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A lakeside campsite is the perfect way to enjoy a summer evening in Central Oregon. Find more ideas to help you make the most of your free time in our summer preview guide.




A landmark project offers hikers 750 miles of continuous high desert solitude. But where to begin? Tips and tactics for tackling the ODT in manageable bites. BY SUZANNE JOHNSON


Eight decades of history come together this year at the annual celebration of community and cowboy culture dubbed the Biggest Little Show in the World.


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Find family road trips, daycations, easy urban hikes and much more in our guide to help you jumpstart your summer plans in a region that offers a little of everything. BY BEND MAGAZINE STAFF

ON THE COVER It takes months of tireless work to organize the fiveday Sisters Rodeo, but only eight seconds to make or break a cowboy’s day. PHOTO BY BROWN CANNON


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Find solitude on the Oregon Desert Trail. Bend 10-year-old heads to BMX World Championships. A day in Camp Sherman. An early summer getaway to Hood River.



The best smartwatches for you. Building Bend, brick-by-brick. Crowdfunding comes to the nonprofit world. Teafly talks to Dale Largent.


A modern masterpiece of indoor-outdoor living. At home in a 100-year-old remodel in Maupin. One man’s trash is Damien Teitelbaum’s canvas.



Haven Coworking redefines the modern office. A hotel for dogs. The software engineer who wants to upend the gaming world.


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BEND BUZZ Dr. Laurie Chesley will lead COCC | $1 million for safety improvements at Neff and Purcell | New smoke rules on the horizon CO NEWS Direct flights to Sin City return | Funding for affordable housing | Water shortage for Madras farmers CRAFT BREWING Brut IPAs | Bevel Brewing | Worthy rebrands

ART BEAT Exploring landscape painter David Wach’s wild side. New galleries in Bend and Sunriver. BOOKS Kim Cooper Findling’s fiction debut has a twist. DATEBOOK Pole Pedal Paddle, Cascade Chainbreaker, rodeos and more early summer fun.

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The order this summer: fish tacos. Behind the menu at Boxwood Kitchen. Everything comes full circle at Bluestone Farms. Happy hour at Joolz is a gem.

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CATHY CARROLL For a city girl (Brooklyn, originally), covering the Sisters Rodeo—from working cowboys-turned performers, to the volunteers who steered the tradition through scores of challenges, to a world champion bareback rider on a comeback—opened her eyes to the athleticism and grit the event has demanded for nearly eight decades. (p. 92) Not her first rodeo, figuratively, Cathy has reported from around the world for Travel + Leisure and Travel Weekly, and has written for USA Today,, and 1859. Her subjects have ranged from a former president of Haiti to Stormy Daniels, to the indie folksinging progeny of the Captain and Maria von Trapp. HEATHER CLARK An avid sports fan who adores meeting fascinating characters, Heather has been writing stories about Bend athletes—from Olympians to young up-and-comers—for nearly two decades. Her favorite annual event is the Pole Pedal Paddle, a race she’ll compete in for the 12th time in 2019. For this issue, Heather connected with BMX bike prodigy Sophia (So Fast) Rodriguez to discuss the Bend rippers rise to the top of the sport in her age group. (p. 49)

BRONTE DOD Bronte was born and raised in Oregon, and she feels pretty lucky to be able to write about the amazing people and places in the state. She graduated from Willamette University with a bachelor’s in history, then moved to Bend where she got her start writing for 1859 and Bend Magazine. She and her fiancé and their dogs live in Maupin, where they spend their free time hiking, fishing and rafting. Bronte manages Bend Mag’s online content, but you also find her with her nose in a book at the Maupin library. In this issue, Bronte traveled to Powell Butte to get to know Bluestone Farms (p. 126) and stayed in town to write about a DIY home renovation in Maupin (p. 79). CAITLIN EDDOLLS Caitlin Eddolls grew up in a small town in New York. Attending college in New Hampshire convinced her that nature is pretty great, so she decided to hike the Inca Trail and loved it so much that she moved out West to build trails. These experiences connected Caitlin to her camera, and her photography has helped connect her to the world. Her one year in Bend is her longest residency since 2013, and she is ready to grow roots, though she still gets her travel fix on assignments abroad. Eddolls photos of artist David Wachs appear on page 130. CHRIS MURRAY Chris Murray is an Oregonian photographer who specializes in Architecture. He started shooting with a Pentax MG analog camera in 1988 while he was in Alaska, helicopter logging. Formerly a lead photographer for Patagonia, Chris has worked on several prestigious worldwide ad campaigns and magazine assignments for some of the biggest names in the outdoor sports world. In his free time, he can be found with his Daughter Saylor in Idaho or traveling with his faithful black lab Sug. Murray’s photos of Maya Moon’s custom home appear on page 68. JILL ROSELL Jill grew up in New Zealand, and after university she lived and travelled around the globe. In 2000 she called Bend home and still to this day wouldn’t live anywhere else on the planet. Jill is the creator of I Love Bend Or (all those green bumper stickers) and has a successful lifestyle and portrait business. When she doesn’t have her camera in her hands or out playing in Bend and the outdoors she is raising her two teen Bendites. For this issue, Rosell photographed the new female-led coworking space, The Haven, (p. 85) as well as the Old Mill District’s Boxwood restaurant. (p. 124)


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Saddle Up! If you’ve ever tried to plan a wedding, you know how difficult it is to organize an event by committee. Now imagine trying to plan a wedding every summer for upward of thirty thousand guests. That’s pretty much what it takes to keep the Sisters Rodeo running, which organizers have been doing for nearly eight decades since it was founded as a modest event on main street in 1940. Over the years, the Sisters Rodeo has grown into a staple of the pro-rodeo circuit and has become one of the best attended Need Caption Northwest rodeos. We asked writer Cathy Carroll to look behind the scenes at this annual celebration of cowboy culture, which marks its seventy-ninth birthday in June. This year the event will draw thousands of spectators and many of the top riders and ropers on the pro circuit. It’s all organized by a cadre of dedicated volunteers who spend months planning the five-day event down to the last detail. Supporters include former competitors, civic leaders and rodeo fans, all of whom see the event as an extension of Sisters’ community spirit and civic pride. Among the competitors this year is Redmond-area resident Steven Peebles, a pro circuit veteran who hopes to gather some important points at his hometown event in his bid for a comeback season and a return to the sports marquis event, the Wrangler National Finals in Las Vegas. Read about the intersection of Peebles’ journey and the Sisters Rodeo on page 92. Though not nearly as old, the Oregon Desert Trail is also celebrating a birthday. The roughly 750-mile through-hike that terminates in the Oregon Badlands just east of Bend turns ten this summer. We asked writer Suzanne Johnson to dive into a story that weaves together the southeastern section of the state’s amazing geography with our passion for recreation and wild places (p. 34). The trail serves as a showcase for some of the state’s less-traveled, yet awe inspiring, places. A patchwork of public and private lands opened to the public through negotiated easements, the Oregon Desert Trail is a testament to the concept of collaborative conservation that serves as model for future projects. If a two-month hike isn’t on the menu, we’ve put together a whole host of other ideas to jump-start your summer plans, from urban exploration to easy daycations and quick getaways. Our Summer Preview Guide (p. 100) is an essential planning tool for locals and visitors alike who hope to get the most out of summer in Central Oregon. There is much more of course, including food (yay, fish tacos!) and drink (margaritas, double yay!) as well as home design and decor inspiration from the high desert, news from around the region, and more. Know a story that you’d like to see in print or have an idea for something you’d like to see in Bend Magazine? Drop us a line at info@ We’d love to hear from you. Thanks for reading. Eric Flowers, editor


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Worth the Wait April showers bring May flowers, or so the saying goes. In Bend, that old adage could be amended to February snowstorms bring March flurries bring April showers bring May flowers. Spring can feel like a long wait. This year, Central Oregon saw record snowfall in February, essentially shutting the city down for a day or more, and even three months later, the snow shovels are still recovering. But now, the flowers are here, the sun is out, summer is on the horizon, and we at Bend Magazine could not be more delighted. Even more exciting than the weather is the fact that two of our Need Caption publications have recently been honored with national recognition. Oregon Media has been named as a finalist for two Maggie Awards, the pinnacle in achievement for excellence in publishing and digital media in the United States. Over 500 entrants from across the nation were narrowed down as judged by industry peers and publishing executives, and we are thrilled to be two of those to make it to the final rounds. Bend Magazine is a finalist in the category Best Consumer Publications: City and Metropolitan/Consumer. In the category of Best Consumer Publications: Most Improved Publication/Consumer, the Travel Southern Oregon Visitor Guide is a finalist. Our amazing team works hard on these publications year-round, and we are delighted for this professional recognition from the longest reigning awards program in national media. The 67th Annual Maggie Awards Ceremony is slated for Friday, May 3 at the Sheraton Gateway Hotel in Los Angeles, California. That’s just a few days after this issue of Bend Magazine hits newsstands! We can’t wait to see what happens—keep your eye on and our social media channels to be the first to hear. In the meantime, enjoy this issue of Bend Magazine. We’ve featured an inspiring summer preview section sure to get you excited for the season ahead, from easy family getaways to trails close to town to must-have al fresco libations and more. Break out the flip flops, put on the sunscreen, and enjoy Bend’s sunny days.

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COCC Taps New Chief A national search for a new leader at Central Oregon Community College resulted in a unanimous decision to hire a veteran administrator from out of the area. Dr. Laurie Chesley takes over as the college’s president this summer. Chesley was one of three finalists selected by the college’s board of trustees who zeroed in on her background as a teacher and administrator. Most recently Chesley served as the vice president and provost for academic and student affairs at Grand Rapids Community College in Michigan. Chesley has almost two decades of college administrative experience, including serving as a dean at Northwestern Michigan University and the assistant vice president of academic affairs at Ferris State University. Prior to that Chesley taught college



English for more than a decade. “It is exciting for me to be moving to an area that is so beautiful, so welcoming and, most importantly, so supportive of its community college,” Chesley said in an announcement of her hiring.


Where There is Smoke

A busy intersection near St. Charles Hospital is set to get a makeover in the next year after being dubbed one of the most dangerous in Oregon by state transportation analysts. The Bend City Council set aside more than $1 million earlier this year to address safety concerns at the intersection of Neff and Purcell roads, just east of the sprawling St. Charles Hospital campus. The four-way intersection has a temporary stoplight that was installed in 2002, according to city transportation staff. The light is at the end of its lifespan and has already started to malfunction, causing problems for emergency vehicles that frequent the area. Consultants hired by the city are expected to bring alternatives for a long-term solution to the city by this summer. Options include a permanent signal or roundabout. Construction plans are expected to be finalized by May 2020.

Nothing puts a damper on a summer day like a heavy dose of allergy-inducing smoke. In Central Oregon that’s become a more frequent occurrence as the number of wildfires increases across the West. But adjusting to a little more smoke might be the best defense against the threat of wildfire in our nearby forest. That’s the conclusion that state smoke managers and local fire officials came to when drafting new rules that allow more smoke from controlled burns to drift into populated areas like Bend. Under the previous rules, strict prohibitions limited how much controlled burning could take place when smoke reached populated areas. New rules allow cities like Bend to loosen those restrictions, allowing some smoke from controlled burns in exchange for healthier forests more capable of withstanding an actual wildfire. Local fire officials expect to do more controlled burning this spring and coming fall based on the new rules.


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Madras Farmers Face Water Shortage Record breaking March storms did much to alleviate a pending drought in the Deschutes basin, but not everyone is sharing in the wealth. Madras area farmers who rely on water stored southwest of Bend in Wickiup Reservoir to nourish their crops are likely to see their water allocations curtailed by as much as 25 percent, according to Mike Britton, manager of the North Unit Irrigation District that delivers water to Jefferson County farmers. Britton said the late winter storms helped to make up ground, but it wasn’t enough to refill the reservoir which was nearly drained last fall. As of mid-April the reservoir was about 69 percent full, far less than previous years and low enough to force immediate water delivery restrictions. Britton told the Bend Bulletin that some farmers will have to forego planting entirely on some of their land.

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Redmond to Las Vegas Service Returns Providing direct service from the Redmond airport to the entertainment capital of the world seems like a no brainer. Finding and keeping an airline willing to provide service from Central Oregon to Las Vegas has proved harder than drawing to an inside straight. That could change, however, beginning this fall when Minnesota-based Sun Country airlines begins seasonal service to Sin City from Redmond. Airport managers announced that Sun Country will be offering two flights per week between Robert’s Field and Las Vegas airport. The flights start at $69 for a one-way ticket and will operate from September 5 to December 15. Redmond Mayor George Endicott told KTVZ that Las Vegas is one of the most requested destinations during surveys of local travelers. The city operates the Redmond airport and has been working to find a carrier to meet that demand since Allegiant Air halted service to Las Vegas from Redmond seven years ago. The city lured Sun Country, a regional, no-frills carrier that has been expanding its routes beyond its Minneapolis hub recently, through a mix of incentives and opportunity. The city pledged $25,000 in marketing support and agreed to waive landing fees for up to six months.

housing Affordable housing projects in Bend, Redmond and Madras got a boost from a state affordable housing fund that will help finance the construction of dozens of rent-controlled apartments in Redmond and Madras and seventeen homes in Bend. Redmond-based Housing Works received the biggest chunk of state funding, more than $3 million to help fund construction of sixty-seven affordable apartment units in Redmond and another twenty-three in Madras. The projects are aimed at residents who make between 30 percent and 60 percent of the median area income. The median household income in Redmond is approximately $50,000, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. The median household income in Madras is $35,500. Habitat for Humanity in Bend was awarded $1.1 million that will be divided between an eight-unit condominium project near Central Oregon Community College and a ninehome cottage development in northeast Bend.


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and love. This trend started almost two years ago by Kim Sturdavant, the brewmaster of San Francisco’s Social Kitchen & Brewery, and it involves using the enzyme amyloglucosidase to break down complex sugars that might not otherwise ferment, creating a bone-dry IPA with no residual sugars. Here in Central Oregon, a few breweries have experimented with the new Brut IPA with successful results. Crux Fermentation Project’s version, called Gated Community, is available on draft and in six-pack cans. “The nice thing about this style is that it generates a base for hop flavors and aroma to really shine through,” said Crux's co-founder and Master Brewer Larry Sidor. “Mosaic and Citra hops were the chosen hops to shed some light on the dryness.” Silver Moon Brewing canned a Brut IPA, too. “Killer Queen was wildly successful,” said Silver Moon’s Head Brewer Jeff Haskins. “The demand for something interesting and dynamic fuel the creativity of us brewers. We can play around with styles and recipes because the consumer has a promiscuous palate that is always on the lookout for fun and imaginative beers.”

BEND’S THIRD OLDEST BREWERY, Silver Moon Brewing, is set to release its annual F* Cancer IPA. Proceeds from this seasonal IPA benefit the American Cancer Society and have earned more than $100,000 over five years, with over $50,000 raised last year alone. F* Cancer IPA clocks in at six percent and is hopped with Falconers Flight, Simcoe and El Dorado, making this refreshing and highly drinkable. Join the fight by grabbing a sixpack or two this summer.

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announced in March that the majority ownership was purchased by Andy Rhine and his father, Bruce Rhine. Chris Justema, the company’s president and a shareholder, will remain in his position. “I love this company and am stoked to be a part of this new chapter for Cascade Lakes Brewing.” Cascade Lakes also announced that Ryan Schmiege (former Deschutes assistant brewmaster) is the new head brewmaster. Keep your eyes and ears peeled for info on twenty fifth anniversary parties in Bend and Redmond. In early April, Sunriver Brewing Company launched a rotating series of limited release beers in sixteen-ounce cans. Sunriver favorites Sunny D, Vermont Vacation and even the dessert-like Cocoa Cow will now be available (in limited quantities) to take home in these sleek new cans. And for those road trips to the valley, be sure to check out their beautiful new Oakway Pub in Eugene. Bevel Craft Brewing softly opened its doors on March 25 to the public, with its grand opening party on April 6. Located in the 9th Street Village next to the DIYcave, Bevel offers up some hop-forward beers like Hop Tour Mosaic and Bicentennial Double IPA.

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hen Robin Sullivan talks about her hike on the Oregon Desert Trail last summer, the enthusiasm on her face belies the words. “I had a painful blister on my foot, I’d spilled my water, and I had to backtrack up a ridge after going the wrong way,” she said and laughs, jumping up to demonstrate climbing over the boulders. She’d covered more than fifty miles, backpacking with a friend, but cut the trip short, because “stuff happens.” Despite the mishaps, she’s already planning routes for this year. What is it about the Oregon Desert Trail that draws her back? “Maybe it’s the solitude, or the incredible stars, or the physical challenge…the desert is full of surprises.”

FROM THE BADLANDS TO THE CANYONS The Oregon Desert Trail is a relative newcomer to the list of North American through-hiking trails, which includes iconic routes such as the Appalachian Trail and the Pacific Crest Trail. It’s the first longdistance hike created by a conservation organization, designed to introduce the beauty of Oregon’s desert to a broader audience and to nurture appreciation for public lands. The Oregon Natural Desert Association, or ONDA, began mapping


the route in 2011. They pieced together existing trails, old wagon roads and routes across public lands. By 2014, they’d connected 750 miles, beginning in the Badlands outside of Bend. The route wanders south along the Fremont National Forest, then arcs east through Hart Mountain and into Steens Mountain. Looping around to the Owyhee Canyonlands, it terminates at the Owyhee State Campground. This year marks the fifth anniversary of the Oregon Desert Trail. To date, only twenty-six hikers have through-hiked the entire 750 miles, a feat that requires intense planning and support. Many more hikers are like Robin Sullivan, targeting different regions on shorter hikes. There’s so much to experience, after all: sagebrush plateaus and ancient gorge rims, hidden petroglyphs and hot springs and the darkest starry nights in North America. “Immersion in the desert landscape is addicting,” said Renee Patrick, ONDA’s desert trail coordinator and a through-hiker herself. Patrick wants to make hiking the ODT possible for every hiker. Since the ODT has launched, she’s been developing a trail guide complete with digital tools to help more people access the desert and prepare for the challenges of the trail. “The trail guide is meant to remove barriers to hiking,” said Patrick. “We want everyone to have the opportunity to fall in love with the desert.” (The trail guide, maps and interactive spreadsheets are all free to download from

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LEFT Camping in the Owyhee Canyonlands BELOW Hart Mountain Hot Springs BOTTOM Hiking in Steens Mountain with Wildhorse Lake in the background

MEET THE ANIMALS OF THE ODT PRONGHORN The pronghorn may seem delicate, but they can survive on a little water while eating thorny desert plants, and can sprint up to 60 mph. Only a cheetah is faster! Pronghorn are not adapted to jump, however, so barbed wire fences can cause injuries. WESTERN SKINK Watch for flashes of neon blue sliding into the sagebrush. The western skink’s bright tail makes it easy to spot, but also helps this secretive, sun-loving reptile escape predators. If caught, it casts off its wiggly tail and darts away. OREGON SWALLOWTAIL This butterfly has celebrity status: it’s the Oregon state insect and has been featured on a US postage stamp. Spot it on wildflowers and along mud holes. The larva lives exclusively on wild tarragon. SAGE GROUSE


Larger than chickens and known for their mating dances, sage grouse depend on uninterrupted expanses of sagebrush habitat. In spring, the birds gather on breeding areas called leks, where male birds strut their stuff to impress the ladies.

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Even a day hike in the desert requires preparation. Packing ample drinking water is critical, as water sources vary greatly throughout the hiking season. ONDA’s water guidelines provide low-tech advice, like how to cache water along your route, and there are high-tech tools too: an interactive spreadsheet lists GPS waypoints for water sources. Hikers update water levels in real time and check the status of what lies ahead. Water is the first concern, but navigation skills run a close second, especially because most of the trail is unmarked. “The ODT is not a distinct line on the map, like the PCT,” explained Patrick. “The trail often goes cross-country, where you can’t just follow the path. You have to engage with the landscape.” The lack of signage makes for a more natural experience, but it requires old-school paper maps and compass navigation, as well as digital maps with GPS waypoints. Patrick encourages hikers to download and study the map PDFs. The terrain is rated like a ski run, from easy greens to black diamonds. Each trail is detailed with fence and gate locations, trailheads, road access points and topographic lines. Mountain bikers and horsepackers will find helpful information to avoid conflict between users along the trail.

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A SAMPLING OF DESERT DAY-HIKES Explore the ODT on day-hikes or plan a weekend getaway to cover more ground. Find maps, waypoints and directions on the Trail Resources section at Just east of Christmas Valley, the aptly named Crack in the Ground trail drops onto the floor of a two-mile volcanic fissure. A favorite of local geology buffs; some rock scrambling is required. Make it an overnight adventure at the rustic Green Mountain campground. (BYO drinking water!)

FINDING SOLITUDE AND COMMUNITY IN THE DESERT Many hikers, like Sullivan, enjoy the solitude of the open desert. But the small communities dotted along the trail are worth exploring before or after a day on the trail. Save some time for towns like Summer Lake, where the hot springs revive trail-weary muscles, or Paisley, where the Mercantile and Pioneer Saloon welcome hikers. Many towns keep registries for hikers to share information, and local trail angels often support hikers along the way. For the solitary days along the trail, Sullivan offers some advice: “First, pack extra socks! They’re critical to avoid blisters. Second, keep an open mind, like an artist looking for a new palette, and you’ll find beauty everywhere.”

Moss Pass to Morgan Butte offers panoramic vistas from the Steens to Mt. Shasta. This Fremont National Forest trail, about an hour’s drive south of Paisley, is open to horses and mountain bikers, too. Branching off the main route through the Steens, the Little Blitzen Gorge trail follows the river through a glacier-carved gorge. Try an out-and-back hike to 4-Mile Campground or backpack in to reach the waterfall.


Near the Owyhee River at the end of the ODT, Leslie Gulch offers dramatic spires and unusual honeycomb rock formations. Bighorn sheep and elk roam the area, and birdwatchers can spot chukar, songbirds and raptors.

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t’s a beautiful day for a bike ride. To our left, the great Columbia River glows deep blue under the May sunshine. To our right, a lush hardwood forest of alder and rhododendron provides shade. The road beneath our tires is 100 years old, and was the nation’s first planned scenic roadway, built to take in Columbia River Gorge views just as stunning today as they were then. I am new to road cycling, and my husband spent years as a competitive cyclist, so finding compatible routes for us can be a challenge. The Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail out of Hood River strikes the perfect balance. The historic highway is mostly famous as a scenic

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car route, but several sections are designated non-motorized use only, including seven miles between Hood River and Mosier. No traffic, outstanding scenery, two tunnels to navigate, history, terrain just hilly enough to be interesting—there is enough to like for both of us, though one of us is still slower (me). An hour and a half later, ride completed, we drive into Hood River for lunch. Full Sail Brewery is one of the oldest breweries in Oregon. Murals grace the walls, depicting the history and beauty of the Gorge, and huge windows frame magnificent river views. Salmon fish and chips and a fire burger hit the spot, and then it’s time to explore the town.



LEFT The Columbia Riverfront is the center of life in Hood River, with views of the water and kiteboarders from downtown. BELOW Kiteboarding on the Columbia River. BOTTOM The Hood River Hotel is

Set on a steep slope that descends to the Columbia River, with Mount Hood looming in the distance, Hood River has an unbeatable setting. From just about anywhere in the downtown area, the river is in view. The energy of that waterway, and the famous wind created by the Columbia River Gorge, define the town. We wander from store to store, perusing sportswear at Melika and the Ruddy Duck, jewelry at Twiggs and Chemistry, art at Made in the Gorge Artists Co-op. Our room for the night is at The Hood River Hotel. Dating back to 1888 and on the National Register of Historic Places, the hotel has restored original features including lofty ceilings, expansive windows, a brass elevator gate and a marble-faced lobby fireplace. Rooms are recently renovated and are comfortable with the warm hint of history, and large windows overlooking the street front. For dinner we visit Three Rivers Grill, where it is just warm enough to dine on the secondfloor outdoor patio with sweeping views of the town and the river. The French-inspired menu satisfies with Northwest steelhead and halibut almandine. We round out our evening with a nightcap at Oak Street Pub, complete with a round of shuffleboard (similar to the cycling, I did not emerge from this contest as the winner). Bette’s Place Restaurant has a legendary reputation, and sure enough, when we get there in the morning there is already a line out the door. Located in a classic old-style mall and family-owned for four decades, the diner


offers a huge menu of deliciousness including a Dungeness crab benedict and a Mexi scramble. After the generous meal, it was tempting to go back to the hotel and take a nap, but the sun was out and the waterfront was calling, so we stroll down to the Hood River Waterfront Park. Windsports were practically founded in Hood River. On any given day, the bright colors of kiteboards and windsurfing rigs dot the water. The wind that makes all of these windsports possible is blowing, but the air temperature is

balmy and the park full of weekend revelers. Bend was calling for our return, but we take our time leaving the Hood River Valley. The “Fruit Loop,” as it’s called, consists of thirty destinations in the fertile valley offering wine, cider, fruit, veggies and more. We stop at Packer Orchards and Bakery for a jar of slow simmered apple butter, Wy’East Winery for a bottle of pinot noir and Fox Tail Cider for a tiny sip of triple hopped cider before we head for home.

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one of the area’s oldest, built in 1888.



Hood River Mountain Trail

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Hood River Fruit Loop


Full Sail Brewing was founded in 1987 in an old fruit cannery and still anchors the waterfront with great brews and food. Double Mountain Brewing in the heart of the city has seating inside and out and specializes in brick-oven pizza. Bette’s Place Restaurant has been going strong under one family’s leadership for four decades, with a huge breakfast menu and frequent wait times. Three Rivers Grill is the place to be in the summer, when the second-story patio offers outdoor dining with an incredible view of the Columbia River. Ferment Brewing is Hood River’s newest brewery, located in an ultra-modern building near Waterfront Park. Solstice Wood Fire Pizza is also on the waterfront, and a local’s favorite for hyperlocal ingredients and riverfront views.


Hood River Hotel has anchored downtown since 1888 and is still a great central location from which to base your stay, within walking distance of most everything great. Oak Street Hotel is another downtown gem, a boutique hotel with nine rooms and a farm-fresh breakfast based on seasonally-available foods. Columbia Gorge Hotel is the region’s grand old beauty—a gorgeous Missionstyle hotel right on the river, built in 1920 by one of the developers of the historic Columbia River Highway.

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Hood River Mountain Trail takes hikers atop a 2,000-plus-foot rise south of Hood River, from which wildflowers and orchards stretch to Mount Hood, popping impressively in the distance. Hood River Fruit Loop is a thirty-fivemile scenic drive that begins and ends in Hood River, passing through the valley’s orchards, forests, and farmlands, visiting orchards, wineries, farms and more.


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Sophia So Fast A Bend youngster who took the bike world by storm heads to Belgium for the BMX world championships.




fter winning a qualifying race in New Mexico earlier this spring, Sophia Rodriguez is headed back to BMX racing’s most prestigious event, the World Championships, set for July in Belgium. A month later, she’ll enter middle school back here in Bend. This summer will mark the 10-year-old’s second world championship appearance. Her first came in 2017, when she stunned the BMX world with a sixth-place finish in her age group, despite having taken up BMX less than nine months earlier. “We went there so unprepared,” recalls Albert Rodriguez, Sophia’s father, of the 2017 world championship held in South Carolina. “She was wearing football gloves and a heavy helmet. I had no clue what BMX was about—or how it worked. But after going to worlds, getting sixth out of fifty-five girls from all over the world, that was the game changer. From there, we were hooked.”

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The Rodriguez family, which in addition to Sophia and Albert includes mom, Jinky, and younger siblings Stella, 6, and Nikolai, 1, moved to Bend from Anaheim in 2016 for a lifestyle change. Albert, an avid cyclist who raced as a semi-pro for many years in SoCal, continued to race mountain bikes once they arrived in Oregon, and Sophia often tagged along, entering kids races anytime she could. Now a fifth-grader at Buckingham Elementary, Sophia says she stills rides and trains on her mountain and road bike, but her primary focus has turned to the high-intensity, don’t-blink-or-you’ll-miss-it discipline



of BMX—a close combat sport akin to ski or snowboard cross. In late 2016, young Sophia accepted an invitation from a friend to try BMX for the first time at the High Desert track. Since then, Sophia’s BMX star has risen meteorically. Hours of sprint practice and careful study watching videos of other racers has led to big improvements and a new nickname, “So Fast” Rodriguez, coined by a national announcer. No longer flying under the radar, Sophia is currently ranked first in Oregon and fourth nationally in her age group. She also recently picked up her first major sponsor, Yess, a Canadian BMX frame manufacturer. Fast and unpredictable, BMX racing involves sprinting out of a start gate on a short, off-road course over bumps and berms in a series of qualifying heats that may last only thirty seconds.


“I’m really good at the pumping because I have a strong upper body,” explains Sophia. “If there’s a long pump section, my gap gets bigger and bigger. I’m good at snapping the gate, which means getting out in first. Because if you don’t get out in first, it’s really hard to come back since there’s no more room to get in the front.” Despite the emphasis on a fast start, Sophia says she doesn’t get too anxious before her races. “I take a few breaths before I go up,” she says, “and that calms my nerves to be relaxed.” While Bend’s climate doesn’t lend itself to riding BMX year-round and can pose a disadvantage at times when Sophia competes against riders from more temperate regions, Albert believes it makes for a more wellrounded athlete less susceptible to burnout. He credits Sophia’s success not only to her focus and willingness to train, but also to the many

“I take a few breaths before I go up, and that calms my nerves [and helps me] to be relaxed.” hours the father and daughter spend road or mountain biking together “just for fun.” At this summer’s world championship in Europe, Sophia says her goal is to win a world title. It may be her first, but likely won’t be her last.

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Into the Woods Camp Sherman is a peaceful, accessible year-round retreat. WRITTEN BY KIM COOPER FINDLING



amp Sherman was established in the early 1890s by wheat farmers from Sherman County looking to escape the summer heat by lounging by the cool waters of the Metolius River. Since they first tacked up a shoebox sign declaring this area their own summer camp, not much has changed. The small community off Highway 20, only forty five minutes by car from Bend, is home to a few lodgings, a tiny school, a fire station, a couple of restaurants, one store and loads of charm. This area is one of the few remaining places where one still cannot get reliable cell reception, which is what soothes and relaxes the tech-addled visitor, once they give into the situation. Sometimes my family and I overnight in a campground or cabin to the yips of a pack of excitable coyotes howling at the moon. Come dawn, we awake to cool mountain-air mornings, the sweet smells of Ponderosa pine and snowbrush and pink sunrises promising sunny days. But Camp Sherman is an equally terrific day trip. Begin your exploration at the Camp Sherman store, which is stocked with a huge variety of goods from sun-proof clothing to fine wine to canned soup. Pick up a picnic lunch and eat outside with a view of the Metolius. Stroll down the river trail after lunch and get a glimpse of some of the area’s campgrounds and the pristine river, known for its wild rainbow and elusive bull trout, a two-fer that draws fly-fishing anglers year-round to the fabled waters. If you’ve never picked up a fly rod in your life, you can still marvel at the Metolius River, which springs literally from underground, or as it appears, from a rocky hillside. Drive to its headwaters a few miles from Camp Sherman to see the river’s perpetual rebirth. The site is accessed by a short quarter-mile trail with a killer view of Mount Jefferson. Expect to encounter a mighty band of yellow pine chipmunks accustomed to dining on visitors’ treats. Also accustomed to bite-sized morsels delivered by human hands are the fish at the Wizard Falls Fish Hatchery, the birthplace of six varieties of fish. Fish food from a vending machine can be tossed in a long cement pool to trout and kokanee, which ambitiously leap and swipe at the scattered bits. End your day with dinner under the pines on the deck at Lake Creek Lodge, which feels as peaceful and quaint as it likely did years ago when the first visitors relaxed here. You can just see a glimpse of the sunset on the Three Sisters.

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Brick by Brick Bend’s pioneering brick maker left an enduring imprint on Bend’s main street WRITTEN BY TOR HANSON



hen Hugh O’Kane’s saloon on the corner of Oregon and Bond streets burned down in Bend’s first fire on April 27, 1905, he told the Bend Bulletin, “This is quite a blow to me just at this time […] but I will put up another building and try again.” Ten years later, his other business, the Bend Hotel, also went up in smoke. In 1916, he finally got it right. The fire-proofed O’Kane building still sits at the corner of Oregon and Bond streets. O’Kane’s losses were hardly outliers in an era long before the advent of fire alarms, sprinkler systems and modern fire-fighting equipment. Blazes could spread quickly with deadly consequences, especially in timber towns like Bend where wood from the local mill was the defacto building material. In those early years, Bend’s business district was cobbled together from an assortment of frame-built buildings. Fireprone restaurants and saloons stood next-door to grocery or clothing stores. A fire could make short work of an entire business district, severely crippling the local economy. Although national and state building codes changed after Mrs. O’Leary’s cow famously started the Great Chicago Fire in 1871, it was not until March 1912 when the Bend City Council bolstered the local building codes and demanded fireproof buildings in the business

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district. “The switch from wood frame construction to brick, stone and concrete is reflective of fires ripping through downtown areas,” said Michael Houser, former Deschutes County Historic Preservation Planner. “There are many examples of entire downtowns being obliterated by a single fire.” More than half of Prineville’s business section was leveled in a catastrophic fire in June 1922 and Sisters was hit with a big blaze in September 1925 that destroyed half of the town. As Bend matured, builders and investors started looking for a material that would stand the test of time and the elements. They turned to Bend’s premiere brickmaker, Arthur “Art” Horn. An enterprising newcomer, Horn took the long way to Bend. Born in Auburn, Michigan, Horn moved to Bellingham, Washington in 1903 and to Bend in 1910. After the first train rolled into Bend on October 5, 1911, the city went through a building boom. Perhaps seeing the opportunity to supply bricks to the commercial district, Horn bought the languishing Bend Brick and Lumber Company located between west Bend and Shevlin Park.


TOP Construction of the O’Donnell Building, 933 Wall, in 1912. INSET Outside the old Bend Bulletin building. The first brick builidng in the timber town.


The first brick building in Bend’s business district housed The Bend Bulletin. Built in 1912, the one-story building comprised 27,000 bricks and cost $1,600. The building sits across from the old post office building on Wall Street. Horn started out making common bricks, which had round corners and required larger and irregular mortar joints. As design trends changed, Bend customers wanted a more uniform look and started requesting so-called repressed bricks. Horn initially did not have the machines needed to produce bricks with sharper edges. In March 1916, Horn invested in a new $3,000 soft mud brick machine, modernizing his operation. “The new re-pressed brick, which the company is making this year on a large scale is proving popular among local builders,” Horn told the Bend Bulletin.

Building with bricks soon became a status symbol in Bend; it also demanded skilled labor. “It’s what [business men] from the East Coast were accustomed to,” said Heidi Slaybaugh, architect with BLRB Architects and chair of the Bend Landmark Commission. “The more details [the building featured] the more money you had.” Horn sold the company in the early 1920s and moved to Eugene to start another brickyard. The Bend Brick and Lumber Company produced bricks until the late 1920s before new owners shuttered the operation. In 1932, the former brickyard was turned into a racetrack and rodeo grounds. By then better transportation and evolving markets meant that bricks could be imported into Bend more cheaply than they could be produced here. The local brick-making era was over, but Horn and his upstart brick business had already left an enduring imprint on downtown Bend, forming the literal cornerstone of the urban landscape we see today.

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Watch Yourself Whatever your game, there is a smartwatch to help you do it better. WRITTEN BY LUCAS ALBERG


entral Oregon offers myriad outdoor activities with which to fill your day. If you want to track them all, you need to bring along the right watch for the job. Wading through the mountain of new devices, we’ve compiled some of our favorites with Bend’s most popular activities in mind.

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Best Overall Apple Watch $399

Let’s face it, you walk into a crowd and chances are 90 percent of people will have an Apple device of some sort on them—and for good reason. Apple simply excels with technology, including the Apple Watch. Stylish enough for the office but functional enough for even the most hardcore Bend athletes, the Apple Watch does fitness, health and smartwatch functionality in the seamless and intuitive way for which Apple is loved.

Differentiates between road, trail or treadmill

Best for Running and Cycling Garmin Forerunner 935 $500

Loaded with features, the Garmin Forerunner 935 is for the serious runner or cyclist. For running, it ups the ante by differentiating between road, trail or treadmill. On the bike side, adding power meter compatibility, cadence sensor capability and integration of Strava Live segments take this far beyond the bike basics and make it nearly an equal to most bike computers.

Best for Endurance Athletes Suunto Spartan Ultra $650

If you’re one of those people who casually runs a thirty-miler while the rest of us are content with three, then the Suunto Spartan Ultra is your go-to. With a battery life of up to forty hours in GPS mode, barometer, weather functions and sunrise/sunset times, this multisport beast can go the distance.

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Best for Active Fashionistas

The Fitbit Versa has all the basics paired with a sleek design.

Fitbit Versa Special Edition $230

Whether running for coffee at the office, or for fitness on the trail, The Fitbit Versa Special Edition will turn some heads. A handsome woven band paired with a classic modern face allows this watch to pull double duty. A nice selection of basic fitness apps will satisfy all but the most serious technophiles.

Best for General Fitness TomTom Adventurer $350

A sleek and lightweight fitness watch, the TomTom Adventurer does a lot of things right. From steps, distance, pace, heart rate and calories burned to activities ranging from running to snow sports, the TomTom covers most of the basics for the average Bendite.

Best for Golfers Garmin Approach S60 $400

Golf is all about the details, and the Garmin Approach S60 closely follows suit. With accurate distance to each hole, swing analysis and the ability to load more than 40,000 courses to your wrist, the only thing this watch doesn’t do is carry your clubs.

Best for Hunters and Anglers Suunto Traverse Alpha $500

A rugged and durable smartwatch, the Suunto Traverse Alpha features all the goods for hunting and fishing, including a digital compass, moon phase calendar, shot detection, sunrise alert, weather trend and red backlight for nighttime use. The GPS/GLONASS navigation allows you to leave a breadcrumb trail, and the Suunto Movescount app lets you plan your routes and keep notes on your previous hunting and fishing trips.

Best for Swimming Garmin Vivoactive 3 $280

A lot of bang for the buck, the waterproof Garmin Vivoactive 3 tracks laps, distance, heart rate and VO2 max by both age and fitness, giving you the tools you need for both in and out of the pool. 62

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What If We Could Startup looks to bring the crowdfunding model to the nonprofit world WRITTEN BY ERIC FLOWERS


n Bend, it’s estimated that there are more than 500 nonprofits working in everything from childcare to mountain bike trail maintenance. Nationally, nonprofits are doing big business. According to the Urban Institute’s most recent report, there were more than 1.5 million nonprofit’s operating in 2015 with $3.5 trillion in revenue. That picture obscures the reality faced by most nonprofits: they face a perpetual scramble to maintain funding through grants and private donations. The truth is that there aren’t enough charity golf tournaments and galas to fund all the organizations. It’s a problem that Rys Fairbrother has been thinking about for years. A former account manager at Zolo Media, Fairbrother has a passion for public service that is rooted in his Christian faith. But he is also an enterprising thinker who has worked in marketing and social media. A few years ago, he began to envision a business dedicated to helping nonprofits better serve their constituents while helping inspire ordinary people to acts of altruism. An extended road trip with his oldest son last


summer served as the inspiration to take that dream and turn it into reality. He quit his day job last fall and dedicated himself to the idea, which he launched in January as What If We Could, a website and social marketing platform that partners with nonprofits on a series of rotating initiatives that alternate between marshalling volunteers, fundraising and gathering in-kind donations. It’s all driven by a series of social media campaigns developed by Fairbrother with his nonprofit clients. “I’ve always loved taking new technologies and old ways of doing things and bringing them together,” Fairbrother said. In the case of What If We Could, Fairbrother saw an opportunity in the intersection of crowdsourcing platforms like Go Fund Me and the ongoing funding and operational requirements of nonprofits. As with crowdsourcing campaigns, the ability of nonprofits to fundraise is tied to their story. Successful nonprofits understand that and have sophisticated marketing arms to support their work. But most nonprofits don’t have the time and resources necessary to support strong outreach campaigns. What If We Could helps nonprofits articulate that story, while allowing

supporters to become vested in specific initiatives through donations and volunteering. There is also a matter of transparency. Fairbrother said donors are taking a greater interest in where and how their money is being spent. “I believe that giving is changing. Our parents gave $500 to the United Way and away it went. And now, people want to see where their money goes and how it is being used in the community,” he said. Fairbrother wanted his platform to address both sides of the equation. Better narratives for nonprofits that resonated with donors and volunteers and a transparent connection between donations and outcomes gives supporters a clear sense of how their giving impacted the community. A third leg of the stool brings in business sponsors to underwrite the social campaigns. One of the first to get on board is Greg’s Grill, which was already using its wine of the month program to help raise money for non-profits such as Central Oregon Veteran’s Outreach. (COVO) Manager Andreas Gregoriou believes that partnering with Fairbrother will allow him to more than double Greg’s fundraising. “What we have done with Rys is pretty much that [program] on steroids, so we can maximize revenue for COVO and awareness for COVO, as well,” Gregoriou said. If the program is successful, Fairbrother said the model can be taken to other markets in Oregon and beyond. “I think there is just such a heart in the community to want to give back and help these nonprofits. They just need the platform,” Fairbrother said.

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Dale Largent gave up music twenty-three years ago and moved to Bend. But he did not give it up for long, and within the first year of living in Bend, he began playing again, luckily for us. A classically trained percussionist, Largent has been an active member of the music scene in Bend, teaching in various schools and showing up on the stage with Tarrka, Brent Alan and his Funky Friends and perhaps most notably The Moon Mountain Ramblers, with whom he has played regularly for more than twelve years. Teafly sat down with Dale to discuss the role of musicians in our community, how that has changed over the years and the importance of music in our lives and on our brains.




On Moving to Bend Having grown up and lived entirely in the Midwest, I knew I wanted to get out to someplace with mountains. I got here on August 1, 1996. I got the truck all unloaded and the boxes were stacked up. Then it was August 2, and it was a gorgeous day and I thought, “I cannot unpack these boxes, I must go out!” So, I go up into the mountains and explore. And August 3 was a gorgeous day! So I went out and explored and this went on for two weeks. And then it occurred to me, “Wait, every day is going to be gorgeous, I must unpack these boxes even if it’s gorgeous.” On Finding Music Again I started playing music at age 5. One of the most disappointing things that I ever grabbed out of adults in my community when I was growing up and/or in popular culture was the message that musicians need a day job. I wasted so much money and time trying to have a day job when I could have just been making money as a musician. Very early on when I was first living here and exploring, a new music store was opening. The owners were there and invited me to come in. They were super friendly. They asked me about my music and I told them, “I quit music for the third and final time.” And the owner looks at me and said, “Then why are you in a music store?” I told him, “I don’t have an answer for you. That is a profound question. Why am I here?” A couple days later, I called up the store and said I’d like to teach, which I had done before. Ever since then I have been a professional musician. But trying to pull it all together is fascinating. On Learning Through Teaching Rather than having a day job, I taught music. That has become the thing that sustains me. Even if I am not on stage or practicing music with my band, I am immersed in the craft. There is no better way to get better at something than to teach it. The basics I put my students through, I go through 100 times in a week. If I was on my own practicing, I may only go through them ten times in a week. I think I am significantly better as an artist because of all the teaching I have done. M AY \ J U N E 201 9

On Live Music In Bend I feel like the number of stages that musicians can play on has dramatically changed in twenty-three years. The downside is that the pay has gotten worse. We do not create musical venues, we create brew pubs that decide to have free music so they can compete against the other pubs that have free music. I hear talk in this town so frequently about how we support live music. And on the one hand that is completely genuine. People show up for local artists, and I am very proud of our community. On the other hand, they almost never pay a single dime for that music. That is my experience. This town really supports its local artists with their attendance and appreciation but not with their dollars. And I don’t think it’s their fault, because they aren’t asked to pay. On the Ups and Downs of Change I still appreciate that with Bend having all this growth, I still feel community here. It feels very like a community kind of place, but it is the feeling of community as opposed to the actual community. [It used to be that] I had to leave an extra twenty minutes early for anything because we were going to know somebody and we were going to visit. That human connection that I really cherished in Bend—only through growth, not in attitude—I think has been lost. On the upside we have really good restaurants! I used to crave going to Eugene or Portland to get good food. Now I can walk out my door and be very happy about any of the places I have to chose from. The Grove closed, but we got Spork! So, hey that’s a fair trade. On Finding Your Place If you are truly driven and passionate to spend your time and energy playing music, then you should definitely do it. Your challenge, as anyone entering a career, is to find the way, the place and the path to do that. I think what is different about what I understand now at age 51 is that there are many places to fit yourself in and there are many ways to fit in. It might take a few of those places pieced together in various ways, but you can fit. You do fit.




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Maya Moon’s Modern Masterpiece Where inside and outside merge WRITTEN BY LEE LEWIS HUSK PHOTOS BY CHRIS MURRAY


f you’ve stayed in an open-air home in the tropics with birds and breezes flowing through, then you’ll have a sense of what Maya Moon and her husband Brian have accomplished in the high desert outside Bend. The mid-century modern home with Frank Lloyd Wright influences sits on twenty-nine acres of junipers, scrub brush and rock and invokes indoor-outdoor living. “The homeowners will be able to open sliding-glass walls and large windows in their great room and be outside at the same time,” said Al Tozer, an architectural designer with Tozer Design LLC. The home is built around the concept of “biophilia,” the human tendency to seek connection with nature and other living things, he explained. Tozer and his design colleague, Cecile Cuddihy, spent many hours at the site evaluating elevations that would capture views of the Cascades, from Mount Hood to Mount Bachelor, and create multilevels embedded into the natural landscape. “Walking through the home is like walking where the landscape originally rose and fell,” Tozer said. To maximize the mountain views and have the connectivity with the outside through sliding doors and large windows, the home has more glass than solid walls, meeting one of Maya’s dreams to live in a glass house. The desertscape and the absence of nearby neighbors matched Brian’s desire for privacy. With the high desert’s changing seasons and temperatures, capturing sunlight in the winter and shading it in the summer was important, especially with so much glass. The design team used strategic placement of overhangs, orientation of the home and

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TOP Maya and son, Kaden, work on a school project at the dining room table under the Moooi Random Light pendant. LEFT The Dixon copper ball lights provide a warm contrast to the kitchen’s black and white quartzite island and wall backsplash. operable windows to allow cross ventilation. The upstairs bonus room has five-foot high, fifteen-foot-long stacking windows on two sides that, when open, give the sense of being outside with unobstructed, clear mountain views, the scent of juniper and perhaps the possibility of a butterfly fluttering through.

Maya Makes Magic Inside

To fashion a home for themselves and their two boys, the couple sold the house where Maya grew up, a converted 1915 schoolhouse in Olema (Marin County), California, which she inherited from her mother. Both parents were artists, her mother a puzzle maker and her father a wood carver of artisanal furniture and other pieces (and the road manager for the Youngbloods rock band). The proceeds of the sale helped fund the desert dwelling the family moved into in September 2018, a legacy to her mother’s memory. A well-known local designer of high-end, handmade leather goods, Maya brought her distinct sense and quirky aesthetics to the project. During construction, Brian says that some of his wife’s choices “pushed my


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THIS PAGE Outside light shines over the Milo Baughman dining table. TOP RIGHT Local artist Valerie Winterholler’s painting adds the “wow” factor to the living room. BOTTOM RIGHT Unobstructed view of the mountains at sunset from the upstairs bonus room.


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boundaries.” He said they had an agreement upfront about each having veto power. “I only used my veto card once,” he said laughing. “I couldn’t do a pink slab on the island.” With so much emphasis on bringing the outside in, she chose clean, uncluttered lines that wouldn’t compete with nature. The walls are white, windows black, and the floors are concrete slabs. “It’s a spacious home but still feels intimate,” said Jeannie Legum of Legum Design who helped select materials for hard surfaces, such as counter slabs, tiles and hardwood. “Maya’s modern design aesthetic worked well with her eclectic artistic flair,” Legum said. The white walls feel like gallery space where the couple can display original artwork from Maya’s childhood and items they’ve collected more recently. Some of the pieces serve as the “wow” statement that Maya wanted for each room, such as the recently acquired Valerie Winterholler painting in the living room, the red front door and orange Vola faucets in the powder rooms. The kitchen island and backsplash above the stove are black and white leather quartzite with the pattern “Skyfall” that feels like water swirling across the surface. Her eye for the unusual landed her a rare and expensive olivewood burl Milo Baughman dining table that she found on Craigslist. The mid-century wire Bertoia dining chairs are covered with sheep skin. Her father, John Bauer, hand carved a hardwood “tree” chair and the wood-framed, animal mirrors for the home’s décor.

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TOP LEFT Maya’s father John Bauer hand carved the tree chair. TOP RIGHT The Moon family enjoys warmth around the firepit with the inside of the home fully visible through the large doors and windows ABOVE Kaden, Maya, Brian and Dean at the red front door.


Cow hides and animal furs bring warmth and texture to the concrete floors throughout. Lighting fixtures include numerous large, ball-shaped hanging pendants that add pop to the dining room, island and entryway, and soften the square lines and corners in the house. The focal point of the living room is the wood-burning fireplace constructed of black brick. “We’re all attracted to the romance of wood-burning fireplaces,” Tozer said, adding that fires elicit feelings of hominess, comfort and security. Underscoring that point, Brian said he loves sitting in the living room because it’s peaceful and zen-like.

The perfect union of the home’s design and aesthetics is found in the master suite that reaches west and is a quiet place for retreating. A hallway leads past the couple’s closets and bathroom to a cozy bedroom where they can lie in bed to see the occasional shooting star or step out to an alcove with comfy chairs for a nightcap.

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s the adage goes, “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” For local metal artist Damien Teitelbaum, it only takes a trip to the local scrap yard to find his latest inspiration. Teitelbaum is the mind and hands behind Bent Metal Works, a one-man studio that uses metal as the basis for functional yet sustainable pieces that range from robots (R2-D2 makes a great a wedding gift!) to wine racks. Teitelbaum often merges wood and glass for finished pieces that have a rugged industrial elegance. If you venture around downtown long enough, you’ll discover multiple examples of his projects consisting of upcycled bike racks that Teitelbaum fused out of old car parts. Walk into


a local furniture store and you’re just as likely to see a steel-legged coffee table topped with an ancient juniper slab. “I enjoy welding and how it’s somewhat forgiving,” Teitelbaum said. “It’s gratifying to take metal and build things that are both functional and fashionable.” Bent Metal Works found its niche in the process of “upcycling” metals into functional everyday items. Rather than purchase new materials to turn into amazing artwork, Teitelbaum follows the four “R’s” of sustainability: reduce, reuse, repair and recycle. For Bent Metal Works that means having the least amount of impact on the planet while still creating something exceptional. Bent Metal Works does most of its manufacturing at the local DIY Cave, a co-workshop studio on Bend’s eastside in the old Pakit Liquidators space off 9th Street. Here, professional and amateur crafts people, mechanics, designers and artists come together under one roof to turn ideas into reality in an atmosphere that fosters collaboration. Teitelbaum frequently bounces back and forth from the metalwork to woodworking spaces while sharing concepts and strategies with other artisans. He said that DIY Cave’s access to such a wide variety of resources is essential when working across multiple mediums. “Everyone at the DIY Cave is reading the same book,” Teitelbaum said. “But everyone here is just reading a different chapter.” In the end, it’s all about community, said Teitelbaum. Whether it be at the DIY Cave or at the homes of his clients and friends, Bent Metal Works is all about creating something that lasts and doing it together. “I’ve found that the people of Bend can really appreciate finding someone local to design their tables or furniture,” he said. “It makes me happy when, months down the road, people send me photos of the habitats where my furniture ends up.

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Maupin Makeover A Bend couple decides to retreat to the little town on the Deschutes River and renovate a century-old home. WRITTEN BY BRONTE DOD PHOTOS BY JOY REYNEKE


he first thing Kyle Suenaga noticed when she walked in the house was that it smelled 100 years old. Not that it was a bad thing. Just that it smelled like this house, on the corner of a Maupin neighborhood that overlooks the Deschutes River, had 100 years of life in its floors and walls, which it did, and just needed some TLC. Kyle discovered Maupin a decade ago when she took her two sons on a rafting trip for the weekend. After that, they started visiting year-round to retreat from the Bend area. “We’d just come up here to unplug. No cell phone reception, no TV. It was awesome,” said Kyle.

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The kitchen was the first room to get a full makeover in the century-old home .

That’s changed in the past decade. Today, Maupin not only has cell phone reception but also high-speed internet, which makes living there full-time a much easier transition for people like Kyle and her husband, Stan, who spent the majority of their lives in cities. By way of contrast there are about 430 full-time residents in Maupin, though the population booms to a couple thousand in the summer, with seasonal residents and tourists drawn to the worldclass rafting and fishing. Last year, the Suenagas were living in Bend but wanted a change of pace; Maupin fit the bill. When the century-old grey house on the corner came up for sale, they took the


leap and decided to take on the fixer upper themselves. “We moved in on a Friday and Saturday and started ripping up carpets on Sunday,” said Kyle. The asbestos abatement and roofer came on Monday. Kyle kept her job as an English teacher at Mountain View High School until the end of the school year, and Stan retired from his work for the government. By the summer, every day was devoted to renovating the house. “Every single day was a project—that usually took three days longer than I thought,” said Kyle. “They make it look so easy on DIY shows.” (The modern farmhouse style popularized by HGTV’s

Joanna Gaines is prominent throughout the remodel, replete with white shiplap on the walls.) “We tried to do it systematically, and then it ended up that everything was torn apart. And we’re still married,” said Kyle with a laugh. While they were sledgehammering the lath and plaster walls and replacing the white shag carpet with hardwood floors and tile, they slept on cots on the screened-in front porch and cooked on the back patio throughout the summer. They didn’t have electricity for months; extension cords ran the coffeepot and fans—the latter of which is a necessity during Maupin summers that consistently hit three digits.

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They tackled the kitchen first. The couple took down two walls, which opened up the front of the house. Butcher-block counters and white cabinets replaced the dated laminate and plywood and provide a modern farmhouse look. The trendy open shelving was also practical for Kyle, who said that she’s too short to reach upper cabinets. The backsplash is a white subway tile with black grout, which Kyle learned probably should have been done after the house’s siding was replaced. (The pounding damaged the fresh grout, which had to be redone.) Each home renovation comes with a unique set of challenges, particularly when it’s being done in a rural area. Kyle described the process of getting subcontractors to Maupin as “hell.” It took months to get a plumber and an electrician to the house, and the couple decided to forgo gutters when they still couldn’t find someone to install them. Most of the wait is because of booming construction in The Gorge and Central Oregon has delayed subcontractors. So they learned to do a lot themselves and relied on the help of some family and friendly neighbors. One night while eating at The Riverside restaurant in Maupin, they were talking about needing to patch some cement in their walkway. A construction worker who was in town to work on Maupin’s new civic center offered to lend supplies and a hand.

Make it Your Own

Charming quirks appear around every corner. In the living room, Kyle found a patch of brick on a wall and decided to expose it. Turns out, it was just leftover from an old fireplace. But that corner of brick remains, and she whitewashed it as an accent. “Our mantra is, ‘It’s a 100-year-old house.’ We’re going for rustic,” said Kyle. “Not perfect,” added Stan. “Doing the work yourself, we just stumbled through it. You spend a lot of time on it, you call it good.” There are two bathrooms on the main floor, one that had been remodeled by the previous owners, and the other was without a toilet. They kept it as a bathroom anyway, adding a clawfoot tub, standalone shower and embracing the idiosyncrasy of a bathroom without a toilet. A sliding barn door now opens to the stairwell. Upstairs, a landing area has a powder room tucked in an alcove. That was a remnant of the house’s previous life as Maupin City Hall. Kyle learned that at some point, the original city hall burned to the ground, and the city officials turned this house into city headquarters. The three bedrooms upstairs had been used for offices. They’re still waiting for new trim for the windows and need to install doors upstairs. They haven’t done much to the exterior yet, which will be tackled next. They’re eager to get started, but then again this is Maupin. And they didn’t come here to rush.

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The Haven Bend’s latest co-working space takes a collaborative approach to working independently. WRITTEN BY PETER MADSEN

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n 2011, Bend native Carrie Douglass worked from home and felt stir-crazy. As the founder and CEO of the national nonprofit School Board Partners, a co-owner of Cascade Relays, a Bend-La Pine School Board member and a wife and mother, Douglass, 38, wanted to mix with the world while still clocking some serious productivity. Douglass checked out Bend’s co-working spaces, of which there are now about half a dozen and largely cater to tech startups, but they didn’t meet this sweet spot of cozy inspiration and functional utility, Douglass said. So, she took it upon herself to start her own co-working space, The Haven, with the help of an all-women team and a small local

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LEFT A variety of work spaces allow members to transition throughout their workday depending on their needs. BOTTOM Taking advantage of the natural light coming in from the windows overlooking the Deschutes River was a key design component for The Haven.

“tribe” of ten investors. The Haven blends the best attributes of the coffee shop, living room and conference hall into an intuitive floor plan. Douglass said that most co-working spaces start with a certain number of square feet and ask themselves how many desks or offices can fit into it. “We started with questions like: Where are you most creative? What amenities would help you be at your best? What spaces inspire you?” said Douglass. The Haven’s executive director Chelsea Callicott also knows the value of a tailored space. Her husband Preston Callicott is the CEO of Five Talent software, which is BendTech’s anchor tenant. Chelsea Callicott tried to work at the space but the silent focus of the tech incubator didn’t help her productivity. “I just couldn’t do it. It was so quiet you could hear a pin drop,” Callicott said. “That’s a different kind of intensity than the way I work. I need a little bit of conversation.” According to a recent US Census estimate, the Bend-Redmond metropolitan area leads the country with 12.1 percent of workers who do so remotely. The national average hovers around 3 percent, according to a report by Flexjobs. That local number will only grow, said Adam Krynicki, the executive director of OSU-Cascades Innovation Co-Lab, which opened in spring 2018 and incubates as many as fifteen one-to-two-person startups at a time. Bend’s easy access to the outdoors and the burgeoning tech scene has become increasingly attractive to entrepreneurs and aspiring remote workers, he said. Opening in June, The Haven will occupy 11,000 square feet across two floors of the Deschutes Ridge Office (1001 SW Disk Dr.) in southwest Bend. While The Haven is dedicated to the needs of professional


women, about 25 percent of the approximately 100 members who have already signed up are men, organizers said. Membership will be capped at 200. “Women are still such a small percentage of entrepreneurs, CEOs and politicians that we want to focus specifically on helping women succeed in those leadership roles,” Douglass said. “But lots of men are also finding that they are excited about our programming, amenities and design.” Drenched by sunlight that pours in from eight 180-degree views of the Deschutes River, The Haven is anchored by a striking communal work table salvaged from the trunk of a 380-year-old ponderosa pine that grew in what is now Drake Park until it toppled from natural causes. Conferences and brainstorming sessions will be aided by complimentary coffee, kombucha, craft beer and wine. Beneath a ceiling of cheery no-knot pine panels, mornings may begin with a sketch pad in the cushy yet cell phone- and conversation-free living room area called The Refuge. Afternoons might happen in The Pods, which features six semi-private booths for conversation with drawable curtains for heightened privacy. There are also five soundproof phone booths. Other members may wrap up their workday at one of fourteen dedicated desks or one of seven private meeting rooms which can hold four to fourteen people. The Haven’s diverse spaces are owed to the vision of creative director and interior

designer Susan Manrao, who has previously worked with luxe hotels such as W Hotels Worldwide, St. Regis and Waldorf Astoria. The Haven team also conducted focus groups to hone in on what remote workers wanted. “The Haven’s space is the antithesis of the typical office environment,” Manrao said. Progressive amenities abound. Mothers will have access to a nursing/pumping space. Those who are invigorated by mid-day runs and hikes can freshen up afterward in the locker room area replete with four showers and beauty stations. There will also be programs dedicated to public speaking and personal marketing. “We learned what people needed from a coworking space to function and also what they needed to thrive, to bring them to their best every day,” Manrao said. Douglass hopes The Haven will foster a work-life balance and help mitigate against an all-or-nothing attitude toward one’s career. “I feel like we’re in this grand experiment at the forefront of the country,” Douglass said of Central Oregon being the nation’s leader for remote working. “So how do we really maintain the special, close-knit relationshipbased community that I think makes Bend really special? We’re trying to be that placebased community for this huge section of our population that no longer has that.”

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Gone to the Dogs

The town that brought you beer and shoes for dogs has now added a “hotel” to the list of ways you can pamper your pooch. Dig Dog Hotel opened its doors near 9th and Wilson streets in early May, offering luxury five-star overnight accommodations for fourlegged guests. The newly constructed 12,000-square-foot facility offers amenities like a mini-bar with raw goat milk, bone broth and ice cream. There’s no shortage of fun or material for puns. There’s an on-site “spaw” with “pawdicures” and bubble baths. Summer days, the dogs can play in multiple splash pools or run around the playground before retreating to their rooms for some DoggyTV on the big screen. Guests enjoy daily walks, both indoor and outdoor potty stations and workouts on the treadmill. And mom and dad can keep an eye on everything thanks to the live webcams throughout. “The dog really is the client,” owner Robin Tomb said. “If the dogs are happy, the people are happy. People have to be comfortable leaving their dogs here.” Tomb is an Oregon native and pioneer in the industry, having run two successful dog hotels in Chicago and a third in California before selling her business to PetCo in 2011. From there, the pet store giant opened ten more locations across the country.

She missed the business Tomb with her pups Spur and Lexi and thought Bend, with its high numbers of transplanted residents, would be the perfect place to start again. “People are used to having these kinds of services,” she said. “They want this, and I think it’s going to fill a need in Bend.” Dig Dog Hotel will be open twenty-four hours a day, 365 days a year, and you can make reservations online. The accommodations range from a standard, thirty-square-foot suite at $50 night to a 100-square-foot suite with a queen-sized bed and in-room DoggyTV. Doggy daycare is also available starting at $35 per day. “Our goal is for every stay at Dig Dog Hotel to be stress-free for both the dog and the owner,” Tomb said. “And it’s a fun way to ease the anxiety that naturally comes from being apart from your best friend.” — Ted Taylor

BY THE NUMBERS has been doing brisk business as Bend grows its reputation as a premier year-round vacation destination. Visit Bend relies on these visitors to fund its operations through a room tax that is tacked onto every hotel room and vacation rental. However, most of those dollars are funneled to the city of Bend to fund basic services. Here’s a look at the dollars.


What Visit Bend sent to the city’s general fund in Fiscal Year 2018 (est)

Average occupancy rate for Bend Hotels in July. The peak month for visitors. Increase in room tax collections over the past decade


Visit Bend’s contribution to the city’s arts and culture fund

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Austin Anderson A former Bay Area software engineer finds a home in Bend for a cutting-edge game development platform. INTERVIEW BY ERIC FLOWERS


it would be like to create a managed marketplace for game developers to help them connect with opportunity consistently and also to help studios find talent.

ustin Anderson left a downtown San Francisco job at LinkedIn and came to Bend with little more than an idea of what was next. Friends talked him out of starting a boutique video game development studio here. But the idea of creating a niche in the game development space stuck. Just one year later, Anderson’s new company, Rupie, is rolling out a game development and team management platform that could change the way that games are built. The company has seen strong seed funding and is poised for rapid growth. Earlier this year, BendTECH tapped Anderson and Rupie as the first company to occupy its Startup Founders Office incubator space, a move aimed at helping the company connect with more local talent and dollars. We talked with Anderson about the company’s plans.

What problem is Rupie addressing for game builders and studios? It’s really a challenge for game talent to find consistent work, and one of the reasons why is because about 80 percent of game studios leverage outsourced talent. It’s huge. And there are some, I’d say, less than healthy practices in terms of releasing talent after contracts expire. A lot of times [agreements] are very informal; there is not a lot of tooling built around how these transactions operate. It’s not like enterprise software where the processes have been established and really baked in for decades. In the games industry, it’s still very much the Wild West.


It seems what you are doing at Rupie could be applied to many industries. What is it about the gaming industry that speaks to you? I really just love what games represent. To me it is this openended creation process. You’re not confined to a specific medium or physical reality when you’re creating. To me it’s about the convergence of what games can do. We see games being able to leverage virtual reality (VR) for therapeutic purposes and all sorts of things. Right now, the gaming industry is bigger than the film and music industries combined. The futurist in me says that augmented reality (AR) and VR are going to enable more opportunity and expansion. That idea of starting a gaming studio didn’t come to fruition. How did that idea evolve into Rupie? I figured out after a lot of investigation that finding talent in the games industry is really hard. There are some unique reasons for that, but it’s a big pain point. I thought, well there is this interesting Venn diagram-like conversion of my LinkedIn experience combined with my gaming experience. I wondered what

Can Central Oregon become part of that story? My longtail vision [that] I’m very excited about is that I think Bend could easily become a hub for game developers and game events. There are some pretty large spaces here, it’s a little cheaper, there is good airport access and there are also quite a few companies here [already]. So, we’re excited about bringing the events that we are already doing and pulling them into Bend. It’s one of my personal goals with Rupie.

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Redmond's Steven Peebles hopes the Sisters Rodeo will be a springboard back to the upper echelon of pro rodeo.


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Steven Peebles is in the bucking chute, on the bare back of a bronc. He runs his gloved right hand into a leather rigging on a cinch around the horse’s powerful chest. It’s a crucial moment, technically and psychologically, Peebles says. “You know it’s gonna hurt, and in a sick, twisted way, you’ve gotta crave it, love it.” That’s the only way to summon the final shred of strength to hang on with that one hand for at least eight seconds—or walk out a loser. To score well, though, he’ll have to stay on longer. He leans back and nods—that’s the signal. The gate swings open and the 1,400-pound animal does what it was bred to do: buck like hell. Three rolls of athletic tape strain to keep Peebles’ wrist, elbow, every bone, muscle, tendon and joint from tearing, breaking or hyperextending. The world champion rider from Redmond who, at age 30 has broken his back three times, is about to look like a rag doll on a roiling, insane roller coaster — fringes flying, left hand flailing, cowboy hat flipping furiously into the dirt. He’ll hang on for dear life, with points awarded for technical style. Peebles fell in love with this in seventh grade, after moving from Salinas, California to Redmond. His uncle, a rodeo veteran, like a

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second father to him, introduced him to a friend, Bobby Mote, of Culver, who was halfway to becoming a four-time world champion in the event. Peebles and his family would go to the Sisters Rodeo every year. As soon as he turned 18, he was eligible to compete in the professional event, practically in his backyard, using it as springboard to a career that has spanned two decades and the continent. On the pro circuit, traveling to scores of rodeos across the country, his goal became winning a world championship, which he did in 2005. He’d qualified for the national finals seven times, until 2016, when he broke his back twice and had elbow and shoulder surgery. Even for someone who has reached the pinnacle of the sport, the Sisters Rodeo, among the oldest and best attended in the Pacific Northwest, bears a distinct significance. “It stands out from the rest,” says Peebles. “Riding is a little different when your family, friends, your hometown are in the crowd. You don’t want to mess up. If you’re in Kansas City or somewhere—every time you want to win—but if you don’t do good, you go somewhere else and don’t dwell on it. It puts a little twist on it.”



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A SE V EN T Y-NINE-Y E A R RIDE For the rodeo to have endured for seventy-nine years, though, has demanded that many people think well beyond the excitement in the arena. Like a tenacious bronc rider, it has held on tight, maneuvering through hard times and evolving from an amateur event to a professional one with a permanent home because of locals who’ve loved it and worked hard for it. Several of the rodeo’s eleven board members have been with it about a half-century. That includes Arena Director John Leavitt, who began competing in the rodeo at age 17 in tie-down calf roping, steer wrestling and doing pickup riding (scooping up competitors on horseback after bull riding, saddle bronc and bareback riding). He reminisced about those early days, when his sister barrel raced and the rodeo was right downtown, on North Pine Street, where Hoyt’s Hardware & Building Supply is today. He ran his Western wear store, Leavitt’s, in downtown Sisters for four decades, outfitting real cowboys and cowgirls as well as those enamored with Western style. The rodeo queen’s outfit would come from the store, a tradition that continues since Leavitt sold it in 2015 and it became Dixie’s. Leavitt takes pride in the work that the board and two hundred volunteers do to make the event run as smoothly as the state’s largest professional rodeos, the Pendleton Roundup and the St. Paul Rodeo. He credits Sisters Rodeo Board President Glenn Miller, who has volunteered for about four decades and oversees sponsorships that support awarding $10,000 to each winner in seven categories from bull riding to team bronc riding.


Held the second weekend of every June, Sisters Rodeo offers the second-highest purse in the nation on those dates, drawing world champions annually. The nonprofit Sisters Rodeo Association, with about 200 members, grants annual student scholarships and supports local charities and other nonprofits. Except for some contracted services, such as the announcer, stock suppliers and specialty acts, the rodeo remains an all-volunteer organization. The arena seats nearly 6,000 and attracts 26,000 to 30,000 people annually. Sisters Rodeo is June 5-9, 2019. Tickets and information at

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Board Secretary Bonnie Malone has put her University of Oregon journalism degree to work for the rodeo, leading media and communications for the event she’s served since moving here nearly forty years ago. Malone, a chiropractor, savors the stories she finds at the rodeo. For example, there’s Peggy Clerf Tehan, the 2019 Grand Marshal of the Sisters Rodeo Parade. Tehan sang “The Star Spangled Banner” at every rodeo for twenty-nine years, almost always a capella on horseback. That first time, Tehan left her three-month-old daughter in the stands with Jean Wells, founder of the Stitchin’ Post sewing shop and the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show. As the young soprano sang, she could hear her infant howling. Four years later, Tehan sang, albeit not on horseback, a week before giving birth to the howler’s sibling. Last year, Tehan retired from lending her voice to the event. Rodeo organizers asked her to chair a committee to bring on new singers for each performance. Audrey Tehan, the howling infant at her mother’s debut, sang in her mother’s place at the rodeo opener last year. As essential to the rodeo as the national anthem is the rodeo clown. When Sisters hired neophyte performer J.J. Harrison thirteen years ago, it launched his second career. This clown holds a master’s degree and was teaching middle school in Walla Walla, Washington when he heard about the opportunity. Last year, the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association nominated him for Clown of the Year. Malone recalled one of her favorite rodeo moments, in 2010. Harrison jumped up on a barrel, taunting a bull, and as the massive, horned bovine started toward him, the clown dropped inside the barrel. “That bull took on



Sisters Rodeo is founded, offering purses of $500, equal to the Pendleton and Cheyenne rodeos. Cowboys tag it, “The Biggest Little Show in the World.”




The rodeo is moved to land on the Sisters Rodeo west end of Sisters. Events include is an amateur wild cow milking and wild horse races. event sponsored Volunteers mill local donated timber by Veterans of Foreign Wars. The to build the arena and a few stands. Ellis Edgington launches the buckaroo profits are used to build a small breakfast, with pan-fried bread and theater in the wild buffalo meat. nightlife-starved Rodeo queens are selected based town. on who sold the most raffle tickets. (Today the competition is based on horse riding skills and public speaking ability.)


After dwindling interest in amateur rodeo, the VFW had stepped aside. Legendary rodeo competitor Pat Fisk produces the rodeo at a loss, saying he hated to see the rodeo die.


Sombrero Stock Company, composed of Matt Hunking and others, supplied consistently fine rodeo stock, etting a standard of excellence.

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Founding Rodeo board strives to meet public members Carl safety and health standards, bringing and Virginia hundreds of feet of hoses from their Campbell buy homes to satisfy fire regulations, thirty-three revamping outhouses, and after rain acres about flooded the rodeo grounds, pumping it 3.5 miles south through the night so the rodeo could go of downtown on the next day. Sisters, creating a permanent location off Highway 20.

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Sisters Rodeo gains acceptance into the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association, joining the St. Paul and Pendleton rodeos as Oregon's premier events.


Late Night with David Letterman show sends a comedian to report from the rodeo.


Awarded Rodeo of the Year by Columbia River Circuit, which covers Northwest and Northern California.



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an attitude and started whacking him down the field, rolling it like a soccer ball, right through the center exit gate,” she said. The crowd went wild. “Everyone was like, ‘Goal!’ It was hysterical. You just couldn’t plan this thing.” Harrison appears at Sisters Elementary School on the Friday of every rodeo. “As a former middle school teacher, he just takes over, and his whole message is about not bullying, standing up for people who are bullied, and befriending those who look like they’re alone,” said Malone. “The kids absolutely love him.” Board member Cathy Williams, 86, volunteered at the rodeo since the early 1980s, and just retired as board member and ticket office manager. After teaching in Portland schools for thirty-two years, she moved to a log cabin, a family vacation home, just north of Sisters. From the ticket booth, she educated spectators coming to the rodeo for the first time. She let them know about the event’s emphasis on animal care. The animals, Malone points out, are athletes, bred and groomed for their careers in rodeo. They’re valuable—six-figures for the best performers—so it makes sense that their owners would take good care of them, she said.

HE A DING HOME A ND CH A SING GL ORY Like a successful rodeo, a rider’s career is sustained through passion and almost slavish devotion to excellence. It’s a journey that has taken Peebles to the sport’s highest highs and its back-breaking lows. This year, the Sister’s Rodeo and dozens like it will be key to Peebles’ chance of another shot at that vaunted high. His goal is to once again qualify for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas, rodeo’s premier event, in December. If he makes it, it will add an exclamation point to a dramatic comeback. Last year, he’d finished a rodeo in Austin and was driving home to Redmond after a string of less than satisfying results. Near Llano, he stopped at a store and ran into his old friend Bobby Mote. Peebles didn’t know Mote had moved to that part of Texas. He went home with his mentor and friend, who took him back to the basics, refining the essentials of where they’d started nearly two decades ago. “It took sitting down with Bobby,” says Peebles. “He grounded me. I had some time off in spring to slowly heal, and in summer, I started climbing back up. I was barely short of making finals, but it was a game-changer. I’ve been winning.” Whether he can ride that momentum to Vegas hinges on how he does at the sixty-five rodeos he’ll have driven to across the country, between February and September this year. The Sisters Rodeo, June 5 to 9, is one of them, as it has been nearly every year for the last decade. It’s a mental and physical grind. On the road, Peebles will get to a rodeo, ride, and sometimes will drive all night to the next. After the Sisters Rodeo, though, he’ll change out of his gear, get to see the second half of the saddle bronc riding, and meet his friends and family in the beer garden. But he won’t linger. With two rodeo buddies, they’ll share the driving, to a new state practically every day. “There’s Reno, then July 4th weekend. It’s called cowboy Christmas. We’ll go to twelve rodeos in five days. Arizona, St. Paul and Molalla (Oregon) … Arkansas, Colorado, Alberta...” Enough high scores would mean a return to the finals. Like the Sisters Rodeo, Peebles has stood up to challenges, which, for other folks, would’ve done them in long ago. Now they both stand to reap the rewards of hanging on, no matter how rough the ride.

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LAID-BACK WARM WEATHER THRILLS TO GET YOUR SUMMER OFF TO A GREAT START Bend is known for adventure, but you don’t have to dangle off of a rock face or singlehandedly kayak a class five to have a good time around here. This year, try some of these adventures-for-the-rest-of-us to launch your summer in style. We even threw in some pro tips and ways to go easy on the planet to help you really do things right. Now, go outside and play!


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Glamp Me The tent leaks, the sleeping bags are MIA and the campstove is temperamental. If you can check any or all of these boxes, it may be time to reconsider your approach to camping this summer (yes, camping is still mandatory—this is Oregon). Thankfully, you have options that allow you to forego the traditional ritual of gathering and inventorying gear, during which you will no doubt omit some essential item, thereby sending the entire ill-conceived excursion into a tailspin. Consider instead booking a turnkey operation that removes the stress from planning and turns the prospect of disappointment into delight. Here are a few options from rustic to resplendent.

Panacea at the Canyon This forty-acre luxury tent resort and spa offers a solar-powered oasis prompting guests to truly unplug and reconnect with nature to nurture their mind, body and spirit. Yoga and labyrinth meditation are among the offerings here, as is a rimrock clifftop soaking pool.

Elk Lake Resort This popular resort offers cabin rentals and rustic camping, but added glamping into the mix recently with the addition of more than a half-dozen luxury tents that include two futons with full bedding, a dining room table and access to the resort’s showers.

Lake Billy Chinook Cabins The Cove Palisades State Park at Lake Billy Chinook has more than 200 campsites, many with RV hook-ups. But if you want to travel light, book one of the three deluxe, lakeside cabins. The cozy log homes sleep up to eight people and offer easy access to the popular boating and fishing destination, with separation from the campground to offer some privacy. Boat rentals are available through the nearby marina.


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Family Road Trip! RVs and campers are a great way to experience Central Oregon and beyond. They are are also extremely costly to maintain. Enjoy the benefits without the hassles by renting an RV and taking your show on the road. In Bend, Happy Camper RV rentals has a fleet of late model campers and RVs available for about the same cost as a cabin rental at many of the local resorts.


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Head to historic Prineville and hang a right, following the Wild and Scenic Crooked River deep into the canyon. Pick a riverside spot as your temporary home. Wet a line on the blue-ribbon trout fishery or just kick back with a good book.

Return to Prineville from there it’s on to the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument. Head east through Mitchell and onto the Sheep Rock Unit where you’ll find the Thomas Condon Paleontology Center. Visitors learn about the fossil beds that date back millions of years, some of the oldest records of animal life in North America.

Get your hands dirty by heading to the Clarno Unit, near the small town of Fossil on the John Day River. Head into town and explore the open dig site behind Wheeler High School, where the public is welcome to comb for fossils in a prehistoric lakebed that dates back 33 million years.

Head back to Bend, but stop first at Smith Rock State Park, where the Crooked River winds around the base of one of America’s premier rock-climbing destinations. Watch as climbers dangle impossibly from the volcanic tuff spires. Finish your day with a beer and a snack at Redmond’s Wild Ride brewery.

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And More To Do

On Two Wheels Head East

Trail Time

Firm, fast dirt and zippy banked turns are the calling card of Bend’s trail network, which encompasses the entire Phil’s Trail network as well as the Wanoga system on the opposite side of Century Drive. The trails here offer an incredible amount of varied terrain that makes biking accessible to all users. Here are three options to consider for riders of different abilities.

Around Bend Phil’s Trail is the destination de Jour for locals and many visitors. Dozen of route options originate from the parking lot area off Skyliners on Bend’s westside. Loops as short as four miles can be tied into longer routes that take riders deep into the national forest. A decision to designate some trails as uphill and downhill only has cut down on conflicts and made some of these routes more kid and family friendly than ever.


Early season riding can be good east and north of Bend. Horse Ridge and Maston/Cline Buttes as well as the Smith Rock area all have developed trail systems and can be less crowded than the popular Phil’s system.

Shuttle Service Cog Wild offers shuttle service and guided bike tours of area trails. Once the snow has receded, the ride from Swampy Lakes Sno-Park to Bend can make for a great ride with very little in the way of technical riding or extended climbing.

On the Road Again Bend is known as a mountain biking Mecca, but the entire Central Oregon region is a road rider’s paradise, with hundreds of miles of rural routes that showcase the region’s shamelessly diverse geography. There are several rides designated as state scenic bike routes in the region and dozens more options that combine, cycling and great scenery.

Local’s Fave: Twin Bridges Loop Designed as a thirty-plus mile, lollipop ride from downtown Bend, this ride can be shortened into a fun 20(ish)-mile ride by starting at Tumalo State Park and continuing onto Twin Bridges before circling back to the park via Innes Market, Johnson and Tyler roads. Expect plentiful mountain views and river scenery on this designated state scenic bikeway.

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River Respite

The popularity of floating the river has surpassed what anyone envisioned when the Bend Parks and Recreation District formally opened the river for business. Unfortunately, the amount of trash, from lost clothing to littered cans, has also ballooned. Rather than curtail floating, the park district and its partners, including the Old Mill District and Tumalo Creek and Kayak, are asking locals and visitors to consider their impact when they set sail from Farewell Bend Park. Points of emphasis include eliminating trash and litter on the river and reducing stress on native and restored riparian areas, by helping users identify and use established access and exit points on the river.

FLOATING 101 Bring your own tube and inflation device OR rent onsite at Riverbend Park, or at Tumalo Creek and Kayak ($20 for 2 hours). Bring cash for a river shuttle ($3) or run your own shuttle using a bike or Zagster bike sharing service. Put life jackets on children. Pick up trash. (Is seeing it and leaving it any better than littering?) Bring food or other packaged items that produce garbage.


Bring single use water bottles (You’re in the birthplace of the HydroFlask!) Consume drugs and alcohol. (They are both illegal and dangerous on the river.) Float through the safe passageway channel unless you’re willing to risk a bump or scratch. (It’s a river, not an amusement park.) M AY \ J U N E 201 9



The beauty of living in the high elevation and relatively low population region of Central Oregon is that our night skies are some of the best places in the U.S. to see stars. You don’t have to travel far from home to get a taste of what the galaxy has to offer. Early summer is a great time to stay out late and immerse yourself in the natural world. Whether you view by telescope, binoculars, or nothing but your own set of eyes, here are three locations we recommend to get a view of our galaxy.


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Cascades Lakes Within just a few dozen miles of Bend, you can find yourself at any one of your favorite Cascade Lakes trailheads. Really anywhere will do, but we recommend hitting Todd Lake. Open meadows nestled in majestic pines with a serene setting of chorus frogs serenading your visit makes this the perfect location to go looking for constellations and the occasional shooting star. Remember: these are breeding grounds for many local amphibians, so please respect their space and avoid trampling the shoreline.

Old McKenzie Highway


You’ve yet to really experience the Milky Way if you haven’t observed it from the heart of one of North America’s largest lava fields. As you surround yourself with jagged rocks that feel almost extra-terrestrial, you get the feeling that you are watching the stars from the surface of another planet. Head west from Sisters on Highway 242 towards the Dee Wright Observatory (telescopes not included) and accompanying lava flows. Find yourself a place with a good view of the southern sky. Note: The Old McKenzie Highway, aka Highway 242, is closed during winter and spring and typically opens in midJune to motor vehicle traffic.

For more information about what the universe at large has to offer, be sure to visit any of your three publicly accessible observatories in Central Oregon: Oregon Observatory at Sunriver: Worthy Brewing’s Hopservatory: Pine Mountain Observatory:

The Badlands For arguably the darkest skies and best star viewing in the western United States, head east on Highway 20 towards the Badlands Wilderness, an ancient juniper forest perched on the edge of a shield volcano. With few visual obstructions, this expansive and open natural wonder gives you the sense of being surrounded by the cosmos. While looking south will no doubt give the best view of the Milky Way, turn your eyes in any direction and find the majority of constellations viewable in the Northern Hemisphere, as well as planets like Jupiter and Saturn.

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Let There Be Rock!

Just a few decades ago, it wouldn’t have been surprising to hear saws ripping old growth ponderosas into fresh two-by-four lumber in what is now the Old Mill District. Now, it’s more likely you’ll hear the voice of Willie Nelson or Dave Matthews Band floating on the air while you stroll the river trail adjacent to the Les Schwab Amphitheater. Whether you’ve booked a date with Lyle Lovett and his Large Band or are holding out for Ben Harper at the Bend Athletic Club, no summer itinerary is complete in Bend without a solid dose of live music, preferably served up with a side of sunshine.

4 Peaks Music Festival: Four Stages, One Experience A festival for the family, by the family—that’s what local 4 Peaks Music Festival is all about. Taking place June 20 to 23 at Stevenson Ranch in southeast Bend, national touring bands The Wood Brothers, Los Lobos, Billy Strings, Poor Man’s Whiskey and Andy Frasco and the UN headline this eclectic festival. Since 2007, 4 Peaks has experienced an intimate evolution as a festival experience


unlike any other within the greater Central Oregon area. Co-founder and 92.9 FM “Jam in Your Ear” host Stacy Totland, helped launch this local festival twelve years ago and has now taken on full responsibility of maintaining the 4 Peaks ethos, one that preaches sustainability through action. A barrage of other national acts and local bands fill up the festival slot times while continuing a musical pattern deeply rooted

in funk, bluegrass, and folk Americana. Change things up throughout the weekend by attending the silent disco, yoga with Nicole Baumann or even a movie under the stars that is perfect for kids and adults alike. General camping is free, but if you’re feeling like you want to live it up this festival season, explore the different accommodation options that include RV passes, furnished luxury yurts and shuttle options from Tetherow Resort to the 4 Peaks grounds.

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June 6/9

Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit + Father John Misty @ Les Schwab Amphitheater

6/15 The Roots @ Les Schwab Amphitheater 6/19 Blue October with special guests Mona @ Midtown Music Hall 6/20 John Mayall @ The Tower Theatre 6/22 Sublime with Rome @ Athletic Club of Bend (Clear Summer Nights) 6/23 Rebelution @ Les Schwab Amphitheater 6/27 Michael Franti & Spearhead + Ziggy Marley @ Les Schwab 6/29 The Claypool Lennon Delirium @ Midtown Music Hall 6/29 Lyle Lovett and His Large Band

July 7/2

Kris Kristofferson & The Strangers @ Athletic Club of Bend (Clear Summer Nights)


Munch and Music 2019 @ Drake Park (Every Thursday until August 15)

7/13 Slightly Stoopid with Special Guests Tribal Seeds, Matisyahu & HIRIE @Les Schwab

August 8/8

Lord Huron with Shakey Graves @ Athletic Club of Bend (Clear Summer Nights)

8/10 Big Head Todd and the Monsters with Freddy Jones Band. Bigstock Bend @ Coyote Ridge Ranch 8/13 Avett Brothers with Special Guests Lake Street Dive @ Les Schwab 8/20 John Butler Trio + Trevor Hall @ Athletic Club of Bend (Clear Summer Nights)

September 9/14 Gary Clark Jr. @ Les Schwab

Great Music, Better Cause What started as a small backyard concert and modest fundraiser for Oregon Adaptive Sports has grown into the region’s premier private concert event. A one-day, all-inclusive concert and charity auction that celebrates Central Oregon’s commitment to a level playing field for athletes of all abilities, Bigstock Bend is the primary fundraising event for Oregon Adaptive Sports. This year the event returns to Coyote Ridge Ranch in Tumalo on August 10, 2019 when Big Head Todd and the Monsters and special guest Freddy Jones Band will take the stage for an unforgettable evening of music under the stars. Presented by Bend Magazine, Bigstock Bend is the region's premier benefit concert and the primary fundraising event for Oregon Adaptive Sports. In addition to a silent auction, there is a hosted bar with local beer, wine and craft spirits. A diverse sampling of the region’s culinary offerings will also be featured in a pop-up food court featuring some of the area’s most popular food trucks. 109


Park the car and take a walking tour of downtown Bend to find historical tidbits, architectural legacies and even a ghost.


937 NW Wall St. NP 115 NW Oregon Ave. Smith Hardware building O’Kane building. (now Lone Crow Bunga- The original Bend Hotel on the site was one low). of many that burned to the ground, so Hugh

869 NW Wall St. GoodwillieAllen-Rademacher House.

Built in 1909, this is the only remaining original wood frame building from downtown. The Smith family moved into the apartment upstairs, and Marjorie, their daughter, lived there until her 90s. During the devastating fires of the early 1900s, their building survived because Cora Smith hung wet sheets out the windows. All the other wood frame buildings either burned down or were replaced by brick buildings. The first gas tank in Bend was here, and today there is a little square piece of cement in the sidewalk out front that is both unmarked and out of place—that is where the first gas tank was.

Built in 1904, this is the oldest standing structure within the city limits. Arthur Goodwillie came to Bend in his early 20s to work for Alexander Drake and at 23 was elected the first mayor of Bend, right after the construction of his home. A makeshift band marched to his house celebrating his election. The town was only about 530 people then, and his was a substantial home with leaded glass windows. The other reason to love the house is that it was almost torn down in the 1990s and the community rallied around it to save it from being torn down to put up a parking lot—literally like the Joni Mitchell song.

O’Kane went for all brand-new fire-proof construction in building its replacement in 1917. (For more see Heritage, p. 57) The other special piece is that he built the Bend Emblem Club logo into the transom windows. The building was home to the original offices for the brand-new county government when it opened, as well as many other important businesses and offices over the years, including the Grand Theater and Cashman’s clothing store.

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Drake Park The Frank T. Johns memorial marker This spot is a testament to humanity. Frank was stumping for his presidential candidacy with a speech at Drake Park in 1928. During the speech, he heard a young boy cry for help in the river. He took off his jacket and jumped in, a healthy and strong man in his thirties. This story also shows what we have done to the river—back then it was fast, dangerous and cold. Johns was unable to save the boy and succumbed to the cold water himself and they both drowned. The citizens of Bend pooled their money to get his body back to Portland, as well as to give a small fund to his widow and their two daughters. A couple of years later, citizens of Bend wrote and nominated him for the Carnegie medal for his heroism, which came with a lifetime stipend for his wife. They were successful and he was awarded the medal posthumously.

129 NW Idaho Ave. The Reid School. Named for Ruth Reid who came to teach in Bend in 1904, the building was the first modern school built in Bend. Opened in 1914, it had indoor plumbing, heating and electricity. Many of the children that first attended the school did not have indoor plumbing yet. Ruth founded the first high school classes and became first principal of all schools. She had to quit after marrying a local entrepreneur and politician H.J. Overturf, for whom Overturf Butte is named. Reid took her husband’s name, but when Reid School was built, they named it for her by her maiden name. To this day, the building (now home to the Deschutes Historical Museum) is reportedly haunted by the ghost of George Brosterhous, who died of a fall during the building’s construction. — Deschutes Historical Society 111

Bend Ale Trail The fact that Bend oozes with craft beer is no secret. But exploring the many breweries on the Ale Trail can also be a great way to learn some of Bend’s secrets and insider facts. Did you know that Crux Fermentation Project’s location used to be an AAMCO station? Look at the floors for signs of the garage’s 112

past. Deschutes Brewery once brewed all of its beer from the downtown pub. Today, only small special-batch beers are brewed in the compact brewing facility at the flagship pub and the rest come out of Deschutes’s huge brewing facility on Colorado Avenue. Worthy Brewing is the world’s only combination brewery and observatory. Gaze at the stars while you sip on a pint. McMenamins Old

St. Francis School was Bend’s first Catholic school, in operation from 1926 to 2000. Silver Moon Brewing’s space was once a furniture shop. Bend Brewing Co.’s location on Mirror Pond was Bend’s second brewery and my first job in Bend. Oh wait. That last bit only matters to me. — Kim Cooper Findling

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Steamboat Inn North Umpqua River

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GRILLED OR FRIED, CORN TORTILLA OR FLOUR, topped with a hint of spice or a touch of fruit, there are so many variations on this coastally inspired cuisine that it never gets old. Bend restaurants have firmly embraced the concept, with some of the best places in town offering a fish taco that rivals any that you’ll find oceanside. While we’ve paid homage to fish tacos before, the ongoing taco revolution required us to revisit the dish that brings a much needed dose of baja to Bend. There’s no “best” here because each offers something different, and you won’t go wrong with any of them. Pair them with a cerveza, a patio and a sunny late spring afternoon. — Bronte Dod

GRILLED FISH TACO SOMEWHERE BETWEEN THE TACO TRUCK experience and the linen napkin meal is Barrio, a downtown eatery that exudes urban cool and would be just as at home on the streets of Austin as Central Oregon. The Tex Mex-inspired menu is bold with an emphasis on culinary experimentation and cultural cross pollination. You’ll find the Barrio burger, a mash-up of flavors that includes a half-pound ground chuck burger—or substitute salmon filet, just because—with smoked chile cheddar cheese, aioli and guacamole. The paella alone is worth the trip with steaming mussels perched atop a bowl of Spanish rice with saffron. When it comes to tacos, options abound, including the “I dare you to” lengua taco. Or play it conservatively with the fish tacos, that really aren’t that conservative at all. Bursting with savory juices from the curtido, a fermented cabbage relish, and pickled onions, the tacos are street style flavor explosions served in groups of three with mix and match pairings encouraged. Add in a handmixed margarita, and it’s time to break out the sombreros. — Eric Flowers


MAHI MAHI GRILLED TACO WE’D BE REMISS IF WE DIDN’T INCLUDE EL SANCHO, arguably the leader of the taco scene in Bend. Offering almost a dozen different styles of tacos to choose from, El Sancho has perfected what Bendites and visitors crave when it comes to the street-style taco. Next time you’re there, suppress your urge to order chicken, carnitas or barbacoa (for the umpteenth time) and try the grilled mahi mahi tacos. Added to the menu when El Sancho opened their brick-and-mortar in 2015, the grilled mahi mahi tacos were an intentional choice to create a healthier fish taco option in Bend. For this taco, it’s the slaw that separates it from the rest of the pack. Order three tacos, a cerveza, and feel a whisper of the ocean breeze. — Bronte Dod

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tacos may top the list. Owner Jeff Dearing added the fried fish taco to the menu in 2002, just after Parrilla opened. Now with two locations, Parrilla is a go-to spot in town for locals looking for Tex Mex flavors, cheap beer

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and good vibes. Unlike the trendy street tacos, Parrilla’s are held in a flour tortilla. The fish’s breading has Hawaiian influences and the sauce drizzled over the top includes Japanese fish sauce, which gives it flavor and spice. A lot of thought went into finding a sustainable fish to use, and they settled on a catfish recommended by Seafood Watch, an organization of the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Parrilla cuts the fish by hand, and they worked with their food supplier to find the handmade flour tortillas they use. The fresh corn salsa on top of each adds more texture and flavor with each bite. While Parrilla always has a good selection of local taps, pair the tacos with the $1 PBR to truly dine like a local. — Bronte Dod




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Let it be known Boneyard Brew Pub is now serving craft beer and delicious food off of Division Street in Bend. Anyone in town can pull up a seat on our 200 person patio. Enjoy an RPM pretzel and wash it down with Central Oregon’s most popular beer RPM IPA or any of our other 16 Boneyard beers. 1955 NE Division St., Bend (541) 241-7184


From its Westside Bend location, Kebaba offers a unique, award winning take on modern Middle Eastern food. Fresh and delicious. Special diet friendly. Great craft cocktails, beer and wine. Open for lunch and dinner. Outdoor garden dining.

Pizza Mondo, a longtime locals’ favorite, has been serving award winning pizza from its landmark downtown Bend location since 1996. By the slice or whole pie. Dine in, take-out, delivery. Seasonal pizzas, fresh salads and NW craft beer.

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The taproom is a unique take on a pub/restaurant/bar. With healthy dinner and lunch options, including a wide range of drinks— from cold brewed coffee to cocktails to craft beer to wine. They’re mixing, baking & shaking up the experience around coffee. 555 NW Arizona Ave, Suite 30, Bend (541) 312-9330

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SHRIMP TACOS EVEN IF THE NEAREST SLIVER OF COASTLINE is 150 miles away, it still seems that fish tacos are made to be eaten outside with the sun on your neck and a breeze in your face. Maybe it’s the delightful mess that this unabashedly utensil free-food makes when the tortilla inevitably yields to the succulent juice of lightly grilled fish and limes. In Bend, the place that offers the closest experience might be at Á la Carte, a popular food truck that occupies a corner position of The Lot off Galveston. Here on the four-season patio where the inside is always out and the outside is always in, Á la Carte’s shrimp tacos can be enjoyed in something like their natural element. Offered at a pocketbook friendly $3 per taco, the plates feature two corn tortillas, with shrimp sautéed in olive oil and harissa. They are topped with chipotle sour cream (a must even for the non-dairy inclined) pineapple salsa and cotija cheese. Top it off with shredded radish and you’ve found your beach. — Eric Flowers

GRILLED SALMON TACOS A RIVERFRONT PATIO WITH A PAIR OF GAS FIRE PITS and seating perched within earshot of the Les Schwab Amphitheater makes Anthony’s an outdoor dining destination and the envy of other patio purveyors. On afternoons and evenings when May feels more like March or the rare June snowflake appears (yes, it happens), Anthony’s offers extensive indoor seating with wraparound views of the Deschutes River and distant mountain peaks. While seating options abound, there is only one real choice when you’re dining here, and that’s the extensive seafood menu that includes three takes on fish tacos. Mahi mahi and rockfish are reliable and safe options. (We even encountered a limited-edition fried oyster taco on the specials menu.) But if you wish to embrace the authentic Northwest flavor that is Anthony’s calling card, opt for the salmon fish taco that arrives as a generous filet, perfectly crisped on the outside and fork tender in the middle. It’s wrapped in a warm flour tortilla on a bed of shredded cabbage and cilantro with a dash of pico. The tacos come in pairs with a side of tortilla chips and salsa relish or substitute a bowl of Anthony’s excellent clam chowder for the second taco. A perfect option for those days when June feels a bit more like January. — Eric Flowers

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FRIED CATFISH TACOS SPORK ALSO HAS A SPICY AND CRISPY FISH TACO unlike any other in town, even though it too is a fried catfish taco like Parrilla’s. But that’s the only similarity they share, and it’s a testament to Bend’s innovative chefs that two dishes that appear similar on paper can be entirely different culinary experiences. Spork’s fusion-style cuisine is a must-try when in town. The tacos are reasonably priced for their size and the flavors are on point. This taco takes the spicy route, with just right amount of heat from the chili mayo and jalapenos. The tacos perfectly fit Spork’s eclectic and addicting menu. — Bronte Dod

GRILLED ROCKFISH TACO SUNRIVER BREWING’S FISH TACO is a welcome addition to the brewpub menu when you’re looking for something other than a burger. The trio of tacos comes with a red salsa on the side, but you really don’t need it. The fresh slaw and drizzled sauce—a chipotle aioli and a cilantro-lime sour cream—over the top takes care of any condiment cravings. These street-style tacos may be paired down in ingredients, but they are packed with fish and flavor and scream for the Fuzztail hefeweizen to wash them down. — Bronte Dod

WILD SNAPPER AND SHRIMP TACOS WHEN MOST PEOPLE THINK BEER AND FISH TACOS, you can forgive them if their minds go right to Pacifico or (eek!) Corona. Roger Worthington (the Worth in Worthy) would like to change that with Worthy Taps and Tacos on Brooks Street in downtown. The hip little annex with splashes of neon color and come-as-you-are-vibe started slinging street tacos to locals and visitors last year and has carved itself a niche as a on-the-go spot for tortilla-filled goodness. Grab a seat at the roll up window and gaze out at Mirror Pond in the near distance while thinking of another water body and order the Sea of Cortez taco, which arrives in an oversized cornshell packed with grilled wild rock shrimp, topped with succulent carrot habanero sauce and green cabbage that is mop-it-off-the-plate good. If shrimp aren’t your thing, or you want to sample more from the sea, The Zapata is a can’t-miss. This street-style taco is loaded with seared wild Pacific snapper and topped with chile sauce, mango pico and pickled pepper crema served on a corn tortilla. It will be gone so fast that you will wonder if was ever there. Whatever you choose, you can wash it down with one of eight rotating Worthy taps. — Eric Flowers

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Kari Johannsen

Valentine’s Deli


Some people dream about getting out of the food service industry; Kari Johannsen couldn’t stop dreaming about getting back into it. A professional social worker with an advanced degree, Johannsen worked in crisis management counseling in Oregon and California, but couldn’t shake the idea of opening a sandwich shop like the one she had worked in as a student. Two years ago, she decided to listen to the little voice in her head and started working on a menu that would form the basis of one of Bend’s newest casual restaurants, Valentine’s Deli. Located in the Box Factory next door to the River Pig Saloon, the casual lunch spot is named after her mother, who was born on February 14. Valentine’s opened its doors in mid-February, coincidentally, with a menu heavy on homemade soups and sandwiches made from freshly sliced meats. With about a half-dozen tables and short list of beer taps, Valentines offers diners a spot where they can grab a sandwich and go or grab a seat and enjoy the café ambiance, one of the things that Johannsen said drew her back to the restaurant business. “I actually love the fast pace and

dealing with people,” she said. Business has been good since their opening this past winter, which included slogging through an epic March snowstorm. Johannsen said she now has two part-time and two full-time employees, as well as her husband Brian, whom Johannsen said has been pulled into the day-to-day operations to help spread the workload around. “He’s been dragged into this whether he likes it or not,” joked Johannsen, adding that Brian has enjoyed it as a big change of pace from his regular day job. HAPPY HOUR

The Lebanese Margarita JOOLZ

Joolz restaurant in downtown Bend is known for its delicious Middle Eastern menu, masterminded by Beirut, Lebanon native Ramsey Hamdan, who owns the restaurant with his wife, Juli. Happy hour is a not-very-well-kept-secret here, with hummus, spiced olives, baba ganouj and

pita happily devoured nightly by a full house. Often overlooked in the face of all of those exotic bites are Joolz’ cocktails, which are little cups of perfection in and of themselves.

Pair your own Lebo-marg with Cypress prawns: wild white prawns simmered in arak (a West Asian anise-family distilled spirit), lemon, zataar (a Middle Eastern spice medley), olive oil, feta The Lebanese Margarita blends orange blossom cheese and parsley. Each prawn is an explosion water with tequila and a float of Almendrado tequila—blue agave tequila infused with almonds, of rich spice surrounded with umami from the oil from Mexico, but delivering a nutty Middle East- and cheese. Order some bread to sop up every last drop. Delicious! — Kim Cooper Findling ern flavor. The fresh citrus of the orange and lime is chased by the hint of almond that adds richness and complexity to the traditional margarita taste. LEBANESE MARGARITA 2 oz. gold tequila “The Lebanese Margarita is an homage to AlAmir Restaurant in Portland. When Ramsey 1 oz. fresh lime

and I first moved to Portland, he was a recent immigrant and missed his home, food and hearing his language. We spent a lot of time there with our Lebanese friends,” said Juli Hamdan. “I had a few adventures and misadventures fueled by the Lebo-margarita, and I associated them with our best times. When we started Joolz, we

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wanted tobring that memory in a drink.”

1 oz. of fresh orange juice Squeeze of lemon juice Shake ingredients with ice and pour over a tall glass of ice. Top with a ½-ounce float of Almendrado tequila. Garnish with lime wedge. Salt optional.




Outside the Box The secret behind Boxwood Kitchen—what’s not on the menu. WRITTEN BY CATHY CARROLL PHOTOS BY JILL ROSELL


hen Chef Eric Rud describes Boxwood Kitchen, which he opened in the Old Mill District at the start of the year, it’s devoid of trendy terms. “My vision is comfort food and all the little details, the efforts behind the scenes that no one would know about,” he said. “I want a plate to be recognizable and delicious, beautiful without being pretentious, and I want to give value.” That’s just part of the story, though. The phrase “efforts behind the scenes” is essential. For starters, Rud and his staff of ten make all the pasta, from pappardelle and gnocchi to spaetzle. House-made dinner rolls emerge warm from the oven nightly, served with lava salt and herb butter. A savory dimension to the vegetarian gnocchi comes from umami powder, which the kitchen makes by dehydrating mushrooms, a process that requires two days and valuable kitchen space. Smoked shallots further boost the dish. All meats, including a hanger steak, are cooked sous vide, vacuum sealed in a pouch immersed in precisely heated water to achieve optimum flavor and texture. The pork chop is brined and marinated first.


Chef Eric Rud

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“...recognizable and delicious, beautiful without being pretentious...”

“In our dry storage, in winter we have canned tomatoes, oil, vinegar and salt—no other cans,” said Rud. “We make all of our red curry, sauces and vinaigrettes from scratch. Personally, for me, there’s no other way to do it. It’s tricky, it causes a little stress, but we all take pride in it.” Boxwood stands on the shoulders of the personal and career experiences of Rud, 42. He was born in San Francisco, but doesn’t have many formative food memories before age 6, when his family moved to Germany on a military assignment. “While we lived on a military base, my parents insisted we would get out every weekend,” said Rud. He and his sister discovered the food cultures throughout Germany and in Italy and France. Being a picky eater wasn’t an option. “It pushed me in the right direction,” he said.

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He started working in restaurants in Germany when he was 18, and about five years later, returned to the United States to attend Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Minneapolis. He returned to San Francisco and co-owned Aliment, an inventive, American eatery. Eventually, he and his girlfriend, Riane Welch, wanted to move on from the area, with its high cost of living. They saved for a year, and he sold his share in the restaurant. They moved to Welch’s parents’ vacation home in Sunriver and launched Boxwood Kitchen, offering thoughtfully prepared salads, sandwiches and noodle bowl dishes, for online order, delivery and in local boutique grocers. The concept wasn’t taking off, but one of their delivery customers, the Old Mill District management office, approached them about opening in the fifty-two-seat space,

behind Jimmy Johns. While Boxwood still sells vegetarian and vegan salads at Market of Choice and Newport Market, the focus is on their popular eatery. This summer, they plan to add planters (of Oregon boxwood, an evergreen shrub) outside to create a patio. Welch works full-time in marketing for Les Schwab Tire Centers, and as a restaurant partner, lends those talents to Boxwood, too. “I am, and will always be Eric’s biggest fan,” she said. “He takes so much care in crafting dishes and combining flavors and elements. He is always pushing himself to find that one thing that will really take our menu items over the top.” Boxwood Kitchen and Supper Club 300 SW Powerhouse Dr. Bldg. C 541-797-0182 Lunch 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dinner 5 p.m. to close



Onda and Michael Hueners


Full Circle Sustainability In the heart of Powell Butte, an organic farm is a model of efficiency. Every element of the farm is utilized, including the minutes in the day. WRITTEN BY BRONTE DOD


and moved to California, where they met in 1999. They have seven children between them from previous marriages and eighteen grandchildren who occasionally lend a hand, but most of the time it’s just the two of them. Their main goal is to have the farm be as self-sufficient as possible, and they work with local businesses to collect food waste to feed the animals or create their compost. They collect spent grains from Kobold Brewing in Redmond to feed the cows and pigs and preconsumer food waste from Worthy Brewing and Dairy Queen. (One look at the bucket of melted soft-serve next to the pig pen will put you off Blizzards forever. “The pigs just go crazy for it,” said Onda.) Facebook, and soon Apple, give them their pre-consumer food waste as well, which is part of a new initiative for the companies. Unlike the narrow vertical approach of Big Ag, every component in the Bluestone operation has a dual purpose. Waste from the animals, along with hay grown on the farm and their own food waste, makes the compost that nurtures the vegetables. While it may lack the economies of scale that

are the hallmark of modern farming, there is an elegant efficiency here unrivaled in commodity driven farming. “Why have the farm that raises pigs, if you don’t have this, that and the other,” said Michael, referring to all the other components of the farm that aid in the process of raising pigs, like hay from the fields and whey from making goat’s milk. Otherwise, “It’s not a complete circle,” he said. Education is another priority for the Hueners. They work with local schools to bring kids out to the farm to learn where food comes from. The adults are just as intrigued as the kids, they said. “It’s important to us because people have lost track of where their food comes from, or the work that it takes to produce that food,” said Onda. Bluestone Natural Farms Michael & Onda Hueners 12555 Hwy 126, Powell Butte Buy their meat, produce and other products made on their farm online, at their farmstand and local farmers’ markets.

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ichael and Onda Hueners must have more hours in the day than the average person. The Hueners run a thirty-five-acre organic farm in the heart of Powell Butte, producing beef, pork, eggs, vegetables, goat milk products, textiles and more for their farm stand as well as local farmers markets. They host educational farm tours on their property and are leaders of a handful of local agriculture organizations. And they do it all while holding full-time jobs—Michael owns Bluestone Gardens and Landscapes and Onda is an RN at St. Charles in Bend. “It started out as a hobby, with the idea that we would work it into our retirement,” said Onda. “We started with a couple cows, and it’s just gone crazy from there.” Today they have about twenty head of cattle, fortyish pigs, about the same number of goats and another couple dozen chickens. A greenhouse and garden beds around the property produce a variety of vegetables. Michael and Onda bought the property in 2004. Onda grew up in Wallowa County on a small farm and Michael grew up in Minnesota




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We specialize in fresh, flavorful spices, meal solutions, gift sets, and products to help you live life full of meaningful moments, delightful experiences, and flavorful food. Come enjoy spices and foods from around the world and right here in Central Oregon.

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A lifestyle shop + boutique in the heart of beautiful downtown Bend, Oregon. Featuring unique finds from Levies premium denim, journals, jewelry and candles to scents, bath accessories and summer dresses; Ju-bee-lee is your lifestyle go to!

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Artisan jewelry designed for active women. Delicate and durable, our jewelry is handcrafted in Bend and embodies the spirit of travel and adventure. Our sunny downtown Bend studio also sells gorgeous beaded jewelry from Mexican artists. 55 Minnesota Ave, 2nd Floor, Bend (541) 640-3567

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Wick’d DIY Candle Lounge is a inspirational place to come and create your own, one of a kind, candle! Whether for a gift or a keepsake, the process is as fun as the finished product! Walk in anytime to create. Be sure to ask about birthday parties, girls nights out, classes, team building and private events. Located in the Bend Factory Stores 61334 S Hwy 97, Suite 270, Bend (541) 977-6233


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Dreaming of Water Camp Polk painting will be up for auction at fundraiser. THE DESCHUTES RIVER CONSERVANCY hosts its annual dinner and fundraiser event, the Deschutes River Feast on May 11 at the Unitarian Universalist Church. The live auction includes getaway packages, adventures, gear and art, like the piece shown here by local arist Susan Luckey Higdon. Painted with acrylic on canvas, the piece was inspired by a photo of Whychus Creek at Camp Polk Meadow that Luckey Higdon titled “Dreaming of Water.” A reproduction of the piece will be available at the auction. The original will hang at Tumalo Art Co. with 25 percent of any sale proceeds dedicated to the Deschutes River Conservancy.

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Dave Wachs A wandering landscape painter draws inspiration from communion with remote places. WRITTEN BY LEE LEWIS HUSK PHOTOS BY CAITLIN EDDOLLS


ave Wachs is a hard man to catch up with. When you do, he conveys a sense of life in constant motion, whether he’s ping-ponging between his homes in Peshastin, Washington and Bend, traveling internationally or putting paint on canvas in hurried brush strokes. The frantic pace is a contrast to Wachs’ art that captures seemingly eternal landscapes in quiet repose. The landscape artist’s wandering impulse derives from his love of the outdoors and his love of painting the outdoors. As an artist, he says the deepest inspiration he gets is from nature and the environment. “I don’t go to cities, and I don’t have to add barns or roads to my work,” he said. His landscapes convey an impression of mountainsides, pear orchards and the countryside in vivid colors, often blues, white and splashes of orange. Those parallel themes of art and being in nature have driven his life since college. While he was earning a degree in graphic design and fine arts painting from Montana State University in Bozeman, he was hitting the ski slopes at every opportunity. “He was part of a group of guys who would focus their binoculars on distant mountain peaks in the summer, looking for one chute that still had snow,” recalled Julie Berry, friend and fellow MSU art student. “Dave was a skiing maniac. He and his friends spent days in the backcountry, climbing up and skiing down.” She said Wachs committed the same devotion to his art. “We’d show up at the school’s painting studio at ten at night, paint till morning and then go out to breakfast,” Berry said. After graduating in 1983, Wachs moved to Portland from Montana, which he says “was


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“I don’t go to cities, and I don’t have to add barns or roads to my work.”

a gnarly transition for me as I didn’t want to leave Montana, but you couldn’t make a living there.” He eventually worked in advertising with Nike and then snagged a project with North Face called Steep Tech to design a collection of hard-working clothing for legendary extreme skier Scot Schmidt, with whom he collaborated. In 1992, he moved to Bend from Taos, New Mexico, and bought a farm in Tumalo where he worked for twenty-two years. In the three years since he’s left the farm, he’s worked out of studios in Colorado, New Mexico, Montana, Washington and Oregon. “I don’t need a fancy place to work, but it can’t be freezing,” he said with a laugh. His primary residence is a pear orchard outside Peshastin, near Leavenworth, Washington, although he returns to Central Oregon for several months a year. Wachs travels to remote and inspiring places in his Chevy pick-up and on dirt bikes, gathering imagery with a camera and sketch book. “I have a rule that I have to have been there to paint a landscape,” he said. “I’m trying to capture the image out of the corner of your eye,” he said. The resulting landscape pieces could be mistaken for photographs from afar but reveal brush strokes upon closer examination. “Dave’s paintings take me to those peaceful spots where it’s just air, wind and what’s beneath my feet,” said Berry, who worked in custom picture framing for years in Bozeman and framed dozens of her friend’s pieces for an exhibit in Bend. Before receiving the paintings for framing, she saw photos of them. “They were so expansive in feeling that I thought he was doing six-by-eight-foot paintings. When they arrived, they were small, and I was amazed at how he captured such an


expansive feeling on such a tiny surface.” The landscapes feel eternal, but Wachs’ painting process is fast. He starts a painting with a sketch and then works quickly to cover the canvas in acrylic paint that he mixes himself. “I don’t have patience for oil or the smell of oil paints,” he said. He paints with big brushes and finishes most canvases in two to three days, mostly at night when he says “the creative stuff comes out.” He adds that, “If it looks good at night, it will look good in the day.” He strives for spontaneity, which ironically takes a lot of discipline. He compares his process to the art of Japanese Haiku poetry. “I have to think or meditate about a piece of work before starting,” he said. He draws inspiration from the 1920s-era Canadian “Group of Seven” artists who explored the countryside and documented their impressions through painting. But he’s clear that he doesn’t emulate them or anyone else. “I think my work looks like my work, and I’m

proud of where I am now.” Wachs has done commissioned work for individuals and businesses across the country. He is currently represented in Central Oregon by art consultant Billye Turner who will be hanging about twenty-five recent landscapes at Franklin Crossing in downtown Bend during June. His pieces sell for $500 to $10,000, with the larger canvases at the higher end. “The quality of Dave’s work is worthy of collecting…because his genuineness and talent add up to paintings that you’ll love for decades and still be transported to another place,” said Berry.

WACHS’ EXHIBITION See: David Wachs’ Landscape Collection Where: Franklin Crossing, 550 NW Franklin Ave. When: June 1-30 Cost: Free

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Sheila Dunn BEND ARTIST ADDS ADVOCACY TO HER PALETTE Bend’s Sheila Dunn uses oil paintings to capture natural landscapes, often those of Central Oregon, but she also celebrates life in human and wildlife portraits. She colors her worlds with lush, literal pastels which she patterns with earthy abstraction. Dunn recently has added another element to her art--advocacy. After the 2016 presidential election, Dunn began two sibling projects, the Resistance Series and the Conversation Series, which feature instrumental civil rights leaders and vulnerable natural areas, respectively. Dunn funnels 10 percent of the print profits from these series to various nonprofits. “I [realized that I] can I use my art as a form of activism,” Dunn said. More recently, Dunn collaborated with the Portrait Connection, a local nonprofit which commissions artists to create portraits to benefit critically ill children and their families. Dunn painted a preschool-age boy with cancer. The soft contours of his face and the mountainous and treeline patterns of his sweater allowed for plenty of pattern and color play. Beginning this summer, a mix of Dunn’s landscapes and portraiture will be

One of them, “Sangre de Cristos,” casts a ruddy evening light on the eponymous federal wilderness area near Dunn’s great-great-grandparents’

included in Art in Embassies, the Department of State’s program that has

homestead outside of Pueblo, Colorado. As a part of the program, Dunn

featured the work of 20,000 artists on the walls of U.S. embassies since

will spend a week in Nepal where she will collaborate with local children on

1963. Three of Dunn’s paintings will be hung in the U.S. Embassy in Nepal.

art projects. More information, -Peter Madsen


New exhibit spaces debut in Bend and Sunriver Art and photography lovers will want to check out two new galleries that recently opened in Central Oregon. The Wooden Jewel, formerly of Sunriver, relocated to downtown Bend.

Owned by Denise and Michael Bryant, the gallery devotes itself to fine art and jewelry from a variety of local, regional and international artists, including Michael’s medium to life-size wood sculptures. The gallery also displays bronze and blown-glass sculptures, and many painting genres. Stop in to see the cases of jewelry created by twenty-eight designers. JCK, the national jewelers’ association, ranked the Wooden Jewel among the top ten jewelry design retailers in 2017-2018. Adventure and natural history photographer, Gallery in The Village at Sunriver. The gallery is a spotlight on Copeland’s world travels where he captures rare images and experiences for clients such as Microsoft, BBC’s Planet Earth and National Geographic. The gallery displays large- and small-format prints for sale, and offers photography workshops and adventure travel with Copeland. Visit his “Kingdom of Tonga” exhibit, June 7-16. — Lee Lewis Husk


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Writing is typically a solo sport, and it was wonderful to not be in it alone for the first time.


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Back Deck books The Sixth Storm

A Bend mother-daughter duo author a teen mystery about family secrets, brave girls, and spectacularly bad weather


regon Media’s own Kim Cooper Findling has written three nonfiction books, including Bend, Oregon Daycations: Day Trips for Curious Families. In addition to serving as the editor of our newly launched Bend Home + Design magazine, Kim recently completed her first fiction effort—a teen mystery set on the Oregon Coast, co-written with her 14-yearold daughter Libby, titled The Sixth Storm. Bend Magazine sat down with the two to discuss collaborative writing, dark humor and the long road to publication.

What was the inspiration to write a book together? Libby: On a stormy night four years ago, I said to my mom, “What if weather patterns represented people changing?” Kim: I scribbled what she’d said on a piece of paper. I knew at that moment we had to write a book together. What was the writing process like for you? Kim: We began weekly brainstorming sessions at a sandwich shop in Bend while Libby’s little sister had dance class next door. Libby: We did all the concepting and character development together, stealing names from family members and out of books on the sub shop book shelf. I loved creating people straight from scratch. Kim: Then I began writing chapters and bringing them to Libby… Libby: …and I would fix them! What were the biggest challenges you faced? Libby: Time. I had school, mom had work. We fit it in where we could, around activities and on the weekends.

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Kim: Writing fiction was a blast but from the start, but really whipping a whole novel into shape was much harder than I expected. I had no idea what I was getting into. A third of our first draft ended up on the cutting room floor. Tell us about your book’s setting. Kim: The story takes place in a small rural town on the Oregon Coast, similar to where I grew up. Libby: People who know Oregon will recognize a lot of familiar places, from the beach to Mount Hood. What was it like to kill characters off on the page? Kim: Delicate. I needed to kill five or six people without upsetting a young reader. Libby: I said, ‘Mom, just kill ‘em’. I think we should have done more to upset the reader! What impact did writing a book together have on your relationship? Libby: We have the same type of mind and love dark humor, so it was easy to work together. Kim: We are a lot alike and made a natural team. Writing is typically a solo sport, and it was wonderful to not be in it alone for the first time. This project took four years. How did your perspectives change over that time period? Kim: I started writing a book with a ten-yearold and finished writing it with a 14-year-old. That’s a period of life full of a lot of change. The story elements that mattered the most to Libby shifted over time. Libby: Like romance. Kim: There is debate about our protagonist. I think she has an innocent crush on the weather man. Libby: She definitely does not! Who is your favorite character? Libby: I love Ashley (the protagonist’s best friend) because she’s so quirky and shows up when you least expect her to. Kim: Andrew (the protagonist’s brother) is the big brother I always wanted.

What’s one thing that each of you learned about the other through the book writing process that you might not otherwise have known? Kim: I knew Libby had a rich imagination and loved storytelling, but I didn’t realize the depth of plotting and character that she could bring to a project. Libby: When my mom starts writing something she will not stop until she’s happy with it. What are readers most enjoying about The Sixth Storm? Libby: Fast pace, fun mystery, a brave female lead, and my friends say they can really relate to the characters. Kim: The second half is a page turner, and there is a delicious plot twist at the end. Will there be another book from you two? Kim: This has been so much fun, but I am tempted to turn the reins of fiction over to Libby for the long haul. Libby: I guess we’ll just have to wait and see!







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The COBA Spring Home & Garden Show is a must-attend event for anyone who is interested in upgrading their home this season. Interior design, gardening and landscaping vendors will be there all weekend to answer questions and provide inspiration.

Join the quarter-marathon or half-marathon as an individual, or break up the race with your “better half.” It takes place in Sisters and proceeds from the event benefit the Sisters High School Swim Team.





Test out kayak, paddleboard and canoe demos for free during Tumalo Creek Kayak & Canoe’s annual Spring Paddlefest. There are also twohour introductory clinics to join on Friday and Sunday for anyone interested in learning more about the sport.



This free event is all about the kids. Held at the Village in Sunriver, Kid’s Day takes place from 11 a.m to 4 p.m. and will have a petting zoo, bounce houses, a rock wall, power jump, art and crafts and more. Bend’s firefighters and police officers will also be there for kids to tour their vehicles and learn more about public safety.

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All levels of mountain bikers are welcome at the Cascade Chainbreaker. Whether you’re a novice or a professional, you can join the race that take place in Skyline Forest in Bend. There will be food and drinks for racers and spectators on site.




With dinner, spirits and a live auction, the annual Riverfeast is a popular fundraising event for the Deschutes River Conservancy, a nonprofit that is dedicated to restoring and protecting the upper Deschutes River basin.



Runner can choose among the 5k, 10k, halfmarathon or marathon races. There are new courses through Bend’s west side for the races this year, along with a bigger afterparty at the finish line. This is one of the oldest and most popular running events in town.



The Pole Pedal Paddle is the one-of-akind athletic event that brings out the community. Build a team or take on the course on your own. Competitors will ski, bike, paddle and run from Mt. Bachelor to the Old Mill District. Even if you don’t participate, it’s a fun event to watch and support.

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200 species of birds were seen last year at the Dean Hale Woodpecker Festival. Birders flock to Sisters each year to join the four-day event. Explore the region, meet other birders and get the opportunity to see an incredible amount of birds throughout the weekend.



The High Desert Horse Expo is the region’s largest equestrian event. There will be vendors, clinics, demonstrations and horse competitions. This is the fifth year for the event that draws thousands of people (and horses) from around the Pacific Northwest.


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200 species of birds were seen last year at the Dean Hale Woodpecker Festival. Birders flock to Sisters each year to join the four-day event. Explore the region, meet other birders and get the opportunity to see an incredible amount of birds throughout the weekend.



The High Desert Horse Expo is the region’s largest equestrian event. There will be vendors, clinics, demonstrations and horse competitions. This is the fifth year for the event that draws thousands of people (and horses) from around the Pacific Northwest.

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After a one-year absence, this uber-popular stage race returns to Bend for its thirty-ninth year, with the race moving from mid July to early June. The Cascade Cycling Classic brings the best male and female cyclists from around the world to the race.


The Sisters Rodeo is one of the most popular events in Central Oregon each year. Now in its 79th year, the rodeo draws the top riders and ropers to the high desert to compete. Bring the whole family to experience the region’s Western heritage and community spirit.





Bite of Bend features the best of the region’s culinary scene. Chefs, brewers, bartenders and home cooks will be showcasing their skills in demos, competitions and more. Browse the local marketplace, hang out in the Family Play Zone and taste the bounty of the region.





This is the inaugural year for the Oregon Trail Gravel Grinder, a cycling race inspired by the Oregon Trail. Competitors will choose a course suited to their level and spend five days biking deep into the Cascade Mountains on gravel roads.


Central Oregon’s favorite music festival returns this June. Headliners this year will include The Wood Brothers, Los Lobos, Billy Strings, Poor Man’s Whiskey and more. This family-friendly festival will have food trucks, movie nights, yoga and more.



Known as the ultimate dual-discipline cycling race, the Best of Both tests competitors with a 62-mile paved road race followed by a 23-mile singletrack mountain bike race. Riders can compete solo or as a team in this test of skill and endurance in the Cascades.


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Central Oregon Pride begins with a walk around downtown Bend and ends with an all-day festival in Drake Park. The LGBTQ community and supporters come together for the fifteenth annual event, which will have local vendors, speeches and entertainment, food trucks and live music.



Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, the Crook County Fairgrounds come alive with the Crooked River Roundup. Amateur and professional cowboys and cowgirls compete for prizes in a series of competitions include barrel racing, cow roping, bull riding and more.

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1. Ruth Williamson, Sylvana Yelda, and Erika McAlpine at the annual Muse Conference. 2. Amanda Stuermer at Muse. 3. Hilary Hurst and Blossom at Muse. 4. David Rosen and Greta Rosen at Muse. 5. Sean and Lisa Brennan, Matt and Kristi Kaufman at Taste of the Town. 6. Lynn and Joe Monroe at Taste of the Town. 7. PJ and Stewart Fritchman of Bellatazza at Taste of the Town. 8. Bruce Plummer and Tammy Bull at Taste of the Town. 9. Juli and Jeff Labhart of Bonta at Taste of the Town.

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1. Bluefish Dental & Orthodontics, Trivia Night team sponsor, players for team “Dr. Grinch and Two Who’s”: Front Row (left to right): Taylor Huck, Dr. Sheala Lansden, Emily Mattison, Jamasa graham, Dr. Carolyn Ash, Riley Hurtley, Ian Clark, Second Row: Tyler Ogilvie, Bridget Mcginn, Todd Robles, Heidi Robles, Marissa Navarre, Crystal Demain, Jill Rowe, Erin Weaver. Third Row: Dr. Catherine Quas, Marilyn Quas, Shelby Wolfersperger, Jason Demain, Jenna Johnson, and Tom Rowe. Fourth Row: Marty Musial, Chase Wood, and Cory Remilarde. 2. Players for team “Dr. Grinch and Two Who’s”: Shelby Wolfersperger, Dr. Cate Quas, and her mom Marilyn 3. Jonathan and Joanne Encarnacion at TEDxBend. 4. Onpoint Community Credit Union, Trivia Night Team Sponsor, players for team “Quizard of Oz”: Vanessa Goldberg and Akacia Ritmiller 5. Mt. Bachelor Rotary Club, Trivia Night team sponsor, “Service above Knowledge”: 2019 Trivia Night Champions, Steve Johnson, Todd Dunkelberg, and Kitt Hawkins 6. Mei Ratz, Liz Shurmur, Madeline Schaff, Moe Carrick, Adryon Wong, Joanne Mathews, Scott Douglass, Carrie McPhersonDouglass at TEDxBend. 7. HydroFlask’s Scott Allan at TEDxBend. 8. Chris Messina and Jonathan Encarnacion at TEDxBend.


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