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Through the Looking Glass: 20 Years of the Source Weekly

Your local, independent news source turns 20. Does that mean we're a "bonafide local" yet?

Moving from adolescence into full fledged adulthood, the Source Weekly turns 20 this year. Below is a recap of Source coverage of Central Oregon for every year since 1997.... and looking back, things have certainly changed, but still, Central Oregon seems to be fraught with the same issues.


The "Deschutes Source" launched its first issue with a bang on July 11, 1997.

Highlights of the inaugural 20 pages included a feature on the Bend Summer Festival, a favorable review of the India Palace Restaurant (then located on Division St.), new writing from author Kent Anderson, and a preview of the Cascade Cycling Classic.

A note from Editor Aaron Switzer outlined the Source's mission, "to become the community's center for dialogue and a clearinghouse for local artists, writers, and concerned individuals to leave an impression of their personal Central Oregon. Our mission is to give the region a publication that reflects the growing diversity and uniqueness of the area." Switzer, who now sits in the publisher's chair, also offered some prophetic words:

"...Central Oregon has become a regional medical and recreational hub, traffic on Highway 97 and in downtown Bend has never been so congested, and Bend's retail centers are abounding. It's clear that Central Oregon has been discovered. The time for an independent weekly newspaper belonging to the city and region is long overdue."

Central Oregon's first and only independent weekly newspaper also rolled out movie, book and record reviews, a tech column dealing with mostly with that still relatively new contraption we now lovingly call the Innernets, an outdoor column and "Soap Box," a free forum allowing readers to "vent their tortured souls with opinions, tales of misadventure, confessions, accusations and if necessary, tail-between-the-legs apologies."

Coverage included stories on the vacant Tower Theatre in downtown Bend, homeschooling options, local micro distilleries, women-powered businesses, air quality in Central Oregon and midwifery. Bend local Harry Lonsdale wrote a positive opinion piece about the up-and-coming U.S. Representative from Vermont, Bernie Sanders, and his new book, "Outsider In the House." With the Oct. 9 issue, the publication dropped "Deschutes" and became simply, "the Source."

Top Stories:

Battle of the Bridge Studies. Sept. 25.

The Tower Theatre, Can We Live Without It. Aug. 8.

Featured Story: Tower Theater: Last Chance for a Bend Landmark


The Source began its first full year of publication with its first Top 10 issue. Two of the more interesting categories were: Top 10 worst places to ride a bike in Bend (#9. Anywhere East to West. #4. Up Century Drive in August. 3. Up Century Drive in February); and Top 10 reasons to read the Source instead of the Bulletin (#7. Risque cover art) #5. They know how to proofread. #2. Sexy blue boxes.

In other news, the Source began promoting its online presence, then at

A Feb. 19 feature covers the soon-to-be booming tech industry in Bend. Editor Aaron Switzer wrote about the travails of Squaw Creek near Sisters (Feb. 12). A Pick of the Week was Kim Carnes ("Bette Davis Eyes") performing at Sisters High School. April 23 brought a feature on Oregon politician Wes Cooley, a convicted felon for lying in the voters' pamphlet.

Issues focused on commuting alternatives (May. 28), alternative education (Jun. 11) and an in-depth interview with Sheriff Greg Brown (Jun. 28). In an editorial, the Source argued against having an armed guard roam school grounds in Redmond.

The Funny Farm, located between Bend and Redmond, was featured in "A Farm With Attitude." The Flashpoint question of the week was about the medical use of marijuana, with three out of four people in favor.

As reported in the Dec. 3 issue, the Source offices were broken into twice; missing were an iMac and a Jaz disc of back issues. On a third visit, someone returned a paper Developing Community. Aug. 27.

Top Stories:

Back To the Future: Tim Knopp's Campaign for House District 54 - Mudslinging, Misrepresentation and Mayhem in Central Oregon's Political Wild West. Oct. 15.

In Search of a Central Oregon degree - A trip through the maze of COCC's Higher Education programs. Mar. 19.

Mental Wealth: Supporting the mentally ill. Dec. 10.

Featured Story

Beyond Bias: Living Out of the Closet
Jun. 25.


The Source started off 1999 by taking on the temp worker industry (Jan. 7), and things got real with the Feb. 4 story, "Gas, Oil, Smoke, Speed: Snowmobiling At Diamond Lake."

The March 18 issue brought the first story about the impending doom of Y2K. In April, a series of letters argued about the lack of diversity in Central Oregon's music scene—involving mostly funk, country and bluegrass. Finally, a truce was offered in a letter to the editor from MC Mystic of Soulfori: "Soulfori would like to invite every established band here in Bend to our show this Friday. You are all on the guest list."

In a negative review of Applebee's, restaurant writer James Byron Malloon suggested that Hwy. 97 be renamed "deep fry alley." Applebee's management later wrote a letter to the editor saying only 5 cents on the dollar leaves the community.

The April 22 Earth Day issue included a birth announcement for Kyle Samuel Switzer April 15. "Just what the world needs: Another editor," it read.

In the May 13 issue, writer Elli Work began a six-part series, "Hidden Pressures," addressing race and cultural issues in Central Oregon.

The June 3 issued heralded dueling concerts, "One Night Only! Saunders vs. Lewis," as both Merl Saunders and Jerry Lee Lewis were playing the same night. Pick of the Week for Aug. 12: Roberta Flack at the Bend Athletic Club; $15 GA, $24 reserved.

The Sept. 16 Women-Powered issue featured Women Working For Change, including Bend newcomer and future Oregon First Lady Cylvia Hayes.

"Sanctifying the Steens: The Federal Government Attempts a New Designation," headlined the Oct. 7 issue, with photos by Jim and Sue Anderson. The week's Flash Point question was, "What label or sign would you put on the Steens?" In one photo spot was a photo of the Steens with the explanation, "Fourth Person is absent due to a lack of people on the street who had actually been to the Steens." (In Flash Point, four people were always featured answering the week's question.)

"Election? What Election?" proclaimed the Oct. 21 cover. The election included nine initiatives. All four Flash Point questionees said they were not informed on the issues.

Reality reared its ugly head in the Nov. 18 issue with a feature, "The Hidden Costs of SUVs: In Vogue and Out of Control."

Top Stories:

Bridge Over Troubled Water: The Continuing Debate on the Southern Alignment. Apr. 1.

Log Deck Land Swap near completion. May. 6.

Park District says NO to Sadie Ridge. Jun. 10.

Featured Story

Mirror of Sand: Reflecting on the Murky Future of Mirror Pond. Jul. 29.


The Source looked back on 1999 with Top 10 lists about Central Oregon in the Jan. 6 edition. Next was a conversation with Bend resident Myrlie Evers-Williams, former head of the NAACP and widow of civil rights leader Medgar Evers. The Jan. 26 issue examined how Bend's growing service economy was leaving many families at risk.

The Lit Crit Short Fiction Contest invited readers to submit their short fiction, and the Source printed 15 different works.
The Source's first Restaurant Guide ran in the Feb. 23 issue. March 1 brought a story about how Friends of Bend hired an engineering firm in their effort to find alternatives to the southern bridge crossing.

The Source sponsored reggae legend Jimmy Cliff at Mazama Gym April 12. Other artists appearing around then included Ray Charles, Karl Denson's Tiny Universe, Trisha Yearwood and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band.

The Women-Powered issue April 12 included the "News Flash" about the Source forming a consortium in response to the "increased support and success that the Westside Consortium of developers and property owners have received from the City of Bend." The new Source consortium would call for a roundabout outside its office, widening Georgia Ave., and a new park at the intersection. That's all.

Clear Summer Nights at the Bend Athletic Club included Los Lobos, Tower of Power and Art Garfunkel. Meanwhile Regal Cinemas' Old Mill 10 opened with all stadium seating and all digital sound.

On Oct. 4 the Source endorsed Bend city council candidates including: Bruce Abernethy, Kathie Eckman, John Hummel and Kyla Merwin. The following issue including an endorsement for Randy Gorgon for County Commissioner, followed by endorsements included Les Stiles for Deschutes County Sheriff, Bev Clarno for State Senate District 27, Al Gore for U.S. President, Ken Cooper for State Rep., District 54, GREG WALDEN for U.S. Rep., District 2. Um.

For the holidays, future First Girlfriend Cylvia Hayes, director of Earth Connections of Central Oregon wrote a guest column on gift-giving through the ages and how to have an eco-friendly Christmas.

Top Stories

Behind the Boom: The Growing Service Economy Leaves Many Families At-Risk or Homeless. Jan. 26.

On the Right Path? Bend's Urban Trail System Plan. Feb. 9.

The Battle for the Badlands: Ranchers and the Oregon Natural Desert Association Form an Unusual Alliance. March 15.

Interview with Bend resident Myrlie Evers-Williams. Jan. 6.

Featured Story

Calling in the Cavalry: Friends of Bend hires an engineering firm in their effort to find alternatives to the southern bridge crossing. March 1.

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The Jan. 3 issue kicked off the year with the cover story, "Top Ten of Central Oregon," including the approval of the 200-acre Pine Nursery Park, slow growth city councilors and a westside traffic consortium. Meanwhile, Leon Russell played at Club 97, $15 advance.

Publisher/Editor Aaron Switzer wrote a Jan. 10 editorial about the swearing in of new city councilors, who relieved 14-year veteran City Manager Larry Patterson of his duties. An overflow crowd of 300 citizens attended the meeting, Switzer reported. "Stepping into City Hall the mood was electric... The joy and loud boisterous conversation in the hall matched the red-faced anger and controlled silence of the people in the chamber," Switzer wrote.

Feb. 7 included "Manufacturing a Controversy: An examination of The Bulletin's editorial attack on the Bend Metro Parks and Recreation District." March 31 featured a story on Central Oregon Trail Alliance teaming up with the Broken Top community to fight the Oregon Department of Transportation proposal to build a gravel quarry and asphalt batch plant on Forest Service land west of Bend, between Century Drive and Skyliners Rd.

The March 28 Spring Arts and Entertainment issue heralded the opening of the Art Station near Old Mill. Ben & Jerry's held a grand opening April 7. Meanwhile, the Club 97 Bar & Grille had a diverse July lineup: Dwight Yoakam, 7/12; Buddy Miles, 7/19; the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, 7/26; and Vanilla Ice, 7/27.

A school bond funding measure on the Nov. 6 ballot called for $47.8 million for schools. The Source endorsed a yes vote. The Source editorial team, on Nov. 8, thanked whoever left the pile of chicken parts on its front door step, even if it did ruin the welcome mat. The team also welcomed new Bend City Manager David Hales.

Top Stories

How the West Was Lost: Westside Voters Out of Power. March 21.

Guest editorials pro and con on the southern river crossing bridge, and the Source says vote no on the bridge. Aug. 30.

Featured Story

Growing Pains: A $2.4 Million Budgetary Schortfall Has An Optimistic Bend-LaPine Schools Cutting Back While Development Soars. Aug. 23.

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January contained the Men's issue and a feature on a cougar killing in Deschutes River Woods. In the Feb. 7 edition, the Source interviewed extreme sports filmmaker Warren Miller when he visited for screenings of his films.

The March 21 Women's issue had features on Bend's first female firefighter, Trish Chalmers, and local women in the martial arts.
As reported in the May 9 issue, local nudist Terri Sue Webb was arrested (again) for walking naked from her residence to the county courthouse.

The cover of the May 30 Outdoor Adventure issue teased features on "Dogs, Mountain Biking, The Aging Athlete, More Dogs, Survival Tips, Coastal Exlporing" (Damn those front page misspellings!). Also, an interview with Bend mountain biking icons Phil Meglasson, Bob "Woody" Woodward and Dennis Heater.

The July 4 dining column on cheap eats, "More bang for your buck," featured a food cart (Galveston Grub and Grind), Devore's and Costco (where, amazingly, the hot dog and soda were $1.50.)

Aug. 9 was the Best of Central Oregon issue, featuring Best Place to Breastfeed: Deschutes County Library, Best Place to Break Up: Drake Park, Best Activist: Terri Sue Webb, aka, "Naked Woman," because it's not illegal to be naked in Oregon.

As reported in the Aug. 14 issue, the Save Our Parks Services alliance gathered enough signatures to have four park board members on the Sept. 17 recall ballot — Chairman Ron Delaney, Chuck Burley, Jim Young and Don Smith. They ended up surviving the recall.

In the Aug. 28 edition, four local professionals discussed school choice options in Bend. An editorial, "Loving the Butte To Death: Pilot Butte Needs Help," decried that hikers and bikers were making new trails. The Source ran "a collection of essays on 9/11 from the alternative press, a year after our national tragedy," in the Sept. 4 issue.

Elections endorsements included Jim Clinton, John Schubert and Bill Friedman for City Council and Cylvia Hayes for House Dist. 53.

Top Stories:

Women Overboard At Bend Metro Parks and Recreation: Executive Director Carrie Ward is put on leave and Board Member Mary Evers resigns. March 28.

Waiting For the Bus: Can Wanda Gray Create A Fixed Route System the Council Will Pass. Oct. 9.

Rebuilding Mirror Pond or Restoring the Deschutes: Silt buildup in the Deschutes raises opportunities for river restoration. Nov. 20

The Road To A Bigger Bend: How to avoid the potholes while hitting the gas. Dec. 11

Featured Story:

Squeezed Out: Bend Takes Steps to Create Affordable Housing. July 25.

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The Jan. 22 Cheap Eats issue featured "25 of Our Favorite Meals Under $5." Michael Franti & Spearhead played the first of what would become many, many, many concerts in Bend Feb. 4.

Feb. 27 brought the cover story: "Absolute Privatization: Should Oregon get out of the liquor business?" The editorial board's March 13 editorial declared, "No War on Iraq." The Source's April Fool's issue included "stories" about an SUV driver trapped in the "infamous" Colorado/Century Drive roundabout, the Bend City Council voting to remove the southern bridge that was under construction, and one-year residents (a couple from San Jose, Calif.) longing for Bend's "good old days," before other people started moving in.

The Les Schwab Amphitheater lineup included Coldplay, Lyle Lovett, Susan Tedeschi, Taj Mahal, Willie Nelson, Pink Martini, the Beach Boys, Ben Harper and Jack Johnson, the Doobie Brothers, and Bob Dylan.

In May the paper endorsed Ted Schoenborn for the Bend parks board. A May 15 editorial stated that a proposed smoking ban for Bend parks went too far.

On Aug. 7 "The Boot" debuted and went to the Old Mill District to turn on sprinklers during LSA concerts to discourage "banksitters." The Aug. 14 Best of Central Oregon issue gave The Boot to Rep. Tim Knopp for not working to reform the state's revenue system.

The Bests included Best Concert: Coldplay; Best Place to Skinny Dip: Doris Lake; and Best Place to Pick a Fight with a Religious Zealot: the breezeway at Wall and Minnesota.

In August President G.W. Bush made a phantom visit, speaking to 600 guests at the Fairgrounds before helicoptering to Sunriver to golf and stay with a Yale frat bro. On Sept. 4, an openly gay man, Andrew Gilbert, had his jaw broken in two places after dancing with another man at The Grove. No one was charged, but the incident galvanized the Bend gay community.

In October, The Boot went to the "ethically dubious practice" of local publications mixing advertisements with news content.

A November editorial decries the turnover at the City of Bend, which had had four city managers since the end of 2001.

On Dec. 4 the Glass Slipper went to Cylvia Hayes for dropping out of the House Dist. 54 race and throwing her support behind Judy Stiegler.

Top Stories:

The Calm Before the Calm: New Bend City Council plots a quiet course for 2003. Jan. 8.

Stirring the Waters: Bend's water needs raise questions for region. Feb. 5.

Good Morning, Labor Ready: Talking with people looking for work in Central Oregon. July 24.

Behind Closed Doors: Methamphetamine in Central Oregon. Dec. 18.

Featured Story

Speed Still Kills: Central Oregon's struggle against methamphetamine

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The third annual Men's Issue on Feb. 19 named the Source's first ever Man of the Year: Strictly Organic Coffee Company's founder (along with wife, Rhonda Ealy) Richard Steffensen.

Rebel tat! Rumors had flown that local talk show host and Deschutes County Commissioner candidate Andy Andrews had a Confederate flag tattoo. In an interview with the Source, he denied it, but later called with a "clarification." He did have a rebel flag tat, along with the phrase, "Strike the tent," reportedly the dying words of Gen. Robert E. Lee. Andrews said it was nothing racial—just that he was proud of his southern heritage.

On March 11, The Boot went to The Bulletin for its confusing and inconsistent policy of not publishing same-sex wedding announcements. On April 1 (no April's Fool this year), The Boot kicked the Bend Chamber of Commerce for its opposition to an ordinance protecting people from discrimination on the basis of their sexual orientation, introduced by Councilor John Hummel.

May 20 brought an interview with writer Maya Angelou, who had a sold-out speaking engagement at COCC. On July 22 Lucinda Williams played The Athletic Club, turning "the subdued crowd from mild-mannered picnic-goers into a sea of dirty-dancing, jam-happy, drunk rockers."

Meanwhile "Aussie heartthrob" Keith Urban was spotted pumping iron at Gold's Gym on Hwy. 97 before his show at LSA. The Source also reported that the Wilson sisters of Heart survived a freak hailstorm and "kicked some mullet ass" at LSA.

A July 29 Glass Slipper went to Executive Director Katie Merritt and a crew of volunteers for organizing the inaugural Bend Film Festival the coming September. In the same issue appeared the first ad for the Bend Brew Fest.

Oct. 14 brought the endorsement issue, topped by John Kerry for president.

Always ahead of the curve, the Source on Nov. 18 ran a commentary, "Trumped," about "The Apprentice" TV show, with a photo of The Donald, captioned, "It's all in the hair." H. Bruce Miller wrote about his fascination with Trump's hair, describing him as "New York's biggest real estate developer and three-time world champion all-around asshole."

Top Stories:

Cooking Up Controversy: Citizens turn up the heat on tire processing plant. March 4.

Putting It in Writing: For many, Bend anti-discrimination ordinance is a personal matter. March 11.

Crane Shed Smackdown: As controversy rises, developers file for demolition permit. March 25.

The Long Road: How the changing face of Bend made the Equal Rights Ordinance happen. June 24.

The Tower Turns One: Has Bend's bright downtown star lived up to its billing? Aug. 12.

Aftershocks: Crane shed destruction could have powerful impacts (and editorial). Aug. 26.

Featured Story

Crane Shed Legacy: Historic preservation law likely to get some teeth. Dec. 16


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In January, the Source reported that KPOV "The Point," Bend's new low-wattage community radio station, was scheduled to go on the air in May. Another story was, "Sisters Movie House Breaks Ground," and it was announced that REI was coming to the Old Mill.

February warmed up winter with an interview with former porn star/stripper and now blues singer Candye Kane, performing at the Domino Room. City Councilman John Hummel was named Man of the Year in the Feb. 17 Men's Issue.

A couple hundred people, many sporting yellow frowny-face stickers, turned out for a public information meeting, opposed to a proposed Wal-Mart Supercenter at the north end of Bend.

For the March 24 Women's Issue, the women of the Volunteers in Medicine Clinic of the Cascades were named Women of the Year.

The Godfather of Soul, James Brown, played LSA Aug. 23. June 30, the Lodge at Suttle Lake opened after 12 years of planning permits and public process. Bob Dylan and His Band returned to LSA July 31.

Urban myth or not? On Aug. 4, Upfront asked if anyone actually saw or heard Donald Trump on CNN's Larry King Show tell viewers to go invest money in Bend.

The second annual Bend Brewfest expanded from one to two days, Aug. 19-20.

One Pick for Nov. 15 was the Say No to Wal-Mart Rally set for near the proposed site at Hwy. 97 and Cooley Road. The 200,000-square-foot store was "expected to increase traffic congestion, stifle local businesses, reduce area wages, and cost taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars annually."

The Dec. 8 issue featured an interview with local attorney Paul Dewey, whose father, Alvin, was the lead investigator in the infamous murder of the Kansas farm family, the Clutters, on which Truman Capote's "In Cold Blood," was based. Paul recalled his mother sitting him and his brother down before Capote first came to their house in Kansas, making them promise not to laugh when they heard Capote's voice.

Top Stories:

Work in Progress: Under a new director, Tower Theatre's making adjustments. Apr. 7.

Hydro Hype: Is Central Oregon's water supply really endless? Apr. 14.

Deja vu Again? Will "Bend 2030" meet the same fate as its ancestor? Sept. 22.

Going Up: As Downtown Buldings Rise Higher, So Do Merchants' Worries. Oct. 13.

Seeking Solid Ground: Tower Theatre is still trying to find its footing. Dec. 8.

Featured Story

Bend Bypass Needs Major Surgery: Rapid growth has $120 million parkway clogged. Oct. 6.

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The new year got off to a roaring start with H. Bruce Miller's commentary, "California, There You Go: Ten great reasons plus one not to come here, or to move back." One former Californian, Mike Keatley, now of Bend, penned a corrosive letter to the editor, quite ugly in tone. Miller responded: "Thank you for your courteous and eloquent response, and for reminding me of the kind of obnoxious pricks I moved here from California 20 years ago to get away from." Responders wanting to burn Keatley at the stake dominated the letters section into February.

In the "You can't make this shit up" dept., as reported in the Jan. 19 edition, the CEO of St. Charles Hospital allegedly showed up drunk to a staff Christmas party and made an ass of himself. Jim Hobbs was described by one witness as "grossly intoxicated." He then allegedly proceeded to get into an altercation with some nurses and "was inappropriate sexually" with a nurse's assistant, according to the witness. In comments he gave to the Source, Hobbs apologized and repeated the phrase, "error(s) in judgment" seven times.

Man of the Year, local land-use attorney Paul Dewey, strolled onto the cover of the Jan. 12 Men's issue. In a March 23 ad, Deschutes Brewery rolled out two new brews: Buzzsaw Brown Seasonal Ale and Inversion IPA.

As reported in the July 13 issue, Outside magazine rated Bend in its Best Outside Towns, calling Bend the "best trail running" place in America, with "300 clear-sky days a year."

The Aug. 24 cover story about Walla Walla, Wash., (The Town That Doesn't Want to Bend: Walla Walla citizens see Bend as a model of how not to grow) drew more hits on the Source website than any other story so far.

The Nov. 23 gift guide featured a "Three's Company" theme, and the year ended with a sold-out show by Los Lobos at the Tower Theatre Dec. 14.

Top Stories:

Wal-Mart Walloped in Round One! Hearing Officer Karen Green denied the proposal because the company had not shown how it would handle the additional traffic of an estimated 12,000 more car trips a day at the intersection of Hwy. 97 and Cooley Road. Feb. 2.

Balancing Act, Water in the Deschutes Basin: How good is our planning? Feb. 9.

What's That Hissing Sound? Signs are that air is leaking out of Bend's housing bubble June 1.

Featured Story

Opportunity of a Lifetime: The city aims big with Juniper Ridge, but the community is still in the dark. What's really going on? June 29

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The new year got off to a positive start with a Jan. 24 free show by the Avett Brothers at McMenamins. On Aug. 9 the previous year, fans paid $10 to see them at the Domino Room.

A story about bellydancing in the Feb. 8 issue drew the ire of several instructors and students of the art form, who wrote letters to the editor complaining about some of the verbiage. Meanwhile, ads for Stars Cabaret and Steak House touted the Feb. 21 appearance of dwarf dancers, "The Petite Treats - Little Pixie and Little Tina, the Most Unique Show on the Circuit."

On April 5 the Glass Slipper went to the Bend City Council for appointing Peter Gramlich to fill the spot left by John Hummel's resignation the month before, keeping intact the progressive majority on the Council.

In the March 29 Women's Issue, Wendy Colby, "scientist, mother, tireless volunteer," was named Woman of the Year.

In the May 3 issue, the Source reported that COCC was moving toward the first-in-the-state tobacco-free policy. The Source threw its 10th Anniversary party at the Old Mill Martini Bar following The Shins' show at LSA Aug. 30. That date also brought the Source's first (and hopefully, only) Handwritten Issue, with every block of copy written by hand.

On Sept. 6, Rep. Greg Walden received a rare Glass Slipper for his support of the federal "shield law," protecting reporters from being compelled to disclose the names of confidential sources.

High Desert Museum's Praegitzer Gallery landed an exhibit of Andy Warhol's "Athlete Series," as reported in the Sept. 20 edition.

The Portland Trail Blazers hosted the Denver Nuggets in an NBA exhibition game Oct. 26 at the Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center in Redmond. The same week, bestselling author David Sedaris and Grammy winner Keb Mo came to Bend venues.

Top Stories:

Hiding In Plain Sight: Counting the homeless in Central Oregon. Feb. 8

John Hummel suddenly resigns from the City Council to embark on a new career helping to encourage businesses to invest in Third World countries. Jun. 21.

"Troubled Waters: The Klamath River Mess," a three-part series, launched on Sep. 27.

After Anderson: Firing of city manager isn't likely to end Bend's controversies. Oct. 25.

The Forest For The Trees: Massive thinning project reignites timber debate on the Deschutes. Nov. 8.

High Noon at Juniper Ridge: Developers and "good old boys" meet in the final showdown - Dec. 20.

Featured Story

The Invisible Workforce: Why people are coming thousands of miles to mow your lawn. This Land is Your Land: Why illegal immigrants are coming to Central Oregon and what that means to you. Apr. 12.

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This year got off to a snowy start, which brought out the Boot for the City of Bend's snow removal efforts, or lack thereof. A few weeks later the Glass Slipper went to "Snow Angels," Central Oregon individuals and organizations who jumped in to help out the homeless during a zero-degree cold snap. Jan. 21 brought a cover made up of album covers — from Abba to Tangerine Dream, with the headline, "CDs Suck, So Dust Off Your Vinyl."

It was reported in the March 13 issue that most "pints" of beer served in Bend breweries are not true 16-ounce pints, rather 12 to 14 ounces, served in "shaker" glasses. Exceptions were the 20-ounce imperial pints served at Deschutes and Cascade Lakes.

On April 10, the Boot went to the Tobacco-Free Alliance and the Bend Metro Park & Recreation District's proposed ban on the use of any form of tobacco in all its facilities. A week later, the Boot went to a proposal for the city to start charging for parking in downtown Bend (sound familiar?).

In its primary election endorsements on May 15, Barack Obama for president led the pack. Obama also made a campaign stop in Bend, 40 years since the last president. A May 22 column by Natural World writer Jim Anderson about a feral cat living at the High Desert Museum and killing a pine chipmunk in front of visitors unleashed a torrent of anti and pro-cat letters and opinions.The July 24 Bike Issue featured rider Erika Schmid on the cover, hiking up her shorts to reveal a cantaloupe-sized purple bruise on her upper thigh. The inside page description says she lost playing "How long can I go before hitting the brakes," on a mountain bike ride.

In the October 30 issue the Source endorsed the Obama/Biden ticket.

Top Stories

Whose Playground? As Bend grows, forest recreation users vie for a place in the snow. Feb. 21,

Barackstar Status: Neither spring break nor a basketball loss can stop Obama in Eugene. March 27,

Reality Bites: Housing market collapse leaves Bend's big projects in limbo. May 1.

The Chalkboard Jungle: Standing Room Only in Local Schools. Aug. 14,

A One-Way Trip? Bend's transit supporters weigh next move in the face of cuts. Nov. 27.

Featured Story

Empty Houses: When It Becomes Your Turn to Feel the Downturn

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Jan. 15 kicked off the new year with one of the better covers, a religious-themed painting of a saint-like mother and child, with the face of President-Elect Barack Obama superimposed over the child's face, wearing a crown, no less. "Our Holier Than Thou Inauguration Day Coverage of Events." This one drove the Obama haters (and Catholics) nuts.

The Tower Theatre board of directors hired Ray Solley from Torrence, Calif., as executive director, as reported in the Jan. 22 issue. Mother, artist and advocate Holly Hutton was named the Woman of the Year Feb. 26. April 2 brought an ingenious Scrabble board cover for the fiction issue.

For a stretch in April, it seemed that every letter of the week had to do with the dog licensing debate.

The Baha'is of Central Oregon presented Rainn Wilson (Dwight Schrute from "The Office," speaking on "Art & Faith," June 25, at the Old Stone Church. In an interview with the Source, (part-time Central Oregonian) Wilson said he isn't particularly "outdoorsy," but he does appreciate day hikes, picnics and "just looking at the mountains. I don't need to be naked in a kayak or a glacier or anything like that."

As reported in the Aug. 13 Micro Cosmos column, 10 Barrel Brewing planned on opening a new brewpub in the former DiLusso space on Galveston Avenue.

In a late September web poll question, 85 percent of respondents said they would favor killing resident geese to clean up Bend's riverside parks.

Make smoke, not war: In November web poll questions, 86 percent said Oregon should legalize and tax marijuana, now that the Obama administration has relented, and 67 percent of respondents said no to the question of whether the U.S. should send more troops to Afghanistan.

Top Stories

Patterson's Golden Parachute: Councilors weren't obligated to give generous severance to former manager (Redmond City Manager Mike Patterson arrested and charged with felony assault and menacing against his wife and then resigning). Jan. 22.

Recession Refugees: COCC scrambles as laid-off workers turn to the classroom. Jan. 29.

A Line in the Snow: Factions of Central Oregon's motorized and non-motorized winter outdoor enthusiasts oppose a new snow park. March 5.

Muddying The Waters: Mirror Pond sedimentation offers no easy solutions. April 23.

Over in a Barrel: Plan for Colorado street dam could benefit fish, floaters and paddlers if
everyone can agree.
July 16,

Featured Story

Nina de la Tierra: Child of the Earth: The mystery of the Jerusalem Cricket. Aug. 12.


Doug LaPlaca, executive director of Visit Bend, was named Man of the Year in the Jan. 21 Men's Issue. The Source endorsed two tax measures (Measures 66 and 67) on the upcoming ballot, which both passed.

The Tower Theatre's lineup included Joe Bonamassa on March 7, Maceo Parker on March 16 and Bruce Cockburn on April 24. Cowboy Junkies on Oct. 5, David Grisman Quintet on Oct. 10, Judy Collins on Oct. 12, Paula Poundstone on Oct. 29 and Billy Bragg on Nov. 2.

Cassondra Schindler, a driving force behind Ignite Bend and the Cross Culture Art Walk, was named Woman of the Year in the Feb. 25 Women's Issue.

"This Week's Number" in the March 25 issue was "41." That was the percentage of Bend homeowners who are underwater on their mortgages in the post-bubble market.

American Indian activist and musician John Trudell and his band, Bad Dog, headlined a benefit concert for the Oregon Cannabis Tax Act Petition at the Deschutes County Fairgrounds April 23.

The June 3 Canine Issue launched a new column, "Ask a Dog (and get a smart ass response)."

On June 10, in "The Pink Nightmare on Highway 97," The Boot kicked the Pepto-Bismol pink-painted "Pussycat Ranch" located on the west side of Hwy. 97 just north of Bend. As if the color wasn't bad enough (the now-faded pink building still stands) it had signs declaring "LIVE NUDE GIRLS!!!" "Sensual Rubdowns," "Shower Shows," "Pole Dancing" and "Exotic Dungeon." Fledgling brewery Boneyard got a feature story on its progress in the July 29 issue.

In highlighting Central Oregon's Filthiest Jobs, the Aug. 26 issue featured Abe Jones Septic Service in the story, "Oh, the Sweet Stank of Success!"

In the last issue of the year, Dec. 30, the Boot went to the year 2010, as a "near-total loss." "A Year (and Decade) That Won't Be Missed."

Top Stories

Mission Critical: A mislabeled fish species might be the best chance to restore the upper Deschutes. March 25.

"Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf? Livestock attacks set the stage for a new round of wolf politicking in Oregon." Jul. 29.

"At the Cannabis Crossroads: Oregon voters will decide in November whether to bring marijuana sales to Main Street" Aug. 19. "Winner Take All: The high-stakes power play in the prosecutor's office." Dec. 9

In its "Abbey Road" album cover takeoff (and perhaps the Source's only horizontal cover), "Take Me to the Other Side: Recent fatality highlights the perils facing Bend's pedestrians." Dec.16.

Featured Story

Bend's Goosegate Ruffles Feathers in Canada. July 7.


Through the Looking Glass: 20 Years of the Source Weekly

In the Jan. 20 edition, the Source featured a story on Old Mill Brew Werks hosting the Beer Olympics, in which a series of blind tastings paired Bend beers against their Portland counterparts. Attendees voted for their preferred beer and at the end of the day, Bend won by one round. Three Creeks' Rudolph Imperial Red Ale took home the Best of Show award.

It had been a fairly mild winter until Tuesday, Feb. 15, production day for the Source, when a surprise snowstorm caught Central Oregon unawares and dumped 10 inches of snow in Bend and nearly 3 feet at Mt. Bachelor. About 10,000 Pacific Power customers lost electricity, including the Source, which had to be put together at a staffer's house, going to press at about 2:30 in the morning.

Spring's Source Dining Guide recognized Trattoria Sbandati as the Restaurant of the Year and Boken was named Rookie of the Year.

As reported in the May 19 issue, Bend voters voted 55 percent to 45 percent to approve a $30 million street improvement bond. Good news in the May 26 edition was that local community radio station KPOV was moving down the dial to 88.9, taking its signal to full power.

The Week's Number from June 23: 58 percent—the portion of Americans who believe that global warming is real, down from 77 percent just five years prior.

The annual Best of Central Oregon issue (Aug. 11) was highlighted by Best Political Meltdown going to newly elected District Attorney Patrick Flaherty coming in and firing five attorneys, three of whom filed discrimination suits. Two more top staffers resigned while a complaint was filed against Flaherty with the state bar association.

On Sept. 1 the Source ran an open letter to Bend Bulletin Publisher Gordon Black regarding its recent filing for bankruptcy after revenues dropped by about 25 percent. The daily ran a front page editorial blaming Bank of America for raising its interest rates. In the same issue, Natural World writer Jim Anderson opened fire on motorists who let their dogs ride unsecured in the back of their pickup trucks.

Big beer news announced in the Dec. 15 issue outlined expansions and improvements at no fewer than 11 Central Oregon breweries.

Top Stories:

Doubling Down: Central Oregon's breweries are betting that the craft brew market isn't yet tapped. May. 5.

Heroes on the Outside: As local homeless-vet numbers rise, one grassroots group responds, May. 19

Trust Us: Mirror Pond board puts public input on hold as it plows forward. Jul. 21.

Running Wild: a new wilderness proposal on the Middle Deschutes could protect a High Desert oasis, but neighbors aren't convinced, Sept. 1.

Treading Water in Foreclosureville: What happens when your neighbor walks away and no one returns. Sept. 15

Down the Drain? Critics say Bend's multimillion dollar water system upgrade is a boondoggle in the making. Oct. 20.

Featured Story

Treading Water  — Lack of research stalling Mirror Pond solution. Apr.16.


Through the Looking Glass: 20 Years of the Source Weekly

The Source came out swinging in 2012, with its Jan. 19 "Where's Walden? In search of Central Oregon's elusive congressman."

Bend staple Pilot Butte Drive-In opened a location on the west side. Cancer survivor Jen Burgess Thompson was named Woman of the Year in the March 8 Women's Issue. Tickets went on sale for comedian Bill Cosby's July 22 standup show at the Deschutes County Fairgrounds, (way before his tawdry past caught up with him).

In the annual Dining Guide, 5 Fusion & Sushi Bar was Restaurant of the Year, while Rookie of the Year went to Pho Viet & Cafe. On Aug. 23, The Boot went to local GOP officials for "Cuddling Up to Turdblossom," when George W. Bush advisor Karl Rove "oozed" into town for a top-secret, behind-closed-doors meeting at the Oxford Hotel. "The meeting shows the extent to which local Republican politicians are in lockstep with the right wing of their party. They're not only drinking the Kool-Aid, they're slathering it on like cologne."

Seattle's rapping hipster, Macklemore, and Ryan Lewis played the Midtown Ballroom on Oct. 19.

The Source endorsed Barack Obama for president Oct. 25. Other endorsees include Barb Campbell, Doug Knight, Sally Russell and Jim Clinton for Bend City Council, Alan Unger for Deschutes County Commission; Ellen Rosenblum for attorney general and Kate Brown for secretary of state. For City Council, all but Campbell won, defeated by Victor Chudowsky.

A story in the Nov. 29 edition told how the new Volcanic Theatre Pub could open by the first of 2013. Snoop Dogg sold out the Midtown Ballroom on Dec. 18.
Dec. 20 sported the "Blowing the Dam" cover. The same issue laments the closing of the two-year-old Century Center as a music venue, mostly due to noise complaints.

Top Stories:

A New Beginning: Indian Head Casino gives Warm Springs chance for economic development, Feb. 16.

Head East: Why Bend could be Oregon's next college town, May. 17.

Justified Homicide? Awbrey Butte shooting raises big questions, Jul. 19.

Seniors Want Their Money Back: Once allies and now adversaries, seniors and parks officials may go to the mat over a million dollar dispute, Aug. 23.

Featured Story

Head East: Why Bend could be Oregon’s next college town OSU-Cascades will begin to pursue a four-year educational program. May.16.


Through the Looking Glass: 20 Years of the Source Weekly

The Feb. 7 Love Issue featured future Olympian Ashton Eaton, then 25, named as Hottest Male Athlete. His response to the question, single or taken?: "What, is Google broken? You have to ask?" In the same issue, Bendite Scott Baxter was interviewed about his work as a visual effects artist on, "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey."

As reported in the Feb. 14 edition, Locavore opened its first storefront on First Street. The Feb. 28 issue contains The White House recipe for honey porter. The Source hosted a White House Beer Party at Goodlife, brewing a batch so locals could quaff the same beer as President Obama.

"PUMPED: Single White Liberal Female Buys Gun (And Lives to Tell the Tale)" graced the March 21 cover with a big rifle. And the "Collectors' Edition" issue on April 11 was all-things Molly Ringwald, in relay with her performance at the Tower. In a letter the following week, a reader pointed out that, "Probably due to editorial oversight, the April 11, 2013, issue of The Source contains some material not related to Molly Ringwald."

A feature in the June 20 told of the Horned Hand music venue closing after under two years. In its July 11 issue, the Source handed out report cards to freshman Sen. Tim Knopp, earning an A in physical education and history, and a B in math. Junior Rep. Jason Conger got an F in social studies and health class, and a B in math.

The Aug. 22 edition reported that the new Mt. Bachelor downhill mountain bike park would open soon.

The Steve Martin issue came out Oct. 3. In endorsements Oct. 31, the Source subhead declared, "We don't seem to know the word 'no.'" The paper said "Yes" to a Rural Fire Protection District Renewal Levy; Increase in Bend's Temporary Lodging Tax; Increase in Deschutes County Transient Room Tax; and Forming the Alfalfa Fire District and Establishing a Tax Rate Limit.

Top Stories:

Under the Bus: Central Oregon's Public Transit Faces Harsh Funding Realities. Jan. 31.

District Attorney Subpoenas Former Rivals: Mike Dugan and Mark Pilliod are ordered to release documents to Flaherty attorney, Feb. 14

When the Dam Breaks: Leak in ailing Newport Avenue dam could force Pacific Power's hand, Oct. 10.

Featured Story

Under the Bus — Central Oregon's Public Transit Faces Harsh Funding Realities. Jan. 31.


Through the Looking Glass: 20 Years of the Source Weekly

The March 6 issue reported on the first debate between district attorney candidates, challenger John Hummel and incumbent Patrick Flaherty. Neither candidate emerged as the winner or loser, the first round of what's predicted to be a "15-round extravaganza." Diana Whitelaw took over as the new president of the High Desert Museum.

OSU-Cascades Vice President Becky Johnson was named Woman of the Year in the March 27 edition.

The April 3 issue ran three full pages of letters to the editor, mostly involving the site selection for OSU-Cascades. Also, Larry and his Flask got the hometown treatment with a cover-teased story, "This American Band: Fame doesn't mean fortune for Larry and his Flask."

In a dramatic April 17 cover photo, the Source's Account Executive Chris Larro soared through the air on his bike, accompanying a story about uninterrupted trail access, "Piecing together Central Oregon's rivers, trails, and bike paths for flow."

April 24 brought a feature on new BendFilm Executive Director Todd Looby. In the May 1 edition the Source Weekly endorsed John Hummel for district attorney. Wild Ride Brewing opened its new taproom in downtown Redmond, as reported in the May 15 issue. The May 22 issue reported that Hummel won the election, along with two fire levy measures approved by voters.

The June 5 Old Timers Issue took a look back at Bend's history for the decades, the 1930s through the 1980s.

Oct. 16 brought the voting guide with Source endorsements: City Councilor 5, Nathan Boddie; City Councilor 6, Lisa Seales; City Councilor 7, Barb Campbell; U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley; Gov. John Kitzhaber; U.S. Rep. Aelea Christofferson; Oregon House District 54, Knute Buehler; and County Commissioner Jodie Barram. Nearly all won, except for Greg Walden retaining his congressional seat, Casey Roats beating out Seales, and Tony DeBone topping Barram. A flap erupted over whether Roats' and Seales' met the residence requirements to run for office. A lawsuit was filed and later in December the City Council voted 5-2 to confirm Roats.

A story in the Nov. 13 issue examined the purchase of 10 Barrel Brewing by Anheuser-Busch/InBev, the initial visceral reaction by some locals, and what the sale meant for other Central Oregon breweries.

Top Stories

Ongoing Mirror Pond Saga; "Financial Report doesn't clear up murky decision-making for Mirror Pond. May 22.

Could Redmond Be the Next "It" Town? Look out, Bend, Redmond is on the move!
March 30.

Two Bulls Fire Investigation, To Catch a Fire Starter; Investigation into Two Bulls Fire raises arson suspicions, June 19.

Underage and Underground: Central Oregon's hidden child sex trafficking problem, July 3.

Why the Weed Bill Could Fail: In spite of overwhelming political support and funding, Measure 91 is far from a sure thing, Sept. 11.

Featured Story

Could Redmond Be the Next "It" Town? Look out, Bend, Redmond is on the move!
March 30.


Through the Looking Glass: 20 Years of the Source Weekly

The March 5 cover declared, "Debunking the Bike Town, USA Myth: What can Bend do to be more bike friendly?"

April 9 brought a feature on the "Butte Lady," Carol Smith. Bonta Gelato opened its new downtown scoop shop. In its May 28 issue the Source ran a page and a half of letters addressed to the City Council from 6th grade humanities students at Cascade Middle School. The students wrote about their visions for Bend in 2030.

June 4 brought the story, "Ain't No Mountain High Enough: Volunteers push for changes at Pilot Butte," receiving nearly one million visits each year. Greg Allman and his band played the Athletic Club of Bend on June 30. June 27, Steve Earle & the Dukes, with Robert Earl Keen rocked Century Center. As a tribute to Phish playing LSA, the July 9 Source cover proclaimed, "Smells Like Hippie Spirit: Phish Phans, Trustafarians, Flower Children, We Salute You!" Local Phish fans were not amused.

On Aug. 6, the Source raised a toast in a Glass Slipper to Sen. Ron Wyden, for his efforts in "easing administrative and tax burdens on craft brewers." An Aug. 13 story about presidential candidate Donald Trump contained an interesting quote from Rep. Knute Buehler: "Donald Trump is uninformed, out of touch, and has no place as a leader of the Republican Party..."

In an Oct. 1 The Boot took to task the Bendites who insist on flying the Confederate flag, pointing out that even Gen. Robert E. Lee distanced himself from the flag after the Civil War.

As reported in the Oct. 8 issue, a candlelight vigil was held on the COCC campus to remember the nine people killed at Umpqua Community College. The Nov. 19 issue announced that going forward, only signed letters would be considered for publication. Letter writers, names included, expressed their approval.

Top Stories

Prepping for Pot, cover story, Is Bend Ready for Weed? March 19.

Surveying the Current Housing Boom. March 26.

Bursting at the Seams: Bend's UGB debate highlights tensions over the city's growth, April 16.

This Land Used to Be My Playground: Bend-La Pine School District accepts hotel developers' $1.9 million offer on Troy Field, July 2

Don't Mind the Gaps: Deschutes River Trail connectivity chugs along, Sept. 3

Featured Story

Prepping for Pot, cover story, Is Bend Ready for Weed? March 19.


Through the Looking Glass: 20 Years of the Source Weekly

"This is Not Your Land" headlined the Jan. 7 Boot, aimed at the armed militia members who occupied the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge near Burns.

The same issue reported on the strange story about an Iraqi man, identified as "M.M.", who purchased an Oregon Megabucks lottery ticket online and had someone physically pick up the ticket for him. It turned out to be the $6.4 million winning ticket and the winner was thoroughly vetted before claiming his prize.

On Feb. 25 the Source smoked its first Cannabis Issue, with features on legalizing hemp, cannabis legislation, dispensaries and extraction, and home garden growing.

With the March 24 issue, the Source featured the new trend of "Tiny Homes: Big Views."

Presidential primary endorsements in the April 28 issue included Republican candidate Ohio Gov. John Kasich and Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton. The Source endorsed Kate Brown for governor and Ron Wyden for U.S. Senator. The May 5 Women's issue featured Alice Elshoff as named Woman of the Year.

As reported in the May 12 issue, longtime tenants of the Fireside Condominiums on Newport Avenue faced eviction as the 20 units were slated for refurbishing. A scheduled May 12 performance by Leon Russell at the Tower Theatre was postponed for the second time. He would later die in his sleep Nov. 13.

"River Trash: Whose Mess Is It, Anyway?" detailed the problems of trash left behind by floating tourists in a news story on June 16.

The June 30 cover and news story inside explored the question, "A Ski Village At Mt. Bachelor: What are the chances?" Reported in the same issue is the opening of Market of Choice. Aug. 25 reported on the closing of Arts Central due to lack of funding.

Sept. 22 brought the first (and so far, only) color-your-own Source cover, a coloring contest highlighting everything made in Central Oregon. Also covered in this issue, was Bend's first Open Streets events. One year after recreational marijuana sales became legal in Oregon, the Sept. 29 cover feature extolled, "Ganja Grows Up."

As reported in the Oct. 6 issue, after 21 years, The Taco Stand closed up shop when owner Gene Fitzsimmons sold to Esta Bien.

On Oct. 20 the Source endorsed the following: for City Council, Justin Livingston, Doug Knight and Sally Russell; for sheriff, Shane Nelson; for county commissioner, Alan Unger; for Oregon Senate, Greg Delgado; for Oregon House, Knute Buehler; for U.S. Senate, Ron Wyden; for U.S. House, Jim Crary; for governor, Kate Brown; for president, Hillary Clinton; for state treasurer, Chris Telfer; and for attorney general, Ellen Rosenblum.

When Ammon Bundy and six others were acquitted for their role in the takeover of the Malheur Wildlife Refuge, the Nov. 3 editorial stated, "Malheur Verdict: A Slap in the Face to Law and Order."

Dec. 29 lamented the election-by-minority of Donald Trump, as well as all the great musicians and artists that we lost during the year, including David Bowie, Prince, Natalie Cole, Sharon Jones, Leonard Cohen and Lemmy Kilmister.

Top Stories:

Anarchy In Eastern Oregon — Don't Tread On Me: Militia stand-off continues, Sept. 11.

A River Used To Run Through It: WaterWatch sues irrigation districts over Oregon spotted frog habitat damage, Feb. 4.

Freeing the Klamath River: Four Dams To Come Down By 2020, April 14

When Things Go Terribly Wrong: The man accused of killing Kaylee Sawyer studied criminology and is married to a cop. So what prompted his alleged crime spree? Aug, 4.

Featured Story

Anarchy In Eastern Oregon — Don't Tread On Me: Militia stand-off continues. Jan. 31.


Through the Looking Glass: 20 Years of the Source Weekly

Jan. 4 kicked off with a story on the "Biggest Event of the Year," which was, you guessed it: The Great American Eclipse. The Jan. 11 cover story "Shining Bright" detailed new solar farms popping up in Central Oregon. In addition to the "Attack of La Niña" story Jan. 25, the Source rolled out a new column, "Democracy in Crisis," reporting on the turmoil in Washington, D.C.

Speaking of turmoil, the Source devoted an entire issue to activism with "The Playbook" issue Feb. 15, covering the ABCs of activism, how to run for office, tips for taking part in direct action, protest songs and more. (Seems like that stuff has only gotten more relevant, amirite?)

Feb. 22's "The Many Faces of Homelessness" launched a new housing crisis series. March 8 brought the "The Politicking of the Greater Sage-Grouse," highlighting the first in what would be many proposed changes surrounding the use of public lands.

On April 5, "The Black Market Business of Daycare" told the story of a local woman, arrested after police say she left the young children in her care alone while she went tanning. "Oregon's Environmental Efforts" detailed what Oregon is doing to maintain momentum, in spite of threats to the EPA.

The April 26 "Who's Local" story discussed what makes one a local—something definitely up for interpretation. The May 3 Women's Issue named volunteer maven Betsy Warriner as the Woman of the Year. The issue also included interviews with Gov. Kate Brown, former Gov. Barbara Roberts, and other emerging and seasoned activists of Central Oregon.

The May 10 issue featured "Pack It In and Out," a story on bikepacking and the new Oregon Timber Trail. May 31 kicked off a summer of water-related stories with "Putting Back the River" regarding upgrades to the 100+ year old canals. June 7 brought "Van Lifers," featuring local dudes who live the "van life" year-round.

With the June 14 issue, the stories on the "ApocEclipse" kicked off in full force, covering eclipse logistics, surviving an eclipse and much more. Ahead of Independence Day, the June 28 cover story was "Portrait of Patriot," discussing the low mark in patriotism nationally, and what that means for locals. On July 19, "Dope Times" covered the Oregon legislature's move to de-felonize hard drugs.

And let's not forget the Aug. 16 story, "Mirror Pond: To Dredge or Not to Dredge?"—highlighting the fact that as much as things evolve in Bend and Central Oregon, some issues never seem to go away...

Top Stories:

Attack of La Niña. Jan 25.

The Many Faces of Homelessness. Feb 22.

The Black Market Business of Daycare: 3 year waiting lists, unlicensed carers and an unsupported middle class spells a very troubling childcare situation. Apr 5.

Putting Back the River: 100+ year old canals are a target in an effort to restore water flows in the Upper Deschutes. May 31.

Tower Tussle - A cell tower planned for Trinity Episcopal Church ignites debate on the risks of radiation near a school. Jun 7.

I Survived an Eclipse (And You Can Too!) Aug. 9.

Featured Story

Attack of La Niña. Jan 25.

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