• Issue of
  • Apr 24-30, 2008
  • Vol. 12, No. 17



  • Editorial
  • Lose Ben Stein's Money: The Boss comes out, the Putin

    Big Bomb Theory Stein is a lot of things, but movie star ain't one of them. Ben Stein has had a checkered career - speech writer for Richard Nixon, TV game show host, business columnist, movie actor. But his latest foray into the entertainment world as movie producer doesn't seem to be panning out too well.   Stein's movie Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed opened last weekend with mediocre box office numbers and less than mediocre reviews. It's a purported documentary intended to support the theory of "intelligent design" and show how proponents of intelligent design face discrimination and harassment in academia. Among other subtleties, it attempts to link Darwinism to Nazi genocide and the Berlin Wall.
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  • Editorial
  • SMART's Dumb Move

    Oregon's SMART (for "Start Making a Reader Today") program got started in 1992 with a handful of volunteers and one simple idea: that having a
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  • Letters to the Editor
  • If You've Moved, Re-register

    Letter of the Week  Nothing is more vital to OUR democracy than fair and effective elections. We rely (with varying success) on public officials for fairness and competence in the design and administration of our election process. We also rely (with varying success) on our citizenry to participate in the process. We must also rely on the media to do its part in promoting fair and effective elections. By providing adequate and appropriate information, commentary and analysis, our media can educate and inform voters on candidates, issues and on the electoral process itself.
  • Letters to the Editor
  • The Bozos of BAT

    After reading recent comments by Randy Grove, human resources director at Paratransit Services, I'm wondering if bulbous red clown noses are a management perk. Grove says BAT workers want a 135% wage increase totaling $2.8 million. I've been following the transit union negotiations pretty closely, and I sure don't recall numbers that come remotely close to these outrageous claims.
  • Letters to the Editor
  • Bring Back Those Sunny Healy Days

    To Matt Janney, president and general manager, Mt. Bachelor: Hey man, remember those good old Healy days of summer? Yeah, those days when the mountain would stay open for all us snow lovers almost as long as the snow lasted? Dude, you were there and loving it all too! What happened, man? What happened to all those sunny summer mornings cruising down the hill under a hot summer sun? What happened to Bill's mountain, what happened to skiing thru July 4? What is up with May 18? That closing is so lame, man!
  • Letters to the Editor
  • King's Inspiration

    Earlier this month we marked the anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King's death, or should I say his assassination, in Memphis, TN. Hours have been


  • Picks
  • Our Picks for the Week of 4/24-4/30

    New Monsoon, Moon Mountain Ramblers thursday 24 The Jam-tastic bluegrass-rock from San Francisco will be rockin' the Summit Thursday with Oregon's own traditional bluegrass band Moon Mountain Ramblers. The San Franciscan quintet's new album was produced by the famed Grateful Dead producer John Cutler which is reason enough to evoke interst. The band has played every festival from Bonnaroo to Summerfest making them seasoned tour veterans. Catch this show, you won't be disappointed. Bend's MMR opens. Proceeds benefit 3E Strategies. 8pm. $15. Summit Saloon, 125 NW Oregon Ave. 749-2440.

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  • Sound Stories & Interviews
  • On the Horizon

    Wilco Confirmed! Famous last words, right? Indeed, if Modest Mouse has taught us anything, it's that announcements of hugely awesome flannel shirt≠≠≠-related (we hereby declare a moratorium on the phrase "indie") bands playing shows at Les Schwab Amphitheater are best taken with a grain of salt.
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  • Outside Features
  • Sliding and Gliding : Still plenty of winter sports to be had

    Paragliding off Bachelor Chip Miller spreading his wingsSeveral Paragliding gurus call Bend home. Last Thursday, Steve Rotti, Chip Miller, John Iraggi, Tim Reynolds, Wade Holmes, and Mike Teixeira took advantage of the stunning spring day to spread their wings and soar. The group took off from the summit of Mt. Bachelor and flew to the base of Skyliner lift. According to Rotti, "Thursday was great for flying because the winds aloft were light and the mountain wasn't cloud-covered (referred to as "cloaked" in the local paragliding vernacular). Spring is typically a good time for flying at Bachelor. We look for thermals (columns of warm air) rising up from the ground to provide lift, which can keep us airborne for hours. On exceptionally good days paraglider pilots have flown from Bachelor to Bend and beyond." Mt. Bachelor is just one of the many hills, or buttes, in the area that provide a good ride. Imagine flying like a bird, and it is easy to see the attraction drawing these pilots to paragliding.


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