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  • Dec 16-22, 2010
  • Vol. 14, No. 50

News

  • Local News
  • Cross at Your Own Risk: A recent death highlights the difficulty of making Bend's roads safer for pedestrians and bikers

    A few years ago, Cheryl Howard put new brakes on her Volvo wagon. She says this was perhaps the only reason she was able to stop fast enough to avoid a three-year-old boy who stepped in front of her car at a crosswalk on the Bend Parkway. His mother had gotten her stroller tangled in the brush and didn't see him step onto the road. Not that Howard isn't a cautious driver. Howard, who grew up in Bend and lives in the Orchard District, is the chair of the Deschutes County Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC).
  • Commentary
  • Baby Steps: Don't expect EPA to jump on greenhouse gases

    Let's get one thing straight: The EPA's plan to limit greenhouse-gas emissions from standing sources is nothing radical. States may sue, a bipartisan swarm of senators may politick to stop it, and energy lobbyists may fret about jobs and the economy, but no matter what the alarmists say, the rule won't shut anyone down.

Opinion

  • Editorial
  • Mean Mother Nature, Lawn Mower-Toting Tweakers, Deschutes Wilderness and More!

    his Week's Sign That Things are Just Fine: Tornados in Oregon If you're like us, you probably watch those television programs that feature unkempt young men chasing after tornados in armored Ford Escapes and think of the people living in those often-storm-ravaged Midwest locales and say something like, "Isn't it great we live in Oregon where we don't have to worry about tornadoes?" Well, think again.
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  • Letters to the Editor
  • Eat Cake as America Collapses: Obama's tax cut time machine, attack on the Royals, and the other Holbrooke

    The author is reporting from a bunker, surrounded by brilliant gold. The confusion over the past week is understandable, as President Obama suddenly emerged as a Reagan-right-winger. Even this column was proved utterly wrong; none could have guessed that our president was indeed a trickle-down-your-leg traitor. Elected as a liberal until being declared a Socialist by Republicans whose version of traveling abroad is crossing the county line, Obama made a deal this week that shook more than heads. Costing $850 billion and confounding poor folks who hate the rich people who employ them, Obama's gamble to continue unemployment claims for millions included the outsized ante of more tax breaks for America's elite. Get this: 3 percent of all beneficiaries will receive 38 percent of the breaks in the present legislation. Sounds fair to me, if only I had a job or an estate.
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  • Letters to the Editor
  • Muchas Gracias!

    A big thanks to everyone that bid on items in our recently concluded Charity Auction and to all of our business and community partners that donated goods and services to this year's fundraiser. Thanks to you, we managed to raise more than $5,500 for our charity partner, the Family Access Network. It's money that will help support programs that keep kids in school by giving students and families the basic tools that they need, including food, shelter and a stable home life.
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  • Letters to the Editor
  • Don't Let Swampy Go To The Dogs

    When you go ski touring at Swampy Lakes, step lightly and carry a pooper scooper. You may soon be sharing the trails with frisky off-leash puppies (and Big Dogs too). It's not happening, yet. But if DogPac bends the arm of the Deschutes National Forest hard enough, and the Forest Supervisor caves under pressure, that could be your reality.
  • Letters to the Editor
  • A Better Local Stimulus Plan

    It has been reported that this City Council recently forgave the collective total of a five-figure debt to six corporations. As I understand, these monies were legally owed for the privilege of doing business in our town. These were monies owed to a city in the middle of financial crisis, a city that is in danger of falling in on itself because our local businesses cannot afford to hire new employees. Except six hotels.
  • Letters to the Editor
  • Strange Things Are Afoot

    Dear City of Bend, I bring you curious news from the civilized mainland. I heard a rumor of a glorious chariot, one that is capable of systematically pushing snow from the asphalt trails with a large mass of steel at the helm, known simply as a plow. This incredible marvel simultaneously prevents further snow and ice from accumulating by excreting a particular compound referred to as salt. Most importantly, this machine is not operated by dark magic or a snow shaman, but by the hand of man!
  • Letters to the Editor
  • The Definition of Political Insanity

    The current craze over the attempts by Interpol to arrest WikiLeak culprit Julian Assange is incredible. Media organizations of all kinds of stripes devote so much space to how the Swedish police need to "interview" Mr. Assange over "sexual misconduct" of some sort (recently reduced to sex without a condom). The leaks in question associated with Mr. Assange have been determined not very significant by U.S. officials and many world leaders, who explained that often foreign officers use diplomatic cables to float notions, ideas and opinions with the purpose to fulfill an intended end. Whatever the real damage of these leaks remains to be seen as will the fate of Mr. Assange, now in the custody of British authorities.

Culture

  • Culture Features
  • A Touch of Glass: Former Breedlove builder may have the "hottest" guitars on the market

    Jayson Bowerman is one of Bend's favorite native sons, a world-class kayaker and surfer who exudes a brilliant smile and "hang loose" grace seldom seen outside any island resort. His new line of glass lap and tenor guitars is the stuff drool was made for, instruments of distinction highly sought after by musicians for their resonant tone and natural beauty. His career began at Breedlove Guitars back in 1995 when the company was starting to build a name for itself. After a 15-year run at Breedlove Guitars as head of research and development in charge of their American guitar line, the 80-hour work weeks were starting to wear his spirit down.

Food & Drink

  • Chow
  • Café Sintra, El Jimador Still Going Strong

    A couple articles we recently ran caused some confusion that we’d like to clear up. As you may have seen, we misreported that El Jimador was closing. This is not true – instead, the Mexican restaurant has changed its hours from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Chow
  • From Airstream to Haute Cuisine Spork serves dinner for two nights and knocks everyone's socks off

    Last Thursday evening, I walked down the frosted sidewalk of Bond Street. The day's rain had made the air bone-chillingly cold and if it had been any other night, I would have probably stayed in with a cup of tea and a Mad Men marathon. But for this night, I would have trekked three miles in the snow uphill both ways, because it was the first night of the iconic food cart Spork's pop-up restaurant, the "Spork Supper Club."

Screen

  • Film
  • The Hollywood Superstar Equation: Does The Tourist add up to chemistry between Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie?

    Finally, the gods of Hollywood have fulfilled one of my biggest hopes and dreams in cinema - Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie are staring together in a movie. As pathetic as that may sound, you know you were secretly hoping for the same thing. The big question looming on everyone's minds though: Will they have the kind of chemistry we've made up for them in our twisted, celebrity-obsessed consciousness? And will the movie itself live up to our fantasies? Here's how The Tourist stacks up:
  • Film
  • Far from the Extolling Crowd: Intellectuals, infidelity and teen infatuation run amok in Tamara Drewe

    Tamara Drewe, the latest installment from director Stephen Frears, has both great moments and glaring faults. This is a black comedy adapted from a comic-strip-turned-graphic novel by Posy Simmonds, which itself is based on Thomas Hardy's novel Far from the Maddening Crowd. In the countryside of a writer's retreat, the once ugly duckling Tamara Drewe, now a glamorous yet confused journalist with a life-changing nose job returns to sell her house. This Tamara is not to be confused with the B-horror film Tamara or its titular ax-wielding, cheerleader-killing machine, although that might have been the gimmick this flick needed.
  • Film Events
  • Hands-Free Holidays: A gift guide to videogames in the age of motion perception

    ONLY KINECT This year, thanks to the Kinect ($150), the Xbox 360 steps into the "oooo, cool" spotlight that the Wii has been hogging for the past few years. The Kinect is a camera (of infrared-and-other sorts) that can track players' whole bodies as they move around the room. Not only that, but it can recognize their faces and understand their words as well. Players merely need to be in the room with the 360 and some free space, and the games can begin.
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  • Film Events
  • Humpy's Millions

    See, here's the thing: I want to be a millionaire, but I don't want to do what's necessary to become a millionaire. What follows are eight things one can do to become a millionaire: (1) Make at least one million dollars - perhaps by working for it. BOOOOOO!!!! Did Donald Trump "work" for his million dollars? I doubt that very much.
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Music

  • Sound Stories & Interviews
  • Gary Wilson: Electric Endicott

    Somewhere Linda, Karen, Mary and Lisa are wishing they never met Gary Wilson. The unbelievably strange cult singer is haunted by the same girl-ghosts on Electric Endicott who have stalked his psyche and dominated his songwriting on his past three records. Wilson is still obsessed with those ex-girlfriends. But on Electric Endicott, the freakish experimentation and stalker-talk that hooked avant-garde fans in the past is lost in between plinking keyboard lines and tinny drum machines.
  • Sound Stories & Interviews
  • Hop Aboard with the King of the Surf Guitar: Dick Dale comes to town, and you should buy his boat

    The first thing I learned about Dick Dale came to me around the age of 12 on a school bus by way of a pair of headphones, the cord of which led to a since-forgotten contraption known as a Discman, which my friend kept on his person at all times. The sound coming through the wire was something like a laser beam shooting through the side of the Beach Boys station wagon. It was surf music, but there was no corniness or goofy hooks - it was all about pure, direct and astounding musicianship that sometimes didn't even sound like a guitar. By the time the bus got to school, I'd discovered a new guitar idol - one not named Hendrix.

Outside

  • Natural World
  • A Huntin' We Will Not Go: A reflection on legal and illegal hunting

    This fall, while eating supper on the back deck, my wife, Sue said, "Listen," which to a person like me who's deaf as a post, means nothing. What she saw when she looked toward the sound were hundreds of white-fronted Geese heading south, which is a reminder that waterfowl hunting season is just around the corner, and I recall all too well the last time I got going on hunting at Hatfield Lake.
  • Outside Features
  • Who Needs a GPS? Getting out of town to explore Sisters by ski

    It is easy to get stuck in ruts, even when it comes to outdoor adventure. With so many opportunities for both groomed and backcountry skiing so close to Bend, it can sometimes be hard to justify the gas and time it takes to head out of town and explore some new areas. But for the skier who is out on the trails more than a few times a week, changing up the scenery is definitely worth the effort.
  • Outside Features
  • Off The Hook: Bend Rocks US Cyclocross Nationals

    Like a snowball rolling downhill, the energy surrounding last week's cyclocross nationals grew bigger and bigger, culminating in an estimated 10,000 spectators for Sunday's races. The combination of tough racing and effervescent parties uniquely showcased Bend as a work hard, play hard kind of town, and has set the standard for other host cities.
  • Outside Features
  • The Bad Ass Trail Fun Run

    You've been training consistently and are prepared to throw down. Your priorities are straight. You aren't afraid of snow or ice, and probably have a pair of running shoes with sheet-metal screws already in them. Yep, you're a bad ass.

Blogs

  • The Beacon
  • Redmond to Residents: Wait to Skate

    Ambitious plans to get an outdoor community ice rink up and running in Redmond’s Centennial Plaza this winter were scrapped earlier this week. According to a press release from the city of Redmond, the city’s plans hit a roadblock when arrangements to bring a compressor over from Portland fell through recently.
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  • The Wandering Eye
  • Census Numbers Tell a Tale of Two Cities

    The New York Times has posted a series of interactive maps based on US Census data, and they seem to confirm the view that Bend really is two cities. There’s always been an argument over what the real line of demarcation between East Bend and West Bend is.
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  • The Wandering Eye
  • DADT, Gay-Bashing and the "Icky-ness" Factor

    For the past week or so, “Zeo” of the NW Republican blog has had his jock strap in a knot over the prospect of Congress repealing the military’s “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” rule. To hear Zeo tell it, if DADT is repealed and gays are allowed to serve openly in the US military it will mean the end not only of our armed forces but of America, its economic system and civilization in general.
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