January 2017 Around Town 1

4 Peaks Announces New Venue 
for 2017 Festival

4 Peaks Music Festival is excited to announce a new venue for their 10th Anniversary festival weekend, taking place June 15-18, 2017. Months of searching for the right site led them to Southeast Bend’s Stevenson Ranch. The 100+ acre ranch—over 60 acres larger than last year’s location—maintains the same Cascade Mountain views and mellow vibe as the previous location, but with an expanded Kids Area, more space for camping, and additional RV parking spots.

“We feel very lucky to secure Stevenson Ranch for the 2017 festival,” says Festival Director Stacy Totland. “There have been many things we have wanted to incorporate into the festival that we just haven’t had the space for in the past. 2017 will be our best festival yet!”

4 Peaks is still committed to providing an intimate, family-friendly festival, but on a larger scale. Patrons should expect grander views, bigger grassy fields, a larger late night tent, and a greater selection of vendors. Most importantly, 4 Peaks is able to bring in an even more impressive lineup of world class music from around the world. 4PeaksMusic.com

Oregon State University – Cascades Shows Steady Growth

Oregon State University – Cascades (OSU-C) is serving a total of 1,122 students at its new campus and its Graduate & Research Center, according to their official fall enrollment numbers. The newly-built Bend campus’s official enrollment report represents a 10 percent overall increase in OSU-Cascades students and a six percent increase in undergraduate degree-seeking students.

Included in the official fall enrollment total are 60 first-year students and 210 graduate students. Graduate enrollment increased by 32 percent, primarily due to an increase in non-degree seeking graduate students.

Additionally, OSU-C serves 93 dually-admitted students taking all of their classes at Central Oregon Community College in preparation for transferring to OSU-C. More than 90 percent of students are from Oregon, with 70 percent coming from the Central Oregon region. The enrollment increase spread across majors, with the largest majors now reported as business administration, human development and family sciences, biology, natural resources, energy systems engineering and kinesiology. OSUCascades.com

American Lung Association’s 
Climb For Clean Air

The American Lung Association has announced the 30th Anniversary of their Climb for Clean Air program. Registration is open for this year’s events, to be held on Mount Rainier, Mount Hood, and Mount Baker. The honorary program co-chairs are mountaineers Win Whittaker and Stacy Allison, the first American Woman to Summit Mount Everest. Money raised from the fundraising climbs will go to funding lung disease research.

The Climb for Clean Air program was founded by Lou Wittaker, who overcame asthma as a young boy and went on to climb Mount Rainier more than 250 times. The program is designed to give participants all the training, technical support and professional guide services needed to summit these magnificent mountains safely. Since 1987, Climb For Clean Air has trained over 1,500 men and women of all levels of ability to take on the challenge of summiting a mountain. Together, they have raised more than five million dollars for lung disease research.

The 2017 climbing schedule includes Oregon’s Mount Hood (11,245 feet) June 8-9, Washington’s Mount Rainier (14,410 feet) June 26-29 and July 10-13, and Mount Baker (10,781 feet) August 4-6. ClimbForCleanAir.com

Commute Options Announces Drive Less Connect Numbers

Local non-profit Commute Options has posted the numbers for this year’s Oregon Drive Less Challenge. A total of 819,525 miles in bike, bus, train, carpool, vanpool and walking trips, plus teleworking were reported in just 15 days. The total number of non-drive alone trips logged was 91,628—up about 25 percent from last year. And, even at lower gas prices, Oregonian participants still saved over $93,947 at the pump alone. If these miles were driven alone, they would have resulted in 548,457 pounds of CO2 emissions. A total of 4,797 people participated throughout Oregon.

Drive Less Connect is Oregon’s secure, easy-to-use, online ride-matching tool that matches you with people going your way for work and play. Gift cards are earned  through Commute Options’ incentive program by logging into Drive Less Connect and tracking your trips. DriveLessConnect.com, CommuteOptions.org