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Commentary: On Powder and Polka

With thousands on Century every day, what Central Oregon really needs is a ski train
The email could not have been more exciting if Ullr had typed it himself. "It's Official..." screamed the subject line.

The Journey Back Om

Statistics show that programs such as Deschutes County's inmate yoga program can reduce the risk of reoffending
Jails and corrections systems throughout the U.S. are referred to as "the new asylums." A 2018 report conducted by the Oregon Health Authority found that 50% of the state's prison population had a diagnosable mental illness and was in need of professional treatment.

Youth Sports, Upgraded

BEA, MBSEF and Bend Hoops all expand and look toward the future with new facilities and programs
When it comes to sports, there's a lot going on for Bend youth. Peruse the Bend Park & Recreation District's Playbook and you'll see a diversity of programs—but beyond BPRD's numerous parks, sport fields and facilities, other organizations such as Bend Endurance Academy, Bend Hoops and Mt. Bachelor Sports Education Foundation are also building toward the future.

Monitoring Glaciers

Local alpinists advocate for more tracking of the glaciers around us
Dropping over the edge of the snow-filled mountain bowl, I feel the soft snow sliding under my skis as I accelerate. Leaning into my edges, I initiate turn after turn, controlling that acceleration—and in the process, spraying small waves of snow across the slope.

Student Climbers Ascend New Heights

Started by students, the OSU-Cascades climbing club has exploded in size, taking many podium spots in competitions
What started out as a simple idea—having OSU-Cascades student fees pay for a climbing club—has quickly grown in popularity that neither the founding members nor the University saw coming.

My Feathered Foster Son, Part 2

The life and times of one remarkable creature
Editor's note: This story is the second in a two-part series chronicling how Jim Anderson became the human companion for a Great Horned Owl, found as a baby by a logger near Prineville in the '50s. Wasn't he handsome?

Nordic Fun for Racers and Everyone Else

In addition to its other events, Meissner Nordic Ski Club introduces a classic ski race for the everyman this season
For cross-country skiers, Meissner Sno-Park, located along Century Drive offers an extensive venue for classic or skate skiing. While a trio of events take place at the sno-park throughout the season, this year a new race, happening Jan. 5, is also part of the action.

Guided First Day hikes—get 'em while you can

This is the ninth year that the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department is offering free, guided First Day Hikes in state parks around the state.
What's better than spending the first day of the new year hiking with family and/or friends? Hiking with family and/or friends for free—along with a guide to help show you what's what.

Secrets to Winter Cycling

Looking to sneak in a few miles on a bike this season? This is how to do it
The Village Idiot. That's exactly what I thought when I saw someone riding a bike in the winter. But once I learned to pile on the right clothes, check the weather and find the right routes, I was able to sneak in a few extra miles during the winter. Miles that don't include staring at a computer on a spin bike and wondering: Just how long can an hour really last? This is all coming from a Florida gal.

Wintertime trails and fat bike routes abound in Central Oregon

Gravel riding isn't the only wintertime jam for cycling enthusiasts. In its most recent newsletter, the Central Oregon Trail Alliance recommended the following trails for winter riding—whether riders have fat-tire bikes, or just the regular ol' trail bikes:

Surviving Winter

For transplants and visitors, a quick guide to thriving when winter throws out her worst
Many Central Oregon transplants come from warmer climates; sunny southern California, the dry heat of Arizona, or in my case, Memphis, Tennessee. Until last year I had never witnessed a white Christmas, much less the Snowmaggedon that hit in late February, or the lighter storm we got last week.

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Family Birthing Center Tour

Family Birthing Center Tour - St. Charles Bend

Sun., Jan. 26, 2:45 p.m.
Matt Puccio Jr.

Matt Puccio Jr. - River's Place

Thu., Jan. 23, 6-8 p.m.
Our Place in the Wilderness

Our Place in the Wilderness - High Desert Museum

Thu., Jan. 23, 6-7:15 p.m.
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Recent Comments

  • Re: Monitoring Glaciers

    • Yes, Davis Clark, Yes. It is being caused by excess greenhouse gases. The science is…

    • on January 10, 2020
  • Re: My Feathered Foster Son, Part 2

    • I will never forget the silence as Owl flew over our heads in the auditorium…

    • on January 8, 2020
  • Re: Monitoring Glaciers

    • "Regardless of the cause, we will still have to deal with the consequences." Correct, but…

    • on January 5, 2020
  • Re: Monitoring Glaciers

    • Regardless of the cause, we will still have to deal with the consequences.

    • on January 5, 2020
  • Re: Monitoring Glaciers

    • Has anyone yet found actual evidence that this is caused by man's CO2?

    • on January 1, 2020

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