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Living on Lava

It’s no secret Central Oregon sits on and near volcanoes—but is having them erupt in our lifetime an actual threat?

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The Remarkable Gary Arbaugh

Gary Arbaugh has led a remarkable life. He has become a recognizable face around town to business owners, charities, runners and many others.

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The Economic Beat of Warm Springs

Innovation promises security on the reservation.

Read More: Bend Source Weekly

How To Handle The Housing Crisis?

As a UGB proposal is approved by the City Council, Bend 2030 works toward solutions on other parts of the home front.

Bend Source Weekly

Getting North To South Via East

The extension of 27th Street will allow for an east side pass-through — but it could come with some big cuts for one local club.

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Head Games: Idaho’s New Rules Aim to Prevent Concussions

“My son got two concussions in the 8th grade. He finished the season and hasn’t played since.”

Boise Weekly

The Other Six Days

How local farms prepare for the Capital City Public Market.

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Waiting For a Dial Tone

Idaho’s suicide hot line can’t be plugged back in soon enough.

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New Rooms At The Inn

Bethlehem Inn moves into its new building and even joins the Tour of Homes to show off its new spaces for displaced people.

Read More: Bend Source Weekly

Arts & Entertainment

State Of The Arts

The City of Bend cut its Arts, Beautification Culture Commission this year. Where does that leave support for the arts in the City?

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Punks on a Play Date

The Frontman of the Bouncing Souls Makes a Kids Album.

Read More: Boise Weekly

Travel

Visiting Pompeii and hiking Mount Vesuvius

If you are traveling to Italy, visiting the city of Pompeii and hiking Mount Vesuvius are must-see locations. There are so many Italian cities with amazing history, but none have been preserved the way Pompeii has.

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7 Reasons why offseason travel is the best way to travel

Offseason travel can be fun for many reasons — you can save money and avoid the crowds. While you may have to make some sacrifices, there are plenty of reasons to travel in the offseason.

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1 week in Italy itinerary: Planning your trip

Italy is a large country full of thousands of years of history. If you are planning a visit, it would be hard to see everything in less than a week, but I would recommend a few weeks at least. Here is my itinerary for one week in Italy.

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9 Things to do in Boise, Idaho (for a first-time visitor)

There is so much to do when visiting Boise, Idaho for the first time. The capital of Idaho is full of history, outdoor activities, breweries, and more. Here are our favorite things to do in Boise, Idaho for a first-time visitor.

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8 Things I learned about the world (and myself) when traveling internationally for the first time

There are some things I notice about international travel, as well as myself, each time I leave the safety of my home.

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Ernest Hemingway in Idaho: Visit all the Sun Valley locations

Ernest Hemingway led an amazing life. He spent time in Paris and Cuba, and perhaps less known, he also had a home in Sun Valley, Idaho.

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Energy

Report: Nation needs more power transmission now

To meet the nation’s continually evolving power needs, additional transmission must be planned for now and built as soon as possible to ensure both the resilience of the United States electrical grid and to meet 2030 clean energy mandates.

Read More: Daily Energy Insider

Clean energy goals, DER strategies, EV growth to shape 2020 utilities industry outlook: Deloitte

Electric utilities will seize the opportunity to expand their role in leading the clean energy transition while improving the customer experience in 2020, Deloitte forecasts in its 2020 Power and Utilities Industry Outlook.

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California utilities urge CPUC to reconsider proposed EV framework

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has proposed a new framework for the electrification of transportation in the state, but electric utilities are not yet on board with the idea. The CPUC plans to hold a teleconference to discuss the topic on March 23.

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Idaho Power proposes modernizing compensation structure for customer generation

Like a number of other states, Idaho is working to determine how to make net metering rates fairer for all customers.

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Kentucky PSC to hire consultant to implement new net metering statute

The Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) has completed its review of comments around the state’s new net metering statute, and has decided to bring in an expert to help it manage the implementation.

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Survey: 56 percent of utilities have faced a cyberattack in the last year

The utility industry may be more vulnerable to cybersecurity threats than previously realized, according to a new report by Siemens and the Ponemon Institute.

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Carbon reversal technologies should be scalable by 2030, expert says

Former U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz is focused on the future of decarbonization, and he joined a Bipartisan Policy Center event on Thursday to speak about different aspects of the technology, specifically direct air capture.

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South Carolina PURPA rates now the lowest in the country

South Carolina voted in November to lower Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act (PURPA) rates for utilities while also shortening solar contracts in the state. Six out of seven of the South Carolina Public Service Commission (PSC) commissioners voted in favor of the changes.

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Hawaiian Electric EV study aims to increase public charging options across islands

Hawaiian Electric Companies are working to encourage Hawaii residents to embrace electric vehicles (EV), in part, by focusing a new study on where best to locate an expanded public charging network on the islands.

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