• Mt Bachelor's Updated Parking Reservations

    Posted on in category Skiing & Snowboarding

    Did you know? Mt Bachelor is launching afternoon reservations! Here is the latest information from them:



    Mother Nature has been kind to us at Mt. Bachelor this winter by delivering nearly 15 feet of snow to date. Guests are embracing our Back to Basics safe operating plan by coming prepared, using cars as a home base, and staying masked up (above the mouth and nose) at all times. We are happy to hear the first Oregonians are receiving the COVID-19 vaccine; however, we will continue to require that all guests wear face coverings while at the mountain, including those who have received the vaccine. As a…

  • See the Northern Lights Livestream

    Posted on in categories Event , Travel & Adventure

    Thursday Jan 21, 4 pm PST – 8 pm PST.  This is a FREE online event. MORE INFO HERE.

    The Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) are visible a few times a year in Central Oregon, yet many have not seen this amazing spectacle of our planet. Our dark night skies and proximity to the 45 parallel are conducive for viewing. We found this event that will shed “light” on the Aurora and perhaps provide the insight on how you can have the best opportunity to see nature’s light show. Follow the more info link to watch this online event.

    Join a visual presentation about the Aurora Borealis! Mike Murray, Astronomer and Planetarium Manager, will explore what causes the phenomenon and…

  • Oregon Ski History From 'Lost Oregon Ski Areas'

    Posted on in category Skiing & Snowboarding

    Lost Oregon Ski Areas chronicles the history of Oregon’s ski industry. It is fascinating to learn about the hardy pioneers who established skiing in Oregon. This is a great excerpt from the history of Mt. Bachelor. See more from LOST OREGON SKI AREAS HERE.

    Mount Bachelor Main Lodge (West Village)

    When it opened for the 1965/66 ski season the West Village Lodge was known as the Main Lodge. A new parking lot was also built to the south or uphill side of the new lodge to handle increased skier traffic. When the lodge was built it was owned by a group of five shareholders. The lodge General Manager was Felix Marcoulier. The lodge had 8 two room suites and…

  • Montana Pro Rodeo Circuit Finals LiveStream

    Posted on in category Event

    Live Stream Event January 16th. MORE INFO HERE. 

    The Pro Rodeo circuit has had a challenging year with most events cancelled. Fortunately we had one weekend of Rodeo here in Central Oregon back in September that we brought you a live stream from with our BYB Live On Location. You can still find the highlights of the event in our Featured Video Archives.

    Here is another chance to see some live rodeo from the Montana Pro Rodeo Circuit finals today.

    Live Stream MONTANA PRO RODEO CIRCUIT FINALS Full watch at Majestic Valley Arena, Kalispell Go Live Now ►►  More
  • Teachers Start Getting COVID-19 Vaccines

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    Teachers in Central Oregon have started receiving the COVID 19 vaccine and it couldn’t have come soon enough. Getting kids back in school is a significant part of getting our local economy back to functioning normally. We know many parents have had the additional challenge of trying to assist their children with remote learning and also continue to provide for their family.

    This repost from the video reporting from our friends at KTVZ provides more information on the rollout of the vaccine to teachers. Thank you to our teachers for the work they do to educate and provide a safe and nurturing environment for the children in our community.

  • Local Podcast on BYB

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    Have you been to our Stream/Cast page?  This is your source for locally produced podcast and streaming music. You’ll find podcast from people in our community about local issues and other topics. You can also stream from 4 local radio stations (KSJJ 102.9, 929FM, Power94, and The Mix 100.7) and OPB radio.

    Soon we will be launching our new BYB internet music station with an original twist on streaming music and it’s FREE. We’ll keep you posted when we go live.

    Do you have a podcast you want to produce and distribute locally? Reach out to us at info@backyardbend.com to learn how your podcast can be listed with other local podcasters.


  • Geology of Central Oregon: The Crooked River Caldera

    Posted on in category Event

    Tuesday Jan 12th, 6pm – 7pm this online FREE event is hosted by the Deschutes Public Library. MORE INFO HERE. 

    Explore the rich geologic history of our landscape with retired Forest Geologist Carrie Gordon. Rocks tell stories of time passing and climate change, and it is our job to listen. *Registration is required for this live Zoom event.
  • Birds & Bees Talks: What, When & How (PK-5) with Amy Lang, MA

    Posted on in category Event
    Tuesday January 12th, 12pm. This Online Free event is hosted by Cascades Academy. For those parents looking for some information on this topic, Cascades Academy has created this online learning for you. MORE INFO HERE.  The birds and the bees can be tough to talk about but with a little information, some careful thought and planning it’s possible to have comfortable and effective conversations that help your kids make good decisions. Parents of PK-5th graders will learn: -Why you need to start the conversation way earlier than you think
    -Who has the most influence over your kids’ decision making
    -The number one way to keep your kids healthy & safe
    -The best way to start the…
  • One for the Roadies Yeti Auction to Help Live Music Road Crews LIVE now through 1/12

    Posted on in category Music
    One For The Roadies

    Backyardbend loves live music and like you, we have missed it! Yeti Coolers has taken steps to help the live music industry road crews and it’s really cool!

    The global Covid-19 pandemic has negatively impacted people worldwide, and live music road crews are no exception. Many do not have ample health insurance and do not qualify for unemployment or government subsidies. Due to the length of this pandemic remaining unknown, road crews who dedicate their lives to supporting others, need support now more than ever.

    The goods news is, Crew Nation was created in the wake of the pandemic to extend a helping hand to the touring and venue crews who depend on shows to make…

  • Hiking the Central Oregon Coast an Online Event Jan 9th

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    One of the great things about living in Central Oregon is that we are only 4 hours from the Oregon Coast. Many from Central Oregon frequent this incredible coastline with so much to discover. This online event is presented by Cape Perpetua Marine Reserve, Siuslaw National Forest and Oregon Marine Reserves. MORE INFO HERE.

    Enjoy a variety of free educational presentations hosted by the Cape Perpetua Collaborative. Guest speaker presentations will be held most Saturdays at 10:00am, from January 9 – March 20 (excluding holidays). Winter presentations will include a special focus on hiking, pinnipeds, beavers & climate change, old growth forest, humpback whales, juvenile fish and more! All events are free and held virtually on Zoom this…