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WILL Leather Goods

I went to Hollywood to pursue my dream of becoming an actor with an audition for One Flew Over Cuckoos Nest. That didn’t happen.


Dakine 2.0

A 24-year-old robert burns grabs his backpack and snowboard and throws it in the back of his truck. Ten inches of fresh powder. Hood River is at its best in March and again in summer, when he rips up the Gorge on his windsurfer. He tears a new strip of duct tape and mended the pants he’s had on life support for the past six years. A two-shot Americano at Ground Coffee will get him to the first chair at Mt. Hood for a few runs. Forty days on the mountain and, likely, a little late for work, again. Well. In a couple more years, he’ll get a real job, new board pants and maybe even a Dakine Builder’s Pack with a chainsaw pocket for trail work on Whoopdee. No hurry though, as Burns is merely a fictional character representing a key demographic of Dakine, a Hood River-based outdoor gear…

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Local Food Marketplace

Amy McCann’s relationship with locally grown food dates back to the earliest days of her childhood.


Mixing up the Medium

For artist Kathy Deggendorfer, relationships fuel her art. Her illustrative style captures moments, but each vibrantly painted scene is the culmination of connections. Currently, she is working on a commissioned piece destined for the grand entryway of St. Charles Cancer Center in Bend, slated to open June 15. The panoramic landscape will span the Cascade Range with Mt. Bachelor and Mt. Jefferson standing as monumental markers. Deggendorfer’s art is her bridge between exploration and community. She prepared for the St. Charles piece by scouting the space in the cancer center and then began knocking on doors of people who owned homes with mountain views, hoping she could sketch from there.   ” alt=”” /> photo by Tambi Lane She set out looking for beautiful farm country on her Illinois trip. Instead, she discovered vast tracts of land leased to corporate interests, heavily sprayed by fertilizer trucks and watered by the…

Celilo First Salmon Feast

As they have for centuries, tribes from the Columbia Basin gather in Celilo, a tiny town on the the Columbia River where they prepare one hundred salmon.


Startup Oregon

Josh Bryant looked over a fresh foot of snow blanketing his yard one winter morning and made an easy decision. He was going to be a few minutes late for work. Throwing his skis on top of his car, he headed up to Mt. Bachelor, determined to get the first chair. With the sun peeking over the Cascades, the Bay Area-transplant knocked out two quick runs and was in the office of his Bend-based startup company less than an hour later.


Ruby Gates

photo by Jan Sonnenmair Disjointed and winding is the road of entrepreneurship. For Ruby Gates, this journey took many starts and turns before bringing her to Point 97, a marine ecosystem planning software spinoff of Portland’s conservation nonprofit, Ecotrust. In August 2013, Point 97 launched a rare for-profit subsidiary of the twenty-three-year-old Ecotrust. The software behind Point 97 was developed through grants within the Marine Consulting Initiatives arm of Ecotrust. It started with fishermen documenting the number and types of fish they caught and recording that data. This would eventually be compiled for government agencies, often with long lags of time in between. “That work expanded into global demands,” Gates notes. “The spinoff of this program into a for-profit entity accelerates the speed that data are collected and published. That convenience, coupled with the ability to knit together contracts for these services, made it ready for a for-profit environment.” Behind…

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The Shed Shakers Shake Up Oregon’s Music Scene

featured photo by Blaine and Bethany Photography Cataclysmic forces sculpted The Gorge, and The Gorge has, in turn, shaped the music of The Shed Shakers. With original, progressive bluegrass awash in rich harmonies from ethereal to hard-hitting, the musicians behind the mandolin, banjo, guitar, dobro, and upright bass draw on their experiences hiking in the wilderness, mountain biking, riding powder, rafting, kayaking and simply living in The Gorge. Their songs, colored with jazz, tell stories that tap into universal themes—fear, love and friendship. The real shaking of the shed comes from fans jamming to their tunes. They don’t call themselves The Shed Shakers for nothing. Click below to listen:  


Joe O’Neill

photo by Blaine Franger Tell us about your childhood. I was the definition of a “latchkey” kid. I attended eight different schools by the time I was in sixth grade, and we had moved fourteen times. Being an only child, and the new kid, I lost myself in books from a very early age. When did you start writing? I’ve been a writer since I was about 10. I developed a series called “Flash Rodgers,” a very witty combination of Buck Rodgers and Flash Gordon. I did all the writing and illustration, and would present the finished product to my mother each Sunday morning. I started writing my first novel when I was 15 (an impossibly bad spy novel). I wrote during college, and in my 20s tried, unsuccessfully, to copy the styles of David Sedaris and Nick Hornby. I wrote lots of stories, and all of them were bad….