Monthly Archives: April 2019

Earth Day: Inspired 50 years ago

Earth Day: Inspired 50 years ago

After witnessing the aftermath of the 1969 Santa Barbara oil spill, former U.S. Senator and Wisconsin native Gaylord Nelson hosted the first Earth Day in 1970.

At the time, the Santa Barbara oil spill was the largest oil spill in the United States. Within a 10-day period, an estimated 80,000 to 100,000 barrels of crude oil spilled into the Channel. The spill was a well blowout during drilling from an offshore oil platform located about six miles from the southern California coast.

This year’s Earth Day theme is Protecting Our Endangered Species. Today, the planet is facing the greatest rate of extinction since the dinosaurs were lost over 60 million years ago. The rapid reduction of plant and wildlife is linked directly to causes driven by human activity.

Below are five things you can do to help ensure our planet maintains the bio-diversity that makes it so special.

1) Recycle and buy sustainable products.
Buy recycled paper and sustainable products like bamboo and Forest Stewardship Council wood products to protect forest species. Scientists say the best way to protect endangered species is to protect the special places they live. Bring your own mug, cup, silverware and a plate/bowl to work so you don’t have to rely on disposables.

2) Learn about the endangered species in your community.
Teach your friends and family about the wonderful wildlife, birds, fish and plants that live near you.

3) Make your home wildlife friendly.
Provide habitat for wildlife by planting native vegetation in your yard. Native plants provide food and shelter for native wildlife. Attracting native insects like bees and butterflies can help pollinate your plants.

4) Avoid use of herbicides and pesticides.
Herbicides and pesticides may keep yards looking nice but they are highly hazardous pollutants that affect wildlife at many levels.

5) Report any harassment or shooting of threatened and endangered species.
Harassing wildlife is cruel and illegal. If you see something that makes you concerned, reach out to local authorities.

 

Personalized email scams on the rise

Personalized email scams on the rise

Gone are the days when we only needed to be wary of generic emails from unknown senders. As consumers and employees get cyber-savvy, criminals up their game by adding a personal touch to email and phone scams. Scammers are now doing more background research, getting to know more about email addresses, and working to establish… Continue Reading

What your favorite Thrones character says about you?

What your favorite Thrones character says about you?

We’ve all taken personality tests. You probably know your Myers-Briggs type, your DISC assessment, and even your Hogwarts house (Hufflepuff forever!), but do you know what your favorite Game of Thrones character says about you? Before we close the door on the final season of the HBO hit, let’s revisit some of Westeros’ remaining power… Continue Reading

TDS and BendBroadband. Working together.

TDS and BendBroadband. Working together.

In 2014, BendBroadband® became part of TDS®. TDS has since invested millions in network infrastructure bringing faster internet speeds, and more TV and phone options to Central Oregon. We’re committed. Today customers like you enjoy high-speed internet connections up to 600Mbps, both at home and at work. Over the next two years we’ll be introducing… Continue Reading

The Center Foundation launches ‘Train Your Brain’ injury prevention campaign at 24 Central Oregon elementary schools

The Center Foundation launches ‘Train Your Brain’ injury prevention campaign at 24 Central Oregon elementary schools

Over 2,000 local elementary students in the Bend-La Pine, Sisters, Crook County, Culver, and Jefferson School Districts will be equipped to enjoy summer activities more safely thanks to a regional community partnership between The Center Foundation, First Interstate Bank, Summit Medical Group Oregon, and BendBroadband. These local organizations have teamed up with the school districts… Continue Reading

Free month-long preview of Outdoor Channel

Free month-long preview of Outdoor Channel

For the entire month of April, enjoy a free preview of the Outdoor Channel on BendBroadband! In Bend, you’ll find the Outdoor Channel on channel 37 SD or channel 637 HD. In La Pine, Madras, Crooked River Ranch and Prineville, the Outdoor Channel is on Channel 301. Dedicated to the outdoor lifestyle and conservation, this… Continue Reading