The Source Weekly - Bend, Oregon | Issue Archives | Dec 10, 2009
  • Issue of
  • Dec 10-16, 2009
  • Vol. 13, No. 50



  • Letters to the Editor
  • Embrace The (Cyclo) Cross

    As many of you are already aware, the USA Cycling Cyclocross National Championships will take place in Bend's Old Mill District and on the grounds of Deschutes Brewery from December 10-13. In addition to the races themselves, a weeklong celebration of cycling has been planned, featuring art exhibits, parties, film premiers and more taking place throughout the city. Registration for this event has already broken records for a Cyclocross National Championship and we are expecting upwards of 4,000 total visitors.


  • Book Talk
  • X-miss : Or what I miss about solstice

    In the US recycling is a cool thing & communities brag about 40-50 % involvement. Here nothing makes it to the dump (if there is one) exceptstuff that can be composted. Forget things like metal, glass or wood, even plastic is picked up before the city trash collectors get to it. The city trash collectors don't even realize that they have a shitty job (in American minds), - Eddie H. writing from Viet Nam X-miss in America is bi-polar. On one hand, there are tens of thousands of articles on the perfect gifts, the perfect decorations, the perfect tree, the perfect turkey and punch and cookies and antacid. On the other hand, there are pious calls to give to others, to cut back, make gifts, give green, buy a live tree, teach the kids not to be greedy, to not grow into adults who wander the streets of "charming" towns with that vapid and irritated look of "Done it, seen it all, how tedious" on their faces.
  • Picks
  • Our Picks for 12/9 - 12/17: Aaron Meyer, Cross Nats Blow-Out Bash and more

    Aaron Meyer Holiday Concert friday 11 How often do you get to see holiday concerts by a "rock violinist?" This is actually the first time the esteemed Aaron Meyer, one of the Northwest's most well-known players, has performed his holiday show in Bend. Turn to page 23 for more. $25. Tickets at 7pm. Old Stone Church, 157 NW Greenwood Ave.

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  • Off Piste
  • Cross Nats-Bend at its best

    If there was ever any doubt that Bend can host and be party to a great sports event, it was laid to rest on Sunday at the U.S.
  • The Wandering Eye
  • Ashland's Silly Tree Kerfuffle

    The Wandering Eye is as liberal as the next guy - probably more so - but when liberals get on their self-righteous political correctness kick, they frankly give me a pain in the ass. Down in Ashland, also known as the Berkeley of Southern Oregon, a fracas erupted this holiday season over whether an evergreen tree (actually, a fake evergreen tree) in a public school was a Christmas tree or a "giving tree.
  • The Wandering Eye
  • Merkley Might Be a Health Care Holdout

    Senate Democrats are hopeful they have a filibuster-proof majority in favor of a health care reform package that would offer Medicare to people as young as 55 - but Jeff Merkley could throw a monkey wrench into the works. Oregon's junior senator told Huffington Post blogger Sam Stein that the bill in its present form would worsen Oregon's health care problems because doctors in the state are woefully underpaid for Medicare patients and are increasingly unwilling to treat them.
  • The Wandering Eye
  • Quakes Rattle Newberry Geothermal Hopes

    Could earthquakes in Switzerland throw a geothermal energy project in Central Oregon’s Newberry Crater area off the rails? About a month ago AltaRock Energy got a $25 million grant (on top of an earlier $36 million) from the US Department of Energy toward development of a plant that will produce power by tapping natural heat deep beneath the Earth’s surface. AltaRock’s process, called “enhanced geothermal,” involves drilling wells up to 10,000 feet deep, pumping cold water down them to create small cracks in the bedrock, then withdrawing heated water from these fissures to turn turbines.

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