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Friday, March 2, 2018

Five dogs seized in Redmond

One pit-bull mix found dead; women ticketed

Posted By on Fri, Mar 2, 2018 at 5:01 PM

An animal welfare check in Redmond resulted in the seizure of five dogs, and the discovery of one dead pit-bull mix.

On Feb. 25, deputies with the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office followed up on a tip that several dogs had been left alone on the property for several days. The following day, the deputies carried out a search warrant at NW Progress Lane in Redmond, where they took four pit-bull mixes and one Chihuahua mix.

On the 28th, deputies ticketed Anne M. Springer of Redmond with one count of alleged Animal Neglect I and five counts of alleged Animal Neglect II. The surviving dogs are at the BrightSide Animal Shelter in Redmond.

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Women's Muse Conference provides platform for youth voices

Local teens to lead discussion on issues affecting our kids

Posted By on Fri, Mar 2, 2018 at 12:56 PM

Selections from Teen Muse Project, on display at The Muse Hub on Friday. - ELSE KERKMANN
  • Else Kerkmann
  • Selections from Teen Muse Project, on display at The Muse Hub on Friday.

Muse Conference, a four day event celebrating women and girls as catalysts for change, is this weekend and in addition the multitude of activities and workshops planned in Bend, a Youth Panel made up of local teens is scheduled for Friday afternoon.

Ashlee Davis, a counselor at Pacific Crest Middle School, is an advisor for the Teen Muse Club at Pacific Crest as well as the moderator for Friday’s discussion. Davis has advised the club for the past two years, one of ten other clubs in local schools, and says she has seen it grow from 10 girls to 30-35 girls attending each week.

We sat down with Davis to talk to her about the Muse Club at
Pacific Crest Middle School and what to expect from Friday’s panel.

SW: Each club chooses to focus on a social issue of their choice, correct?

DAVIS: Our girls right now are focusing on a campaign they started called, “Ignite Change | Spark Kindness” their focus is to reduce hate speech and bullying type behaviors that go on at our school.

SW: What does the campaign entail?

DAVIS: They started this a couple of months ago and we
started this conversation behind what fires you up, what do you want to focus
on in terms of conversation. That forged and transformed into the campaign.
They go into classrooms and teach lessons to our younger students about the
power of kindness and what are little acts that we can do to create positive
change in our community. They ran a weeklong kindness station… where each day was something different.

One of the days they videotaped students around the school
responding to the prompt, “What are things that do to show you kindness and how does that make you feel?” Then we turned that into a short film. And another day the prompt was, “Speak up: What are you tired of seeing or hearing at school and how will you be the change?”

(Davis says the girls are currently planning a “self-care day,” with volunteers running stations that promote skills, resources, practices that foster good mental, physical and emotional health.)

SW: What will the panel be formatted?

DAVIS: We have four girls from our club, we have girls from local high schools here, Summit and Bend High, then we have a couple of girls from, I believe one from Culver and one from Madras, who will be participating.

The format is pretty laid back and informal but we will have
a list of questions that I’ve generated just from having conversations with
these girls and it’s about things that they are passionate about that fire them

It’s a format I did it last year and what I walked away from is that adults very rarely just sit and listen to teens and their experiences. What life is like for them, the struggles that they face and the really amazing things that they’re capable of. You know, adults often just like to give ideas and fix problems and give their input. Really, it’s a time for teens to be given a platform to just talk about things that impact them on a daily basis thing that they are passionate about thing that they’d like to see change around.

So I will ask a question if anyone wants to respond great and if anyone wants
to add on and hopefully it’ll have a natural flow to it.

SW: Any specific topics you’ll be covering?

DAVIS: We are talking about things surrounding sexism, equality… I’m guessing some topic around race will come up. One of the questions that the girls really liked was something like, “If you could tell adults one thing about a teenager’s life or what you need from adults, what would it be?”

SW: Following the Parkland school shooting and the multiple threats of gun violence in schools in our area recently, can I assume these recent events will be on the table for discussion?

DAVIS: Yes, that is something that all of the girls said that they want to talk about just from the teen perspective. Not only focusing on what we’re doing wrong but also what can teens do to start to be the change. And one of the things that came up in the group (Thursday) was around what are these small acts that teens and adults have control over that we can start changing. And one of the things that they kept talking about was noticing when kids are not connected at school or withdrawn socially or isolated, what can we do as other humans to connect and support them. Then they talked about mental illness and the need that we have as a community to educate not just adults but more so teens around mental health issues and how can we connect teens to services how can we start educating and supporting teens with their needs. I think that is a topic that will definitely come up.

SW: Have you moderated in past years? How was the turnout and format?

DAVIS: I moderated the one last year as well. We’ll leave probably 10 minutes or so at the end to ask questions and there were a lot of questions (last year).
More so there was a resounding gratitude. I just heard over and over from the adults that it’s so nice to be able to just sit and hear from their perspective. And the one question that came up a lot last year was, “how to we engage our boys in these conversations?” Because we had one male on our panel and the audience was majority female, so that question came up a lot. Our boys
should be involved in this and they should be a part of the conversation and
just hearing from girls as well, like, “wow whenever I say these things to you
this is how it makes you feel.”

SW: Anything else you’d like to add about this year’s panel?

DAVIS: One of the girls today was asking how many people are going to be there and I said hopefully about 50 or so. She said, “Wow, why do
so many people want to come listen to us?”

And I was explaining from the adult’s perspective that it’s a rare opportunity to learn from teens and sit and hear their perspective.

She said, “What can adults possibly learn from teens?” I said that my perspective as a counselor who works with kids, is I learn so much
from you every day in terms of your creative ideas and your passion and the way that you view the world. I don’t know how to word that in a way that would go in a newspaper, but these kids are truly incredible.

They will change the world, and they are changing the world, and we need to listen to them. We need to listen to what they have to say. They have valuable ideas and thoughts and opinions and they care. I always thought it was cheesy whenever I was a kid and adults said “you are the future.” But it’s true. Sitting there and watching them each day—they are incredible.

You can catch the voices panel Friday afternoon at 3:30pm,
just pre-register online at

Youth Voices Panel
3:30-5:00pm. Friday, March 2
Muse Hub
849 NW Wall St.
$10 – Purchase tickets in advance at

Teen Muse Project photography exhibit
5:30-7:30pm. Friday, March 2.
Muse Hub
849 NW Wall St.

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Thursday, March 1, 2018

Bos Taurus is making me have steak dreams

Yes it's expensive, but it's also worth every penny, or hundo

Posted By on Thu, Mar 1, 2018 at 10:00 AM

Yes, I know it’s expensive. Like, expensive A.F. But, if you love steak, and I mean REALLY love steak, Bos Taurus is worth unloading a few Benjamins from your wallet.

And it’s not just the steak—although just typing this blog is making my mouth water—it’s all the food. Take, for instance, the oysters—topped with the perfect little piece of red pepper—were delicious enough to get a non-oyster lover to eat half of my order.

The popovers, which are delivered hot to the table about the time your drink comes, are so flaky and flavorful, you’ll feel transported to Paris. And speaking of a drink, the smoked Bos Manhattan comes in a glass that resembles high school science class. You leave the cork in to add to the smoky complexity, then pour when you’re ready.

Back to why you should go: the steak. Bos has two kinds of A5 grade Wagyu—the Hokkaido and the Miyazaki. If you’re unfamiliar with Japanese steak ratings, A5 means the steak must be at least 25 percent marbling. In the U.S. Grade A beef need only be 6 to 8 percent marbled fat. What does this mean to the customer? The beef will almost melt in your mouth. Cows that reach the A5 rating are treated like royalty. They are often given mineral water and fed soybeans. In hot summer months, they are treated to Sake and beer.

I ordered 2 ounces of both the A5 choices, which added up to about $120 in beef. More than I’ve spent in about two years on beef total. But when the first slice of Hokkaido hit my taste buds… heaven. Personally, I liked the Hokkaido better. It was like eating a bacon-meets-cow-meets-butter… if meat could be considered a dessert, this would be my suggestion.

Bos has many other steak options that are excellent as well, and not $29 an ounce. The honey bruleed Cambozola cheese was melt-in-your-mouth and the white truffle pommes frites were good as well. They also have non-steak options and the compressed Caesar is well worth ordering.
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Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Breaking: La Pine Student Arrested After Alleged School Threat

15 year old in custody after alleged threats involving a firearm

Posted By on Wed, Feb 28, 2018 at 2:44 PM

The Deschutes County Sheriff's office says they've arrested a La Pine High School student today after an alleged threat to the "safety of students at the school."

According to a release issued this afternoon, a student at the school approached the School Resource Officer this morning to tell the officer about the alleged threat. Cops say they interviewed students throughout the morning, eventually identifying a 15-year-old male student who had allegedly been making threats "to the safety of students and staff on three occasions over the past two months."

Cops say the most recent threat happened two days ago and involved a "threat of violence at the school involving the use of firearms."
Extra officers arrived on scene at La Pine High School this morning as a precaution, following the alleged threat. - DESCHUTES COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE
  • Deschutes County Sheriff's Office
  • Extra officers arrived on scene at La Pine High School this morning as a precaution, following the alleged threat.
DCSO says the student did not have a firearm on him or on school grounds, though they say he did have access to unsecured firearms at home.

Cops say they took the student into custody and took him to the Deschutes County Juvenile Justice Facility on three counts of Disorderly Conduct 1.

On Monday, Superintendent of Bend-La Pine Schools, Shay Mikalson, sent a letter to Oregon legislators, urging, among other things, for legislators to change the maximum detention time from 36 hours to 10 days when youth are arrested on misdeameanor charges related to weapons offenses, or when they're arrested for alleged threats against others.

That call to action came after a Bend Senior High School student was arrested for allegedly making threats at that school last week.
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Where the Source is Headed this Weekend

Muse Conference draws musicians, artists & social change makers—and this emerging musician

Posted By on Wed, Feb 28, 2018 at 12:09 PM

Portland-based musician Haley Heynderickx is playing a sold out show at Mississippi Studios in the Rose City Thursday night, after releasing her much-anticipated debut album.

After that, she's headed to Bend to perform at the World Muse conference on Saturday. We'll be there to chat live onstage with Heynderickx after her performance at the Tower Theatre at 2 pm Saturday.

  • Alessandra Leimer

Check out her recent performance, thanks to the rad people at KEXP.

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Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Proposed Apartment Building Draws Ire

Residents in the River West neighborhood are worried about parking and congestion

Posted By on Tue, Feb 27, 2018 at 5:56 PM

A proposed housing project near the Bend Park & Recreation Pavilion has neighbors in Bend's River West neighborhood concerned about parking and congestion—especially in the summer when the Les Schwab Amphitheater concerts pack the area with extra cars.

This Thursday, March 1, representatives of the Seattle-based Evergreen Housing Development Group are hosting a meeting for public input on the proposed 170 to 180-unit building that would house apartments, managerial office space and resident amenities, like a gym. The proposed location is the intersection of SW Shevlin Hixon Dr. and SW Bradbury Way. It would border Colorado Ave. and the Pavilion.

Linda May and Tracy Wright, both homeowners in River West, oppose the apartment building on the grounds of added cars on the roads and public safety. In a phone call with the Source, both said they believe the added residents would put more than 300 cars on the road, but the development company is only planning for 155 parking spaces. They both said while they understand Bend is growing—and people need places to live—cramming a few hundred people—in addition to the proposed apartment building at the old Ray’s Food Place—is too many, too soon. They would like to see a multi-use building, with shops, restaurants and some multi-family living spaces.
Evergreen is the same company that’s running the Outlook at Pilot Butte project on the eastside.

The meeting is scheduled for 5:30 to 6:30 pm in the Pavilion’s Party Room at 1001 SW Bradbury Way.

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Friday, February 23, 2018

TCOs get knock out punch

Bend City Council voted to limit the number of event permits to three

Posted By on Fri, Feb 23, 2018 at 3:45 PM

This Wednesday, the Bend City Council—even after hearing from numerous people in a packed meeting against the ordinance change—decided to limit the number of temporary change of occupancy permits any one location could have to three per year.

The resolution passed by a single vote, with Mayor Casey Roats casting the deciding one. Councilors Sally Russell, Nathan Boddie and Barb Campbell all opposed the resolution.

The Source has opined against the resolution and have covered the TCO story and the noise ordinance one as well.
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Thursday, February 22, 2018

Breaking: Cops Arrest Teen Suspect After School Shooting Threat

16 year old Bend High student arrested

Posted By on Thu, Feb 22, 2018 at 6:04 PM

Bend Police say they've arrested a teenager in connection with alleged threats made toward Bend High School.

According  to a release from Bend PD today, officers arrested 16-year-old Zachariah James Mello Johnson Wednesday, after an investigation in which officers say Johnson had been contemplating a shooting at Bend High. 
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During the investigation, officers say they found "the means to complete the shooting" during a search of Johnson's home—though cops say Johnson did not have access to those items. Officers say Johnson made threats over a "popular social media platform." After a mental health evaluation at St. Charles Medical Center, cops say Johnson was taken to the Deschutes County Juvenile Department on charges of Disorderly Conduct.

Of the three threats Bend PD has investigated regarding schools in Bend in the past nine days, officers say this is the first they've deemed credible. This one was separate from another alleged threat this past weekend against Bend High, police say.

Since the investigation is ongoing, Bend PD encourage anyone with information to call Bend PD at 541-693-6911.

In response to the arrest, Superintendent of Bend-La Pine Schools Shay Mikalson had this to say today: "To say that I am concerned and deeply troubled by this youth's alleged behavior would be an incredible understatement. However, I am incredibly grateful for the efforts of the Bend-La Pine Schools' staff, our proactive safety measures, Bend Police, and most for our culture of safety that emphasizes to all, 'When you see something, say something.'"

As a reminder, students and the wider community can report tips via —a tool Mikalson said was critical over the past nine days.

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News Update: New Speed Zones

Speed limits lowered in Bend.

Posted By on Thu, Feb 22, 2018 at 3:01 PM

Pay attention to new reduced speeds this month.


regon’s roads are on average slower than most states, but not the slowest.

Speed limits travel a wide spectrum. As the saying goes, “everything’s bigger in Texas,” and this extends to speed limits which cap at 85 mph. Alaska has the slowest, with a top speed of 55 mph, according to USA Today.

This month be cautious of the new reduced speeds in Bend put in place by the Oregon Department of Transportation. Following a community input analysis this last summer, speed limits have been lowered in these areas:

• Second Street between Wilson Avenue and the northbound parkway—from 35 to 30 mph

• Colorado Avenue from the northbound Parkway ramp to Industrial Way—from 35 to 25 mph

• Arizona Avenue from Industrial Way to Colorado Avenue—from 35 to 25 mph

• Reed Market Road between 15th Street and 27th Street—from 40 to 35 mph

With the arrival or winter (finally), it is especially important to pay attention to speed. The reduced speed zones will be clearly marked with orange warning flags on top to call attention to the changes. So, take an extra moment to look for the warning signs, while singing to the radio.

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Fire Safety Grants Available

Visit to find out what the DRFPD No.2 can do for your rural neighborhood

Posted By on Thu, Feb 22, 2018 at 2:57 PM

If last fire season caused rural residents of Bend any anxiety, the Deschutes Rural Fire Protection District No. 2 is trying to help.
Residents in DRFPD 2 can apply for grants aimed at improving the fire safety of neighborhoods and homes. Although the grant cycle is ongoing, the fire department said now is a good time for residents to consider how they can mitigate fuels and make their properties less vulnerable to fire.
The grants are available at Click on the Public Info & Programs tab, then Grant Application. Download the PDF file to fill out. Directions for where to mail the grant are on the form.
Examples of what the grants can be used for are: Disposal and hauling fees and dumpsters; volunteer expenses such as food and drinks, transportation and food; fuels modification and mailing or advertising expenses to "get the word out."
District 2 consists of approximately 220 square miles of suburban and forested land surrounding Bend, and represents approximately 20,000 residents.

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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Deschutes County Republican Party to Host Anti-Muslim Speaker

Disgraced ex-FBI agent coming to Bend Feb. 20

Posted By on Wed, Feb 21, 2018 at 5:24 PM

On Tuesday, Feb. 20, the Deschutes County Republican Party is hosting an event called, “Understanding the Threat” at the Bend Senior Center designed to help put global and domestic terrorist attacks into perspective and will “identify specific jihadi threats in the United States.”
The keynote speaker is John Guandolo, an ex-FBI agent who resigned from the bureau after a number of ethical breaches and bizarre conduct, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center.
According to the DCRP’s invitation, Guandolo was recruited by the Department of Defense out of the FBI to conduct strategic analysis of the Islamic threat. His presentation is supposed to be presented for law enforcement officials, but according to the SPLC, Guandolo punched Hennepin County Sheriff Richard Stanek at the National Sheriff Association convention in June of 2017. The altercation got Guandolo arrested and he subsequently lost his NSA endorsement and has resorted to doing presentations for anti-Muslim groups instead of law enforcement.
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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

A New Principal for Summit High

New principal will take the reins after this school year

Posted By on Wed, Feb 14, 2018 at 2:30 PM

Michael McDonald, currently assistant principal at Summit High School, will officially become principal July 1. - BEND-LA PINE SCHOOLS
  • Bend-La Pine Schools
  • Michael McDonald, currently assistant principal at Summit High School, will officially become principal July 1.
Summit High School will officially have a new principal starting July 1. Superintendent of Bend-La Pine Schools, Shay Mikalson, announced Wednesday that Michael McDonald, currently assistant principal at Summit, will take on the new role. 

Summit's current principal, Alice De Wittie, announced in October that she would be leaving the district at the end of the current school year. According to media reports, at least one parent complained to the district after De Wittie wrote an email including references to structuring our public education system around God's "basic design for how people and systems work in relationship," among other references to a religious mission within the public education system. Summit has had three principals since 2001, with McDonald being the fourth. 

McDonald has been involved in education in Oregon for more than 25 years, and has served as assistant principal at Summit since 2004.

“I think of the dedicated staff at Summit High School as a resource of wisdom, experience and guidance. They are experts in their respective disciplines and duties and incredibly dedicated to serving the needs of students,” McDonald stated in a press release from BLPS. “Our parents and students are also key contributors to our success and offer a unique lens into high school life. I plan to continue building on the strong collaborative foundation we currently enjoy and to learn more about their vision for the future.”

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