Thursday, October 27, 2016

Not Guilty: Malheur Trial

Defendants in the 41-day Standoff Will Walk—But Ammon Bundy's Attorney placed into custody

Posted By on Thu, Oct 27, 2016 at 5:24 PM

A federal court jury has found Ammon Bundy and the other six defendants in the Malheur Wildlife Refuge trial not guilty of conspiracy charges. The defendants were charged in connection with their involvement in the 41-day takeover of the Malheur Wildlife Refuge in January 2016. 
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As the trial wrapped up, defendant Ammon Bundy's attorney Marcus Mumford was reportedly tackled to the ground by U.S. Marshals, and was placed into custody by the federal protective service. Reports are the fracas was in relation to Bundy's release.

The defendants were also acquitted of illegal firearms possession charges—though the jury was deadlocked on whether to convict Ammon Bundy on theft charges.

Shortly after the verdict, Governor Kate Brown issued a statement, saying "While I respect the jury's decision, I am disappointed. The occupation of the Malheur Refuge by outsiders did not reflect the Oregon way of respectfully working together to resolve differences. I appreciate the due diligence of our federal partners and stand with the communities of Harney County and Burns."
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Senator Wyden Talks Tuition Relief with OSU Cascades Students

Posted By on Thu, Oct 27, 2016 at 12:04 PM

Oregon Senator Ron Wyden met with students at OSU-Cascades today to discuss growing concerns over high tuition costs and student loans.  The Senator said he supports legislation to freeze college tuition by providing incentives to states to do so.  He is also looking at legislation to allow students to repay their loans by re-directing debt payments to their retirement plans instead.  

Below is a short video of the meeting with the Senator's comments.


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Ice Season Opens at The Pavilion on Halloween

Posted By on Thu, Oct 27, 2016 at 11:27 AM


Bend, OR – The Bend Park and Recreation District will kick off The Pavilion’s ice season on Oct. 31. On Halloween, The Pavilion will be open from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. for open skate, giving community members their first chance to get on the ice.

A special opening day fee of $6 per person including skate rental will be offered. Skaters are encouraged to wear Halloween costumes if they choose.

The 2016-17 ice season is expected to run through mid-April, weather permitting. The Pavilion will be open from dawn to late night, seven days a week, and include open skate opportunities and expanded programs. Weekly schedules are available at

“The Pavilion hosted more than 40,000 visits in its abbreviated inaugural season, and we are excited to open much earlier this fall,” said Matt Mercer, recreation services director, Bend Park and Recreation District. “Due to a smooth process establishing the ice sheet, opening early on Halloween is exciting for us and we look ahead to a full schedule of programming starting in November and expanded open skate opportunities.”

Public skate sessions including open skate, family skate, parent-tot skate and flex skate, which offers opportunities for a variety of activities from freestyle and fitness skating to hosting large school groups. A special rate of $6 including skate rental is available for family skate and parent-tot skate. Schedules are available online at

New this season, The Pavilion is offering season passes for unlimited public skate session use along with options for 10-visit passes and single-visit entrance.

Youth and adult hockey programs, curling and skate lessons begin in late-November. Many programs for November and December are nearly full with limited availability for registration now at In addition, there are pre-season hockey clinics and scheduled specialized ice times for hocking and curling practice available beginning Nov. 1. A second session of ice skating and sports programs, offered from January to April, will open for registration beginning on Dec. 12.
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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Dine Out to End Domestic Violence this Week at Strictly Organic & Cuppa Yo

Posted By on Tue, Oct 25, 2016 at 4:14 PM


Bend, OR—
Sometimes, making a difference is as easy as grabbing a cup of coffee or a tasty treat. As we close out Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Strictly Organic Coffee and Cuppa Yo Frozen Yogurt are giving community members a simple and sweet way to support survivors of domestic violence.

On Wednesday, Oct. 26, Strictly Organic Coffee Co. will donate 20 percent of the sales from both Bend locations to Saving Grace.

On Friday, Oct. 28, Cuppa Yo Frozen Yogurt will donate 30 percent of the sales of frozen yogurt at both Bend locations to Saving Grace when customers print off and bring in a special coupon, available online at or at Saving Grace’s administrative office (1004 NW Milwaukee Ave.), just steps away from Cuppa Yo’s westside location, and attached to this release.

Supporters are encouraged to post photos of their charitable culinary adventures with the hashtag #DineOutEndDV to help spread the word.

Business interested participating in future Dine Out to End Domestic Violence events should contact for more information.

This week is also the last chance to purchase artwork in Saving Grace’s “Imagine Life Without Violence” art show at Bluebird Coffee Company. Each piece was created by a survivor or supporter and is available for sale with 100 percent of the proceeds benefitting Saving Grace. The show includes pieces by coffee shop staff and local professional artists.

Saving Grace provides prevention, crisis, and ongoing support services to survivors of domestic and sexual violence in Central Oregon and promotes the value of a life without violence. Learn more at
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Local Band Parlour Releases Second CD

CD Release party scheduled for October 26 at McMenamins in Bend

Posted By on Tue, Oct 25, 2016 at 2:28 PM

Carol Sternkopf Photography

Bend, OR – Bend-based folk band Parlour is set to release an 8-song CD of original music called "Seeing the Elephant." The CD release party is scheduled for October 26 from 7-10 pm in Father Luke’s Room at McMenamins’ Old St. Francis School in Bend. The event is free, open to the public and all ages are welcome.

Formed in 2013, Parlour includes local musicians Mark Quon (guitar/vocals), Linda Quon (vocals/guitar), Mike Potter (mandolin/dobro/guitar/vocals) and Susan Bonacker (fiddle/background vocals). The CD features the added talents of Craig Brown on bass who will join the band for the release party along with Ricky Newton on drums.

“I wrote these songs after reading several books
 about the Oregon Trail” said Mark Quon. “The hardships the pioneers faced and journaled in diaries really inspired me to translated them into songs.”

After partnering with Kelly Miller from Deschutes Historical Society to share the songs through history pubs in Bend and Portland, Parlour was invited to the Baker City Oregon Trail Interpretive Center to perform a series of shows during which the CD was recorded.

The CD release party will feature the songs from Seeing the Elephant as well as other Parlour originals and a handful of eclectic covers. The new CD, along with Parlour’s first CD, Days of Plenty can be also previewed and purchased online at Both albums sell for $10 (at performances) and $9.99 for digital download. Listeners interested in receiving gig alerts, can also email:

Also, take a look at the album review the Source did earlier this summer of Parlour's album "Days of Plenty."
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When Man Becomes Monster

The Source's Arts & Culture Editor gets a drastic makeover for his part in "Young Frankenstein"

Posted By on Tue, Oct 25, 2016 at 2:02 PM

Most guys don't relish the thought of going bald on top—and neither does the Source's Arts & Culture editor Jared Rasic. But when it's required of you in order to play a part in a local play, you do what you can. 

Jared started off his week getting his head and face shaved, in preparation for becoming the Monster in 2nd Street Theater's production of "Young Frankenstein" opening this weekend in Bend.

Luckily, someone was there to document the process—and to capture him with a sweet (kinda creepy) 'stache, even if it was just for a little while... 

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Jive Coulis Halloween CD Release Party

Posted By on Tue, Oct 25, 2016 at 1:14 PM


Jive Coulis sound like the band playing in a room before the Terminator walks in and starts chasing Sarah Connor: Fuzzy guitar, a dancing bass and animal-like drums. There is a straightforward attitude in their music; an unpretentiousness that is refreshing in an age where so much music sounds like manufactured product. Jive Coulis play good old fashioned rock, blues and funk and they're ready to rock your face off.

The band was formed in 2006 in Boulder, Colorado. It's had many line-up changed over the years, but one thing has remained the same: founding member, primary songwriter, guitarist and lead vocalist Eric Leadbetter. The band moved to Ashland, Oregon in 2007, where they met replacement/current drummer Collin Braley in 2013 and eventually Mark Young on bass.

In the last two years, Jive Coulis travelled over 16,000 miles on their tour, playing over 200 shows in 12 states. A regular tourbus wouldn't do these men justice, so they travel in a converted school bus that runs on waste vegetable oil gathered from restaurants around the country.

The band is having their CD release party for its new record, “Dinner Time,” while also having a Halloween party at Silver Moon Brewing the Friday before the holiday. The album is an absolute blast, bouncing between fuzzy bar rock on the album opener “All Sauced Out,” to the Soundgarden-esque “Dinner Time.” Whether they're dipping into classic rock with “Solemn Winter Glow” or going full jam-funk with “That's Enough,” the band is confidant enough in their sound to play around in whatever genres they see fit.

“Dinner Time” is a solid rock record and one that begs to be seen played live. Judging how omnipresent Jive Coulis has been at shows and festivals in Bend over the last year or so, I'm not the only one that thinks so.

Jive Coulis Halloween CD Release Party

Friday, October 28. 9pm
Silver Moon Brewing, 24 NW Greenwood Ave.
$10 entry (also gets you a digital download of the album)

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NorthWest Crossing To Welcome Roundabout Books

New bookstore and café slated to open next week and will offer books, gifts, refreshments and gathering space

Posted By on Tue, Oct 25, 2016 at 9:45 AM

BEND, OR—NorthWest Crossing, a mixed-use community on Bend, Oregon’s west side, will welcome a new bookstore and café next week. Roundabout Books is a neighborhood bookstore founded by Bend resident Cassie Clemans, and will feature a carefully curated selection of books for all ages and a café. In addition, the new shop will host a number of community building events including kids story time, book clubs, author readings and more activities to foster social interaction among visitors and neighbors.

Clemans said, “I’ve wanted to become more involved in the community for some time and I see so much potential in NorthWest Crossing as there are no bookstores on this side of town. With Roundabout Books I hope to create a place that is comfortable and welcoming where people can gather, while filling my dream of owning a bookstore.”

A former school teacher, Clemans has also helped to run her family’s solar energy business for the past few years. She will apply her love of books, passion for teaching and business expertise to create a bookstore where people can hangout and relax with friends. 

Roundabout Books will offer a selection of best sellers, literature, nonfiction and other genres, along with young adult and children’s books. A few literary themed gifts will also be for sale. The small café includes comfortable seating, a full espresso bar, wine, beer and light fare for patrons.

The bookstore is set to open with a special Open House event on October 31, with a Bend Chamber ribbon cutting on November 8. In the same building as the new Washington restaurant, Roundabout Books is located at 900 Mt. Washington Drive, Suite 110. They will be open from 9am – 9pm every day.
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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Measure 97: Opposed by Bend City Councilor Sally Russell

Posted By on Wed, Oct 19, 2016 at 12:15 PM

Sally Russell who is running for re-election to the Bend City Council and would like to be chosen Mayor by her council colleagues has come out in opposition to controversial tax Measure 97.  The measure would tax gross sales rather than income for large corporations doing business in Oregon.  Her full statement is found below.  


Sally Russell – Statement on
Measure 97

October 18,

Four years ago, when I first ran for Bend’s City Council,  I pledged to make fiscally responsible decisions that served our entire community.

Today I have decided that, although Oregon needs tax reform, Measure 97 isn’t the answer.

The fundamental intent behind Measure 97 is good, but it’s just another incomplete, quick fix, not tax reform. 

I’ve studied this issue carefully, and talked to many people on all sides and with many viewpoints.  Our state desperately deserves — and needs — tax reform including increasing the lowest corporate tax rate in the Nation.  But the reform must be thoughtful and well-constructed.  

Every public discussion in Oregon about budgets raises problems that need to be “fixed."  But first we need to get our state’s budget in line.  A $1.3 billion shortfall is only covered up if Measure 97 passes. If we don't control costs, including PERS, even that money will not be enough.

In the 1990’s, two state wide tax measures (5 and 50), resulted in freezing all tax rates as well as separating and limiting a property’s tax assessed value from its real market

For the City of Bend, these measures created a permanent tax rate far below almost every other city in the state and disconnected tax revenue from the significant growth in real estate value.  As a result, our Bend city government struggles to address all of our residents' needs. I experience this every day in my job. The real and diverse
needs of our population far outweigh the City’s capacity.

Please join me in urging our State legislators and Governor to work together on a long term, visionary funding structure for Oregon — one that is comprehensive and fair, and fixes the many inequities of the existing system.

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Monday, October 17, 2016

Local Businesses Win Big at Bend Venture

Posted By on Mon, Oct 17, 2016 at 4:56 PM


For more than a decade, Economic Development for Central Oregon has hosted the Bend Venture Conference, the largest angel conference in the Pacific Northwest. The conference was held in a sold-out Tower Theatre on October 14th and gave out $3,755,000 in investments to local business and startups. EDCO set a new record with this year’s investments, more than tripling their total from 2015. Although businesses from all around the Northwest can participate in the conference, Bend companies received prizes in two of the conference’s three major categories. 
  • Devoted to the creation of jobs for survivors of India’s sex-trafficking trade, Sudara, a Bend clothing company, received $250,000 in the Social Impact Competition. 
  • CushCore, an upstart local manufacturer of inner-tire suspension systems for mountain bikes, was awarded $15,000 in the Early Stage Competition, signifying that attendees voted them the company that could make the most of the investment. 
  • Cascade Wellness Technologies out of Sunriver was given $100,000 to help benefit their production of a device that can increase the body’s blood flow in a non-evasive [non-invasive?] fashion.
EDCO, a non-profit corporation, has operated in Central Oregon for 35 years. Their mission is to strengthen the local economy by helping to start new businesses, work with established companies and create middle-class jobs.

“The goal of the Bend Venture Conference is to bring together investors and investable companies in the hopes that through the process some magic will occur and companies will get discovered and funded,” said Brian Vierra, Venture Catalyst for EDCO. “This year, due to a high level of collaboration between both angel and venture funds, institutions and the State itself, we succeeded to a level the conference hasn’t seen before. This has resulted in a new record of almost $4 million for investment deployed through an angel conference in the northwest.” 

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Thursday, October 13, 2016

Bird's Eye View of the Source

Posted By on Thu, Oct 13, 2016 at 12:53 PM


The Historic District of Bend comes with many pros—being within walking distance to downtown and the Old Mill District and having a quaint charm. However, many residents often experience trials when trying to update their home or tear down an old shed, as there are strict City code requirements set in place for historical preservation.

Many readers may know that the Source has been dealing with our own Historic District saga, as a neighboring shack turned from a squatters dream to a half million dollar home, which we wrote about recently in, "This Is What Infill Can Look Like."

To help motivate buyers the realtors of this new home hired a drone photographer Ross Chandler, of Chandler Photography, to capture images of the house and show prospective lookers just how ideal the location is.

While taking photos with drones is relatively common, we have been intrigued with recent drone technology expansion and the future of the industry. You can read more about it in the recent article, "Tested in Central Oregon."

Chandler was nice enough to share the photos he took with the Source. It's pretty neat to get a bird's eye view of the neighborhood and our building. It also looks like we have plenty of room for a rooftop patio for writing breaks...

Take a look at these great shots!


Also, a few low shots of the Source and our new neighbor:


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Do your part: Register to Vote by Tuesday

Posted By on Thu, Oct 13, 2016 at 11:23 AM

"It has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except
all those other forms that have been tried from time to time.”
— Winston

  • Theresa Thompson
In case you haven't heard, we have a big election coming up on November 8, in which we'll decide on who will sit next in the Oval Office, and also smaller races, such as who's managing our local soil and water conservation districts.

Oregon Secretary of State Jeanne P. Atkins said Tuesday that more than 2.5 million people are registered to vote for the first time in the state's history, and is predicting record participation, according to a report from KOIN. The new Oregon Motor Voter program added more than 250,000 new voters, according to that KOIN report.

So are you one of them yet? 

If you're not yet registered to vote, you can start right here at the Voting in Oregon page.

Quieres registrar en Español? Puede tener acceso por la Tarjeta de Inscripción de Elector de Oregon aqui.


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