The Source Weekly - Bend, Oregon | Issue Archives | Oct 16, 2008
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  • Oct 16-22, 2008
  • Vol. 12, No. 42


  • Local News
  • Bachelor has fixed lifts, prices, image and they're letting you know about it

    Behind mountain biking and pushing babies around in thousand-dollar jogging strollers, bitching about Mt. Bachelor is one of Bend's most beloved pastimes. Bendites complain about ticket prices, parking, grooming or staffing issues just like people in larger, more urban cities bitch about the coaching decisions of their local sports teams. While this is certainly a storied pastime, last season the bitching went from nit-picking static to fever pitched shouting as winter began with hiked lift ticket prices and ended with reports of potentially dangerous chair lift maintenance practices and an earlier than usual closing date.


  • Editorial
  • Make It Count: Our 2008 city council and local measure endorsements

    Position ONE: Peter Gramlich You know what Make It Count: Our 2008 city council and local we like about Peter Gramlich? Dude's a straight shooting, open-minded cool guy who believe it or not...gasp...actually seems to want to work for what's best for the city. This is a guy who, when discussing a proposed ban on fireworks at a council meeting said, "You know, I'm usually the guy who shows up with the fireworks," but didn't let his apparent love of novelty explosives cloud his ability to soberly discuss what became a pretty hot issue amongst the public. While Gramlich is an incumbent, he's not technically running for reelection, seeing as how he was appointed to the council after John Hummel stepped down, but during his short time he's cemented himself as the council's most reliable progressive and quite possibly its least bullshit-believing member. Although Gramlich works as an architect, he's kept COBA out of his campaign coffers and says that growth is the city's number one issue, telling us, "If we don't do something to stop sprawl, it's going to happen." The new dad who's married to BendFilm founder Katie Merritt (tack on a few extra cool points for that one) thinks that the city should have a say as to who gets to set up shop in Juniper Ridge (sorry Wal-Mart Superstore enthusiasts) and is fully backing stabilizing Bend's transit woes, even if the transit district ballot measure fails. Gramlich's opponent, Tom Greene, is an equally nice guy, but is running on some vaguely vanilla themes of "fiscal responsibility" and when asked to discuss his second important issue at a recent League of Women Voters forum...he drew a blank. We realize local elections aren't popularity contests (as evidenced by former Source staffer Scoop Lewis' failed 2006 county commissioner campaign) and it's not Gramlich's semi-star status in town that's got us backing him - it's his reliability. Hell, he even has his complete voting record posted on his website.
  • Editorial
  • Rock the Vote, Jailbait Style: Kids under 18 want a change, monster UGB, and "W"

    Vote for Miley!Anyone remember tearing through the latest Scholastic News during grade school? Or maybe being forced to read it by a merciless second-grade teacher with frizzy hair? Either way, every four years, this youthful beacon of learning and news (yes, the same newspaper where you first learned that squirrels could, in fact, water ski) puts out a presidential election poll. And the poll has correctly predicted the results for the past 40 years. No dimpled chads or Supreme Court decision controversy necessary. The vote, which has been going on since 1940 has only been wrong twice since its inception - once in 1948 when outcome went in favor of Dewey, once in 1960 when Nixon clenched the under 18 vote. So whom did the future leaders of our country choose as the 44th President of the United States? The poll has Barack Obama winning 57 percent to John McCain's 37 percent. Scholastic News reports that almost a quarter of a million kiddos, grades 1-12, voted either online or via paper ballot. Out of the battleground states only Colorado, Indiana and Missouri went to McCain while Florida, Iowa, Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania went to Obama. Interestingly, four percent of students voted for people like Stephen Colbert, Miley Cyrus and the Jonas Brothers.
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  • Editorial
  • Glass Slipper: Project Homeless Connect and Volunteers

    It's no secret that tough times have settled on Central Oregon. Foreclosures are up and 401Ks are down. These are anxious days for our republic and for our town. But times are a little bit tougher for some and we as a community got a glimpse of that last weekend when more than 1,800 people in need, many of them children, showed up to Deschutes County Fair Grounds for a helping hand during a one-day outreach event targeted at Central Oregon's homeless population. That's a roughly fifty percent increase in individuals seeking assistance from just last year when 1,200 people attended the inaugural event The evidence is clear: homeless is a serious problem in our community that is only growing worse. A survey conducted earlier this year found that more than 1,700 Central Oregonians had no permanent housing or were sleeping in cars, the homes of friends, shared motel rooms and, in the worst cases, outside. More than a third of the homeless were children.
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  • Book Talk
  • The Animal Dialogues: Uncommon Encounters in the Wild - by Craig Childs

    Craig Childs, out talkin' to the animals.The operative word in the title of this book is "Dialogues." Craig Childs doesn't just observe and report on 34 different animal species. He has conversations with them, albeit unconventional ones. Consider this passage in which he's followed a raven into a desert canyon only to find himself in the midst of dozens of ravens: "'Listen to us!' cried the ravens. 'I don't speak your language,' I called out, exasperated. Hearing my voice, the ravens only became more infuriated. I was disoriented, watching them dive around me . . . 'Listen to us!' they kept crying. 'This is not your place!'" But besides artful descriptions, the author does his research and knows his subject matter well. In the same essay I also learned that ravens can follow another creature's gaze, sometimes cooperate with wolves in making a kill, and have even been seen pulling in a baited fishing line with their beaks and then stepping on the slack line over and over until they've "caught" a fish. Childs' writing often gives the impression that he himself is some sort of permeable membrane at the border between scientific fact and poetic mystery. His sharp eye for observation is matched by his taste for experiences that cannot be explained or familiarized. In this he's a direct literary descendant of the great Loren Eiseley.
  • Picks
  • Our Picks for the week of 10/16-10/22

    Catie Curtis friday 17 This Boston native plays a sweetly blended mix of melodic vocals and crisp Americana guitar to produce a thriving brand of folk rock that you might have heard on Dawson's Creek. She's coming to the Old Stone as part of her national tour and for the female singer songwriter junkies out there, this is a must-see show.

Food & Drink

  • Chow
  • A Rose is a Rose: 12 O'clock Tart puts a spin on food delivery

    It's not take out, it's delivery.Rose McKenna is a motivated woman. Growing up on Maui with a single mother on welfare didn't inhibit her drive to succeed. She knew from a young age that her life would involve food and went for it with a passion. Growing up poor meant no exposure to restaurants. To Rose, restaurants were magical places where everyone got to order what they wanted. After listening to a recruiter for the Western Culinary Institute at a high school job fair, she decided that was the way in. Rose moved to Portland at 19. Living off student loans, she graduated with honors and recommendations from the director.
  • Chow
  • A Rose is a Rose: 12 O'clock Tart puts a spin on food delivery

    It's not take out, it's delivery.Rose McKenna is a motivated woman. Growing up on Maui with a single mother on welfare didn't inhibit her drive to succeed. She knew from a young age that her life would involve food and went for it with a passion. Growing up poor meant no exposure to restaurants. To Rose, restaurants were magical places where everyone got to order what they wanted. After listening to a recruiter for the Western Culinary Institute at a high school job fair, she decided that was the way in. Rose moved to Portland at 19. Living off student loans, she graduated with honors and recommendations from the director.


  • Film
  • BendFilm Roundup: Diverse films capture wide range of audiences' attention

    The New Year Parade shows strong at BendFilm.BendFilm's list of movies once again can be summed up in one word: Diverse. That seemed to be the overriding theme of almost every movie I saw The New Year Parade (Best Director Award, Tom Quinn) was perhaps the most interesting, focusing on a divorce and the subsequent fallout of family and friend alliances. The context is South Philadelphia and its marching band orchestra. Using actors and plain ordinary people gave it a forceful character study of good people, bad reactions and even worse relationships.
  • Film Events
  • Is the Force Strong with This One?: Star Wars The Force Unleashed

    Using the force since 1977.When the demo for Star Wars The Force Unleashed was released it looked like an incredible game. The thing I hate about demos is that they can set you up for disappointment if the game doesn't live up to the preview's promise. As a result, my approach to this game was one of caution. The story is sandwiched between episodes three and four and tells the tale of Darth Vader's "secret" apprentice. The story line of the game is certainly not Shakespearean, rather it's a fairly straightforward read that adds a bit of spice to the Star Wars canon. Unlike most Star Wars games, this one takes a darker road, beginning with the protagonist. (That means main character, gamers. - editor) The game drops you in Darth Vader's dark shoes/boots on the Wookie plant of Kashyyyk. After destroying trees, throwing around Wookies and taking out the ineffectual Jedi whom the Wookies can't protect from your badass dark side, you stumble on a child prodigy. Following the Jedi/Sith mandate of a Master and apprentice, Darth trains the boy on the ways of the dark side. The grown apprentice, named Starkiller, (the original name that Lucas wanted to use for the Skywalker family) is then sent out into the universe to follow his master's commands.
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  • Sound Stories & Interviews
  • O Canada: Ohbijou and The Acorn bring a little slice of our neighbor to the north to Bend

    They don't smile much up there in Canada.Think for a minute. How much do you really know about the Canadian music scene? If you think that you maybe remember hearing that Alanis Morisette was Canadian (and who can forget Snow and "Informer") then probably, like the rest of the world, you overlook Canada's contribution to the music scene. The thing is, you shouldn't. Canada has been pumping out some talented bands for the last century - some of them have made it mainstream (like Great Big Sea and Our Lady Peace) and some of them are just being discovered. Lucky for you, two Canadian-bred promising and popular acts make their way into Bend for a show that will prove that The Country Above the United States has more talent than just Shania Twain and the Barenaked Ladies ... and Snow.
  • Sound Stories & Interviews
  • Screw Wolf Blitzer, Here's Henry Rollins

    He's not joking around.Americans have watched Wall Street crumble to ashes bringing our economy to a dangerous low, gas prices that have skyrocketed to a point where soccer moms have to take out a loan to get the kids to school, an election parading forward with a lot of talk about everything but solutions, and two wars that have cost three trillion dollars and more than five thousand American lives. To take a catch phrase from the current campaign rhetoric, "It's time for some tough talk." The Recountdown Tour which began in September is the latest spoken word outing for hardcore orator Henry Rollins, a master at his unique blend of talking tough, and will be coming to the Midtown Ballroom on Saturday night. This newest engagement is not only a chance for him to address the madness plaguing our country, but also, in his words, "to celebrate the end of the Bush era." The native of Washington, D.C. began this recent tour in September and will be venting his disapproval to fans across the United States and Canada. Though he could speak for days on the follies of the Bush administration, which he has at great length over the past two terms, the content of the Recountdown Tour addresses the current parties battling it out for the Oval Office.


  • Natural World
  • Missing Moose and Gator naps: The Natural World road trip report

    A stranger to Central Oregon, but common to Florida, the American Alligator. You'd think any Oregonian with a grain of sense would wait until January to fly off to Florida for a week or so but my son, Ross, called me last March and said, "Pop, for your birthday, I'm going to give you an all-expense paid week in Florida. Come on down!" Well, this and that got in the way for us to make it happen; two things that were significant. The first being that my wife, Sue, went to work on a summer-long contract with the National Park Service to do a butterfly census in Lava Beds National Monument in Northern California. The other being a new job for Ross, who is a Lt. Col. in this man's USAF Reserve. Sue finished her contract on Labor Day, and Ross, who started out his career with the Air Force as an F-16 Instructor Pilot, and whom, like many service men and women, has done tours in the Middle East, recently took command of the 482nd Operations Group at Homestead AFB in Florida.
  • Outside Features
  • Quit Nerding Up Football

    I've been asked by the Left Field department to share my views on fantasy football and I'm glad to do it because fantasy football is eating up sports fans and turning them into soulless statistic chomping geeks. Last Sunday, I was jumping up and down in my sweatpants, spilling PBR Light (I'm watching my figure) all over the place as Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan sent a 26-yard bomb spiraling into the hands of receiver Michael Jenkins, who stepped out of bounds with one second left.
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  • Outside Features
  • All in the Family: Climbing an extended family tree and the nature deficit disorder

    October snow on the WifeTHE WIFE Of course, we have the confirmed Bachelor in our midst. And everyone knows the Three Sisters. But, as holiday party season approaches, it can be good to embrace long lost relatives. So, are you familiar with the rest of our Cascades family? Last weekend, a small group of friends decided to climb the Wife. If you haven't visited the Wife, it's probably because there is no trail that leads you to her. She plays a little hard to get. To access the Wife, we parked at the Devil's Lake trailhead and hiked the trails to Wickiup Plains. Fall was evident in the brisk air, red groundcover and snow-covered hills. The Plains are enjoyable because of the open vistas of South Sister with the Rock Mesa Obsidian Flow in the foreground. When we reached the PCT, we could spot the Wife to the northwest and we started to cross-country. Soon thereafter, we lost sight of her because the clouds closed in and cold rain began to fall. We passed a small group of hardy deer hunters camped near the base of the Wife and prayed for the deer when we spied their hoofmarks a few hundred yards later. We headed clockwise around the base of the Wife and upward. It's a bit of a scramble to get to the top (which would have been a piece of cake without my arm in a sling and six inches of snow), but we arrived and enjoyed a quick lunch of breakfast leftovers from McKay Cottage, brown rice sushi and organic ginger snaps in the wet flurries. Slip-sliding back down the snowy slope, our return was uneventful and it made for a nice 10-mile roundtrip adventure -followed by the hot tub and hot chai, of course.


  • The Wandering Eye
  • A Long Day for Destination Resorts

    It was a long day for destination resorts Wednesday. People who picked up their morning paper might have read today over a cup of coffee that Tetherow resort, which is located just outside Bend's city limits on Century Drive, had scrapped plans for its "luxury" hotel because of financing problems.

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