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  • Dec 23-29, 2010
  • Vol. 14, No. 51

News

  • Local News
  • Storms of Controversy: Blizzards and droughts are more than just crazy weather

    Last February, as the snow just kept piling up in Washington, D.C., Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., and his family built an igloo down the street from the Capitol and labeled it "Al Gore's new home." And the Virginia Republican Party ran TV ads telling viewers to call legislators who supported climate-change legislation "and tell them how much global warming you get this weekend. Maybe they'll come help you shovel."

Opinion

  • Editorial
  • Let's Drink: The DA Debacle Part XXV, Bend's Most Dangerous Patio and more!

    DA Office Drama Drags On A deal that would have traded some salary and benefits for deputy prosecutors in exchange for short-term job security appears to be crumbling on the eve of DA-elect Patrick Flaherty's tenure. An attorney representing deputy district attorneys who have banded together in a state-certified collective bargaining union notified Deschutes County administrators on Monday that her clients are rescinding their proposal unless the county commissioners vote on the deal before Jan. 1 when Flaherty is scheduled to take office.
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  • Editorial
  • R.I.P. DADT

    There have been gays in the American military as long as there has been an American military. But for more than 230 years they've had to hide their sexual identity from the men and women they served with. That stupid and shameful anachronism will come to an end soon, thanks to the 111th Congress's decision to end the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy. Support for repeal was bipartisan, and the margins were impressive: 250 to 175 in the House (with all of Oregon's representatives voting "yes" except our own lamentable Greg Walden) and 65 to 31 in the Senate (with Oregon Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley both in favor).
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  • Letters to the Editor
  • Feelin' Grinchy: Hypocrisy on the Hill, hotpants, fun with Pakistan and more!

    The author is reporting from an aircraft carrier where everyone is asking and telling, margaritas and hotpants now the rage. "Bigger government, 2,000-page bills jammed through on Christmas Eve, wasteful spending... " Happy Kwanzaa, America! Oh, wait, such things are suddenly bad, according to Senate Minority Leader Mitch "Turtle" McConnell. Feelin' Grinchy? Don't dare touch McConnell's 36 total earmarks, like $4 million for marijuana eradication and $650,000 for DNA research at the University of Kentucky.
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  • Letters to the Editor
  • Keep Swampy Request in Perspective

    In response to Rosalind O'Donoghue's "Don't Let Swampy Go to the Dogs," she makes it sound like ALL of Swampy Lakes will be taken over by skiers with dogs and that you'll need to carry a pooper scooper if DogPac gets its way. NOT TRUE!
  • Letters to the Editor
  • Dog Access Is Not Unreasonable

    There has been much hyperbole and misinformation regarding DogPAC's work to regain forest access for dog owners, with winter access being a central aspect. Here are some facts to set the record straight. The Deschutes National Forest is by far the most restrictive of the 12 national forests in Oregon. Even if all the changes proposed by DogPAC are implemented, the Deschutes will remain the most restrictive national forest in Oregon. Put simply, this forest is abnormal in its restrictions on dog owner access. That needs to change.

Culture

  • Picks
  • Our Picks 12/22-12/30: Christmas Bird Count, 2nd Hand Soldiers, and more!

    The Pitchfork Revolution thursday 23 We know some Bendites have string-fever and what better way to entertain your visiting family who's trickling into town for the holidays than with some electro-acoustic experimental Americana-grass from The Pitchfork Revolution, a band that includes Jayson Bowerman, the guitar maker we featured in last week's issue. The local band's music includes the stringed sounds of the mandolin, banjo, plus the good ol' guitar and bass. Their song "Budz and Gunz" includes this line, which could sum up why we all love Oregon: "We chose to live here in Oregon because we like the mountains and the ocean." Raise a pint glass and get down with some awesome bluegrass. $5. 9pm. Silver Moon Brewing Co., 24 NW Greenwood Ave.

Food & Drink

  • Chow
  • Allyson's Kitchen Closing December 31

    It's a hard knock life out there for retailers. We've just heard the sad news - Allyson's Kitchen, one of our favorite kitchen stores (and the best place to buy wine for Les Schwab summer concerts) is closing its Bend location this Friday.
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  • Chow
  • Marz To Become Deco Bistro

    Just a few short months after acquiring Marz Bistro, owner Gavin McMichael announced that he is revamping the downtown stalwart, re-opening the restaurant next month as Deco Bistro, which, according to the Bulletin will serve "classic American style bistro cuisin of the 1920s and 1930s" And if anybody has any idea what that is, let us know.
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  • Chow
  • Holiday Chef's Table: Favorite recipes from some of our favorite chefs' tables to yours

    Holiday meals can be the most exciting time of the year - for some reason, gathering everyone from your sister's Duggar-like brood to your pull-my-finger uncle Ted in the same place can make for some interesting moments. But they're also a time for families to share meals, recipes and traditions. In this spirit, we've asked a few of Central Oregon's best chefs to share their favorite holiday recipes. From dishes passed down through generations to new classics, these are show-stoppers we can guarantee will keep everyone happy - well, at least until uncle Ted gets into the spiced eggnog.
  • 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."
  • Chow
  • Holiday Chef's Table: Favorite recipes from some of our favorite chefs' tables to yours

    Holiday meals can be the most exciting time of the year - for some reason, gathering everyone from your sister's Duggar-like brood to your pull-my-finger uncle Ted in the same place can make for some interesting moments. But they're also a time for families to share meals, recipes and traditions. In this spirit, we've asked a few of Central Oregon's best chefs to share their favorite holiday recipes. From dishes passed down through generations to new classics, these are show-stoppers we can guarantee will keep everyone happy - well, at least until uncle Ted gets into the spiced eggnog.

Screen

  • Film
  • Striving for Perfection: Natalie Portman Soars in Black Swan

    Natalie Portman is amazing. The 29-year-old actress has perfectly crafted her career - making stunning choices for the films she stars in and her most recent project doesn't find her veering off course. Black Swan stars Portman in a both mentally and physically challenging role as Nina, a ballerina who is cast as the Swan Queen in a ballet troupe's revamped production of Swan Lake. While the storyline may leave you a bit confused, there will be no question when you leave the theater that Portman should run away with the Academy Award for Best Actress.
  • Film
  • Move Aside Rocky, There's a New Kid in Town: The Fighter is definitely a contender

    What's that you say? David O. Russell, the guy who directed Spanking the Monkey, Three Kings and I Heart Huckabees made a boxing movie? Yes it's true that the king of quirky has made a straightforward boxing pic based on a true story, fueled by performances of compelling grit and layered intensities, simply entitled The Fighter.
  • Film Events
  • Be Sensitive: Sports Champions gets PS3 in the motion game

    This winter, I'm reviewing the whole pack of motion sensitive games. From Wii Sports to Kinect Sports, I'm testing out the full range of gaming's latest trend. And since all the games have some version of tennis, I'm calling the event the "Pong-Off." Keep reading these pages to see the results, and may the best Pong win.
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  • Film Events
  • Rudolph Redux

    ATTENTION: There are some serious problems with Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. And for those of you who are still reading, I'm going to elucidate on those problems (and how they can be corrected) in three... two... one... GO! 1) Rudolph is totes creepy. Naturally, I'm talking about the Rankin/Bass creepy wooden puppet version of Rudolph (available on DVD and permanently seared into your brain). All the characters in these Rankin/Bass productions are tiny walking nightmares, whose mouths refuse to move at the proper speed, and jerk around like they have epilepsy. Christmas is a time to be thinking about GETTING PRESENTS, YO! Not flopping around on the ground while a total stranger tries to shove his wallet in your mouth.
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Music

  • Sound Stories & Interviews
  • I Get It Now: How the Reverend Horton Heat kept a sense of humor

    The Reverend Horton Heat should, and probably is, best known for essentially creating a genre of their own by taking rockabilly sounds and layering them on top of an aggressive punk rock foundation. Some have called this "psychobilly," which is about as ridiculous (albeit hilariously so) a genre classification as there is in popular music, but whatever you want to call it, it's hard to look past this band when inspecting the best live acts of the past three decades. These guys didn't invent the rockabilly sound, but they sure as hell made it more interesting.

Outside

  • Natural World
  • Eating Away the Winter Blahs: What happens when hawks eat other birds

    Winter is a tough time for many forms of wildlife. Every day, mule deer, for example, must dig out their winter fare of bitterbrush and tiny plants buried in snow. They also must have thermal cover every night to ward off those nighttime temperatures that can sometimes plummet to below zero. Similarly, there is a group of hawks that have it tough: the accipiters, otherwise known as "bird hawks." True, like most birds in our latitudes, their downy underwear keeps them warm, and their winter food: small birds - flocking together in winter for protection, food and warmth - are dependable prey, but let's not forget Darwin's theories about how animals adapt to change.
  • Outside Features
  • Holiday Bowling: If you don't watch college football games this Christmas, Santa is gonna be pissed

    Guess what, kids? If you don't watch all the college football bowl games during the Christmas week/weekend, Santa knows, because he has an exclusive deal with ESPN that allows him to look back at you through your television set. And if Santa finds out you skipped, say, the Little Caesars Bowl because you thought it was something your cousin dreamed up when he was super high, he'll make sure you get nothing for Christmas. You'll also be forced to watch nothing but NASCAR until next year. Sorry. Them's the rules. In the hopes of keeping you from enduring a Santa-enforced year of motor sports, (The guy can be a dick sometimes. Especially when he's been drinking, which is pretty much every night since the elves unionized over the summer.) here are some pointers to bring you up to speed on all the bowl games you better be watching this weekend.
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  • Outside Features
  • A Cool Yule: Keeping the holiday spirit alive outside

    During his 19 years as director of Mt. Bachelor's Nordic Center, Bob Mathews strove to keep things festive around the holidays. That meant an employee dressed in a full Santa suit skiing around the tracks handing out candy to skiers and the instructors giving lessons while sporting elf hats, ears and tunics.

Special Issues & Guides

  • Extras
  • Local Celebrity Wish Lists

    Eric Tollefson, local musician 1. I hope that everyone who is able will visit the Tree of Joy in the Old Mill to make someone else’s Christmas this year. Most of the children’s wish lists have things like shoes and coats. There’s no better feeling than making a child’s Christmas.

Blogs

  • The Blender
  • Allyson's Kitchen Closing December 31

    It's a hard knock life out there for retailers. We've just heard the sad news - Allyson's Kitchen, one of our favorite kitchen stores (and the best place to buy wine for Les Schwab summer concerts) is closing its Bend location this Friday.
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  • The Wandering Eye
  • The Eye Wanders Off Into the Sunset

    I’m really sorry to break the bad news to them during this season of peace and goodwill, but after this week the right-wingers in Bend and vicinity won’t have The Wandering Eye to kick around anymore. The decision to stop writing this blog was my own, and it was prompted by several factors.
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