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  • Mar 18-24, 2010
  • Vol. 14, No. 11

News

  • Local News
  • The Golden Road: Skyliners Road is the Main Street of Bike Town USA - and the epicenter of conflict

    There's a push to turn Bend into something called Bike Town USA. And that's not a clever contrivance on the part of the media. Visit Bend, the regional tourism bureau, came up with this name and they plan to make good on the designation, continuing to bring high-profile cycling events to the city this year and beyond to maintain and build upon the momentum provided by the December's Cyclocross National Championships. There are more cycling events coming to Bend, in addition to the other popular races, like the Cascade Cycling Classic, that have already become mainstays in the area. They might be onto something with this Bike Town USA stuff, but lately the focus of the cycling community hasn't been on these new events, but rather on Skyliners Road.

Opinion

  • Editorial
  • Move Over Rover: Turd Blossom on Palin, Russia invades and the Vikings get sacked

    The author has been sent on the road to discover a lost country formerly known as America. He is reporting from Dick Vitale's brain, finishing a bracket with Hoyas, Orangemen, Mountaineers and Cardinals in the Final Four ("All Big East BABY!") on assignment for Or-Bust.com and The Source Weekly. Texas has Textbooks? The Alamo didn't involve Mexicans, Ross Perot and Ralph Nader never existed, and the Civil Rights Movement created "unrealistic expectations of equal outcomes" among minorities, according to new textbooks from the Texas State Board of Education. In addition to exporting lousy presidents, Texas is also a major buyer of textbooks so most schools may be using these "edited" materials. "I think the Left has a real problem seeing their own bias," said Dr. (really a dentist) Don McLeroy, one of the conservative members dominating the board and demanding a full revision of history. Ronald Reagan not only overthrew the Soviet Union single-handedly, but also cured cancer while wrestling Bigfoot, and "free enterprise" (capitalism is suddenly a bad word among conservatives) makes everyone rich. Five members of the Board are minorities, all of whom will be deported once these books come out, with Mavis Knight of Dallas leading the lackluster opposition saying, "I cannot go back to my community and say I participated in perpetrating this fraud on the students."
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  • Editorial
  • The U of O Jailbirds

    A year ago, Jeremiah Masoli was considered a likely candidate to win the Heisman Trophy. Today he looks more like a candidate for an orange jumpsuit. The Oregon Ducks star quarterback, who led the team to the Rose Bowl in 2010, has been suspended for the upcoming season after pleading guilty to burglary charges in connection with the theft of items from a fraternity house. The Masoli case was just the capper on a long and ugly series of criminal misdeeds by U of O football players over the past three months. Since the Rose Bowl, nine of them have been charged with offenses ranging from DUI to burglary and assault.
  • Guest Commentary
  • Cathedral Rock and Horse Heaven Wilderness Proposals Are A Win-Win

    When Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden introduced the Horse Heaven and Cathedral Rock Wilderness Act into Congress, they were responding to the widespread public support for protecting these two areas. This includes the support from a diverse group of stakeholders including the Northwest Rafters Association, the Redmond Chapter of the Oregon Hunters Association, county governments, the neighboring landowners and numerous conservation organizations. With the increasingly partisan nature of politics these days, it must be refreshing for our members of Congress to see disparate parties come to the table with an idea that solves multiple problems for diverse stakeholders and creates a new wilderness area in the process.
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  • Letters to the Editor
  • This Week's Number: 41

    That's the percentage of Bend homeowners who are underwater on their mortgages, meaning that they owe more on their homes than those homes are currently worth in the post-bubble real estate world. The number was good, or bad, enough to put our town on the list of the ten most "underwater" housing markets in America, right behind Greeley, CO, (45 percent underwater) and Minneapolis/St.
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  • Letters to the Editor
  • Kick The Tobacco Ad Habit

    Words cannot express our disappointment at seeing the full-page ad for Camel tobacco in the March 11 issue of The Source Weekly. Whatever money has been paid to you to display this ad cannot cover over the stain on an otherwise fine publication. Consider the damage done to individuals, families and whole societies by the tobacco industry. Ponder the misery and death resulting from their addictive products, whether smoked or smokeless. We recognize that turning away R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company might not be an easy decision, considering the kind of money they are able to pay for a page in your paper. We have enjoyed reading The Source Weekly for free since you began publication, but starting today we can pay our share to convince you to send Camel and its ilk packing. We are sending $75, your annual subscription charge, and we encourage every other reader who cares about the health of our community to do the same. It will be a bargain.
  • Letters to the Editor
  • Equal Rights And Gay Rights

    How would you feel if your Constitutional rights had not been granted to you for 142 years? If you had been ridiculed, spat upon, beaten, even murdered. If you were discriminated against in housing, the work place, and places like restaurants. If you were told you were "evil" and "a sinner" in the eyes of religious sorts. If every time you risked a try for your rights you were put down and told implicitly that you were second-class citizens? One-hundred forty-two years ago is when Amendment 14 became part of the U.S. Constitution (1868). Sec. 1 states: "nor deny any person within its jurisdiction equal protection of the laws."
  • Letters to the Editor
  • To All The Mechanics I've Loved Before

    I was gonna get a card... However due to the random act of kindness recently bestowed upon me, I believe a letter to be more appropriate. I am a single mother living in Bend and my son and I love being part of this beautiful community. We have recently gone through a huge transition in our lives and - do I even need to say it? - money is tight. That being said, I must also tell you that I am the proud owner of a Volkswagen Vanagon - not exactly the best car to own if you're broke. Don't get me wrong; I love my bus. It's my dream car when it's running, which really isn't all that often. This comes as no surprise to most of you, I'm sure.

Culture

  • Book Talk
  • wRite: When Nothing Works

    Nun: Do you ever wake up scared in the early hours of the morning? Me (the cop): Almost every night. Nun: And does this fear originate somewhere in the area of the navel. Me: Above the navel, somewhere between the navel and the solar plexus. Nun: And what do you do about it? Me: My mind finds specific things to worry about, and the fear gets absorbed. Nun: These things you worry about, are they to do with recent acts, statements, events you have set in motion? Me: Always. Nun: Good. You're not going to understand immediately, but this vulnerable area around your navel is the only thing about you that is fully human. - John Burdett
  • Picks
  • Our Picks for 3/17 - 3/25: Bend for Haiti Concert, Renegade Rollergirls, Irish Rovers, John Cruz and more

    More Bars In More Places Tour thursday 18 This hip-hop and DJ tour features some big names in the indie game, including Knobody (or Hieroglyphics fame), Germane, The Tones, Dice, DJ Caput live, as well as local rap stalwarts Cloaked Characters. It's going down in The Annex, perhaps one of the most underutilized yet classy local venues that should nicely accommodate this quality hip-hop showcase. $5. 21+. 8pm. The Annex, 51 NW Greenwood Ave. Something To Sleep On: Jo Lundberg Art Show friday 19 Local artist Jo Lundberg displays all her zany new work, including large-scale oil paintings at this art show, which also features one of Bend's most intriguing new bands, Yenn. These psychedelic rockers blend a bubbly sixties-ish brand of pop and finish it with a headphones-friendly production sheen - but live they bring a party to its feet. Doors open at 6pm. Poethouse Art, 55 NW Minnesota Ave.

Food & Drink

  • Chow
  • Eat Your Greens: What your grandparents knew about arugula

    Every spring, right around daylight savings, my anxiety over cooking winter's hearty greens reaches its apex. I'm eager for asparagus, morels, English peas, tomatoes and corn. Roughly 25 dinners separate winter and springtime in my kitchen. Stores have artichokes from far-flung locales tempting me with spring flavors at designer prices. But if I can make the most of winter's bounty, you can too.
  • Chow
  • Eat Your Greens: What your grandparents knew about arugula

    Every spring, right around daylight savings, my anxiety over cooking winter's hearty greens reaches its apex. I'm eager for asparagus, morels, English peas, tomatoes and corn. Roughly 25 dinners separate winter and springtime in my kitchen. Stores have artichokes from far-flung locales tempting me with spring flavors at designer prices. But if I can make the most of winter's bounty, you can too.
  • Beer & Drink
  • The Whistler

    The act of whistling is akin to the act of talking on one's cell phone in that it's utterly annoying to everyone except the person whistling or chatting. In most public places it's not acceptable to tootle what are in effect high-pitched squawks. You would never hear a two-finger whistle at the library, in a college classroom or even at the grocery store. But, as with many other bad behaviors, the bar seems to be a perfectly justifiable place for folks to practice their incessant warble. Many bartenders would claim that the most annoying whistle is the one that's blown to grab his or her attention. Certainly, it's hard to glance up and smile at someone whose intention was to shatter your inner ear. Still, it's a gentle cousin compared with the all-out party whistle.
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Screen

  • Film
  • Bourne Again: Searching for truth and WMDs gives Green Zone an effective cliffhanger edge

    The Green Zone is what action movies are supposed to look like. A suspenseful, high-voltage, in-your-face action drama with a plausible scenario, this may be the best action flick I've ever seen. And if film editor Christopher Rouse doesn't get an Academy Award for his work, there is no justice in this world. With a premise inspired by the real-life events found in Rajiv Chandrasekaran's 2006 book Imperial Life in the Emerald City, Green Zone is the story of a U.S. Army officer who went rogue after discovering faulty intelligence and was instrumental in blowing the lid off the truth behind WMDs during the same year the Pentagon and the White House were declaring "mission accomplished." The movie takes its cues from the ignorance and objectives that came from inside the Green Zone, a safety area including the old Republican Palace where American decision-makers were cut off from Iraqi reality.
  • Film
  • Once More, With Meaning: Edward gets emotional in the melodramatic romance Remember Me

    How to describe Remember Me? It's this decade's Cruel Intentions. There's the snappy, self-conscious dialogue and the ambitious plotting and the self-important ending. And, oh, what a self-important ending there is. However, it's not as crass as other reviewers will have you believe and certainly not as tasteless as they are righteously suggesting. It's actually darn creatively executed, and if only it had finished just two or three brief scenes earlier it would be just fine, and interesting. Robert Pattinson plays Tyler, a New-York-bohemian-apartment-dwelling, chain-smoking, wittily verbose, terribly well-read, 21-year-old Strand bookstore employee who scribbles endlessly in dirty notebooks and rides a bike. Emilie de Ravin plays Ally, the daughter of the cop who arrests Tyler during a drunken brawl, and who Tyler decides to date on a dare. She has a patchy personality, mostly hanging on two points: That she likes to eat her dessert before her main course in restaurants, and that she witnessed the murder of her mother on a subway platform. Tyler has a mean, distant dad played by Pierce Brosnan, a very likeably precocious little sister and a brother who committed suicide. The pair are brought closer when Ally's father flips out and hits her, and yet closer by the mutual mess that ensues.
  • Film Events
  • Guys... I'm Not So Bad!

    I Love Television™ reader Amy Ann writes: "Dear Wm.™ Steven Humphrey: Sandra Bullock rocks!! she does not have a mustache. And she should win best actress award. She has acomplished more in her life then u have. All u do is write stupid columns in a free paper. Get over yourself." In a similar vein, I Love Television™ reader Lauren writes: "I really wish people would think before they spoke. So what you don't like Sandra. You make it seems like she took the roll in The Blind Side just to spite black people. You must be very lonely to have that much [hate] for a person."
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Music

  • Sound Stories & Interviews
  • Laura Gibson & Ethan Rose: Bridge Carols

    Laura Gibson & Ethan Rose Bridge Carols Halocene Music The newest offering from beloved Portland folkie, Laura Gibson, is a kooky but refreshing little record. Gibson, a warbling, marbly mouthed singer, breaks with her usual style by pairing up with instrumentalist Ethan Rose on Bridge Carols, an album of seven strange and simple songs. For the most part, Gibson's vocals are front and center here, with Rose weaving a tapestry of quiet plinks, placid drones and gentle static behind her. As a lyricist, Gibson keeps things simple and stark.
  • Sound Stories & Interviews
  • It Takes a Village: Reed Thomas Lawrence and other regional musicians play for Haiti

    The last time we wrote about a benefit concert for Haiti (Rise Up International's event at the Domino Room), there were predictions that news about the impoverished country and the devastating earthquake that killed so many of its citizens would soon vanish from the headlines. At that time, just a few weeks after the January quake, this didn't seem possible. But just this has happened - Haiti isn't in the regular news cycle that anymore. In Bend, there have been continuing efforts and special events to raise relief money for the country and its people, but it seems even talk of those efforts has quieted down. This is all changing this week, however, with perhaps the largest-scale Haiti relief event coming to Bend on Friday, the Bend for Haiti benefit at the Tower Theatre.

Outside

  • Natural World
  • Bird Nests: A bird's guide to home building

    Back in the '50s, a great horned owl was using an old hawk's nest adjacent to the "City 40," a plot of land the city of Bend used for sewage affluent, and I took a librarian out to see the nest, hoping to impress her with my acumen and coolness. She, however, impressed me with her keen interest and wanted to climb up and see the baby owls. "You bet!" I said, and up she went. Just about the time that lovely young women peeked over the lip of the nest - right out of nowhere - a magnificent, very large golden eagle swooped over her head. The adult owl leaped into the air with the eagle in hot pursuit, and crashed into a willow thicket along the irrigation ditch. Needless to say, this was an unexpected event for all participants. When the shaking librarian arrived back on the ground she said, "Don't call me, I'll call you," and I never saw her again...

Blogs

  • Off Piste
  • Ride On: Changes coming at both the Maston and Horse Ridge

    The first day of spring tuned out not only to be a glorious one weather-wise but also one that proved a good news day for two local mountain bike areas on BLM lands-Horse Ridge and The Maston Allotment. First to how the good news was delivered.
  • The Wandering Eye
  • State: All Will Be Well in the Garden

    “Oregon calls flat unemployment a win,” said the headline in yesterday’s Oregonian. The gist of the story was that although the state lost 1,200 jobs in February, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained the same as in January at 10.
  • The Wandering Eye
  • Bringing the Benefits of Health Care Reform Home

    Some of the Tea Party troops were outside Rep. Greg Walden’s Bend office Monday afternoon to register their opposition to health care reform, marching around and holding up signs saying things like “No Socialism!” and “Obama = Tyranny.

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