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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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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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An Uphill Battle

Biking to help fight cancer with the Oregon Cancer Bike Out
It's no secret: Central Oregonians love to mountain bike. Putting those tires on a good piece of trail can be euphoric for people.

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Prineville's 66 Trail System expands

Lovers of hiking and mountain biking now have more room to play
Lovers of hiking and mountain biking now have more room to play in Prineville. In 2015, the Crook County Chapter of the Central Oregon Trail Alliance proposed an expansion of the Lower 66 Trail System—which at that time consisted of 2.3 miles of hiking and biking trails on Oregon State Parks property.

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The Glory Days of Flying

From vomit cleaner to budding pilot in the days before WWII
One day, back in West Haven, Connecticut, in 1941, living on my grandfather's farm, an Aeronca "Flying Bathtub" came swooping over me. I was helping my uncles and grandfather bring in the hay on a sweet summer day, and the last thing I thought would happen was a buzz job by that pot-bellied flying machine.

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Running of the Dogs

Mt. Bachelor Kennel Club hosts Fall Agility Trials in Prineville
If you're new to the sport of dog agility, then head to the Crook County Fairgrounds this weekend, Sept. 27-29, for the Mt. Bachelor Kennel Club's Fall Agility Trials. Watch dogs weave through poles, leap over jumps or charge through tunnels on timed courses.

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4th graders get free Forest Service, federal lands passes; Public Lands Day offers free one-day passes for everyone

Access to places such as the Deschutes National Forest or Crater Lake National Park
Spending time at certain spots in the forest often requires one type of pass or another—but to encourage kids to get out more, the Every Kid Outdoors pass program is offering some of those passes for free. Kids who are in 4th grade for the 2019-2020 school year are eligible for the Every Kid Outdoors pass, which gives them free entry for an entire year to all federal lands, including national parks, U.S. forest lands and more.

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One of a Kind

The wonder of outdoor creatures, inside the Sisters Library
Dear readers, you're in for a very special treat. All you have to do is arrive at 10am at the Sisters Library any day from Tuesday through Saturday, during regular business hours.

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Everyone Needs a Crew

Eric Heinemann's journey to completing the Leadville Series was capped off with a 100-mile run
In January, we talked with Eric Heinemann, Easy Float's first sponsored athlete, about his goal to complete the Leadville Race Series. Flash forward to now and the Bendite is officially a "Leadman."

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AdventurUS encourages women to try new outdoor sports

A weekend filled with hiking, climbing, mountain biking, paddle boarding and more
Next weekend, LOGE Entrada will be the home base for a group of women aiming to try their hands at some new multi-sport adventures. LOGE teamed with AdventurUs—a women-led company that encourages women from all backgrounds to engage in outdoor sports—for a weekend filled with hiking, climbing, mountain biking, paddle boarding and more.

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Counting Life's Flowering Treasures

The ebb and flow of local populations of the mariposa lily
Bill Kuhn, who lives among the sagebrush, juniper and mariposa lilies, is somewhat like me: a worrywart. Every time he and I sit by the fire we get to chinwaggin' about what's going to happen to the juniper, sagebrush and wildflowers—that are the love of our lives—after we go out among the stars.

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One Man's Trash...

A trio of surf lovers takes river cleanup to the next level, exploring the underwater world of the Deschutes
"I grabbed this baby head... not a real one!" says Kea Eubank as we stand at the edge of the water in Pioneer Park. Apparently that's just how it goes when you dive under the Deschutes River; you never know what you're going to get.

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Outdoor City, USA

Find what you're looking for at Mt. Bachelor this weekend
Whether you're a multi-sport athlete who wants a one-stop shop for all the things you love to do outdoors, or you're looking to explore a new activity, you may find what you're looking for at Mt. Bachelor this weekend.

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Connecting Through Adventure

The inaugural Cascadia Adventure Film Festival is a homegrown fest with an international reach
In Central Oregon, visitors and locals might have the chance to go mountain biking, whitewater rafting and hiking all in the same day. There's a good chance you'll get a look at all these activities even if you aren't the one partaking.

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