• Issue of
  • Feb 3-9, 2011
  • Vol. 15, No. 5


  • Local News
  • County to Homeless Shelter: You can stay - for now

    After more than a year of negotiations, representatives from the Bethlehem Inn and the Deschutes County Commissioners are poised to sign a lease that will extend the homeless shelter's stay at the former Econo Lodge Motel through July of next year. The retroactive two-year lease would give Bethlehem Inn time to find a new location for its shelter, which serves as a safety net for individuals and families who don't have anywhere else to go. The two sides reaffirmed the terms of the deal in a meeting Tuesday between county commissioners and Bethlehem Inn staff.


  • Editorial
  • Serving Up the Straight Poop Since 2011

    Monday, Jan. 24Terrorism far and near: Terrorist blast rips main Moscow airport; 35 reported killed, 168 injured ... Anti-government fanatics Bruce Turnidge and son Joshua are formally sentenced to death for 2008 bank bombing in Woodburn, OR that killed two police officers and maimed a third. Bruce Turnidge says prosecution is trying to stifle his "freedom of speech" ... Guess the calisthenics worked: Fitness pioneer Jack LaLanne, whose popular TV show from the early 1950s to mid-1980s first made it fashionable to sweat, dies at 96 ... Say what? Green Bay Packers Safety Charles Woodson tells President Obama - who said he would go to the Super Bowl if his beloved Chicago Bears were in it - that if Obama "don't want to come watch us at the Super Bowl, guess what? We're going to see him." Wonder how the Secret Service will interpret that. Tuesday, Jan. 25Say what again? President Obama delivers State of the Union address, says this is America's new "Sputnik moment." Millions of Americans born after 1960 race to Wikipedia to look up "Sputnik" ... Tea Party sweetheart Rep. Michelle Bachmann (R-MN) delivers her own rebuttal to the SOTU, replete with gaffes and miscues, including not knowing which camera to look at ... Ho-hum: Office of Special Counsel reports George W. Bush administration flagrantly broke federal election laws, using tax dollars to fund political activities. Silence from the punditocracy is deafening ... Whacko Watch: Cindy Jacobs, a rising star among right-wing evangelicals, posts video blaming mass bird and fish deaths on Congress's repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell."
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  • Editorial
  • Wyden and Merkley Fought the Good Fight

    The United States Senate has been called America's most exclusive club. Like many old and exclusive clubs, it has developed a lot of quirky rules and procedures over the centuries. Some are just peculiar; others seriously undermine the democratic process. Over the past year, Oregon's two senators have led determined fights to change two of the worst, most antiquated, most anti-democratic Senate rules. One of them won and the other lost. But both senators deserve props for giving it their best shot. The senator who won his reform battle was Ron Wyden. His target was the "secret hold," a sneaky and sleazy practice through which any senator could block action on any legislation for any reason, or no reason - and without even revealing that he or she was the one doing it.
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  • Letters to the Editor
  • Hayes Should Be Praised

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  • Letters to the Editor
  • Feds, not Mayans,

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  • Time to Put America on a New Course

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  • Culture Features
  • How Many Is Too Many? Putting a number and a face on the region's homeless

    For most of the year, my encounters with Central Oregon's homeless population are limited to seeing them on street corners, in parks and at Mirror Pond Plaza. Sometimes I give them a bit of change or say hello, but for the most part, I look away. While I'm ashamed to admit this, I know I'm not the only one. But last Thursday, I couldn't look away. I spent the day at the One Night Homeless Count, which serves as a sort of snapshot of how many of our neighbors have slipped through the safety net. Each year during the last week of January, more than 40 organizations band together to count as many homeless people as they can in one day. While it's not a completely comprehensive count, the 2,000 or so homeless who complete the homeless count survey allows Central Oregon to receive funding from HUD (U.S. Department of Housing and Development) for transitional housing. It also puts a number, if not a face, on the region's growing problem of homelessness, which has more than doubled in the past five years as a result of the recession.

Food & Drink

  • Chow
  • All Hail Pho! We can all stop driving to Portland for Vietnamese food

    There are few subjects that incite more heated debate among Central Oregonian foodies than whether or not Bend has authentic ethnic restaurants. While I used to be on the fence, I can definitively say that Bend finally has an authentic Vietnamese restaurant in Pho Viet and Café, opened in the former Rico's Taco's location on 3rd Street.
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  • Beer & Drink
  • Drink Like a Man!

    It's not often that a man in a kilt sidles up to the bar in these parts, but I've had it happen once or twice. No need to ask him what he wants, rather you let him scan the scotches and let him decide what kind of mood he's in. Just as the tartans on his man skirt are laced with intricacies that no Yankee would understand, so is his single-malt scotch rife with complexity. Over 80 distilleries line the countryside of Scotland, each adding its own little spin on the drink. It could be how they smoke the malted barley or the water that they add at the very end after distillation.
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  • Film Events
  • The Further Adventures of Sackboy: LittleBigPlanet gets a little larger with second edition

    The original LittleBigPlanet wasn't supposed to have a sequel. A sequel, the game's designers said, would defeat the entire purpose of LittleBigPlanet. Players were supposed to create their own games. LittleBigPlanet was intended to be designed by players for players. It would grow endlessly online, changing and expanding until it reflected the limits of human ingenuity. But if the last decade has taught us anything, it's that human ingenuity doesn't necessarily make a profit online. Games that sell for $60 in Wal-Mart make a profit. And so LittleBigPlanet became LittleBigPlanet 2 - an upgraded, extended edition of the first game. It is currently available in stores for $60. (I paid $54 at Amazon.)
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  • Film Events
  • Super Bowl: A Decade of Hate

    Ummm... WELL? Are you just going to sit there ogling my structurally perfect ass or are you going to wish me a happy anniversary? THAT'S CORRECT! This week, I celebrate ten glorious years of disparaging the idiot sport of football, and in particular the SUPER BOWL (which will attempt to bore the shit out of me once again on Fox, Sun Feb 6, 3:30 pm). Yes, it seems like only yesterday when I started writing repetitive fanatical columns about this utterly useless national event, ranting on and on like a mouth-foaming, meth-addicted Andy Rooney trying to fathom the difference between e-mail and Twitter. For example, this is what I said in 2005:
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  • Sound Stories & Interviews
  • Ghostface Killer - Apollo Kids

    If macho hip-hop full of cash-money, bling, Mercedes Benzes and auto-tuned cock-of-the-walk-ery is your thing, it's possible that Apollo Kids will not be your thing. Ghostface Killah, on his ninth solo record, is no saint. Hell no. But the key difference between him and the mainstream superstars of the hip-hop biz is that Ghostface's stream-of-consciousness lyrics are believable. When he says he sold parsley to people who thought they were buying weed, it's not for shock value. You believe that he has truly done that.


  • Natural World
  • Cave Robber Case Closed: Intrepid forest investigator hunts down missing lava cave formations

    Eddy Cartaya is a caver with a strong sense of responsibility who wants to see our local lava caves protected. And he's in a unique position to do that as the Deschutes National Forest's law enforcement and investigations officer. When Cartaya introduced himself to the Oregon High Desert Grotto of the National Speleological Society, the local chapter of the national cave exploration and protection group, a light went on among several grotto members. They had heard rumors about someone taking formations from the Lavacicle Cave. This was not only illegal, but directly opposed to the NSS philosophy: "Leave nothing behind but footprints, and take nothing out but photographs." Officer Cartaya's ears pricked up and he wanted to know more about Lavacicle. The more he listened, the straighter he sat in his chair, especially when he learned the cave is known worldwide for its unique lava formations. Discovered in 1959 by firefighter Max Stenkamp, Lavacicle revealed itself with a strong draft of air that ascended through the smoke of the Aspen Flat Fire. Stenkamp and his men followed the draft, but went only as far as the lavacicles and came out dazzled by the spectacle.


  • Bent
  • Hillstomp Wraps Up Weekend Run Tonight

    The two friendly dudes of Hillstomp -- the dynamic two-piece junkyard blues duo out of Portland -- played a raucous show last night at the Silver Moon and they'll return to the venue tonight for the second installment of their two-night run. If you haven't heard the direction this fiery is heading on their new record, Darker The Night, I would advise getting down to the Moon tonight to see these guys live.
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  • Off Piste
  • PPP Registration Now Open

    You still have a few months to find your best one-piece, neon snowsuit, schwinn ten-speed and vintage kayak, but the starting line is officially in sight for the 35th Annual PPP. MBSEF announced yesterday that it is now taking on-line applications for individuals and teams for this year's rite of spring race.
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  • The Blender
  • Hand Drawn Wednesday Tonight at Common Table

    Check out Common Table tonight for Hand Drawn Wednesdays, a weekly event in collaboration with CADA/CASA. Hand Drawn Wednesdays invite local artists and us common folk who just like to draw things on paper to paint, draw or sketch for the evening.
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  • The Blender
  • Eleven Days of Chocolate in Sunriver

    Willy Wonka is alive and well in Sunriver! For eleven days starting on Feb. 11, Sunriver Resort will be hosting chocolate dinners, tastings, drink specials, spa treatments and even a chocolate-themed 5k road race (this is Central Oregon, after all).
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  • The Blender
  • Celebrate Love With Free Coffee

    Valentine's Day is upon us, with just one week left to figure out how to make love explode all over your relationship (or find a way to avoid the whole ordeal altogether if you're not feeling the love). But even if you hate Hallmark holidays, there are a few good things about next Monday.
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