Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Oregon does "well" in renter survey

State gets an F for affordability

Posted By on Wed, Jan 17, 2018 at 9:48 AM


Oregon received a passing grade in the current Apartment List’s Annual Renter Satisfaction Survey.

This, however, is an average. Like a teen’s grades, Oregon's rating was all over the map. The state received an A+ for pet-friendliness, yet (and big surprise) garnered an F for affordability.

The data came from over 45,000 responses focused exclusively on renters, looking to provide a unique insight into what states and cities must do to meet the needs of America’s 111 million renters.

Of the 50 largest cities, Raleigh, N.C, Minneapolis, Minn., Boston, Mass. and Virginia Beach, Va. earned the top scores for renter satisfaction. Detroit, Mich., Tulsa, Okla., Oakland, Calif. and Tucson, Ariz. received the lowest.

Those surveyed rated their cities on 11 diverse factors, including affordability, public transit and weather. Nationwide, the four factors that have the biggest influence on overall satisfaction are safety, job opportunities, and social life and recreational activities.

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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

GUNG HO FOR SHOWS: Dave Matthews Band and Jethro Tull headed to Bend

Dave Matthews Band announces 2018 summer tour

Posted By on Tue, Jan 16, 2018 at 11:07 AM


Tuesday, Les Schwab Amphitheater announced that Dave Matthews Band will be headed back to Bend as a part of a massive summer tour.

Dave Matthews Band announced Tuesday morning that they'll be touring extensively in 2018—ahead of a newly announced studio album. This will be their ninth studio album, the first since "Away from the World" in 2012.

Fortunately for us, one of their stops will be in Bend at the Les Schwab Amphitheater Aug. 28.

Tickets are $95 and go on sale Friday, Feb. 2 at 10 a.m. at

Event Details Dave Matthews Band
@ Les Schwab Amphitheater
344 SW Shevlin Hixon Dr.
Bend, OR
When: Tue., Aug. 28, 7 p.m.
Outdoor Concerts
Another big name is slated to play the amphitheater this summer—progressive rock trailblazers Jethro Tull.

In November, Les Schwab announced Jethro Tull's 50th Anniversary Tour stop in Bend, happening June 8. Featuring songs spanning their massive catalog beginning in 1968, this is a show both you and your parents can enjoy—together! Tickets are currently on sale at, for $50-$79.

Event Details Ian Anderson presents Jethro Tull
@ Les Schwab Amphitheater
344 SW Shevlin Hixon Dr.
Bend, OR
When: Fri., June 8, 7:30 p.m.
Outdoor Concerts

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Monday, January 15, 2018

Happy MLK Day

MLK inspiration from a Bend artist.

Posted By on Mon, Jan 15, 2018 at 11:24 AM

Thanks to Susan Hovey for sharing these images, and happy MLK all.

“Hatred paralyzes life; love releases it. Hatred confuses life; love harmonizes it. Hatred darkens life; love illuminates it.” Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.—Strength to Love, 1963 
This man. - His message. - His example. - His moment. - His dream. - His love. - This day. - Forever. - —Susan Hovey
  • This man.His message.His example.His moment.His dream.His love.This day.Forever.—Susan Hovey

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Friday, January 12, 2018

BLM fee free day

Get out in the wilderness on MLK Day

Posted By on Fri, Jan 12, 2018 at 4:49 PM

Nothing to do with Monday off? Head out to a Bureau of Land Management recreation site for a day of waived fees.
click image COURTESY: BLM
  • Courtesy: BLM
“On Monday, to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the BLM invites families to spend the day together enjoying America’s rich public lands heritage,” Brian Steed, BLM Deputy Director said.

Places like the Oregon Badlands Wilderness, which has over 50 miles of hiking on five trails, will offer free parking Monday, Jan. 15.

Although individual day-use fees will be waived, people should know other fees, such as cabin rentals and overnight camping, will still have their standard fee structure.

The BLM administers over 15 million acres in Oregon, many of them surrounding Bend.
To reach the Oregon Badlands from Bend, travel east on Highway 20 for 18 miles, turn left and follow the road for another mile to the parking lot and trailheads.

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Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Z Snaps from the Ladies

A recap of the Golden Globes, in GIFs

Posted By on Tue, Jan 9, 2018 at 2:20 PM

Did you catch the Golden Globe awards this week?

In case you've been hiding under a rock, Hollywood's gotten rocked this year, with #metoo playing huge on this stage and elsewhere. And at the awards show, stuff got powerful and political. Here's a recap, in everyone's fave format—GIFs!

1. Reese Witherspoon and 300 other actresses launched Time's Up Now, a plan to address gender imbalance. Hundreds of actresses showed up in black in support. #whoruntheworld

2. Witherspoon also killed it with a speech supporting survivors.

3. Women supported women all throughout the event, in lots o' ways..

4. Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon brought the Z snaps for Hollywood.

5. The women presenters were heroic. (See what we did there?)
6. Then there was Tommy Wiseau, who tried to steal the mic from James Franco after Franco won Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy for The Disaster Artist.

7. He knows who the true icon really is.

8. And of course, here's Oprah, (probably) laughing at her haters:

9. Still, some were clearly having more fun than others, and it all went down on camera.

10. In summary, the Golden Globes was a fun celebration of Hollywood's talent, and a serious signal that women are speaking up.


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Friday, January 5, 2018

TGIF Cartoon: Harry Potter

A weekly comic by Bill Friday

Posted By on Fri, Jan 5, 2018 at 5:13 PM



About the Artist:

W.R. (Bill) Friday has been cartooning for almost 50 years. What started as cartooning with his two brothers for a kid-produced paper called the "Snooper Review," lead to a lifetime of comics. His cartoons have since appeared in publications and exhibits worldwide, from Portland, Oregon to Saint Petersburg, Russia, winning state, regional and national awards and recognition. Retired from the Forest Service, he spent over 40 years at the lookout towers in several national forests throughout Oregon.

You can email Bill at
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Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Another One Bites the Dust

Summit Saloon closes

Posted By on Tue, Jan 2, 2018 at 4:58 PM


In a surprise social media post, Summit Saloon and Stage, the sports bar turned nightclub in downtown Bend, abruptly shut its doors on Tuesday.

Citing "unsuccessful lease negotiations and economic factors," co-owners Matthew Gordon and John Simac who ran the bar for more than 10 years wrote an emotional Facebook farewell stating, "It is with heavy hearts that we announce our closing effective immediately."

Outpouring of support was immediate with many locals expressing shock and stating they were planning on coming to the bar for lunch that very day. Andrew Newcomb wrote, "John! Thank you for providing an affordable, quality place to grab a meal for 10 years. We are in tears in our house today."

Soaring rental prices and limited availability have led to multiple businesses closing within the last year.

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Monday, January 1, 2018

Another Year, Another Broken Resolution

How to avoid breaking your New Year’s resolutions

Posted By on Mon, Jan 1, 2018 at 7:17 AM


With another year drawing to a close, many of us are pondering our New Year’s resolutions for 2018. A lot of our goals will be lofty—maybe a tad too lofty— with a reported 92 percent of Americans "doomed to fail," most resolutions will fall into three categories; love, health and finances.

It’s widely known that most of us have a hard time completing even the easiest goal on our list. According to 2016 research by, over
70 percent of resolutions are maintained throughout the first week of the New Year, with the number drastically dropping to just 30 percent in the following six months.

Many Americans simply lose their motivation, while many set too ambitious or too many goals.

The most popular resolution that fails? Does, “get out of debt,” sound familiar? Along with this, other commonly broken resolutions are:

Shedding those extra pounds

Trying something new

Eating healthier

Getting more sleep and,

Being less stressed. Go figure.

I’m sure that most of us have all written resolutions like these down, filled with the vigor and excitement only a New Year can inspire. And I’m sure we’ve looked at that list multiple times in the weeks to follow, felt a touch of guilt and then balled the post-it note up and thrown it in the trash.

Although Oregon is already doing pretty well in terms of not breaking our resolutions (tenth out of all fifty states) here are some tips to help you succeed with your New Year’s goals.

1. Stay practical. Form resolutions you know you can keep.

Make a plan of action. Many people set themselves up for failure by writing a goal down on the list, but not looking into what is required to solve that goal, or how to get there.

3. Finally,
some progress is better than none. Many individuals may have a black or white attitude. It is not that you either completed your resolution or you did not. If the goal was to lose 15 pounds and you have lost four, that is not a failure. That’s progress. Congratulate yourself on the effort you have made towards your goal, don’t beat yourself up for how far you still have to go.

Another factor that may be setting you behind is your location. If you don’t live anywhere near a gym, your motivation to go out and exercise daily may be lower. The same goes towards restaurants. If most of the eating options in your area are limited to fast food, eating healthy while dining out may be more difficult.

Keep this in mind as we enter the New Year. Who knows, you might end up surprising yourself in terms of success and motivation.

Check out the The Best 10 Cities for Keeping Your New Year's Resolutions by WalletHub:

1. Seattle, WA
2. San Francisco, CA
3. San Diego, CA
4. Scottsdale, AZ
5. Salt Lake City, UT
6. San Jose, CA
7. Orlando, FL
8. Irvine, CA
9. Austin, TX
10. Portland, OR

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Friday, December 22, 2017

NYE 2018: Events in Central Oregon

Find the perfect place to ring in the New Year

Posted By on Fri, Dec 22, 2017 at 1:45 PM

Looking for something to do this New Year's Eve? If you're staying in Central Oregon to ring in the new year, this roundup is for you.

*updated Dec. 29, 2017

Music & Dancing


Velvet's best party of the year is almost here! DJ's Byrne & LAShawn get the floor bouncing at 10PM. Lots of bubbles to go around. Come early before we hit capacity. No cover.

NYE celebration! Larry and His Flask are a high energy, five-piece carnival of a band that incorporate rock, folk, bluegrass, soul, brass band, punk and alt-country into their own unique sound. $15/adv.

Yak Attack in the Theater and Broken Down Guitars in Father Luke's performance for anyone 21 and older. $10/door.

Don't miss this epic NYE party at the newly-renovated Silver Moon. Bigger dance floor and awesome celebratory vibes! Featuring live Latin music by ¡Chiringa! 9pm to midnight. 8pm dance lesson by Andrés 'Andy' García. Includes a free champagne toast at midnight and a performance by Latin Dance Bend. 21+. $10-20 sliding scale.

Ring in the New Year with DJ N8ture! No cover.

▶︎ Friday: Retro Costume Dance Party with 70's, 80's & 90's Music till midnight. Wear your best retro costume for prizes. ▶︎ Saturday: We begin with UFC 219 & Breakfast at Tiffany Costume Party. ▶︎Sunday: Our Speakeasy 1920's Costume Party. $10-$12.

DJ Ambush 10pm-2am. Spirit-Animal masks highly encouraged. Cover includes glass of champagne. $10/after 9pm.

Local sultry siren will be rockin' the evening and filling your body with groove to say farewell to the past and cheers to the future. Bring a friend to the downtown living room and celebrate the locals way! Champagne toast included. No cover.

Featuring Day of Rest, Unto The Plague, Black Karma Social Club and Open Defiance. 21+. No cover.

Rock and soul. She Said He Said opens at 6pm. Three D, 9:30pm.

Come rock in the new year!


Dance music from all genres. $5.

Come "ring in" and dance in the New Year with us! Great music, friends and fun! Classic rock. No cover.


The Sugar Beets will be heading back to their favorite mountain getaway to host a not-to-be-missed New Year's Eve Party. $16/adv., $20/door.

Dan Crenshaw, Award winning Guitarist & Founder of the L.A. Metal Band "Garden of Eden," brings his tribute to the hair and metal bands of the 80's & 90's to Hardtails for a New Year's Eve party. No cover.


This will be a great HWY 97 show! Ring in the New Year with the American Legion and the best classic rock band in Central Oregon! No cover.

Dinner & Cocktails

Get dressed up to the nines and head out to the Range Restaurant & Bar for an elegant adult only three-course prix fixe dinner. The farm-to-table dinner will be highlighted by the seasons' bounty with festive dishes, quenching beverages and holiday decor throughout the restaurant. $75/adult.

Slide those dancing shoes on and enjoy the NYE dance party in the barn featuring live music by the Chris Merrill Band. We will be serving signature cocktails and local craft beers along with a complimentary champagne toast at midnight. 18+. $40/adult.

Start off the evening celebration with a stunning 5-course plated dinner crafted by our award winning culinary team. Reservations are required. 36-hour cancellation policy. Call 541-593-3740 for reservations. $89/adults, $36/kids 6-12, 5 and under are complimentary.

Five course prix fixe experience. Live piano set by George Bouhey. Bar open until midnight. Reservations required. $85/person. $105/w suggested wine pairing.


Lifts run 9am-9pm. Music by Leroy & The Sidekicks from 6pm-midnight in the lodge. Dance the night away at the Hoodoo Snow Ball on the Three Creeks Brewing patio outside with music by One Dollar Check. After the lifts stop running, join us for a firework show shortly after 9pm.

This will certainly be a New Year's celebration you won't soon forget. Snowshoe with your Wanderlust Tours guide to bask at a glowing bonfire in the middle of an amphitheater, hand-carved into the snow! $100/person.

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TGIF Cartoon: Virus Problem

A weekly comic by Bill Friday

Posted By on Fri, Dec 22, 2017 at 10:00 AM



About the Artist:

W.R. (Bill) Friday has been cartooning for almost 50 years. What started as cartooning with his two brothers for a kid-produced paper called the "Snooper Review," lead to a lifetime of comics. His cartoons have since appeared in publications and exhibits worldwide, from Portland, Oregon to Saint Petersburg, Russia, winning state, regional and national awards and recognition. Retired from the Forest Service, he spent over 40 years at the lookout towers in several national forests throughout Oregon.

You can email Bill at

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Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Extreme Weather in Central Oregon Sparks Wild Fire and Causes Mass Power Outages

Emergency crews have busy night ahead cleaning up

Posted By on Tue, Dec 19, 2017 at 5:48 PM

A downed tree on the corner of Fourth Street and Norton Avenue has caused headaches for nearby businesses like Pho Viet Restaurant and local residents. - CITY OF BEND FIRE DEPARTMENT
  • City of Bend Fire Department
  • A downed tree on the corner of Fourth Street and Norton Avenue has caused headaches for nearby businesses like Pho Viet Restaurant and local residents.
You may have noticed the constant stream of fire sirens this afternoon in Bend. That’s because the Bend Fire Department responded to at least 17 calls in a span of just over two hours from late morning until mid-afternoon.

City of Bend Battalion Chief, Dave Howe wrote that there were at least eight calls for downed power lines and as of 5pm, parts of Northeast Third Street, including restaurants and businesses along the corridor were still experiencing power loss.

An eight acre wind-driven field fire raged as an old brush fire spread from its embers for a previous burn pile. Four engines responded to control the blaze, though no damage was reported. A severe weather alert for Central Oregon and those areas above 2,000 feet is still in place with wind gusts potentially reaching 50 mph.

Howe wrote, “Bend Fire would like to remind people to avoid driving into areas where there are down power lines. It is very hazardous, and cars driving through the work area can distract and endanger workers who are trying to make repairs. If you see barricades blocking a street, please find another way to go.”
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Meanwhile investigators ask questions regarding high speeds at time of crash

Posted By on Tue, Dec 19, 2017 at 3:58 PM

  • ODOT | Washington State

A Portland neurosurgeon praised the work of emergency first responders—even though he himself helped 25 victims of the Amtrak derailment in a span of two hours. In an interview with The Oregonian, Dr. Nate Selden, chair of neurological surgery at Oregon Health and Science University said, "We should be very grateful as citizens that they are there, ready to go." He added, "I certainly have additional respect after seeing them in the field today." 

Dr. Nathan Selden helped survivors of the Amtrak detrailment - OHSU
  • OHSU
  • Dr. Nathan Selden helped survivors of the Amtrak detrailment

Enroute to Seattle with his 18-year-old son, Selden noticed something was amiss once traffic stopped and there were no cars heading into the oncoming lane.
"In the last few minutes before we got there we saw dozens upon dozens of first responders," Selden said in an interview with Lizzy Acker. Selden and his son quickly sprang into action providing first aid, putting in IVs, setting up backboards and neck collars and treating deep wounds, alongside EMTs and firefighters, according to the Oregonian.

Meanwhile, the Seattle Times reported that Barbara LaBoe, a Washington State Transportation Department Spokesperson said the train, on its maiden voyage on a new route, should have slowed from 79  miles per hour to 30 miles per hour before heading into the curve at the crash site. however, a website which tracks Amtrak speeds, recorded the train at 80 mph shortly before the crash occurred, according to reports from the Associated Press.

"These train cars were just littered across the highway," Selden said, “...They didn't have tents up yet. They set the tents up around us as we were working." Selden and fellow workers wrote descriptions of the injuries around makeshift cards hung around victim’s necks for further treatment.

"We did know that there had been fatalities," Selden told Acker, "even by the time I had arrived.

"Based on comments from the first responders, I think the other fatalities may still be present on the trains or were at that time."

Read the full story here.

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