• Issue of
  • Aug 12-18, 2010
  • Vol. 14, No. 32


  • Local News
  • Yelling Fire in a Crowded Forest: Rooster Rock spares Skyline but highlights the danger of homes in the forest

    When the Rooster Rock fire ballooned from a few acres early last week to more than 3,000 acres in a matter of hours, it threatened more than just homes and trees south of Sisters. The fire, which grew to more than 6,000 acres before firefighters got the upper hand on the blaze, threatened to turn the dream of a community forest outside Bend into a moonscape of smoldering ashes when it started burning into the Bull Springs Tree Farm. The 33,000-acre nursery, known to Central Oregonians as Skyline Forest, is one of the longest running conservation efforts in Bend and one that seemed to be growing closer to realization before flames from the Rooster Rock blaze started licking at the edge of Skyline property, threatening to consume a large portion of the forest as state and federal fire fighters struggled to contain the fast-growing conflagration.
  • Commentary
  • The Big Leak: Why an act of treason ought to wake up the country

    MUMBAI--"An appalling irresponsible act." That's how General James Nattis, fresh at the helm of U.S. Central Command, characterizes the release of more than 76,000 classified Pentagon reports released by the website WikiLeaks. You may recall that the Pentagon, headquarters of the Department of Defense, is the same outfit that loaded $24 billion in $100 bills onto shrinkwrapped pallets and loaded the cash onto C-130 transport planes bound for Iraq--guarded by enlisted men who earn $20,000 a year. Not one of those Benjamins has ever been heard from since. Which, given that the money was supposed to be paid to corrupt tribal sheikhs, is just as well. Don't be surprised if you see contractors installing one of those great new Gunnite pools at the house belonging to your recently discharged veteran neighbor.


  • Editorial
  • SDC Deferral: Dumb, Dumber, Dumbest

    Well, they went and did it again. Two years ago, following the calamitous bust of the real estate bubble, the Bend City Council voted to give local builders and developers a break on their SDCs. SDCs - Systems Development Charges - are fees paid to help cover the cost of improvements to roads, sewer systems and other stuff made necessary by development. Under the resolution the council passed, a builder doesn't have to pay SDCs up front. Instead he can wait nine months or until an occupancy permit for the new structure is issued, whichever comes first. The city gets a lien on the property in case the builder doesn't pay up. The deal essentially amounts to a nine-month, interest-free loan for the builder.
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  • Letters to the Editor
  • Don't Pick On Ronald

    "McDonald's Super Sized Signage" (August 4), contains references to "super sized meals" and "oversized portions." To set the record straight, we eliminated the "Super Size" option from our menu six years ago (2004) and strive to offer our customers menu choices and variety such as, Premium Grilled Chicken Salads and Sandwiches, Fruit n Yogurt Parfaits and new Real Fruit Smoothies.


  • Book Talk
  • wRite: Life After Facebook

    You can't really know the poppy by its photo - how the blossom holds the last of sunset, how the pollen is silky on your finger. You have walked along the shining river.

Food & Drink


  • Film Events
  • Here Comes the Judge!

    I'll admit it! I've got a huge beef with American Idol. For years I have (okay, perhaps unwisely) used this column as a bully pulpit to point out Idol's numerous flaws - the worst being that I've never appeared on the show, or won. It's freaking ridiculous, guys! Their job is to choose America's next worship-worthy singing star, AM I RIGHT? And yet? They've repeatedly barred me from competing because of stupid and completely discriminatory age requirements! Result: AMERICA LOSES.
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  • Sound Stories & Interviews
  • Picking Away: Pickathon makes beautiful music in a beautiful setting

    This year's Pickathon brought together 44 bands, covering styles ranging from folk to indie rock and Americana on Pendarvis farm in Happy Valley, OR. Originally conceived as a "better way to throw a party," by founder Zale Schoenborn, an engineer by day, the festival, now in its 12th year, welcomed more than 4,000 people to the sprawling 80-acre farm. By most anyone's standards, the festival was a mellow affair. The weekend's uniform was flannel, wayfarers and a generous amount of dirt mixed with sweat that made for a natural sunscreen covering every inch of exposed skin. The mellow vibe was aided by the fact that each band played multiple times during the festival. Each of the six stages was intimate, from the 50-person indoor Workshop Barn to the Woods Stage, which, like its name suggests, was in the middle of the woods and made from tree branches twisted together. The main stages, the Fir Meadows Stage and Mountain View Stage, allowed anyone who desired to stand at the foot of the stage, and those seated on the lawn were shaded by huge spider web-like swaths of white and orange fabric.
  • Sound Stories & Interviews
  • The Quick & Easy Boys - Red Light Rabbit

    The Quick & Easy Boys Red Light Rabbit PerCapita Records Well, The Quick & Easy Boys have done the seemingly impossible - they've managed to make a largely funky record without coming off even the least bit corny. Those who've seen the Portland band live and wondered how the trio's energy-packed live show would translate to the recorded medium have a firm answer in Red Light Rabbit.



  • The Blender
  • Why we should hire Michael Franti to promote tourism in Bend

    Many people have probably already seen this video from Michael Franti's website, but for those of you not in the loop, you've got to check this out. After Franti's show at the Les Schwab Amphitheater on August 5 he recorded this short web-isode for his FrantiV series boasting about how awesome Bend is.
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  • The Wandering Eye
  • Real Estate: Is the Bottom in Sight Yet?

    Has the Bend real estate market hit bottom at last? It’s too soon to say, but at least it looks like home prices here have finally reached a realistic level. IHS Global Insight, which maintains huge databases of all sorts of economic data, reported back in March that as of the end of 2009, real estate in the Bend Metropolitan Statistical Area was overvalued by only 2.
  • The Wandering Eye
  • Dismayed Dems Demand: Where's Dudley?

    The big question Oregon Democrats have been asking this campaign season is: “Why won’t Chris Dudley play a little one-on-one against John Kitzhaber?” The former Portland Trail Blazer center who’s now the Republican candidate for governor has filled the airwaves with platitude-laden commercials (a new one was released yesterday) but has ducked opportunities to debate Democratic rival John Kitzhaber. On Tuesday Kitzhaber offered a list of seven events around the state where he’d be willing to debate Dudley.
  • The Wandering Eye
  • The Latest Bulletin from Tax Hell

    Here’s another bit of evidence that Oregon’s tax climate isn’t as toxic to business as conservatives make it out to be: Bend’s G5 Search Marketing announced this week that it’s getting a $15 million infusion of venture capital and plans to more than double its workforce. The five-year-old company, which designs software to help businesses make their websites more effective in snagging visitors and customers, plans to add 20 employees by the end of the year and as many as 100 more within two years, according to co-founder and CEO Dan Hobin.

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