sharing weather, chairlift openings, and lift wait times resort-wide.

    The full list of app features below were listed on Mt. Bachelor’s website:

    Stay motivated and see where you stack up against other skiers and riders on the Mt. Bachelor Leaderboard Real-time lift & trail status Real-time weather data Real-time lift wait times Find and track your friends on the slopes Send dynamic messages to your friends and family based on your location Track your ski day & season including every run and lift you ride, your vertical…
  • Guy Fieri featuring 3 Bend restaurants on Food Network’s ‘Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives’

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    Some of your favorite Bend restaurants received special feature on one of Food Network’s most popular shows! Check out this article from the Oregonian to discover which eateries made an appearance.

    Did you see a smoking red 1968 Chevy Camaro convertible being driven by a strange man with sunglasses and a striking dyed hairstyle near Bend over the summer? Well, you weren’t dreaming.

    Guy Fieri, the undisputed king of Flavortown USA, recently visited the state of Oregon and will be showcasing some of the best food options in Bend on the Food Network.

    Fieri, the celebrity chef and host of the network’s long-running show, “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives,” visited the…

  • 21 calves born this season to Salish Sea humpback whales, breaking record

    Posted on in category Positive NewstaggedBiology , Positive News , Science , Whales

    Here’s some fantastic news about the humpback whale population in the Salish Sea! Enjoy this quick, positive read. Happy Monday!

    SEATTLE – More humpback whale calves have been born this season in the Salish Sea than ever recorded.

    The Pacific Whale Watch Association reported Friday its researchers have counted 21 calves this season throughout inland Washington and British Columbia.

    There were just 11 reported in 2020.

    “2021 has been a banner year for female humpbacks coming into the Salish Sea with new calves,” says Wendi Robinson, naturalist with Puget Sound Express. “Calves only travel with mom for a year or so and then they’re on their own. Once they’re familiar with our waters, they will often return year after year…

  • OSU receives $2.5 million grant to create wood stoves that burn more cleanly

    Posted on in category Positive Newstaggedbend , College , Local , OSU , Science

    Good morning from BYB! In Positive News today, a large grant has been awarded to a team of researchers at OSU with hopes of finding a way to reduce harmful emissions from wood-burning stoves. Check out this article by Central Oregon Daily News to learn more.

    CORVALLIS, Ore. – A team of Oregon State University researchers has received a $2.5 million federal grant to work on reducing harmful emissions from wood-burning stoves, a primary source of heat in Native American communities and in low-resource areas in the United States.

    Nordica MacCarty of the OSU College of Engineering is the principal investigator on the award from the Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office.

    MacCarty will…