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Commentary: On Powder and Polka

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.

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How Does Your Water Taste?

Memories of the waste dump that is Alkali Lake
Back in the '70s I was hired to help fulfill one of the great ideas that went with what Sunriver is today. Sunriver is what it is because landscape architect Bob Royston, out of San Francisco, planned it that way and John Gray made it happen.

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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.

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Nominate a river for Wild and Scenic designation

Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden is asking Oregonians to nominate more Oregon rivers for the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System
Do you have a river you love in Oregon? Do you want to see it more protected than it is today?

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Those Good Ol' OMSI Days

Meeting a jokester of a state geologist and more from the '50s and '60s
In the mid-1950s I was working with Bob Couch cutting lodgepole on the west side of Newberry. One morning I fired up the old corn-binder, checked the tie-downs and was out on the logging road in minutes.

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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.

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Event will help the newly created Oregon Conservation & Recreation Fund get off the ground

In 2019, the Oregon Legislature passed a historic bill aimed at proactively restoring and protecting the state's natural living resources. HB 2829—signed by Gov. Kate Brown in July—established the Oregon Conservation & Recreation Fund, which sets up a funding process that doesn't rely only on hunting and fishing fees collected in the state.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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My Feathered Foster Son

From blending up gophers to owning up to the harvest of the neighbor's cat, our nature columnist recalls the days of having his very own Great Horned Owl
"Way back, when the Sun was a tiny thing and the Big Dipper was a little tin drinkin' cup," (thanks Reub Long) I was living in the Jones House in Bend with Dean and Lily Hollinshead. One evening the phone rang.

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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.

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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.

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  • Re: Commentary: On Powder and Polka

    • The bus is there but it's expensive. 10 bucks for a round trip ticket, 5…

    • on January 24, 2020
  • 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

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