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On Stewardship

On Stewardship

At the intersection of loving the outdoors and "loving it to death" is one big buzzword. We explore what it means
In a Bend area Visitors Survey conducted for summer 2017 by Visit Bend, 69 percent of tourists reported visiting Bend for outdoor recreation, leisure, sightseeing and brewery tourism.

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Swampy to South Fork

Shoulder season keeps visitor numbers low and local stoke high
Cooler temperatures bring about a favored shoulder season for local mountain bikers, as the bug-infested, moondust-laden singletrack of the busy summer makes way for the slow times and the coming storms of fall.

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Fort Rock: a Place of Wonder and Music

There's a story about an old cowpoke from Fort Rock who, having breathed his last, found himself at the gates of Heaven.

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Fall Fashion, Sportsy Edition

Our Fall Style feature aimed to show you what's out there, beyond the puffy jacket. But in the High Desert, we know you want your outdoor threads, too
Weather wise, there's lots to look forward to in an autumn in the High Desert.

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At last! A long-nosed snake!

My longtime pal and devoted champion of Oregon's amphibians and reptiles recently sent me an email and photo, declaring: "LONG-NOSED SNAKE CONFIRMED IN THE OWYHEE!"

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Late-season hiking on the PCT
Put on your hiking shoes and follow in the footsteps of history

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Is Football Still King?

Participation rates are falling for tackle football, locally and nationwide
Across the country, traditional contact sports—including tackle football and soccer—are seeing declining participation rates in high school and among kids aged 6 to 12.

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Mrazek Trail

A longtime local favorite singletrack bike trail
There are certain trails in the hundreds of miles of singletrack in Central Oregon that become popular not because of any one thing in particular.

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Possum Alert!

A hilarious tale of finding possums... well, everywhere
Back during the Great Depression, many people who wanted to work for a salary had a very tough time.

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Twin Bridges Loop

The "must-do" ride for roadies
Bike riders come from near and far to ride bicycles in Central Oregon, and although the suspension-needy flock to the ever-growing maze of mountain bike singletrack, those who desire the smooth roll of paved roadways also come to the region to play.

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Bouyed Up by Volunteers

An innocent-looking buoy with an important mission: tracking water in and under the high Cascades
For those of us who have been looking at the Three Sisters and what's left of the year-round snow on the slopes, it's pretty scary.

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Fall into the Fall Garden

Transitioning your garden from summer to fall
Before you know it, fall will be upon us in Central Oregon once again: the season when the leaves start to change, the soil starts to freeze and the frosty mornings are forgotten by the beat of the midday sun.

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Misery Ridge

Misery Ridge

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A Cleanup at Arnold Ice Cave
This month, Arnold Ice Cave—located about 12 miles down China Hat Road from Bend—was the site of a whole bunch of good people helping to remove the old, defunct stairway in the cave.

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A Fisheries Pioneer

Amy Stewart was ODFW's first district-wide female fish biologist
"I was told women belong in the kitchen, barefoot and pregnant," recalls former state Fish Biologist Amy Stuart of Prineville.

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Monarch butterflies make really good neighbors
If you're tuned in, you know our western monarch butterfly—the only butterfly in North America that migrates to keep from freezing its butt off—is in a heap of trouble.

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    • Note from the author: Awesome quote that didn't quite make it into the story... "When…

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    • Anonymous- The article I wrote noting that women in Bend wanted more representation in clothing…

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