• 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.


    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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Hidden history resurfaces as water level drops at Prineville Reservoir

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    Original article by Carly Keenan of KTVZ News

    PRINEVILLE, Ore. (KTVZ) — Rick Swope is no stranger to the Prineville Reservoir. He’s lived in Prineville for more than 20 years, often fishing and boating on the reservoir — although there isn’t much water for him to fish in nowadays.

    “You can’t mess with Mother Nature,” Swope said Tuesday, with a pause, then added, “I don’t know what to say.”

    Seeing the water so low brings anger to his voice, and tears to his eyes.

    But through the frustration, it also brings up a memory.

    “I had completely forgotten about it,” Swope told NewsChannel 21. “And I came down one day and I saw two black spots. And I thought,…

  • New nonstop flight from Redmond to Reno-Tahoe starting Nov. 5

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    Redmond Airport is getting a new non-stop flight to Reno-Tahoe! Check it out.

    Original article by Central Oregon Daily News Sources

    ExpressJet Airlines’ new leisure brand aha! is launching three new nonstop flights from the Redmond Municipal Airport to the Reno-Tahoe International Airport starting November 5, 2021.

    The airline said the flights will operate each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday departing from RDM at 11:55 a.m. PT arriving at RNO at 1:16 p.m. PT.

    Return flights will operate on the same days, departing RNO at 9:50 a.m. PT and arriving at RDM at 11:11 a.m.

    “Redmond Airport and the Central Oregon Region are very excited to partner with ExpressJet to offer a brand new nonstop destination option to Reno/Tahoe International…

  • Oregon Legislature OKs new political boundaries

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    We have a new congressional district map! Check out this article to find out more..

    Original article by Karli Olsen of Central Oregon Daily News

    A solid line, now looking a little crooked. 

    Oregon’s new congressional district map was passed in the state Capitol just yesterday, revealing that Deschutes County will be split between two districts for the first time ever.  

    “This is the first new congressional seat we’ve had in 40 years in Oregon, so it’s a big deal,” said former state representative Judy Stiegler, who now teaches political science at OSU Cascades. 

    With the addition of Oregon’s sixth congressional district, much of Deschutes County will be pulled into a newly…

  • Oregon Has A New Plan To Protect Homes From Wildfire. Homebuilders Are Pushing Back

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    Original artcile by Cassandra Profita of NPR 

    The green metal roof on Mary Bradshaw’s house gleams amid scorched earth and dead, blackened trees. All of the surrounding homes burned in last year’s Beachie Creek Fire in Oregon’s Santiam Canyon, but hers was untouched.

    “We were shocked,” Bradshaw said. “Having seen what the fire did, we really didn’t expect it to be standing.”

    It’s a shining example of how home-hardening measures can prevent houses from burning, even when they’re surrounded by fire. Bradshaw and her husband built their home with concrete siding, a cement porch, no gutters or air vents on the metal roof, and no vegetation near the house. Those are all key fireproofing measures that experts…

  • State Park ‘tourist tax’ adds 25% to out-of-state RV campers

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    Out-of-state RV’s will start paying premium prices at Oregon state campsites. What a fantastic way to generate a bit of extra revenue to keep up with the increasing number of travelers!

    Original article by Brooke Snavely of the Central Oregon Daily News

    Tourists from outside the state will pay a little more next year to camp in their RVs in Oregon State Parks.

    Earlier this year, the Oregon Legislature approved a 25% surcharge on campsites with water and electrical connections occupied by visitors.

    And now the state park system is deciding how to implement the increase.

    Currently, RV campsites in Oregon State Parks with electric, water and sewer connections cost between $24 and $40 per night.

    Next year, out…