Sheriff L. Shane Nelson – A Bend Story

Originally published in Bend Business and Lifestyle Magazine – 2017 L. Shane Nelson is the new sheriff in town. Elected in November 2016, he and his 229 employees – of whom 174 are sworn deputies – provide safety and security for one of Oregon’s largest and most diversified regions. As Bend and its surroundings approach new population highs, the Sheriff’s Office is accepting the challenges head on. Deschutes County recently celebrated its 100-year anniversary. The Sheriff’s Office is equally old. Nelson is the county’s ninth sheriff, with Sheriff Samuel E. Roberts the first to hold office in Bend. The position … Continue reading Sheriff L. Shane Nelson – A Bend Story

Cannabis Industry: Vertically Integrated

Originally published in Bend Business and Lifestyle Magazine – 2017 Central Oregon’s marijuana industry is in full bloom. The measure to legalize pot in Oregon three years ago has made pot shops a part of the retail landscape in downtown Bend and surrounding cities. And Oregrown is the first retail marijuana outlet on Bend’s storied Wall Street. Chicago transplants and childhood friends Aviv Hadar and Hunter Neubauer are co-owners of Oregrown. In keeping with Oregon’s craft ethos, the two founders proudly highlight the company’s adherence to the farm-to-table movement. Their organic products are grown locally only miles from the downtown … Continue reading Cannabis Industry: Vertically Integrated

The Price of Expansion

Originally published in the Bend Business Journal – February 2017 The City of Bend’s latest Urban Growth Boundary (UGB) expansion, with the addition of 2,380 acres into the city boundary has at last been approved. Now we have to tackle how we will implement this expansion. After all, Bend is expected to accommodate 116,000 citizens by 2028. The logistic and financial realities of constructing the infrastructure that allows development to occur are significant, and fast becoming a challenge. Bend’s new UGB additions are divided into two general categories, expansion and opportunity. “Expansion areas are for the most part located in … Continue reading The Price of Expansion

U.S. Golf Started on a Cow Pasture

Originally published on September 4, 2013 This month, one hundred years ago, a game of golf changed the sport forever. Taking on two of the topseeded players in the world, an unassuming 20-year-old beat all odds to win the 1913 U.S. Open. But who was Francis Ouimet — and why isn’t he as well-known as Bobby Jones, Jack Nicklaus, Ben Hogan or Tiger Woods? It has a lot to do with the man, who was humble to a fault. Award-winning Golf Channel writer Mercer Baggs took a closer look at one of the most influential players in the history of … Continue reading U.S. Golf Started on a Cow Pasture

A Great Game of Golf a Century Later

Originally published on August 5, 2013 A hundred years ago, American golf changed dramatically. Long an elite sport played mainly by rich men, it became the sport we know today, a game that anybody can play. The game-changer was an 18-hole playoff among two Brits and a 21-year-old American born to immigrant parents. The competition that played out on Sept. 20, 1913, has been called “the greatest game ever played.” Francis Ouimet came from a modest upbringing in Brookline, Mass. In high school the self-taught Ouimet became the best student player in the state. To learn more about his early … Continue reading A Great Game of Golf a Century Later

Moonshine Rooftop Parties at Reid School

Published in the Deschutes Historical Society Newsletter “Homesteader” Juvenile delinquency was running rampant in the winter and spring months of 1923. The Bend Bulletin was reporting rooftop parties at Reid School, bootleggers selling moonshine to high school students, kids taking joy rides at the rail yard, and underage patrons getting caught at the local pool halls. In the early 1920’s, Bend’s youth were hard pressed to find an outlet for entertainment beyond school-sanctioned activities. “One of the reasons for the continuing and growing number of juvenile activities that verge on or actually are infractions of law is the utter lack … Continue reading Moonshine Rooftop Parties at Reid School

Excuse Us While We’re Playing Through: The Golf Tourney Up Pilot Butte

Published in the Deschutes Historical Society Newsletter “Homesteader” – July 2010 Today Pilot Butte is a beloved place for Bend’s many “butte walkers.” And every Fourth of July, spectators wager how much of the butte will catch on fire from fireworks gone astray. But in April 1927, Pilot Butte was the setting for serious game of golf. The backdrop for the Pilot Butte golf challenge was a bet between Frank R. Prince, the editor of Brooks-Scanlon’s company newspaper, “Deschutes Pine Echoes” and Carl A. Johnson, the manager of the Bend-Silver Lake Stage Company. The wager: Play from where the pavement … Continue reading Excuse Us While We’re Playing Through: The Golf Tourney Up Pilot Butte

How Pickled Herring Conquered the World – Skål!

Ignite Bend 12 – Bend, Oregon October 23, 2014 If you had five minutes on stage what would you say? What if you only got 20 PowerPoint slides and they rotated automatically every 15 seconds? In October 2014, I was one of twelve speakers at “Ignite Bend 12.” My five minute presentation was on a subject near and dear to my heart: Pickled herring. After all, I am born and raised in Malmo, Sweden and I grew up eating lots of pickled herring. Here’s a short introduction to the presentation (you can check out the video below): Eating pickled herring … Continue reading How Pickled Herring Conquered the World – Skål!

Game Day with Mike Ficher and Andy Satterfield

Originally published on November 3, 2014 COTV commentators Mike Ficher and Andy Satterfield are visibly excited. Mountain View’s quarterback snags the football and rushes down the field from the 40-yard line. “And… it’s a touchdown,” says Ficher. The crowd comes to its feet in front of the announcer booth. As in any small town in America, Friday night high school football is a big event. The bleachers at Mountain View high school in Bend are packed with students, parents and grandparents that have braved the chilly evening to root for the home team. And when it comes to local high school … Continue reading Game Day with Mike Ficher and Andy Satterfield

The Air Boss

Originally published in Boys’ Life – November 1997 Navy jet pilots get all the glory on an aircraft carrier. But without guys like Dick McCrillis, they would be lost at sea. An F/A-18 Hornet is on its way back from a mission enforcing a “No Fly Zone” over hostile territory. An aircraft carrier awaits somewhere in the ocean, ready for the pilot’s return. Suddenly a cockpit warning light flares, and a signal pings in the pilot’s helmet speaker. The airplane is low on fuel. The pilot pushes the switch to the microphone: “This is 110 on approach for landing. I … Continue reading The Air Boss