• K-12 Distance Learning Guide

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    A letter sent out  yesterday to all school districts from the Director of the Oregon Department of Education, Colt Gill, advised all of the districts in the state that because of the COVID-19 virus, there is a very strong possibility that none of Oregon’s K-12 students will be setting foot in a classroom the remainder of the school year, and a shift will be made to provide distance learning for all.

    The letter included Oregon’s School Closure Guidance Distance Learning For All Guide. It is an extensive guide for how the Department of Education is approaching distance learning and a good resource for the public.

    See the GUIDE HERE.

  • Oregonians Can Now Temporarily Pump Their Own Gas

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    Seeing people in Backyard Bend pumping their own gas is weird.

    From Central Oregon Daily March 28, 2020

    The State Fire Marshal has temporarily lifted the ban on pumping your own gas in Oregon to ensure the health and safety of retailers.

    “During this unprecedented time of state emergency, we need to ensure that critical supply lines for fuels and other basic services remain uninterrupted,” said State Fire Marshal Jim Walker.

    Oregonians can pump their own gas until April 11th. READ THE ARTICLE HERE.

    The measure isn’t mandatory, it simply allows gas retailers to allow self-service at retail stations.

    “One of the main reasons we made this change is because a number of counties are really concerned some stations…

  • Natural History Museum of Utah’s Interactive Online Classes Featuring Research Quest!

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    We found this creative and great resource for parents from the Natural History Museum of Utah. Daily online classes for kids. They are FREE!

    Does anyone know of other programs like this or being considered here in Oregon? Send us an email at info@backyardbend.com if you do. Below is the information from their website. See their WEBSITE HERE. 

    As schools make plans to help slow the spread of coronavirus, NHMU is making its award-winning Research Quest science program available live, online to students throughout Utah and the country.

    Currently, NHMU has plans to offer new content Monday through Friday from 9:30 – 10:30 AM MDT.

    Join us the week of March 23 for classes featuring NHMU’s Dr. Mitch Power,…

  • Local Podcast On Backyard Bend - News Update March 24th

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    If you are not aware we are hosting local podcast on the Stream/Cast page of the website and BYB App. Here you will find local news updates and other local podcast to stay informed and keep you inspired. Click HERE to listen to yesterday’s News Update with RL Garrigus with a message from St. Charles Health System on the new stay in place directive.

    Do you have a podcast you would like to get out to the community? Get in touch with us to have it hosted on our Podcast pages. It’s Free and there for the community to use and be inspired. Reach out to us at info@backyardbend.com.

  • Alcohol Delivery, Curbside Pickup Rules Eased to Help Industry

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    Not to fear Backyard Bend, the state is designing new ways to make alcohol sales available. Below is the statement released by OLCC.

    March 19, 2020

    PORTLAND, OR. – Today the Oregon Liquor Control Commission took action designed to ease the economic hardship faced by the hospitality industry as result of public health mandates to help stop the spread of the novel infectious coronavirus (COVID-19). The Commission’s action relaxes some of the requirements relating to delivery of malt beverages, wine and cider by licensees who qualify for same-day delivery. See the OLCC STATEMENT HERE.

    At its monthly meeting today the Commission approved emergency rules to enable licensees that currently have an Off-Premises license – or a license that includes…

  • Stay Healthy With Online Yoga

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    We all need to stay calm, grounded and healthy during this time. Practicing good healthy is one of the biggest ways we can individually contribute to the community effort and yoga is a great way to do this in your own home. Many yoga studios in Bend are offering online classes. Support your family’s health and support local businesses by practicing yoga online. Some studios are offering free classes or donations.

    The Yoga Lab studio is currently one studio offering online classes. Join for daily online streaming classes! Follow the link to their website for MORE INFORMATION or check out their Facebook page.

    Eat well, get plenty of rest, daily exercise and meditation are all ways to strengthen…

  • A Plea For PPE In Bend

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    From The Source Weekly

    As a global pandemic rages on, its myriad effects—beyond more cases of COVID-19—are being felt right here at home. One of those effects: The global shortage of personal protective equipment used by health care workers, first responders and more. Here in Central Oregon, it has the local hospital system very concerned.

    Thursday evening, St. Charles Health System put out a call, asking the public to donate certain types of personal protective equipment, often called PPE, they may have on hand. That includes preferably full, clean boxes of: FULL ARTICLE and DROP OFF LOCATIONS and DATES HERE. 

    -N95 masks
    -NIOSH-approved respirators, including: N95, N99, N100 P95, P99, P100 R95, R99, R10
    -Any type of…

  • We Are In This Together

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    Dear community,

    As we all adjust to the current situation and prepare for the coming weeks of a much different daily life, we are reminded of the strength and resilience of our community. This is a time we will remember when we all came together with kindness, caring and love for one another.

    There is an opportunity to pause and reflect. We all love the beauty of this place we call home. It motivates us beyond possessions and money. It feeds our lives and souls and is the reason most of us live here.

    It is important we all maintain a positive mind set and sharing our experiences of this wonderful place is a way we can maintain a connection…

  • Assistance League of Bend 'Operation School Bell'

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    Our community is supported by many non-profits doing great work for so many. We have highlighted these non-profits on the ‘Get Involved’ page. The Assistance League of Bend is just one. Check it out and get involved, you’ll be glad you did.

    Operation School Bell is a program that provides new school clothing for students in need in Deschutes County. Last year, Assistance League of Bend provided clothing for over 2,000 students in Deschutes County. Help Clothe a Child in Need – Donate today at AssistanceLeagueBend.com.

    Assistance League of Bend is an all-volunteer, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization making a difference in the lives of children and adults dealing with poverty, homelessness, and cancer in Deschutes County.  We serve the community through…

  • Sparrow Clubs

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    Our “Get Involved” page features community non-profits that do amazing work in Central Oregon. This page is important to us because we know the work and benefit these organizations are providing. This inspiring video tells the story of how one boy’s caring action started Sparrow Clubs and shows the impact each person can make.

    Today we feature Sparrow Clubs. Organized in Central Oregon, Sparrow Clubs does incredible work for children and their families who are facing medical challenges. If you have children in school you are likely aware of a Sparrow your child’s school has sponsored. The cool thing is Sparrow Clubs gets kids to help kids.

    Sparrow Clubs is celebrating its 25th anniversary!  Over the past 25 years, Sparrow…