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  • May 29 - Jun 4, 2008
  • Vol. 12, No. 22

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  • Editorial
  • The Shakeup at the Mountain

    The team just had a lousy season. The fans are grumbling. Season ticket sales are down. What do you do? The standard response if you're running a football team is to fire the coach. That's pretty much what Powdr Corp., which runs the Mt. Bachelor ski resort, did last week by firing General Manager Matt Janney plus three other members of the resort's top management.Things haven't been going smoothly at the mountain since Powdr took over. Complaints about lift breakdowns, inadequate grooming, poor food, early closures and high prices have multiplied. To some extent, these may be just the predictable gripes from locals who are angry because "their mountain" has been taken over by "outsiders" from Utah. But people who spend a lot of time skiing and snowboarding at Bachelor say there's considerable substance to them. In the 2007-'08 season other ski resorts in Oregon broke all records for attendance, but Bachelor's ticket sales actually dropped 7%, in spite of one of the best snow years in history and aggressive marketing. Shortly after the disappointing numbers came out, Powdr announced it was firing Janney and the others.
  • Editorial
  • The Triumph of Martketing: Senator Wide Stance update, city gets a new leader, more...

    Change...your slogan Recently, House of Representatives Republican leader John Boehner said that the GOP does not plan to alter the campaign slogan it recently unveiled, despite the fact that the party's slogan: "Change you deserve," is actually used to market Effexor, an anti-depressant drug. "I think it's working out just fine," Boehner told Reuters. It still remains unknown if the bright GOP mind that came up with this phrase plucked it from his or her medicine cabinet, but apparently the party is going to stick it out, despite the widespread humiliation that resulted from the slogan. But if that was the case, it's good that the slogan's author didn't reach for the Viagra and produce something like: Viva Republicans (If election results hurt the party for more than four years, call a doctor).
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  • Sen. Ron Wyden

    The word "unique" is the most overworked adjective in the advertising copywriter's lexicon, but in the case of Bend's Badlands area, it's justified. The rugged 30,000-acre expanse just 20 miles northeast of town holds a combination of geological features, archaeological sites, wildlife and vegetation - including rare wildflowers and junipers that were growing before Columbus landed - that would be almost impossible to find anywhere else. For more than a decade, the Oregon Natural Desert Association (ONDA) and other conservation groups have been trying to get the Badlands protected as wilderness by the federal government, but their efforts have been stymied in Congress. On Tuesday, Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden announced that he's going to take another shot at it. At a press conference sponsored by ONDA, Wyden said his wilderness bill will include the portion of the Badlands designated by the Bureau of Land Management as a Wilderness Study Area (WSA) plus several hundred additional acres. Creating the Oregon Badlands Wilderness, Wyden said, "will tell the world that Central Oregon is a place with an unbelievable menu of recreation, where you can ski in the morning on one side of town and enjoy the solitude of high desert wilderness in the afternoon on the other."
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  • Our Picks for the Week of 5/29-6/4

    The Confederats, Hands on Throat, No Cash Value friday 30 We want the punk, gotta have that punk! If you go to one punk show this week, make it this one. PDX's Confederats finally make it back over and rock out like Ringo: with some help from their friends (HoT and No Cash Value). A good dose of punk might do you some good, so get in a slam dance and call us in the morning. 8pm. Players Bar & Grill, 25 SW Century Dr.

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Music

  • Sound Stories & Interviews
  • Sound Check: Staying Dry at the Schwab

    Friday - Michael Franti & Spearhead, Built To Spill The drizzle had nearly subsided when Built To Spill took the stage, signaling the official beginning of the Memorial Day weekend bonanza at the Les Schwab Amphitheater. As BTS ripped their indie jam rock through the low-hanging clouds, a late arriving crowd, Sound Check included, wondered how it can remain dry for more than a month and then rain on the Friday before Memorial Day. The sun never came out, but Franti and company did their best to make it feel warm by bursting out of the gates with the band's patented hip-hop/reggae/rock crossover feel that had a beanie-and-rain-jacket crowd pogo sticking up and down upon the towering Franti's instructions ("I wanna see you jump" - he must have said it 10 times). There was some talk of reform and making a difference in this world, as one would expect from Franti, but for the most part, it was pure funky dance party and Sound Check hasn't seen Bendites get down like that in a very long while, if ever. Far and away, the highlight of the night was when Franti bounded across the stage as the crowd joined him in a silly but fun version of King Harvest's "Dancing in the Moonlight." And no, the moon never did come out - all weekend. - Mike Bookey Saturday - Death Cab For Cutie, The Decemberists, Mates of State Coming into the amphitheater, the rain was either coming or going and that constant rain limbo seemed to set the tone for Death Cab For Cutie's set. Having never seen the Decemberists before, Sound Check was blown away by front man Colin Meloy's stage presence, and soon believed that the Portland band's albums do not do them proper justice.  
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Outside

  • Outside Features
  • King of Runners: A conversation with Bend's own Max King

    Max King competing in the 2008 Oregon RelaysMax King   Max King's running resume spills onto a second page as he quietly continues to rack up national level finishes, World XC Championship team selections, and impressive steeple chase finishes across the country and around the globe. Two main goals he's been working toward are qualifying for the 2008 World XC team and for the 2008 Olympic Games in the 3000 meter steeplechase. King checked off his first goal in February, finishing seventh in the senior men's 12 km race at the National XC Championships in San Diego. This earned him a spot on the World XC team and a trip to Scotland in March to compete against the World's best runners from 78 countries. King finished 55th overall in the 12 km race, crossing the line as the fifth of nine American racers. King also traveled to Japan in 2006 to race on the World XC Championship team. Max began competing in the steeplechase in college. He graduated from Cornell University and was an All-American in the 3000 meter steeplechase in 2002 by finishing ninth in the NCAA Div. I National Championships. Even more impressive, Max competed at this level while completing a degree in Chemical Engineering. He worked full time as a research chemical engineer at Bend Research, Inc. out of college and took a couple years off of competing in track. After missing the competition, he started jumping back in post collegiate races. He has worked part-time the past two years at Bend Research while working full-time on steeplechase.

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