Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Sorry No Pickleball For You! BPRD Closes and Cancels Programs Due to Air Quality

Posted By on Wed, Aug 30, 2017 at 4:36 PM


Bend Parks and Recreation District (BPRD) has canceled some of its programs and activities due to air quality.

Here is their press release in full:

"The District canceled its youth sports programs, adult pickleball, tennis and softball programs, and closed the outdoor pool at Juniper Swim & Fitness Center. Some cancellations are for the day and others are for the rest of the week. Details are on the webpage.

River recreation is also impacted by air quality. A Bend Paddle Trail Alliance event at the Bend Whitewater Park is canceled today and rental concessions at Riverbend Park are closed.

We will monitor the air quality data provided by the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Air Quality Index (AQI) for decisions about when to resume outdoor activities."

Bend Park and Recreation District has canceled some programs and activities due to air quality. Information about changes is at:"


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Highway 20 back open; More fires reported in the region

With one lane open, officials say it could be slow going

Posted By on Wed, Aug 30, 2017 at 8:38 AM

Highway 20 at the Santiam Pass is back open this morning, after the Oregon Department of Transportation closed it last night due to wildfire.

Here's the update we received from ODOT this morning:

"One lane is open on U.S. 20 between mileposts 75 to 88 with two way traffic being flagged with a pilot car. Travelers should expect delays going over the Santiam Pass after a wildfire closed the pass late Tuesday."

click image A screenshot of the air quality index for Bend as of 8 am Wednesday. - AQICN.ORG
  • A screenshot of the air quality index for Bend as of 8 am Wednesday.

Meanwhile, here's an update on the fires burning throughout the region, from Central OR Fire Info late Tuesday:

"Several new fires were reported today across Central Oregon. Two new fires were found south of Lava Butte and triggered the evacuation of the Lava River Cave and Lava Lands Visitor Center in the Deschutes National Forest just south of Bend. One of the fires is fully lined and currently being mopped up and is estimated at two acres. The second fire is less than two acres and crews are still working on containing several spots that were estimated at ¼ to a ½ acre.

The McKay Fire, located east of Hwy 97 and north of FS 21 near McKay Butte, was also reported today. This fire is currently estimated at 120 acres and is being managed by a Type 3 Incident Commander. Firefighters are requesting that the public stay out of the fire area between Forest Service roads 9735 and 9720. There are currently 12 engines, 2 dozers, 2 IA Crews, and 2 water tenders working on this fire for a total of 110 personnel.

Fire crews also assisted Walker Range Rural Fire Protection Association on a new fire today, 10 miles south of La Pine near Hwy 97. The fire is contained at approximately 1.5 acres.

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office has issued a Level One (pre-evacuation) notification for the Elk Lake Area due to the Nash Fire, burning in the Willamette National Forest. The Nash Fire and the Separation Fire have showed active fire behavior over the past two days and are believed to have grown together. The following areas in the Level One are as follows: Elk Lake Resort, Elk Lake Campground (CG), Point CG, Little Fawn CG, Mallard Marsh CG, Sunset View Day Use Area, Beach Day Use Area, and Quinn Meadows Horse Camp. Currently, the Cascade Lakes Hwy, FS 46, remains open.

Level One (pre-evacuation) means “Be Ready” for potential evacuation."

In regards to the Milli Fire west of Sisters, fire crews had this to say:

"Smoke​ ​from​ ​the​ ​Whitewater​ ​Fire​ ​on​ ​the​ ​Willamette​ ​National​ ​Forest​ ​and​ ​several​ ​other​ ​fires​ ​is​ ​coming​ ​into​ ​the​ ​Milli​ ​Fire​ ​area. A few new starts were reported this afternoon on the Bend - Fort Rock District of the Deschutes National Forest.

Westerly​ ​winds​ ​yesterday​ ​moved​ ​the​ ​fire​ ​into​ ​established​ ​containment​ ​lines​ ​including​ ​the​ ​burnout​ ​area​ ​as​ ​expected.​ Unburned fuel in the Wilderness and along OR 242 near the lava fields produced some smoke as they were consumed today.
Crews​ ​accessed​ ​the​ ​area​ ​northwest​ ​of​ ​the​ ​fire​ ​to​ ​mop-up​ ​the​ ​spot​ ​fire​ ​and​ ​patrol​ for other spots. The 2 acre spot fire is contained.

Good​ ​progress​ ​was​ ​made​ ​on​ ​the​ ​final​ ​segment​ ​of​ ​the​ ​eastern​ ​perimeter.​ ​Crews were able to access the Whychus Canyon after overhead hazards were removed. Engine crews will continue to patrol the southern and eastern edges of the fire.
Night​ ​operations​ ​concluded​ ​last​ ​night.​ ​Firefighters who previously worked the night shift will be transitioned to day operations.

There​ ​have​ ​been​ ​significant​ ​changes​ ​in​ ​air​ ​quality​ ​during​ ​the​ ​day.​ ​Concentration​ ​levels​ ​increased​ ​to​ ​Very​ ​Healthy.​ ​Expect Very Unhealthy to Hazardous air quality this evening through tomorrow morning."

To check the latest air quality ratings for Bend, visit:

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Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Traveler Alert: Fire Closes Highway 20

Closure expected to be "lengthy," officials say.

Posted By on Tue, Aug 29, 2017 at 4:44 PM

Traveling to the Willamette Valley or into the Cascades today? Avoid Highway 20. The Oregon Department of Transportation released this notice less than one hour ago, alerting drivers to the closure of Hwy. 20:

"U.S. 20 remains closed because of a wildfire about 5 miles west of Santiam Pass. Eastbound traffic is being stopped at Santiam Junction and westbound traffic is being stopped at Santiam Pass. This could be a lengthy closure so travelers should consider using an alternative route, avoid the area or expect delays. Contact info, for media use only:, 5-1-1."

click image A map of the Milli Fire west of Sisters as of Aug. 29. - CENTRAL OREGON FIRE INFORMATION
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  • A map of the Milli Fire west of Sisters as of Aug. 29.
At the same time, OR 242 remains closed east of the Cascade Crest, to the junction of FR 15.

As of this morning, the Milli Fire near Sisters was about 21,100 acres in size and was 32 percent contained. That fire and numerous others in the region have resulted in hazardous air quality conditions in the region. 

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Sunday, August 20, 2017

Sunday Update: Eclipse Traffic Light; Fires Still Burning

Updates on smoke, fire and the moon blocking out the sun

Posted By on Sun, Aug 20, 2017 at 10:32 AM

What will the skies look like for Eclipse Monday?

That's the question a lot of people want to know. For now, the Oregon Office of Emergency Management says traffic was lighter than expected on Saturday—at least in part due to people heeding the suggestion to get where they're going early. Still, Monday traffic is expected to be heavy, so keep on keepin' on with that plan to arrive early, stay put and leave late.

In Prineville, near the site of the Oregon Eclipse Festival, officials are planning for heavy traffic following Monday's eclipse and through Wednesday, Aug. 23, and urge locals near Prineville to have supplies and gas stocked up before the festival goers begin to depart. Residents in Madras should do the same.
Crews work the Nena Springs fire Saturday. - IMAGE COURTESY INCIWEB
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  • Crews work the Nena Springs fire Saturday.

Milli Fire Near Sisters Prompts More Road Closures

Meanwhile, officials have expanded the closure of many roads in the Sisters Ranger District of the Deschutes National Forest, as the Milli Fire continues to move south and east. Residents in some communities near Sisters received a Level 3 "Go Now" evacuation notice Friday evening as the fire continued to burn. Officials said this morning to expect more smoke as firefighters continue to "burn out operations and connect fire lines."

Closures now include:

Black Crater Trail #4058, Millican Crater Trail #4066, Scott Pass Trail #4068, North Matthieu Lake Trail #4062, Trout Creek Tie Trail #4067, Millian Crater Trailhead, Scott Pass Trailhead, Whispering Pines Campground, Trout Creek Swamp, Sisters Cow Camp, Chush Falls Trail #4080, Pole Creek Trail #4072 & Trailhead, Metolius Windigo Trail #99 from the Highway 242 crossing to the trail junction with the FSR 4601, Whychus Overlook Trail, Whychus Creek Trail, Demaris Lake Trail #4074.1, Camp Lake Trail #4074, Park Meadow Trail #4075 & Trailhead, Three Creek Lake Campgrounds and associated trails, Tam McArthur Rim Trailhead, Peterson Ridge Trail System.

The Pacific Crest Trail closure remains in place beginning at Elk Lake and extending to Highway 242. Hikers are encouraged to get a ride north to Britenbush Lake, or take public transit north toward Government Camp near Mt. Hood.  

Officials believe lightning started that fire, now at over 7,800 acres.

Nena Springs Fire Update

This morning, officials working the Nena Springs Fire near Warm Springs said the fire, at about 68,135 acres, is 40 percent contained. The fire is under investigation, but officials believe it to be human-caused.

"A taskforce of State Fire Marshal Engines and local firefighters had a successful night extinguishing hotspots and securing the South Junction/Culpus Bridge area. There was little fire activity overnight. While firefighters feel more comfortable making recommendations to reduce evacuation levels that are affecting the area, they will decide the timeline to implement the reduction later today," officials wrote on the Inciweb website this morning.

The Red Cross shelter at the Warm Springs Community Center remains open for anyone who needs help.

You can check the smoke conditions in Oregon at any time by visiting

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Friday, August 18, 2017

Fire Updates: Milli Fire Gets Bigger; Nena Fire prompts evacuations

Fires near Warm Springs and Sisters are keeping firefighters hopping—and keeping the region full of smoke.

Posted By on Fri, Aug 18, 2017 at 2:36 PM

Noticing all that smoke in Central Oregon right now?

That could be a good sign or a bad one, depending on how you look at it. In some cases, it's an indication that firefighters are putting those fires out—but it also means that homes and wildlife are still in danger.

Update: Milli Fire near Sisters

At the Milli Fire west of Sisters, firefighters have been conducting "burn out" operations, causing a large column of smoke to rise above the fire. At the same time, winds estimated to be between 20 and 25 miles an hour over most of that fire today can also mean more fire activity.

According to a release from the Southwest Area Type 1 Incident Management Team, Gov. Kate Brown invoked the Conflagration Act Thursday in response to the Milli Fire, allowing the Oregon State Fire Marshal Green Team Incident Management Team and five task forces of engines to help protect structures near the fire, burning about nine miles southwest of Sisters. As of this morning, that fire was estimated at 4,565 acres and was 0 percent contained. As was the case yesterday, the Crossroads and Tollgate subdivisions were under a Level 2 "Be Set" pre-evacuation notice, with the Tollgate subdivision under a Level 1 "Be Ready" pre-evacuation notice. About 1,500 nearby residents are affected by that fire.

Road closures: OR242 from Sisters west to Hwy. 126 is closed. Check for more detailed road closure information.

Update: Nena Springs Fire near Warm Springs

The Nena Fire in Warm Springs grew to about 46,000 acres Thursday. - OREGON STATE FIRE MARSHAL
  • Oregon State Fire Marshal
  • The Nena Fire in Warm Springs grew to about 46,000 acres Thursday.

Meanwhile, the Nena Fire in Warm Springs has grown by another 6,000 acres, bringing the fire's total acres to about 46,000. The Oregon State Fire Marshal reports today that the fire is 40 percent contained.

On Thursday, the Fire Marshal's office reports that an ember from the fire blew beyond the containment lines near Kishwalk, running into the grass and brush and pushing the fire over the Indian Head Canyon and Charlie Canyon. That moved the fire about one mile east of Kah-Nee-Tah-Resort. The resort is at a Level 3 "Go Now!" evacuation, but the Fire Marshal's office reports that the threat to the resort is gone. As planned, any visitors at Kah-Nee-Tah will stay put.

The areas of Charley Canyon, Webster Flat Road, South Junction, Culpus Bridge and Wolf Point Subdivision are also at a Level 3 Evacuation notice. The Red Cross has an evacuation center set up at the Warm Springs Community Center for people who have been evacuated.

Road closures: Hwy. 3 to School Flats, Hwy. 8 to Kah-Nee-Ta Village, Webster Flat Road and Culpus Bridge (except those going to Kah-Nee-Ta) are closed to all traffic. Law enforcement officers are re-directing traffic into the Kah-Nee-Ta Resort. Drivers will go through Wolf Point Subdivision to Culpus Bridge into Kah-Nee-Ta.

If you're having trouble handling the smoke and ash in the region right now, visit for more health-related information.

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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Eclipse Traffic Has Arrived

Traffic rerouted east of Prineville as influx of visitors causes 14 mile backup.

Posted By on Thu, Aug 17, 2017 at 3:23 PM

As the eclipse draws nearer, so do the tourists — and with them comes traffic. Residents traveling on Highway 26 east of Prineville Wednesday found themselves in the midst of heavy congestion, resulting in a backup estimated to be 14 miles long. In response, the Crook County Sheriff and Prineville Police Departme
nt worked with ODOT early Thursday morning to reroute traffic south on Combs Flat, on the eastern end of Prineville, from 3rd street to Paulina Highway.

People commuting east on Highway 26 are encouraged to use Laughlin Rd. and expect delays. The congestion is a result of the Big Summit Prairie eclipse event and traffic is being rerouted until the highway is no longer backed up. Officials from the City of Prineville and Crook County Sheriff's Department are asking that if you're not attending the Big Summit Prairie eclipse event, to delay traveling Thursday or early Friday to ease congestion along the highway. Traveling will be easier on the highway by late Friday as Big Summit Prairie travelers will already be at the event—but heavy traffic is still expected over the weekend.
If you do need to travel Thursday or early Friday, be prepared for heavy traffic by bringing extra snacks and water. Crook County operations and law enforcement are working with ODOT, emergency management, fire and EMS to keep roads safe, however your commute may still prove to be a test of your patience.

Most eclipse travelers will be reaching Central Oregon this weekend, and to keep from being stuck in long lines and shortages many people are stocking up on gas, food and other essentials before they arrive. Officials from Deschutes and Crook County are working together to organize the influx of visitors and are asking everyone to remain courteous, calm and patient during the event.
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Milli Fire Near Sisters Grows

Residents urged to be ready to leave at a moment's notice.

Posted By on Thu, Aug 17, 2017 at 12:22 PM

People in three neighborhoods west of Sisters have received pre-evacuation notices, after the Mill Fire west of town grew Wednesday. The fire, burning since last week, grew from 260 acres to about 3,000 acres Wednesday afternoon. 
click image The Milli Fire west of Sisters, seen from the air Aug. 13. - CENTRAL OREGON FIRE INFORMATION
  • Central Oregon Fire Information
  • The Milli Fire west of Sisters, seen from the air Aug. 13.

The fire is burning 8 miles west of Sisters and approximately 1.5 miles southwest of Black Crater Lake.

The Deschutes National Forest and the Type 1 Incident Management Team now managing the fire are hosting a public meeting tonight, offering information about the evacuation orders for the Crossroads, Edington and Tollgate subdivisions of Sisters. Crossroads and Edington are under a "Level 2" order, while Tollgate is under a "Level 1" order.

The Level 2 notice includes all of the areas south of Hwy. 242 (McKenzie Hwy.) and west of the Pole Creek Ditch (1-1 1/2 Miles west of and parallel to FS Road 16/Three Creeks Rd). That includes the Crossroads subdivision and homes off of Edgington Rd and Remuda Rd. These areas were previously Level 1.

The Level 1 notice includes all of the areas between Highway 242 and Highway 20, from the Cold Springs Campground to the city of Sisters, including the Tollgate subdivision. That does not include the city of Sisters or Black Butte Ranch.

Level 1 is a "Be Ready" pre-evacuation notice, meaning residents should be ready for evacuation and should be monitoring emergency websites and local media outlets for more information.

Level 2 is a "Be Set" notice, meaning residents should be ready to leave at a moment's notice.

The public meeting will take place today, Thursday, Aug. 17, from 6 to 7pm at Sisters High School. For more information on evacuations, contact the Central Oregon Joint Information Center at (541) 550-4888. For meeting information, call the Sisters Ranger District at 541-549-7700.

Story update: Aug. 17, 4:30 pm, from ODOT: "OR242 has been closed due to the Milli wildfire near Black Crater. Closure is west of Sisters at the east gate, and a soft closure is in effect at OR126, near McKenzie Bridge, with a gate closure further east. ODOT is ensuring that campers and hikers are being removed from the area."

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Water Reduction Encouraged During Eclipse Week

City of Bend encourages water conservation techniques to balance out water usage spike.

Posted By on Thu, Aug 17, 2017 at 8:00 AM

As visitors begin pouring in to Bend to experience the eclipse, the City of Bend is preparing for the increase in water usage that is sure to occur by encouraging residents to watch their water usage.


These reduction measures don’t have to be big; most water usage during summer comes from landscape irrigation. By simply reducing the time that your sprinklers are on for the next week you can help keep our water source steady. Other small reduction measures include using less water while washing your dishes, turning off the water while you’re brushing your teeth or maybe finally getting around to fixing that dripping faucet. Though these small measures are especially important during the next week, they can also extend pass the eclipse to help conserve water in the long run.

And though city officials are encouraging water conservation measures, don’t be worried about water shortages. Bend Water Conservation Program Manager Mike Buettner says, “We’re well prepared to meet the increased water demands, but also want to encourage our customers to reduce water use if they can."

Staying hydrated is as important as water reduction, so though you may reduce water in other aspects of your life, don’t limit your intake of some of the best water the nation has to offer.

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Monday, August 14, 2017

Warm Springs Fire Update - Crews Make Progress, Level 3 Evacuation Lifted

Posted By on Mon, Aug 14, 2017 at 10:26 AM

Mike Leecy, Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs Supervisory Timber Presale Technician, uses a drip torch to burn black line; a containment line created to burn/remove the short grasses from the path of the fire. - EDWARD HEATH
  • Edward Heath
  • Mike Leecy, Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs Supervisory Timber Presale Technician, uses a drip torch to burn black line; a containment line created to burn/remove the short grasses from the path of the fire.
Rain, cooler temperatures and hard work by firefighters prevented the fire burning at Warm Springs Reservation, dubbed the Nena Spring Fire, from spreading on Sunday. Crews were able to safely access significant areas of un-contained perimeters, due to the colder and wetter conditions.

According to the Oregon State Fire Marshal, firefighters made progress around the southern edge of the recent growth of the fire into the Deschutes River Canyon. In some areas crews put in fire lines used "cold trailing" techniques. This evolves using bare hands to feel along the edge of the fire to assure that no heat remains.

Structure protection resources are making good progress around the communities of Simnasho, Mutton Mountain and Indian Head Canyon to assure that no more structures are lost.

With the change in weather and strong westerly winds on Sunday, air quality has also greatly improved in the region.

On Aug. 8, the human caused Nena Springs Fire ignited on private property adjacent to the Warm Springs Indian Reservation. High winds caused the fire to grow very quickly. Over 114 firefighters with engines, dozers, large airtankers and helicopters immediately responded to contain the fire.

Firefighters will attempt to carefully burnout eastern areas near the perimeter, which may create more short-term smoke for the area.

As progress continues toward containment, some of the crews, engines and heavy equipment are being released from this incident and being made available for other fires in the region.

Evacuations provided by the Oregon State Fire Marshal

  • All Level 3 evacuation notices have been canceled.
  • The Kah-Nee-Ta Resort, the Fish Hatchery Grade area, the Charlie Canyon Subdivision and Wolf Point remain at a Level 1 evacuation notice.
  • The Schoolie Flat, Simnasho, and S-300 subdivisions are all at Level 2, however only residents will be allowed in at this time.
  • Due to lack of need, the Red Cross shelter at the Warm Springs Community Center has closed.

Road Closures

The S-300 Road and Highway 3 remain closed to non-residents to allow fire traffic to safely patrol the area.

Public schools open today. The public and fire personnel are being asked to please drive cautiously, especially on Hwy 3 between Warm Springs and the Kah-Nee-Tah Resort.

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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Sneak Peek: Rehearsal for Shakespeare in the Park

A peek into the Aug. 18 & 19 production at Drake Park

Posted By on Tue, Aug 8, 2017 at 2:39 PM

Brace yourselves, because the onslaught of folks visiting for the Great American Eclipse is already headed our way.


If you don't want to A. leave Bend, B. rent out your house for a million bucks during eclipse week or C. have to brave anywhere that requires parking for the entire weekend before the eclipse, checking out the production of "Titus Andronicus" at Shakespeare in the Park Aug. 18 and 19 may be for you.

You can walk or bike there, and think fondly of the days before your car and your cell phone ran your life.

While you're contemplating, here's a little peek into the rehearsals for the show, featuring none other than actor Joseph Marcell (of "Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" fame) and the rest of the cast from Northwest Classical Theatre Company.

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  • Northwest Classical Theatre Company

  • Northwest Classical Theatre Company

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Thursday, August 3, 2017

Central Oregon Eclipse Events

Posted By on Thu, Aug 3, 2017 at 3:45 PM


The 2017 total solar eclipse sweeps the nation on August 21, and NASA has labeled Oregon the best place for viewing.

With ODOT estimating one million people flocking to Oregon for the event, many small towns in the path of totality have stepped up to the plate. Hundreds of festivals, campgrounds and museums will host eclipse enthusiasts on this historic weekend, offering everything from live music to yoga to educational talks.

The Source Weekly has compiled a list of eclipse events in the area. If there is an event not listed, please add it to the document. Without further ado, here is your 2017 eclipse events list.
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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Slip, Slop, Slap — What To Do In This Extreme Oregon Heat Wave

Channel your inner vampire — or 16 year old teenager — and avoid the outdoors the next few days.

Posted By on Tue, Aug 1, 2017 at 1:51 PM



e’re melting!

With a excessive heat warning in place from noon until Friday and with many weather forecasts predicting temperatures well into the 100s — here’s a few wise crackin’ tips to stay cool — and use less energy (yes, you still have to go to work). So grab that baby/pooch/husband (if you must) from that boiling hot car and settle in because... global warming is reportedly here.

Chug Water, Skip the Brews

As tempting as it is to reach for that cold brewski, alcohol is a diuretic and dehydrates. Increase your fluid intake by 16-32 ounces each hour, according the the World Health Organization. Opt for caffeine and sugar free fluids, so, no, those energy drinks don’t count. Freezing fluids may cause stomach cramps, so don’t go overboard with that 64-million-ounce ice waters from Starbucks.

If all else fails, this should work.
  • If all else fails, this should work.

Replace Salt and Minerals

Now's a good time to head to the library and consider some light reading.
  • Now's a good time to head to the library and consider some light reading.

Even the most poised women and men will find themselves excessively sweating 

these days, especially if you’re in an old mill home without any air conditioning (whaddup West side!).

So consider tackling those long overdue work projects or getting in some light reading of War and Peace at the local library to poach those cooler, ac temps. Skip the TV — it generates even more heat.

Heavy sweating removes vital salt and minerals and they must be replaced. Grab electrolyte powder, not a sugary gatorade (sorry kids) and hey, here’s an idea, add it into that 32 ounces of cool fluids you’re supposed to be chugging anyway!

Channel Your Inner Vampire...
or 16 Year Old Teenager

The sun, it burns! Close those blinds and drapes, especially in south-facing windows which allow for the most heat. In the evening time — open your coffin… err, I mean, windows, grab a fan, and circulate the cooler evening air.

If you live in Shevlin Pines or Broken Top and are one-half of the population in the Pacific Northwest that has A/C, set your thermostat to 78 degrees which will keep you cool but not cost you the equivalent....of a house on Broken Top.

Anything below 78 degrees can increase your air conditioning bill as much as eight percent, according to Pacific Power (yes, I'm also unsure of why they’re telling you tips on lowering your bills, but I digress).

If you leave your lair, don’t shut the AC off, set it higher at 85 degrees so you’ll use less power to cool the house once you’ve returned.


You’re Herby Granted:“A Get Out Of Working Out” Card. Enjoy.

If you MUST exercise, because, you know, the Cascade Lakes Relay is coming up or something, then do so in the early morning or late evening hours. Or hey, this might be a great time to trail that gym membership eh?

Drink two to four glasses of cool, nonalcoholic fluids each hour (notice a theme here?) and if you are on a low-salt diet, talk with your doctor before drinking a sports beverage or taking salt tablets.

Grill, Takeaway or Go Out

George Foreman says, "Channel your inner George Foreman."
  • George Foreman says, "Channel your inner George Foreman."

Master your BBQing skills and put those Martha Stewart culinary skills away. Grill, order out or make that salad. Avoid warming your home even more so by using your stove and oven less to maintain a cooler temperature in your home.

Sorry stoner dude — no homemade pot brownies, but if you really want those pizza pockets then go 1st year dorm-room style and use a toaster oven — they use a third less energy than conventional ovens.

Wear Skimpy Clothes

These are getting fun aren’t they?
The kicker: wear as little as you can...
when you’re home.
(Cue the boos).

You're welcome.
  • You're welcome.

Cover up when outside to protect against that ghastly thing called skin cancer and choose lightweight, light-colored and loose-fitting clothing. A wide-brimmed hat does the trick. Didya' know that a sunburn affects your body’s ability to naturally cool itself? Yeah, me either, till now.

So do as the Aussie’s do (because they have that hole in the ozone layer and know a thing or too about HEAT) and Slip-Slop-Slap!

SLIP on a shirt

SLOP on the 30+ sunscreen,

SLAP on a hat,

And throw some shrimp on the barbie!

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