Friday, January 27, 2012

Mt. B: Patagonia Pursuit Rescheduled and Summit Lift Open

Nordic race postponed and new terrain open at Bachelor.

Posted By on Fri, Jan 27, 2012 at 11:49 PM


If you were stressing your fitness and which wax to use for Sunday's Patagonia Pursuit nordic race, you can relax. It's been rescheduled for Sunday, February 12. You've now got two more weeks to dork-out on you form and the wax conundrum (register at

If unfamiliar, the race begins with a mass start classic leg and after a transition, concludes with a skate leg. Skiers have the option of participating as an individual or as a team. Staged at Mt. Bachelor's nordic trails.

Speaking of Bachelor, if you haven't heard, the Summit is now open, with access to the backside of the hill. Happy shredding.








(photo credit: flickr)

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Pioneering Bikeway Adds a Bend-based Loop

Pioneering state bikeways program adds a route that starts and ends in Bend.

Posted By on Fri, Jan 27, 2012 at 6:17 PM

Bike tourists have one more reason to target Bend. The area has hundreds of miles of single track, a premier multi-stage road race, a booming cyclo-cross culture, among other things. Now you can add a  state scenic bikeway to the list . The newly designated route was approved earlier this week by the Oregon Parks Department, bringing the total number of scenic bikeways to eight in Oregon. The new 36-mile loop, dubbed the Twin Bridges Scenic Bikeway, begins and ends in downtown Bend’s Drake Park and includes the town of Tumalo, which the press release describes as “quaint” (I guess they’ve never seen a gravel mine). The route takes its name from the river crossing near Terrebonne and is classified as moderately difficult by the state. Although local bikers are likely familiar with the already popular route, local tourism promoters, including Visit Bend, which pushed for the designation, believe it could bring additional notoriety to the area.

(We’re guessing there is some sort of wall of fame at VB for the first group that completes the route on the cyclepub in what would be an unprecedented act of tourism marketing synergy.)

Meantime, if anyone wants to check out the specifics of the route, her or she can get the 411 from the state park’s website. There you can find details of the other eight routes around the state, including the two other recently designated Central Oregon routes, the Sisters to Smith Rock Scenic Bikeway and the Metolius River Loops Scenic Bikeway.

Oregon is the first state in the nation to dedicate scenic bikeways. The routes area designed to spotlight some of the best existing routes along Oregon’s roads and paved paths. The program is partnership between Cycle Oregon, Travel Oregon (the state’s designated tourism promotion agency) as well as the Oregon Department of Transportation and the state parks department. 


Photo: Mountainflyermagazine.

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Animal Eyes and Plum Sutra: Tonight!

Alaskan rockers back in Bend, this time at Silver Moon.

Posted By on Fri, Jan 27, 2012 at 3:00 PM

The boys are back in town, and they brought friends. Portland band Plum Sutra will blow your mind with their Zen rock followed by a night of debauchery with Alaskan ruffians and indie folk rockers Animal Eyes. Catch them at Silver Moon tonight.

Plum Sutra call themselves a piano/violin/drums instrumentation collective. Their sound is pretty out there in the best way—ambient, instrumental, and rockin’. Plus, their second album is an instrumental account of the evolution of Madagascan lemurs…right on!                                    

Read up on Animal Eyes in this week’s issue of The Source Weekly. If this show is anywhere near as bonkers as their appearance last week at the Horned Hand, then you won’t be disappointed. (See video below)

And all for five dollars! Why, I can count that on one hand!

Animal Eyes and Plum Sutra

9pm Friday, January 27

Silver Moon Brewing Co., 24 NW Greenwood Ave.

$5, 21 and over

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(photo credit: Katherine Caldera)

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Two Republicans file to challenge Unger in Nov. election

Two Republicans will face off in May primary for Democrat Alan Unger's county commission seat

Posted By on Fri, Jan 27, 2012 at 12:35 AM

Two Republicans challengers of Democrat Alan Unger, 60, officially joined the race for county commissioner today by submitting filings with the Deschutes County Clerk’s Office. Phil Henderson, 56, will vie against fellow Republican Tom Greene, 58, who is a current Bend City Councilor, in the May primary for a spot on the November ballot.

The Deschutes County Commission is a three-person board that governs the county. Compensation for commissioners is roughly $80,000 per year. Unger, who is a former Redmond mayor, has served on the board since 2009.

Henderson, a bend attorney and businessman, has not held elected office, but has served on the Bend Budget Committee and as a board member for United Way of Deschutes County and the Heart Institute of the Cascades. He believes his experience in the private sector, including as President of Sun Forest Construction, has prepared him for the position.

“I learned in the private sector long ago that people have to be accountable for the money they spend,” said Henderson in a press release sent today. “We need to insure those values are upheld here in Deschutes County.”

Greene is a former real estate agent and worked in law enforcement with the United State Air Force. He announced his candidacy last fall at the same time his recent bankruptcy was disclosed, which he said was related to his work in the real estate industry. The city councilor has served on several other Central Oregon boards including the Bend Budget Committee, Central Oregon Intergovernmental Council and the Bend Metropolitan Planning Organization.

Candidates may file for the position through March 9.   

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Thursday, January 26, 2012

Vote on the Lust List; Win Free Stuff

Vote for Central Oregon's hottest people, places, and events and win great prizes from the Source. It's all in the name of love.

Posted By on Thu, Jan 26, 2012 at 6:52 PM

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New cerveza from Below Grade Brewing, now at Newport Market.

Posted By on Thu, Jan 26, 2012 at 5:45 PM

Dangerous Kate, the latest from Below Grade Brewing, is a bold Imperial Cascadian Black Ale, or black IPA that tastes much more malty than hoppy. Somewhat surprising given the insane amount hops Mr. Wise tossed into this brew, but we like it anyway.

Hell, you make a beer that’s 8.5% ABV and chances are we’ll dig it. Being journalists, we’re all about bang for your buck. While Dangerous Kate (so named for Wise’s daughter) lacked the creamy head we were hoping for, it didn’t taste alcohol-y like so many of the high-gravity beers out there.

The taste of rich, roasted cereal grains, the overarching flavor in this dark IPA, warmed and cheered our weary bones on a recent blustery Central Oregon evening. Viva roasted malts! Viva La Kate!   

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Cobb's Coastline - Or how to shoot a perfect Hawaiian sunset

Photographer David Cobb's stunning Hawaii coastline shot.

Posted By on Thu, Jan 26, 2012 at 4:54 PM

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My good friend and fellow photographer David Cobb will do a free presentation of his stunning images at the Cascade Center of Photography, 390 Sw Columbia St,  this Friday at 6pm.

David always impresses me with his keen eye for the best possible composition and his always immaculate exposures. This recent image was taken in Hawaii while walking along the Na Pali Coast. This stunning sunset shot was post processed using several layers of the same image. David will talk about his vision and his techniques in this free event.

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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Danny Barnes: Tonight! Free!

Listen to that banjo ring.

Posted By on Wed, Jan 25, 2012 at 10:49 PM

Noteworthy banjo and guitar virtuoso Danny Barnes is picking and grinning tonight at McMenamins. A number of  big names in the music world count Barnes as a significant influence, including Phish's Mike Gordon and one-man-band Keller Williams.

You should probably go, it'd be a smart move at the affordable price of free ninety-free. You can read a full write-up about the Seattle-base Americana artist in this week's issue of the Source Weekly.

Danny Barnes

7pm, Wednesday, January 25.

McMenamins Old St. Francis School. Free, All ages.

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Chainbreaker added to permanent Deschutes lineup

Deschutes Brewery adds Chainbreaker to permanent lineup

Posted By on Wed, Jan 25, 2012 at 9:48 PM

The six core beers in the Deschutes Brewery lineup are members of a prestigious club. In the microbrew world they're icons. Titans. Pillars of quality and consistency. It's not often that a new beer makes the cut, so congrats are in order for Chainbreaker, the brewery's new White IPA.

Deschutes announced today that the beer, which has been available intermittently at special events and the Bend and Portland pubs, will now join its regular lineup. Bottles are scheduled to hit shelves around the Northwest by the end of March. 

The beer is "a hop-forward, citrus-packed beer" with notes of coriander and an underlying wheaty profile that makes it a true marriage of witbier and IPA. At an alcohol level of 5.6 percent with 60 IBUs, the beer definitely has some guts, just like participants in its namesake, one of Central Oregon's ballsiest bike races.

For more information, check out Deschutes Brewery's press page.




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The Best Of What's Next: Electric Guest

Los Angeles group, Electric Guest is The Best Of What's Next! Stream their first 3 songs ahead of their April album release!

Posted By on Wed, Jan 25, 2012 at 4:42 AM

Do you like Fitz & The Tantrums? Are you into Broken Bells? How about Prince fans? Any of you out there? If you like where this is going so far... then you are bound to eat up the first three songs released by Los Angeles duo, Electric Guest. Given the diverstity of this early collection, it's hard to tell just what these two (Asa Taccone & Matthew Compton) have in store for us when they release their debut album, Mondo on April 24th, but I think we can agree... it might be hard to stop listening to. Dig into the early release tracks below or launch them in your Spotify player if you so choose.

This Head I Hold by ElectricGuest Troubleman by ElectricGuest American Daydream by ElectricGuest
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Lust List: Hottest Yoga Instructor

Posted By on Wed, Jan 25, 2012 at 3:45 AM

As loyal Source readers know, we're looking for nominations to help us put together this year’s Lust List, the Source’s annual list of Central Oregon’s hottest hotties and best bodies and straight-up beefcake. We’ll be asking Source readers for nominations across a number of categories. Those who vote early will have a chance to get cool swag, including roller derby tix, Winterfest buttons and restaurant gift certificates.

We’re kicking off this week’s round of nominations with a call out for Bend’s hottest yoga instructor (male and female). The first five readers to submit a nomination will get a free ticket to the Jan. 28 Lava City Roller Dolls bout at Cascade Indoor Sports. Email your nominees to, or visit our Facebook page

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Watch the 2012 State of the Union Online

The President addresses the nation live, tonight at 6pm.

Posted By on Wed, Jan 25, 2012 at 1:52 AM

President Obama lays out his goals for the remainder of his term. Watch it live at, 6pm PST.

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