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  • Vol. 15, No. 22

News

  • Local News
  • New Brews: Prineville gets a pub and other headlines from around Central Oregon

    A little more than a year after luring Internet darling Facebook to its small town, Prineville is targeting other data centers and has two prospective companies are looking at the area, The Bulletin reported this past week. The newspaper quoted City Manager Steve Forrester as saying that negotiations were far enough along with the companies, which he declined to name, that city staff had assigned them code names, "Project Campbell" and "Cloud." The news would be welcome in Prineville where unemployment has been among the highest in the state of Oregon over the past several years. Construction of Facebook's massive data center has given the area a temporary injection of cash, which the paper detailed in another story about how hotels and lunch spots are a seeing an influx of Facebook contractors.

Opinion

  • Editorial
  • The Freshest, Most Wholesome Straight Poop Served Weekly

    Monday, May 23 Back to the Ould Sod: President Obama - uh, make that O'bama - arrives in Ireland for state visit, has pint of Guinness at local pub, performs a few Riverdance moves. Yes, I made the last bit up ... At least 122 confirmed dead, 1,500 missing after Sunday's ferocious tornado in Joplin, MO ... Gaga over Gaga: Demand for Lady Gaga's new album, Born This Way, on sale for 99 cents, is so heavy it crashes servers at Amazon ... Here we go again: Britain and France escalate conflict in Libya, sending helicopters against Muammar Qaddafi's forces ... Ugliness is in the eye of the beholder: Indescribably weird hat worn by Princess Beatrice at royal wedding sells for $130,000 on eBay ... No, really, it's coming, trust me: Rapture prophet Harold Camping pronounces self "flabbergasted" that the Rapture didn't happen last Saturday, then predicts it actually will happen on Oct. 21. Okay, as long as it doesn't disrupt the NFL season.
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  • Editorial
  • Republicans' Stall-and-Strangle Tactics

    There aren't many issues that Democrats and Republicans can agree upon these days. It's one of the reasons that our two-party system is so often mired in indecision and partisan gridlock even as our state and our nation face challenges that are among the greatest in our collective history. Still there are a few areas where members of the major parties can sometimes find consensus. Public safety measures and proclamations to support American troops are two that come to mind. And, of course, there's children's safety.
  • Letters to the Editor
  • Think Before You Spend

    A big Thank You to the Source in bringing such an important matter to the forefront of all who love Central Oregon and live, work, and play here. Many of us moved to Central Oregon to play on such a wonderful playground with some of the most friendly people anywhere. Some have moved here because we have a vibrant downtown, the Shops at the Mill, wonderful restaurants and of course, the breweries. I have seen many changes in our retail landscape in the past 22 years but none compare to the lack of consumer dollars coming into local businesses. I ask you to think about the $5-$10 savings you may experience by shopping on the Internet. Who are you supporting? Consumers vote with their pocketbooks. I believe if this trend continues we will see many more local retailers closing and the shopping experience we love will diminish dramatically.
  • Letters to the Editor
  • Respect For Other Creatures Is Absent in Central Oregon

    Doug "Hayduke" Peacock once said to me, "We're not going to make it simply because that which evolves does not persist without the conditions of it's creation." I was reminded of this while on a dog walk in Shevlin Park where I was confronted by several dozen screeching fourth graders from High Lakes Elementary School. One of the boys was carrying a bucket and yelling, "Dude! He's flopping around!" There in the bucket was a small fish, fighting for its life. I questioned one of the adults and was flippantly told that the fish had swallowed a hook and would be dissected. After seeing the look on my face, the young man blew me off with a, "It's just a school project, I wouldn't be too concerned about it."
  • Letters to the Editor
  • The Summer Concert Scrooges

    I am writing because I was down at the Old Mill this past weekend during the concerts, and was shocked and upset at how patrolled that area has become on concert nights. What used to be a fun community event - the Les Schwab Concert Series - has become very unfriendly to pedestrians, cyclists, and those passing by. The promoters of the show have decided that people walking by might hear the music - and so now the foot bridge is policed, the sidewalks are patrolled, and 1/4 mile back on the dirt-nature part of the area are as well. Anyone who isn't a ticket-holding patron who stops longer than 30 seconds is told to move along, and move on. And, quite aggressively I might add. What a sad state of affairs! These concerts used to be good for our town - they brought people together, they were fun, they were a place where high
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Culture

Food & Drink

Screen

Music

  • Sound Stories & Interviews
  • Of Wood, Words and Hip-Hop: The many talents of Hurtbird's Ryan Hayes

    Ryan Hayes is about to head out on an 11-day tour with his band, Hurtbird, but he's not spending this particular Thursday morning packing or making sure the Portland band's set list is ready for the road. Sure, that might be on his to-do list, but at the moment, he's in the middle of building a bar. Out of wood - coincidentally - for a live music venue called The Woods, which is partially owned by Loch Lommond front man Ritchie Young, a frequent collaborator and longtime friend of Hayes. In addition to writing the highly cerebral and poetic lyrics for Hurtbird, a hip-hop-meets-every-other-type-of-music-this-side-of-Yanni band, Hayes is also a carpenter who builds items out of reclaimed wood. Since work building and remodeling houses dried up in recent years, Hayes has refocused his talents, making use of his college fine art education to make creative custom furniture. He likes the autonomy the solo venture allows him, making things like, say, setting out on a tour with your increasingly popular band a hell of a lot easier.

Outside

Blogs

  • Bent
  • ODE Employees Cleared in Hayes' Contract Case

    The four state employees who were suspended last year over accusations that they had steered a consulting contract to John Kitzhaber’s girlfriend, Bend resident Cylvia Hayes, have been officially reinstated. The Department of Adminstrative services announced the four workers, all employees of the Oregon Department of Energy, will return to their jobs after an independent investigation cleared them of any wrongdoing.
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  • Bent
  • Dear Bend: A Plea For Summer

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  • Bent
  • Build Bend's Budget

    Bend City Councilors have all but put the final touches on next year’s budget, but you can still take a stab at putting your own fiscal blueprint together with an online calculator developed by the city that lets average citizens call the shots. The online tool is similar to  one develop by an advocacy group earlier this year that looked at Oregon’s state budget.
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