The Source Weekly - Bend, Oregon | Issue Archives | Sep 15, 2011
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  • Sep 15-21, 2011
  • Vol. 15, No. 37


  • Local News
  • Treading Water in Foreclosureville: What happens when your neighbor walks away and no one returns

    We don't talk about it - the dilapidated two-two story eyesore with a collapsing fence and a yard full of knee-high weeds that have dried to a brown, come-hither-wildfire crisp through the late summer. The home, if you can call it that, has been neglected for so long that it's become invisible to most of us who live here. We'd rather not think about what the unclaimed phonebooks, flyers and foreclosure notices that pile up on the front porch mean for our property values. Most of us bought during the boom and are already underwater on our mortgages, treading water in a town where the tide of foreclosures has washed away dreams and savings. Though the home is only three doors down from my own in a tidy little pre-boom subdivision in northeast Bend, I never met the owner or the occupants. Folks mostly keep to themselves on my street where rental properties are interspersed liberally with families, working folks and a few retirees. Like thousands of other properties in Central Oregon, the home has been sitting vacant for some time. It's owned by the bank. Which bank it is doesn't really matter. If the condition of the house is any indication, the institution barely knows that it exists. To them, it's not a home; it's a toxic asset, a piece of paper to shuffle back and forth as the paint fades on the real property.
  • Local News
  • Councilors Won't Sever Ties With Neighborhood Groups

    Numerous neighborhood association representatives made their voices heard at the Sept. 7 City Council meeting, enough so in fact that the council chose to temporarily shelve an amendment that would sever the city's formal ties with the associations. Councilors, who approved a change on Aug. 17 that would classify the associations as nongovernmental, agreed to revisit the language of the amendment after failing to find consensus among the neighborhood association representatives.


  • Editorial
  • Big End-of-Summer Straight Poop Sale - Stock Up Now!

    Monday, Sept. 5 Tell us how you really feel, Jimmy: Teamsters Union President Jimmy Hoffa Jr., warming up Labor Day crowd in Detroit for President Obama, rips into Tea Party: "Let's take these sons of bitches out" ... Tea Partiers wail about "violent" rhetoric ... In tepid follow-up, Obama promises to support collective bargaining, challenges Congress to pass his forthcoming jobs plan ... Euro-trashed: European stock markets and value of Euro plunge on concerns over safety of banks ... Postage due: US Postal Service nearing default, facing deficit of $9.2 billion ... Well, at least somebody's having a good year: Hollywood scores record-breaking summer, posting box office revenues of $4.4 billion. Tuesday, Sept. 6 Following the money: Super PAC called "Make Us Great Again" plans to spend $55 million to snag GOP presidential nomination for Texas Gov. Rick Perry ... In tape obtained by Mother Jones magazine, right-wing billionaire Charles Koch tells attendees at secret seminar for fellow fat cats that "we have Saddam Hussein" in the White House and 2012 elections will be "the mother of all wars" ... Speaking of dangerous reptiles: Hunters in Agusan del Sur, Philippines, catch 21-foot saltwater crocodile, think there are even bigger ones out there ... Hello, goodbye: Carol Bartz ousted as CEO of Yahoo; tells employees via email, "I've just been fired over the phone by Yahoo's chairman of the board," Roy Bostock ... Calling Det. Axel Foley: Eddie Murphy, who made some funny movies in the 1980s, to host 2012 Academy Awards show, first time for him.
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  • Editorial
  • The Oregon GOP Gets (Almost) Rational

    In a month when Texas Gov. Rick "Hang 'Em High" Perry is winning applause at GOP presidential debates by talking about his 234 executions and how he'd like to abolish Social Security, it was some comfort to see the Oregon Republican Party take a step - even a tentative baby step - into the 21st century. Up until now, the Oregon GOP's official platform included language that condemned gay marriage and civil unions and implied that gay couples were unfit to bring up children. But at its state convention in Bend last weekend, the party - prompted by a coalition of young Turks led by Xander Almeida, 26, of Portland - voted to ditch the worst gay-bashing language. The revised platform is hardly a ringing endorsement of progressive ideas about gay rights, marriage or reproductive freedom. It proclaims that "the traditional family is ordained by God our Creator and is the foundation of our society. A traditional family is formed through the marriage of one man and one woman. This ... environment is the optimum for raising children into responsible, self-sufficient, productive citizens" - apparently implying that kids raised by same-sex couples are destined to become crack-addicted welfare bums.
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  • Letters to the Editor
  • Can't See the Finish Line?

    When I read the inanities of Bachmann and other right-wing crazies, I wonder why the 2012 election is so important. The right wing now follows the Mayan calendar and accepts the end of the world, the Apocalypse, as December 21, 2012.


Food & Drink

  • Chow
  • Little Bites: Quick Bites: Letzers Deli Coming Downtown

    Keeping with this page's sandwich theme, we've got some news about Letzer's Deli, the much-loved sandwich shop best known for its enormously humongous sandwiches. After a first year in business during which the family owned Jewish-style deli has gained a loyal fan base and some rave reviews, including one in this paper, Letzer's is looking to expand their presence in Central Oregon. Soon, the deli, operated by the father-and-son team of Sheridan and Gabriel Letzer, in addition to a friendly staff, is opening up a second location in a vacant space in the Remax building on Franklin Avenue in downtown Bend.
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  • Beer & Drink
  • Amnesia's Dusty Trail Pale

    Bouncing around Portland for Music Fest NW, we took a break from the cosmically awesome collection of bands that had descended on the city to sip some brews at Amnesia Brewing, an excellently rustic beer-hall style brewery and pub at the north end of the city. With temperatures tickling the three-digit mark, a cold beer sounded swell, but an overly hoppy one, well, sounded like a punishment to our dehydrated palates.



  • Sound Stories & Interviews
  • Laurel Brauns: House of Snow

    While she's been best known as the face of the ever-evolving Sweet Harlots, Laurel Brauns still doesn't mind going solo, and she does so excellently on her new album, House of Snow, which she's releasing this week with a big party at the PoetHouse on Friday night. The record, adorned with impossibly awesome cover art by Kaycee Anseth, is an indie folk gem and evidence of a songwriter with influences that are at the same time contemporary and classic. On the album's title track, Braun's folk sensibilities shine through an orchestral tapestry as brightly as her trademark streak of blonde hair. That song, as well as others, including the emotional "Named After You," gets some help from a bevy of excellent Portland musicians, including The Decemberists' Jenny Conlee and members of the Portland Cello Project. In fact, Douglas Jenkins, the creative director of the popular string ensemble that backs her throughout the album, produced and arranged the album.
  • Sound Stories & Interviews
  • Not So Scary: Murder by Death is bringing a big sound to small towns

    It's OK if you've never heard of Murder by Death. I hadn't either until a couple of months ago. Since then, however, I haven't been able to get enough of their gothic Western sound. Not goth as in cloaks, black lipstick and top hats, but goth as in dark and post-punk. Adam Turla, the front man for the Indiana-based Americana band, has a deep voice that could easily be mistaken for Johnny Cash. Many of the band's fast, driving songs provide lyrics that invoke knife fights, showdowns and other rock-infused Western iconography. It's dark stuff, but written more in the classic murder ballad spirit than an attempt at being creepy.



  • Bent
  • South Sister Rescue Takes a Turn for the Bizarre

    A search and rescue operation on South Sister took a turn for the strange on Tuesday morning when a disoriented and dehydrated hiker had to be Tazed and subdued after he assaulted rescue workers near Moraine Lake in the High Country. Sheriff’s deputies said Duncan Tyler Maring, 24 of Bend, was acting strange and in need of medical assistance when rescue workers arrived around 7:15 this morning.
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