Friday, July 31, 2015

Bend-La Pine Schools to hold public meeting about future of Troy Field

Posted By on Fri, Jul 31, 2015 at 2:44 PM

Bend-La Pine Schools wants the City to remove Troy Field's public facilities designation and allow the property to simply be zoned Commercial Limited (CL). - DESCHUTES COUNTY
  • Deschutes County
  • Bend-La Pine Schools wants the City to remove Troy Field's public facilities designation and allow the property to simply be zoned Commercial Limited (CL).

In order to move forward with its sale of Troy Field to a developer, Bend-La Pine Schools will first have to apply for a zoning change. The 0.8-acre property currently has a Public Facilities
designation. The district is hoping to have that changed to Commercial Limited.

The next step in that process is a public meeting, to be held at 5:30 pm, August 26 in the BLPS administrative building (room 314). The district recently accepted a $1.9 million offer from Portland-based Brownstone Development, who is representing an unnamed out-of-state hotel developer with plans to turn the lot into a high-end condo hotel.

Brad Henry, Executive Director of Fiscal Services for BLPS, will represent the school district at the meeting. 

Do you think the public facilities designation should be lifted?
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Bend's DJ Raider Mystic drops video for Raider Nation mixtape

Posted By on Fri, Jul 31, 2015 at 10:26 AM


The 2015 NFL season doesn't kick off for more than a month, but the Raider Nation is ready. Bend's own DJ Raider Mystic, who founded the Bend Oregon Raider Nation (BORN) in 2013, recently released a Raider Nation mixtape for the upcoming football season.

Fans of the Oakland Raiders are somewhat notorious. GQ once called them the "fourth worst" football fans in the nation, describing them as "Hell-raisers, gangbangers, and inveterate knife-lickers all of whom firmly believe that skipping town for an away game is well worth the parole violation." The only worse fans: West Virginia University Mountaineers (who?) and Philadelphia Eagles and Phillies fans (so much for brotherly love).


But Mystic has said that the fans' enthusiasm is often misconstrued by the media. Check out the video for his mixtape below and make your own decision. The mixtape comes out September 2015.

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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Legal weed coming to a dispensary near you October 1

Posted By on Wed, Jul 29, 2015 at 1:35 PM

It's official. Legal weed limbo will end on October 1, when the medical marijuana dispensaries will be permitted to sell some cannabis products. Gov. Kate Brown quietly signed the bill into law on Monday, according to the Oregon Legislative record. Her office has not yet released a statement about the signing. 

Currently, it is legal to grow, possess, and use recreational marijuana in Oregon, but non-medical users are not yet able to legally purchase cannabis products. The bill was promoted as a way to curb the black market for marijuana while the Oregon Liquor Control Commission and the Oregon Legislature work out the details of the licensing program. That program is expected to be up and running by fall of 2016.

The new law permits dispensaries to sell up to a quarter ounce of dried leaves and flowers per adult (21 and over) per day, as well as up to four non-flowering plants and cannabis seeds.

Will you be taking advantage of the new legal option come October? Take our poll and sound off in the comments.

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Crossword Puzzle Answers 7/29/15

Posted By on Wed, Jul 29, 2015 at 9:00 AM


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Friday, July 24, 2015

Friday Mixtape: Riot Songs

Posted By on Fri, Jul 24, 2015 at 8:50 AM

By: Josh Gross

This issue of the Source publishes on July 23, a day in history that marks one of the biggest riots/uprisings in American history. The 12th Street Riots in Detroit. After police raided an underground bar called The Blind Pig, the confrontation escalated, with then-Governor Romney (Mitt's dad) and President Johnson sending in federal troops. The result was 43 dead, 1,189 injured, more than 7,200 arrests, and more than 2,000 buildings destroyed. Only the New York City riots during the Civil War and the L.A. riots in the 1990s were bigger.

Lest we forget, here's a Detroit Riot-themed Mixtape, with songs from The MC5, Night Riots, Eliot Smith, Dale Earndhart Jr. Jr., Eminem, The Detroit Cobras, and more. All are songs or bands about Detroit, riots, or both.

Spotify playlist:


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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Crossword Puzzle Answers 7/22/15

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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Name that otter pup!

Posted By on Tue, Jul 21, 2015 at 11:51 AM

  • The Oregon Zoo
We interrupt your workday with this very important message. There's a rescued otter pup that needs your help...choosing a name.

Before your creative juices start flowing, keep in mind it's not an entirely open-ended question. The fine folks at the Oregon Zoo have narrowed it down to three options.

“A lot of the animals here get their names from nations or cultures associated with the species’ native habitats,” said Julie Christie, senior keeper for the zoo’s North America area, in a release. “For the river otters, we like to choose names based on local waterways.”

The choices include: 

· J.R. Papenfus: a creek in Lane County near the location where the pup was found. (JR is for junior, since a creek is junior to a river.)

· Little Pudding (nickname: LP): a tributary of the Pudding River, joining the main stem west of Mt. Angel.

· Hobson: a creek named for John Hobson, a Clatsop County pioneer who opened a salmon cannery near Tillamook.

Voting is open at for the next week.

According to the Oregon Zoo, the otter pup was rescued from the side of Highway 58, where he was wandering near Cottage Grove. After a brief stint at the Chintimini Wildlife Center in Corvallis, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife determined that the little guy wouldn't make it in the wild alone and reserved him a spot at the Oregon Zoo once he recovers. Zoo officials say they hope the pup will bond with adult rescues Tilly and B.C.

“B.C. has always been good around young otters, so we’re hopeful that the introduction will go swimmingly,” Christie said.

Need to see the pup in action to decide on a suitable moniker? Check out the adorable video footage below then tell us what name you chose.

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Monday, July 20, 2015

Are you our new editor?

Posted By on Mon, Jul 20, 2015 at 10:50 AM


When I graduated from college more than 20 years ago, I made a beeline from Vermont to San Francisco with a dream of becoming a writer. I was an English major, with a head full of Chaucer, Milton, and Shakespeare (chocolate milkshake, we called it), but very little sense about what working for a newspaper or writing on deadline was all about.

I quickly set up an internship at San Francisco Weekly (from an ad I found in the classifieds, as people actually did back then) and over eight months received a baptism by fire, with the coolest music editor ever (Ann Powers, who went on to the New York Times), Bill Goggins (who went on to help launch WIRED) and a semi-abusive, old-school news editor (whose name I will withhold).

I was hooked. I wrote a cover story about illegal shark fishing, got backstage passes to favorite bands, and interviewed authors and politicians. Every day was a ticket to see the machination of a city.

Since then, I have done my tour of duty through alt-weeklies, writing a series of cover stories for Eugene Weekly while a law student at the University of Oregon, and subsequently serving as the first Managing Editor for the Portland Mercury, watching the paper grow from an idea into an institution. Of all of those, the past two-and-half years as the Editor for the Source has been my favorite. But, that said, it is time for someone else to take the helm.

We are looking for a new Editor. It is a tough job, but immensely rewarding; a chance to watchdog City Hall and to champion local organizations (not to mention the beer tasting and reviewing restaurants). There may be a lot of talk about how newspapers are fading, but I have watched the opposite trend as weekly newspapers like the Source become increasingly important and necessary as reliable platforms for civic and entertainment information. Know someone (yourself?) who should be the new editor at the Source? Check out our complete job description below. 

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Are you smart enough to be a Fortune 500 CEO, but care more about community than profit margin? Are you calm enough to be an air traffic controller, but would rather spend your time figuring out what bands are coming to town? Do you know the difference between a film and a movie? Indie music and Americana? And declared, at least once, that print media is not dead?

We need you to be the Editor for the Source Weekly in Bend, Oregon. Entering its 20th year in publication, the Source has an established and important presence in Central Oregon, and a loyal readership.

Primary duties included:

• Oversee content for each issue, manage story assignments, edit and provide a smart, engaging voice for the paper;
• Write feature and news stories, as well as film, food and music reviews;
• Maintain an active and exciting annual editorial schedule, including guiding feature stories and special issues, such as annual “Best Of,” dining guides, adventure issues, film festival guide, etc.;
• Maintain editorial flow and brisk schedule of story deadlines;
• Manage bullpen of freelance writers;
• Work with Production Manager, arrange photography and art work to accompany stories;
• Manage monthly writers’ pay. Part organizational leader, part writer, the Editor position demands both left and right-brain skills. Our ideal candidate will have the following general skills and professional talents:
• Interest in and understanding about the formation of public policy (in particular, local ordinances, policies and programs);
• Proven track record as a team leader, and positive motivator and coach;
• Hands-on background in and interest in public-interest journalism;
• Strong writing skills and patient, but firm, abilities as an editor in a fast-paced environment;
• Writing. Talented and versatile, as able to cover City Hall as the annual Film Festival and write restaurant reviews.

The Source Weekly
is a small staff, and this position requires extensive reporting and writing, with a primary focus on filling the feature and news sections each issue. This is a writing, as well as, editing job, overseeing story assignments, maintaining deadlines and shepherding the editorial flow. Should have a minimum five years of writing and editing experience in alt-weeklies. This is a full-time job. Please submit a resume, a one-page cover letter, and whatever clips you believe best represent the breadth of your writing skills and style to Interviews will be scheduled on a rolling basis.
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Interview: Melissa Etheridge talks LGBT equality, marijuana, and spirituality

Posted By on Mon, Jul 20, 2015 at 10:28 AM

We caught up with Melissa Etheridge while she was staying in Niagra Falls in preparation for a performance at the Artpark Festival in Lewiston, New York, to talk about the changing landscape for LGBT equality, the future of legal weed, and the role her spirituality plays in her music. She performs at the Athletic Club of Bend as part of the PEAK Summer Nights series Wednesday, July 22.

Source Weekly: June was a really exciting month. How did you celebrate?

Melissa Etheridge: I was so glad I was with my wife the morning of [the June 26 U.S. Supreme Court ruling on marriage]. She was with me and we were in Iowa of all places, I was playing in Iowa. And just the feeling of relief and celebration and it was so funny that all around the world, so many millions were celebrating love. And I was trying to think, oh my gosh, the people that were against this, how strange it must be to feel like, “Well, they’re celebrating love, what am I celebrating?” What’s the opposite of that, you know? Hate and fear? So I thought, it must be a time when everyone’s like uh, ok. It was just so beautiful to see to feel the relief to feel [that], okay, we’ve all agreed now by a majority that love is love and even though this might make some people uncomfortable, that’ll pass, and we’re all part of this beautiful fabric of America.

SW: It was definitely a nice thing to happen before Independence Day.

ME: Independence Day and right on Pride Weekend. It’s like the justices planned it, it’s like perfect.

SW: How have you seen the landscape for LGBTQ equality change over your career as an out musician?

ME: Oh good lord, it has gone from zero to 100. I came from the early ’80s. I grew up in the ’60s and ’70s where there was no mention of gay or lesbian. I remember the first I ever saw it was in a psychology book where they said, “We don’t think it’s a mental illness.” I’m like, oh shit. Oh no. And that’s where it came from. And then when I landed in the early ’80s in Long Beach I found myself among a very political group of people, it was the beginning of the AIDS epidemic and organizing was happening on a small level but it made all the difference. That’s really what brought the community together. And once we found there were numbers and safety in numbers, and kinda [got] out of the bars—yeah, we love to have a good time and dance, that’s a big part of our culture, but there’s a whole other part of us—and once we got that together, and then seeing that grow in the ’80s and then feeling the power; in the early 90s I was like no, I need to be truthful, there’s no being in a closet. I’m not in the closet, I was not in the closet to anybody but the general public. So coming out was important, and then watching it go through the ’90s and our struggles. And being a top topic on president debates, we could just feel our power was huge. And here we are, we’re a responsible part of our American community.

SW: What do you think is next for the movement and what role do you see yourself playing as an artist and activist?

ME: Wow. I think the best thing I can do as an activist is to be the best person I can be, is to make the choices that, when people put me in a category of an LGBT person, that it’s a plus mark you know, it’s a good example.

SW: Speaking of political issues—as you likely know, recreational marijuana became legal in Oregon on the 1st. I know you’ve been active in supporting access, particularly to medical marijuana.

ME: It’s funny, I see the cannabis movement very similar to the LGBT movement in that a lot of people that are cannabis users are in the closet and a lot of people don’t even know it because they think that people might look down on them to see they’ve chosen this over all the pharmaceutical options. And it’s also a very old, old, old herbal tradition from hundreds or thousands of years ago, so it’s got this sort of scariness about it and it’s time to come out of the closet, as it were, to bring this amazing medicine and amazing part of our culture that we have turned our backs on. We’ve embraced the problem solving culture of caffeine and stimulants and then alcohol and we’ve really let go the consciousness exploring. We’ve made that illegal. And I think that’s what’s next in our society, to understand exploring your own consciousness is a human right, it’s a civil right.

SW: When did you come out of the cannabis closet, so to speak?

ME: When I went through chemotherapy. Before then I had been a social [user], not a steady user. When I went through chemotherapy and just was so clear on the effects and how much it helped me and saw my option of pharmaceuticals was just a pill for the pain and a pill for the pill you take for pain and it was just ridiculous when I could get releief and my appetite and everything from this herb. That was in 2004. And in 2005 I remember I told [then “Dateline NBC” host] Stone Phillips, I did an interview with him and said, look I want to talk about medical marijuana and so the second time he interviewed me he asked me and there it was.

SW: Do you think your weed-infused wine is going to be available outside California at any point?

ME: I think when there’s recreational, or when California and Nevada go, we’ll just have the gold coast, you know. California, Oregon, Washington, Alaska, Canada, we will be able to hopefully work out crossing those borders and trading and stuff and I’m just waiting for that to happen.

SW: Your openness about various parts of your personal life has made you a source of inspiration for a lot of people. Where do get your strength and inspiration from?

ME: I read a lot. I have a large spiritual sort of base, in myself, that comes from a great belief about why we’re here and reality and so I get that. My belief about what life is is such a joyous energetic gift and so every day I’m inspired.

SW: So why do you think we’re here?

ME: I think we’re here to create, I think we’re here to learn. I think this is a life school and we are all endowed with this opportunity to live, to be a human being and then to learn to create and to strive for joy, that’s what I think it is.

SW: Sounds good to me!

ME: Right on.

SW: A lot of folks, when I mentioned I’d be talking to you, wanted to know why you so often mention angels in your music.

ME: You know what’s funny, I started writing about angels before I ever really understood my own beliefs and my own spirituality. And I just, I would use the term angels for that unknown force, that unknown place or spirit that seemed to be there either guiding or judging or something. It wasn’t until afterward, right around my breast cancer stuff, that I started understanding the term angels and the spirit of what that is and so now, I sort of use the term still, it is bringing up that sort of spiritual side, yes.

SW: What’s next for you musically and how do you shift between more personal and more political work?

ME: Well they all come from the place that I create from, and that’s just going inside and telling my personal experience, and politics can be a part of that. And the plea or the question that I want to put into the listener about what is life, what is spirit, what is the meaning, and then look at my own experience of my own relations, and what are my relations with my lover with my family? These are the places that I write from and create from and I’m always gonna do that.

SW: When you sit down to write these days, what’s most pressing on your mind?

ME: Hmm. That’s a good question. It kind of depends. It’s always a good place to start from my own personal relationship, like with my wife, I usually start from there and then start looking outward, and then oftentimes it depends on the music, what the inspiration is and what the drive is.

SW: What do you think folks should expect from your show coming up here in Bend?

ME: To have a rally good time. I’m gonna be playing the hits, I’m gonna be playing a couple new songs from the new album, I’m gonna be doing a few deep album cuts and just playing the heck out of the night. You will leave feeling better than you came. That’s my plan.

SW: How do you describe or define your own music?

ME: You know, when I think about that question I always end up with just saying, I’ve just got to call it rock and roll. Because in the end, rock and roll can only be defined as a music that incites, that brings about thought and rhythm and sexuality and spirit and that’s what I try to put in my music so I just end up saying it’s rock 'n' roll and I like it.

SW: Anything else?

ME: Bring your comfortable shoes and dance your butt off.

Melissa Etheridge

5:30 pm, Wednesday, July 22

Athletic Club of Bend, 61615 Athletic Club Dr.

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Friday, July 17, 2015

Friday Mixtape: The Marriage & Equality Supermix

Posted By on Fri, Jul 17, 2015 at 9:27 AM

By: Josh Gross

Yes, yes, weed is now legal. But we've all made pot mixtapes before, including this reporter. And there's another major news item that we haven't yet mixified: marriage equality enshrined by the Supreme Court. And while we could be cliché, packing it with Elton John, we went another route, compiling artists like La Roux, Peaches, Against Me!, Hedwig, The Blow, The Damned, and a whole lot more songs that would make Antonin Scalia's head explore.

Spotify Playlist:


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OPINION: Bulletin editorial ignores the facts about transgender youth

Posted By on Fri, Jul 17, 2015 at 7:58 AM

  • Erin Rook
Editor's note: Earlier this week, the Bulletin published an editorial urging the Oregon Health Evidence Review Commission or the state legislature to change the age of medical consent for treatments related to gender transition. Jenn Burleton, executive director of Portland-based TransActive Gender Center (which provides advocacy and support for families with transgender and gender non-conforming children), says that the editorial ignores important facts of transgender youth. Below is her full response to the editorial. 

This editorial opinion demonstrates (yet again) that ignorance of facts combined with lack of empathy is the foundation upon which prejudice and oppression is constructed.

It opens provocatively with the statement that "Oregon law doesn't think much of parents" as a preamble to purported opposition to Oregon's medical consent laws. In reality, the editorial stands opposed only to a particular set of healthcare treatments... those associated with treatment of gender dysphoria.

Since 1971, Oregon law has permitted teens to give consent to their own healthcare without the approval of their parent or guardian beginning at age 15. When this law was enacted, Richard Nixon was in his first term as President, voting age was 21, Federal Express did not exist, Malibu Barbie cost $1.94, plus tax (in most places but Oregon) and Tom McCall was Oregon's Republican governor.

Obviously, Oregon's age of medical consent law is not part of some vast, liberal, "Obamacare" conspiracy to undermine parental rights. Though Fox News and others are trying hard to convince Oregonians and the nation otherwise.

Tell me where I can find the Bulletin's editorial opposition to necessary medical interventions such as kidney dialysis, blood transfusions, insulin injections or life-saving surgery for minors when their parents refuse to approve or consent to such care on 'faith-healing' religious grounds? Do the editors believe that parental consent for medical care is an absolute necessity for all physician approved, medically beneficial treatment...or is the need for parental approval specific only to medical care related to gender dysphoria?

Are you aware that more than 50 percent of transgender youth will have at least one suicide attempt prior to their 20th birthday? This stands in stark contrast to a 4.6 percent overall U.S. population suicide attempt rate and a 10-20 percent attempt rate for lesbian, gay and bisexual adult individuals.

As exemplified by the tragic death of 17-year old Ohio teen Leelah Alcorn, these suicide statistics are driven in large by lack of parental support for gender nonconformity and transgender identity, and parental denial of access to proven, effective and life-saving counseling and medical interventions, including pubertal delay.

Or do you simply discount these risk factors, despite all evidence to the contrary?

According to research and studies done by clinicians and academics on the effectiveness of early intervention and affirmation in treating transgender youth, transgender children and youth are not only as capable of certainty about their gender identity as their peers, they benefit almost without exception from early affirmation and proactive treatment options.

Oregon Revised Statute (ORS) 137.707 states that a 15-year old charged with murder, attempted murder or conspiracy to commite murder can be tried as an adult because they have the cognitive capacity to fully understand the consequences of their actions. This applies even to actions that are not premeditated, as in a 'heat of passion' crime.

Yet, incredulously, this Bend Bulletin editorial argues that transgender youth who have been struggling with gender dysphoria for years, have accessed the services of and referrals from a qualified mental health practitioner (sometimes two) and who have been additionally assessed by a physician are not capable of understanding the complexity and impact of transgender-related healthcare in the absence of parental consent?

It appears some Oregonians (conservative and progressive) support knowingly condemning 15-year old youth to death or life imprisonment, but believe delaying puberty, administering cross-sex hormones or, in RARE cases involving extreme parental rejection, allowing adolescents and teens access to ethical, evidence-based, medically approved LIFE SAVING surgical treatment is unthinkable because, as this editorial states, "adolescents are, by definition, still immature."

Literally, if a transgender 15-year old is charged with conspiracy to commit murder, we can lock them up for life, but if they seek medical care overwhelmingly proven to enhance their quality of life, we should prohibit that care without parental approval...even with the full knowledge that some parents will NEVER approve such care for their child due to ideological or political beliefs?

The Bulletin editorial suggests that it would have been appropriate for the Health Evidence Review Commission to set a different age of consent for gender dysphoria treatment under OHP than for ANY OTHER approved coverage. It suggested the rather arbitrary age of 18, even though others supposedly outraged by HERC's actions have argued that 'full maturity isn't reached until age 25' or some variant of thereof.

The Bulletin cites the Canadian Psychological Association regarding persistence of "cross-gender behavior" in childhood, yet chooses to ignore position statements about affirming transgender identity in children from the American Medical Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Psychological Association, the American Psychiatric Association, the National Association of Social Workers, the National Association of School Counselors and many, many more professional organizations.

Indeed, even the most conservative positions on the persistence of transgender identity in adolescents concede that 'some' children will remain transgender throughout adolescence and into adulthood. What are we to do with these teens? Ignore their medical needs and suffering simply because they are a minority?

No, it is clear from this editorial, and similar manufactured outrage stories by Fox News, WorldNetDaily, OneNewsNow and others that opposition to THIS particular aspect of healthcare is not based on evidence, concern for children or protection of parental autonomy, but rather is based almost entirely on the outdated and ignorance-driven belief that transgender identity is non-authentic. That gender diversity is an undesirable form of expression rather than a natural variation in human development and that facts related to the effectiveness of proactive, affirming psychological and medical healthcare are to be discarded in favor of fear, intolerance, political manipulation and ideological extremism.

This Bulletin editorial would have been right at home in a 19th century discussion about the right of parents to keep what we now know of as a Down's Syndrome child locked away in the attic, or a mid-20th century conversation about the right of families to send their mentally disturbed members away to state hospitals, never to be seen again.

You will not be proud of this editorial in 20 years.

Jenn Burleton
Executive Director
TransActive Gender Center

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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Crossword Puzzle Answers 7/15/15

Posted By on Wed, Jul 15, 2015 at 9:30 AM

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