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  • Oct 6-12, 2011
  • Vol. 15, No. 40

News

  • Local News
  • Occupying Wall St. From Liberty Plaza: Notes from a nascent protest movement in our nation's financial capital

    The police lining Liberty Street appear bored, over 700 arrests on the Brooklyn Bridge yesterday, Saturday, after thousands of "Occupy Wall Street" protesters marched across the East River. This Sabbath starts slow on Zuccotti Park, time for reflection. "I wouldn't have gone across the bridge," offers one protester, adding with a smile, "I'm from New Orleans... " Sitting and smoking a hand-rolled cigarette, not giving her name, but offering that she arrived here 48 hours ago from Louisiana. "I've been waiting for this. Katrina was just the first wave. I predicted three-to-five years; it's been six. But I've been patient... " Offering "direct democracy" as the solution - Americans voting on policies instead of politicians - she then expresses the quandary of any movement: "There's so many concerns that I couldn't list them possibly right now."
  • Local News
  • State Seeks Feedback on New Health Care Law

    Central Oregonians have an opportunity to weigh in on the future of the state's health care safety net this week in Bend. The forum, which is presented by the Oregon Health Authority and the Oregon Health Policy Board, is one of several community input meetings that are taking place across the state as public health care managers attempt to reinvent how the state delivers health service to its poorest residents. Policy makers want to hear from the public about the centerpiece of that initiative, a new state law that requires communities around Oregon to develop an integrated health care delivery system that will help low-income patients more effectively and efficiently navigate the labyrinth of modern health care. The law, which was passed with bi-partisan support, will create locally based "coordinated care organizations" that could result in significant savings for the Oregon Health Plan which provides health care to more than 640,000 low-income Oregonians.
  • Planning Commissioner to Challenge Conger for Bend Seat
  • Local News
  • Planning Commissioner to Challenge Conger for Bend Seat

    Less than a year after wresting Bend's House Seat from Judy Stiegler and the Democratic Party, Rep. Jason Conger has a challenger looking to take the freshman republican legislator's seat. Late last week, former school board member and longtime Bend planning commission member Nathan Hovekamp announced that he intends to seek the democratic nomination next year. Hovekamp will first need to get through the May primary if he hopes to challenge Conger. While the local Democratic Party reportedly isn't planning to offer any pre-primary endorsements, Hovekamp is likely to have the support of the party and is the early frontrunner for the democratic nomination.
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  • New River Park Plans Up for Review
  • Local News
  • New River Park Plans Up for Review

    Skatepark controversy notwithstanding, the Miller's Landing project is moving apace and the Bend Park District wants to hear what you'd like to see at new riverfront park. The district is holding a community meeting to solicit input on park design next Thursday, Oct. 13, 5-7:30 pm at the district offices, 799 Columbia (right across the river from the Old Mill). The four-plus-acre park site is one of the park district's most recent land acquisitions and could be the cornerstone of a new riverfront park area that includes a whitewater play area at the Colorado Avenue dam. The district is currently studying the feasibility of retooling the historic dam to improve safety for river users, several of whom have been trapped in the spillway during the popular summer float season.
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Opinion

  • Our Fresh Straight Poop Comes With No Monthly Fees
  • Editorial
  • Our Fresh Straight Poop Comes With No Monthly Fees

    Monday, Sept. 26 This is turning into a routine: Senate approves deal to avert government shutdown Friday; Democrats and Republicans both claim victory ... Nyaa, nyaa, can't touch me: Dominique Strauss-Kahn claims former status as chief of International Monetary Fund gives him diplomatic immunity against civil lawsuit by NYC hotel maid who says he raped her ... Worth it to shut him up: Charlie Sheen settles suit against "Two and a Half Men" creator Chuck Lorre and Warner Brothers for reported $25 million ... No PDAs on SWA: Musician/actress Leisha Hailey says she was kicked off Southwest Airlines flight for kissing her girlfriend, urges gays to boycott Southwest ... Guess they aren't that unhealthy: Arch West, former Frito-Lay exec credited with creating Doritos in 1961, dies at age 97.
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  • Editorial
  • Tony DeBone Has a Dumb Old New Idea

    Old beliefs die hard - especially the dumb ones. Despite all the evidence, some Central Oregon public officials still cling to the faith that they can pump life into the moribund local construction industry by giving builders a break on Systems Development Charges. SDCs are fees levied on new construction projects to help cover the costs of things like new roads, sewers and water systems. For the past three years the City of Bend has offered builders a special deal under which, instead of paying their SDCs up front, they can delay payment for nine months or until their project gets a certificate of occupancy, whichever comes first. (It's essentially an interest-free loan to the builder.) City Finance Director Sonia Andrews reports that more than $900,000 worth of fees has been deferred so far, and builders still owe the city $285,000.
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  • Letters to the Editor
  • Don't Ignore the Real News

    When will our mainstream media start covering the "Occupy Wall Street" event? It was so interesting to see that American media had no problem covering this type of activity around the world and criticized their governments and media for blacking it out. How are we any different? This matter isn't going away and is expected to swell all over the country.
  • Letters to the Editor
  • Mental Health Talk Needs a Reality Check

    If Kay Redfield Jameson (upcoming OSU Cascades Program) and the Military/Industrial/Medical/Governmental Complex are suggesting we should think "normally" and quiet the "unquiet" mind, no thanks. Such assumptions would be a direct affront to critical, independent and natural thinking. May citizens reject political definitions of mental health? Quieting the "unquiet" mind (as Big Pill Industry and increasingly, government seems to want to do) ignores the dynamic, conscious, individual, evolutionary, exceptional, creative, visual, sensory and daily biorhythm of the structured mind.
  • Letters to the Editor
  • We Get What We Deserve

    Sirs, Kudos to the Source for pointing out Bank of America's "humanitarian" plan to increase the return of its wealthy shareholders by cutting 30,000 of its employees from the pay rolls. Another example of the bullshit Bush Bailout gone awry.
  • Letters to the Editor
  • Prose Took Flight

    Hi, I just read Charles Finn's column On Flying Out of Redmond. I can't find a direct email for him, but I just wanted to pass on that I thought it was beautiful and really captured how those early a.

Culture

  • Your Film Festival: BendFilm brings the movies to the people
  • Culture Features
  • Your Film Festival: BendFilm brings the movies to the people

    "It's so much more than just watching a movie and I think people understand that," says BendFilm Artistic Director Orit Schwartz. Now in its eighth year, the film festival has become well rooted within Bend's cultural landscape while also weathering the financial woes thrust upon nonprofits in this economy. Still, BendFilm has maintained a reputation as one of the best small festivals in the country. This year, the festival seems to have shed the "not for everyone" tag some had applied to it by making the event as accessible as it's ever been. The ticket prices are low ($11/film), the parties aren't hoity-toity and there are even a number of free panels featuring some experts in their field.
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  • Book Talk
  • On Putting Tools Away

    It is 7:30 p.m. and my wife comes into the bedroom, crosses to the closet and pulls open the two bi-folding doors. Although I can't see her face, I know she's pleased. I built this closet for her. Her wardrobe hangs in front of her, each dress sorted according to style, color and season. The same goes for the pants and the sweaters and the shoes - the multitude of shoes - each pair tucked into its private cubbyhole like a pigeon at roost. My wife has yet to enter and instead stands there like a general surveying her troops. I close my book and put on a pair of light shoes and walk out to the shop. I will leave my wife to her weighty decisions.
  • Picks
  • Our Picks for 10/5-10/13

    SpeakNOW wednesday 5 Are you a youngster with some serious poetic chops? If so, head down to the Poethouse and enter yourself in The Nature of Words first SpeakNow event, a spoken word competition for all high school aged students in the region. If you win, there are cash prizes and recognition to be had. Registration at 6:30 p.m. For more info contact programs@thenatureofwords.org. 7pm Wednesday, Oct 5. Poethouse Art, 55 NW Minnesota Ave. Bendfilm Festival thursday-sunday 6-8 We've got a big ol' preview of the eighth-annual BendFilm in the Culture section and learn about all the independent movies you can check out around town this weekend. Venues include the Oxford Hotel, McMenamins, Regal Old Mill and the Tower Theatre. Tickets are available at the festival hub at the Liberty Theatre downtown.

Food & Drink

  • Chow
  • Little Bites: Loving a Meat Eater: What to do when your better half isn't a vegetarian like you

    Zac is my boyfriend. I love him. And he loves meat. And - although I'm a committed vegetarian - I sometimes cook it for him. I know. It makes me feel weird, too. But love makes us do crazy things. For the seven of you who have enjoyed my column up to this point, this article probably comes as a surprise, and may even be upsetting. In fact, some of you are probably composing a strongly worded letter to the editor right now about what a terrible mistake it was to hire me. But, I think there are probably more of you out there who actually find yourself in a similar situation, and may even want to keep reading.
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Screen

  • Dream On: Dream team of A-list actors and director cannot save the misguided path of Dream House
  • Film
  • Dream On: Dream team of A-list actors and director cannot save the misguided path of Dream House

    OK, here we go again with another entry into the haunted house genre. You know, the ones with "haunting" and/or "house" in the title that are all but destined to suck. This flick is no exception to the sucking rule, but guess what? It's not a haunted house movie, which now leads me to believe anything with just "house" in the title sucks. Beginning with scary, angelic music, Dream House introduces the new inhabitants to a strange and creepy house with a shady past. Things creak, squeak, and go bump in the night all in the hopes of making A-list film stars (Daniel Craig, Rachel Weiz, Naomi Watts) crap their pants. But all that changes midway through with a twist from the "is this all real?" Shutter Island school of twists, detouring into ridiculous hallucinations, visions, questionable sanity and, yes, murder.
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  • Cancer and Comedy: 50/50 proves the two can coincide, at least on film
  • Film
  • Cancer and Comedy: 50/50 proves the two can coincide, at least on film

    As someone in her mid-twenties, I, fortunately, haven't had to deal with one of my best friends being diagnosed with cancer, though I do have a friend who has. It's one of those things you never want to think about, but something we'll all have to deal with eventually. It seems there are few, if any, films for someone in such a situation to relate to. Until now, that is. I recently read an interview with Seth Rogen and 50/50 writer Will Reiser, whose own battle with cancer became the basis for 50/50. The two admitted writing the movie because when they found out about Reiser's illness they had no movie to reference. If you scan through the Netflix library, you're bound to find films about mothers and fathers, children, grandparents, the very young, the very old and their families dealing with cancer. Reiser's film tackles the concept of how people in their mid-twenties tackle a crisis through a buddy-comedy approach, which may seem like an unconventional way to approach the topic, but it works well.
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  • Film Events
  • People You Hate

    I don't hate "people." I really don't. In fact, I love "people" - as a general concept. I love them in the same conceptual way I love "hamburger sandwiches." Now, generally speaking, "hamburger sandwiches" are incredibly delicious and fortifying. That being said, occasionally a specific hamburger sandwich will go awry. For example, when a vegan is behind the grill, and your "hamburger" sandwich suddenly tastes like a "grass, hair, and chalk" sandwich. Or when you accidentally sleep with/impregnate the girlfriend of the cook at your favorite hamburger sandwich restaurant - and your hamburger sandwiches begin to acquire not-so-subtle "spit or semen" overtones.
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Music

  • Sound Stories & Interviews
  • Out of Town: Cash'd Out, Robert Earl Keen

    shaniko friday 7 - sunday 9 Ninth Annual Ragtime & Vintage Music Festival Things are going to get old-timey in the rural town of Shaniko. Northeast of Madras on U.S. Hwy 97 lies Shaniko, population: 26. Friday night the festival begins with a silent screening of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, shown at the Shaniko Schoolhouse and with live piano accompaniment. On Saturday, the celebration moves north to Moro where there will be ragtime music in the streets from noon until 11pm. Sunday continues with more forgotten piano tunes drifting out from behind the saloon doors. It doesn't get more old-timey that this. Begins at noon, Shaniko Schoolhouse. portland
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  • Wilco: The Whole Love
  • Sound Stories & Interviews
  • Wilco: The Whole Love

    After Jeff Tweedy assembled, what he declared, "the best Wilco line-up ever" in 2007, the sextet released the very straightforward, and dare I say boring, Sky Blue Sky. Wilco sounded more interesting with 2009's Wilco (the Album), but still seemed too top heavy with seasoned musicians to produce something so sing-songy. The Whole Love is a strong argument for the current lineup's need to convey Tweedy's ideas. The brilliant early sonic deconstruction, water drip keyboards, and impeccable pushing bass on "Art of Almost" (the album opener and exclamation), builds "wasteland" abstractions through a straw, to a lesson in explosive krautrock. "Dawned On Me" has a genuine "fresh" pop quality to it that seemed missing from recent Wilco recordings and "Black Moon" possesses enough intrigue to carry you on to the tasty bass workout, "Born Alone." The album ends nearly as strong as it starts with the cyclical 12-minute closer, "One Sunday Morning" as Tweedy gives his (often used) equation of life, death, and frustrations with God.
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  • Cowboy Music: Riders in the Sky give us a lesson on the true lessons of the West
  • Sound Stories & Interviews
  • Cowboy Music: Riders in the Sky give us a lesson on the true lessons of the West

    I knew who they were coming to town and I knew they'd been here before. They're called the Riders in the Sky and I've heard their music for most of my life. So have you, even if you might not know it, you have. Trust me on this. As someone who doesn't (and doesn't know anyone who does) listen to traditional Western music, I've never really known what to think about Riders in the Sky. I mean, their motto - or at least the one emblazoned at the top of their concert posters - is "bringing good beef to hungry people," for crying out loud. Also, they've spent a sizable chunk of their collective career, especially as of late, playing music for children and call themselves by nicknames like Too Slim and Ranger Doug. That might make them hard to take seriously. But then I spent some more time listening to this band and realized that, more or less, you don't have to take them seriously. They're as much of a comedy troupe as they are a musical act.
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Outside

  • A Pain in the Toe: Catching up with the giant alligator tick
  • Natural World
  • A Pain in the Toe: Catching up with the giant alligator tick

    My wonderful and curious neighbor, Chuck Stahn, who has a magnificent greenhouse and garden, delivered a magnificent bug (pictured above) to Sue and I the other day in a cranberry juice jug. Chuck was gassing up his car at a lighted Madras gas station when suddenly a woman in the next bay let out a scream while pointing to a very large "bug" on the gas station pavement. "Whoa!" Chuck exclaimed, and with a chuckle, added, "I'll bet it ran out of gas," and scooped it up, not realizing what was going to happen next. Before he could get it into a container, he discovered (painfully) that it had its sharp, hypodermic-like mouthpart shoved into his finger. He let out a yell, disconnected the beast, and then - using marvelous self control - put it in the juice jug without killing it.
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  • Running Free Again: Dams come down for fish and recreation
  • Outside Features
  • Running Free Again: Dams come down for fish and recreation

    A stop on almost every whitewater kayaker and rafter's Northwest must-do itinerary is a run on Washington's White Salmon River. It's a river loved by top-end kayakers for its Class V upper sections, by veteran paddlers for its busy Class III-plus, BZ Corner-to-Husum run, and by boaters of all abilities for its no-so-busy, but fun, Husum-to-Northwestern reservoir run. In short, it's a river that has something for everyone. This time next year there will be more to the latter run because the Condit Dam that creates the Northwestern Reservoir will have come down.
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Blogs

  • Bent
  • Natural Born Killers Nabbed

    Joseph Pedersen and Holly Ann Grigsby have been arrested in California on suspicion of murders in Washington and Oregon.
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  • Bent
  • Forget Cougars, We Have Wolves....

    Biologists confirmed this week that a member of the eastern Oregon Imnaha Pack has made it way to Central Oregon. The wolf known Or-3 was one of handful of wolves that dispersed from the Imnaha pack earlier this year after wolf managers killed two members of the pack in response to livestock attacks.
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  • Bent
  • Eastern Oregon Wolves Get Reprieve

    A pair of Eastern Oregon wolves that had been targeted for extermination got a reprieve late today when an Oregon Appeals Court issued an injunction stopping the planned killing until the court has time to review a lawsuit filed by three conservation groups earlier this week that challenges the state's decision to employ lethal measures against Oregon's fledgling wolf population. The kill order, which was issued Sept.
  • Bent
  • Body Found on Santiam Linked to tri-State Killing Spree

    Autopsy results released this afternoon confirmed that a body recovered over the weekend in Linn County is that of an Everett man whose son and girlfriend allegedly went on an interstate killing spree that ended with their arrest in California last week. The State Medical Examiners office announced on Monday afternoon that the body recovered at the Yellowbottom Campground on Friday is that of David (Red) Jones Pedersen who disappeared from his Everett home in late September around the time that his wife was found dead.

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