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Saturday, April 30, 2011

How about an elected Bend mayor?

The case for electing a mayor for Bend.

Posted By on Sat, Apr 30, 2011 at 11:00 AM

Although quickly dismissed by our local daily newspaper, I think current Bend Mayor Jeff Eager is correct in suggesting that our mayor should be elected.

I served as mayor from 1997 to 1999 and while thankful for being selected for the position by my fellow councilors, the job proved to be purely ceremonial. As mayor, you run the council meetings, cut ribbons at openings and represent the City at important events. That may have changed since my days in office and perhaps Mr. Eager is doing much more. That noted, the mayor’s position is still one without much authority.

I’d like to see an open race for the mayoral position with the candidates running on a platform. Once elected, they would be held to the task of implementing their agenda.

Sounds simple and I think an effective elected mayor could greatly help move things along and break up any logjams at City Hall.

Of course, I’m also all in favor of going back to a “beauty contest” election instead of the current “by position” electoral system. And while this idea has merit for offering better, in my mind, representation of our citizens, it like the electing of a mayor may never become a reality.


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Thursday, April 28, 2011

Win Tickets to See KT & Etouffee at Three Creeks Brewing on Saturday

Win tickets to see KT & Etouffee at Three Creeks Brewing Co.

Posted By on Thu, Apr 28, 2011 at 8:52 PM

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This week in our continuing Three Creeks Brewing Co. giveaways we've got tickets for the KT & Etouffee show up for grabs. The lucky winner will receive two tickets to see KT & Etouffee and a voucher for two free appetizers. The show starts at 8pm on Saturday, April 30.

Here's how you win: go to The Source's Facebook Page and like us, if you haven't already. Find the posting referencing this blog and like the post. Winners will be notified today (Thursday) at 5pm via a direct Facebook message.

Keep your eye on the Bent blog and The Source's Facebook page for upcoming giveaways to Three Creeks shows.


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Win Tickets to 2nd Street Theater's Anniversary Show

Enter to win a pair of tickets to 2nd Street Theater's big show.

Posted By on Thu, Apr 28, 2011 at 6:32 PM

On Friday and Saturday night, 2nd Street Theater is celebrating 10 years of providing a stage to local productions with a celebration that includes performances picked from some of the theater's favorite plays and musicals over the years.

We've got some tickets to give away to each night's shows. All you have to do to win is visit our Facebook page (make sure you "like" us) and place a comment on the posting about this giveaway.

Winners will be announced at noon tomorrow.

UPDATE: You're not going to find these tickets anywhere else, the shows are sold out.


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Enough Already: My continued crappy weather blues

This snowy late April Day is a good time to ponder our dreary spring weather.

Posted By on Thu, Apr 28, 2011 at 6:02 PM

For most of March and all of April to date, I’ve been trying to be optimistic about the blah weather. Optimistic, as in saying to people complaining about it: “well, it means there will be great wildflowers and terrific mountain bike trails when it stops_________ (insert your favorite): raining, snowing, sleeting, blowing, or doing all the same at one time."

Last spring was cold; this spring is a tease. The weather hasn’t been as cold, but never quite hot enough to get into the full T-shirt and shorts dress mode.

There have been a whole lot of gray skies and when the sun is visible, you look outside and say, “Wow, it’s going to be a great day.” Then you walk out to find that it’s cool and the wind is howling.

Weather wise, it’s as if our weather has become like that of the Willamette Valley -- gray and depressing.

So what to do? I got out the outdoor furniture and set it up. Then on some nights, I sit in a captain’s chair decked out in a down sweater, wool cap, sweat pants and gloves and have a beer as the sun sets. Then I head inside to thaw out and complain.


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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Grete Waitz: Farewell to a long-distance running icon

Grete Waitz, famous distance runner, died at age 57.

Posted By on Wed, Apr 27, 2011 at 10:20 PM

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Last week came the stunning news that Norwegian long-distance runner Grete Waitz had died at age 57. If there’s one person who had a profound affect on long distance running it was Waitz

She put women’s running on the map what with nine New York Marathon wins including the inaugural running of the event. And there were her five World Cross-Country titles and a silver medal, behind American Joan Benoit Samuelson, in the first ever women’s marathon at the 1984 summer Olympics in Los Angeles.

Before Waitz, women’s long-distance competitions were somewhat of an afterthought. With her emergence came more attention to not only to the fact that women could race as far as men but also to women’s running in general.

Ever the accessible and personal spokesperson, Waitz inspired countless female and male runners. She leaves a tremendous legacy.


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The Traveling Camera: Beer on the move

A shot of the Cycle Pub of Bend rolling through downtown.

Posted By on Wed, Apr 27, 2011 at 9:21 PM

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During our Night Photography Workshop last Friday, we were shooting in downtown Bend when the Cycle Pub of Bend made its way down Wall Street.

We did not expect this to happen, so I shot it with my 24 to 70mm Zoom lens at 58mm. My ISO was 800 with the camera on tripod. I used the built in camera flash to light up the bar and I shot at an aperture of 3.5 and shutter speed of 1/13 while panning the camera. Out of four shots, I got one that sat just right. Although we were aiming for architecture photography we still ended up shooting many moving subjects. The beauty of photography is your exposure to unexpected subjects and situations.

To see more of Christian Heeb's work, visit the Cascade Center of Photography.


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Kapka Butte: The Orphaned Sno-Park That Wants to Hear From You

Posted By on Wed, Apr 27, 2011 at 6:58 PM

The Forest Service announced this week that it is soliciting comments on the plans for a new multi-use sno-park at Kapka Butte.

The agency has been working for several years on the plan that would expand parking for motorized and non-motorized forest users to relieve some of the overcrowding at Dutchman Sno-park. The proposed expansion would create 70 slots for trailered parking to accommodate motorized users and another 40 parking spots for non-trailered vehicles (though plenty of snowmobilers opt to simply load their machines into the backs of pick-ups). The project also includes plans for roughly seven miles of new Nordic ski trails that we be open to off-leash dog owners. In addition, the proposal includes plans for a new snowshoe trail to the top of Kapka Butte, a roughly one-mile route.

While the proposal would presumably address, if not solve, the overcrowding issues on Century Drive, it has drawn criticism from motorized users as well as the backcountry and the off-leash dog communities.

The Bend Backcountry Alliance sent out an action alert this week to its members urging them to endorse a no-build option for the sno-park, until the Forest Service addresses some of the existing user conflicts between motorized and non-motorized recreation. The group has been pushing for the forest to designate Tumalo Mountain as a non-motorized area, but has thus far been unsuccessful.

Dog owners, too, have been cool on the Kapka idea, focusing instead on having the Forest Service designate an area closer to town on the north side of Century Drive as an off-leash area that could be accessed from the Swampy Sno-Park lot.

Perhaps most interestingly, the Kapka proposal has drawn fire from some in the snowmobiling community who say that it should be abandoned in favor of expanding the Dutchmen lot, which provides more ready access to the higher elevations, serves as a better launching point for Elk Lake and has better snow conditions.

In other words, anyone in favor of Kapka should step forward and raise your hand. Anyone?

 According to the FS, comments can be submitted to the Bend Fort Rock Ranger district, Attn Shane Jeffries 1230 NE 3rd St. Suite A-262, Bend, OR 97702, or electronically at comments-pacificnorthwest-deschutes-bendftrock@fs.fed.us

 


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More Details on La Pine Standoff: Man fired a slingshot

Although armed with a shotgun, deputies say that a La Pine man used a slingshot to fire at authorities.

Posted By on Wed, Apr 27, 2011 at 6:18 PM

The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office released more information this morning about last week's bizarre standoff between authorities and a 69-year-old La Pine man that occurred last week.

Today's report told more about how an altercation between Curtis Jack Berger and his 73-year-old neighbor on April 18 eventually resulted in a deputy shooting at Berger and ultimately injuring him before he disappeared into the house for seven hours. Authorities eventually coaxed him to peacefully surrender by tossing a "chemical agent" into Berger's home. He was then treated for his injury at St. Charles Medical Center.

What's most interesting about the standoff is that while Berger was indeed armed with a loaded 12-gauge shotgun and also had another shotgun and a rifle in his home, it’s believed that he used a slingshot to fire at authorities and a locksmith who’d come to assist deputies. Deputies say that the sound of the slingshot-fired projectiles hitting the locksmith’s van and a building led them to believe that they’d been fired upon, which is why one of the deputies opened fire.

Authorities do maintain, however, that Berger had a loaded shotgun in his possession when they spotted him, but he used the slingshot – described as a “wrist rocket” – to fire in the direction of the deputies. An investigation determined that the deputy’s return fire was justified.

Berger remains hospitalized and has yet to be arraigned.

Here's the complete report:


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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Mt. Bachelor Breaks Annual Snowfall Record

Mt. Bachelor hits annual snowfall record with 616 inches and counting.

Posted By on Tue, Apr 26, 2011 at 3:58 PM

Mt. Bachelor Hits Snowfall Record
  • Mt. Bachelor Hits Snowfall Record
The massive winter blizzard quaint spring storm that ripped across the Cascades yesterday and last night dumped nearly a foot of snow on Mt. Bachelor, tipping the annual snowfall amount past the previous record.

As of this morning, 613 inches of snow had fallen on the mountain since the white stuff began dropping from the sky in October. The previous record was 606 inches, set in the winter of 1998-1999. The record is for "snowfall" -- the amount of total snow that has reached the ground -- not a record for deepest base.

And from the looks of the above  photo from this morning, it looks like more than a few locals ditched the office this morning to get in on the mid-spring powder.

The mountain switched to spring operating hours yesterday, meaning only the Skyliner, Pine Marten and Summit chairs will be running between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. 


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Monday, April 25, 2011

I May Have Seen a Baby Sasquatch

Is this a video of a baby sasquatch?

Posted By on Mon, Apr 25, 2011 at 7:03 PM

I've been debating whether or not to release the following video -- wondering if it would forever alter the course of zoology as we know it -- ever since I captured the images last weekend while enjoying the Record Store Day celebration behind Ranch Records.

But then I realized that this is almost certainly NOT a baby Sasquatch (I think it's wearing Air Jordans) as I'd previously believed. Then again, I could be wrong, so I'll leave it to you to decide the nature of this peculiar species.

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We're #1: "Outdoor Life" names Bend the top town for sportsmen

A humorous take on Outdoor Life naming Bend the #1 city for sportsmen.

Posted By on Mon, Apr 25, 2011 at 4:41 PM

Outdoor Life magazine’s naming of Bend as the number one town for “sportsmen” in the U.S. has some locals in a state of shock.

“It one thing to be named the number one city in Poetry Slam magazine or Urban Hipster quarterly, or even McMansion Annual” said performance artist Allgood* (no last name given), “but to be named as the best place for hunting and fishing is a step backward for Bend.”

“What’s next,” offered personal fitness and life coach Lydia Mall*, “hordes of cammo-clad kids in our schools, open carry laws, shooting within city limits, endless bad country music on all radio stations, a Ted Nugent lecture series, only Bud Light served in bars, ‘kill’ hunting shows run over and over on cable television and jacked up four-wheel drive vehicles making traffic hazardous?”

The shock is palatable and already several people have declared that they will run for the next City Council election on an anti-sportsman’s platform.

Meanwhile over coffee at the D and D, Bend native Bill Pronghorn* just laughed at the uproar.

“It would be kinda nice to get some hunters and fishermen back here. Then we could call off school for the opening of the deer hunting and fishing seasons like we used to years ago. In fact having a lot of cammo being worn around town and people really into hunting and fishing would be just like Bend was 30 and 40 years ago before all these fancy folks moved here.”

Who knows what will happened but a friend in Wisconsin noted in a recent e-mail that given what’s going on in that state, he expects to see a lot of guns, ammo, tackles boxes and cammo clothing being packed up in pickups heading to Bend.

Prepare for the culture clash.

*Obviously, none of these people actually exist.


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Friday, April 22, 2011

The Big 92/9 Show Features...Everclear

Everclear comes to Bend, plays the Century Center July 22.

Posted By on Fri, Apr 22, 2011 at 4:50 PM

 

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Last night, we tried to stir up your curiosity with this poll that allowed you to choose which band you thought would be coming for 92/9's highly touted concert announcement. A few of those bands (OK, most of them) were longshot unrealistic wishes, but there were a few actual possibilities in there, like Cake and The Avett Brothers.

Most respondents chose Pearl Jam in an act of wishful thinking, but the radio station announced this morning that the band the radio station is bringing to Bend on July 22 is...Everclear.

A bit of a disappointment, I suppose, (it didn't help that I helped fuel the fires of hype on this announcement) but there will likely be be some folks excited to see the mid-90s Portland-based alt rock band that is now basically a solo project for Art Alexakis (hit that link, it's a great interview). The original lineup disbanded in 2003 and the band realigned again in 2009 and has been playing sporadic live shows since, releasing a disc of re-recorded hit songs a couple years ago, too.

The show in Bend is, again, slated for July 22 at the Century Center. We'll keep you posted on ticket information.


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