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From the latest edition of our Leaflet cannabis guide to a look at one way that the Oregon Legislative Assembly is trying to tackle police reform and mental health services, there’s lots to read and enjoy in this week’s edition. And even as political leaders make an effort to stop the needless stops, arrests and deaths of Black people and those who may be in crisis, another tragic and needless death has happened in Minnesota, with the death of Daunte Wright. One small step forward, five back. There are not enough thoughts and prayers in the world to push back against this ongoing tragedy. And even as we are tired, our vigilance and ongoing efforts to hold governments accountable for reform may be the best use of our efforts. Thanks for reading, Central Oregon.
As Bend Transitions to a City, Be Ready to Talk More about the “Big P”
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is for Parking—and with Bend’s explosive growth, Bendites should be prepared to spend a lot more time talking about it in the months and years to come. The conversations that are already emerging about this topic include ones covering whether we should have to pay for it, how to pay for it, where it exists, where it doesn’t and also how much of it should be included when building new homes and businesses in the city—because as much as some of us wished that Bend could remain a tiny burg with some great views and quaint customs, the most recent U.S. Census is putting us at the size of a full-fledged city, complete with all the rights, responsibilities and headaches that come with it. For those not yet in the know, we’ll supply a quick rundown of some of the parking considerations currently on the table in Bend. Inside the Bend City Council’s (endlessly virtual) chambers, councilors are, among other considerations, debating whether to change city code so as to relax the requirements for the number of parking spaces included on new home construction. The current code requires every home to have a minimum number of parking spaces. Affordable housing advocates say that setting aside valuable real estate for parking spots drives up the cost of housing. In theory, we’d tend to agree— except that over time, we’ve seen a myriad of theories thrown out in hopes of fostering affordable housing, which never seem to result in lowered prices, or an easing of our housing crunch. Were the proposed changes to actually result in more housing for lower- or middle-income households, we’d support it wholeheartedly. Whether that’s actually a reality is another story. Meanwhile, councilors have recently opted to extend the life of the “parklets” that are taking up parking spots in downtown Bend, in order to give restaurants more outdoor space during the ongoing time of coronavirus restrictions. While we support this idea, rather than a scattershot approach to sidewalk-café culture, we’d rather see a real plan put in place to entirely “pedestrianize” one
or more streets of downtown. A pro to this: More actual feet on the street right in front of downtown businesses. A con: We’ll have to abandon our very American mindset that parking directly in front of a business is the only way to get bodies in the door. As one commenter on our website pointed out, you can park directly in front of a Walmart too—but you’ll walk farther to get to the back of that store than you’d be likely to walk across the entire span of a pedestrianized zone in downtown Bend. What should also be on Bendites' radars is the Old Town parking overlay zone, begun as a pilot program during the pandemic and miraculously deemed a “success” when everyone was quarantined and all park events were canceled. We would like to see a more robust community conversation examining what it means to keep eastsiders, northsiders, and southsiders out of our more desirable neighborhoods…or at least ask them to pay dearly to visit. Meanwhile, there’s another way to ease parking woes: To not be part of the woes at all. While not feasible for everyone, Bend is making some major investments in multi-modal transportation that make it easier and safer not to drive a car at all to get around. How many times have you driven to downtown from close by, circled around looking for parking and then complained about all the cars in your way? You’re one of the cars. You don’t have to be. Whether by biking or walking or taking a rideshare car, you already have options that don’t involve circling around getting frustrated. Bend is not becoming a city; it already is one. Whether we like it or not, that means city-like parking concerns, and a requirement by all of us to think beyond the status quo and to consider supporting plans and codes and approaches that prioritize people over cars. As Bend grows, we have the ability to plan our city less around the cars that get us places, and more around the people who occupy them in myriad ways. If P is for Parking, prepare to talk a lot more about it in the years to come.
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RE: WE’VE ALL SACRIFICED. NOW’S THE TIME TO SET A COURSE FOR OREGON’S LIVE-EVENT INDUSTRY. OPINION, 4/7
Dr. Deborah Birx revealed that we could have saved at least 400,000 American lives had we the kind of national leadership that would have acted appropriately from the get-go to prevent
spread of the infection. Because of that, Governor Brown and other courageous leaders have been playing catch up to deal with controlling the lethal damage inflicted on the nation by the previous administration. Kate Brown has endured obscene, blatantly misogynistic attacks for her efforts, as have other Governors who are women--most notably Gretchen Witmer. (Interestingly, nations with women as heads of state seem to have weathered the pandemic with the least damage to health and commerce.) It is understandable that we are all at our wit’s end with the mitigation efforts, but we must keep in mind that we have been so inconvenienced in the service of keeping the refrigerated morgue trucks in their garages. Deschutes County is now experiencing another exponential increase in cases, largely occurring--according to Health Services Director Dr. George Conway--in the 20 to 29 age group. And it is no accident that the spike comes in the aftermath of Spring Break. As a county we are about 20% vaccinated— still not quite at the population immunity level. Let’s try to remain patient; lives continue to be at risk. Now is not the time to let down our guard. —Foster Fell via bendsource.com
RE: REDMOND DRAFTS CITY CODE FOR POT BUSINESSES, SMOKE SIGNALS 4/8
The Opposition really needs to quit embarrassing themselves with their clear lack of knowledge and facts with regards to the Cannabis Industry. Your constituents would like you to educate yourselves and throw out the Federal government's outdated propaganda from years back, as it simply doesn't apply. Nor is it valid. If the Opposition refuses to listen to their constituents, keep in mind...they voted you in and they will vote you out for not listening to the will of the people. You
are there to represent them, not your own special interests. —Sonja Wernke, via bendsource.com
he will contribute to the campaign to keep the parklets? —Jeremiah Jackson via bendsource.com
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-I also love the idea of closing most of the downtown core to vehicle traffic and making it old Euro style. It would be a really cool differentiator and would work well in a four-season resort town where people primarily go to be outdoors. Provide free motorized scooters at parking access points for the mobility challenged and call it a day! —Nick Przybyciel via bendsource.com
Republicans love the mantra of “local control”. But apparently they only support that mantra for their preferred policies. There are countless issues where the Republicans demand local control (everything from pot laws to public lands mgt). Consistency is important. This just smells like ugly politics from Knopp and other Republicans. — Erik Fernandez, via bendsource.com
RE: DOWNTOWN PARKLETS
Editor’s note: This week, a multiple-choice survey on our website, bendsource.com, asked people how they feel about maintaining downtown Bend’s “parklets” that allow restaurants to expand their outdoor seating into parking spaces. Several people took to the comments section to expand upon the multiple-choice options. These are some of their responses. -It seems like a plan endorsed by Walmart and Jeff Bezos to bribe city council to help kill off small local retailers by eliminating access by the disabled and elderly. I don’t want to get my shoes online. I want to support the Footzone. But the city wants me to support more money for Bezos. I wonder how much
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Governor DeSantis of Florida recently signed a decree prohibiting businesses from requiring proof of vaccination for customers. He says that if businesses or local governments required proof it would “reduce individual freedom and harm patient privacy.” Likely a Republican candidate for President in 2024, DeSantis seems to be suggesting that democracy would be dangerously impaired by such an assault on our liberties. But would vaccine credentials truly impact democracy like loss of the right to speech, press, religion or the vote? Not by any stretch of the imagination. Would dissenters go to jail? No, they would go somewhere else to eat, shop or watch a movie. In New York City, Mary Mallon was found to be moving around from place to place infecting people with typhoid. The authorities got ahold of her and gave her a ton of privacy. She was put under house arrest, so she could not continue her habit of poisoning the community. DeSantis also says vaccine passports would create two classes of citizens based on vaccination status. I suppose so, but that is not quite on a par with the huge gap between the common poor folk and the aristocratic rich that DeSantis so loves. That is a real class system. — Kimball Shinkoskey
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Luke Wirkkala Acquitted of Murder Charges
Wirkkala, found guilty of murder in 2014, walked free after arguing he acted in self-defense By Hanna Merzbach
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uke Wirkkala knew it was risky to go back to trial for killing his houseguest, David Ryder, in 2013. If he lost, he could face a life in prison. Still, Wirkkala refused settlements that would have guaranteed him a release date and, instead, went back to the courtroom to testify that he had acted in self-defense after Ryder allegedly assaulted him. On April 5, Wirkkala’s gamble paid off, and he walked free for the first time in eight years. After three weeks of testimonies and hours of deliberations, the 12-person Deschutes County jury voted to acquit Wirkkala. “It was terrifying that final day when I’m waiting for the verdict,” Wirkkala told the Source Weekly. “Obviously, I’m thinking about what happened last time.” Wirkkala was first convicted in 2014 on charges of second-degree murder, sentencing him to a life in prison with the possibility of parole after 25 years. But the Oregon Board of Appeals overturned the decision and ordered a retrial in 2018, determining that police should have stopped an initial interrogation of Wirkkala when he asked for an attorney. The facts of the trial remained the same. Wirkkala and Ryder had both been in their 30s and had both recently moved to Bend. Wirkkala grew up in Astoria and was working as a freelance photographer and writer. Ryder, a Kentucky native, was working as a software engineer at G5 in Bend. They met in a campground and hung out a few times. After a day of Super Bowl drinking in 2013, Wirkkala returned with Ryder to his home for a nightcap. Wirkkala’s
Luke Wirkkala on the day of his release. From left, attorney Thaddeus Betz, Luke Wirkkala, attorney Joel Wirtz and investigator Vicki Kipp.
was more calculated. In her closing argument, prosecutor Kristen Hoffmeyer suggested, “It’s possible it was a consensual encounter, (Wirkkala) stopped it and felt ashamed.”
“It was terrifying that final day when I’m waiting for the verdict. Obviously, I’m thinking about what happened last time.” —Luke Wirkkala then-girlfriend Rachel Rasmussen and her 11-year-old son and 16-year-old nephew were also home. At 2:30 a.m., Wirkkala fired a shotgun at Ryder, killing him instantly. DNA evidence shows the two had sexual contact prior to the shooting. Wirkkala’s saliva was found on Ryder’s penis. Wirkkala also had strangulation marks on his neck, and his skin was found under Ryder’s skin. Wirkkala’s defense argued that he acted to defend himself and his family after being assaulted, while the state prosecutors argued the shooting
Meanwhile, the defense characterized Ryder as a “violent threat” and deemed Wirkkala’s actions a “reasonable act of force.” They called expert witnesses to the stands to tie the physical evidence to Wirkkala’s narrative. “My lawyers did a much better job of pointing out all of the physical evidence (than in the first trial),” Wirkkala said. Wirkkala has long argued that he fell asleep in his home and woke up to Ryder forcing him to perform oral sex and strangling him. He says he
proceeded to get his shotgun from his bedroom to intimidate Ryder. “I never thought when he saw me with a shotgun, that he would come charging at me,” Wirkkala said. “I was expecting kind of the opposite result, like it would scare him, and he would leave my house.” In addition to the physical evidence, the defense had prepared several people to testify about Ryder’s “prior bad acts,” which were exempted from the first trial. They specifically aimed to show the jury that Ryder was kicked out of the Navy in 2004 for drinking, with reports of being sexually aggressive and violent toward passed-out males. Judge Randy Miller largely ruled against including this evidence in the second trial as well. Ryder’s family didn’t respond to requests for comment about the trial. Wirkkala’s friends and family have long supported his cause, starting a “Free Luke Wirkkala” campaign and holding protests around Deschutes County. Their goal was finally realized when the jury ultimately found Wirkkala not guilty by 10-2. Ten votes were needed for a finding of not guilty,
while 12 would have been needed for a guilty verdict. After reaching the not-guilty verdict, Judge Miller said, “Mr. Wirkkala, you are free to go.” Upon his release, Wirkkala and his family went home to southwest Washington. Wirkkala described this as a “surreal” and “whirlwind” experience. He’s adjusting to normal activities, like using a metal fork or buying a Vanilla Coke at the store. “It’s going to be a little while for my transition,” Wirkkala, now 40, said. “I’m kind of starting over from scratch.” He told the Source he plans to get back into freelance photography and writing, the latter of which he continued while in prison. He’s writing a book about his experience with wrongful conviction, prosecutorial misconduct and the criminal justice system. “If I do a good enough job with this book,” he said. “I think it’s the kind of story that people can read and have the realization that you know what, if this could happen to this guy, it could happen to me.”
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l proyecto de ley 2417 de la Cámara de Representantes, presentado en la asamblea legislativa de Oregon 2021 por varios copatrocinadores, incluido el líder mayoritario del senado Rob Wagner (D-Lake Oswego), destinaría $10 millones al Departamento de Servicios Humanos para otorgar a las 241 ciudades y 36 condados de Oregon subvenciones con un 50% de subvenciones igualadas de hasta $300,000 para crear grupos móviles de intervención en crisis de salud mental y servicios auxiliares. A las ciudades y condados, a fin de cumplir con los requisitos para obtener una subvención, se les pediría que tuvieran un centro de atención moderado y un refugio por cada 65,000 habitantes y por lo menos un espacio de desahogo, en caso de crisis, tal como el Centro de Estabilización del Condado Deschutes, en donde las personas reciben cuidado de salud mental a corto plazo.
El Representante Paul Evans (D-Monmouth) presentó un testimonio por escrito que dice que el ejercer el uso de agentes policiales para responder a una crisis de salud mental no es práctico. El sargento de policía Elizabeth Lawrence, quien está a cargo de la unidad de intervención comunitaria del Departamento de Polícia de Bend, que está operando por los últimos 17 años, dice que su equipo recibe “cinco o seis llamadas al día” en relación a alguien que está pasando por una crisis de salud mental. Es entre 1,825 y 2,190 llamadas en Bend al año.
Luke Wirkkala, encontrado culpable de asesinato en 2014, salió libre después de sostener que actuó en defensa propia Por Hanna Merzbach Traducido por Jéssica Sánchez-Millar
uke Wirkkala sabía que era riesgoso volver a juicio por matar a su invitado, David Ryder, en 2013. Si perdía, podría enfrentar una vida en prisión. Aun así, Wirkkala rechazó acuerdos que le garantizaban una fecha de liberación y en cambio, regresó al tribunal el mes
pasado para declarar que había actuado en defensa propia después de que al parecer Ryder lo acosó. El 5 de abril, la apuesta de Wirkkala fue compensada y salió libre por primera vez en 8 años. Después de tres semanas de declaraciones y horas de deliberaciones,
culpable, juez Miller dijo, “Sr. Wirkkala, puede retirarse” Tras su liberación, Wirkkala y su familia se fueron a casa al sureste de Washington. Wirkkala describió esto como una experiencia “irreal” y “sorpresiva.” Se está adaptando a las activ-
El proyecto de ley 2417 de la Cámara de Representantes destinaría $10 millones al Departamento de Servicios Humanos para otorgar a las 241 ciudades y 36 condados de Oregon subvenciones con un 50% de subvenciones igualadas de hasta $300,000 para crear grupos móviles de intervención en crisis de salud mental y servicios auxiliares. el jurado del Condado de Deschutes de 12 personas votó por absolver a Wirkkala. Wirkkala fue condenado por primera vez en 2014 por cargos de asesinato en segundo grado, sentenciado de por vida en prisión con posibilidad de libertad condicional después de 25 años. Pero la Junta de Apelación de Oregon revocó la decisión y ordenó un nuevo juicio en 2018, determinando que la policía debería haber detenido el interrogatorio inicial de Wirkkala cuando pidió un abogado. Después de llegar al veredicto de no
idades rutinarias, como usar un tenedor de metal o comprar una Coca Cola de vainilla en la tienda. “Va a tomar algo de tiempo mi transición,” dijo Wirkkala de ahora 40 años. “Estoy empezando desde cero” Le dijo a the Source que planea regresar a la fotografía y escritura independientes, la última de las cuales continuó haciendo mientras que estaba en prisión. Está escribiendo un libro sobre su experiencia con las condenas injustas, la mala conducta de los fiscales y el sistema de justicia penal.
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Parking Hits a Crux
Law enforcement cracks down on illegal parking at Smith Rock State Park By Derek Maiolo
“It’s not unique to Smith Rock. Outdoor recreation is just booming right now.” —Matt Davey nue, Northeast 17th Street and Northeast Crooked River Drive. Last year, officials lined the roadsides with “NO PARKING” signs. Not everyone has taken the warning seriously, but the $115 price tag on each parking citation might change that. Sunlight had freshly fallen over Picnic Lunch Wall on Saturday, April 10, but already the park buzzed with
activity. Darren Redden, a climber from Portland visiting Smith Rock with his two friends, Emily Johnson and Tim Han, arrived shortly after sunrise and had just finished packing their gear into three large backpacks. “We just try to get here early enough for the parking,” Redden said. By 9am, the main parking area was a glittering sea of Sprinter vans, kitted-out pickups and Subarus. Newcomers spilled into an overflow lot in a dirt field across from the visitor center. It’s not just climbers who covet an excursion to Smith Rock. Travel Oregon lists it as one of the “7 Wonders of Oregon,” (cue incoming crowds). Hikers, photographers, wildlife enthusiasts, extreme slack liners and others flock to the 650-acre park every year. In the last decade, the number of people visiting Smith Rock has more than doubled, according to Park Man-
ager Matt Davey, going from an estimated 400,000 annual visits in 2010 to more than 851,144 in 2019. Even in 2020, when the park was closed for two months due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the park saw an estimated 727,656 visits. “It’s not unique to Smith Rock. Outdoor recreation is just booming right now,” Davey said. Pixabay
Despite the pandemic, Smith Rock State Park saw 727,656 visits in 2020.
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inding a parking spot isn’t just a city problem nowadays. The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office is cracking down on illegal parking at Smith Rock State Park as crowds surge to unprecedented numbers. Deputies issued 19 parking tickets in March, mostly around spring break, according to Sgt. Jayson Janes, a public information officer with the Sheriff’s Office. This comes after deputies received several complaints from people who live close to the park. As Janes explained, the roads are narrow, and people have been walking along them— sometimes for more than a mile—to get to Smith Rock. What little shoulder exists isn’t enough to keep pedestrians and drivers safe. “With the additional traffic on the roadway, it’s just creating a hazardous situation,” Janes said. Parking is not allowed on Northeast Smith Rock Way, Northeast Wilcox Ave-
Emily Johnson, left, Darren Redden, center, and Tim Han, prepare for a day of climbing at Smith Rock State Park April 10. They arrived early to snag a parking spot on the weekend. Local law enforcement has been cracking down on cars parked illegally along the nearby roads, carrying fines of up to $115.
Yosemite National Park, another climbing mecca, has grappled with apocalypse-level traffic congestion for more than a decade. Since 2018, the National Park Service has conducted “congestion assessments” at 21 popular outdoor areas across the country. It also created a toolkit that includes a list of potential solutions, such as adding transit and expanding bicycle or pedestrian access. The boom in recreation creates a conundrum for park managers like Davey. While he’s happy so many people enjoy Smith Rock, the landscape is fragile, and he worries about the impact to native flora and fauna. “It’s taking its toll on the facilities and the resources within the parks,” Davey said. “We have a very sensitive soil structure out here in Central Oregon that a lot of people aren’t aware of.” The situation becomes a balancing act between promoting recreation and protecting natural resources. He and others at the park have noticed trails widening and people charting their own paths, both of which harm the ecosystem. Some of this is due in part to people trying to maintain social distance amid the pandemic, Davey said. Then there are those trying to get that perfect photo for Instagram. Signs around the park urge visitors to stay on designated trails and alert them to erosion control efforts. Smith Rock also hosts a population of raptors, namely bald eagles, golden eagles, falcons and ospreys, which build their nests in precipitous trees or on
cliff faces. The park enforces seasonal closures to protect the birds. Addressing the parking issue is part of a broader effort to update the state park’s master plan, something that hasn’t happened since 1991, according to Davey. The plan sets priorities for the park and outlines future projects. A primary challenge to controlling capacity, Davey said, is that main access to Smith Rock is on a county road, Northeast Crooked River Drive, that the park does not own. Residents have homes along the road, so officials can’t just cut off access when they run out of vacant spots. Davey said the park is thinking of building a welcome booth to notify visitors of the parking situation before they enter. Another idea is to relocate parking off the county road and into consolidated lots with gated control points. Back in 2017, officials added an overflow lot with 100 parking spaces across from the visitor center. In the last year, the state park has added 26 parking spaces to the lot with the potential for more in the future, according to Davey. For now, he and the Deschutes County Sheriff ’s Office want the public to keep in mind the burgeoning popularity of Smith Rock and to plan accordingly. Arriving early, coming on a weekday and having a contingency plan if parking is full are ways to avoid headaches and a pricey ticket, especially heading into summer. As Janes said, “It’s only going to get busier as the weather warms up.”
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Bill Would Provide Funds for Mobile Mental Health Crisis Assessment Teams For 17 years, Deschutes County has operated a program similar to the one proposed by the Oregon legislature By Daniel Pearson
t’s a Tuesday evening and Nicole Von Laven, a behavioral health specialist with Deschutes County’s Mobile Crisis Assessment Team, answers a phone call from Bend Police Sgt. Elizabeth Lawrence that the veteran officer placed to the county’s mental health crisis hotline. Lawrence tells Von Laven she’s at the home of a family whose adult son is experiencing a mental break that, as far as they know, is happening for the first time. Lawrence told Von Laven the subject is agitated, loudly arguing with himself and pacing around the backyard and sweating, although the temperature on this night is in the high 20s. Lawrence said the man is not threatening to harm himself or others. His father says there are no firearms or intentional weapons in the home, she relates, but the man is not responding to anyone. Once Von Laven arrives, Lawrence steps back and allows the MCAT specialist to use what she calls a “calm, authentic approach,” letting the man know that she’s a mental health professional who is there to understand what created this moment of crisis and what steps can be taken to best support himself and his family. It’s a scene that Oregon lawmakers want routinely occurring throughout the state: Police officers respond to a mental health crisis to secure the scene,
assess whether a safety threat exists and then allow a mental health professional to intervene. Right now, a bill being heard by the House Committee on Behavioral Health would help make it a reality. House Bill 2417, introduced into the 2021 Oregon Legislative Assembly by a handful of co-sponsors, including Senate Majority Leader Rob Wagner (D-Lake Oswego), would allot $10 million for the Department of Human Ser-
Lawrence, who is in charge of Bend PD’s community response unit, says her team receives “five or six calls a day” about someone experiencing a mental health crisis. That’s between 1,825 and 2,190 calls in Bend per year. vices to provide the state’s 241 cities and 36 counties with 50% matching grants of up to $300,000 to create mobile mental health crisis intervention teams and ancillary services. Cities and counties, in order to qualify for a grant, would be required to have one sobering facility and one shelter for every 65,000 residents, and at least one crisis respite space like the Deschutes County Stabilization Center, where people receive short-term mental health care. Scott Winkles, a lobbyist with the League of Oregon Cities, said the language of the bill is likely to change as it moves through the legislature because
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The White Bird model Although MCAT has been operating for 17 years, it’s the Eugene White Bird Clinic’s program, CAHOOTS (Crisis Assistance Helping Out on the Streets), which is very similar to MCAT, that HB 2417 uses as its model for cities and counties to follow. Holly Harris, program manager of the Deschutes County Stabilization Center, said “the intent of HB 2417 is really good,” but that the CAHOOTS model, which requires a nurse or paramedic to accompany mental health professionals to each crisis call, is not necessary or practical for every Oregon city and county.
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many of Oregon’s smaller cities and counties are sparsely populated. “For instance, I don’t think anybody really wants to keep in the requirements for one sobering facility for every 65,000 residents,” Winkles said. Rep. Paul Evans (D-Monmouth) submitted written testimony that says the practice of using police officers to respond to a mental health crisis makes no practical sense. And Lawrence, who is in charge of Bend PD’s community response unit, says her team receives “five or six calls a day” about someone experiencing a mental health crisis. That’s between 1,825 and 2,190 calls in Bend per year.
Cities and counties, in order to qualify for a grant, would be required to have one sobering facility and one shelter for every 65,000 residents, and at least one crisis respite space like the Deschutes County Stabilization Center, where people receive short-term mental health care. “Increasingly, (Oregonians) are hesitant of law enforcement to deal with situations because of fear of escalation,” Evans wrote. “Furthermore, we are putting our local law enforcement agencies in impossible situations, tasking them with responding to mental health-related calls they are not adequately trained to resolve while removing them from more pressing enforcement issues. We cannot expect law enforcement to act as social workers when actual social workers would be better suited to the task.”
Hopes for the future if HB 2417 passes include having 911 operators trained to quickly assess a situation and directly dispatch a mobile crisis intervention team rather than sending the police, who most often respond to calls as a criminal matter. “We’re dipping our toes into the water with this, for instance, looking at subject calls where a person or a friend says someone is experiencing thoughts of suicide, but they have not made any attempt to harm themselves and they do not have any weapons—those calls Courtesy Deschutes County Stabilization Center
This is the Deschutes County Stabilization Center respite room, where people can receive short-term mental health care.
Legislators may soon consider a bill on statewide mobile mental health crisis intervention teams.
would go to a clinician,” Harris said. “What we’ve learned in our 17 years of doing this in Deschutes County is that a lot of calls can be handled on the phone by a clinician.” Von Laven provides the example of an individual with a severe diagnosis of schizophrenia who typically is not dangerous—but contributing factors increase the likelihood of that person harming an MCAT responder. “For example, the presence of law enforcement with weapons feels more threatening than a therapist or a case manager responding,” she said. “I know from working so closely with law enforcement that they also think MCAT responding directly to some calls would be helpful. It’s not necessarily just a perspective of the mental health field. It’s a partnership and as a community, we all are trying to find ways to help meet the needs of people in crisis and to benefit them without sacrificing the safety of MCAT (workers). We want everyone in the community feeling as safe and as free as possible.” If you or anyone you know is experiencing thoughts of suicide, or of harming yourself or others, call the Deschutes County Crisis Line at 1-800-875-7364.
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BIG FALLS RIDGE HIKE GUIDED HIKE + NAVIGATION WORKSHOP
Head down to worthy this weekend for socially distanced live music or join in from home with the livestream. Bluegrass blends beautifully with folk and Americana sounds for a chill Saturday evening. Sat., April 16, 5pm. Worthy Brewing, 495 NE Bellevue Dr., Bend. No cover.
Sponsored by the Friends and Neighbors of the Deschutes Canyon Area, this 4-mile guided hiking experience is the perfect way to get ready for Earth Day. Students are encouraged to bring GPS equipment, compasses and relevant maps to enhance their own navigation skills. Space is limited. Tue., April 20, 8am-Noon. eventbrite.com/e/big-falls-ridge-hiketickets-147286705501. Free.
COMEDY AT CRAFT HOSTED BY COURTNEY STEVENS
WINE-O BINGO THE INAUGURAL BINGO EVENT!
Get ready for an evening of laughs! Tickets go fast each week for these limited-access events, so don’t wait to snag your table and get in on this night of comedy. Sat., April 17, 8-9:30pm. Craft Kitchen and Brewery, 62988 NE Layton Ave., Bend. $30-$50.
WHAT HAPPENED BEFORE THE BIG BANG? WITH ETHAN SIEGAL, PH.D.
Dr. Ethan Siegel dives into the history of the universe in this cosmic lecture that answers questions about life before the Big Bang and what that means for life today. Tue., April 20, 6-7pm. cocc.edu/departments/ foundation/vsp. Free.
MERGING FLAVORS: A NOVEL ERIC LEADBETTER & AARON MOORE IDEA COOKING WORKSHOP WEEKDAY TUNES LET’S GET COOKING Two local favorites hit the stage at River’s Place this week. Listen to some great tunes while sipping your favorite brews and enjoying the sunny end of the week. Thu., April 15, 6-8pm. River’s Place, 787 NE Purcell Blvd., Bend. No cover.
MICHALIS PATTERSON &PARTTRAVIS WALKER OF HIGH DESERT NIGHTS
Acoustic tunes from this impactful duo are the perfect ending to your week. Snag some grub from the food trucks along with a brew and you have the makings of an amazing Friday night. Fri., April 16, 6-9pm. Bunk + Brew Historic Lucas House, 42 NW Hawthorne Ave., Bend. No cover.
Spend your Saturday afternoon creating something delicious in the kitchen. Chef Rose Archer takes inspiration from this year’s A Novel Idea selection and guides you through cooking up a delicious meal. Sat., April 17, 3-4:30pm. deschuteslibrary.org/calendar/ event/61516. Free.
FOUR BANDS FOR TREY SUPPORTING THE FIGHT AGAINST CANCER
Help a local in his fight against cancer with this benefit concert in Redmond. All proceeds will be donated, and you get to have a night featuring four bands to rock the night away. Sat., April 17, 5:30pm. General Duffy’s Waterhole, 404 SW Forest Ave., Redmond. $20.
WEBCAST: THE LONELIEST POLAR BEAR A TRUE STORY OF SURVIVAL AND PERIL
Join Kale Williams for a presentation on his writing, exploring how polar bears became the iconic face of climate change and how climate change affects more than just the bears in the Arctic. Wed., April 21, 6pm. oregonwild.org/events/webcast-loneliest-polar-bear. Free.
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SOUND Barefoot Melodies
A tribute to two local musicians, who rose up from Bend’s open mic scene to record an album and play at Bend Roots
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By Nicole Vulcan
very music scene has one: the fan who stands at the front, dancing like no one else is watching. In the case of Melodi Johnson, the dancing rose to a fever pitch the second she hit the floor—a shimmering, snake-like twirl that would emerge from her body, whether the tunes were of the mellow folk variety or more “wall of sound.” Those attending music shows in Central Oregon with any regularity over the past five years will likely remember her: messy bun up top, fringed, fast-moving dance booties down below and a radiant smile in between. “Before I ever met Melodi I remember seeing her at almost every show I was at around town,” said Jeshua Marshall, a local musician who plays solo and as the bass player for Larry and His Flask. “She was always dancing in the most joyous and infectious way, completely void of fear.” While many will remember Melodi as this unabashed dancing girl, some will also remember her as a local musician who rose up from Bend’s open mic scene to finally record her own album, along with her teen twins, Abigail and Shiloh Johnson. Tragically, Melodi and
one of the twins, 14-year-old Abigail, were killed March 6 in a head-on collision near Kalispell, Montana, where they had recently moved. Full disclosure: Melodi was my friend, and this is my tribute to her, to Abigail, and their enduring musical legacy. Bend, with more than its fair share of live music (in normal times), also has a thriving open-mic scene, where budding musicians can fine-tune their sound nearly any night of the week. Around 2017, Johnson moved from singing and drumming in her living room with friends to playing songs at open mics that included the Storytellers Open Mic at The Commons in downtown Bend, and the weekly open mics at the M&J Tavern. In October 2020, Johnson and the twins played their first “official show” at Worthy Brewing, as part of the Bend Roots Revival festival. “When I met Melodi she was soooo shy—but also determined—but soooo shy,” said Bill Powers from the band Honey Don’t, and the host of the Storytellers Open Mic. “She had one song for the longest time, and she kept at it each week. She’d come, she’d do better and better—but as much as that she was Gabriel Shonerd
Abigail Johnson during the recording of the Barefoot Melodies album in the summer of 2020.
Melodi Johnson, at left, with twins Shiloh Johnson and Abigail Johnson, at their first “official” show during Bend Roots Revival in October.
so funny even in her shyness—how she coped with being on the spot. At some point we had a conversation and I suggested that she see about getting a uke with a pick-up so she could plug in and be heard better, which she did.” Moving from drumming to playing ukulele, Johnson began to write more songs—eventually amassing enough to record an album. By then, her twins were old enough to take music more seriously themselves; Abi played bass; Shiloh sang and played various instruments. Eventually, they enlisted Marshall to teach Abi. “Abi picked up everything so fast,” Marshall said. “I was amazed by how talented and passionate about music their whole family is.” During the summer of 2020, Melodi, Abi and Shiloh worked with Central Oregon Recording Studio to record their album, titled “Barefoot Melodies,” which they described as “birthed by a desire to reach heaven’s ears by song.” Deeply spiritual, Melodi’s lullaby-like tunes were intended to be “sent out as prayers.” In the song, “Divine,” the lyrics include the line, “Here I am with spirit born, perfect with no end.” The song “Won’t You,” starts out with Abi’s bass rhythm, followed by mother and daughters in chorus. Supporting them in the rhythm section was Gabriel Shonerd, a local drum teacher and musician who’d previously spent about a year teaching Melodi the djembe. “Being in the studio with them and watching Melodi go from breaking the mold at open mic to recording an album was the most amazing thing to watch,”
Shonerd said. “The way she danced was my biggest first impression of her and how the music just moved her—music was her soul language.” Shonerd was also consistently impressed with Abi, who, still a young teen, seemed so much smaller than the bass she toted around. “She was so focused,” Shonerd said. “The softness and also the wisdom came through when she would be playing her bass—she would go into a state of heighted awareness and focus that was so beautiful to participate with.” For Shonerd, who comes from a musical family, participating with the trio on the album—and then seeing two of their lives taken so abruptly—has taught him a lesson about legacy. “I told my family that is now required for everybody to record an album, so that if anything happens to you, there’s a record of your vocals,” he said. “I feel so grateful she did leave us with that.” With music being such a big part of their lives, a celebration of life happening April 17 near Bend will include music by Marshall and Powers, as well as Crystal Pizzola of Tone Red and other local musicians. And when open mics finally return to Bend following the end of the pandemic, Powers has a special tribute in mind. “I’ve talked with Dan [Baumann, owner of The Commons] recently about starting up with Storytellers again. I hope we can,” Powers said. “She has a permanent spot on the list.” Barefoot Melodies
Available for download at barefootmelodies.com
LIVE MUSIC & NIGHTLIFE
Bunk+Brew present High Desert Nights. 6am-9pm. No cover.
General Duffy’s Waterhole Sleepless
Lesson/Line Dance We would like to thank our Sponsors, Bigfoot Beverage, Three Creeks Brewing, Avid Cider and Sunriver Brewing! 6pm. Free.
Sisters Depot Wine-O Bingo What is
Wine-O???? Our fun version of bingo. Grab a friend or significant other and join us for a great evening of fun!!! Wine-O is free to play and we give away prizes! Sisters Depot follows all guidelines for social distancing. Please wear your mask. 6:30-8pm. Free.
Worthy Brewing Spring Sessions: Stacie
Dread & Mystic of Broken Down Guitars Join us on the patio for live music with Stacie Dread & Mystic of Broken Down Guitars or watch the stream on the Worthy Facebook page! 6-8pm. Free.
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Bridge 99 Join us each Thursday at 6, for LIVE UKB Trivia at Bridge 99 Brewery. Free to play, win Bridge 99 gift cards! Please continue following local health and safety guidelines. Free.
Bunk+Brew Historic Lucas House Thursday in The Yard with Bobby Lindstrom - LIVE MUSIC! Some say his art is lost, but Bobby keeps it alive! Rock ‘n roll, blues, soul to Americana. His riveting original songs reflect the stories of his life, his loves & his quest to heal the world with music. Folk music & whistler don’t miss it! Food Trucks Onsite. 6-8pm. No cover. Dogwood Cocktail Cabin Oh Yess - A
monthly night OUT Join local LGBTQ+ community at Dogwood to giggle and greet, support and cavort. 21+ 7-10pm. Free.
River’s Place Eric Leadbetter & Aaron
Moore Two kick ass musicians playing together. You, drinking beer, outside in our huge yard enjoying the kick ass music. 6-8pm. No cover.
Silver Moon Brewing Trivia on the Moon! Voted
Best Trivia in Bend by Bend Magazine 2018 and 2019! Bring your friends, test your knowledge and compete for Silver Moon gift cards and prizes. 7-9pm. Free.
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High Desert Nights Feat. Michalis Patterson & Travis Walker High Desert Music Collective and
Truckers We want to thank our Sponsors, Bigfoot Beverage, Three Creeks Brewing, Avid Cider and Sunriver Brewing! 6:30pm. $10.
Sunday Guitars Wave State: Live and Lucid Wave State is an eclectic mix of psychedelic rock, folk, alt country, hip-hop, and alien herbal healing. Expect covers of ever-lovable classics and fresh originals, straight out of the melody factory. Come prepared to be reborn. 7-9pm. $10. The Capitol Comedy at The Capitol IP is
bringing the laughter back to The Capitol with another night of great comedy. Headliner: Chris Kemper. Featuring: Jodi Compton and Dillon Kolar. Special Guest: Mike Lindsey. Hosted by Katy Ipock.Masks required to attend. We will be collecting contact information from all attendees, along with adhearing to all guidelines from the State of Oregon and the Oregon Health Authority. 7:30-9:30pm. $30-$60.
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Bunk+Brew Presents: Saturdays in The Yard with Mystic Jake Mystic Jake is an impromptu fusion of country blues, tribal beats, and healing electronic energy. You wont want to miss the after show on this one. If your looking for a unique Saturday night experience go no further! Heated and covered igloos, bonfires, and heaters available for you to enjoy. 6-8:30pm. No cover.
Craft Kitchen and Brewery Comedy
at Craft Saturday Nights are made for laughter at Craft. Hosted by the co-owner, these shows are like being invited in Courtney’s living room as one of the family. Come down early and get dinner from their amazing menu. Hosted by Courtney Stevens, Co-Owner of Craft Kitchen and Brewery! Featuring: Jodi Compton, Carrie Reid and Katy Ipock. Special Guest: Fredrik Rydlun.Masks required to attend. We follow all guidelines from the State of Oregon and the Oregon Health Authority. 21+. Strong content expected. 8-9:30pm. $30-$50.
General Duffy’s Waterhole Four Bands for Trey We want to thank our sponsors Bigfoot Beverage, Three Creeks Brewing, Avid Cider and Sunriver Brewing 5:30pm. $20. Sisters Depot Bob Baker & Brian Odell Brian &
Bob’s music is firmly grounded in the rock music they grew up with, incorporating funk, blues, and a bit of fusion flavor. They combine acoustic guitar, vocals & violin in original music & select covers for a sound Courtesy Never Come Down
that’s truly unique! Their influences include Dave Matthews Band, John Mayer, Jack Johnson, and David LaFlamme of It’s a Beautiful Day. 6-8pm. No cover.
Worthy Brewing Spring Sessions: Crystal & Joe of Never Come Down Join us on the patio for live music with Crystal & Joe of Never Come Down or watch the stream on the Worthy Facebook page! Built on bluegrass instrumentation, Never Come Down’s sound is a blend of country, folk and soulful Americana. 6-8pm. No cover.
18 Sunday River’s Place Sunday Brunch & Trivial Featuring brunch favorites, hot beverages, mimosas and brews too! Prizes to win, free to play. Please keep making up and safely distance. Noon. Free! River’s Place Dave & Melody Hill Playing fine guitar, close knit harmonies. Original Americana, Blues, Country & Southern Rock. With covers from Patsy Cline to Tom Petty and everything in between! 6-8pm. No cover. Silver Moon Brewing Not Cho’ Grandma’s
Bingo Not Cho’ Grandma’s Bingo is back at Silver Moon Brewing! We host our famous bingo event every Sunday morning from 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM for good times and a chance to win some cold hard cash! 10am-1pm. Free.
19 Monday Bridge 99 Brewery Monday Night Trivia Now playing Mondays, it’s LIVE UKB Trivia at Bridge 99 Brewery. Free to play, win Bridge 99 gift cards! 6-8pm. Free!.
20 Tuesday Initiative Brewing Tuesday Night Trivia in Redmond It’s UKB Trivia outdoors on the partially sheltered patio with gas fire pits. It’s free to play with prize cards to win! Event is on each week, weather permitting, so dress warm! Please maskup and keep distance. Free.
21 Wednesday Midtown Yacht Club BINGO! At Midtown Yacht Club Join us for $1 and $2 games of Bingo! Winner splits the cash pot with SDH. Lot’s of fun prizes will be given out each round as well. 6-8pm. $1.
Worthy Brewing Spring Sessions: Strong Alibi Unplugged Join us on the patio for live music with Strong Alibi unplugged or watch the stream on the Worthy Facebook page! Strong Alibi is a powerful band bringing their own brand of guitar based rock to songs you know and some you don’t but will love. 6-8pm. Free.
MUSIC The Junebugs Livestream Join the folk-rock
jam band for a boot-stompin’ house party featuring fiery bluegrass and rockin’ renditions of the American songbook! Plus, patrons are invited to an exclusive Tower “After-Party” - must RSVP to receive the link. Thu, Feb. 18, 6-9pm, Thu, March 18, 6-9pm and Thu, April 15, 6-9pm. Contact: 541-317-0700. firstname.lastname@example.org. Free.
Worthy Brewing is bringing two members of the Portland-based bluegrass band, Never Come Down, to its stage this Sat., April 17, at 6pm.
Sunriver Music Festival’s Young Artists Scholarship Auditions Tune in,
advanced music students of Central Oregon, this is for you! Sunriver Music Festival’s Young Artists
Submitting an event is free and easy.
Scholarship applications are due April 15th and auditions will be June 4-6th. To qualify, students must be a permanent resident of Central Oregon and perform at an advanced level. Mondays-Sundays. Through April 15. Contact: 541-593-1084. email@example.com. Free.
The Ultimate Oldies Show A locally-pro-
duced, syndicated, weekly, thematic two-hour radio show highlighting the music, artists, producers, musicians and cultural touchstones of the late 1940s through the late 1960s. Stories, anecdotes, chart information, interview clips and trivia complement the recognized, the long forgotten and the seldom heard rock’n’soul records of that memorable period. Fridays, 6-8pm. KPOV, 501 NW Bond St., Bend. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org. Free.
DANCE Community Dance Break!Time for a break.
Come dance! Be inspired by others, the music, the energy. Wednesdays, 12:30-12:40pm. Contact: 541948-7015. email@example.com. Free.
Silver Swans: Adult Ballet Class!This is an open level ballet-based class for 35+, where the instructor adjusts for all ages, abilities, and agility. Fridays, 8:45-9:45am. Through June 18. Academie de Ballet Classique, 162 NW Greenwood Ave., Bend. Contact: 541-382-4055. firstname.lastname@example.org. $56. Soul in Motion Sunday Gathering Drop down from the commotion of your mind and be lead by your heart, hips, and feet in mindful movement and dance. A great way to connect more soul-fully with yourself and others. Everyone welcome! Sundays, 6:30-7:45pm. Contact: 541-948-7015. email@example.com. $20.
ARTS & CRAFTS 4th Friday Artwalk Showing the multi media
paintings of Sandy Dudko with her great use of colors and imageries of trees. That bring you into there tranquility with a sense of peace. Annie Dyer has worked with clay to give you the feeling of holding nature in your hands. Mondays-Sundays, 11am5pm. Through April 25. Hood Avenue Art, 357 W Hood Ave., Sisters, Sisters. Contact: 541-719-1800. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Birds of Sunriver Come learn about the birds you see around your feeders, during walks and in the waterways around Sunriver. April 14, 4pm. Sunriver Homeowners Aquatic & Recreation Center, 57250 Overlook Road, Sunriver. Free. DIY - Forge Basics *2 Week Series* Full Description at DIYcave.com Wed, April 21, 5:308pm and Wed, April 28, 5:30-8pm. DIY Cave, 444 SE Ninth St. Suite 150, Bend. Contact: 541-388-2283. email@example.com. $139. DIY - Monthly Jewelry Open Lab Full description at DIYcave.com Mon, April 19, 6-9pm and Mon, May 17, 6-9pm. DIY Cave, 444 SE Ninth St. Suite 150, Bend. Contact: 541-388-2283. firstname.lastname@example.org. $15. DIY - Welding Workshop Full description at
DIYcave.com Tue, April 20, 5:30-8pm and Tue, May 4, 5:30-8pm. DIY Cave, 444 SE Ninth St. Suite 150, Bend. Contact: 541-388-2283. email@example.com. $69.
PRESENTATIONS & EXHIBITS Around the Campfire: Hope for the Future In celebration of Earth Day, join us for a
discussion around the future of our planet and how we can inspire our kids to become stewards of the environment. April 20, Noon-1pm. Free.
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General Duffy’s Waterhole Country Dance
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CALENDAR Bring Back the Pollinators: What you can do to help support bees Get a glimpse
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into the amazing diversity of bees and other pollinators. You’ll learn about everything from pollinator-friendly gardening to community science, and much more. April 14, 4pm.
Build Your Own Terrarium Learn about
the care and feeding of air plants as you create your own mini Joshua Tree-inspired ecosystem. April 17, 1-2pm. Contact: 541-312-1063. paigef@ deschuteslibrary.org. free.
Envision Better Aging: How Can Central Oregon Adapt to the Needs of an Aging Population? How can we create an
age-friendly community? Think housing, transportation, life-long learning, intergenerational workforce and inclusive social connection. Tune in to learn about growing older better in Central Oregon. April 15, Noon-1pm.
High Desert Speaker Series: Stories from the Sagebrush Sea Join Oregon Natu-
Rituals by Eva Garcia Saenz. Please visit roundaboutbookshop.com for Zoom info. April 21, 6-7pm. Contact: 541-306-6564. firstname.lastname@example.org. Free.
RAB Middles Book Club We will discuss
“The Greenglass House” by Kate Milford (#1 in series). Please visit roundaboutbookshop.com for Zoom info. April 19, 6-7pm. Contact: 541-306-6564. email@example.com. Free.
ETC. Fruit Beer 101 Everything you ever wanted to
know about fruit beer! April 14, 6pm. Silver Moon Brewing, 24 NW Greenwood Ave., Bend. Free.
Preventative Walk-In Pet Wellness Clinic The Bend Spay and Neuter Project offers
vaccinations, deworming and microchips at our walk-in wellness clinic. Saturdays, 9am-2pm. Bend Spay & Neuter Project, 910 SE Wilson, Suite A1, Bend. $10-$30.
ral Desert Association for a virtual journey through the high desert with Ed Jahn, Executive Producer of “Oregon Field Guide.” April 20, 5:30-7pm. Contact: 541-330-2638. firstname.lastname@example.org.
PTSD: Symptoms and Treatment Discuss
Volunteers needed at Second Chance Bird Rescue! Located past Cascade Lakes Distillery, call for hours and location. Contact: 916-956-2153.
the symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and resources for evidence-based trauma treatment with Franchesca Scott, PhD in this virtual webinar. deschuteslibrary.org/calendar/event/61510. April 19, 1-2pm. Contact: 541-312-1029. laurelw@ deschuteslibrary.org. Free.
1981 Casablanca & Contemporary Morocco In this virtual presentation Dr. Mah-
mood Ibrahim, Professor Emeritus of History, will highlight aspects of Moroccan history as a way of explaining the 1981 Casablanca riots and putting them in a contemporary Moroccan context. deschuteslibrary.org/calendar/event/61492. April 14, 6-7pm. Contact: 541-312-1029. laurelw@ deschuteslibrary.org. Free.
Reaping What You Sow - Refugee Caravans at the U.S.-Mexico Border Tom
O’Keefe of Standford’s Center for Latin American Studies, explores how U.S. policies shaped current immigration crisis. April 15, 6-7pm. Contact: 541312-1032. email@example.com. Free.
Webcast: The Loneliest Polar Bear
Join Kale for a presentation on his work writing The Loneliest Polar Bear, exploring how polar bears became the poster children for climate change, how climate change is impacting the people living in the Arctic, and how the fate of polar bears is not theirs alone. April 21, 6pm. Free.
What Happened Before the Big Bang? with Ethan Siegel. Ph.D. Dr. Ethan
Siegel will share how the last 40 years of research has uncovered what happened before – and beyond – the Big Bang, and where the frontiers of knowledge are today. April 20, 6-7pm. Contact: 541-383-7257. firstname.lastname@example.org. $5.
WORDS Call for Submissions: Central Oregon Book Project Central Oregon Book Project
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Mystery Book Club We will discuss The Water
Call for Volunteers - Play with Parrots!
CASA Training to Be A Voice for Kids in Foster Care Free online training to become
a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for a child in foster care in Central Oregon. Saturdays, 9am-12:30pm. Through May 22. Contact: 541389-1618. email@example.com. $0.
Join us: Become a Board Member At Sa-
mara Learning Center is seeking Board Members who are insync with our mission. This is a working board, with a 4hr/month commitment, including the official board meetings the 2nd Saturday of the month from 9:30-11:00. Join in at us02web. zoom.us/j/82760740333? April 21, 6-6:45pm and April 22, 6-6:45pm. Contact: 541-419-3324. info@ samaralearningcenter.org. Free.
Spring for Thrive Central Oregon Support local businesses and Thrive Central Oregon by joining our very first community-wide fundraising event April 18-24, 2021! Three ways to support: Donate directly, bid on our online silent auction items or visit our favorite local businesses and give them some love! April 17-25. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org. Volunteer Central Oregon Board Fair At this free, online event, forty Central Oregon nonprofit organizations will be offering opportunities for community members to serve on their boards of directors and leadership committees. volunteercentraloregon.org April 14, 4-6pm. Contact: 541-280-5757. email@example.com. Free. Volunteers needed! New Volunteer Orientations every Sunday at 10 am. Please
come and meet the herd and learn ways you can help out! Ages 8 - 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Sundays, 10-11am. Through Dec. 26. Equine Outreach Horse Rescue, 60335 Arnold Market Rd, Bend. Contact: 541-729-8803.
Get your binoculars ready for a morning walk with Sunriver Nature Center, full of wildlife! Every Sat., through April at 9am.
Dare to Lead™ Program Join Diane Murray-Fleck, in this five-week online experiential course to help you develop courage-building skills and grow as a leader. Meets Wednesdays & Fridays, 4/21 to 5/21 from 9-11:30am. April 21, 9-11:30am. Contact: 541-383-7270. firstname.lastname@example.org. $1295. LandWatch Legislative Update Join us over the lunch hour for an update on policies for Central Oregon’s lands, water, wildlife, and vibrant urban communities. April 15, Noon-1pm. Contact: 541647-2930 ext.807. email@example.com. Free.
POW’r Hour with POW Central Oregon Local Alliance Join us for some camaraderie
and stoke. We’ll give an update on what is happening with the Local Alliance, provide time to discuss ideas and relevant topics, and most importantly share stories about the outdoors. April 15, 7-8pm. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
REDI News & Brews REDI News & Brews is an annual networking and investor outreach event that showcases the work REDI does for the Redmond community and Centra April 14, 4:30pm. Initiative Brewing, 424 NW Fifth St., Redmond. $5-$20.
FAMILY & KIDS
Fantasy Ballet - An Online Ballet Class for 4 to 6 Yr Olds Children are delighted to
Walk with us on the wild side! Join Tom Lawler, expert local birder and nature photographer, to discover the rich bird habitats of Sunriver. Saturdays, 9am. Through May 1. Sunriver Nature Center & Observatory, 57245 River Rd., Sunriver. $10.
Kids Ninja Warrior Half-Day Camp Drop-
Nano-Ninja Class Kids (age 4-5) will love
is a fun and engaging introduction to ballet for ages 2.5 to 4! Saturdays, 9:15-9:45am. Through June 19. Academie de Ballet Classique, 162 NW Greenwood Ave., Bend. Contact: 541-382-4055. email@example.com. $47.
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demic has disproportionately impacted BILAPOC (Black, Indigenous, Latinx, Asian, and other People of Color) communities. Join panelists for this virtual forum on the pandemic and more April 19, 3-4:15pm. Free.
Kids Ninja Warrior Class Unique to Bend, your kids (age 6-10) will gain amazing abilities through obstacle course training, climbing and fitness conditioning, and team motivation in our Kids Ninja Warrior classes. Tuesdays, 3:30-4:30pm, Wednesdays, 6:15-7:15pm and Thursdays, 5-6pm. Through May 27. Free Spirit Yoga + Fitness + Play, 320 SW Powerhouse Drive, Suite 150, Bend. Contact: 541-241-3919. firstname.lastname@example.org. $99 per child.
Born to Dance This Mommy and Me class
Volunteer with Salvation Army The
Bird Walk With Sunriver Nature Center
These mountain bike camps meet once a week for four consecutive weeks. The goal is to work on skills and get out for fun rides each week! Wednesdays, 3pm. Through Sept. 1. Seventh Mountain Resort, 18575 SW Century Dr., Bend. Contact: email@example.com. $175.
Learn to Code Learn to code your own program using Scratch, a block-based visual programming language ideal to grow basic skills and create fun programs and games. Wednesdays, 4-6pm. Through May 5. BendTECH, 1001 SW Emkay Dr, Bend. Contact: 541-382-4682. firstname.lastname@example.org. $100, financial assistance available.
Classics Book Club We will discuss House
Forum on Racism: How the Pandemic Has Disproportionately Affected the BILAPOC Community The COVID-19 pan-
Junior Shredder Four Week Camp
Baby Ninja + Me Cuties (10 months-24 months) plus adult will bond and have a blast during this unique yoga and ninja warrior class! Wednesdays, 11-11:45am. Through June 2. Free Spirit Yoga + Fitness + Play, 320 SW Powerhouse Drive, Suite 150, Bend. Contact: 541-241-3919. email@example.com. $99 per Child.
Classes include, playwriting, creative writing, audition skills, backstage, and a One-Act Agatha Christie performance class scheduled to include 3 performances. Mondays-Thursdays, 4-6pm. Through April 25. Cascade Theatrical Theatre, 148 NW Greenwood, Bend. Contact: 541-389-0803. firstname.lastname@example.org. Free.
Salvation Army has a wide variety of volunteer opportunities for almost every age. Ongoing. Contact: 541-389-8888.
and program it to perform exciting missions. Tuesdays, 4-6pm. Through May 4. BendTECH, 1001 SW Emkay Dr, Bend. Contact: 541-382-4682. info@ campfireco.org. $100, financial assistance available.
Airheart Monkey & Miss Hannah for a fun & uplifting interactive zoom puppet show! Message ACORN School of Art & Nature on Facebook to request the zoom link. Fridays, 4-4:15pm. Contact: facebook.com/acornartandnature/. Free.
Volunteer Opportunity Volunteer at Mustangs
Made of Dawn by N. Scott Momaday. Please visit roundaboutbookshop.com for Zoom info. April 14, 6-7pm. Contact: 541-306-6564. email@example.com. Free.
Intro to LEGO Robotics Build a LEGO robot
off the kids (age 6 - 12) on Wednesday afternoon’s after school for Half-Day Ninja Warrior Camps, they’ll get their energy out and their exercise in! Wednesdays, 1:30-4:30pm. Through May 26. Free Spirit Yoga + Fitness + Play, 320 SW Powerhouse Drive, Suite 150, Bend. Contact: 541-241-3919. firstname.lastname@example.org. $99 per child.
Amelia’s World Puppet Show Join Amelia
is a collection of voices and stories from Central Oregon. Pieces may be prose, poetry, or other forms of writing. Maximum of 250 words for each submission. Must be about Central Oregon. April 1-May 31.
To The Rescue. Please call and leave a message. Mondays-Sundays, 9am-6pm. Mustangs to the Rescue, 21670 McGilvray Road, Bend. Contact: 541330-8943. volunteer@MustangstotheRescue.org.
Classique, 162 NW Greenwood Ave., Bend. Contact: 541-382-4055. email@example.com. $54.
Cascades Teen Theatre Spring Classes
dance through all of the magical places while using their newly learned ballet steps. Mondays, 2:403:20pm. Through June 14. Contact: 541-382-4055. firstname.lastname@example.org. $89.
Happy Hip-Hop Get moving with hip-hop
class offerings for 4 to 7 year olds! Fridays, 2:503:35pm. Through June 17. Academie de Ballet
making ninja warrior buddies as they develop fundamental coordination skills through obstacle-based gymnastics and climbing challenges in this 6-week series. Wednesdays, 5-5:50pm and Thursdays, 3:30-4:20pm. Through May 27. Free Spirit Yoga + Fitness + Play, 320 SW Powerhouse Drive, Suite 150, Bend. Contact: 541-241-3919. email@example.com. $99 per child.
Ninja Elite Class Kids (age 8 - 12) come
increase your athletic performance through the exciting sport of Ninja Warrior! Tuesdays, 5-6pm. Through May 25. Free Spirit Yoga + Fitness + Play, 320 SW Powerhouse Drive, Suite 150, Bend. Contact: 541-241-3919. firstname.lastname@example.org. $99 per child.
Ninja Night It’s Parent’s Night Out- that’s right come drop off your kids (age 6 - 12) for 3 hours of fun in our super-rad indoor Ninja Warrior play space. Saturdays, 6-9pm. Through May 15. Free Spirit Yoga + Fitness + Play, 320 SW Powerhouse Drive, Suite 150, Bend. Contact: 541-241-3919. email@example.com. $22 per kid.
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Highlighting an emerging and ever-changing industry
Conjure the tune and sing it with me: “It’s the most wonderful time of the year!” The staff here at the Source Weekly loves putting out this fine issue-within-an-issue you hold in your hands. We might even wager that it’s our favorite time of the year. From getting the deets on Oregon’s astronomical growth in cannabis sales, to having local budtenders weigh in on their favorite stuff for summer fun, let the latest Leaflet be your guide to cannabis bliss.
Inside these pages, find: − Will Redmond get pot shops? – How the Hub City is prepping for federal legalization… or maybe even an earlier opt-in on dispensaries. (p 7) − Summertime Vibes – Local budtenders give their expert advice on what’s good right now in the world of edibles. (p 9) − The Industry Now and Then – A local couple weighs in on the past, present and future of the cannabis industry. (p 11) − #VapeLife – A review of a new vaporizer product from PAX Labs. (p 13) − Weed by the Numbers – Wow, Oregon sold a lot of pot this past year. We look at how much. (p 15) Editor – Nicole Vulcan Contributors – Isaac Biehl, Hanna Merzbach, Barron C. Wolfe Copy Editor – Richard Sitts Production Manager – Darris Hurst Ad Designer – Shannon Corey Advertising Team – Timm Collins, Ashley Sarvis, Ban Tat
On the Cover: Collaboration between our art director Darris Hurst and Matthew Ward of Bend Brew Daddy. To view more of Ward’s work visit @bendbrewdaddy on Instagram.
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REDMOND PREPARES FOR FUTURE OF WEED
Dispensaries are still barred in Redmond, but if federal legalization happens, some local businesses want to be ready By Hanna Merzbach
Courtesy Matthew Rock
arijuana dispensaries are still illegal in the City of Redmond, but that could change. The federal government is making moves toward decriminalizing marijuana, and Redmond is drafting policies in preparation. Although recreational marijuana became legal in Oregon in 2015, a Redmond ordinance passed in 1989 prohibits businesses from getting business licenses in the city if they are in violation of federal or state law. So, if recreation marijuana is legalized nationwide, dispensaries would automatically be allowed in Redmond. Marijuana is currently listed as a Schedule 1 drug, on par with heroin and cocaine in the Controlled Substances Act. But this could change with a new federal marijuana reform package, spearheaded by Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), along with Oregon’s Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR). On April 6, the Redmond City Council began drafting city code that will go into place if the federal legislation goes through. The meeting was spurred by both moves on the federal level, as well as by new council members pushing for legalizing dispensaries in the city. Clifford Evelyn, who was elected last fall, ran on a platform of allowing dispensaries in the city and says it’s what the people want. “I promote this, one, because I believe that there should be dispensaries and, two, because the people ask me to,” Evelyn said. He emphasizes the tax and revenue benefits for the city. Redmond residents can grow cannabis at their homes and consume it on private property, but Evelyn no longer wants to see Redmond residents going to Bend or Madras to buy it. Just last year, the City of Bend collected $1.5 million in marijuana tax revenues. $1 million came from the City’s tax on dispensaries, while half a million came from the state’s tax. “We’ve lost probably hundreds of millions of dollars to Bend (since marijuana
One of Redmond’s smoke shops, Inhale Exhale Smoke & Vape, could become a dispensary if marijuana is legalized on the national level.
was legalized in 2015) because we’ve just been stubborn,” Evelyn said. The current City Council has been split on the marijuana matter. Evelyn has referred to the 1989 ordinance barring dispensaries as “antiquated” and argued to change it. Other councilors have moral or scientific qualms with allowing recreational marijuana. Mayor George Endicott told the
the more possible it is for kids to get a hold of it.” At the April 6 council meeting, members considered time, place and manner regulations that would keep dispensaries away from kids and regulate them to specific zones. The working city code draft currently prohibits marijuana retailers from operating within 1,000 feet of schools, or with-
“We’ve lost probably hundreds of millions of dollars to Bend (since marijuana was legalized in 2015) because we’ve just been stubborn.” —Clifford Evelyn Source Weekly that the council has chosen not to alter the ordinance because “it’s been in place for so long.” Changing the ordinance isn’t currently on the table. Endicott said he will do what’s best for the city and prepare for federal changes, though he personally doesn’t agree with recreational marijuana because of the adverse effects it can have on developing brains. “For me, it’s more of a scientific argument than a moral one,” Endicott said. “The more availability you have, Courtesy Matthew Rock
A look inside Inhale Exhale Smoke & Vape, which has plans to sell marijuana if it is legalized.
in residential zones—both standard regulations in Oregon. Some councilors were interested in barring dispensaries from operating within 500 feet of any publicly owned facility, parks, transit centers and child care and day care facilities. Some councilors advocated for taking commercial zones off the table entirely and only allowing dispensaries in light industrial zones, which include light manufacturing, research and transportation facilities, among other things. Councilors also expressed interest in exploring the models of other towns. “We don’t have to rush to do this,” Evelyn told the council. “I think we should take our time and really think about strategically where we want it, what’s going to happen.” The City’s smoke shops are also preparing for the potential legalization of dispensaries. Vision’s Smoke Shop would potentially move to a more industrial area in order to sell cannabis. And according to Matthew Rock, the owner of the city’s other smoke shop, Inhale Exhale Smoke & Vape, they also, “have some plans on the backburner should it actually happen.” “I hope our City Council is changing for the better,” Rock added. “We could use that tax income right here in Redmond.” The city’s two-page working draft of regulations for marijuana business is available to view on the City of Redmond’s website. LEAFLET by Source Weekly 7
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STREET BEAT SUMMER DELIGHT Ideal edibles for Central Oregon summer adventures, recommended by local budtenders Story and Photos By Isaac Biehl
Khadijah Brown - Jenny’s Dispensary Edible: Drops Jellies “They have ratios (CBD, THC), and I like the ratios just for the daily—anxiety and stuff. But then if you like to get stoned they also have these (straight THC). I really enjoy their product. The price is $12, and it’s super good. The Balance, the Creative and Active [flavors] would be the better ones [for summer activities]. How they have it set up is, the Dreamy is indica, the Chill is Indica-hybrid, Balance is hybrid, and then hybrid-sativa and just sativa. So they have one for everything.”
Summertime in Central Oregon is meant to be spent outside. One day might have you hiking along the river, the next out for a bike ride, and another paddle boarding on a lake. You just never know what you’ll get yourself into—so if you like to partake, you need to make sure your high is managed properly and leaves you feeling good-to-go for all your favorite activities. That’s why come summer, when you’re always on the move, edibles are sometimes the easier and more convenient choice to enjoy your day. We hopped around town to a few dispensaries and got some tips from budtenders about their favorite edibles for summertime consumption. Check out what they had to say below, and always remember: if you’re consuming edibles outside or in nature, do so responsibly and safely.
James Neil - Dr. Jollys Edible: Wyld Raspberry gummies, Sativa
Lauryn Hoyt - Plantae Edible: Golden Fruit Chews
“Sativa is a head-high. It won’t make you feel tired and it will actually give you energy in an uplifting high. People that don’t have a high tolerance in cannabis can enjoy themselves, and it tastes great because it’s made out of real fruit. So it won’t give you a stomachache.”
“These ones are really good flavors. They’re all fruit chews, made with real fruit so they’re vegan. It’s nice to have that healthy option, but also it’s nice on your stomach and usually in the summer you don’t want heavy chocolates or anything. There’s a lot of citrus, fruity vibes in these ones.”
Dusty Newman - Oregrown
(Voted Best Budtender in Source Weekly’s Best of 2020 reader poll)
Frankie Garcia - Diamond Tree East Edible: Koala Bars “With these we have them in single-dose or 10-packs as well. They’re chocolate bar pieces. Right here is a Banana Pudding or Strawberry Cheesecake (Diamond Tree also has Chocolate Turtle, Key Lime Pie & Mint Chocolate Chip). These are very uplifting and relaxing—it’s like a very bubbly, happy high.”
Edible: Magic Number Seltzer, Delta Nine gummies “These are full-spectrum. They source all their stuff from Buddies so you actually have strain-specific drinks. There’s literally nothing in it—it’s just carbonated water flavoring. Those are great. Drinks are always good for the summer. When you’re sitting by the river or something, and not everyone always wants to eat candy. It’s good to have something to sip on. I also really love the Delta Nine gummies. They’re a local company, under 10 bucks, and you get six gummies in there with good flavors.” LEAFLET by Source Weekly
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THE GREEN AMERICAN DREAM
Oregon’s cannabis industry has seen lots of changes. Local entrepreneurs offer advice, from those who’ve seen the industry change from medical to recreational By Barron C. Wolfe
Lizette and Lyle Coppinger, owners of Cannabend.
f it hasn’t been the giant green elephant in the room over the last several decades, let’s let our second attempt at the roaring ‘20s be the catalyst to bury the hatchet and finally digest the fact that cannabis is shaping the world around us. Take a journey from Bend to Redmond in the late summer and you can’t miss the gorgeous and almost unbelievable sight of massive, green, lush fields of hemp in abundant supply—and that’s not to mention the indoor grows that supply the stuff that offers psychotropic effects. The future is now—so let’s adjust our eyes to the simulation and reap the benefits provided to the region by this biblical plant. There are more than 600 legally registered cannabis retail locations in the state of Oregon, sourcing pharmaceutical alternatives to the community and employing thousands. Weed could be worse for Bend—but it’s not always rainbows and sunshine, either. Some local industry veterans offer some insight to what’s going on in the massive industry. Lizette and Lyle Coppinger are land owners, business owners and a power couple with three children who have built a premier dispensary in Bend— a dream accomplished with the help of their late business partner Ron Koch, tragically taken by cancer and survived by his wife, Cindy, who continues a role of the third partner. Their brand oozes authenticity and attention to detail. Art and music are encrusted in Cannabend’s DNA, which allows their influence to span beyond cannabis into the outer realms of human consciousness. In an interview, I asked Lizette how their family ended up deciding to settle in Bend and start a cannabis company. “Lyle grew up in Portland and would vacation often with his family in Bend,” Lizette explained. “Naturally, he loved Bend and wanted to eventually call it home. While we were dating, Lyle was chasing snow and we ended up moving to Bend together in 2001/02. After a couple of years, we moved back to Portland to continue our careers. We knew we always
wanted to come back to Bend and settle, so we made plans to move when we were ready to start a family. In 2010, I got pregnant, so we moved. “While living in Portland, Lyle was a bridge and right-of-way inspector for the City; our partner Ron was an insurance adjuster, and I was a legal interpreter and trial assistant,” she continued. “One day the three of us found ourselves laid off. At the time, Lyle and I had a medical garden here in Bend and since we had no paycheck to lose, we decided to start a retail shop and production facility. Our goal was to have complete control of our garden, production and distribution, so we knew we needed to oversee operations from seed to sale. We invited our best friend Ron to join us on this venture and he accept-
businesses including ourselves, who lost significant investments.” For the Coppingers, the transition from medical marijuana to recreational to more widespread use requires more education and openness. “It is all about education. If you are a cannabis consumer, don’t go out of your way to hide it,” she advised. “Instead, teach them that there is a time and place for everything just as you should with alcohol. It is important for us to normalize the use of cannabis so that both kids and adults can be well informed instead of fearing it.” As someone who’s been in the business long before it was widely accepted, Lizette also has words of wisdom for those looking to forge a career path in legal cannabis.
“In the big scheme of things, we are concerned that new laws will only benefit large companies and corporations, forcing smaller businesses like us to shut down because we cannot afford new imposed taxes that only multi-million dollar companies can afford. —Lizette Coppinger ed, so the three of us became equal partners. Cannabis was not as accepted back then—so it was a difficult time when we had to tell our families about the change of direction we were taking in our lives.” When asked if the cannabis industry is moving in a positive direction here in Oregon, Lizette shared, “It seems we are always teetering on one end or another. We have to be really careful about what federal legalization really means and what the consequences might be. In the big scheme of things, we are concerned that new laws will only benefit large companies and corporations, forcing smaller businesses like us to shut down because we cannot afford new imposed taxes that only multi-million-dollar companies can afford. In Central Oregon, Deschutes County recently reversed its decision to allow cannabis businesses to operate outside city limits. This decision hurt many
“Respect the plant, the planet and respect the consumers. If you work in the industry, you carry a big responsibility for what you put into the market,” she said. “If you are a consumer, ask questions, find out where your product is sourced from and what type of practices a company has. Not all cannabis is grown the same and it is very important to know what we are putting into our bodies. For many companies, their only goal is profit. Also, be aware of the high cost of regulation and implementation and what that really means for your business. It is a mistake to come in thinking you can make quick money. The cost of operation is very high.” But while there’s lots to learn, there are also payoffs for being a cannabis entrepreneur. “We have an opportunity to set a standard for quality of what goes into the market—ethically and responsibly.” LEAFLET by Source Weekly 11
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#VAPELIFE PAX Labs just released a new version of its Era Life device, with some notable improvements By Nicole Vulcan
No wonder these folks are so happy—there's a new and improved PAX now available.
hether it’s to offer some stealth in your partaking or to avoid the more-harmful effects of actual smoking, cannabis vaporizers are among the many rad benefits to seeing marijuana go legal in recent years. Relatives coming to town? You can puff these babies in your bedroom and no one will be the wiser. Attending that dreaded wedding of a distant cousin of your in-laws? Wrap yourself in the relaxation of an indica strain right after the ceremony during a one-minute foray to the side lawn. For me, these are the ideal marriage between #momlife and #vapelife. With canna-vapes, there’s no need to leave the garage—the space of bike helmets and snowboards and my kid’s piled-up laundry—smelling like a college dorm room, and no need for that college-dorm box fan in a window, either. I got my first PAX Era device several years ago, courtesy of Oregrown, and have enjoyed its benefits since then. But recently, PAX Labs sent me its latest iteration, the new Era Life, to check out. The Era Life is 10 millimeters shorter than the previous version, which makes its benefit as a stealth sanity-preserver even more pronounced. Obviously, the company had discretion in mind as much as me. “Cannabis is one of today’s fastest growing industries and we’re seeing new consumers enter the space rapidly,” stated Colt Stander, head of product at PAX Labs, who added that the new Era Life is the company’s “most portable design yet.” With my previous PAX Era, one sticking point was how quickly the cannabis pods would run out. While only partaking on the weekends is kinda the #momlife speed these days, I’d often
be surprised at how quickly it would be time to head to the dispensary for a new pod. With the Era Life, PAX is promising a longer-lasting pod, and so far, that seems to be the case for me. Since the device can be adjusted for temperature, setting it at a lower temperature allowed me to get more mileage out of my current pod. To adjust the temperature, all one needs to do is pop the pods out, watch the temperature settings on the side, and pop the pod back in when it hits the desired temperature setting. And with a new, extended battery life in the new device, I’ve also found myself having to charge the new device less often than the last one. According to PAX Labs, you should be able to get about 150 puffs per charge with the Era Life. A LED light will display when the battery is getting low, and it’s easy to pop that baby into any USB charger to get recharged. The new version seems a bit more durable too, thanks to its aluminum-wrapped shell. While mine is a blazing-orange
“Blaze” color, it comes in Onyx (black) for those looking for something more hidden, as well as Grass (green) and Indigo (blue). The new Era Life is affordable, too, at $35 for the device. For those who remember the Great Vape Scare of 2019, in which vape products containing squalene or Vitamin E Acetate were thought to be linked to a mysterious lung illness, know that in December 2020, the Oregon Liquor Control Commission banned those items from vape products. If you still have pods or cartridges made before then that list “natural flavors” as an ingredient, inquire with the manufacturer whether those are still safe to consume, as products containing squalene or squalane are now under mandatory recall. Courtesy PAX Labs
The new PAX Era Life offers plenty to smile about.
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CANNABIS BY THE NUMBERS A look at sales and other cannabis market trends in 2021
OREGON CANNABIS SALES
March 2021 – all-time high
Total sales in Oregon in 2020
Increase in weed sales in 2020 across the United States
7.66 MILLION POUNDS Amount of wet cannabis harvested in Oregon in 2020 Source: Oregon Liquor Control Commission
DESCHUTES COUNTY CANNABIS SALES
$5,427,383 $5,384,403 $4,258,423 $3,446,649 July 2020 – all-time high
March 2019 Source: Oregon Liquor Control Commission
WHAT DESCHUTES COUNTY IS CONSUMING
The term used by the Oregon Liquor Control Commission to explain the vast increase in sales of marijuana over the past year Source: Oregon Liquor Control Commission
FACTS ON OREGON'S MEDICAL MARIJUANA PROGRAM
Number of Oregon Medical Marijuana Program patients in the state, as of January 2020
Number of Oregon Medical Marijuana Program patients in Deschutes County, as of January 2020
Number of licensed OMMP grow sites in Deschutes County as of January 2020
Age range of the largest group of OMMP patients, at 11.6% of the population Source: Oregon Health Authority
TOP 5 CONDITIONS REPORTED BY OMMP PATIENTS:
SEVERE SPASMS PTSD PAIN CANCER NAUSEA
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interactive games, movement, guided relaxation stories, creative expression, nature connection, and Yoga Calm activities. Register in advance! Wed, April 14, 3:30pm, Wed, April 21, 3:30pm. Blissful Heart ~ Yoga Barn, 29 NW Greeley Ave., Bend. Contact: 928-864-7166. firstname.lastname@example.org. Sliding scale $160-$320. to their community by identifying a cause they care about and planning a service project to help address it. Sundays, 4-6pm. Through May 30. BendTECH, 1001 SW Emkay Dr, Bend. Contact: 541-382-4682. email@example.com. Sliding scale pricing $200-325.
The Youth Choir of Central Oregon Auditions YCCO is recruiting talented, enthusiastic
singers, grades 5-8 for the Debut Choir and highly motivated singers grades 8-12 for the Premiere Choir. The Premiere Choir is for advanced singers who strive for excellence in performance and personal growth. Visit ycco.org. Through June 30. Contact: 541-385-0470.
FOOD EVENTS Join La Pine A La Cart This is a great opportunity for a new or favorite food cart or even a mobile vendor. If you are interested joining the lot, call Denny at 541-706-1965. Fridays. Through May 28. La Pine A La Carte, 51555 Morrison St, La Pine. Merging Flavors - A Novel Idea Cooking Workshop Gather ingredients and
cook delicious meals inspired by this year’s A Novel Idea selection with Chef Rose Archer. More information and ingredient list: deschuteslibrary.org/ calendar/event/61516. April 17, 3-4:30pm. Contact: 541-312-1029. firstname.lastname@example.org. Free.
BEER & DRINK Apres Ski Special at Zpizza Tap Room
Slice of premium pizza & beer- only $5! Thur-Sun, 4-6pm. Zpizza Tap Room, 1082 SW Yates Drive, Bend. Contact: 541-382-2007. email@example.com. $5.
Cross Cut Warming Hut: Locals’ Day!
Every Tuesday enjoy $1 off regular size draft beverages. Tuesdays. Cross Cut Warming Hut No 5, 566 SW Mill View Way, Bend.
Growler Discount Night! Enjoy $2 off growler fills every Wednesday at Bevel! Wednesdays. Bevel Craft Brewing, 911 SE Armour Rd. Suite B, Bend. Contact: 831-245-1922. firstname.lastname@example.org. Free.
The Big Butte Challenge Between March 20
and May 31, participants hike or run each butte, on their own schedule, using GPS tracking to submit times to the virtual results portal. After each summit, participants can visit the sponsored butte brewery and receive a pint on the house. March 20-May 31. $20 per race.
outside Thump Coffee on York Dr. in Northwest Crosssing. We will have a 5 - 8 mile option. Whatever your pace and distance, we hope you’ll join us! Saturdays, 9am. Through Aug. 28. Thump Coffee Downtown, 25 NW Minnesota Ave., Bend.
CORK Thursday Run Join us for a run from
3-5 miles. Stay afterward for a drink and food. All ability levels welcome along with friendly on leash dogs. Thursdays, 6-7:30pm. Cross Cut Warming Hut No 5, 566 SW Mill View Way, Bend. Free.
Redmond Running Group Run All levels welcome. Find the Redmond Oregon Running Klub on Facebook for weekly run details. Thursdays, 6:15pm. Redmond. Contact: email@example.com.
OUTDOOR EVENTS Big Falls Ridge Hike Friends and Neighbors of the Deschutes Canyon Area - Guided Hike on Big Falls Ridge April 20, 8am. Big Falls Ridge, Lower Bridge Way, Terrebonne. Free. Grit Clinics: Beginner/Intermediate Skills Examples of some of the skills we will
work on include braking, shifting, cornering, switchbacks, wheel lifts, line choice, technical descending, & getting up and over logs and rocks. Saturdays, 1:30-3:30pm. Seventh Mountain Resort, 18575 SW Century Dr., Bend. Contact: 541-728-7878. firstname.lastname@example.org. $75.
Grit Clinics: Cornering & Switchbacks OR Jumping* Cornering/Switchbacks (odd
dates): We’ll practice bermed corners, flat loose corners and switchbacks! Jumping (even dates): We’ll start by practicing fundamental skills in grass that lead to jumping, then take it to small jumps. Saturdays, 11am-1pm. Seventh Mountain Resort, 18575 SW Century Dr., Bend. Contact: 541-728-7878. email@example.com. $75.
Grit Clinics: Women’s Foundational Mountain Bike Skills Calling all ladies new
up beers and $4 pours of our barrel aged beers all day. Mondays. Silver Moon Brewing, 24 NW Greenwood Ave., Bend.
Locals’ Day Come on down to Bevel Craft Brew-
Knapweed Removal Work Party If you feel
ing for $4 beers and cider and $1 off wine all day. Tuesdays. Bevel Craft Brewing, 911 SE Armour Rd. Suite B, Bend. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org. Free.
ATHLETIC EVENTS Bend Area Running Fraternity The group
will run, maintaining social distance, along the Deschutes River and then receive discounted drinks from the cidery after the run! Mondays, 5pm. AVID
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to mountain biking! In just two hours, you’ll feel more confident setting up your bike, shifting, braking, and navigating small trail obstacles after instruction from the skilled coaches at Grit Clinics. Wednesdays, 5:30-7:30pm. Seventh Mountain Resort, 18575 SW Century Dr., Bend. Contact: 541-728-7878. email@example.com. $75.
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ready for a meaningful challenge, join this remote area spotted knapweed removal project near the Middle Deschutes River. April 14, 9am. 71170 NW Lower Bridge Way, Terrebonne. Free.
HEALTH & WELLNESS Bend Pilates Bend Pilates is now offering a full
schedule of classes through Zoom! For more information visit bendpilates.net/classes/. Ongoing, $20.
Ladies All Ride is offering four-week camps throughout the season to learn and sharpen young riders' skills. Meet Wed., at 3pm at Seventh Mountain Resort.
Capoeira: A Perfect Adventure The Brazilian art form of Capoeira presents opportunities to develop personal insights, strength, balance, flexibility, musicality, voice, rhythm, and language by tapping the energy of this rich cultural expression and global community. Text 541-678-3460 for location and times. Mondays-Wednesdays-Fridays, 6pm. $30 intro month. Coaching Group Build your dream life while connecting to a supportive, motivating community. Led by Diana Lee, Meadowlark Coaching. Mondays, 6-7:30pm. Contact: 914-980-2644. email@example.com. $15-25. Free Up Your Flow: A Fusion of Asana and Dance This workshop is where sacred meets spunk! You will fuse asana and spontaneity with music to dissolve resistance within your body, cultivate joy, laugh, and feel comfortable in your own stinkin skin. April 17, 1:30-3:30pm. Namaspa Yoga Studio, 1135 NW Galveston Ave., Bend. Contact: 541-550-8550. firstname.lastname@example.org. $25.
Happiness is In Your Grasp: How Timeless Buddhist Teachings Can Help You Be Happy in this Busy Modern World
Teachings on Buddhist principles; timeless Buddhist wisdom helps us live a meaningful and joyful life. Register and see more information at forms.gle/SvVwDXbwYYfQNKCE6. Wed, April 21, 1-6pm, Thu, April 22, 8am-6pm, Fri, April 23, 8am-6pm, Sat, April 24, 8am-6pm and Sun, April 25, 8am-6pm. Contact: 541-647-2641. dzogchenBend@gmail.com. $250.
In-Person Yoga at LOFT Wellness & Day Spa Tuesdays: Vinyasa with instructor Kelly
Jenkins. 5-6pm. Thursdays: Foundation Flow with instructor Kelly Jenkins. 5-6pm. Limited to five participants. Loft Wellness & Day Spa, 339 SW Century Drive Ste 203, Bend. Contact: 541-690-5100. email@example.com. $20.
Prenatal Yoga 4-Week Series You’ll gain
the strengthening benefits of a yoga flow class as well as the wonderful feeling of releasing tensions through poses! Saturdays, 10:45-11:45am. Through April 24. Free Spirit Yoga + Fitness + Play, 320 SW Powerhouse Drive, Suite 150, Bend. Contact: 541-
241-3919. firstname.lastname@example.org. Registration $72, Drop-In $20.
Sexual Abuse Support Group Confidential support group for women survivors of sexual abuse. Call or text Veronica at 503-856-4874. Tuesdays, 6-8pm. Through June 29. Free. Tai Chi for Health™ created by Dr. Paul Lam This two-day per week class is appropriate
for anyone who wants a slower Tai Chi class or those dealing with chronic health conditions. This class is offered through Oregon Tai Chi Wushu with Certified Instructor Maureen Benet. For information call: 541-639-9963 Mondays-Wednesdays, 10:30-11:30am.
The Vance Stance/Structural Reprogramming Get to the root of why you are tight
& suffering. In this series of two-hour classes in posture and flexibility. Thursdays-Noon, Mondays, 12 and 6pm and Wednesdays, 6pm. Through May 5. EastSide Home Studio, 21173 Sunburst Ct., Bend. Contact: 541-330-9070. email@example.com. 12 classes/$180.
Thriving with Diabetes Synergy is offering a
4-week group class program, to help adults with Type II Diabetes lower HbA1c, decrease complications, and have a better quality of life. Saturdays, 9am-Noon Through April 24. Contact: 541-3233488. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Total Core Yoga 4-Week Series Each week learn about one part of your core, including the anatomy and subtle body energetics, and then strengthen, stretch, stabilize and focus on that area. Tuesdays, 9:15-10:30am. Through April 20. Free Spirit Yoga + Fitness + Play, 320 SW Powerhouse Drive, Suite 150, Bend. Contact: 541241-3919. email@example.com. Registration $72, Drop-in $20. Yoga Mama 4-Week Series In this class,
we will work to reduce common “mom” tensions especially in low back, neck, and shoulders, while increasing core strength and rebalancing your hips! Sundays, 9:15-10:30am. Through May 2. Free Spirit Yoga + Fitness + Play, 320 SW Powerhouse Drive, Suite 150, Bend. Contact: 541-2413919. firstname.lastname@example.org. Registration $70, Drop-In $19.
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LITTLE BITES By Nicole Vulcan
Peas—and their pods—offer something fresh early in the season
By Ari Levaux
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Brunch in a Box Pea greens. Yum. Gardeners who mind their peas and qs can have a bountiful harvest.
ardening is a conversation with the earth. The gardener does something, and the earth responds via the outcome. If you plant a tomato seedling upside down, for example, the earth will happily swallow it, thereby ending the discussion. A new dialog starts every time the gardener sows a seed or does anything to disrupt the status quo, even something as mundane as digging up last year’s beds. Like any language, a garden dialectic grows to reflect the landscape, complete with regional variations. When I lived in the New Mexico hills, a seasoned farmer told me to begin planting when the lilacs leafed out. That advice saved me a lengthy conversation with the earth. Farmers, unlike most gardeners, do this stuff all day and are fluent in these things. Some farmer friends of mine begin the annual conversation with a handful of peas. It goes like this: As soon as the soil thaws, you plant some peas. You don’t have to soak the peas overnight first, like I usually do when I plant for real in order to jump-start the germination process. Just plant the peas and see how the earth responds. They may sit there for a week or two, but when they finally sprout is when you plant your peas for real. Planting that first handful of peas in a bare, brown field can be a lonely experience. It’s the feeling of being
slightly early to the party, a feeling top gardeners know well. But you and your plants don’t want to be too early, or they might get nipped by a late frost. Or too late, on the other hand, because then you will spend the rest of the season playing catch-up. Late-planted peas in particular won’t reach pod-bearing age before they wilt in the heat of summer. By planting a test handful of peas, you dial in the timing for the whole garden. When that first handful sprouts, it’s game on. Soak the rest of your peas, and start building a trellis. Maybe plant some spinach, too, which grows happily at the foot of pea stalks. The pea pods themselves are not the only reason to grow peas. Many of the vendors at my local market sell pea shoots by the bunch throughout the season. They add crunch to salads, complexity to instant ramen, and cute curls when wilted atop anything hot. In a stir-fry, which is my favorite way to eat them, those pea shoots are delicate and savory. And unlike the peas grown for their pods which can only be planted during that tight spring window in time, it’s never too late to plant pea shoots. Altogether, you could do worse than to go all-in on peas, right about now. Grow them for peas, grow them for greens, and grow them to keep your finger on the pulse of the garden.
How to grow pea greens Pea greens grow fast and are high in protein and vitamins A & C. It’s definitely worth planting more peas than you think you’ll need, just to have a little crop of these delicious sprouts. Rather than paying a lot of money for a little envelope of dried peas, if I can I’ll instead pick up some dried cooking peas in the bulk bins of my local grocery store. They sprout just fine – just remember to eat them for the greens, and not to expect any sweet peas. When I do order pea seeds, I buy the largest envelope I can find. Begin by soaking the pea seeds for about 24 hours. They should swell and turn a little green, and start to look a little bit alive. Work your pea spot, or arrange a container that drains, filled with potting soil. Make sure the soil is perfectly moist. Sow peas in a dense layer, so thick that they almost touch but none atop another. Cover the peas in another layer of soil, compost or potting mix. Water again. For the next few weeks, keep the soil moist but not swampy. When they are about 4 inches tall — about three weeks — your pea greens are ready for harvest. They will be tender to about eight inches tall. For the recipe and instructions on pea green cultivation, follow the link: arilevaux.com/peas-in-earth/.
HDFFA’s upcoming fundraiser supports locals’ access to local food Whether you’re already a mealkit type of household, or you’re looking to try it out and see if it’s for you, the fundraiser underway at the High Desert Food and Farm Alliance could be just the ticket. HDFFA is currently accepting pre-orders for its Brunch Box Fundraiser, a fundraiser for the organization’s Food Access Program. The Food Access Program offers Fresh Harvest Kits that include fresh local veggies and pantry staples to people experiencing hunger in the region. “In 2020, HDFFA provided over 1,530 meals through our Fresh Harvest Kits and many community partnerships,” said Carrie Mack, HDFFA community engagement manager. “This fundraiser takes that meal kit model and allows us to showcase many of the amazing partners we work with while also raising awareness and funding our food access programs.” For the Brunch Box Fundraiser, people get a ready-to-make meal kit for either two or four people that include ingredients to make Shakshuka—the classic North African breakfast dish— along with a spring greens salad, bread or tortillas and the beverage of your choice. Buy the meal kit at the HDFFA store by May 7, and then pick up your order on May 21 at the Embark/Ruffwear building in Northwest Crossing. Get more info at hdffa.org.
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“French Exit” Slips Away When You Least Expect It By Jared Rasic
There’s nothing quite as strong as the bond between mother and son…and cat.
who dares you to despise her. Lucas Hedges (who was absolutely astounding in “Manchester by the Sea” and “Honey Boy”) could have easily instilled Malcolm with that same chilly remoteness that Jesse Eisenberg brings to most of his work, but instead makes the young man an achingly relatable loner discovering what it’s like to have family. Based on the novel by Portland-based Patrick deWitt, “French Exit” feels like a perfect distillation of the themes of Wes Anderson and the wit of Whit Stillman, but infused with razor-sharp pitch-black humor bolstered by equal amounts of pathos and irony. The story becomes so unpredictable that it can draw a gasp of shock just as easily as a deep belly laugh,
and deWitt’s script combined with Azazel Jacobs’ nimble direction keeps the two-hour running time feeling breezy. There’s a scene toward the beginning of the film where Malcolm discovers his mother in the middle of the night, in the kitchen with the lights off, sharpening a knife. In any other movie it would play as creepy or at least slightly baffling, but we know that Frances loves the sound the knife makes across the sharpening block, so just this tiny moment of seeing this brave yet terrified woman searching for feeling she takes pleasure in is heartbreakingly beautiful. “French Exit” is filled with quietly gorgeous moments like this that continually add up to a deeply moving whole.
I make it sound like the movie is somehow devastatingly sad, but the reality is that almost every scene in the movie bounces between comedy and drama so effortlessly as to almost defy genre. It’s a beautiful movie that I haven’t stopped thinking about since the lights came up. “French Exit” is small and complicated and messy, like most lives are, that doesn’t leave us with the resolution we might want. Just like a French Exit in life, the film is gone just as we really start noticing. French Exit
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t’s always fun in cinema and television to watch obscenely rich and outof-touch people lose all of their money and then have to live like us normals. It’s a huge reason why shows like “Arrested Development” and “Schitt’s Creek” were so popular from the jump. But the reasons why shows like that had staying power and ended up becoming more popular the longer they ran was because the writers made the mega-wealthy jerks the shows were focused on into three-dimensional human beings. We wouldn’t care about the adventures of the Bluth family if the only purpose of the series was to watch them suffer so we could laugh at the schadenfreude. We have to see them grow. The makers of “French Exit” know its characters need to have hidden depths that we get to explore across the film’s running time or else there’s nothing for an audience to hold onto. On the surface, we have a story that sounds similar to dozens like it: Frances Price is a widowed woman running out of money after the death of her extremely wealthy husband, so she takes her son Malcolm to Paris in order to stay in the house of her best friend as she spends the rest of her money and decides what to do for the next chapter of her life. Frances is cold and weird and withdrawn, but Michelle Pfeiffer imbues her with such inner life that even at her worst, she’s still relatable and demands our empathy. She’s not just some rich and vapid trophy wife pining for better days, but instead is a subtle and tragic anti-hero
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The future of bumblebee species depends, as it always does, on the queens who have survived winter and are now emerging
By LeeAnn Kriegh
The queens of spring As the soil warms up and early flowers start to bloom, bumblebee queens crawl out of abandoned rodent holes, compost heaps, piles of leaves and other sites where they’ve hibernated unnoticed all through the long, cold, wet Bend winter. Many queens that tucked themselves away last winter didn’t survive. Lots of them starved, froze to death or drowned during winter storms. The fortunate ones chose overwintering sites that didn’t collapse or get washed away, and they stored up just enough fat in fall to shiver their way through all those long nights. Those spring survivors are the bees that buzz by our heads like post-hibernation black bears, hunting rather frantically for nourishment. Note that we’re talking here about bumblebees, which are one of many types of native bees that are essential to life in the high desert. You’ll also see honeybees, which are smaller, aren’t native and have a whole other life story. Assuming a queen bumblebee finds enough spring blooms in our yards and wild areas, she’ll start working on the next stage of her lifecycle: reproduction. First, she’ll scout out a nesting spot, which might be a hole in the ground or some loose soil under a garden shed. She won’t hang photos on the walls, but she will tamp down the dirt to suit her taste and fill it with balls of food (nectar and pollen, held together with wax from her abdomen) to support herself and her young. Passing the torch By early summer, each queen will have laid and incubated her first eggs, vibrating her flight muscles to keep them warm. The larvae that emerge will mature into worker females. These much smaller non-queens will guard and clean the nest, collect nectar all summer, and tend to future generations, relieving the queen of some of her responsibilities.
This impressive view, from the top of Pilot Butte, requires only a quick in-town hike to the top.
Five Buttes, One Day, All Four Seasons Two adventurers tackle the Big Butte Challenge
Spring time is crunch time for bumble queens on the move.
At some point, the queen will never leave the nest again, becoming a fulltime homemaker (albeit one with a lot of in-home servants). In late summer, the aging, balding queen will start laying eggs that will become males and queens. The males have a straightforward role to play over the course of their brief lives: They’ll leave the nest and try to find young queens from other nests to mate with. The males sleep by themselves outside the nest, so on a summer evening you can look for them snoozing on your plants. By fall, the new queens will likewise leave the nest, feeding intensively on late blooms like goldenrods to build up fat for hibernation. They’ll also mate and store the sperm through the long winter months ahead. How to help save the bees You may have heard about the need for “all-season blooms” to help native pollinators like bumblebees—now you know why they’re so important. Hungry bees need our help. Their lives depend on finding as many as 6,000 flowers a day on early-blooming plants like Oregon grape, wax currant and phlox — all of which we can plant in our backyards (ask the folks at WinterCreek
Nursery for more native plant ideas). More than that, the bees need our public lands, where vast swaths of those same native plants grow wild. Let me repeat: Bumblebees need up to 6,000 flowers each day! Think about that, and about all the parking lots, new homes and other developments that have removed plants from our community in recent years. Think too about the widespread use of Roundup and other insect-killing chemicals, and you can begin to understand why at least six of the two dozen or so bumblebee species in Central Oregon are at risk of extinction. Which, not for nothing, eventually puts our lives at risk because we all have plant-based diets (plants themselves and animals that eat plants). But let’s end on a simple and happy note: Planting a variety of native shrubs and wildflowers that bloom from spring through fall is fun and will make our backyards (and medians and roundabouts and farms) more beautiful. Then we’ll all reap the rewards, as more queens and other native bees buzz through our lives. -LeeAnn Kriegh is author of “The Nature of Bend” and “The Nature of Portland,” available now at local booksellers and at natureofbooks.com.
Cascade Relays kicked off a new event in late March, encouraging locals and visitors alike to take on five of the biggest buttes in Central Oregon. Runners, walkers and hikers are answering the call to get some miles and elevation under their belts. Two of those hikers, David Carne and Kenny Conklin, took on the challenge in one day. Conklin chatted with us about his experience with the challenge, including their spur-of-the-moment decision to get all five buttes climbed in one day. He stated the challenge seemed like a good way to help his buddy, Carne, get some elevation in as he finishes training for an Iron Man. The varying heights did not disappoint, and the pair experienced all four seasons in one day. Snowboarders rushed by as they trudged up to the top of Black Butte, where they were met with biting wind and stunning panoramic views of the area. The middle of the day was spent on a pleasantly warm and sunny walk around Awbrey Butte. For this daring duo, the Big Butte Challenge accomplished its goal to safely bring people together to summit some awesome buttes! For those who haven’t joined yet, the challenge ends May 31. Awards will be given out at the end of the challenge for the first, the fastest, the best Summit Selfie and more. In addition to fun prizes and cool swag, participants are also invited to visit the sponsoring brewery after each summit for a complimentary pint of craft beer. The perfect way to finish off an adventure day! Big Butte Challenge Through May 31 Bigbuttechallenge.com $80 for all, $25 per race
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uring spring, have you ever found yourself bobbing and weaving to avoid being bonked in the head by half-inch-long fuzzy missiles? Those big buzzers are bumblebees—bumblebee queens, to be exact. Every male bumblebee in North America died by the start of last winter, so the future of bumblebee species depends, as always, on the queen bees who survive till spring. No wonder those queens are in such a no-nonsense hurry to get past you and on with the business of raising families to ensure the survival of their species.
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rior to the pandemic, I was able to make a trip to Las Vegas for the annual Marijuana Business Conference. Insofar as the event is the largest of its kind in the world—with more than 27,000 attendees from more than 60 countries—I wasn’t able to capture the full scope of my experience in a column’s length. There were more than 1,000 exhibitors, meaning more than 1,000 booths, some larger than my apartment. I checked out a ton of products and services and saw products that ranged from basic (“it’s a bag for weed”) to highly specialized (“it’s a cannabis-based blockchain”). But I saw one item that was as impressive as it was potentially chilling for a workforce that often gets overlooked, but can make or break the flower that we all enjoy: trimmers. Thanks to trimmers, the weed that you buy at a dispensary can put its best face forward with confidence and appeal, like any of us do after a great haircut. Taking a branch and transforming it into a pile of High Times-centerfold-ready buds is an art form, which is why a talented Edward or Eunice Scissorhands can take home $20+ an hour (plus the coveted scissor resin that builds up on their scissors’ blades). Trimming can be hard on the back, hands and wrists, and it’s long hours of repetitive work. Some trimmers charge by the pound, others by the hour, but like anyone, they charge. Something that doesn’t charge (unless it just needs a charge) is a machine. There already exist trimming machines in the industry that can reduce or eliminate the need for hand-processing by weak, unreliable meatbag humans. The problem is that machine-trimmed flower often looks like a blind man on meth used a weed whacker to shear a flock of sheep. Only worse, because I don’t smoke sheep. (Anymore.) Massachusetts-based Bloom has assembled a team of geniuses in the not-at-all-frightening fields of military robotics, automation and product development. For our sake, we should hope they are using their combined powers for good, because this could pretty easily be turned into the first cannabis-related episode of “Black Mirror.” But it’s impressive and worth considering when the financial health of a licensed grower could turn on having an option to cut down on or even replace its workforce of human trimmers. Bloom has been working on a beta version of a precise automated trimmer. Really precise, as in 97%. I’m happy to hit that rate of success when performing
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the act of walking, and Bloom’s machine is pretty remarkable in not only accuracy, but how it got there. ZD Net nicely captures the detail when it reports, “The robotic harvester uses machine vision and path planning algorithms to isolate clusters of flowers. The system incorporates a back-lit time of flight camera, which measures depth, as well as a machine vision camera. [CEO Jon Gowa says], ‘We use a conventional neural network and a supervised machine learning set.’” OK, I don’t really know what that all means, exactly, but it looked cool AF in their demo at MJBizCon. Screw you, Tony Stark. As The Verge explains, “The company had employees hand-color over 6,000 images of marijuana—leaves one color, the flowers another—so they could feed the photos to teach the algorithm which one is which. Eventually, the robot will be able to trim three times faster than someone doing the job by hand. At least, that’s the hope.” ZD Net concludes, “Bloom estimate they’ll soon achieve two-to-one efficiency over human harvesters. ‘Our estimated ROI for the average cultivator purchasing 6 robots to replace or augment 12 human trimmers is 8 months,’ says Gowa.” To sum up: Pro: Growers get to reclaim some of the finest scissor hash ever, and they won’t have to share. Trimming can be a boring pain after a few hours. I don’t have a jet pack, but shouldn’t I have a robot that trims my weed? Con: Could result in hard-working, skilled trimmers losing their jobs. Oh, and this machine is going to be placed onto wheels, and someone might be able to hand-color 6,000 images of your head into its military robotics designed AI learning system so that the machine will find you and restrain you in its vibranium claws while it gives you a “haircut.”
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Last Manchild Standing I’m dating a new guy. When we’re alone, he’s sweet and a complete gentleman. However, whenever we’re around his guy friends, he comments about how attractive he finds other women, rants about sports, and farts in front of me. I’ve hinted that this makes me unhappy, but nothing changes. —Upset Love can be transformative — turning men into emotional marshmallows — which can lead a 20-something Amy Alkon lovestruck dudebro to want to make it known to his posse: “I will not be waking up on Tuesday all Harry Styles in a dress on the cover of Vogue.” Your boyfriend’s loutish behavior — talking about other girls and farting in front of you — sounds like a “costly signal,” a form of advertising used by both animals and humans. A costly signal is a trait or behavior that’s so wasteful, extravagant, and threatening to one’s evolutionary interests (mating and survival) that it’s likely to be a truthful indicator of an organism’s financial, social, or physical mojo. The peacock’s tail is an example. As evolutionary psychologist Steve Stewart-Williams points out, it’s like “a giant billboard”: a huge electric blue and green yoohoo! to peacock-eating predators. This big bunch of buttfeathers also seriously slows the peacock’s escape. However, the larger and more lush a Mr. Peacock’s tail, the more the peahens (the lady peacocks) go for him. (The fact that he avoids becoming lunch while lugging around this massive feathery impediment suggests he must be a particularly buff and genetically superior example of peacockhood.) Chances are your boyfriend is rude-vertising to the guys: Sure, he has love in his life, but he hasn’t gone all bought, sold, and girlfriend-controlled. The costly signal in this? He’s so secure in his sexual magnetism (like, the hot chicks are lined up and begging) that he can afford to act like a turd to his girlfriend. Um, no. Or at least, that’s what you need to put out there. In words, not hints. Tell him it’s humiliating when he comments on other women when you’re right there, plus the farting thing is a sexual turnoff. In short, he’s transforming you into an unhappy girlfriend who won’t want to have sex. Assuming he cares about you, you should see an abrupt end to the show he’s been putting on for his dudebros: “No, I Haven’t Become A Love Muppet Colonized By The Enemy.”
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I’m dating an awesome woman I see a future with. However, there’s a hurdle: She doesn’t want to have sex until we’re committed, but I don’t feel right about committing without knowing we have sexual chemistry. A previous relationship ended because the sex was subpar, and I don’t want to go through that again. —Conflicted Sexual chemistry is pretty important. You don’t want to get all emotionally attached and then find that sexually, you go together like peanut butter and a repeating saw. Men and women are alike in countless ways. (Both have two legs; men don’t randomly have six like an insect.) However, we differ psychologically per the physical differences we do have; namely, how sex can leave a woman “with child” and a man “with a teaspoon less sperm.” These differences drive men’s and women’s conflicting “sexual strategies,” explains evolutionary psychologist David Buss. For men, a casual sex-centric “short-term sexual strategy” — hit and run...sex and shun — has the most “reproductive benefits,” increasing men’s chances of passing on their genes. Women benefit most from a commitment-centric “long-term sexual strategy” and look for signs a man is emotionally attached, making him more likely to stick around and provide for any, um, sex biscuits they might create. Where there are deep-seated desires, there’s often deception. Buss calls this “strategic interference,” describing sneaky tactics used to get the opposite sex to go against their evolutionary best interest. Men, for example, feign commitment to get sex, while women feign sexual interest to get commitment — either long-term or enough to enjoy an evening of free fine dining. However, we have a defense against this: “negative” emotions — like a woman’s fear of getting humptied and dumptied and a man’s fear that all a woman really wants to “ride like a pony” is his American Express black card. As for what you should do, Buss’ research might be helpful. Buss finds that men will shift to a “long-term sexual strategy” when that’s what it takes to land a woman of especially high “mate value.” If she doesn’t seem worth the risk of waiting for, it’s probably breakup o’clock. No, sex isn’t everything in a relationship. However, if you like to have sex twice a day and your partner’s up for twice every never, it’s a little hard to meet in the middle — though the less libidinous partner might come up with some,
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ASTROLOGY By Rob Brezsny ARIES (March 21-April 19): “Today I feel the whole world is a door,” wrote poet Dennis Silk. In a similar spirit, 13th-century Zen master Wumen Huikai observed, “The whole world is a door of liberation, but people are unwilling to enter it.” Now I’m here to tell you, Aries, that there will be times in the coming weeks when the whole world will feel like a door to you. And if you open it, you’ll be led to potential opportunities for interesting changes that offer you liberation. This is a rare blessing. Please be sufficiently loose and alert and brave to take advantage.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Taurus philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein was called a genius by Nobel Prize-winning author Bertrand Russell. His Philosophical Investigations was once voted the 20th century’s most important philosophy book. Yet one of Wittgenstein’s famous quotes was “How hard it is to see what is right in front of my eyes!” Luckily for all of us, I suspect that won’t be problem for you in the coming weeks, Taurus. In fact, I’m guessing you will see a whole range of things that were previously hidden, even though some of them had been right in front of your eyes. Congrats! Everyone whose life you touch will benefi t because of this breakthrough.
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GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Why don’t rivers flow straight? Well, sometimes they do, but only for a relatively short stretch. According to the US Geological Survey, no river moves in a linear trajectory for a distance of more than ten times its width. There are numerous reasons why this is so, including the friction caused by banks and the fact that river water streams faster at the center. The place where a river changes direction is called a “meander.” I’d like to borrow this phenomenon to serve as a metaphor for your life in the coming weeks. I suspect your regular flow is due for a course change—a meander. Any intuitive ideas about which way to go? In which direction will the scenery be best? CANCER (June 21-July 22): Cancerian poet Denis Johnson eventually became a celebrated writer who won numerous prizes, including the prestigious National Book Award. But life was rough when he was in his twenties. Because of his addictions to drugs and alcohol, he neglected his writing. Later, in one of his mature poems, he expressed appreciation to people who supported him earlier on. “You saw me when I was invisible,” he wrote, “you spoke to me when I was deaf, you thanked me when I was a secret.” Are there helpers like that in your own story? Now would be a perfect time to honor them and repay the favors.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): What do you believe in, exactly, Leo? The coming weeks will be a fine time to take an inventory of your beliefs—and then divest yourself of any that no longer serve you, no longer excite you, and no longer fi t your changing understanding of how life works. For extra credit, I invite you to dream up some fun new beliefs that lighten your heart and stimulate your playfulness. For example, you could borrow poet Charles Wright’s approach: “I believe what the thunder and lightning have to say.” Or you could try my idea: “I believe in wonders and marvels that inspire me to fulfill my most interesting dreams.”
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Virgo poet Charles Wright testifies, “I write poems to untie myself, to do penance and disappear through the upper right-hand corner of things, to say grace.” What about you, Virgo? What do you do in order to untie yourself and do penance and invoke grace? The coming weeks will be an excellent time for you to use all the tricks at your disposal to accomplish such useful transformations. And if you currently have a low supply of the necessary tricks, make it your healthy obsession to get more. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Kublai Khan, ruler of the Mongol Empire and China in the second
half of the 13th century, kept a retinue of 5,000 astrologers on retainer. Some were stationed on the roof of his palace, tasked with using sorcery to banish approaching storm clouds. If you asked me to perform a similar assignment, I would not do so. We need storms! They bring refreshing rain, and keep the earth in electrical balance. Lightning from storms creates ozone, a vital part of our atmosphere, and it converts nitrogen in the air into nitrogen in the ground, making the soil more fertile. Metaphorical storms often generate a host of necessary and welcome transformations, as well—as I suspect they will for you during the coming weeks.
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): “Unexpressed emotions will never die,” declared trailblazing psychologist Sigmund Freud. “They are buried alive and they will come forth, later, in uglier ways.” I agree, which is why I advise you not to bury your emotions—especially now, when they urgently need to be aired. OK? Please don’t allow a scenario in which they will emerge later in ugly ways. Instead, find the courage to express them soon—in the most loving ways possible, hopefully, and with respect for people who may not be entirely receptive to them. Communicate with compassionate clarity. SAGITTARIUS 22-Dec. 21):
Sagittarian author Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz wrote a poem entitled “Not Doing Something Wrong Isn’t the Same as Doing Something Right.” I propose that we make that thought one of your guiding themes during the next two weeks. If you choose to accept the assignment, you will make a list of three possible actions that fit the description “not doing something wrong,” and three actions that consist of “doing something right.” Then you will avoid doing the three wrong things named in the first list and give your generous energy to carrying out the three right things in the second list.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): In the past few weeks, I hope you’ve been treating yourself like a royal child. I hope you’ve been showering yourself with extra special nurturing and therapeutic treatments. I hope you’ve been telling yourself out loud how soulful and intelligent and resilient you are, and I hope you’ve delighted yourself by engaging with a series of educational inspirations. If for some inexplicable reason you have not been attending to these important matters with luxurious intensity, please make up for lost time in the coming days. Your success during the rest of 2021 depends on your devout devotion to self-care right now. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Sometimes when a disheartening kind of darkness encroaches, we’re right to be afraid. In fact, it’s often wise to be afraid, because doing so may motivate us to ward off or transmute the darkness. But on other occasions, the disheartening darkness that seems to be encroaching isn’t real, or else is actually less threatening than we imagine. Novelist John Steinbeck described the latter when he wrote, “I know beyond all doubt that the dark things crowding in on me either did not exist or were not dangerous to me, and still I was afraid.” My suspicion is that this is the nature of the darkness you’re currently worried about. Can you therefore find a way to banish or at least diminish your fear? PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): “Some people, if they didn’t make it hard for themselves, might fall asleep,” wrote novelist Saul Bellow. In other words, some of us act as if it’s entertaining, even exciting, to attract difficulties and cause problems for ourselves. If that describes you even a tiny bit, Pisces, I urge you to tone down that bad habit in the coming weeks—maybe even see if you can at least partially eliminate it. The cosmic rhythms will be on your side whenever you take measures to drown out the little voices in your head that try to undermine and sabotage you. At least for now, say “NO!” to making it hard for yourself. Say “YES!” to making it graceful for yourself.
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he real estate market has been a topic of conversation for the better part of a year, and it doesn’t look as though that is going to change any time in the near future. Housing prices have continued to soar across the nation and Central Oregon is no exception. Inventory remains low, along with average days on market, while pricing continues to rise. The numbers for March 2021 are in and once again, the median single family home price across Deschutes Country has jumped, with one exception. The median single family home price in Bend rose significantly from $575,000 in February 2021 to $590,000 in March 2021. In contrast to March 2020, the median price in Bend has grown by $130,000 over the last year. Inventory remains critically low at just 0.35 months of inventory available. A total of 175 single-family home sales were recorded, with an average of four days on the market. The average price per square foot dropped ever so slightly from February’s $297 per square foot to $292. Redmond’s median single family home pricing skyrocketed to $412,000. That is a $39,000 jump from the median of $373,000 in February. Inventory is showing even more scarcity at 0.26 months of inventory. A total of 89 single-family homes were recorded and average days on market at just four days. In addition to the massive median price gain, the average price per square foot also skyrocketed up $22 to an average of $240 per square foot. Sisters saw 15 single-family home sales in March 2021 with a median
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regular unemployment and Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA). Parents aren’t eligible for benefits, however, if they have the option to send kids to a fully open school but choose to stay online “out of an abundance of caution.” This ineligibility applies to regular benefits, PUA and Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC). Finally, parents can still get regular unemployment or PEUC in another situation: If their school only offers full in-person instruction, but a child or family member has a medical issue. It’s unclear how common this situation will be, however. Gov. Brown’s executive order requires public and private schools to continue offering a distance learning option for the rest of the school year. There is currently a patchwork of hybrid and fully on-site learning models across the state. Portland Public Schools — the state’s largest school district — is implementing a hybrid model, like many metro-area districts. Meanwhile, the Klamath County and Bend-La Pine school districts are largely returning to daily in-person learning, with online options for families that choose to stay home.
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$1,875,000 | 5 BD | 3 BA | 4,000 SF
Rare opportunity in Deschutes River Ranch Single level living with master & 2 en-suites Barn, shop, and guest quarters Att. 3-car and det. 4-car with sprinter garage Neighborhood access to BLM and Deschutes Jordan Grandlund | Principal Broker | 541.948.5196 Stephanie Ruiz |Broker | firstname.lastname@example.org
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Park-like setting Borders common area Quality finishes, new construction Attached 2-car garage with cart storage Jack Benny Loop, SE Bend
Jordan Grandlund | Principal Broker | 541.948.5196 Stephanie Ruiz |Broker | email@example.com
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Property on nearly 20 acres Traditional w/ thoughtful updates Cascade Mountains views Heated 6 car garage/storage RV Storage
BLACK BUTTE RANCH | GM 218 $795,000 | 2 BD | 2 BA | 2,044 SF
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Frank Wood & Stephanie Marshall | Brokers 541.788.1095 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Unique multi-level in Black Butte Ranch Northwest contemporary style Fireplace in living room Classic wood finishings throughout Beautiful outdoor living spaces Arends Realty Group | Brokers | 541.420.9997 email@example.com
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