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Optimism and the Climate

Optimism and the Climate

A mountaineer's perspective on surviving a trek vs. surviving a climate crisis
As a professional mountain climber, I'm known to be somewhat of an optimist. In my profession, a healthy dose of optimism comes in handy.

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Another Type of Smoke Signal

An ode to a sleeping volcano
The title of this piece was inspired from the Oct. 24 edition of the Source Weekly, specifically Josh Jardine's column, "Memories of the Volcano." But the volcano I remember is one familiar to us all, Bachelor Butte, or as the downhill skiers know it, Mt. Bachelor.

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Offer perspective on the future of the Deschutes River

Oregonians have a few more days to weigh in on the future of one of Central Oregon's most vital resources
Oregonians have a few more days to weigh in on the future of one of Central Oregon's most vital resources: the Deschutes River.

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Basecamp: Maupin/Dufur

Gravel cycling at lower elevation, and in warmer temps
Fall gravel cycling can be a tad tricky: where exactly does the snow start and end? Rather than taking chances in Bend, here's a better idea: head to the Maupin, Dufur, Tygh Valley area and enjoy the lower elevation. Locals say the daily temps are 5 to 15 degrees warmer than the rest of the region. While that doesn't mean riders can plug in the blender to mix up margaritas: it does mean it will be warm enough to crank through miles on a bicycle.

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Bend Curling Club Bonspiel

Teams of four play four matches Friday and Saturday, with a final round Sunday morning
For those looking to get into a winter-related sport that doesn't involve shusshing down a mountain, curling may be the answer. The Bend Curling Club is inviting participants to its upcoming Bonspiel—the term curlers use for "tournament."

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Finishing Is What Matters

82-year-old Sharlene Tobin will run her 66th half marathon this weekend in the Happy Girls Sisters race
Sharlene (Shar) Tobin's first running shoes were a pair of white Adidas "Countries" with green stripes—the smallest size made for men. That was in 1971 when she lived in Kailua, on the windward side of Oahu.

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A Resurgence of West Nile

And how building a haven for bats can help protect humans and livestock
There's been a small rash of West Nile virus in eastern Oregon this year. West Nile is a virus transmitted by the native Culex mosquitos. It was first detected in the U.S. in 1999 and has since spread to 45 states.

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A First Ascent of Link Sar

Local alpinist recalls his team's triumphant climb to the summit of a mountain in Pakistan's Karakoram
For me, alpinism—the art of climbing in the alpine environment—is all about an equation that balances providing oneself with opportunities for success with defining success in a way that encourages survival. Alpine mountain climbing is a practice that distinctly lacks guarantees.

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William L. Finley, Oregon's First Game Warden

...and the protection of an elegant bird
Federal law states: "The possession of feathers and other parts of native North American birds without a permit is prohibited by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1916." This protects wild birds by preventing their killing by collectors, and their commercial trade in feathers—extending to all feathers, regardless of how they were obtained. There's no exemption for molted feathers or those taken from road-or window-killed birds.

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6/12/16: Three Kids and Pump Track

One year after its opening, Redmond's Homestead pump track is as popular as ever
If you've been reading the Source Weekly a while, you might recall our ongoing 20/40/60 segment, in which people of three different ages (20ish, 40ish and 60ish) try out a new activity in Central Oregon. But since Redmond's pump track is such a draw for kids, we couldn't go with that typical format; instead of adults, we had to gain insight from local kid riders.

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What's new in Redmond trail riding

In honor of the Redmond Issue, here's an update on the trails in or near Redmond
Volunteers from Central Oregon Trail Alliance are the heroes who keep the local trails maintained—and who also build new trails for riders to enjoy. In honor of the Redmond Issue, here's an update on the trails in or near Redmond, courtesy of Bob Gilbert, COTA's Redmond chapter representative:

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Where Have All the Bugs and Birds Gone?

Reports of staggering bird population declines
What has been leading to the drastic decline in insects and birds?

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Bend or Bust

Water sports giant, Aquaglide, moved to Bend last year. Now it has big plans for local water fun
Aquaglide designs and manufactures aquaparks, inflatable kayaks, standup paddle boards and towables for watersports enthusiasts and outdoor recreationalists. The company moved to Bend last October.

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