Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Crossword Puzzle Answers 7/25/16

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Sunday, July 24, 2016

2016 Comic-Con Preview!

Posted By on Sun, Jul 24, 2016 at 4:07 PM

San Diego Comic-Con was this weekend and a ton of exciting trailers were premiered. Here are a look at a few of them I found exciting. 

Wonder Woman: It's about damn time. Gal Gadot reprises her role as Wonder Woman in this WWI set action fantasy continuing the DC cinematic universe that started with "Man of Steel" and "Batman v. Superman." Director Patty Jenkins looks like she's adding some welcome color to the de-saturated DC Movie color palate. Opens June 2, 2017.

Legion: David Haller is basically the most powerful mutant in the Marvel Universe. As the son of Charles Xavier, he is a powerful telepath who also has multiple personality disorder. Each one of his identities are more powerful than the last and he has the ability to reshape reality as a whim. The show is being run by Noah Hawley, who proved to be one of the finest voices in television with his adaptation of "Fargo." Expect this show to bring forward imagery and storylines never seen before on television. Premieres in 2017.

American Gods: Based on the pretty fantastic book by Neil Gaiman, "American Gods" is the new show shepherded by Bryan Fuller, the genius behind "Hannibal," "Pushing Daisies" and the upcoming new "Star Trek" series. The book tells the story of Shadow, a man released from prison just as his beloved wife perishes in a car crash. He meets up with the Norse god Odin, goes on adventures and gets involved in a war between the new and old gods. This show should be an absolute blast. Premieres in 2017.

Doctor Strange: While the first trailer had its moments, this second look at "Doctor Strange" really shows us what kind of tone they're going for with the Marvel superhero. That tone: Batshit Crazy. Bendermack Crambysnacks stars as the good Doctor, who learns how to make magic, fight bad guys and stare at trippy, "Inception"-esque cityscapes. Opens November 4, 2016. 

Kong: Skull Island: Can we all agree that the best part of Peter Jackson's "King Kong" was the Skull Island section? Good! Then the idea of Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson, Sam Jackson and John Goodman fighting giant monsters on a mysterious island of doom should make all of us happy. Plus, this trailer is just gangbusters. Seriously, what else could you possibly need from a Kong movie than what these 120 seconds promises? Opens March 10, 2017.

The LEGO Batman Movie: Just trust me. Watch this trailer. Did you like "The Lego Movie?" Of course you did. Now look at how delightful this one appears to be. So delightful. Self-serious and pompous Batman to the rescue. Opens February 2017. 

Luke Cage: Why did it take this long for someone to use Wu-Tang in a superhero setting? Feels like a missed opportunity. Just sayin. Premieres September 30th on Netflix. 

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Thursday, July 21, 2016

Bend Park and Recreation District board approves reopening of passageway at Bend Whitewater Park

Operational and education improvements have been made; design evaluation underway

Posted By on Thu, Jul 21, 2016 at 2:02 PM

Bend, Ore. – The Bend Park and Recreation District Board of Directors voted to approve a plan to reopen the passageway channel at the Bend Whitewater Park. The vote occurred at the public meeting on July 19.

District staff presented information about the evaluations done after the recent closure, and recommended that the passageway channel is ready to reopen because of the operational changes made and improvements to inform river users about the experience.

The staff presented a reopening plan that includes operational management of the passageway, removal of the boom, signage, in-person education, online information and media messaging. The reopening date is scheduled for Saturday, July 23.

“Water flow conditions have been changed, so it is very different experience than during the first hot weekend of June,” said Don Horton, executive director, Bend Park and Recreation District. “We’re also communicating with increased signage and in other ways about how to use the park, the proper gear to wear and the conditions that exist in the passageway.”

Safety education efforts for river users

The District is working collaboratively with the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office and the Oregon State Marine Board to inform river users about safety.

An informational kick-off event will be Saturday, July 23, at Riverbend and McKay parks. At each park, District park stewards and members of the sheriff’s office swiftwater rescue team will talk with river users about proper equipment and preparation for recreating on the river. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., there will be information available and staff members and volunteers to answer questions at beach locations at each park.

“Preparing river users for what to expect in flat water as well as the Bend Whitewater Park is important and we appreciate the support of our partners to reach more people before they enter the river,” said Horton.

New signage along the river, as well as updated media communications and website information is also being introduced this week.

Design and engineering modifications being evaluated

In addition to operations and education improvements, a third aspect of enhanced functionality is design engineering.

The intent of the passageway channel design was to:
  • Remove hazards associated with the old Colorado Avenue pedestrian bridge and Old Mill Pond Dam
  • Provide for an easy transition from the Mill Pond elevation to the Mirror Pond elevation for a range of flotation devices, kayaks and stand-up paddleboards.
  • Accommodate fish passage upstream and provide habitat improvements
“Two of the three goals met the design intent of the project, so we have more work to do to meet our full expectations,” said Horton. “The design team has provided recommendations that will be evaluated, discussed and brought back to the board of directors at a future meeting.”

Horton also noted that permitting for any in-channel engineering or construction work may require more than one season to fully realize.

More information is available at
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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Crossword Puzzle Answers 7/20/16

Posted By on Wed, Jul 20, 2016 at 8:38 AM

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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Bend Brewing Co. Announces Purchase of Adjacent Lot on Mirror Pond

Posted By on Tue, Jul 19, 2016 at 6:35 PM

Bend, Oregon—Bend Brewing Co. (BBC), established in 1995, and the second oldest brewery in Bend, Oregon, is pleased to announce the purchase of the riverfront lot next to its downtown brewpub location. This premier piece of real estate, on Bend Brewing Co.’s neighboring south side, stretches from Brooks Street to Mirror Pond and has sat vacant for over 10 years. 

“I am absolutely thrilled to announce the purchase of the neighboring lot to our BrewPub on Mirror Pond.” said Packy Deenihan, President & Co-Owner. “Our intent is to create an outdoor environment for the patrons of Bend Brewing Co. that will be uniquely Bend, and uniquely BBC, in the heart of downtown Bend.”

This announcement comes just 3 weeks after the grand reopening of the ‘Brooks Street Taproom.’ The remodel is now complete with a new bar, 4 additional taps, and a large hydraulic door with bar top seating that gives customers an open air atmosphere. “The new taproom brings a real eye catching and unique presence to the brewpub, ideal for both big groups and families,” added Deenihan.

In addition to the lot purchase and completion of the remodel, BBC is still celebrating their recent Gold Medal at the World Beer Cup for their Volkssekt Berliner Weisse. “It’s been an exciting couple months for us. Our Brewmaster, Ian Larkin, really set the tone with bringing home Gold at World Beer Cup back in May. It was a real testament to BBC and a continued validation that we are among the best in the craft beer industry.”

You can obtain additional information regarding Bend Brewing Co. by contacting Packy Deenihan at 541-383-1599 or by emailing at
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New Farewell Bend Bridge to be Lifted into Place

River access and portions of river trail will be closed beginning July 21

Posted By on Tue, Jul 19, 2016 at 5:16 PM


Bend, Ore. – A significant milestone is occurring at the Farewell Bend Bridge when the new bridge sections will be hoisted into place by crane after the remaining bridge center is removed.

The Deschutes River will be closed to river users at the bridge—both upstream and downstream access—beginning Thursday, July 21. The closure will remain in effect until the new bridge is set in place. The duration is likely to be two to three days.

During the river closure, river users will not be able to get around the bridge, and must exit the river. Temporary signs will be on site at Farewell Bend Park.

A crane will be used to remove the remaining bridge section on July 21, ahead of the delivery of the new pedestrian bridge on July 22. The new bridge will arrive in four sections and will be assembled on both sides of the river. Built of pre-fabricated steel, the new bridge will be 160 feet long and 12 feet wide.

Deschutes Construction anticipates the new bridge will be set into place across the river on Friday, July 22, between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. The crane will place each half section in place and it will be secured in the middle.

The river trail on the west side of the river will be closed intermittently depending on crane operations between July 21 and July 23.

The public is not allowed in the construction zone, but for those interested in viewing the bridge removal and installation, the best vantage point will be from the Farewell Bend Park boardwalk just downstream of the bridge location.

The new bridge will be completed in August. Until open, all bridge traffic is detoured to the Bill Healy, Columbia Street and Old Mill bridges.

For project maps, schedules and updates, visit the project webpage.
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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

RBC Balloons Over Bend Children’s Festival supports Saving Grace

Posted By on Wed, Jul 13, 2016 at 4:23 PM


Bend, OR—For more than 30 years, Saving Grace has celebrated healthy families and healthy communities with our annual Children’s Festival. Saving Grace partners with Balloons Over Bend to create an exciting family festival that benefits Saving Grace and our work throughout Central Oregon. Join us Saturday, July 23 at Riverbend Park for a day of family fun.

This festival runs from 10 am to 4 pm and promotes a healthy, fun lifestyle for children. Nearly 20 local organizations and businesses are hosting a variety of games and crafts for kids of all ages. This year the festival features the Bend Endurance Academy Bike Rodeo, JD’s Flying Dogs, face painting, and educational activities. This is in addition to the Balloon Blast Kids’ Race, a bounce house area, and food and craft vendors. A variety of entertainers will take the stage at Riverbend Park all day long. And Saving Grace will be hosting its own booth within the festival focused on healthy relationships.

This is a great way to enjoy a fun filled day as a family. The festival is free, but passes must be purchased to participate in the booth activities and the bounce house area. Passes are $15 per child for the full day (including the bouncy area and Balloon Blast race). A portion of proceeds from the festival will go to help provide 100 percent free services to those in need of help within our community. Saving Grace provides a place free from fear in our emergency shelter, a 24-hour hotline, emergency transportation, safety planning, support groups, children's advocacy, community education and more.

For more information, or if you are interested in volunteering at the Children’s Festival please contact Saving Grace provides comprehensive family violence and sexual assault services and promotes the value of living life free from violence. You can also visit our Facebook and Twitter pages to learn more!  
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Beach Hut Deli Announces Grand Opening of Bend Oregon Restaurant

Add A Little Beach To Your Day

Posted By on Wed, Jul 13, 2016 at 4:12 PM


(BEND, Oregon) – Beach Hut Deli, a California based deli franchise, announced today the opening  of their first store in Oregon located at 852 NW Brooks Street, in the Plaza – Downtown Bend (across from Crow’s Feet Commons). The restaurant will be open daily for breakfast sandwiches, amazing lunch salads and sandwiches, all in a fun and family friendly environment that features music, large screen TVs, and serving craft beers and wine.

Owner Rich Taylor, a Bend local since 1996, is opening the Bend restaurant with the goal and vision of continuing the tradition of Beach Hut Deli founder Troy Feist, who started the surfer-themed franchise over 35 years ago.

In 1981, Troy Feist set out to create a food service concept that his family and friends would enjoy. Troy’s vision was to develop a restaurant around a beach resort culture. He wanted to serve food that he was proud of, with craft brews on draft while listening to music he loved.

Today, Beach Hut Deli has a strong fan following and is known for their awesome sandwiches and unique salads served in an environment unlike any other on the West Coast. On tap will be a large variety of local craft brews, ciders, and wine.

People come from all around to try Troy’s unique sandwich creations using the freshest produce and flavor combinations that can only be found at Beach Hut Deli. These creations include sandwiches like the hot melted Shark Bite: sweet honey ham, BBQ sauce, Tabasco, Swiss cheese all melted to perfection and then topped with smoked bacon, red onions, crisp lettuce and of course, cream cheese; served on our proprietary toasted garlic cheese sourdough bread – just to name a few. 
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Crossword Puzzle Answers 7/13/16

Posted By on Wed, Jul 13, 2016 at 8:56 AM

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Friday, July 8, 2016

OSU-Cascades Science Pub Explores Worldwide Decline of Coral Reefs

Posted By on Fri, Jul 8, 2016 at 4:49 PM

Oregon State University - Cascades’ Science Pubs are where community members can meet some of OSU’s leading researchers and learn firsthand about the impact of their work and discoveries.

In the upcoming Science Pub, Rebecca Vega-Thurber, an associate professor in OSU’s College of Science will explore the worldwide decline of coral reefs and her research on how microbes influence reef health.

The Science Pub will take place on Tuesday, July 19 at McMenamins in Bend.

A microbiologist, Vega-Thurber leads the Rebecca Vega-Thurber Lab at OSU. The lab investigates how bacteria, viruses and other microorganisms interact with and regulate marine ecosystems. The lab’s current projects focus on tropical reef and deep-sea ecosystems, and have taken Vega-Thurber underwater to reefs in the Red Sea, the Caribbean and the Pacific.
Vega-Thurber earned bachelor’s degrees at University of California Santa Cruz and a Ph.D. in biological sciences from Stanford University. Her work has appeared in media outlets including Science Nation, CBS This Morning, NBC News and The Guardian and garnered a mention on The Colbert Report. She is currently the director the Global Coral Microbiome Project, an international collaborative project that evaluates the microbiome of coral species that span the entire coral tree of life and are found in habitats across the planet.

In addition to her presentation, the Science Pub will offer scenes from “Saving Atlantis,” a documentary about the Global Coral Microbiome Project.

Science Pubs take place from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Networking and food and beverage service begin at 5:30 p.m., and the presentation begins at 6:30 p.m. Science Pubs are free to community members, but reservations are required. Space is limited to 100 guests. Register by 5:00pm the day prior to each Science Pub at

Saving Atlantis - Trailer from Oregon State University on Vimeo.

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Thursday, July 7, 2016

Museum's Art of the West Exhibit to Feature 38 Artists

Opening reception for the exhibition and silent auction is July 21

Posted By on Thu, Jul 7, 2016 at 3:50 PM

Bend, OR—Art of the West is the High Desert Museum’s annual exhibition and silent auction of fine art depictions of the western U.S. by contemporary artists. This year’s exhibition features 59 works by 38 artists including Charley Griswold, Meg Kahnle, Julie Oriet, Dan Rickards and Craig Zuger, to name a few. The public is invited to an opening reception on July 21 from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm for a “first view” opportunity where they may place a bid or select the “purchase outright” option on a beautiful piece of artwork. There will be artist demonstrations and live music at the opening reception.

“This exhibition brings to life the beauty and diversity of the High Desert,” said the Museum’s Executive Director Dana Whitelaw, Ph.D. “The various artists see this landscape and its inhabitants in such different ways then translate that point of reference through their artwork.”

Art of the West culminates with the live and silent auctions at the Museum’s signature annual fundraising gala, the High Desert Rendezvous on August 2. Tickets for the event, the 27th annual Rendezvous, are now available on the Museum’s website. Proceeds from the High Desert Rendezvous and Art of the West auction help support educational programs at the Museum.

“This year’s show includes a wonderful array of artistic styles and media including watercolor, oil, pastel, acrylic, mixed media, photography and sculpture,” said Development Associate of Corporate Relations Erika Erkel. “This exhibit and celebration is a great place to invite friends, colleagues or clients to share with them inspiring artistic interpretations of the West.” A gallery of the artwork will be available to preview on the Museum’s website prior to the opening.

In addition to the artwork, local artists Sharon Engel and Norma Holmes will do painting demonstrations throughout the evening while Alicia Viani and Mark Karwan will entertain guests with their sweet folky-jazz sound. Guests can also enjoy light refreshments and a no-host bar, as well as mingle with some of the artists attending the opening. Art of the West and the High Desert Rendezvous are presented by Bank of the Cascades and supported by Hayden Homes.

For more information or to RSVP for the opening reception, visit or call Ann Arbow at 541-382-4754 ext. 241.
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