The Source Weekly - Bend, Oregon | Issue Archives | Jul 21, 2011
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  • Jul 21-27, 2011
  • Vol. 15, No. 29




Food & Drink




  • Outside Features
  • Cut to the Chase: Lift-served mountain biking, hiking and disc golfing with a view at Willamette Pass

    For mountain bikers who hate to ride uphill, Willamette Pass is a must-ride. Late in June, after the snow has melted from the mountain, the small ski resort off of Hwy. 58 near Oakridge converts its six-person chair to a gondola for mountain bikers, hikers, disc golfers and sightseers. The ski slopes give way to some intense singletrack riding with some killer Cascade mountain views, including those of nearby 8,678-foot Diamond Peak. "It's a little slice of heaven," says mountain biker Jeremy Fritts. With a 360-degree view from the summit and an 18-hole disc golf course that winds down the mountain, it is also worth a stop for non-riders. Located an hour and a half from Bend, Willamette Pass is one of only two mountains in Oregon that offers lift-serviced mountain biking, the other is Ski Bowl at Mt. Hood. While the resort restricts its mountain bike lift operations to the weekend, it's still relatively crowd free. But mountain bikers should take note: Willamette Pass is not for the faint of heart. While there are some relatively tame trails, the riding is geared more toward downhill-style biking.
  • Outside Features
  • Where to Sit for the Crit: Cascade Cyclings premier public appearance returns to down town

    The phone at 900 Wall began ringing in April with people eager to make reservations for Saturday, July 23. They were staking a claim on elegant front-row seats for the Cascade Cycling Classic criterium races that will take place that afternoon and evening. The restaurant, like many others downtown, adds outdoor tables for the race, and is now completely booked, mostly with Bendites. "It's a fun event," says 900 Wall's Mike Millette. "It brings in a lot more locals than other events." Zydeco actually limits the length of time people can sit on the patio during the race due to demand for tables. "People will camp out there all night," explains Manager Brian Bellew. "It's a great event. If we could, we'd put rows of seating out there."


  • Bent
  • Unusually High Number of Human-Caused Wildfires in Central Oregon

    On average, about 140 human-caused wildfires occur in the Deschutes and Ochoco National Forests every year. Through the first two weeks of July, firefighters responded to almost 30 such fires (when the stats include fires on private lands and rural fire departments the number plumps up to 90 blazes) and while all were contained quickly – the largest burned about 70 acres — most were easily preventable.

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