Friday, October 30, 2015

What in the World: An Oregon teen contracts bubonic plague, the U.S. is sending troops to Syria, and a look at where uninsured Americans live

Posted By on Fri, Oct 30, 2015 at 12:04 PM

An Crook County, Oregon teen contracted bubonic plague after being bit by a flea on a recent camping trip. Eight people in Oregon have been diagnosed with bubonic plague since 1995. Wild rodents and fleas carry plague. In 2012, a Prineville man contracted plague from a domestic cat. (OPB, KTVZ)

The U.S. will send ground troops to Syria. President Obama authorized less than 50 special operations troops who will be in Northern Syria in Kurdish controlled territory. Troops are set to leave within a few days. (CNN)

"They tend to live in the South, and they tend to be poor." (The New York Times)


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Thursday, October 29, 2015

Top 100 Horror Movies According to the Experts

Posted By on Thu, Oct 29, 2015 at 4:28 PM

Hey everyone! Halloween is right around the corner and what better way to celebrate it for a film geek than make a list of the top 100 horror films of all time. Hitfix took a poll, asking some of the greatest horror actors, writers and directors of the last half century what their favorite horror films were. People like John Carpenter (Director of Halloween, The Thing and Prince of Darkness), Clive Barker (Creator of the Hellraiser franchise), Drew Goddard (Co-Writer and Director of Cabin in the Woods) and Edgar Wright (Writer/Director of Shaun of the Dead) are just a few of the people that took part in this poll.The list does have a few surprises, but the top ten are pretty close to exactly what you would expect: 

10) Jaws (1975)

9) Night of the Living Dead (1968)

8) Psycho (1960)

7) Halloween (1978)

6) The Thing (1982)

5) Alien (1979)

4) Rosemary's Baby (1968)

3) The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)

2) The Shining (1980)

1) The Exorcist (1973)

Check out for the rest of the Top 100 and see if you feel like some are either too high or too low on the list! Let us know some of your favorite horror movies in the comments. PS: My favorite horror movie, Session 9, came in at #84, so what the heck do I know. 
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LETTERS: Bend Surf Alliance—Lets Fix the Surf Park

Posted By on Thu, Oct 29, 2015 at 12:11 PM

The Bend Surf Park Alliance wants community input about the Bend Whitewater Park. Here's the full letter that was sent to the Source Weekly:  

The Bend, Oregon Community is getting skunked. Don't let Parks and Rec sweep us under the rug! If you have five extra minutes, please help. Like us on Facebook. 

Bend Surf Park Alliance

Not happy with the Bend Whitewater Park? 

Tell Bend Parks and Rec needs to be held accountable to taxpayers for not delivering what was promised and provide the community with a clear explanation for how they plan to remedy the issues surrounding the Bend Whitewater Park. There are a number of other whitewater parks built in similar types of environments around the world, many of which could've easily been used as a model for this park. In addition, a number of experienced designers bid on this project. Why did BPR choose an inexperienced contractor to complete this job and why are they continuing to use the same contractor to make adjustments? In additions, other parks such as the one in Boise and in Reno were completed for less than half the cost of the Bend Park. Why have we spent so much money on a park that is unsafe and not user friendly?

many of you may remember a few years back when Bend Parks and Rec set up shop at the Spillway to inform floaters of their plans for a new whitewater park in Bend. They needed support for this $29 million dollar project which would include not only a whitewater park for surfing and paddling, but as trail improvements, an new year round recreation facility, among a few other projects. 

The measure was to be paid for through increased property taxes equaling about $48 a household per year. Bend residents saw the value in adding a venue like this to our already outdoor centric town, but just Bend residents saw the value in adding a venue like this to our already outdoor centric town, but just barely; passing the bond measure 51 percent to 48 percent. Bend Parks and Rec promised not only a wave that would be surf able for kayakers, stand up paddlers and surfers alike, but also a save passage to replace the dangerous spillway for floaters, However, what we were promised and what was delivered we're two entirely different things. 

The measure passed in 2012 , and finally (albeit nearly six months after the originally planned opening date), the Bend Whitewater Park Opened in Late September of 2015. Many who had been anticipating the opening of the whitewater park for years, including experienced surfers and paddlers, were extremely disheartened upon visiting the park for the first time. What was supposed to be a set of or surf able waves, was instead a mess of boulders placed in precarious locations, making the wave not only unusable for all but the utmost experienced surfers and paddlers, but also unsafe for all users. Within the first few days of opening, there were reports of experienced paddlers and surfers becoming trapped under the current after getting a n ankle stuck between tow boulders. Not only were the waves unusable, but the safe passage was also riddled with coarse, abrasive rocks which, when traveled over in a flotation device like a tube or raft, could easily create a hole or worse, result in injuries to users. At least 17 points of concern have now been identified by users of the park and presented to Bend Parks and Rec. They should probably consider themselves lucky that no one was seriously inured or killed during the first few weeks that the park was open. 

After much celebration on the success of the park after its grand opening, Bend Parks and Rec has closed the park for what they are referring to as planned adjustments and will not re-open it until the next year. A group of concerned citizens have met with Bend Parks and Rec to discuss their concerns regarding safety and usability of the wave park. BP&R has since released a list of to do's on their website, which are supposed to serve as their answer to citizen's concerns. While it would seem that BP&R is trying to be transparent and make an effort to improve the park, the list of to do's doesn't give much of an explanation as to what improvements we can expect to see when the wave re-opens next season. For the the layperson, this list might as well be written in a foreign language. 
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Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Crossword Puzzle Answers 10/28/15

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Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Crossword Puzzle Answers 10/21/15

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Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Crossword Puzzle Answers 10/14/15

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Monday, October 12, 2015

Corrected Crossword Puzzle 10/7/15

Posted By on Mon, Oct 12, 2015 at 1:52 PM


"It's HA-MA Time!"—2 legit to solve.
Matt Jones

1 Fizzling firecracker
4 Aquarium growth
8 Crumbly coffeehouse buy
13 "Cheerleader" singer 14 Fishing line holder
15 James Cameron blockbuster film
16 Another name for #, before it became a "tag"
18 Certain VWs
19 Event for someone who displays a "13.1" bumper sticker
21 "Dr. Mario" platform
22 Air France destination
23 Dix + dix 26 Writer Kesey
28 Pet advocacy org.
32 ___ En-lai 33 Crankcase container
35 The Sugarhill Gang's genre
36 Highbrow monthly that's the second-oldest continuous publication in the U.S.
39 William McKinley's First Lady
40 Deletes
41 Baseball's Vizquel
42 Result of rolling in the dough, maybe?
44 "The Chronicles of Narnia" monogram
45 In an abundant way
46 1978 hit song with notable letters
48 "Doctor Who" airer
49 Adam Sandler's production company, named after two of his films
54 Comic strip frames 55 Nastygrams
58 3/4-time dance
59 "True dat!"
60 2015 Melissa McCarthy comedy
61 Duel preludes
62 Pigeon fancier on "Sesame Street"
63 Clod-breaking tool

1 "I just realized I messed up" outburst
2 "Be Cool" actress Thurman
3 Spoon companion, in a nursery rhyme
4 Band on a sleeve
5 Toronto Maple ___ (hockey team)
6 Hand sanitizer target
7 ___-Seltzer
8 Wife of Russian prime minister Dmitry Medvedev
9 "___ Clown" (Everly Brothers song)
10 Palindromic name
11 Palindromic bread
12 Urgent care center alternatives
15 Barely open
17 End a call 20 2008 presidential candidate
23 Monitoring device in some 1990s TVs
24 "If ___ nickel ..."
25 Ephron and Dunn, for two
26 Stadium display where you'll see couples smooching
27 "___ World" ("Sesame Street" segment)
29 Groom fastidiously
30 Word after ear or Erie
31 Copycatting
33 Iron source
34 Artist's rep.
37 Some may be good to set
38 Movie like "Shaun of the Dead" or "Warm Bodies"
43 Prepare for editing
45 Classless?
47 Dermatologist's concern
48 Challenge for a dog trainer, maybe
49 Icy pellets
50 Faris of films
51 "Call me Ishmael" speaker
52 Judi Dench, e.g.
53 "A Beautiful Mind" mathematician
54 Some Brit. statesmen
56 Fitbit's was in June 2015
57 Corrosive cleaner

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Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Crossword Puzzle Answers 10/7/2015

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Thursday, October 1, 2015

Crossword Puzzle Answers 10/1/2015

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