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  • Vol. 14, No. 33

News

  • Local News
  • The Cannabis Crossroads: Oregon voters will decide in November whether to bring marijuana sales to Main Street

    As of July 1 of this year, 36,380 Oregonians, which is about the equivalent of the entire combined population of Crook and Jefferson counties, had been approved to possess, grow and use marijuana without fear of prosecution. They are members of the state's ever-growing medical marijuana cardholder community. As it turns out, government sanctioned pot smokers, although not all toke in the traditional sense, are one of the state's fastest growing populations. More than 23,000 Oregonians applied for a medical marijuana card in the last year and some 5,000 apps were pending as of the start of last month. As the interest in the program soars, medical marijuana advocates are now pushing for another major relaxing of the state's laws regarding the drug. Thanks to their efforts, this November voters will decide whether to take pot out of the closet grow room and out into the world of retail storefronts through a state regulated system of "dispensaries" where card holders can shop for pot like they would a new pair of shoes.

Opinion

  • Editorial
  • The Artful Debate Dodgers

    As anybody who's watched recent presidential encounters knows, political debates can be a silly business. The candidates stick to the same carefully honed and well-rehearsed talking points no matter what the question is or what their opponent says.
  • Letters to the Editor
  • Only The Beginning

    Matt Orr opened Pandora's Box with his comments about chemicals. The debacle that PGE caused in the Hudson and the federal government's slow response to the BP oil disaster will be looked on as a minor problem when we see the results of the chemical industry pumping glug into our soils and water every day.

Culture

  • Culture Features
  • What's Your Cinderella Pint? Let our Brewfest bracketology be your drinking guide

    Editor's Note: This Friday and Saturday beer drinkers from around Central Oregon and beyond will file into the Les Schwab amphitheater for the chance to sample craft beers from around Oregon and the Western United States as part of the 2010 Bend Brewfest. If you like beer, and we know that you do, this is simply The Place To Be this weekend as the hop-ified liquid goodness flows from the taps. In recognition of this great gathering of fermented malts, we're offering a different kind of guide to the event. In a nod to March Madness, we've developed our own bracketology methodology for you to rate and compare the two dozen breweries on hand. The match-ups are beyond arbitrary (they're in alphabetical order). So drink up and have fun filling out your brackets. We're all winners when beer is the game.
  • Theater
  • Bonnie and Clyde: The Musical

    Innovation Theatre Works launched its first production in its new space, the Bend Performing Arts Center. Bonnie and Clyde: The Musical, directed by Brad Hills and produced by Chris Rennolds,
  • Book Talk
  • Best Seller

    Hardcover Fiction 1. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest
Stieg Larsson, Knopf, $27.95 The stunning third and final novel in Larsson's best-selling Millennium Trilogy. (*11) 2. The Help
Kathryn Stockett, Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam, $24.95. This wonderful debut set in the rural South of the 1960s is a February 2009 Indie Next List Great Read. (78)3. Star Island
Carl Hiaasen, Knopf, $26.95. Hiaasen's hilarious spin on life in the celebrity fast lane. (2)

Food & Drink

  • Chow
  • Meeting of Foodie Minds

    I just met with Sydney Leonard, the Community Food Systems Coordinator for Wy'East Resource, Conservation and Development. Leonard is spearheading the September 10th Central Oregon Food Summit and had some very interesting insights into the event.
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  • Chow
  • In the Mix: Solid Hawaiian Fare comes to the Old Mill

    Bend seems to have a connection with Hawaii. More than a few people I know have traded their surfboards and suntans for snowboards and four seasons (theoretically). But one thing islanders refuse to give up is Hawaiian cuisine and for that we can all be thankful. Hawaiian fare is no-fuss goodness - slow-roasted meats and fish prepared in Asian and Pacific Island styles, melding the Hawaiian population's various cultures. And Bendites are lucky enough to have not one, but two, authentic Hawaiian joints, Aloha Café and Big Island Kona Mix Plate, the latter of which recently relocated from a less than convenient 3rd Street location to a prime spot next to the Regal Cinema in the Old Mill, formerly occupied by Quiznos subs. The new Kona Mix Plate is about half the size of the old store, but the location makes up for the lack of space. I recently visited Kona Mix Plate for lunch and the place was bustling with moviegoers and shoppers hankering for some island fare.

Screen

  • Film Events
  • A Mindless Summer Rampage: Crackdown can't blast through its shortcomings

    The same thing happens every day. The sun, rising unseen, illuminates Pacific City with a vague, generic glow. In this unwashed daylight, Pacific City's buildings, which glower with foreboding imperialism in the darkness, are revealed to be charmless monoliths - a warren of cardboard box offices and oatmeal can towers. An occasional flock of paper scraps churn through the air in the otherwise featureless corners and alleyways. As the light emerges, so do the city's sanest residents. I say "sanest," though I would be hard-pressed to defend the mental health of citizens who insist on loitering in the streets like herd animals - a meandering obstacle course that the game admonishes me for mowing down. Then the same thing happens every night. The streams of citizens evaporate as darkness oozes into the streets along with a dense backwash of mutants: pale, bulbous men studded with bony spikes, and wiry screaming women with frazzled hair. Outnumbering the healthy citizens, the freaks clog every corner of nocturnal Pacific City. Throwing punches at them results in a dense flurry of motion as I flit from one to the next, and it's a simple matter to leap to the roof of a nearby building and target them with firearms. But that maneuver is likely to summon a carload or two of the game's gang of human rebels, with their automatic rifles, endless ammunition and ability to track me across rooftops.The same thing happens every year. I find myself leaping from rooftop to rooftop, from skyscraper to street and back up again, as I bounce and climb around crime-infested cities. But unlike the truly epic scale of last summer's inFamous and Prototype, the feeble heights and featureless skyline of Crackdown 2 present me with limited opportunities for super-powered heroics. I'm no longer impressed that I'm able to leap to the top of tall buildings in a single bound. In Crackdown 2 I'm merely a bundle of offensive maneuvers ricocheting around a mockup metropolis, pretending to save the day and night when all I'm really doing is going through the motions.
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Music

Outside

  • Outside Features
  • Ride of Your Life: Mountain Bike Oregon is a two-wheeled "Woodstock"

    Would anyone pay close to $300 dollars to spend three nights camping at a highway rest area?Twice a summer, for the last four years, more than 300 people from all over the country and as far away as Australia do just that; many of them consider it a bargain. They come for one reason: Mountain Bike Oregon(MBO), a three day festival in Oakridge featuring some of the best singletrack mountain biking in the nation. "There are miles of amazing single track. It's right up there with places like Moab, Crested Butte and Park City," says Abbey Hippely of Santa Cruz Bicycles. Riders and industry reps agree - Oakridge has quietly developed a reputation as a premier mountain biking destination.

Special Issues & Guides

  • Extras
  • LandWatch Goes to the Mattresses Over Resorts

    The fight over Deschutes County’s new destination resort rules isn’t finished yet: Central Oregon LandWatch has put the county on notice that it plans to challenge them. LandWatch filed “notices of intent to appeal” Thursday with the state Land Use Board of Appeals, charging that the county’s new rules for determining what lands are eligible for resorts “actually increase the development potential in the county.

Blogs

  • Off Piste
  • High Country: big views, granite rock and starry nights

        Take Yosemite National Park around Tuolumne Meadows and environs, combine it with the best of the mountains of southern Colorado and you have Oregon’s Wallowa Mountains. Yosemite for the granite rock and southern Colorado for the high alpine valleys cut by meandering crystal clear streams.
  • Off Piste
  • Eats: paradise is nothing without fancy restaurants

    It was a mixed group, a few longtime Bend residents and some more recent arrivals. As the conversation turned to the pluses and minuses of living in our fair city, the longtime residents seemed a bit jaded in their outlook; the newer residents were more of the Bend as paradise-on-earth mindset.
  • The Blender
  • Mat Kearney Tonight at the Domino Room

    Before I left on a glorious, glorious, non-blogging and out-of-the-office vacation, I chatted with Mat Kearney about his musical career and what it's like to make music for television doctors to make out to. You can read about that here.
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  • The Wandering Eye
  • LandWatch Goes to the Mattresses Over Resorts

    The fight over Deschutes County's new destination resort rules isn't finished yet: Central Oregon LandWatch has put the county on notice that it plans to challenge them. LandWatch filed ìnotices of intent to appealî Thursday with the state Land Use Board of Appeals, charging that the county's new rules for determining what lands are eligible for resorts ìactually increase the development potential in the county.
  • The Wandering Eye
  • Dudley Kicks Mannix Measure to the Curb

    Kevin Mannix, who lost as a candidate for governor, state attorney general and congressman, has had a more successful career pushing get-tough-on-crime measures. But he’s finding it tough to get traction with this year’s entry – even among some of his fellow Republicans.

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