• Wildfire Resource Maps and Information

    Posted on in category Positive News

    Wildfire season typically starts in July in Central Oregon and we have some resources to help you plan your outdoor recreation and monitor air quality. On our weather pages you’ll find links to several fire information websites. These sites provide up to date information on active fires so you can plan your outings or just be informed. The Oregon DEQ Air Quality Index map on the Central Oregon Fire Info site is very helpful and shows current air quality levels.

    Wildfire is an unfortunate reality of summer in Oregon. We hope these resources will help you better manage your health and recreation this summer.

    Central Oregon Fire Info

    US Forest Service National Fire Incident System


  • LRS Country Music Festival

    Posted on in categories Event , Music

    Did you know there is a country music festival right here in Central Oregon? LRS Music Festival gathers great performers on a spectacular ranch setting in Central Oregon for 4 days and 3 nights of incredible outdoor music, camping and fun. Still time to get there.

    When: July 4th – 7th

    Where: Location and tickets HERE!

  • Dogs and Fireworks - From The Bend Fire Dept

    Posted on in category Positive News

    With the 4th Of July approaching the Bend Fire Dept wants everyone, including dogs, to enjoy the holiday safely. We met up with Alex McClarren of the BFD to get some firework tips. As most dog owners know fireworks are challenging for most dogs. Keeping fireworks legal and out of your neighbors space can help keep our canine friends happier too.

  • Blackstrap Bluegrass at Elk Lake Saturday June 29

    Posted on in category Music

    Are you looking for something to do this evening? Catch some FREE music at Elk Lake Resort. Local bluegrass band Blackstrap will be picking outside at 5pm. A great setting to unwind and take in a Central Oregon sunset.  Our events page has more outdoor and music happenings if you need to find something to do. More INFO HERE.

  • 2019 Subaru Of Bend Outside Games Water Events - Teaser

    Posted on in category Event

    The 2019 Subaru Of Bend Outside Games celebrates water play in Central Oregon. Our new featured video just dropped on the homepage. Here’s the short teaser to get you stoked here.

  • Blitz 2 The Barrel Is Back

    Posted on in category Biking

    Wednesday June 26, the Blitz 2 The Barrel returns with a new course that should be exciting. It returns with the original finish at the 10 Barrel westside pub. You can watch the action from some easy spectator points. Check out the map. Some of the best pros will go for the $5,000 purse. More INFO HERE.

    Additionally, WebCyclery is hosting a Scott Mountain Bike demo at Phil’s trailhead today, so come out try a Scott and watch the pros Blitz their way to the Barrel. Scott Demo INFO.


  • Hiker Finds Injured Dog On Mountain & Carries Him 6 Miles Down To Safety.

    Posted on in category Positive News

    This is a great positive story from the website Inspire More  and one many of us here in Bend might relate to. Spoiler Alert, it ends happier than you can imagine.

    Link to the full article: Hiker Finds Injured Dog On Mountain & Carries Him 6 Miles Down To Safety.

    Here’s an excerpt of the story.

    “The hike up Table Rock Trail was already tough enough for Tia Vargas. In fact, her 76-year-old father, Ted Kasper, opted to wait a mile down as Tia crested the peak.

    While descending the 11,106-foot summit to meet back up with Ted last year, the Idaho mom-of-three came across a heartbreaking sight. Limping alongside a group of hikers was an English springer…
  • Bigstock 2019 - Bighead Todd And The Monsters August 10th

    Posted on in category Music

    Bigstock is the annual concert in Central Oregon benefitting Oregon Adaptive Sports (OAS). OAS gets folks with disabilities into nature in a variety of outdoor adventures, skiing, kayaking, hiking and more. Buy your tickets now for Bigstock 2019 August 10th, or consider becoming a sponsor. Go to for info.

    Bighead Todd and The Monsters headline with special guests The Freddy Jones Band. This is  a private concert on a ranch in Tumalo and an unforgettable evening with a silent auction to help OAS make outdoor experiences happen for so many here in Oregon.

    Consider donating to the silent auction or becoming a sponsor for the event. It’s a great way to contribute to the community.

  • Have A Great Weekend!

    Posted on in category Travel & Adventure

    Where are you headed this weekend? 4 Peaks Music Festival, camping in the forest, to a river or lake, the coast, or maybe the desert? Oregon has so many choices. Wherever the road takes you enjoy the beauty of our great state.

    Backyard Bend is “Community Inspired”  #backyardbend #communityinspired

  • 2019 Desert Orthopedics Bend Paddleboard Challenge

    Posted on in category River

    Saturday June 22 is the annual Bend Paddleboard Challenge. This is a fun time at Riverbend Park with different race categories to try and FREE Demos in the park to get you on the water and see what’s new. Thanks to Desert Orthopedics, Tumalo Creek Kayak and Canoe and Stand On Liquid for making this happen. It’s always a fun day on the river.

    More INFO HERE!

    The 2019 Desert Orthopedics Bend Paddleboard Challenge welcomes racers of all skill levels to Central Oregon’s premier paddle board race. The June 22 race offers two distances (1.25 and 4.25 miles); the longer race will commence at 10 am, followed approximately two minutes later by the short race. All participants will receive…

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