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 By Bill Bartlett    Extra

Labyrinths abound in Central Oregon

There are at least a dozen labyrinths in Central Oregon from Prineville to Bend to Sisters to Black Butte Ranch. They range from a portable canvas version to a 140-foot-diameter medieval... — Updated 5/2/2024

 By Bill Bartlett    Extra

Ode to joy

Central Oregon has a deep and rich music tradition centered mostly around folk, blues, and country genres. Big name headliners from a range of musical tastes fill local amphitheaters,... — Updated 5/2/2024

 By Maret Pajutee    Extra

The Lady Lookouts

In 1913 a ranger in California reported his top choice for a fire lookout post was "no gentleman." He hoped his supervisor's heart could stand the shock of the novel idea of hiring a woman. H... — Updated 5/2/2024

 By Katy Yoder    Extra

Learning to live with wolves on the range

The word came in from a local rancher: Wolves had killed his livestock. The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) investigated the claim and confirmed it. Reactions to the incidents... — Updated 5/2/2024

 By Bill Bartlett    Extra

Hoodoo ski instructor marks 45 years of teaching

Donna Sanders is a neighborly sort with a big smile and bigger heart. She has taught thousands of new skiers of all ages how to get into a sport that typically lasts a lifetime. This includes... — Updated 5/2/2024

 By Bill Bartlett    Extra

What in the world is forest bathing?

Ask the average passerby to define "forest bathing," and if the first reaction isn't a blank stare, the offered definition is apt to miss the mark by a fair distance. Missie Wikler, owner of... — Updated 5/2/2024

 By Sue Stafford    Extra

Celebrity chef returns to Central Oregon

Celebrity chef and restaurateur Brian Malarkey, who grew up on a ranch in Tumalo, and went on to create over 15 successful restaurant concepts in various cities, is returning to Central... — Updated 5/2/2024

 By Jim Cornelius    Extra

Saddlemaker creates functional, traditional art

Hank Moss grew up working cattle in the sagebrush of southern Utah and northern Arizona. There's a haze of romance around that life - and Hank will tell you it was a fine life for a... — Updated 5/2/2024

 By Bill Bartlett    Extra

Seeing beyond the limits

We take our senses for granted. It's hard for most of us to contemplate being deaf or blind. We just don't want to imagine it. We're amazed when we see somebody who has lost their sight do am... — Updated 5/2/2024

 By Ceili Gatley    Extra

Oregon spirit distillers tour

Part of the spirit of Central Oregon is the enjoyment of actual spirits. Oregon Spirit Distillers (OSD) is known for high-end spirits, encompassing locally sourced materials and grains from h... — Updated 11/13/2023

 By Bill Bartlett    Extra

'Shrooming in Central Oregon

Mushrooms - fungi to the enthusiast - are all around us. Aficionados of all ages delight in hunting the sometimes otherworldly looking organisms, many of which are edible for humans (some... — Updated 11/13/2023

 By Jim Cornelius    Extra

Tapping the spirit of adventure

Central Oregon is a dream destination for people from around the world. Paradoxically, the region is also full of people who love to travel. Maybe the spirit of adventure is what brought them... — Updated 11/13/2023

 By Jim Cornelius    Extra

Entrepreneurial spirit enhances a dog's life

It's the classic entrepreneurial scenario: a man with a certain set of skills sees a need and sets about filling it. It was all Ginger's doing. Ginger was John Acree's English Bulldog. She... — Updated 11/13/2023

 By Ceili Gatley    Extra

The ageless spirit of dance

Sue Leek has been dancing for over 20 years. Leek is the type of person who dances to her own beat in many aspects of life - not only on the dance floor competing in dance competitions at... — Updated 11/13/2023

 By Jess Draper    Extra

Makers engage creative spirit

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... — Updated 11/13/2023

 By Ceili Gatley    Extra

Up to the Northern Cascades

Hood River is a gem of a town located just east of Mt. Hood nestled within the Columbia River Gorge. Mt. Hood looms in the distance, casting its shadow over numerous local farms and... — Updated 11/13/2023

 By Sue Stafford    Extra

Playing Tourist in Central Oregon

Whether you're a local or a visitor, there's nothing more enjoyable than setting aside a day or two here and there just to take in the sights. Spirit of Central Oregon offers here a couple... — Updated 11/13/2023

 By Jim Cornelius    Extra

Central Oregon rider chases dreams

When Sanoma Blakeley and her horse Goober crossed the finish line in the grueling Tevis Cup Ride endurance race in 2019, she fulfilled a dream she'd held since childhood. Recounting the... — Updated 11/13/2023

 By Sue Stafford    Extra

Life on the 21st Century farm

Central Oregon is well-known for its multitude of outdoor activities - hiking, camping, snow sports, fishing, river rafting, biking, horseback riding. A newer, less-well-known attraction is a... — Updated 11/13/2023

 By Ceili Gatley    Extra

Memories on the Metolius

The Metolius River is a wild and scenic place that holds many memories for many people. The river that runs through Camp Sherman is the centerpiece to an area filled with rich history and no... — Updated 11/13/2023

 By Bill Bartlett    Extra

Volunteers give children the gift of peaceful sleep

"No kid sleeps on the floor in our town!" That's the slogan for Sleep in Heavenly Peace (SHP), a 10-year-old 501(c)(3) nonprofit with 330 chapters in 45 states including one in Bend, helping... — Updated 11/13/2023

 By Sue Stafford    Extra

Bob Shaw's sparkling Central Oregon

"Blessed beyond what I deserve," is the way retired KTVZ meteorologist Bob Shaw describes it. After 24 years in front of the camera, 21 as the "Most Popular TV Personality in Central... — Updated 11/13/2023

 By Bill Bartlett    Extra

Falconry: Keeping the ancient art alive

Hank Minor is a master falconer. While he understands the mythical lore and occasional romanticism of falconry, he is very clear what the sport is all about - capturing and training a bird... — Updated 11/13/2023


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