Starlight Canoeing

Starlight Canoeing

Peaceful sounds of the lake come to life
Central Oregon turns into a different environment in the summer. The sunshine reveals beautiful works of nature that are typically hidden beneath the winter snow.

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Go Here 4/27-5/4

McKenzie River Trail Although many of the popular higher elevation hikes are still snowbound, now might be a great time to enjoy one of America's top rated trails within an easy drive of Bend.

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The TVs are baaaaack!

One of the most wonderful things I enjoy about writing this column is all the help I get from friends who enjoy the wild things around us as much as I do. The great American writer and illustrator Maurice Sandak used the title, "Where The Wild Things Are" for his delightful 1963 children's book.

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Women's Rugby Gains Momentum

Bend Lady Roughriders reach regional playoffs
"Rugby? I didn't even know it existed in Bend," says Mara Burnell in summarizing the common response when the sport is brought up in conversation.

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Spiders in the Northwest

Revisiting hobos, widows and violins
Judging from the phone calls, emails and text messages, things have gotten out of hand in the spider world, especially regarding those thought to be dangerous. Hence, right from the get-go, let's put the real "Bad One," the brown recluse, also known as the violin spider—behind us.

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Go Here 4/20-4/27

High Desert Naturalist Hikes Bend Park and Recreation District is offering two sessions of hikes May 16 to 23 and June 6 to 13 that explore the region's geology, wetlands, birds, and flowers.

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Taking a Stand for Wilderness

Central Oregon's Great Old Broads
In some social circles the term "great old broads" might be considered offensive. However, the Great Old Broads for Wilderness are proud of the label.

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Friends of the Columbia Gorge

National Scenic Area is for everyone to enjoy
Beginning approximately 15,000 years ago, ice dams on massive Lake Missoula in Montana began to break, sending torrents of deep water rushing through Idaho, Washington, and Oregon. The process continued for thousands of years with up to 40 major floods eventually forming what is now the Columbia River Gorge.

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Oregon's Nordic Ski History It may be spring, but Nordic ski enthusiasts have an opportunity to learn about the history of Nordic skiing in Central Oregon at the Deschutes County Historical Museum.

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Bee Well

Backyard beekeepers buzzing along
Tumalo Bee Academy is led by long-time local beekeeper Stephen Harris, who has been working with bees in Central Oregon for about the past 40 years. His business card reads, "Saving the honey bee one new beekeeper at a time."

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Mountain Bikers Seek Changes to 1964 Wilderness Act

Conservationists fear too much is at stake
Thus far, 2016 has been a controversial year for federal public lands, especially in Oregon where the federal government manages more than 50 percent of the state's geographic area. First, there was the armed occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge south of Burns.

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