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  • Mar 3-9, 2011
  • Vol. 15, No. 9

News

  • Local News
  • Bachelor To Extend Season (Again)

    Faced with a robust later winter snowfall, Mt Bachelor officials announced that they will extend the ski season to May 29, adding roughly two weeks to the end of the ski season. It's the second straight year that Bachelor has opted to push back its closing date, allowing locals and visitors to take advantage of what could be very good spring skiing conditions.
  • Commentary
  • Will Books Survive? The battle for America's literary soul is coming to a shopping center near you

    Borders Books and Music, which once employed 30,000 workers at more than 600 stores, is bankrupt. Those numbers have been halved. And even after these massive cuts, analysts say, Borders is probably doomed. The next time you walk past the empty ghost store where your local Borders used to be, you may ask yourself: Are we becoming a post-literate society? Everywhere you look, the printed word is under economic siege. Despite a 20 percent increase in demand in recent years, libraries are laying off, closing branches and reducing hours. Newsweek, one of the most venerable titles in magazine history, was recently sold for a buck (plus a promise to assume tens of millions in debt). Twitter is priced at $3.7 billion, nearly twice the public enterprise value of The New York Times ($2.03 billion).

Opinion

  • Editorial
  • If You Can Find Straighter Poop Anywhere, Buy It

    Monday, Feb. 21 Qaddafi on the brink: Regime of dictator Muammar Qaddafi looking shaky as he and aides hunker in presidential palace; foreign oil companies bail out of Libya; deadly attacks against protesters continue ... Take that, birthers: Former Arkansas governor and sometime presidential aspirant Mike Huckabee, appearing on ABC's "Good Morning America," says claims that President Obama wasn't born in the US are "nonsense." Guess he can write off the loony vote ... Where are they now? Former Idaho Sen. Larry Craig (he of the wide men's room stance) is lobbying for a hunters' group that wants to take endangered species protection away from wolves... Former Olympic figure skater and alleged Nancy Kerrigan-whacker Tonya Harding gave birth to a healthy baby boy over the weekend, a friend of the family reveals ... And now, Monday's important news: Justin Bieber gets a haircut and Portland firefighters rescue a puppy stuck in a drainpipe.
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  • Editorial
  • Whisnant's Cyrus Family Protection Bill

    Everybody thinks the Cyrus family is good people. We think they're good people. Government officials in Central Oregon think they're very good people. They think the Cyruses are such wonderful people, in fact, that they keep trying to rewrite the laws for them. The Cyruses, whose ancestors came to Central Oregon in pioneer days, have been hoping for years to turn their Aspen Lakes subdivision near Sisters into a destination resort. Last year, the Deschutes County Commission fiddled around with the county's new destination resort map to create a special loophole that would allow them to do it.
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  • Letters to the Editor
  • Four Percent

    That's the projected decrease in the city of Bend's share of property tax revenues next year, according to the Deschutes County Assessor's Office. Property tax dollars represent the single biggest revenue stream for the city, accounting for about 60 percent of the total budget.
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  • Letters to the Editor
  • Planned Parenthood Vote Disregards Population Crisis

    <!-- @font-face { font-family: "Times New Roman"; }@font-face { font-family: "Lucida Grande"; }@font-face { font-family: "MercuryTextG3-Bold"; }@font-face { font-family: "MercuryTextG3-Roman"; }@font-face { font-family: "MercuryTextG3-Italic"; }p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal { margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman"; }table.MsoNormalTable { font-size: 10pt; font-family: "Times New Roman"; }p.LettersHead, li.LettersHead, div.LettersHead { margin: 4.5pt 0in 0.0001pt; line-height: 12pt; font-size: 11pt; font-family: MercuryTextG3-Bold; color: black; text-transform: uppercase; font-weight: bold; }p.SourceBODY, li.SourceBODY, div.SourceBODY { margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; text-align: justify; text-indent: 9pt; line-height: 12pt; font-size: 9pt; font-family: MercuryTextG3-Roman; color: black; }div.Section1 { page: Section1; } --> Kudos to the letter published in the Feb. 16 Source by Eddie Kinnamon, "Population Bill Has Come Due." It was refreshing to read such an articulate and vigorous commentary on this subject. I'm not sure if the author was aware that February was Global Population Speak Out month, but his speaking out was timely and appreciated.
  • Letters to the Editor
  • Other Teachers Deserve Recognition, Too

    <!-- @font-face { font-family: "Times New Roman"; }@font-face { font-family: "MercuryTextG3-Bold"; }@font-face { font-family: "MercuryTextG3-Roman"; }@font-face { font-family: "MercuryTextG3-Italic"; }p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal { margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman"; }table.MsoNormalTable { font-size: 10pt; font-family: "Times New Roman"; }p.LettersHead, li.LettersHead, div.LettersHead { margin: 4.5pt 0in 0.0001pt; line-height: 12pt; font-size: 11pt; font-family: MercuryTextG3-Bold; color: black; text-transform: uppercase; font-weight: bold; }p.SourceBODY, li.SourceBODY, div.SourceBODY { margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; text-align: justify; text-indent: 9pt; line-height: 12pt; font-size: 9pt; font-family: MercuryTextG3-Roman; color: black; }div.Section1 { page: Section1; } --> I am a bit disappointed with your armchair reporting on the local hero, Robert Tadjiki. This story has been shared in other print material over the past few years that I have lived in Bend. I do not want to discount what Mr. Tadjiki is doing, but I think he has had his share of fame and it is now time to recognize some of the thousands of other employees in the Bend-La Pine school district. I would recommend that you call any school and talk to any principal or student and they can easily provide you with numerous names of teachers who are everyday heroes. These teachers continue to teach more students and earn less pay each year. They have given up pay raises to secure employment for all.

Culture

Food & Drink

  • Chow
  • Taste of the Town Tonight and Tomorrow

    One of Central Oregon's biggest gatherings of local restaurants happens this weekend at COCC's Mazama Gym with the Taste of the Town. The event which features food from Thyme, Anthony's 10 Below, Tate and Tate and Deschutes Brewery among others is a fundraiser for the COCC foundation that provides scholarships to students in Central Oregon.
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  • Lose the Wheat: Gluten-free baking is on the rise in Bend

    A few weeks ago, a new bakery opened on the corner of Hill and Florida streets in the former Pure Skate Shop location that serves only gluten-free products. Called Gotta B Gluten Free, it's the latest bakery in Central Oregon to service the gluten-free sector.

Screen

  • Film Events
  • In the Zone: Killzone 3 hits the mark with detailed destruction

    During one of my early battles on the planet Helghan - at least I think we were fighting on Helghan. I mean I know that Killzone 3 is the third game in the series and I should understand the storyline by now. But honestly I don't care. And I care even less when the game's designers cram three games worth of made-up military history into blocks of text onscreen during the first few minutes. Sheesh, Sony, didn't you have enough money to at least hire Patrick Stewart to read the thing out loud?
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Music

Outside

  • Outside Features
  • Thrive, Don't Just Survive, in the Snow: What you need to know for an overnight stay in the Oregon winter wild

    Standing in a clearing at the dead-end of what are clearly the wrong Nordic ski tracks that I'd been following, I quietly curse the guy in the Maxwell Sno-Park parking lot who said, "The trails are really well marked." I can't help but chuckle at the irony of getting lost (though I prefer off course) while on assignment for an article on snow shelter camping tips. Tip #1: bring a map or GPS and KNOW THE TRAILS. I knew I'd broken some of my rules for backcountry travel, rushed and ignored the clues that I was off course. But this wasn't really backcountry, it was marked Nordic and snowshoe trails near Hoodoo, just beyond the junction of the McKenzie Highway and Route 22.

Blogs

  • Bent
  • Redistricting Debate Returns to Bend

    New Census numbers in hand, Oregon legislators are setting forth on a mission to redraw the state’s legislative districts, a journey that will take them from Bend to Burns on the east side of the Cascades. The bi-partisan House and Senate Committees on Redistricting will be in Bend on Saturday March 19 to hear constituents thoughts on re-districting.
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  • Redmond High School Mascot Finalists Here!

    Hot of the presses: The Redmond Student Selection Committee has announced the three finalist for the mascot at the new Ridgeview High School in Redmond. We like all three of the names that they’ve come up with, Rattlers, Coyotes and Ravens,  and a few of the ways that they could be tied into Ridgeview’s homecourt (gym).
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  • Bent
  • Merkley Proposes Tapping Oil Reserves

    Oregon’s freshman democratic senator, Jeff Merkley, joined five of his colleagues, including California Senator Barbara Boxer,  in a call to President Obama to release a small portion of the nation’s Strategic Petroleum Reserves to combat near-record high oil prices that climbed to nearly $100 per barrel this week in the face of the Libyan crisis. Merkley and his counterparts suggested that proceeds from any sale be put toward the development of electric cars and the federal government’s goal of getting one million such vehicles on the road by 2015.
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  • Bill Warburton chosen to coach US Team at Winter Tri World Champs

    Local skiing and biking coach, Bill Warburton was just chosen to go to Finland to support the US Team at the Winter Triathlon World Champs in Jamijarvi. Bill is known in Bend as the Cycling Program Director and Nordic Coach for the Bend Endurance Academy. A Winter Triathlon combines running with skate skiing and mountain biking on snow. Bill will help the US team with ski waxing and coaching. Last year, USA team member Rebecca Dussault won the 2010 Winter Triathlon World Championship individual title in Eidsvoll, Norway. The USA Women's team also won the Team Relay in 2010.
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