Monday, November 21, 2016

Top Tips for a Safe Thanksgiving Meal

Posted By on Mon, Nov 21, 2016 at 2:35 PM


In preparation for Thanksgiving the U.S. Department of Agriculture released a statement on its Top Five Tips for having a food safe Thanksgiving meal. There's nothing worse than getting sick during holiday's, especially during a time when family is often visiting, so play it safe and follow these rules.

Five Tips for a Food Safe Thanksgiving

1) Don't Wash Your Turkey

When you wash raw meat or poultry bacteria can often spread up to three feet away from the sink. This can cause other items in the kitchen to be contaminated with some of the pathogens turkey's can carry such as Salmonella and Campylobacter. These bacterias will be killed by cooking the turkey so washing it is not necessary.

2) Use the Refrigerator, the Cold-water Method or the Microwave to Defrost a Frozen Bird

These are the three safe ways to defrost a frozen turkey. Letting it sit out on the counter is not a good option. The least labor intensive way is the refrigerator but make sure to plan early if using this method as the press release states, "It will take 24 hours for every 5 pounds of weight for a turkey to thaw in the refrigerator."

3) Use a Meat Thermometer

Rather than using your eyes to judge if a turkey is done use a thermometer and make sure it is at least 165°F in three locations: inner part of the thigh and wing plus the thickest part of the breast.

4) Don't Store Food Outside

No matter how cold it is storing food outside is not safe because it is susceptible to contamination from animals as well as the temperature variation. The sun can heat up packaging and cause food to reach danger levels (above 40°F). Beer is fine cooled outside but keep the other food in a fridge.

5) Leftovers are Good Refrigerated for Up to Four Days

That means get to eating those turkey sandwiches sooner rather than later!

If you have any other questions on food safety you can call the USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline at 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) to talk to a food safety expert. "Last November they answered more than 3,000 calls about Thanksgiving dinner," says the press release, so don't feel embarrassed to call!

Are you less nervous about cooking the dinner and more scared for the conversation with relatives that may have voted for the dark side in this last election? Take a look at our guide to Conversation Staters:

Thanksgiving Conversation Topics

Does cooking a turkey overwhelm you? Well check out our options for places in Central Oregon to buy Thanksgiving dinner and take the hassle and stress out the holiday:

Guide to Places to Eat to Avoid Cooking

Happy Thanksgiving Readers!
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Friday, November 18, 2016

Trout Steak Revival Comes to the Old Stone

Posted By on Fri, Nov 18, 2016 at 10:35 AM


So much modern bluegrass is made up of twists on the genre. With bands like Larry and His Flask adding punk to the mix or Trampled By Turtles throwing in a healthy dose of folk, Trout Steak Revival almost seems like a throwback. They play songs that feel like they could have been written 50 years ago or yesterday and that's an adventurous line to walk.
Walking that line is something that isn't something fiddle player and singer Bevin Foley is very focused on. “I think that we just focus on writing good songs that are genuine and spread positive vibes,” says Foley. “We all love bluegrass and play instruments that fit in with traditional string band line up, but we all listen to so many types of music that are not bluegrass. For us I think that just focusing on writing good songs has helped us walk that line effectively. If we focused only on writing 'bluegrass' songs I don't think that the music would be as genuine or moving.”
Hailed as Colorado's most popular bluegrass band, Trout Steak Revival came together one piece at a time. Foley talks a little about Trout Steak's origins. “I think Colorado and the strength of the folk and bluegrass community brought us all together,” she says. “The guys moved one by one out to Colorado from the midwest and started playing music together. I met them at a Bluegrass show in Denver, but became friends with them and later joined the band after a lot of festivals, late night picks, backyard BBQs and campground jams.”
Their newest record, “Brighter Every Day,” is their most focused yet and contains what initially seems like a strong thread of songs about traveling across the country and exploring the wide world. While those threads might not have been intentional, they did have a specific way of getting on the same page before recording. “Before writing the songs for 'Brighter Every Day' we had a lot of conversations about writing positive bluegrass songs,” says Foley. “We started calling them 'Glory Grass' songs. Songs that focus on positivity and working hard and coming out on top of struggle. A lot of the songs on 'Brighter Every Day' have those 'vibes' because it is something we were thinking about a lot at the time.”
As much as the band tours and as popular as they are becoming, they definitely have their priorities in order. “We make our friendship a number one focus on tour,” says Foley “Taking care of everyone while we are traveling. We try to add in a couple of new songs to freshen up the set on each tour, but mostly we just try to remember how lucky we all are to be traveling the country with people we truly enjoy and spending time with all types of people, playing music and trying to spread joy. Not everyone is that lucky.”

Trout Steak Revival w/ The Railsplitters
Friday, November 18. 7:30pm
The Old Stone, 157 NW Franklin Ave.
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Thursday, November 17, 2016

New Cloudchaser Run Names Revealed

Posted By on Thu, Nov 17, 2016 at 3:35 PM


Mt. Bachelor's
new lift has caused quite a bit of stir over the past couple years, as locals predict when it will open, off trail over to where they think it will be and point up from the road at potential lines for new trails. Well the wait is over, as Mt. Bachelor reveals a new map with trail names and 13 runs served by the new Cloudchaser lift.

Mt. Bachelor's 59th season is scheduled to begin Friday, November 25 (if snow conditions allow) and the Cloudchaser is set to start running before the holiday break in December.

The $6 million Cloudchaser was contracted to lift manufacturer Doppelmayer and will open up 635 acres of new skiable terrain. This new terrain will bump Mt. Bachelor to the fifth largest ski area in the U.S.

It may be hard to read from the top photo but some of the titles for run names include Convergence Zone, Bluebird, Sun Dog (Source's personal favorite) and Jet Stream.

These names pay tribute to the "unique weather patterns and the phenomenon whereby approaching clouds from the west tend to dissipate and disappear altogether as they wrap around the summit and pass to Mt. Bachelor’s east side," stated a press release sent out by Mt. Bachelor.

Also in this press release Tom Lomax, Mt. Bachelor's director of mountain operations touched on Bachelor's hope that the names will remind guests that the weather challenges the mountain often faces, such as being unable to open the Summit because of wind conditions, should be less of an issue on Cloudchaser.

“We expect far fewer weather-related challenges with Cloudchaser compared to what we face on the west side of the mountain," says Lomax.

To celebrate this opening there is a 96-hour lift ticket sale with up to 44 percent off on multi-day lift tickets. Check out those deals HERE.

We are excited to see what Cloudchaser adds to the mountain, as we are sure many locals are. In the meantime, pray for snow!

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Love Trumps Hate Rally Draws a Crowd from Both Sides

Posted By on Thu, Nov 17, 2016 at 1:58 PM

It was dubbed the "Love Trumps Hate" rally, but when it came to the people attending, not all were there to demonstrate against President-Elect Donald Trump. Residents from varying sides of the political aisle gathered in Bend's Drake Park on Nov. 12. 
  • Danielle Meyers

Love Trumps Hate demonstrators in the hundreds gathered near the park stage.

“What we hope to accomplish is to gather the people of Bend together to stand up for our beliefs and let the world know we are not happy with the election results, we do not accept Donald Trump as our commander and chief, and will not back down to the hatred his campaign represented. We are here to make sure everyone gets their voice heard,” said Camille Sands, a rally coordinator.

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Meanwhile, Trump supporters gathered near the Mirror Pond Plaza parking lot.

“We are here and we are proud to support the President of the United States. We are here without confrontations and, we are not racist or sexist. We are here to show the side that supports Donald Trump," said Francis Mitchell, a Bend resident.

Meanwhile, Bend resident Joselyn gave a speech on fear and white privilege.

“I am not hear today because my candidate lost. I am here today because fear won. Fear is far more insidious than hate because hate will only rile the hateful but fear will rile the masses. Donald Trump did not create that fear because it’s always been there. You can see it in the more than 200 anti-LGBTQ laws that were passed in our state alone. You can see it in the rise of anti-Islamic attitudes in the last 15 years. You can see in the way we treat people with disabilities, towards immigrants. You can see it every single time a rapist gets a life sentence or no sentence at all. Donald Trump did not create this (the fear) he simply tapped into it. He said (to the fear) build a wall and grab them by the pussy… This is a white world, with forty-four white presidents, white privilege is not acknowledge. Republicans are not our enemies, show them love and show respect as we pass them by.”

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Editor's Note: Freelancer Danielle Meyers contributed to this report.

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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Bend's Urban Growth Boundary Plan Approved by State

Posted By on Tue, Nov 15, 2016 at 2:44 PM


Today, Nov. 15, the City of Bend's Urban Growth Boundary (UGB) expansion plan was approved by the Oregon Department of Land Conservation.

The Urban Growth Boundary that Bend has today was first established in 1981 and has been amended since then—but this is the first comprehensive update to the plan. The plan will guide how Bend grows for the next 20 years and identifies what land is urbanizable—meaning able to be used for housing, transportation, employment, etc. Hundreds of people have been working hard on Bend's UGB plan for a number of years. 

In 2009 the UGB plan was submitted to the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development (DLCD) for approval and was returned with parts that needed to be amended or explained further for approval. After much public, expert and council input the Bend City Council gave final approval to the revised Urban Growth Boundary in September. As one can see, the process has been long but the DLCD has now given the City of Bend the final nod to go ahead with its UGB expansion.

The UGB expansion plan added 2,380 acres of land to the City of Bend for employment and housing. These expansions are equally distributed to the northeast, southeast, south and north areas of Bend.

To avoid urban sprawl the completed UGB plan is a blend of expansion as well as infill. With redevelopment, about 70 percent of the projected growth in jobs and housing can be accommodated inside Bend's current growth boundary. The rest will happen gradually over time.

Have more questions? Take a look at the City of Bend's FAQ page. Also, this video created in 2013 does a good job of explaining the process and the importance of the UGB:

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Monday, November 14, 2016

Protoje Sets His Sights on Bend

Posted By on Mon, Nov 14, 2016 at 2:39 PM


Modern reggae music has some sprawl to it. Whether it be dancehall, roots, dub, ragga or some tiny sub-genre in-between, there is enough diversity to the sound to keep the genre fresh even amid oversaturation. Protoje manages to do the genre one better by bouncing between dancehall, hiphop, R&B and good old-fashioned reggae with ease.

Protoje was born in Saint Elizabeth, Jamaica to singer Lorna Bennett and a former calypso king of Saint Vincent. He came on the scene in 2005 with his mixtape “Lyrical Overdose Volume 1.” The record leaned heavily into hip-hop with dancehall in its DNA and protest in its veins. There is a confidence to this early work that gives a solid glimpse into the fluidity Protoje would show with his major label debut.

With 2011's “Seven Year Itch” and 2013's “The 8 Year Affair,” Protoje finds a righteous anger focused on life in the Caribbean. If the constantly up-tempo beats weren't so energizing, both records would be considered protest albums. As they stand, the records manage to have serious lyrical content and fun, dancehall vibes without ever clashing.

Last year's “Ancient Future” leads the charge into a movement known as the Reggae Revival. On the album, Protoje delves into social responsibility, philosophy and an even fiercer rage against a system that won't recognize his struggles. It's by far the strongest of his records and makes a compelling case for political relevance in modern reggae music.

“Royalty Free” was released in June as a free download and is a short collection of B-sides from “Ancient Future.” Still, Protoje would rather reach a larger audience with his ideas, as opposed to rapping for scraps in a world that becomes less and less inclined to spend money on full albums anymore. But if his message stays this strong and his hooks continue to be so catchy, people will continue to seek out his music, regardless of the medium they come in.

January 25


Domino Room, 51 NW Greenwood Ave., Bend

$20. Tickets available at

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Holiday Traditions Continue in Bend Oregon’s Old Mill District

Posted By on Mon, Nov 14, 2016 at 10:31 AM


Bend, Oregon –
Holidays come to life at the Old Mill District starting the day after Thanksgiving, when Santa arrives in his usual style—by AirLink helicopter at the Les Schwab Amphitheater. Family traditions for visitors and locals include visits with jolly old St. Nick, horse-drawn carriage rides, carolers and more. SantaLand, again located in the former Orvis building at 320 Powerhouse Drive, Suite 110, opens on Friday November 25 after Santa’s touchdown around 10:15am.

SantaLand: Local “Celebrities” Don the White Beard
In the magical place called SantaLand, children can capture Santa’s ear with their hearts’ desires while our photographer captures the moment on film. Local celebrities—such as local, county and state officials and personalities—will take turns posing as Jolly Old St. Nick, so parents are invited to secretly guess who’s behind the disguise. Santa will be in SantaLand from 11am-5pm on the following dates: 
  • Friday-Sunday, November 25-27

  • Friday- Sunday, December 2-4
  • Friday-Sunday, December 9-11
  • Friday-Friday, December 16-23
Carriage Rides
Enjoy complimentary carriage rides with Cowboy Carriage, brought to you by the Old Mill District. They will pick up and drop off between Francesca’s and Ben & Jerry’s on the following dates (weather permitting): Saturday & Sunday from November 26 – December 11, then daily on December 16-23, 27-29. Hours each day are 1-4pm. Donations and tips will benefit Kids Center, a local non-profit that helps prevent child abuse.

Tree of Joy: Giving Back to Someone in Need

This year’s tree inside SantaLand will be open from Friday-Sunday between November 25-December 11 between 11am – 5pm for name selection and gift drop-off. There will also be last minute drop-offs accepted Monday and Tuesday, December 12-13. Gifts must be unwrapped or in gift bags and must arrive before 5pm on December 13. The Hilton Garden Inn in the Old Mill District will also take gifts 24/7 through the deadline.

Carolers: Music of the Season
Enjoy roving musical performances by local groups such as the Summit High School Choir, the Mountain View High School Anadante Jazz Choir, High Desert Middle School Jazz Choir, Sisters High School Jazz Choir, Bend Senior High School Choir, Trinity Lutheran High School Concert Choir, Harmoneers Men’s Chorus and The Victorian Carolers. Check the Old Mill District website for a schedule of performances.

Chanukah Celebration
The Old Mill District will host a Menorah Lighting on the first day of Chanukah on Friday, December 25 at 5pm in Center Plaza by the footbridge in the Old Mill District. Lively music, hot drinks and potato latkes.

Annual Christmas Paddle
Get some lights and holiday decorations on that kayak and join your community Friday, December 11 for the Annual Christmas Lights Kayak. Paddlers should meet at Tumalo Creek Kayak & Canoe on at 3:15pm and the crowd will depart from the dock at 4pm to paddle upstream up to the Flag Bridge. On the way back down, the crew will assemble in formation and give some photo opps for the decorated boats. Spectators should plan on seeing the decorated boats from approximately 4:15-6pm.

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Sunday, November 13, 2016

Racial incidents reported at a Bend middle school

Posted By on Sun, Nov 13, 2016 at 9:34 PM

The Source is currently working this story for publication in the Nov. 17 print edition. Stay tuned for the latest.

Students at High Desert Middle School in Bend are reporting a number of racial incidents, seemingly prompted by the outcome of the recent presidential election.

While the administration at Bend-La Pine Schools has not confirmed or denied the facts of the cases, our sources report at least two incidents that took place on or after Nov. 9.

In one incident, reports are several middle schoolers held another student's hands back, threw sticks at the boy and tossed water on him.

In another incident, students reportedly told Latino students to "go back to Mexico" and made other racially-charged slurs.

High Desert was on lockdown the day after the stick incident and students kept from outdoor recess due to safety concerns. Teachers had discussions in each classroom about civility and tolerance, said a Bend-La Pine district spokesperson. Meanwhile, several students were reportedly suspended and/or expelled as a result of the incidents, though the district has not confirmed that.

The district did issue a statement, which included the following:

"Students who are found to be in violation of district policies and our code of conduct will be subject to discipline, up to and including expulsion," said Julianne Repman, Director of Communication and Safety at Bend-La Pine Schools and Regional Director of School Safety for the High Desert Education Service District. "We are focused on providing a welcoming environment where every student feels safe at school."

As a middle school serving students in the dual immersion language program, High Desert Middle School is home to a growing Spanish-speaking population.

*Editors note: The Source has continued to update this story as more details have been made available. Details in the 11/12 version of this story, regarding reports of urinating and handcuffing another student, have been found to be exaggerated.

This is a developing story. If you have information related to the incidents, please contact
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Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Measure 97: Oregon University Presidents Discuss What's Next

Posted By on Wed, Nov 9, 2016 at 3:00 PM

The Presidents of Oregon's Seven Universities have issued a statement about what is next following the defeat of Measure 97:  
“We understand that yesterday’s vote means some very tough choices lie ahead for the Legislature and the Governor. In the face of these challenges, we believe that by working together we can still keep our public universities affordable for all Oregon students. Now is the time to continue the progress we have made over the last biennium. As our elected leaders weigh difficult budget decisions, we urge them to invest a minimum of $100 million for Oregon’s university students to continue to clamp down on student costs and debt. This investment will allow all campuses to keep tuition increases to a manageable level for the next two years and ensure that students can graduate without taking on a lifetime of debt. Oregon’s public universities are the incubators of ideas and solutions, and we are educating the workforce and leaders of tomorrow. We stand ready to work with legislators and the Governor to address the challenges that lie ahead.”

Eastern Oregon University
President Thomas A. Insko

Oregon State University
President Ed Ray

Oregon Institute of Technology
President Jay Kenton

Southern Oregon University
President Linda Schott

Portland State University
President Wim Wiewel

Western Oregon University
President Rex Fuller

University of Oregon
President Michael Schill

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Tuesday, November 8, 2016

2016 Election Results & Central Oregon Ballot Dropoff Locations

Posted By on Tue, Nov 8, 2016 at 10:31 AM


Current Election Results:

-Presidential Election Results

-Statewide Election Results

-Deschutes County Election Results

Ballot dropoff locations, open till 8 pm Election Day:

Deschutes Service Center:
1300 NW Wall St., Bend

Drive-By Drop Site: 1340 NW Wall St., Bend

Deschutes County Road Dept.:
61150 SE 27th St., Bend

Redmond Public Library: 827 SW Deschutes Ave., Redmond

Terrebonne Sheriff's Substation:
8154 11th St., Terrebonne

Sisters City Hall:
520 E Cascade Ave., Sisters

Jefferson Country Clerk's Office:
66 SE D St., Madras

Sunriver Area Public Library:
56855 Venture Ln., Sisters

La Pine Public Library:
16425 First St., La Pine


Endorsements Elections 2016


· Governor: Kate Brown

· U.S. President: Hillary Clinton

· Bend City Council Position 1: Justin Livingston

· Bend City Council Position 2: Doug Knight

· Bend City Council Position 3: Sally Russell

· Deschutes County Sheriff: Shane Nelson

· Oregon Senate District 27: Greg Delgado

· Oregon House District 54: Knute Buehler

· U.S. Senate: Ron Wyden

· Deschutes County Commissioner: Alan Unger

· U.S. House 2nd District: Jim Crary

· State Treasurer: Chris Telfer

· Attorney General: Ellen Rosenblum

· State Representative District 53: Gene Whisnant

· Oregon Secretary of State: Brad Avakian

Ballot Measures

· Measure 9-110: Yes

· Measure 94: No

· Measure 95: Yes

· Measure 96: Yes

· Measure 97: Yes

· Measure 98: Yes

· Measure 99: Yes

· Measure 99: Yes
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Coyote Willow to Release New CD Raising the Barn

Posted By on Tue, Nov 8, 2016 at 9:57 AM


Bend, OR—The Breedlove-sponsored band’s new CD, “Raising the Barn,” is the culmination of Coyote Willow’s experience taking to heart the guidance of their mentor, Lisa Lepine, to find their “authentic authority” through connections with community and friends. This project has been a profound journey that is expressed in their songs about the various twists and turns in their lives that led them to their collaboration in music and life. The songs speak of home, the road, and of the power of community to overcome life challenges.

The official CD release party takes place on Saturday, November 12, from 4-6pm in Father Luke’s Room as part of the Bend McMenamins Old St Francis School 12th anniversary celebration. Special guests will be joining them for songs from the CD. This project has truly been a “barn raising” with new music, new ideas, new and old friends, and inspiration from all who have brought their magic into play. Join them in this celebration of the rhythms of life!

Coyote Willow’s
core members, Tim Coffey and Kat Hilst, have evolved an exciting artistic partnership that creates an innovative performance experience of genre-crossing styles. Their music flows from Coffey’s soulful baritone voice and acoustic guitar and Hilst’s powerful cello work. Musically and lyrically, their tunes range from rockabilly to lyrically-moving folk styles, as well as evocative instrumentals and gypsy jazz.

Coyote Willow’s styles range from folk, blues, rock to intriguingly complex instrumentals—creating beautiful music with grit, that will have you laughing, crying, dancing and celebrating the rhythms of life.
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Monday, November 7, 2016

Bend Voters Sound Off

Posted By on Mon, Nov 7, 2016 at 4:39 PM

Bend residents lining up at the ballot drop off station on NW Wall Street talked with the Source Weekly about this year's election.  

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