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  • Makers engage creative spirit

    Jess Draper|Updated Nov 13, 2023

    A sunny weekend in early September was perfect for a gathering of the creative, the curious, and the resourceful for an event dubbed "the greatest show-and-tell on earth." Central Oregon Maker Fair was held on the grounds of Deschutes Brewery Tasting Room on Simpson Avenue in Bend. For a cost of entry less than the price of a cup of coffee, festivalgoers witnessed and participated in a wide variety of "making." People shared what they are doing and learning, from art to...

  • October 12, 2023 Inside Scoop

    Jess Draper|Updated Nov 13, 2023

    Hello Nugget supporters! I'm Jess Draper, creative director here at The Nugget. I've been laying out our beloved newspaper for the last 18 years! Over the last year I've been blessed to share the task with my stellar co-worker Leith Easterling (who handled the task before I joined the staff), allowing me some space for special projects like Spirit of Central Oregon (which, by the way, is hitting the streets as you read this). Going from a blank template to a newspaper filled...

  • The Quarantine List

    Jess Draper|Updated Apr 21, 2020

    Editor’s note: The Nugget continues its series of recommendations for reading and viewing during the pandemic shutdown. “The Vegetable Gardener’s BIBLE” by Edward C. Smith. I’ve read my fair share of gardening books (during college I worked at a delightful garden store in downtown Seattle where we were encouraged to borrow the books) and this is the one that I open again and again — for the last 10 years! In this 350-page reference book complete with full-colo... Full story

  • Newspaper pots are eco-friendly, easy on the wallet

    Jess Draper|Updated Apr 21, 2020

    Easy — and free — seed-starting pots can be placed into a standard seed flat or whatever salad clam shell, large food storage container, etc. that you may have on hand. The only supplies needed are a couple copies of The Nugget (it’s printed with non-toxic soy-based inks, in case you’re wondering) that you’re done reading, an empty toilet paper roll (or tomato paste can), scissors, pencil and a ruler. If you have kiddos, this is a fun activity to do together &mdas... Full story

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