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Big Changes at Bachelor

Big Changes at Bachelor

As pandemic restrictions continue, Oregon's biggest ski resort plans for reservation-only parking, limited indoor amenities for the winter season
The shutdowns around COVID-19 forced Mt. Bachelor to close operations entirely for a time in the spring. Since then, the resort has been open for mountain biking and its new zipline activities throughout the summer—with many new health and safety guidelines in place.

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Many of Oregon's beloved outdoor spaces are burned out or imperiled right now.

Here are some places to donate to firefighters, evacuees
The Lionshead Fire on Mt. Jefferson and the Warm Springs Indian Reservation is the largest fire burning in Central Oregon—while at the same time, at least a dozen other fires have destroyed hundreds of homes and killed at least 10 people. Another 22 are still missing.

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It's Sage-Grouse Hunting Season

State officials still allow hunters to grab Greater sage-grouse, despite their imperiled numbers
Some people just never "retire;" they just jump from one job to another. (Editor's note: Case in point: Jim Anderson, who penned this piece despite announcing his "retirement" from this column!)

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Rocky Regulations

The installation of a rebar ladder on a popular wall prompts new rules for climbing hardware at Smith Rock
As rock climbing has taken off and rock gyms have skyrocketed in popularity, the number of visitors to Smith Rock State Park has doubled over the last decade, park managers say. Today, fixed hardware, or "bolts," fill its rock faces.

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Running into Fall

Upcoming running events in Oregon and virtual runs from anywhere
Race season hasn't totally stopped; in fact, it's only kind of getting started. This year we've seen racing directors all over the country implement virtual run designs to help limit contact between runners.

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Watch in the Outdoors: BendFilm's Drive-In Pop Ups Continue!

Pack some snacks, grab a blanket and head down for a nostalgic night of fun under the stars.
Update: 9/11/20: BendFilm's screening of "I am Not Your Negro" has been canceled due to wildfire smoke. Stay tuned for updates on other cancellations.

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Bend Racing Takes on the Eco-Challenge

Bend-based team talks about their adventures in "The World's Toughest Race"
Amazon Prime's "World's Toughest Race" opens with Bear Grylls hanging on a helicopter, hovering over the jungles of Fiji as he narrates about the tough terrain of the land below. "Steep mountains, sheer cliffs and miles and miles of dense tropical jungle," he describes.

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The New Ambassador

A new Eurasian eagle-owl is turning heads at the Sunriver Nature Center
There is no larger owl on the European continent than the Eurasian Eagle-owl, Bubo bubo. You have to travel several thousand miles to see one in the wild.

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