• Issue of
  • Oct 20-26, 2011
  • Vol. 15, No. 42


  • Local News
  • Keeping SIsters Stoked: New biomass plant puts Sisters school on cutting edge

    This last Monday was an up-and-away day for the Sisters School District. Oregon's Governor, Dr. John Kitzhauber, and First Lady Cilvia Hayes were on hand to officially open a forest steward and biomass project that will pay off big for parents and students in Sisters High School (SHS): They're going to stay warm in winter the way our pioneers did; burning wood. A wood-burning stove doesn't sound like a master of efficiency, but when you get right down to the nitty-gritty of using today's technology, it is, and in more ways than one. The correct term for wood-burning heat in this magnitude is "Biomass Fuel" and the benefit for using this method of staying warm saves a lot of money for the school - which then goes directly into student education. That also leads to everything about the project being local, from biomass, boiler design, employment and back out into the forest.



Food & Drink


  • Film
  • Dancing is Still Legal: My mom didn't hate the Footloose remake as much as I thought she would

    For the past several months, whenever I went to a movie with my mom and we saw the trailer for the new Footloose remake she would grumbled about it. "He's no Kevin Bacon," she would say to the screen. For as long as I can remember, my mom has counted the original Footloose among her favorite movies of all time. In fact, one day when I was home for winter break during college she found out I had never seen it and made me sit down and watch it. When the remake rolled out this fall, I knew, despite my mom's reservations, I had to drag her out to see it. Even as a devoted fan of corny '80s movies, I still I thought the premise of the film was ridiculous. Five teens die in a car accident after a party and in order to prevent this from happening again the tiny town of Bomont, Georgia, outlaws minors from, among other things, dancing. Really? OK, I can understand a curfew, but seriously, dancing?


  • Sound Stories & Interviews
  • No More Nostalgia: The Felice Brothers shelve old sounds for new, and do so awesomely

    This spring, Spin magazine laid out a section about the throng of young-ish musicians who've brought back Americana sounds to the forefront of indie rock. Mumford and Sons were on the cover. The Low Anthem and the Head and the Heart were also prominently featured alongside a write up about The Felice Brothers. As much as that last band enjoyed the publicity, the placement of that article was a bit odd. While The Felice Brothers had created a few records over its five-year existence that echo the rootsy influences of its upstate New York origins, The Felice Brothers had just recently released an album, Celebration, Florida, that is decidedly not Americana music. You can hear that foot-stomping goodness that harkens to the band's acoustic beginnings, but this latest offering dances right on the edge of the threshold of electronic dance music. And it's excellent.



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