Friday, September 30, 2011

Ziggy Marley Tonight: Win Tickets

Want to see Ziggy Marley tonight for free?

Posted By on Fri, Sep 30, 2011 at 6:58 PM

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It seems almost bonkers to think about, but today is the last day of September yet the outdoor concert season still isn't over!

Tonight, legendary reggae offspring Ziggy Marley is playing the Athletic Club of Bend at 6:30pm. And we have some tickets to give away to some of our faithful readers.

You probably know the drill, but head to the Source's Facebook page and leave a comment (please no woe-is-me posts...we're sorry you're broke, but it's a random drawing) and we'll announce the winner via direct message around 3pm today.


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Thursday, September 29, 2011

Alder Springs Proposal Draws Formal Opposition From CRR Homeowners

Posted By on Thu, Sep 29, 2011 at 6:46 PM

A proposal to create a new 18,000-acre wilderness along Whychus Creek and the middle Deschutes River near Crooked River Ranch has drawn the formal opposition of a majority of property owners in the rural development.

The Crooked River Ranch homeowners association announced this week that roughly 66 percent of residents opposed the plan in a recent non-binding vote. The homeowner’s association said residents are concerned about how a wilderness designation would impact the ability of public land managers to fight wildfire. A recent wildfire that broke out inside that wilderness area and grew to more than 1,500 acres while advancing toward homes and private property, underscored those concerns, the association said in a news release issued Wednesday evening.

“Many Ranch residents watched from their homes the fire's rapid progress into the night and its reawakening two days later. We have heard the arguments from both sides about limits on fighting fires in designated wilderness areas. The bottom line is, we are concerned that the timely and robust effort that checked the advance of this threat to Ranch homes and property would not be allowed in a designated Wilderness area,” the release stated.

The concept of an Alder Springs wilderness area has been around for sometime; the area in question has already been designated as a Wilderness Study Area by the Bureau of Land Management because of its unique characteristics, including ancient juniper stands, slot canyons, pictographs and the area’s unique geology. The ongoing effort to re-establish native fish populations in the upper basin, including salmon and steelhead has added fuel to the discussion about the need for long-term protections of the area, which is seen as a potential stronghold for the fish. This past summer, the Oregon Natural Desert Association unveiled its initial proposal for the wilderness area, which comprises roughly 18,000 acres around the intersection of Whychus Creek and the Middle Deschutes River above Lake Billy Chinook on west boundary of the ranch.

Formally designating the Alder Springs area as wilderness would require a vote of Congress. While ONDA has said that its staff has been in contact with members of the Oregon delegation, no bill has been introduced.


Photo: Brian Ouimette/ONDA

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How to Ride a Buffalo

It's a guy riding a buffalo while people sing about it!

Posted By on Thu, Sep 29, 2011 at 6:15 PM

If your Thursday morning is in need of pick-me-up (as was mine) take a look at this incredible mash up that includes the music of satirical bluegrass band The Possum Posse and footage from one of the worst movies ever made, Buffalo Rider.

Just watch:

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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Nathan Hovekamp to run for Oregon House District 54

Biologist, planning commission member and educator Nathan Hovekamp enters the race for Oregon State House District 54.

Posted By on Wed, Sep 28, 2011 at 7:09 PM

We just received word from Nathan Hovekamp that the local educator has tossed his hat into the ring to run for the Oregon State House of Representative's seat from Bend's District 54.

Hovekamp has served on the Bend planning commission for the past eight years and also sat on the Bend-La Pine School district board for four years.

A biology instructor at Central Oregon Community College for the past 20 years, Hovekamp will will seek the Democratic nomination in May. Should he win that, he would face incumbent Jason Conger in the general election come November 2012.

In the press release, Hovekamp said he will be focusing on "economic and educational issues" during his campaign.

"It is high time we honored and supported working people, in both private and public sectors, as we move forward to create a sustainably stronger and even more attractive community. We can also do a better job of providing excellent and accessible educational opportunities, at all levels, in collaboration with dedicated educators, employers, and busy students and families,” Hovekamp said in the statement.

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Read Library Books on Your Kindle: Ours goes digital with eBooks

Take advantage of new technology.

Posted By on Wed, Sep 28, 2011 at 5:00 PM

You can now borrow books from the Deschutes Public Library by checking them out (digitally download, that is) to your Kindle, Nook, iPhone, Droid, etc.

And to make the process less intimidating, our library has easy, step-by-step directions that walk you through the whole process. 

Before you begin, make sure you have the following:

  • Windows or Mac OS X
  • Adobe Digital Editions, installed and activated (free download here)
  • eReader and connecting cable
  • Deschutes Library card and PIN number

The lending period is similar to old-timey books with actual paper (7, 14, or 21 days).

Enjoy. You're welcome.

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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Ratatat: Great band, even better videos

Take a break from what you're doing and listen to good music.

Posted By on Tue, Sep 27, 2011 at 9:47 PM

Not listening to Ratatat? You should be, unless you don't like awesome beats strung together in a genius fashion. They even produce great videos. Like this one, for the song "Drugs."

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Yeah, don't do drugs kids, or else the people in this video will appear even scarier.

And check out this version of "Loud Pipes" from Bonnaroo this past summer.

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They should do that at Les Schwab Amphitheater next summer (though I could do without the space stuff at the end of the song). Anyone have their number?

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Of Vodka and Cyclocross

Posted By on Tue, Sep 27, 2011 at 4:59 PM

A cyclocross race at Bendistillery? I am so there. Not even a head cold, and the best efforts of my three year-old to thwart my sleep the night before, deterred me. The course, designed by Swiss ex-pat and former pro Marcel Russenberger, incorporated bumpy farm roads, a bog, sandy trails and features from a homemade pump track. Because of the many transitions, the course favored those who have honed good 'cross skills, like dismounting and remounting with forward momentum.

With Masters Road Nationals capping a late road season for me, I've done very little (OK, zero) running this fall. And I felt it, lap after lap, running through the squelchy, muddy bog. Despite Russenberger himself tossing some water down my back halfway through the race, the hot, dry conditions added to the suffering, and I was giddy to see the lap card show one to go. My first stop after finishing was the bike wash. I had so much mud and grass in my buckles I couldn't open my shoes. A brawny gentleman enjoying a cocktail on the patio of the distillery came to my rescue and was able to un-wedge the ratchet. An absurd amount of mud was rinsed from my once nice Italian shoes, providing much entertainment for a few spectators.

After cleaning up, my compatriots and I headed to the tasting room for a free flight of spirits. Noting the cold a couple of us had, the bartender treated us to ginger vodka not on the flight. Choosing a mixed cocktail based on my favorite tasting proved difficult, but I decided on a Bloody Mary made with the Mazama Pepper Vodka and a splash of basil vodka not on the menu. Garnished with crispy green beans, my drink felt medicinal and healthy. Now if all 'cross races could end at the Bendistillery...

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Sunday, September 25, 2011

Bend Roots: Saturday Night Video

Most of Bend was there.

Posted By on Sun, Sep 25, 2011 at 7:25 PM

Originally from Bend, indie power-rock band The Autonomoics came down from their new home in Portland to keep Bend Roots going on Saturday night.

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Still plenty of free music to enjoy today. See below...

Sunday 9/25

GoodLife Stage

9:30am Yoga

12-12:30pm The Woods

1-2pm John Miller

2-2:30pm TKD Demo

2:30-3:30pm Josh Garrels

4-5pm Pitchfork Revolution

5:30-7pm Anastacia

Back Porch Coffee House

10-10:45am TBA

11-11:45am Steve Arnold & Friends

12-1:30pm Anastacia, Beland,  Mosley and Leif

2-2:45pm  Dan Shanahan

3-3:45pm Bill Valenti

4-5pm Truckstop Gravy


11am-12:45pm Schulte’s Kids

1-1:45pm Victor Johnson  Business of Music Workshop

2-3pm Fiddle Workshop with Jenny Harada

3:15-3:45pm RJ Emick

4-5pm Didj-Master Tyler Spencer

5:15-6:15pm Mai and Joe’s Pickin Party (Workshop)

6:30-7pm Sometimes Why

BIGS Stage

11:30-12:30pm Ubuntu

1-2pm Wild Rye

2:30-3:30pm Smudge

4-5pm Second Hand Soldiers

5:30-6:30pm Excellent Gentleman

7-8pm Mark Ransom & The Mostest

8-9:30pm Brent Alan & His Funky Friends

Casey’s Corner

10-11:30am The Gospel According to Mark & Patrick

12-12:30pm Rand Burke

1-1:30pm Canaan Canaan

2:15-2:45pm Eddie Stern

3:30-4:15pm Allan Byer

5-6pm  Downhill Ryder

Dave’s Garage

11:30am-12pm Poor Man’s Roses

12:30-1pm Phil Page

1:30-2:15pmRuss Pennavaria

2:45-3:30pm Greg Botsford

4:15-5pm  Karma Surgeons

6-7pm  Jazz Brothers

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Saturday, September 24, 2011

Bend Roots: Check it! More Awesomeness tonight

Take in free music all day and night at the Bend Roots Festival.

Posted By on Sat, Sep 24, 2011 at 11:33 PM

Friday night was full or great music, sudsy beer and smiling fans. The Dela Project, Flying Kites and River Pigs were all pretty awesome.

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Everyone seemed psyched on the scene last night, and for good reason. We're heading down to the Century Center now, hoping for more of the same. You can't beat free music, cheap beer and plenty of friends to share it all with at Bend Roots.

Highlights and complete schedule below.

Don't miss:

4-5pm  Consider the Fox (GoodLife Stage)

5:30-7pm  MOsley WOtta and  Friends (GoodLife Stage)

5-6pm  Boxcar String Band (Casey's Corner)

8:15-9:45pm The Autonomics (Bigs Stage)

9:30-10:30pm Your Birthday (Century Stage)

Saturday 9/24, full schedule:

Back Porch Coffee House

10-10:45am The Mc G’s

11-11:45am   Midyne

12-1:30pm   Stern, Shipe, Ransom, Dave Z

2-2:45pm   Tim Coffey & Friends

3-3:45pm Kathy Marshall

4-5pm Gary Fulkerson

BIGS Stage

11:30-12:30pm  The Trouble

1-2pm Franchot Tone

2:30-3:30pm  Sweet Harlots

4-5pm Pete Kartsounes Band

5:30-6:30pm Tyler Spencer

7-8pm ESO

8:15-9:45pm The Autonomics


11am-12:45pm Schulte’s Kids

1-1:30pm TBA

1:30-2:30pm Dale Largent Drumshop

2:45-3:15pm 3 Up 2 Down

3:45-4:45pm  TBA

5-5:30pm WVMS Roots Rock Band

5:45-6:15pm The Code

6:30-7pm DKD Power Trio

10:30-11pm Raise the Vibe

Casey’s Corner

12-12:30pm  Organic Music Farm

1-1:30pm Aisea

2:15-2:45pm Hold up the Sky

3:30- 4:15pm Victor Johnson

5-6pm  Boxcar String Band

Dave’s Garage

11:30am-12pm Stan Roach

12:30-1pm  Arridium Rock Duo

1:30-2:15pm Dream Symphony

2:45-3:30pm Broken Down Guitars

4:15-5pm  Hilst and Coffey

6-7pm Z Band

Good Life Tasting Room

9:30-11pm  Leif James

GoodLife Stage

9:30am Yoga

11-11:30am  Noah Connor

12-12:30pm Music for the Soul

1-2pm Rich Hurdle &Crescent Jazz

2:30-3:30pmJohn Shipe

4-5pm  Consider the Fox

5:30-7pm  MOsley WOtta and  Friends

Century Stage Ballroom

9:30-10:30pm Your Birthday

11pm Richard Taelour & Stronghold

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Friday, September 23, 2011

Bend Roots: Friday's Schedule

Moon Mountain Ramblers, Flying Kites

Posted By on Fri, Sep 23, 2011 at 8:22 PM

The Bend Roots kicked off in style last night with the opening night party at the Victorian featuring music from Mark Ransom, Leif James and a sizzling set from Rising Tide, a local Grateful Dead tribute act.

Tonight, the party moves to the Century Center for the weekend. Here's the schedule for tonight, which features some great shows, including sets from Moon Mountain Ramblers, Tone Red, The River Pigs, and an electronic dance set from Flying Kites.

Also, Shane and Lindsey from Empty Space Orchestra are playing a late night set with their side project, O Sugoi!

FRIDAY, 9/23

BIGS Stage

7-7:30pm  Mai

7:30-8:30pm  Moon Mountain Ramblers

8:30-10pm  Tone Red

Casey’s Corner

6:30-7:30pm Brad Tisdel with  Victor Johnson

5-6pm Two/Thirds Trio

Dave’s Garage

6-6:30pm Third Seven

7:30-8:30pm Dela Project

Good Life Stage

5-6pm  Prairie Rockets

6:30-8pm Brooks Robertson

GoodLife Tasting Room

9:30-11pm  Felly SmithCentury Stage Ballroom

9:30-11pm  River Pigs

11:30pm Flying Kites


11-11:30pm  O Sugoi


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Updated: Fire Closes Alder Springs Trailhead

Posted By on Fri, Sep 23, 2011 at 5:39 PM

A 300-acre wildfire near Whychus Creek has closed the Alder Springs Trailhead near Crooked River Ranch. The Oregon Department of Forestry said the fire, which was spotted around 2 p.m. yesterday was burning east toward Crooked River Ranch and several private ranches. In addition to the trailhead, fire response teams have closed Road 6360 as they coordinate the response. Cause of the fire is still under investigation.


Update: Fire managers pegged the Alder Springs fire at roughly 650 acres yesterday evening with the flames reaching to within roughly 1/2 mile of the Deschutes River on the eastern boundary. According to the Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch Center, no structures have been lost as a result of the blaze, which is moving through a mix of grasslands, brush and timber. However, the fire continues to pose a threat to several ranches to the east as well as the Crooked River Ranch community.

It's worth noting that fire erupted just a matter of weeks after the Oregon Natural Desert Association announced its intention to ask Congress to designate more than 18,000 acres around the Alder Springs area as a federal wilderness. The proposal was met with strong opposition from neighbors, many of whom said that their primary concern was the ability to fight wildfire.


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The Biggest Night of TV, Like, Ever

A review of last night's Office, Parks and Recreation, Whitney and more.

Posted By on Fri, Sep 23, 2011 at 5:21 PM

As I mentioned yesterday, last night was like the BIGGEST NIGHT OF TV EVAAAAAARRR, with a poop-ton of new and returning shows to scream, swoon, and yawn over.

Here's some opinions from across TV-ville (including my own) about what went down last night—but more importantly, WHAT DO YOU THINK?

The Office: In my opinion, this season opener was flatter than a pancake dressing up like Kate Moss for Halloween. I was all revved up for James Spader stepping in and fucking shit up as the new CEO for Sabre—but he was only tangentially involved. The main focus was on the new office manager (I won't spoil it for those who haven't watched it yet, but trust me—the choice was uninspired), and everyone involved was 30% more unlikable than at this time last year.

Parks & Recreation: I'll admit I've pooh-poohed this show in the past (due almost entirely to its lackluster first season) but I'm really digging it now—primarily because of the always hilarious Ron Swanson, and the Leslie/Ben romance which is weirdly sweet, charismatic, and not as gaggable as what you ordinarily see on TV. However, I can't stand April, and therefore she must go.

Whitney: Huh. A live version of Cathy. I didn't ask for that.

After the jump, the Opinionator gathers opinions from other TV critics regarding their opinions on Charlie's Angels, Person of Interest, and Prime Suspect!


Charlie's Angels: (From The Onion's AV Club) "It’s damned hard to make a show for ironists. It’s hard to make a show for people who just want something to howl at, who just want something to make fun of with their friends. Once you set out to make something that’s so bad it’s good, you usually just end up with something dull. And that’s part of why the new Charlie’s Angels is so bad." Person of Interest: (From "It’s a saggy, numbed-out crime drama, with a pair of leads - (Michael) Emerson and Jim Caviezel - whose quasi-mystical affect fails to pull you into their characters. This isn’t a nexus of TV talent and cultural suspicion so much as a turgid spin on the old-school procedural, with rote crimes-of-the-week, the familiar streets of New York City, and, of course, a pair of crazy-googly eyes." Prime Suspect: (From the Denver Post) "This Americanized "Prime Suspect" is determinedly gritty without being particularly thoughtful. It's not destined to be a breakout hit, but Bello is riveting in a procedural with an edge that's new for NBC." And just because this made me go "EWWW!! NBC, you're so STUPID!!!"

One hundred actresses dressed as detective Jane Timoney, Maria Bello’s character in NBC’s Prime Suspect drama, this week descended on downtown Toronto as part of a giant flash mob.

HAHAHAHAHAAAAAAA! EWWWW!!! Anywhoop, if anybody has any opinions on last nights ep of Community (which I thought was "ehhhhhhh"—you can quote me on that), or any other shows you've seen or are looking forward to, activate your Opinionator!

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