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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Let's Find These Scoundrelly Bar Thieves

Let's catch the couple that ripped off a local filmmaker at downtown Bend bar!

Posted By on Wed, Jun 27, 2012 at 3:22 PM

We at the Blender believe in good ol' American justice -- and every other kind of justice. That's why we're asking you, the Internet reading folks in Bend, to help us find the low-life couple that distracted local filmmaker Chris Kas, then proceeded to jack his leather jacket which contained his wallet, keys and a borrowed HD video camera.

The alleged heist took place on Tuesday night at Velvet in downtown Bend and security cameras caught the suspected scoundrels in the act. See the photo below and note the circled couple.

Why do we care about this? Well, because we, as a rule, don't like people who try to make the rest of us uneasy about going out to a bar. You should be able to converse with friends and have a frosty bronson without having to worry about getting hamburgalered.

So if you've seen this couple sneaking through the streets and bars, trying to rip people off,  contact Bend Police.

 

 


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Thursday, June 21, 2012

Changes are Underway at Midtown - Just Check Out the New Annex

As many in the local music community may have heard, Creig and Rhoda Jones, along with their business partners, have returned to oversee the Midtown

Posted By on Thu, Jun 21, 2012 at 3:50 PM

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Friday, December 2, 2011

Don't Miss The Ascetic Junkies At Silver Moon

Portland's, The Ascetic Junkies return to Bend with some new music to share and promising some cool covers. Bend's Chris Beland opens.

Posted By on Fri, Dec 2, 2011 at 5:12 PM


It’s been a while since we’ve seen the talented (and now married) Matt & Kali in Bend Oregon… but that’s all going to change tonight at Silver Moon Tap Room! If you’ve missed past coverage of The Ascetic Junkies, well… you must have been hidden under a rock. From their 2010 album This Cage Has No Bottom, to the new music they are creating (and are sure to share with us tonight), most people just can’t get enough of their unique folk/rock/pop/dance goodness. The best part about this upcoming set is that they are returning to the familiar confines of Silver Moon, always a fantastic place for a sweaty dance party. Kali, guarantees a good time and that they will “pull some cover songs out of left field” (which is always a treat from them). Though sure to be one of the best live shows in Bend over the course of the last few months, it will be bittersweet as the group’s ultra talented and super animated banjo player Graham Houser, is in the midst of playing his final shows with The Junkies, as he and his wife will be moving to Argentina in the near future. If you’ve seen past shows, you know just how much this guy adds to an AJ’s performance and how much this band relies on his core contributions to their songwriting. So, don’t miss this chance to not only see The Ascetic Junkies for either the first time or perhaps the 10th time, but also, to send Graham off with a bang!
Opening the show will be Bend's favorite son, Chris Beland. He's been writing a ton of new stuff lately even noting that...
 "a back injury earlier this year that led to bed rest, helped me learn 3 new tunings and resulted in 13 new songs. I feel I am finally where I want to be as a songwriter."
So be sure to get their early to catch Chris's set!
Show: 9pm
$10 at the door.


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Saturday, June 4, 2011

10th Anniversary of the Dirty Half

Ten years and running for the Dirt Half.

Posted By on Sat, Jun 4, 2011 at 12:52 AM

Sunday, June 12 will mark 10 years of the Dirty Half. Will anyone beat Max King this year? Last year King won the trail half marathon in 1 hour, 11.3 seconds, but Carlos Truillo was close, finishing in 1:12.17. Eugene's Sopagna Eap won the women's event in 1:22.22. Both King and Eap set new course records in 2010. What's in store for 2011?

But it's not just about running for a long time in the woods. All of the proceeds for the race go to the Deschutes Land Trust. After factoring in last year's sums, the Dirty Half has contributed more than $100,000 (!) over the years. That's a heap of runners racing for a good cause — our local hills, forests and deserts.

This year boasts a new course and promoters expect more than 800 runners for the annual event.


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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Celebrate 4/20 By Watching Out for Grow Operations, Authorities Say

Keep an eye out for pot farms on your next hike.

Posted By on Wed, Apr 20, 2011 at 11:51 PM

While some of Central Oregon's population is for some reason celebrating today (with it being April 20 and all), our area's drug enforcement officials are taking a different tact for this year's de facto pot holiday.

The Central Oregon Drug Enforcement released a statement late yesterday -- 4/20 Eve, as it's known to some -- asking the regions' residents to keep a vigilant eye out for marijuana grow operations on public lands, which the multi-agency group says has been a problem in recent years.

"The Central Oregon Drug Enforcement team believes that the drug trafficking organizations involved in the illegal growing of outdoor marijuana will start their plantations early this spring," said the statement.

In the past, the agency has found evidence of trafficking cartels using our nearby public lands to grow pot.

CODE is asking people to be aware of "large amounts of plastic irrigation pipe, large quantities of fertilizer in bags, propane tanks and anything else that looks out of place in the outdoors" when they head out onto public lands. They don't, however, want you to go all Johnny Justice on them while trying to gather information and put yourself in danger. It's always important to stay safe when pot farm hunting.


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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Pickathon Announces Lineup Additions: Black Mountain, Grupo Fantasma and more

Black Mountain, Grupo Fantasma, Corrine West and Kelly Joe Phelps among those added to the Pickathon lineup.

Posted By on Tue, Apr 19, 2011 at 6:57 PM

Today, Pickathon -- the eclectic rootsy/indie festival that takes place on a farm outside of Portland -- announced additions to its already solid lineup.

Topping the list is Black Mountain, a Canadian rock act with an Americana edge that has been making some waves as of late. Also, there's the Latin sounds of Grupo Fantasma, adding to what's becoming one of the most diverse Pickathon lineups in the festival's history.

Pickathon, taking place between August 5 and 7, still has tickets available. They're available at the fest's website. You can also see the full lineup at that site.

Here are the other additions announced today:

Black Mountain

Grupo Fantasma

Wye Oak

Corrine West & Kelly Joe Phelps

Michael Hurley

Jesse Sykes & The Sweet Hereafter

L. C. Ulmer

Lightning Dust

Dawn Landes

Sunday Valley

Eilen Jewell

 


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Monday, April 18, 2011

Last Band Standing Contestants Announced

The complete list of bands playing the 2011 Last Band Standing.

Posted By on Mon, Apr 18, 2011 at 8:45 PM

Last Band Standing -- the local battle of the bands competition -- is back for another year. This year, the shows have moved over to the Century Center for Friday night shows between May 6 and July 8.

Last year, Mosley Wotta walked away with the top prize, which was valued at more than $30,000.

This year, another 32 bands (more than 50 applied...far less than last year, which brought out more than 100 submissions) are heading into the competition, and while there are definitely some returning bands, including last year's runner up, KleverKill. But there are several acts on the list that I've never heard of, which should be interesting.

All but one of the bands (Shannon Tower Band of out Portland) are from Central Oregon. Here's the complete list. Stay I'll keep you posted when I know which band is playing when.

Matt Borden

Tentariegn

Hilst Coffey

Shireen Amini

Kousefly

Broken Down Guitars

Cognitive Riot

Tourniquet Ettiquette

Capture The Flag

Pine Lane

Still Fear

Kleverkill – second place

Brian Hinderberger/Transceivers

Shovelbelt

Dan Shannahan

Past Fraction Zero

Open Fate

High Desert Hooligans

Shannon Tower Band

Neck Tie Killer

Shades of Society

The Strain

Strive Roots

Lyible

Blue Babies

AJ Engstrom Band

Box Car String Band

The Vaulted

Sifted

Scarlit Fever

Cadence

Tuck n' Roll


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Saturday, April 16, 2011

Last Week to Buy 4 Peaks Tickets at Advance Pricing

Posted By on Sat, Apr 16, 2011 at 3:00 PM

The 4 Peaks Music Festival is back on this year and they've returned to their original spot out at Tumalo's Rockin' A Ranch.

The festival, set for July 15 and 16, currently includes Poor Man's Whiskey, New Monsoon, Elephant Revival, Acorn Project and several other rootsy acts. This year's event is on a more intimate scale, so you might want to get tickets soon...especially if you want to save some money.

On April 20, tickets (which include passes to both nights and camping) will increase from $40 to $50. They are onsale now and you can click here to buy yours.

By the way, we're in the middle of putting together a massive Summer Concert Guide for next month, so take a look at that for plenty more information on 4 Peaks and all the other outdoor shows coming our way this summer.


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Thursday, April 14, 2011

Will Ferrell is on "The Office" Tonight!

Mr. Funnypants himself, Will Ferrell, is on The Office tonight.

Posted By on Thu, Apr 14, 2011 at 11:49 PM

As I believe I've mentioned a few times on this blog: I freakin' love The Office. A lot. Like, more than a friend. And I'm not one of those "it used to be funny but not anymore" sort of people -- I still am very much infatuated with Michael Scott and company.

For example, one time I got to chat with Rainn Wilson (Dwight Shrute) and it basically made my life.

And tonight, Mr. Will Ferrell is joining the cast, playing Michael's replacement (Steve Carell is leaving the show at the end of this season). It doesn't look like Ferrel will be around next season, but his character will indeed be featured on several episodes this spring. So yeah, check it out at 9pm tonight on NBC.

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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Indictment Made in Fatal Third Street Hit and Run

Brett Lee Biedscheid has been indicted for the hit-and-run death in Bend.

Posted By on Tue, Apr 12, 2011 at 11:54 PM

Deschutes County District Attorney Patrick Flaherty announced today that Brett Lee Biedscheid has been indicted for the hit-and-run death of pedestrian Anthony Martin back in late January.

Biedscheid has long been referenced as a person of interest in the case, but was officially indicted by a grand jury today on suspicion of criminal negligent homicide and "failure to perform the duties of a driver when a person is killed," according to a press release from Flaherty's office.

Martin was killed on January 26 when he was struck by a vehicle while reportedly walking his bicycle across Third Street in Bend.

Flaherty said the grand jury made the decision after reviewing video tapes and documents and hearing testimony from law enforcement agents and witnesses.

Biedscheid is set to be arraigned at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday morning.

 


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Trooper Stops to Help Motorist, Ends up Delivering Baby

A fish and wildlife trooper gets more than he bargained for on the side of the road.

Posted By on Tue, Apr 12, 2011 at 7:24 PM

An Oregon fish and wildlife trooper got a little more than he planned for on Monday morning when he stopped on Highway 199 near Selma to help what he thought was a motorist having car trouble.

Instead, the trooper, Dan Stinnett, found two women in the car -- one frantically trying to call 911 to tell them that the other woman was ready to deliver a baby.

Stinnett found the baby girl's head already half way out and within three minutes had helped deliver the baby.

"When the baby took her first breath, I took my first breath too," said Stinnett.

An ambulance soon arrived and took the new mother, a 32-year-old woman from Brookings who asked not to have her name released, and her baby to a hospital.

Talk about roadside assistance, eh?


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Monday, April 11, 2011

Pink Martini, Dierks Bentley Added to Les Schwab Amphitheater Schedule

Pink Martini, Deirks Bentley, Allison Krauss

Posted By on Mon, Apr 11, 2011 at 9:54 PM

The Les Schwab Amphitheater announced today two -- well actually, three -- more additions to the summer concert schedule.

Pink Martini is scheduled to play on July 23, while Dierks Bentley will appear on August 10.

The LSA also officially announced today that Allison Krauss and Union Station are playing, too. But we told you all about that last week.

This marks the third appearance by Pink Martini in the past five years at the LSA, and the 13-member (or more) world-spanning orchestral group stops in Bend during a busy summer that also finds them playing the Sasquatch Music Festival.

Country rocker Dierks Bentley is making his first appearance at the amphitheater, filling the big-name country music slot the venue typically books each summer.


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