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Thursday, June 28, 2012

Old Bella Cucina Building Update

Old Bella Cucina building will be the new location of Central Oregon Audiology.

Posted By on Thu, Jun 28, 2012 at 8:14 PM

All that tearing down of trees and backhoeing of concrete at the old Bella Cucina building on the corner of Franklin Avenue and Third Street is prep work for turning the location into the new home of Central Oregon Audiology.

The hearing clinic’s Bend office is currently located near the hospital at 2698 NE Courtney Drive, Ste. 100. The move allows the business to expand and offer more services, like the first long term tinnitus program in Central Oregon, said a representative of the clinic.

The building on Franklin Avenue had served as the location of restaurants for decades, but those businesses, including Mexicali Rose and O’Healy’s Neighborhood Pub, were plagued by parking and access problems, said Howard Friedman, of Compass Commercial, who represented the seller of the property.

Central Oregon Audiology is scheduled to open the new office in September.


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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Bobby Bare Jr. at McMenamins Tonight: Don't miss this!

Posted By on Wed, Jun 27, 2012 at 10:12 PM

photo by Joshua Black WilkensAs small as the Bend music community is, we are very lucky to get so many phenomenal musical acts playing in our little scene. Many of these artists come through Central Oregon as a part of the Great Northwest Music Tour hosted by McMenamins. These shows fill the never-large-enough Father Luke Room to the brim with eager listeners almost every Wednesday. This week will host the truly legendary Nashville artist, Bobby Bare Jr., who will grace us with his blend of poetic indie, folk rock and roll.

Quick facts about Bobby Bare Jr. that will make you want to attend his show tonight:

  • He was nominated for a Grammy at the age six for a duet with his Father, Bobby Bare, called “Daddy What If” but lost the award for “Country Duet of the Year” to the Pointer Sisters (what!?).
  • He has toured with an eclectic mixture of super talented artists including Dr. Dog, The Walkman, The Decembrists, Bob Dylan, Areosmith, My Morning Jacket, Andrew Bird and Drive By Truckers.
  • He wrote with, and had his songs critiqued by Shel Silverstein until Silverstein passed away in 1999. Silverstein also penned “Daddy What If” and was a childhood mentor of Bare Jr’s.
  • He has been playing the same acoustic Gibson J-45, which he purchased for $600 and three teddy bears, since mid 1970’s and has every artist he has ever toured with sign the back of the guitar.
  • He has a reputation for being an all around jovial and good natured dude. Stories of Bobby Bare Jr. chatting with just about anyone about music all the way up until closing time are myriad.

Get down to McMenamins and let Bobby Bare Jr. tell you a story with his rambling Americana music. Show starts at 7pm, it's all ages, AND IT'S FREE. Also, check out the culturally relevant and hilarious "Rock and Roll Halloween" below. 

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Helping Hands Needed For Scouts' Chicken Coop Raising

Posted By on Wed, Jun 27, 2012 at 4:24 PM

Attention handymen and handywomen.

The Bend Community Center is looking for volunteers to help with a chicken coop and greenhouse raising project this weekend, which also happens to be Earth Day.

The project is spearheaded by a pair of local middle school girls who coordinated the group effort as part of their Girl Scouts’ program. Audrey Parks, 14, and Beth Bennett, 13, came up with idea of chicken coop and greenhouse that could provide fresh poultry and produce to the community center as part of their scout troop Silver Award. The pair secured a $1,000 grant from Deschutes County to help pay for the materials. They also secure donations from Country Feed and Pet Supply, Safeway, Celebrate the Season and Longboard Louie’s, which will be providing lunch.

All they need now is some extra hands to help with the proverbial heavy lifting and hammering, which is set for tomorrow (Sat.) morning at 10 a.m. The project requires roughly 15 volunteers who are asked to gather at 1016 NW 15th St. on Bend’s westside.

Information, BCC 541-312-2069

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Monday, June 25, 2012

Riding Dry: good times at the Maston

Posted By on Mon, Jun 25, 2012 at 11:42 AM

If you're into taking an easy winter mountain bike ride, seize the moment and head out to the Maston Allotment where the riding of late has been excellent. Get out there soon as the continued dry weather and winds are already starting to turn some sections of the trail from hardpack into loose sand.

The word is obviously out as to how good conditions are at the Maston as this past Sunday the parking area was filled to capacity with the overflow vehicles parked along Newcomb Road.

If you're unfamiliar with the Maston Allotment it's a swath of 4,100 acres of BLM land located just off the Cline Falls Highway as you head north out of Tumalo. The acreage covers an area from Cline Falls Highway east to the Deschutes River canyon and south towards Eagle Crest.

After turning off the highway onto Newcomb road, look for the informal parking area about a quarter mile distant on the left.

The trailhead is in the parking area and by following the well defined trail tread you can make a loop trip lasting anywhere from just over and hour to and hour and a half in duration. Many Maston regulars think the trail rides better counterclockwise. That means making a right turn when you get to the first fork in the trail not far from the trailhead.

There are other options besides the big loop at the Maston some of which are shown on trail maps left in a Ziploc bag nailed to a old juniper at the main trailhead. Others trail options simply take some exploring to findor piece together.

The Maston trail system is restricted to mountain biking, horseback riding, hiking and trail running. This restricted use is clearly marked on trailhead signage.

It wasn't always so as the area was popular with of-road motorcyclists for many years. A few motorcyclists still show up on the trails and invariably plead no knowledge of the change in usage or of seeing the restrictive signage.

A new trail network being added across the highway at Cline Buttes will give off-road motorcyclists more miles of more challenging riding.

The Maston first started getting mountain biker use three years ago and s that use has increased so has the tread has firmed up measurably. That noted, the trail reverts to its sandy self once winter ends and the chances of a rain or snow are greatly diminished.

And chances of heavy rain or snow at the Maston aren't promising Oregon because of its microclimate zone location. It can be raining or snowing like crazy in Bend only to be clear, snow and rain-free, and several degrees warmer at the Maston.

So how did the area come in to being? Years ago a development was planned on the land. The land was subdivided into large parcels suitable for farming.

The key to the development's success was having water. So, a canal system (over which much of the current trail system runs) was constructed to carry water to landowners. It, in turn, was to be fed by an arterial canal linked to Tumalo Reservoir.

As good as the idea looked on paper, it didn't work as when the water was let loose from the reservoir it disappeared into the ground never reaching the Maston canal system. The development was doomed.

Eventually, the BLM purchased the property and turned it into one of their grazing allotments. Thus it remained until motorcyclists started riding there until the area became part of the BLM's 2009 Cline Buttes recreation plan.

If you haven't checked out the Maston do it sooner than later. It's the mellow winter riding, running and hiking alternative to Horse Ridge.

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Thursday, June 21, 2012

Route Canal: making a new cycling connection

Posted By on Thu, Jun 21, 2012 at 3:52 PM

When I recently blogged about the cyclocross nationals, a reader posted a response adding something to the affect that why haven’t people considered using the roads alongside the various canals as possible bike passageways. That idea drew other positive responses including one from Bend City Councilor Jody Barram praising the idea and also questioning why nobody had done anything about it.
Well people have been doing something about it  for the past two years.
It all began when Senator Ron Wyden asked his local aide David Blair to put together a group called the Central Oregon Recreation Assets Committee. The committee was tasked to come up with ideas that would enhance outdoor recreation in Central Oregon which in turn would help the region’s economy.
One of the committee’s top five ideas was the inclusion of canal roadways to enhance cycling in general as well as create exciting new bike routes. The potential route discussed was a combination of canal roads and sections of rural roads to link Redmond with Smith Rock State Park.
There are a myriad of legal issues involved in making those roadways accessible to the public and members of the recreational assets committee familiar with those legal issues are confident that with some help from the Senator, they can be overcome.
So, with all due respect to the person who came up with the “new” use-the-canal-roadways idea, it’s not new. To Councilor Barram, I say check with County Commissioner Baney who is fully aware of the bike route via canal roads idea and is a member the recreational assets committee.
Serving on that committee along with Baney are Dennis Oliphant of Sun Country Tours, Jade Mayer of Brooks Resources, Brad Chalfant of the Deschutes Land Trust, Bend Metro Parks board member Ruth Williamson, Senator Wyden’s aide David Blair, former school administrator Peter Miller, and OSU-Cascades professor Kreg Lindberg among others. Sally Russell chairs the committee.
Among the other recreational opportunities cited by the committee include a new Sunriver to Bend bicycle route involving portions of currently unpaved U.S. Forest roads, a new cross-country ski trail linking Mt. Bachelor to the Virginia Meissner SnoPark, and the widening of Skyliner’s Road to make if safer for cyclists, roller skiers and runners.

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