Eyes in the Sky

Eyes in the Sky

Low-tech fire lookouts remain a key tool in finding fires before they spread
In a time when technology is taking over, the team managing the Deschutes National Forest still does some things the old-fashioned way. In addition to airplanes and helicopters, fire lookout towers are a critical part of finding fires early.

Picklers Assemble

Bend Pickleball Club hosts players from all over the U.S.—including a much-younger crowd than in previous years
Founded in 2013, the Bend Pickleball Club was formed to provide more ways to play the beautiful game here in Central Oregon – which is exactly what they did. In partnership with the Bend Park and Recreation District, BPC raised money and help build 16 new pickleball courts at Pine Nursery Park.

This Land is Our Land

A local, Latinx-led group forms to encourage participation in the outdoors
A new partnership is aimed at opening up outdoor activities for people who might not otherwise feel confident taking part. "I want to make the outdoors more inclusive and accessible for people who don't have the tools to get out there, and for the Latinx community in general," says Zavier (Zavi) Borja, who grew up in Madras.

Running for the Medals

The tale of a self-described "medal junkie"
Some people collect plants. Some collect makeup; others, gear.

Wild and Scenic Paddler

Oregonian, river advocate and photographer Tim Palmer releases Forever Heritage Art and authors his 28th book
Against a Deschutes River and basalt backdrop at Tumalo Creek State Park, nationally renowned river advocate, Tim Palmer, gave a heartfelt dedication for the release of 12 forever stamps, commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. Among the dozen, Palmer's own photographic creations showcase the Skagit River in Washington, Flathead River in Montana, Snake River in Wyoming and the Ontonagon River in Michigan.

Cascade Cycling Classic is Back

After a year hiatus, North America's longest running stage race is back
That's right bike peeps, the Cascade Cycling Classic is back. After taking last year off, in part due to logistics, the 39th running of the race is back with new dates, new events and a new focus on community and spectator engagement.

The Rep Life

These are the road warriors who bring us the brands
From skiing to biking to climbing, Central Oregon attracts outdoor enthusiasts worldwide. Many people work hard during the week to get out and about on the weekends—but a small cadre of committed enthusiasts make their lives and careers out of the industries that support the lifestyle.

A furry gravel ride: The Alpaca Loop

As the interest in gravel riding continues to grow at a feverish pace, people are mapping out more and more routes. Apps including Strava and Map My Ride allow people to develop and share routes with others, thus increasing the exposure.

Sights From Above Bend

What it looked like to fly in a Ford Tri-Motor airplane
In this week's Outside section, the Source covered the Fly The Ford tour that is currently making a pit stop in Bend. I got the chance to fly in the Tri-Motor on Thursday, and when I say it was an awesome experience – that might be underselling it.   While the "Tin Goose" was a giant leap forward for the world of aviation and travel, it's a very far out feeling from the aircrafts we know today.

Spreading its Wings

Take a trip back in time with the Ford Tri-Motor airplane
Over Mother's Day weekend, from May 9 to 12, a little piece of history will be flying over the skies of Bend and Central Oregon: A Ford Tri-Motor Airplane. The Tri-Motor was built back in 1928 as one of the original faces of commercial airliners.

Get ready for the big bugs: Fishing the Deschutes River salmonfly hatch

Those obsessed with fly fishing are getting ready for the greatest time of the year on the lower Deschutes River: the famous salmonfly hatch. After a long cold winter, trout are hungry.


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"Phoenix, Oregon" - Volcanic Theatre Pub

Wed., June 26, 7-8:30 p.m.
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