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Awesome Bend Picks a Young Winner

Thirteen-year-old REALMS student Alice McKnight won a record $1397 at the January Awesome Bend Pitch Night with a proposal called “Canine Care Kits.” McKnight beat out five finalists in front of 100 people at Deschutes Brewery. She won both the $1000 Trustee Grant and the $397 Audience Favorite Award. With her winnings, McKnight will build and distribute canine care kits to homeless people in Bend. The kits include dog food, dog chews, a leash, a foam sleeping pad and a collapsible water bowl. Awesome Bend is now accepting applications for proposals that “will make Bend an even better place to live, work or play,” for its next quarterly grant presented April 19. Submission deadline is April 1. Finalists must present 3-minute pitches at an Awesome Bend Pitch Night.

Deschutes County Law Library Finds New Home

A new partnership between Deschutes County and the Deschutes Public Library has given county residents greater access to the county’s Law Library. Attorneys, amateur legal scholars and the general public can now access print and online databases 56 hours each week, up from the previous 25 hours. The Law Library’s physical book collection is housed at the Downtown Bend Library, while online databases are available at all six of Deschutes Public Library’s branches, including La Pine, Sunriver, Sisters, Redmond and Bend. The databases include LexisNexis Express, which provides extensive legal research sources, such as law review articles, research papers, court decisions, regulations, codes and patents. Library staff members do not give legal advice, but they have been trained to assist people doing legal research.

Bend La Pine Schools Compete to Reduce Energy

The Bend La Pine School District (BLPSD) is ramping up efforts to reduce district energy use though an eight-month competition between district schools that kicked off January 1. The Energy Conservation Challenge’s goal is to mobilize the entire BLPSD team—administrators/supervisors, principals, assistant principals, teachers, facilities staff, nutrition staff and all school employees—to help improve energy efficiency through changes in operating practices. The Environmental Center is hosting the Bend Energy Challenge as part of a national effort to reduce energy usage. Businesses and homes are participating alongside area schools to help Bend compete against 50 communities nationwide for the Georgetown University Energy Prize. Cities are judged in no small part through municipal electricity and natural gas measurements.

Hydro Flask wins REI’s Vendor of the Year

Bend-based insulated stainless steel flask company Hydro Flask has picked up another award at the Outdoor Retailer Winter Market trade show in Salt Lake City. The coveted REI’s Vendor of the Year, Actionsports division is awarded to companies that “build a strategic and successful relationship focused on meeting member and customer needs, bringing quality, innovation, outdoor stewardship and performance to the industry.” REI retail and merchandising employees vote on the chosen nominees. Founded in 2009, Hydro Flask is a global leader in high-performance, insulated stainless steel bottles. Through their charitable arm, 5% Back, customers can divert a portion of the net profit of their purchase to a charity of their choosing.