• Issue of
  • Jul 9-15, 2009
  • Vol. 13, No. 28


  • Local News
  • In The Toilet: Hoodoo's day fees, revenge of the septic and more

    No Harm, No Fee Following what Forest Service staff described as complaints and confusion, the agency quietly decided this week to eliminate a new day use fee at concession run campgrounds on the Deschutes Forest, a supervisor confirmed last week in an interview with the Source. Ronda Bishop, special use coordinator for concessionaires and resorts on the forest, said that the agency informed Hoodoo Recreation that a newly instituted day fee that amounted to half of the camping fee (roughly $5-6) would have to be temporarily rescinded because of complaints about the policy that was instituted this past spring without public input. Bishop said the Forest Service initially signed off on the fee in order to help Hoodoo cover the maintenance cost at the campgrounds where day visitors use toilets and trash facilities but traditionally have paid no fee for those privileges. The impact of those users adds up for the concessionaire.



  • Freaks and Geeks (and Short Stories)
  • Book Talk
  • Freaks and Geeks (and Short Stories)

    Misfits and Other Heroes By Suzanne Burns Dzanc Books First off, we'll make no effort to hide the fact that local author Suzanne Burns is a contributor to this publication. You might remember her pieces on playing Bunco, traveling to Mitchell and you'll soon read about her experiences with psychics in an upcoming issue. But there's a good chance that your first exposure to Burns' writing came in the form of an excerpt of her quirky short story, "Tiny Ron," which took the top prize in the 2008 Source fiction contest. Now, that short story - a woman's narrative of life married to the world's smallest man - appears in the aptly titled Misfits and Other Heroes, a collection of 14 short stories, all of which share the same whimsical quirkiness of "Tiny Ron." Throughout these stories, Burns weaves a collection of often-outlandish characters into fluid narratives that allow us to believe the tiny worlds she so meticulously creates. Each story is focused on wildly interesting characters, as evidenced by the soap opera star turned kidnapper in "Bittersweet" and the baking-obsessed copy editor in "Domestic Arts."
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  • Our Picks for the Week 7/9-7/16
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  • Our Picks for the Week 7/9-7/16

    Suzanne Burns/Matt Love Book Release Party thursday 9 Flip back into the culture section and check out a review of Source contributor Suzanne Burns's new short story collection, Misfits and Other Heroes. Also appearing at this reading is Matt Love, author of Super Sunday in Newport: Notes From My First Year in Town. 7pm Thursday, Jul 9. Between the Covers, 645 NW Delaware Ave. 385-4766. The Pimps of Joytime friday 10 Just by hearing their name, you know when you head down for The Pimps of Joytime show, you're going to have a good time. This Brooklyn-based foursome blends funk, soul and indie rock, creating beats that have you grooving in a throwback sorta way. If you missed them in February, here's your chance to catch the funky four before they head back east. 8pm The Summit Saloon & Stage, 125 NW Oregon Ave. Free.

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  • Dancing in the Moon Shine
  • Sound Features
  • Dancing in the Moon Shine

    Poor Man's Whiskey Dark Side of the Moonshine We love Poor Man's Whiskey here in Bend so much, in fact, that we built an entire music festival around them in 4 Peaks...sort of. During all of these appearances in Bend, there has always been chatter surrounding the band that goes something like this: "These guys can play a complete bluegrass version of Dark Side of the Moon." But the problem has always been that PMW - although playing ass-kicking shows, has never given us a taste of this project. Well, time to taste the whiskey. PMW has finally released Dark Side of the Moonshine, the miraculously ambitious and nearly frighteningly dead-on acoustic (or at least mostly acoustic) recreation of the Pink Floyd classic as well as a second disc of 10 original cuts. The Darkside portion of the record plays almost precisely like the original, including the eerie laughs and dog barks included on "Speak to Me/Breathe" and the choral backing vocals on "Brain Damage." But they take plenty of liberties along the way, including changing the title of "Money" to "Whiskey" and replacing each lyrical mention therein, as well as singing, "I'll see you on the dark side of the moon...shine" on "Brian Damage." We heard some recordings of Dark Side when PMW played it live in San Francisco a while back and knew these guys could pull off the seemingly impossible feat of melting together bluegrass music with the world's most well-known piece of psychedelia, but we were nonetheless impressed by the finished studio product. Yeah, Dark Side has been manipulated before, as it was when the Easy All-Star' Dub Side of the Moon, but PMW has stretched Floyd's vision even further.
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  • Requiem for a Rafter: A Tribute, Ascents and Rentals
  • Outside Features
  • Requiem for a Rafter: A Tribute, Ascents and Rentals

    At home on the RogueFarewell Eddy Like so many in the local outdoor community, I was saddened when Eddy Miller lost his life two weeks ago during a hike after a day of rafting on the Middle Fork of Idaho's Salmon River. Saddening because even though I wasn't a close personal friend of his, I was looking forward to getting to know him better after spending four days with him on the Rogue River in May. During our Rogue trip, Miller lived up to his well-deserved reputation as a consummate rafter and outdoorsman. Standing, as he liked to, while rowing invoked old school rafting at its best. But he was on the river for more than just for the rowing and whitewater. Miller reveled in the natural surroundings. And after a day on the river, he proved a model of efficiency in getting the night's camp up and running smoothly. He looked the part of the outdoorsman, his wiry, tan, well-muscled body set off by a shock of pre-mature white hair. As the trip unfolded, he revealed his family's unique connection the Rogue. It's detailed in his grandmother's diary, a copy of which he gave me, chronicling a four-month long Miller family stay on the river in 1929. It proved a fascinating read.


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