Thursday, June 30, 2016

Mt. Bachelor to Open for July 4th Weekend

Full service operation starts July 8

Posted By on Thu, Jun 30, 2016 at 4:39 PM

BEND, Ore. – Mt. Bachelor will open for the summer season on Friday, July 1, with scenic lift rides, lunch at Pine Marten Lodge, disc golf and downhill mountain biking off the Sunshine Accelerator Lift.

Sunset dinners and sled dog rides will be offered starting the following week on Friday, July 8, and mountain officials are optimistic to have biking from the top of Pine Marten on Friday, July 8 as well.

“The 2015-2016 was a big one with nearly 500” of snow,” said Stirling Cobb, the resort’s marketing and communications manager. “Tough problem for a ski resort to have, but with a more average snowfall, most of the bike trails on the upper mountain are still holding a substantial amount of snow. At the same time, with another winter of heavy snowpack, the trails will be that much better this summer.”

Trail crews began efforts to remove snow from bike trails on June 1 in an effort to get it to melt faster. If the weather cooperates, the mountain will open top to bottom access on Lava Flow and Cone Run with a true summer kickoff party featuring free bike demos from local shops alongside other local vendors on Friday, July 8. The remaining trails should quickly follow as the July sun heats up. 

Chairlift operating hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday – Thursday with extended hours on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays for Sunset Dinners at Pine Marten Lodge and twilight mountain biking.

New this year, Mt. Bachelor is offering daily Intro to Ride clinics starting Friday, July 8. For the same price as a Sunshine Accelerator bike ticket new riders of the park can receive the professional instruction they need to feel comfortable acclimating to conditions in the bike park. Cobb says, “The idea is to break down any feelings of intimidation and make this a fun experience for mountain biking enthusiasts of all levels.”

Mt. Bachelor will operate daily through Monday, September 5. Scenic chairlift rides and downhill mountain biking will be offered Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays during the rest of September and into October if conditions allow.

Visit or call 1-800-829-2442 for more information about Mt. Bachelor’s bike park, chairlift rides, Sunset Dinners and other summer activities.
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July 4 Pet Safety

Posted By on Thu, Jun 30, 2016 at 3:35 PM


More dogs are lost on July 4 than any day of the year. At BrightSide Animal Center, we urge pet owners to follow the safety tips recommended by the Humane Society of the United States, which is published below.

Act now, before the holiday, to protect your pet. Your veterinarian can dispense medications that will help control your pet's anxiety if he is reactive to loud noises. If your pet is not microchipped, visit your veterinarian to get a microchip now, before the holiday. Microchipping also is available at BrightSide Animal Center, 1355 NE Hemlock Ave. in Redmond, for $30. This service is available Tuesday – Thursday and 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Friday.

"On the Fourth of July, so many pets are frightened and try to escape the sights and sounds that animal shelters around the nation report a dramatic increase in lost pets during the holiday.

Help your pets keep their cool: Follow these tips from the Humane Society of the United States for making them safe during loud—and hot—warm weather festivities.

1. Keep your pet safely away from fireworks
Our pets are more sensitive to loud noises, flashing lights and strong smells, so on the Fourth of July (and the days around it when people are likely to set off fireworks), it’s best to leave your pets safely indoors, preferably with a radio or TV turned on to hide jarring noises.
Even pets who are usually kept outdoors should be brought inside. And if you are going to an Independence Day event and cannot leave your pet unattended at home, keep her leashed and under your direct control at all times.

2. If your pet is scared by fireworks, ask a veterinarian for help

There are medications and techniques that might help alleviate your pet’s fear and anxiety. You can also try our suggestions for helping your dog cope with loud noises.

3. Protect your pet from heat stroke during summer festivities
Another reason to keep your pets away from the often noisy celebrations of summer is heat. High temperatures put your pet at risk of heat stroke, which can become deadly very quickly. Keep an eye on your pets and act immediately if you see any signs of heatstroke.
Never leave your pet in a parked car, even if the day doesn’t seem that warm. Even when the temperature outside is a balmy 72 degrees, the temperature inside your car can rocket to a fatal 116 degrees in less than an hour’s time.

4. Safeguard your pet with a collar and I.D. tag

All pets, even those kept indoors full-time, should always wear collars with ID tags. Indoor-only pets can become so frightened during fireworks displays that they may take desperate measures to escape the noise, including breaking through window or door screens. It’s also a good idea to have your pet microchipped. Microchipping is available at BrightSide for just $30. The time to microchip is NOW, before the holiday. Microchipping is available Tuesday-Thursday and Friday until 12 p.m.
If your pet does become lost, contact BrightSide and surrounding shelters immediately. Call BrightSide at 541-923-0882 and press #3 for lost animals. Although the shelter will be closed on July 4, our staff will be working, taking care of the animals, so your message will be received.

If you find a lost pet, either take her to the address on her tag or bring her to the local animal shelter so she can be reunited with her family."
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Built to Spill Reschedules

Posted By on Thu, Jun 30, 2016 at 12:53 PM


Bad news everyone! Due to a family emergency, Built to Spill is rescheduling all the shows on the rest of their tour. Obviously, that includes the July 3 show here in Bend at The Domino Room. According to John Davis with Red Light Productions, all tickets will be honored for a later show. Updates will be given as they come. The Source is sending our love to Built to Spill and their families. 
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KPOV 88.9 FM Recieves Grant from MRG Foundation

Posted By on Thu, Jun 30, 2016 at 9:36 AM

Central Oregon community radio station, KPOV High Desert Community Radio, 88.9 FM, was awarded an important grant from MRG Foundation in June 2016.

“KPOV expresses our deep gratitude to MRG Foundation for their generous support of KPOV in 2016,” says Jill Mahler, KPOV Station Manager. “MRG Foundation is a crucial and generous supporter of cutting edge, grassroots social justice organizations in Oregon and KPOV is honored by MRG’s confidence in our work.”

KPOV was funded by MRG Foundation to support KPOV’s role as a resource for social justice and community organizing in Central Oregon. This grant will enable KPOV to expand its partnerships with local organizations, including making the public aware of local organizations’ work through on-air interviews, KPOV’s community calendar, and public service announcements. The new funding will also aid KPOV in expanding its organization to include more representation from and service to communities of color and the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning community in Central Oregon.

“MRG Foundation also has a long history of supporting other social justice organizations in Central Oregon, including Jobs with Justice Central Oregon, the Human Dignity Coalition and 350 Deschutes,” noted Mahler. “MRG has advanced the cause of social justice in Central Oregon immeasurably by funding and providing guidance and other assistance to these important local organizations.”

KPOV is a listener-supported, volunteer-powered, nonprofit community radio station that broadcasts at 88.9 FM and live on the web at High Desert Community Radio offers locally-produced programs not heard on any other radio stations in the area, including civic affairs, election coverage, and the most diverse music programming in Central Oregon. KPOV also features several nationally syndicated programs, such as Democracy Now!, that no other station broadcasts in our area.

KPOV is located at 501 NW Bond Street, Bend, OR 97703. Contact KPOV by calling 541-322-0863 or visiting the website at
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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Crossword Puzzle Answers 6/29/16

Posted By on Wed, Jun 29, 2016 at 8:58 AM

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Precautions Urged to Help Save Bats

Deschutes National Forest Highlights Precautions at Lava River Cave

Posted By on Wed, Jun 29, 2016 at 8:49 AM

Portland, Ore. - Visitors using public lands are encouraged to help fight the spread of white-nose syndrome and save bats in the Pacific Northwest.

White-nose syndrome (WNS) is a fungal disease that has devastated bat populations in eastern North America, killing an estimated six million bats since 2006. In March 2016, Washington's first case of WNS was confirmed 30 miles east of Seattle.

WNS is primarily spread by bat-to-bat contact. Pets, other animals, and humans and their equipment—including clothing, footwear, and gear—can transfer spores of the fungus to new locations. The disease is not known to pose a threat to humans, pets, or other animal species.

The Deschutes National Forest, wants to specifically highlight that for visitors going to Lava River Cave no item (shoes, clothing, gear, cameras, etc.) used in any other cave or mine (anywhere including on the Deschutes) is allowed in the cave and 
people must clean and disinfect their items before going in any other cave or mine after Lava River Cave.

To avoid the spread of WNS, federal land management and state wildlife agencies ask that visitors to bat-friendly locations—such as caves, rock cliffs, buildings, talus areas, talus caverns, mines, or human-made structures—follow these important recommendations:
  • Whenever possible, avoid disturbing bats and entering areas where bats may be living. This includes abandoned mines, caves, and abandoned buildings and structures.
  • Do not handle bats, as they have reduced energy and fat stores in the spring following a lengthy hibernation. Some bats can carry the rabies virus, a deadly disease carried by less than 1% of Pacific Northwest bats.
  • Report sick, injured, and dead bats, or groups of bats. In Washington, report such findings to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife at In Oregon, report to the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife at or call the ODFW toll free line at 866-968-2600.
  • Prohibit dogs from accessing areas where bats may be roosting.
  • People who come into contact with areas where bats live should follow these steps to keep from spreading the WNS fungus: 2
  • Clean shoes and clothing of any dirt or mud before entering and after exiting a cave or climbing area, and change into clean clothing and shoes before entering a vehicle to leave.
  • Wear different footwear at each visit to a cave or climbing area, unless completely cleaned after each visit.
  • Wash hands and exposed skin after each visit to a cave or climbing area.
  • Wash clothing, hats, gear, and shoes worn in caves in hot, soapy water at 131ºF (55ºC) or hotter for at least 20 minutes. Clean equipment that cannot be washed with alcohol wipes if the wipes will not damage the equipment.
Wildlife agencies including the WDFW, ODFW, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service—along with land management partners the U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, and U. S. Geological Survey—are cooperating in the response efforts with many other state, local, and private organizations.

Bats play an important role in a healthy environment and economy, eating tons of crop and forest pests and saving farmers billions of dollars each year.

Additional resources and information may be found at
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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Sisters Folk Festival Launches New Art Publication

Posted By on Tue, Jun 28, 2016 at 8:11 PM

Sisters Folk Festival (SFF) has launched a 64-page art publication, “A Community of Artists,” highlighting the vast artistic talent in our region. Over 100 artists are featured, along with an image of their work, their contact information and gallery representation. The publication is targeted to visitors to Central Oregon and will be widely distributed throughout the area.

The publication was funded in large part by a generous grant from the Roundhouse Foundation and was created to promote the artists who so generously support SFF through donations to My Own Two Hands (MOTH). MOTH is the organization’s annual fundraiser and community celebration of the arts. In 2016, 115 artists donated primarily original work to be auctioned off, raising funds for music and arts education, programming and scholarships. The SFF Board of Directors unanimously approved this publication to help give back to the arts community by providing year-round promotion for the artists and galleries that are the backbone of our creative economy.

The publication can be found in Sisters art galleries and other select gallery locations, restaurants and Sisters-area lodging properties; the Sisters Area Chamber of Commerce; Central Oregon Visitors Association; High Desert Museum; and chambers of commerce in Redmond, Bend, and Sunriver. Businesses interested in distributing the publication are encouraged to contact SFF at 541-549-4979 or

Sisters Folk Festival, Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to enriching lives through music, arts education and cultural events that serve a diverse and multi-generational community. For information about SFF concerts, visit For information about SFF’s educational programs and MOTH fundraiser, visit
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Composting and Concerts: Together at Last

Posted By on Tue, Jun 28, 2016 at 3:28 PM

Les Schwab Amphitheater Institutes New Sustainable Initiative for All Concerts
New “Take Note Initiative” reduces waste for events held in venue and is “Music to Our Environment”

Les Schwab Amphitheater is launching its new “Take Note Initiative”. The new sustainability initiative is designed to reduce waste and make the amphitheater a more environmentally friendly venue.

Take Note Initiative elements include:
  • Reusable pint program: Patrons may purchase reusable Les Schwab Amphitheater Silipints for $20 filled with beer or cider. Those who wish to refill their Silipint with additional beer or cider will receive $1 off their purchase price. These pints are meant to be brought back and used all season long at the venue’s 2016 ticketed concerts.
  • Compostable cups: Beer and cider, along with wine and mixed drinks, will also be available for purchase in compostable cups. No outside cups or pints can be used for purchased beer or cider, though they may be brought for drinking water. Wine and mixed drinks will be sold in compostable cups, though the intention of the venue is to expand the program with smaller Silipint sizes down the road, to include these beverages. In addition, all food vendors will use 100% compostable cups, plates and utensils.
  • No plastic bottles: No single-use plastic bottles will be available for purchase during any concert, although patrons can use reusable cups and bottles to fill with water from drinking fountains and hydration stations. Visitors can bring their own empty water bottles, cups or pints or stop by the concierge tent to purchase single or double-walled canteens or pick up a free compostable cup.
  • Waste disposal program: Recycling, waste management and composting will be provided by The Broomsmen, a local group that is committed to promoting zero waste events throughout the Central Oregon community.

A complete list of upcoming concerts at Les Schwab Amphitheater can be found at

Brent Nathan is leanin', cleanin', and never meanin'...unless you litter. - LES SCHWAB AMPHITHEATER
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  • Brent Nathan is leanin', cleanin', and never meanin'...unless you litter.

About the Les Schwab Amphitheater
Celebrating 15 years of providing Central Oregon with a beautiful outdoor riverfront venue for concerts, festivals, sporting events and more, the Les Schwab Amphitheater is Bend, Oregon’s premier music venue. Opened in the historic Old Mill District in 2002, the Amphitheater was named in honor of a remarkable Central Oregonian, Leslie Schwab. The venue accommodates approximately 8,000 patrons for some of the biggest names in entertainment, the Bend Brewfest in August, plus free concerts by local and national performers in the Bend Memorial Clinic Free Summer Sunday Concert Series.

About the Old Mill District

One of the Pacific Northwest’s most distinctive and dynamic mixed-use developments, the Old Mill District is located on 270 acres that formerly housed one of the largest sawmill operations in the world. The rich history of the land is coupled with spectacular mountain views, scenic river vistas and an extensive trail system to enjoy the outdoors. More than 55 local, regional and national retailers and businesses call the Old Mill District home. The Old Mill District – Bend’s most unique shopping, dining, living, and entertainment experience.
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Monday, June 27, 2016

Upper Deschutes Watershed Council River Clean-up

Posted By on Mon, Jun 27, 2016 at 2:23 PM

While we have been busy wringing our hands about the river trash, Upper Deschutes Watershed Council has been busy doing something about it. The local river stewards coordinate the annual Deschutes River Clean-up, and Kolleen Miller, the group's Education Director, confirms that, "We have watched the problem increase exponentially over the past six years. Last summer we removed bags and bags of garbage from the river—everything from cell phones to flip flops, Red Robin chairs to bikes, GoPros to hundreds and hundreds of beer bottles."

In addition to hosting the next Deschutes River Clean-up on August 6, Upper Deschutes Watershed Council has created a Public Service Announcement to remind river users to #enjoyprotectrespect the river. Share it with your family, your friends, and your frenemies.

Upper Deschutes Watershed Council_30 Sec Commercial from Samuel Pyke on Vimeo.

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Troy Field Community Potluck/Picnic

Posted By on Mon, Jun 27, 2016 at 1:57 PM

Come down to Troy Field for a community picnic/potluck Wednesday, July 6th from 4-9 p.m. This truly is a bring your own everything (food, chair or blanket). A sound system will be provided so people can share their Troy Stories. There will also be a large canvas where folks can sign their name and leave their message (or paint an image) about their times on Troy Field. This gather is not a fancy "fest" but just the community getting together to eat, talk, play some games, have some fun!
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Music in the Canyon Concert Series 2016 Schedule

Posted By on Mon, Jun 27, 2016 at 9:58 AM

Music in the Canyon announces acts for its 2016 summer concert series:
  • July 6th-Countryfied has been our traditional season opener since our inception over seven years ago. This year is no exception. Look for a wild and crazy opener from these local favorites!
  • July 20th-King Cardinal. Strong storytelling with a pedal steel guitar and some banjo to boot, which stretches into a sound reminiscent of The Band. Beautiful lush and layered compositions will make for a great night in the park.
  • August 3rd-Jeff Crosby and the Refugees. These guys tore the roof off this place a couple years ago, so we invited them back for more blues tinged rock n' roll. This will rock!
  • August 17th-Shady GroOove and Goodlife. A great pairing of local acts...Shady GroOove is all instrumental and Goodlife features lots of great and harmonius vocals. Both bands will make you smile and move and groOove.
  • August 31st-Streetlight Moon will perform Led Zeppelin II in it's entirety. And then some. These guys rock and so will you at our GRAND FINALE! More will be revealed for this party!
All shows are on Wednesdays from 5:30-8 pm. Adult beverages available from Three Creeks Brewing. Food and snacks will also be available.

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Friday, June 24, 2016

This is Not A Game...of Thrones.

Posted By on Fri, Jun 24, 2016 at 7:38 PM


Because we know what's really important here in these United States, someone made sure to find out that Brexit wouldn't be affecting our viewership of "Game of Thrones." HBO has issued a statement saying “We do not anticipate that the result of the EU Referendum will have any material effect on HBO producing Game of Thrones.”

Since "Thrones" mostly films in Northern Ireland, which it gets tax incentives from, Northern Ireland Screen also issued a statement saying “This statement is to confirm that Northern Ireland Screen’s production funding comes from the Northern Ireland Executive through Invest NI and does not use monies provided from European funded programmes.” 

Now that we have that out of the way and are fully aware of what our priorities are, carry on and panic. 
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