Monday, October 31, 2011

Occupy Bend Rally: Photos and Video

A recap of Saturday's Occupy Bend rally and march.

Posted By on Mon, Oct 31, 2011 at 6:20 PM

Occupy Bend
  • Occupy Bend

I didn't know what exactly to expect on Saturday afternoon when I made my way down to the Occupy Bend rally and march. When I arrived about 10 minutes before the scheduled beginning, there were only about 50 people in the square, holding signs and generally just milling about.

But within 20 minutes, the mood had changed, as had the attendance, which had swelled to upwards of 400 by the time the protestors took to the street for a march that culminated back at the Occupy Bend site on Wall Street and Olney (which has since been packed up).

The critics of the Occupy Wall Street movement have decried the loose cluster of causes the group has championed, and some of that was seen on Saturday with signs regarding anti-war sentiment or, as far as I could tell, a few Tea Party-oriented anti-government sentiment. But, by and large, the speeches were focused on the financial inequality that has been the focal point of this movement.

Chris Lawler, who at 23 has been one of the most vocal members of the local Occupy movement, was at the microphone for most of the time, leading chants, but also making an appeal to younger people in Central Oregon, urging them to get out and get involved. He had a point. The crowd was mostly comprised of 50-and-older folks.

Interestingly, I didn't see a single police officer the entire time, which made sense. This was a hardly rowdy crowd. I did, however, spot a less-than-enthused security guard standing at the doors of the nearby Bank of America.

Here are some videos from the event:

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Saturday, October 29, 2011

Halloween house sings to LMFAO

House dressed in Halloween lights puts on a song and dance to LMFAO.

Posted By on Sat, Oct 29, 2011 at 1:00 PM

Saw this via Wolf Blitzer today, his neighbors aren't too happy, but who cares.

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Click here for the YouTube profile with an archive of performances by the house. He does different songs every year.

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Friday, October 28, 2011

Occupy Bend Rally Hits Downtown on Saturday

The Occupy Bend movement gears up for Saturday's rally.

Posted By on Fri, Oct 28, 2011 at 11:39 PM

Occupy Bend Protest
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I just got back from checking in on the Occupy Bend camp down on Wall Street.

Things are in full swing as the loosely organized group prepares for its rally and march tomorrow, which begins at noon at Brandis Square (corner of Greenwood and Newport avenues) in accordance with other such protests happening around the country.

Occupy Bend protestor Kyle Jackson was the first person to set up a tent on the piece of land that the city OKed for the protestors and he says he'll be one of the last, if not the last, to leave.

"What we're wondering now is if we have the support to actually occupy [the spot]. We may transition from camping to actually occupying," says Jackson.

The city has said that if the protestors remain beyond tomorrow, they'd be considered trespassers.

Also at the site this afternoon was Meg Brookover, who has been protesting the U.S. involvement in wars for the past five years with the local Code Pink group on Fridays at Brandis Square. Her group will be there tomorrow for the rally.

After the march, protestors will be meeting at the camp to further discuss issues. It's tough to estimate the amount of people who will show up for tomorrow's event, but they're guessing as many as 600 could turn out. Others think it could be closer to 1,000.

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Former Bend Mayor Donates $800,000 to OSU Cascades

Former Bend mayor Allan Bruckner makes a donation for OSU Cascades' new building.

Posted By on Fri, Oct 28, 2011 at 8:49 PM

OSU Cascades Donation
  • OSU Cascades Donation

More recent transplants might not be as familiar with the name Allan Bruckner, but the former Bend mayor has definitely made an impact in the community over the years.

And now that impact will be even more tangible with Bruckner donating $800,000 to OSU-Cascades to help the campus secure a new building (pictured to the right) on Columbia Street (off of Colorado Avenue) that will house graduate programs.

Bruckner served as mayor in the early 1990s and is currently president of Cayuga Properties here in Bend.

The donation will be added to $2 million worth of lottery bonds and funds from OSU-Cascades to purchase the nearly-$4 million building.

“Almost everyone agrees that the number one priority for a strong community is an educated populace,” Bruckner said in a press release today.

“Bend has a fine public school system, a well-established and outstanding community college, and an emerging university that deserves and needs greater support.”


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Tonight's Last Comic Standing Lineup

The second night of Last Comic Standing is tonight.

Posted By on Fri, Oct 28, 2011 at 6:11 PM

Central Oregon's Last Comic Standing is funny. Well, to be more precise, the people competing in the local comedy competition are funny. Very funny, in fact.

At last week's opening night, five comics made their way to the second round with some downright hilarious acts. The talent level has definitely escalated since last year, mostly thanks to the collection of open mics and showcases that have popped up during that time.

I'll be there again tonight to host and I'll be doing a few jokes probably about...I don't know...farts or something like that. Maybe wieners, too. Who knows.

Here is the lineup of competitors. If you know them, you better be there to vote them onto the next round. The results are entirely dependent on the audience vote, so be there to support your favorite local comic. Show begins at 8pm. $5 cover. 21 and up.

  1. Kim Pitts
  2. Tim Finley
  3. Dave Riney
  4. Royce Nelson
  5. Dickey B.
  6. Samantha Albert
  7. Mark Vaughn
  8. Travis Cowan
  9. John Eoriatti
  10. Jacob Woodmansee
  11. Adan Eagle
  12. Doug Morgan


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When Helmet Cams are Awesome

There certainly is a time and a place for helmet cams: this is one of them.

Posted By on Fri, Oct 28, 2011 at 5:21 PM

I received the following email from reader Jared Leisek this morning in response to our article "Helmet Cams R Us: Sorry, but no one really wants to see your line," found in this week's Snowriders Guide:

"Loved your article yesterday about Helmet Cams. Hope this video passes muster for you — flying under the bridges north of Terrebonne and Smith Rock last weekend."

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Um, yes. definitely awesome. Well done, Jared. Thanks for keeping the bar set high for helmet cam footage.

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Who? Bend's favorite spotted owl died today, aged 26

Goodbye, Polka.

Posted By on Fri, Oct 28, 2011 at 12:02 AM

Polka was old for a Northern Spotted Owl. He died today at age 26 (likely from heartache, as his partner, Dot, died last year). Spotted owls typically don't make it much past 16 years of age.

The owls served an important role in their wildlife habitat at the High Desert Museum as their owlings went on to do great things. Some of Polka's offspring were released into the wild while others were sent to a breeding center in British Columbia. Polka was discovered in 1986 by a biologist studying in Corvallis and  by 2000 Polka was calling the HDM home.

According to a HDM press release, Polka and Dot were the nation's only captive breeding pair of Northern Spotted Owls, a threatened species.

You will be missed, Polka.

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Thursday, October 27, 2011

Source's Jim Anderson on Field Guide Tonight

Posted By on Thu, Oct 27, 2011 at 7:24 PM

Yes, the World Series’ potentially deciding Game 6 airs tonight on FOX. But why not join the legions of Brewers’ fans who are boycotting the series and tune into OPB’s Oregon Field Guide tonight at 8:30 when the one and only Jim Anderson is profiled. A longtime Source contributor and the indisputable dean of Central Oregon naturalists, Jim has left an indelible imprint on Central Oregon and its environs. Learn about his living legacy tonight when Field Guide airs at 8:30 p.m. local time. Best of all, you don’t even need cable to see it. Bonus, there’s also a feature on Oregon’s cyclocross scene and a piece on another subject near and dear to Jim’s heart, bald eagle recovery in our home state.

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The Felice Brothers and Gill Landry, Recap

The country hipsters with mustaches made me wish I owned an accordion too.

Posted By on Thu, Oct 27, 2011 at 6:37 PM

Monday night at Silver Moon may have been a high priced show but the tunes the bands offered up was well worth the price.

Opener Gill Landry of Old Crow Medicine delivered a melancholy but striking performance. His beautiful and talented partner, who I’m pretty sure was named Odessa, knew her stuff and crooned ballad after ballad in a haunting soprano backed by a mean fiddle.

The low-key openers made for a great match with The Felice Brothers, who not only played some old dirty jams, but had a drum machine that brought the bar to the dance floor. Their older material made for a fantastic folky, country backdrop for their newer songs that had everyone on their feet. Prefacing with “Stop smoking that cigarette and come sing a song with me” the lead singer of the Bros called on his opener for a stunning collaboration. Dance beats and down-home country, along with locals-night prices made Silver Moon the place to be Monday. Fantastic showing of some out-of-town acts.



photo (not taken during the aforementioned show): Claudia Gabriela Marques Vieira

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One More Thing About Tim Tebow!

It's called Tebowing and it's way better than planking.

Posted By on Thu, Oct 27, 2011 at 5:19 PM


In this week's Left Field column, I wrote about how although I think Tim Tebow is an excellent young man, I really can't stand the way the guy plays football.

Some people didn't really like this. Others did. A lot of people didn't care.

But still, Tebow-mania continues to dominate the sports talk shows (I mean, why wouldn't you want to talk about a guy with 240 passing yards on the ENTIRE season?) so I figured I'd pass along the latest addition to the craze. It's called Tebowing.

Essentially, you just do the Tebow pose (maybe praying, maybe thinking, maybe wondering how to throw a pass 19 yards off target) in some ridiculous locale. It's called Tebowing and it's WAY better thank planking or Batmanning or any of those other Internet fads.


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Bad Stuff Happening Downtown: Bend police chief provides update

Hooligans abound in Drake Park and downtown Bend.

Posted By on Thu, Oct 27, 2011 at 12:19 AM

We're talking real bad stuff. Like "skateboarding." And "disruptive behavior," which is no doubt due to the "alcohol and drug abuse" that's been going on in downtown Bend.

So said new police Chief Jeff Sale to the City Council last Wednesday in a "Downtown Public Safety" update. Sale highlighted the above three activities as the force's biggest public safety concerns.

I was shocked. Skateboarding in our town? I never... I may start looking into moving somewhere safer, like Oshkosh, Nebraska (seriously, follow the link. It looks/sounds very peaceful).

Yep, Oshkosh sounds safe. I bet there's no skateboarding there.

I've got to get out of here.



photo: flickr via miggslives

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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Wienermobile Spotted in Bend

Look, it's an Oscar Meyer wiener on wheels!

Posted By on Wed, Oct 26, 2011 at 9:13 PM


You don't see this everyday. Apparently, the "Wienermobile" is out promoting Oscar Mayer's "Good Mood Mission," an effort to raise money for families in need. Spotted it at a Chevron, filling its tank with good deeds.

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