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Vamonos Climbing, Skiing and More

Vamonos Climbing, Skiing and More

An interview with the new program coordinator for Vamonos Outside, Wesley Heredia
In late 2021, Vamonos Outside—the local nonprofit with a mission to connect, engage and inspire Latinx families & community into the outdoors—announced it had hired a new program coordinator, Wesley Heredia, to help connect with the community and to further the group's mission. The Source Weekly connected with Heredia to talk about the new role.

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Nature Night: A Low-to-No Snow Future

Both areas of study are important to understanding how future climate scenarios are calculated
Historically, mountain snow-packs have functioned as large, natural water supplies that can also provide entertaining recreational activities for local outdoor sports enthusiasts. As time continues to pass by, the snowpack in the Cascades mountain range has consistently declined—which could be attributed to the many effects of climate change.

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A Slam Dunk Interview

An Interview with the Harlem Globetrotters' go-to dunker
For decades, the Harlem Globetrotters have been touring the world and showing off their grade-A basketball skills. Just in time for their game at the Deschutes County Expo Center in Redmond, the Source Weekly managed to land an exclusive interview with one of the Globetrotters world renowned basketball stars, Max "Hops" Pearce, who joined the Globetrotters in 2018 after being discovered at the Purchase College dunk contest in New York.

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Great Nordeen Ski Race 2022

Ski and bike races start at Mt. Bachelor
The 2022 ski season in Central Oregon is in full swing. As the snow continues to fall, winter-style events are on the docket, including the 19th Annual Great Nordeen Ski Race happening on Jan. 23.

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A Deadly Dilemma

A case for removing lead from hunting—whether it's required by law or not
The negative issues connected to lead used in sport hunting go back to the Year One, and it's taken over 100 years to really understand what a horrifying impact that stuff has on wildlife resource as well as the world around us. A photo I once took of a lead-filled duck gizzard is just one example of how lead gets into the life and times of waterfowl.

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Ski, Eat and Chill at Elk Lake

A ski session with a three-course meal and heavy duty transportation
A popular winter sport destination located 25 miles southwest of Bend is hosting a moonlight ski and bite event that features a unique and chilly experience for those who seek good food and better night skiing. The event, hosted by Elk Lake Resort, features a ski down Trail 5, boasting a 1,500-foot descent and a 4% grade leading down to Sparks Lake.

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"Snowsplore" Santiam Pass

Nordic ski, snowshoe, and snowmobile trails lead winter enthusiasts out into the Santiam Pass area
Santiam Pass, named for the Kalapuya people who lived along the Santiam River long before emigrants and pioneers entered the region, is a relatively low pass on the Cascade crest which connects the Willamette Valley to Central Oregon. The 4,816-foot-high summit at Santiam Pass may be wanting for elevation, but the area offers a wealth of winter trails for snowshoers, snowmobilers and Nordic skiers, spiced with a taste of history.

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Ice Rink Open for the Season in Redmond

Operating hours may be adjusted on holidays and/or due to inclement weather
Just in time for Christmas and the winter season, the City of Redmond and the Redmond Area Parks and Recreation District opened the ice-skating rink located on Seventh St. Plaza, in between Deschutes and Evergreen Avenues. "The approximately 4,000-square-foot rink will operate seven days a week until the end of March, weather permitting," according to a news release.

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Christmas Day & Family Photo Ops

Holiday outings that also make great backdrops
To celebrate an adventurous Christmas, imagine standing at the top of a winter wonderland waterfall or on a snowy volcano with your loved ones. In this modern, millennial-ruled holiday corner of the calendar, you'd better have an Instagram-worthy family photo to push around on all your channels or you might just fall off the self-importance social media radar forever.

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A Riot of Robins

Why yes, there is a massive migration of robins—aka Turdus migratorius—going on right now
A rash, a hood, a riot—all collective nouns for a group of robins. And boy, are there ever groups, big groups, of them around central Oregon this fall!

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New Year's Eve Snowtacular

Ski in 2022 at Hoodoo
As 2021 slowly turns the corner into 2022, and the heavens finally open up in Central Oregon for a good powder dumping, focus your gaze toward the slopes this holiday season to discover exciting New Year's Eve plans—including Hoodoo's all-day party on the mountain. On Dec. 31, ring in a fresh start at this family-friendly turn up that's featuring day and night skiing, a special dinner menu, live music and a professional fireworks show visible from the lodge's back patio.

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Santiam Pass Ski Lodge Shapes Up

Listed as one of Oregon's Most Endangered Places, the 1940s lodge renovation is well underway
Located just west of the Hoodoo Ski Bowl at Santiam Pass, the historic Santiam Pass Ski Lodge is garnering the attention it deserves. Built by the Civilian Conservation Corps from July 1939 to February 1940, the lodge has stood empty and deserted since 1986, except for some periodic maintenance by the U.S. Forest Service and wandering rodents.

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Feeding Our Feathered Friends

What to feed the birds you love seeing at the window
Those Bushtits in Sue's photo, pigging out at our suet feeder, always bring the thrill of feeding wild birds alive in our souls. Don't know about you guys, but if you're having a slow and not-so-fun day, Bushtits will bring joy into your life!

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Winter Solstice Ice Skating Bonanza

Celebrate the shortest day of the year with ice skating & treats
The winter season begins in just a few days, on Dec. 21. That being said, start your seasonal cycle change celebration early at The Pavilion's Winter Solstice Ice Skating event.

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Latitude 44 Sports Great Nordeen XC Ski Race and Fat Bike Race

Latitude 44 Sports Great Nordeen XC Ski Race and Fat Bike Race - Mt. Bachelor

Sun., Jan. 23, 7:30-11:30 a.m.
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