• Despite COVID impacts, Oregon’s graduation rate edges slightly above pre-pandemic record

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    Oregon’s graduation rate is making moves in the right direction.. Read more here. By

    Oregon’s graduation rate for the class of 2021 edged slightly above its 2019 level, buoyed by large gains among Black students and students with disabilities.

    The new statewide rate of 81% represents a gain of 3 percentage points from four years ago as well as a gain of about half a percentage point from when Oregon last handed out pre-pandemic diplomas, in 2019.

    However, it also marks a decrease of 2 percentage points from 2020, when the state

  • Damaged Skyliner lift at Mt. Bachelor out of commission indefinitely

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    Skyliner lift at Mt. Bachelor is closed indefinitely. Read the full story here..

    The Skyliner Express chairlift at Mt. Bachelor will be out of commission for “an indefinite period” after crews on Wednesday discovered damage to major components that likely will have to be remanufactured.

    President and GM John McLeod provided the update on the ski area’s website, saying when the popular lift went down just before Christmas, they knew it would be a complex fix but believed the damage was limited to standard, available components.

    “Had this been the case, we had all the parts necessary to have Skyliner back in action for the upcoming weekend,” he said.

    Instead, the quad sustained damage to “major components,” McLeod said that…

  • Two long-time downtown Bend businesses on the move

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    Two long-standing Bend businesses will be moving to new locations.. Find out more here.

    BEND, Ore. (KTVZ) — The Wall St. Bar and the Taj Palace, which have been in Bend’s downtown for 20 years, will be moving to a new location soon.

    The move is because of a lease dispute, according to the bar’s owner, Dolly Miller.

    Wall St. Bar has been in the historic building at 917 NW Wall Street for nearly 25 years. The Taj Palace, which shares the space with the bar, has been there for about 20 years.

    “It’s a lot of history here,” bartender Chris Warlick said Tuesday.

    Warlick has been a patron and occasional bartender of the bar for 15 years.

  • Housing, hotel, retail spaces planned for vacant KorPine site in Bend

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    A new development is being planned for 21 acres in the heart of Bend. Discover more here..

    A vacant 21-acre parcel of land in the heart of Bend will soon be developed into a mix of apartments, affordable senior housing, homes, a hotel, and other retail space, according to a California-based development firm.

    Kennedy Wilson has entered into a joint venture with Matt Day, owner of Bend-based Hooker Creek Companies, to develop the project at the former KorPine mill site adjacent to Crux Fermentation Project and the Box Factory.

    “We are thrilled to expand our presence in Oregon and to partner with Matt Day and his family in bringing a thoughtfully and sustainably designed project to one of the most exciting and…

  • Heavy snow, high winds blow into region; close highways, OSU, COCC

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    Highway 26 over Mt. Hood has closed due to extreme winter driving conditions. Read more here.

    A powerful winter storm dumped heavy snow across Central Oregon Monday and strong winds led to impassible highways all over the state.

    Monday evening, ODOT reported several spun-out vehicles and a snow slide closed Santiam Pass from three miles west of Santiam Pass Summit to four miles east of Suttle Lake Loop.

    Highway 26 over Mt. Hood was closed as well due to extreme winter driving conditions.

    Back here in Bend, Oregon State University-Cascades announced around noon that it would close its campus at 2 p.m. Monday.

    The cancelation came out of an abundance of caution for students and staff, especially those traveling on…

  • Snow, whiteout conditions close I-84 through Columbia River Gorge

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    Winter driving conditions have forced the closure of I-84. Find out more here. By

    Blowing snow and whiteout conditions on Monday forced the closure of Interstate 84 in the Columbia River Gorge from Troutdale to Hood River.

    The Oregon Department of Transportation closed the roadway in both directions before 5 a.m. as multiple crashes occurred between mileposts 17 and 64.

    The closure could be lengthy. The National Weather Service has the gorge — including Parkdale, Carson, the Hood River Valley and Odell — under a winter storm warning through 4 p.m. Heavy snow is expected, especially above 1,500 feet elevation.

  • PDX to get direct flight to London

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    Come June, PDX will be home to a new trans-Atlantic flight! Enjoy this quick read.


    Portland International Airport will soon add a new trans-Atlantic flight to its rotation, thanks to a joint venture between several airlines.

    British Airways will begin offering direct flights between Portland and London’s Heathrow Airport beginning June 3. The route is one of three new Europe to North America flights introduced by the Atlantic Joint Business, a partnership between American Airlines, British Airways Iberia, Finnair, LEVEL and Aer Lingus.

    The new British Airways flight will operate five times a week — Monday through Wednesday,…

  • Oregon’s coho salmon run breaks record, steelhead numbers decline

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    Record-breaking numbers of coho salmon have made their way home. Find out more here.

    LOSTINE — A record-shattering number of coho has made the long journey from their home streams to the ocean and back.

    Nearly 24,000 coho salmon have made passage through the Lower Granite Dam on the Snake River — the last dam between the ocean and the Grande Ronde and Wallowa rivers.

    The prior record, set in 2014, saw 18,098 coho make their way past the Lower Granite Dam. In recent years, those numbers have fluctuated between 1,449 and 8,178, with 2020 seeing just 7,797 coho return to the Lower Granite Dam. The run this year marks a…

  • OSU-Cascades is Oregon’s First Public University to Launch Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree

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    OSU Cascades will be offering a doctor of physical therapy degree. Keep reading to find out more.

    Oregon State University – Cascades launched the first doctor of physical therapy degree program at a state public university this fall, welcoming an initial cohort of 45 students.

    The doctor of physical therapy, or DPT, program is anticipated to produce clinicians to address the need for physical therapists in Oregon and across the nation, especially in rural areas, according to Christine Pollard, a professor and founding director of the DPT program.

    “Students will engage in cutting-edge research, as well as with experts practicing in the field, and bring the latest knowledge into their own practices, as they launch careers that support healthier…

  • Projects Prioritized

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    Timelines for the 2020 Transportation Bond to be presented to City Council

    After nearly a year of work, the City of Bend’s Transportation Bond Oversight committee will share its priorities for the next five years with the Bend City Council Dec. 1. Voters approved the $190 million bond in 2020 to improve traffic flow, east-west connections and improve neighborhood safety.

    City staffers scored the projects based on how they aligned with goals around cycling, pedestrian travel, crash reduction, safety, equity, synergy with other funding, travel time reliability and mobility, construction fatigue and project readiness. The TBOC is responsible for sequencing the projects, and approved prioritization scores for 28 projects at its regular meeting on Oct. 5. The scores themselves…