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  • Jan 31 - Feb 6, 2008
  • Vol. 12, No. 5

News

  • Local News
  • Unger vs. Daly: Redmond Mayor hops into the county commissioner race

    Last week, Redmond Mayor Alan Unger announced that he will be running for a spot on the Deschutes County Board of Commissioners. Unger, a Democrat who has served as Redmond's mayor since 2001, will be seeking the seat currently held by Republican Mike Daly. Unger, a lifelong resident of Oregon, was actually born in the city of which he is now mayor. Before taking the city's top office, he served on the Redmond Area Planning Commission and was then elected to the Redmond City Council.

Opinion

  • Editorial
  • Snow Angels

    It starts with a pins-and-needles sensation in the fingers or toes. As the cold bites deeper, numbness sets in. Then hands or feet turn white
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  • Letters to the Editor
  • Fairyland Lost

    In the beginning there was the river and the mountains, and it was good. Then came the Indians. Then came man (and woman), and they
  • Letters to the Editor
  • Hamburgers!

    Has anyone tried the restaurant at the Bend Airport? 3456 Cafe on Powell Butte Hwy. Fabulous breakfasts with regular menu and some "game" additions. Very good service and certainly the "extras" are from a fine dining area. The syrup for the Belgian waffle for breakfast was heated! Ramekins of butter and real napkins.
  • Letters to the Editor
  • Help a Young Nebraskan

    Dear Citizens of Oregon, I am in the fifth grade at Northeast Elementary in Kearney, Nebraska. I have adopted your state as a class project to research. I will be doing a report and other projects. Then on May 3rd my class is having a "States Fair." I will be displaying my report and any other information or materials I receive about your state. I am hopeful that some of your readers will be able to help me with my project. I was able to research your city and newspaper on the Internet and I'm excited to learn more about your state.   
  • Letters to the Editor
  • Age of Uncertainty

    Not since the beginning of World War II has there been such a feeling of uncertainty as there is at the present time among the general public in this country. Most people don't say much, but within most lives is a strong feeling that all is not well. To know what to do about it leaves most people with a feeling of helplessness because as individuals we can't really do much to change the course of history for this nation, as it rests in the leadership. Leadership seems to be lacking while power by some seems to be shooting off in hundreds of directions. We have lived through trial and tribulation before, but this time it is different, and I think a bit more complex.
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  • Time for the Truth About 9/11

    Some say that Americans are particularly weak in the subjects of math and science. This is unfortunate, since these are the disciplines which prove that 9/11 was a false-­flag inside job. Other nations are now having open discussions about the evidence which supports that 9/11 was done by a rogue element within the United States government working in unison with certain foreign factions. A Danish news channel interviewed an observer who said one only needs to be able to count to three to figure out something is wrong with the official story of 9/11. Two planes flew into two skyscrapers and pulverized three huge buildings into dust and 30-foot lengths of steel.

Culture

  • Culture Features
  • Walls Bring Us Together: CTC goes musical with "The Fantasticks"

    The Fantasticks: Waving jazz hands for 40-plus years.Luisa is 16, "pretty for the first time," and quite insane. Matt is 20, nerdy, and wondering what's beyond that road. Oh, and they're in love and as close together as the wall their parents have literally built between them allows. This isn't another Romeo and Juliet or Pyramus and Thisbe, but The Fantasticks - the longest-running off-Broadway musical (some 17,162 performances spanning 42 years), loosely based on Edmond Rostand's Les Romanesques, and now available to hum along with at the Cascades Theatrical Company. Marking the middle of the CTC's 29th season, The Fantasticks is a stage standard; dripping with nostalgia, audiences lap up the escapism and the cast ever-cognizant that they are part of history. Yet the CTC has again offered a twist: Director Kymberli Colbourne has dared to alter the time-tested formula of The Fantasticks by replacing the two meddling fathers (who built the wall to manipulate their children) with two equally errant mothers. Bellomy (Kimberlee Lear) and Hucklebee (Mandy Rockwell) bring new life to the sometimes quaint script, while Jimena Romero as Luisa and Scott Carroll as Matt never take themselves too seriously - which is most welcome when watching a play nearly a half-century old.
  • Picks
  • Our Picks for the week of 1/31 - 2/6

    Stand up Comedy Night - Wednesday 2/6 Randy Liedtke hosts the fourth and final installment of this local laugh factory before he moves his funny ass down to Los Angeles - we knew he was too good to last. So show up and send Liedtke off in style as the redheaded funny man plays his weird little keyboard thing and tells jokes about dogs pretending to be cats. 8:30pm. $10. Summit Saloon and Stage, 125 NW Oregon Ave., 749-2440.
  • Video
  • A Tortured Soul: The Films of Heath Ledger

    Last week Heath Ledger was found dead in his Manhattan apartment. At 28, he had created a career based on risky roles and shunned the heartthrob characters he could have played. In his last film, The Dark Knight, a sequel to Batman Begins, Ledger plays the deranged villain, The Joker. It is due out in July of this year. Below are the best films available on DVD of his short, but notable career. Candy Ledger and Abby Cornish are stellar in this bleak tale about two artistic souls tumbling down the road of self-destruction from heroin use. Tragic and sad, these characters are the poster children for staying far away from recreational drug use. Brokeback Mountain There's no discussing Ledger without mentioning Brokeback Mountain. By far his most challenging role was his heartbreaking performance of Ennis Del Mar, the sexually conflicted cowboy never able to allow himself the freedom to be happy. Accolades were mounded on Ledger as well as the rest of the cast and the film as a whole. This is where Ledger met Michelle Williams, who later became his romantic partner and the mother of his child. Ledger had recently separated from Williams.  

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Screen

  • Film
  • Fourth Blood: Stallone kills, kills, kills in another over-the-hill sequel

    How many 60-year-olds can kill like this?Let's get this straight right off the bat, something I'm sure we ALL know ... DO NOT MESS WITH RAMBO. This movie sledgehammers that fact home by combining preachy stereotypes and super-gore. And you know what? Parts of it are actually all right. Rambo opens with grisly authentic stock footage of the atrocities in Burma (oddly never referred to by the nation's present-day name of Myanmar). Stallone said he wants this movie to carry a "real" message, so people will become aware of the genocide that plagues Burma, but then he chucks himself into a fake-ass drama smack-dab in the middle of it, allowing him to come across as a hero, "find" himself and kill tons - and I mean tons - of people in the meantime.
  • Film Events
  • Video Game Flashback: ColecoVision and the Adam computer

    They just don't make video games like this anymore...thankfully.Back in the early 1980s after the Atari 2600 system was released, other companies wanted to cash in on the video game craze and one such company was Coleco. Considered a second-generation game system, the ColecoVision was released at the end of 1982 with 12 arcade-quality titles. The system was sold with a licensed version of Nintendo's "Donkey Kong," and helped beat its main rival, the Atari 5200, which also provided more advanced, arcade-quality games, but was ultimately less successful than the ColecoVision. The system sold more than a million units in its first year and more than seven million during its lifetime. 
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Music

  • Sound Stories & Interviews
  • Jamming Away the Cool: The unapologetic covers and improvisations of The Zen Tricksters

    Whatcha looking at? Did Jerry just drop out of the clouds?In the hip circle of music critics to which I pretend to belong, admitting that you like jam bands is akin to wearing Velcro shoes in public or showing off the collection of G.I. Joes you keep beneath your bed - it isn't going to give you too many cool points. I like indie rock, indie folk, indie power pop, indie hip-hop (indie, while once an abbreviation of "independent," now seems to mean "cool") and a good deal of other genres and styles, but I've held fast to my fascination with the noodles and genre mashing only found in the poorly labeled "jam band" arena. Jeff Mattson plays guitar and sings in The Zen Tricksters, a New York-based quartet with heavy Grateful Dead influences and affiliations, and he too likes jam bands - probably because he plays in one (two, actually). While Zen Tricksters has been Mattson's band for the past couple of decades, he, along with the rest of his band, also meet up and tour with former Dead vocalist Donna Jean Godchaux McKay to form Donna Jean and the Tricksters.

Outside

  • Natural World
  • Old Evolution's Under Way, Maybe: Killer birds on the loose ... someday

    House finch, or soon to be killer diller bird killer...? So there I was, sitting at my kitchen table watching the marvelous assortment of birds on my feeder (including three beautiful orange, white and black spotted towhees) when all of a sudden all "you know what" broke loose! A small, innocuous-looking - albeit belligerent - male house finch decided the feeder was his and went into a tizzy, attacking bigger and littler birds. Everyone scattered to get out of the way as the combatant finch exercised his territorial imperative. (A moment while I digress (again). Stay away from bird feed with Milo in it. It is nothing but a "filler" that costs you more and ends up on the ground under your feeder, which may or may not be good for your soil.)
  • Outside Features
  • Gear, Legends, and Heroes: From Hillary to Camelbak all in one week

    This is what heaven looks like to your typical overactive Bendite.Sir Edmond Hillary dies at 88 On May 29, 1953, Sir Edmond Hillary and Tenzing Norgay became the first mountain climbers to stand on top of the tallest peak on Earth. "Awe, wonder, humility, pride, exaltation - these surely ought to be the confused emotions of the first man to stand on the highest peak on Earth, after so many others have failed. But my dominant reactions were relief and surprise," reported Hillary, attempting to sum up his climb. Hillary always considered himself and his accomplishments as ordinary. After reaching the summit of Mt. Everest, Hillary conquered more difficult missions in Nepal. This country houses Chomolungma, Goddess Mother of the Land, which Tibetan speakers refer to as Mt. Everest. In 1962 he founded the Himalayan Trust, a humanitarian nonprofit that raised $250,000 a year to help build hospitals, health clinics, airfields, and schools.
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