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  • Jul 16-22, 2009
  • Vol. 13, No. 29

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Opinion

  • Editorial
  • Our Least Appreciated Species of Wildlife

    Public officials and amateur biologists are tracking ominous reports this summer of a frightening invasive species, which has been tentatively named Homo moronicus Central Oregoniensis. The creature reportedly is elusive and rarely encountered in its natural habitat. However, campers, hikers and others who claim to have observed it in the wild describe it as similar in appearance to Homo Neanderthalensis, except that it's stupider, smells worse and has inferior personal grooming. While personal contacts with Homo moronicus are, fortunately, rare, evidence of its presence is encountered all too frequently. Such evidence principally consists of tracks - typically made by oversized 4x4 truck or ATV tires plowing hub-deep through wetlands and other natural areas - and the creature's campsites, which are easily distinguished from human campsites by the presence of numerous empty cans of PBR, Coors, Budweiser and various other malt beverages.
  • Letters to the Editor
  • Portello Pleases

    I loved your review about Portello and wanted to share my experience with you. I was invited to lunch with a friend there and was really excited since I had heard great things
  • Letters to the Editor
  • Got It Backwards

    Could someone please explain why if we, the people, want more education we have to vote to raise our property taxes, but if we want to vote for more "lock up your neighbor laws," those are funded out of the general fund. Why can't we vote for "educate your neighbor" laws to be enacted out of the general fund? I wonder if measure 57 would have passed if voters would have had to agree to pay for those estimated 3.
  • Letters to the Editor
  • Don't Ignore Honduras

    Central America is a blind spot in America's consciousness, a region that can hardly be thought to matter much in the face of economic meltdown and two wars in the Middle East. But few regions have as direct an impact on the USA as Central America does.

Culture

  • Culture Features
  • New to the Game: Up-river watersports you probably haven't heard of

    Editor's Note: For more great Summer Adventure articles like this one, pick up our special issue for the full spread. River Boarding Several groups of river boarders reside in the area, each having a slightly different system. Some have bigger or different shaped boards, some use braided bungee for their stretch and some use a garage door spring to launch themselves upstream or into the air. The better riders will ride it backwards, without a handle or completely submerge themselves under the water and erupt out like some strange porpoise. A River board is basically a large skimboard with a rope and handle that pass through the nose allowing the rider to lean back into the current and shoot upstream. The origins of the activity are unclear, but whisperings have been heard of Oregon coastal river denizens as late as 50 years ago using a deflated truck tire for stretch and homemade boards. One of the great advantages of river boarding is the proximity of a great location within a few miles of downtown. The First Street rapids draw groups on any hot day taking turns bobbing back and forth with the current like a giant fishing lure. Since no company constructs the equipment needed for this sport, the best way to get involved would be to go to the rapids and check the action out, make some new friends and get in the water.
  • Picks
  • Our Picks for the Week 7/16-7/23

    Taarka thursday 16 The folk-powered world music machine known as Taarka is back in town once again, this time rocking the upper confines of the Summit Saloon and Stage before crossing the mountains for the Northwest String Summit. Yes, it's that time of year again when all the NWSS bands stop off here in Bend to warm up (or warm down) for one of the West Coast's biggest acoustic music festivals. 8pm. The Summit Saloon & Stage, 125 NW Oregon Ave. Anderson friday 17 Read more about this electro, indie-pop band from the Netherlands in the On Stage column. Then you'll almost certainly want to hit up Backporch (which is suddenly a music venue on occasion) for this Postal Service-like duo. 7pm. Backporch Coffee Roasters, 1075 NW Newport Ave.

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Music

  • Sound Stories & Interviews
  • Keeping it Real: Reverend Peyton on wood, steel, CCR, country blues and his Big Damn Band

    The pig plays bass....sometimes.The Reverend Peyton likes to keep it real, and not in the vague hip-hop sort of way. As the namesake and leader of The Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band, a family collective that includes brother Jayme on drums and wife Breezy on washboard while he plays fingerstyle guitar, Peyton wears suspenders, a massive beard, claims that Credence Clearwater Revival is the greatest rock band of all time and shies away from much of the cutting-edge technology that surrounds today's music business. But his band's upbeat country blues has won over crowds at both punk clubs and hippie festivals over the past couple of years, and through endless months on the road, the rural Indiana pickers have kept it real. "There's so much in this world that's fake and plastic, from margarine to social networking sites, it's all just really impersonal. I just like things that are made out of wood and steel, sweat and blood - that's what I'm all about," says Peyton in his baritone drawl, trucking through East Colorado as part of a tour that keeps them on the road through mid-September. Still in their 20s but with a sound reminiscent of jam sessions on back porches built long before they were born, all the Peytons still live in Brown County, Indiana, a rural area that's home to 15,000 some residents, which includes several pickers. Of the area, Peyton jokes, "On the street we live on now, I think you have to have a five-string banjo to live there. It's a rule."

Outside

Blogs

  • The Blender
  • Introducing: The Underground

    First off, if you haven't noticed yet, there is finally some action on the north end of Third Street in the long vacant and almost-forgotten

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