• Guy Fieri featuring 3 Bend restaurants on Food Network’s ‘Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives’

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    Some of your favorite Bend restaurants received special feature on one of Food Network’s most popular shows! Check out this article from the Oregonian to discover which eateries made an appearance.

    Did you see a smoking red 1968 Chevy Camaro convertible being driven by a strange man with sunglasses and a striking dyed hairstyle near Bend over the summer? Well, you weren’t dreaming.

    Guy Fieri, the undisputed king of Flavortown USA, recently visited the state of Oregon and will be showcasing some of the best food options in Bend on the Food Network.

    Fieri, the celebrity chef and host of the network’s long-running show, “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives,” visited the…

  • 21 calves born this season to Salish Sea humpback whales, breaking record

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    Here’s some fantastic news about the humpback whale population in the Salish Sea! Enjoy this quick, positive read. Happy Monday!

    SEATTLE – More humpback whale calves have been born this season in the Salish Sea than ever recorded.

    The Pacific Whale Watch Association reported Friday its researchers have counted 21 calves this season throughout inland Washington and British Columbia.

    There were just 11 reported in 2020.

    “2021 has been a banner year for female humpbacks coming into the Salish Sea with new calves,” says Wendi Robinson, naturalist with Puget Sound Express. “Calves only travel with mom for a year or so and then they’re on their own. Once they’re familiar with our waters, they will often return year after year…

  • Oregon WinterFest moving to larger venue, Deschutes County Expo Center, in 2022

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    Huge news of a change in venue for this year’s OnPoint Community Credit Union WinterFest! Keep reading more below to get the full scoop..

    BEND, Ore. (KTVZ) — After more than 20 years of winter celebrations in Bend’s Old Mill District, a new and larger venue was announced Wednesday by Lay it Out Events for the OnPoint Community Credit Union Oregon WinterFest. The jam-packed, three-day festival of light, fire and ice will now be held at the expansive Deschutes County Expo Center in Redmond, in response to the substantial growth of the festival in recent years.

    The 2022 Oregon WinterFest will be held over President’s Day weekend, Feb. 18-20, 2022, and feature a wide variety of live music acts, artisans,…

  • Columbia River Circuit & Finals Rodeo Starts Today

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    The Columbia River Circuit and Finals Rodeo covers 56 events in the Northwest with the Finals Rodeo held in Redmond, OR at the Deschutes County Fairgrounds from October 21 – October 23. Performances are at 7 p.m. Tickets: $22 in advance or $25 at the gate.

    ABOUT RODEO

    Professional rodeo action consists of two types of competitions – roughstock events and timed events – and an all-around cowboy crown.

    In the roughstock events bareback riding, saddle bronc riding and bull riding a contestant’s score is equally dependent upon his performance and the animal’s performance. To earn a qualified score, the cowboy, while using only one hand, must stay aboard a bucking horse or bull for eight seconds. If the rider touches…

  • OSU receives $2.5 million grant to create wood stoves that burn more cleanly

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    Good morning from BYB! In Positive News today, a large grant has been awarded to a team of researchers at OSU with hopes of finding a way to reduce harmful emissions from wood-burning stoves. Check out this article by Central Oregon Daily News to learn more.

    CORVALLIS, Ore. – A team of Oregon State University researchers has received a $2.5 million federal grant to work on reducing harmful emissions from wood-burning stoves, a primary source of heat in Native American communities and in low-resource areas in the United States.

    Nordica MacCarty of the OSU College of Engineering is the principal investigator on the award from the Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office.

    MacCarty will…

  • Ice Season Opens at The Pavilion on October 18

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    We love ice season here at BackyardBend! The Pavilion is up and running starting today.. Keep reading to find out more!

    The ice sheet is being built and Bend Park and Recreation District will kick off The Pavilion’s ice season on Monday, October 18.

    The 2021-22 ice season is expected to run through early April, weather permitting. The Pavilion will be open from dawn to late night, seven days a week, including public open skate opportunities and the return of adult and youth hockey leagues.

    Weekly schedules are available here. All public skate sessions are drop-in with no reservation needed.

    This season’s offerings at The Pavilion are similar to years prior to the pandemic with advanced lesson programs…

  • Crows are self-aware just like us, says new study

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    Check out this article by Robby Berman and the Big Think about how crows and the rest of the corvid family are more human-like than once thought! Have a happy Monday!

    Crows and the rest of the corvid family keep turning out to be smarter and smarter. New research observes them thinking about what they’ve just seen and associating it with an appropriate response. A corvid’s pallium is packed with more neurons than a great ape’s.

    It’s no surprise that corvids — the “crow family” of birds that also includes ravens, jays, magpies, and nutcrackers — are smart. They use tools, recognize faces, leave gifts for people they like, and there’s…

  • C. Oregonians react to OSU study that says sunscreen with zinc loses effectiveness, becomes toxic

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    A new study from OSU suggests that zinc sunscreen might not be as safe as we once thought.. This article from KTVZ explores how our community members are reacting to the new information. Keep reading to find out more!

    BEND, Ore. (KTVZ) –Sunscreen that includes zinc oxide, a common ingredient, has been found to lose much of its effectiveness and becomes toxic after two hours of exposure to ultraviolet radiation, according to a study that included Oregon State University scientists.

    The OSU study was meant to question how stable, safe, and effective are sunscreen ingredients in combination rather than as individual compounds.

    It also looked into the safety of any chemical products that result from reactions caused by exposure…

  • Wyden calls on Mt. Bachelor to scrap new ‘Fast Tracks’ pass, raises equity concerns

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    Senator Wyden is taking a stand for the core values of public lands in this interesting development regarding Mt. Bachelor & Powder Corp’s newly implemented “Fast Tracks” system. Keep reading this article by KTVZ to find out more.

    WASHINGTON (KTVZ) — Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., expressed concerns Wednesday in a letter to the parent company of Mt. Bachelor that the introduction of the “Fast Tracks” pass at the Central Oregon ski resort will result in inequitable access to public lands, and called on the business to “abandon its plans.”

    “Given the serious concerns this policy raises about equitable access to the public lands on which Mt. Bachelor operates under its U.S. Forest Service Special Use permit, I request that POWDR…

  • Drake Park walk raises funds for Parkinson’s disease support

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    Original article by Central Oregon Daily News

    Another crisp fall day brought walkers to Drake Park in Bend on Sunday, but it wasn’t just to enjoy the scenery.

    More than 200 people signed up for the Sole Support 1K and 5K walk, a fundraiser for Parkinson’s Resources of Oregon. 

    It was the organization’s final event of the season after walks in Portland, Vancouver, and Eugene. 

    “Folks with Parkinson’s rely upon our support services, and this is a way they can gather with their families and friends to really feel the love, and also take some emphasis on the role of exercise for Parkinson’s,” the organization’s executive director Holly Chaimov said. “It’s really important that our constituents are…

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