Monday, July 31, 2017

"Get Out Of Our Town" Painted On Summit of Pilot Butte

Posted By on Mon, Jul 31, 2017 at 1:15 PM


Hooligans or locals frustrated with Bend's busy summer?

Deschutes County officials are trying to figure that out as a reported vandalism hit the summit of the popular outdoor recreation spot, the 500-foot-cinder-cone butte, on the east-side of Bend.

Bathrooms were targeted in the apparent vandalism as was the pavement of the summit where a giant "Get Out Of Our Town" was painted in all white, according to Pilot Butte State Park officials.

Officials state that the deliberate destruction to public property most likely occurred between the park's closing last night and this morning.

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Friday, July 28, 2017

Get Down to Dirty Bourbon River Show Tonight at Volcanic

Posted By on Fri, Jul 28, 2017 at 4:10 PM


Sometimes, you just want to dance. And if one of those times falls over this weekend, we’ve got you covered. With a variety of live music options spanning different genres, there are plenty tasty treats to satisfy your jam palate. Don’t forget Woebegone brings their “supple rock” to Sunriver Resort and reggae-rockers Indubious celebrate the release of their new album “From Zero” at the Domino Room — both on Saturday.

Tonight, Friday July 28, head down to Volcanic Theatre Pub for the circus-rock stylings of Dirty Bourbon River Show. The show starts at 9pm with local rhythm and blues band Company Grand opening the show.

Dirty Bourbon River Show draws from New Orleans brass band influences while incorporating hard-edged blues to Lisztian piano-driven ballads to create a unique sound pretty for dancing your buns off — man buns or otherwise. Known for their high energy performances, you’ll love their multi-faceted sound, enthusiasm and theatrics. If you’re someone who never misses a Diego’s Umbrella show when they come through town then this is the show for you!

Dirty Bourbon River Show, Company Grand

Friday, July 28. 9pm.
Volcanic Theatre Pub
70 SW Century Dr., Bend.
$10/adv*, $12/door.

*Online sales at Bendticket end at 5pm.

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Monday, July 24, 2017

Ever wonder what an eclipse looks like from space? Here ya go.

Posted By on Mon, Jul 24, 2017 at 2:11 PM

There's been a lot of talk around these parts about what an eclipse looks like to us humans on Earth—but it paints an eerie picture from up above too.

Japan's Himawari Satellite caught this video from space, as an eclipse passed over the Earth. So now you know...

Stay tuned for the Great American Eclipse here in Oregon August 21!

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Friday, July 21, 2017

Free Music Options This Weekend — Charlie Parr, Unlikely Saints

Posted By on Fri, Jul 21, 2017 at 4:52 PM


In case you missed it in Our Picks this week, I totally fangirl-ed out about The Avett Brothers. The folk-rock band behind the ever-so popular “I and Love and You”, “Ain’t No Man” and “True Sadness,” bring their traveling show to the Amphitheater tonight. There are no shows at Edgefield this year, so you’ve better snag those tickets! If you need me, I’ll be as close as I possibly can be for my fourth time seeing them live.

Meanwhile, if you’re looking to check out some free live music this weekend, there are a few options that we recommend.

On Saturday, the Cascade Cycling Classic’s Downtown Twilight Criterium returns for one of the most exciting nights of the year. After the men’s and women’s crits, head through the breezeway to Crow’s Feet Commons to check out the blues rock of Charlie Parr. The accomplished singer/songwriter from Duluth, Minnesota, maintains a simple lifestyle similar to what he sings about. He travels with his dog and his girlfriend in a 1992 Toyota truck and is driving out here from Minnesota for the show and then — the possibilities are endless.

Parr transports you to simpler times. Enjoy an awesome sunset, great brews and family tunes in the heart of Downtown Bend.

If you happen to be out at Elk Lake this weekend, stay and enjoy live music at Elk Lake Resort. This Saturday features the music of Unlikely Saints. The band plays Americana roots music that blends rock, country, soul and a dash of Appalachian folk music — the perfect soundtrack to an evening by the lake.

Charlie Parr
Saturday, July 22. 7pm.
Crow’s Feet Commons
875 NW Brooks St., Bend.
No cover.

Music on the Water - Unlikely Saints
Saturday, July 22. 5pm.
Elk Lake Resort
60000 SW Century Dr., Bend.
No cover.

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Snap! We missed the last two clues on the latest crossword.

Posted By on Fri, Jul 21, 2017 at 4:42 PM

Sooo, we got a new crossword this week from Brendan Emmett Quigley, and to no fault of his own, we left off the last two clues.

Apologies to our loyal crossword fans, and we'll do better next week...

61. Bodybuilder's chain

62. Org. that provides jumps

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Monday, July 17, 2017

Have library fines? Here's your chance to have them forgiven

Posted By on Mon, Jul 17, 2017 at 3:29 PM

Have you ever gotten so caught up in a book that you just can’t put it down—even when you get an email from the library reminding you that the book needs to be returned? We know what it’s like to love a good book, but we too hate the late fees that come with keeping it just a little too long. But don't worry: the Deschutes County Library has a plan. 


Stock up on some non-perishable food items and bring them to the Deschutes County Library between August 5 and August 12 and you’ll get $1 off your overdue fines for every food item you bring in. The library is willing to take off a maximum of $5 from your late fees every day, but why not bring in more than five items; after all, it’s going to help the community!

No late fees? No worries! They’ll still gladly accept your food donation.  

So go get rid of your library fines by helping to fight hunger in our community—and maybe next time don’t keep that library book quite so long.

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Newly Married Sisters Woman Killed, Husband Critically Injured in Roseburg Rollover

Taylor Nieri and James Thorpe were involved in a rollover on Sunday, July 16.

Posted By on Mon, Jul 17, 2017 at 2:48 PM

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A single vehicle rollover reportedly caused by a tire blowing out, fatally injured a newly married, Sister's woman and her husband on Sunday on the I-5 just north of Roseburg. Oregon State Police (OSP) are continuing to investigate Sunday evening's fatal crash which occurred at milepost 133 at about 5pm.

A 2002 Chevy van, operated by Taylor Nieri, 22, was southbound when a tire blew out causing Nieri to lose control. The Chevy van went off the roadway and onto the shoulder where it rolled multiple times causing it to come to an uncontrolled rest on its top, according to OSP. During the rollover, Nieri's husband, James Thorpe, 35, originally from Australia was ejected. Thorpe was transported by ground ambulance to Mercy Medical Center and was later taken by air ambulance to Sacred Heart at Riverbend for critical injuries.

According to her Facebook page, Nieri had worked at Angeline's Bakery in Sisters, and married Thorpe in April of 2017. She was wearing her safety belt during the crash while Thorpe was not wearing safety restraints.

OSP is continuing the investigation into the crash. and are assisted by Sutherlin Police Department, Douglas County Fire District 2, Roseburg Towing, and the Oregon Department of Transportation.

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Friday, July 14, 2017

Celebrate Spoken Moto's First Anniversary on Saturday with Live Music and a 100-Mile Group Ride!

Posted By on Fri, Jul 14, 2017 at 4:18 PM


While there may not be a huge Bend festival to entertain you this weekend, there are still plenty of options to listen to great music outside. If you haven’t snagged your tickets for Slightly Stoopid yet, it’s not too late to catch the San Diego rock/reggae/hip hop band at the Les Schwab Amphitheater on Saturday.

Spoken Moto Twist & Shout Anniversary Party

There are coffee shops. There are beer gardens. There are hybrid shops. And then there’s Spoken Moto. Spoken Moto believes in community, in old school craftsmanship and vintage motorcycles. They pair these with hand-roasted coffee, craft beer and quality goods. Over the course of the last year, Spoken Moto has created a place for community in an old forgotten mechanic’s shop in the Box Factory area.

To celebrate their first anniversary in Bend, Spoken Moto is throwing a huge party. The day begins at 10am with a 100-mile group motorcycle ride starting and ending at the shop. Starting at 1pm, head down to Spoken Moto for a plethora of live music. Here’s the lineup:

  • 1pm — Gringo
  • 3pm — Corner Gospel Explosion
  • 5pm — Weez-it
  • 7pm — Alarm 58
  • 9pm — Strange Rover

Expect a variety of rock and roll, from the indie and alternative variety to a Weezer cover band.

In addition to great live music, craft beer and coffee, you can also expect food and drinks from Curbbq, Scoutpost, Himalayan Bites, Phat Saddle, Addy Mac’s Ice Cream, Beerstream and Tipsy Lemon Cocktails. It’s going to be a rad day of community celebration in a cool space. Check it out!

Spoken Moto Twist & Shout Anniversary Party
Saturday, July 15. 10am-10:30pm.
Spoken Moto
310 SW Industrial Way, Bend.
No cover.

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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Eek!! Eels! The hagfish crash on Highway 101

Posted By on Thu, Jul 13, 2017 at 3:02 PM

Making slime may be all the rage among the tween set these days, but we are guessing this driver didn't necessarily want to get in on the craze in this way. 
Oregon State Police reported on its Twitter feed today that a truck carrying "slime eels" — otherwise known as hagfish, overturned today on Highway 101, closing the highway near milepost 131, and spilling the creatures—and their slime—all over a vehicle.

Check out the video, shared by Depoe Bay Fire/OSP:   Just wow. 

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Friday, July 7, 2017

Reproductive Health Equity Bill Protecting Abortion Passes Oregon Senate

Bill awaits Gov. Brown’s signature

Posted By on Fri, Jul 7, 2017 at 3:52 PM


The Oregon Senate passed the Reproductive Health Equity Act (House Bill 3391) on Wednesday, July 5, ensuring Oregonians access to a full range of reproductive health services regardless of citizenship status or gender identity. The bill includes adding abortion services to the list of reproductive health procedures that must be covered by insurance — at no cost to the patient. The bill must now be approved and signed by Gov. Kate Brown.

“As states across the country are stripping women of reproductive health services and coverage,” wrote Grayson Dempsey, executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon “Oregon is leading the way in not only protecting the right to legal abortion but in expanding coverage to ensure that no one is denied access to vital reproductive health services, from contraception to postpartum care."

The bill plans to make abortions more accessible and affordable, eliminate the cost of preventive health services and abolish the exclusivity of care.

Costing an estimated $10 million, House Bill 3391 offers “Contraception, postpartum care and screenings for sexually transmitted infections and cancers of the reproductive system” to Oregonians at zero out-of-pocket costs, requiring private insurers to pay for them instead, according to Janaki Chadha of The Oregonian.

Abortion is protected under the bill, ensuring Oregonians access to the procedure if Roe v. Wade were to be overturned. Federal law excuses religious facilities who have not previously covered abortion from performing the procedure.

In addition to improving affordability and accessibility of abortions, the bill promotes the use of preventive reproductive services. According to Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon (PPAO,) the Affordable Care Act already requires insurance companies to cover the cost of contraception, but some insurance plans have found loopholes and avoided the cost. House Bill 3391 requires all insurance companies to pay for this benefit, broadening access to 18,600 women in Oregon.

"We believe every Oregonian should have access to the full range of reproductive health care, starting with preventive care and continuing through postpartum care. This basic right is a foundation of freedom and opportunity for individuals and their families,” said Kimberly McCullough, legislative director for American Civil Liberties Union of Oregon.

The bill is co-sponsored by 21 State Representatives and 10 State Senators, predominantly democrats and aims to accomplish precisely what President Trump attempted to abolish by introducing health care bills to the House and Senate that would withhold federal funds from entities that provide abortions, such as Planned Parenthood.

Since the bill has now passed through the House and the Senate, Gov. Brown’s signature is the last requirement to make the Reproductive Health Equity Act a reality in Oregon. With Gov. Brown’s strong track record for supporting such causes, House Bill 3391 appears to have a high chance of becoming state law.

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Riot On a Sunday EP Release Show on a Friday (Today!)

Posted By on Fri, Jul 7, 2017 at 3:20 PM


When people find out you’re a music writer, they like to tell you about different bands to check out. When I first heard about Riot on a Sunday I was getting my eyebrows waxed when my esthetician told me to check them out. Not only did I dig their name, but upon first listen couldn’t wait to hear more. Fortunately, for me and the rest of Bend, Riot on a Sunday releases their self-titled 8-song EP today at the Altas Cider Co. Taproom.

Riot on a Sunday has strong roots in the Bend music scene. Lead singer Brandon Prinzing formerly shredded the six-string with Corner Gospel Explosion, a popular Bend indie rock band now comprised of brothers Tyler Parson and Bradley David Parsons. Prinzing now joins forces with Adam Buchanan, who plays bass in Riot on a Sunday.

Riot on a Sunday blends punk, folk and good ol’ rock and roll to create memorable and energetic jams with heart. Tonight, you can pick up physical copies of their new EP and enjoy cider in the sunshine. Mix in the ear candy that is Riot on a Sunday, their friends Hammerhead from Portland and you have the perfect combination for a rad Friday night in Bend.

Riot on a Sunday EP Release
Friday, July 7. 7-9pm
Atlas Cider Co. Taproom
550 SW Industrial Way Suite 190, Bend.
No cover.

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