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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Win Tickets to the Little Woody

Learn how to win VIP passes to the Little Woody Barrel-Aged Brew Festival.

Posted By on Wed, Aug 31, 2011 at 8:18 PM

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This weekend, aside from being Labor Day, is also the Little Woody Barrel-Aged Brew Fest.

There's a comprehensive guide to all the specialty beers from Oregon breweries that will be on hand both Friday and Saturday at the Des Chutes Historical Museum near downtown in this week's issue, which is hitting the streets soon here.

In celebration of all things beer, Bent is giving away some pairs of VIP entries to the festival. All you have to do is go to our Facebook page and leave a comment on the post about the giveaway. Also, you need to like us to be eligible to win.

Winners will be announced on Friday morning via direct Facebook messages.

 


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Sagebrush Fundraiser Needs Its Own Cash Injection

Posted By on Wed, Aug 31, 2011 at 3:11 AM

The newly re-branded and retooled Sagebrush Community Challenge reportedly fell short of its fundraising goals and is going to need roughly $30,000 just to cover the events operating costs.

Deschutes Brewery CEO Gary Fish told a crowd of sponsors and participants on Tuesday afternoon that the inaugural event failed to raise enough money to cover the costs of putting on the event, which was modeled after a fundraiser in Jackson Hole, Wy. Fish reportedly told the crowd that the Sagebrush Community Challenge would have to largely forego the promised fundrasing match that was used as an incentive for many local non-profits to participate. Those non-profits raised thousands of dollars in anticipation of securing matching funds from the Sagebrush Challenge.

The format was a departure from years past when the Sagebrush Classic served as a fundraiser for the Deschutes Children’s Foundation with a golf tournament and chef’s banquet at Broken Top served as the primary draw and fundraising vehicle.


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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Fire Closes Deschutes River

Posted By on Tue, Aug 30, 2011 at 10:04 PM

Boaters planning to launch on the Deschutes River for the Labor Day weekend may need to rethink their plans after a wildfire forced BLM officials to close the river to rafters and anglers on Tuesday afternoon.

The BLM announced today that it was closing the entire Segment 1 of the river from Warm Springs to Harpham Flat just upstream of Maupin after the Razorback Fire jumped the river near Redside on Saturday night and has covered 15 miles since then, burning north and east.

Late Tuesday, the BLM determined that due to fires the river was no longer safe for boaters or firefighters. The BLM is routing boaters who have already purchased a pass to Segment 2 below Maupin. No refunds are being offered and the river remains closed until further notice. 

 

In other fire-related news, the DEQ issued a health advisory for Central Oregon cities on Tuesday. The department urged residents to use caution as more smoke moves into the area. The department didn’t have immediate information on air quality, but noted that samples taken over the weekend showed that air in Bend had reached levels deemed to be “unhealthy” by DEQ. In Madras, particulate pollution reached levels more than double what is considered to be unhealthy over the weekend. The agency advised people in the most affected areas to avoid prolonged contact by remaining indoors and using air filtering systems and to avoid strenuous outdoor activity. Those with respiratory issues or otherwise sensitive immune systems should take additional precautions.


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Mt. Bachelor Announces Season Pass Pricing

Take a look at your season pass options for the 2011-2012 season.

Posted By on Tue, Aug 30, 2011 at 10:02 PM

This afternoon, Mt. Bachelor made their annual announcement as to the prices for the upcoming winter's season passes.

The price has yo-yoed over the years, but has remained stable over the past few seasons with just a few minor tweaks. This year,  season passes are $829 for adults if you buy by September 30 and $1,029 if you wait until later in the fall.

There are some other new additions to the ticketing process, including an opportunity for season pass holders to buy discounted single-day lift tickets for $58. There's also a refund option in the event of injury, relocation or sickness.

Here's the complete rundown on the pricing. Passes go on sale on Thursday.

 


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Monday, August 29, 2011

The Traveling Camera: Crazy Horse

Shooting the Crazy Horse monument in South Dakota.

Posted By on Mon, Aug 29, 2011 at 10:43 PM

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The Black Hills of South Dakota are a spiritual center for the Lakota people. One of their greatest leaders was the famous warrior, Crazy Horse.

We got a private tour to see the gigantic rock face of the world’s largest sculpture. Thunderhead Mountain, where the gigantic sculpture slowly emerges out of the rock, is famous for its thunderclouds and while shooting the face, clouds seems to appear out of nowhere. I used a circular polarizer filter to darken the blue sky and further dramatize the image. I mirrored the image later in Photoshop.

In terms of theatrics, Crazy Horse Monument beats even Mt. Rushmore.

See more of Christian Heeb's work by visiting his facebook page.


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My Smokey Drive from Portland to Bend: Wildfires in Central Oregon continue

Fires burn throughout the north-central region of the state.

Posted By on Mon, Aug 29, 2011 at 6:04 PM

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Traveling past Mt. Hood en route to the Source office this morning, I drove through the most post-apocalyptic looking scenery you can imagine (the above picture was taken days ago). At first I thought heavy fog had descended on the flats just north of Warm Springs. But it smelled like I was standing next to a two-story tall bonfire. An orange orb in the sky was the only thing visible. Weird. And scary.

The Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch Center reported this morning that 45,000 acres are ablaze near Clarno (NE of Madras).

(photo credit: COIDC)

 


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Friday, August 26, 2011

Shakespeare in the Park: A Preview

A look at this weekend's Shakespeare in the Park event.

Posted By on Fri, Aug 26, 2011 at 10:24 PM

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I just got back from a dress rehearsal of A Midsummer Night's Dream, which is being performed tonight and twice tomorrow as part of the Shakespeare in the Park event.

A limited number of tickets are available at the gate for tonight's show. Tomorrow's 1pm matinee and 6pm evening show also still have open seats.

Overall, the play -- as performed by the Northwest Classical Theatre Company and directed by Grant Turner -- is delightfully well done.

I previewed the production in this week's paper, but it was awesome to see the set and these actors in person. The stage is set perfectly amidst the trees of Drake Park, making for the sort of whimsical environment Shakespeare set out to create when he penned this classic comedy nearly 500 years ago.

Here is some video and more photos from today's rehearsal.

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Thursday, August 25, 2011

Bachelor Unveils Upgrades

Mt. Bachelor announces $3.5 million in improvements.

Posted By on Thu, Aug 25, 2011 at 11:50 PM

Bachelor is quietly having a busy off-season and on Thursday it let the proverbial cat out of the bag when it announced a bevy of upgrades at the resort, including expanded seating and amenities at nearly all of the mountain’s lodges.

Perhaps most intriguing is the announcement of a new “umbrella bar” at the Sunrise Lodge, a three-season outdoor bar that features a retractable umbrella, and movable glass walls. The new indoor-outdoor bar will allow the resort to remake the indoor bar at Sunrise into 90-seat café, according to a Mt. Bachelor press release issued Thursday.

The Sunrise upgrades are just some of a host of off-season improvements across the mountain totaling $3.5 million, according to Mt. Bachelor. The resort is also upgrading its snow grooming equipment, its rental fleet and bus fleet. Bachelor is also going green with a newly installed solar panel at its Bend bus barn that will generate enough electricity to offset the operation of the Carousel lift, according to the release. Other changes, include expanded operations of the upper deck dining area at West Village, which will increase from 2-5 days per week and a new salad bar at Cocoa’s Café to go with a new beer and wine bar there.

 


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Garrison Keillor is in Town Tonight

Garrison Keillor brings his Prairie Home Companion to the mountains of Bend.

Posted By on Thu, Aug 25, 2011 at 10:11 PM

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Tonight at the Les Schwab Amphitheater, Garrison Keillor and the entire Prairie Home Companion gang will be recording a show live. 

Tickets are still available at the gate for this show, which begins tonight at 7pm.

If you can, make it down there for this, and here's why.

Garrison Keillor is a sort of storytelling god and his voice makes we want to smile and/or sit in a rocking chair. Back when I was in college, I made my income by driving a bus. Not a school bus or a city bus, but a college bus. Actually, it wasn't really a bus, but rather a large van that most people called a bus.

I'd drive around the west side of Los Angeles, picking up and dropping off my fellow students at destinations of their choosing. Most of this entailed transporting drunk people to places where they could become even more drunk.

But when I pulled weekend afternoon shifts, I'd play A Prairie Home Companion at a moderate volume, hoping my passengers, like me, would be mesmerized by Keillor's soothing stories of Lutheran picnics and Lake Wobegon. I hoped they'd begin to think of Keillor like a surrogate grandpa. I know I did.

This didn't happen. They almost always asked me to change the station, but I rarely did, citing a non-existent university-instituted bylaw requiring all school vehicles to exclusively play public radio.

So yeah, that's why I love me some Garrison Keillor, and you should too. I'm sure he'll say some witty things about Bend. Actually, I guarantee it. Again, tickets are still available at the gate!

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Bon Iver & James Blake Collaboration A Reality

Check out the new collaboration between Justin Vernon of Bon Iver and UK Electro star James Blake!

Posted By on Thu, Aug 25, 2011 at 10:09 PM

After a Twitter post by UK electro star James Blake last week alluding to a collaboration between Bon Iver founder Justin Vernon and himself... we now know what Blake was talking about. Listen to the new track below that features an autotuned Vernon laying down some sultry vocals to the typcial expansive electronic stylings of Blake. It's worth noting that if you were one of the lucky ones to get a ticket for Bon Iver's sold out Edgefield show happening September 24th in Troutdale... James Blake is appearing in concert on the 23rd at Portland's Wonder Ballroom. While Blake has a live date on the 24th in Seattle, making some sort of suprise appearance at Bon Iver's show impossible... the chance to see the two back to back could prove quite incredible.
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Bulletin's Bankruptcy Becomes National News

The Wall Street Journal picks up on the Bulletin's bankruptcy.

Posted By on Thu, Aug 25, 2011 at 8:03 PM

Yesterday, as we wrote on this blog, The Bulletin filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy.

That news did not go unnoticed by the national media, including The Wall Street Journal, which published this piece online today, not just about the bankruptcy filing, but the public response on behalf of The Bulletin's publisher and editor.

Other news outlets (another one here) have also picked up Gordon Black and John Costa's tough words for Bank of America, which loaned the paper's parent company, Western Communications, $18 million in loans. Both said that the bank was at fault for not working with Western Communications on the terms of the loan.

"They tried to work with us all right - by doubling our interest rate," Black was quoted as saying in yesterday's front-page story in The Bulletin.


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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Bulletin Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

The Bulletin, citing a dispute with Bank of America over its loans, has filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy.

Posted By on Wed, Aug 24, 2011 at 6:31 PM

The Bulletin announced on the front page of this morning’s paper that its parent company, Western Communications, had filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in a federal court yesterday.

The article, which ran alongside a lengthy front-page editorial by editor John Costa, insists that the company, and in turn, The Bulletin, would continue to operate and that the bankruptcy move is intended to protect the company while it renegotiates the terms of its $18 million in loans with Bank of America.

Bulletin publisher Gordon Black was quoted as saying that the argument between the company and the bank is focused on the interest rates and terms of the loans. Black also said in the article that Western Communications’ revenues have dropped by about 25 percent since 2007.

We’re awaiting a return call from Black for further comment on today’s news and we’ll keep you posted as we learn more.


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