Sponsored Content Written by Beau Eastes The Bend Brewfest is boldly going where no brew festival in Central Oregon has ever gone before. For the first time in its hop-soaked history, the Bend Brewfest will pour more than 200 different beers and ciders, giving festivalgoers more options than ever at the three-day beer fest held at Bend’s Les Schwab Amphitheater, Aug. 10-12 of this year. “There’s just a huge amount of interest each year from breweries all around the region,” said Brewfest director Marney Smith, whose event drew nearly 40,000 people in 2016. Now in its fifteenth year, the Bend Brewfest will feature 85+ breweries, cider houses and winemakers, a record number of participants for Oregon’s largest craft brew celebration east of the Cascades. “It’s a really great mix of breweries you know and love along with those newer, upstart beer makers you’ve been dying to try,” Smith added….
In 1994, protesters tarred and feathered effigies of two local environmentalists and hanged the figures in downtown Joseph. The anger was born of anxiety. Sawmills were closing, jobs were evaporating, young people were leaving, and many residents blamed changes in federal environmental policy, which now prioritized habitat restoration over Wallowa County’s traditional sources of income—timber harvest and ranching. The Timber Wars were in full swing, forestry jobs were disappearing, and environmentalists were seen as the enemy.
For many, the words “Oregon Trail” conjure happy childhood memories of hopping on old-school computers to transform oneself into a fearless wagon leader. Hours swiftly passed as we guided settlers from Independence, Missouri to Oregon’s Willamette Valley along the 2,170-mile emigrant wagon trail. On a good day in this wildly popular fantasy-land set in the 1850s, you’d hunt enough game for a hearty bison dinner for you and your team; on a really bad day, you’d die of cholera or a pesky snakebite.