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Timber! Holiday Tree Options Abound in Central Oregon

Timber! Holiday Tree Options Abound in Central Oregon

Hike to get your tree—or enjoy a host of other options
The custom of erecting and decorating a tree in celebration of winter holidays evolved from Germany in the 1500s.

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Dirksen Derby goes virtual; groomed XC trails open at Meissner

Winter activities are finally here
Dirksen Derby, Instagram Edition Dirksen Derby, the beloved fundraiser that is a highlight of the season for many local (and non-local) snow riders, is going virtual in 2020.

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Pro File: Lucas Wachs Loves Pillows, Puppies and Powder Stashes

A homegrown local ski professional has put the brakes on traveling during the pandemic, focusing on local snow... and baking
Bend is home to a number of high-caliber athletes with expertise ranging from cycling to running to climbing, kayaking and skiing. The life of a professional athlete may seem like easy street to some—traveling the world, starring in movies, with all the glitz and glamour associated—but the realities of being successful and having longevity are as challenging as the sports in which those athletes engage.

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The Cleanup Crew

Carrion beetles perform a much-needed service in the natural world
Did ya' ever think When the hearse goes by That some sweet day you're gonna die? They'll put you in a neat pine box And cover you over with soil and rocks Well, all goes well for about a week And then the pine box begins to creak The bugs crawl in, the bugs crawl out Into your stomach and out of your mouth And the worms play pinochle on your chin...

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Winter Raptors

Birds of prey flock to Central Oregon to dine "al Rodentia" in winter
Driving through Central Oregon in winter, past agricultural fields or open sagebrush flats dotted with juniper, one is bound to notice hawks or eagles perched on powerline poles, fence posts, irrigation wheel lines—or perhaps soaring overhead. Birds of prey concentrate in the region due to an abundance of prey, including waterfowl, songbirds, rodents, carrion and small mammals.

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Winter Gravel Cycling: Routes for Even the Darkest of Days

Oh, you thought cycling season was over for 2020? Nope. Let these awesome Central Oregon gravel routes ignite your love for gravel riding.
With a few extra layers of clothing and some good route selection, you’ll be sneaking in quite a few extra miles

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Nature Rx: Take a Hike

In honor of National Take a Hike Day Nov. 17, three hikes to explore in Central Oregon
OK, so maybe National Take a Hike Day on Nov. 17 has lost a little oomph this year. I mean, what else have we been doing during the pandemic but hiking?

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Raffle for a fat bike; learn avalanche skills—virtually!

Get ready for the coming winter from your computer
Support Winter Bike Trail Work with this Raffle Central Oregon Trail Alliance is raffling off a winter-ready fat bike in support of fat bike riding on the winter trails in and around Wanoga Sno-Park.

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Winter Insider 2020

Outside is still open. Here’s a playbook for winter fun.
Central Oregon is full of fun winter activities. Find out what's ahead for skiing, snowshoeing, ice skating and more in 2020.

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Winter + Whitewater

Books to inspire your love for all things river and ocean—no matter what the winter weather might bring
As the warm autumn winds wind down in the high desert, many are shifting from choice summer outdoor activities to favorite cold-weather ones. After the paddlers roll up the rafts and tuck them in for a long winter's rest, this reading list can serve as a winter holdover.

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Ice skating—like nearly everything—looks a little different this winter season

Hockey won't be available in league form at all this year, but the Adult Curling League remains open
The "ice sports" season began this week at The Pavilion in Bend—but like most activities during this pandemic year, things will operate differently.

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Oh! Rats

Reflections on the deadliest pandemic recorded in human history
Several years ago, I heard a tragic story of a young child from Simnasho living on the Warm Springs Reservation who died from bubonic plague; it got a lot of people's attention. The story I heard was that her pet house cat killed and carried a Belding's Ground Squirrel into her home.

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Glacier Funeral

After commemorating the loss of Clark Glacier, the Oregon Glaciers Institute looks ahead at what's to come
On Oct. 18, on South Sister, the Oregon Glaciers Institute held a funeral for Clark Glacier, pronouncing it "dead." Well, they almost held the funeral.

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Learn About Gravel Biking in the Skyline Forest

Ever wanted to bike the Skyline Forest, but don't know where to go?
Ever wanted to bike the Skyline Forest, but don't know where to go? An upcoming webinar gives locals the chance to learn about gravel biking on the privately owned land.

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Race on Your Own and Against Other Runners and Riders with 10 Barrel's Race Series

Each week there's a new course to tackle
We know—you wish racing wasn't so siloed and solo this year... but alas. For those looking to add a healthy dose of competition to their running or mountain biking routines, the 10 Barrel "Riding Solo" and "Running Solo" stage race series continue through the first week of November.

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Central Oregon Locavore Holiday Gift Faire - Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

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  • Re: Nature Rx: Take a Hike

    • rs6er: Some may have a little snow, but much of the precip in the area…

    • on November 18, 2020
  • Re: Nature Rx: Take a Hike

    • Are these trails currently snow-covered due to recent weather?

    • on November 17, 2020
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    • Why is every other business/institution able to operate parking normally, while Mt. Bachelor somehow will…

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