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  • Jun 17-23, 2010
  • Vol. 14, No. 24

News

  • Backyard Chickens: Why your neighbor might have a poultry farm in her backyard
  • Local News
  • Backyard Chickens: Why your neighbor might have a poultry farm in her backyard

    The sidewalk that lines the north side of Galveston Avenue on the westside of Bend is one of the more well-traveled stretches of pavement in the city - moms pushing strollers, workers heading downtown, and, of course, those ambling to and from bars and eateries. Now, many of those pedestrians stop right around 12th Street, whether it's because their dogs go ballistic or just because of their own curiosity. This is all because, less than two feet from the sidewalk, there's a makeshift chicken pen with three inquisitive occupants peering at passersby. Chickens next to a busy sidewalk in an increasingly busy neighborhood? It might seem bizarre to the uninitiated, but it's actually indicative of a trend that's popping up throughout Bend: urban chicken coops. The most visible display of this trend happened earlier this spring, when nearly 1,600 Bendites got in their cars and hit the road for Bend's First Annual Chicken Coop Tour. Modeled after coop tours in larger cities like Portland and Seattle, Bend's tour included 26 coops, most of which had fewer than four fowl in them. To participants, however, quantity didn't matter. Everyone - from children and hipsters to parents and the elderly - were enthralled by even the smallest makeshift coop and its roosting residents.
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Opinion

  • Letters to the Editor
  • Don't Blame Nosler

    Nosler, Inc. has been in the same neighborhood for probably more years than many of the homes. There used to be very little development in that area for decades.
  • Letters to the Editor
  • True Value

    Politicians allocate resources to where they perceive worth in order to acquire and hold power for themselves, by buying votes from the greedy, the uneducated and the deluded.

Culture

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Screen

Music

  • Hank Done it His Way: Country music's most likely heir, Hank III, remains an enigma
  • Sound Stories & Interviews
  • Hank Done it His Way: Country music's most likely heir, Hank III, remains an enigma

    It probably comes as no great surprise to the fans of Shelton Hank Williams, aka Hank III, that the artist who confounds country music conventions and tours on a split personality country-metal bill, does things his own way. Whether it's sticking up his middle finger at Nashville and its most hallowed grounds, the Grand Ole Opry, or feuding with his own record label, Hank III does more to earn his outlaw image in a day than most so-called alt-country acts do in their entire career. That can make it tough on people like, you know, fans and journalists. So when we got word that Hank wasn't sending any advance copies of his new album, Rebel Within, to the local press, it came as no great surprise. And when Hank's in-house publicist informed us that the enigmatic stepchild of country music's first familywould be available for a 20-minute interview from the road, I was only cautiously optimistic. True to his word, the call eventually came - two hours before our press deadline on Tuesday, roughly half a week after it was scheduled.
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Outside

  • I'm Not Lost  ... I am exploring
  • Outside Features
  • I'm Not Lost ... I am exploring

    Do you have a theme song? Mine is by singer/songwriter Jana Stanfield. The chorus goes like this: I'm not lost, I am exploring. Life is an adventure worth enjoying. Though I may not know where I'm going, I am not lost, I am exploring.
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  • Outside Features
  • Use Common Sense as Riding Opportunities Expand

    The urge to explore is irresistible to some people, but COTA recommends caution when encroaching upon this moving boundary. Crossing large snow drifts and negotiating downed trees can force you far off the trail where it is easy to lose your bearings.

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Blogs

  • Off Piste
  • Wet and Windy: wandering around in Astoria

    There's something about this town with its marine climate mélange of fog, mist, rain and wind that makes me feel good. It could be an inherited sense of belonging in foul weather delivered genetically by my Welsh and Scottish antecedents.
  • The Hag: Spending Sunday night with Merle
  • Off Piste
  • The Hag: Spending Sunday night with Merle

    Too often, as they ease into their septuagenarian years, many a great musician falter. They simply skate by playing as few licks as possible and work hard trying to sing, and too often muffing, the lyrics.
  • The Beacon
  • City to Hoteliers: Pay up!

    The cash-strapped city of Bend is preparing to send a collective six figure bill for overdue room tax charges that the city believes it has been shorted by a number of local hotels, including the Riverhouse. The city of Bend released the final figures from its recent audit of six Bend hotels showing that the properties owe together more than $330,000 to the city because they under reported room tax revenue between Jan.
  • The Blender
  • Hank III - Tonight at the Domino Room

    If you made it out to see Merle Haggard last night, you can continue your streak of days attending outlaw country shows by making it down to the Domino Room tonight for Hank III. We profiled Hank III in this week's issue, talking to the grandson of the country legend about lots of things, including why he insists on being such a renegade.
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  • The Wandering Eye
  • Poll Stunner: Dudley Leads Kitzhaber by 7

    The conventional wisdom said that John Kitzhaber, a popular two-term former governor running in a heavily Democratic state, would have a cakewalk to a third term. But suddenly he finds himself in a horse race.
  • The Wandering Eye
  • On the Trail of Ales, Frauds and Fools

    Now THIS is my kind of hike: Visitors to Bend this summer will be able to travel "The Bend Ale Trail," a tour of eight local craft breweries. "Known throughout the world as one of the top outdoor recreation meccas, Bend, Oregon has now also emerged as one of the premier craft brewery capitals of the United States," says a press release put out by Visit Bend, the city's tourism promotion agency.
  • The Wandering Eye
  • Mapping the Ins and Outs of Migration

    Forbes magazine has posted a fascinating interactive map showing, county by county, where Americans moved to and where they moved from. One rather surprising fact: More people still seemed to be moving into Central Oregon than out of it – at least as of 2008.

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