Category Bend Oregon

Bend-La Pine Schools Adopts New Bend-area Elementary School Attendance Areas January 29, 2019 – (Updated 2/13/19) Bend-La Pine Schools Superintendent Shay Mikalson approved the adoption of new Bend-area elementary school attendance areas, set to take effect in the fall of 2019. “These new elementary school attendance areas will balance enrollment and reduce pressure felt at the district’s overcrowded elementary schools while providing an attendance […]

Tips For Safely Floating the Deschutes River in Bend, OR

Yesterday was a gorgeous, sunny day so we went to Bend’s Whitewater Park to let my son try out his new kayak. As you would expect, it was crowded. Kids were splashing in the shallow water, kayakers and surfers were playing in the whitewater passage, and of course, folks on tubes, rafts, and all sorts of […]

Bend, Oregon Named Best Multi-Sport Town by Outside Magazine

I just received the 40th Anniversary “Best Towns” issue of Outside Magazine and before opening it up, I asked my husband, “Where will Bend be?” It’s not even a question of will Bend, OR be on the list anymore, it’s where in the list will it be and for what reason? This year, Bend, Oregon […]

Summer Fun in Bend, Oregon 2017

We’ve had several days in a row of temps in the 80’s and we are giddy about it! In case you hadn’t heard, we had an unusually harsh winter. All this sunshine has us thinking about summertime in Bend. We’ve rounded up a list of festivals, concerts, and events taking place this summer in and […]


Which are the best neighborhoods in Bend? Naturally when someone decides to relocate to Bend, OR they want to know which neighborhoods are the best or most desirable. In this series of 4 posts, we will provide information about the 13 different neighborhoods in Bend, OR. Hopefully this post will help you get a feel for […]

Halloween Events in Bend, OR 10/31/2016

If you still don’t have plans for Halloween night, here’s a list of events happening in and around Bend, OR. Thanks to The Bend Bulletin and The Source Weekly for compiling the list. Family & Kid Friendly Come trick or treat at Brookswood Meadow Plaza on Halloween! Youngsters in costume are invited to visit participating businesses […]

The Tree Farm – Proposed New Subdivision in Bend, Oregon

This morning I attended a presentation about a new subdivision called The Tree Farm that has been proposed for NW Bend off of Skyliners Road. Unless you know the history of the land, the name might initially sound odd. When the big pine mills moved to Bend in the early 1900s, this property was one […]

Anheuser-Busch Buys Bend’s 10 Barrel Brewing

By KTVZ.COM news sources POSTED: 9:30 AM PST November 5, 2014  UPDATED: 10:12 AM PST November 5, 2014  BEND, Ore. – Anheuser-Busch – the world’s largest brewer and a global powerhouse – announced Wednesday it has agreed to purchase Bend’s 10 Barrel Brewing Company, for undisclosed terms. Here’s a bit more from their news release – KTVZ will have much more on this surprise announcement tonight on […]

Bend, Oregon Vacation Rental Controversy

(This topic has been updated. Read the blog post by clicking here: Short Term Rental Code Amendments) I have helped numerous buyers identify and purchase homes that would make profitable vacation rentals in Bend. Bend has a lot of tourists and for many of them, renting a house is preferable to staying in a hotel. […]

Downtown Bend Reports Record Occupancy Rate

POSTED: 12:03 PM PDT July 8, 2014 by BEND, Ore. – The Downtown Bend Business Association announces record occupancy for 2nd quarter of 2014. For the second straight quarter a record was broken. The highest leasing rate in five years was set at the end of the quarter as 98% of the available spaces are occupied. The occupancy rate is […]

Drew Bledsoe has listed his Bend, Oregon estate for $9.95 million

Former NFL quarterback Drew Bledsoe has placed his Bend, Oregon home on the market. The New England Patriots/Buffalo Bills quarterback, who retired in 2006, is asking $9.95 million for the Bend, Oregon estate, located in the gated community The Highlands at Broken Top. The home was custom designed by Janet Jarvis and includes extraordinary finishes […]

Jobs and Employment in Bend, Oregon

When someone is thinking about moving to Bend, they often ask me “What do people do for a living?” Central Oregon has a more diverse economy than you might expect. According to the group Economic Development of Central Oregon (EDCO), the top industries include government, private health and education, and leisure and hospitality. Some of the […]

Bend named Best City In Oregon by Movoto Real Estate

The 10 Best Cities in Oregon By Movoto Real Estate – Natalie Grigson, Big Time Contributor Oregon is easily one of the most naturally beautiful, unique, diverse, and livable states in our country. It spurred the show “Portlandia”; it is the namesake of the best computer game ever, “Oregon Trail”; and the state motto is […]

JettStream Inc. seeks parents of children with severe asthma for further device testing

My husband Matt Smith is Co-Founder of JettStream, Inc., a medical device startup company in Bend, Oregon that specializes in products and information to help treat childhood asthma. Their first product, the JettPak, is the first and only product that is designed to help administer nebulizer treatments to children while they are sleeping. JettPak has been […]

Trunk or Treat Event In Bend, OR

No, that’s not a typo. Trunk or Treat is a Halloween event that is often church or community sponsored. People gather and park their cars in a large parking lot, then they open the backs or trunks and decorate them. They pass out candy from their trunks. The event provides a safe family environment for trick or […]