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Saturday, June 30, 2012

Saturday Night Fever: Staff Recs for Tonight

Posted By on Sat, Jun 30, 2012 at 8:00 AM

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Friday, June 29, 2012

Downtown Jackalope Open Tonight

Third Street Stalwart Jackalope makes its official grand opening tonight with doors opening at 5.

Posted By on Fri, Jun 29, 2012 at 8:44 PM

Third Street stalwart Jackalope Grill makes its official grand opening tonight with doors opening at 5. Chef owner Timothy Garling said the staff has had several days to get acquainted with the new location and is ready to throw open the doors to the general public. The restaurant—which serves a Northwest style menu that includes filet mignon and pork tenderloin, but also some departures such as Jager Schnitzel and other dishes with distinctly European influences—worked out many of the kinks in a soft opening on Wednesday and Thursday. (Garling said the restaurant ran out of some ingredients on Thursday and was not altogether prepared for the full house that arrived, but will be better prepared tonight for the official opening.) While the seating capacity is relatively on par with the old location, the new restaurant features a full bar with room for about 20 people.

The restaurant opens at 5 p.m. tonight with Garling featuring an Oregon ling cod as the special.

 


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The Grand Depart is tomorrow!

2012 Tour De France live in Bend, Ore home of hopeful Chris Horner

Posted By on Fri, Jun 29, 2012 at 8:00 PM

 

That's right, the 2012 Tour De France starts tomorrow in Liège, Belgium. It's wide open this year and despite the fact there is over 100k of time trialing, it's going to be an exciting race!

 

From Velonews.com

 

We can be fairly sure most of the contenders this year are not doping, right? Do we really care? Well maybe if we are talking about this guy.

 

If you are looking to watch the race live, check out this site.

 

Or be social and watch it with friends at the following locations:

- Thump

- Jackson's Corner

Check back here for regular updates and opinions on the race through out the three weeks. 

 

For starters, who is going to win the Prologue! Here are my top 3…

 

1. Fabian Cancellara

2. Bradley Wiggins

3. Peter Sagan

 

Post your guesses below. 


 

 


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No Sun, No Problem. Bachelor is Back for an Encore

In addition to the lifts, Mt Bachelor has opened the West Village patio with BBQ and live music on Saturday and Sunday. Lifties are $30 and $20 for season and multi-day passholders.

Posted By on Fri, Jun 29, 2012 at 7:45 PM

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It didn’t necessarily feel like summer this morning at Mt. Bachelor, with the winds buffeting skiers and snowboarders and the sun largely hiding behind a wall of clouds. But the blanket of green treetops in the valley below and ubiquitous lava rock patches on the slopes reminded us that we were in fact skiing Summit on June 29 and we didn’t have to hike to do it. By my count there was more than 100 cars in the lot by 9 a.m. for Bachelor’s three-day encore performance that kicked off at 7:30 a.m. this morning (with lifts running until 1p.m. today) and concludes Sunday afternoon. In addition to the lifts, Mt Bachelor has opened the West Village patio with BBQ and live music on Saturday and Sunday. Lifties are $30 and $20 for season and multi-day passholders.

Bachelor’s Marketing and Communications Manager Andy Goggins said the resort staff has been planning to reopen since snow started piling up in the spring, but waited to announce the dates until recently when they were positive that the snow coverage would be ample. It’s the second straight year that Bachelor has opened for a summer session, and Goggins said that it’s likely the mountain will continue to the tradition as long as snow and weather permits in coming years.

It’s a busy time for Bachelor even without the summer ski session. The resort is in the middle of an expansion plan review with the U.S. Forest Service (The comment period runs for another couple of weeks) and is already expanding its ticketing and locker room area. Crews from Knife River were pouring footings for the expansion on Friday morning as snow jacket bedecked riders shuffled by. Goggins said the expanded ticketing building will eventually become administration offices with ticketing windows moving over to the retail shop area, one of many changes that are likely to take place at the mountain over the new few years. The biggest of those upgrades is probably the construction of a new lodge in the Sunrise area and the addition of a new six-pack lift that will open up a huge amount of terrain on that side of mountain, possibly as soon as winter 2014, according to Goggins.

The new area will have a strong focus on family skiing and make the resort one of the premier destinations for that market. It will also offer another area with significant glade skiing that’s attractive during Bachelor’s many adverse (depending on your perspective) weather days.

“Having something on the opposite side of the mountain that’s similar to Northwest will be awesome on storm days,” Goggins said.


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Face eater had only weed in system

Face eater had only weed in system

Posted By on Fri, Jun 29, 2012 at 5:16 PM

Be careful- weed makes you really hungry. Maybe even hungry enough to eat someone's face.

 

 

 

 


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Friday Night Staff Picks

Hillbilly swing, hard driving rock or roots rock reggae? Friday nights live music line-up has a little something for everyone.

Posted By on Fri, Jun 29, 2012 at 8:00 AM

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Thursday, June 28, 2012

Bend Residents Slapped with Hefty Enviro Fine

A pair of Bend residents were handed a stiff fine by the state Department of Environmental Quality for allegedly failing to properly address a leaking sewage treatment system at their property in Waldport.

Posted By on Thu, Jun 28, 2012 at 10:58 PM

A pair of Bend residents was handed a stiff fine by the state Department of Environmental Quality for allegedly failing to properly address a leaking sewage treatment system at their property in Waldport.

Kathy Louise Trudel and Karin Marie Denman were fined more than $105,000 for failing to fix a leaking septic system at their property on the Alsea Highway. Inspectors found sewage welling up on the ground near the system and ordered Trudel and Denman to immediately make repairs, which they  reportedly failed to do for more than a month in late in 2011 and early 2012. When the repairs were made in February the owners failed to obtain the necessary permits for the work, another violation, according to the DEQ, which announced the penalty today.

The owners have until July 24 to appeal the fine.


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Rural Counties Get Timber Payment Lifeline

Hard hit rural counties will have another year of federal support for roads, law enforcement and other services that were on the chopping block this year

Posted By on Thu, Jun 28, 2012 at 6:48 PM

Hard hit rural counties will have another year of federal support for roads, law enforcement and other services that were on the chopping block this year after a last minute deal today extended the Secure Rural Schools program and more than $340 million in funding for rural America.

In Oregon, dozens of counties were bracing for severe cutbacks at the start of the next fiscal year July 1. In one well publicized move, Lane County released dozens of prisoners from the county jail earlier this week due to lack of funding. A newspaper photo showed a motley crew of disheveled defendants striding out of the jail grounds as part of the early release program.

(No word on whether those parolees will be rounded up and returned to the jail anytime soon.)

In total, Oregon counties will receive about $100 million payments from the federal government. The monies are designed to help counties that have a large percentage of federal lands within their boundaries and have seen a significant decline in timber receipts as logging has declined, in part due to more stringent environmental rules. The timber payments have been extended several times and are a perennially political football in the budget negotiations with Western lawmakers, including Oregon’s Ron Wyden, on the Secure Rural Schools bills’ authors, Jeff Merkley and House Republican Greg Walden lobbying their colleagues hard to extend the handout to rural counties where unemployment remains staggeringly high and job growth nearly non-existent.


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Best Of Ballot Is Here!

Posted By on Thu, Jun 28, 2012 at 5:44 PM

After much technical hand wringing, we are pleased to announce that this year's Best of Central Oregon ballot is up and live. Just click here, follow the instructions and start submitting your votes. Result will be published in our annual Best of Central Oregon edition, Aug. 16. Happy voting!


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Health Care Reforms Legal, SC rules today

The controversial health care reforms developed by the Obama Administration and passed by Congress last year are legal, the Supreme Court ruled today.

Posted By on Thu, Jun 28, 2012 at 5:37 PM

The controversial health care reforms developed by the Obama Administration and passed by Congress last year are legal, the Supreme Court ruled today.

The reforms mean insurance companies may no longer deny coverage based on pre-existing conditions and that children may remain on their parents health care plans until they are 26, among many other changes. The central provision of new health care law, often called the individual mandate, requires almost all Americans to purchase health care.

The court, in its 5-4 ruling, interpreted the individual mandate provision of the law as a tax, something the government has the authority to levy.

Chief Justice John Roberts wrote the opinion and sided with the four Democratic appointees on the Court in the decision.

In a speech this morning President Barack Obama said he was pleased.

"Today's decision was a victory for people all over this county whose lives are more secure because of this law," said Obama.

For more check out this New York Times article.


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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Deschutes Brewery 24th Birthday Party Tonight

Deschutes will celebrate its bday with a party in the alley near the downtown pub tonight.

Posted By on Wed, Jun 27, 2012 at 6:18 PM

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Real Life Cannonball Run Driver Cited Twice in Same Day by Oregon Police

Posted By on Wed, Jun 27, 2012 at 3:03 AM

A New York driver was stopped twice on Tuesday by state troopers in two different counties for speeding during an Cannonball Run-style rally race that spanned at least three states. Police said they were tipped off by law enforcement from Idaho and Nevada that participants in the Bullrun Rally would be traveling through the state and had drawn complaints from motorists. Police in Grant County stopped four participants from the race who were driving between 92 and 117 miles per hour. One of the drivers, Wahe Yeterian of Garden City, NY, was stopped again just hours later on Hwy 26 outside Sandy where troopers spotted his red 2012 Porsche 911 doing approximately 90 mph in a 55 mph zone.

One of the other drivers was cited twice in Grant County after "spinning his tires and speeding away" after the initial traffic stop. A sheriff's deputy caught up with the driver who was doing 88 mph a short time later.

Police said that the drivers who were cited for speeding in excess of 100 mph face fines up $1,150 and a loss of driving privileges in Oregon, up to 90 days.

That sounds pretty stiff--if you’re not the kind of person who can afford a brand new Porsche 911 and can taken, say, a week of work to take part in a rogue interstate rally.


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