• 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…

  • 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…

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

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    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…

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

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    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…