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Friday, December 22, 2017

NYE 2018: Events in Central Oregon

Find the perfect place to ring in the New Year

Posted By on Fri, Dec 22, 2017 at 1:45 PM

Looking for something to do this New Year's Eve? If you're staying in Central Oregon to ring in the new year, this roundup is for you.

*updated Dec. 29, 2017

Music & Dancing

Bend

Velvet's best party of the year is almost here! DJ's Byrne & LAShawn get the floor bouncing at 10PM. Lots of bubbles to go around. Come early before we hit capacity. No cover.

NYE celebration! Larry and His Flask are a high energy, five-piece carnival of a band that incorporate rock, folk, bluegrass, soul, brass band, punk and alt-country into their own unique sound. $15/adv.

Yak Attack in the Theater and Broken Down Guitars in Father Luke's performance for anyone 21 and older. $10/door.

Don't miss this epic NYE party at the newly-renovated Silver Moon. Bigger dance floor and awesome celebratory vibes! Featuring live Latin music by ¡Chiringa! 9pm to midnight. 8pm dance lesson by Andrés 'Andy' García. Includes a free champagne toast at midnight and a performance by Latin Dance Bend. 21+. $10-20 sliding scale.

Ring in the New Year with DJ N8ture! No cover.

▶︎ Friday: Retro Costume Dance Party with 70's, 80's & 90's Music till midnight. Wear your best retro costume for prizes. ▶︎ Saturday: We begin with UFC 219 & Breakfast at Tiffany Costume Party. ▶︎Sunday: Our Speakeasy 1920's Costume Party. $10-$12.

DJ Ambush 10pm-2am. Spirit-Animal masks highly encouraged. Cover includes glass of champagne. $10/after 9pm.

Local sultry siren will be rockin' the evening and filling your body with groove to say farewell to the past and cheers to the future. Bring a friend to the downtown living room and celebrate the locals way! Champagne toast included. No cover.

Featuring Day of Rest, Unto The Plague, Black Karma Social Club and Open Defiance. 21+. No cover.

Rock and soul. She Said He Said opens at 6pm. Three D, 9:30pm.

Come rock in the new year!

Redmond

Dance music from all genres. $5.

Come "ring in" and dance in the New Year with us! Great music, friends and fun! Classic rock. No cover.

Sisters

The Sugar Beets will be heading back to their favorite mountain getaway to host a not-to-be-missed New Year's Eve Party. $16/adv., $20/door.

Dan Crenshaw, Award winning Guitarist & Founder of the L.A. Metal Band "Garden of Eden," brings his tribute to the hair and metal bands of the 80's & 90's to Hardtails for a New Year's Eve party. No cover.

LaPine

This will be a great HWY 97 show! Ring in the New Year with the American Legion and the best classic rock band in Central Oregon! No cover.


Dinner & Cocktails

Get dressed up to the nines and head out to the Range Restaurant & Bar for an elegant adult only three-course prix fixe dinner. The farm-to-table dinner will be highlighted by the seasons' bounty with festive dishes, quenching beverages and holiday decor throughout the restaurant. $75/adult.

Slide those dancing shoes on and enjoy the NYE dance party in the barn featuring live music by the Chris Merrill Band. We will be serving signature cocktails and local craft beers along with a complimentary champagne toast at midnight. 18+. $40/adult.

Start off the evening celebration with a stunning 5-course plated dinner crafted by our award winning culinary team. Reservations are required. 36-hour cancellation policy. Call 541-593-3740 for reservations. $89/adults, $36/kids 6-12, 5 and under are complimentary.

Five course prix fixe experience. Live piano set by George Bouhey. Bar open until midnight. Reservations required. $85/person. $105/w suggested wine pairing.


Outdoors

Lifts run 9am-9pm. Music by Leroy & The Sidekicks from 6pm-midnight in the lodge. Dance the night away at the Hoodoo Snow Ball on the Three Creeks Brewing patio outside with music by One Dollar Check. After the lifts stop running, join us for a firework show shortly after 9pm.

This will certainly be a New Year's celebration you won't soon forget. Snowshoe with your Wanderlust Tours guide to bask at a glowing bonfire in the middle of an amphitheater, hand-carved into the snow! $100/person.


Did we miss your event? Send them our way at calendar@bendsource.com.





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TGIF Cartoon: Virus Problem

A weekly comic by Bill Friday

Posted By on Fri, Dec 22, 2017 at 10:00 AM

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About the Artist:

W.R. (Bill) Friday has been cartooning for almost 50 years. What started as cartooning with his two brothers for a kid-produced paper called the "Snooper Review," lead to a lifetime of comics. His cartoons have since appeared in publications and exhibits worldwide, from Portland, Oregon to Saint Petersburg, Russia, winning state, regional and national awards and recognition. Retired from the Forest Service, he spent over 40 years at the lookout towers in several national forests throughout Oregon.

You can email Bill at cartoonistwilliamfriday@yahoo.com

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Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Extreme Weather in Central Oregon Sparks Wild Fire and Causes Mass Power Outages

Emergency crews have busy night ahead cleaning up

Posted By on Tue, Dec 19, 2017 at 5:48 PM

A downed tree on the corner of Fourth Street and Norton Avenue has caused headaches for nearby businesses like Pho Viet Restaurant and local residents. - CITY OF BEND FIRE DEPARTMENT
  • City of Bend Fire Department
  • A downed tree on the corner of Fourth Street and Norton Avenue has caused headaches for nearby businesses like Pho Viet Restaurant and local residents.
You may have noticed the constant stream of fire sirens this afternoon in Bend. That’s because the Bend Fire Department responded to at least 17 calls in a span of just over two hours from late morning until mid-afternoon.

City of Bend Battalion Chief, Dave Howe wrote that there were at least eight calls for downed power lines and as of 5pm, parts of Northeast Third Street, including restaurants and businesses along the corridor were still experiencing power loss.

An eight acre wind-driven field fire raged as an old brush fire spread from its embers for a previous burn pile. Four engines responded to control the blaze, though no damage was reported. A severe weather alert for Central Oregon and those areas above 2,000 feet is still in place with wind gusts potentially reaching 50 mph.

Howe wrote, “Bend Fire would like to remind people to avoid driving into areas where there are down power lines. It is very hazardous, and cars driving through the work area can distract and endanger workers who are trying to make repairs. If you see barricades blocking a street, please find another way to go.”
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SURGEON RESCUES VICTIMS OF AMTRAK DERAILMENT

Meanwhile investigators ask questions regarding high speeds at time of crash

Posted By on Tue, Dec 19, 2017 at 3:58 PM

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A Portland neurosurgeon praised the work of emergency first responders—even though he himself helped 25 victims of the Amtrak derailment in a span of two hours. In an interview with The Oregonian, Dr. Nate Selden, chair of neurological surgery at Oregon Health and Science University said, "We should be very grateful as citizens that they are there, ready to go." He added, "I certainly have additional respect after seeing them in the field today." 


Dr. Nathan Selden helped survivors of the Amtrak detrailment - OHSU
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  • Dr. Nathan Selden helped survivors of the Amtrak detrailment

Enroute to Seattle with his 18-year-old son, Selden noticed something was amiss once traffic stopped and there were no cars heading into the oncoming lane.
"In the last few minutes before we got there we saw dozens upon dozens of first responders," Selden said in an interview with Lizzy Acker. Selden and his son quickly sprang into action providing first aid, putting in IVs, setting up backboards and neck collars and treating deep wounds, alongside EMTs and firefighters, according to the Oregonian.

Meanwhile, the Seattle Times reported that Barbara LaBoe, a Washington State Transportation Department Spokesperson said the train, on its maiden voyage on a new route, should have slowed from 79  miles per hour to 30 miles per hour before heading into the curve at the crash site.

Transitdocs.com however, a website which tracks Amtrak speeds, recorded the train at 80 mph shortly before the crash occurred, according to reports from the Associated Press.

"These train cars were just littered across the highway," Selden said, “...They didn't have tents up yet. They set the tents up around us as we were working." Selden and fellow workers wrote descriptions of the injuries around makeshift cards hung around victim’s necks for further treatment.


"We did know that there had been fatalities," Selden told Acker, "even by the time I had arrived.


"Based on comments from the first responders, I think the other fatalities may still be present on the trains or were at that time."

Read the full story here.



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Loiterers at the Source!

Nah, just Pokemon GO players...

Posted By on Tue, Dec 19, 2017 at 3:38 PM

For the past few days or so, we've been noticing more and more people hanging out on the north side of our downtown office building, just off Bond St. These aren't your average loiterers, however. Most of them wear office type gear, some ride quality bikes, and they carry nice phones. Some of them have multiple phones, placed on clipboards for easy access.

But why exactly are they out of their cubicles in the middle of the day, you might ask?

Turns out, they're doing the very important work of playing the newest iteration of Pokemon GO. And it turns out, the Source has a "Boss." (Besides our publisher, that is, who gets to witness this fun outside his window every day now.)
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  • Oh, I'm sorry, was I bothering you?

Hang on, harried moms, clueless professionals and anti-smartphone people. I'll attempt to explain.

Last year, Pokemon GO exploded onto the scene, and suddenly, throngs of errant teens were seen, eyes pointed at their screens, trolling the streets, pointing their phones at what looked like nothing at all. But once they'd found all the Pokemons, it seemed like the craze kinda died down. At least, that was the case with my own tween. 
Yes, most of these people have jobs.
  • Yes, most of these people have jobs.



Now though, Raid Battles have appeared onto the scene, forcing otherwise solitary loners, who actually enjoyed strolling alone through cemeteries in the half dark in order to find a Pokemon spot, to interact. With Raid Battles, (and this is pretty much still over my head here...) you have to work with a team.

According to the Raid Battles page on the Pokemon GO site: "Before the raid begins, a Raid Egg will appear on top of the Gym."

From there, players can join that battle, and "once the Egg hatches, the raid begins and you have 45 minutes to defeat the Boss. Any number of Trainers can join a raid, but only in groups of up to 20 Trainers." 
Matt Hein of Bend shows off his success at beating the Boss. Unlike other players here, he only has one phone.
  • Matt Hein of Bend shows off his success at beating the Boss. Unlike other players here, he only has one phone.

So basically, they have to show up together to beat the Boss. Thus, the throngs of office workers, flocking to the Source at 10 am on any given work day.

That's fun and all guys... but care to submit a letter to the editor while you're at it?

Author's Note: Before you bristle about the "solitary loners" comment, you should know that I too am a solitary loner, and proud of it. I just manifest it with Downton Abbey reruns, Nat Geo back issues and pink wine...




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Friday, December 15, 2017

Did you catch Star Wars last night?

These people did...

Posted By on Fri, Dec 15, 2017 at 11:25 AM

It's here, people... the long-awaited, most recent installment of the Star Wars franchise, "The Last Jedi." 

Source interns were at Regal Cinemas Thursday to catch some mega Star Wars fans doin' their cosplay thing. - ELLA CUTTER/NATALIE BURDSALL
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  • Source interns were at Regal Cinemas Thursday to catch some mega Star Wars fans doin' their cosplay thing.

Susana Polo at Polygon said it "concludes with an overwhelming note of hope." Anthony Ha from TechCrunch said it "mixes hope and despair nearly perfectly."

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What will our own film critic, Jared Rasic, say? You gotta wait a couple more days to find out... but for now, the film is open in at least five separate rooms of Regal Cinema right now.

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May the Force be with you.

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TGIF Cartoon: Post Modernist

A weekly cartoon by Bill Friday

Posted By on Fri, Dec 15, 2017 at 10:00 AM


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About the Artist:

W.R. (Bill) Friday has been cartooning for almost 50 years. What started as cartooning with his two brothers for a kid-produced paper called the "Snooper Review," lead to a lifetime of comics. His cartoons have since appeared in publications and exhibits worldwide, from Portland, Oregon to Saint Petersburg, Russia, winning state, regional and national awards and recognition. Retired from the Forest Service, he spent over 40 years at the lookout towers in several national forests throughout Oregon.

You can email Bill at cartoonistwilliamfriday@yahoo.com

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Monday, December 11, 2017

Sisters Folk Festival announces 2018 winter lineup

Tickets on sale now

Posted By on Mon, Dec 11, 2017 at 4:50 PM

On Dec. 5, Sisters Folk Festival announced its 2018 Winter Concert Series Lineup. Purchase tickets for the entire series or individual concerts at their website: sistersfolkfestival.org/winter-concert-series

SFF 2018 Winter Concert Series

Josh Ritter kicks off the SFF 2018 Winter Concert Series Tues., Jan. 23 at Sisters High School Auditorium. The 20-year music veteran and singer-songwriter just released his new album, "Gathering," in September and it's already garnering critical acclaim.

Irish band We Banjo 3 has coined the term "Celtgrass" to describe their blend of traditional Irish, old time and bluegrass. This quartet, made up of two sets of brothers, was billed for the canceled 2017 Sisters Folk Festival and are making their way back for the 2018 Winter Concert Series.

The final show in the 2018 Winter Concert Series features Darlingside, a favorite among festival goers. They’re touring on the back of their new album, “Extralife,” returning to Central Oregon for the first time since their show at the Tower Theatre in November 2016.
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Friday, December 8, 2017

TGIF Cartoon: Those Aren't Rabbit Tracks

A weekly comic by Bill Friday

Posted By on Fri, Dec 8, 2017 at 10:00 AM


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About the Artist:


W.R. (Bill) Friday has been cartooning for almost 50 years. What started as cartooning with his two brothers for a kid-produced paper called the "Snooper Review," lead to a lifetime of comics. His cartoons have since appeared in publications and exhibits worldwide, from Portland, Oregon to Saint Petersburg, Russia, winning state, regional and national awards and recognition. Retired from the Forest Service, he spent over 40 years at the lookout towers in several national forests throughout Oregon.

You can email Bill at cartoonistwilliamfriday@yahoo.com
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Monday, December 4, 2017

Redmond Teen Stabbed at Playground

Three arrested in what Police say was an unwarranted, unprovoked attack

Posted By on Mon, Dec 4, 2017 at 11:22 AM

Noah Huber, 18, left, and Isiah Kane Laack, 18, right, were arrested and charged in connection with a stabbing and an assault at Hope Playground in Redmond on Saturday. - DESCHUTES COUNTY JAIL
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  • Noah Huber, 18, left, and Isiah Kane Laack, 18, right, were arrested and charged in connection with a stabbing and an assault at Hope Playground in Redmond on Saturday.


Three young men wearing bandanas and equipped with box cutters and brass knuckles allegedly attacked a group of young juveniles playing tag at Hope Playground in Redmond on Saturday. In what Redmond Police say was an unprovoked attack, a 15-year old boy suffered non-life threatening stab wounds after being wounded by a box-cutter reported to be used by 18-year-old Noah Huber. Another 16-year old male was allegedly assaulted with brass knuckles by 18-year-old Isiah Laack. Both men were arrested and lodged at Deschutes County Jail after a brief investigation. The 15-year old was transported to Redmond St. Charles Medical Center and was treated for non-life-threatening injuries after fleeing with his friends to a nearby McDonald’s where they called the police.


Lieutenant Jesse Petersen, wrote in a written press release that the attackers were caught after Redmond Police and the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office set up a perimeter of the playground and utilized a police canine unit to extensively search the area. Video surveillance helped identify the three suspects, including an additional 15-year old male juvenile from Bend.


In violation of parole, Laack was transported to Deschutes County Adult Jail where he was charged with Attempted Assault I, Assault II x 2, Unlawful Use of a Weapon, Menacing x 4, Disorderly Conduct II and a Parole/Probation Violation. Isiah Laack's bail for the above-listed crimes was set at $190,000. He is being held on a no-bail Parole/Probation Violation.

Huber was transported to the Deschutes County Adult Jail, where he was lodged for the following crimes: Attempted Assault I, Assault II, Assault III, Unlawful Use of a Weapon, Menacing x 4, Tampering with Evidence, Disorderly Conduct II, and a Parole/Probation Violation. Huber’s bail was set at $197,500 and he also is being held on a no-bail Parole/Probation Violation.

The 15-year-old male juvenile was arrested for Assault III, Unlawful Possession of a Weapon, and Disorderly Conduct II.




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House District 53 up for grabs

After 15 years, Rep. Gene Whisnant is not running for re-election

Posted By on Mon, Dec 4, 2017 at 11:12 AM

For the past 15-plus years, Rep. Gene Whisnant, R-Sunriver, has represented District 53 in the Oregon House of Representatives. Today though, the longtime representative announced he's not running for another term. 
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“I look forward to completing my term and being active in the interim and 2018 session," Whisnant stated in a Nov. 4 press release. "I have already submitted my two authorized bills for the next session. After my term ends, Josie [Whisnant's wife] and I plan to travel more and spend more time with family in North Carolina. I plan to remain an active citizen involved in efforts to improve the quality of life for all Oregonians.  My work on transparency and accountability provides all Oregonians the means to keep a close look on our state government.”

Whisnant's departure leaves the seat up for grabs in the Nov. 2018 election. According to candidate filing data from the Oregon Secretary of State's office, no one has yet filed to run for the seat, from any political party.


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Friday, December 1, 2017

TGIF Cartoon: Artists On Strike

A weekly comic by Bill Friday

Posted By on Fri, Dec 1, 2017 at 6:41 PM

Happy First Friday!

Local cartoonist Bill Friday sent us a treasure trove of his cartoons from over the years. He's kindly let us share them with you—which we will be doing every Friday on the Bent blog. Enjoy!

- Source Staff 

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About the Artist:

W.R. (Bill) Friday has been cartooning for almost 50 years. What started as cartooning with his two brothers for a kid-produced paper called the "Snooper Review," lead to a lifetime of comics. His cartoons have since appeared in publications and exhibits worldwide, from Portland, Oregon to Saint Petersburg, Russia, winning state, regional and national awards and recognition. Retired from the Forest Service, he spent over 40 years at the lookout towers in several national forests throughout Oregon.

You can email Bill at cartoonistwilliamfriday@yahoo.com

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