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Monday, February 12, 2018

Two Drivers; Two Crashes into Local Buildings

Two drivers arrested and charged with DUII in Redmond

Posted By on Mon, Feb 12, 2018 at 5:08 PM

  • Redmond Police Department
Look out while driving in Redmond after midnight. On Sunday, two—yes two—people were arrested for DUII after allegedly crashing their cars into buildings.
The first incident was just after midnight, when Redmond Police officers responded to reports of a truck crashed into an occupied duplex at the 1900 block of NW Larch Spur Court. When the officers responded to the address they say they found the vehicle had left the scene, but not before leaving a hole in the rear of the duplex and nearly hitting a 10-year-old child who was sleeping a few feet from where the truck crashed through.

Evidence at the scene led officers to a suspect, Jory Markiss, who they arrested for several crimes, including DUII.

About an hour later, the officers were again dispatched to a vehicle hitting a building, this time at the Double J Saloon on SW 6th street in Redmond. Police say the driver, Emma Walker, left the car behind, but was arrested about 30 minutes later and charged with DUII and other crimes. Due to call load and staffing levels, Walker was given a a criminal citation to appear and released to a sober adult.

Let’s be real, in today’s day and age—think the numerous rideshare apps—there’s no excuse for DUIIs. And especially, there’s no excuse to damn near run over a kid sleeping in their bed.

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Sunday, February 11, 2018

School District Given $1.1 Million Grant

Money earmarked for engineering evaluations and snow removal reimbursement

Posted By on Sun, Feb 11, 2018 at 2:10 PM

After last year’s snowpocalypse caved in roofs and caused area schools to close for snow removal, Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley went to bat for the Bend-La Pine school district.

The school district will receive more than $1 million in Federal Emergency Management Agency money to reimburse costs of last January’s snow removal, and for engineering evaluations.
Crews demolished the Kenwood School gym building on Bend's west side the same day the collapse was discovered, Jan 12, 2017. This photo shows the progress on the demolition as of the week of Feb. 1, 2017 - KYLE LOW
  • Kyle Low
  • Crews demolished the Kenwood School gym building on Bend's west side the same day the collapse was discovered, Jan 12, 2017. This photo shows the progress on the demolition as of the week of Feb. 1, 2017

“These much-needed funds will help the Bnd-La Pine School District recover from serious damage caused by last winter’s snowstorms,” Merkley said in a press release.

“Ensuring students, teachers and staff are in a safe setting always is a top priority,” Wyden said in the same release.

Update: Redmond School District also received a $464,648 FEMA grant for reimbursement costs from last year's snow removal.

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Saturday, February 10, 2018

Where do people rideshare #inBend?

Just in time for V-Day, Lyft's new top 10 reveals the top restaurant destinations

Posted By on Sat, Feb 10, 2018 at 4:15 PM

Use it to get home from the bars.

Use it to shuttle your errant relatives to and fro while you're at work—or on the mountain.

Or, use a ridesharing service to take you and your bae out to dinner.
click image PIXABAY
  • Pixabay

Since ridesharing apps began to be allowed in Central Oregon in 2017, plenty of people have hopped in a Lyft or Uber car to get where they need to go. This week, Lyft revealed the top 10 destinations among its riders in Bend.

The top restaurant destinations for Lyft riders:

1.     McMenamins Old St. Francis School
2.     The Capitol
3.     Zydeco Kitchen & Cocktails
4.     Greg’s Grill
5.     Pine Tavern Restaurant
6.     Barrio
7.     5 Fusion & Sushi Bar
8.     Spork
9.     Drake
10.  Ariana Restaurant

Oh, and since that big holiday called V-DAY is coming up, Lyft is also offering a sweet, sweet discount for riders on Valentine's Day. Use the code VDAYBEND for 14 percent off one ride on Valentine’s Day.

Happy ridesharing, C.O.!
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Don't Send the Wrong Flowers this V-Day

Here's a primer on the language of flowers to help you out

Posted By on Sat, Feb 10, 2018 at 9:29 AM

Did you know many flowers represent different emotions, moods and ideas? 

This Valentines Day, instead of going for the bigger bouquet, go for the flower that says what you mean. 
The history of sending flowers to a loved one on Valentine’s Day is linked to a young priest named Valentine during the third century in Rome, according to proflowers. Emperor Claudius II passed a decree that soldiers could not marry. Valentine did not like this and conducted marriages illegally. When caught he was sentenced to death. During his time in jail he fell in love with a jailer’s daughter and sent her flowers and letters. He did this until his execution on February 14, 270 AD. It wasn't until 496 AD that Pope Gelasius declared Feb. 14 a day to honor Valentine, who by that time had become a saint.

Today, we continue to honor St. Valentine by sending flowers and other gifts to a special someone.

During the 1800s flowers became a common language used to represent different human qualities. According the Farmer’s Almanac, nearly all Victorian homes had guidebooks that were used for deciphering the definitions of flowers. These guides associate the following plants with human qualities: peonies as bashful, rosemary as remembrance, tulips as passion.
The traditional rose given on Valentine's Day has a complex association between meaning and color. The colors are associated with these meanings:
  • Dark red rose: beauty, eternal love
  • White rose: purity, innocence, reverence, silence
  • Pink rose: grace, happiness and gentleness
  • Yellow rose: joy, friendship, the promise of a new beginning
  • Lavender rose: love at first sight
  • Coral rose: friendship, modesty, sympathy

Carnations also have a complex array of symbols associated with color:
  • White carnation: innocence, pure love, women’s good luck
  • Pink carnation: I’ll never forget you
  • Yellow carnation: Disappointment, rejection (be careful with this one!)

Many other flowers have meanings; a morning glory symbolizes affection, a white jasmine is sweet love and a honeysuckle is a bond of love.

Sometimes it is difficult to say what you mean, and it takes more than words. Don’t underestimate the power of the flower.

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Friday, February 9, 2018

Bags on bags on bags

Where to recycle those plastic bags

Posted By on Fri, Feb 9, 2018 at 5:15 PM

I try to be kind to our environment. I don't wash my car, sort my recycling like a good American and do my best to avoid using disposable grocery bags while shopping at the store.

“Do my best” is the key phrase here.

I’m only human, unfortunately, and a very forgetful human at that. While I have my reusable totes on hand quite often, there are times when I show up empty handed and end up leaving the store feeling guilty (about more than the impulse candy bar buy at checkout). 

Between the holidays and a full schedule, my plastic bag reserve has grown quite large over the past several months.

They are useful as trash bags and packing material, but I can only get so creative with ways to reuse plastic bags. My boyfriend’s mother loves when we bring her a fresh crop when we visit her at her home near Los Angeles (where, to her dismay, they've banned single-use plastic bags).

If you’re in the same boat, don’t throw them in your dumpster in the dead of night (these little guys cause a lot of trouble for sorting facilities and landfills when floating around loosey-goosey) and definitely don’t throw them in your curbside recycling bin. Plastic bags can’t be processed at sorting facilities and often damage equipment, so don’t recycle your recyclables in plastic bags either.

Instead, many stores in town have drop off receptacles where you can offload your single-use plastic bags. They can be recycled into bags and containers as well as composite lumber for decks or playgrounds.

Of course, this recycling single-use plastic bags isn't the ideal. We should all be doing our best to reduce our waste. After all, it is "reduce, reuse, recycle"— in that order.

A few drop off locations for plastic bags:

Albertsons - 61155 S Hwy 97 Bend, OR
Walmart Supercenter - 20120 Pinebrook Blvd BEND, OR
Fred Meyer - 61535 South Highway 97 Bend, OR
Whole Foods Market - 2610 NE Hwy 20 Bend, OR
Target - 63435 N Hwy 97 Bend, OR
Lowe’s - 20501 Cooley Rd Bend, OR

You can find more at recycling drop off locations at

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Beer in the can? Yes!

Deschutes gets on board with the aluminum revolution

Posted By on Fri, Feb 9, 2018 at 10:41 AM

Let’s face it, 12 ounce bottled beers are an antiquated pain in the ass. Who wants to be 6 miles into an overnight cross-country ski trip and have your liquid rewards shift in your pack, stabbing you in the ribs for the next two hours?! And dropping one on the ground…good luck avoiding the laceration.

At the same time, old canned beer tasted like, well, crap. The first cans of beer were made from heavy gauge steel—go poke around in the old logging areas south of town and you may find one—and required a special tool to open. And what hit your lips tasted like licking the inside of a 50-gallon barrel, not the delicious—hoppy or not, depending on personal preference—nectar Benditos are accustomed to.

Many of our local breweries have canned their retail beers for years. Ironically, our very first brewery is now on board with the aluminum revolution. Starting later this month, Deschutes Brewery is piping its Mirror Pond, Pacific Wonderland and Fresh Squeezed IPA into lightweight cans.

“I think we may be the last brewery to put beer in cans, but hey, when you’re focus is all about making the beer damn tasty, new packaging may take a little longer,” said Michael LaLonde, president and CEO of Deschutes Brewery.

Some of the big players around Bend who currently can their products are: Silver Moon, GoodLife, Worthy, Crux, 10 Barrel and Three Creeks.

Deschutes is holding a can release celebration next weekend, if you're curious about how their beer tastes from a can.

Brew Bash 5000
Sat, Feb. 17, 5-9pm
Deschutes Brewery Bend Public House
1044 NW Bond Street, Bend

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Friday, February 2, 2018

Deschutes County Sheriff Fires Deputy

2016 election opponent plans to sue

Posted By on Fri, Feb 2, 2018 at 3:51 PM

Deschutes County Sheriff Shane Nelson has terminated the deputy who ran against him in the last general election. Eric Kozowski ran against Nelson in the November 2016 election, and was put on administrative leave in September 2017.

According to a DCSO press release, Kozowski was terminated based on internal investigations that concluded he violated Sheriff’s Office policies.
Another member of the Sheriff’s team, Corrections Sergeant Mike Nolan will face personnel action as a result of an internal affairs investigation to the sergeant.

The sheriff said in a press release: "I expect members of the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office to adhere to the mission and values of this office. I will continue to enforce the highest standards of professionalism and conduct at the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office."

According to an article in the Seattle Times, Kozowski’s lawyer said the firing was retaliatory and he plans to sue. Michael McGean, Kozowski’s attorney, said Kozowski was fired for wearing a uniform while campaigning.

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Roadtrip: PDX is Lit this Weekend!

Portland Winter Light Festival is free and super cool

Posted By on Fri, Feb 2, 2018 at 11:36 AM

Yes, the sun is shining and it's 55 degrees in Central Oregon, but seeing as how Punxtatawny Phil just portended at least six more weeks of winter, we figured you might need a little pick me up.
Lumascope community installation by Ink Studio - AMY SAKURAI
  • Amy Sakurai
  • Lumascope community installation by Ink Studio
OK, maybe it's just me that needs to get outta here...

Installation by artist Piano Push Play, Willis DuPont, ZGF Architects - TRIMET
  • TriMet
  • Installation by artist Piano Push Play, Willis DuPont, ZGF Architects

If you're headed to Portland this weekend, head down to the Portland Winter Light Festival, a free event featuring over 100 artists' illuminated art installations, fire sculptures (a prep for the fire pit love upcoming at Oregon WinterFest!) and live performances.

Installation by artist Ulrich Buddemeier - MICHAEL JOYCE.
  • Michael Joyce.
  • Installation by artist Ulrich Buddemeier

Ride the Portland Spirit across the Willamette River to check out the Christmas ships, wander near the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (a major hub for some lit art!) or even stay at local hotels getting in on the action.

Light Chimes by artists Andrew Haddock, Amy Spreadborough., Anmarie Trimble - TOM LANGE
  • Tom Lange
  • Light Chimes by artists Andrew Haddock, Amy Spreadborough., Anmarie Trimble
The Society Hotel, a new hotel in Chinatown, is getting in on the fun with an interactive art installation by artist Jen Fuller, called A Colorful Life, in every room during the fest and all the way through March. Uh, yes please.

A scene from A Colorful Life at The Society Hotel. - THE SOCIETY HOTEL
  • The Society Hotel
  • A scene from A Colorful Life at The Society Hotel.
Why stay in sunny Central Oregon when Portland is so LIT this weekend?

Portland Winter Light Festival
Feb 1-3

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Happy Groundhog Day!

Punxsutawney Phil predicts a six more weeks of winter

Posted By on Fri, Feb 2, 2018 at 11:07 AM

click image Punxsutawney Phil giving major side-eye. - PUNXSUTAWNEY PHIL / FACEBOOK
  • Punxsutawney Phil / Facebook
  • Punxsutawney Phil giving major side-eye.
In the wee hours of the morning (6am Punxsutawney time or 3am Central Oregon time to be exact), the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club Inner Circle began the grand procession to Gobbler's Knob in Pennsylvania, kicking off the annual ceremony dedicated to the prediction of the beginning of Spring.

I know what you're thinking. Spring begins on the same day every year—March 20. However, if your main gripe with Groundhog Day is the loose definition of spring (predicting the average temperature will be higher than usual for the remaining six weeks of the season), then I don't know what to tell you. Maybe you should read the mythology surrounding the famous groundhog, which includes an elixir that has allowed him to live for 131 years and the origins of the event spawning from a holiday called "Candlemas Day."

If you're willing to suspend your belief to the point that a groundhog can speak to a man with a magical cane, then the idea that "spring" is designated by temperature shouldn't be too much of a stretch.

Or, I don't know, you aren't a kill joy that hates fun little traditions.

The large crowd pumped their fists and chanted Phil's name as the little guy "emerged" from his stump-shaped den. His handler Bill Deeley (also President of Phil's Inner Circle) listened attentively as Phil spoke in "groundhogese." Deeley then raised Phil to the sky and proclaimed that he had seen his shadow, predicting six more weeks of winter.

For Bendites, the news should be welcoming. Perhaps that means we will receive a little more powder for fun snow activities in the coming weeks.

If you want more of Phil, he has his own Instagram and Facebook page. However, if you're hoping to get the unfiltered thoughts of the famous groundhog, you may be disappointed. The "about" section of his Facebook profile states that it is Phil's Inner Circle running the page, as "Punxsutawney Phil does not speak."

If you missed it, you can catch a recording of the live stream of the 2018 ceremony here.

Also—McMenamins is screening "Groundhog Day" starring Bill Murray Friday and Saturday night.

"Groundhog Day" (1993)
Fri., Feb. 2 & Sat., Feb. 3. 10pm-midnight.
McMenamins Old St. Francis School

click image Obligatory Bill Murray photo, just cuz. - GAGE SKIDMORE, FLICKR
  • Gage Skidmore, Flickr
  • Obligatory Bill Murray photo, just cuz.

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Thursday, February 1, 2018

More Help for Electric Bills This Year

Pacific Power donating up to $144,000 to Oregon Energy Fund

Posted By on Thu, Feb 1, 2018 at 10:17 AM

Pacific Power, one of Bend’s largest electricity suppliers, is helping out the less fortunate this year.

The utility company is doubling every dollar customers donate to the Oregon Energy Fund. Last year, Pacific Power’s donations helped 1,209 households in need throughout Oregon, including nearly 1,100 children, 450 seniors and over 400 people with disabilities.

This year, the donations will continue up to $144,000.

Donations are forwarded directly to the Oregon Energy Fund. All funds donated are used to assist families in need from the same county in which the donor resides. Donations may be tax-deductible.

Customers who need bill assistance can talk with Pacific Power representatives at 1-888-221-7070.

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Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Super Blue Blood Moon Swoon

If you stayed up late last night, it was totally worth it

Posted By on Wed, Jan 31, 2018 at 9:47 AM

If you're like a lot of lovers of a good celestial spectacle, you may need an extra shot of espresso to help yourself wake up this morning.

Gazing at a rare super blue blood moon is a task best left for the dead of night (or morning), after all. 
click image GRANT TANDY
  • Grant Tandy

Thanks to Observatory Manager Grant Tandy of the Worthy Garden Club Hopservatory for sharing this photo taken through the telescope at the Hopservatory last night. Just wow. 

The Worthy Garden Club Hopservatory will be open tonight (Jan. 31) from 7 to 9 pm if you're looking to get your own look at the full moon through that telescope.
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Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Cheri Helt Vying for Buehler's Seat

School board member will run for House 54

Posted By on Tue, Jan 30, 2018 at 4:19 PM

The race for Oregon House District 54 already has one Democratic candidate filed in the race—and now, one Republican is announcing her run for the Republican nomination.

Cheri Helt, who currently sits on the school board for Bend-La Pine Schools, announced today that she's seeking the Republican nomination for the seat currently held by Rep. Knute Buehler. Buehler is vacating his seat to run for the Republican nomination for Oregon governor.

According to a release from Helt's campaign, Helt filed for the nomination today, though as of 4 pm Tuesday, her name had not appeared among documents filed with the Oregon Secretary of State. Helt is the owner of Zydeco Kitchen & Cocktails in downtown Bend. 
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Helt's announcement included an interest in focusing on high school graduation rates, teacher pension reform and health care costs as key priorities, as well as addressing housing issues that continue to plague Central Oregon.

"We all know that Bend is changing – and with growth comes both opportunities and challenges," Helt wrote in the Jan. 30 release. "Simply put, the cost of living in our community is growing out of reach for too many of our neighbors. The rising cost of housing – whether renting or owning – is a major problem for many. I’ll work with local officials and community leaders to pursue state policies to keep Bend affordable for the young and old as well as longtime residents and new arrivals experiencing the cost of living squeeze."

The representative for District 54 represents Bend in the Oregon House. Democrat Nathan Boddie, a Bend city councilor, earlier announced his bid for the Democratic nomination in the race. 

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