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Hottest Activist: Casey Corcoran 

Name: Casey Corcoran (Irish: Cathasaigh Ó Corcráin) Age: 32

Day job: Shopkeep at the Blackjack Bioregional Infoshop

Sexy super power: Being Irish. It's sexy. It's a superpower.

Single or taken: Taken (and we're in a band)

What causes are you passionate about? Dams coming down and salmon coming back, forest ecologies being restored and local economies creatively fighting back against corporatism. I'm also passionate about the Irish language revival, and inspired by the Indigenous folks around here reviving their languages.

Famous activist you'd most like to get hot with?

Well, I'd like to light Bono on fire. Or load clips behind the barricades for the ladies of the Kurdish YPJ during a firefight. Is that getting hot enough?

Sexiest protest sign you've seen or made? Sinéad O'Connor tearing up the Pope's picture on SNL in 1992: I think I'm still swooning.

What spot in Bend has the highest hotness quotient? All the fine folks on the Colorado Street bridge who stop to watch the old dam being dismantled.

Any other burning thoughts? Yes. We don't live in a High Desert, we live where a desertifying grassland steppe mingles with a Ponderosa savannah. Both ecologies are fire dependent, and need lots of Elk, Mule Deer, and Pronghorn to keep them healthy. Human beings have been lighting fires here for over 10,000 years to keep this place healthy. Overgrazing, Overrest, and fire suppression are not good for this place. Time to make sparks fly!

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