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  • Vol. 14, No. 4

News

  • Local News
  • Turf Warfare: The City Girds for a Fight Over Growth Plan

    Anybody who has followed the Bend City Council for any length of time knows that the seven-member body doesn't agree on much. But when state land-use planners flatly rejected the city's proposal to expand Bend's urban area after five years of planning work, public meetings and countless hours of staff time, the city council took exception. It voted unanimously earlier this month to put the planners back to work immediately crafting an appeal to the state, which the city expects to file by Friday outlining the defense of its ambitious 20-year growth plan that would potentially increase the size of Bend's urban area by almost a third by 2030. It's a plan that not everyone agrees upon, including, ironically, some of its biggest supporters in the building and development community. It turns out the politics of drawing lines on a map run deep. But as the city prepares for a legal battle with the state over its proposal, some wonder whether the ambitious plan is worth defending, particularly in light of the current economic climate with housing and other economic activity at a virtual standstill.

Opinion

  • Editorial
  • Friends and Lovers: Prineville welcomes Facebook with open arms and pockets, a Supreme reversal and more!

    The author has been sent on the road to discover a lost country formerly known as America. He is reporting from President Obama's State of the Union Address, offering hope in the form of hankies to Democrats - on assignment for Or-Bust.com and The Source Weekly. This Isn't Fake News Governor Ted Kulongoski didn't bother to show up as Facebook announced last Thursday that it will build its latest data center in Prineville. Seriously, we aren't making this up: The 124-acre site (which Facebook reportedly settled on because of local climate conditions and generous tax breaks from Prineville and the state of Oregon) will soon harvest and house all of our data for resale to compassionate corporations (err, "all Americans" - see below story), and cost an estimated $188 million, with company site spokesman Tom Furlong saying, "We are very excited to be able to put it in Prineville." Again, this is actually happening - in Prineville! Creating 200 jobs during its year-long construction and employing 35 full-time workers and "dozens more part-time and contract employees" (quoting the press release) afterward, the data center will surely confuse local cowboys and livestock rustlers, yet diversify Prineville's exports/imports from manufacturing then recycling rubber tires. Until Facebook is replaced by another impossibly unprofitable Internet company, and then the data center will be abandoned, much like Bend's big plans for similar business booms, like Juniper Ridge (remember that mess?), La Pine's efforts to corner the Meth market, and Redmond's claim as having the most used car lots on a single road.
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  • Editorial
  • Wyden Takes On the Smurfers

    To a chemist, pseudoephedrine is "a sympathomimetic drug of the phenethylamine and amphetamine classes." To a cold or allergy sufferer, it's the stuff in Sudafed and similar remedies that unstuffs his stuffy nose. But to somebody who wants to cook up some methamphetamine, pseudoephedrine is a main ingredient. And that's a problem. Small-scale meth manufacturers are a menace, and not just because they make meth. The meth-making process involves a stew of chemicals - phosphorus, ether, mercury, hidrotic acid - that's potentially explosive and creates a hazard for anybody who goes near it. Cleaning up this toxic gunk after a meth lab is busted costs thousands of dollars.
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  • Letters to the Editor
  • Where's The Help?

    It is highly outrageous what is happening in this country right now. Money is being poured upon the wealthy elite (banks, insurance companies, etc.

Culture

  • Art Watch
  • Being Positive

    For the sixth year now, Daniel and Talya Pite will celebrate the life of their daughter, Hannah, by hosting Bpositiv, one of Bend's biggest art shows of the season. The first Bpositiv took place in January of 2005 and served as a birthday party for Hannah, who would pass away only months later from leukemia. Since then, the Pites have continued the annual art show to raise funds for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, always choosing the weekend closest to Hannah's birthday - and this year it falls right on the dot, January 30. "Bpositiv is not meant to be a birthday party, it's still about the celebration of our community, but for friends and family it will always be a bit of a birthday party in our hearts," says Daniel Pite, who incidentally just celebrated his own birthday on Tuesday. The event brings in pieces from around the region and beyond, all of which is donated by artists who want to help out. This sprit of giving permeates the entire event as well with nearly every aspect of the night donated, including the wine from Columbia Distributing and the venue and staff at McMenamins Old St. Francis School.
  • Book Talk
  • wRite: Time Ball

    "When Hemos Johnson (hereditary Hahwannis chief of Kingcome) was an old man visiting his daughter at Comox she took him to Elk Falls, a place he had heard much about but had never seen. He stood where he could behold the raging torrent in all its splendour, gazing in silent wonder at the majestic sight and when he came away he announced, "It gave me a new song." It had all come to him there, the words and music straight from the Master of all harmony - a song that would always be his alone." - Mildred Valley Thornton Potlatch People: Indian Lives and Legends of British Columbia In the past much of the Yakama tribe's history was passed down from generation to generation by the women of the tribe using an oral tradition known as the time ball. New brides used hemp twine to record their life history starting with courtship. They tied different knots into the twine for days and weeks and added special beads for significant events. They then rolled the twine into a ball known as the "ititamat," which means "counting the days" or "counting calendar." The ball of twine grew in size as time passed and as events occurred... When the women were very old, they could use the knots and beads of their time balls to recall not only what happened in their lives but when the events occurred...When a woman died, her "ititamat" or time ball was buried with her. - Bonnie M. Fountain

Food & Drink

  • Chow
  • Kitsch and Cakes: The Westside Bakery and Café's hearty morning meals

    Gravy, potatoes and cinnamon rolls as big as my face: classic items that immediately make me think of an old-school diner. Both are available in plenty at Galveston's Westside Bakery and Café where it's always breakfast no matter the time of day. The menu features much more (with lunch options and baked goods), but with breakfast items served all day, the morning meal is sure to please at this popular spot. Most in Bend are well aware of the wonder that is the Westside Bakery and Café - I'm only sad it took me so long to discover. After having passed by the café many times, I finally ventured inside on a recently blustery winter morning. Quirky décor immediately set the café apart from other downtown eateries, with a giant wooden Elvis and a Big Bird statue situated amongst wooden tables and high shelves filled with figurines surrounding the dining room.
  • Chow
  • Kitsch and Cakes: The Westside Bakery and Café's hearty morning meals

    Gravy, potatoes and cinnamon rolls as big as my face: classic items that immediately make me think of an old-school diner. Both are available in plenty at Galveston's Westside Bakery and Café where it's always breakfast no matter the time of day. The menu features much more (with lunch options and baked goods), but with breakfast items served all day, the morning meal is sure to please at this popular spot. Most in Bend are well aware of the wonder that is the Westside Bakery and Café - I'm only sad it took me so long to discover. After having passed by the café many times, I finally ventured inside on a recently blustery winter morning. Quirky décor immediately set the café apart from other downtown eateries, with a giant wooden Elvis and a Big Bird statue situated amongst wooden tables and high shelves filled with figurines surrounding the dining room.
  • Beer & Drink
  • Water World, Hold the Costner

    There used to be a bartender in Denver who wore a button that said, "Ask me about water, no ice." Only the truly daring would venture the question because the answer was a whirlwind of hate and distaste she had for those who didn't just take their water from the tap with some ice cubes in it. I don't share this hatred, but I am always amazed by all of the creative ways people have found to enjoy one of life's simplest pleasures. A lot can be learned from the person who places a water order. No ice? You think a lot about hydration and you don't sip your water you inhale it. You will drink at least three full glasses of water in long gulps and the only reason you stop devouring it is because you don't know what's going on in conversation as you've spent most of the evening making trips to the restroom.
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Screen

  • Film
  • When the Fountain Runs Dry: Don't steal coins from the fountain of love, duh

    When going to see a movie like When in Rome, the best plan of attack is to go in with low expectations, which is exactly what I did. Perhaps the most advantageous thing about seeing a movie when you're not expecting much is that if it's not as bad as you thought, then it could be considered a success. In the end, When in Rome wasn't as bad as I thought it would be and I did get in a few good laughs. Kristen Bell, whose last foray into the rom-com genre was in Couples Retreat, plays Beth, a curator at the Guggenheim who's admittedly looking for "the one," meaning the one person she can love more than her job. Nine days before her make-or-break gala opening, she finds out she has to make a 48-hour trip to Rome to attend her little sister's wedding. Unbelievable enough, her sister Joan (Alexis Dziena), who you may remember as the snotty ex-girlfriend in Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist, decides to marry her Italian beau after knowing him two whole weeks. More unbelievable, they are tying the knot in a grand, traditional Italian ceremony a mere two days after Joan tells her sister of her engagement.
  • Film
  • Last Temptation of Eli: Thumping the Good Book, Denzel walks the walk in Book of Eli

    The Book of Eli gives us yet another post-apocalyptic end of the world saga. This time, Eli (Denzel Washington) walks through barren wasteland carrying a machete and a Bible. It's almost like Eli travels in the footsteps of Viggo Mortensen, who recently set down his own apocalyptic travelogue in The Road. With the washed-out landscape, deserted and decaying skyways, junked cars, rotting skeletons and onramps to nowhere, both have the feel of post nuclear Westerns. Shot in New Mexico with the Sony RED digital camera, Book of Eli, at the very least features some impressive massacre scenes. In Eli, due to some divine intervention, the title character must walk "west." Referring to "before the flash," a holy war of sorts that blew up the sun, everyone now wears protective (and sometimes designer) sunglasses and no one person under 40 knows how to read or has ever seen a television. Water is scarce and people have turned to cannibalism, but it's all about Eli and his journey. This includes fending off marauding Road Warrior-like thugs (who rape, murder and pillage around every turn), dispatching people with his mystical fighting skills, ending up in a town that resembles a post-apocalyptic Deadwood, adopting an apprentice against his better judgment, going head - to-head with an evil villain and, of course, spreading the gospel. Eli, a true Bible thumper, severs limbs and decapitates with a ninja assassin's flair while trying to remain righteous. Eli doesn't turn the other cheek, but he will chop one off.
  • Film
  • Not Quite as Dumb as it Looks: Harrison Ford and Brendan Fraser inspire us with the true health care events of Extraordinary Measures

    Now here's something strange: Extraordinary Measures is essentially a bad television movie played out on a big screen - a banal exercise in paint-by-numbers drama - and then, unbeknownst to itself, it's also a powerful cinematic critique of the American medical industrial complex. From the director of What Happens In Vegas, this is an idiot savant of a movie. Utterly oblivious to the recent political battles over health care reform, Extraordinary Measures has blundered onto the scene, and by the dullness of its narrative, far exceeds the comparatively mild attempts of Sicko and John Q in exposing the American health care system's dark side.
  • Film Events
  • Forget Paris: The Saboteur fails in Nazi-occupied France

    The Saboteur must have sounded like a brilliant idea when it was explained to executives at Electronic Arts, the game's publisher. "Like Grand Theft Auto, but set in Nazi-occupied France," I imagine the pitch. "And the main character can climb buildings and dash along rooftops like Assassin's Creed, but instead of some quasi-mythical organization, he's fighting for the resistance. He can liberate Paris." Sean, the game's Irish hero, heaves himself from window-ledge to window-ledge with tireless drudgery. When climbing down, he unfailingly raises his arms all the way up before dropping them to catch the next ledge, resulting in slow descents intermingled with fast falls. On the ground he's not much more graceful. When he jumps, it looks like he's riding a small invisible elevator up and down. He can enter "sneak" mode, which has almost nothing to do with sneaking, but certainly seems to dial down the Nazi's computer-controlled hearing.
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  • Film Events
  • Smaller: Not Always Better!

    Ahem!! Three things of note before I express an opinion that will surely get me lynched. Note #1: The sixth and final season of Lost kicks off this week, y'all (ABC, Tues Feb 2, 9 pm)! In this very special episode we'll discover the downsides of detonating a hydrogen bomb. (Special guests: The kids from Glee! Sigh. I wish.) Note #2: Right now there's a special Syfy contest (with prizes!) that's not called, "Name Our Next Terrible Made-for-TV Movie" even though it should be. The channel that brought you Mansquito and Sharks in Venice needs a title for their next flick about a knight who comes in possession of a holy relic that unleashes a murderous demon. My suggestion? Pat Robertson Is a DICK. I don't think it's going to win. Submit yours at syfy.com/moviecontest before February 14!
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Music

  • Sound Stories & Interviews
  • How I Figured out Larry and His Flask are Getting Huge

    OK, so I'm pretty damn sure that Larry and his Flask are opening some East Coast shows for Dropkick Murphys. How do I know this? Here's the story: Central Oregon's own acoustic Americana-meets-punk band is pretty much always on tour - the exception being their recent stay in town where they've been playing a string of local shows, including a Wednesday night residency down at Mountain's Edge. So it wasn't a surprise to see that their MySpace page now features a long list of shows as far off as Virginia, keeping the boys on the road well into mid-March. But then I started noticing the venues they were playing: House of Blues (Atlantic City, Dallas and Orlando), Austin's famed Stubb's and a few other high-profile names. These are big rooms - larger than the clubs, bars and living rooms LAHF has made a career out of playing for the past several years.
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  • Sound Stories & Interviews
  • Spoon: Transference

    Spoon Transference Merge Records It doesn't take long for lead singer and songwriter Britt Daniel and the rest of this Austin-based outfit to establish on Transference that they're more than capable of picking up where they left off with the outstanding 2007 effort Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga. But it's where the band goes from there that really makes Transference shine, not just apart from the rest of the band's catalog, but apart from most of the other indie pop style offerings out there.
  • Sound Stories & Interviews
  • Full-On Party: The happy hour funk (and honky tonk and rock) of The Quick & Easy Boys

    It's a Friday afternoon in Portland and like so many others of us on this, or any other Friday afternoon, Sean Badders is trying to make it to happy hour in time. But he's not rushing to grab a cheap beer and some discounted hot wings. Rather, Badders is en route to meet up with the two other members of his band, The Quick & Easy Boys, at the Laurelthirst Public House. This is where for the past year the band could be found about once a month, playing to the sort of crowd that likes to, as Badders puts it, "dance at six o'clock in the afternoon." For the past couple years, people have been gladly dancing and drinking along to the sounds of The Quick & Easy Boys in Portland as well as the other cities through which the band has toured. They've become, in a way, the ideal bar band - a three piece rooted in rock and roll that wears its funk and honky tonk influences on its sleeve. Maybe this is what the Hold Steady would sound like if they came up in Oregon and not New York City.

Outside

  • Natural World
  • A Poem for Winter: Kit Stafford and her "rain dear"

    This being the winter season and all, with raindeer (intentionally misspelled) flying about, along with ice worms and snow fleas, well, I think you'll enjoy this... One of things I enjoy in life is watching a person with talent do his or her thing. For example, sitting in Soji in Sisters, fixated on the delicious teriyaki chicken and enjoying the music of Nugget editor, Jim Cornelius - sometimes with Gary Miller and Lynn Woodward singing and playing - I'm always envious that I can't sing and play like that, but thankful they can. It's the same when I'm reading a really good wordsmith, someone like Robert B. Parker, for example. What yarns he could spin, but now that he's gone out among the stars and we'll hear no more from him.
  • Outside Features
  • We've Been Friended! Four ways we can better Central Oregon

    Are we cool or what? Last week, Facebook itself friended Central Oregon. On Thursday, Facebook officials were in Prineville to announce a new $188.2 million, 147,000-square-foot data center. (If you want to keep abreast of the project, you can become a fan of the Prineville Data Center on Facebook). The announcement, and some other recent goings-on, got me thinking about how we could be even cooler. Here are some of my ideas: MT B: MOST UPHILL-FRIENDLY DOWNHILL AREA On January 19, a revised uphill travel policy that includes a designated route to the summit, went into effect on Mt. Bachelor. According to the Mt. Bachelor website, "The uphill route to the Mt. Bachelor summit is open during sustainably safe conditions, i.e. when the Summit chairlift is open to the public, following avalanche reduction work and grooming operations." I asked some local backcountry afficionados what they thought of the revised policy. "My hope is it is just a first step," said one. "For one, I'd like to see access to the summit expanded to include hours before opening and after closing of the lifts."

Blogs

  • Off Piste
  • Riding Dry: good times at the Maston

    If you're into taking an easy winter mountain bike ride, seize the moment and head out to the Maston Allotment where the riding of late has been excellent. Get out there soon as the continued dry weather and winds are already starting to turn some sections of the trail from hardpack into loose sand.
  • The Beacon
  • Conservation Groups Want Windpower Loophole Closed

    A group of conservation groups including the Bend-based Oregon Natural Desert Association (ONDA) wants to Gov. Kulongoski to tighten windpower rules that allow companies to skirt rules that could lead to greater oversight and scrutiny of the massive wind power projects that have invaded Oregon.
  • The Wandering Eye
  • Tax Measures Win; Right-Wing Whining Begins

    The dust hadn’t even settled after the stunning victory of Measures 66 and 67 when the whining from Oregon conservatives started. In fact, Larry Huss, writing on the Oregon Catalyst blog, started wailing “We wuz robbed!” before the ballots were even counted.
  • The Wandering Eye
  • Anonymous Web Smears Get Smacked Down

    Anonymous posters on websites, beware: You’re not as anonymous as you might think you are. That’s the tough lesson learned by people who posted unflattering comments about Tami and Kevin Sawyer on the KTVZ site after the TV station turned over their IP addresses in response to a subpoena from the Sawyers.

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