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  • Jan 20-26, 2011
  • Vol. 15, No. 3


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  • Obama's Homeowner Plan a "Colossal Disappointment," Merkley says.

    Announcing a new more aggressive push to save millions of financially strapped American homeowners from foreclosure, Sen Jeff Merkley said Tuesday in Bend that new legislation is needed to replace Obama's Making Home Affordable program, which has failed to stem the tide of defaults. Speaking in front of a map that showed foreclosure rates across the state, Merkley said he chose Bend and Central Oregon to kick off his legislative campaign because we sit at the epicenter of the housing bust. However, Merkley portrayed the continuing fallout of the housing bust as a national crisis that must be addressed as part of an overall economic recovery. This year millions more Americans are expected to lose their homes to foreclosure, according to most industry experts. Those foreclosures come with a cost to homeowners, communities, banks and the overall economy, Merkley said. While there have been several efforts to date including Obama's Making Home Affordable program, those programs have been ineffective in slowing foreclosures while dragging homeowners through a deeply flawed process controlled by banks and financial institutions that often have no interest in helping homeowners avoid foreclosure. Highlighting just how ineffective the program has been, Merkley said that the Obama plan was estimated to need more than $50 billion in homeowner assistance funding. To date it has provided homeowners with just $1 billion in relief, even as millions of property owners slipped into foreclosure.


  • Letters to the Editor
  • Death Penalty Isn't The Answer

    On Monday, January 24, Judge Thomas Hart will enter a Marion County courtroom and carry out his duty as the Judge in the Bruce and Joshua Turnidge case. He will pronounce the final death sentence for the two men. The final sentencing is not the end, rather a new beginning. Judge Hart's January 24 sentencing will initiate a series of appeals that will predictably last for at least 20 years. Based on the cases of current death row inmates, perhaps longer.


Food & Drink

  • Beer & Drink
  • Bend is the Champion

    Are you tired of arguing with your Portland friends about how Bend's beers can measure up to any of their city's brews? Well, now you've got some evidence, thanks to Saturday's Beer Olympics at Old Mill Brew Werks, which featured a series of blind tastings that paired Bend beers against their Portland counterparts in 10 head-to-head rounds.
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  • 2011 Oscar Nominations Announced

    After months of speculation, the 2011 Oscar nominations were announced this morning. Just like last year Morgan P. Salvo and I will be making our Oscar picks in the issue that comes out the week of the Oscars, which air on ABC Sunday, February 27 at 8pm. There don't appear to be too many surprises, with the exception of Christopher Nolan being snubbed for a Best Director nomination for Inception. I'll be busy the next couple weeks trying to see as many Oscar nominees as possible. When I go to LA this weekend I'm going to try to see Blue Valentine, as it still haven't shown up in Bend. Morgan P and I have been crossing our fingers for 127 Hours to come to town, we're hoping it's soon!
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  • Quick! Get Your Lust List Votes In!

    The Source Weekly's 2nd Annual Lust List voting is soon coming to a close. Friday will be the last day you can exercise your right to decide who are the hottest hotties to ever step foot in Central Oregon.
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  • Darkside of the Rainbow: Oz meets Floyd at the Tower tonight

    As we mentioned on this blog earlier in the week, BendFilm and the Tower Theatre are presenting The Wizard of Oz with Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon playing over the soundtrack. If you don't know already, these two pieces of art (allegedly) sync up perfectly for the most cosmic hippie freak out of all time.
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