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  • Issue of
  • Oct 2-8, 2008
  • Vol. 12, No. 40

News

Opinion

  • Editorial
  • All Jacked Up: New stealth rates at Bachelor, Call for photos and McCain Deathwatch

    Mt B. Early season pass sales ended on Tuesday and it appears that the move to reduce pass prices this year has paid off for Bachelor, which reported on its website that it is seeing an increased number of pass sales. In response, the ski area is jacking up Saturday rates (all season long). The surprise move was announced on the company's website, though Upfront isn't sure when the news appeared. Mt B. says it is raising Saturday rates in order to "maintain an enjoyable on-mountain experience while accommodating a larger core of season pass holders." The mountain isn't saying just how much the Saturday rate will be, but it will be equivalent to the ski area's holiday rate, which last year was $66. Mt. Hood Meadows has a similar pricing structure and is charging peak prices for holidays as well as Saturdays and Sundays between December and March 1. Upfront thinks we can hear some of that newfound goodwill leaking out of the Bachelor bubble. Wanted: Awesome Snow Shredding Pics Speaking of Mt. B, the mountain scored a nice marketing coup this past month when Powder Magazine featured a pic from Bachelor that was shot by local photographer Brian Becker. Coincidentally, the Source is looking for amateur (though pros are welcome) photographers to submit some of their favorite powder shots, big airs and other worthy pics for a photo page in our annual Snowriders Guide, which publishes Oct. 16. Send your favorite digital photos from the past season (seasons) to info@tsweekly.com by Monday, Oct. 6, though preference will be given to early birds. While there will be no monetary compensation, do it for the Glory - just like a real Source staffer.
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  • Letters to the Editor
  • Don't Forget the Hunters

    Thank you for the "Wild Things" issue. I'd like to put in a word for another much-maligned predator: Me. Like the coyote, I hunt too, and I'm fighting a bad public image. People accuse me of being unethical. They say I kill for sport. They embrace nature and try to prevent me from having a place in it. But I'm every bit as necessary to a healthy ecosystem as the coyote and the eagle, and not even in a very different way. I am, by virtue of what I do, a conservationist. My activity helps to keep in balance that crucial relationship between predator and prey. Skeptics should note that in places where hunting is not allowed (National parks being a prime example) wildlife populations are out of balance. Coyotes, wolves, bears, and cats are doing their part, but it's not enough. Something is missing. There's an unfilled niche. Society wants to believe that four legged predators can fill that gap, but there's a problem. Animals are unreliable. They tend to wander. They hunt where they want, not where they're needed. They kill what they can catch, not always what's most expendable. They never have nor ever will be able to fill the wildlife management role that man has occupied for eons.
  • Letters to the Editor
  • Betting on the Bulletin

    Stop the presses; the Bend Bulletin just endorsed Chris Telfer. Wow, I never saw that coming. But seriously, I know a lot of locals consider The Bulletin's editorial board to be a bunch of ill-informed, predictable, and intellectually dishonest knuckleheads who do little more than carry water for the local builders, developers and the Republican Party. But I'm not sure I buy it. In fact, I think all The Bulletin's editorial positions and endorsements are the result of a long, hotly debated, deliberative process. Because if they weren't, then some clown like me could sit down several weeks before the election and, with great certainty, make a list of who will eventually receive that paper's backing. But because The Bulletin has no bias, and my name isn't Nostradamus, I could never do such a thing. But maybe I should try, ya know, just to prove my point. Maybe I should make a list of all the candidates the Bulletin would simply have to endorse if they were in fact surrogates for the development community and the Republican Party. I think I will.

Culture

  • Culture Features
  • Make A Joyful Bosom Affair: One woman's birthday gift is another's force majeure

    "A woman needs a man," by Kristin ProvostLenora James was in a pickle. This last May, the Bend woman forgot to send a birthday gift to a friend celebrating her "Happy Boobday." James, inspired by the breast theme, applied paint to her breasts and imprinted them on a blank canvas She soon realized this was a perfect fund-raising project to fight breast cancer. Members of James' family had struggled with the disease, and she had just helped a close friend cope with the Easter Sunday death of her mother. James soon contacted the Sara Fisher Project (the breast cancer education and assistance powerhouse based in Bend) and the Joyful Bosom Affair was born. The original goal of the Affair was simple: get women to paint their breasts, press them onto a canvas and incorporate the imprints into a painting. The paintings would then be displayed and sold at the First Friday Art Walk on October 3 as well as the Bend Fall Festival with the proceeds going to the Sara Fisher project.

Food & Drink

  • Chow
  • Dos La Rose: La Rosa brings its award-winning Mexican up the hill

    The much-awaited new La Rosa in Northwest Crossing has finally opened. Located within walking distance from most the Northwest Crossing homes means a built-in clientele. We sauntered in on a Tuesday night at 7:30 expecting to have no problem getting a table. The place was packed, but as luck would have it, there was one little table, recently vacated, next to the kitchen. The new menu has been streamlined into a less overwhelming format. Although there are actually more items on each page, the way it's arranged is more user-friendly. Dishes are separated into categories such as appertivos, burros and mariscos and the signature "rose" still denotes a house specialty. When we sat down in our chairs, the newly polished floor felt like an ice skating rink as we skidded around in our seats. Chips and house salsa arrived almost immediately as did water and a server to take our drink order.
  • Chow
  • Dos La Rose: La Rosa brings its award-winning Mexican up the hill

    The much-awaited new La Rosa in Northwest Crossing has finally opened. Located within walking distance from most the Northwest Crossing homes means a built-in clientele. We sauntered in on a Tuesday night at 7:30 expecting to have no problem getting a table. The place was packed, but as luck would have it, there was one little table, recently vacated, next to the kitchen. The new menu has been streamlined into a less overwhelming format. Although there are actually more items on each page, the way it's arranged is more user-friendly. Dishes are separated into categories such as appertivos, burros and mariscos and the signature "rose" still denotes a house specialty. When we sat down in our chairs, the newly polished floor felt like an ice skating rink as we skidded around in our seats. Chips and house salsa arrived almost immediately as did water and a server to take our drink order.

Screen

  • Film
  • Doing the Thing Right: Spike Lee scores with epic saga

    Is that a head you got there?You gotta hand it to Spike Lee. He's willing to take risks. With Miracle at St Anna, the risk is a larger-than-life mainstream war movie that tries to hold onto his visionary/radical/art-house/civil rights themes From the first scene of an ex-Buffalo soldier watching The Longest Day with John Wayne on TV, to a final scene of extremely questionable merit, this is an epic saga of redemption cloaked in a war story mystery. While working at the post office, Hector Negron (Laz Alonso) shoots a man he recognizes from his past. Subsequently, the head of an extremely rare statue is found in his closet. His story is then told in flashback form, following the trials of the Buffalo soldiers' of the 92nd Infantry Division. A big oafish soldier, Train (Omar Benson Miller), carries around (for good luck) the aforementioned statue head he found in some ruins. The soldiers, under the command of Staff Sergeant Stamps (Derek Luke), travel out of radio contact to an Italian village and hole up with an Italian family. The impending arrival of German troops adds tension and the plot gets almost too big to handle, but even when it meandered I liked it. The use of clips that could've easily hit the editing floor captures the kind of idiotic small talk that might prevail when doom waits around every corner.
  • Film
  • A Wild Ride: Eagle Eye delivers adrenalized action

    Run shia, run.Even if you normally pick up a double Americano on the way to the movies, I would advise against it if your destination is Eagle Eye. You may find yourself on your back with electric paddles on your chest and a medic screaming, "Clear!" This movie is one all-out-Space Mountain-on-acid-thrill ride where you won't need any supplements to boost your heart rate. Even veteran high octane cinema junkies may be surprised at Director D.J. Caruso's ability to bury your head against the headrest and put a cinematic G force on you that may cause your date to scream. After US forces bomb a Middle Eastern terrorist target - despite computer warnings there is barely 50% probability we have the correct target - we jump to Jerry Shaw (Shia LaBeouf) - a card shark and copy shop employee whose prospects are dim. After an earlier collaboration with Caruso in Disturbia and a major role in the last Indiana Jones movie, LaBeouf moves into the action hero mold alongside actors like Matt Damon and Daniel Craig. And LaBeouf handles the role with both believability and style.

Music

  • Sound Stories & Interviews
  • Weekend Rally: Getting our Bend Roots stuck and trying to dance with Taj

    The Dirty Words Display the Ultimate Rock Star Stance.With Oktoberfest raging downtown on Oregon Avenue, wiener dogs racing about and beers sliding down many a throat, a Floater show at Midtown and Alaska's Paper Scissors indie jamming at the Silver Moon, Sound Check sketched out a nice plan to hit it all on Saturday. But the first stop was the Bend Roots Revival, where we'd poked our collective head in on Friday night for the tail end of the Person People throwdown and also returned later for the Grateful Dead covers by Rising Tide. Saturday's Bend Roots lineup was complete with all the local all-stars, and we got started early with a show by Anastacia and her new band that showcased the songwriting ability of one of Central Oregon's finest female performers. Next we took in some Brit-flavored indie rock from the young men of Space Hoax and chased that down with a rousing set by the raging rock and roll sounds of The Dirty Words.
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  • Sound Stories & Interviews
  • Omaha's Finest: Neva Dinova's friendly exchange

    And Your mother said you'd never go anywhere without cleaning your room.After 12 minutes of conversation broken up by three dropped calls, I realize that I've learned almost nothing remarkable about Omaha's latest Saddle Creek Records phenom, Neva Dinova. Lead singer Jake Bellows has jokingly (hopefully) claimed that the band puts ruffies into the drinks of its naysayers and also asserted that he isn't all that concerned with keeping up with new music before our communication breakdown. Oh, and he's also stopped in mid sentence to chat to his band mates about a moto-cross race track that the guys are driving past somewhere outside of Tulsa. The connection drops again and Bellows calls back, this time on a different phone with much clearer reception and with a strikingly different demeanor. He jumps immediately into discussion about his folky, slightly alt-country sound that the band has dubbed as "rural textures" and the fact that now, after 15 years in existence, Neva Dinova has a well received record out on one of rock music's more esteemed labels. Bellows suddenly isn't the asshole I'd pegged him as. "We never sit down and say 'let's make a song that's influenced by this certain thing," Bellow says of his band's tough-to-categorize take on indie folk rock.
  • Sound Stories & Interviews
  • Festival Season Will Never Die!

    Step into the barn at the Outback Music Festival.There's a good chance you already packed up all your summer music festival gear...the folding chairs, the tent, the bug spray and even the sequined cape and matching mask. You sealed all of these away for next summer, when you'll reemerge from your winter cocoon come Memorial Day Weekend just in time to head up to Sasquatch. But head out to the garage and start digging because the people who brought you the Coyote Festival earlier this summer have made it their mission to extend summer at least one more weekend for the Outback Music Festival. Held in the same Summer Lake (near Paisley, Ore.) location of the Coyote Fest, this event is slated to kick off on Friday and run until Sunday. Organizers say the ticket fee covers your camping as well as access to the hot springs located on site - not a bad deal at all, especially when it means an extra week of summer (or at least summer mentality).

Outside

Blogs

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