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  • Aug 13-19, 2009
  • Vol. 13, No. 33


  • Local News
  • Biscuits and Beatdowns: A neurotic's quest for Best of Show at the Deschutes County Fair

    "This is great! This is everybody's dream," said Linda Scott, first-time baked goods judge at the 2009 Deschutes County Fair. From 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. the day before the fair kicked off this year, Linda tasted every single entry in the senior and adult categories. Linda's parents ran Gibb's Bakery in Redmond for 45 years, so the woman knows her way around a pie or two. In five hours she sampled nut pies and divinity, cakes and fudge, enough chocolate cookies to satiate the most vicious bout of PMS. Sitting across the table from her, I lost count after the first dozen yeast rolls and cheese muffins, and a white-blonde confection straight from a retro Betty Crocker cookbook, gleaming under the florescence like a '50s pin-up queen.


  • Letters to the Editor
  • Damn Dog Owners

    Sure, Bend is dog-friendly and many dog owners tote their furry friends around like kids. Dogs in the grocery store, dogs in the restaurant, dogs
  • Letters to the Editor
  • An American Pig

    I was disgusted to read the article on the freeing of journalists Laura Lee and Euna Ling. They had risked their lives to research the
  • Letters to the Editor
  • Enough is Enough

    Over my lifetime, I have watched personal liberty and freedom slowly ebb away by what appeared to be reasonable explanations about what was "for the


  • Book Talk
  • Treacherous Love

    Amelia Gray's AM/PM Amelia Gray's AM/PM (Featherproof Books, $12.95) consists of 120 impeccably compact stories of love, discomfort and concert souvenirs. The single-page stories were written, one in the morning and one in the evening, over the course of two months. This timeline, and their brevity, may make it sound like this is a simple little book, but it's not; like the best tiny tales and single lines, Gray's snapshot stories are treacherous and sly, capable of changing the cadence of your thoughts and tinting the way you look at the ordinary things around you.
  • Picks
  • Our Picks for the Week 8/14-8/20

    Helado Negro's debut album (or Roberto Carlos Lange latest project), Awe Owe, is a mix of traditionally structured songs sung and strummed by Lange,

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  • The Beacon
  • Rumor mill turns

    I had a chance last night to vet at least a couple of rumors about downtown last night at our Best Of party. I talked
  • The Beacon
  • Salem Revolving Door Spins Again

    Quick pseudo update on the story from last Friday about questions around Democratic state representative Larry Galizio's appointment/hire to high level Oregon Universtity system job
  • The Beacon
  • Clem on Galizio

    Pretty interesting story this morning in both the Oregonian and the Bulletin about what looks suspiciously like a quid pro quo on the Metolius destination
  • The Beacon
  • The Downtowner Move

    Most regular customers of the popular Brooks St. deli have already heard that it's moving lock, soup stock and beer barrel over to its sister
  • The Blender
  • Tonight in Free Music

    It's Wednesday, or "hump day" as some of you might call it (I don't, I call it Wednesday) which, for whatever reason means there's probably
  • The Blender
  • Thank You Les Paul

    You may have heard the news by now, but Les Paul, the guitar wizard who did wonders for both guitar players and guitars themselves, passed
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  • Lefty the One-Armed Guitarist

    This just landed in our in-box and we had to's video of Lefty the One-Armed Guitarist, a Portland street performer who hasn't quit playing
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