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Comment Archives: stories: Outside

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

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.

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

Re: “Backyard Scorpions: We've got some of the stingers in these parts, but don't worry

I live near Klamath Falls and we've had 3 in the last couple of weeks, all in the house. Maybe they come in on my husband after he's been out working on the wood pile? Told him to start stripping down in the garage.

Posted by Barbara Yancey Medart on 09/11/2018 at 10:44 AM

Re: “Natural World

Matt: Thanks for the suggestion, but that's not in accordance with our stylebook.

Posted by Nicole Vulcan on 08/24/2018 at 1:25 PM

Re: “Natural World

Thanks Nicole! Just another heads up, when using acronyms, it's best to declare what the acronym represents by putting it in parenthesis after the first use of the non-acronym form, that way the reader can be certain what it's referring to.

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Posted by Matt Skeels on 08/24/2018 at 12:21 PM

Re: “Natural World

Hey Matt Skeels: Thanks for pointing out the distinction between Oregon Grotto and Oregon High Desert Grotto. We've updated the post to reflect the correct titles.

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Posted by Nicole Vulcan on 08/24/2018 at 11:16 AM

Re: “Natural World

This article should be edited to reflect that these members aren't a part of the Oregon Grotto (based out of Vancouver, Washington), they are from the Oregon High Desert Grotto of Bend, Oregon. An "OHDG" would be good shorthand as well.

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Posted by Matt Skeels on 08/23/2018 at 10:23 AM

Re: “Natural World

Another story about the found and then lost skull in Arnold Ice Cave:…

Posted by Matt Skeels on 08/23/2018 at 10:18 AM

Re: “Natural World

It turns out we hauled out close to 3,300 pounds of wood and metal from the cave, loaded in a FS dump truck which was hauled off the same day. Thanks to everyone that helped make this happen! -Brent.

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Posted by Brent McGregor on 08/22/2018 at 6:18 PM

Re: “What? You've Never Seen a Skink!: an introduction to this sexy, sexy lizard

Just saw 1 here in came out of my garden.

Posted by Rose Tracy on 08/06/2018 at 2:28 PM

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: “What? You've Never Seen a Skink!: an introduction to this sexy, sexy lizard

I, too, just saw one of these for the first time. It was in my garden compost container when I took off the lid. Fortunately, I had my smart phone on me and was able to snap a few pics. The skink reminded me of a garter snake on the front end, with an amazingly neon blue tail. Wish I could post the photo...

Posted by Debdoll on 07/29/2018 at 6:07 PM

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: “Phil's Trail

So now the source has turned into a full blown "Tourist" paper. You just ran a article about areas getting destroyed by overuse and the advertising of these areas yet you still seem to think advertising these areas to tourists is a good idea.

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Posted by anonymous on 07/25/2018 at 4:34 PM

Re: “What to do about outdoor cats?

I am considering trapping the neighbor's cat. I have had to quit putting bird feed out for birds because it would position itself under bushes and attack as soon as the birds came to the feeders. This was especially stressful when I found it with a dead hummingbird, and then discovered additional dead hummingbirds. I chased the cat all last year. Yes, my hummingbird feeders are empty of nectar, and my finch feeders empty of thistle. My cardinal feeders are free of sunflower seeds, and the remainder of my feeders are free of wild bird feed mix. I still have flowers. Flowers attract hummingbirds, and other birds and the cat still comes and hides under plants until it catches my sweet visitors. But this year the cat has added more distress. I have a small pond among my gardens, once stocked with gold fish. My gold fish started disappearing this spring, until I was down to one, the largest one. I was blaming a raccoon. Not only did I keep the pump running day and night but also kept a spotlight on at night to deter the masked bandit I suspected. I have replaced ten gold fish three times this year, but this week I am back down to one. I came home this evening to find the neighbor's cat, the same cat who has taken my bird feeding enjoyment away, in the pond attempting to catch my last fish, "Popsicle." Our neighbors have suffered a terrible family crisis. The husband had a fall and as a result has severe brain damage and is confined to a wheelchair. They had been married to each other only a short time. There are three teenage children from a previous marriage, but this couple had a baby around the time of the husband's accident. The wife is always hauling her husband, who does not remember her as his wife, to therapy and doctors. The last thing they appear to care about is a cat that can pretty well scrounge for itself and take this senior citizens joy. It does not have city required tags nor even a collar. I am not a cat hater. I am not a cat lover either. I understand other folks really care about their pets. But leaving a pet to roam and infringe on the rights of others and cause extra expense to a neighbor does not appear to be caring. BUT, it does seem like approaching the already overwhelmed woman with this problem would only bring more stress to her. Trapping the cat and taking it to Animal Control may be doing the cat a favor...perhaps a family who will keep it home and care for it. In addition, it will no longer be subject to my chasing it and I can go back to feeding and watching hungry birds, and keeping my pond.

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Posted by oh_stop_it on 07/21/2018 at 3:10 AM

Re: “Bugging Out!

These types of bugs are the most dangerous one. They feed on blood during the night and prefer to bite humans around the mouth or eyes. Also, they carry Chagas disease along with them. Therefore it is very important to eradicate them from our property as soon as we find any sign of their infestation. Trying DIY methods would only give a temporary relief. Best is go with hiring a professional like and seek their help to protect your home and family.

Posted by mariangordon0122 on 07/19/2018 at 11:20 PM

Re: “Backyard Scorpions: We've got some of the stingers in these parts, but don't worry

Found one in my bathroom yesterday. I am in The Dalles Oregon. He scared my daughter half to death just hanging out on the bathroom wall. He is now named Stan and has a very cozy set up in a 10 gallon tank in my living room. He is a happy addition to my zoo.

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Posted by Angelique Goertler on 07/19/2018 at 6:02 AM
Posted by Haroldsalazar on 07/17/2018 at 11:46 PM

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