• City Establishes Environment and Climate Committee, Seeks Applications

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    Looking for a way to be involved in shaping Backyard Bend’s future? You can find most of Central Oregon’s nonprofits on our ‘Get Involved’ page. Connect with them and find out how you can get involved. One way to give back is to consider being on this new City of Bend Committee.

    From the Cascade Business News

    At the June 17  City Council meeting, Council voted to establish the Environment and Climate Committee. The committee’s primary focus is to provide input and recommendations to the City Council on topics related to environmental stewardship and to oversee implementation of the Community Climate Action Plan, adopted in December 2019. Read the ORIGINAL ARTICLE HERE. 

    This permanent committee will have expertise and…

  • Upper Deschutes Watershed Council 'Upstream Explorers Summer Camp'

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    Looking for a camp that’s got adventure, learning, hands on experiences, and is really fun for the kiddos. Did ya know the Upper Deschutes Watershed Council has amazing education programs including 4 day summer camps. More INFO HERE. 

    These four-day adventure camps will have participants exploring different sites throughout our watershed. Participants will hike and explore some of the most beautiful locations along streams while engaging in hands-on scientific field studies. Camps focus on art, nature and science with a good mix of fun and games!

    All camps are 4 days from 8:30-3:30pm, Mon-Thu

  • High Desert Food & Farm Alliance's Veggie Rx Returns to Bend, Redmond, and Prineville.

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    The High Desert Food & Farm Alliance (HDFFA) is doing some amazing work to bring local fresh food to those in need.

    VeggieRx, a program that forged partnerships with Central Oregon health care providers to offer fresh locally grown vegetables and fruits to their patients experiencing hunger or food insecurity, starts again on June 10th in Bend, June 25th in Prineville, and July 7th in Redmond.

    Since its pilot in 2018, participants of VeggieRx ate more vegetables and fruits during and after the program. Experienced food insecurity was reduced following the program. Participants felt more confident in their personal ability to stretch meals using fresh food and shop for produce on a budget. Over $27,000 has been spent on produce from local farms…

  • WIN $500 Father’s Day Shopping Spree at Cascade Village Shopping Center

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    We want to hook you up with a $500 Father’s Day Shopping Spree at the Cascade Village Shopping Center. 

    Backyard Bend, KSJJ 102.9, Power 94, 92/9 FM, Mix 100.7, and Fox Sports 94.9 are giving away $500 to the shops at Cascade Village Shopping Center just in time for Father’s Day Sunday June 21!

    PLUS you could also WIN one of five (5) $200 Golf & Dinner Prize Packs to RIVER’S EDGE GOLF COURSE & J-DUB!

    More ways to win…entering on Backyard Bend. We will qualify 5 people from Backyard Bend and put them into the drawing to win. Go to the Share & Win page on the website or the Win It page on the APP.

  • HDFFA 2020 Food and Farm Directory Release

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    The ​High Desert Food and Farm Alliance ​(HDFFA) is releasing its widely-anticipated 2020 Food and Farm Directory this Friday, June 12th. HDFFA’s 9th Annual Food & Farm Directory provides an easy-to-use guide connecting Central Oregonians with the area’s most comprehensive list of food that is grown, raised and produced in our region. HDFFA’s annual flagship publication features local family farmers, ranchers and business partners who are committed to growing, purchasing, and providing our community with local food in the high desert. More HDFFA INFO HERE. 

    Use the Food & Farm Directory to discover and support over 120 farmers, ranchers, and food businesses, explore regional farmers markets, learn about accessing local food and the importance of our local food system,…

  • State Approves Phase Two Reopening For Deschutes County

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    Phase 2 approved for Central Oregon Counties.

    As reported by the Source Weekly the text of the article is below. READ THE ORIGINAL ARTICLE HERE. 

    From the Source Weekly June 5, 2020:  Twenty-six Oregon counties were moved into Phase Two of reopening on Thursday, but Deschutes was not among them. Friday afternoon at 2:40 p.m., the county commissioners finally got the call that the County was approved.

    Deschutes was approved to move into Phase One on May 15 and had to wait at least three weeks before entering the next phase. Moving into Phase Two means restaurants and bars can stay open a few hours later, movie theaters and bowling alleys can reopen and up to…

  • Deschutes and Crook Counties Will Implement Phase I Reopening on May 15th.

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    Governor Kate Brown announced today that Deschutes and Crook counties have met the Phase I reopening guidelines and this will allow reopening of some businesses starting May 15th. Jefferson county did not meet the guidelines and will be evaluated on a weekly basis until opening is approved. You can find official information at the links below.

    Gatherings of up to 25 people are now allowed as long as social distancing is practiced; restaurants and bars can open for sit-down service as long as certain criteria are met; and personal service providers such as hairstylists and massage therapists can resume practice as long as they carefully screen clients prior to the service. Requirements for the reopening of gyms was also…

  • Giving Tuesday

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    Today is Giving Tuesday, a day designated nationally to give to organizations and those who need help doing work to help others and organizations with non-profit missions. It’s a big ask this year. If you are in position to donate and looking for a cause in our community our “Get Involved” page is a list of nonprofits in the Central Oregon community. You can connect directly to their websites and email them from the list.

    We are proud to support these organizations featuring their events and helping get their messages out. Consider a donation today or contributing your time.

  • Happy Earth Day - Oregon Climate Action Plan Gives The Good News We All Need

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    Happy Earth Day Backyard Bend. Let’s take today to appreciate the planet and our wonderful little piece of it here in Oregon. We are so fortunate to live in a place with clean air, clean water, a good food supply and abundant natural places. We celebrate the 50th Earth Day and Oregon today. Below is an announcement from the Oregon Environmental Council on the Oregon Climate Action Plan (OCAP).  You can connect to the announcement on their website HERE.


    With the world as we know it seemingly crashing down around us, it’s not difficult to become completely bogged down with bad news–but that’s even more reason to…

  • Virtual Watershed Education Opportunities From The Upper Deschutes Watershed Council

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    The Upper Deschutes Watershed Council is a great Local non-profit that has been helping steward our local river since 1996. They have accomplished some great things and have an educational component that has helped local students learn and be involved in the protection and restoration of the upper Deschutes River. Now they are offering an online learning opportunity for our community during quarantine. Check it out!

    With schools now closed for the remainder of the year, UDWC education staff members are committed to offering virtual watershed education videos that students, teachers, and parents can do at home, in your backyard, or at your local park. These lessons are a great way to stay connected to nature while we are all…