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  • Apr 8-14, 2010
  • Vol. 14, No. 14

News

  • Local News
  • Running on Empty: Decaying streets are a symptom of Oregon's ailing cities

    WKRP and Johnny Fever had the Turkey Drop, WLUP had Disco Demolition Night at Chicago's Comiskey Park. In Bend, local alternative rock station 92.7 has the Pothole Giveaway, an ongoing spring promo that encourages listeners to call in and nominate Bend's best potholes. Callers qualify for ticket giveaways and will have a pothole named in their honor later this spring. While it may not go down as one of the more celebrated radio promo gimmicks of all time, it's one that Central Oregon commuters can relate to after a winter of traveling on our region's deteriorating roadways.

Opinion

  • Editorial
  • Back To Work: Tiger's return, Iraq burns and Geithner takes on China

    The author has been sent on the road to discover a lost country formerly known as America. He is reporting from Augusta watching Tiger (really a craps game in Brooklyn) on assignment for Or-Bust.com and The Source Weekly. Get a Job! For the first time in three years, the economy in March added (yes, added) 162,000 jobs. These numbers are deceptive though. The 9.7 percent unemployment rate is "unacceptably high" to Treasury Secretary Tim "Don't Quote Me" Geithner, with 150,000 new jobs required each month to merely cover new entries into the workforce. Even as the census hires tens of thousands to invade our homes and gather sexy data, 25 million Americans have given up trying to find work or are "under employed" (meaning they moved to a beautiful tourist town for "lifestyle") thus sit outside the Westside Tavern all day, drinking PBR while waving at others passing by.
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  • Editorial
  • New Resorts and Good Old Boys

    Keith Cyrus is chairman of the Deschutes County Planning Commission. There's no problem with that. He also has a golf course subdivision that he wants to turn into a destination resort - no problem with that either. But when Keith Cyrus, the chairman of the planning commission, uses his position to push the agenda of Keith Cyrus, the would-be resort developer, that's a problem. A big one. Cyrus, whose family has farmed in Central Oregon for nearly a century, has been trying for years to convert his Aspen Lakes subdivision near Sisters into a destination resort. To accomplish that, he needs to have it included in the county's map of areas designated for such purposes.
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  • Guest Commentary
  • A Badlands Birthday: New wilderness has set the stage for more good things

    The winds of change are blowing through the Oregon Badlands Wilderness, the newest addition to the fully protected wild lands of Oregon. It's been just over a year since the Wilderness Act took effect, protecting forever this high desert jewel of 30,000 acres, so near to, but yet so far from, the metropolitan area of Bend. The center of the Badlands Wilderness is located about 14 miles from the center of Bend, but the contrast is startling, once you head out on the trails, or off trail, to some of the unusual volcanic formations and lava flows that prolifically stud the landscape. As you hike farther from the trailheads that surround the Badlands on the north, south and east sides, solitude, serenity and silence offer a respite from the noise of the small city we Bendites call home. Out here in the wilderness, surrounded by thousand-year-old juniper trees, you can hear and see the feathered and four-footed inhabitants that call the Badlands home.
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  • Letters to the Editor
  • A Problem of Poop

    We have been wanting to write our opinion for a long time and as time goes on, we see that the problem is getting worse and worse the more we are out and about. In most parks and trails in Central Oregon, doggie doo-doo bags are provided. While most owners do use them, too many leave the used bags along the trails, on fences or in the middle of the trail.
  • Letters to the Editor
  • Fashion It Ain't

    Dear Source, I could not disagree more with your dos and don'ts about biking fashion in your latest issue. In fact, I have long thought bicyclers to be the most fashion-challenged group of people on the planet. Why is it (by and large) they feel the need to look like some kind of bug from outer space? Seriously, I laugh (and cringe) every time I pass one of these day-glowed atrocities. I mean, come on people, you're out for a ride, some exercise. You don't need to look like you're on the final stage of the Tour de France. All you need is a T-shirt, a pair of shorts and some shoes, sandals even. Helmets make sense, even if they are ugly, and that's about it. Face it, you look ridiculous and it's not necessary.
  • Letters to the Editor
  • The Lessons Of History

    Critics called it "a cruel hoax and a delusion," a socialist program that would compete with private insurers and kill jobs. If it passes, Americans will feel "the lash of the dictator," and "end the progress of a great country." One New York Republican Representative said, "Never in the history of the world has any measure been brought here so insidiously designed as to prevent business recovery, to enslave workers." We were told that to cooperate with it would be "complicity in evil."
  • Letters to the Editor
  • Obama Deserves Credit For Health Care

    Back in Bend after a three-week trip to the farthest reaches of the Amazon region. I learned of the passage of the health care bill in a small Internet café in Manaus. I delighted in catching up with the Sunday papers and all the analysis of the American political machinations. My conclusion: What a great country we have here, these United States of America! Despite the bitterness and all the bickering, we managed to find enough muscle to pass some form of a health care bill that is not all that we hoped for, but enough of an effort to put million of Americans in the rolls of those covered. Seeing the reaction of foreigners at our "high fiving" for the health care accomplishment, some Brazilians asked what all the hoopla was about. "Health care? Do you mean, the U.S. did not have a health care program for the common citizen?"

Culture

  • Culture Features
  • High and High Minded: Doug Benson loves pot jokes, but he's also probably smarter than you

    Doug Benson has made a career out of lampooning celebrities, talking about movies and making people laugh in the process. Oh, and he's also done just fine for himself by getting super-duper stoned, then telling jokes, or even making a movie about it. But sometimes Benson isn't necessarily funny, like when he chats on the phone from his home in L.A. in the days before one of his many cross-continental weekend comedy tours. Rather, he's damn smart, pumping out one piece of cultural, political or social commentary after another. There are laughs during a 20-minute discussion with Benson, but these moments of hilarity are outweighed by the "holy-shit-he's-got-a-point" sort of instances the comic creates when he, for example, unleashes a deft critique of reality television in which he argues, quite convincingly, that American Idol is TV's most worthwhile reality program. And don't get him started on Celebrity Apprentice.

Food & Drink

  • Chow
  • Same Name, New Game: Redmond's Clock Tower Pub gets a menu makeover

    Remember when your buddy bought that big-screen TV? All of a sudden, his (or her) house became the best place to catch a game, match, or race. The screen was impressive, your buddy chummy, and his couch comfy. Besides, knocking back a few brews guaranteed a good time. But your friend, it seems, has some competition. There's a new, better-equipped guy in town, and he's packing around 280 total (high definition) inches of television. Redmond's Clock Tower Pub changed hands last month and the new owners aren't wasting any time. The Pearsons, Dan and his wife Dawn, and Dan's parents Steve and Carol Pearson, kicked off a list of improvements by installing an additional five televisions, raising the total to seven. Other immediate upgrades include extended hours and a new menu.
  • Chow
  • Same Name, New Game: Redmond's Clock Tower Pub gets a menu makeover

    Remember when your buddy bought that big-screen TV? All of a sudden, his (or her) house became the best place to catch a game, match, or race. The screen was impressive, your buddy chummy, and his couch comfy. Besides, knocking back a few brews guaranteed a good time. But your friend, it seems, has some competition. There's a new, better-equipped guy in town, and he's packing around 280 total (high definition) inches of television. Redmond's Clock Tower Pub changed hands last month and the new owners aren't wasting any time. The Pearsons, Dan and his wife Dawn, and Dan's parents Steve and Carol Pearson, kicked off a list of improvements by installing an additional five televisions, raising the total to seven. Other immediate upgrades include extended hours and a new menu.
  • Beer & Drink
  • Ménage Trois

    It's sweet and innocent and endearing to see two people connect - even when they are at their most awkward. Typically, the man will spout witty one-liners and buy his love interest fancy cocktails while she smiles and coos while twirling her hair. But on rare occasion, there is a train wreck happening on the other side of the bar, so horrendous that you are afraid to watch - but you do to ensure the safety of those involved. It is the ménage trois. A troubling result of human ingenuity usually involving one douche bag of a man and two writhing women who need more attention than a newborn baby. It never fails that the beginning of their evening will be spent laughing and having a jolly time, but as the witching hour approaches the daunting moment when they all take off their clothes and hang out together in one queen-sized bed, the tension thickens. It is at this point that the barbaric sexual innuendos cause each person's insecurities to fume into embarrassing outbursts.
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Screen

  • Film
  • Rehash the Kraken! Clash of the Titans revamps old-school mythology with new-school technology

    I was never a big fan of the 1981 version of Clash of the Titans. Believe it or not, a painfully tired Laurence Olivier as Zeus, and mini-skirt-wearing Harry Hamlin with flowers in his hair just didn't do it for me. But the Ray Harryhausen stop-motion special effects were cool. For decades, Harryhausen was the go-to guy for all things monsters --- - Three Sinbad Voyage movies, Jason and the Argonauts and Mysterious Island to name a few. Faithfully, this Clash of the Titans includes all of Harryhausen's monsters from the original with pumped-up technology and CGI. Unfortunately, Clash tried to cash in on the Avatar-inspired 3D craze as an afterthought, adding it in later in production, and suffers for it.
  • Film
  • And Then You Die: Nicholas Sparks rolls out his dance-cry-die formula once again with The Last Song

    I went to see this movie with my mother-in-law. Her main complaint was that she had to watch her favorite actor, Greg Kinnear, die. "If it wasn't Greg Kinnear who died, it wouldn't be so sad," she explained. I have to agree - there are many other less-talented actors who I wouldn't have minded watching succumb to cancer on a windswept Georgia beach in the specially formulated Nicholas Sparks copyrighted "death montage," in which Kinnear leans heavily on his 16-year-old daughter as he climbs the stairs to his house, a dark-eye-circled Kinnear sitting in a deckchair with a plaid blanket over his knees... and so on.
  • Film Events
  • Island of Discontent: Tropico 3 keeps it cool in the equatorial sun

    My people are the best people in the world. They are the best people in the world because they love me, their el presidente. And it is only natural that they should love me. After all, it is I who first looked at this little undeveloped island and saw potential. Where bare plains sat, I saw lush farmland. Where empty beaches baked in the sun, I saw the spread of visiting sunbathers' blankets. I organized builders to construct tenements. I urged farmers to plant crops. Corn and papaya began to fill bellies. Immigrants arrived and I set them planting tobacco and pineapple. I invested heavily in factories where my people could roll and can it all, and our shipping dock grew full of profitable cheaply processed goods.
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  • Film Events
  • Get Ready to Squeal

    Okay, I hope you have some throat lozenges on hand, because I'm about to give you two very good reasons to squeal. Are you ready? SQUEAL #1: Guys! Glee is returning this week! SQUEAAAAAAAALLLLL!!! That's correct, Glee - the show that's gayer than Gaylord McGayerson's rendition of "YMCA" at the annual Gay Town Gay Day Talent Show - is back in all its gloriously gay glory (Fox, Tues April 13, 9:28 pm). In fact, I'd wager this show has done more for gay acceptance in America than Will & Grace, Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, and Ellen combined! Why?
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Music

  • Sound Stories & Interviews
  • She & Him: Volume Two

    She & Him Volume Two Merge Records I guess what I find most enjoyable (and yes, I've seen the commercial promoting the "fabric of our lives") about She & Him is how refreshing the duo's sound is in an age of tiresome indie-kids trying to crank out the already-been-done jams of Pavement. Young movers and shakers will still label what She & Him do as indie-folk/pop, but this nostalgic project is more aimed at resurfacing early AM radio than using it as a building block for something trendy. Volume Two (not shockingly, the follow up to 2008's Volume One) is a collection of 13 songs that convincingly show that actress/songwriter Zooey Deschanel's (She) voice is full, confident and nearly as bold as country giants Loretta or Emmylou. The producing and impeccable arranging of M. Ward's (Him) gives nearly every song the chance to lift off, closing the gap between the soulful sounds of Motown and the twang of Nashville.
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  • Sound Stories & Interviews
  • Home Again, Finally: After the tour of their career, Larry and His Flask get to play closer to home

    Jamin Marshall is at home last Friday afternoon and is trying to get some rest. Just two days earlier, he and the rest of his band, Larry and His Flask, drove 30 straight hours from Rochester, Minn. to arrive in their hometown of Redmond. That's more than 1,800 miles, but Marshall isn't trying to impress anyone with that number. After all, the acoustic-meets-punk band has put some 16,000 miles on its touring van in the past seven months, zigging and zagging across the country playing shows - sometimes in basements, sometimes in bars and, when needed, on street corners. But this time around, Larry and his Flask are returning to their hometown after what has inarguably been the biggest trip in the band's history, playing big rock clubs and theaters in support of famed Celtic punk act Dropkick Murphys on their always popular St. Patrick's Day tour.

Outside

  • Natural World
  • From Deep in the Earth: Newberry National Monument is hot stuff and soon might be powerful stuff

    If you had any question in your mind that Central Oregon has its faults, all you have to do is look outside your living room, bedroom or bathroom windows. Somewhere within the visible horizon there will be some kind of volcanic feature on the landscape, such as Newberry National Monument - where investors hope geothermal energy abounds. It's all those volcanic formations that get the blood racing in geothermal energy people who want to: (a) make money, (b) create cheap electricity and (c) cut the use of fossil fuels to keep the lights burning in your home, favorite grocery store and other places around town. Nothing wrong with that, is there?

Blogs

  • Off Piste
  • Sporting Cycle: Getting back to basics

    The Cross Country Ski Areas Association's (CCSAA) membership is comprised of ski area and ski resort owners and operators plus representatives from ski gear makers, grooming equipment manufacturers, insurance companies and others who offer services to ski areas. In short, it's a classic affinity group, and like so many such groups holds an annual convention.
  • The Blender
  • Bend, Oregon Weekend Entertainment Guide

    The options for entertainment this weekend may not be immense, but there are definitely a few shows worth checking out. Here are a few of our suggests for musical and comedic goodness this weekend.
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  • The Wandering Eye
  • The Latest News from Tax Hell

    We’re still waiting for the mass exodus of businesses that conservatives predicted in the wake of voter approval of Measures 66 and 67 to happen. Meanwhile, a couple of developments this week suggest that Oregon isn’t really such a horrible place to locate a business after all.
  • The Wandering Eye
  • Campaigns Look Spendier Here

    Want to run for the Oregon Legislature? You’d better be able to get your hands on at least a quarter of a million dollars. A new report on 2008 campaign financing by the National Institute on Money in State Politics found that Oregon was one of the most expensive states in the country to run in.

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