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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Newspaper on the Radio 6/19

Posted By on Wed, Jun 18, 2014 at 3:12 PM

The Source Weekly's editor Phil Busse talks Two Bulls Fire investigation, summer solstice music and What the Festival (festival) with Mike from 92.9 FM.

Listen to the issue review every Wednesday at 9:15 am or stream at 92.9 online.

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Friday, June 13, 2014

River Rim Coffeehouse Changes Owners and Name

Posted By on Fri, Jun 13, 2014 at 12:19 PM

As of June 1, River Rim Coffehousee— a popular Brookswood Plaza gathering spot on the south end of town— has new owners and a new name; Hey Joe Coffee Bar.

Here's the press release:

Brad and Tracey Wierman took over the coffee house and have re-branded it Hey Joe Coffee Bar. As the new owners, we are very excited about the opportunity and have lots of ideas to make the coffee house a valuable local family destination. Like the rest of Brookswood Plaza, Hey Joe is an extension of the neighborhood and our goal is to become much more involved in the surrounding area. Our plan is to keep the weekly events as scheduled in the past; open mic on Wednesday evenings and local live music on Fridays. And as we become more settled, we will be adding more weekly events like “vinyl Thursdays” and hopefully a destination for small group meetings or private parties etc.

You can look forward to a new and revised menu. We have already changed our coffee vendor to Lone Pine Coffee Roasters, based here in Bend. In the near future we will be adding more breakfast items beyond our new pastry supplier, Fearless Bakery. New lunch and evening options are on the horizon too. Also coming soon, gelato and kombucha on tap.

If you are a regular or someone that hasn't been in for a while, please stop by. Our goal is to make Hey Joe Coffee Bar a true neighborhood destination where you feel welcome to come by, relax, enjoy a bite to eat and have a great cup of coffee. We are open evenings, Wednesday — Saturday so come hang out with us for some light bites, beer and wine, terrific music and other fun social events.

Definitely more interested in this Vinyl Thursdays thing. And it's great to know that local music still has a home there!

Hey Joe Coffee Bar

19570 Amber Meadow Dr. Ste. 190

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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Newspaper on the Radio 5/15

Posted By on Wed, May 14, 2014 at 2:15 PM

Want to know what's happening in the Source this week but don't want to read the contents page? Here is our rundown of this week's newspaper on 92.9 FM! The Source's segment airs weekly every Wednesday at 9:15 am. Tune in, or listen live to 92.9 FM on your computer or smart phone at

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Kombucha Mama Changes to Humm Kombucha

Posted By on Tue, Apr 22, 2014 at 4:44 PM

Remember a few weeks back when we announced that beloved local tea makers Kombucha Mama would be changing their name? Well it's official! The rebranding to Humm Kombucha is complete.

Via Humm website.
  • Via Humm website.

Flavors include Blueberry Mint, Pomegranate Lemonade, Strawberry Lemonade, Original, Lemon Ginger, Apple Sass, Maté, Coconut Lime, Chai and will soon be available nationwide.

Here's a brief video description of the name change from owners Michelle Mitchell and Jamie Danek.

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Friday, March 21, 2014

"Truth in Site Coalition" Speaks Up Against OSU Cascades 4-year Westside Location

Posted By on Fri, Mar 21, 2014 at 10:00 AM

Last night marked the first open public meeting of the "Truth in Site Coalition," a citizen group concerned with the proposed location of the new OSU Cascades campus on the westside of Bend. Here's what you need to know:

-->While the campus is set to open in the fall of 2015, the group is threatening to take legal action against the location, a 10-acre lot and former pumice mine on Chandler and Simpson Ave.

-->During the first public meeting at The Bend Armory, around 200 people showed support for the coalition's mission, asked questions and expressed concerns about the current proposed location.


-->Repeated concerns included increased traffic, parking, surrounding neighborhood property values, student housing and the cost burden of other improved infrastructure that the University will require.

-->"This is not a done deal," repeated Scott Morgan, a spokes person for the coalition. He also made clear that the time frame for the site selection and opening of the campus by fall of 2015 is unrealistic, saying that it's a better timeframe for building a custom home than a well-planned university.

-->The coalition made it clear that they are not in opposition of a 4-year university in Bend. They claim to be proponents of a well thought out location for said school and a measure of public input on site selection.

-->The coalition plans to take legal and technical opposition to the campus location by hiring a traffic engineer, a land use lawyer and soil specialists.

-->The group says they have raised $10,000 of a required $50,000 (likely more after taking donations at last night's meeting) to take the legal action they have planned.

-->Although the meeting was put on by private citizens, Becky Johnson, vice president of OSU Cascades, was in attendence as well as several planners from the city to hear public concerns.

You can learn more on the group's Facebook Page: OSU Cascades- TRUTH in Site

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Thursday, February 13, 2014

High Desert Museum Announces New President

Posted By on Thu, Feb 13, 2014 at 3:42 PM

After a nationwide search, the High Desert Museum announced yesterday that they have chosen Dr. Dana Whitelaw, former VP of programs at the museum, as the new president of the nonprofit.


Below is the press release from Feb. 12.

High Desert Museum Names New President.
Dr. Dana Whitelaw chosen to lead the iconic non-profit institution.

Bend, OR ‑ Central Oregon’s premier Museum has a new leader. Dr. Dana Whitelaw, formerly VP of Programs at The High Desert Museum, has been appointed President, effective immediately.

Dr. Whitelaw was selected after an exhaustive nationwide search by the Museum Board of Trustees. Board Chair David Souther, who led the search committee, said the unanimous decision bodes very well for the future of the museum.
“We had so many high-quality candidates… museum professionals from all across the country who wanted to lead this organization,” Souther said. “We chose Dr. Whitelaw for her passion, her track record of success and her intimate knowledge of the operation. The selection process was very thorough, and we are completely confident that Dana Whitelaw was the right choice.”

Whitelaw steps into the role as President following the retirement of Janeanne Upp last December.
Whitelaw started as a grant writer at the High Desert Museum in 2008. She holds a Master of Science degree and a Ph.D. in biological anthropology from the University of Colorado. Before moving to Bend she spent eight years teaching in the Anthropology Department at the University of Colorado and conducting research in Madagascar. She lives in Bend with her husband and two children.

“I’m very grateful that the board has given me this opportunity to lead,” Whitelaw said. “The organization is in a very solid place right now, and with such a talented team of people here… I’m really looking forward to taking the next steps at the Musuem.”

The High Desert Museum is a regional museum acclaimed for its stewardship of the natural, historical and cultural resources of the High Desert. It features wildlife, indoor and outdoor exhibits, living history performances, an impressive collection of Native American artifacts and Western art and offers an extensive array of educational programming. The Museum is 10 minutes south of downtown Bend on Highway 97.

Stay tuned to the Source for more on the museum and the new president.

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Thursday, November 7, 2013

City Councilor Jodie Barram to Run for County Commissioner

Posted By on Thu, Nov 7, 2013 at 5:17 PM

We just got word that Jodie Barram, who's been a Bend city councilor since 2008 and is the current mayor pro tem, is running for Deschutes County Commissioner. Barram, a Central Oregon native and democrat, will oppose incumbent Tony DeBone in the May 20 primary.

From the press release:

“I’m running for Deschutes County Commissioner because I’m compelled to continue working on a regional level to help find positive solutions for the future,” Barram said today of her announcement. “As your County Commissioner I will focus on enhancing our economy, expanding higher education and while ensuring livability and engaging in regional partnerships. It is essential that we show leadership and focus on the Commission to address issues of land use and job creation. We can make Deschutes County more livable for working families.”

We're excited to see a smart, experienced leader enter the race. Also, a person with compassion. Remember when, in 2011, Barram donated her curly locks to Locks of Love?

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Saturday, September 21, 2013

All Hands on Deck: Mark Ransom needs your help!

Posted By on Sat, Sep 21, 2013 at 12:08 PM

The Bend Roots Revival festival is less than a week away. According to organizer extraordinaire Mark Ransom, preparation activities could use your help.

They've got a walk through with the city on Monday and are particularly concerned with making the grounds at Pakit Liquidators— the site for this year's event— ADA compliant.

Ransom says come down anytime and he'll put you to work. So give a hand to the Rise Up International non-profit and claims some rewarding ownership in Bend's arts and live music scene!

Pakit Liquidators

903 S.E. Armour Rd.

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Wednesday, September 11, 2013

One Less Venue: Sound Garden Studio to close

Posted By on Wed, Sep 11, 2013 at 1:27 PM


First The Horned Hand, now The Sound Garden Studio.

Bend is losing another live music venue. Hopefully places like the Volcanic Theater Pub (who are hosting a sweet Low Hums & Rural Demons show tonight at 8pm) can pick up some of the slack created by these losses.

Here is the statement posted yesterday to the venue's FACEBOOK page.

Greetings from the Sound garden Studio, many of you have supported us from our first day more than two years ago. The TSGS has hosted your rehearsals and private parties; we have had artist workshops and taught students to play, we hosted the COYO recital.

We have seen local artists and National touring artists like Jennifer Batten, Tommy Castro and the Pain Killers recently Co Co Montoya and a very long list of private parties with local talent performing.

It has been a lot of work and the rewards far outweigh the work, this summer we have added our new Digital mixer and other equipment that was amazing leap in quality of our stage and house sound.

This last month has had it’s up’s and down’s however we now have one old and one new neighbor that have proven to be less than friendly one to the south and one to the north, it is my experience that this will not end well, It is now time for us to look for our next project, the Sound Garden will close the end of this month Sept. 30th will be our last day in Bend. I will miss Jeremy and Trish at 2nd Street Eats really good food and great people.

We would like the opportunity to serve you again. We will still be available for support for weddings dances private parties etc.

We have as you know great sound and lights, staging tables & chairs, we have all the same contact for rentals just no 2nd street overhead. We are looking for a more suitable space to continue with The Sound Garden Studio. If you know of a building that you think could work please contact me. I would look at anything over 6k sq feet, with or without a Kitchen /Bar.

Bend is a great town but a hard place for Music always has been and will be.
If you are in need of a space in September before we close please contact us this is the last chance to rock the Garden, shoot video or?

We may have one last show I will send out a notice on that when I know more. This would be a shot at paying our closing bills so we can move on without the debt.

The TSGS Staff

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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Mirror Pond Meeting Time Listed Incorrectly on Parks Website

Posted By on Tue, Aug 27, 2013 at 5:39 PM

Incredible. Just weeks after the newly formed Mirror Pond ad hoc committee was blasted for meeting in private, today's meeting time was incorrectly posted on the Parks' website! Unbelievable, right? The meeting time was listed as starting at 5pm. In fact, it started at 3pm.

We all make mistakes. Heck, we here at the Source make them all the time. But after a public entity has admitted to breaking the law—the ad hoc committee, according to Bend City Attorney Mary Winters, is a governing body and thus must meet in public—you'd think they'd make DAMN SURE to get the date and time right for their next meeting. Nope.

Again, we're sure it was an honest mistake. The meeting time WAS listed correctly on the city's website (thankfully). But lets all try a little harder, eh?

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Thursday, July 25, 2013

Sign Up for Same-Sex. . .

Posted By on Thu, Jul 25, 2013 at 4:40 PM

It is time: Get your signature on the record as supporting same-sex marriages. On Friday, Basic Rights Oregon has a statewide roll out of their signature campaign (well, in Portland, Eugene, Bend and Ashland; no word about La Pine). Stop by and give your signature and/or pick up petitions to gather friends' signatures.

Or, heck, even if you still haven't made up your mind (really? jesus!), at least put your signature down as supporting the idea of letting democracy sort of the matter. Just go sign the damn piece of paper, okay?

Where? Social Justice Center, 155 NW Irving.

(And If we may be petty for a moment, Basic Right Oregon ignored our suggestion to post themselves at the pavilion near Boken/Dojo and Crow's Feet where we thought they'd get better visibility and good foot-traffic - not to mention good food. Oh well. What do we know?)

Time? It doesn't make complete sense to us, but they say something about 10 am and 3 pm.

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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Central Oregon is on Fire!

Posted By on Tue, Jul 23, 2013 at 10:43 AM

A plume of smoke in Warm Springs yesterday.
  • A plume of smoke in Warm Springs yesterday.

That haze over Pilot Butte? That tingle in your eyes and nose? The clouds visible north of town, and now south? Two separate human- caused wildfires are blazing through Central Oregon and neither are well contained.

The Sunnyside Turnoff Fire started mid-morning Saturday near Warm Springs. It's consumed 22,320 acres, is only 20% contained, and isn't expected to be fully controlled until Sunday. We sent a writer to the scene yesterday and she's reported back that, despite the large blaze and a number of evacuations, both community members and wildland firefighters seem calm and almost nonchalant. Everyone in the area in preparing for a long fight—perhaps longer than the predicated Sunday containment date. A tribal member told our reporter that a couple houses had already succumbed to flames near the Warm Springs national fish hatchery. With steep terrain, low humidity (currently 12%), high winds, and temps in the mid-90s, fire-fighting efforts may prove extremely challenging.

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