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Re: “Trail Champion

Awards over function (as most projects have scheduled awards before even being built), anyone who has followed parks and rec blunder through all the money they get knows how true this is, but at least Bruce will get another trophy for the mantle.

Posted by anonmous on 11/12/2018 at 7:41 AM

Re: “Get Your Gravel On

Loads of gravel ride options across Central Oregon on

Posted by Linda English on 11/03/2018 at 2:56 PM

Re: “Crowds in the Backcountry

I've seen first hand this very problem increase in California over the years. It made me sick to see the disrespect, trash, grafitti and damage to natural areas because of lack of respect and regulation. My husband and I gathered up trash left along the side of the river in Tumalo after a short hike. And I'm talking ALL their trash. I was so disgusted. At bare minimum...... even signs posted will help deter that sort of behaviour.
I stopped camping and fishing in California because of the neglect. Now living in Oregon I am able to appreciate the natural beauty and and undisturbed wilderness once again. I hope I don't regret my decision to move here.

Posted by JS on 10/02/2018 at 6:37 AM

Re: “On Stewardship

It's to bad most of these stewardship projects only come to be after an area is pushed for personal profit (by the people making the profit) then it gets destroyed and trashed. But hey we can just clean it up later and just claim the people who trashed the area just need to be "educated" with a "awareness" campaign, yearly "stewardess" campaigns and a "raffle" to justify continuing to drive tourists to these areas.
The people who participate in stewardess campaigns, are the same people who do not destroy and trash things in the first place. We do not need a awareness campaign/raffle telling people trash does not go in the river, we need to stop advertising exceptional outdoor areas to tourist idiots for the personal profit of a few people.

Posted by anonymous on 09/24/2018 at 1:03 PM

Re: “On Stewardship

Note from the author:

Awesome quote that didn't quite make it into the story...

"When we're talking about stewardship of anything - including the environment - first, you have to give a great big damn. You have to care deeply enough and be invested enough to be willing to be changed by the very thing you're stewarding.

"Secondly, you have to be willing to be 'inconvenienced,' and thus, uncomfortable at times. Reclaiming inconvenience and discomfort - as life practices - is a much larger conversation, so what I'll offer is an invitation: take on the practice of doing the 'inconvenient' thing for a day, and notice what happens... you might find yourself making a meal rather than ordering take out; pulling the weeds in your front yard rather than calling the landscaper; or foregoing your afternoon caffeine fix because you forgot your reusable cup, and you're unwilling to use another plastic one.

"These small actions, over time, ultimately lead to deeper connection with self, others and all of Life around us ... which creates even more fodder for caring deeply, and stewarding something well and whole-heartedly."

-Breyn Hibbs, life-time Central Oregonian, owner/founder of Sol Alchemy Temple and Keynote speaker at this year's Bend Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals Network Conference, September 29th

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Posted by solalchemytemple on 09/19/2018 at 2:23 PM

Re: “Fall Fashion, Sportsy Edition


The article I wrote noting that women in Bend wanted more representation in clothing and outdoor products was reflective of a survey (see article: High Desert Herstory, June 29, 2018). There were no claims made- just sharing of a survey where over 50 local women conveyed their feelings...

As a journalist I am often relaying information gathered by other sources, not communicating my own opinions.

Even if I am conveying my own opinions, like many people, I am multidimensional. I do believe women's products and clothing should better represent diversity in body and narrative. I also write about outdoor brands in Bend- perhaps brands I write about make a one-size-fits-all hoody. It's OK to advocate for women and their needs and also note a new hoody being designed locally.

The articles I have written aren't mutually exclusive. I look forward to seeing more work published on representing a range of women's bodies in outdoor products- there is much research showing that this is how women feel, including the survey I conducted for the article. This is a national and local issue. I don't see much local literature talking about this- that is why I felt compelled to write about it in the first place.

What brands do you like anonymous? What outdoor apparel would you like to advocate for anonymous? I would love to check them out.


Posted by solalchemytemple on 09/15/2018 at 4:36 PM

Re: “Fall Fashion, Sportsy Edition

Consistency please, first a article claiming the outdoor industry is male dominated not designing things for every single female body style out there, keeping women from advancing in the industry, local retailers not caring one of every size and color in female clothing for you to look at and how pissed you are about it. Now a article celebrating new clothes designed by these same people and companies, even pushing a uni-sex one size fits all sweat shirt.

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Posted by anonymous on 09/15/2018 at 11:25 AM

Re: “Day Trips Without Cars

Great another tourist article in the series of "10 more places to destroy," sporting more illegal drone use for the cover shot.

Posted by anonmous on 08/06/2018 at 8:44 AM

Re: “Another Accolade from Outside Mag

This article is witty and well written. Cant wait to read more of Willifords work.

Posted by William Anderson on 07/29/2018 at 2:10 PM

Re: “Wet Dogs Rock

I lover dogs but articles like this are going to get dogs and unleashed dogs banned from more places. Not a single mention of riparian area destruction by dogs or how to avoid destroying the area we live in, instead just another top ten list of places for tourists to go and destroy just so a few people can get there dogs picture on the front of the source for there "look at me" moment .

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Posted by anonymous on 07/26/2018 at 8:15 AM

Re: “Another Accolade from Outside Mag

Just another top ten list of Outside Magazine "advertisers". Such an honor to be associated with tourist propaganda like this.

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Posted by Anonymous on 07/12/2018 at 2:25 PM

Re: “Crowds in the Backcountry

And yet the Forest service has done nothing but work with tourist organizational to see how many more people they can get into the woods. Three, that's "three" times I have called forest service law enforcement about people driving there cars deep into the meadows in the Green Lakes area, two for a "look at me and nature" selfies and one to rip around doing cookies tearing up the meadow. In each case I was told law enforcement was "to busy" and would not even be contacting these people, but "thanks for telling us about it".
Most of these problems we are having in the forest for overuse could have been fixed early on by simply "enforcing" the simple idea of if the parking lot is full you need to go somewhere else and the forest service not working with Visit Bend to see how many people they can get into the woods.

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Posted by Anonymous on 07/12/2018 at 8:17 AM

Re: “High Desert Herstory

Fully under-celebrated are the Kayak Moms here in Bend, who are bad-ass enough on their own, but still have the energy to shuttle the gang of dirt-bag wannabes from takeout the putin day after day for years. All this time, mostly, hiding the fears they share with their off-spring while they descend into the gorge below. That takes courage

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Posted by Mark Davis on 06/30/2018 at 11:59 AM

Re: “It's Irrigation Time!

With a fresh water supply crisis on the horizon why are we creating a water tourism industry as a economic basis ?…

Posted by Tommy Tunes on 05/28/2018 at 6:46 AM

Re: “It's Irrigation Time!

And there is a Billion Dollar a year water tourism industry that's wanting higher river flows too and is putting pressure on everything and every one to put more water back into the river , not to mention the growth in urban development figuring a 40 % increase in the area over the next 10 years , so it not just about the endangered species .... Look up the YouTube Video called " The Importance of Sharing the Water " it pretty much says a water right is a engendered species , and along with what the districts farm efficiency plan suggests that over time they will Force farmers to try and implement Drip Irrigation systems to conserve water for Urban development and water tourism . Watch the farmer in this video , he makes it clear that Drip Irrigation will be the Target .... and besides that the Farmer in this Video is made to look like the Water Waster .…

Posted by Tommy Tunes on 05/23/2018 at 6:55 AM

Re: “It's Irrigation Time!

What about the water loss in Wickiup Dam My God that's got to be sitting on a Lava bed and massive acre feet being lost not to mention evaporation ?????? Might as well line that too !!!!!

Posted by Tommy Tunes on 05/23/2018 at 6:43 AM

Re: “It's Irrigation Time!

To save water, first you don't run it exposed to the open air. Second, you don't make it flow over highly porous canal bottoms. Less than half the water released by Wikiup Dam actually grows anything because it seeps down or evaporates while enroute.

Posted by Dave Morgan 1 on 04/26/2018 at 7:45 PM

Re: “Central Oregon Now and Then

Great info! Id advise to also check out the FAQs on the Deschutes Historical Museum website for more info on local road origins and other fascinating tidbits!

Posted by BendReader on 04/16/2018 at 8:52 AM

Re: “River Talk

The fundamental problem with the Basin Study Work Group is that it is an informational study and no more. It in no way requires irrigators to take any action. The catalyst for change is the listing of the Oregon Spotted Frog as an endangered species. Accordingly, the US Fish & Wildlife Service will determine what changes the irrigators will be forced to make. "Forced" is the correct characterization. USFWS is a BSWG member but is in no way bound by any of BSWG study results. So, we are all waiting to see what USFWS will say later this year when they come to the end of their work.


Posted by on 03/23/2018 at 2:35 PM

Re: “Wading, in Style link goes to

Posted by Anonymous on 10/16/2017 at 12:27 PM

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