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  • Issue of
  • Feb 25 - Mar 3, 2010
  • Vol. 14, No. 8

News

  • Local News
  • Park It, Buddy: City parking crackdowns, the Bus Project and a Salem summary

    The city of Bend plans to crack down on downtown parking scofflaws by boosting fines for repeat offenders. The city council voted last week to jack up fines by as much as four times for repeat violators who are caught abusing the two hours of free parking by hopscotching around downtown parking spaces. The practice has drawn the attention of the city council, which has invested millions of dollars into the downtown parking garage to free up spaces for customers along the streets and in the remaining surface lots. Under the proposed system, parking offenders would see their fines increase over the course of the year as they rack up parking tickets. Anyone with five or more violations would see their parking tickets double, from $22 to $44. Those with more than 10 violations would see their tickets triple to $66 and those with 15 or more violations would see their fines go from $22 to $88 per ticket.
  • Local News
  • She's the One: Our Woman of the Year, Cassondra Schindler, on art, social media and the importance of playing nice

    When you meet Cassondra Schindler - and if you live in Bend, you will - you'll feel immediately at ease. She's one of those rare people whose charisma brightens any room she's in. And when she says, "I am so happy to meet you," you believe her. Because she really means it. You may know Schindler from her work with the Cross-Culture Bicycle Art Walk or Ignite Bend, the recurring multi-media slideshow project she produces at the Tower Theater. You may know her through her Twitter posts, which are followed by members from as far away as Istanbul and Japan, or through her work in social media and advertising formerly at tbd advertising and now at Global Strategies International/Ogilvy. Or you may know her through the many conferences, meetings and community events she frequents. No matter how you know her, one thing is apparent: Schindler is passionate about everything she does.

Opinion

  • Editorial
  • From Vancouver to Kandahar: Shaun White spins, Tiger counts his sins, and more!

    The author has been sent on the road to discover a lost country formerly known as America. He is reporting from the land created by Mr. Cheney, where myth and facts entwine - on assignment for Or-Bust.com and The Source Weekly. Olympics, Ughh Haven't our standards for Olympic "sport" sunken rather low (or gone too extreme for other countries to compete) and why do metrosexuals seem to be everywhere? Apolo Ohno is now "the most decorated" U.S. Winter Olympian (Eric Heiden, puhleeze... ) Shaun White is totally kickass and his "double McTwist"1260 was astonishing - but is it sport? Fellow snowboarder Scott Lago left the Olympics voluntarily with a bronze after sexy pics of him and a fan hit the porn-net; skier Bode Miller finally got gold and has the most alpine Olympic medals of any American skier in Vancouver­ - after taking the year off and considering quitting. Our hockey teams are on top, as are we; time for "amateurs" again, eh?
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  • Editorial
  • The 911 Board's Weaselly Maneuver

    For a six-year period in the late 1990s and early 2000s, Oregon's state slogan was "Things Look Different Here." Although that was replaced in 2003 with "We Love Dreamers," many things still are different here - including the way public officials are able to hide things that are the public's business from the public. The Deschutes County 911 Service District has been having some real problems lately. In early December the district's board of directors put its executive director, Becky McDonald, on paid leave and launched a personnel investigation. The board hasn't offered any explanation of why the director was sidelined or what's being investigated.
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  • Letters to the Editor
  • This week's number: 150 million

    The number of dollars that Bank of America has agreed to pay the SEC to settle claims that the banking behemoth failed to disclose to its own shareholders the massive bonuses and mounting debt at Merrill Lynch when B of A acquired its rival. The revelations of Merrill's debt in the wake of the deal sent B of A stock tumbling and the company scrambling for a $20 billion dollar bailout.
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  • Letters to the Editor
  • Letter of the Week: A Bomber By Any Other Name

    This week's letter comes from Mr. A. Plum who wonders why the media is having such a hard time applying the label of "terrorist" to the man who intentionally flew his plane into the Austin IRS building last week. Thanks for the letter, Mr. P, we couldn't have said it any better. You can pick up your winnings, a bag of Strictly Organic coffee, at our office, 704 NW Georgia. If someone flew an airplane into a building full of people to protest the Afghan war, it would be called an act of terrorism. However, when Mr. Joe Stack flew his plane into an IRS building and killed people, the news media calls it, "the accident" and "the incident." The local Texas prosecutor declared that Mr. Stack was not a terrorist. But what should you call it when a man pens a manifesto proclaiming, "violence is the only answer," then kills people because they work for the government? Mr. Stack's wife apologized on the news to "everyone affected by the incident," but was careful not to use the term "victim" when referring to the people her husband murdered.
  • Letters to the Editor
  • To Hell In A Teapot

    Our glorious brave Teapotty Patriots need not worry about our Great White Nation. Our obscenely rich ruling class and their obedient wealth worshippers will stop at nothing to protect and extend their enormous power, wealth and God-given free-market program, from which all poverty and misery flows to the rest of us! Their blessed tax-gobbling, multi-trillion dollar war machine, and its 800-plus publicly funded military bases around the world will bravely continue its perpetual wars, invasions, bombings, droning, slaughters and tortures for all who dare to resist the largest war machine ever seen on this small vulnerable planet.
  • Letters to the Editor
  • The Politics of No

    It is very evident that the Republican Party in Washington is playing the game of saying "no" particularly when it comes to any medical care bill that is presented by the Obama administration. The same attitude seems to apply to many other areas of what Obama is trying to do to get us out of the financial mess that we are presently in. My question is: Is it more than differences in political philosophy and partisan politics?
  • Letters to the Editor
  • Bee Should Sharpen Its Pencil

    The irony is not lost on me that a Trivia Bee benefiting the education of our district's students (Tower Theatre, February 20, 2010) should be rife with errors of all kinds: procedural, factual and typographical. Here are some suggestions for next year's Trivia Bee organizers to ponder. * Ask fewer multiple-choice questions and more free-form answer questions. This will reduce the opportunity to misspell answers such as "Vic Atiyeh" and "Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec." It will also eliminate some of the "gimme" questions. (Is that a picture of Wolverine, Superman, or Spiderman? Is that Gary Larson's signature in the corner of the Far Side cartoon?)
  • Letters to the Editor
  • The End of Democracy

    Folks, elections do indeed have consequences, as we have seen in the 5-4 Supreme Court ruling on "Citizens United... " affirming corporate "personhood." Each of the majority justices was appointed under a Republican administration. It is obvious from Republican congressional "stonewalling" of President Obama's agenda that this party is aligned lock-step with mega-corporate interests - the Democratic Party being similarly-aligned only to a lesser extent. Since "money" is now "free speech" mega-corporations, with their unfettered and unlimited financial resources, can hold both the president and Congress hostage to their collective agenda - much as a terrorist might - thus rendering the entire democratic process of little consequence.
  • Letters to the Editor
  • Tea Party Has Answers

    In response to Mick McMenamenuto's (hey, it's a fake name anyway) claim that Tea Partiers have no answers but just want to complain, you are wrong. The answer to the gigantic government deficit is to stop wasteful spending in Congress, in state government, and on the city commission. Stop pork barrel projects. (Yes, that includes federal funding for building frog tunnels in Sunriver, too.) Cut Congressional pay and reduce the size of our oversized, bloated, wasteful government. Open up our natural resources to the vast resources of oil, coal and natural gas right here in our country so we can stop depending on the Middle East for our energy.

Culture

  • Culture Features
  • Training Day: A scientific approach to preparing for Bend's Polar Plunge

    Some athletes spend months or years training for one day of glory. In preparation for the Vancouver Olympics, skier Lindsey Vonn trained six to eight hours a day, six days a week, engaging in a mix of hardcore cardio and weight training. My day of glory arrives this Friday, when I will join hundreds of brave souls as we jump into the icy waters of the Deschutes in the name of Special Olympics Oregon. Luckily, I am already in excellent physical condition. I can run nearly 3 miles without stopping, do a handstand for at least two seconds before falling over, and just last week, I ate half of a foot-long salami in one sitting. However, I have a weakness. Call it my Kryptonite. I loathe being cold.
  • Picks
  • Our Picks for 2/24 - 3/4: Ignite Bend 4, Warm Gadget, Polar Plunge, and more.

    Ignite Bend 4 thursday 25 The multi-media bonanza that crams a mountain (or several mountains, also known as a mountain range) of information into entertaining and topical five-minute slideshow is back now for the fourth time in Bend. Topics vary incredibly and chances are, you'll learn something. Free, or $3 suggested donation. 7pm. Tower Theatre, 835 NW Wall St. Warm Gadget thursday 25 Bend's most bizarre yet exhilarating band is back at it with this just-announced show at the Moon where they'll dazzle you with their electronic meets industrial sound. DJ Moksha opens. $5. 9pm. Silver Moon Brewing Co., 24 NW Greenwood Ave.

Food & Drink

  • Beer & Drink
  • Mirror, Mirror on the Wall

    You just never know what you are going to get in the ladies' restroom. This past weekend I walked in to see a neatly laid line of crisp white powder gleaming on the edge of the sink. Thinking that the 80s were back and someone was clearly not vigilant, I licked my finger and tasted what I thought was going to numb my tongue and sharpen my senses. Instead I was struck with the sweet and gritty flavor of Similac baby formula. Although I've spent hours in the ladies' restroom, I am still amazed by the excitement that takes place in there. Anyone who thinks that the restroom is only for peeing and washing one's hands hasn't been in after 10 p.m. Late into the night the bathroom becomes its own entity where hair-styling tips are exchanged, Facebook friends are made, and secrets are spilled. It is where girls go to share the excitement of kissing the boy they've lusted after for weeks and it's also where girls go to cry when the they see their ex out with someone else for the first time.
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Screen

  • Film
  • Creating Ghosts: Migraines, hurricanes and insanity mix for a warped psychological mystery in Shutter Island

    Martin Scorsese was my favorite filmmaker for at least two decades. It was not until the Dicaprio era kicked off with Gangs of New York and the Aviator that I started to lose faith. Not to blame Leo so much (as most do), he isn't such a bad actor. But with Shutter Island comes near redemption - it's almost a good flick. Based on Dennis Lehane's (Mystic River) novel, Shutter Island takes place in 1954 at an insane asylum/correctional compound on an island in the middle of the Boston Harbor that specializes in the containment and care of the most dangerous criminally insane. It's a fortress of abstract terror, surrounded by cliffs on all sides. U.S. Marshals Teddy Daniels (Leonardo Dicaprio) and Chuck Aule (Mark Ruffalo) ride a ferry out to investigate the disappearance of a patient. What begins as a simple missing person investigation slowly morphs into full-on psychological horror. As more disturbing revelations come to pass, the stress starts eating away at Daniels' nerves. It revives his alcoholic past while creating parallels with Nazi science experiments and death camps.
  • Film
  • Digging for Documentaries: The best of the Archaeology Film Fest Series comes to Bend

    After attending the first weekend of the Archaeology Film Fest Series, having not considered archaeology much since metal detectors were all the rage in 1990s England, I second a statement that I found on the website of the Archaeological Legacy Institute: Archaeology is humanity's rearview mirror - enabling a much better understanding of our place and time in the world. The films chosen by the local Archaeological Society are mind-expanding and inspirational. They transport you not only to other lands but outside of yourself, providing endlessly nourishing visuals, information and insight.
  • Film Events
  • What a Shocker: BioShock 2 goes to the well again and comes up empty

    First times are special. First kiss, first hearing of a song, first taste of a certain food - they're special because the second time around they might not be so good. The kiss turns out to be attached to a moron, soon everyone else is listening to the same stupid song and the food gets cold. The first time I saw the undersea city of Rapture it was spectacular. The plate-glass windows were cracking under pressure and the residents had turned into crazed drug addicts. The decaying art-deco design and claustrophobic atmosphere made 2007's BioShock an unforgettable first-person shooter, and I was anxious to return for this year's sequel.
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  • Film Events
  • Marriage: Can't Recommend It!

    Take it from somebody who's been married THREE times (as far as I know): The institution is OVERRATED. Let's take Mrs. Wm.™ Steven Humphrey the First, for example. Lovely woman - if you exclude the blackout rampages. I thought we were staying together for the sex, until I learned that almost every sexual experience was later classified as a blackout rampage. (Hey, but don't knock it until you've tried it!) Then there was Mrs. Wm.™ Steven Humphrey the Second. Again, perfectly charming, salt-of-the-earth kind of gal... when she wasn't huffing silver spray paint. However, on the upside, she was very creative while under the influence, and would create psychedelic yet extremely detailed paintings of the times she would have sex with hobos behind a dumpster. (Last Christmas, I purchased one for Mrs. Wm.™ Steven Humphrey the First.)
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Music

  • Sound Stories & Interviews
  • Shearwater: A Golden Archipelago

    Shearwater A Golden Archipelago Matador Records When Jonathan Meiburg decided to leave behind his shared writing duties in Okkervil River to focus more on Shearwater (a side project he and Okkervil band mate Will Sheff started in 1999), the result was the critically acclaimed Palo Santo. Less than two years later, with the release of Rook, Meiburg and Shearwater mainstays, Thor Harris and Kimberly Burke, showed even more evidence this band could go to any musical landscape they deemed fit. So, with Shearwater's sixth album, and third in a series relating to mankind's impact on the world, A Golden Archipelago is colossal in not just the physical land it covers, but the emotional, larger-than-life adventure, and grief-stricken scope it seeks. The best album to date in this new decade, Golden displays Meiburg and company fit for any stage.
  • Sound Stories & Interviews
  • The Passionate Life: Getting philosophical (and sun tanned) with Noah Gundersen and The Courage

    In the back yard of Angeline's Bakery in Sisters, a young and dreadlocked Noah Gundersen and an even younger Abby Gundersen stood on a small stage, playing deftly arranged, intensely emotive folk songs and rarely looked up from the wooden deck below their feet to meet the gaze of the capacity audience rapt by their music. The scene was a late-afternoon performance at the 2008 Sisters Folk Festival where a then teenage Gunderson played a supporting role. Now the organization is bringing Noah Gundersen and his new band The Courage back to town for the Winter Concert Series this weekend. But the Noah Gundersen coming through this time is far from the seemingly meek wunderkind we saw two years ago. He's older - still young at 20, but older nonetheless - and he now will gladly rock whenever he feels the need.

Outside

  • Outside Features
  • The Icing on the Cake: Crust cruising, our missing ice rink and more

    The closing ceremonies of the Winter Olympics are almost here and most of Bend will probably go into TV withdrawal. I mean, how can you sit there and watch Desperate Housewives after the thrill of seeing Apolo Anton Ohno in action? ICE CRIT Seriously, is there anything more fun to watch than a criterium on razor blades? The next best thing, at least for those fans missing the winter sports action, may be the 2010 Ice Crit on March 6th at Wanoga Sno-park. Registration happens at the event at 6:30 p.m. and the race starts at 7 p.m. Any kind of bike is OK and costumes are encouraged. If I recall correctly, there was some bare skin at the last one. Race fee is $10 with profits going to COTA.

Special Issues & Guides

Blogs

  • The Wandering Eye
  • John Day Takes On the Fourth Reich

    The circus might be coming to town in John Day, and people in John Day don’t like it. According to reports in the local weekly paper, the Blue Mountain Eagle, the neo-Nazi Aryan Nations group is looking to relocate from Athol in northern Idaho and has been scoping out John Day as a likely new home base.
  • The Wandering Eye
  • The Hangover Isn't Over Yet

    Bad news for anybody betting on a quick real estate rebound: The Commerce Department announced yesterday that new home sales fell to a 50-year low in January. In news that surprised the so-called experts, purchases of new homes dropped 11.
  • The Wandering Eye
  • Short Takes: Green Power, Podiuming and Blossoming

    The conservation group Greenpeace has criticized Facebook for using coal-derived power at its planned Prineville data center instead of more Earth-friendly alternatives. This week The Bulletin fired back with a defense of Facebook, noting that Greenpeace’s power isn’t 100% green either.

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