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  • Oct 28 - Nov 3, 2010
  • Vol. 14, No. 43

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Opinion

  • Letters to the Editor
  • Dallas For Deschutes

    I recently reread Lee Iacocca's book Where Have All the Leaders Gone? In his last chapter, he has a "Call to Action," where he reiterates his "9 C's of Leadership." We have a unique opportunity here in Deschutes County to elect an exemplary candidate for county commissioner who embodies these important qualities of Leadership: Curiosity, Creativity, Communication, Character, Courage, Conviction, Charisma Competence and Common Sense. That candidate is Dallas Brown!
  • Letters to the Editor
  • Kozak Is the Logical Alternative

    Mike Kozak is the most capable candidate running; the one who makes the most sense; the one with the proven track record. As mayor of Bend, his applied vision set the track for most of the things we now cherish about our community.
  • Letters to the Editor
  • Telfer Ain't the One

    As a Bend City Councilor, the current Republican candidate for Treasurer, Chris Telfer, advocated and voted for the passage of Measure 37 in 2004. Measure 37 mandated that property owners may sue state or local government if they believe their property value is reduced by land use regulations. The Treasurer is, of course, in charge of the state's funds.

Food & Drink

  • Chow
  • Bringing the Islands to the North Side: Bend Fish Company adds Hawaiian fare to its menu

    Five years doesn't qualify a business as an "institution," but given the recent mortality rate for Bend restaurants, we need an apt label for tenacious establishments like Bend Fish Company. "For the first 18 months... we hit a home run, but then the [stuff] hit the fan," recalls Mike West who, along with his wife Cynthia, started the eatery in 2005. "We've survived, but lately it's been hard and we've had to find other revenue streams." The Wests built their reputation with moderately priced, well-prepared seafood served in a casual environment. To increase revenue, a sushi bar was added in 2007. The latest complement to their menu is "Island Grind'z Hawaiian BBQ," inspired by their son Justin's culinary school project, completed while moonlighting at an island grill restaurant near San Francisco.
  • Chow
  • Eating Animals: Taylor's Sausage makes a good case for carnivores

    I have recently been contemplating cutting meat out of my diet. It seems, however that the restaurants that have opened as of late in Bend are meat-centric, and truthfully, I'm elated. Because that's the only excuse I can muster for why I ate three of the largest ribs I've ever seen on top of wolfing down a giant Hungarian sausage in one sitting last week. The gluttonous meal I'm referring to took place at the old Cheerleader's Grill and Sports Pub location on Highway 97, which was recently taken over by Taylor's Sausage, the purveyor of 80 different types of sausage in addition to ribs, bacon, hams, smoked turkey, jerky and beef snack sticks. Taylor's Sausage, a five-generation family operation now run by brothers Terry and Scott Taylor, is based in the tiny town of Cave Junction in Southern Oregon, but has a reputation that spans the West Coast.
  • Chow
  • A Seismic Shift at Volcano Vineyards: After half a decade downtown, big changes are in store for one of Bend's leading micro-wineries

    The irony of two people who lived and worked for many years in the heart of California's grape-growing region deciding to start a winery only after relocating to a city nearly 4000 feet in elevation with a two-month frost-free growing season is not lost on Scott and Liz Ratcliff, owners of Bend's Volcano Vineyards. But as winemakers, not growers, Central Oregon's proximity to the Northwest's fine wine areas, along with a smart business plan, is helping turn that ironic move into a very bright idea. Volcano, one of a handful of the region's "micro-wineries," permanently closed its downtown tasting room last month and will be opening a bottling and blending facility in the redeveloped Century Center on Century Drive in late October. While the tasting room was popular, the couple decided to focus on wine production instead of maintaining the shop's long hours. In addition to bottling and blending the Volcano label wine, the Ratcliffs plan to start a new, lower-priced label called "Magma," with bottles priced in the $10 - $15 range. They will also bottle their popular Sangrias and plan to also sell boxed wines.

Screen

  • Film Events
  • The Poop Inside My Pants

    I'd like you to stop whatever you're doing right now, and deeply inhale the inside of my pants. Now: what do you smell? Perhaps... nutmeg? Maybe a touch of lavender? The lingering scent of last night's sex sweat mixed with a trace of Axe Body Spray? Okay, so tell me this: What's missing? CORRECT! Poop. There is not the slightest scent of poop inside my trousers. And NO, this is NOT a good thing!
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  • Off Piste
  • Playing Hurt: The Favre melodrama continues

    Years ago the NFL's iron man standard was Raiders center Jim Otto. Wearing his famous 00 jersey, Otto played 14 seasons without missing a game at football's most unheralded and unglamorous position.
  • The Wandering Eye
  • The Crazy Act Isn't Funny Anymore

    When I want to find out what rational (well, mostly rational) Oregon Republicans are thinking I go to Oregon Catalyst. When I want to have a laugh at the antics of the far-right lunatic fringe I go to NW Republican.
  • The Wandering Eye
  • We're Number 14 in Business Tax Ratings

    The Tax Foundation has released its 2011 ratings of state tax business tax climates, and Oregon is holding its own at Number 14 – the same position as last year. The non-partisan but conservative-leaning foundation ranks states according to five factors: corporate tax rates, individual income tax rates, sales taxes, unemployment insurance taxes and property taxes.
  • The Wandering Eye
  • Regarding Bedbugs (as in "Crazy as a ... ")

    Whenever I feel in need of a dose of right-wing nuttiness, The Bulletin's editorial page never lets me down. If the editorials themselves fail to deliver, the "In My View" pieces or letters to the editor always come through.
  • The Wandering Eye
  • Ramsay Lets the Cat Out of the Teabag

    Bend City Council candidate Scott Ramsay has invited all his fellow Tea Partiers to an “election results rally” tonight at the Sun Mountain Fun Center. You say you didn’t know Ramsay was a Tea Partier? That’s not surprising – neither did we.

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