• As winter weather conditions bring snow to the high country of the Deschutes and Ochoco National Forests, forest managers encourage visitors to stay safe, be prepared, and to be aware of recreation regulations on the National Forests.
  • And ‘snow it begins’ for active winter
    Thanksgiving day is the unofficial start of the snowmobile season. This fourth Thursday of the month, the caravan from points east snakes through downtown before light breaks and heads out Three Creek Road the 11 miles to the Upper Sno-Park. By 6:15 a.m. there are already 13 rigs being unloaded. Within an hour, some 50 are packed up in the plowed lot. The later arrivals I am told needed a thermos refill at Dutch Bros, who strained to keep up with orders.
  • Running commentary - 12/2/2020
    After a summer focused on biking, my fall season has largely been a time of walking and hiking with a plan to mix more running in over the wintertime.
  • Christmas tree hunting in a COVID world
    Like most everything in 2020, Christmas is looking to be a bit different this year. For many who heeded COVID warnings, Thanksgiving already fell victim to the rampaging virus, with infections skyrocketing in Deschutes County, most of Oregon, and the nation as a whole.
  • Thanksgiving traditions and turkey
    Nothing evokes the image of Thanksgiving more dramatically than a turkey. So, when a flock of 18 wild turkeys wandered through my yard the other day, I saw it as an appropriate harbinger of the approaching holiday.
  • “Difficult Challenge”: Seahawks Clip Cardinals’ Wings, 34-30
    Hello, Central Oregon NFL football fans! As you may remember from the 2019-2020 NFL season, I, DataDave, had written two articles about the Seattle Seahawks. Those articles took historical, statistical data and made predictions about upcoming contests between the Seahawks and their opponents. Besides the outcome of the game (win/lose), each team’s point production was determined. This was done for the Seahawks/49ers (November 11th) as well as the Vikings/Seahawks (December 2nd) games.
  • Irrigation project brings changes to trail
    Most local hikers know that the popular Whychus Creek Trail has a temporary trailhead and parking lot because of the ongoing construction project associated with the Plainview Dam removal and irrigation rerouting. Introduced in 2012, the trail has become a staple for local outdoor enthusiasts in search of a quick, nearby trail getaway. What many local trail users may not realize, however, is that the trail itself will have some lasting — and significant — changes when the project is completed.
  • Sisters Park & Recreation District will put several programs on hold in the wake of Governor Kate Brown’s announcement of a two week “freeze” to combat the spread of COVID-19.
  • STA carves out new trail
    Last week the Sisters Trails Alliance (STA) announced that they had just completed a new trail and invited me to check it out. This trail is so new that I could still see, in the fallen pine needles, the blue paint marks that were used to mark the trail’s construction route. It was a great feeling to learn that the STA is continuing to expand on their already impressive inventory of local trails.
  • In the final competition of their mini-season, members of the Sisters High School team, running unattached, produced outstanding results at a meet held Saturday, November 7, at the Alderbrook Golf Course in Tillamook.
  • There are many absolutists out there. This mentality strives for certainty. For the absolutist everything is black and white. If walking 10,000 steps a day is better than 5,000, it’s 10,000 or bust. If an apple has more fiber than a banana, then banana be damned. 
  • Volunteers install kiosk at trailhead
    In last Saturday morning’s chilly temperatures and bright sunshine, eight local Sisters men — all members of both Sisters Area Woodworkers (SAW) and Sisters Trails Alliance (STA) — gathered at the Peterson Ridge (PRT) trailhead to install a handsome new informational kiosk they constructed last week.
  • Martial artists mark milestones
    Reaching the rank of black belt at Outlaw Martial Arts is no small achievement. It recognizes not only a high level of skill in taekwondo, it also reflects commitment, dedication, discipline and fortitude. 
  • Outlaws run locally in relay meet
    The Sisters Outlaws took part in a Halloween-themed relay meet Friday, October 30, on a private property near Sisters. The informal event provided the team with a chance to test their racing condition along with other high school runners, competing unattached, from Philomath, Klamath Union, Ridgeview and Crescent Valley. 
  • Outlaws Athlete Spotlight
    While high school sports have been topsy-turvy due to the coronavirus pandemic, athletes continue to step up into leadership roles. 
  • Proxy Falls is an excellent fall hike
    As we wait to see if the predicted La Niña actually comes to pass, I feel like the mountains are crying “Last Call” for hiking. So, we decided to take one last (maybe) trip over McKenzie Pass this year while we still had a favorable weather window. We selected Proxy Falls but then thought maybe we’d make more of a trip out of it and do the whole Santiam-McKenzie loop, so we added a couple of other stops along the way.
  • Runners find a way to compete
    The high school sports world is still largely shut down due to COVID-19, but Pat Zweifel, cross-country coach at Tillamook High School and owner of a large farm, found a way to offer a meet to a group of runners looking to compete as OSAA’s “fall” season is postponed until February.
  • Robinson Lake is a little-known jewel on the edge of wilderness
    A few years ago, a reader contacted me and suggested that I feature Robinson Lake in one of my columns. It is a special place, he said, and he wanted others to be able to share the unique beauty and sense of wonder he experiences there.
  • Sisters High School baseball coach Kramer Croisant didn’t want to have to wait until spring 2021 to get his team back together. They’d already lost the entire 2020 season — which would have been his first at the helm of the Outlaws’ program — to COVID-19 shutdowns. So he took the proactive step to see if some fall baseball could be possible in the Central Oregon region. 
  • Running promotor donates $1,000 to STA
    Alpine Running made a $1,000 donation to Sisters Trails Alliance (STA) this month, as volunteers hosted an aid station for the Three Sisters Skyline Race on October 3-4.
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