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  • Aug 4-10, 2011
  • Vol. 15, No. 31

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  • A Property, A Dream, A Mission  Sisters-area camp replaces problems with possibilities for at-risk youth
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  • A Property, A Dream, A Mission Sisters-area camp replaces problems with possibilities for at-risk youth

    Once or twice every summer, Dan Wieden - the Portland-based ad man who coined Nike's Just Do It slogan and whose award-winning agency Wieden+Kennedy boasts offices as far and wide as London and Shanghai - packs a day bag and heads off for camp in the Cascades outside of Sisters. Camp attire for Oregon's global media mogul? Nikes, of course. Levi's, another client, check. In them, Wieden, at 66, cuts the trim figure of a CEO who doesn't spend much time with his feet propped up on a desk. A straw cowboy hat adds some Central Oregonian, gentleman-rancher panache.
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    Council to debate hydropower, revisit mayor question The Bend City Council is expected to sign off this week on a $5.6-million hydropower option that should bring in enough revenue to avoid rate hikes. The hydropower project would be tacked on to the already approved Bridge Creek Surface Water Improvement Project, which is estimated to cost $62.6 million. HDR Engineering Inc., the city's consulting group on the project, made clear during a July 20 work session that revenue from the hydro facility would quickly exceed costs in its first year of operation (2014). HDR is billing the project - which, if approved, would provide enough energy to power approximately 1,000 homes - as having great environmental benefits. The impact on fish and other aquatic organisms was not discussed, though critics have questioned what incentive the city will have to leave water in-stream for fish after the project is completed.

Opinion

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  • Jeff Merkley Refuses to Roll Over

    President Obama and the Republicans have been doing a weird little dance ever since Obama was inaugurated in 2009. It might be called the Congressional Two-Step. It goes like this: The Republicans take two steps to the right. Then Obama takes two steps to the right. Then the Republicans take two more steps to the right. Then Obama takes two more steps to the right, calls it a "compromise" and declares victory. Obama and the Republicans just concluded an extended performance of the dance during the fight over raising the federal debt ceiling. On Tuesday - the deadline beyond which the nation supposedly would have gone into default on its debts - the Senate passed and Obama signed what was described as a compromise bill to raise the ceiling in exchange for $2.5 trillion in government spending cuts.
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  • Deschutes County Commissioners

    This week's WTF comes courtesy of the Deschutes County Commissioners who decided in July to perpetuate the ongoing pissing match with Deschutes County District Attorney Patrick Flaherty. Working through their contracted attorneys, county commissioners filed what amounted to a plea to oust the embattled Flaherty who is the subject of anonymous bar complaint over his handling of a grand jury investigation last year.
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  • Road Rules Apply to Everyone

    After reading much about bikers being cited and warned for infractions around Bend, I would like to offer my experiences and thoughts. Many times I have had to avoid careless cyclists who ignored traffic signs, lights and the rules of the road in general. I was under the impression that cyclists should obey laws like any motorist. An example is cyclists who ride on sidewalks in the downtown area. While having lunch this weekend and sitting outside at a popular restaurant I observed six bikers riding the sidewalks in a span of about 40 minutes. People walking with children, dogs, or window shopping are at risk of injury because of this behavior. But nothing appears to be done to discourage or inform these bikers of their inconsiderate riding. If a car were driving on downtown sidewalks I am sure action would be taken. I realize this is an extreme analogy, but do the rules of the road apply?
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  • No Rabbit Shortage Here

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  • The Celebrity Yodeling Contest is Coming Back to Oktoberfest

    Great news for all you yodelers out there, the Bend Oktoberfest will be once again hosting a celebrity yodeler contest. The Bend Oktoberfest is a fundraiser for the Downtown Bend beautification projects, so what do you have to lose (except maybe your hearing)?  The fest is the last weekend in September, but the yodeling contest itself is that Friday night.
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  • Police Search for Man Accused of Robbing a Bend Gas Station

    Bend police are on the search for an armed robber accused of allegedly robbing the Conoco gas station located directly in front of the Sugarloaf motel yesterday. According to the police report, the victim, who was a gas station attendant, reported that the suspect broke the glass door leading into the gas station office, showed a firearm and demanded money.
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