Friday, November 17, 2017

Today is "National UnFriend Day" — do you know who your real friends are?

In the digital age, quantity overshadows quality

Posted By on Fri, Nov 17, 2017 at 5:17 PM

Time to see what that "one girl from high school" had for lunch today.
  • Time to see what that "one girl from high school" had for lunch today.
In the age of the Internet, social media is our playground—with an endless sea of "friends" available just a click away. The term "friend" has become more of a verb these days than a word referring to an actual human being.

That guy that you met at your friend's party last week? Better "friend" him on Facebook. "Friending" your coworkers, acquaintances, hook-ups is and, yes, even strangers—basically anyone within six degrees of Kevin Bacon—is commonplace.

How did we get to this point? Are we all that vain?

Late night show host Jimmy Kimmel came up with a way to solve our compulsive overuse of the word and to declutter our Facebook feeds: he created "National UnFriend Day."

In 2010, Kimmel declared Nov. 17 "National UnFriend Day" on his show "Jimmy Kimmel Live."

Why? To encourage everyone to stop the charade—and get real. Do you know who your real friends are?

In his declaration of "National UnFriend Day" or "NUD," Kimmel encourages everyone to cut the "friend fat" on Nov. 17.

"A friend is someone you have a special relationship with," said Kimmel. "It’s not someone who asks, 'Which Harry Potter character are you?"

Look how lovely her now ice cold food is! #foodporn
  • Look how lovely her now ice cold food is! #foodporn
He goes on to embolden his audience to “unfriend all the Ginas of the world." You know Gina. "Gina" posts things like, "It's November!!! #PSL," orchestrated photos of her lunch and "check-ins" at the gym. Maybe you're "Gina." Don't be "Gina."
Ask yourself a few simple questions: Would these "friends" help you move furniture? What about pick you up at the airport? Call you after a loved one has passed?

If the answer is no, Kimmel says it's time to cut ties. It's easy! Having trouble? Here's a handy video tutorial.

Let the culling begin.

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We're #1. We're #1... Oregon Population Growth Numbers Released

Deschutes County Leads Oregon with New Arrivals

Posted By on Fri, Nov 17, 2017 at 3:10 PM


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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Man Arrested for Allegedly Stealing Winter Jackets for Sexual Gratification at OSU and COCC

Suspect confesses, is charged with theft and criminal mischief

Posted By on Thu, Nov 16, 2017 at 12:28 PM


A two-year mystery involving the disappearance of at least 10 winter coats—twice from one woman—was seemingly solved last week by the Bend Police Department. A 51-year old Bend resident, Mark Mahoney, was arrested and lodged at Deschutes County Jail on Nov. 7 for allegedly stealing—and keeping—high-end winter jackets, mostly from within the Barber Library at Central Oregon Community College. Not for apparent resale, but for "sexual gratification," according to a written press release from Lieutenant Clint Burleigh of Bend PD.

Michael Mahoney, 51, of Bend Oregon. - BEND POLICE DEPARTMENT
  • Bend Police Department
  • Michael Mahoney, 51, of Bend Oregon.

On Nov. 8, Bend Police recovered several of these reportedly stolen coats from inside a SE Bend home and the suspect’s vehicle, including two different jackets stolen from the same female victim.

Mahoney admitted to stealing the coats and was arrested and charged with three counts of Theft in the Second Degree and two counts of Criminal Mischief in the Second Degree with bail set at $25,000.

He is not currently listed in the inmate list at Deschutes County Jail.

The thefts occurred as far back as November 2015 with the most recent incident reported on Nov. 7. Though mostly occurring from within the COCC library, one jacket was identified as having been stolen from OSU-Cascades in April 2017.

Bend PD asks for anyone who has had similar thefts to report the incident to their non-emergency number at 541-693-6911.

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Bend's New High School Location Announced

New schools for North and SE Bend

Posted By on Wed, Nov 15, 2017 at 5:00 PM

Following the passage of a $268.3 million bond measure this May, the Bend-La Pine School District is on track to build a new high school and a new elementary school in Bend—helping to address the continued growth and overcrowding at local schools.

According to a Nov. 15 press release, the Bend-La Pine Schools Director of Facilities, Mike Tiller, announced the location of the new elementary school at the school board meeting Nov. 14. The district has "entered into an agreement"with a property owner near OB Riley and Cooley Roads in north Bend for the elementary school, according to the release.

“The location will help to balance enrollment where overcrowding issues are the greatest,” Tiller is quoted as saying. The new elementary school, slated to be open by the fall of 2019, will have a design similar to Silver Rail Elementary, which opened in 2015. 

click image Officials from Bend-La Pine Schools say a proposed land swap will allow the district to site a new high school in SE Bend, at 15th and Knott. - BEND-LA PINE SCHOOLS
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  • Officials from Bend-La Pine Schools say a proposed land swap will allow the district to site a new high school in SE Bend, at 15th and Knott.

Meanwhile, the district also announced the location of the new high school in Bend, also approved by voters through the school bond this year. The new high school will be located at the corner of SE 15th and Knott Road in southeast Bend. The district's high school location map on its website also includes plans for building a middle school adjacent to the new high school—though the recent bond did not include funds for construction of that middle school. The new high school is slated to open "as soon as the fall of 2021," according to the release. The district signed contracts with architects for the new high school and elementary school in August.

The bond measure is also covering the cost of modernizations at Pilot Butte Middle School, expansion of Marshall High School and secure lobby upgrades for several area schools. 

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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

GUNG HO FOR SHOWS: Coolio headed to Bend

Popular '90s rapper to play 2018 Oregon WinterFest

Posted By on Wed, Nov 8, 2017 at 2:40 PM

Remember this guy?

How could you not?

Coolio is firmly cemented in '90s pop culture. Not only did he give us the 1996 rap anthem and Grammy-winning "Gangsta's Paradise," but many of us who grew up in the '90s will remember his theme song to Nickelodeon's Kenan and Kel.

Coolio has been confirmed to perform at the 2018 Oregon WinterFest—in the Music Chalet on Feb. 17 at 9pm.

Curious about what Coolio has been up for the past decade... or two? You may have seen him acting in a few HBO movies, a short-lived 2008 reality show called "Coolio's Rules," and the 2009 web series "Cooking With Coolio," in which he prepared healthy comfort food on a budget—or "Ghetto Gourmet." He released a cookbook under the same name and is currently working on another with a fellow friend and bandmate.

This year, Coolio released a new single titled "Kill Again," and is touring worldwide.

If you missed "Cooking With Coolio"—here's him teaching viewers how to make a tasty caprese salad in true Coolio style.

Cookin' With Coolio #1 — Coolio Caprese Salad

Coolio at Oregon WinterFest

Old Mill District

Sat., Feb. 17. 9pm.


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Monday, November 6, 2017

Gung Ho for Shows: Jazz drummer Ari Hoenig stops in Bend

Book this show now so you don't miss out: Ari Hoenig Trio Nov. 11

Posted By on Mon, Nov 6, 2017 at 3:02 PM


Prepare for a night of smooth jazz from one of the most respected contemporary artists in the jazz world on Sat., Nov. 11.

Ari Hoenig, jazz drummer virtuoso, was born into an accomplished musical family. His father is a conductor and classical music singer, his mother a violinist and pianist. He picked up piano and violin at four years old, and the drums followed at 12 years old. By the age of 14, Hoenig was playing in jazz clubs with other budding musicians.

I don't know about you, but the only talent I was practicing throughout the single digits of my childhood was busting out the moves with my Ribbon Dancer™.

The trio—consisting of Hoenig on drums, Gilad Hekselman on guitar and Orlando le Flemming on bass—has toured extensively in Europe, Japan and South America. This will be their only performance in Oregon (take that, Portland!) so take advantage of this rare opportunity to enjoy a solid night of jazz from this talented trio.

Ari Hoenig Trio

Sat., Nov. 11. Doors: 6:30pm, Show: 7:30pm

Deschutes Brewery, Mountain Room

901 SW Simpson Ave.


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Wednesday, November 1, 2017

The Old Stone is for sale

Downtown Bend performance space on the market

Posted By on Wed, Nov 1, 2017 at 4:15 PM

Maybe you've been there for a conference. Or maybe you've been there for one of its many live musical events.

But the next time you visit The Old Stone in downtown Bend, chances are it will be under new ownership. Owner Mardy Hickerson announced today that The Old Stone is up for sale, and no events will scheduled after Oct. 31 (that's yesterday, in case you were confused).

Hickerson said in a statement Nov. 1: "It has been a true pleasure, to have collaborated with so many artists, families and community groups that created beautiful, impactful and fun events. The Old Stone has a bright future in a growing town full of potential."

The property, built in 1913 as a church, and later used as a creative space and performing arts center, is available through Fratzke Commercial.
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Monday, October 30, 2017

Bend Tops Another List. Sorta.

But things aren’t as rosy as they seem

Posted By on Mon, Oct 30, 2017 at 4:56 PM

  • WalletHub


old your horses.

Bend’s made another list—this time in the top 91 percentile— but it ranked far below other cities in terms of affordability, education and even safety.

WalletHub, a personal finance website said it analyzed approximately 1,200 U.S. “small cities”—those with populations between 25,000 - 100,000— and scored each small town across 33 key livability criteria.

Though it was the first Oregon city to make the list, Bend didn’t even make it into the top 100 with Princeton, New Jersey taking top honors overall, closely followed by Lexington, Massachusetts, north of Boston and Leawood, Kansas rounding out third place.

And although Bend fared well with a overall 34 “quality of life” rank, it came 579 overall in poverty levels and an astonishing 940 in affordability. Education and economic health was also average at just 433 rankings and 565 with safety coming in a bit higher at 322.

Check out the overall list here:

Source: WalletHub

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Friday, October 27, 2017

Check out the ScareGrounds haunted houses this Halloween weekend!

Posted By on Fri, Oct 27, 2017 at 4:18 PM

Soph the zombie is not amused.
  • Soph the zombie is not amused.
There's nothing that screams "Halloween" more than a haunted house filled with zombies, hillbillies and killer clowns.

And you're in luck. The ScareGounds in Redmond has three haunted houses open for business, all with a different flavor, between now and Halloween. Pick your poison, or explore all three—"Attack of the Zombies," "Hillbilly Hell and "3D Terror."

The Source was given a peek inside the "3D Terror" haunted house—which uses a combination of blacklights, panels painted by local artist Mike Yruegas and 3D glasses to keep you second guessing what you see. Add a few clowns in neon costumes and well... you get the picture.

ScareGrounds is a labor of love of Jim and Sheri Stirewalt, who have been putting on the event for the past 12 years. They're all about Halloween—they opened a Halloween store in 1996, but closed it in 2011 to focus all of their efforts on the haunted houses.

All of the haunt actors are volunteers, mostly from local high schools and middle schools. But don't let their age deter you—they all go through scare training to make sure your night is full of frights. That being said, the haunts are recommended for ages 12 and older.

You can catch all three haunted houses tonight and tomorrow night starting at 7pm, as well as Monday and Tuesday of next week.

CORRECTION: The original version of this story stated proceeds from the event were to benefit the Oregon Athletic and Educational Foundation—which is incorrect. We apologize for the error.

ScareGrounds Haunted Houses

Deschutes County Expo Park

3800 SW Airport Way, Redmond
Parking Lot "A"

Fri., Sat., Mon. & Tues. 31st, 7pm

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Wednesday, October 25, 2017

BREAKING: Gas Line Leak Downtown

Gas line leak prompts evacuations in Bend

Posted By on Wed, Oct 25, 2017 at 12:18 PM

UPDATE: The City of Bend reports that the gas line leak near downtown Bend was resolved at 12:15 pm. Below is the information posted before that announcement.


This from the City of Bend, at 11:40 Wednesday morning:

"The Bend Fire Department is on the scene of a Cascade Natural Gas gas line leak between Florida and Delaware avenues, near Wall Street, just south of downtown.

One residential block has been evacuated between Wall and Broadway and Delaware and Florida.

Roads closed: Florida and Delaware between Bond and Broadway streets. Wall Street is closed south of Georgia Avenue, near Florida Avenue.

Please avoid the area.

Power is expected to be cut off which would affect up to 1,000 Pacific Power customers.

It could take a couple of hours to isolate the leak and resolve the problem."

With the Source offices positioned not far away, on Georgia and Bond, we evacuated this morning, but were able to return to our building around 12:30 pm—though not before smelling heavy gas fumes both inside and outside our offices.

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Seen the "You Matter" signs around town? Prepare to see more.

Awesome Bend pitch night winner will temporarily employ houseless people as part of the project.

Posted By on Wed, Oct 18, 2017 at 2:44 PM

In case you've missed it thus far, Awesome Bend is a local organization with a mission to "inspire and support ideas that make Bend an even better place to live, work and play."

Part of the Awesome Foundation, Awesome Bend awards a $1000 grant to a local organization or individual fulfilling that mission. This time around, the winner is Judie Geiss, who's behind the "You Matter" signs you may have seen posted in yards around Central Oregon. 
Judie Geiss' "You Matter" sign project can be found around Bend, but it's also a movement that Geiss says is happening nationwide. - AWESOME BEND
  • Awesome Bend
  • Judie Geiss' "You Matter" sign project can be found around Bend, but it's also a movement that Geiss says is happening nationwide.

“My project is to bring more uplifting signs to Bend, signs that encourage people who are suffering from depression and those who want to give up on life to keep going because they matter,” Geiss stated in a release from Awesome Bend Oct. 18. “The words ‘don't give up’ ‘you matter’, ‘mistakes don't define you’, ‘you are worthy of love’ reach out to hurting people. This project has spread across the U.S. and Europe and I believe Bend would be even more awesome if more people were helped because the signs were in more places, reminding us all that we matter.  As you read them, they bring a smile to your heart or your face.”

Geiss won't be using the money to simply post more signs around town. In addition, Geiss will use the funds to employ people who live at the Shepard's House, a rescue mission in Bend, to put the signs up around town.

Like past Awesome Bend pitch nights, contenders give a brief pitch of their project before a live audience, and then a panel chooses a winner. There's also an audience choice award, which this time, went to the Inspirational Vessel Project, which distributes jars containing information about services available to the houseless through the Backdoor Cafe Day Center in Bend.

Awesome Bend is currently accepting applications for proposals for the next pitch night, with a deadline of Jan. 15, 2018. The event will take place Feb. 6 from 6 pm to 8:30 pm at the Summit Saloon in downtown Bend. Visit or email to apply. 

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Friday, October 13, 2017

Q&A with New York Times Best Selling Author Beth Macy

"Reporting From The Margins" at the Tower Theatre on Tuesday, Oct. 17

Posted By on Fri, Oct 13, 2017 at 4:16 PM

We talked with New York Times Best Selling Author and journalist Beth Macy about her experience writing her non-fiction books "Factory Man" and "Truevine" as well as her 30 years as a newspaper journalist.

Beth Macy
  • Beth Macy
“Truevine,” a book Macy spent over two decades researching and writing, is the story of two African American brothers who were kidnapped and displayed as circus freaks and their 28-year long battle to get them back. Her book “Factory man” tells the story of John Bassett, a feisty small factory owner who launched an anti-dumping petition against Chinese manufacturers—and won.

Source Weekly: “Factory Man,” at its roots, is a compelling story. After first hearing about
John Bassett, did you immediately reach out to him?

Beth Macy: I asked a friend of mine who knew him. I was like, well, is he a good storyteller, is he a good talker? And he said, “Are you kidding?” He says things like, “the fucking Chi-
comms aren’t going to tell me how to make furniture!” And I was just, oh my God, not only did he file this case, he won it and he used the money to keep the factory going—but on top of that he’s like something out of a Faulkner novel. He’s really totally unique and kind of badass. So then I prepared to go meet with him. If it’s somebody that I feel is pretty important, I usually try to find a go between. I was able to find a friend of mine who has an aunt that worked for him in the factory. And he sort of put in a good word.”

SW: Before writing this book, you didn’t have a background in business or
economic journalism—was it difficult gaining his trust that you were the person
to tell his story?

BM: When I got there, I felt John was really surprised about just how prepared I was. I knew everything about the family, I had spent a week researching the company that he was born to inherit and the little factory town that he came from. Not only that, I knew about why he was no longer at that company and why there had been a big family feud. It was just funny. I was just writing a piece for the newspaper at the time and then when the piece came out, the day the story came out, he called me and was all choked up. He had been, sort of, made fun of for years about this because everybody was like, “it was a globalized world!” You know, like Don Quixote tilting at windmills—this guy, why would he think he could succeed if nobody else has been able to? When he called me to say that he liked the article or whatever I told him I was thinking of writing a book proposal and he said well sure. I don’t think he ever thought he’d see me again.

SW: Did you contact him after he had already won, or was this after during the

BM: So he had already won once, and then the case has to be reconsidered every 5 years and he has just won a second time. The more that I figured about how truly complex and complicated it was, the more I realized after I sold the book that I didn’t know much at all, that I really had only done 10 percent of the research. So I spent the next year reporting and writing—about a year and a half. It’s like anything, as it gets more complicated it’s kind of challenging and you get nervous at first, it’s like oh god I have to up my game. But it’s always ultimately more interesting when you can not only entertain the reader with a great yarn but you can teach them something about why these little communities, like I’m driving through right now, look the way they do, why all the jobs are gone.

SW: How did it take you from writing the initial article to sending the book in to be

BM: The article came out in Feb. 2012. I sold the book in June of that year and then I had a year after that to write it and then I won a prize and that gave me a little more time. I actually did some research in Asia for the book. So I guess about 18 months, which is very quick.

SW: What kind of research did you do in Asia?

BM: So there is a moment early on in the book where this displaced factory worker, this woman who had worked for this one company for 37 years, lost her job. It was the only place she had ever worked, straight from high school to the furniture factory...I sure would like to know what it’s like on the other side of the world—about the people that replaced me, what their lives are like.” That just gave me the thought, well gosh we have to try to answer that question. She also wanted to know what her bosses lives were like because they were traveling back and forth from Asia all the time.

It took me just about eight months just to convince a company to let me go to where
their furniture was made in Asia. They let me go, but they were very nervous about it.
“Well, we’ll let you go, but two things: we don’t’ want you to write about the worker
conditions and we don’t want you to write about our executive’s lifestyles in Indonesia. I’m thinking, you have people in your PR department that gave you that advice? Of course I’m looking into worker conditions and the lavish lifestyles of  Indonesia! You’ve got to give them credit, they let me go see it. They kept me on a tight rope. It was really interesting.
They were able to send their kids to school, it was neat because they were grateful for the work.

I asked one of the middle designers, a mid-level worker, what Wanda had asked me,
“Do you ever think about the people that you replace?” They looked at each other and kind of laughed, like what a dumb question lady. Then they looked at me like, sorry for being rude, then they said, “No, but we do worry about the people that are going to replace us.”

They were very aware that as their wages went up, there was a chance that somewhere in Africa or somewhere else in Asia with a cheaper labor pool could very easily take their jobs. So that was interesting. It was kind of an unexpected moment.”

SW: “Truevine” took decades to research and write. How’d you hear about the
story and what drove you to tell it?

BM: It was like 1991, a photographer had told me the story. This made the hair stand up on the back of my neck. He told me there was this story of these two brothers that had been kidnapped and sold to the circus because they were albino and there was talk that their mother had gotten them back. But he didn’t know really anything about it, he had grown up hearing this story. He told me that the caregiver (for Willie, the surviving brother) ran this soul food restaurant. “It’s the best story in town, but she won’t let anybody get it.” And I said, "Well, I’m going to charm my way into her life."

Well, it wasn’t that easy. It took a lot of convincing.

BM: With that story, I had a lot of archival research, because they were quite famous. In their heyday, they were written about thousands of times across the country in Canada, other countries. So there was a lot to find out about attempt. But the showman often changed their names. So I would find little wrinkles in their stories by looking at these clippings from 19-teens, 20’s, 30’s, 40’s, they didn’t retire until the early 60’s. Much the way in the way I did “Factory Man,” I’m trying to tell this history—in this case racial history, Jim Crow history—and trying to do it through one family.

SW:  What is different about writing books versus writing a newspaper article? Do
you feel you are reaching a different audience with a book?

BM: I feel like it is just deeper reporting. You know the writer, Robert Caro, he says, “time equals truth.” So there are things that I can learn about the brothers or about John Bassett because I have a whole year, 18 months or almost two years, or in the case of George and Willy (“Truevine”) almost 25 years to be thinking about. Then to be learning new things and bouncing those things off of a subject that is still alive. Your tapestry that you’re trying to paint is just so much richer because you have all this time.

To me that’s the real value of a book. You can read about someone taking a knee or riot in some city or police brutality and a community being really upset about that. But to understand it when you know the little stories that come before it of the ancestors of African Americans today—who are still fighting for some of the same things—why they feel it so much differently than white people feel it. I just feel it is our job as the white community to know this history too. As a journalist it is my job to sort of explain this and I hope to imbue people with empathy.

Macy’s new book “Truevine,” will be available on paperback on Oct. 17.

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