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Thursday, March 24, 2011

State Extends Unemployment Benefits

Posted By on Thu, Mar 24, 2011 at 5:50 PM

Oregonians who have exhausted their unemployment payments will get a temporary reprieve. Gov. Kitzhaber announced today that he has signed a pair of bills extending benefits for up to 26 weeks. The legislation is a lifeline for tens of thousands of Oregonians whose benefits would otherwise expire this year.

Specifically Senate Bill 637 would allow the state to tap into $225 million in federal funds, extending benefits for some 50,000 Oregonians whose benefits would otherwise dry up before the end of the year. An additional bill, SB 638 would tap into the state’s unemployment trust fund, providing some $26 million to keep afloat nearly 18,000 Oregon workers whose benefits are set to expire next month. 

Oregon’s unemployment rate has been fixed at roughly 10 percent for more than a year. In Central Oregon it is significantly higher. Deschutes County reported that more than 14 percent of the workforce remains idled. In Crook County the situation is worse. There, the state pegged unemployment at 17 percent in January, down roughly one percentage point from last year at the same time.


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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Ozomatli Coming to Bend on Cinco De Mayo

The Southern California cross-cultural party band, Ozomatli, comes to Bend.

Posted By on Wed, Mar 16, 2011 at 12:43 AM

Yeah, it looks like it.

According to the C3 Events Facebook page, the cross-cultural band, which mixes hip-hop, rock and Latin sounds into one big party, is booked to play a big outdoor show at Amalia's in downtown Bend on Cinco de Mayo.

And...it's a totally free show.

That's about all I know: Ozomatli. Downtown Bend. Thursday, May 5. I'll keep you posted as we learn more.

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Monday, March 14, 2011

Brandi Carlile Set to Play in Bend on May 5

Brandi Carlile makes a return appearance to Bend, Oregon.

Posted By on Mon, Mar 14, 2011 at 11:39 PM

For the third straight spring, Brandi Carlile is coming to Bend and playing a show at the Tower Theatre. The show is slated for May 5.

The singer songwriter has played in Bend a number of times and her gigs at the Tower have been delightful, so it's pretty sweet to see her make the trip down once again.

Last year, she played two shows and both of those sold out. So, if you want tickets, I'd suggest getting on top of that when they go on sale on Friday at TowerTheatre.org or the Tower box office.

Here's a video of her covering Fleetwood Mac's "Landslide" last year at the Tower.

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Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Mud Be Gone: The Maston is ready for your mountain bike

The trails in the Matson Allotment are beginning to dry up.

Posted By on Tue, Mar 8, 2011 at 5:22 PM

Following what seemed like an endless mud season, the trails at the Maston Allotment are again in great shape mountain for bike riding. Yes, there are some short muddy sections but they comprise no more than 10 percent of the long loop.

Some of the sections on the north end of the long loop are riding as fast as they ever have. But be aware that there’s a huge, newly fallen juniper limb blocking the trail just before (if you’re riding counter-clockwise) it starts to turn back south and parallel the Cline Falls Highway.

So how did riders rate the Maston on a 1 to 10 scale this past Saturday?

“Based on the fact that I thought it would be mud central,” noted one rider, “I’d give it an 11. But based on past rides here, easily a 7 to 8.” Most others asked the same question agreed.

There is talk of starting to create a singletrack on the berm to the side of the old canal sections of trail. Some riders have been using the berm and it makes sense to have an alternate path when the canal section gets axle deep in mud.

Also, a short section of trail is in the works for those who would prefer to ride around the Mason’s short, rocky technical hill section.

Photo: Bureau of Land Management.


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Monday, March 7, 2011

Charlie Sheen is Hiring an Intern. Seriously.

Charlie Sheen is hiring an intern and it could be you!

Posted By on Mon, Mar 7, 2011 at 11:32 PM

You've watched him lose his show and his mind as he spirals deeper and deeper into douche-dom, but NOW you could be his intern! That's right, Charlie Sheen posted this today on his now-famous Twitter feed:

Click here to apply...if that's the sort of thing you're into.

The job listing does not say anything about whether or not the applicant must possess tiger blood.


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Wednesday, March 2, 2011

D.A. Patrick Flaherty Wants Documents Back From the Bulletin

In a press conference this morning, D.A. Patrick Flaherty announced a grand jury investigation into improper information released to the Bulletin.

Posted By on Wed, Mar 2, 2011 at 11:14 PM

When the District Attorney calls a morning press conference but the announcement says nothing about the purpose of the gathering, we tend to think there’s something big to be announced.

Could it be an arrest in the fatal hit and run on Third Street? Or maybe something about the Redmond police lieutenant that allegedly sold guns out of the back of the armory?

Nope. None of those things. It turns out that this morning's conference had to do with a story that broke in today's Bulletin about documents pertaining to new hires in the district attorney’s office. That story also stated that a Bulletin reporter, Hillary Borrud, had been subpoenaed to appear before a grand jury on Friday.


In the press conference this morning, DA Patrick Flaherty read from a prepared statement that had been handed out to the assembled media (which included both television stations, OPB, local news radio, the Source and The Bulletin), saying that the hiring information provided to our daily paper featured personal information, including phone numbers, addresses and driver’s license numbers.

Flaherty’s office asked that the documents be returned so that the personal information be redacted, then given back to the newspaper.

But Flaherty says the newspaper has not returned the documents.

“It is unclear as to why The Bulletin is refusing to return the documents for the purpose of redacting private information their own legal counsel acknowledges was received in error,” Flaherty said.

What’s perhaps more interesting than the flap with The Bulletin is when Flaherty said: “We do not know if the release of this confidential information was simply a mistake or intentional. That is the focus of the Grady Jury investigation.”

So it sounds like Flaherty’s office wants to know who sent out these documents with all this information, and also, why they did it.

After he finished reading the statement, Flaherty stood up, unclipped the microphone a television station had given him, and left the room, not answering the questions fired off by Bulletin reporter Scott Hammers, who had written that morning’s article.

…Just when you thought the D.A.’s office was starting to get boring.

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