• Issue of
  • Sep 13-19, 2012
  • Vol. 16, No. 37


  • Local News
  • Shotgun Wedding: Critics say new event rules open the door for abuse

    James Gindelsperger made a living flying through nuclear clouds as a member of an Air Force reconnaissance team that collected data on the Soviet arsenal. But that work didn’t prepare Gindelsperger for the storm of controversy that erupted when his neighbor put up a new barn and threw its doors open for weddings. The result, said Gindelsperger, was dozens of partygoers parading across a joint easement and bands and DJs playing well into the previously serene summer nights.


  • Letters to the Editor

    Efforts to stop plans to "frack" (i.e. hydraulically fracture) the Newberry Volcano have hit a critical juncture. The help of every concerned citizen is needed now. An Appeal of the BLM’s decision to permit AltaRock Energy, LLC to proceed with a "demonstration" of "new" technology in an "exploratory" project has been filed, but we are not lawyers, so it may not work. There are two remaining permits needed before their plans can be implemented: one to allow the use of the water for this reason, and one to allow the use of the water in this location. The persons responsible for the decisions to issue these permits, or not, welcome public comment at this time.


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  • Thursday is the New Friday

    Thursday kick starts the weekend with performances by comic Leif Skyving, Erin & the Project and Animal Eyes. Thursday Night Comedy at Kayos’ Dinner House and Lounge has been supplying Central Oregonians with their fair share of chuckles and guffaws for the better part of a year.
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  • Leprechauns or Leis?

    Sweet Saturday how shall I spend thee? On the shores of Elk Lake watching the Gerry Lopez Stand Up Paddleboad Race Series, sampling the culinary delights of a traditional Hawaiian Luau and listening to the sweet sounds of legendary local musician Bill Keale, strumming and crooning listeners into a state of aloha? Or do I feel the pull of the Emerald isle and attend the Halfway to St. Patrick's Celebration at McMenamins where Five Pint Mary and the Roving Irish Pipes aspire to whip me into a frothing green frenzy with rollicking music and revelry? Corned beef or Kalua Pua’a? Celtic or Coconuts? Leprechauns or Leis? Tough choice.
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  • Fire at Phil's!

    But it's under an acre in size and seems to be under control. Whew.
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  • Gold Medalist Eaton to be Honored at Downtown Parade

    Olympic gold medalist, former Eugene star and Bend favorite son Ashton Eaton will be honored along with Bend’s other Olympians at a hometown parade and celebration before the end of the month. Eaton who took home the top honors in the men’s decathlon, a grueling 10-sport event that many consider to determine the world’s best all around athlete, is a Mountain View graduate and former high school standout who blossomed into an All American at the University of Oregon.
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  • Riding the Wind

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  • Spork Weighing Restaurant Plan

    Spork, the popular westside eatery and godfather of the local food cart movement, is weighing the possibility of moving into a traditional “brick and mortar” operation. Spork proprietors Jeff Hunt, Erica Reily and Chris Lohrey told customers that after wrapping up the summer season later this month they will mothball the cart for the winter season while they search out investors to partner on a formal restaurant operation, which they said hinges on the ability to raise the necessary money and the ability to find the right location.
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  • Kapka Gets Green Light From FS

    A controversial proposal to build a new Sno-Park at Kapka to Butte along the Cascade Highway has been given the green light from Forest Service. The Bend Fort Rock Ranger District announced that it intends to go forward to with a plan to build 70 new parking spaces at the intersection of the Sunriver cutoff (Hwy.

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