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  • Sep 23-29, 2010
  • Vol. 14, No. 38

News

Opinion

  • The Minimum Wage Whiners
  • Editorial
  • The Minimum Wage Whiners

    Oregon's minimum wage will increase by a dime on Jan. 1, 2011. The weeping and wailing from Oregon businesses, conservative politicians and right-wing think tanks will commence well before then.
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Culture

Food & Drink

  • Chow
  • Big Easy Eating: Bourbon Street comes to Bend

    First, a disclaimer: I have never been to New Orleans. But this hasn't stopped me from developing a far-away love for the food, culture and history of this unique American city. So I was thrilled when Bourbon Street Bend, the New Orleans-style eatery, opened this summer in the old Staccato location on Minnesota Ave. I wasn't the only one. Bourbon Street Bend has been packed since day one. The popularity can be attributed not just to Bendites' unbridled love of all new restaurants - good or not - but also to the hearty dishes, which feature seafood and Southern-style cooking, as well as a family-friendly price point.
  • Chow
  • NW Urban Grill Closes

    NW Urban Grill closes in the Old Mill District in Bend, Oregon. The upscale casual restaurant closed after just five months of service.
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  • Chow
  • NW Urban Grill Closes

    NW Urban Grill closes in the Old Mill District in Bend, Oregon. The upscale casual restaurant closed after just five months of service.
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  • Chow
  • Howdy, Neighbors! New owners give Riverside Market a much-needed facelift

    Neighborhoods are defined not just by their residents, but the shops, cafes and markets that hold them together. Neighborhood businesses are a reflection of the hood's personality - they employ neighbors, act as meeting places, organize get-togethers and events. Such is the case with Riverside Market, the casual café and corner store between NW Congress Street and NW McCann Avenue in the historic mill-era neighborhood south of Drake Park. In the past, it's seen good times and bad times. At its best, it's been a meeting spot for bridge players and floaters stopping in for a beer after a day on the river. At its seediest, it's been a hangout spot for early-morning drunks and transients, with bathrooms used as makeshift bathhouses. But with its recent purchase by John and Melanie Gaipo, Riverside might have become the friendliest neighborhood market in Bend.

Screen

Music

Outside

Blogs

  • Off Piste
  • Election 2010: the season of spite

    A guest on one of the political talk shows this past week offered: "there's nothing quite like the throw-the-bum-out energy during an election season." How true.
  • Off Piste
  • Skoal, Cheers, Prost: Drinking lite ain't what it used to be

    According to recently released beer industry figures, lite beer sales are down are whopping 9 percent while craft (microbrew) beer sales are up an equally whopping 12 percent. An easy case can be made for the fact that craft beers simply taste better and lite beers, well, they don't taste like much and as beer drinkers get more fussy -- well, you get the idea.
  • The Blender
  • Bend Roots Revival Coverage

    You should utilize all your skills as a human being to snatch up a copy of this week's print edition, because inside you'll find a complete schedule to the Bend Roots Revival -- the massive four-day local music explosion that is set over the new Century Center this weekend -- as well as some band profiles and everything else you need to know about the event. So yeah, pick up the paper! And speaking of this weekend, how about this weather forecast? It's like summer, but in the fall.
  • The Blender
  • Bend Roots Revival Kicks Off Tonight

    You'll have to wait until tomorrow afternoon to get into the Century Center, but the Bend Roots Revival (about which we'll be writing/posting video/raving for the next few days on this blog) is kicking into motion tonight. Here's a link to our full festival preview, which is also a two-page spread in the print edition.
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  • The Blender
  • More Video from the Bend Roots Revival

    We're in the process of editing down the hour-plus of footage we collected over the weekend at the Bend Roots Revival, which I'm going to go ahead and say was one of the coolest things I've seen during my time in Bend. Festival founder and creative director Mark Ransom told me that he figured more than 1,000 people were on hand for Saturday, which showcased much of Bend's most solid acts, including a rockingly explosive set from the Autonomics that brought the festival to its feet.
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  • The Wandering Eye
  • Dudley Plays Tough on Defense

    Democrats on the Blue Oregon site are trying to stir up outrage over remarks by Chris Dudley that seem to indicate the affluent former pro basketball player thinks restaurant servers make too much money. In a video clip, the Republican governor candidate says: "It takes time to explain so people understand why .
  • The Wandering Eye
  • A Dishonest and Desperate Move by Democrats

    Oregon Republicans are furious with Democrats for accusing them of backing a 30% sales tax - and they've got reason to be mad, because they're not doing anything of the kind. A mailer sent by Future PAC, the campaign arm of Oregon House Democrats, claims that three GOP House candidates - all in the Portland area - support a 30% sales tax.
  • The Wandering Eye
  • Right-Wingers Stage a Video Ambush in Portland

    Andrew Breitbart sent two of his brownshirt “journalists” to Portland on Thursday, and they got what they were after: some video footage that could be used to embarrass Democratic governor candidate John Kitzhaber. Breitbart is a right-wing agent provocateur who excels at, shall we say, creative video editing.
  • The Wandering Eye
  • Tricky Campaign Signs Zing Dudley

    This one is too funny to pass up. Carla Axtman, one of Blue Oregon’s contributors, has posted on her Facebook page a photo of a phony lawn sign that she says is appearing around Lake Oswego.

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