• Hitler wants to ski Mount Bachelor

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    Funny is positive right? Local Mt. Bachelor enthusiast, Luke Perry, put together this funny parody with this video meme with a local twist of words and we have to say it is hilarious. Enjoy!

  • Paris is Turning Its Dark Underground Parking Lots into Organic Mushrooms Farms

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    What can you do with a dark underground parking lot that isn’t being used anymore? Think fungus.

    From The Good News Network by Andy Corbley

    Unused parking garages around the French capital have been turned into organic mushroom farms, thanks to a company called Cycloponics.

    Allowing an extremely nutritious crop to be grown and sold directly in Paris, the initiative is part of a number of renovation projects the City is encouraging and sponsoring.

    Along with shitake, oyster, and white button mushrooms, Cycloponics grows chicory—a French delicacy that can grow in the dark—as well as microgreens like mini broccoli. These are delivered via bicycle to local organic grocery stores.

    Their location in Paris is called “The Cave,” and it’s one…

  • Mountainfilm On Tour - An Annual Fundraiser For The Environmental Center

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    Good news to hear that Mountainfilm Tour will continue this year in an online format. This event supports The Environmental Center and brings inspiring films about community and the environment.

    2021 will be a new virtual experience featuring two weekends of spectacular films. Check out Mountainfilm’s inspiring program from the comfort of your own home — wherever you are, at a time that works best for you! Each program will be available for a 3-day window, and each program features different films (view the line-up below). Thank you for supporting this important fundraiser!

    TICKETS ARE ON SALE NOW

    The first show is February 26 – March 1, 2021. Purchase tickets here.
    The second show is March 5…

  • Don’t Toss It, Fix It! Europe Is Guaranteeing Citizens the “Right to Repair”

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    From Reasons To Be Cheerful By Klaus Sieg.

    Roman Hottgenroth is surrounded by lamps, dishwashers and vacuum cleaners. Computers, smartphones and TV receivers are piled high on tin shelves behind him. A group of washing machines rattles loudly in test mode, only somewhat drowned out by the bass thumping from a hi-fi system an employee is checking.

    None of these products work properly, and that’s the point.

    Here at Stilbruch, the department store in Hamburg, Germany run by the city’s sanitation department, only goods that others have thrown away are offered up for sale. But before they are sold, they are checked and, if necessary, repaired in Hottgenroth’s 7,500-square-foot workshop. The process is something of a dying art. “Unfortunately, [repair]…

  • Perseverance rover is coming in for a Mars landing today

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    From CNN by Ashley Strickland READ THE ORIGINAL ARTICLE HERE. 

    Landing day is finally here. The NASA Perseverance rover, which has been on a 292.5 million-mile journey from Earth since July 30, is expected to land on Mars Thursday around 3:55 p.m. ET.

    Perseverance is NASA’s first mission that will search for signs of ancient life on another planet to help answer the big question: Was life ever present on Mars? The rover will explore Jezero Crater, the site of an ancient lake that existed 3.9 billion years ago, and search for microfossils in the rocks and soil there. Follow-up missions will return samples of this site collected by Perseverance to Earth by…
  • The NFL Team That Covid Couldn’t Touch

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    How the Seahawks finished the season as the only team in the league without a single infection. From The New York Times by Ken Belson.

    Football season is over, but there’s one more victory to savor: the team that ran the highest risk of contracting Covid-19 never did.

    The Seattle Seahawks’ game schedule required more cross-country flights than any other team, and they conducted their training in the vicinity of Kirkland, Washington when it was still the U.S. coronavirus hotspot. Yet the Seahawks wrapped up their season as the only NFL team in which not a single player, coach or personnel member contracted the virus.

    The New York Times examines how they did it through a mix of “pragmatism, flexibility…

  • Colorado’s New Family Leave Law Could Transform Fatherhood

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    Iceland passed a similar law 20 years ago, and turned parents into more equal partners. From Reason To Be Cheerful by Andrew Wear. READ THE ORIGINAL ARTICLE HERE. 

    In November’s election voters in states across the country approved an array of ballot initiatives. Among them was Proposition 118, which guarantees residents of Colorado the right to three months of paid family leave. It’s a right that comes standard in Iceland, where it’s common for fathers to take several months off work when their kids are born.

    This norm has had far reaching effects in Iceland — not just for men, but for Icelandic society as a whole, which enjoys some of the highest rates of gender equality in the…

  • Sanctuary Containing ‘Healthiest Coral Reefs in the World’ Just Tripled in Size Thanks to U.S. Government Protection

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    Amid our Backyardbend snow storm this week, we thought this story might bring you some positive vibes and if you watch the video, transport you to the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico for a few minutes. It’s good to know there are positive things happening in the world.

    From the Good News Network and NOAA Sanctuaries.

    The Gulf of Mexico’s largest coral sanctuary just got 200 percent bigger, now that the U.S. government formally approved the expansion of the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary.

    NOAA tripled the sanctuary’s size, located off the coasts of Louisiana and Texas, to protect some of the healthiest and most beautiful coral reefs in the world.

    “They are special because they remain…

  • Bend-La Pine Middle and High School Return To Classrooms

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    A positive day for many yesterday as Bend-La Pine middle, high schoolers return to class for first time in 10 months. Our friends at KTVZ had the story.

    WATCH THE ORIGINAL REPORT HERE.

  • ‘She’s Our Miracle’: This Minnesota Teacher Donated a Kidney to the School’s Custodian

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    This happy and positive story should get your week off to a great start. From the Good News Network.

    The dictionary definition for the word “custodian” is someone who has responsibility for or looks after something. This past summer, one fortunate Minnesota grade-school custodian learned there was an unexpected custodial someone who was not only looking out for him but destined to save his life.

    Patrick Mertens, 64, was in dire need of a kidney transplant. The generous staff at Kimball Elementary School had already spearheaded fundraisers to help him pay for ongoing dialysis treatment.

    Even with their aid, Mertens’ condition continued to deteriorate. His daughter, Kayla, posted a Facebook plea for potential donors to come forward. Someone did—and it…

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