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Side Notes 8/5-8/12 

A new brew playing off a soon-to-be iconic Central Oregon attraction is heading to the market. Crux Fermentation Project and Sierra Nevada Brewing Company are collaborating on the Paddle Trail Ale, a 35 IBU / 4.5% ABV session IPA.

The beer will be distributed across the state by Columbia Distributing and will be available starting the end of August. To help the Bend Paddle Trail Alliance repay money it borrowed to complete the Bend Whitwater Park, $2 from the sale of every four-pack will go to the BPTA. The collaborators say in a release that they expect to raise more than $30,000 for the cause.

"The Whitewater Park is a dream come true for many of us," Bend Paddle Trail Alliance board member Jayson Bowerman said in the release. "We're especially moved by the efforts of Crux, Sierra Nevada and Columbia Distributing to help push us across the finish line of our fundraising efforts."

In order to move forward with its sale of Troy Field to a developer, Bend-La Pine Schools will hold a public meeting to discuss its application to remove the 0.8-acre property's Public Facilities designation. The district wants to change the zoning to Commercial Limited to accommodate the anticipated development of a high-end hotel condo. It recently accepted a $1.9 million offer from Portland-based Brownstone Development, who is representing an unnamed out-of-state hotel developer. Brad Henry, Executive Director of Fiscal Services for BLPS, will represent the school district at the meeting, which is scheduled for 5:30 pm, August 26 in the BLPS administrative building.

On Monday, Deschutes County District Attorney John Hummel asked the court to dismiss murder charges against Daniel Norquist in connection with the death of Andrew Cordes. According to a release from Hummel, an extensive investigation by the Bend Police Department found evidence supporting Norquist's claim that the killing of his landlord and friend was an act of self defense.

"This case is an example of the system working," Hummel said in the release. "When I became convinced the evidence was insufficient to overcome Mr. Norquist's claim of self-defense, I did not hesitate to dismiss this case."

According to the DA's office, Norquist shot Cordes four times in the early hours of July 25 while both were intoxicated because he was afraid of Cordes.


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