Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Bend Weighs in on Homelessness

Posted By and on Wed, Feb 22, 2017 at 1:00 PM

How would you solve the homeless crisis?

Samantha Mooney


“Most of Bend right now does not have a lot of money, so there’s really nothing we can do ourselves. I think we need to approach the government. We can say, ‘Here’s what’s happening in Bend, Oregon’. Depending on the person, if you can mentally have a job and maintain it, then I think you should go for it. But, with that, try and give them a chance and give them a job at some little fast food place and give them some money.”

Timothy Conlon

“I’ve had some experience as a volunteer so I need to know, where’s our baseline right now? Every homeless person is different. They are not homogeneous. I was a reporter in San Francisco years ago during the dot-com boom. If you want to talk about serious homelessness, look at San Francisco. They’ve been working on that problem for thirty years, at a huge expense, at a huge transactional cost. I don’t think it’s any closer to a solution than it was twenty years ago, and there’s a reason for that."

Luke Wayne


“I’m not really sure. I’m in high school right now, just going through, I’m not really sure how to solve it right now. I feel like affordable housing would be nice so that everybody can have a home and not be living on the streets.”

Ragnar Sigurdsson


“Well, I mean, offer them more jobs. Offer them more opportunities in the job market.”

Marcia Gilmore

“Now that is a question that’s humungous. Gosh. There’s so many facets to it. Part of homelessness is that people won’t go into the facilities because there are restrictions, so I don’t know how to solve it. I think we need to work on it. That’s a huge one.”


“I would develop more affordable housing. I think everything has a shot. More money, more affordable housing, more health issues. Not just mental health, they’ve got physical issues I’m sure. But mental health would certainly be it, particularly for the PTSD guys out there.”

Randy Cook


“I’d say put some money towards vocational training. Have them start building out homes and furniture and stuff for themselves and have them build their way up and have the community’s and private funding for it. And send them on their way with some skills and it wouldn’t cost as much liability.”

Dylan Jones


“Let them hunt the geese. Let ‘em eat the geese, they’re all over the place. Two birds one stone. Seriously, though we need more social programs. More grassroots stuff.”

Christian Hopkins


"I guess more areas to put homeless people and job related issues. You have to get on your feet before you get a home.”

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Constituents pack Sen. Wyden's local town halls

The Oregon Senator is holding at least three public events in Central Oregon this week

Posted By on Tue, Feb 21, 2017 at 2:33 PM

As he walked onto the stage at Sisters High School Monday to introduce Oregon Senator Ron Wyden (D), Sisters Mayor Chuck Ryan said the high school's auditorium was the largest space they could obtain for the event.  
City of Sisters Mayor Chuck Ryan introduces Senator Ron Wyden at a town hall in Sisters Monday evening. - NICOLE VULCAN
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  • City of Sisters Mayor Chuck Ryan introduces Senator Ron Wyden at a town hall in Sisters Monday evening.

With a large turnout, it was clear that bigger spaces were necessary. Around 700 people attended Monday's event, according to Wyden's staff.

When the Senator asked how many people in the room were attending a town hall meeting for the first time, a large majority raised their hands. With the electorate heavily involved in the political process in the months since the election, the turnout is no surprise. According to Roll Call, at least 27 Democrats and 21 Republicans from the U.S. Congress are holding town halls during this President's Day recess. Since 2010, less than a dozen Democrats have chosen to do so during the same time period, according to Roll Call data.

At Sen. Wyden's Sisters event, the first question from audience members was about Pres. Trump's alleged ties to Russia, and what Sen. Wyden was doing to address it. The Senator replied that he would continue to press the 45th president to release his tax returns, to ensure that the president's financial ties were not "more important than protecting your interests." 
The town hall event in Sisters is one of three in Central Oregon this week. - NICOLE VULCAN
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Audience members followed up with questions about immigration and the visa waiver program, campaign finance reform, the Violence Against Women Act, and the future of the Democratic Party. In addition, the question of how constituents can be more engaged and have their voices heard came up numerous times.

As Katie Cavanaugh of Sisters said before the event, "I'd really like to ask the question, what can we really do that is the most effective means in which we can make our voices be known and send a clear message." 
Organizers set up an overflow area for the 700+ who packed Sen. Ron Wyden's town hall in Sisters Monday evening. - NICOLE VULCAN
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  • Organizers set up an overflow area for the 700+ who packed Sen. Ron Wyden's town hall in Sisters Monday evening.

In addition to attending town halls, voting and writing letters to their own members of Congress, Sen. Wyden encouraged people to talk to people they know in other states, to ask them to call or write their members of Congress to push for the changes they want to see.

Senator Wyden's local appearances include another town hall held this morning at the Crook County High School in Prineville, and another scheduled for 10 am Wednesday at the Madras Performing Arts Center.
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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Where's Walden? Hundreds picket Rep. Walden's Bend office

Sen. Wyden plans three Central Oregon town halls in February

Posted By on Tue, Feb 14, 2017 at 4:07 PM

In the wake of the presidential election, many have been motivated to be more politically active than they have in the recent past. In Bend, that's translated into a renewed interest into the activities of Oregon politicians including Representative Greg Walden (R), who represents the 2nd District covering the eastern two-thirds of the state. While that's a giant district—the seventh-largest in the nation, in fact—local constituents say they're unhappy with Rep. Walden's lack of presence in the area. 
click image Demonstrators picketed in front of Rep. Greg Walden's Bend office Feb. 14, calling for Rep. Walden to hold an in-person town hall in Bend. - BONNIE WALKER, DEMOCRACY HAPPENS
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  • Demonstrators picketed in front of Rep. Greg Walden's Bend office Feb. 14, calling for Rep. Walden to hold an in-person town hall in Bend.

In coordination with, organizers say about 200 people gathered at Rep. Walden's Bend office today, specifically requesting that Rep. Walden host a town hall in Bend during the upcoming legislative recess.

"We deserve the chance to meet publicly, in Bend, with Representative Walden to discuss vital issues for our democracy," said Bonnie Walker of Democracy Happens in a Tuesday release.

Rep. Walden held a telephone town hall for about 4,000 listeners Feb. 6, but many people reported being left out of the call, even after signing up—including Source reporter Brian Jennings.

Source reporters asked Rep. Walden's representatives about future town halls (stay tuned for "How to Rock a Town Hall" in the 2/16 issue). Rep. Walden's communications director Andrew Malcolm said the Congressman held 27 in-person town halls in the 20 counties he represents in 2016, and plans to hold at least one in Deschutes County this year.

Meanwhile, representatives from Oregon Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley's offices say the Senators hold at least one town hall in each county each year.

Sen. Wyden's upcoming town halls include:

Monday, Feb. 20:
· DESCHUTES COUNTY: 5:30 pm, Sisters High School auditorium, 1700 McKinney Butte Rd., Sisters

Tuesday, Feb. 21:
CROOK COUNTY: 12:30 pm, Crook County High School auditorium, 1100 SE Lynn Blvd, Prineville

Wednesday, Feb. 22
JEFFERSON COUNTY: 10 am, Madras Performing Arts Center, 412 SE Buff St., Madras

“I look forward to continuing the conversation in Deschutes, Crook and Jefferson counties about how to preserve and protect the Oregon way focusing on solutions,”said Sen. Wyden in a Feb. 14 release.

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Friday, February 3, 2017

Show Preview: Israel Vibrations

Posted By on Fri, Feb 3, 2017 at 4:57 PM

Israel Vibration
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Reggae group Israel Vibration stands out as a vibrant success story in a time of hardship and disease. Its members, Lascelle "Wiss" Bulgin, Albert "Apple Gabriel" Craig and Cecil "Skelly" Spence, were victims of Jamaica’s polio outbreak during the 1950s. The trio first met in the hospital, but it would be a few more years before they came together to make music. After pursuing tailoring and wheelchair basketball, the friends got back together in 1970 to start signing on the streets.

When a member of the Twelve Tribes of Israel heard their music, the branch of Rastafari offered them a publishing deal. The success of their first tracks earned them performances alongside Bob Marley and Dennis Brown. Their music became known for its deep spiritual roots and personal touchstones, a combination that brought together a passionate and devoted fanbase. Israel Vibrations continued to perform for several years, but after moving to New York in 1983, they chose to split up. Their separation didn’t last long, though. Wiss, Apple, and Skelly relaunched Israel Vibrations in 1987.

In their five decades working together the group has released more than twenty albums, and Skelly and Wiss continue to tour the globe. Recently, they have performed alongside Roots Radics, a longstanding stage band. In 2015, the duo released their latest album, “Play it Real”.

Israel Vibrations and Roots Radics will be at The Capitol at 8pm on February 14 for an emotional show that classic reggae fans won’t want to miss.

The Capitol
Bend, OR, 97702
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Schools: Lessons Learned from the Winter Storms

School district releases a timeline following the massive snowfall and school roof collapse

Posted By on Fri, Feb 3, 2017 at 12:20 PM

"...Staff also learned the importance of monitoring snow levels regularly roofs when snow begins to accumulate and regular monitoring will become an established 
click image Crews demolished the Kenwood School gym building on Bend's west side the same day the collapse was discovered, Jan 12, 2017. This photo shows the progress on the demolition as of the week of Feb. 1. - KYLE LOW
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  • Crews demolished the Kenwood School gym building on Bend's west side the same day the collapse was discovered, Jan 12, 2017. This photo shows the progress on the demolition as of the week of Feb. 1.
practice." - Bend-La Pine Schools' "Lessons Learned, Summary," Feb. 2

That's just one of the lessons learned by the staff and administration at Bend-La Pine Schools following the massive snowfalls—and the collapse of the gym roof at Kenwood School—in January. Through multiple days of school closures and massive efforts to remove snow from school roofs, lots of people have asked whether the school district did enough to protect students, what the processes were to assess risk and damages, and what new protocols will be in place for snow removal moving forward.

On Feb. 2, Bend-La Pine Schools Superintendent Shay Mikalson issued a statement, saying: "It is my hope that our readiness, response and recovery may be used by  Bend-La Pine Schools and other school districts as model lessons for critical self-reflection on appropriate, proactive response to extreme weather events, like the 100-year snow storm our community has just endured."

Along with that statement, the district issued a snow event timeline that gives the community a sense of the efforts that took place during the storms and snow removal process. The district also has a 2017 Snow Storm page with photos and other information, including a FAQs page.
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Thursday, February 2, 2017

BREAKING NEWS — Gov. Kate Brown Signs Executive Order to Safeguard Immigrants

Posted By on Thu, Feb 2, 2017 at 5:32 PM


Citing her alarm by recent anti-immigrant measures that are "contrary to Oregon's longstanding commitment to inclusion of and hospitality toward vulnerable populations," Gov. Kate Brown signed an executive order strengthening policies that instruct state employees "to perform everyday duties mindful of Oregon's welcoming and inclusive position towards all. The order also requires state agencies to not discriminate on the basis of immigration status.

Governor Brown emphasized, "I want to make it clear that here in Oregon, where thousands fought for and demanded more rights for all, we cannot and will not retreat." This order comes on the heels of a probe of a Multnomah County Sheriff's Deputy who allegedly aided federal agents in a courthouse immigration sting of undocumented workers. Brown eased definitions of a law that "prohibits law enforcement agencies from treating undocumented Oregonians as criminals." She also noted that state officials are prohibited from creating a registry based on an individuals religious beliefs.

"Today, I'm taking the first steps in doing what I can as Governor to stand up for what we, as Oregonians, believe in," she said.

In a letter Brown directed the Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum to explore what legal remedies are available to the State in resisting anti-immigrate measures in court., including supporting legal actions made by other state attorneys around the U.S.

She noted that she had "great faith that justice for our valued Oregonian immigrants and refugees and their families can be perserved through court action initiated by the State.

See the official letter to the Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum and press release below:

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Saturday, January 28, 2017

"Nuclear Doomsday Clock Reset—Ticks Closest to Midnight in 64 Years

Posted By on Sat, Jan 28, 2017 at 5:48 PM

(L-R) Bulletin of Atomic Scientists chair Lawrence Krauss, holds the doomsday clock with former US Under Scretary of State and US Ambassador to the UN, Thomas Pickering.
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Think you're the only one feeling on edge lately? Think again. The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, reset the Nuclear Doomsday clock to 2 and a half minutes to midnight— the closest its been in 64 years.

Not since the start of the Nuclear Arms Race between America and Russia, 64 years ago in 1953 has the minutes sat so close to proclaimed "doom." The symbolic timepiece is seen as an indicator to gauge how close the world is to an upcoming disaster, catastrophe, world war or other vulnerable event. The scientists cited three major influences to the reset, nuclear weapons, climate change and the US election of Donald Trump.

Modernization of Nuclear Weapons leads to Increased Nuclear Testing

Citing "careless rhetoric of nuclear weapons," theoretical physicist, Lawrence Krauss, the chair of the board, held a press conference highlighting the issues.

He noted an increase in nuclear instability as both Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Trump have indicated they will update and increase their atomic weaponry while at the same time supporting wars in areas like Syria and Ukraine.

Krauss said, "I want to emphasis the historical significance of today..."the Doomsday Clock is closer to midnight than it's ever been in the lifetime of almost everyone in this room... this is the first time the words and stated policies of one or two people placed in high positions have so impacted our perceptions of the existential threats we believe the world faces."

Thomas Pickering, a former US Under Secretary of State and US Ambassador to the UN gave insight, "Russia's building new silo based missiles, submarine missiles and new rail mobile missiles as it revamps their inter-continental ballistic missiles.

He continued, the "United States forages ahead with plans to modernize each part of its triad. Bombers, land-based missiles and nuclear missiles carrying submarines. Adding new capabilities with increased ranges."

The constant threat from North Korea has also put neighbor's South Korea and Japan to invest in a nuclear arsenal. Pickering stated, "North Korea conducted two nuclear tests in 2016, the second one yielding twice as explosive power as the first. The 2017 new years statement from Kim-Jung II stated they would soon test missiles with inter-continental range."He also noted the recent Chinese investment into nuclear aid for Pakistan and India's expansion as other causes for concern.

Krauss referenced the duties of world leaders and stated, "They need to come together to negotiate nuclear arms race reductions.... to not embark on modernization programs that are expensive and destabilizing, and they need to engage countries like North Korea... they can act like petulant children, risking our future."

Climate Change & President Trump

e Bulletin acknowledged that there had been some improvements in the reduction of CO2 emissions but that little movement had surfaced on any additional cuts. With the new US administration declaring an increase in investment into domestic fossil fuels, namely oil, and abolishing the Climate Action Plan. Krauss accused the new administration as being "openly hostile to progress toward even the most modest efforts to avert catastrophic climate disruption."

As taken from the updated website, the administration supports this stance.

"The Trump Administration is committed to energy policies that lower costs for hardworking Americans and maximize the use of American resources, freeing us from dependence on foreign oil. For too long, we’ve been held back by burdensome regulations on our energy industry. President Trump is committed to eliminating harmful and unnecessary policies such as the Climate Action Plan and the Waters of the U.S. rule."


The clock was reset Thursday, January 26, before the controversial announcement of Donald Trump's ban on refugees that has caused numerous protests and further unrest. Refugees from seven countries (Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen) face a ban for 120 days, while the entire refugee program is suspended for 90 days. Furthering tension, Iran released a statement saying it would retaliate, firstly by banning all US citizens from entry.

Hope in Precarious Times

Krauss offered hope and advocated for world leaders to rely on experts and scientific facts to help guide their way. "This is a time of great opportunity and great potential challenge. Expert advice is crucial if governments are to deal with complex global threats." Challenging the governments, he noted, "The Bulletin is extremely concerned with the willingness of governments, including the current US administration, to ignore or discount some scientific and imperial evidence and considered expertise during their decision making process."

Facts are stubborn things, and they must be taken into account, if the future of humanity is to be perserved... world leaders have actually increased the threat of nuclear war and unchecked climate change through a variety of provocative statements and actions.. — Lawrence Krauss.

Apart from world leaders he implored the public to get involved. "Regardless, these issues, are too important to be left in the hands of a few men. We therefore call upon all people to speak out and send a loud message to your leaders that you will not allow them to needlessly threaten your future. To step back from the brink, will require leaders, with both revision and restraint."

The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists began after World War II in 1945 and was founded by some of the very scientists that devised the first atomic bomb. Since then, their motto has been to inform the "public about threats to the survival and development of humanity."


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Friday, January 27, 2017

Relive the Women's Marches at the High Desert Museum

Posted By on Fri, Jan 27, 2017 at 3:14 PM

Following the inauguration of Donald Trump on January 20, men and women alike gathered together for marches all across the country. The Women's Marches drew record-breaking numbers in Washington D.C., Los Angeles, Portland and many other cities, but Bend's demonstration also saw large crowds. The Source has already covered the Solidarity March, but local organizations are carrying on its legacy.
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In order to better document this important piece of Bend's history, the High Desert Museum is asking attendants of the protest to share their experiences. The museum's curators are looking for signs videos, and photos from the event. Any digital media can be sent to, or bring your signs to Cascade Publications (404 NE Norton Ave., Bend) or the Museum's main location (59800 S Hwy. 97, Bend)

"We see the historical importance of this event and would like to capture as much of it as possible for prosperity and future curators," said Damian Fagan of the High Desert Museum.

The staff at the Museum feels the march deserves a place in their archives, but they stress that they aren't taking any sides in the political debate.
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Bend's Bangers & Brews is 24 on Yelp's list of Places to Eat 2017

Posted By on Fri, Jan 27, 2017 at 12:22 PM


Next time you've got a hankering for sausage— wild boar, elk or even reindeer, Bangers & Brews have got you covered. Sniffing out a tasty treat, even the folks over at Yelp have recognized that this delicious establishment is one to watch out for, and dine at for 2017. Recently, Yelp named it #24 in its list of the top 100 places to eat for 2017.

No easy feat considering the thousands if not hundreds of thousands of eateries in the nation, Bangers & Brews is the only Central Oregon restaurant to of made the list. With a perfect five star rating, the gastro pub is unlike any other in Bend, serving German inspired fare with local micro brews.

Find the source review here and see the full list of top 100 places to eat here.

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Sunday, January 22, 2017

Thousands gather in Bend, tens of thousands in Portland at Saturday's Women's Marches

Posted By on Sun, Jan 22, 2017 at 9:41 PM

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Bearing signs such as "Every time you fuck us we multiply" to "Make America Think Again," the Bend Solidarity March, one of the many Women's Marches that took place worldwide, drew thousands to Drake Park and downtown Bend Saturday. In Portland, attendance is reported at 100,000. Source reporters attended both the Bend and Portland marches. Here's a look at the scenes.

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Former Ray's Food Market Roof Collapses-Bend

Posted By on Wed, Jan 18, 2017 at 1:42 PM

The roof at the former Ray's Food Place just off Century Drive on Bend's west side has collapsed.  Following are pictures and a video provided by the Bend Fire Department.  About two-thirds of the roof collapsed at around 9:30 am.  The building has been vacant for years and nobody was inside when the roof collapsed.  Rain overnight added extra weight to the heavy snow causing the collapse.  

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Monday, January 16, 2017

Thank you, Dr. King

Posted By on Mon, Jan 16, 2017 at 2:55 PM

In celebration of his birthday, feel free to share some of your favorite quotes from civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. here.
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