Thursday, May 25, 2017

NASA's Eclipse Path Map

Where to see the eclipse across Oregon

Posted By on Thu, May 25, 2017 at 4:47 PM

Hold onto your hats and bust out those fancy cardboard goggles, because the Great American Eclipse is headed our way August 21, 2017.

Here's a map of the path of totality for Oregon, courtesy of NASA. You go, science. We got your back. 
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Wanna see the interactive map of the entire eclipse path? NASA has that too. For all the info the Source has compiled, check out the Source Eclipse 2017 page.
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Sisters Folk Festival Announces Lineup Additions for September Festival

Posted By on Thu, May 25, 2017 at 4:18 PM

Sarah Jarosz is added to the Sisters Folk Festival lineup.
  • Sarah Jarosz is added to the Sisters Folk Festival lineup.

While the name implies a folk bent, the Sisters Folk Festival recently announced the addition of artists spanning a variety of styles, cultures and genres to bring a more diverse offering to this year’s festival. Each year, the Sisters Folk Festival brings major players to the Sisters area for a weekend of quality music in intimate settings throughout town. Recent additions to the lineup include:

  • Sarah Jarosz — Grammy-winning artist for Best Folk Album and Best American Roots Performance
  • Hot Club of Cowtown — A hot jazz and Western-swing trio
  • Tremoloco — With a sound that encompasses their Gulf-Coast, California Country and Tex-Mex-American roots
  • Phoebe Hunt & the Gatherers — Led by fiddler and singer-songwriter Phoebe Hunt
  • Jerron “Blind Boy” Paxton — Ragtime, old-time, Appalachian mountain music and blues
  • Martha Scanlan — Wide-open western landscape songs
  • Ben Hunter & Joe Seamons — Young and creative interpreters of American music
  • Mai Bloomfield — Cello accompaniment

Dennis McGregor and the Spoilers play their annual jam at Angeline’s Bakery on Saturday evening of the festival.

Look for the full festival lineup to be released by mid-June! Don’t forget to get your tickets now, the festival reports fast sales and the likelihood of a sellout. Don’t get left out of this amazing annual festival of talented musicians and community.

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Warm weather here to stay! Weekend weather 5/26-5/28

Check the weather report before you plan your weekend!

Posted By on Thu, May 25, 2017 at 10:59 AM

Sunny Thursday morning. - LEIGHA THRELKELD
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  • Sunny Thursday morning.
Are we set to cool off for the weekend, or will the warm streak continue? Break out your summer wardrobe because it looks like summer is fast approaching!

Friday is set to be sunny with a high near 74 degrees.

Saturday will be sunny with highs in the low 80’s.

Sunday will be sunny with a high of 83 degrees.

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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Oregon's Congressional delegation reacts to the president's proposed budget

Sen. Wyden says the budget 'belongs in the trash can.'

Posted By on Tue, May 23, 2017 at 6:47 PM

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When it comes to the proposed fiscal year 2018 budget issued today by the president, some of Oregon's leaders didn't waste time weighing in.

From Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley (D):

“News flash to Donald Trump: Most Americans don't have their own skyscrapers and jets and golf courses. They’re working long hours; stressed out about how to pay for their kids’ education; worried that health care expenses could bankrupt them without insurance; and nervous each month that the money will run out before the days on the calendar do.

“For them, this budget is a disaster. The Trump budget’s Medicaid cuts would devastate 10 million families; those are people whose very lives could hang in the balance. The Trump budget’s cuts to Social Security could place an untold number of families just one accident or chronic disease away from financial devastation.

“For many older Americans, the only way they can stay in their home is thanks to Meals on Wheels, yet the Trump budget would take away those deliveries. 

“And where will seniors in nursing homes go when the Republicans take away the Medicaid that pays for that care? Somehow I doubt President Trump will make room for those folks at Mar-a-Lago or Trump Tower."

From Oregon Representative Greg Walden (R):

“This budget proposal demonstrates President Trump’s commitment to balancing the budget and responsibly prioritizing taxpayer dollars. The initiatives modernizing our energy infrastructure and promoting our nation’s energy abundance would undoubtedly make positive impacts on our constituents’ lives. The president’s proposals show the difficult choices facing the country as we work to reduce the deficit, protect our security, and grow jobs.”

From Oregon Senator Ron Wyden (D):

“This budget uses “Madoff math” and failed economic theories that will burden future generations. This proposal is more than numbers on a lopsided ledger – it’s a cynical assault on the fundamental idea that Americans should be there for one another when it counts. Gutting food security programs and financial assistance for Americans who need a helping hand is an attempt to rip apart the last threads of our social safety net. Nearly seven million Oregonians have counted on SNAP benefits over the last decade, but this proposal would throw working families off SNAP when they can least afford it.

“Trump’s budget breaks his promise not to touch Social Security, which at its core is lifeline insurance for Americans who can no longer work, not just in retirement, but also due to a disability. It also slashes Medicaid by over $600 billion beyond the damage done by Trumpcare, further threatening pediatric care, the nursing home benefit, special education programs in schools, and other health care like substance misuse treatment.

“Additionally, Trump’s budget slashes resources for the Environmental Protection Agency to clean up industrial waste and protect clean air and clean water for American communities. It would also sell off most of the Bonneville Power Administration, increasing costs for tens of thousands of Oregon homes and businesses. I successfully fought Republicans’ efforts more than a decade ago to privatize Bonneville Power, and I will fight this misguided attempt. Public power customers in the Pacific Northwest have paid for the system and their investment should not be put up for sale.

“I’m putting this budget where it belongs – in the trash can.”

- Offer your suggestions and comments on the budget by contacting your representatives at the links above.

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"They want us to turn on our neighbors, and it will never happen." Reactions from Manchester

Perspectives on the Manchester bombing.

Posted By on Tue, May 23, 2017 at 6:09 PM

As the United Kingdom goes on high terror alert and reels from Monday's bombing at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England, people have been donating blood in high numbers.

As the investigation into the bombing continues, one Manchester man gave an emotional interview, pledging support for all citizens of Manchester, no matter what they believe in, or where they're from.

This video interview originally appeared on BBC Newsnight.

At least 22 people died and 59 were hurt in the attack at Manchester Arena. ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attacks, according to CNN. Ariana Grande has suspended her tour. 
click image Ariana Grande performing in Manchester before the May 22 - attack. - WIKIMEDIA COMMONS
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  • Ariana Grande performing in Manchester before the May 22 attack.

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Election Results In: $268 Million School Bond Passes, Incumbents See Big Wins

Posted By on Wed, May 17, 2017 at 8:35 AM


Education saw a big win across the state with voters voting a resounding YES to the Bend-LaPine school board bond that will see $268 million go towards two new schools, much needed repairs, security upgrades and more. With only 28 percent of constituents handing in their ballots in an off-election year, the measure passed with 59.1 percent of the vote. A new southeast high school and a northeast elementary school will now have the available funds to be built — helping with the vast overcrowding in recent years.

The $790 million bond measure in Portland also passed with 66 percent of the reported vote.

Incumbents went for the win in all of the contested Bend school board races with Cheri Helt beating out Angela Chisum 53-46 percent, Carrie McPherson Douglass beating Troy Reinhart, 57-29 percent and Stuart Young claiming a landslide victory over Richard Asadoorian with 86 percent of the vote.

For the contested Bend Parks and Recreation District positions, Ted Schoenborn won with a comfortable 50.1 percent of the vote, with runner-up Laura Boehme claiming 34%, Justin Gottlieb with 7.5 percent and Ron Boozell with 6.5 percent — a feat considering Boozell has spent most of the race currently incarcerated at the Deschutes County Jail for contempt of court.

The tightest race saw Lauren Sprang edging out Adam Bledsoe 34 - 29 percent. Source Weekly's endorsement Jason Kropf came third with 23.2 percent.

Central Oregon Community College Board contested race saw Erica Skatvold win 69 percent of the vote to Kyle Frick’s 30 percent.

Nicki Gregg defeated David Wentworth, 56 to 43 percent in the Sisters School Board Position Race 2 race.

Redmond School Board’s contested races were clear majority wins with Shawn Hatfield claiming the Position 1 seat over B.J Soper with 85 percent of the vote. Travis Bennett won Position 3 over Kathleen Brady with 66 to 34 percent of the vote.

For full election results, including Crook and Jefferson counties, click here.

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Friday, May 12, 2017

Weekend Music Musts: Rubblebucket and the 10 Barrel Anniversary Party Music Schedule

Posted By on Fri, May 12, 2017 at 5:12 PM

In case you haven’t heard, ‘90s hip hop/sampling pioneers De La Soul are headlining the 10 Barrel 10th Anniversary Party at their brewing facility on the eastside on Saturday night. The party starts at 4pm and includes a full line-up of great music that concludes with a De La Soul dance party that promises not to disappoint.

Taste a variety of beers brewed by all of 10 Barrel’s brewers (Portland, Boise, Bend, all of them!), but come early as limited quantities of each will be available. Food carts, craft beer, live music, what’s not to love? Let’s all just cross our fingers and send out good vibes for warm weather and sunshine.

By now, you’ve already read my article on De La Soul and their crowd-funded new album, but for this weekend’s music preview, I wanted to highlight the band opening for them on Saturday night – Rubblebucket! Rubblebucket, based out of Brooklyn, Ny., brings their indie dance-rock grooves, complete with horn section back to Bend. If you’ve been here a while, you may have caught them opening for Ozomatli on Cinco De Mayo a few years ago, at the Bite of Bend’s main stage, or at Players (back when it was Players and not Cabin 22).

After attending all three of those shows, I can guarantee you a fun-filled dance party you won’t soon forget. In January, Rubblebucket released their most recent EP, “If U C My Enemies”. Previous to that, the band put out “Survival Sounds”, an album that has played on repeat in my Spotify app for the past couple years. The album pairs heavy themes of survival based on lead singer Annakalmia Traver’s ovarian cancer diagnosis with upbeat and danceable art-pop.

Check out these videos of Rubblebucket performing and you’ll no doubt show up early to catch this incredible band and, of course, dance your buns off.

10 Barrel Anniversary Party Music Schedule

4:00 - 4:20 - Scribbled Rhymes
4:30 - 5:00 - Moondog Matinee
5:15 - 5:45 - Acid Tongue
6:00 - 6:45 - Brent Amaker & The Rodeo
7:15 - 8:15 - Rubblebucket
8:45 - 9:45 - De La Soul

When: Saturday, May 13 / 4pm - 10pm
Where: 10 Barrel Brewing Co. 62970 NE 18th Street, Bend, OR 97701

Food by:
El Sancho
Dump City Dumplings
Addy Mac's Creamery

Event beer proceeds go to local charities.

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Thursday, May 11, 2017

Rain or shine? Weekend weather report for 5/12-5/14

Weekend weather planning for May 12-14

Posted By on Thu, May 11, 2017 at 11:52 AM

May rain in Bend. - LEIGHA THRELKELD
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  • May rain in Bend.

Visiting the mountain for some end of season skiing? Planning on hitting the trails with your four-legged friend? Make sure to bring a jacket and umbrella with you this weekend if you plan on going outside to enjoy your days off!

Friday will be rainy for most of the day with a high of 54 degrees.

Saturday will have a high near 51 degrees, and is expected to be mostly rainy with a chance of thunderstorms.

Sunday will also be rainy, with a high around 54 degrees.

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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

BREAKING: Deschutes River Trail bridge off the table, at least for now

Oregon Parks director decides against rule change

Posted By on Wed, May 10, 2017 at 12:29 PM

The dream of a pedestrian bridge crossing the Deschutes River along Bend's southern boundary may have slipped downstream—at least for the foreseeable future.

Oregon Parks and Recreation Department Director Lisa Sumption announced this morning that she will not pursue a rule amendment on the Upper Deschutes State Scenic Waterway. State parks rules currently dictate that no bridge construction is allowed across that portion of the Deschutes. Bend Park and Recreation District asked OPRD to consider a possible rule change last year, which would have allowed BPRD to construct a pedestrian bridge across the river, linking portions of the Deschutes River Trail. 

Sumption's decision came after studying a Community Solutions report, commissioned by OPRD, that collected public input and assessed current regulations. Based on those findings, Sumption discovered a need for more "coordination with public, private, and other governmental organizations could improve rule effectiveness," but that wasn't enough reason to pursue an amendment to State Scenic Waterway rules, she said.

"I would reconsider amending rules in the future if that would clearly strengthen protection of the waterway," Sumption said in a Wednesday release. "As important as recreation is to our mission, it has to be balanced with our need to protect resources that make recreation possible. Changing rules, especially in a way that might encourage more visible riverside development, is contrary to the purpose of the scenic waterway system.

"While we've finished looking at this one small portion of the Upper Deschutes and plan no further action there, the review has highlighted an important statewide need for better management of the system," Sumption said.

As reported in this week's issue of the Source Weekly, Rep. Gene Whisnant of Sunriver also introduced legislation barring bridge crossings across scenic waterways—legislation that was passed in the state House last month. The state Senate was scheduled to take up the bill in committee today.

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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

"Save the Trees" just became a reality — the Elliott State Forest remains public

Posted By on Tue, May 9, 2017 at 3:53 PM

The Elliott State Forest lives on - OREGON DEPARTMENT OF FORESTRY
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  • The Elliott State Forest lives on
At a time when public lands are up for debate — and potential sale — a major win was touted by Oregon environmentalists, hunters and conservationists, when the State Land Board voted to keep all 82,500 acres of the Elliott State Forest in the public domain. The vote ends any further movement that would see the forest be sold for potential profit to a timber company.

A suggested $100-million taxpayer investment proposed by Gov. Brown, one of the key members of the State land Board, seeks to "buy out high-conservation acres in a trust land transfer process" as well as "Securing an updated Habitat Conservation Plan to protect threatened species in the forest."

The sale was chiefly driven by a constitutional law which requires logging of the forest to provide revenue for schools. Leaving many wondering why the logging of old growth forests should have any connection to raising the necessary funding, Gov. Brown has made her frustrations known since February. Such logging practices were also curbed by lawsuits when environmentalists were concerned that clear-cutting of the forest had nearly doubled in size. Other questions, such as who will manage parts of the land in Douglas and Coos counties and what role logging, if any, will play, are still unknown.

The State Land Board which consists of Gov. Brown, Secretary of State Dennis Richardson and State Treasurer Tobias Read, heard 35  testimonials ranging from the Cow Creek tribe to the Oregon School Boards Association, and voted unanimously on the decision today.

Other potential ideas for the forest included that from Treasurer Read who hoped to potentially transfer the Elliott to Oregon State University and the College of Forestry.

Meanwhile secretary Richardson advocated investigating for "Potential land exchanges with the federal government that would trade Elliott acreage for "commercial-grade" forest lands.

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Monday, May 8, 2017

Close Call — BASE jumper rescued at Crooked River Gorge

Posted By on Mon, May 8, 2017 at 1:22 PM

  • Photo by Stuart Seeger.
A base jump went awry this morning when a 27-year-old man sustained non-life threatening injuries after completing the 300-foot jump. The Crooked River Fire Department completed an extraction of the man reportedly from New Zealand, with crews rappelling down into the river bed and lifting him up onto the old footbridge, where he was then transported to hospital.

The man is reported to be visiting the area and has had 170 jumps under his belt. BASE jumps require extensive permitting and state law requires they be 600 feet or higher in height — twice the required length that the jumper attempted. The jump was considered highly dangerous and illegal.

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Thursday, May 4, 2017

Amid a Housing Crisis, Central Oregon Faces a Steep 31% Increase in Homelessness

Posted By on Thu, May 4, 2017 at 4:45 PM


If you had noticed an influx of homeless on our streets these past two years, then you would be correct in assuming that those experiencing hardships and finding themselves without shelter was rising. By 31 percent to be exact. The single biggest barrier participants marked? "Couldn't afford rent." The second most recorded answer was "unemployment."

The 2017 Point in Time Count — a national survey conducted every two years by the Homeless Leadership Coalition (HCL) released its findings earlier this week, and the results were startling, yet not surprising.

On an average night in the tri-county region, 778 people experience homelessness, including 238 families of which had 129 children. Increases were seen across the board, especially among veterans whom experienced a 41 precent increase, families who increased by 35 percent and the number of children increased by a whopping 30 percent.

Those living unsheltered — in their cars, tents or on the streets — rose to 35 percent. In a February 22 article, we profiled the many complex issues that face the homeless population living out on BLM land in Redmond. It's also important to note the survey was conducted on January 25, 2017, when snowfalls and colder temperatures were at their harshest.

"The number of people living unsheltered should be a wake-up call to all Central Oregonians," urged Cody Standiford, HLC Co-Chair. "The lack of affordable housing options in our region, exacerbated by the tight rental market, is pushing too many in our community out into the cold. We can do better. We had nearly 550 people, including 130 children, living unsheltered during this terrible winter. Many good efforts are underway to expand affordable housing options, but we need more, and more quickly. This is a crisis that we can solve, and we need everyone's help to do it. All people, especially children, should have a safe, stable, warm home."

Community Town Halls will be held in June to address community member concerns with additional data provided by the HLC and the OHSU Central Oregon Research Coalition. The town halls will address additional issues such as access to healthcare and causes of homelessness.

The Source Weekly explored some of the roots causes of homelessness, related to Adverse Childhood Experiences or ACEs and mental illness. Dr. Maryanne Straumfjord, a psychiatrist at Deschutes County Behavioral Health, noted, "Our biggest mental institution right now is jail." Straumfjord said that in her five years in the county, she has "seen the gamut" of mental illness, but predominantly sees patients with depression, bipolar disorder, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety and psychosis. She estimates that 30 percent of her patients are currently homeless, and that mental illness, unemployment, low income and incidences of legal involvement have the greatest impact on finding and keeping housing.  You can read the full article here.

Town Halls

June 2nd at 8:00 AM
Downtown Library, Brooks Room


June 5th at 5:30 PM
Sisters-Camp Sherman Fire Department Community Hall

June 6
th at 5:00 PM
Location TBD

La Pine
June 1st at 5:00 PM
Mid State Electric Community Room

Warm Springs
May 31st at 5:30 PM
Family Resource Center Conference Room

June 15th at 12:00 PM
Madras St. Charles, Metolius Conference Room

To be determined

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