Staycations the perfect excuse to splurge
In this economy, when all of us are holding on to our purse strings a little tighter, a fancy vacation just might not be in the budget. But why take a plane, train or automobile when there is so much to do right outside your front door?
Times are tough all over, but the local restaurant industry has certainly been taking more than its share of punches. This year saw the passing
Times are tough all over, but the local restaurant industry has certainly been taking more than its share of punches. This year saw the passing of restaurants ranging from low-key eateries to the finest in fine dining.
Heart of Oregon Corps gives students a taste of hands-on work
Tim Fissori, educational coordinator and crew leader at Heart of Oregon Corps, teaches what he knows. After 14 years teaching at Marshall High School and 19 years working as a building contractor, integrating construction concepts into math, science, social studies and language arts lessons has become Fissori's specialty.
Roller derby badasses by day, supportive moms by night
Being a single mom has been anything but easy for 24-year-old Brieanna Shelton. At Bend High, she found herself a part-time teen rebel, spending days singing in the school choir and doing homework, and nights hanging out in sleazy hotel rooms with dropouts and druggies.
More than 20 years ago, I swore off hippie concerts. At the time, I was a budding intern at San Francisco Weekly and went off on my first investigative reporting story.
Just a couple of some-what unknown areas to get the full snow experience.
Backcountry Hut Trips Close to Home
Wallowa Alpine Huts, Camp Norway and McCully Basin, Enterprise.
You will never have more fun than this on cross-country skis. Gather a posse, book a trip (spring is best) and enjoy mega-days touring around the bowls, glades and couloirs of “Little Switzerland,” located in Eastern Oregon’s Eagle Cap Wilderness Area. Recover from your big day of backcountry travel with a bottle of bourbon and some beef stew, best enjoyed inside the luxurious Wallowa Alpine Huts, which are outfitted with a sink, woodstove and enough beds for your whole crew. Wake up, make bacon and coffee, repeat.
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Trail runner Jeff Browning sat with the Source recently to discuss his thoughts on the science and the spirituality of endurance running.
Jeff Browning started trail running competitively in 2001 and is one of the premier endurance trail runners in the country. With gold, pirate-style earrings dangling from both ears and a tattoo on his forearm, Browning doesn't fit the image you might have of the stereotypical "jogger," but then again, what Browning does bears little resemblance to the leisurely runs that most of us associate with the sport. He has finished 11 of the sport's ultimate tests - the 100-mile trail run - and won seven of those races. He sat with the Source recently to discuss his thoughts on the science and the spirituality of endurance running.
How did you get into running?
I played traditional sports growing up - football, baseball and track. I got into mountain biking in college and started running to cross train for mountain biking... When I moved west and started climbing in Colorado, I had some extra pounds and started running again to lose a little bit around my waist.
I was a big mountain biker the first year I was here and then started hanging out with a good friend of mine, Rod Bien, and he had just gotten into ultra marathons and had just run a 150k. He said, "Hey, there is this thing called a hundred miler." I was intrigued, coming from a mountain biking background and backpacking so I just started going on some trail runs with him. I was trying to get him into mountain biking and he was trying to get me into trail running and he won.
Dahlberg is a blacksmith, an ancient profession that has survived the industrial, agricultural and high-tech revolutions.
He works alone and on his own schedule using fire, heavy metal and big hammers. As Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath keep time, Hunter Dahlberg pounds away on long iron beams, and, in the process, makes plenty of loud noises of his own.
Oakridge calls itself a mountain biking Mecca and the title suits it.
Oakridge, Oregon: If you haven’t heard, you need to.
You could do it in a weekend, but you might need a week to really get a feel for riding Oakridge. Oakridge calls itself a mountain biking Mecca and the title suits it. But somehow this Cascade biking gem is still unknown, or least unfamiliar to many Bend riders. Two hours from Bend and located on Hwy 58, the small logging town offers around 500 miles of trail in the surrounding Willamette National Forest. Downhill is the riding theme for the area, and nowhere is that more evident than in their signature Alpine Trail. The 15 miles of singletrack will drop you over 3,000 feet as you ride past mountain vistas, through alpine meadows and into old growth forests.
Be sure to get out and float the Deschutes this summer along with the many other spots along the river.
When the weather gets hotter, the river traffic gets heavier. Float from Riverbend Park down to Drake on a hot day and you might feel like you’re shoulder to shoulder with most of the town. Don’t get us wrong, that can be a blast. But if you’re looking to avoid river rush hour, it might be time to find a new spot.
Check out stretches up in Sunriver or down near Tumalo State Park. In Sunriver, you can float from Harpers Bridge to near the Sunriver Marina. Or at Tumalo, put in at the state park and float a stretch with some class I rapids down to near Highway 20.
The top 10 water-logged controversies in the High Desert
Ask any juniper or brittlebush, water management in a desert environment is critical, tricky and politically prickly. The Source identifies these Top 10 issues as the most important we've tangled with lately in the High Desert.
A few of Bend's hottest hotties
Hottest Female Hipster Name: Callie Young
The Source's Women of the Year
It's still not easy to be a woman in a "man's world." While many of you probably aren't thrilled by our use of that phrase, it's a simple fact that, for all women have accomplished, there are still jobs—entire industries even—that are dominated by men.
Cross-Country Skiing For a great workout, go to the Meissner Nordic Community Ski Trails. They groom for skate and classic skiing on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday.
Local businesses make it big
Outsourcing is overrated. We learned in the 2008 election that small businesses owned by folks like Joe the Plumber are the real heart of the American economy.