Thursday, October 31, 2013

Inspectors on Newport Avenue Dam: "It's Old"

Posted By on Thu, Oct 31, 2013 at 9:00 PM

Pacific Power engineers at work.
  • Pacific Power engineers at work.

So far, after one full day of inspections, Pacific Power engineers are reporting what we already knew about the leaking, 103-year-old Newport Avenue dam.

"It's inline with our expectations, which is, it's old," said Pacific Power spokesperson Bob Gravely while standing on the Newport Avenue Bridge overlooking the dam. Gravely, who was relaying reports from the engineers onsite, went on to say that the dam would require "extensive work" to continue to make it operational in the long term. "And that's what we suspected," he concluded.

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What Bad Has Ever Come From Pie?

Posted By on Thu, Oct 31, 2013 at 5:11 PM

Oh sure, perhaps there have been some poisoned pies sent to enemies in the Middle Ages, but really, I would hazarded that 99.9% of the time a pie has been baked, it has brought joy.

There are a few days left for our Pie-Off: Submit a recipe to, and we will select three recipes for our holiday pie-off, and for the title of BEST PIE IN CENTRAL OREGON.

Deadline for entry is: Wednesday, November 6.

Judging wil happen on Monday, November 11 at Broken Top Bottle Shop. 7 pm.

For additional reading about the world wide worthiness of pie, check out The World Needs More Pie blog.

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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Gremlins TOMORROW!

Posted By on Tue, Oct 29, 2013 at 12:38 PM

You're invited to the Source's pre-Halloween celebration of the cutest, turned grossest little creatures to come out of 1984...GREMLINS!


Wednesday, Oct. 30
Old Stone Church, 8 pm. FREE!
Beer from 10 Barrel Brewing Co., give-aways and lots and lots of Mogwais.

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Monday, October 28, 2013

Wes Anderson Trailers: Real and Fake

Posted By on Mon, Oct 28, 2013 at 1:23 PM

This weekend, SNL made a fake tralior for a Wes Anderson horror flick "The Midnight Coterie of Sinister Intruders" starring Edward Norton as Owen Wilson.
We wish it were real.

But wait, before you go crying precocious crocodile tears while typing a strongly worded complaint letter to SNL on your vintage type writer...Last week, a very REAL trailer was released for Anderson's upcoming film The Grand Budapest Hotel.

The Grand Budapest Hotel looks oh-so-Anderson and totally fabulous. It is not due for release until March 7, 2014, so try to stop squealing with joy.

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Gremlins: When Monsters Were Fun!

Posted By on Mon, Oct 28, 2013 at 10:43 AM

On Wednesday, October 30, the Source presents the 1984 funny and scary GREMLINS!

Sponsored by 10 Barrel, the film plays (for free!) at Old Stone, 8 pm.

Given the camp, it is easy to gloss over how clever and inventive some of the storyline is.

The screenwriter, recently out of NYU film school, Chris Columbus was just 26 years old at the time. This was only his fourth attempt at a screenplay, and he went on also to write Goonies a year later, and then to team up with John Hughes for the mayhem of Adventures in Babysitting and Home Alone (and to produce most of the Harry Potter movies).

Looking at the nutty barroom scene —second only to Star Wars for its exotic goofiness—gives some crystal ball predictions about where Columbus' mindset was, and where his career was heading.

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Friday, October 25, 2013

Water Levels in Mirror Pond to Drop Further as Dam Inspection Begins

Posted By on Fri, Oct 25, 2013 at 4:28 PM

Mirror Pond water levels are already quite low.
  • Mirror Pond water levels are already quite low.

Pacific Power spokesman Bob Gravely just told me that the utility company will begin drawing down water levels Monday morning at the "crack on dawn" so that company personnel can access and inspect the Newport Avenue Dam, which sprung a significant leak in early October.

Permitting requirements stipulate that Pacific Power can draw down water levels no faster than a rate of 2 inches per hour, which, according to Gravely, should help reduce negative environmental effects downstream. (Flows downstream of the dam will increase as water is drained from the pond.) Gravely expects the draw down to take a couple days, while the actual inspection, he said, should take no more than one day.

Water levels in Mirror Pond are already lower than normal—at least two feet lower—having fallen victim to a double whammy: the leak in the 103-year-old dam and the reduced upstream flows typical of fall and winter, the traditional end of the irrigation season. This October, however and with Wickiup Reservoir levels low following a warm, dry spring and summer, Oregon's Water Resources Department chose to release only 32 cubic feet per second from the reservoir, a decision which led to the deaths of approximately 3,000 fish. Last winter the state agency was releasing approximately 300 cfs. Wickiup Reservoir and various tributaries supply the Deschutes River with its water. Draining Mirror Pond further is not expected to further jeopardize fish populations, though more fish species may yet suffer as a result of the minimal upstream flows.

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Pre-Halloween Weekend Roundup!

Posted By on Fri, Oct 25, 2013 at 4:26 PM


Some go sexy for Halloween, some go creepy. I recommend stuffing yourself into the most elaborate, outlandish costume you can find. It's normal to stress about what to wear for the most glamorously ghoulish weekend of the year, but one thing you shouldn't worry about is finding a party to flaunt your get-up. The Source has some of the best ones of the weekend right here, in a convenient blog post!

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Friday Mixtape and Contest!

Posted By on Fri, Oct 25, 2013 at 4:23 PM


This week's Friday Mixtape is an autobiographical playlist featuring tracks from some of the most memorable concerts I've been to. We at the Source know that lots of our readers have had just as many if not more of the same kind of experiences seeing live music. So why not share them with us!

Put together your own concert playlist on Spotify with songs from your most favorite concerts and tweet them to @sourceweekly with #myconcerts. We'll retweet them to our followers as well as pick our favorite to win a music prize pack!

So get to sharing!

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FREE Tickets to Start Laughing Comedy Show

Posted By on Fri, Oct 25, 2013 at 10:30 AM

We've got two tickets to tonight's Start Laughing comedy benefit at the Tower Theatre and we want to give them to you! The show is a benefit for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Oregon and includes admission to a VIP reception pre-show at Umpqua Bank and a post-show party at 5 Fusion which will feature a special happy hour food and drink menu.

Comment with your favorite short joke and we'll randomly pick a winner at 1 pm. You must be able to pick up the tickets at our downtown office by 5 pm. The show is 21+. You can buy tickets on the Tower Theatre website.


Todd Armstrong from Portland:

Adam Norwest from Seattle:

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Thursday, October 24, 2013

Come Watch Gremlins with Us Next Wednesday (It's Free!)

Posted By on Thu, Oct 24, 2013 at 2:50 PM

Get in the Halloween spirit—come see Gremlins for free! (Yeah, we know, the 1984 film is a Christmas movie, but it's scary—kinda. Mostly it's hilarious and awesome.) Shaky on the plot? Read this week's review and find out how Gremlins helped give rise to whole genre (also, the PG-13 rating). We'll be pouring beers, Gremlins will be doling out the laughs.


8 pm Wednesday, Oct. 30

Old Stone, 157 NW Franklin Ave.

Free entry, 10 Barrel beer available for cost

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Wild Rose: New Thai Restaurant in Downtown NOW OPEN

Posted By on Thu, Oct 24, 2013 at 1:48 PM

OPEN FOR BUSINESS! Wild Rose Thai is the newest addition to Bend's downtown dining options: A Northern-thai restaurant at 150 NW Oregon Ave., formerly Common Table.

Pad Mamuang with sticky jasmine rice $7
  • Pad Mamuang with sticky jasmine rice $7

The decor inside is brightly colored and busy with beautiful terracotta flatware and brightly colored chairs and table cloths, a big change from Common Table's simplistic interior design. The low exposed beam ceilings make Wild Rose feel like the best kind of hole-in-the-wall despite the large open floor plan.

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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

TONIGHT: Two Bike Events Worth Attending

Posted By on Wed, Oct 23, 2013 at 4:11 PM

Yes, it's a busy night for bike nerds. Both events look great. Here's how to decide.

Bend Bikes Community Forum
Best for: bicycle advocates/infrastructure wonks/alternative transportation proponents:


More here.

Bike-Packing/Snowbiking/Mountain Biking 10 Essentials Presentation
Best for: adventurers/fitness freaks/backpackers with bad knees/bike-packing curious/fat bike enthusiasts:


More here.

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